Hawaii Five-O Review: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"

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The beginning of "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau" had me wondering if I had somehow missed an episode. I know that Agent Kaye had been investigating Wo Fat for McGarrett, but it would have been nice to get even a hint of what eventually led the Five-O to the front door of one of Wo Fat's safe houses. 

With the end of the season looming large I suppose some things can be forgiven, especially with all the information that was jammed into this story that centered around an investigation of possible bio-terrorism.

It wasn't bio-terrorism really. It was pretty much straight forward murder with a loose connection to a bio-terrorist organization.

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Was that a little disappointing?

It was, but the other revelations in the episode made up for it. For me the conclusion of the bio-chemical mystery just had too many moments where things fell conveniently into place. Plus, I may be a bit impatient for a big Wo Fat show down.

However, there was some juicy stuff going on this week ...

Danno and Rachel are pretty much an official item. I'm actually okay with those two getting back together, though I do wonder about the implied infidelity on Rachel's part. It makes me almost feel sorry for Stan. Almost, not completely.

McGarrett's reaction to the discovery seemed both supportive and heartbroken. Or maybe saddened is a more appropriate word. McGarrett obviously considers Danno a close friend, and it is always disappointing when information isn't shared. It does seem like something Danno could have, and should have, trusted McGarrett with. Not that McGarrett's exactly an open book.

Sang Min and his achey-breaky hair returned. It was only a matter of time before the escaped con reemerged, and fearing for his life he turned to the Five-O for help and protection from Wo Fat. I can't imagine that this character has much life expectancy left. I think even in protective custody Wo Fat will find a way to kill him.

The loose ends to Chin's false confession about the stolen police money were pretty neatly tied up.

Kono best voiced how I was feeling about the matter. She laid it all out very plainly, asking how it was worth everything Chin had lost and would lose if he continued. And she was absolutely right, it had gone too far.

Chin obviously was going to stubbornly protect his uncle till the end of time if he had too. Though, being an officer I am surprised he took the misinformation about the missing inventory logs so seriously.

My opinion of Agent Kaye hasn't really improved, but it hasn't become any worse. Right now she's just sort of this perky distraction who seems to have a lot to offer the team. I think my aversion to her comes from worrying that the writers might try to set Kaye and McGarrett up in a relationship. So, it's a little wrong to be so hard on a character for something that may never happen. There's just this slightly annoying factor to her.

Despite everything that was revealed in this episode, and will continue to be explored in the finale, I think my favorite moments occurred between Danno and his daughter, Gracie. There were some earnest connections between Danno and Gracie in the hospital. Also, the added bonus of some Danno and Kamekona love/hate banter always makes me smile.

What did you think of this week's Hawaii Five-O episode?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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I am not a fan of Danny and Rachel's reunion and agree that he will only get hurt again by all of this. I think Rachel is wishy washy and left him because he was too involved in his job. She picked up and left NJ with her daughter, took her away from her father, and brought her to Hawaii for a cushy life with her executive 2nd husband. Yes, we all make mistakes. But, hers was big, and broke Danny's heart (6 months of heartache and then moving to HI to be near them). I think Rachel is looking in the rearview mirror with rose colored glasses, and Danny is jumping like a puppy dog at a chance of reconciling with her. Ruins the entire show for me.


I think kamekona is going to die. X(

Mrs cleaver

Great episode,not sure how I feel about Danno and Rachel getting back together. She's gonna dump Stan and his megabucks to go back to Danno and his crappy apartment? Not sure I see the course of true love moving smoothly here.
Been WAY too long since Steve has lost his shirt in an episode too. Do the producers and writers not get why we watch this show?


Great episode last night. I did find myself paying far too much attention to the bad acting and the character herself of Agent Kaye. She was able to provide much needed information, but her Cali-whatever way of talking was annoying most of the time. I have never felt this way about any character before. Rachel and Danno...hmm..guess it was only a matter of time. ;)


This new episode was awesome. The stories getting some answers with all the characters. Rachel and Danny are getting closer, Steve still has to solve the murders of his parents, Steve and Danny are also getting to be closer and better buddies. I can hardly wait for next Monday night's season 1 finale, with a huge cliff hanger.


Loved this week's episode -- Hawaii Five-0 is still the best show on TV. Alex, Scott, Daniel, and Grace are all outstanding actors. I love the relationships among the group. Alex tells the story with his facial expressions better than any other actor I have ever seen.


I loved the episode in general but I guess I am the only one who hates Rachel and Danno back together. I don't find Rachel to be a very likeable character and thought Danno could have used a fresh love interest (not Agent Kaye!).


I liked the episode, but am i the only one who thought another car would come crashing into rachels when she and grace drove off? with danny shown in the mirror, the music and all, i was like "oh no, oh no, theyre not gonna do this are they?" but they didnt and im glad about it!
still dont like kay too much either. hope they really dont think about her and mcgarret hooking up. that would be ridiculous.


I loved the episode but do not like Agent Kay, she is annoying and doesn't fit it and doesn't add anything to the show at all. Kono was doing most of the research, as usual, so who needs Kay? I hope they do not bring her on as a regular, the show is great as it is with the four stars, no need for another who doesn't add any entertainment to the show, she is just annoying to me. Can't wait for next week; however, I'm sorry its the last show of the season!!!

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 23 Quotes

Gracie: What's a hangover?
Danno: It's a... You'll figure it out when you're about...thirty-five?
McGarrett: Thirty-five... thirty... sixty...
Danno: Forty or so.

McGarrett: Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there a car attached to you?
Kaye: Oh? Weird.