Hawaii Five-0 5×16 ‘Nanahu’: Don’t look back whatever you do

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What is with Hawaii Five-0 and all of its guest stars this season? They are really going all out, not that I am complaining. Apologies for both the late review and the lack of Five-0 recapping last week, life got a bit hectic. Don’t fret because this weekend will be filled with back-to-back Five-0 goodness! This week Five-0 works with an ATF agent to locate a serial arsonist on the island as Danny and Amber take in a romantic get away that is interrupted by someone from her past. Meanwhile Steve and Grover prepare for a charity golf tournament. Surprisingly all of the stories this week were interesting while the right amount of action and comedy. Five guest stars this week, did you recognize them all? Five-0 is on the case in “Nanahu.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

The case of the week starts with Sabine and Hagan Mahoe waking up to their smoke alarm blaring. Their house is ablaze, but when they attempt to leave the door has been sealed shut from the outside. Five-0 arrive at the crime scene to find ATF Agent Kathy Millford (guest star Melina Kanakaredes) working her own case. She bumps heads with Steve until she explains that this arson case is similar to ones she has worked on in California. She finds a camera in the house that the killer used to watch his victims burn alive. They discover the arsonist used liquid petroleum meaning he is a professional. Millford takes off one of her gloves revealing a burn on her hand. She explains to Five-0 how the arsonist (guest star Randy Couture) seeks out his victims while the audience is shown how he committed the crime at the Mahoe residence, disguising himself as a pest exterminator. As they continue to search the house Steve finds a crawlspace used as an easy escape while Millford discovers fire retardant gel on the well. The arsonist stood in the room and watched the Mahoe family burn alive. Wow that is sick.

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Grover notices a man, who the audience knows as the arsonist, in the crowd who is staring at them rather than the house. They walk towards him and he bolts. A foot chase ensues. They find the guy in a crowd and pull out their guns. The man turns around, but it isn’t the same guy. He calls Millford by name and proceeds to reach for his pocket. Grover and Steve tell him to stop and cuff him. Grover grabs package of photos from the man’s pocket. The photos are of her. The arsonist attacked her house and killed her husband, and she isn’t really on the case. Millford reveals she antagonized the arsonist to provoke him which prompted him to set her house on fire and kill her husband. She feels guilty hence why she wants to catch him. Kono is able to figure out that the arsonist was an exterminator and through that she finds his name: Jason Duclair. The team infiltrate his house where they find a room filled with souvenirs and potential targets. His next target: a hotel. Cut to Duclair entering his hotel room with a lot of fuel.

The Five-0 team enter the hotel and get up to Duclair’s room, but Millford sees him disguised as a fireman in the lobby. He hides and when she comes searching he emerges from the elevator, knocks her unconscious, and takes her away. The team follow her blood trail while she tries to persuade Duclair to stop. He wants to finish what they started. She tainted his name, calling him uneducated and so for his final act he will burn them both alive. As he opens the lighter, Steve breaks in from the balcony and takes him down. The rest of the team break in and help Millford. As they take him away she gets to say her final goodbye to the scumbag that killed her husband. Steve and Millford take about what is next for her, telling her not to dwell on the past. Cut to Duclair being placed in prison who managed to steal the guard’s matches. Uh oh.

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There are two secondary storylines this week, one intense in both the action-packed and romantic sense while the other is a lot more laid back. The first revolves around Danny and his love life. Danny comes up to Amber (guest star Lili Simmons) at a bar saying she looks like someone he used to date as a joke before they end up kissing. He apologizes for not being around and offers to take her away for a weekend together. Meanwhile Kamekona deals with an unpaying customer who says he’s waiting to meet with Amber, Danny’s girlfriend. The guy leaves suspiciously and doesn’t leave his name prompting Kamekona to call Steve. Danny and Amber are off on their getaway. She asks why he was saying Reyes in his sleep and he tells her Reyes is the man who killed his brother.

Chin tells Steve that the car Kamekona saw was rented by Frank Simpson (guest star David Hoflin), a guy from New York. Turns out he is Amber’s husband, who is actually Melissa Armstrong. She came to Hawaii to evade her husband after reporting him for assault and he is on the island to find her. Only problem is they have no idea where Danny is. Duke informs Chin that Amber’s boss may know where they are, but that Simpson came by earlier asking the same question. Cut to Simpson driving up by Danny’s Camaro. Danny enters the house where the stove is on, he calls out to Amber with no reply. He turns off the stove when Simpson knocks him on the back. DANNY NO.

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Danny wakes up to see Simpson holding Amber, stabbing a knife into the wall. He will put the knife down if she says she loves him. As he is about to stab Amber Danny intervenes. Simpson stabs him with the knife, but Danny beats the living daylights out of him. Amber brings Danny to the car and prepares to take him to the hospital, but Simpson gets in the way. Doesn’t matter though. She hits him with the car then runs him over. Amber calls Steve, who rushes to the hospital. Luckily the doctor coincidentally comes out at that moment and says Danny will be okay. With Danny awake, Amber tells him the truth about her past. They reconcile and she reintroduces herself as Melissa Armstrong before they kiss. AWWW.

The less intense comedic story is a short one. Steve and Grover will be participating in the HPD charity golf tournament so Grover takes Steve out to get some practice. He quickly critiques Steve’s militaristic style of golfing. Suddenly two women stop by their hole and approach them. Grover instantly recognizes golf champion Michelle Wie, who gives Steve a quick lesson. After the case closes, Steve and Grover attend the tournament with Michelle Wie acting as Steve’s caddy. Grover gets a little too cocky on his final putt and misses slightly. The banter between Steve and Grover is real. Steve, with the help of his pro caddy, makes a putt from an incredible distance away giving him bragging rights forever.

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Highlights of the episode:

  • The fact that Danny was back! His storyline was fun, despite the lack of McDanno banter.
  • All the guest stars!
  • Steve and Grover’s healthy competition in the golf tournament.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Were you satisfied or disappointed? Do you see Randy Couture becoming a recurring villain? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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