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****Sharkey's Review****
Makapu'u Lighthouse
21st Episode/11th Season (2000-2001)
Date Aired: 04/08/2001   Encore: 04/14/2001
Week of: 04/02/2001 - 04/08/2001 
My Score: 2 Rescue Cans
This Week's Quote: "A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking."
                                            -Earl Wilson 
5 Rescue Cans/Exceptional (Super Waves!)
4 Rescue Cans/Excellent
3 Rescue Cans/Good
2 Rescue Cans/Fair
1 Rescue Can/Poor (A Total Wipeout!)

Makapu'u Lighthouse offered three storylines. Two of them centered around Sean's upcoming vacation time, and they were the best plots. Sean needed a vacation and it was required that all employees take a week's vacation. Sean is a workaholic and it was hard for him to take time off. He opts to help one of Brian's friends fix up his boat and develops a close friendship. It's like him to work while on a vacation, but then you would have to think if working is work to him. Even workaholics need a break now and then.

And then there is Zack in the third plot. Sean saved a celebrity and was awarded a free week at one of the best hotels. Zack uses Sean's identity to rack up bills at the hotel without his knowledge or concent. His wild partying behavior didn't go over well with the hotel's staff. And then the second filler plot with Jason getting an offer for a chance to become a top model. Although this storyline was quite weak with more of the same, the other two plots remained strong enough to carry this one through the whole episode. I gave this episode 2 rescue cans.

The scene opened at Celebrity Kayak Race. Sean rescued a local TV celebrity, Gary Sprinkle, who got in trouble with his kayak. Sean's quick actions and heroism brought The Team a lot of media attention. Sean was offered a TV interview. Sean turned it down, but as a consolation prize for saving Gary Sprinkle, he was offered a week at the Hilton. Sean decided not to take the offer of the free hotel prize. Sean was a workaholic, so he could have used it for his required annual week's vacation. 

Even if you don't believe in using free offers, take them anyway. Maybe a friend or a relative could use it. Things like a free week's vacation in a posh hotel just don't come every day. Besides, he might change his mind later and be able to use it after all. The guy is a workaholic! He should have given it a bit more thought. The change of scenery would do him a world of good.

Zack tried to spark Sean's interest by asking him to compete in a canoe race that he and Jason entered. Sean declined because he wasn't interested at this time. Brian suggested that he could help a one of his friends, Jimmy Confair. He was having problems with his boat and as well as in getting over his wife's death. He needed help repairing it, so Brian suggested that Sean go to visit Jimmy and help. Sean reluctantly agreed.

Sean arrived at Jimmy's house, only to be surprised to see that the boat-named after the man's wife, The Melisa, was in such bad shape. Jimmy didn't seem thrilled about the thought of Sean helping him with the boat either. It was named after his wife. The two of them used the boat to race. Remembering Brian's words, Sean decided to help anyway. Jimmy was hesitant in the beginning, but Sean was persistant to show that he really wanted to help out. Jimmy saw this and it didn't take him long to get involved in the project as well. The two men talked about their pasts and were able to touch on some of the hurt they had experienced. When the boat was finished, she was beautiful. They decided to race her. More importantly, both men decided that it was time to put the past behind them and move on. On the day of the race, Sean showed up to find that there was no boat. Jimmy told Sean that he was approached by an "American" who made him an offer for the boat that he couldn't refuse. (((((LAUGHING))))) All Hawaiian citizens are Americans too! You would have to think by the way this guy spoke, that he was from another country! Hawaii is our 50th state! I think that they may have forgotten that. The line, "someone from the mainland" should have been used instead. Sean understood that it was indeed time to move on. The two men had formed a new bond and friendship between them.

Meanwhile, Jason was scouted by Terri, a pretty but workaholic who had the burning desire to become a fashion photographer. She was impressed with Jason's looks and thought that he had what it took to become a top model. She was so confident, that she was willing to do an entire calendar layout featuring Jason. Jason wanted to accept the opportunity. He broke the news to Zack that wouldn't be able to join him in the canoe race. Zack was disappointed, but being the type of guy he was, had quickly developed ideas of his own. Terri took great shots of Jason all over the island in a variety of beautiful locations. Jason was a little put off by her super-aggressive attitude. In the beginning, Terri just considered Jason to be another temperamental model.

Finally, in exasperation, she agreed to sleep with him "now rather than later." Jason was completely taken off guard. Jason was quick to tell Terri that this idea was not acceptable. She threatened to take away his potential modeling career and accused him of being afilliated with her boss. He didn't believe in Terri's talent. Things got better when Jason realized what the real problem is. She was a workaholic. She never took any time off to relax or take a break from work. He knew the type very well. His boss was one of those. He tried to solve this by fixing her a nice dinner where the two could have a chance to really get to talk. By the next morning, they had repaired their relationship. She still wanted to get that "killer shot" of him. Against his advice, she climbed up on some rocks. A wave hit and she fell into the water, losing her camera and all the photos that had been taken. You would have thought that she had more than one roll of film. She didn't take many photos of him. Although she lost everything in the ocean, Terri still had the shot she took when she initially spotted Jason. Later, it was published in The Honolulu Advertiser. She was impressed with his dedication to his craft and realized that he was better off not being part of the fashion world.  

Zack thought that he had been abandoned by both Sean and Jason. He quickly came up with the idea of taking advantage of the free vacation that was offered to Sean at The Hilton Hawaiian Village. He would just pretend to be Sean. This guy knew better than that! For one thing, Sean nevre abandoned anyone! He told him upfront that he wasn't interested at this time. Jason was the one who cancelled out on him. Using someone's identity to rack up bills! His character was just as cheesy as ever! For the next few days, he took advantage of the free massages, all the food he could eat and all of the fun you could imagine. He was not a favorite with the staff. Unfortunate for Zack, J.D. overheard his pretending to be Sean. He catches Zack, who panics. He begged J.D. not to tell Sean. JD agreed on one condition-as long a Zack tells the hotel the truth. Zack was about to, but the two tourists he had been having fun with showed up and he allowed himself to be tempted again. Everything was going to blow up in Zack's face sooner or later because Sean, after not entering the race had decided to take The Hotel Hilton up on its offer. He was stunned to learn that there were bills wracked up in his name. Not only that, given what Zack had done, it gave the impression that Sean had a wild weekend. He had lost quite a bit of goodwill with the staff because of this. Sean had planned on a serious conversation with Zack once he got his hands on him. 

Brian suggesting that Sean help a friend on his time off from working wasn't a good idean on part of the writers, although I thought that the plot sparked interest. The message of friendship that developed from helping to fix up The Melisa. Giving of yourself freely is one of the best and strongest gifts that a person could ever have. But it takes time to fix up a boat. It can't happen overnight. More than a week, I must say. Well, the writers didn't think about the time frame. It's no surprise.

The vacation plot was quite funny. But this has indicated that Zack has not changed that much as a person. After what happened to Carrie and his getting her spot by default, you would think that he would be moving in the right direction by now. I never thought that he would use another person's identity at all. The only person who would be deceitful enough would be Jenna. Sean should have taken the free pass at the hotel in the first place. Realistically, he needed it. The man he saved was just showing how grateful he was by extending the offer because he was still alive. When you survive a life-threatening ordeal, gratefulness is the first thing that people display. No one wants to think about how it could have been. This plot was fast-paced and kept the episode alive. I thought that the Jason plot could have been stronger, as it was pretty much a filler and was carried by the other storylines. My Score: 2 Rescue Cans

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