“Hawaii Five-O” has a rich history of making hay with its Halloween episodes, and this year’s offering, tonight’s (October 31) episode 6 of Season 5, “Ho’oma’ike” (Unmasked) has a more “terror next door” sort of feel compared to the more macabre style of past seasons, but still is rich in very satisfying moments. Perhaps, after the high-throttle emotion and action of the season thus far, it was fitting to make this season’s scariness more familiar.
The story opens with a daring group of trick-or-treaters ringing the bell at the home of Thomas Farrow (Greg Ellis), who most fittingly has a spot of blood on his cheek, explaining it away as a simple recipe of cornstarch and food coloring, before closing the door, donning his rubber gloves and apron, and returning to his work in the room where he is holding Jerry (Jorge Garcia) and his own henchmen, Helms (Matthew Lund). Initially, Jerry is not budging in giving any information or any ground, until the bookseller shoots his man right in front his eyes, demanding to know the exact words spoken to McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin). Danny (Scott Caan) is home but even visiting a special place doesn’t hide that he’s barely holding up after losing Matthew, and Steve reminds him from experience that blame brings nothing. The other members of the team are handling a homicide victim residing below zero, or as Lou Grover (Chi McBride) puts it, “April” in Chicago. Under interrogation Jerry relates to Steve that his ordeal was like “Marathon Man without the dental abuse,” and that he has overheard Farrow say that the money “is leaving the island tonight.” Jerry’s archive of history is also history, as Farrow has cleaned out every record from the place. Things look up when Ellie Clayton (Mirrah Foulkes) turns up Jerry’s corner, eager to do Steve a favor after his being at her side for the sake of his father. Foulkes’ ease with her character, step for step as adventuresome as McGarrett’s, is a perfect complement, and their chemistry on screen comes with complete unpretentiousness. Ellie doesn’t get the warrant they want, but she stays on the case.
Max (Masi Oka) is delightfully dressed as Johnny Utah from “Point Break,” carrying on his Keanu Reeves Halloween fetish. The good doctor reveals that the murder weapon is a sickle, and dives further into the trademark elements, which mimic those from past cult horror films. Danny and Steve join forces to take in Farrow, as another victim falls to the movie killer, when his real life turns more bloody than the movie that he is watching for his spooky Halloween night in. That’s traces evidence to a particular cult movie, “Jack Knife” whose hero is a sympathetic fighter for the underdog. Jerry uncovers information that Farrow was part of the elite M16 British military, and that his government was fully aware of his counterfeiting. Danny and Steve go on a tagging mission to meet the elusive money supposedly leaving the airport, but Danny laments “it’s only old books,” and Steve confesses “he played us.” Captain Grover locates a copy of “Jack Knife” on VHS from a local store, telling Kono that there’s “no appeal” in horror movies, because a bullet in the back shuts down the scary, finally admitting that the genre isn’t his cup of tea. Turns out that the two victims, Chung and Lerner were classmates, known as bullies and haters in school, but they were dominated by a bigger hater, Brad Weiss (David DeLuise), who is soon strung up for his own cutting crucifixion.
Steve tells Farrow he can hold him on the pesky little issue of Form 7501 not being fully completed, hoping to buy enough time to build a complete case. Ellie makes her introduction to Danny, coming to apologize for not being able to get the warrant, but also to warn about Farrow’s political connections, advising that the team “tread carefully,” not realizing that Steve and Jerry were already way outside the lines. Sam Cole was the name revealed as the serial killer, but when Kono gets to the home address, if She uncovers that is Aaron Cole, the son, that she is face to face with beneath his movie mask, while he insists he has the bravery to do what his dad could not, and Kono tells him that her shot won’t be like the one in the shoulder in the movies, but “one shot and you’re dead, as Lou finishes the job. Farrow’s true identity is uncovered as well, indeed being Major William Corrigan, court-martialed member of the British Army, but sympathizer with a branch of the IRA. His counterfeiting configuration was only a way of funneling funds to the cause. A shoot-out brings an unwitting surrender of the cash, now safely delivered as irrefutable evidence. Steve has a love-fest as a fan running into the real Eric Dickerson, football legend, sending a selfie sure to get to Danny. Dickerson said he was on the island for fishing, and fishing is just what Steve and Ellie find themselves doing to close the episode, she with much more success. She’s definitely a lady who knows her way with a fish hook, saying Steve can cook her dinner as his favor to her. She’s definitely having no trouble reeling in the Lt. Commander.
Next week will be “Hawaii Five-O’s” 100th episode, and network is sure to scoop up big numbers, and leave fans with a story to talk about for the next hundred episodes.
Additional source: “Hawaii Five-O” broadcast, October 31, 2014 CBS Networks.