Hawaii Five-O Review: "Ua Lawe Wale"

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Ua Lawe Wale: Taken without right.

The second offering of the season helped us fall back into the familiar rhythm with Five-O, as Steve and the team investigated a girl who was "Ua Lawe Wale."

What happened to Lt. Commander Joe White? There was no mention of Terry O'Quinn character that appeared last week to help Steve get his unit back together, despite the heavy advertising push by CBS.

Lauren German on Hawaii Five-O

In other news, who expected to hate Detective Lori Weston as the Governor’s watch dog? Now, raise your hand if you really liked her by the end of the episode? Okay, good. Me too.

I’m not going to jinx her and say she should be a full-time member, but I will say she brings a very nice element to the team with her background.  It doesn’t hurt for Five-O to tap into some of the other CBS shows out there and pull in an ex-FBI profiler. Hey Steve, I hear Gina Lasalle’s profiling team was disbanded; maybe you could give her a call if Lori doesn’t work out. I'll vouch for her. 

Lauren German brings a very sultry mix to the table. From having her hair up when it's "go time" and kicking ass, to having her hair down and looking alluring walking into the office, she actually reminds me a lot of Melinda Clarke (Amanda on Nikita) with her ability to be sexy in almost any setting. (Need an example? Raise your eyes.)

I'm really curious where they are going with Kono. First, she walked into her house where the Captain of Internal Affairs was flipping through her yearbook. Then, if that wasn’t creepy enough, he turned around and ended as the ultimate Haole: Tom Sizemore.

Tom Sizemore on Hawaii Five-O

Don’t get me wrong, I like Sizemore’s work. But from Steve and Danny, to Lt. Governor Sam Denning, and now Sizemore, we haven't had one Hawaiian native in charge of any high profile departments.

I'm sure if we put our minds to it, we could suggest half a dozen actors who are (or appear to be) Samoan that could have played the hard-nosed Internal Affairs Captain just as well as Sizemore. Dwayne Johnson, anyone?

It’s going to be interesting to see where Kono's path takes her. Now that she has been completely ejected from the police force, Five-O and the State prosecutor is taking the case to move forward, she has some work ahead of her. But she has a strong family (Steve, Danny, Chin Ho, to name a few) and she could come out of all of this a stronger person.  

Finally, we had the departure of Jenna Kaye, who I just knew the entire episode was going to be discovered as the traitorous bitch she is before she left. Sadly, I was wrong. But after she mentioned her fiancée might be alive, it made me wonder if she was blackmailed into helping Wo Fat. I'm sure this is not the last we have seen of her. 

What did you think of the episode? Did you miss O’Quinn? Did you like Lori Weston? Is there someone else who should have played Captain Frye?

** Check out the official Hawaii Five-O promo for next week's introduction of Billy Baldwin now!


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (112 Votes)

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


The reason this show was so good and so different was the bromance. If they lose that, the show is no different from the other time fillers shown every week. We get enough 'will they/won't they' at the same time on a different channel every week. No need to compete, guys. The bromance was more fun. Bring it back!


What have they done? Only 2nd epsiode of season 2 in Uk and Hawaii 50 has gone! Kono has been sidelined and Chin wasn't there at all and all the chemistry between Danny and Steve gone! to some bimbo in spiked heels who does n't need a term just followers. Trust TV executives to mess things up.
Sorry people but Lori Wston not for me bring back Lt Rollins chemistry not there!! They have ruined a good show for nothing. Should renamed it Lori Weston in Hawaii!!!!!


My family loves the show. Honeymooned in Hawaii many years ago. My only comment is, please turn DOWN the background music. It is very hard to hear what the actors are saying!


The series was great, until it was put Lauren in the cast.
If this untalented woman is not gone soon, will soon sit and watch no more fan. Never change a winning team, they say. Please let the team as it was.


I really do not like the Lori character..there is no chemistry there what so ever!!! I like the joe white character!!! I never disliked Jenna, however i thought she was annoying... I think wofat is blackmailing her... I don't think she is in cahouts with him!!!!!


Please don't change the original cast when Hawaii five-O started, Imiss (Grace Parks) Kono, not being in the series more and where did the Blonde come from, she doesn't belong and neither does the guy from "Lost" Put back the original cast or you have lost a faithful viewer!!!!!!!!!! Kono"s part is awesome, u didn't need to bring in Blondie.


I was disappointed with this episode. I liked the season premier, but this one...it lacked the chemistry between the original 4 team members (which i think pretty much makes the show). And how does it make sense that the others show no concern for Kono at all? Except for Chin, they seem oblivous to what's going on


No O'Quin and Jenna leaving 5-0 after last episode was weird. I really don't think that majority white audiences care if the actors on a series aren't large majority white especially set somewhere like Hawaii. Jenna is a decent character but the acting is bad. Lori's a good character and the acting is good though unoriginal. "How long have you been married?" was great.


Get rid of Lori - and fast. She's a glamour girl in a cop world, and unlike the women before her like Kono and others in NCIS, NCIS-LA and Criminal Minds, the character reeks of self-importance; doesn't acknowledge McGarret as leader/boss of the team; and the actress is about as interesting as watching grass grow.
Kono was a fit from the first; Danny's insolence (read ex-bromance) is getting tiresome - didn't feel any caring for Steve in both 2-1 and 2-2 episodes of the new season and if the caring is not there, the 'bromance' scripts don't work. McGarret seems to be taking a backstep in leadership with his team, and that doesn't make sense for a Navy Seal/Lt Commander who has led teams in OPs - oh, and who accepts being taken down by the Lt Governor in front of the newbie? No intelligent boss does that to any member of his/her team. Bad writing especially in 2-2. Essentially liked 2-1 and especially the character (and actor) Joe White. He's a leader - Steve, get the hint.


Oahu has been in a drought for some time and it appears so are the writers for the show. What's next Dawg The Bounty Hunter working for 5O, the Gov or Wo Fat? Although Dawg could qualify as a local and be in charge of something. Too bad The Closer is into reruns again.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Kono: Who are you?
Fryer: You might want to sit down.

You broke my trust; there will be consequences as I said there would be.

Lt. Governor