Anyone thinking of snoozing through Hawaii Five-O in its special Sunday showing, "Olelo Ho'opa'I'Make," (death sentence) quickly got another idea, as the 13th episode of the season offered life and death dramatics, and double-crossing romantic sizzle. It was Chin Ho against an entire prison, and guess who won?
Everyone on the "Five-o" team seems to have a turn to shine this season, and while Daniel Dae Kim certainly had shining moments as Chin Ho Kelly in this season's premiere and after, this evening definitely put the master Zen cop on a whole another level! Perhaps prophetically, Chin wakes from a bad dream, dealing again with nemesis, Frank Delano (Daniel Baldwin), whom he knows took a lasting parting shot because he himself delivered it after the criminal robbed him of his beloved, Malia. The handcuffs holding his wrists, however, are hardly figments of his imagination, and in the shadows, someone who looks just like Delano and another accomplice, dose Chin with a big needle of drugs and take him for an inside job, in a prison. He awakes for a shower lineup in an orange jumpsuit and looks a few faces down to see Dale, Kono's (Grace Park) charge last week, along with the dirty doing that caused his misery. He knows he's a marked man, but tries to play by the rules. Going to his block guard, he discloses his identity as a cop, and quickly learns that mistake, as he only gets delivered for a beating in the steam room among the elements.
At first, none of his cohorts are alarmed. Lt. Commander McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) says he got a text from Chin saying he was headed to the North Shore, to memorialize his first date with Malia, and everyone is more than willing to accept the reasons for his absence. Kono and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) are heating up their own bathwater with sultry smooching, until another of those troubling calls comes, making Kono more than question whether Adam's troubles are truly the result of him trying for the straight life. She listens in, and later, asks a trace on the number, only to learn it's from a "burner" phone. Kamekona is trying to find love for the new launch of his shrimp-Spam breakfast burritos, but even McGarrett can't manage a swallow! Chin Ho gets schooled on how to think and survive "on the inside" from Dale, by setting ablaze some bed linens to bring help, and make a break, which made perfect timing to insert those new tunes from Jimi Hendrix, remembering how the guitar guru loved to set his strings ablaze. The tactics do prompt help to come, but also spark a prison riot, and Chin's enemy puts a bounty on the good cop's head, especially when he sees no Chin Ho in the courtyard after evacuation. Lockdown comes too late, and the melee leads to a life-and-death confrontation that nearly does Chin in, but he opts to "die trying" to battle his way out, even as Dale offers him up when push comes to shove. He befriends Leilani, an infirmary worker, and spares her from a scissor attack. When a grief counselor tips the team off that Chin would never missed an appointment, they know their man is in trouble, and use trace evidence from his phone and the phone call to Catherine to ultimately lead not to the former Delano, but his look-alike older brother, Paul. The corner him with some "nontraditional methods" in police work, that Danny (Scott Caan) and McGarrett finds work best, and a phone call gives them the location of the Halawa Correctional Facility. They are met with only matters of protocol by the warden when they arrive, which Steve refuses to put up with, so the team commandeers Kamekona's recently bought helicopter for the mission. Throwing a few grenades proves to be a great way of getting in, and Kono goes cousin crazy to get to Chin, as he leads Steve and Danny to save Leilani, and even Dale, but his chopped locks of hair let them know he already has made a break in a uniform.
Chin gets his own care flight to the hospital, with Leilani his attending nurse. Even hospital food performs better than the new burrito creation, and Leilani brings just the gift every prisoner needs to her savior, a file. There will be a future for these two. Kono and Adam cozy up with goblets of wine to wind down the evening, but little does Adam know that Kono copied his complete phone data. There is no off-duty for the Hawaii Five-O team!