Hawaii Five-O Review: "Nalowale"

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We got a new look at the Five-O team this week on "Nalowale," as emotions were exposed due to a kidnapping case that impacted members of the team in different ways.

It was great to Jean Smart as the Governor again, as she is a wonderful actress and showed a lot of heart in the episode. My only wish is that the show had expanded her relationship with the girls a little bit more because you could tell she was close to them. To what extent? That was hard to determine.


The biggest disappointment was the introduction of the Medical Examiner Max Bergman, played by Masi Oka. Maybe it's just me, but it seems a bit odd to have an Asian named “Max Bergman.”

Perhaps I could look past that fact, but I can't get over the horrendous failure in trying to make Bergman OCD and/or an eccentric savant. I'm not sure if it was a failure in writing, acting, or both. But scenes with Osa completely pulled me out of the story and I really hope they tone him down when we see him next.

Seriously, CSI is already losing me
due to stupid plots and characters. Please don’t infect my new favorite show with more of the same.

On the upside, we got to see Mary again. She seemed much more together and I'm intrigued by her taking pictures of her dad’s investigation items. I'm hoping it's for an investigation of her own and not to sell her brother out.

I also liked both the unique additions. First, Steve has a love interest. I think it rounds him out nicely and gives the banter with Danno a bit more of the light-heartedness it really needed. Also, Five-O actually called in the swat team for the raid on the brothel. It really helped that we got to see them use the rest of the police force.

All things considered, it was another great episode. The good things way out-weighed the Bergman mishap, while it's safe to say that character won't stop me from tuning in again next week. How about you?


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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


is steve and danno gay...bickering bitches


Did anyone catch where Steve said to Catherine that they had been for dinner and she corrected him and said "no we had reservations we never made it to dinner". Trying to figure out if there is a history and the navy other than the obvious.


I posted a comment on the episode recap. Show definately bounced back from last week. But the crew is creating havoc with local traffic during its daytime shooting (the movie Battleship is also contributing to gridlock!)


This was definitely a solid episode, a return to form with the first three. I really enjoyed the storyline and cast interactions - the pacing was great and each star got a good amount of screen time. I really appreciate them trying to showcase everyone's best abilities. I didn't pay attention to "Max Bergman", but now that you mention it his character was indeed odd and misplaced, but again, the good parts (witty banter, tight action, gripping story) certainly outweighed the bad. I am still not 100% on board with Steve's sister. I think Taryn Manning is miscast here, so she is not believable to me. We'll see where they take this storyline though, maybe it will work out later.
Overall, this is shaping up to be a very fun show! It definitely makes my Mondays better!


i love hawaii five 5-0 i will watch every change i get and i even tape it si i can watch it on tuesday morning i love the actors they do a great jod and alex o'loughlin is what that show needs he is a great actor and buts his heart in to it so this that i will watch the show
from a alex o'loughlin

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Danny: She catches bad guys for you. She sleeps with you. Does she cook too?
Steve: She is a great cook.

Danny: I don't know I was still playing Ms. Pac-man
Steve: Ever made it to double pretzel?
Danny: Triple Banana bitch.
Steve: You're lying.