|Nothing More the Eyes to Search For|
|Season 9, Episode 5|
|Air date||October 26, 2018|
|Written by||Zoe Robyn & Sean O'Reilly|
|Directed by||Liz Allen Rosenbaum|
On the Slope of the Cliff, Not One Jutting Rock is Hidden from Sight
Is Borne on the Back; Is Borne in the Arms
On Halloween, Jerry and his friends search his childhood camp for evidence to a murder he witnessed as a boy, while McGarrett investigates a little girl who drew pictures depicting the scene of a recent murder before it was discovered.
Buckle up for a spooky ride that starts, as half of all scary stories do, at summer camp. In 1982, young Jerry and four of his friends were breaking curfew to roast marshmallows, and Jerry regaled his pals with a tale of an ax murderer in those very woods. Clearly, the aforementioned murderer was hermit Bo Bradley who lived nearby. Jerry’s pals Crystal, Eric (recurring guest star Andrew Lawrence), and Ano are bored by his story, which he insists is true. Apparently young Jerry is a little dishonest.
That means that no one believes Jerry when he actually witnesses a man cleaning a bloodied ax in the woods later that night. Thirty-something years later, Jerry and his friends gather back at their old camp. It’s become a yearly tradition for them to come back to look for the body. Young Jerry was convinced the victim was a missing teenager named Susanna Tumuro who disappeared right at that time. He apparently went to great lengths to search for her but never found a trace. The old camp and surrounding woods are marked for development, so this is their last chance. That’s something weighing significantly more on Jerry than anyone else.
Noelani joins them with some specialized equipment to help the search. They uncover a bone, but it is revealed to be canine. Jerry doesn’t want to give up, remarking on how some killers have been known to bury dogs on above their victims to ward off discovery. His friends bail, though, as it starts to rain. Noelani has to get the equipment out of the storm. But Jerry remains behind, frantically continuing to dig through the storm. The others return to their cabin and soon discover their keys and phones are missing. (No way I would have left those articles behind!) Noelani confidently tells them she puts her under her pillow. They are gone too. Everyone is annoyed with Jerry, as they assume he trapped them there. Jerry then appears himself, with a cinematic backdrop of furious rain and lightning. He has a different bone…..this one is human! Oh, but he didn’t take their things.
On that note, a man appears in the doorway with a mask brandishing an ax. It’s a suitable jump scare. Just as you realize it’s a bit too cheesy, the mask comes off, and it’s their fourth friend Gordon. He was late to the get-together and couldn’t resist pranking his pals. Their keys and wallets are in his car. Gordon goes to get them. Everyone is clearly still on edge. They are irritated when Gordon comes staggering back, clutching his throat, with blood all over him. Noelani quickly realizes it’s not a prank. The real murderer has returned. Up to that point, I was completely expecting the murderer wouldn’t put in an appearance but they would just reveal him later on a screen or something. They quickly barricade themselves in, but the murderer decides to burn them out. Jerry tells his friends to escape out the window, while he creates a diversion out front. He runs out to face the murderer, only to lose the upper hand. Thankfully, a shotgun blast from the real Bo Bradley saves the day. Jerry and company unmask their villain and see their old camp counselor. (Much like a classic Scooby-Doo episode, he was identified early on in the episode when he mocked young Jerry to a police officer for his “imagination getting the best of him.)
While Jerry and Friends got their “meddling kid” groove on, McGarrett along with Tani and Junior worked a disturbing mystery of their own. (Danny was presumably spending Halloween with his kids, but that also means we didn’t get a single McDanno moment.) The case of the week is naturally murder. But the twist is that a little girl apparently drew the crime scene and the body before it was found. She tells them she didn’t draw the pictures though. Her friend Molly, whom her parents think is imaginary, did. Of course, Molly isn’t imaginary, rather the unwilling accomplice and daughter of the killer who turns out to be targeting women who look like his ex-wife. (“What if this kid knows so much about the murder because she was there?” Steve theorizes after they learn Molly is real. I groaned because that was so obvious.) They are able to rescue Molly, and I did get a lump in my throat when Tani picked up the poor child and hugged her. Molly’s mom came to pick her up, and hopefully she can afford therapy.
Just when it seemed like this episode would be a complete one-off, Tani gets the call. The gun she found does match the weapon used to kill Noriko Noshimuri. As we knew it would, but this does make Adam look a wee bit guiltier. It seems unlikely it was planted so obviously to frame him, but it also seems unlikely he would have left it in such an accessible place. There’s more to the story...hopefully. For now, what will Tani do next? To be determined….
I think that, especially with Danny being gone, this episode missed a chance to focus more on the bond between Tani and McGarrett. That would have helped make that ending note more somber, since now she will have to tell him what she found. It could still play out with a solid emotional backbone, but they could have reinforced her internal conflict a bit more.
- Jerry digs the hole and found only one bone.
- Noelani dressed up as Velma in Scooby Doo.
- Adam Noshimuri, Danny Williams, Duke Lukela and Kamekona Tupuola did not seen in this episode.
- Despite being credited, Scott Caan, Ian Anthony Dale, Taylor Wily and Dennis Chun do not appear in this episode.
- The hero neighbor, who saved the day, is named Bo Bradley. He is a neighborhood legend, rumored to be a mysterious killer. In To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) the neighbor, who saves the day, and is a neighborhood legend, believed to be a killer, is named Boo Radley.
|Steve McGarrett||Alex O'Loughlin||A former Navy SEAL and the leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.|
|Lou Grover||Chi McBride||Former leader of the HPD SWAT, and newest member of H50.|
|Jerry Ortega||Jorge Garcia||A conspiracy expert and an associate of the H50 team.|
|Tani Rey||Meaghan Rath||Former HPD cadet, who was recruited by H50|
|Junior Reigns||Beulah Koale||Former Navy SEAL and turned into Five-0 Task Force|
|Dr. Noelani Cunha||Kimee Balmilero||Medical Examiner for the Hawaii Five-0 team.|
|Eric Russo||Andrew Lawrence||Danny Williams's nephew and a crime lab specialist.|
|Nalani Lukela||Laura Mellow||Wife of Sgt. Duke|
|Akela Nakahara||Cidni Romias||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Captain Keo||Eric Steinberg||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Crystal||Mary Lynn Rajskub||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Young Crystal||Jade Heimowitz||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Gordie||Michael Spellman||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Young Gordie||Luke Bagley||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Ano||Derek Basco||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Young Ano||Kai Murata||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Emily Cass||Carly J. Casey||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Jane Martin||Ashley Chewning||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Blaine Morgan||Noah Moore||Counselor|
|HPD Uni. Officer Singer – 1982||Gregory Suenaga||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Bo Bradley||Pat Gilbert||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Kalei Iosia||Claudia Elmore||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Molly||Jaycee Cryan-Cadiente||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Katie||Saini Tuimaunei||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Travis Iosia||David Bertin Greene||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Boyfriend – 1980||Jay Hector||A man who appears in this episode.|
|Girlfriend – 1980||Olivia Jordan||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Reporter||Chelsea Davis||A woman who appears in this episode.|
|Young Jerry||Joshua Gonzalez||A man who appears in this episode.|