Hawaii Five-O Review: "Lanakila"

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We got to see the Five-O team working as a well-oiled machine on "Lanakila," as the members stepped up and kicked some major butt.

Last week, we learned what “Five-O” means to Steve. This week, the squad not only adopted it as its name, but had it painted in big letters in the headquarters floor. Every cop in Hawaii appears to have gotten the memo.

Mary Ann Arrival

I know I am being nit-picky, but given how the show eased into the name over three episodes, it would have been nice to have seen a bit more transition into it. Besides, it really is the only thing I can pick at since the rest of the episode was awesome (as always.)

We got to meet Steve’s sister, Mary, this week, as she came to Hawaii to see her brother and visit their father’s grave. While the two have one thing in common (the distaste for Danny’s ties) any further commonalities seem to stop there. Actually, Mary appears to be the polar opposite of Steve. While Steve has his act together and is a big-shot cop, Mary was arrested for disabling a smoke detector on a commercial airline.

I'm not sure if we'ill see more of Mary or not. If we do, let's hope we learn more about her and that the writers remember she is a McGarrett and should not be a total lost cause.

As far as the main story went, this week’s action was refreshingly different as the team was on a clock to catch an escaped inmate. The writers did a great job of getting the sense of urgency across without moving so fast that they lost part of the audience along the way. Even under a time crunch, Danny and Steve still found plenty of time to do some verbal jousting, which is always fun to watch. 

However, I do blame both of them for the craving I am having for pancakes as I write this.

Now that we are four weeks in I can say with confidence that Hawaii Five-O is my new favorite crime action-drama-comedy (actidramedy? comactrama? dractomedy?) of the 2010 season. I hope it continues on this path and that the writing continues to be as touching, funny, and as well paced as we have seen so far. I know we are expecting some recurring characters soon, so things can only get more interesting from here.

Balthazar Getty on Hawaii Five-O


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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I grew up in Hawaii and my father subjected us to the older version of Five-O weekly. I left after 18 years and have only been back twice in the past 20 years. I can say that I appreciate this show for it's authentic depiction of the culture of O'ahu (though I'm shocked that Waikiki has become the congested mess that it is today). I don't see that this new Five-O is trying to emulate the past shows nor do I see the bad acting that the other poster mentioned. I was tickled to once see that they incorporated pidgin (they call it 'bird') into the dialogue and that they keep traversing areas that were once my stomping grounds growing up. Now, if the could come up with an episode that require Steve and Dano to traverse the Crack Seed Store in Ala Moana shopping center, I'd be a happy woman! I'd love to see what Danny has to say about those jars and jars of good eats! I hope that CBS keeps this one going and keeps it authentic, it looks very good so far and I'm enjoying the nostalgia without worrying over much about microscopic details... suspending ones disbelief is a wonderful thing!


I recorded my first episode this week and tried to watch tonight. I lived on Hawaii from 1965-1967. I was a big fan of the original show. I just shut the first episode off, lost interest. Really looked like a weak attempt to emulate the original show with new personalities; to me bad acting but plenty of steroids all around. This must not be a pure Hollywood product because not every other work if f..k.


Yes, to those who were wondering, I read on another website that Scott Caan hurt his knee doing a stunt for the show. They wrote it into the episode, that's why he had the cane. I totally understand that he was hurt and couldn't do a lot, but I really hope he's in the episode more. My favorite thing about the show is the Steve and Danny banter. There was some of that, but not as much as usual. I missed it. Of course, the whole show could be Steve and Danny banter and I'd still want more, so maybe it's just me. ;-)


I liked this episode because we were introduced to Steve's sister. I had never seen Taryn Manning before, but liked her as Mary McGarrett. I think I read somewhere that she will be in more episodes, and I look forward to them. Maybe Steve will let her listen to the tape he found in the tool box in the pilot, where his father says he regrets not having more contact with his children as they were growing up. I hope to see more of William Sadler as John McGarrett; perhaps he will be in the episode in which his wife's death is explained.


totally agree with sandy about this episode being subpar to the others. i feel like the blah storyline was a waste of balthazar getty. i wish there couldve been more of a story with this case other than some prisoner breaking out for money and going on a glorified wild goose chase. also, a lot of stuff just seemed way too unbelievable (i know its tv, but still) - like if a prisoner in for two life sentences would really let some dude foul him on the b-ball court. really?! and how mcgarrett is portrayed as some know-it-all genius, yet he didnt know that drinking water in molokai streams is bad? there were plenty others, but like the whole episode, theyre forgettable. but i'll still be back next week. theyre allowed a bad episode or two per season, i suppose.


Kathy, He tore his ACL, he was seeing a doctor when the episode opened who said he needed to take it easy. It could be possible that Scott Caan hurt himself and it was a way to included it, but I have no idea if that is what happened. It would explain him not being in the last part of the episode.


I agree with everything sandy said, except i really don't care if the girl dissappeared. Does anyone know why Danny had the cane, is he really hurt. love the show


This episode was kinda lame for me. I really liked every one until this. It came off very cheesy and forced. I thought the conflict and villain were extremely dumb and laughable. And while the witty banter between Danny and Steve was there (great scene in the diner!), Danny disappeared in the second half and so did Grace Park. So I was disappointed by that. In regards to their 5-0 name being confirmed so fast - I think they skipped an episode, because this one is not listed as #4 on Imdb. And that explains the weirdness for me, because it was not up to par with the previous ones. (Don't worry, I'll still be watching!)

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Danny: Why do you have aneurism face?
Steve: I don't have aneurism face?

Steve: What happen to you?
Danny: I tore my ACL, from all the fun we have been having the last few weeks.
Steve: Well, once you're done bitching about your boo-boo, I would love to know what's going on here.