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Hawaii Five-O Review: "Loa Aloha"

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Forget the story about the bomber seeking retribution against the officials he held responsible for his son's death on "Loa Aloha." It was just okay.

But it soon became nothing more than filler when considering the gripping tale of Danno and his younger brother.

Dane Cook was the ideal choice for Matt, the height difference notwithstanding. The comedian pulled off all the subtle touches that revealed his character, from his interactions with Grace to the clever way he ambushed Danno with Rachel's presence.

Dane Cook on Hawaii Five-O

Danno was put through the emotional wringer this week. His fierce belief in his brother's innocence was shattered by Matt's omission of guilt. He was then forced into a choice no sibling should have to make by either letting his brother flee the country or shooting him to prevent it. I was actually surprised Danno allowed Matt to get on the plane, considering his steadfast adherence to the rule of law.

Will his decision come back to haunt him? And will Matt ever return? I certainly hope so.

The light-hearted and more dramatic scenes between Matt and Danno were superb examples of why Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe this year. I could clearly feel his frustration and heartache.

Adding fuel to the fire was Rachel, and the clear romantic feelings she and Danno obviously have for each other. With Stan conveniently away on business, one must wonder: will his wife remain loyal?

For once, McGarrett actually used his truck for police work. I had thought he might have chucked it since he's always driving Danno's car, or working on the old Mercury. Picking up Danno to tail Matt just proved how connected these two are, as expressed in this exchange:

McGarrett: Why, what are you going to do?
Danno: It's nothing. I've got it. I'm gonna take care of it.
McGarrett: Okay, I know what nothing means, so...
Danno: Nothing means, nothing, Stephen. I'm fine.
McGarrett: Don't go anywhere I'm gonna be there soon. | permalink

I wish I had something to add regarding the other story, but, as mentioned above, it faded into the background with the strong presence of Danno and Matt.

It was standard Five-O fair that may have stood out had it been paired with a different subplot, as the second bomb was a little surprising. But there weren't any real twists and turns, just a straight forward look at the team catching a bad guy.

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Loved this episode. I think the show gives all the actors the chance to shine and was never meant to be all about McGarrett.
It's also about the team members having their own issues to deal with.
I hope they revisit this story in the same way they do with Steve's parents. A really well acted episode, in my opinion, and great chemistry between Steve and Danny. It's ok to be a fan of just one character (Steve), as seems to be the case with some on here, but it would be boring if it was all about him every week, surely? It's good that the writers mix it up a bit.

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I liked the episode alot. Although the last couple of episodes do seem to be a bit about Danny's family drama, I personally like it. There is chemistry there and the show would be a little boring personally without it. Just my humble opinion. They have episodes all the time about the various cast members and such. I personally would like to see more of Chin-Ho's story. It's Hawaii Five-O not the Steve McGarrett show, people need to chill out and realize it's not all about McGarrett! I think all the characters should have more development.

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Seriously people,stop complaining. Scott Cann is an amazing actor and I loved his story last night and the bomber thing was just okay. Dane Cook also did well.

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This episode is boring and the end is cheesy. I have to say that I’m disappointed with the writers because most of the episodes are focused on Danny character. Mcgarrett’s sister disappeared, we’ve only seem Kathy twice so far. Why don’t they tell about the others members of the team? I’m fed up with funny daddy Danny.

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I'm getting sick of the Scott Caan show. All the actors are good, but I watch the show because of Alex and want more stories built around his character. Danny should have stopped his brother, but worse still, he put Steve in the position of having to lie to the FBI guys, out of loyalty to his team. HF-0 is supposed to be on the side of the law. When the sh*t hits the fan, Danny better take the blame.

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hey whats the end song on this episode?

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For me it was a boring episode,was which less I liked of all.The main plot became secondary,to give way to another domestic situation of Danny,in another attempt to make it the main character of H5.0 be Danny and Scott Caan can show off their performing skills.
If writers want to show the family, they should be all the characters.All are good actors, not just Scott Caan.Why only focus on the character of Danny when the main character is Steve?There are some hidden interest for is made in this way?Why they not give whole cast the chance to shine in their interpretation?It should be further explored the killing of Steve's parents,and characters of Wo Fat and Hesse,that they are missing.
But meanwhile we know all of Danny's family,is disappointing .....

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This was one of my least favorite episodes. I didn't care for Danny's family drama and hope this was the least time we see a member of the Williams clan including the annoying little Grace.
I thought Dane Cook did a decent job or maybe my expectations were low. I am tired of Danny stories and sick of Scott Caan's over the top acting. Obviously most viewers didn't like the episode either since they deserted it in the second half.
It is about time to go back to the main story arc, McGarrett and his family mystery. I can't wait for the last episodes of the season. Give me Steve and Alex!

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tvfan13 you don't have to be so rude everyone is allowed to give his opinion here! To scullycat.... I like the fact we got more character back story I also saw the first H5O and all they did for 12 years was solving a crime every week that became boring for me... now we get more personal stuff the problem I had with this week eppie was we got another Danny family drama centric eppie! I rather want to know more about Chin or Kono we even don't know where they live and how! I love this show and all characters I only wish there was more balance between them!!

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I thought last nights episode was great. Dane Cook was awesome as Matt and the backstory on Danny is good to see. Scullycat, if you don't want character backstory, go watch CSI or Law and Order, some other show that is completely dry of that. And besides, ending the episode the way it was enables them to bring Matt back into the story, which is something you obviously won't care about. Seriously, who cares if it's unrealistic, its a TV SHOW! You're just supposed to enjoy the ride, and if you don't, change the channel.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

Danno: You ready to see your Uncle Mattie, or what? He's what?
Grace: The coolest ever.
Danno: You know a less secure father might take that personally. I always considered myself the coolest ever.

McGarrett: Okay, I know what nothing means, so...
Danno: Nothing means, nothing, Stephen. I'm fine.
McGarrett: Don't go anywhere I'm gonna be there soon.

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