Ever since Season 2 of “Hawaii Five-0” they’ve aired its annual Halloween episode. Of all night of nights Season 5’s episode on Friday just happened to be Halloween. What started this tradition in the first place is “Hawaii Five-0” use to be on Monday nights. In its second season one of the episodes fell on the precise date of October 31. Even though subsequent episodes have not fallen strategically on that significant holiday, a spooky storyline is always presented in and around late October or early November.
In “Hoʻomaʻike” (“Unmasked”) it opened with kids going trick or treating in broad daylight around the neighborhood Hawaiian style. Some trick or treaters came upon a house to a familiar face, the counterfeiting antique bookstore owner. He has some realistic-looking fake blood on his face. One of them asks about it. He tells the children its red food coloring, corn syrup, and flour. Back inside that house Jerry, the conspiracy theorist, is all tied up.
Another subplot in this Halloween episode revolved exclusively around the Halloween theme. The killer on the island is mimicking a 1980s slash thriller, that’s now a cult classic. It’s a fictitious movie called “Jack Knife” about a perpetrator who was bullied most of his life. He now seeks revenge by killing his victims and collecting a body part as a trophy. One significant thing about this killer is he uses a scythe (the kind the Grim Reaper uses) as his weapon and wears a pumpkin head mask.
The two storylines meshed well and were presented without confusion or being over the top (hence the ridiculous season premiere). Jerry Ortega’s character adds humor and fascination with his conspiracy theory hobby. Through his help he was able to assist with the Five-0 task force in cracking down the counterfeit ring. Lou Grover bypassed the inept foolishness of horror movies by simply killing the victim without the dramatics.