What happens when three married, “normal” guys from Cleveland take a last grab at playing wild singles during spring break on the watch of “Hawaii Five-O”? Well, not what they were hoping for, and in April 24’s offering, “Ho’amoano” (Chasing Yesterday), Episode 22 for Season 5, the crime-fighting force has some sobering truths to deliver, a dishonorable trafficking ring to stop, and an honor to bestow. Back up came from the real Honolulu police chief, and there’s nothing like seeing some favorite rascal stars from the 80s and 90s to fill those hapless roles, either.
Beer bottles, bare, hairy legs, and a very bad haircut are all that remain as reminders of a “bachelor weekend” adventure guised as a hunting expedition for wild boar to the spouses left behind, when three Cleveland CPA’s suffer from more than severe hangovers upon mid-day light. A young lady whom nobody knows is dead in their hotel bathtub, a bullet through her head, and none of the gentleman has the foggiest recollection of what transpired hours before. Iconic “bad boy” stars, Pauly Shore, Kevin Farley, and Jaleel White star as the trio out for a last adventure, never imagining a nightmare like this. This was a far cry from any of Steve Urkel’s well-meaning messes on “Family Matters,” but the actor seemed to love the shadow cast by tough Captain Grover, Chi McBride. Steve and Danny (Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan) have little patience with the bleary memories, but their explanations of innocence seem to check out. Jerry (Jorge Garcia) is working as a delivery driver for Kamekona (Taylor Wily), and just starting to groove to the “Speed Racer” theme, when he witnesses a woman being abducted into a car right off the street. He tries to tail the car, only to find the driver shot, and the woman gone, so Kono (Grace Park) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) jump on the leads. Jerry makes an appeal that his time in the danger zone for the public good merits a badge, beyond gratitude, before it is revealed that the woman and her partner were in the same sex trafficking business.
The boys deposited their wedding bands in a bottle upon their island arrival, after requesting 18 keys to their hotel room, so it’s no wonder that they had no idea that the deceased woman had a key to their room, before they put her body in a crater. Max (Masi Oka) confessed to a spring break tale of tattoos and time in a Mexican prison to Lou, who didn’t want any more details. The examiner discovered large amounts of “Special K” coursing through the veins of the men, further explaining their lack of memory. Jerry makes an identification of the woman abducted from photos, and meanwhile, the slugs from the victim in the hotel room don’t match the hunting weapons used to support the guys’ story. Steve makes Danny promise that “Gracie will get her degree online,” as he and Danny question partiers about the revelry the night before. There were not many fish biting in these older boys’ sea, and even going to a bar called The Fix was no fix, only ending in hair on fire for Pauly Shore as his character, Jake Lockhard, and cops in pursuit. The trafficking case turns out to be a planned capture of getting to the woman before she can uncover her partner. Under questioning, a woman who had seen the deceased young lady the night before said she had anything but hanky-panky on her mind, and her apartment held evidence that she was about to meet her father, whom she never knew, discovered by her attorney, and soon to pass away. The fading father’s son, portrayed by Todd Robert Anderson, better known as a writer and director of recent quirky films, pretends to be happy about his new half-sibling, but further probing from Danny and Steve, and some looks at hotel surveillance, show that he was indeed the killer, tracking her to the room, and taking the fatal shot. He attempts to “lawyer up,” not having been read his rights, but revelation comes soon enough that he couldn’t bear the thought of sharing $20 million. A local coffee company turns out to be the perfect hideout for the trafficking set up, and Kono and Chin fire guns blazing as the harvest gets done. What they thought was sex trafficking is truly just a slave labor camp. Kono takes the shot that leaves their targeted Madam dead in the water.
The straying musketeers are escorted to the airport by Captain Grover, who admonishes them to keep to the straight and narrow, and restores their wedding rings. They decide that it is still better to be criminals on probation than stricken with a lifetime STD. Jerry is about to be honored for valor at a ceremony, officiated by the real Honolulu Police Chief Kealoha. Chin shows the photos left by Gabriel Wainwright at his house only to Steve, and even the Lt. Commander wonders who it is with Adam in the pictures. Kamekona forgives Jerry for the lost delivery revenue, and Jerry dresses in his shrimp truck T-shirt for the auspicious honor.
Next week, all “Hawaii Five-O” hands will be on deck when Kono is lost at sea, surfing things up for the drama in preparation for May sweeps and the season finale!