Question: What do you get if you fuse Runaway Bride and The Wedding Crashers, written by Christina Kim and David Wolkove and then combine that with the collaboration of Peter M. Lenkov and Bryan Spicer's crime-fighting minds?
Answer: Hawaii Five-0's S4.04 “A ia la aku” (Hawaiian for From This Day Forward).
Just when you thought you knew how the episode would end, the H50 writers leave you smacking yourself in the head for guessing wrong and you telling yourself, “I did not see that one coming.”
After looking at the trailer, one can easily begin to think that the conclusion would be that the bride runs away and maybe she also killed the uninvited guest of her wedding, set on the a lavish beach.
An overpaid lawyer, played by Bruce Nozick, runs a background check on the future bride-to-be and finds out that she has skeletons in her past.
Casting Rebecca De Mornay to play Barbara Cotchin as the future mother-in-law seemed the perfect way to mislead the audience, especially if she reminds you of Peyton Flanders from The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
The twist you don't expect to happen – the mother-in-law catches the overpaid lawyer ruining the wedding because of greed. So what else is new?
As to Dahlia and Nathan (bride and groom) as 5-0 as their witnesses, they were married in her hospital bed.
In the end, good trumps over evil and they live happily ever after.
The Kono-Adam Saga:
The continuing storyline of Kono and Adam adds that out of play kick in the story. The snippets of the story makes you want to come back for more. And Kono's ability to physically defend and fight for the man she loves makes Grace Park so hot.
The terror and fear that you hear from Chin Ho’s voice and see in his facial expressions for not being able to be there for his cousin seemed to be unbearable.
And like all H50 sagas, this storyline continues in the “Lenkov fashion” where you have to wait to find out what will happen next.
Foursome Movie Night:
As best friends, Steve and Danno are seen sitting together on a double date with their ladies in a movie theatre. This scene tries to convey to the audience that members of the 5-0 task force do have a life. It seemed that Tip #5 was ripped from a blog entitled, How to Grow Closer to Each Other, by the writers as it showed Steve and Danno sharing a bucket of popcorn at the movies between them and their dates.
While most women would like to cuddle with their men, McDanno seemed to be more into each discussing the cinematographic elements of movie making - maybe an over reach, but you would assume that even with having these two lovely women in their lives, their relationship as “friends” would come second.
Danno Relationship Dilemma:
Darryl on Match.com says, “any woman who dates me must know that my kid (daughter) is everything to me so if a woman isn't into my child (daughter) it’s never going to work.” While Gabby has passed this test, how do we know that, (1) she has beens staying with Danno, (2) making awesome pancakes for Grace, and (3) having spent a mani-pedi day with Grace, Danny still draws that fine line reminding her not to trump the “daddy-daughter” spa time. It is Danno's subtle way of saying, “yes, you are part of my life, our lives, but yet, you are not part of our lives” attitude.
Letting go of Gabby was a well-played out scene and was well written by the writers. Danny’s decision of encouraging Gabby to take the job in Colorado, without constraining her with their relationship showed courage on his part. He explained that his daughter deserves some sense of permanency, not only from him but from the woman he is involved with…even as Gabby’s assurance that “we can make it work” fell short of him forsaking his own happiness for his daughter.
“Once bitten twice shy,” sums up Danny’s attitude towards his relationship with Gabby. Danny and Gabby will part ways for at least six months with no expectations of their future together. Who knows what Hina, the Hawaiian Goddess of Love, has in store for him.
Love works in mysterious ways.
Payback time! Since her departure from the Navy, Catherine no longer has access to any military satellite systems. Now she must go and “beg” Steve for his help using his law enforcement connections to secure background intelligence during her first day on the job working with Billy Harrington.
There maybe some cause for concern: (1) Catherine's giddy laughter (2) sharing a ride with Billy Harrington, and as Danno told Steve (3) the long evenings that Catherine and Billy have to spend together.
You can either describe Steve as the nonchalant lover or he truly trust Catherine.
It is too soon to gauge how the dynamics of this relationship will play out, but it will be interesting to see how this triangle will evolve.
Catherine and Gabby are two women who add balance to McGarrett and Danno. They are the Yin and Yang of their relationships who are there to bring some sort of normalcy into their chaotic lives. They are the ones to whom they come home to after their day at work and vice versa. They also keep the McDanno carguements interesting…they don't just talk about themselves, or their mothers and ex-wife, now they can talk about their personal relationships like any partner would.
So wherever their relationships would take them, these women deserve the credit that makes our 5-0 heroes the men that they are now and that they would become in process.
By The Way:
While Chin Ho Kelly rides his motorcycle without his helmet, it would be interesting if Duke Lukela pulls him over and gives him a citation.
Gracey is growing up before our very own eyes. Teilor Grubbs has come of age over the course of these four seasons and has come a long way since S1.01, when she brought Mr. Hoppy to school for a show and tell up to last night's episode in telling Danno that Gabby seriously made better pancakes than he does.
Action, bromance and romance has been the three key ingredients that has been proven and tested for Hawaii Five-0 going into the fourth season. Relationships will keep evolving, whether viewers agree with it or not. Still so many questions that needs to be answered and that is what makes each episode so good - because it makes you look forward to the next one.
On the next TGIFive0:
It will shock you!
Terry O'Quinn returns as Joe White. Catherine's routine surveillance job takes a deadly turn. As a promise to Chin Ho, Adam considers making the ultimate sacrifice to take care of Kono.
Hawaii Five-0 airs on Friday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. T
Kupu’eu is Hawaiian for “Fallen Hero”
Directed by: Jeffrey Hunt
Written by:Moira Kirland and Eric Guggenheim