Hawaii Five-0 5×20 ‘Ike Hanau’: Gut feeling

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I have always been curious about Lou Grover’s story. We haven’t seen much of him outside Five-0 so it was only a matter of time before we dove into a case related to his past. Grover looks into the death of his best friend’s wife during a hiking accident which leaves Grover torn between instinct and friendship. Meanwhile Danny is working with Dr. Shaw on a case that ends up leaving them a little trapped. With Grover’s most personal case ever, there’s trouble in paradise in “Ike Hanau.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Source: CBS

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Twenty Five Years in Twenty Four Hours

Grover and his wife Renee (guest star Michelle Hurd, are having dinner with their friends from Chicago, Clay (guest star Mykelti Williamson) and his wife Diane. Clay and Diane are visiting Hawaii for their 20th anniversary. Grover wants to spend time with his friend, but the couple wants some alone time first. The next day Grover gets a call from Clay after Diane fell off a cliff while hiking and died. He consoles his friend, but Grover can’t shake the feeling that something here is not right. He asks Steve to meet at the cliff to chat. He has known Clay for 25 years and even though he is saying he’s upset Grover does not believe it.

Grover convinces the team to look into the case after telling a story that shows Clay’s lying abilities. He attempts to bring Renee in on his theory, but she cannot understand how Grover could think that of their friends. However, she changes her tune in the end as she trusts Grover’s instincts. As he continues to investigate Diane’s death, Grover finds photos of Clay with his gym trainer revealing an affair. He told the trainer that he would leave his wife after a trip to Hawaii and that a friend would help out. He suspected that Grover would close the case no questions asked because of their friendship, but Diane was Grover’s friend too. He promises Clay that he will find evidence, no matter how long it takes, to put him away for what he did. Grover heads home and sits on his porch with Renee as they cry and look at the photo of four happy friends from the night before.

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A Claustrophobic Situation

The secondary story follows Danny as he works with Dr. Shaw on another murder case. Their investigate takes an unexpected turn when Danny and Shaw get stuck in an elevator while transporting the body. The rest of their story revolves around Danny’s extreme claustrophobia as they work together to examine the body before the evidence is lost. Lucky for them Officer Pua sees their cars still at the crime scenes and is able to rescue them from the elevator. Danny arrests the victim’s business partner after finding his fingerprint on the body. This case is open and shut.

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This episode was good, despite the lack of McDanno yet again. It seems that no matter what character(s) the episode seems to follow it ends up being just as good as the previous one and never feels like filler. I was glad to learn more about Grover and his past considering we had not seen his wife before (to be quite frank I thought he was divorced at some points). You know a show is good when it can do well without its stars. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to see more McGarrett chase scenes or Danny complaining montages.

Highlights of the episode:

  • More information on Grover! He was added to the team, but we did not know much about him.
  • Some bonding between team members as Danny and Shaw work together in their case. Shaw’s ability to calm Danny down in the enclosed space was sweet.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Were you satisfied or disappointed? Did you like learning more about Grover? 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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