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Season 5 | Episode 21 | “Ua helele’i ka hoku” | Aired Apr 10, 2015

This episode of Hawaii Five-0 calls back to three episodes from earlier this season: Lou’s big episode from last week, the McDanno stakeout episode, and Chin’s subplot from the Colombia episode. So let’s jump into our case-of-the-week.

At an Elvis–impersonator competition, a contestant is performing in front of a screaming crowd. Jerry and Max—both in costumes—are in the audience when the performer collapses.

At the airport, Steve is picking Lou up from his trip to Chicago. He flew out to investigate his best friend Clay, but Clay’s girlfriend and all of their old cop friends aren’t talking. They all believe his wife’s death was an accident, but Lou is still determined to lock him up one day.

But it will have to wait because the team has a case. At the scene, Max tells Steve and Lou that their Elvis, Lane Collins, showed signs of cyanide poisoning, and it must have happened right before he went on stage. The murder weapon? A tampered-with bottle of bourbon found in his dressing room.

There is limited backstage access, so one of the performers must have seen something. Jerry says that Collins was the frontrunner to win the $20,000 prize, but he has a different theory about why he was killed. Jerry thinks it has something to do with his costume, something that a professional ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) like Collins would never have worn.

Five-0 thanks Jerry for his input and begins interviewing the Elvi (the proper plural, thanks Jerry). Kono finds an Elvis who was in Collins’s dressing room before the show. Collins said the bourbon was sent as a gift. Chin gets some scoop from another Elvis, too. It turns out, Collins was in an up-and-coming band in the mid-aughts, but there was a nasty breakup a few months ago. Since then, the guitarist, Kaleo Fisher, had been bashing Collins online.

Kono interviews an Elvis

Lou and Steve track down Kaleo playing covers at a half-empty bar. He’d been talking to agents about getting the band back together, but Collins wasn’t interested. But when Steve mentions the brand of bourbon used to kill Collins, Kaleo recognizes it.

Kaleo points them to a groupie. She misheard the lyrics to a song, and thought it name-checked the bourbon brand. She used to always bring a bottle to the band’s shows. She also had wax on her stove (from resealing the poisoned bottle), and had Googled “How to poison someone.” (Rookie mistakes.) Groupie confesses to killing Collins to “protect his legacy.”

Well, that was quick. Case closed. (Almost.) It turns out that, yet again, Jerry’s theory wasn’t so crazy after all. Collins had called a costume shop multiple times because they gave him the wrong suit. And when Danny stops by the shop, the owner is dead and the place is ransacked.

At the ME’s office, Max is getting ready to start the autopsy when three armed, masked men barge in and take the body. It’s not missing for long, though. Steve and Lou find it dumped and stripped three blocks away. And then Steve finds a diamond in the body bag. That bedazzled suit was not covered in rhinestones.

Steve finds a diamond

After running the serial number, the team learns that the diamonds are from the heist that led to McDanno’s stakeout. Ivanovich had stashed the loot before he was killed, and the suit was a way to smuggle the diamonds off the island. The next obvious step is to visit Barry Burns, the diamond fence. He’s under house arrest and very much enjoying it. McDanno wants to know where Ivanovich stashed the diamonds. Barry gives them a list of the people who have come asking the same question.

Jon Lovitz as Barry Burns on Hawaii Five-0

(Important, semi-related note: Does Cloris Leachman still think Steve and Danny are dating? I need to know.)

Kono discovers that Ivanovich rented a private wine cellar, and the winery was broken into a few days ago. But another person came looking for the hidden diamonds—Ivanovich’s brother, Ivanovich II. Steve realizes that if Ivanovich II knew where the diamonds were stashed, he knows who his brother was working with, too. That means Barry’s in trouble. And he’s extra in trouble, because Lou figured out that Barry’s list was a stall tactic. He’s known where the diamonds were all along.

When McDanno shows up at Barry’s, there are signs of a struggle, and they find Barry trapped in the hot tub. Barry comes clean and says he put together a crew to steal and smuggle the diamonds. Barry told Ivanovich everything, and he’s on his way to the hotel to find the crew now.

Ivanovich II finds and takes out the crew, but the cops are right behind him, so he improvises. He puts on the $3 million suit and blends in with the crowd of Elvi. Of course Jerry notices the suit and alerts Steve. Ivanovich pulls a machine gun out of his guitar case (very gangster) and opens fire, but Steve takes him out before anyone is hurt. The team (plus Jerry) heads out for a drink, where Jerry performs (and slays) an Elvis tune.

Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) sings an Elvis song on Hawaii Five-0

While all this was happening, Chin was worrying about his brother-in-law and escaped convict, Gabe. Chin spotted him outside HQ that morning, but loses him. Later, Chin gets a call from Gabe. He tells Chin that he’s going to help him get off the island, because Gabe has something that’s important for Chin—and it’s waiting for him at home.

Because Chin is a rational human being, he calls the police and has the bomb squad do a sweep of the house, but all they find is an envelope. Chin opens it and finds photos of Adam and an older man. He doesn’t know what it means, but I think we can all agree, it’s nothing good for Kono.

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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