It’s quite possible that “Hawaii Five-O” has a lighter tone in this week’s November 13 episode 8 for Season 6, “Piko Pau ‘iole,” (The Artful Dodger) due to some divine direction over production schedule, considering the real-world, all-encompassing tragedy occurring in Paris. At the same time that helplessness and guilt may fill the consciousness of regular Friday night viewers, there is mild comfort in seeing familiar characters on the screen, and knowing that the good guys will resolve the case in a single hour. Sometimes, a story of a dismissive, conscience-less con man seems to fit.
Story opens as Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) is being marched through a forest reserve by his ever-haunting Yakuza captors, never out of sight. He takes a run for his life, and a true stranglehold take down one torturer, and a samurai move with a stick, before he takes a gunshot, nearly makes a getaway, until he’s facing double barrels. Meanwhile, at headquarters, Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) is swearing in a temporary team member, Inspector Abby Dunn, portrayed by Julie Benz, who’s set on proving that while she’s new to “Five-O,” she’s hardly new to crime-fighting, setting up her notorious San Francisco task force. Jerry (Jorge Garcia) looks on, in a mixture of lust and schoolboy crush. Con man, Hank Weber (Kristoffer Palaha) and his femme fatale partner, Katie (Natalie Dawson), are making their arrival at the airport, and making away with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tourists’ goodies.
Katie’s make out MO runs like a machine with her unsuspecting pawns until a black masked man shoots her dead. Jerry tags along with the “new lady,” incessantly giving her an orientation to his job titles. Hank and Katie jetted in from Palm Springs, thinking that they had found the perfect place to run their game on fresh tourists, and Danny (Scott Caan) and Steve had some fun of their own busting Hank’s chops as they cracked the case, being quite a bit more street-smart than his usual victims. Steve’s wisdom for the day was “Don’t sleep where you steal,” setting the team off to find the second hotel full of fertile clients. Adam throws Kono (Grace Park) off with his call during the day, with a dinner invitation and “I love you.” Hank balks at his interrogation room accommodations, not used to drains in the floor, and obsessed with their purpose. Steve threatens to show him that purpose if he is not forthcoming with information, but suddenly does an about-face, releasing the handcuffs from the chair, stating that the team needs this charming con man, who had to be ordered to keep his hands on the desk to resist pick-pocketing. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Abby are called to a case of missing containers and dead bodies. Chin finds himself impressed with his new partner’s deduction skills. There are definitely sparks between these two. Despite Danny and Steve’s push, Hank insists that all the stolen goods have already been pawned, which was Katie’s end of the business. Speaking of push, Danny prods Steve about his coffee date with Lynn. Adam finds himself brought before Mr. Shioma (Akira Hirayama), who oddly tells him that “your debt is paid.” Reflecting back on the recent months of torture and torment, Adam wants to know why all is good now, “after I killed two people for nothing.” Gabriel Waincroft (Christopher Sean) appears, affirming that he is the one who paid above and beyond the asking price. Adam is incredulous.
Hank defines his own photo marks from a huge array, as the team marvels at his memory, and his lack of remorse. They are led to the home of a first suspect, and the residence literally has become “a house of cats.” Blood smears and splatters lead Danny and Steve to the freezer, where they find their man on ice. In a touching pawn shop scene, Shawn Thomsen gets a speaking role as Officer Pua Kai, reminding the conning crook that “people work hard for this stuff.” Lead then point to a suspect named Andy, who ends up in a wrestling match with Hank, and inadvertently gets shot. Steve thanks Hank, and Hank trades him a camera, which clicks something, and Steve starts to realize that there’s something even more valuable than the camera itself, and more than photos. Hank comes to realize some gratitude over the offer of a shortened sentence. Doing a “couple of months” isn’t so bad compared to restitution for all he’s robbed. Steve finally stumbles onto the reason, proposing that Hank wanted to infect every computer that he possibly could, with a potent virus, but he wanted to start with the mainframe computer at headquarters.
There is more brutality than imagined at the site of the bodies for Chin and Abby, and Gabriel Waincroft is named as “a guy named Porter,” in an odd twist, after a half million dollars. Adam determines that he will “bait Gabriel.” Abby displays flawless “island speak” and more, as they work the case. Gabriel emerges, and revelations come of backing in their last meeting. This “Hawaii Five-O” installment ends as Adam reports the murders he has been party to, relating that he “put them there.” He turns himself in, with Kono at his side.
Next week should be a lot of fun, with Danny taking on a teacher’s role on his “Hawaii Five-O” assignment.