‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Give Behind the Scenes Look at Recent Episode

by Lauren Boisvert
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The most recent “NCIS: Hawai’i” episode aired on Dec. 6, and the official Instagram for the show gave fans a behind the scenes look at the episode. The video shows the portion of the episode that was filmed on the U.S.S. Missouri, when the characters gathered for a Pearl Harbor memorial.

The video follows Vanessa Lachey as she takes fans through the set, greeting her co-stars as she goes. We get to truly see how many people show up to a television set. Safe to say, it’s a lot. With the main cast, and extras, and the entire crew, people crowd the former battleship’s deck. All in all, it looks like it was a beautiful day for filming.

The episode, titled “Imposter,” followed the mystery of WWII-era bones found in a cave that apparently belonged to a 100-year-old survivor. The body belonged to Ken Ito, who was a well-known public speaker on his experience in WWII. Except, he was still giving speeches because he was still alive. The Navy planned to honor him in a ceremony on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, and now the “NCIS: Hawai’i” team had to figure out if the real Ken Ito was the dead man or the one alive.

Eventually, they found that a plane attack killed the real Ito while fishing with the fake Ito, real name Suzuki Kazutoshi. When their boat washed up on the shore, OSS members assumed Kazutoshi was Ito and recruited him for a secret mission.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Includes Touching Message at End of Pearl Harbor Episode

Dec. 7 was the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, and “NCIS: Hawai’i” included a heartfelt message at the end of their recent episode.

“This episode is dedicated to all those who perished on December 7, 1941, and to all those who served – of all race, ethnicity, creed, and citizenship status,” was included at the end of the episode. It was a touching ending to an episode that featured the tragedy so heavily.

The episode touched on the fact that the U.S. didn’t allow Japanese-Americans to serve in the Military during WWII. But it didn’t really go deeper into the issues that plagued them during that time. For example, the U.S. forcibly relocated Japanese citizens from their homes, mainly on the West Coast, due to thoughts and conspiracies of sabotage.

Asian prejudice ran rampant, especially in California, as the war progressed. Japanese-American citizens were relocated to internment camps, most of them for the duration of the war. The episode touched on these moments in American history in their note at the end. Mentioning ethnicity, race, and citizenship status did a lot; the episode wasn’t heavy-handed, and still mentioned these unsavory moments while still telling its story.