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Truth Comes from the Night (Mai ka po mai ka 'oia'i'o) is the 9th episode of Season 9 in the remake version of Hawaii Five-0.


A renowned urban vigilante is killed after making another citizen's arrest, and Five-0 delves into the world of super heroes and comic books to find the killer. Also, Adam finally gets closer to finding out who killed his half-sister.


The Yakuza are called together to strip Mr. Kimura of his position for attempting to frame Adam Noshimuri for the murder of his half-sister, Noriko before turning him over to Adam to charge him for the murder. Meanwhile, a vigilante by the name of Night Sentinel, real name, Gene Wahale, films an attempted citizen's arrest, only for the perp to get away, but leaves his bag and gun behind. Intending to report it, Gene is run over before being shot by a masked individual.

Many hours later, CSU process the scene while Danny Williams, Lou Grover, and Duke Lukela look at Gene's footage with Danny believing the dealer had a lookout, despite the dealer's backpack still on scene. Lou soon believed someone trailed Gene and waited until after taking down the dealer. Duke states his opinion on how vigilantes put themselves and the public at risk, and should leave it to professionals. They then notice a bunch of people, including Jerry Ortega, leaving flowers and gifts at a self-created memorial for the victim, who saved most of them, Jerry had taken a photo with him, saying he was fearless, which Danny replies that it'll make enemies, but was told that Gene was loved by many as the park they're currently in use to be dangerous and in the middle of a drug war.

Back at headquarters, the Five-0 team watch some of Gene's Night Sentinel videos of him making citizen's arrests, which happened since 2015, totaling 37. There was also threatening comments, some including emojis. They interrogate Niko, whose brother was put in prison thanks to Gene, but he denies murdering him as he was at a gentleman's club until 3:00 a.m., which had been confirmed, as well as 16 others' confirmed alibis. Many arrests Night Sentinel made were either still in legal system, or falling apart, but Steve McGarrett believes it isn't retaliation for thwarting a drug crime.

Arriving at Gene's apartment building, Tani Rey confides in Adam, who was thankful for what he had been going through, including his divorce from Kono Kalakaua, which the former replied it was for helping her brother, Koa. Rendezvousing with Jerry, they enter the apartment to discover it tossed and a computer missing. As he looked at a photo of a young Gene and his parents, Jerry tells Adam that they were killed in a home invasion robbery when Gene was 10. Since it wasn’t a robbery and with the missing computer, they believe Gene had incriminating raw footage, but Jerry believes there is an online backup.

Managing to recover the data, they find two suspicious files, one of which is to a rival vigilante called the Guardian and a threatening voicemail message, demanding he drop the investigation or pay the price. With a distorted voice, it was hard to pinpoint the speaker with Danny believing it was the Guardian. Finding him outside a bank, where a robbery was in progress, they stop both him and the thief, who reveals he was hired by the former before the Guardian tries to flee, only to be shot with a beanbag by McGarrett.

Jerry interrogates the Guardian, believing he left the message and intended to kill him, who completely denies it. Jerry then goes on to call him a coward and a fraud as Gene would've exposed him, leaving him without anything before the Guardian tells them Gene was having money problems when he heard he was selling his comic book collection. As Steve compliments Jerry on his interrogation, they meet up with Tani and Grover, who reveal Gene's insurance policy included the comic book collection worth $30,000, but the victim had no debt or personal issues. Adam and Junior Reigns then arriving, saying HPD found the car the killer drove in at Waianae Kai Forest Reserve, which had been reported stolen from the airport long-term car park, wiped completely clean. With the car in the forest, they believe the killer had an accomplice pick him up, or he called for a taxi.

Believing the comic books may had been sold to a store called Other Realms, Jerry and Grover head over and question the owner, Sharon, who knows Jerry as 'Jeremiah', about buying Gene's comic book collection, and she revealed the money was to fund a comic book series based on himself, starting with when his parents were murdered, and was working on a fourth issue.

The series shows that the main character's father, a reporter just like Gene's father, Trevor, may have been killed to stonewall something and was covered up as a robbery. Seeing a page of a sanctum sanctorum, they return to Gene's apartment, moving the closet by hand since the secret passageway doesn't actually open by pulling back a book. Behind the door was a secret room where Gene hid findings of his investigation, including some old VHS tapes of his father's reports, which involve a conspiracy where seemingly innocent people were being incarcerated for false crimes, with Ito Ishikawa, a former HPD Captain, and Frank Willoughby, a forensics analyst, as the main suspects. McGarrett refuses to believe the former had involvement as his father, John, spoke highly of him, and Willoughby died in the 90s and was completely spotless.

Junior and Tani question Claire, Frank's daughter, who revealed Gene had emailed her, asking if they could meet about her father, who was interviewed by the victim's father when he had cancer, and Claire says she never wanted to know about her father's involvement in the conspiracy, the interview of which Gene's parents were killed for the tape.

Convinced, McGarrett brings in Ishikawa, who was accompanied by his lawyer, Michael Pope. Ishikawa was the one that found Gene the day his parents were killed, and was among many of the people he started looking to blame. He became surprised about Willoughby's involvement in falsifying evidence in order to boost the conviction rates before Pope stops the interview and they leave.

Adam shows up and revealed he tracked a taxi service that picked up a fare near where the stolen car had been ditched, who paid in cash and was dropped off at the Kapuloha Garden Apartments. Using Eddie, they track down the killer, Darrel Wentz, who shoots at them before being killed by McGarrett. Wentz had multiple priors, including one for assault with a deadly weapon, which he only served 2 years and was represented by Pope.

McGarrett and Danny confront Pope at his office where they reveal Gene was investigating the wrong person in the conspiracy as Ishikawa wasn't the one working with Willoughby, Pope was, keen on making a big name for himself. He attempts to deny his involvement, but McGarrett shows the threatening message, now unscrambled to reveal Pope's voice, thanks to the latter's firm's website.

While Pope voluntarily surrendered, when it was all done in a comic adaption a week after the case, it was made to look like he attempted to escape in a private helicopter, only to be thwarted by McGarrett. Sharon expresses her gratitude for Jerry finishing Gene's story, which had become so popular, even the Five-0 team are reading copies that Danny, despite having given up comics, buys one for himself and another for Charlie. Duke and Ishikawa then show up, the latter revealing they're gonna investigate Pope and Willoughby's cases and exonerate all those who were falsely imprisoned of their crimes.


  • When Jerry and Grover first visit the comic book store, the theme to Star Trek (1966) was playing in the background.
  • When Adam and Jerry go to Gene's apartment, Adam notices the Ultraman action figure in Gene's apartment and mentions that he was a big fan of the show.
  • Noelani Cunha was not seen in this episode.

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(Danny comes across Charlie reading a copy of the comic book while holding one himself)
Danny Williams: Pretty cool Dad's in a comic book, huh?
Charlie Williams: Mm-hmm. Does that mean you and Uncle Steve are superheroes?
Danny Williams: That's exactly what it means, yeah.
Charlie Williams: Awesome!
Danny Williams: (points to Charlie's copy) Come on, give me that. (He hands it to him) Yeah. (They head over to the counter) Hey, brother. (He taps the counter to get the cashier's attention)
Steve McGarrett: (He comes up to them) Hey, what's up there, Mini D? (He gives Charlie a side-hug before seeing the comic in Danny's hand)
Danny Williams: What you have there?
Steve McGarrett: I should ask you the same question. I thought you put down childish things when you moved out of your parents' basement?
Danny Williams: (He looks at the cashier, who goes to ring up the copies) Thanks. (He turns back to Steve) Yes, I did, but, uh… (He points to Charlie) He's the child, and it's for him, it's not for me.
Steve McGarrett: Oh, I see. (He turns to Charlie) Well, here's the good news: You're not alone. I'm with you. Look, (He then points out to the other members of Five-0 reading their copies of the comic) and all the people over there, having a read?
Danny Williams: (He chuckles) Well, uh, you know, nothing wrong with a little fun for old time's sake, right?
Steve McGarrett: No, there's not. (He smiles)


  • The 20-year-old tape Trevor Wahale is in the 16:9 aspect ratio of high-definition TV. While HD broadcasts in the US began in 1996, and it's not impossible for Trevor's station to have HD equipment (though fairly improbable), the name/station logo graphic seen in the recording is clearly formatted for a 16:9 screen. Most people would likely have SD 4:3 TVs at the time that would cut off the sides of the image, and as such, the graphics would be designed to keep the name and logo within the 4:3 frame.
  • Despite being credited, Kimee Balmilero does not appear in this episode.



Name Portrayed by Role
Steve McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin A former Navy SEAL and the leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Danny Williams Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of the H50 Task Force and Steve's partner.
Adam Noshimuri Ian Anthony Dale An associate of the H50 team, and Kono's Ex-husband.
Tani Rey Meaghan Rath Former HPD cadet, who was recruited by H50
Jerry Ortega Jorge Garcia A conspiracy expert and an associate of the H50 team.
Junior Reigns Beulah Koale Former Navy SEAL and turned into Five-0 Task Force
Lou Grover Chi McBride Former leader of the HPD SWAT, and newest member of H50.
Kamekona Taylor Wily An associate of the H50 team, and owner of The Shrimp Truck.
Sgt. Duke Lukela Dennis Chun Sergeant with the Honolulu Police Department.

Recurring/Guest Starring[]

Name Portrayed by Role
Charles Williams Zach Sulzbach Danny Williams's Son, and second born child.
Kimura Dana Lee The Yakuza's investor, later arrest for attempting to frame Adam.
Hajime Masuda Sonny Saito Head of the Yakuza


Name Portrayed by Role
Gene Wahele Kalae Chung AKA, Night Sentinel, a vigilante and murder victim.
The Guardian Wyatt Nash A vigilante, who actually stages his captures.
Sharon Phoebe Neidhardt A comic book store employee.
Michael Pope Matthew Arkin A lawyer responsible for organising Night Sentinel's death, along with his parents.
Ito Ishikawa Stan Egi A retired police captain, accused of falsifying evidence by Night Sentinel.
Trevor Wahele Ryan Kalei Tsuji Night Sentinel's father.
Claire Willoughby Becky Wu Frank Willoughby's daughter.
Thief/Actor Moku Durant An actor hired by the Guardian to rob a bank.
Niko Cody Gomes Brother of a drug dealer Night Sentinel arrested.
Woman Amber Miles A woman who appears in this episode.
Young Gene Wahele Marlan Francis R. Ponce A younger version of Night Sentinel.
Dealer Jason Triplett A drug dealer Night Sentinel attempted to arrest.

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