“Hawaii Five-0” Season 5 Episode 16 “Nanahu (Embers)” aired last Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the Five-0 Task Force helped ATF Special Agent Catherine Milford (Melina Kanakaredas) in a race against time to capture an arsonist who was responsible for her husband’s death in California. Meanwhile, Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) and Amber Vitale’s (Lili Simmons) happy and romantic weekend turned into disaster as someone from Amber’s past decided to join them, with disastrous consequences. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened with a fire that burned down the house of a young couple. However, they couldn’t get out of the house as the doors were barred from the outside.
The next morning, Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) met up with Amber Vitale (Lili Simmons). He surprised her with a romantic getaway weekend off the grid. She then agreed to it, especially as he had made sure that she wouldn’t have any work at all.
Meanwhile, Lou Grover (Chi McBride) got the shock of his life after US Open LGPA Champion Michelle Wie suddenly came to coach Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) on how to correctly hit a golf ball on the range. Steve was practicing his game for the Honolulu Police Department Charity Golf Tournament. However, they were interrupted by Steve’s phone as they had a new case to solve. However, when Lou and Steve got to the crime scene, Steve discovered that Officer Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) and the others were outside. ATF Special Agent Catherine Milford (Melina Kanakaredas) from the Orange County branch had insisted that no one should go inside except for her.
Afterwards, she informed them that they were dealing with a serial arsonist. He was responsible for three fires so far in Pearl City that week, and for two dozen fires in South California. She then opened a box, in which she found a nanny camera. It meant that the arsonist had watched his victims burn and die via live feed, which was a new development for her.
While driving back to the Five-0 Headquarters, Kamekona (Taylor Wily) called him up to tell him that a man named John had shown him a picture of him and Amber. He sent a picture of the license plate of the car that he drove. Steve then thanked him and told him that he would look into it right away.
Back at the crime scene, Catherine told Lou and Kono that everything was consistent with his modus operandi. He had the same pour the same used liquid petroleum, otherwise known as “white gas.” As she showed them some pictures of the other fires, they both realized that her hands were burnt. It made Lou guess that this was more than just a case to her. She then told them that he had stopped in South California years ago, and told them more about his modus operandi.
She told them that the arsonist looked normal and favored single floor houses with security bars on the windows. He usually targeted young happy couples. He also found a way to get into their homes so that he could study the floor plan and layout of the place, and then afterwards, would decide whether to torch the place or not.
At that very moment, he posed as an exterminator and gave a free inspection to a happy young couple. Later that night he torched the place. The next day, they discovered, because of the fire retardant gel on a particular wall of the house, that he had been inside the house so that he could watch his latest victims burn.
Meanwhile, Danny woke up on the hammock in the backyard of the house they were out. Amber then mentioned that Danny had talked about Marco Reyes in his sleep. However, he avoided the question of what had happened to Reyes, by proposing that they go swimming in the ocean together.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Detective Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) had discovered that the man who had gone to Kamekona was Frank Simpson (David Hoflin), who had landed from New York last week. They then discovered that Amber was really Melissa Armstrong-Simpson. She had lodged a complaint and filed a restraining order against Frank, her husband, as he had repeatedly beaten her up, and almost killed her. Steve then instructed Chin Ho to put out a bulletin for the car. He told him to concentrate on finding Danny and Amber as they might be in danger because of Frank.
Outside the house, Lou noticed that one of the men in the crowd kept on looking at them. After Catherine identified the arsonist, Steve, Catherine and Lou chased him, but lost him in the crowd. He had paid off a random stranger to wear his hat and coat, and asked him to give a package to Catherine. She was then shocked after seeing the pictures inside, and after Steve yanked it away from her, he realized that Catherine had been a victim of one of his fires.
Back at the Five-0 Headquarters, she revealed that she wasn’t officially in this case as she was too close to it. It turned out that she had done a press conference to ask help from the public to catch this man. Two days later, she and her husband had fought about her obsession with this particular case. Because of this, he had slept on the couch, and that night, the serial arsonist had burned down their house. She had tried to get her husband out, but debris fell on him, and he had died already due to smoke inhalation. She then begged Steve not to take her off the case, and he agreed to let her continue helping them.
Meanwhile, Danny returned from the beach to eat Amber’s lunch only to get knocked out by Frank Simpson.
Back at the Five-0 Headquarters, Kono told them that they had discovered that the fire retardant gel had contained traces of a chemical that is only used by licensed exterminators. Based on that, they were able to identify the arsonist as Jason Duclair (Randy Couture).
After obtaining his address, the raided his house only to discover that he wasn’t home. However, they did find a room where he framed all the newspaper clippings about him. A map with past and potential targets were also in the room, along with white gas, and a laptop where they discovered that he had booked himself into the Lava Hotel, making it his next target.
Meanwhile, Danny woke up and saw that Frank had one hand on Amber’s neck, and the other had a knife, which he used to stab the wall when Amber told him that she didn’t love him anymore. In order to protect Amber, Danny launched himself at Frank, and pushed him away from Amber. He then managed to knock him out to the lanai of the house, and in the struggle, Danny got stabbed in the gut with the knife. However, he managed to get Frank on the floor, where he managed to punch him until he was unconscious. Amber then brought Danny to the car, but before she could leave, Frank stood in front of the car. Amber then ran him over and rushed Danny to Tripler Army Medical Center.
Meanwhile, at the Lava Hotel, Steve ordered Catherine to stay downstairs to help with the evacuation of the hotel. However, right after they left for Duclair’s room, Catherine noticed Duclair walking around in a firefighter’s uniform. After trying to look for him in the lobby of the hotel, he knocked her out, and dragged her into the elevator with him. He then brought her to another room, where he tied her up, and began preparing to torch the room. As he was barring the door with wooden planks, he told her that she had been so close to catching him. Then she had insulted him at the press conference by calling him “uneducated and a deviant.” He then poured white gas on her, and told her that he was exactly where he wanted to be.
Meanwhile, Steve, Chin Ho, Kono and Lou entered his hotel room only to discover that he wasn’t there. Steve then tried to call Catherine up, but it would go straight to voicemail. However, as they were about to board the elevator, they discovered that some blood had fallen onto the edge of the elevator. After discovering the right floor, Steve managed to enter the room beside where Duclair and Catherine were in order to get to the balcony. He then managed to knock out the lighter from Duclair’s hands in the nick of time. Lou and the others then barged in through the front door and arrested Duclair.
Right after that, Steve received a phone call where he was told what had happened to Danny. He then met up with Amber at Tripler, where the doctor came to tell them that Danny was going to survive. Afterwards, Amber apologized for not telling him about her past. She told him all about Frank and how he had been controlling to the point that he would beat her up, and had almost killed her. She then told him her real name, and Danny reassured her that that that part of her life was finally over.
Afterwards, Catherine thanked Steve for letting her see this case through. She told him that she can now finally start to live again. Steve then advised her never to look back.
Afterwards, Duclair was given his own prison cell, but later, the prison guard who had processed him in discovered that he was missing his matchbox, which Duclair had managed to steal from him.
One week later, during the Charity Golf Tournament, Steve, who had Michelle Wee as his caddy, faced off with Lou, whose caddy was his daughter, Samantha (Paige Hurd). Danny and Amber were also in attendance as Danny wanted to see Steve humiliate himself on the greens. However, much to everyone’s surprise and to Lou’s disappointment, Steve managed to best him, as he managed to put his ball in the hole during the last round.
And that was all for the recap on “Hawaii Five-0” Season 5 Episode 16 “Nanahu (Embers)”. For more news, updates and recaps on “Hawaii Five-0” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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