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My thoughts under the cut.

I went into this episode with low expectations given CBS forced the whole Victoria Secret’s Model subplot to tie in to their big Tuesday night broadcast.

The model subplot wasn't that bad and had less screen time than advertised which I kind of guessed the way these things go down. Danny was cute, he wasn't drooling over himself or anything and I found the models fine. The stalker subplot was well, not imaginative, but the whole thing was short and I give them credit for that.

I guessed the bank robbery plot within the first fifteen minutes, but it held my interest pretty well. It was nice to see Kono and Steve working together, hello, they are a team :)

I would have liked more time given to the Cordova aspect of the story. The whole hit man trying to help someone was the most interesting part. Howell has great stage presence and I wanted to see more of his and Steve's interactions.

I don't think Steve was too nervous with Cordova until they entered the woods. Cordova kept his distance enough to be out of striking distance and the little twist at the end when he wanted Steve to play executioner well -- I knew that wouldn't work to well. If Steve didn't kill Wo Fat, he wasn't about to kill this guy.

I thought the other subplot with Max and his crush was cute. I felt the ice chip thing was a bit creepy, but the date in the cafeteria was sweet.

All in all, not bad, nothing too crazy. The end was fun an it was nice to see Steve and Danny in formal wear. And Grace with her Uncle Steve was beyond cute. I had a big grin on my face. I've been pretty high on the season so I just let this one slide.

I'm looking forward to next week's :)

Date: 2012-12-04 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had been cringing at the thought of the VS models storyline but it really wasn't that bad at all. I mean, the actual plot aspect of it was pretty trite, but the models were cute and Danny was flirty and Steve was jealous, so, it worked for me. Plus, the final scene with Uncle Steve! Aw! Steve and Gracie together makes my heart go smooshy.

As for the rest of it, meh, it was okay. You're right in that they should have made better use of C. Thomas Howell, he's a wonderful actor with a lot of presence.

Date: 2012-12-04 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah. Steve whole 'behave' and his smirks at the end were cute. The VS plot was thankfully short and my favorite part was the end with Grace and Steve.

More of Howell and Steve would have been great.

Date: 2012-12-04 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm always amazed (but not) how our comments are so similar! =D

And it really was a pleasant surprise that the VS thing wasn't too heavy-handed.

I adore C Thomas, so I was hoping to see him more. Oh well.

Date: 2012-12-05 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We tend to think a like. *nods*


Date: 2012-12-04 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's not a bad ep but I think we've been greatly spoiled this season with all the epic eps we've had. The pacing of both foot chases felt off to me, too slow and just... off.

I loved the ending the most but missed what Steve told Danny so I'll have to re-watch.

Next week?? I CANNOT WAIT for that one!

Now, I have to go to bed because y'know, work in the morning. Why did they ever makes Tuesday?? I mean, Mondays are meant to watch 5-0, write tags, talk about eps... not going to bed because of work in the morning. *huffs* The audacity of it is... just... ...


Date: 2012-12-05 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This season has been pretty crazily good, so I expect a few ho-him eppys

I can't wait for next week!

Date: 2012-12-04 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had many many thoughts throughout the episode. I can't say I enjoyed it a whole lot, but it did make me think meta thoughts, so that pleased me :)

Date: 2012-12-05 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't have too many thoughts other than the model plotline could have been worse and I would have liked the A plot explored more :)

Date: 2012-12-04 11:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I pretty much had the same reaction. After being beaten over the head with the Victoria's Secret thing, the amount of air time it got was reassuring, and the a-plot was very, very good, if complex and twisty. So yeah, yay, overall.

Date: 2012-12-05 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah. The VS thing was low-key which I appreciated. Fuuny, I pinged the plot 15mins in, but I thought it was so the dying dad would leave an insurance

Date: 2012-12-04 11:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not being American, I have only the vaguest of ideas as to what Victoria's Secrets even is. So to me, that whole subplot felt ridiculously contrived. Obviously these famous models are in Hawaii for something or other, so, "Oh. Hey," say TPTB, "let's write them into a Five-0 Episode." It was hugely MarySue and male fantasy wish fulfillment - and it had to be REALLY bad because it made me cringe and that stuff usually goes right over my head.

And no - meeeeh. It didn't work. It thought the plot was just ridiculous, and Danny busting in and shooting stalker knife lady, just off the bat didn't feel real.

And since when has Fong had access to all the stuff that Chin usually does back at HQ.
Grumble grumble mutter.

The other plot, I liked it a lot. Twisty and interesting with a side dish of Max and his lady. Humour - the naked hula dancer was a scream. Kono having to cuff him. "How is this fair?"

I would much rather have had a bit more depth in this story, as mentioned by others, and if the models had to be in the show, could Danny and Steve not have wormed their way onto the shoot and blatantly oggled them? At least it would have been honest.

Oh, and did anyone catch Steve's comment to Danny at the beginning? "I hope for your sake that Gabby comes back soon."

That's my thoughts.
Definitely not one of my favourites.

Edited (more than once!!!) for typos.
Edited Date: 2012-12-04 11:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-05 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is sad when the network can strong arm a plot to insert what they want for a PR stunt, but the model actors were not as bad as they could have been.

The naked hulu guy was funny and I did enjoy Kono and Steve kicking ass together. I'll probally re-watch the last 10 mins :)

Date: 2012-12-05 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I totally thought the ice chip thing was creepy!

I wish they could have used C Thomas Howell better - I felt like they kind of wasted him on that convoluted plot.

Next week's looks fantastic! =)

Date: 2012-12-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yes for the creepy ice chip moment. I was thinking "That's somewhat inappropriate, they haven't been on a date yet."

Victoria Secret doesn't mean diddly to me. It was obviously product placement to-the-max, but the lassie with the South African accent came across as quite genuine and Scott Caan was having an absolute ball.

Steve with his 'behave' and the family outing at the end was cute. And I laughed at the magic mushroom chase. Steve and Kono practically tiptoeing after the tiki dancer was hilarious.

All in all massively contrived and many WTF moments, but there was wheat in the chaff.


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