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Hawaii Five-0 opened its November 19 episode with a young man, Zack Slater, being released from the Youth Correctional Center in Kailua.
His parents and younger brother, James, pick him up. James is an autistic child and continuously plays with a tablet.
As they travel from the Center, they get lost as they follow the GPS.
Zack suspects something, turns around and sees a white van approaching fast.
He tells his dad to speed up and not look back, but it’s too late. Masked men jump from the van and take Zack.
Next scene, McGarrett meets his sister, Mary, at the airport. She surprises him with Monty, to whom she is caregiver.
Monty removes his hearing aid so McGarrett and Mary can talk. McGarrett tells Mary their mother is alive. She is not interested in seeing their mother, however, so McGarrett goes home alone. He tells their mother Mary will come to her when she is ready.
McGarrett gets a call to go to the scene where Zack was kidnapped. The parents tell McGarrett and Danny that Zack was in the Center for six months for hacking into the White House computer and getting tickets for the Correspondents’ Dinner.
Chin surmises that it is possible to hack a GPS and make it veer off course. He says this is a perfectly executed abduction.
James shows Kono a number he has been putting into the tablet over and over. She realizes it’s the license plate of the van.
Looking into the Federal database, Kono finds the van to be stolen, but recovered and returned to HPD impound.
When Chin and Kono locate the van in impound, the find Zack’s body in the back.
The next scene is the Medical Examiner’s office, where Max declares the cause of death to be cardiac arrest. He tells McGarrett and Danny that Zack had a history of arythmia. He also shows them Zack’s left hand, where all fingers have been broken, one by one;. The torture may have led to the heart attack. In addition, Max shows them bruising on Zack’s chest, consistent with CPR. McGarrett says if the killers tried to resuscitate Zack, they probably did not get what they wanted.
As the team gathers around the touch screen, Kono says during Zack’s time in confinement, he had two visitors: his mother and a man named Kong Liang, a notorious cybercriminal who is known for hiring the best hackers in the world to work for him.
They believe Kong offered Zack a job that he refused and that it infuriated him so badly that he killed him.
They enlist the help of computer expert, Toast, to go “undercover” to Kong’s place of employment. Toast identifies Zack to McGarrett and Danny as “Omega Man.”
McGarrett and Danny listen to Toast from the surveillance truck. When he gets to the room where Kong is, he loses his already fragile nerve, turns and runs. The team goes in after him, and Kono ultimately overpowers him by jumping through a window and surprising him.
During what should have been a confession time, Kong tells the team that he did offer Zack a job, that he did turn him down, but that he respected him for not wanted to hurt his parents more. He did not kill him. He says Zack hacked into secure mainframes, so he could have hacked into computers belonging to anyone.
McGarrett’s mother, meanwhile, tracks Mary to the cemetery where John McGarrett is buried. She overhears Mary tell Morty that her father cried the night he thought her mother was killed and that she cannot forget that. McGarrett’s mother breaks down. Mary is not aware she is there.
Back at Five-O headquarters, Kono tells Chin that the investigation into Zack’s laptop showed that he uploaded a file whose password is 309 numbers long, making it impossible for someone to crack.
Chin sends Kono back to the parents house to ask them about the password or to try and find it there somewhere.
When Kono tells the parents she is looking for the password to Zack’s offline storage site, they have no idea where it might be. They agree for her to look around in Zack’s room.
When James comes into the room, Kono has a little chat with him and gives him her badge. Through his repetition of words, she learns that Zack’s password is the atomic numbers of a string of elements from the Periodic Table.
As she tells this to Chin, the line goes dead. The masked killers break into the house. Kono hides James in the closet just prior to being whisked downstairs by a gunman.
McGarrett sees Chin leave his office in a hurry and asks what’s going on. Chin tells him Kono is at the house, and he thinks she is in trouble.
Per Chin’s call, HPD sends a cop to the house to ask about Kono. Zack’s mother answers the door but tells the cop Kono is not there.
When he is leaving, he sees Kono’s car. As he is calling in for help, one of the killers shoots and kills him, drags him into the house.
Five-O arrives about the same time as HPD. Through a database search, Chin learns that there has only been one car reported stolen in the last few hours. That is the killers’ MO. There is a fingerprint in the car.
Per McGarrett’s hunch, Chin matches the print to the military database. The print belongs to a Sean Winston, and ex-South African Special Forces man who has gone rogue and formed his own militia called White Fire.
Inside the house, Winston has taken off his mask. He throws the parents to the floor and threatens to kill them if they don’t tell him where the password is.
Then they hear a noise upstairs. One of the men brings the boy down, and with him, Kono’s badge.
Winston threatens to kill James if the Five-O officer does not step forward. Kono confesses that she is the cop and that she has the password. She tells him he will only get it once the hostages are free.
Winston gets on the phone and asks to speak to McGarrett. He tells McGarrett they want a vehicle backed up to the house and when they leave, with Kono, the hostages will be free.
He gives McGarrett twenty minutes.
Chin backs the vehicle up to the house and the men, with Kono, get in. One of them drives.
As they go down the road, McGarrett slides from under the truck. He attaches a device to the back door, then climbs on top, lays on the cab, and punches the guy in the driver’s seat. He then throws him from the vehicle and drives himself.
Just as Kono gives up the password, which she has in her pocket, McGarrett gives Danny the signal. Chin shoots at the device McGarrett planted on back of the vehicle, and the door explodes.
Kono and Winston fight and fall from the back. They continue to fight in the street. Kono subdues him with a hit to the throat, a kick to the chest, and an elbow in the back.
Back at headquarters, when the storage site is unlocked, it is discovered that Zack hacked into White Fire and downloaded the file of Richard DeSalvo, a mob boss who disappeared from protective custody three years prior. With the help of his organized crime family, he also managed to kill anyone who could discover his whereabouts.
The episode ends with Kono telling Zack’s parents that he did not die for nothing. He helped put away the mob boss. Kono let James keep her badge, telling him he’s earned it.
The final scene is Mary and Monty looking out over the beach. He tells her he wants her to go see her mother. He then relays the story of the death of his only daughter and how he never got a chance to make things right with her.
Mary goes to see her mother. They embrace as McGarrett looks on, smiles.