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Season 5 | Episode 20 | “Ike Hanau” | Aired Apr 3, 2015

Tonight’s episode was a Hawaii Five-0 rarity: an episode that featured very little Steve McGarrett. Instead, tonight’s episode gave Chi McBride a chance to really shine, while also giving us some insight into Lou Grover, a character we haven’t actually gotten to know that well since he joined the team. But before we jump into the main storyline, let’s quickly get our Danny subplot out of the way.

Danny shows up to a crime scene at an empty office building. Dr. Shaw is the only one there from the ME’s office—they’re short-staffed—so Danny helps Mindy get the body into the elevator. And, of course, the elevator stops. Their phones have no signal, the alarm isn’t working, and Danny is severely claustrophobic.

Danny and Mindy are trapped in an elevator

Note: I would just like to say how glad I am that Danny’s claustrophobia has come back again. It was randomly injected into season four to make “Ku I Ka Pili Koko” more dramatic, and H50 has a tendency to drop things once they’ve served their purpose (see Malia, Lori, and Steve’s PTSD). So I really appreciate this part of Danny’s personality being included in other stories a season later.

Danny starts having a full-blown panic attack, and he confesses his claustrophobia to Mindy. She uses her science knowledge to calm Danny down. She explains his body is lying to him; he’s not in any danger. They are safe, and they do some breathing exercises. (This whole scene is incredibly sweet.)

Mindy Shaw helps Danny calm down.

After several hours, Danny and Mindy (no, not that Danny and Mindy) realize they’re losing evidence on the body (which is still chilling in the elevator with them), so Dr. Shaw starts her external exam. They discover that the bullet was dug out of the body, so the gun must be registered.

Later, when Officer Pua goes to leave the crime scene, he spots Danny and Mindy’s cars still in the garage. He finally finds them trapped in the elevator. Once they’re free, Danny is able to arrest the victim’s business partner for his murder, after finding his fingerprint on a shirt button. Danny and Dr. Shaw have now officially bonded, and you can count me a major fan of their burgeoning friendship.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about Lou’s big story. Lou and his wife, Renee (Michelle Hurd), are having dinner with their best friends from Chicago, Clay (Mykelti Williamson) and Diane. They are visiting Hawaii for their 20th anniversary, and they chat and reminisce. Clay and Diane have big plans for the next day: hiking, a picnic, and alone time.

Lou reunites with old friends

The next morning, Clay calls Lou in a panic. Diane fell during their hike. He thinks she’s dead. Lou rushes to the scene and learns that Diane was DOA when the paramedics arrived. At the morgue, Clay tells Lou that he was walking in front, and he just heard his wife fall behind him. He blames himself—and so does Lou.

Lou asks Steve to meet him at the site of the fall. He tells Steve that he’s known Clay for 25 years. Clay is saying the right things, but he just doesn’t sound genuine. Lou doesn’t think this was an accident.

Lou argues that the trail isn’t tricky. How would Diane have lost her footing? Steve plays devil’s advocate (or voice of reason?) and says she could have been distracted. He also reminds Lou that Clay climbed down a dangerous cliff to reach Diane after she fell, rather than taking the longer route back down. Lou doesn’t know how or why, but his cop’s intuition is telling him that his best friend killed his wife.

Steve and Lou

While his grieving best friend is at home with Renee, Lou continues to investigate the case. He listens to the 911 call and doesn’t hear the sounds of Clay climbing down the hill, like he claimed. Another hiker placed a 911 call and heard only Diane’s scream; no one called after her. When Lou takes Clay’s statement, he says he screamed for his wife three or four times.

The rest of the team digs through bank records and finds no evidence that suggests Diane’s death was anything other than a horrible accident. The autopsy didn’t find any evidence of foul play either. Chin tries to reason with Lou. He tells Lou that when he was accused by IA, a lot of cops followed their “instincts” and wrote him off. Sometimes, instincts are just wrong.

But Lou knows he is right. He tells a story about their days at the academy together, when Clay lied right to the face of their human-lie-detector training officer. He lies with conviction and he plays off of people’s emotions. He played Lou.

Lou heads home and clues in his wife about his suspicions. She’s uncertain, but she agrees to grab Clay’s phone for Lou to look through after Clay falls asleep. When Renee drops off the phone, she tells Lou to trust his instincts; they’ve never been wrong before.

And they aren’t now. Lou found deleted photos of Clay and his trainer at the gym on his phone. They were having an affair. (Man’s been a cop for 20-odd years and he doesn’t know about the Cloud? Come on, son.) He told his mistress he wanted to leave his wife, and he brought Diane to Hawaii, hoping his best friend would close the case quickly.

Clay tells Lou he has no evidence to prove he killed Diane. Lou says not yet. He’s going to Chicago to search everything and talk to everyone. He’s going to find something to lock him up. Diane was his friend too.

Lou goes home and sits on his porch. He looks at the photo the four friends took the night before, and he cries with Renee. What a difference 24 hours can make.

Did you like learning more about Lou? What are your feelings about Danny and Mindy? WHY DOES EVERY EPISODE END IN CRYING?

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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