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Season 5 | Episodes 24 & 25 | “Luapo’i” and “A Make Kaua” | Aired May 8, 2015

It’s the last (two) Hawaii Five-0 of the season, and a LOT went down. For organizational purposes, let’s break it down by subject.

Case #1
Things go wrong during a routine traffic stop. Five-0 arrives at the scene to find the driver dead, the car missing, and the cop in critical condition. The dash cam shows that when the cop opened the trunk, a man popped out, shot the cop and the driver, and took off in the car.

Five-0 investigates the death of a bounty hunter

The dead driver is a bounty hunter. The man in his trunk was his target. Steve and Danny track the killer to the home he was renting and meet another bounty hunter, Richie Malloy. He tells them that the target’s name is Andrew Pelham, a cop who tortured and killed multiple women. He promises to stay out of Five-0’s way.

The team finds a plane ticket Pelham bought under an alias, and it leads them right to him. There’s a chase, but before Steve can catch up, Malloy sweeps in and takes Pelham. He put a burner cell on Danny’s car to track them.

Steve and Danny go to Dog the Bounty Hunter for help finding Malloy (as one does). Dog tells them about a cargo-plane service that bounty hunters use. But the team finds a large wire transfer in Malloy’s accounts, and when they get to the airport, Pelham is nowhere to be found. Malloy didn’t turn him in; he turned him over to Malcolm Leddy (Robert Curtis Brown), the first victim’s dad.

Malcolm has big torture plans for Pelham. (He went to med school for a year, so he knows stuff.) He starts breaking fingers, but draws the line at scalping. Luckily the team tracked Malcolm’s phone, but when they arrive they find Malcolm stabbed, and Pelham looks dead, too. But nope! Pelham CUT HIS OWN DAMN THUMB OFF to get out of his cuffs. There’s a struggle, but seeing as half his fingers are broken and the other half are cut off, he’s quickly arrested.

Case #2
A group of men rob a military transport and hijack a plane to Hawaii with their stolen cargo. Five-0 arrives on the case when the pilot is found dead. They quickly discover that the plane was used to transfer a stolen nuclear bomb, and now it’s on the island.

The guy in charge of the robbery is Josh Bennett (Jeffrey Nordling) from Ohio. He has no record but was refused entry to the military because of his borderline personality disorder. Bennett may be looking to sell the bomb to Sameer Hadad, a serious terrorist. They track Hadad to the docks where not one, but two, shootouts occur, and Bennett is arrested. But Hadad and the nuke are already gone.

In a twist, the next day, they find Hadad’s body, and he was killed before Bennett was arrested. That means the nuke is still on the island. Steve realizes that this was never about the money for Bennett—he wants to set off the bomb. No one feels safe since 9/11. He wants to incite a war that America will finish this time.

The team figures out that Bennett planted the bomb on a shopping trolley headed to the middle of the city. They find the bomb, with just over a half hour left on the timer. But it’s been tampered with; it can’t be stopped.

Steve and Danny find the nuclear bomb

Steve speeds the trolley to Kamekona’s chopper. He and Danny have to drop the bomb 50 miles offshore to avoid radiation effects on the island. But that will leave them less than two minutes to get out of the blast radius. Luckily, they manage to save the day, and the boys do that crying/laughing thing they do when they almost die.

Danny gets a text from Rachel (Claire van der Boom, whom I’ve missed so much). She needs to talk to him ASAP. Danny tells Amber/Melissa (who he’s apparently still dating) the text is from work, but she knows he’s lying.

Danny meets Rachel and she tells him that her son, Charlie, has an immune system disease. (I think I know where this is going …) He needs a bone marrow transplant. (I definitely know where this is going …) Grace isn’t a match, and Rachel’s match isn’t strong enough. (Oh no, here it comes.) She wants Danny to get tested because DANNY IS CHARLIE’S FATHER. AND RACHEL HAS ALWAYS KNOWN.

Dammit, Rachel. I’m really disappointed in you. WHY DID YOU DO THIS? Back in season 2, Rachel broke Danny’s heart by telling him the baby was Stan’s, and she left him again, and it was all a LIE? (But how didn’t Danny realize? HE LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE HIM.) Anyway, Charlie calls Danny “Danno,” and he’s trying not to cry, and I am drowning in my emotions.

Charlie and Danno

Steve and Danny meet in their spot to talk. Danny doesn’t know how to forgive Rachel for this, but Steve “Mr. Rational” McGarrett tells Danny to put his anger aside. He and Rachel are in each other’s lives forever. Danny is a match for Charlie and can donate his marrow. But Danny is making Rachel tell Charlie that he’s his father. So now Danny has two kids.

Danny asks if Steve is bringing a date to Kono’s wedding. Maybe he wants to get set up with one of Amber/Melissa’s friends? But Steve says he’s not ready to start dating yet. (Please date each other. A shipper’s plea on the season finale.)

A few days later, Steve finishes up his morning swim to find Catherine waiting for him. Yes, that Catherine. She came in for Kono’s wedding. Steve looks so happy to see her, but their visit is interrupted by work (as it usually is).

Michelle Borth as Catherine Rollins returns to Hawaii Five-0 for the season finale

Danny encourages Steve to figure out what Catherine’s plans are. He doesn’t want him to get hurt again. Later, Steve asks Catherine how long she’s planning on staying. She asks how long he wants her to stay. They say they’ve missed each other. There is no resolution because this is a finale.

Chin and Kono
Chin is still investigating the photos Gabe left for him a couple weeks ago. He learned that the man in the photo with Adam is Goro Shioma, a Tokyo financier with ties to the Yakuza. Steve warns Chin not to do anything unless he’s certain. (Steven is just full of advice tonight.)

The day before the wedding, Chin is waiting for Adam when he gets home. He demands an explanation. Adam says Shioma was his father’s mentor, and he has a large stake in his company. Adam tried to buy him out because of his Yakuza ties, but Shioma refused. Adam tells Chin he is willing to give up everything to be with Kono. (He keeps saying this, but they still live in a pretty swank house.)

Meanwhile, Chin has his own problems. His brother-in-law, Gabe, is still on the island, and he’s getting back into business. At Kono and Adam’s wedding, the whole gang is there and it’s lovely. But Chin forgot the rings! He runs to the car to grab them and is confronted by Gabe. He says he never wanted to hurt Chin; they’re family. He offers him 50 percent of his earnings to stay out of his way. Gabe says that even Chin’s friends see him as a dirty cop, so he might as well get something for it.

Chin turns him down. Gabe tells Chin to turn around, but he doesn’t shoot him. Gabe takes off, and I doubt that’s the last we’ll be seeing of him.

Gabe and Chin


Are we calling Amber “Melissa” now?

Rachelllllll, why did you lieeeeeee?

Is Catherine sticking around?

What other Kelly did Gabe kill?

Did you think Chin was going to get shot as much as I did?

Did Kono and Adam get married?

Does this mean renewal?

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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