NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 5 Recap “Gaijin”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 5 “Gaijin.” When a Japanese sailor is killed on American soil and evidence links the case to the previous murder of the victim’s girlfriend back in Japan, NCIS must find the murderer before the wrong person is accused and the case triggers a diplomatic crisis. Also, Captain Milius makes a personal request to Tennant. Here’s what you missed!

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Previously on NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 4, when a beloved Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) is shot while out riding his horse, Jane and her team must gain the trust of the Paniolo community to help find the culprits and protect the Paniolo’s life. Also, Kai tries to convince his stubborn father to see a doctor.

Warning… Spoilers below!

On NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 5, a crew of Japanese sailors were unwinding, drunken, and singing karaoke. One man was missing. His comrade went to search for him and found him nearby on a beach bench dead, stabbed in the heart multiple times!

Deep & Swift

Tennant got repeat calls from higher-ups about how delicate the case is. The man was Shogo Oda, with Japan Maritime Defense Force. They were in town for training on the Operation Iron Cloud project.

At the office, Captain Milius escorted the Japanese bureaucrat, Commander Tanaka, to Tennant to offer their support. Milius pulled Tennant to the side, again, to explain the delicacy of the case… however, in more detail.

The Iron Cloud project suffered a related murder in Okinawa. Shogo’s girlfriend, Yuki, worked with the group and was killed in the same manner last year on the island. The suspect at the time was her colleague and temporary roommate, Abby Nelson. Charges were dropped since they didn’t have enough evidence. Furthermore, the U.S. government extradited the woman.

Tara and Kai went to speak with the medical examiner and discovered the strikes were deep and swift with the absence of defensive wounds.

A Psychopath Not A Killer

The team sought more connections between Abby and Yuki but Milius was convinced of her guilt. They thought the woman fled, however, she entered their office and asked the team, “[are you] looking for me?” She voluntarily interviewed with the team, convinced of her innocence. They asked the woman about Shogo and she claimed Yuki was cheating on the man with someone she feared. The agents felt she was lying and decided to get warrants to search her home and office.

Tara and Kai went to her home and found a man inside snooping around. He turned out to be Inspector Kento Mori with the Okinawan police. The man told, Tennant, Boone, and Milius details about Abby when she was being investigated in Japan. He wanted to help but was stonewalled by Milius.

Agent Tennant on NCIS: Hawai'i Season 1 Episode 5

Agent Tennant on NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 5

Investigating Shogo led the team to a restaurant he dined at. They found out Shogo dined with Abby. They hauled her back in and they rigged her to a polygraph. She was lying yet managed to beat the polygraph. Tennant was convinced the woman was a psychopath due to her lack of emotion but questioned whether she was a murderer. Tennant spoke more with the woman to get her to open up but Abby maneuvered out of that.

New Alliances

Boon met with Mori as he felt the Inspector didn’t offer all information in the case. He was right, Mori shared a diary Abby kept on Yuki- she was obsessed and jealous of the woman.

Milius gained intel that the Japanese military ordered Abby be sent away, the U.S. did not interfere. So Milius and Tennant sought to speak with Commander Tanaka about the decision- who played coy at first. He admitted his government wanted the woman gone and he was carrying out orders. He claimed the Okinawan police botched the case.

The team found out Abby wasn’t jealous of Yuki but studying her and imitating her to try to fit in and appear to be normal. This shed some doubt on Abby’s guilt.

Boon met with Mori, again, and he invited the man to help them with the case. They shifted towards looking at the remaining crewmen from Operation Iron Cloud. However, when Boon and Mori visited the medical examiner they found a Japanese badge of honor in Shogo’s possession. He would have been too young to have earned it. Boon saw the badge before but on Tanaka.


They hauled Abby back in for questioning, this time Tennant had Mori with her. Abby freaked out at the sight of the man but he apologized to the woman for accusing her. They needed to know what Shogo told Abby the night before he was killed. They suspected Commander Tanaka was the culprit and needed her help in catching him.

Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant speaking with Captain Milius on NCIS: Hawai'i Season 1 Episode 5

Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant speaking with Captain Milius on NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 5

They set up a sting to record him admitting the truth to her. She confronted the man in public and they spoke in private. She accused the man and threatened to blackmail him- even showing the badge he lost at their apartment on the night of Yuki’s slaying. He admitted to the murder and the team swooped in to arrest him!

After the ordeal, Milius asked Tennant to dinner but she, unfortunately, had to decline the man for the optics of the situation…

What did you think of NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 Episode 5? Let’s talk about NCIS: Hawai’i in the comments below!

Air Date: October 18, 2021

NCIS: Hawai’i Cast

  • Vanessa Lachey as Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant
  • Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman
  • Noah Mills as Jesse Boone
  • Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy Tara
  • Jason Antoon as Ernie Malik
  • Tori Anderson as Kate Whistler
  • Kian Talan as Alex Tennant

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NCIS: Hawai'i Season 1 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
1 22 Ohana” NCIS: Hawai'i Season 1 Finale May 23, 2022
1 21 Switchback May 16, 2022
1 20 Nightwatch May 2, 2022
1 19 Nurture April 18, 2022
1 18 T'N'T” NCIS/NCIS Hawai'i Crossover March 28, 2022
1 17 Breach March 21, 2022
1 16 Monster March 14, 2022
1 15 Pirates March 7, 2022
1 14 Broken February 28, 2022
1 13 Spies, Part 2 January 24, 2022
1 12 Spies, Part 1 January 23, 2022
1 11 The Game January 17, 2022
1 10 Lost January 3, 2022
1 9 “Impostor” December 6, 2021
1 8 Legacy November 29, 2021
1 7 “Rescuers” November 8, 2021
1 6 “The Tourist” November 1, 2021
1 5 Gaijin October 18, 2021
1 4 “Paniolo” October 11, 2021
1 3 “Recruiter” October 4, 2021
1 2 “Boom” September 27, 2021
1 1 “Pilot” NCIS: Hawai'i Season 1 Premiere September 20, 2021

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