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JB is in Hawaii for some much-needed R&R after an exhausting book tour. Of course, that’s not going to happen – there’s an election on and wouldn’t you know it, Jess’s friend Rebecca’s grandson Jeff Kincaid is running for senator against his brother Danny’s boss, Randall Thompson who, as it turns out is being photographed kissing a woman who isn’t his wife. Kissing is a strong word for it though.

Man, I wish I was in Hawaii right now, it’s freezing.

Never let it be said that I’m above a lei joke.

Jess bumps into Rebecca’s son Matt (who happens to own the hotel) when she checks in and gets a sweet sweet upgrade to the penthouse. They don’t have long to chat before a call comes in for JB, someone wanting her on their talk show. JB politely declines, and Matt swears he didn’t tell anyone she was coming.

Over at the campaign office, the tape of Randall Thompson has arrived, much to the delight of campaign financier Brett Reynolds and horror of Danny. Campaign manager Liz Dougherty suggests they wait and see what the afternoon poll results are before they decide. Danny says he’s offered his opinion, and that if they use the tape he is gone. Danny pays a visit to his fiance, Sharon Matsumoto, to get his dive gauge back so he can go diving, but she hasn’t finished testing it – apparently, it got tampered with, someone is out to get Danny. Sharon’s phone rings and Danny tells her he’ll see her later.

JB is about to head out and about when another request for an interview arrives, as does Liz Dougherty. She confesses she was the one who alerted the media when she knew JB was coming in the thought it might lead to more votes, but swears she will stop.

Over at his office, Danny meets with his boss Randall, who gives him photos of Brett Reynolds meeting with renowned money launderer Martin Osborn. Danny says he still doesn’t have enough to charge either of them and Randall flips his lid, accusing Danny of dragging his feet to make sure Jeff continues to receive funds from Brett. Danny tells Randall that far from it, he, in fact, has a man undercover in Brett’s office to get the final proof they need.

The man himself, Joe Yoshanaga, has impressed Brett Reynolds with his recent work, to the point where he has been promoted to another branch over on Hilo. Joe, stalling, says he’d like another day and a half an hour meeting with Reynolds to straighten out one more account before he goes. Brett decides that’s fine and Joe departs just as Martin Osborn wanders in.

Sorry guys this is all terribly fact-based and accurate. I’m full of a cold (plus the stupid chronic fatigue). Also, GC is asleep after a long night patrolling my windowsill against a brushtail possum she saw loitering outside about four nights ago and I’m trying to get this done before she starts exercising editorial control.

ANYWAY. Martin Osborn is not in Hong Kong as Reynolds thought, and instead would like to know how the election he purchased is coming. (Clearly, Osborn is short for Osbornovich, I mean what?) Reynolds tells him everything is under control, but the biggest threat to Jeff Kincaid losing the election is Danny. He’s the problem they need to take care of.

But who cares, because LUAU TIME.

While the hula is being hula-ed and the drums are being drummed, Kincaid matriarch Rebecca Kincaid speaks to a gaggle of reporters with her grandson Jeff.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE.

Liz takes Jeff off for a quiet word and suggests it might be the perfect time to announce their engagement but Jeff won’t have a bar of it. Jeff runs into Brett, who suggests he just gives him more money, and then Danny, who narrates the hula dance to the point where I stopped listening because the hukilau was way more interesting.

The poll gets released and Jeff has dropped another point. It is decided to release the tape and Danny refuses to have any part of it. Brett Reynolds accuses him of siding with his boss, there’s a scuffle, but it breaks up quickly.  That night, Danny meets with Joe who tells him his plan to get the incriminating file from Brett Reynolds’s computer. He just needs to send it via modem to a secure line, and Danny has just the computer in mind.

The next day JB lusts after the orchids that head gardener Ben Kamaka is transporting to the botanical gardens before heading up to the old sugar mill. As he leaves, Ben warns Danny to be careful, and JB’s ears prick up. Rebecca explains that someone is trying to kill Danny, as much as he wants to laugh it off. Danny declares it’s time for a swim and heads down to the beach while JB continues her in-depth investigation of Rebecca’s garden.

Danny deposits his things on the beach and starts swimming out. He’s soon joined by a figure in a dinghy who starts throwing chum into the water. (Side note, I genuinely think there was an opportunity for Danny to try and climb into the boat and attack his attacker, but that might be the cold and flu drugs talking). The boat departs, and fins start to appear in the water around Danny.

Cut to Jeff and Liz standing on the cliff looking worried. It would appear Danny has not returned from the swim and the coast guard are out in force looking for him. Liz asks if she should put out a statement, but Jeff thinks it might be weird coming right after the release of the video. Liz tells him she hasn’t released it yet, what with what’s happened. Jeff loses it and thinks this will cost him the election. Cold, bro.

Unaware of all the drama, Joe Yoshanaga sneaks into Brett Reynolds’ office and transmits the incriminating file to what turns out to be Danny’s computer at the old sugar mill. Meanwhile, Reynolds is at the campaign office on the phone to someone bragging about a recording he’s acquired of a conversation Danny Kincaid had at his office. Jess decides to do a little detecting down at Danny’s office but is thrown out pretty quickly by Randall Thompson.

The Thompson video goes to air, and JB watches on along with Sharon at the police station. Lab report comes back on Danny’s shirt and shoes but there are no clues. Jess wonders about Danny’s phone she saw he had on him but it’s missing. This gives Jess an idea, and they head over to the sugar mill. Jess and Sharon storm in to find a figure holding a gun, standing over the body of poor Ben the gardener. Sharon draws her gun and orders the figure to turn around – it’s Danny. He just got there too, found the gun outside and picked it up without thinking before coming inside and finding Ben’s body. Sharon is pissed. Jessica notices the destroyed computer and a missing floppy disk. Naww.

Back at the house, Danny explains the last few hours – how he narrowly avoided becoming shark food, swam back to shore and grabbed his bike and headed up to the sugar mill to retrieve the file Joe sent him. He can’t identify the boat driver, apart from they had a silver stripe on one shoulder. Down at the campaign office, Jeff is relieved to hear Danny is okay but devastated about Ben. Brett says it was probably vagrants but good news, he’s up by four points!

Yay politics. /sarcasm

Side note, JB is rocking the fuschia in this episode.

FAHSHUN DARLINK FAHSHUN

JB goes to Danny’s office for a spot of sleuthing and finds a bug in a pot plant. You know what I mean. Randall Thompson bursts in demanding answers and JB suggests the woman in the video is not his lover but his daughter that he brought over from Vietnam along with her ailing mother. Randall confirms this is indeed the case and confesses he never told his wife or children because reasons.

Down at the police station, there are no updates on the bug or the wetsuits with silver stripes but a hot tip has placed Matt Kincaid’s car in the area of the sugar mill at the time of the murder, and a search has found red dust and a floppy disk full of evidence incriminating Brett Reynolds. Matt swears he was at the hotel at the time and had no reason to kill Ben. Sharon suggests he doesn’t leave Honolulu.

A wake is held for Ben while his ashes are scattered at sea. Sharon tells JB they finally found the boat, but can’t track it to an owner. They did find a tube of antibiotics next to it. Jess gazes at a guitar case and works the whole thing out.

Nothing good comes from politics, I’m telling you now.

Yeah, she did the whole thing to make sure that Jeff would win the election. Reynolds used her to make sure he got his way too. Ben was wrong place wrong time.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m just going to google flights to Hawaii and take all the cold and flu drugs. K bye.

Later gang!

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