Episode Title: 'Pu'olo' ('The Package')
Writer: David Wolkove
Director: Christine Moore
In a flashback to 1992, a young Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) learns that his father is sending him to the Naval Academy back on the mainland for his own protection. The elder McGarrett reminds his son that no matter what happens, he can alway trust his "Uncle Joe."
McGarrett watches Joe White (Terry O'Quinn) as he approaches an antiques shop. When he catches up with White in an alley, he pleads with him to tell Adam Noshimuri that his father is alive, but White refuses.
After getting a call from 5-0, McGarrett meets up with Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono (Grace Park) at the scene of a parcel truck hi-jacking. When all of the packages on the truck are accounted for, the team questions what exactly the robbers were after.
Based on a bloody print matching the surviving truck driver, Danny (Scott Caan) and McGarrett head to the man's house where they find him bound and gagged. After taking out the intruder, the driver admits to working with a smuggler. However, his only contact is the man McGarrett just shot dead.
While 5-0 works the case, Danny takes Rachel (Claire van der Boom) to the hospital where she goes into labor. Back at HQ, the team learns that the smuggler was working for a gangster named Nicky Chang. They decide to reach out to the imprisoned Sang Min (Will Yun Lee) for a lead on Chang. Meanwhile, Chin Ho tells McGarrett the antique shop White visited came up clean.
After White gets shot outside a bank, McGarrett insists he remain in protective custody. At the prison, 5-0 makes a deal with Sang Min to go undercover for a meet with Chang. The meet appears to go smoothly until one of Chang's henchman informs him that Sang was in solitary just a day before. Shots are fired and McGarrett manages to take down Chang and bring in for questioning.
In the interrogation room, Chang (Dante Basco) tells Chin Ho the package from the truck contained RFID chips used for faking passports. Chin Ho suggests that the man who ordered the chips in bulk is the same person who orchestrated the robbery.
That night, McGarret and White meet with Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) and his entourage. White tells Noshimuri his father faked his own death to protect his son from Wo Fat. White tells Noshimuri he plans to kill Wo Fat while his father remains in hiding.
At HQ, the teams learns the identity of the man Chang was dealing to which leads them to the antiques dealer White tried to visit. When McGarrett and White drop by the shop, they find the man near death. He tells them he was forced to make passports for arms dealers. 5-0 sets up a sting at the airport and arrests the men before they can board the plan.
Rachel gives birth to a baby boy and McGarrett drops by the hospital to meet Danny. Later, White tells McGarrett that "Shellburn" was a codeword he and McGarrett's father used for an operation targeting the Yakuza. Wo Fat became involved when White killed his father. White tells McGarrett he's going into hiding to avoid putting him in further danger.
Operation "Shellburn" has been revealed and it was just that, a codename Joe White and Daddy McGarrett came up with to take down the Yakuza. Sounds pretty rudimentary, considering their line of work, except it ultimately led to the death of Wo Fat's father at the hands of Joe White. Ah, so now it all makes sense…
An eye for an eye, a father for a father. If we were hoping for a more intriguing explanation of "Shellburn," too bad. And what's worse, it appears Joe White will be going MIA for a bit.
On the plus side, "Pu'olo," whic means "the package," featured my favorite 5-0 baddie, Sang Min. In a credit to Will Yun Lee's acting ability, the 2007 member of People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' list managed to turn off every woman within fifteen feet of him in this episode.
While McGarrett and the 5-0 team played nice with Sang, Danny spent the episode watching his ex-wife give birth to another man's baby. I'm not sure what the point of all that was, unless these two are going to give it another go. Also, didn't Rachel move back to New Jersey, last season?
A few other observations on "Pu'olo:"
- "Holly mullet!" Weston keeps bringing the comedy and I like it.
- What kind of gangster rides in on a Segway?
- I know I b*tch about product placement a lot but there was seriously an entire Subway commercial inserted into this episode.
- I really do hope there was a point to "Danny plays midwife" subplot, here.
- The blowtorch was awesome and certainly made up for the Segway. "Welcome to the Luau!"
"Pu'olo" was another solid hour of "5-0." Plenty of action, a few jokes and a resolution to the nagging"Shellburn" subplot. Mahalo if you hear me! Yup, I said it.
Crave Online Rating: 9 out of 10.