Kono gets a front-and-center arc this week when her surfing mentor and second dad (who covered her medical expenses when she blew out her knee), Ian Adams, is felled by a bullet to the chest during an exhibition surf. The suspects include Kevin Sorbo (ding ding ding) as Carlton Bass, the manâ€™s partner, and Ben Bass (Josh Dallas), Carltonâ€™s son and a former surfing friend of Konoâ€™s.
Kono sits on the sidelines for about a minute and a half before realizing that isnâ€™t going to work, so she sets about pursuing the personal angle. While sheâ€™s doing that, the boys work the gang angle because the shot was fired into the water from a much-contested overlook thatâ€™s used for hunting wild boar.
Complicating things, Ben is a budding environmentalist who broke ties with Carlton and Ian after a trip to Bali with both men and their company revealed they didnâ€™t practice what they preached as far as preserving the land. Ben has also set up camp in a beach community (where a very wee little boy sings a spot-on “Hey, Soul Sister“Â with a ukulele) full of folks essentially squatting on public lands that would be ripe for development if they werenâ€™t occupied .
Kono and Ben spend the day rekindling their friendship, and leaving the door open for more, when the camp is firebombed and Ben scares off the vandals with a rifle. That rifle means Kono has to cart Ben in as a person of interest alongside a couple of goons that McGarrett and Danny have been investigating.
A turn of plot later, we find out that Ian was leaving Ben all his money and heâ€™d tried to reconcile with him.Â As it happens, BenÂ isÂ Ian’s biological sonâ€”a fact Benâ€™s mother revealed on her deathbed a year prior. So, Carlton called in the hit, either for money or loveâ€”we don’t really get a definitive answer on that, and Kono gets the â€œbook himâ€ order, much to her delight. The episode closes with Kono and Ben joining Ianâ€™s surfers in returning Ianâ€™s ashes to the water in a paddle out memorial.
The boys in general donâ€™t do much this week plotwise, but their banter is intact. They get to strong arm the goons and then hand them off for local island justice. Thereâ€™s no pickup of the Mary snoop thread from last week, or McGarrettâ€™s lady friend. Dannyâ€™s still on the cane, which begets a surf injury joke that he deflects, and McGarrett tells himÂ that his â€œbook him, Dannoâ€ slang is a term of endearment.
I was surprised Sorbo was so little used, and in doing so, his casting was pretty much a gieveway he was the baddie. I was glad to see Grace Park act and not just look pretty (which is OK, but the gal has chopsâ€”Boomer proved that, so let her show that off, too).
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