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9.11 – Hala i ke ala o’i’ole mai

Still reeling from the murder of one of their ohana, Steve and Catherine (Michelle Borth), along with Danny, Junior and some old friends, Harry Langford (Chris Vance) and Wade Gutches (David Keith), hunt down the killer. Also, Tani and Grover investigate when a bag of human bones, discovered inside an abandoned storage locker goes missing, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CBS translated Hala i ke ala o’i’ole mai to Gone on the Road from which There Is No Returning

Even before the episode aired, I had my doubts that this would be as good as the last one. Splitting the screen time with different plot lines is never a good idea, especially not with the important episodes. Hawaii Five-0 is always best when they focus on just one storyline. Either it be the crime-of-the-week, or like in this case, a more personal storyline. And I was right to be worried.

I totally agree… was worried there would be too much time spent on a meaningless sub-plot. And while the storyline was wrapped up pretty quickly, it still used up too much valuable screen time.

No disrespect to the guys in the subplot, but I had not an iota of interest in that storyline. Honestly, the only thing I even remember about it is that Tani hit on Adam, which I found rather creepy. I must say I like her less and less. In my eyes, she is just a conceited wanna-be.

Agreed, that come on was really creepy. Even Adam thought so… yeah, I know it is TV and not real, but still, I think it weirded the character out, too.

This whole part of the show was one gigantic waste of time. Sorry, but I won’t give it a second thought, or a second view. 😉

Good… and now on to better stuff.

So, on to the conclusion of the Joe-storyline. That episode (9.10) was and still is amazing. So it was clear it would be very difficult to top it, or even come close to it.

But, in my opinion, given the time frame they had to work in, it was pretty good. Parts of it could have been better, but by the end, I was totally pleased.

We start off with learning that it has been more than four weeks since Joe’s death. What we don’t learn is how Steve spent these past four weeks. Here is my take on the time that has passed.

He buried Joe in the spot Joe himself picked. At first I wanted to see that, but on second thought I think it’s even better not to have seen it. This was a very private affair, and I think it was best this way. No need for a big funeral with military honors and all. Besides, Joe was forced into retirement, so I doubt that a big military funeral was even an option. And I am perfectly fine with it.

I had it in my head how that should have happened, but it didn’t happen MY way (can’t imagine why they didn’t consult me on that). So, I’m good with using our imaginations for that scene. I agree, Joe is buried beneath that tree.



I also think he contacted Catherine at some point, or maybe she contacted him. No matter what, they communicated. And I am also sure that she’s the one that brought the lawyer to Steve.

At first, I wanted Steve to contact her, asking for help, but the more I think about it, I wish she found out what was going on (I mean, five SEALS were killed, the CIA had to hear something of it) and she came to help without being asked. She just showed up. I don’t know if she brought the lawyer, or if she had him delivered there, but yes, I think that was her doing.


Now, let’s talk about the torture for a moment. No, that certainly wasn’t a nice thing to do. But this was SEAL Steve in war mode; different rules apply. This was a black OP, very different rules apply. And anyone getting involved like the lawyer did, must live with the consequences of their actions.

I agree. It bothered me to watch when Steve pulled out that knife, but he got his needed answers.


I wonder what they did with him after he gave up the wanted information. Guess Cath called her contacts and they took him away to never be seen, or maybe he will face trial. Who knows. But do we really care? Don’t think so.

Nah, he needs to be in a secure facility someplace. Out of the way. And I don’t think they necessarily had, and tortured, him for the full time they were there at the ranch. I can’t believe he held out for a month. My thoughts are that Cath arrived and they… plotted (get your minds out of the gutters) about best to get their answers. Whatever else they did in that month is anyone’s (ahem) guess. But I choose to be a little bit more tactful than Danny.


Just a couple of thoughts on Danny’s arrival. First, there is a perfect road/drive and he decided to leave it and drive right through the yard. Really? He’s lucky Steve didn’t use the gun first and ask questions later. And when I first saw him, that grin on his face just set me off. He knew Steve wasn’t in a good place. Grinning at him wasn’t the best option. Then he made light of the situation by using the terms “grieving process” and “playing house” when talking about Cath and Steve. No, he didn’t know what they were really doing, but I thought those comments were pretty rude when knowing that his partner was hurting.

Honestly, his presence in this episode was so short lived that I didn’t waste a second to think about him. Other than wondering why he was even there. He for sure didn’t help with the action, or in any other aspect. I really do wonder why he is written that way. He is useless. But, never mind. At least he didn’t ruin the episode.



When he learned what the plan was, he immediately began whining. “It’s 10,000 miles, I don’t have a passport (really???) and We don’t even have a starting five.” Just go home. Please.



I thought it was super cool to use Frank Bama’s daughter as a pilot. Not sure how they connected, but that was a good touch. Frank was Joe’s friend, too, and I loved that tie-in.

Yes, I agree. Nice touch to have kind of a connection to another friend there.


On the plane, I loved Wade’s story. OK, I love Wade, period. David Keith, who plays him is a die-hard University of Tennessee fan and my son-in-law said he would be on campus a lot. He lives in Knoxville and apparently is a really cool guy.

OK, I digressed a bit. Wade was telling a story, but Steve was a million miles away. Well, he was in Marakesh, I guess having a flashback with Greer. My first thought was that they entered the room, tearing off each other’s clothing and didn’t even bother to close the door. 🙂 What I took from that scene was Steve calling their sex “stress relief” and “therapy”. It was easy to see that Greer (who apparently doesn’t have a first name??? did I miss it?) was totally enamored with this SEAL and wanted a lot more ‘therapy’.

Yeah, their sex was really just that. Sex. No relationship involved. I liked that. I guess Greer had a lot of hopes. Yeah, well, Missy, not gonna happen. 😉




Catherine pulled him back to reality and said one of her best lines. “I’m in this with you until the end.” There is no doubt where her allegiance lies.

That is actually what PL has been telling everyone for many years; she’ll be in this until the end. Enough said.


Loved Steve meeting Harry in the bar. We don’t know how long Harry had been in Laos, but he had the low-down that they needed for the op. Loved Steve’s line “Any other local tips?” after Harry complained about the beer.

I think Steve had contacted Harry right away, probably even before he knew where Omar was. On a side note, someone on twitter suggested a show with just Steve, Cath, Gutches and Harry. I would totally watch that. Count me in. Me, too!


This brings up a point I thought of. Harry has worked with the team a couple times. He had asked for their help in the past and this time, he goes to Laos when Steve asks for a favor. That’s a good friend. For all we know, he could have been a part in the planning at the ranch. I kind of like that we don’t know how Steve got his team together.

Yeah, no questions asked. Just ready to help.


When they are going over the op, Harry announces that Steve and Cath are going in as a married couple. I have seen it argued that the ‘marriage’ was totally unnecessary. Maybe. But it set them up as married and bored and gave Cath the option to flirt with Dimitri while Steve is sitting right next to her. It made sense to me. And also on this subject, I read on Twitter that Steve looked totally bored when Harry announced he would be married to Cath for this op. My take on it is that Wade immediately said, “Aww, isn’t that sweet,” and Danny said, “Mozel tov”. Cath was smiling at Steve and he looked embarrassed at the jokes. He said “I do” to get over the comedy and get the boys back on task.

Steve was in total Mission-Mode. Not much time or in the right mood to joke around. I loved that they went as a bored married couple. Perfect disguise. Think about it.



The two of them did clean up pretty good for being in a foreign country with not a lot of supplies. I guess Harry carries a tux with him wherever he goes. 🙂 Loved Cath’s comment when Harry said Steve looked good. “He’s spoken for, Cowboy.”

Yeah, but honestly, that didn’t look like Alex being filmed from behind when they went into the casino. Later, yes, but not outside.


Yes, he is. And that was another of her good lines.

The next was when he was ‘complaining’ about her taking half of the chips at the gaming table. Again, they were bickering in public IN CHARACTER. Loved her comment, “Don’t be a Caveman, Darling.”

They were so in character. Perfection.


I did notice that when Harry gave them rings, he had two gold bands for them. But check out the gaming table scene. Cath was wearing a gold band and also an engagement ring. Just saying… 🙂

Huh, I didn’t notice that. Well, then you need to go back and watch again!

An odd thing I thought of was that Dimitri grabbed his money and left the casino. They waited a beat, but then raced after him and were running out the door while Dimitri was still getting into his car. Should they not have waited until Dimitri could not see them? Yes, that’s plot and direction, but it struck me as odd. And, while on the subject. Dimitri supposedly could not be tracked, so they make him glow with something in his drink. Yet, when he arrived at the hotel, Steve was right behind him. Maybe Harry isn’t as good of a tracker as he thought. 🙂

I was laughing out loud at that. That was rather stupid. The running after him, just as driving right behind them. Totally contradicting what they said earlier, and what the whole casino scene was about. Made no sense.

Loved the scene where Catherine asked Steve how he was doing. Of course, he assumed she was discussing the op, but she wanted to know how HE was doing. He was honest with her – he blamed himself for everything that happened. She argued that it was not his fault Joe died. He argued that he was blind when it came to Greer and you can see the moment he decides to tell Cath about their hookup. But surprise, she already knew. All those years, she knew and chose not to make an issue of it. Another point in her favor.

As Cath said, it was before they started dating. Why should she have mentioned it? But yes, lesser people would have said something. And I totally loved that Steve didn’t even hesitate for a second to tell her how he felt. She is the only one that really gets him, that he opens up to completely.



In Cath’s flashback with Greer, she seemed rather blindsided that Greer even brought up the fact that she and Steve were dating. Of course, Greer had to add that Steve would never settle down… even adding “as much as we all would want him to…” Well, he would never have settled down with her because she wasn’t what he was looking for. Sorry, but the woman was a total witch with a capital B. Cath said she didn’t believe anything Greer said about Steve, so even at the time, Cath knew the woman was trouble.

Even back then Cath knew that Steve had no investment in Greer, that it was just casual sex. All good. 😊


OK, they are wrapping up. They find Hassan and his family and kill everyone in their path to get to him. Hassan wants Steve to shoot him, too, but he didn’t get his wish. Instead, Steve pleaded for the cycle to be over. Who knows if any of that got through, but it was a good speech.

Steve was not out to kill as many people as possible, he wanted the one responsible. The one who betrayed him and Joe, and his buddies. And he for sure would not kill in front of a little boy.


During all that, Cath and Danny were held at gunpoint and Harry called in another favor. He’s a smart man… make friends with the local police woman when you get to town. Again, Harry is a good friend to have.

Yes, it is very cool to have him around. Wouldn’t mind to see him more often.Me, either, just as long as the episodes have a plot and are not done for comedy.

One way or another, Hassan gives up Greer and suddenly Cath and Steve are in her house in China. She must have felt fairly safe because she didn’t know Cath was already there when she got home. I loved her smirk when she said, “We are all together again,” and Catherine’s “not for long” comment. She said that Cath hadn’t taken her “good advice” so apparently, she had kept tabs on both Steve and Cath throughout the years. Talk about a cyber stalker. She was creepy.

Very creepy. I loved how casually Steve stood there, knowing that Cath would have his back.

When Steve asked how much money it would take to turn over names of your friends to be killed, she said it wasn’t all about money, that there were other factors. From that, I believe she was talking about spite and if she couldn’t have Steve, then no one would. She would have him killed instead. Along with anyone in contact with him.

There you can see what a psycho she really was. If you like or even love someone, you want him to be happy. If that was with someone else, well, then so be it. You for sure don’t run around and want him dead.


Things didn’t work out as she planned and she got a bullet for her efforts. Good riddance, former Agent Greer. You didn’t get your man. Looks like Steve owes Cath once again.

I’m really glad she got killed. Not prolonging her story was the right choice.


From China, we are back in what I assume is Montana.

At least they are wearing coats. I will assume Danny, Junior and Harry have already left as they are not seen or heard. Besides, they all have jobs to get back to.

Yeah, I think they had flown home.


Steve and Wade have a moment which is good. “Find a good woman and retire.” We can only hope. But the line that got me was “Joe would have been proud of you.” That, he would be.

LOL, Steve had already found the good woman. Just saying.

And he rides off on his bike while Cath has her goodbye.

She again tells Steve that Joe was a good man. Then he says “You don’t know, do you?” He then told her the story from back in 2002 when Joe told Steve to ask her out. That was a sweet flashback. I loved that when he said it was a date, she was so silent that he thought the call had dropped. Oh, and he also lied to her CO, saying he had been gravely wounded (well, I’m guessing that was true) but he only said it so that he could talk to her on the phone. He was a man on a mission. 🙂 I thought it was great that he had a cellphone used back in 2002. That was a good visual. Loved when she asked him “What took you so long.”

I think that is one of my favorite scenes from the show. I love it.

And then we see her response to the story. Tears and saying she is really glad Steve took Joe’s advice. And he replied that he was, too. They have been through a lot together. Good times and bad, but they are always together even when they are apart. I have no doubt about that.

And she left with… “Till next time.” That’s right, Cath, let’s make it a ‘next time’.

Yes, and please rather soon.

Steve is left standing there by himself, wearing Joe’s coat, presumably going back to Joe’s ranch. Not sure what will be done with it, but I’m sure he needs to close it up. At least, wash the blood off the floor of the barn. Here is speculation, but I am guessing Steve is Joe’s heir. There was never any mention of children although he had been married several times. The ranch could now be Steve’s. I don’t know how a death certificate or documentation would be handled in a case such as this, but I would think the Navy and CIA would be able to handle that.

I think Steve will need a bit more time to get it all in order.



Just my thoughts. Oh, and I didn’t realize until I just watched the ending again that Lucia Bama was flying a Coast Guard plane. Wonder where that came from?

Guess they have friends in many places. 😊


Well, I think it was a great episode. With awesome scenes in it. But because of the absolutely uninteresting sub-plot it can’t be an awesome episode as a whole. But great is good. 😉

The portions I watched the second and third times were totally awesome. I fast-forwarded through the other mumbo-jumbo and watched the heart of the show.

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