The run for “Hawaii Five-O” is coming to its close for Season 6, but fans can rest easy, knowing that next season is secure, keeping Friday nights in order. It’s hardened convicts who are on the run in this week’s April 22, and 21st episode for Season 6, “Ka Pono Ku’oko’a” (The Cost of Freedom), apart from Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), who, granted, has spent his share of time on the dark side, but nothing like the company he’s keeping with an escapee bunch of really bad guys, some familiar faces, and others, new. The entire “Hawaii Five-O” force is fielding this case, and fans need a strong stomach to get through some scenes, but the ending is a satisfying snack, showing what makes these crime-fighters set apart.
The episode opens with a brief refresher of Adam’s path to prison, his chilling surprise visit from Gabriel Waincroft, with the meaningful threat of harm to Kono from the men parked right outside their home if the inmate refuses to cooperate. The scene turns to an overturned truck with a cargo of hazardous chemicals, and the road strewn with convicts in gruesome state with burns, and a roving shooter taking aim. Kamekona (Taylor Wily) summons Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) in fear of “an economic crisis” if the flat tire on his shrimp truck cannot be repaired, allowing him to sell his dishes and compete in a regional festival. When the call comes in about the “arm runners,” as Lou Grover (Chi McBride) so creatively refers to the escapees, Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) calls in a lead that the bus incident all stemmed from a remote controlled IED, and the shooter was just added insurance. This band of evildoers includes “the worst of the worst” including murderers, monsters, and a cannibalistic killer, with Adam somehow in the mix. They could be headed north to hunting cabins, or worse, to residential areas. Sad news comes that Nehele’s father, Nakano, did not survive the crash. Nehele (Kekoa Kekumano) has been hard at work helping Kamekona for his big day, not in a boxing ring this time. Adam makes a tourniquet for the most vicious among his company, Henry Garavito, played to perfect evil by Richard Brake, as the criminal who truly has a taste for blood and body parts. Visits to the prison by an impersonating lawyer, lead the case to Waincroft ties, but how can that be? The hit meant for inmate Hamasaki went to the wrong crook.
Traipsing through the jungle, Danny starts to doubt Adam’s motives, but Steve never wavers. Lou does his best to comfort Kono (Grace Park), who demands no sugar coating. The team realizes that with Adam being the target, their time is short. Adam tries to make it easy for the team, depositing beads from the cord used to stop the bleeding at every point he can. In the interrogation room with Solomon Tuasopo (Spam Luapola, yes, that’s his real name) Chin makes it very clear of his “ohana” to Kono, and that nothing will stop him from doing what’s right for her, or for Adam. Old arsonist friend, Jason Duclair, portrayed by Randy Couture, is in with the gang, but proves a more friend than foe this time. He suggests making an upside down fire as a deterrent. Further investigation marks a trail that makes crime boss, Shiomo’s successor, the man out to get Adam. Garavito, knocks one inmate in the head and drowns him, before gnawing the hand off of his partner in chains to get free. “I did what I had to do” was his only explanation, and clearly, he is out for blood from every human encounter. Jason Duclair opts for going on his own, and Adam engages in a knockdown, detailing how much harder it will be separately over together. He assigns the detail of getting water that resulted in Garavito’s rock assault. Adam leaves more along the trail of continuous prayer beads. Just at a point when Danny is insisting “Say I’m right,” over his assumptions, Steve realizes that Adam is leading “5-O” right to him and his not-so chained gang anymore.
Chin is tipped off that “an ordinary mother and housewife,” Michelle (Michelle Kruisec) is funneling the money stream for Tuasopo, as a means to avenge her father, not realizing that Adam had declined Waincroft’s offer. She defends that she’s only helping a friend give her child “a decent education,” but Chin has her number, describing that “she’ll smile sweetly, and shoot you in the face.” The team realizes that the “killing’s not done yet” as Steve says, with troops of criminals out for Adam as much as they are. Dressed as HPD officers, Adam falls prey to two fake cops, in handcuffs before he knows it. When the second fake officer is set on fire, Jason Duclair looses Adam, and takes off, still doubly hunted. The team takes down the fraudulent forces, while Adam and Kono share some moments in a caress, vowing “no secrets” ever again, before he is taken captive again, on the prison bus. He leaves a single prayer bead in his wife’s hand.
Steve has the hard task of telling Nehele the news about his father, after a fun day for the son at the shrimp competition. Lt. Commander McGarrett embraces the boy, assuring him through tears that his life has already been set on a better track by his decisions than that of his father, making for a meaningful conclusion after the carnage of this “Hawaii Five-O” offering.
The countdown is on, with only four episodes to go for the season, so stay tumed!