This week’s “Hawaii Five-O” likely had some of its thirty-something fan demographic digging through cherished toy keepsakes for those beloved Transformers, because April 15’s 20th episode for Season 6, “Ka Haunaele” (Rampage) definitely bore resemblance to those vehicles and machines that maneuvered into creatures. The episode’s villain, under cover of an indestructible military suit, made capture a true puzzle, even for the cunning Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), who usually has his the criminal’s number before even one next move enters a perpetrator’s misguided head. This may not be a keeper for fans who favor the elite “5-O” going “mano a mano” and head-to-head matching wits with evildoers, but the story still has the unique “Hawaii Five-O” touch of heart, and in this case, trunk, that keeps the faithful forever tuned in on Fridays.
The story opens innocently enough, with NFL football’s star brothers, Michael and Martellus Bennett, portraying themselves, taking a cab for a night out, and being very friendly and generous tippers, offering autographs and cash for a charging elephant changes their plan to walk in lieu of negotiating traffic. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) dashes off to meet Kono (Grace Park), who has just discovered that Gabriel Waincroft visited Adam in prison three months before, noting that with the crime families “out of that the way,” he was prepared to offer Adam a job. She is determined to find the truth. Meanwhile, Danny’s forensic examiner nephew, Eric (Andrew Lawrence), is rushing for an elevator, and making a play for a beautiful woman, who just happen to the headed for the “Hawaii Five-O” headquarters herself. Making her entrance with a big hug for Jerry (Jorge Garcia), she turns out to be his sister, Isabel (Zuleyka Silver).
It’s clear to Lou (Chi McBride) that someone nabbed the elephant, as nothing that large can get away unnoticed, but the pachyderm -napper remains anonymous for now. The boss also teases about Jerry’s turn to get his badge. Jerry is ecstatic over the moon to take the team to Universal Exports for the adventure of a lifetime, but instead, they discover a life of the security guard already taken upon entering the building. With his unique intelligence bent, Jerry insists that the facility is a front for secret operations, and this time, he’s not far off. Man in charge, Clark Brighton (Ted King) is big on keeping his secrets, insisting on signed confidentiality agreements before sharing one thing about his $80 million defense weapon, a cyber suit that is indestructible, and just three years away from being utilized. Only about 20 people are aware it exists, and only one guard was posted in order to not draw attention to the creation. Kono rightly describes that they are “chasing the Iron Man.” A suitable suspect turns up in Hugh Foster (Nicholas Barnum), formerly in research and development, before being fired for shopping the ultimate electronics soldier to competing companies. He’s been broke and busted since. Jerry sister never gets to tell him the important news that she wants to share. Under interrogation, Foster fights the accusations, swearing that he was at the movies all night. Isabel’s secret is uncovered when Eric sees that she is the one driving the truck after the distressed elephant. The team learns that every move of that cyber suit should be tracked, but suddenly the suit becomes a shooter at the HPD building, with a hostage taken, so the tactical SWAT team and “5-O” rush on scene. McGarrett can’t take control in his usual way on this one, risking the officer’s life, and the moment he announces himself as part of “Hawaii Five-O,” firepower reigns. He orders a stand down and has the getaway SUV tracked. Isabel finally shares her rescue effort with Jerry, who initially wants her to let the team take over the case, but relents once he is introduced to the rescued elephant as Maisie, and sees her abuse from the circus for himself. Brother and sister recall a childhood memory of the circus and their father, and Isabel’s heart wins Jerry over. A boat is ready to take Maisie to a better life, but now, Isabel needs another truck and some time, which Eric arranges with a “crashed” computer. Investigation uncovers that the officer taken oversees the property room, and Danny (Scott Caan) questions how they will manage a takedown of this impenetrable machine man with “a couple of pistols and a righteous disposition” during a delightful “cargument” moment. Steve has no plan, saying he will figure it out by the time they corner the criminal. The evidence they were after was a Beretta M-9, which was to be used in Foster’s trial. A visit with his attorney confirms that this was an effort to “buy a mistrial,” with $10 million making it disappear. Jerry appeals to Kamekona (Taylor Wily) to borrow a truck of the right size for the elephant aid mission, while Isabel sees Max (Masi Oka) for a very oversize dose of sedation medication.
The team is en force in a field, waiting to intercept the vehicle. The lawyer makes her handoff, but this time there is no getaway, as Steve reveals that it is Foster beneath the suit, “invincible, but not very smart.” Dr. Max Bergman joins the farewell to Maisie at the docks. Steve sees Danny sitting with the suit strewn across his office, saying he’s going to “wear it,” since it is “McGarrett proof.” Steve inquires of Jerry about a found trough of hay, while Jerry diverts attention to how Foster manipulated movie showtimes to make himself appear to be in two places at once. Steve then presents circus tickets, proving his knowledge of the secret mission.
In an ominous closing scene, Kono meets with a prison guard at her husband’s facility, asking if Adam indeed had Waincroft as a visitor. “Why don’t you ask your husband?” comes his reply.
Answers may come next week, as Adam is among a group of escaped convicts.