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A return to form...
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
31 January 2014
Season 11 of "Hawaii Five-O" was a disaster. Through the first 10
seasons, the show had maintained a fairly high standard. However, it's
obvious in season 11 that the show had simply run its course. Bad
script after bad script became the norm. However, occasionally an
excellent episode still managed to get made--such as the one just
BEFORE "A Very Personal Matter". However, with "A Very Personal Matter"
the show returned to form and this episode is pretty shabby thanks,
once again, to disappointing writing.
The show begins with a young man overdosing and being taken to the
hospital. The father (Cameron Mitchell) turns out to be an old friend
of McGarrett and he asks Steve to help him figure out where his son got
the junk. The trail leads to a doctor (Fritz Weaver) who gave the young
man a prescription for Quaaludes. However, after investigating and then
harassing the doctor, McGarrett concludes the man made a bad decision
but didn't break any laws.
At this point, the show is decent--and I have no complaints. However,
the plot went to bizarreville. When McGarrett realizes the doctor is
innocent, he decides to harass him anyway. He goes to his office and
demands that the doctor tell him about the other doctors--the ones who
are illegally passing out dangerous drugs. What was McGarrett's basis
for saying this? There was NOTHING in the plot that indicated to the
police that the doctor knew anything!! None of this made any sense.
The show does end on a positive note--but then it ends with some
preachy comments by McGarrett and he, the doctor and the friend all get
together for a group hug---or so you assume happens after the credits
started rolling! It's all very embarrassing to watch actually--and
seemed just terribly written despite some interesting story ideas. Yep,
the show's back to form here...
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