I think it's fair to say that while I love this show, it suffered from a slight setback in the last several episodes. It was a combination of certain things, how they were balancing out the Joe White/Wo Fat/Shelburne storyline and them not really knowing where they were going with Lori's character (as the previous episode was her last on the show), and just not getting back their rhythm they had last season. Fortunately however, this episode brought back that groove they were missing, bringing the team together, the dynamic and the sense of ohana is once again alive and it feels good. Oh, and another thing that felt good....
ALL THE MCDANNO IN TONIGHT'S EPISODE!
++ First, the very beginning scene with them and Danny is still living with Steve! Which I thought that them rooming together wasn't happening anymore, but clearly I was very, very wrong. Now, I don't know whether this was an agreement that Danny could house-sit while Steve was away or something, but the fact that Danny was not only living there but apparently made himself at home. AND HE AND STEVE GO INTO OLD MARRIED COUPLE MODE AND DANNY'S COMMENT ABOUT STEVE'S ANEURISM FACE AND THEN WITH THE DOG SLEEPING IN STEVE'S BED AND JUST, OMG YOU GUYS. THIS SOUNDED LIKE SO MANY FICS. THEY HAVE BEEN READING THE FICS. IT'S THE ONLY EXPLANATION. AND I AM NOT COMPLAINING, NOT ONE BIT. MORE OF THIS SHOW, PLEASE. :D :D :D :D
++ CARGUMENTS! Oh, how I have missed their carguments. ♥
++ Steve's obvious jealousy, which has been more frequent this season more than ever, and of course this leads to their amazing carguments and the most amazing thing is Steve just pestering Danny in revealing his emotions and what he's feeling/doing/etc. And if it's not the not-so-subtle looks he gives his partner, it's with such lines like the one he gave tonight during one of their epic carguments: "You love me." Obviously said during one of their bantering sessions about Danny's happiness, but did you see Danny's face after he said that? He didn't even try to deny it. a;sjfd;lajsf;ldjas;fldkasfd GUYS JUST STOP YOU ARE BOTH GIVING ME A FANGIRL HEART ATTACK RIGHT NOW
++ Steve showing off his Super SEAL skills, impressing Danny.
++ Danny showing off his ability on swimming, voluntarily, despite his previous statements on not liking to swim, thus surprising and impressing Steve.
++ That ending scene, with all of them together, ohana reunited at Danny's little party of friends, just everything about him and Steve laughing and having a good time. Ugh, love.
I guess it's quite obvious that I ship them incredibly hard, I love their scenes to bits and I've missed them having this many scenes together and their partnership along with the rest of the team. While I know the show will give them romantic interests here and there, mostly in the background, because as much as I want and would love to see Steve/Danny become canon -- because quite frankly it couldn't be more obviously canon if they tried, with them being completely fucking married already and the way Alex O'Loughlin non-subtly portrays Steve as a lovesick puppy head-over-heels in love with Danny -- it's highly unlikely the show will go that route. It's unfortunate really, but I prefer this strong subtext-dangerously-borderline-text more than anything else, and as long as the show doesn't forget this epically bromantic aspect of their relationship, with the bantering and rooming together and being there for each other no matter what, I'm all good. :)
As for the Lori situation on the show, I do think it's disappointing all around. I liked her character well enough, but the show just didn't really handle her character correctly from the very beginning. I've mentioned previously of the problematic way her character was introduced, and how little they developed the whole "new strict governor hires Lori to babysit Five-0 and reports back on their reckless and unorthodox tactics" because that was brought in in the premiere, and only mentioned again at her last episode. There was no evidence anywhere in between supporting this however, which is where it all fell flat and where her character kind of was....just there. We knew nothing about her, other than her really getting along with Max and the unrequited crush on Steve, but the latter went nowhere fast and was really unneeded, tbqh.
I don't mind them wanting to introduce new members to the team, they did this with Jenna and she fit in perfectly with the rest of them. They just overreached with Lori and they really didn't think it through with how they were to proceed with that storyline, so that is why her character had to leave.
To be clear, I never hated Lori. I just never thought she contributed anything to the team or the show in general, and I wished the show would have developed her more instead of just giving her the "she a crush on Steve/potential love interest for Steve" angle which I think sealed her fate on the show from the start, since that was all they were shooting for. Everything else just didn't match up to her character being there. They could have done something amazing with her, like they did with Jenna for example, but they didn't and I am more disappointed in that more than anything. They can have amazing character arcs but they choose not to for Lori for some reason, and that's sorely disappointing.