Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Review “Ku I Ka Pili Koko” – The Power of Positive Thinking

Ku I Ka Pili Koko (Blood Brothers)

In this episode of Hawaii Five-0, called “Ku I Ka Pili Koko” (Hawaiian for “Blood Brothers”), Steve and Danny get closer than ever while awaiting certain death.

Once I saw the preview for this episode, I couldn’t help but to automatically set my expectations pretty high and I’m very happy to say that this one didn’t disappoint.

The Danny lover in me always appreciates a story where we get to see more of him, but it wasn’t just about Danny in this episode. Steve had a lot going on and played a big role in not only saving his buddy’s life but in helping him deal with some emotional issues as well. Once they were trapped under the building, Steve took action like he ways does. It was great to see them work together to keep Danny from submitting to the fears from his claustrophobia. Sure, it was Danny’s idea to recite the baseball stats, but Steve not making fun of him for it and later actually asking him for more stats while he pulled out the rebar showed how much he understood exactly what Danny needed.

After Danny was rescued from his partial cement coffin, it seemed like things were basically going to go right back to normal. The banter began again and all was right with the world… except it wasn’t. They ended up being trapped for a lot longer than I expected and that lead to some truly beautiful moments in their bromance. Danny’s overall attitude is something that has been joked about and blamed on him being from Jersey. Danny’s the grumpy one and Steve is the optimist. That’s the way it’s been from day one and that’s the way it would stay, right?

Not so much. As they found themselves trapped longer and longer – with their air running out and Danny’s injuries looking grimmer the longer they went untreated – Danny took a look at his own mortality and seemed fully prepared to face death. Steve told him to just overcome the fear, but it didn’t work and that’s when the truth came out and Danny finally admitted that he never allowed himself to be happy. Even on his wedding day, all he could see was the day that it would end. Steve didn’t laugh when he realized his partner was telling the truth, instead he told him to try and see things in a new light, to allow himself to be happy. He gave Danny an anchor, Amber, and told him to bring her closer into his life.

It was a huge thing for both of them and it has me curious if we’re about to see a whole, new Danny. Then again, it’s not as easy as snapping one’s fingers to change like that, but I think this experience will help him get there. At the end of it all, there was another surprise waiting. Once the boys were rescued and each being held by the ladies (including the little ladies) they loved, the big twist was revealed. The bomb hadn’t been a fluke and everything was connected to the mysterious body in Cambodia. Except it’s not a mystery now that we know it was Wo Fat’s mother, that Doris was supposed to assassinate Wo Fat’s father and got his wife instead and that Wo Fat’s father is still alive.

My favorite bits:

“Maybe it’s just me but aren’t there supposed to be guns in a gun deal?”

Danny asking Steve to admit he was wrong. Excuse me a second… *collapses into hysterical laughter*

Knew it was coming, but still. WHOA!

Grace coming face to face with Amber in the kitchen wearing nothing but her dad’s shirt. I’m with Steve though, it was kind of funny

Steve pointing out that Danny wasn’t afraid for Grace so much as he was afraid for himself. That, I believe.

“I know people.”
“You know how to kill people. There’s a big difference.”

Catherine immediately trying to dig through the rubble, not realizing how far away Steve and Danny were.

Danny’s hand poking out of the rubble and Steve grabbing it.

Danny reciting the ’86 Mets lineup to keep himself calm, and the way both he and Danny laughed at him for it.

Steve discovering a piece of rebar in Danny’s gut. Oh man, this is so not good.

Steve asking Danny to recite more baseball stats to keep him conscious during a little bit of field surgery. Danny is officially a badass.

Chin apologizing for being rude after punching Dekker in the face. Well, at least he was polite about it.

Catherine hearing Steve and Danny banging on the headphones.

Danny pointing out that a normal response to certain death was the fetal position and messing one’s pants. Sounds about right to me.

“We got an ETA on that? I’m literally being held together by duct tape.”

Danny waving at Catherine and telling her it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Aw, good for him.

“I’d prefer not to drink toilet water.”

Steve asking Catherine to make a reservation at their favorite sushi restaurant for when he got home.

“I meant to call you this morning, but uh…”
“Save it, I’ve heard that whole ‘trapped under a building’ thing before.” – Okay, I’m really starting to like Amber more and more.

“The worst game of Jenga ever.”

Danny admitting that every time was happy all he could think of how it was going to end. Oh Danny.

“Whatever happens, I really, really, from the bottom of my heart hate you so much.”
“I love you too, pal.” – That is now my favorite moment in the series, ever.

Danny introducing Amber to Steve.

Ah! An actual “I love you” from both of them?? Okay, now that is my new favorite moment.

Steve proving to Cobb that he most certainly hadn’t gotten the message, by marching into his office.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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