Not even the most talented, determined, and dedicated crime-fighting force of “Hawaii Five-O” can resist the thrill of motorcycle daredevils and digging into the mud, and on this week’s October 23 fifth episode of 6, “Ka ‘alapahi nui” (Big Lie), there’s plenty of mess to go around. The team dedicates itself to a competition for a good cause, and it’s all for one, and one for all. A father’s love is not necessarily what it seems, and many lives pay the price.
Every member of “5-O” is in training for the “Tough Mudder” competition to benefit the widows and orphans’ fund, even Danny (Scott Caan) fresh off of his bone marrow surgery for his son. He’s holding out for the run, but not so sure about diving into the mud pit that Lou (Chi McBride) has included, so a friendly shove speeds things along. (Grace Park) covers for Adam, helping him keep a low profile , and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) assures her that he will find Waincroft. Scenes switch to a swanky office building, where a father, Kevin Harper (Joseph Palmore) is being assured, “Just tell the truth, and everything will be ok,” by his wife and daughter (Victoria Pratt and Spencer Locke). Stepping into the room to offer his deposition doesn’t go well for Harper, when a charging motorcyclist mows his way through the whole building, and the room of waiting attorneys, just to stop short of Harper, who raises his head, and receives a fatal shot. Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) is convinced that a call from an international number is from Catherine, but there’s never a response to his answer. As the Harper case is investigated, it turns out that the father is accused of embezzling money from his seafood restaurants. He and his family were clearly scared of death threats, because special security had brought them to the deposition, but unfortunately, not into the room. Naturally, all identifying information from the cycle has and stripped when it is found on the roof, and the team thinks that the rider jumped the building. Under questioning, Mrs. Harper and her daughter disclose that the reason for the embezzlement was to pay off the Samoan mob. They insist that he was killed because he was going to tell the truth at the deposition.
Simply for the sake of street machine admiration, a very cool scene of a custom cycle shop, terrific slide guitar, and of course, souped-up bikes, follows next, as motorcycle aficionado, Chin, drops in to speak with proprietor, Mike, portrayed by none other than Robbie Knievel himself. As contraband as these specialized bikes are, Mike relates that that’s exactly why every kid wants one just like them. That kind of design is never done by a legitimate shop, and these bikes are for tricks, showmanship, and usually, dirty business—like the truck hijacks about to be pulled off by the 808 Road Warriors. Fortunately, most of their bikes had been tagged with GPS by the department from an earlier confiscation. Kono was working the Samoan mob component of the case, but the perpetrator on that angle turned out to be clean, and had never even heard Harper. The payoff was nonexistent, all an excuse. Kids out for a Sunday drive with the family, singing “Bah Bah Black Sheep ”like the bad boys on bikes, and the tricky riding is all for naught, as it’s revealed as a set up by Chin. Informant, Makino (Christopher Naoki Lee) tells McGarrett that the man he is after is the Iceman. Frequent visits to Maui turn up on a trace of an address for Lisa Messer (Anna Klein), with no photos or identifiers, but deposits of $150,000. Chin and Steve are meanwhile busy processing all of the criminals they countered in the truck hijack effort. Steve shares with Iceman (Justin Paul) that he is have a good run of over $1 million, and many heists. The team spots that Aubrey Harper has connected with a known cycle felon, Tyler, as shown on her Facebook page, and they know there has to be a reason. They visit the mother with the information, and she is beside herself, but tries to allow contact. When Aubrey calls, a trace is attempted, but she ditches the phone and the card as quickly as possible, admonishing her mother that “Dad is not the man you thought he was.” In a different sort of “cargument,” Danny and Steve debate, why this daughter wants her dad gone! Investigation at the Messer home exposes a photo of Kevin Harper with a whole new, younger family, and all smiles. More research shows that this “unique” family situation have been going on for four years. The team gets word that Aubrey and her hardly known beau, are headed off to LA, and the chase between the pair and the crime-fighters is broadcast on TV, so mom sees it all. Danny comes to a new observation during this car chase, that being, “I hate the way you look when you drive my car. “ as insults fly between the partners. As vehicles go truly off-road, Steve follows, and some spins later, Aubrey is revealed to be beaten, but will live– not true for her boyfriend, Steve suggests that Aubrey may be tried as a minor, and it’s clear that there are two families of victims here in sorrow.
Danny disagrees with stretching before the race, still feeling that he’s in fine form. Kamekona (Taylor Wily) brings varieties of his sauces and shrimp, as well as shirts to wear after the race, promoting him! Jane Harper twirls her worthless wedding ring, struggling with how to move on. Kono models her prize shorts. In a most moving montage of partnership and warmth, this “Hawaii Five-O” comes to a meaningful end. Arms entwined, and covered in mud, the team joins carrying Danny across the finish line, and then he poses, hops, and kicks, with the other children. It was another welcome for this team like no other. Further photos show how they waited for their full contingent, to a warm and fuzzy conclusion.