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Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Ka Hana Malu” | Aired Nov 21, 2014

Steve’s emotional month continues on Hawaii Five-0 with his dying aunt’s wedding and a long-awaited Catherine update. But let’s get the case of the week out of the way first.

The Case

Some teenagers find a dog in the road, but when they try to return it to the owners, they find the owners dead. When Five-0 arrives on the scene, Max tells them that the couple, David and Kate Kealoha, was shot while watching TV. Luckily, their teenage sons, Travis and Jake, were sleeping over at their friend Ty’s house.

But before the sons can talk to Steve and Danny for too long, their family lawyer comes in and takes them. And their dog starts barking like crazy when it sees them. Put all this together, and the sons are looking very suspicious.

When Kono runs some background checks, the sons look clean, but there are lots of people who would want David Kealoha dead. David was running a pyramid scheme and lost 250 clients’ investments—including the boys’ friend Ty’s college fund.

The team finds Ty’s car in traffic footage when, supposedly, everyone was home all night. After a dramatic chase (Ty on his moped, Steve jumping across a line of box trucks), they question Ty. He ran because he’s a pot dealer. He was high and passed out last night. He didn’t take the car.

Steve and Danny go speak to Patty, Ty’s mom. She tells them that Travis and Jake’s dad was demanding but they were close with their mother. She had been crushed when she learned of her husband’s financial dealings.

The SEC was days away from seizing all of the Kealohas’ assets—but not their $20 million life insurance policy. Steve asks the kids to take a polygraph, thinking one of them will crack. They agree, but Travis seems nervous.

Jake passes his polygraph, but Travis takes off before his. The team was expecting this, and Chin and Kono are right behind him. When Five-0 bursts in, Travis is at a motel with Ty’s mom, Patty. They’ve been seeing each other. They took the car out because Travis wanted to tell his parents about their relationship. Patty talked him out of it because she’s in the middle of a custody hearing.

The team is stumped. But the family lawyer, Goodman, is the executor of their estate, so he has financial motive. He may have hired someone to kill David and Kate, but they don’t find any strange charges in his accounts. There is, however, a big payout from Kate’s personal account, and since Goodman has power of attorney, he could have ordered the payment.

The team tracks down the hit man and has a shootout (as required by Hawaii Five-0 law). Steve jumps through the skylight into the hit man’s apartment and takes him out. They find photos of the Kealoha house on the hit man’s computer. They were emailed to him not by the lawyer, but by Mrs. Kealoha herself. Kate set up the hit on her and her husband so her kids would get the insurance money.

Aunt Deb

Steve greets Aunt Deb on Aunt Deb (Carol Burnett), whom we met last season, is back from her cruise, and Steve has come to meet her. Her chemo is working so far, and she’s come to tell Steve some big news. Deb and her boyfriend, Leonard Cassano (Frankie Valli), are getting married—tomorrow!

But they’ve only been dating a few months, so what’s the rush? Well, Deb explains, they’re both dying of cancer. Steve, being Steve, is super-suspicious of Leonard. He tells Danny later that something is off about him. He’s supposed to be a retired shop teacher, but he’s a HUGE tipper, giving out law advice, and he has smooth hands. Steve asks Jerry to look into him.

Danny does some investigating of his own when Deb and Leonard visit the office. He asks them all about their trip, including their spa treatment (explaining the smooth hands). Steve and Danny are giving each other some seriously hilarious looks during this completely unsubtle Q&A, and my inner-McDanno shipper cannot.

Meanwhile, Steve gets an update from Jerry. Steve’s suspicions were right. Leonard is actually a mob lawyer suspected of evidence tampering. Steve, being the good nephew that he is, goes to fill in Aunt Deb, but she already knows. She lied because she was afraid Steve wouldn’t approve. She has a lot of regrets in her life, but she’s finally getting a chance to be happy.

She hopes Steve can find the same happiness one day. What happened with Catherine? And here, nine episodes after she left, we finally get a Catherine update. She found the boy she was looking for in Afghanistan, but she’s worried the Taliban will come back. So Catherine is working as a teacher in the village and protecting the kids. She’s found her place and she told Steve he shouldn’t wait for her. Sorry, McRollins shippers.

Leonard and Steve also have a chat. Leonard tells Steve he never tampered with evidence. He was given a box, but he never opened it. If it was evidence, he would have been compelled to turn it in. So he hands the box over to Steve. He only has a few months left, and he wants to spend this time with Deb.

Steve talks it out with Danny, and he decides that he will “forget” about the box for a few months, then open it and turn it into the New York D.A. Danny describes Steve as a “big marshmallow filled with testosterone,” and I want this on a T-shirt.

Finally, it’s time for Aunt Deb’s big day. Steve walks her down the aisle, where she sings her vows (as Carol Burnett must), as all of the Hawaii Five-0 men watch in beautiful suits.The men of Five-0 at Aunt Deb

What did you think of this follow-up to the epic 100th episode? Where was Kono during the wedding? And enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9/8C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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