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'Hawaii Five-0' fan recap: A close shave

Season 5 | Episode 19 | “Kahania” | Aired Mar 13, 2015

After last’s week dramatic and emotional episode of Hawaii Five-0, this week’s episode was … also dramatic and emotional. But first, let’s speed through Jerry’s subplot. Jerry is picked out of a lineup by the victim of a home invasion. (And I’m not a Jerry fan, but gosh, does he look super-sad.)

Jerry in the lineup on Hawaii Five-0

Chin comes to talk to Jerry in the interrogation room, and Jerry pleads his innocence. Chin tells him no one thinks he’s actually guilty; he was a plant in the lineup. All he has to do is alibi out and he’s free to go.

And luckily, Jerry has a great alibi: He was with Max. Chin heads down to the morgue to get a statement, and Max is suspiciously counting a wad of cash. He tries to deny he saw Jerry, but he eventually admits they were together at a Magic: The Gathering tournament, and they may have done some illegal gambling. Chin promises if Max makes a charitable donation with his winnings, the gambling won’t need to be mentioned.

And since the team knows that Jerry is innocent and their boss never came to work today anyway (we’ll get to that later), they decide to just go ahead and solve these home invasions. Plus, the level of violence is escalating. The team (minus Danny, whom I imagine is home recovering from his bout in Colombian prison) realize that all of the victims were recently divorced women, living alone. And they all used the same law firm for their divorce.

A clerk from the law office worked on all three cases, but when he comes in, he looks nothing like Jerry. When they give the description, the clerk realizes that the perp is his cousin, who works in the mailroom. With the real perp behind bars, Jerry is free to go, and he laments his traumatic time in prison (even though it was way shorter than the time that both Danny and Chin spent arrested last week).

In our main storyline, Steve is taking some time for himself, and he’s getting a shave at Odell’s barbershop. (Remember Odell?) Also, a quick side note to say I find this barbershop shaving thing terrifying. Shout-out to you guys; you’re so trusting. Anyway, Steve and Odell talk about Doris (Steve’s still angry) and Danny’s hair. (Odell, you touch one hair on that man’s head and I will shoot you myself.) Then a guy comes running in with a bullet in his leg. He needs help—someone is trying to kill him.

Steve and Odell on Hawaii Five-0

The guy’s name is Aaron. He witnessed a murder, and now the killers are after him. Of course Steve’s cell phone is in his truck and Odell doesn’t have one, so they’re stranded, and then men show up with machine guns and start shooting up the barbershop. (Only Steve McGarrett could go in for a shave and still manage to have a shootout.) Steve gets a couple shots in, but he’s outnumbered, even for a super SEAL.

The men say they just want the kid, and then they’ll leave, but that’s obviously not going to happen. Steve bluffs and says the cops are on their way, but they aren’t. It’s a commercial neighborhood and none of the other shops are open yet. No one has called the police.

Aaron is bleeding a lot; they need to get him out of there. Steve says he’ll provide cover while Odell and Aaron run out the back door, but the guys have that covered too. Then Odell remembers the security gate. He just has to get it pulled down. Steve uses the rest of his ammo giving him cover, and they’re safe … for now.

Steve uses a styptic pen to stop Aaron’s bleeding, and Aaron tells Steve what happened. He was taking out the garbage at work when he saw a man being beaten in the alley and then executed. He recognized the men as part of the Armenian gang who run his neighborhood. Odell has heard of the Armenian gang’s leader, and he’s ruthless.

The police have FINALLY received a call about the shooting, but when the cop gets out of his car to investigate, the gangsters shoot him and give an all-clear over the radio. No one else is coming to help them.

Steve tries to climb through the air-conditioning duct, but it’s too small. And now time is up. The gangsters start cutting through the wall from the shop next door with a chainsaw. (Geez, I hope Odell has good insurance.)

So Odell and Steve get to work making Molotov cocktails out of hair dye and aftershave. When the gangsters burst through the wall, Steve takes out a couple shooters with the fire, and steals a gun to take out a few more. But Aaron gets shot again in the shoulder.

Steve sends Odell and Aaron to the hospital, but gives them a gun just in case. Steve goes after the head of the mob, but he says that Steve has it all wrong. AARON is the mobster’s son, and HE’S the bad guy. He’s been kidnapping and murdering children from the neighborhood; that’s why the mobster ordered him to be killed.

Odell also realizes that Aaron is the bad guy when he pulls Steve’s gun on him. He tries to take Odell captive on one of his dad’s boats, but Steve arrives just in time, and Aaron is killed. When Steve tells the mobster, he thanks Steve. He said his son was a monster.

Steve asks for the evidence he found against Aaron so that his victims’ families can have closure. In a locked room in their basement, Steve finds kids’ toys and clothes and lots and lots of photos. Alex O’Loughlin will probably be my nomination for next week’s EW Community MVP of the Week for this last scene alone.

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We’re off for a few weeks, so I’ll see you all back here on April 3!

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