Thanksgiving is usually a time when households come collectively to share a meal and be thankful for the various blessings they’ve in life. It can be a time once they reminisce concerning the previous and renew relationships troubled by distance and misunderstanding. This week’s “Hawaii Five-0” was the dramatic imaginative and prescient of a typical Thanksgiving — filled with moments of affection and tenderness, in addition to these strained situations of battle and rivalry. We couldn’t have watched this episode with out recalling our circle of relatives gatherings through the vacation season.
The episode, titled “Lele pu na manu like” which is Hawaiian for “Birds of a feather,” targeted on Lou Grover’s (Chi McBride) ohana and their preparation for Thanksgiving. Written by McBride, and directed by Carlos Bernard — the episode is an actor’s research, heavy on character and the performances of gifted actors, however a bit mild on plot. But the story is relatable and celebrates household and friendship — each main “Hawaii Five-0” themes.
The story facilities on Grover as he celebrates the vacation together with his mother and father — Miss Ella (Gladys Knight) and Percy Sr. (Louis Gossett Jr.), alongside together with his older brother, Percy Lee Jr. (Clifton Powell). The Grovers are initially from Chicago, and Lou’s household has traveled to Hawaii to be with him, his spouse, Renee (Michelle Hurd), and their son, Will (Chosen Jacobs). Their daughter, Samantha (Paige Hurd), is away at school at Northwestern College. The household is made up of robust personalities in addition to tight bonds of affection and belief. It was a deal with to observe them tease and bicker, in addition to love on each other.
Whereas the Grovers put together for his or her turkey feast, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and the remainder of the 5-Zero crew — sans Danno (Scott Caan) who has gone again to New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving together with his household — get collectively for the annual Turkey Bowl, a flag soccer recreation performed at Kapiolani Park. The sport is all tied up and they’re headed into additional time till Duke (Dennis Chun) calls them to a really unusual crime scene.
FLAG FOOTBALL RULES
Whereas plainly the sport is a yearly occasion, we’ve got not seen one because the fourth season, within the first Thanksgiving episode, “Hauʻoli La Hoʻomaikaʻi,” which in Hawaiian aptly means “Happy Thanksgiving.”
This time, the groups have modified a bit. Since Danno is absent, his workforce is headed by a extremely aggressive Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath), who has recruited her brother Koa (Kunal Sharma) to hitch her, together with Junior (Beulah Koale) and the Nice Wall of Waikiki — Kamekona (Taylor Wily) and Flippa (Shawn Mokuahi Garnett). McGarrett quarterbacks his personal workforce, with younger Nahele (Kekoa Kekumano) as operating again, together with Noelani (Kimee Balmilero), Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and Jerry (Jorge Garcia). Mamo Kahike (Al Harrington) joins them as a good and neutral referee.
The sport is sort of entertaining, as Tani is greater than a bit of on edge eager to beat McGarrett. She tells Flippa he missed his blocking task, leaving her blindside open to which he completely replies, “What assignment? I thought we just stand there and be big?” Junior assesses Tani properly, asking Koa, “Was she always this competitive when she was a kid?” Koa’s response that she was solely like this till she was eight after which nobody would play together with her anymore, provides us sufficient laughter to start out off the episode. The trophy filled with a pretend turkey makes for a pleasant Thanksgiving contact.
THE CASE OF THE MASHED THIEF
As soon as they get to the crime scene, Duke fills them in once they arrive, and McGarrett appears at what’s at Duke’s ft, he sees what stored the sergeant from their pre-Thanksgiving feast exercise. A theft suspect is lifeless in a pool of blood with the protected he was making an attempt to steal mendacity on prime of his squashed physique.
The workforce deduces the thief tried to open the protected, however when he failed, he used a blanket to attempt to pull it down the steps, when gravity took over and ended his felony profession. However Duke exhibits them proof the protected was truly cracked after it landed on him, because the metallic shavings from the drill are on prime of the corpse. There appears to have been a second thief and he made away with no matter was within the protected.
Jerry contacts the home-owner, John Henman, performed by Eli Okay.M. Foster. Followers may acknowledge as Foster as Deputy Knox, the U.S. marshal who arrested Danno for homicide in “Pono Kaulike” (“Justice for All”). Henman tells Jerry the one factor lacking from his protected is a 1948 Stan Musial baseball card, which he had insured for $60,000.
THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL
For these of you who don’t know who Stan “The Man” Musial is — he performed 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1944 and from 1946 to 1963. He took a break throughout World Warfare II to hitch the U.S. Navy the place he served at Pearl Harbor for a part of his army service. The cardboard Henman owns is a 1948 Leaf Stan Musial No. four rookie card. (In February 2018, Heritage Auctions had one priced at $312,000, in line with Skilled Sports activities Authenticator.)
Jerry and Adam go in the hunt for the cardboard and Jerry needs to go deep undercover and pose in a Magnum mustache as Invoice Bachman the Third, “southern gentleman, an avid collector of baseball memorabilia.” Adam will get him to loosen up somewhat they usually go together with the better plan of Jerry posing as a man who needs to assist his wealthy Japanese pal purchase some American baseball playing cards. Earlier than Adam can squeeze out a “Konnichiwa,” the store proprietor (Kevin Keaveney) is on the run. Adam does an ideal McGarrett chasing-a-perp impression by climbing a chain-link fence, operating throughout a rooftop, leaping down the aspect of a constructing to catch him, they usually get the cardboard again.
When Tani and Junior return the cardboard to Henman, he identifies the baseball card thief as Patrick Hale (John Lavelle). Henman donated funds to his homeless shelter, Oahu Helps, and as soon as informed him about proudly owning the Musial card. When Tani and Junior arrive to arrest Patrick he tells them why he stole the cardboard from Henman.
Henman had been funding the shelter’s Thanksgiving dinner till he discovered a greater tax dodge. Patrick knew concerning the card and stole it to pay for the annual dinner. Tani and Junior really feel for the man, however they need to arrest him for theft — and doubtless for not reporting a lifeless physique. They keep to assist him end serving the vacation meal, telling Patrick that regardless that what he did was improper, he did it for a very good trigger.
Whereas the workforce tracks down the Musial card and helps feed the homeless, Lou is coping with his household, particularly his older brother Percy. It appears as if Lou and Percy have slipped again to center faculty, name-calling and pulling pranks like 13-year-old boys. Mama Ella tries to maintain all her boys in verify — together with their father Percy Sr. who refuses to put on his much-needed glasses.
The 2 brothers proceed to harp on one another, to the purpose that they go from having a meals battle over who will make breakfast to betting over Thanksgiving dinner. After Mama Ella decides that each brothers ought to prepare dinner the dinner collectively, in an effort to have them mend their relationship, they determine they may every prepare dinner a turkey and the winner will get what they most want. If the household prefers Percy’s turkey, Lou will cosign a mortgage so Percy can open a bakery. If the household likes Lou’s turkey, Percy gained’t come to Thanksgiving for 2 years.
Renee scolds him for making the guess — indignant that he doesn’t need his brother to return round for a vacation that’s all about household. She may have no half within the guess. Lou is jealous Percy is an excellent baker, making kouign-amann, a buttery pastry — which the household salivates over excess of Lou’s signature omelets. The 2 males devolve right into a fistfight after Lou’s turkey burns up after the oven is turned to 400 levels, and Lou blames his brother for making an attempt to sabotage his meal. Whereas they struggle outdoors — the kitchen catches on hearth.
After the hearth, Percy Sr. admits he was the one who turned up the range and burned Lou’s turkey — and the 2 brothers apologize sincerely to one another. Percy tells Lou he’s so pleased with all he has completed, and Lou tells his huge brother that he was the rationale he turned a cop — as a result of he needed to guard individuals as Percy did for him whereas they have been rising up.
Two of the highlights of the Grover Thanksgiving story was the sincerity of the appearing. Whereas the storyline was a bit too good, it was accomplished so properly, there in all probability wasn’t a dry eye watching this episode. And seeing Gladys Knight forged as Miss Ella and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. as Lou Grover’s dad was good.
Knight is so lovely and performed each a robust lady and a loving mom. The scenes with Will and his grandparents have been pure and plausible — grandparents instilling knowledge on their grandchild, and telling him tales about his father’s childhood have been the perfect elements of the episode. The scene when Percy Sr. tells Will why he’s afraid of his spouse — not as a result of he’s truly afraid of her, however as a result of he’s frightened of not measuring up and being worthy of her — was so nicely executed. It was a gorgeous testomony to how a person loves his robust spouse and the way a lot he’s grateful for her.
General, the episode has all the best elements for a Thanksgiving episode: heartwarming household scenes with laughter and fascinating drama, in addition to a case of the week that went from a wierd demise to a intelligent thriller. Add in a heartwarming conclusion to the case and the episode wraps up properly. When your complete 5-Zero ohana, together with the Grovers, meet up at Steve’s restaurant — now owned utterly by Kamekona — for a Thanksgiving meal, we see how a lot they’re grateful for one another.
Wendie Burbridge writes the “Five-0 Redux” and “Magnum Reloaded” blogs for staradvertiser.com. Comply with her on Twitter and Instagram.
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