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‘Hawaii Five-0’ fan recap: Niece to meet you

Season 6 | Episodes 23 | “Pilina Koko” | Aired May 6, 2016

Season 6 of Hawaii Five-0 is winding down, and things with our two big bads — Gabriel Waincroft and Michelle Shioma (new head of Yakuza) — are going to get worse before they get better.

Gerard Hirsch, ex-con art dealer and current crime-cleanup tech, is beginning the cleanup of a murder scene when he discovers a secret panic room — as he opens the door, a man rushes him and escapes. There are security cameras in the panic room, but the servers have been wiped clean.

How did their killer know to hide out in the panic room when a roomful of cops couldn’t find it? Steve muses that either the victim opened it during the attack or that the killer had inside knowledge of the house.

Hirsch creates a composite sketch of his attacker, but there are no matches in facial recognition. But they do get a match to several recent, unsolved burglaries. The murder victim was Vanessa Diaz, a recent immigrant from Mexico, and single mom. (Her daughter, Sarah, was at a sleepover the night of the murder.) Vanessa must have interrupted a burglary-in-progress.

Max recovers DNA from Vanessa’s fingernails, but it doesn’t match that of Hirsch’s attacker. He also finds evidence that CPR was performed. That DNA does match. The burglar isn’t the killer; he’s a witness, and he tried to save Vanessa’s life.

Five-0 realizes that the burglar was casing his targeted homes by posing as a potential buyer before the homes were sold. A realtor IDs Hirsch’s sketch as Doug Morrow, and McDanno goes to bring him in.

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Morrow confirms Five-0’s theory — he was in the midst of robbing the place when Vanessa was attacked. The killer searched through her phone and interrogated her, but he couldn’t tell what the killer was asking. Vanessa was killed after she ran for her panic room. Morrow tried to save her, but hid once he heard the cops coming, knowing that he would look very guilty. He took photos of the killer on the security monitors to back up his story before he wiped the servers.

Five-0 IDs the killer as Jimmy Brigante, a soldier for Michelle Shioma and the Yakuza. Why would they want Vanessa dead? Something about Vanessa is not adding up. She was an unemployed, single mom, but she lived in a big house in an expensive neighborhood. And when Lou follows up about the interviews for finance jobs she supposedly had, no one has heard of her. Vanessa was from a drug capital in Mexico. Maybe she was mixed up in the cartels?

The team gets a break from an unexpected source: Vanessa’s daughter, Sarah. Duke brings Chin in to talk to her. Sarah said she has an uncle named Chin who is a police officer. Sarah tells Chin that her mom told her about her uncle. He was married to her aunt, Malia. That means Sarah is Gabriel’s daughter. And that explains a lot.

Gabriel kept his family a secret. He knew their connection to him would make them targets. And Michelle Shioma is still out for revenge for her father’s murder. McDanno brings her in for questioning. They offer her a deal — the intel Brigante gathered on Gabe in exchange for a lighter sentence — but Michelle declines.

Steve is convinced they’ll get Brigante to talk once they’ve found him, but in the meantime, they have to let Michelle go. They have nothing to hold her on.

Sarah and Chin are on their way to a safe house when they are attacked by more members of the Yakuza. Sarah is kidnapped, and Chin takes a couple of (non-life-threatening) bullets. The only reason Michelle would take Sarah would be for leverage to draw Gabriel out.

Luckily, the team is able to track Sarah’s whereabouts using her GPS bracelet (a must-have accessory for kids at a high-risk of being kidnapped.)

The team is figuring out their entry point to rescue Sarah when Chin arrives, fresh from escaping his hospital bed. He can’t sit this one out; Sarah is his niece.

Five-0 is able to take out the kidnappers and rescue Sarah, but Brigante is killed in the process. Sarah is safe, but their best shot of getting Michelle Shioma is gone. At least until next week’s two-hour season finale.

Other Stuff

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  • Remember Malia? Cool of her to get mentioned. Would have loved to see a little more emotion from Chin regarding his dead wife, though.
  • Kono plays bodyguard to Hirsch after he’s attacked by their panic-room suspect, and they end up bonding after Kono goes with him to visit his father, Leo (Elliott Gould), at his nursing home.
  • Kono promises Leo she’ll help Gerard stay out of trouble, so Kono offers Hirsch surf lessons — a thank you for all his help.
  • When Kono discovers an enormous painting of her over Hirsch’s bed, he claims it was there when he moved in. Oh, you idiot, never change.
  • Chin finally tells Jerry it’s time to look for his own place since Jerry has a steady job and Chin has a steady girlfriend and is also a grown man who doesn’t want a roommate.

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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