October 5th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
Last night's episode of "Hawaii Five-O" began on the football field, with the Five-O squad watching a high school game. Danno's young daughter, who until now has been mentioned but not seen, shows up as well, listening to her dad complaining that tennis is not a real sport.
Just then, two people walk on to the field and draw their guns. (Maybe they're not fans of the two-point conversion...) McGarrett and Danno take care of the two, but a third man gets away following a brief standoff with Chin Ho, who appears reluctant to stop him.
The mystery man is finally brought in, and we come to learn that he's Sid, an undercover cop trying to break up a street gang involved in the football field shooting. He's also Chin Ho's cousin and wants nothing to do with him, due to those "dirty cop" allegations the show likes to bring up every seven minutes or so.
Following a little "Five-O justice" (this week, it was throwing a suspect into shark-infested waters), the team learns that a New Jersey-based organized crime leader is coming to Hawaii to deal with the gang conflict, as well as put his signature into the Hawaii crime scene.
Posing as high-stakes gamblers (McGarrett and Danno) and a waitress (Kono), the team infiltrates an underground casino and, after much carnage, once again saves the 50th state from the forces of evil.
In between all the pointless violence, last night's episode also focused on Danno's relationship with his young daughter. Over the course of the show, we find that Danno's ex-wife is threatening to get the courts to change visitation rights over what happened at the football field. But when all was said and done, the crisis was averted, and Danno could see his child again.
While I can handle the greater focus on the characters' personal lives on the new "Hawaii Five-O," work needs to be done on when such context takes place. Having McGarrett and Danno discuss the custody dispute while a suspect is screaming for his life in shark-infested waters was a bit odd. I'm also curious to see if we'll ever get to see Danno's ex-wife in a future episode.
What did you think of last night's "Hawaii Five-O" episode?
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