After the summer doldrums, something about “Hawaii Five-O” taking hold of its Friday night slot , with new episodes for a hard-fought Season 6 feels as good as splashing on Waikiki beach. The September 25 start off for the new season, “Mai ho’oni I ka wai lana maile” (Do Not Disturb Water That Is Tranquil– try that one five times fast), had the familiar phrase and feeling of “ohana” (family), even sung in Kono’s wedding music, but murder and an ultimate bad guy, Gabriel Waincroft (Christopher Sean), couldn’t even let 24 hours of celebration pass before putting the team to the test. True love, true grit, and true crime-fighting skills always shine through, even through old pirate fables!
In its own Hawaiian style, Pirates of the Caribbean, the story opens with swashbuckling fun, portraying a somewhat historical story of the 1889 pirate raid on to Honolulu, in which the raiders stormed the palace, and supposedly took millions, still buried on the island. The scene switches to present-day, with a bloodied murder victim, and his splattered TV screen running an old Betamax tape, of a pirate expert, Washburn, recoiling in his knowledge. Kono and Adam (Grace Park and Ian Anthony Dale) look like a vision of joy in their first wedding dance, but Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) is describing the strange deal that Wainwright offered him, 50% of his empire to switch over to his side, assets included. It all sounds too good, but unanimously, the team decides, at Catherine’s prompting, herself a vision portrayed by beautiful Michelle Borth, that they are there to celebrate Kono’s long dreamed-for day, so they should be dancing, and everyone grabs a partner. Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine barely get a snuggle on the floor, before the scene switches to the next morning, and the ever-present phone rings, calling him to the case. “I’ll be here when you get back,” Catherine promises, as her bleary-eyed love leaves in the line of duty. Adam makes a morning feast for his bride, but loving talk of loving her fat by way of starting a family, is nearly fatally ended by a delivery from Wainwright, shooting electronic darts into Adam’s neck, and binding and gagging both bride and groom.
Jerry (Jorge Garcia) relates that the expert, Washburn, and the Betamax tape, met similar fates as far as public appreciation, but there are clues to be gleaned from the evidence. Danny (Scott Caan) probes whether his partner and Catherine have had “the conversation,” and Steve relates that considering the festivities of the past night, the opportunity simply wasn’t there. In playful “cargument” fashion, “Danno” tells Steve that he doesn’t want him “alone and always miserable,” and Steve reminds him that “you are always alone and miserable,” before revealing that he intends to ask Catherine to marry him, and Danny is obviously trying far too hard with his “it’s about time” congratulations. Adam is being beaten to a pulp by Wainwright and goons, demanding that he transfer assets over to the criminal mastermind, forfeiting his only chance at freedom, and a new life with Kono, who has to witness the horror. She keeps in contact with him, shaking her head “no” to the demands. The team visits the doctor girlfriend (Vidette Lim) of the victim, who relates that he was passionate about his treasure search, and convinced that they would “be rich” according to a phone recording. A phony gas leak is staged at a gallery as a front for a theft of a valuable painting belonging to the King. Jerry determines that the painting of the Manoa Valley is really a map in itself, and that sends the team off on a trek for the treasure. They don’t find treasure in that location, but the remains of a professor in search of it, and leads come that the granddaughter of Washburn, a.k.a. Cindy Patterson (Samantha Lockwood), is part of this criminal enterprise. An added masked guard arrived to keep Kono trapped, as Adam agrees to the terrible terms after seeing his bride endure her tooth being removed as tortured dentistry. Tracing leads the team to learn that Patterson and an accomplice have rented a boat, presumably to take treasure off the island. The team comes on board, but no treasure is to be had, only the painting, and its broken frame.
Jerry deciphers that it is the frame itself that offers coordinates to the treasure, ala, “X marks the spot,” and that trail leads to a simple house, and a tortured family under Patterson’s keep. Meanwhile, Kono, always the Supergirl, stabs her captor with a dental tool, and takes off for the bank, where Waincroft opens a shootout, wild West style, for which Kono is ultimately prepared, but which takes down her groom, seriously wounded. Cradling his head, she pleads for ambulance. The team and Patterson engage in their own free-for-all shootout, and finally the treasure is found, but has Lou Grover (Chi McBride) relates, he could “get change back from a $20 bill” for the remains left in the box, including the box. Investigation reveals that Washburn was a maintenance man, and his theories a hoax. Chin gets the call from his cousin that Adam is in the ICU, still in surgery, his fate unknown, but Kono is certain that they will “both be dead” now that Waincroft has the funds that meant their freedom. Happiness seems always fleeting on “Hawaii Five-O.”
Next week, previews speak that things are set to go “BOOM” on the island, and maybe that applies to romance, too.