Hawaii Five-0 Review: John McGarrett Finally Catches The One That Got Away

Hawaii Five-0

Over the years, Steve McGarrett has come across a lot of people who knew his father. From the men who served with John McGarrett on the force, to the ones he helped on a day-to-day basis. He even once met a man who served with his grandfather at Pearl Harbor. He has even met a Japanese WWII bomber who John talked with during his final months. But since taking over Hawaii Five-0, no one has ever walked into Steve’s office and confessed to being John McGarrett’s lost target. For better or worse, Steve McGarrett takes an emotion-filled trip with a killer, not knowing that Adam’s situation has escalated to an uncontrollable point.

In 1975, police corruption was widespread in Honolulu, so the Hawaiian syndicate had a lot of control over the city. Which means they needed a hit man to do their dirty work. Four decades later, Leroy Davis confessed to being the one criminal that got away. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness which symptoms include rapidly progressing dementia, he knew this would be his only opportunity to tell the police where the bodies are buried, literally. He took Steve to the burial sites of every one of his kills. This man is a stone cold killer, but there’s more to him. He was a family man, who took the only job he could get after he served in Vietnam. It’s hard to wrap your head around a man who can bury bodies so easily with the man who drops his cats off at his neighbor’s house. And he wasn’t planning on sparing John’s life. The one time John McGarrett nearly caught Leroy, he was spared by Doris going into labor with Steve. All these decades later, Steve is finally able to give closure to 18 families.

Adam’s story is far from over. In fact, with all of his family skeletons (figuratively and literally), he may never get closure. Adam was only just made aware that he has a secret half-sister who took over a piece of the Yakuza, and was responsible for killing an FBI agent. This week, he comes face-to-face with his long lost sibling, with a gun to his head. She’s not after Adam, yet. She just wants the $20 million Michelle Shioma stole so that she can disappear. Only then would she spare the lives of Adam’s family. It was nice to see a mention of Kono and Chin, but they were supposed to be safe once they left Hawaii. At least that’s what Adam hoped.

It turns out that Adam knew where Michelle hid the money. Once he found it, he transferred it to his own “private” bank account, courtesy of his father’s old contacts. But the money was supposed to be used to pay his father’s old debts. Without it, the debts go unpaid and Adam’s family suffers the price. Once Jessie realizes the severity of the situation, she takes the money and runs. She made a rash decision in the fear of the moment. But if there’s one thing we know about the sister we just met, it’s that she is ruthless in getting what she wants. She’s the most likely candidate for who would kill Jessie, take the money, and leave the car on the side of the road. But did she actually do it? Or did some unknown third party go after Jessie? If that’s the case, Adam’s situation just got a whole lot worse.

Steve gave his father one more piece of closure, but will Adam ever be able to escape his family’s grasp?

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Steve and Adam deal with the ghosts in their respective fathers’s pasts, but will the strength of Hawaii Five-0 be enough to save them both?

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