It’s a good thing that “Hawaii Five-O” faithful got their well-deserved dose of lighthearted love in last week’s episode, because in this week’s February 19 episode, “Ke’Koa Lokomaika I,” (The Good Soldier), already the 15th for Season 6, things get serious really fast, and this trek is likely to take the storyline straight to the season finale. As the Bob Dylan song says, everybody serves somebody, and there are those that use that trait of human kind for the worst of reasons. The suspense in this installment is more taut then piano wire, so any viewer looking away for a breath misses something, and every scene sends a message.
Melanie Griffith makes a return as Clara Williams, Danny’s (Scott Caan) mom, who keeps her son tied up listening to a timeshare spiel, portraying her husband, so she can get free cruise tickets, at least that’s what the story is on the surface. She uses the oldest mom guilt tricks in the book to coerce his cooperation, until he can’t take it any longer. Meanwhile, in the opening minutes, the reckless driver crashes into a bank building, where a troubled young man brings in the bloodied, gunshot body of his friend, saying only, “Fix him.” That role is brilliantly portrayed by writer, producer, and actor, Joe Egender, acclaimed for his stage work in the play, “He Asked For It,” and his writing and screen role in the notable but disturbing 2013 film, “Holy Ghost People.” It’s obvious that something is wrong with Neil Palea, and the actor’s dedication to bringing autism realistically and sympathetically to the small screen is commendable. While Neil makes a futile effort to ground himself amidst the terror of the situation, futilely trying to clean his uniform, Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) makes an effort to befriend him, and gain information. They talk about his namesake, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and his friend, Mark Walker, about whom Steve has to break the news that he is deceased. Neil describes playing games with Mark, while he is infatuated with Steve’s model of the same ship where John Glenn landed. A visit to Mark’s house reveals that the break-in had only assassination as a purpose, no robbery. Steve made a promise to take Neil to work in exchange for his cooperation, so he follows through.
Odd as it is, crooked art dealer, and man always with a crush on Kono (Grace Park), Gerard Hirsch, played by Willie Garson, comes on site, now in the crime scene cleanup business. It turns out that Mark has a wife and daughter on the island, but his family connection and suffered because of his drug use and delinquent gambling dealings in life, leading to separation. Back at the timeshare session, the hard lean is being put to mom, and Danny pushes back, demanding the free tickets. Marx estranged wife discloses that he recently wanted to meet with her about establishing a trust for their daughter, in the amount of $100,000. Taking Neil to work at the garage, Steve wonders about the young man saying, “They’re gonna be here,” again and again, very nervously. He looks to realize that the garage is directly adjacent to the Bank of Waikiki, and observes how Neil lines up the parking cones. McGarrett pushes away a trash receptacle, to reveal a tunnel to the bank. In this case, the criminals were breaking into the bank, and ostensibly, not taking anything, including cash, but the $100,000 was to buy Walker’s silence and cooperation. A cigarette saved by Neil from one of the men leads to an address for Vargas, and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) runs checks and gets a lead ID on one of the men involved in the heist. Upon arrival at the address, four men are found tortured and shot, in horrendous manner. Steve wants to rush Max to give the victims identified, worried that a fifth man may be missing, and keeping Neil’s life in danger. Mama Williams is upset enough with her son for blowing up and ruining her cruise opportunity, so she serves a sandwich to Danny in every way that he hates. The day worse when the FBI come to the door with questions for her about Danny’s brother, Matty. She insists that she knows nothing about her deceased son’s dealings or where the money came from, only that the bank called regarding the account. She is completely distraught, and Danny tries to take his turn under interrogation, and realizes that this is not about his brother– this is about probing into “Hawaii Five-O,” who the team are, and the operation. In a look behind the door, Abby Dunn (Julie Benz) is seen taking orders from a superior, being told that “this team has messed up before, and they will again,” assuming that her role is to take “5-0” down.
Walker’s sister, Ella (Monica Barbero) admits that the $94 million in all has taken from the bank, and laundered through Howard Fuller (Antonio Leon). Neil asks Kono, “Was Mark a bad person?” She relates that people make bad choices sometimes. Hirsch brings evidence from the scene of a bloody keyboard on a laptop, and Fuller gets nabbed at the airport. A bloody fingerprint belongs to Gabriel Waincroft, and the team sets him up through Ella to their location, but he cuts off his telephone tracking before he arrives, and Fuller won’t speak on any video scrubbing. Waincroft traces the location.
A firefight like none other gets underway, with Steve throwing grenades, Lou Grover (Chi McBride) on guard, and Chin and Waincroft in the battle of their lives, one that compels any fan of this elite force to their eyes glued to the screen, and get up from the couch to root Lt. Kelly, who hasn’t fought this hard since he had to fight his way out of a prison two years ago! Using every ounce of strength, and every weapon at his disposal, Chin at last shoves Waincroft from an upper window, and looks down to see him land on the hood of an SUV. Steve comes in just after, as satisfaction blends with exhaustion for Chin. The coworkers and friends make their way downstairs, only to discover that their nemesis’ body is gone. He has become vapor yet again. The scene switches to Danny at the door of the interrogation room, begging anyone out there, “Ask me a question, as Abby Dunn looks in.
Next week, look for Ziggy Marley to make a memorable guest appearance in what is dubbed as “the most suspenseful episode of the season.”