Hawaii Five-O is one show that really relies on the team approach, and in this week’s third episode of Season 4, “Ka’ola’I’o’ Ma Loko” (The Truth Within), Lost favorite, Jorge Garcia comes along as a conspiracy-loving case cracker. Meanwhile, Lt. Commander McGarrett may have reason to regret letting Catherine take a job with her old flame as a boss after all.
A sexy fruit salad seems the perfect start to a romantic night for a wealthy philanthropic young couple, until an impromptu dip in the pool leads to death for the Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn (Jared Ward and Jesiree Dizon) by masked assassins, leaving only their baby’s cry painfully heard in the monitor. Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) assures Catherine (Michelle Borth) that she can make the transition from her Naval Intelligence career to civilian life with no trouble, and that he’s cool with her working for old boyfriend, Billy Harrington (Jason Bruening). “I trust you, that’s all I need,” he tells her, before being called to the case. The scene is crawling with cops, and Danny (Scott Caan) breaks the rules and the police tape to tend to the crying baby daughter with his daddy softness. Dr. Max (Masi Oka) is on the line to Germany, arranging a special procurement for Steve to make Catherine’s day extra special, and the particular closeness seems to rub Danny the wrong way. After identifying her sister’s body, a willing aunt answers questions from Danny and Steve, and takes guardianship of the baby daughter, saying she wants “to be able to give her an answer” regarding her parents’ murder. Word comes that Kono and Adam have made it safely to Hong Kong.
The case starts taking shape when playboy Van Horn brother, Hewitt (Jake Lockett) seems a likely mark, having sold his private access code to his relatives’ property for a quick $15,000, but shocked to learn of the deaths. When a mysterious whale bone artifact appears to be the sole taken object from the home, Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) suggests an old band camp buddy may be perfect to bring in as an expert. En route, Danny and Steve have one of their deep discussions, with Steve calling Danny “Dr. Phil,” with his worries that Catherine and her new boss are doomed to have a “rabbit romp” when put in a tempting situation. Steve stays strong in conveying trust. Chin Ho details a unique list of do’s and don’ts around his friend, Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), in a fun joining of the two Lost co-stars. Jerry takes no time to decipher the value of the bone or its unique insignia of the Hawaiian League, relating the correlation between the famous headquarters statue and the precious rings of the Italian de Medici family. The name Griffin Moore arises as the seller of the access code, but it’s not him who has ties to a decomposing body in a warehouse with craft materials and plaster of Paris. Catherine has a poignant moment parting with her uniform and her name badge, but still manages to use her Navy credentials to do some encryption study of letters scanned by Jerry from Italy. A code is deciphered to reveal that the rings are under “the King’s right foot,” and the team concludes that the perpetrators have already taken the real statue from headquarters, and put up a fake, especially when timed with missing maintenance trucks. Max holds Steve’s special gift for Catherine as collateral until he gets his $1300, the offer of $78 being a no-go. The team uncovers that some “art thieves” have arrived in Hawaii, and head for the museum. The Scrimshaw Leaf is the object of their lust, and the key to the rings.
There is a shootout at the gallery, but not even a motorcycle stops McGarrett as the thief mows down precious pieces, and once outside, Danny does the honors of the expected “book ’em Danno” while Steve locates the prized leaf in his vest. Danny and Steve allow Jerry to have the honor of unlocking the vault case with the “key” and the leaf, does lead to those Golden de Medici rings, as the crime ring is routed. Jerry savors the first victory in crime-fighting using his distinctive skills. Danny delivers a gift, outgrown by his dear daughter, Grace, a stuffed monkey, to the baby daughter of the Van Horn’s in a very tender scene.
Steve comes bearing gifts for Catherine’s ceremony to depart the Navy, and the treasure turns out to be an old Chicago record recalled from childhood, as he assures her “everything’s gonna be all right,” as her mother once did with the music. She accepts her final service award to the salute of the entire Hawaii Five-O crew, but also with a long stare from an applauding Billy, too, who tried to woo her with cake at a surprise party. Maybe Steve shouldn’t dismiss Danny’s rabbit theories quite so fast!