#H50 – Season 9 Premiere Promo – Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i – Cocoon

/Hi!  Second Season 9 Promo added today, 9/13/18.  Ohhhhhhh this is going to be soooooooo awesome!!!

Video courtesy of televisionpromosdb on YouTube

Press Release – Courtesy of SpoilerTV

AFTER STEVE’S CIA AGENT FRIEND IS KILLED, MCGARRETT LETS HIMSELF BE CAPTURED BY THE GROUP HE THINKS IS RESPONSIBLE AND ENDURES A TORTUROUS SENSORY DEPRIVATION TANK TO FIND THE KILLER, ON THE NINTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

The Episode, Titled “Cocoon,” Is a Retelling of the Original Series’ Pilot Episode and Was Written by the Late Leonard Freeman, Creator of the Original “Hawaii Five-O,” and Current Executive Producer Peter M. Lenkov

Mark Dacascos Returns as McGarrett’s Nemesis, Wo Fat

“Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i” – After Steve’s CIA agent friend is killed, McGarrett lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer. Also, Tani wrestles with whether or not she will tell McGarrett about the murder weapon she found at Adam’s house, on the ninth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i” is Hawaiian for “Cocoon”)

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans, this 9th season premiere episode is the retelling of the original series’ pilot “Cocoon.” PLUS @Mark_Dacascos Returns! #WoFat @HawaiiFive0CBS! 9/28 9pm http://bit.ly/2OXNYVE

REGULAR CAST:
Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)
Meaghan Rath (Tani Rey)
Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns)
Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Kimee Balmilero (Noelani Cunha)

RECURRING CAST:
Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat)
Rosalind Chao (Governor Mahoe)
Shawn Thomsen (Pua Kai)

GUEST CAST:
Rochelle Aytes (Greer)
Jack Coleman (Miller)
Roger Yuan (Kang)
Lamont Thompson (Kray)
Susan Park (Rosemary)
Erik Chang (Tech)

WRITTEN BY: Leonard Freeman and Peter M. Lenkov
DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer

SOURCE:  CBS
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So, CBS decided to go without showing the sensory deprivation angle of the premiere in the promo.  But I just love that pretty much everything they did include in the promo is centered around Steve and Danny.  😀
“Don’t just stand there being handsome….. say something!” 🤣🤣
And we get a good old fashioned “Book ’em Danno”!  I can’t even remember the last time we got one of those.
Ohhhhhhh come on …. just 2 more weeks….. who else is excited?!?!?
Aloha.  Malama Pono
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#H50 – It’s September!!! 🎬😎

September 1968 —— September 2018

HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY HAWAII FIVE-O

Courtesy of @alangesek007

Well…..hello there, my friends!  How have you been?  Have you been enjoying your summer? I sure hope you’ve all had a fantastic time.  I know I’ve probably said this before, but I never thought there would come a time when I would want to wish away my summer but, damn, if the arrival of Hawaii Five-0 eight years ago didn’t do just that.

Well, here we are again.  We’ve made it.  We’ve made it almost to the end of another summer of hiatus hell.  This hiatus seemed particular awful since CBS, in its infinite wisdom, decided we didn’t need H50 reruns for the better part of the whole summer. Aaauugghhh!!!! What on earth would I have done without iTunes and DVDs and Netflix and Amazon Prime and CBS AllAccess?!?! 😉😉

But, it’s September now and that means the season premiere of our favorite show is just around the corner.  Already, there’s so much to be excited about.

Here are some of the things we already know about Season 9:

The entire cast is back!   Personally, this was never a concern for me once I learned that Alex was definitely on board, but I know there were those who were worried, especially when Alex and Scott stayed off island an extra week when filming began in July.  But, not to worry. Our team is fully intact!

Even Eddie is back, thank goodness! 🐶 😘  Courtesy of Michael Ausiello at TVLine, Eddie is going to get his very own origin story!  I’m not sure if this is going to be a full episode, or a second or *shudder* third story but how cute will it be to find out just how Eddie became the awesome service dog he is?

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A full season of H50!  As of right now, there is a season order for 22 episodes.  But as we’ve seen in the past, that number can be very fluid.  We’ve seen it increased to 24 and then to 25 in previous seasons.  Let’s hope that happens again this year.

Sunset on the Beach is a go!  Not only is it a go, but it promises to be an extravaganza the like of which we’ve not seen on Queens Beach before.  Because not only is the cast and crew of H50 going to be there like always, but the cast of the new Magnum PI will be there as well.  Attendees (and I am soooooooo jealous I can’t be there) will be treated to a 50th Anniversary celebration for H50 as well as a double feature presentation of both the Season 9 Premiere of H50 and the Series Premiere of Magnum PI.

I know there was a lot of hand wringing over this when the announcement was first made.  That Magnum was going to take away H50’s thunder, or something.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is not the first time attendees have been treated to a double feature on the beach.  At SOTB 2016, the Series Premiere of MagGyver was also shown.  And even before that, at SOTB 2014, the Series Premiere of Scorpion was shown.  So this is not, in any way, a new development.  What is new, of course, is that, unlike those other CBS shows, Magnum films on Oahu, so the Magnum cast is able to attend the celebration.

To top everything off, there will be a live concert from the one and only Cyndi Lauper to round out the night!  It will be interesting to see if Cyndi ties in with H50 or possibly with Magnum in some way.  Previously, the musical guests at SOTB also had some part in the show.

The Jonas Brothers appeared at SOTB 2013 when Nick Jonas was on the show as Ian Wright.  When Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish) was on the show in Season 7, he appeared at that year’s SOTB.  Episode #100 gave us two guest musicians.  Gavin Rossdale (who appeared in #100) performed at SOTB 2014 and, of course, I’ll never forget singing “All for One” (the “theme song” of Episode #100) along with Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik at SOTB 2015.  So, it makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing (or hearing) Cyndi on either of the two shows this season.

SOTB announcement

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Five-O!  And how awesome is that?!?!?  There aren’t many shows that can boast that claim to fame.  And in a stroke of genius, TPTB have decided that the Season 9 Premiere (September 28th), which is almost exactly 50 years from the date of the Original Premiere of Hawaii Five-O (September 20, 1968), will be a retelling of the original Pilot episode, “Cocoon” (Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i).

The retelling of this story gives Peter Lenkov a co-writing credit with Series creator Leonard Freeman which I’m sure is a huge honor and thrill for Peter.  And if we go by the great job that was done when they tackled the retelling of “Hookman” in Season 3, this episode will be incredible.

I took a look at the original version of “Cocoon” recently and it is a fascinating story.  When I heard they were going to re-tell it, my first thought was, “how are they going to get two hours worth of story into 42 minutes”.  Having now watched the original, I’m not worried one bit.  There is a lot of expendable material in the original.  Of course, in those days, there weren’t as many commercials taking up story time as there is now so there was a lot more time to fill.  A good deal of that expendable material can be trimmed back leaving a great, intense story that I know our cast, especially Alex will totally rock!

Jack Lord’s McGarrett was pretty much the only major part of the original “Cocoon”.  As a matter of fact, you barely see the rest of the team at all.  Chin Ho and Danny don’t show up until the second hour and while Kono is in the first hour, he’s reduced to only coming and going from Steve’s office basically running errands.  Thank God, our H50 is nothing like the 1968 version in that regard.  The original H5O was always, more or less, the Jack Lord show.  While Alex is, most decidedly, the lead and, yes, carries the major bulk of screen time, our H50 is not the Alex O’Loughlin show.  We’ll be seeing our entire team tackling this story from beginning to end, just like they always do!  It’s going to be so great!

Oh, and WoFat comes “back” too! 😉

Check out the press release and the promotional pictures courtesy of CBS and Spoiler TV here:

https://www.spoilertv.com/2018/08/hawaii-five-0-episode-901-ka-owili-okai.html

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Two upcoming episodes which sound like they will totally blow us away! 

Peter via TVLine

Episode 9.07 will be H50’s milestone 200th episode.  First, the most important thing of all….  Scott/Danny will be in the episode, as we can see from Peter’s answer above (courtesy of Matt Mitovich at TVLine) .  That is extremely great news!!

We’ll also get to see the “soft” opening of Steve and Danny’s restaurant.  We’re left to wonder what the “big turning point” will be however.  Me? I’m hoping for a huge success. I’ve made no secret that I really want Danny’s “dream” from when he was shot to come true someday.  What else will #200 include.  Who knows? But I’m willing to bet, considering how incredible #100 was, that we’re all in for quite a treat.

The “mid-season finale” also sounds intriguing.  This is the synopsis of the movie “The Expendables”.

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First off, let’s dismiss the totally inaccurate and, quite frankly, ludicrous web article that said “look for” Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to make an appearance.  Seriously…. where on earth do people get this stuff???? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

It seems likely the episode may be about some sort of big mission/OP (like the theme of the movie) that needs the assistance of characters who have helped out in the past.  There’s a long list of people who have helped out Five-0 over the years.  I can’t wait to see who ends up coming back!

And another episode that looks to be a really great one!

Written by Chi McBride

Yup! You’re reading that right!  Written by: Chi McBride!  This is very exciting.  I love it when the cast dips their toes into the creative process.  Alex did it last year with his story credit for the 8.24 SEAL story with Joe and Junior and with his directorial debut in 8.18.  Both fantastic episodes.

Who knows what story Chi has come up with, but with the news that Oscar Winner Louis Gossett Jr. has been cast to play Lou’s father, it sounds like it could be a Grover family saga of some sort.  As you can see above, it’s Episode 9.08, which will be the Thanksgiving episode.  With two powerhouse actors anchoring the story, you just know it’s going to rock! Here’s hoping we get to see Renee, Samantha and Will again too.

Happy Halloween!  This year’s Halloween episode looks to be a lot of fun, as Halloween episodes always are!  This years installment will center around Jerry, Eric and Noelani. Three of my favorite characters and all three of them, always a lot of fun!  This should be one great Halloween!

Oh, and by the way, speaking of Alex……..

Alex will direct again!

Woooooo Hoooooo!!!!!!  I wonder if Alex will be given a script to direct or if he’ll come up with another story of his own?  Either way, this makes me extremely happy!!  He did such a fantastic job with his directorial debut in 8.18, I can’t wait to see what he does with his next episode.

So, there we are.  A little less than a month to go until the Premiere and so much we already know of what’s to come.  The best part?  There is still so much we don’t know so an abundance of great stuff yet to find out.  I’m excited.  Who’s with me?  Yeah…… thought so! 😁😁😁

Aloha. Malama Pono

Pictures used above are, obviously, not mine.  I’ve given credit where appropriate and I’m posting this incredible picture again because I just love it so much.  Courtesy of @alangesek007.

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#H50 – Season 8 was a blast …. Time to look forward to Season 9!!

Well, here we are my friends.  Stuck in the middle of hiatus hell.   How’s the hiatus treating you so far?  Yeah…..me too!  H50 withdrawal is not a pretty sight!  So, I’m doing what I always do.  At the start of each hiatus, I go back to the very beginning and re-watch all the episodes in preparation for the new season ahead.  I started this little tradition in the Summer of 2011 while waiting for Season 2 to begin.  Happily, as the years have passed, this yearly re-watch takes longer and longer each summer, but who’s complaining, right? 😊😊

With filming set to start sometime in early July, it seemed like a good time to open the floodgates and get into what we’d all love to see or not see coming our way in the new season.

A year ago, at this time, we were all happily looking forward to the beginning of Season 8 filming.  We were excited for the new season, to seeing our beloved Ohana back on our screens for more wonderful H50 adventures.  We were thrilled when, in an Instagram posted at the end of Season 7, Daniel Dae Kim, reassuringly confirmed that both Alex and Scott were coming back for Season 8, while conveniently not mentioning the fact that he and Grace Park were not.  Of course, none of us realized what he was saying, or more specifically, not saying, with that post.  We spent the hiatus in happy, unsuspecting anticipation.

So, it was a total kick in the teeth when, just days before filming was set to begin on Season 8, word came that both DDK and Grace were out.  It’s safe to say those of us who closely follow the show, watched the beginning of filming with much speculation and a bit of concern over what was going to happen with our beloved show and the state the on-screen Five-0 Ohana would be in.

But, the powers-that-be hit a home run with the addition to the cast of Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale, along with the promotion of Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Ian Anthony Dale and Kimee Balmilero to series regulars.  These changes more than made up for the departure of DDK and Grace.  As it turned out, all our worries were uncalled for.  Not only did our show survive, it absolutely flourished.

And, from the looks of things so far, we won’t have to worry about another cast shake up this year.  While, as of this writing, we’ve gotten no official word from CBS that the entire cast is returning for Season 9, there’s been enough unofficial word from people  who should know the facts, that we can assume all the actors are on board for the new season.  Of course, without official word we can’t be 100% sure but all indications are leaning toward everyone returning for the new season.

With that in mind, let’s have a bit of speculative fun.  Here’s some of my thoughts on what I’d like to see happen in Season 9…. the 50th Anniversary year of Hawaii Five-0.  These are not in any specific order.  Just some random musings:

One Story Line:  If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know my feelings on multiple story line episodes.  You know how much I love episodes which revolve around only one story and includes the entire team working to solve it.  I know the odds of this happening more than once or twice a season, if we’re lucky, are slim but it’s still fun to think about.

If we can’t have a significant number of episodes with only one story, I hope the writers try to limit the multiple stories per episode to only two.  And, it would be wonderful if those two stories are somehow connected, that they dove-tail into each other and, therefore, end up giving us one story after all, but I know that’s probably asking a bit too much.  I’m not one of those who complains that multiple stories are too hard to follow.  I have no difficulty in following them what-so-ever.  It’s not a matter of confusion for me, just a matter of time.  With only 42 or so minutes per episode, it just doesn’t leave a lot of time to devote to three stories and they all end up feeling shortchanged.  That brings me to…….

Adam:  As of this writing, Adam is still a main character so, obviously, they need to find something for him to do.  While I adore Ian Anthony Dale, Adam’s story was boring last season.  It only got a bit interesting when Adam’s sister Noriko showed up.  But, one episode later, she washed up on that beach and Adam hightailed it out of Hawaii.  So, it inevitably seems this story will continue.

Not only will it continue, it was the Season 8 cliffhanger.  Not a very exciting cliff hanger but there is it.  It’s true that Adam wasn’t the most effective task force leader in the world but even he wouldn’t be stupid enough to kill someone, leave the gun and gloves he used in a kitchen drawer and then have a member of Five-0 come over to the house to water the plants.

Seems kind of obvious that Adam is being set-up but wouldn’t it be a real kick in the pants if he wasn’t?  What if he planted the gun and gloves himself in an attempt to make it look like he’s being set up and he really did kill Noriko?  That would be one hell of a twist even if it’s one I hope doesn’t happen because I have always liked Adam and, from the very beginning, have felt he is a really good guy.

My hope is that, wherever this story is going, it’s not going to be completely separate from the Five-0 team.  This works into my “please not more than one or, at the most, two stories per episode” wish.  Because when Adam is off on his own, it’s a guarantee that at least one story every episode is going to be completely separate from the team and that it’s probably the third story of that episode.

And what about Kono?  Is Adam going to come back to Hawaii alone, again?  Is the story going to be that Adam and Kono are still together but have decided it’s better to be apart because they both want to be in different places?  How is that together?  I guess, maybe, the writers are trying to keep the door open in case they get the chance to bring Kono back, even if only for one episode at some point in the future but for a couple who fought so hard to be together, who endured so much for their love, to now decide it’s ok to be apart just doesn’t make sense, especially now that it’s stretching into two years!

Tani and Junior:   Everyone knows I was not a huge fan of the original Five-O and had no intention of ever watching the reboot.  But, having loved LOST and DDK’s role in that show, I followed him over to CBS to check out the new Five-0 because of him.  I was worried that the loss of Chin (along with Abby and little Sara) would really diminish the show for me.  I was wrong.  I can honestly say, because of Junior Reigns, I do not miss Chin one iota.  As for Kono, the only time I miss her is when Adam is on screen because it still doesn’t feel right that he’s in Hawaii and Kono is not.

But other than that, nope…. I don’t miss them at all.  Tani and Junior are simply fantastic.  They have both breathed new life into our show, a “breath of fresh air” that most of us never even knew we needed.  And it’s not just my opinion, or even the opinion of just the fans, but of the other actors as well.  Every single actor on the show, when asked about the new additions, have expressed their joy at having them on set and the enthusiasm and vitality of youth they both bring to work every day.

And it plays extremely well on screen.  With Tani and Junior as “the kids”, it affords the opportunity for the elder statesmen on the team to mentor, teach and guide them as they grow into the job.  Of course, this is more for Tani’s benefit than it is for Junior’s.  As a Navy SEAL, Junior can hardly be considered a newbie even if Steve did insist he go to the Police Academy before getting his Five-0 badge.  Personally, I’ve always felt that was more a way to make sure Junior’s “battlefield” experiences could easily translate to the streets.  Junior has proved time and time again, Steve didn’t have to worry about that.

As for Tani…. she is smart and tough with a heart of gold.  She doesn’t take crap from anyone and her rapier wit is always on point.  She pairs fabulously with every member of the team and has spent individual time with them all.  Her interactions with Steve, Danny and especially Lou are priceless.  And then there is the wonderful friendship that has grown between she and Junior, which is totally adorable.  She is an extremely capable officer and she’s as kick ass as Kono ever was.  On a personal note, her relationship with her brother Koa is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know Tani and Junior and I can’t wait to learn even more.  We still don’t know the “long story” behind why Junior left the Navy at such an early age or what transpired in Afghanistan that had his ex-girlfriend saying she’d heard he was a hero.  As for Tani, we’ve met her brother, Koa, but we don’t know about the rest of her family or why she not only cheated on her final Academy exam but felt the need to punch out her training officer.  Yep… there’s still so much to mine from these two characters and their back stories.

One thing I am going to miss is Junior living with Steve.  I don’t know if we’ll get to see Steve helping Junior look for an apartment or if, the first time we see Junior outside the office, he’ll just be at his new place.  But I liked the idea of Junior being at Casa McG.  I’m going to miss seeing him around the house whenever anyone drops by.

Lou:  I’m not sure what I’m hoping for Lou.  I do wish we got to see Renee more.  I adore the relationship between Renee and Lou.  Their love is the kind they write about in story books.  The Lou centric episode last season with the suicidal man and the flashbacks to the most traumatic case of Lou’s Chicago career was incredible.  Chi is an amazing actor and any episode which gives him the opportunity to stretch his acting wings is sure to be a winner.

Just, please, for the love of God, no more Chicago stories revolving around Clay Maxwell.  Hopefully, once Lou found those tapes of Clay’s jailhouse confessions to the death row inmate, that meant they have everything they need to keep Clay behind bars for a million years and we can be done with that story forever.

Kamekona, Noelani and Duke:  The elevation of Dennis Chun, Taylor Wily and Kimee Balmilero to the main cast was a wonderful surprise for Season 8.  All have been beloved members of the Ohana for a long time.  Taylor Wily, for instance, as far back as the Pilot and Dennis Chun, early in Season 1.  It was wonderful to see all these great actors on our screens more often in Season 8 and it was about time they all got their names and faces in the opening credits.

The two episodes which were centered around Kamekona and Duke were fantastic highlights of the season.  It would have been nice if Noelani could have gotten a full episode devoted to her as well, but maybe we’ll get to see something for her in Season 9.

Duke’s story is one we are sure to see more of.  In the Season 8 finale, Lou commented that there was a hearing going on about Duke’s fate within HPD after he took the law into his own hands in order to try to save his granddaughter.  We’ve often seen the members of Five-0 in the courtroom giving support to one of their own.  You just know if the team hadn’t been dealing with a Russian submarine off Waikiki Beach, they’d have been there for Duke as well.  He is more than a colleague to them all, that’s for damn sure.

I hope HPD doesn’t come down too hard on Duke. I can’t bear the thought of him not being right there, by Five-0’s side on the streets.  Yeah, he broke the law but who on HPD would say they wouldn’t do the same under similar circumstances?  The belief in the concept of Ohana is something they all have in common.

There must be consequences, of course.  I don’t expect them to just let Duke walk away from what he did.   A formal reprimand for sure.  Maybe a suspension?  But, I sure hope they don’t kick him off the force.  He’d lose everything he’s spent his entire life working for.  That would be too much to bear.

Eddie:  And, of course, we can’t discuss the cast without including probably the best new addition to any TV show in years….. EDDIE!!!!  Eddie has done something I never thought anyone could ever do in the H50 fandom.  Everyone…. everyone…. loves him.  No fan wars over this guy.  What a refreshing development that is!!

From the moment we first saw Eddie it was impossible not to love him.  In his first few minutes on screen he went from happy enthusiasm to wake his friend/DEA handler for breakfast, to on-the-job pinpoint focus during the DEA raid, to fierce, angry determination to take down the guy who killed his friend, to heartbreaking pain when he, himself, gets shot.  Is it any wonder Steve’s heart went out to him the moment he laid eyes on him?  We’d already fallen in love before Steve even walked into that shipping container.

It’s no secret that Eddie is the most popular new member of the Five-0 team.  My wish for Season 9 would be to see even more of him.  I’d love it if Steve brought Eddie to the office with him every day.  Let’s face it, Five-0 never knows when a new case is going to drop into their laps or when Eddie might be needed on a case.  It seems silly for Steve to have to drive all the way home to pick up Eddie when he’s needed.  It would be much more efficient if Eddie was at the office every day, just like every other member of the team goes to work every day.  And it would also mean Eddie wouldn’t be stuck at home alone when both Steve and Junior are at work.

I know, it’s probably not feasible to have Eddie (the actor) on set as often as would be necessary to have Eddie in all the HQ scenes, but it’s fun to think about seeing him lying under the magic table while the team is in the field and Jerry is working the table.  Or to see Eddie running to the doors to greet Steve and the team when they come back from the field.

The Restaurant:  I really like this story and I’m so happy it’s going to continue into Season 9.  Well, let me clarify that a bit.  I’ve liked the idea of the restaurant from the moment Danny proposed it in Season 7 and I enjoyed it for the most part in Season 8.  Although I will admit the ongoing problems, the ineffectual attempts to get the place up and running and the constant negative comments made to Steve and Danny from pretty much everyone who heard about it did go on a bit too long.

I’m totally thrilled that Kamekona has come on board to help the guys get the place together.  Not only is it another way to get Kame on screen more (which is always a great thing in my book) it makes perfect sense.  Kame is an entrepreneur extraordinaire and the perfect person to put the guys on the right path to making their dream a reality.  I can’t tell you how much I want the “dream” Danny had when he was shot to come true.

But, what will the name be?  I, like many others, was thrilled when Kame had those T-shirts made for “McDanno’s Bar and Grill” and, of course, had to buy one of my own for my H50 T-shirt collection.  But, as much of a McDanno shipper as I am, I’m not sure that’s the right name for the restaurant.  Kinda sounds too much like McDonald’s or something to me.

But, if I had to choose between that and “Kamekona’s Italian Restaurant”, I’d go with “McDanno’s” for sure.  “Kamekona’s” just doesn’t flow right.  As I said in my 8.25 Season Finale review:

“I hope the writers don’t try to go there because there really isn’t any way the restaurant should bear Kame’s name.  Danny may hem and haw, rant and protest, but he ultimately understands the sentiment behind Steve’s request.  “…..because then, if we’re not together, we’ll still… you know… we’re still gonna…. we’ll be together still”.  Such a touching and heartfelt sentiment I can’t believe Danny would ever consider not honoring that request.  It’s a testament to their friendship.”  The restaurant really should be “Steve’s”.

Episode #200:  I’m so excited that our show is hitting this landmark in Season 9.  I keep thinking back to the 100th episode and how fantastic it was, and I just know Peter Lenkov and all the writers are putting their heads together and coming up with something that will be absolutely fantastic to celebrate this milestone.  I have no clue what it could be, but I do have one fervent wish.  I hope, whatever it is, at the end of the episode, the entire Ohana assembles to celebrate the grand opening of Danny and Steve’s restaurant.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate #200 then with a champagne toast at “Steve’s”!

Steve:   What do I want to see for Steve in Season 9?  Let’s see.  I wouldn’t mind if we got a bit more SEAL action.  It was such fun to see Steve and Junior in the 8.24 SEAL episode.  It was action packed and full of emotion and simply wonderful.  I know we can’t have that all the time, but it would be great if we could get another flashback to Steve as a SEAL.  As a matter of fact, any action-packed episode is awesome in my book.  With the fantastic stunt team H50 has, there’s no reason why we can’t have all kinds of action going on.  We do have two SEALs on the team now.  It would be wonderful to see them go all out more often.

I’d also like to see Lynn again.  We already know she and Steve are still together, but it would be so wonderful to see them together again.  Hey, I know, she should come to the grand opening of “Steve’s” in Episode #200, right? 😉  I know there’s a real-life issue of availability with Sarah Carter who’s happily at home with her new baby so it’s very possible we won’t be able to get her back.

If that’s the case and we can’t have Sarah/Lynn, I’d love it if Steve would run into an old girlfriend from his school days.  Junior’s only been home for less than a year and he’s already run into Layla, his ex-girlfriend and helped save his other high school friend Cammy.  Steve’s been home going on nine years and he’s never run into anyone from his school days.  So, I’d love for him to re-connect with someone from high school and see if it can develop into something more.  Ohhhhh and please let her be Hawaiian!  I don’t need to see her every episode, or even all that often.  Just let them meet again, let him mention her every so often, maybe see her a couple of times so we know it’s on.  Do I think there is even the remotest possibility this could happen?  Well… no.

What I don’t need is anymore health issues for Steve.  Yeah, I know, medical issues shouldn’t just be forgotten and written to mysteriously and magically disappear, but I really don’t need to see a sick Steve.  I know it’s not realistic but just like I don’t care that Steve is drinking beer after his liver transplant, I wouldn’t care if I never heard of radiation poisoning ever again.

Danny:  As far as relationships go, the same can be said for Danny as well as Steve.  Danny and Melissa have been going together now for going on five years.  It would be really great if we could see her again too or at least have Danny mention her every once in a while.  “Hey, you heading home, Danno?”  “Yeah, I’m picking up Melissa for dinner and a movie.”  See?  How hard is that?

But what I’d most like for Danny is a full time return to the seeing him as the fantastic detective we all know he is.  We’ve lost sight of the guy who had 87 homicide cases under his belt before he even came to Oahu.  I realize there are now six full time members of Five-0 (including Jerry) and the writers need to give lines to everyone, but I’d love to get back to Danny being the one who has the answers more often than not.  He’s too good to be relegated to standing next to Steve at the magic table and nodding at everyone else’s great ideas.

And I’m not talking about the five “Scott-less” episodes a season.  I fully understand those, and they’re not an issue with me.  I don’t even care when they don’t insert a line of dialog to explain why Danny isn’t there.  But what I do care about are the 20 episodes when Danny is there and the quality of that time.  I understand the logistics of Scott’s filming schedule, and that his screen time may be limited in certain episodes, but to me, that’s exactly when they should make the most of his presence.  Give him something awesome to do.  Let him be the one to take down the bad guy or come up with the solution that solves the entire case.  If it’s an episode where they only have him for 15 minutes out of 42, make those 15 minutes incredible!

McDanno:  Whether it’s carguments in the Camaro, beers on the beach behind Casa McG, throwing ideas around the Magic Table or working on the restaurant, these two are, have always been, and need to continue to be the cornerstone of this show.  The pillars that hold everything else up.  I loved the relationship between them in Season 8.  I know a lot of people complain that all they did was fight over the restaurant, but I don’t think that’s true.  I think they behaved exactly like any two close-knit guys would behave when faced with frustration, disagreements, and the massive stress of trying to start a new venture.  The only really heated fight they had was when their tools were stolen and even then, it was more frustration than real anger.

Long gone is the bitter, hateful sniping of a couple of seasons ago.  They have returned to the bantering of the earlier years and, for me at least, it’s something I’ll never grow tired of.  Seeing into Danny’s dreams, seeing that pretty much every thought he had as he was dying had Steve in it from operating a successful restaurant to growing old together was beautiful.  Their friendship, brotherhood and resolve to stick together is solid.

I hope more than anything we can keep this going into Season 9.  Regardless of how much time either character or actor is in an episode, when they are together, this is how they should always be.  This is the relationship that drew millions of viewers to the show from the very beginning and it’s still the relationship that keeps them coming back for more.  These two are simply perfection.

Guest stars:  H50 has, from the very beginning, always had fantastic guest stars, so fantastic in fact, many have becoming recurring characters. There are several I’d love to see again in Season 9.

The first one to top my list is Harry Langford.  I love that we got to see Harry twice in Season 8. His chemistry with absolutely everyone on screen is phenomenal but, of course, it’s his relationship with Steve and Danny that is 14 carat gold.  He not only is their equal with regard to their talent in crime solving but he also just… well, he gets them.  He and Steve are kindred spirits, with similar backgrounds and life experiences and as for Danny, Harry makes no secret of his fondness for him.  The three of them make a fantastic team and if we didn’t already have six members of Five-0, I’d think Harry could make a wonderful addition to the team.  As it is, I’ll be thrilled if we get him back for a least an episode or two in Season 9.

I miss Sang Min.  We haven’t seen him since close to the end of Season 7 and that’s too long in my book.  He’s our longest serving “bad guy” and while I know Will Yun Lee is busy with other projects these days, it would be wonderful if we could get him back, even if only for one episode.  Hey… there’s that #200 again…….

Someone else I miss terribly is Gracie.  I know she’s not really in this category, not really a “guest star” but we haven’t seen her is what seems like years.  The last time we saw her was in 7.20, a short scene at the end of the episode when Rachel told her and Charlie she and Stan were divorcing.  Danny’s mentioned her a couple of times since then, but we haven’t seen her.  I know Tailor Grubbs has moved away from Hawaii to LA so quick little scenes are much more difficult logistically but maybe they could write an entire episode that features Gracie to make the trip to Oahu worthwhile and we’d get the pleasure of seeing her again.

Others I’d like to see again:  Alicia Brown.  No I don’t want her to be part of Five-0 and .. no.. I don’t want her to be a love interest for Steve.  But she is good at what she does and it’s not unthinkable that Five-0 would be in need of her services once in a while.  Besides, weren’t those the terms of her probation anyway?

Odell Martin.  I’d love to see Odell in the court room again.  Now that Steve doesn’t have hair anymore 😉, we can’t count on Odell dropping by HQ to give Steve a quick cut so the fact that he’s now a practicing lawyer should come in handy.  Maybe a story where he’s not helping Five-0, but defending someone Five-0 thinks is guilty.  Having them on opposite sides of a case would be fun.

Gerald Hirsch.  Just because he’s so much damn fun!

Koa Rey.  I love the dynamic between Tani and Koa and I hate the idea that we won’t see him again.  I don’t want to see him go back to using or getting into trouble but maybe a case where he’s an asset to Five-0, an overdose victim he’d been trying help, for instance.  That could be an interesting episode.

Joe White.  8.24 was fantastic and watching Steve and Joe, along with Junior, fight their way out of that deadly situation was awesome.  There is still so much respect and affection between Steve and Joe, despite their difficulties.  There’s also still a lot of secrets only Joe knows, secrets Steve needs and has the right to know.  Steve’s entire life’s course was set in motion because of those secrets and he has the right to know about everything that happened.  There’s no one better than Joe to fill him in on everything, except perhaps for…..

Doris.  I do not like Doris.  I will never forgive her for what she did to John, Steve and Mary.  Her entire life is based on fabrications, secrets and lies.  I see no redeeming quality in her what-so-ever.  I have no doubt she loves her children but only as much as is convenient at any given moment.  She’s full of remorse for what she’s done, again, when it’s convenient and she needs something but then she falls back into her own world of cloak and dagger secrets.  It’s the only life she knows.

I don’t like Doris, but I love Christine Lahti and her scenes with Alex positively sizzle.  I really don’t want to see Doris lie to Steve again, or tell him, with perpetual tears in her eyes, how much she loves him or wanted to protect him.  But I would love to see Christine and Alex on screen together again.  A quick one and done would suffice.  Again, this might be a good story for #200.  Just like Steve finally got closure with WoFat in #100, perhaps it’s time for the same with Doris.  Oh… I’m not saying they need to kill her off, but Steve finally knowing everything, absolutely everything that transpired to make him who he is, and to hear it from Doris.. that would make one hell of a milestone episode.

You know the one I do NOT want to see:  This is probably another wish if mine that won’t happen.  I know, for some unfathomable reason, TPTB love Catherine and no amount of pleading from fans is going to stop them from keeping her in the show.  However, when Catherine left, again, she and Steve parted as friends.  Still good friends, willing to be there for each other when needed.  This I’m ok with.  They’ve known each other forever and were good friends from the very beginning.  Catherine’s choices make her totally undesirable and unacceptable as a wife but not as a friend.  If TPTB feel the need to bring her back for her obligatory one episode per season, having her call Five-0 for help, having Five-0 recruit her for a single international type case, or even if they just teleconference her onto the big screen for critical intel… I’m ok with that.  As much as I wish to never lay eyes on her again, like Doris, a one and done would be acceptable.

Finally, more creative control for Alex:  Eddie was his idea.  He got to direct an episode.  The fantastic story in 8.24 was his.  TPTB even allowed Alex to decide to cut Steve’s hair.  It’s plainly clear that Alex has wonderful ideas and, of course, he knows this show and his character as well as Peter and the writers do, maybe even better.  Alex’s story for 8.24 was incredible and I have no doubt he has many more wonderful ideas for stories that would give the show a new and different perspective that can only make it better.  I really hope we get to see much more of what Alex has offer behind the scenes as well as on our screens.

Well, that’s it.  HA!  That’s it?  This went on forever!  Well, it’s probably my only post from finale to premiere so what the hell?  Let’s hear your thoughts.  What do you want to see in Season 9?  What don’t you want to see in Season 9?  Do you agree with my ideas?  No… fantastic!  Let’s hear it all in the comments below.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic summer so far.  Filming for Season 9 should start in about a month so even if hiatus hell will last to the end of September, at least we should be getting some behind-the-scenes pictures relatively soon.  That’s always something to look forward to.

Hope you’re all well!  Aloha.  Malama Pono

No pictures with this one, folks!  Damn thing is long enough already! 😊😊

 

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#H50 Review: 8.25 Waiho Wale Kahiko (Ancients Exposed) – Season 8 Finale

Fi·na·le:  fəˈnalē, fəˈnälē/noun – The last part of a piece of music, a performance, or a public event, especially when particularly dramatic or exciting.

As always, I really liked this episode of our show but dramatic and exciting? Hmmmmmm.  I don’t know…. maybe it’s because last weeks episode was so incredibly dramatic and well done, pretty much anything that followed wouldn’t be quite up to that caliber.  Oh, there were plenty of things to love in this one, don’t get me wrong, but it kind of felt more like a regular weekly episode rather than a finale.  There just wasn’t the high drama I was expecting from having a huge Russian submarine floating off Waikiki Beach.

The one thing I was happiest about with this episode was that we only had one case! Heaven be praised, they do exist!  This meant the entire team worked on this case together.

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And I especially loved Steve and Danny partnering throughout.  Give me an entire episode of Steve and Danny together working a case, or doing just about anything, and all is right with my world.

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A Russian submarine off Waikiki Beach.  We’ve had some crazy stuff on this show.  Giant claws, crashing planes on Kalakaua Avenue, lifting cabins with helicopters, Steve jumping off high overpasses onto the tops of speeding trucks below, just to name a few.  When H50 does a premiere or a finale, they love to go big, and this was about the biggest we’ve ever gone.  I like the idea of finales being over the top, it’s what makes them so much fun.

And there was fun with this one as well.  It was pretty impressive watching that sub rise from the water with the Rainbow Tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the background.  That was some awesome CGI right there!

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Steve trying to communicate via semaphore flags really did look like he was trying to land a plane.  It was hysterical.

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As were the reactions of the entire team, Danny in particular.  You would think they’d all be used Steve by now. 😊  Of course, he’s not going to wait for the bureaucrats and the politicians to get their ducks in a row.  I had to laugh at the line about the President trying to get in touch with Putin!  Wouldn’t he just have to roll over in bed to do that??? Sorry… I digress….. 😉

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Danny yelling out, “Steve… Steve!  He wanted me to name the restaurant “Steve’s”.  I’ll do it now in his memory” was so perfect Danny as was Lou’s “That’s what we love about you Danny.  Always thinking positive” response!  Of course, they all thought Steve motoring out to personally make contact with the sub was crazy.  I loved how every time they spoke to Steve while he was on the sub, everyone kept asking him if he was alright.

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There was much speculation when we saw the BTS and promo photos of Steve going on board that sub.  Would that be the cliffhanger?  Would the sub take off with Steve onboard and we’d be left to wonder when or if Steve would ever make it back?  Well, no.  It was a bit anticlimactic actually.  Steve found out about an attempted mutiny for the purpose of defecting, the murder of the sub’s captain and the escape of the killer onto the shores of Oahu via torpedo tube.  Steve was never in any danger.

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Maybe it’s just me but I found this case a bit muddled.  First off, why did the sub surface off Waikiki in the first place?  I mean, I get that Petrov, the killer, forced them to shore but once he was off the ship, why didn’t they just submerge and leave?  Did they intend to send officers onshore to try to take him in to custody themselves?  Since all the sub did the entire episode was sit there, it seems it’s only purpose was to make a grand CGI entrance.

Petrov’s actions had nothing to do with a defection.  He was after the people who killed his parents, something he witnessed, when he was a child.  He found them posing as an average couple, the Sterlings (who were actually Russian spies), who he tortured for information before he killed them.

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Then he took off for the Russian Consulate after a woman named Monica Shore, who’s number and location he managed to torture out of the Sterlings.  Monica and her daughter fled to the Consulate when they, through listening devices place in the Sterling home, realized Petrov was after them.

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So, does that mean Monica killed Petrov’s parents alone, or were the Sterlings involved as well?  Petrov knew they were spies.  Did he only find out who and where they were after he was stationed on that submarine?  Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through to hijack a nuclear submarine for revenge.  The Sterlings and Monica had been on Oahu a long time.  Did he have to go after them right that very second and risk an international incident?   Seems a bit unhinged to me.  But, I guess watching your parents murdered in front of you when you’re 9 years old does that to a person.  Too bad the Batman persona was already spoken for.

But the story did give us one hell of an awesome fight scene between Steve and Petrov at the Consulate.  Damn, this one was particularly brutal.  TV/movie fight scenes always fascinate me.  I’ve never witnessed a full-on brawl in my life, so I’ve often wondered if men really fight like this in real life.  I mean, it seems like any one of those punches would lay a person out immediately, or at least break a couple of bones in their hands and end the fight right there.  Let alone the repeated head shots, kicks to the body and flipping someone violently onto their back.  And that fall from a second story window?  Seriously?  At least they allowed Steve to look totally exhausted once he was able to knock Petrov out, even if he was back on his feet about 5 seconds later.  That’s our SuperSEAL ♥

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The story also gave us some great one liners and funny scenes, not to mention several references to the Pilot episode.  I was going to list them all but, thanks to the wonderful talents of Lisa (@alohaspaceman) I didn’t need to. These were simply golden…..

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As was the Boris and Natasha reference. Do I have to admit how old it made me feel that I not only knew exactly who Danny was referring to but that I remember rushing home from school as a child to watch Rocky and Bullwinkle on TV?

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I also really got a kick out of Junior’s flustered embarrassment when Tani called him on his alleged ability to read body language when both he and Lou notice something is obviously bugging her.  “Do you study other people’s bodies or just mine?” 😊😊 Saved by the bell is right! 😊😊

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There was also the scene between Tani and “Uncle” Lou!  I really love it how Steve, Danny and Lou refer to Tani and Junior as “the kids” so it seems only fair that they get to pull the age card on them as well sometimes.  Well, Junior would never do it, of course.  He’s much to deferential.  But Tani is a hoot.  I love her spunk and her sense of humor.  This scene was simply wonderful.  I adore these two together!

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It was also really great to have Jerry back for the finale.  We haven’t seen him since he crashed that van a couple of episodes ago.  Seems he’s been in the hospital all this time and shouldn’t even be back to work yet.  I suppose no one should have been surprised that there was no way Jerry was gonna let a Russian sub get away without him in the office to check it out.

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Anyway, the case ends as an “all’s well that ends well”, of course.  The team finds Monica hold up with the Consulate staff in a safe room at the Consulate and arrest her.  I do wonder what kind of safe room doesn’t even have a lock on the door, but whatever.  The authorities, along with Five-0, also go to several other locations and shut down sleeper agents all over the island.

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And the closure of the case, also gave us the opportunity to have another fantastic slow-motion team strut like the one we had way back in Season 2!  Yeah, I know it’s corny for sure, but I loved it all the same.

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So, no danger for Steve or the team that will carry over into the new season.  No recurrence of sickness for us to worry over Steve about all summer.  No new bad guys entering the scene for us to wonder about over hiatus.  No new plots or threats to our team.  Our cliffhanger for this summer is somewhat different.

Tani was preoccupied during the case by what she found at Adam’s apartment last episode.  The gloves and gun in the junk drawer.  She finally takes Junior into her confidence and shows him what she found.  She tells him the gun matches the one that killed Noriko.

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I’m curious to know how she knows this.  It’s easy enough to see if the gun matches the make and caliber of the gun that killed Noriko but in order to know for sure that it’s the gun, they’d have to check the ballistics, right?  Wouldn’t it taint evidence if Tani removed the gun or one of the bullets to have it tested?  Wouldn’t it render the evidence useless because it was “tampered with”?  And who would check the ballistics for her without asking where, how and why?

There is also the question of whether Tani should tell Steve and the team what she found.  Junior is right, she has to tell him but Tani is torn.  Adam saved Koa’s life.  Is this how she repays him?  But I agree with Junior.  She has to tell Steve.  After all, Adam is Ohana and there is no way Steve and the team will turn their backs on him.  The sooner Tani tells Steve what she found the sooner the team can start to work to figure out who’s trying to frame him.

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And, finally, something that makes me incredibly happy.  The restaurant is still a go and something we’re going to see continue into Season 9.  I love that the guys have called in Kamekona and his considerable experience to help them out.  The looks on their faces when he handed them those contracts not to mention when they opened those cases full of money were priceless.  Kamekona has already proved his worth.  He got them their liquor license in the blink of an eye and already had workers on-site and working.  Kame knows how to get things done.

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But it seems that, unlike Crime Clean, Kamekona isn’t content to be a silent partner in this endeavor.  I wonder what changed his mind.  At the beginning of the episode, he said if the restaurant went under, he didn’t want anyone to know he was involved.  The fact that he now does want his name attached to it, must mean he sees the potential there for it to be a big success.  There is no other reason why he’d be willing to attach his “brand” to it.

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Yeah, it looks like it’s coming together but, seriously, “Kamekona’s Italian Restaurant” just doesn’t flow.  I hope the writers don’t try to go there because there really isn’t any way the restaurant should bear Kame’s name.  Danny may hem and haw, rant and protest, but he ultimately understands the sentiment behind Steve’s request.

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“…..because then, if we’re not together, we’ll still… you know… we’re still gonna…. we’ll be together still”.

Such a touching and heartfelt sentiment I can’t believe Danny would ever consider not honoring that request.  It’s a testament to their friendship. Of course, when Steve made that request, he was thinking about a time when Danny would retire and leave Five-0 and they wouldn’t be together everyday anymore.  It was Steve’s desire to have them always be together symbolically through the name of the restaurant.

But then Danny surprised Steve by asking him to be part of his dream, making it their dream together.  So in a way, the symbolism of “Steve’s” was no longer needed.  Once retirement came, they wouldn’t be separated, but running the restaurant together, just as they’d run Five-0 together.

So perhaps it doesn’t have to be “Steve’s” but really, as much as I love the big guy and thrilled he’s taking the reigns to make this project a reality, it can’t be “Kamekona’s” either.  If, it turns out the restaurant doesn’t end up being “Steve’s”, can we at least have it be “McDanno’s”?  After all, Kame (and the rest of us) have already laid out money on the shirts! 😊 😊 😊

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And so, we come to the end of another successful season of Hawaii Five-0.  What a wonderful year this has been.  From a beginning where we were nervous about unexpected changes to the end where we’ve welcomed and grown to love the newest members of our Ohana.  We’ve had some fantastic stories, we had laughs and tears and fears and everything else all over the spectrum.

Thank you to Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale, Jorge Garcia, Ian Anthony Dale, Dennis Chun, Taylor Wily, Kimee Balmilero, and of course Eddie, along with the entire remaining cast and the best crew in the business for a fantastic season.  Thank you to Peter Lenkov and all the incredible H50 Writers for all the wonderful stories that filled this great season.

I hope they all enjoy their hiatus with everyone in their lives who they love and who make them happy.  I look forward to seeing them all again come September for another wonderful year of Hawaii Five-0.

With all my heart….Mahalo nui loa.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

All screencaps are mine unless otherwise noted.

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#H50 Review: 8.24 Ka Lala Kaukonakona Haki ‘Ole I Ka Pa A Ka Madani Kona (The Tough Branch That Does Not Break in the Kona Gale)

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Expectations are a tricky thing.  Sometimes, you have very low expectations, and something surprises you by being better than you expected.  Other times, your low expectations are justified, and something turns out to be just as awful as you expected it would be.  Then there are times, when you go into something with very high expectations, and low and behold, it not only lives up what you were expecting, but goes over and above as well.

Welcome to H50 8.24.  I never had any doubt in my mind, whatsoever, that this episode was going to be fantastic.  First off, it’s a story idea pitched by Alex O’Loughlin and there is no one who knows this show and Steve McGarrett better than Alex.  And, in the more than capable hands of writer Zoe Robyn and director Krishna Rao, Alex’s story was elevated into a wonderful multi-generational story that was filled with memories, intense loyalty, action, angst, whump and a hell of a lot of love.  It was incredible.

It’s a fascinating look into how Alex may feel about what makes Steve McGarrett tick.  He could have come up with a story about anything in the world, but he chose a SEAL story, a story of comradeship, of loyalty and service.  He chose to take a closer look into the relationship between Steve and Joe White, to delve into more details of a past that forged the bond between them and helped shape the men they became.  He chose to take a close look at the choices made by both of them at a crucial point in their lives and how those choices, both good and bad, affected their lives.

Yeah, there was some implausibility and it was a two-story episode but it was still an excellent story and it had me on the edge of my seat for the better part of the entire episode, even if it’s the type of two-story episode I don’t care for.  The type where the team is in two completely separate stories with absolutely no connection between them.  I’ll tell you exactly what this type of episode feels like to me.

This is baseball season, so my husband and I watch our Phillies play basically every day.  Except on Friday night, when I commandeer the TV for MacGyver and, especially H50.  But, sometimes, the game is really good, and I want to see what’s happening.  But I’m not turning off H50 to do it.  So, every time there’s a commercial, I’ll flip back to check out the score and watch a couple minutes of the game, before I flip back to H50.  That’s what these types of episodes feel like.  Like flipping channels between two totally unrelated shows.

The only connection here was one small scene in Lou’s SUV where Tani is worried about Junior and Steve on this mission and Lou trying to reassure her because, it’s not like these two SEALS haven’t done stuff like this before. It was a nice little scene to show that even if the team was split, at least they were thinking and worried about them.

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That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the COTW, because I truly did.  I’ve always gotten a kick out of Gerard Hirsch and, you know I adore Kamekona, so this story was fun.  I loved the reactions of Lou and Tani to the two of them trying to “advise” them on their murder case and the possibly stolen art.  The little “reverse job” scene with Tani and Lou cleaning crime scenes while Kame and Hirsch are taking out baddies in a gunfight as well as the one with Hirsch stuck hiding under the perp’s bed during the “box spring bongo party”, were hysterical.

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I also really loved how, once the case was solved and the stolen art recovered, Hirsch was heading to Germany, on his own dime, to return the art to its rightful owners.  They could have played it for laughs.  Could have had Lou insinuating that Hirsch would just take off with the art, considering his past.  I’m glad they didn’t play it that way.  Hirsch leaving to do the right thing and Lou’s admission that he was proud of what he was doing, was a very nice touch.

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It wasn’t the best COTW, of course.  It was just a cute little caper to give Lou and Tani something to do while Steve and Junior (and I guess Danny) were out of town.  The story was pretty funny, with Hirsch and Kamekona “putting the pieces together” to help solve the case.  The reactions of Tani and especially Lou to them both were priceless throughout.  It did also help to balance out the heavy drama of the SEAL story.

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But, as much fun as it was, I really didn’t need the SEAL story to be balanced out.  I know, there wasn’t enough of this story for an episode of its own, but it could have been a cute second (or God-forbid…third) story in another episode instead of being the subplot of this one. What would have made this excellent episode ever better would have been if there would have been no second story at all and the entire episode devoted to Steve and Junior’s SEAL mission.

Remember when Steve was captured by WoFat in North Korea in Season 2?  The COTW ended up being a significant part of the plot to get Steve to accompany Jenna to North Korea.  The entire episode was devoted to the story of Steve in the hands of WoFat and the team getting themselves there to rescue him.  One episode with one fantastic story.  Ohhhhh how I wish we could have even just a few of those in Season 9.

Before we get into the SEALs, let’s take a moment to talk about the living arrangements at Steve’s house.  When Junior first came back to Hawaii, Steve invited him to crash at Casa McG until he could get himself back on his feet after leaving the Navy.  Now, seven months later, Junior, maybe a bit worried that he’s overstaying his welcome, is looking at apartments.

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But you see, Steve has become extremely comfortable with having Junior under his roof.  Steaks and beers on the beach, Eddie at their feet has become routine.  The look on Steve’s face when Junior showed him possible rental apartments was very telling.  Steve is visibly taken back and more than a bit sad that Junior was thinking about leaving.  He tried to be subtle, to not make it look like he was trying to discourage him.  But not subtle enough that Junior didn’t know exactly what Steve was feeling, of course.

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Steve was beside himself when Junior just up and disappeared, calling in Tani (because she and Junior have become very close friends) and Noelani (who had seen him at the house right before he disappeared) to try to figure out what happened.

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Of course, being a SEAL himself and knowing a SEAL in the Reserves can be called for an OP without a second of notice, Steve maybe should have been able to deduce what happened, but I suppose, it’s not the first thing that leaps to mind.  Junior couldn’t, of course, tell Steve what was happening when he first left because that is simply not the nature of the game.  As SEALs they both know that.  What happened next was incredibly telling about how Junior has come to feel about Steve.  It wasn’t until Junior got to base and found out the full nature of the OP that he made his next decision.

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I have to tell you, I was very impressed with the decision Junior ultimately made.  After knowing Steve for only seven months, he was willing to break protocol by picking up the phone to inform Steve that 1) he was being deployed, 2) what the OP consisted of and 3) that Joe White might be involved and in deep trouble.

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I thought it was wonderful of Junior to put his newly-found friendship and, obviously, very deep respect for Steve above any consideration of possible punishment he could incur by sharing classified information in this way, simply because he knows how much Joe means to Steve and because he looks to Steve as a friend and mentor.  Should he have done it?  Probably not but, as we see, he didn’t care.  Doing what he felt was the right thing to do, doing it for Steve, meant more to him.  Makes me sad that others who have known and supposedly loved him for far longer than seven months couldn’t have given him the same trust and consideration.

So now we come to the implausibility part of the episode.  We know that in real life, Steve, with his transplanted liver and radiation sickness would probably have been forced into Military Disability Retirement by now and therefore, be considered a civilian.  We also know there isn’t any way a civilian, no matter his qualifications or reasons, would be permitted to join in a SEAL deployment.

Ok, so now that that’s out of the way…….. wasn’t it totally awesome to see Steve is full military action again?  I loved every minute of this mission.  From the moment Steve stood up to the SEAL Commander and got himself onto that team, every moment was fantastic.  Did you notice the look on Junior’s face when Steve said to Commander Park, “But know this, I’m gonna be right behind you boys.  I’m gonna be on the next plane outta here.  I know the region.  I’ve run a hundred OPs like yours.  Just know, when you’re down range, that shadow right behind you… that’s gonna be me, so tell you’re boys not to shoot me.”?  He was like “Hell yeah… that’s a man who knows how to get things done… that’s the man I want to be!!!”

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SEAL stands for “Sea, Air and Land” and watching the team emerge from the sea in full tack gear was awe inspiring.

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The fact that the two other SEALs on the mission with Steve and Junior are, in actuality, real life, honest to goodness SEALs made everything feel so real.

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Tracking through the jungle…. Steve totally deking the bad guys by pretending to surrender so the other SEALs could take them out, and taking a bullet to the vest as a consequence.  Finding and rescuing Joe and having to hide in underground tunnels to survive a military air strike on the compound….. damn….

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Maybe it wasn’t so bad that we had our cute little COTW interspersed throughout the episode after all.  Because, without it, I don’t think I would have remembered to breathe!

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Let’s talk about that pretend surrender for a second.  When I saw Steve walking toward those gunmen, weapon held over his head, the only thought in my head was the voice of Danny Williams…. “What the hell is the matter with you?!?!?” Seeing that pistol hidden behind the automatic was a bit reassuring, knowing that Steve, of course, had a plan but, jeez… way to put yourself out there Steve.

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Alex was incredible in this scene.  Well, when is he not?? The facial expressions said it all.  His resolve to get the job done, his determination to make the bad guys believe him, his fear that it wouldn’t work, his knowledge that he was more than likely going to get shot, it was all there in his eyes.  Of course, the ploy worked, and of course Steve got shot.  Thank God it was only in his vest. That could have so easily gone the other way.  At least someone was there to tell Steve he’s crazy even if Danny couldn’t be! 😊

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Watching the dynamic play out between the three generations was fascinating.  As they are making their way through the jungle, Steve remembers back to a time in Afghanistan where Joe, against all odds and at great personal risk, saved Steve’s life.  “Leave no man behind” is not just a saying for any of these guys but between Joe and Steve it always meant so much more.  Joe watched Steve grow up.  He’s Steve’s godfather.  He was, as Steve poignantly stated, his father when his own father couldn’t be.  He wouldn’t be a SEAL or even alive if it wasn’t for him.

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And, Junior makes it clear, by his actions, that he has begun to think of Steve the same way Steve thinks of Joe.  How he not only broke protocol to inform Steve of this mission but also how he won’t let Steve head into what looks like a “suicide mission” alone.  Steve, of course, tries to protect Junior and tells him “absolutely not” when Junior tries to go with him.  Just like Joe would have done in the past with Steve.  And just as Steve would have insisted and gone with Joe, no matter what, Junior replies…. …

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It’s not only obvious how much Steve has come to mean to Junior but it’s equally obvious how much Steve cares for him.  He’s quick to reassure Junior, that, had their situation been reversed, he would have done the same thing and Junior has no reason to apologize for calling him in on the mission.  There’s that old saying that everything that goes around eventually comes around.  Steve has become for Junior what Joe has always been to him.  I absolutely adore how Steve is becoming Junior’s Joe White.  And Steve has come to feel for Junior, a big brother type of feeling, the same way Joe has always looked on Steve as a son.

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I found the exchange between Joe and Steve in Afghanistan interesting for a couple of reasons.  I thought Joe’s requests that Steve repay him by asking Catherine out and going home to visit his dad were sweet.  It was nice of them to include a mention of the 2002 version of the Steve and Catherine relationship, something fans of that ship have always wanted to hear.  Sadly, it seems Steve was right in his hesitation to attempt to turn a real friendship into a romance and perhaps he shouldn’t have listened to the multiple-divorced Joe simply out of a sense of honor.

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I am happy, though, that Steve did listen to Joe and go home to visit his dad.  It’s nice to think they were able to reconnect long before we all thought they did and that their relationship didn’t just cease to exist when Steve and Mary were sent away.  It’s nice to think that Steve went home and maybe even had that beer on the beach with his dad that he dreamed about in Episode 100.  It’s nice to think about.

But I do have a question.  Joe told Steve he promised to keep him safe.  When he said it, it was easy to assume he’d promised John.  But Steve, figured it out.  Joe had promised Doris.  If that’s the case, that means Joe knew, in 2002 or, more likely before, that Doris was alive and faked her death.  We always suspected that Joe knew but this is the first time we’ve gotten concrete proof.  That means that Joe not only kept that secret from Steve but from John as well.  A secret that, in the end, contributed to John’s death.

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It makes me happy that Steve, Junior and the SEALs were able to save Joe, because Joe is, for all his faults, so incredibly important to Steve.  But it also dramatically highlights the fact that there is still a lot of things these two need to discuss.  There are still secrets Steve has the right to know about. Hopefully this is not the last time we get to see Joe White.

And the multi-generational story comes full circle.  Steve, who at the beginning was very reluctant to see Junior move away from Casa McG, becomes more amenable to the idea, so much so that he’s willing to go out with Junior and look at apartments, just as long as they’re pet friendly, so Eddie can still hang out with Junior.  As in all father/son…big brother/little brother relationships, there comes a time when you have to let the youngins go out on their own.

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I don’t even know where to go with the little cliffhanger they tacked onto the end of the episode.  It’s cute that Tani is taking care of Adam and Kono’s plants while they are gone.  A nice little bit of “family taking care of family” kind of thing.  But, finding that gun and gloves in the kitchen drawer?

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Sure, it’s a convenient little “Oh Adam…. what have you done?” moment and having Tani remember Adam telling her that prison was too good for Noriko and she deserved much worse, conveniently incriminating.  But seriously?  Would Adam be so stupid as to leave a murder weapon and the gloves used in the murder with his DNA all over them openly in a kitchen drawer then give a key to the house to a Five-0 detective and ask her to water the plants???

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Last but not least…. My new 3rd favorite (because you know Steve and Danny will always come one-two) character…… Eddie!!!!  I want to thank TPTB gods of Five-0 for listening to Alex when he said Steve needed a dog and for choosing Eddie.  Week after week I say he is pure perfection and week after week he gets even better.

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Begging for steak at the grill….. trying to chomp it down when it’s still too hot…. Being Noelani’s wing man to snag the attention of a hot guy she’s got her eye on (and…damn… nice catch there Noelani… he is  hot!)… Eddie was flawless as always.  I do wonder what Danny would think if he ever heard that Steve calls Eddie “boo boo” just like him! 😃😃😃 I hope to God Eddie is not only still part of the cast in Season 9 but also gets his own picture in the opening credits.  He’s as much a star as the rest!

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Well, that’s it for this week friends.  Next week….. ohhhhhh to weep….. is the season finale.  It looks to be a fantastic one.  I’m looking forward to seeing what that Russian submarine off the beach on Waikiki is up to.  Then…. four long months of hiatus hell.  But, not to dwell on that just yet.  This episode was exceptional and I’m sure next week’s finale will be too.

Until then!  Have a great week.  Aloha. Malama Pono

All screencaps are mine unless otherwise noted.

Oh… by the way…. Hauʻoli lā makuahine!

Happy mothers day

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#H50 Review: 8.23 – Ka Hana A Ka Makua, O Ka Hana No Ia A Keiki (What Parents Will Do, Children Will Do)

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Dear KoolAid friends:  This past weekend was a total nightmare.  Friday night was wonderful, of course, because we got a fantastic new H50 episode but the rest!  Give me strength.  I already knew I had a full day of family obligations on Saturday.  Obligations, as in, “this is the last thing I want to be doing with my Saturday”, type of obligations.  Then, I get a text from my boss telling me I needed to go to work on Sunday. Yes…Sunday, because they waited until the very last minute to do something that must be done in the next two weeks, even though they’ve known about it for months!  So that blew my whole weekend entirely to hell.  By the time I got home from work on Sunday, I couldn’t even think straight.

So, I’m sorry, this review is so incredibly late.  I know you’ve heard me say that before but I don’t think I’ve ever not managed to get a review posted, at least, by the end of the weekend.  I only just got to re-watch the episode so I could get the screen shots early Monday morning.  I’m just going to hit the highlights of what I really liked about this episode and open the discussion for you guys to carry on.  I hope you all liked the episode as much as I did but I’m guessing by the time I finally get this posted you’ll be all talked out! 😉😉

Praise be to God…. a ONE-story episode:  Yes, Virginia, there really is such a thing and it is a thing of beauty.  I know I’m not the only one who noticed just how awesome an episode can be when they concentrate on one solid story.  But, there were kind of two stories.  A closer look at Junior during his unrelenting search to find his missing friend and a case of two murders.

But this is the way an episode should be written.  Because Junior’s missing friend is the daughter of one of the murder victims, the two themes being both sides of the same story, not just two stories running parallel with no connection to each other.

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It was wonderful to see the contributions from the whole team trying to solve the murders and find Junior’s friend with great interpersonal connections between all the team members, but especially between Steve and Danny.  Of course, when you have a story written by Peter Lenkov (with Matt Wheeler) you always know you’re going to get a great team story because no one knows these characters better than Peter, especially when it’s an episode with a huge amount of…..

McDanno:  If you’re a McDanno fan, and you probably are if you’re a follower of this blog 😊, you loved this episode as much as I did.  It was wonderful to see Steve and Danny together, almost constantly, from start to finish.  The interplay between them was fantastic.  They worked the entire episode on the case together.  It felt wonderfully like a Season One episode.  They went to the crime scene together, the morgue together, went to visit contacts together, stood side by side in HQ, bounced ideas off each other in the car!  It was wonderful and I loved every minute of it.

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And the banter between them was totally on point. They picked at each other, of course, like great friends always do but from the very first scene all the way through to the end it was light, and it was fun, and it was perfect.  I hope more than anything we can keep this going forward and into Season 9.  Regardless of how much time either character or actor is in an episode, when they are together, this is how they should always be.  This is the relationship that drew millions of viewers to the show from the very beginning and it’s still the relationship that keeps them coming back for more.  These two are simply perfection.

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The Way of the Dragon is through Jersey:  Oh man…. was this scene a hell of a lot of fun or what?!?!  James Hong, as Mr. Leung, was golden.  I feel like I’ve grown up seeing Mr. Hong in dozens of my favorite shows over the years so it was a blast to see him in H50.  This scene reminded me of way back in Season 1, when Steve and Danny went to see the Kapu about a case.  “On this island, Danny, there’s an easy way to do things and a hard way.  Talking to Kawika first is the easy way”.  Seems like it’s the same with Mr. Leung.

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It was a bit weird how Mr. Leung was making his grandson and his sparring  partner fight with the Bruce Lee/Chuck Norris movie on in the background.  I mean, is trying to mimic the exact same moves in a movie really going to make him a better fighter?

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And Mr. Leung’s reaction to Danny was hysterical.  As if sending Danny into a “time out” at the back of the club wasn’t funny enough, making him fight his grandson as a payback for information was inspired.

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Of course, the best thing about this scene was the opportunity to enjoy an extended view of a shirtless Danny (be still my heart ❤️) but the dialog between Steve and Danny was spot on as well.  Steve tells Danny to lose but, of course, that’s just not the way Danny works.  “Don’t hit the kid!”  “What do you want me to do, bite him?” 🤣🤣 Jersey boys don’t just take a beating without putting up a fight.

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It’s a decent fight. if not a long one.  Of course, Mr. Leung’s grandson has all the moves, all the flips and kicks and spins.  He manages to land a few good blows to Danny but Danny’s no slouch either.  He bobs and weaves and manages to take his opponent down quite easily.  I loved it how he was being all encouraging to the kid too.  “You’re doing really good, ok.  Back up… take a breath…”.  🤣🤣

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Steve is beside himself thinking Danny has really offended their host, but it’s quite the opposite. While Danny is quick to assure Mr. Leung that he meant no disrespect, Mr. Leung assures him that he is quite impressed and the only disrespect would have been if he hadn’t fought back.

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I loved this scene so much, especially since both Alex and Scott are very active in Jiu jitsu training and it was a hell of a lot of fun watching Scott’s moves.  As you can tell by the fact that I couldn’t stop with the screen grabs! 🤣🤣

Eddie:  If shirtless Danny was my favorite scene, Eddie and Steve at the Vet was a very close second.  Eddie is pure perfection.  No matter what the scene is, his facial expressions, the way he looks at whoever is speaking to him or even just speaking in general and the wonderful whimpers and snuffles he makes in reaction are priceless.  I’ve always been impressed with how handlers manage to get their dogs to “act” in scenes as well as they do, and Eddie is a natural.  And, he’s the perfect straight man to the comedy that is Steve and Danny, and pretty much anyone who’s on screen with him.  God, I love that dog! 🐶❤️

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This was a funny little scene and perfect for the beginning of the episode.  It was so cute that the Vet was concerned over Steve’s little cough and insisted on giving him a quick once over.  A little restaurant reference here, a suggestion that golf is relaxing there and the hysterical arrival of Danny into the room was perfect.  It feels like years since Danny’s had the opportunity to call Steve an animal and this was just too good to pass up.  It was hysterical.

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COTW:  I really liked this story.  It was scary as hell watching Cammy and her mother Mei Lin running from the men who murdered Boston mobster, Tommy Boyle and incredibly heartbreaking to see Mei Lin sacrifice herself so Cammy could escape.  Thanks to Noelani the team finds out that the same gun killed Mei and Boyle, so they know that Boyle’s supposed suicide is, in actuality, also a murder.

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This was another great episode for Beulah and for Junior.  Cammy is the best friend of Layla, Junior’s ex.  She had called him a few weeks before to ask him out to lunch.  The last thing Junior wanted to do was talk about his ex leaving him or “what happened in Iraq”, so he let the call go to voice mail thinking he’d call her back when he was ready.  So when she called him again, he didn’t pick up for the same reason.

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The scene between Junior and Tani in the car was wonderful.  Tani trying her best to convince Junior that Mei’s death wasn’t his fault and he agonizing over not being there for Cammy when she called for help.  What if, by ignoring her call, she ends up dead too?

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Watching Junior go full-on McGarrett on the guy staking out Cammy’s apartment was fantastic.  Danny’s remark that Steve is rubbing off on him was perfect but then again, Junior is a SEAL too.  I don’t think he really needs Steve to rub off on him too much.  He’s tough as nails all on his own.

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Watching the whole team come together to work this case was wonderful.  Except for Jerry, the whole team had a hand in finding Cammy and solving the murders of Boyle and Mei.

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That it ended up being Boyle’s ass-hole of a son wasn’t a huge surprise and the take down at the rail yard with Tani and Junior was awesome.  It was nice to see the kids front and center in the big gun fight of the night and damn, Junior can fight like hell too!

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I know there will be those who will be worried that Tani and Junior being the only ones involved in this take down is an omen for a future when Steve and Danny take a back seat to the kids.  I’m not too concerned about that, at least not yet.  Considering the promo for next weeks episode has Steve going full on SuperSEAL to save Joe White, I don’t think he’s ready for a rocking chair just yet.

Is it possible that we’ll be seeing more of the physically demanding scenes going to Junior and Tani?  I’m sure we will.  While I don’t believe Steve’s assertion that he’s over the hill, I can see him (for Alex’s sake) letting the kids take some of the rough housing off his hands.  Some… not all… not yet.

That’s all I have time for this week. Sorry, again, for the lateness of this review. Hopefully next weekend won’t be a total bust for me again.  Please, fell free to bring up any and all of the wonderful moments I missed in this review in the comments below.  I look forward to hearing all your thoughts.  I know there is a ton that I missed.

Just two episodes to go to the end of the season and the long summer hiatus.  God, I really hate the sound of that.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

Almost all of the screen grabs above are mine but this week I did supplement a few from the  Hawaii Five-0 (Verified account) – @HawaiiFive0CBS, just to save a bit of time.  Also thanks to @SurfeBelle2 and @alohaspaceman for their fantastic collages!  They are always so incredibly fantastic!

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#H50 Review: 8.22 Kopi Wale No I Ka I’a A ‘Eu No Ka llo (Though the Fish is Well Salted, The Maggots Crawl)

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There are times in life when you’re lucky enough to meet some really great people.  Being part of the Hawaii Five-0 fandom has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people.  Of course, a vast majority I’ll never meet in person, but I have come to consider many as friends, through a common love for a TV show.

Sometimes you get lucky and you get to meet someone in person who really makes an impression on you.  One of those people for me is Dennis Chun, Duke Lukela on H50.  I had the privilege, through mutual friends in Hawaii, to meet Dennis and his lovely lady Laura for dinner the very first time I ever visited Oahu and again later when I attended Sunset on the Beach.  Dennis is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet.  He’s open and honest and charming.  He’s not the Ambassador of Aloha for nothing.

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You meet Dennis and in five minutes he has you feeling like you’ve known him forever because he makes you so comfortable.  He always makes time to greet fans and always has a kind word for everyone.  He’s so easy to talk to but even more so, he’s a great person to just listen to.  The stories he tells, about Hawaii and her people and culture, and the stories of his father (Kam Fong Chun, the original Chin Ho Kelly) and his incredible life are simply fascinating.  You can’t meet Dennis and not see him for exactly what he is.  A real, true gentleman.

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Which is why I was thrilled when I first heard Dennis was going to get a Duke centric episode this season.  Duke has been a mainstay on the show since the very beginning.  A rock Five-0 has always been able to count on.  He is deeply entrenched in story canon.  He served as a young officer under John McGarrett, for instance.  He’s always been a fantastic cop and, most of all, he is Ohana.  That makes him special and this episode was a fantastic showcase for Duke.

This episode was particular enjoyable because it highlighted three characters who wouldn’t usually be front and center and did it extremely well.  Writers Rob Hanning and Rachael Paradis did a fantastic job giving compelling stories to not only Duke but to Jerry and Koa Rey as well.  Because they are all Ohana and, as always with this show, the theme of family always run very, very deep. Besides, both Duke and Jerry are main characters so it’s especially nice that they each got a chance to really shine in stories all their own.

But, let’s start with Koa.  Yes, technically this episode was another three-story offering and, as you know, I usually don’t care for three-story episodes.  But, this one didn’t bother me at all, because the writers were able to transition from one story to another so seamlessly that it didn’t feel jarring at all.  And the story for Koa was very short, actually, only two scenes.  Oh, but what powerful scenes they were.

It was all the way back in Episode 8.14 (Na Keiki A Kalaihaohia – The Children of Kalaihaohia) when, if not for the quick actions of Adam and Noelani, Koa would have died from an overdose.  Tani was as good as her word at the end of that episode.  She sent Koa to rehab.  And wow…. has rehab done its job! Of course, Koa is the one who put in all the hard work and it sure paid off.  So much so that the center offered him a job as a counselor.  Koa is so excited for the opportunity to use his horrible experience in an effort to help others.

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I know nothing about how rehab centers work so it might not be as unusual as it looks for a center to offer a job to a recently recovered addict, but I suppose it’s possible.  But, this is TV so that makes it possible even if it’s not something that might happen in real life.  But I liked this turn in the story.

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Koa’s well being has always been a huge weight on Tani.  Not only does she love her brother more than anything, she has that promise she made to their father to look out for him, something she, obviously, takes extremely to heart.  Standing by and simply watching Koa in a downward spiral is not something Tani could ever do.

See him walking toward her, clean, healthy and brilliantly smiling, Tani was so incredibly proud of Koa.  He worked so hard in the recovery he’s made, it looks like he’s finally found a place in his life to fit in and be productive.  Tani’s emotions ran from extreme pleasure at seeing him and seeing him looking so well, to disbelief and then pride when he told her he wasn’t leaving but staying on to work with other addicts.  The love and admiration she felt for him leaped off the screen and I’m not ashamed to admit, they both got me a bit weepy.  I was so happy for them both.

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The only other scene was at the very end with Koa conducting one of his first meetings with other residents.  I loved the little speeches both he and Tani gave to the others assembled for the meeting.  Koa giving credit to Tani for helping him on his road to recovery by always believing in him and being there to support him.  And Tani telling them how, no matter what, they have people in their lives to be on their side, people there to help them and look out for them.  And now Koa is there for them too.  It was wonderful to see this part of Tani’s life gain some stability and even more important, to see Koa on an open road to a good life.  It could have so easily have gone the other way.

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Tani and Koa, of course are family and family is always the most important thing in the world.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years now, so the theme of family is something we’ve become accustomed to see woven throughout a large portion of the episodes.  Especially the concept that family…. Ohana…. isn’t just confined to blood relations.  Over the years, the Ohana that’s grown up around Steve McGarrett has become large and, as always, committed to each other.

Which is why everyone is totally staggered that Duke, their unflappable rock, would do anything that would break the law.  They know Duke.  They know he’s the most honest and steadfast leader at HPD.  But, even more importantly, he is Ohana.

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It’s what Lou tells Tani when she questions him on how Steve could be so sure of Duke after what he’d done.  “That’s McGarrett!  He’ll never turn his back on family.” And, of course, Tani is very familiar with that concept.  After all, she pulled Koa out of a drug house right before it was raided.  She asked Adam to help Koa find a job, which they did.  She was tough but unwavering in her support to get him into rehab and through it.  Yup… there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for family.

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Dennis Chun did a fantastic job in this episode.  He had me on edge the entire time because everything Duke did was so out of character for him.  It was a really great performance on Dennis’s part.  You could literally feel Duke’s conflicted emotions.  The terror for his grand-daughter.  The resolve to do what he had to do to save her, battling with his revulsion to do those very things.  You could see it as he entered the HPD evidence room.  His facial expressions went from friendly greetings, to regret for what he knew he was about to do, to steely determination that this is necessary.

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I also really loved how we got to meet Duke’s family, even though the circumstances were horrendous.  The actress playing Duke’s daughter Carrie and the little girl playing Akela, his grand-daughter were perfect.

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The scene in HQ as Steve and the others try to get Carrie to tell them what’s going on was brilliant.  Her resolve to say nothing and do what her father told her to do, to protect her little girl, battling with the equal resolve of Steve and the team to hear the truth because there is no way in hell Duke would assault a fellow officer and steal evidence without a damn good reason.  It painted a fascinating picture of faith and trust on both sides.  Carrie trusting that her father knew what he was doing vs the faith Steve and the team have in Duke as the good man that he is.

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I loved the gentle, yet firm way Steve was with Carrie.  He noticed every nuance of her voice, her body language, the bruising on her wrists and how he was able to coax the truth out of her.  He’s so incredibly good at things like this.  Finally, Carrie tells them what they need to know; what they really already knew.  Duke has not gone bad, duh!

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And, as Danny pointed out, there is no way they are going to let him fight this battle alone!

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I suppose it would be easy to think, “Why didn’t he just call Steve in the first place?”  That’s not an unreasonable question.  No one knows Five-0 and what they can do better than Duke, so it’s easy to say he should have just called them in the first place.  But can you honestly say, if it were your child, that you wouldn’t do exactly what you were being told regardless that you knew you should ask for help?  I’m pretty sure I would.  I think I’d do exactly as I was told because I couldn’t bear the thought that even the slightest chance something I did wrong, could cause harm to my child.

I absolutely adored the scene when Junior managed some technical wizardry to track Duke’s burner phone.  Not only was Danny’s line about not understanding how he did it really funny, but the looks on both his and Steve’s faces as Junior effortlessly rattles off all the techno babble was hysterical.

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And thanks to Junior, Steve and Danny are able to get to Duke, tied up and gagged in the trunk of his own car.

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Because Duke did do something he wasn’t supposed to.  He spoke to the guy who had the key in the first place, a drug dealer who had been arrested a few days earlier.  It turned out the drug dealer had nothing to do with Akela being taken but by speaking to him Duke alerted him that someone was after his money.  He had his crew keep an eye on that locker and take out whoever showed up to take the money.  Unfortunately, that was Duke and the money to rescue his grand-daughter was then long gone.  The look on Duke’s face was devastating.

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A relatively simple matter of checking phone records at Halawa and Lou and Tani have the pleasure of interrogating the drug dealer’s lawyer in the blue room, and through some “gentle” persuasion from Lou, and a threat that the lawyer will be charged as an accessory in anything that might happen to Akela, they are able to track down the missing money.

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With that, the team heads out, as back up, with Duke to make the drop.  Once again, Dennis rocked this scene.  When little Akela isn’t immediately visible, Duke demands to see her before he hands over the money.  Dennis floored me with his performance because we’re just not used to seeing Duke this unrestrained.  He’s always the one who keeps his head about him in a crisis.  But not this time.  He’s so angry and forceful, he makes an ill advised move toward all those guns and ….. bam!

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I really hate it that Duke got shot.  This is the second time we’ve had Duke shot (the first time in S3E15 – Hookman) and it’s been heart stopping both times.  But, of course, with Junior there to take the shooter out with precision and the team there as backup to take care of everyone else, Duke, Carrie and little Akela are all reunited.

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We are left to wonder, however, what happens with Duke now?  He attacked a fellow officer and removed evidence from HPD.  That’s a big deal.  When Chin was accused of taking money (also evidence) from the forfeiture locker, he was forced to resign.  I hope that’s not the case with Duke.  I can’t imagine him not being HPD any longer. The entire team is concerned about this as well.

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It’s pretty certain there will be some sort of formal reprimand and, more than likely, a probable suspension but I hope that’s all that happens.  After all, the concept of Ohana is something everyone at HPD should understand as well as anyone.  The fact that Duke did what he did for his family, should carry a good bit of weight.  It doesn’t absolve him of what he did, but the extenuating circumstances, along with his long faithful and spotless service should count for a lot.  I hope!

While everyone was absorbed in Duke’s crisis, Jerry was off on a case of his very own.  When both Tani and Junior balk at a possibly long term undercover assignment at the Kaneohe Psychiatric Hospital, Jerry volunteers to try to find out the truth behind the murder of one of the patients there.

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The idea of Jerry actually working a case, and not just manning the magic table is something I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to see.  Because they always play Jerry as not only the computer geek but as comedy relief, I assumed any case they’d come up with for him wouldn’t be a serious one.  Boy, was I wrong.

I loved this story and it was perfect for Jerry.  After all, Jerry is our resident conspiracy theorist and every good conspiracy is a patchwork of mismatched puzzle pieces, unresolved questions, misleading evidence and a whole lot of imaginative thinking to work up to a possible conclusion.  Pretty much what an intricate murder mystery is as well.

It was fun watching Jerry work through those puzzle pieces, using what Steve called the “Ortega charm” to befriend a nurse, Mila, as well as Ben’s (the victim) best friend Harris.

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Playing chess with Harris, just like Ben did every day, Jerry learns all about their daily routines, including all the TV shows Ben loved to watch.  Mila fills Jerry in on the fact that Ben had to watch TV in the common room after the TV in his room broke.

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Jerry, warned by another patient not to change the channels because it would get “Kosaki” angry, Jerry does it anyway, knowing this is his suspect, but what he doesn’t count on is the orderly being in on it.

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When the two of them take Jerry at gunpoint Jerry pulled the perfect McGarrett move by crashing the van.  Luckily it worked by knocking out the bad guys until HPD could get there.  Jerry kept his head and quick thinking to get himself out of a hairy situation.  He was awesome.

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It was such fun to watch Jerry get to be a hero and solve the case.  I especially enjoyed “How to pick a lock” on YouTube!

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I only have two small complaints.  First…. Jerry, dude!  You don’t come right out and tell someone you’re undercover.  Rookie mistake I’m sure, if given the chance, he’ll never make again.

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And second?  Dear writers:  You send Jerry under cover at a psychiatric hospital, you don’t give him Hector as a cover name.  You make him “Hurley” or at the very least “Hugo”.  After all, you already used Mick St. John as a perp’s alias earlier in the year, right?

It was also a really sweet to see Mila and Harris come to the hospital to visit Jerry.  Mila even brings him some of that homemade chicken salad he loved so much.  It was very touching that Harris now considers Jerry his friend and is ready to resume their chess matches.  It was so sweet. And pretty funny when the team figured they needed to head out of there so Mila and Jerry could be alone!  So cute.  I hope we get to see her again.

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Of course, I can’t let this review go without mentioning the most adorable scene we’ve had in this show in a very long time.  Steve climbing a tree in Ala Moana Beach Park to retrieve a kite for a group of young boys.  For anyone who doesn’t know, the little boy who’s kite Steve rescued is Alex’s real-life step-son, Spike.  It was so great that Alex and his wife Malia were willing to let Spike make this appearance in his dad’s show.  He handled the scene very well and Alex looked simply delighted to be working with his son.  What an absolute treat for them both and for us as well.  And, wow….. is that kid adorable!!!

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