A “less is more” lesson by #AlexOLoughlin or how to make a simple scene unforgettable:

Steve: You want to know why I don’t play guitar anymore?
Danny: Yes, I would like to know why you don’t play guitar anymore.
Steve: Tenth grade talent show. I signed up to perform. I practiced the song every day for months and months, and the day finally came around. I was standing in the wings. My guitar was in tune. They called my name, I walked out on stage. I turn around and look at all those people. And I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it, so I walked off and never played guitar ever again.
Danny: That’s it?
Steve: That’s it.
Danny: Tenth grade, you had stage fright, so you never played guitar ever again?
Steve: I didn’t have stage fright; it was bigger than that.
I’m telling you, man, it was a, uh… You know, I guess it was an existential crisis. I just, in that moment, I couldn’t handle the vulnerability that I was experiencing.
I couldn’t handle how exposed I felt. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, and I thought it was gonna kill me.
Look, man, I was raised differently than you, okay? I wasn’t raised in a house with a supportive family encouraging me to share my feelings. And in your case, every feeling. The McGarrett men are a different breed. They…
To them, showing emotion is like showing weakness, you know? I mean, it’s stupid, but it’s just the way it is.
Danny: Mm, I understand that, um… I just figure after everything we’ve been through, you know– your father, my brother, everything– I figured maybe I was, you know, somebody that you could open up to, is all, you know?
Steve: I just did.

H50 5x17

H50 5x17 McDanno

My ramblings on McDanno in 5x17:

Danny really wants to improve Steve’s and his relationship, he reads up on Steve’s personality in the workbook, wants to do the homework. He realizes he cannot answer all the questions in the book about Steve and asks Steve what he is passionate about.

Steve feels threatened by the whole emotion-thing and wants to shut it all down before he might get hurt.

He observes and is surprised how Danny really wants alle the help he can get to understand him better. It gets him thinking. When he knows Danny is not looking he starts to read in the book. Also he might have been a little hurt that Danny says Steve is passionate about protein.

Steve realizes, that he is keeping Danny out by not explaining his inner thinkings and makes a huge step forward by telling Danny the guitar story.

A step that he explains is not easy for him, we might concur that he has never done this before.

Danny is surprised and happy that Steve actually took this step. He knows he can’t rub it in if he wants Steve to continue on this way. But he thinks about this the whole time after the stake-out and buys him the guitar to 1) show him he appreciates the honesty and 2) help Steve further connect with his feelings. And with him.

Also: Danny’s insomnia is cannon - he could not sleep in 5x16 with Amber next to him after having had a wild night (we all know that). Danny says he has insomnia when he tells Steve he recognizes the infomercial voice.

And what do we get? A sleeping Danny on the couch next to Steve! During a stake-out while neither is supposed to sleep. Danny who is so much by the book that he normally would not pull such a stunt. Steve who knows about the insomnia lets Danny sleep. Do I have to spell it out?

Steve brings Danny the peace that nobody else can, not even Amber (and sex).

Okay, I demand a guitar-playing Steve with an attentive Danny who smiles at him all the time. When Steve is finished he smiles his goofy face at Danny.

im actually kinda sad that mcdanno just might never be actual canon and they wont get into a romantic relationship although even the writers are advocating it. i mean i see other shows/fandoms where even the writers dont actually ship the canon relationship and this is just saaadddd, bruh.

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