Hawaii Five-0 Recap: Kanalu Hope Loa (The Last Break)

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Hawaii Five-0 Recap: Kanalu Hope Loa (The Last Break)

"Hawaii Five-0" Season 5 Episode 3 "Kanalu Hope Loa (The Last Break)" aired last Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the team investigated a murder that was tied in with a stagecoach-style robbery, only to discover that they were actually investigating two separate crimes. Meanwhile, Detective Danny Williams (Scott Caan) went on a treasure hunt to discover whether or not his fugitive brother has indeed left behind the money that he owed cartel ring leader Marco Reyes. Meanwhile, Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) continued on investigating the antique bookshop owner he suspected of counterfeiting money, with the help from a very unlikely source. Read on to learn more about this episode.

Detective Danny Williams (Scott Caan) told Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett that he believed that Marco Reyes has his brother, Matthew. However, Steve wasn’t so quick to believe in Reyes, as Matthew might have just been spending the $18.5 million in order to keep under the radar. they also thought that Reyes was just “rattling his cage” to find out where Matt really is. He then advised Danny to “rattle back.”


A group of three girls clad in bikinis, sunglasses, hats and fake wigs  robbed an entire tourist bus of their valuables the next morning.  One of them picked on a man wearing a Hawaiian-inspired shirt and asked for his jewelry and phone. However, he fought back accidentally causing the girl’s gun to go off, but he was the one who fell overboard.

At the crime scene, Steve met up with Lou Grover (Chi McBride), Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Officer Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park). Kono informed them that the girls had already hit around four tour buses in the last six months using different appearances and the same modus operandi. The only good thing was that they had never killed anyone before. After the robberies, they would easily be able to blend into the crowd. 

Grover suggested that they gather data on the passenger’s cell phones as they might be able to trace it to the girl’s location. The man who died was Nathan Wagner, a president for a major information technology security firm, and his wife, Monica Wagner, was also shot in the arm. According to Dr. Mindy Shaw (Amanda Setton), whom Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka) allowed her to go “solo” on this case, Nathan had been targeted as his shirt, under ultraviolet rays, had an X mark on it. One of the glasses that the girls wore was recovered on the scene, and they found that it could detect the X mark on Nathan’s shirt. They then decided to take a look at the hotel he was staying at, as it might just be an inside job. However, the question remained as to what he had been holding on to so much that he had died for it.

Meanwhile, Danny tracked Reyes down to his hotel, where the two confronted each other. However, even though Danny kept on insisting that he did not have the money, Reyes kept on being persistent, and refused to let Danny speak to Matthew. Rattled and angry, Danny punched Reyes twice in the stomach but realized that Reyes did have his brother, as Reyes had threatened to send Matt’s head back to Danny if he did not help out.

At the Five-0 Headquarters, Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) showed Steve pictures that he had been taking of Thomas Farrow (Greg Ellis), the antique book shop owner he suspected of counterfeiting money. His suspicions were confirmed when last Friday, Farrow received an inkjet printer with optimum dpi, which was a  printer often used to counterfeit bills. However, Steve warned him to back off the case as Steve was just trying to protect him.

At the Honolulu Police Department Crime Lab, Charlie Fong (Brian Yang) discovered that the girls in question were actually one blonde and brunette and that they surfed and normally surfed at the beach in South Shore.

Chin Ho then discovered that Nathan was in Hawaii alone for a technology conference. It turned out that his real wife had died of cancer five years ago, and the woman claiming to be Nathan’s wife was actually an ex-White Collar convict named Vanessa Hansen.

At the morgue, Dr. Shaw attended to the wife or Vanessa in order for her to make arrangements for Nathan to be brought home. However, Dr. Shaw informed Steve and Grover that after the wife had left. Shaw noticed an ink mark on one of Nathan’s fingers. She needed his thumbprint to open something. This made them believe that were actually looking at two separate cases rather than just one.

They then discovered that Nathan used his thumbprint as a biometric lock to open files regarding highly sensitive clients. The company was then notified of the security breach.


Because of this, Kono went undercover as a surfer in order to find the girls who turned out to be one blonde and two brunettes. There, she managed to stay beside a group of three girls who were waiting for the right waves to kick in. She then made friendly conversation and noticed that the Asian girl had a pretty bad bruise on her check. As soon as she had identified them, the girls, realizing that Kono was a cop tried to swim and surf away, but she managed to hold on to the blonde one — Lea.

At interrogation, Lea refused to talk, even with the knowledge that her cousin, a bellhop at the hotel Nathan was staying at, and who helped the girls by identifying possible targets, had just been arrested.

Luckily, even if Lea refused to talk, the cousin did and gave them an address to go to. However, when they got there, they found that the place was being ransacked by Vanessa Hansen and her accomplice who went down during the raid. However, Vanessa was able to escape. They then realized that Vanessa was after something that the girls had taken that morning, most probably a cell phone.

Meanwhile, Jerry persuaded Kamekona (Taylor Wily) to sell an old book with a listening device inside it to Thomas Farrow so that he could spy on him better. After much persuasion, Kamekona agreed to do it.

Kono and Steve then went back to interrogation and told her that Keilani (Sumire) and Alana (Sonya Balmores Chung), her accomplices were lucky not to be in the house, as Vanessa and her crew would not hesitate to kill any of them. Lea then gave up the location of the safe house they had.

However, before Five-0 could get there, Vanessa and one of her men got their first. They ransacked the bags for the cell phone, after Vanessa shot Keilani in the chest. Alana was able to escape the man after her as Kono had shot at him.

Inside, Vanessa held Kelani hostage, to which Steve just said that she could wait for the girl to “bleed out,” and then they could talk. Seeing no alternative way out of the matter, Vanessa turned herself in. It turned out that the phone that was on Nathan had especially been encrypted, and his thumbprint was the only way into his cell phone, which held the data transfer codes of Union Liberty Bank, the bank she was planning on robbing.

Afterwards, Steve called Jerry into his office and that he had spoken to a Secret Service friend of his to do a check on Thomas Farrow, but he came out clean. Steve then confided to Jerry that he was "ohana," and he did not want him to get hurt. Afterwards, Kamekona sold the book Jerry had given him for $400 making sure that Jerry know has ears on Farrow.

Meanwhile, Danny informed Steve that he know things that the money is still on the island. First of all, when Matt left, he did not have any luggage on him. Secondly, a month after he disappeared, he sent Danny a postcard of a certain location in Oahu saying wish you were here.

Danny decided to dig and find the treasure at that spot. That night, after hours of digging, Danny found a bag full of money in it — all $18.5 million of it.

And that’s all for the recap on "Hawaii Five-0" Season 5 Episode 3 "Kanalu Hope Loa (The Last Break)". For more news and updates, including spoielrs and recaps, on "Hawaii-Five0" and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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