Disclaimer: Ideas are fictional; not making any money on this. Hawaii 5-0 belongs to CBS. That's okay because none of this would work on TV.
It was finally the day that Danny had been waiting for: Rachel was bringing Grace back home, back to Hawaii. It seemed like a year since he had seen his precious daughter although it had been only a few days since Rachel and Grace flew back to New Jersey the night his life fell apart. It seemed that for a few days, he would have everything he wanted in life. He would have Rachel as his wife again and he would be a full-time father to Grace. He had a job he loved and the greatest people in the world to work with.
Then Steve had gone commando on the governor and ended up in jail, charged with her murder. Chin was back with HPD, Kono was implicated in the theft of ten million dollars from the asset forfeiture locker, and Danny was left in limbo. He made the only choice he could, staying in Hawaii to clear Steve and Kono. He knew it would cost him his family. Rachel would never understand. Then came the devastating news that the baby was not his.
Slowly Danny was making his peace with reality. With the help of an old friend, Steve has been exonerated. Even better, the lieutenant governor re-established 5-0 with Steve as its leader. Danny and Chin were back on the team. Kono is still suspended pending the results of her case.
Danny wasn't sure how he will face Rachel. Little did he know that Rachel is having similar thoughts. She doesn't know how she is going to face Danny or Stan. Cheating on Stan was out of character for her, but Danny is a force of nature. Now she and Stan having a child together. She told Danny she was trying to save her marriage with Stan for the sake of the baby. It was a copout; she had walked away from Danny and took Grace with her. The truth is that Stan is safer, and he will make her a priority. Danny never did and never will, not the way she needs. The baby is Stan's but she knows she using it as an excuse. It will be a long time before Rachel will feel good about what she has done.
Danny has another problem. He already notified his landlord that he would be moving. He has a week left before he's homeless. And though it's hard to believe, there's already a new renter waiting to take occupancy. With the unpaid time off while 5-0 was disbanded, he doesn't have enough in his account to come up with the first month's rent and security deposit.
Well, that will have to wait for another day. Grace's plane has landed and he can see the passengers making their way to baggage claim. Suddenly, he hears her calling him. "Danno, I've missed you so much." Then she launched herself into his arms. They were both laughing and crying at the same time. He had Grace for the weekend and life would be good for a little while.
"Danny". Rachel was standing there, waiting for his rant. She knew she had it coming. But Danny was done with her. In a way, it was a relief. Like he told Steve, he knew it was a matter of time before she got tired of waiting for him to come home, tired of being afraid he wouldn't make it home at all. He would be walking on eggshells waiting for it to happen. It was time to get over it and get on with his life.
"Rachel, what time do you want her home on Sunday?" Rachel was so startled that for a moment, she didn't know what to say. Then, she knew what had to come next. It was time to stop punishing Danny for the past. She had taken away one child in the divorce and then the move to Hawaii. She had taken away another child last week when she discovered the timing was wrong for Danny to be the father of the new baby. At least she could restore some of his loss.
"Danny, bring her back when you're ready on Sunday, just not too late. And next week, we need to talk about our custody agreement. I think we should share custody, 50-50. You would no longer pay child support as you would have her half of the time. You'll need to find more suitable living arrangements and child-care as well. I imagine your 5-0 family can help with that. We can start as soon as you make the arrangements. I'm really sorry about everything."
Rachel was in tears now, and Danny's eyes were bright with unshed tears as well. It seemed that they both were trying to let go of past pain. "Rachel, I don't know what to say. I didn't expect this. Let me see what I can do and I'll let you know as soon as I know something. Thanks, thanks a lot. You know how much this means to me. I'll have her back around 7 on Sunday. And for what it's worth, I'm really sorry too."
Danny saw Stan approaching and decided he was not ready to face him yet. Instead, he retrieved Grace's luggage and simply nodded at Stan on the way out. "Let blow this joint and have some fun Monkey! How does that sound?" Grace finally loosened her hold on Danny and they walked out of the terminal.