Hawaii Five-0 season 8 episode 7 contained a few things to feel very happy about. For one, we had a chance to see the return of Ian Anthony Dale as Adam! While Kono did not return to Hawaii he did, and he got a chance to try to establish some sort of normalcy for himself rather than living out of hotel rooms while his wife was undercover.
However, what Adam started to realize over the episode was how sad it was being separate from his wife — if that idea in alone isn’t sad enough. He returned to an empty home, but Five-0 ended up finding a use for him right away in their latest case: Trying to stop an elaborate bank heist. This was one that proved to be all the more complicated as time went on, largely because these robbers were smart, intuitive, and very well-prepared. If it wasn’t for Junior being in the right place at the wrong time, the team wouldn’t have been able to get any sort of jump on them.
Also, there was another problem that unfolded — seeing many of the robbers disguise themselves as police offers to add even more confusion to the mix. For a brief period of time, it also looked as though Steve had accidentally killed one of the good guys in friendly fire — luckily, that did not turn out to be the case, though any loss of life is sad (even the bad guys).
While eventually the robbers were stopped, can we pour some praise again in the Five-0 stunt team? The flipping cars and chase sequences were some of the best of the season. Probably, they were the best action sequences since the end of this past season.
Another one of the things to happy about tonight was seeing some backstory for some of the supporting characters. Before Junior spotted the possible robbery, he also was able to see a woman from his past — someone who was now expecting a baby. It was a reminder to him of how much life has changed since he was fighting for his country.It was so much harder later in the episode when we learned that he was extremely close to her before going overseas.
There was also a small subplot in here for Tani as Grover helped her out following a crisis — one that he was able to overlook in part because she was well-meaning and a rookie. The problem Tani still has here, though, is that her brother is on borrowed time if he keeps dragging her into true and she keeps having to find a way to keep things from going south.
In terms of action, this was one of the best episodes of the entire season — it was one of the few missing Scott Caan, but the show found some great ways to make it work with the crew they had. It was nice to get some Junior backstory to make up for the void.