Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hawaii Five-O Recap and Review: Steve's Got Some 'Splaining To Do!

Last week ended on a tense cliffhanger, but we don't get any resolution to that this week. Instead we find the missing uranium with Darius Rucker!

We start out with the team breaching a warehouse. It looks all clear, but surprise! there's an explosion. The team's reaction goes in slo-mo, but, wow, another surprise! It's just a training video for the Tactical Teamwork seminar for the Police Academy on what to do during a raid. Steve is doing a great job telling them about communication and trust, but Danny's motto today is To Undermine and Embarrass. He didn't tell Steve his new motto, though, and blindsides him by telling the cadets he's upset that Steve looked at a paper on his desk. Steve uses crayons! Steve isn't trustworthy! Yeah, it was uncomfortable and embarrassing for everyone. Duke finally steps in and pats them on the shoulders like a dad and sends them to their rooms on their way. (I liked last week better when Chin and Steve looked mighty fine doing their jobs and not having juvenile and ridiculous conversations in front of people who look up to them.)

In the car Steve tells Danny he's over-reacting (#truth) and Danny says his privacy was invaded. (Over a list on a desk? Did it say check the box if you like Suzie? Are we in junior high again?) Steve thankfully heads home, but calls Chin to update him on the Danny List situation (poor Chin in the middle). (Please let this end soon. It's so far beneath an elite task force who has been together seven years.) Finally, we get something interesting. McG sees blood on his door. He pulls his gun and finds Sang Min shot and bleeding in the kitchen.

The new M.E. Noelani comes over to treat Sang Min's wounds. He's chatting her up (she's with Five-O now and they make their own rules! It's allll good) and making her feel uncomfortable (you single, sweet cheeks?) She tapes his bandage to his necklace (oops) but otherwise patches him up. He spills that he was supposed to be helping a refugee mom and two kids get on the island with his friend Zander, but they really smuggled in a dude with a gun who killed poor Zander. Sang Min didn't wait around to rub tiger balm on the guy, he got shot and got out of there before coming to McG's. McG tells Sang Min to go home and stay there.

The team goes down to the docks and Kono finds prints on the container the shooter came in on. It's Abati, a bomb-maker and part-time ISIS/Boko Haram trainer! Yeah, that sounds bad. They all go back to the Chatting Table and find out that there were emails with someone named Tahan, the guy who hired Zander to bring Abati onto the island, and a map of the Waimea jungle. Does the map lead to a training camp? Or a safe house? Danny and Steve will go check it out!

There are no roads in and out of the jungle (supposedly), so they skydive in doing a tandem jump. Danny's not thrilled and doesn't want to die strapped to Steve like an infant. (Is he calling himself an infant?) Steve enjoys the view from the air and tells Danny to open his eyes, live a little! He refuses and tells Steve he hates him. On solid ground again Steve is trying to get Danny to admit he liked the skydive and they discuss that SuperSecretSuperSilly list again. (*head slap* Why? It's like some sort of viewer torture.) The SuperSecretPrivateList McG looked at was "Things Danny Likes." (Was Steve's name on there? Is that why he's mad Steve saw it?) It does have "traveling" listed. Steve points out Danny moans and groans when they fly and he says that's because he's worried he'll die when they land. They blather on about the SuperSecretPrivateList and Danny finally tells him it's his list of things to do when he retires. Steve is shocked. Retire? Danny reveals he's close to twenty years on the force and hey, maybe he'll open an Italian restaurant with his grandma's recipes after he retires. Steve doesn't seem impressed and tells him eighty percent of restaurants fail in the first six months.

The rest of the team has been busy while McDanno is tramping through the jungle. They went to check out Tahan's house, but it was clear. When Chin checks in to tell Steve, though, Abati's men get the drop on him and McDanno is taken prisoner. (Never talk on the phone when you're on a secret jungle mission!) (But maybe Danny will tell the terrorists about the SuperSecretPrivateList and bore them to death!) The baddies frogmarch our boys through the camp and we see the bomb on the back of the truck, the people cooking TATP, and Abati! Their guards are getting pushy, and we all know McG hates it when terrorists get pushy, so he smacks his guard around and takes his gun away. Danny does the same and we have a gunfight! They kill everyone except Abati who gets away on a motorbike. One guy isn't quite dead, though, and triggers the bomb. Oops. He was fast on the trigger finger. (See what I did there?) And now there's just fifty-nine minutes to defuse it.

Danny reports that they don't have any cell service and the SAT phone has a bullet hole in it. What's Steve got? He's standing by the bomb and there's a lot of failsafes, decoy wires, and countermeasures. That sounds bad. He doesn't want to try to defuse it, because if he makes a mistake, he kills half the people on the island. They need the bomb squad. Danny mocks him, but Steve calmly says they'll drive the truck to the drop zone clearing and call the bomb squad for instructions to defuse it. Danny doesn't care they are on a timetable and wants Steve to explain the plan further. Let's just all pull up a log while Steve tells us again how we're going to do this with uneven terrain and everything!

Danny is worried about doors slamming and Steve is worried about the vibrations from starting the car. He tells Danny "Love you, bro," before he starts it, but all is well. Abati gets to a road (hey, I thought there weren't any roads in or out? Why did McDanno have to parachute in?) Anyway, Abati kills a cop and takes his car.

McDanno drive slowly through the jungle chatting about what it will say on Danny's tombstone (Steve says, Beloved Curmudgeon. Um. No. Danny says Danny Williams, We Think. We didn't find all the pieces. That would be expensive to put all that on the tombstone, just sayin') They decide they need a distraction so they go back to discussing the SuperSecretPrivateList. Noooo! The full story is that Grace had a school assignment about writing down things she wanted to do so Danny did it, too. He wants to spare Charlie from worrying about the job Danny does for a living. They leave that there when Steve realizes the fuel gauge is going down too fast and checks it out. Bullet hole! Steve will fix it with a flare and a rubber mat. (MacGyver move?) Once again, Danny doesn't care about the timetable and requires Steve to explain it to him. (Let's get comfy. Bomb ticking in the back? Who cares?) Danny is worried about a flare being next to the bomb so Steve tells him to go get wet bark then. (Or, you know, anything to get Danny away from him.) Danny does admit that nitpicking is his life. (He needs a new hobby.) And Steve says to trust him a little bit. (Yes, please.)

Lou is at the Chatting Table telling Chin how Abati jacked a police car and they haven't heard from Steve and Danny. Back at the newly fixed truck, McDanno are worried that there's no cell service still, and they are at 30% battery life. Which is a secondary problem when they come to a deep stream. Steve says they'll build a bridge out of the wood on the back of the truck and Danny is feeling left out because Steve didn't consult him on the plan. (Why would he? Danny wouldn't have anything positive to say.) He stands there and watches Steve do all the work gathering the wood, while he talks about his hurt feelings. Well, Steve has some hurt feelings, too, since he wasn't included in retirement plans. (Maybe he wants to count down the days?)

Chin and Kono check out the stolen police car and Abati ran one name--Sang Min. (Don't cop computers have a password or something? Sheesh!) Over at Casa Sang Min, he's watching a nature show when Abati arrives. After being knocked around a bit, Sang Min agrees to help him get off the island. He takes him to the docks and somehow, Five-O is already there, hiding among the containers. They face-off and Abati threatens to kill Sang Min. Lou shrugs and says go ahead, but Sang Min is offended. He thought they were ohana! (You'd think he'd realize it was a ploy with as many police situations as he's been in. Whatever, I guess.)

The bridge is finally done and Danny has to drive it across while Steve guides him. (Seventeen minutes left before the bomb explodes, give or take!) Oddly, Danny stops 3/4 of the way over the makeshift bridge and won't keep going. (He needs a minute. Because again, who cares the bomb is ticking!) Steve talks him through the plan (again) and he makes it over before the boards break, but barely.

They drive into the clearing, but bad news, Chin tells them Abati can't help them defuse the bomb, he's dead. (We hardly knew ya, Darius!) The Navy bomb squad lady they get on the line says she wouldn't even try to defuse that bomb in the field. (But they would in the office? Bomb squad school? I don't know where they would try it.) She does have a thought, though. Maybe they can remove the uranium canister and then get out of the blast zone. The problem is, you have to take out the uranium rods and expose yourself to radiation before you can get the canister off the main bomb and put the rods back in. Of course Steve volunteers for the dangerous part, and takes out the car battery (it's lead-lined) to protect himself from the radiation. Danny goes to retreat, but acts like he's going to say something nice to Steve. In the end, though, he just wastes precious time (again) and says nothing. Steve gets down to business and takes the uranium rods out. They quickly put the battery back in the car and drive away.

Danny finally says he's sorry he didn't tell Steve, and Steve says he's sorry for what he's about to do and surprise! rolls the truck. Danny is upset at the turn of events, (turn, get it?), but Steve says if he wants to live, they'll get behind the engine block. They do and wait for the explosion. (I might have tried to drive a little further, but that's just me.) Before the blast, Steve asks Danny to name his restaurant Steve's, so that if they're not together, they'll still be together. (Because nothing says BFF like naming a restaurant after them.) After the blast, their ears are ringing so they can't hear, and Steve misunderstands that Danny will indeed name his Italian restaurant Steve's. And then he falls over laughing, like I'm sure we all did.

Back at Steve's house, Danny is serving everyone different Italian family recipes. Sang Min is still mad at Lou and in order to express his anger smashes his dinner roll. Danny takes the high road and tells Sang Min he can't come to his future restaurant because there will be a no mullet rule. There's some more comments from Flippa, Kamekona, Charlie, etc., but most of the audience (my) attention is on Steve looking fine in a red plaid shirt. (Maybe wardrobe could consider putting him in red more often. Blue is best, but red is a close second.) Lou takes a phone call from HPD and the truck Steve was in had a KeNo construction logo. That company was scheduled for a renovation project across from the palace where the governor was scheduled to be. They were the target! Dun, dun, dun. (Do you want to bet Steve will be required to explain this to Danny? More than once? I mean, in keeping with the theme of Steve 'splaining the entire ep, right? All I can say is the man has more patience than a saint!)

No preview for next week. Again.

What did you think? Did you watch?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Six Romance Novellas for .99 Cents!




Today's Friday bargain is six Christian romance novellas for only .99 cents. I read the first one by Heather Gray and thought it was a cute read, so I'm hoping the other five are good, too!

You can download your bargain copy here

Here's the back copy:

Six brand-new, never released before contemporary Christian romance novellas by beloved inspirational romance authors! Get your copy today to fall in love with these fall romances.

AN INFORMAL DATE by Heather Gray
Kimi sells coffee at a hospital kiosk and has a smile for everyone who comes her way. Owen is a research scientist with limited people skills and a fondness for caffeine. How can two such different people go from a shared interest in beverages to a shared future?

OPERATION BACK-TO-SCHOOL by Elizabeth Maddrey
With both her girls in school Shannon Cross is looking forward to being back in the office. But how can Shannon fall for her daughter’s teacher without feeling that she’s betraying her deceased husband’s memory?

A (SORTA) SOUTHERN SERENADE by Krista Phillips
They sing two very different tunes. Can they work together to make a joyful melody?

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE by Ginger Solomon
An old man and his will change everything for Lexi Ross. Can she survive the memories and learn from someone else’s experience or will she choose to make her own path?

THE OTHER BROTHER by Carole Towriss
Marc has contentedly spent his life in his brother’s shadow—until he meets Kendall. Can she convince him he’s special, when no one else thinks so? And can he convince her she’s already found what she’s searching for?

A HERO FOR HEATHER by Marion Ueckermann
Paxton Rathbone is desperate to make his way home. He has grown too accustomed to the disdain of mankind, which perhaps is why Heather Blume’s kindness penetrates his reserves. But there’s more to Heather’s actions than merely being the Good Samaritan—she has no doubt he’s a gentleman fallen far from grace.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tiny Miracles

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This has been a difficult week for me. Our van broke down, I've had a lot on my plate with deadlines and family obligations and my insomnia has kicked back in so I'm tired. I admit, I was feeling a little grumpy this morning getting everyone off to work and school.

My older daughter was running late for work and since it snowed again overnight, she was rushing to get her car scraped off. She left, but came back a moment later to ask her brother to help her because the locks on her car were frozen.

Her brother went out and tried the key in all the locks, the passenger side, even the back. Nothing was going in and it was really starting to look like we'd have to break out the blow dryer or something. Which, of course, would make her very late for work.

She told her brother they should say a prayer, which they did, and afterward, when they tried the lock again, the key slid right in and unlocked the car.

I know some people don't believe in miracles, but for me, that simple thing was a little message to me that God is aware of our family, our concerns, and he will help us with all our "little things" if we remember to ask.

That tiny miracle this morning changed my attitude and lifted me at a time when I needed it. I'm so grateful for a daughter who thought to pray and for a reminder that we are loved by a Father in Heaven. Have you ever had a tiny miracle?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday



I just got the new Sarah Eden novel today called, A Fine Gentleman, and I dove right in! Sarah is one of my absolute favorite authors and this is a long-awaited renewal of the Jonquil brothers' acquaintance. So far, the story is amazing, as any Sarah Eden story is. It's so hard to put down!

Here's the back copy:

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear. When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

You can download your Kindle copy here

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Example We Set For Good And Bad

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All of my kids play basketball, which means I go to a lot of games. I've seen a lot of awesome games and a few bad ones here and there, but last weekend was the kind of game I hope to never witness again.

My fourteen year old son's team started the game and everything seemed normal, but two minutes in the coach of the other team was on the floor yelling at the ref. The ref calmly told him to sit down. He continued to yell that he was defending his players, but backed off the court so the game could continue. I can't even tell you how uncomfortable it was to watch this man try to defend his actions with that excuse. But it didn't end there.

Four minutes into the game one of the other team's players was called for a technical (the kid slammed down the ball in frustration and that's a no-no) and the coach lost all self-control, storming onto the floor, screaming at the ref. He kept on with his tirade and finally ended up ejected from the game. (Four minutes in!) I could not believe it.

The coach did leave the game, but sadly, even without him there, things did not calm down. The parents of the other team kept on with the coach's example and dogged the refs' every call and even went so far as to yell at our team players and make some petty remarks to them. (They are kids!) Some of the remarks were so hurtful and I was appalled that adults would say such things to children. At a recreational league game!

It was an extremely tense situation and it shouldn't have been! At the end of the game, parents were still complaining to the man in charge of city ball, (who had been called down after the coach was ejected), while one of their boys refused to even shake hands with my son. It made me so sad to see that.

These are fourteen year old boys playing. By setting such a poor example and tone, that coach did a disservice to everyone there. I just think those boys deserved better! Unfortunately, it seems like there is always a rationale for negativity and poor sportsmanship these days, but I wish we could somehow uniformly teach the standards of sportsmanship and competition for game situations to these boys who will someday have children of their own to teach and mentor. They are closely watching the behaviors their parents and coaches model for them and we can do better! 

Thankfully, this is an anomaly in my experience and I hope it stays that way. Have you ever had a bad experience at one of your kids' sporting events?

Monday, February 20, 2017

New Release Book Blast and $50 Giveaway!

I just started reading, The Rise of Miss Notley, by Rachael Anderson, and it is so good! I'll do a full review soon, but wanted to let you know about the giveaway. Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter to win! 



When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?


Rachael


 

Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hawaii Five-0 Recap and Review: Where Things Get Good!

Last week we had the staycation and the case of the missing sunglasses. This week we get an episode which showcases all the reasons why I love Hawaii Five-O. Action, drama, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat tension!

We start out with Dr. Madison Gray (who as you might recall kidnapped and stabbed Steve and Alicia Brown and had her henchmen try to finish them off by throwing a Navy SEAL in the ocean. Haha! Points for creativity I guess) but she's walked into HPD with bloody hands, asking for help. The officers hopefully recognize who she is because they all immediately pull their weapons and say to call Five-O. (If they didn't recognize her, that would be a super awkward scene. Like, hey, we can't help crying women with bloody hands. Somebody get McG over here!)

We head to Flippa's grand opening of his new shrimp truck where they have Max Weinberg as the big draw (a drummer from the E street band? Sorry, I had no clue who he was.) McG gets to hug Nahele, (yay!) and sees that he's doing well. Danny cuts in line and fangurls all over Weinberg and mentions that he snuck into a show of his. He rambles on and on about his ex-wife before Steve steps in to save poor Weinberg from any more embarrassing stories from Danny and takes their pic. Finally, Flippa unveils his new "Shrimp Wagon" truck with his own face on it. (I liked his logo better than Kamekona's.) Of course, Kamekona does not like that one bit. Steve thankfully gets a call so we can move on to all the good stuff!

Steve ditches Danny and meets Chin at HPD where he's given the rundown that Dr. Gray now says she is Lauren Parker from Eagle, Wisconsin. (Uh huh. Suuuure she is.) Steve goes in to question her, dressed in a blue shirt with scruff on his jaw (I love you wardrobe people). Gray is crying and upset and really doing a good job of making the case that she isn't Gray and her name is Lauren Parker. Steve isn't buying it, though, and tells her he's going to figure out what she's really up to. He tries to call Alicia, but no dice and leaves her a message. (Uh oh. Bloody serial killer and no Alicia? That's not good.) Steve isn't too concerned yet and they bring in a shrink who looks like he's bored out of his mind. BoredShrink tells Chin and McG that Gray has DID (multiple personalities). They look at him like he's just said to bring him a pizza with extra pineapple and tell the guy, yeah, there's no way, she's totally faking. So, even though they pretty much discount everything he says, BoredShrink doesn't take offense and just sort of ambles off. Maybe he can find someone else to shrink while he's at HPD.  Gray continues to slowly build her case that she really does have multiple personalities when she passes a polygraph that she is Parker, which throws the team a bit.

Grover, McG, Chin, and Danny walk into the office spitballing why Dr. Gray would be doing this. (It was actually a really nice scene and they were asking all the questions we were.) Danny comes up with maybe Gray missed McG. She likes to play games and respects a challenge and since he survived last time, maybe she wants a rematch. (That was my thought, too.) Kono comes in with the news that the prelim DNA results from the blood on Gray's hands came in and they have a partial match. It's Alicia Brown. See? She wasn't answering for a reason!

Steve hotfoots it over to Alicia's with Grover and they go in when she doesn't answer. They're going through the house calling for her and Steve finally finds her on the balcony with earbuds in, puttering around with some plants. Big relief! They sit her down and bring her up to speed with Gray being back in town and having Alicia's blood on her hands. Alicia wants to go see her. (Not a good idea.) Steve agrees to it, though, but seems worried. She reassures him she'll be fine. Even with that, as they're walking toward the interrogation room, he says he's going in with her (awww, I love protective Steve) and they confront Gray together.

Gray freaks out the minute they walk in and she sees Alicia, claiming that Alicia tried to kill her. It's all coming back to her! To prove it, she says that Alicia has a cut on her forearm, which she does. (This woman is good!) Alicia tells Steve that Gray is lying, she was out hiking and fell, cutting herself on a rock, there was no confrontation. Pua wants to detain Alicia, but Steve puts the kibosh on that and personally vouches for her cooperation. Pua is no match for Steve and lets them leave. (I think my fave part of that whole scene, is when they are talking and just before they leave, Steve is touching Alicia's arm in reassurance and putting his hand at the small of her back to guide her out of the room. I love it when guys are touchy and gentlemanly like that *le sigh*) Alicia looks back, though, and Dr. Gray gives her a little telling, evil smile. Alicia flips. She's ranting to Steve in the hall about why she hasn't just killed her yet, and he says Gray is messing with her head and he needs her on her game. He says he's coming over tonight so they can discuss their next move and she tells him, no, she's fine. But Steve says he'll worry (and he has his worried crease on his forehead) so, you know, he's just going to come over anyway.

Steve cooks her dinner and she's telling him that if she'd known he could cook, she would have invited him over sooner. (Who doesn't love a man who cooks? Seriously.) They're having a cozy, quiet dinner, talking about how time doesn't heal all ills, and they both like their alone time. She says she shouldn't be social or out with people since she brings the mood down, but Steve reassures her that his standards of companionship are low. (Ooh, ouch!) He goes on to tell her how he's had to listen to Danny complain about a Reuben sandwich for eight hours on a stakeout before, so she's more tolerable than that and they drink to "tolerable." Steve is still feeling protective, however, and offers to stay on her couch. (So sweet!) And he does. He sleeping in her nice front room when he hears at noise at 4 a.m. When he checks her bed, Alicia is gone!

She snuck out and went to the police station to question Gray, dressed all in black. (I guess she wanted a rematch, too. Games with serial killers are hard to say no to!) Alicia smuggled a razor blade in her boot and threatens Gray with it, but in the end, she can't kill her. Gray says okay fine, uncuff me because I have a secret and it's going to change your life. (Yeah, those kinds of serial killer secrets are never good!)

Back at the Chatting Table, the team is watching the video of Alicia taking down the officer and helping Gray to escape. (She's stronger than she looks!) McG is vigorously defending her actions to the team, that Gray must have done or said something or manipulated Alicia in some way. Danny asks to talk to him privately in an office and says that he knows McG has history with Alicia since they almost died together, but maybe she snapped. McG reassures him he can be objective, that he had dinner with Alicia last night and they talked a lot and she hasn't snapped. Danny continues on that maybe Gray's story happened like she said it did and Alicia attacked her and has now taken her somewhere to kill her. Before they can argue further, Grover says they got a hit on the BOLO and Gray and Alicia got on a plane to Wisconsin. That sets off some alarm bells for McG and they quickly figure out that Ed Sears, the guy connected to Sienna's murder (Alicia's daughter) is in prison there. Now the spec is that maybe Gray promised Alicia she could confront her daughter's murderer and that would turn her into a killer. If it is, well, McG isn't going to let that happen.

McG and Chin head to Wisconsin to confront Sears in his prison cell. (And looking mighty fine in jackets, I might add.) Sears is behind plexiglass, telling them how persuasive Dr. Gray is (she visited him every week for months) and that he'll tell them the name of Sienna's killer if they give him pen and paper. (His proof that he cooperated) Don't do it! It's a bad idea! But no one listens to me and they do it. Sears scribbles something on the paper and sends it through the slot, but keeps the pen. McG opens the paper and reads "that was a big mistake" before they watch the guy stab himself in the carotid artery with the pen. Ew. He dies before they can do anything, but McG does try to save him. (For being so close to a carotid artery injury, McG isn't very bloody, though. Thank goodness, I guess, since that was a nice jacket!)  McG doesn't give up and searches Sears' cell where he finds a bunch of letters from Benton Jones dating back to the time when Sienna disappeared. The missing link! (And he looks like it, too, when we see him later on. *shudder*)

Alicia and Gray are in a car traveling up an isolated road. They pull up to a cabin and Gray gives Alicia a gun. She's still dressed like a ninja, all in black, but she certainly has no ninja skills. Crunch, crunch, crunch in the snow leading to the front door. (Who goes in the front door?) Gray drives off and Alicia heads into the cabin, trying to be quiet, but not succeeding as she checks room to room. (The tension is so high here!) She doesn't find any sign of life until she gets to the room in the back. There's a light on and she puts her ear against it.

Steve and Chin are racing to the cabin, but are still fifteen minutes out. They don't have fifteen minutes! Kono calls and says the blood isn't Alicia's. You'll never believe whose it is . . .

Alicia goes into the locked room and her daughter is inside. Alive! They hug and try to leave, but the creepy Jack-Nicholson-Shining-looking guy Benton attacks them. They run back to barricade themselves in a room, but this guy's coming in face-first. Thankfully, Steve arrives in time and kills him. Whew! Then we get a sweet exit scene of Steve escorting Alicia and Sienna out, keeping them close as they go down the steps. Awww. (And if that weren't reward enough, we get a nice close up of Steve looking heroic, dressed in blue with tac gear on.)

Three days later Steve is checking on Alicia and Sienna. Poor Sienna is sleeping, so she can't thank him properly, but Alicia suggests the three of them go out to dinner. Steve teases her that going out sounds social, and she laughs. It's a really cute scene. He hugs her and she breathes him in for a moment before she says thank you. They're going to keep in touch. (I hope they do. They both can relate to having a family member come back from the dead and I like their easy dynamic. Friends, with shared history, you know?)

Alicia is feeling good and goes into her kitchen to putter around with the kettle, when Gray appears behind her with a gun. She says getting other people to kill for her wasn't a challenge, but turning Alicia into a killer was the game. She's there to finish it. She gives the gun to Alicia, who immediately turns it on her and calls 911, instructing them to call Steve and send officers over. Gray is taunting her about keeping her daughter safe, that even prison wouldn't totally be safe, and Alicia needs to finish it. Alicia tells the 911 officer that she needs to report a murder and we fade to black just as the audience hears a gunshot.

Wow.

I really hope Alicia didn't kill Gray and let her win the sick game she was playing. Shoot her in the knee or something. Have Steve come back. I don't know. But that ending was definitely one that got people talking! So tense. A great ep all around with protective Steve (in blue), danger, action, and a case that made you think! Loved it.

No preview again for next week.

Did you watch? What did you think?