‘Hawaii Five-0’ recap: 8×06 “Mohala I ka wai ka maka o ka pua”

Hawaii Five-0 recap: Season 8, Episode 6, “Mohala I ka wai ka maka o ka pua (Unfolded by the Water are the Faces of the Flowers),” Aired Nov. 10, 2017

This week on Hawaii Five-0, as per the synopsis via CBS: The murder of two tourists leads Five-0 to a man with dissociative identity disorder. Meanwhile, Danny hires a stress management consultant to help Steve manage his health. Sounds like an interesting episode, no? Shall we recap?

Who actually needs the therapy here?

The team and their friends staged an intervention at Steve’s home in an effort to help him confront his sickness, and there they hired a stress management consultant (yes, Steve, that’s a thing) to shadow him and conduct an evaluation of his current functioning. In order to evaluate his overall health, however, she had to know more about him, and so began asking questions. (Uh-oh is right.)

Eventually, and ultimately, she asked Steve about his sex life: was he having sex, and if so, how often, and with whom. The best part? She asked him in front of Danny. This ought to be good, right?

Steve tried to say that he has sex five times in one week, but immediately Danny called him a liar. It appears that Steve and Danny’s girlfriends are close, and it appears that Steve’s girlfriend had revealed that they have sex no more than twice in one week, unless it’s one’s birthday. Awwwwkward.

What’s better than that? She identified that the cause of his stress was actually Danny! Cue: tears of laughter. I totally saw that coming. Totally.

At the end of their day, she made a list of what he could do to decrease stress, including cutting back on shrimp! (Also, LMAO at Junior for taking notes!) Though he humored her, he later admitted to Danny that he had no intention of taking her advice. He also told Danny not to worry about him too much, for fear shouldn’t be a barrier. At least he appreciated him, for going through the lengths to take care of him. BFFs, indeed.

Maybe the one needing the consulting had been Danny? The team should’ve hired her for him instead!

Multiple personalities

This week’s case was intense. Two men were found shot in their car — luckily, the mobile phone that was found at the crime scene had recorded their murders. The suspect appeared to have been impersonating a deceased police officer. When Steve and Danny paid a visit to the police officer’s family, they discover his ex-wife dead — apparently due to natural causes. Their son Oliver, who happened to be the suspect, came home to his mother’s lifeless body. He suffered from dissociative identity disorder — he has no recollection of events that happen when his other personalities take charge of his body, and his mother’s death had clearly been a trigger for trauma-induced dissociation. Off his medications, his violent personality had taken over, performing the murders.

One of his personalities, Ollie, had broken into his old home to watch cartoons. The home’s current resident calls the police on him. Ollie got scared, resulting to another personality taking over — Patrick, who acts as a protector. Patrick had beaten the homeowner up badly.

Alicia saves the day

The suspect had seven personalities in total. Enter Alicia, who experts in these types of cases.

Alicia sympathized with him — she didn’t think he should be punished, for the main “host” did not commit the crimes. Alicia knew how to get the child in him, so she asked to be sent into the house he was holing up in. She wore one of his mother’s old dresses, and tried to feed him his favorite food in an effort to help Ollie resurface. He dropped the gun and hugged Alicia, as if she was his own mother. I told you this case was intense.

Other thoughts about the episode:

  • I enjoy very much seeing Steve with a dog. Bonus points that Eddie’s one of my favorite breeds of dog!
  • I loved the Captain America reference, Jerry! (Well, of course I did.)
  • Come on, guys… you should know better than to allow someone with no field experience on the field. The poor consultant! Wouldn’t have it any other way, though — the scenes with her were hilarious! Who orders a salad from a shrimp truck?

From the promo, it looks like Adam is back next week! But why? And without his wife? I can’t wait to find out why he’s back!

Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Follow me on Twitter for coverage: @christinecenon!


Christine Cenon

Christine has earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Journalism, and has prior educational experience in screenwriting. Apart from writing for Pure Fandom, she is a contributing writer for FanBolt and Tell-Tale TV, and participates in roundtable interviews about Supergirl at TV After Dark. She also has two complete, unproduced screenplays under her belt.

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