Hawaii Five-0 Review: Welcome to Margaritaville

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From Chin Ho proposing to the guys from Seal Team 9 tagging along to help rescue Steve, this episode of Hawaii Five-0 turned out to be quite a rollercoaster ride, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Okay, Chin Ho fans, who’s happy that he's marrying the woman who broke up with him when he was suspected of stealing from the police department? It's something we can all consider: how much are you willing to forgive the person you love most?

It’s easy for us as spectators to pass judgment on fictional characters, but I want you to think for a moment: what if the situation was real? Could you forgive the person you truly love for believing the worst about you? It’s a tough call. Thankfully, most of us will never need to make.

Helicopter Escape

Now we move on the sad part. I hope you and Josh find each other on the other side, Jenna. Rest in peace, knowing that Steve will take your murder out on Wo Fat, a tiny painful bit at a time.

Steve never believed the worse about you. He saw who you really were and was willing to forgive your mistake, even if it was big enough to land him as a prisoner in Korea.

I know some TV Fanatics were hoping that a different female was killed by Wo Fat. Personally, I enjoyed watching Lori shoot the RPG and blow up the bridge. From all the camera angles they showed it from, I’m guessing they got one try at that stunt. It was enough, it was awesome. 

It was good to see Commander Gutches (David Keith) again. I really enjoyed the tie-in to the earlier episode, with Seal Team 9 owing Steve for a skydive catch of one of their team members. Wait! We also had the double whammy of Joe White (Terry O’ Quinn) working together with Gutches throughout the episode. I think my man crush may have just expanded a little.

Did anyone else catch Danny’s Margarita reference to Jimmy Buffett? Sadly, I couldn’t figure out how to get it in the quotes section for this episode, but it was great enough that I had to mention it. Speaking of Buffett, for the second time in as many weeks, we have been treated to some decent screen time with our guest start. How awesome was this iconic singer as the grizzled war vet helicopter pilot? I loved him!

Was anyone else actually glad when Wo Fat got away? He is such a great nemesis, I was dreading him getting killed or captured and the story ending abruptly, so I was relieved to see him trudging through the jungle. 

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I'm looking forward to the day Steve makes him pay for his father’s and Jenna Kaye’s death. But I want Steve to be do it personally not to have it be random gun fire in the jungle.

Finally, I have to mention my on going crush: Lori. The hug she gave Steve clearly shows her loyalties don't lie with the Governor any more, if they ever did. So, come on now. Tell me some new members joined the I Love Lori Club this week. Anyone?


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


Episode 2.11 Pahele will be aired on Monday December 5th
Name of episode 2.12 just released, Alaheo Pau'ole. to be aired december 12th. I am so excited to see the new episodes.


Monday nights episode won its timeslot for the 11th week in a row. Numbers were down of course (as were most shows) because it was a rerun but it still won over other networks that were not showing reruns. CBS lineup on monday has been consistently winning every week. H50 is going to be just fine and eventually lori will be gone. I have accepted that she may be here the whole season but I really do not see her here long term. I will watch for the other four and patiently wait for the higher ups to make the right move and go back to the formula that worked for season 1. I do believe we will have many more seasons of this show to enjoy. The only concern I would have as fans is how long will Alex want to do television cause he is one hot commodity right now. As long as he stays on as the lead we should have no worries!!! I have decided to just sit back and enjoy the show. I do believe lori will either be killed off or will be taken off the task force by the governor. Either way we will get the core four back, I have to believe that!

Mrs cleaver

@Mike - I totally agree with your comment. I'd forgotten how funny last season's shows could be and "cringe factor" is a great way to put it.


Waiting for the next episode is punishment for me :(


Lori is Hot!!!!


I would like another season!!!


I saw the preview and it looks like tonight's episode is gonna be a good one! It was also really cool to watch the old repeat last night. The core four getting it done with all the suspense, excitement, humor and chemistry that made the first season so watchable. This season is becoming more of a chore to watch due to the "cringe factor" when a certain someone constantly appears on the screen. I'll certainly feel bad for the other four if CBS doesn't buy into another season. It's a shame because it can be fixed so easily...


If you skip through the Lori scenes what do you have left? She is everywhere, you got about 10 min. I watch TV to be entertained and if someone ruins my entertainment at some point as much as I love the core 4 I just can't watch any more. Last year I looked forward to every ep now I dread it. I have the DVD of last year and that's becoming hard to watch as it reminds of what was and what could be with one simple change, get rid of Lori.


For @angry50fan: WORD!


Message for martinelli: I don't HATE Lori,I dislike her because she screwed up the whole show.
I desire to ignore her and focus on the amazing 4 core characters so badly,but it's just impossible coz that girl jumped in and out almost everywhere.Everytime I was enjoying the 4 core characters' scenes then she showed up which ruined my good mood.
Let me put it in this way:there's a yummy-yummy soup for you,but all of a sudden you see a fly in the bowl,how could you expect yourself to eat it?
So you see!Am I understood?

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

Danny: Do me a favor and watch yourself
Steve: I'll think about you the whole time.

Chin Ho: This should have been on your finger a long time ago
Malia: Chin Ho Kelly, I would love to be your wife.