‘Hawaii Five-0’ season 5, episode 17 review: Jon Lovitz shines, Danny and Steve in therapy

Hawaii-Five-0With Danny disappearing for a while after the death of his brother on “Hawaii Five-0” we haven’t had a lot of Danny/Steve episodes where we can indulge in their sarcastic banter. Tonight, we are going to get a lot of that as they start to settle back into their normal groove, but will it land them a spot back under the microscope of their friendly neighborhood therapist?

We love the episodes of this show where Danny and Steve are in therapy together as they try to get one up on each other while still trying to look like they are co-operating. Because they haven’t shown any progress, the therapist wants to see them weekly. Of course they both deny that they need more help, but she won’t take no for an answer. She gives them home work – they have to do conflict counselling on their own time using a handbook from the therapist.

Danny and Steve get stuck together on a stake out and it pushes them to try to deal with some of their issues with each other as they also try to deal with little old ladies, a missing fern and a cat named Mr. Pickles. Danny learns that Steve used to be really passionate about playing guitar, but he gave it up after he got horrible stage fright and the complete vulnerability he felt at a grade 10 talent show. He finally opens up to Danny, saying that he grew up with the understanding in his household that showing an emotion is showing a weakness, but he is trying with Danny. After the talk Danny gets Steve a guitar to inspire him to face his fears and Steve is thankful… so thankful that he gives up control and lets Danny drive his own car.

Seeing Jon Lovitz as a diamond fence was great. He’s easily one of our favorite comedians, but seeing him in a more dramatic role is something special, because the guy has some serious acting chops. Episode grade: B

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