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.


@Mike...yes your right, I was talking about epi 2.9 which has over 11 million viewers. The ratings for 2.10 just came out and they did go down a bit. They posted on CBS site that 2.10 still had more viewers then last epi of season 1. H50 has won its time slot at 10 P.M. for the last ten weeks for the key demographic of 18-49 yr old. This was just posted at CBS also. I am quite sure ratings will go up when a certain character is gone. Fans are getting impatient. They just posted the name of epi 2.13 on CBS site as well and Lori is listed as being in it. This should be her last epi but it does not seem that it will be.


Amazingalex, Just so you know:
Episode 02-10: Monday, 11/21/11
2.8 in the demo (-15% week-to-week change) with 10.59 million


@martinelli--You're welcome.


@Plain Jane - Thank you for the link.


@M, can't imagine Kono and Steve together (I like him with Catherine), but Lori gone? We can agree on that!


The more Lori tries to get closer to Steve, the more awkward it becomes. Kono and McGarrett have a billion times more chemistry, I'd prefer to see them get together in the end. Lori needs to go! I will definitely be filling out a CBS feedback form.


@Tony...I think that Steve Mcgarrett will most certainly make work his first priority and I do not see him sleeping with or crossing that line with any of his team. That would be out of character for steve. He is the leader of that team, he wont take away from that. You are spot on with that point. If Alex has any say about it he does not think Mcg has time for a love story either. Hopefully he has some pull being the lead of the show.


@plainjane..yup you are right. The core four are where it is at. When they return to that the magic will be back. I watch cause I need my Hawaii five o fix every week but I dvr it and FF lori whenever I possibly can, if she is in a scene with steve I mute her. LOL!! Dont want to miss my Mcg fix cause of her.


She has ruined it for me. After the season opener, it went right down hill, and Lori was the reason, along with less Danny, less Chin, and less Kono. Kono should have been in the helicopter, not Lori. The Core four are what we want, not a fifth wheel.


The new girl doesn't bother me as much as she seems to bother just about everyone else. It's a cop show, and as I said, as long as they keep us interested with the same weekly formula they've been using since week one, I'll be happy. Along the way, I also want them to keep the Steve Mcgarrett/Wo Fat thread going, and if it's anything like the original, obviously, I want that thread to continue for the duration of the show. Every great hero needs a great villian to play off of. As for the supporting characters, yes, they are certainly more interesting than the original Danno and Company, but this isn't 90210. If this new woman is a pain behind the scenes, what business is it of ours? The cast all have their interesting little tidbits that keep us tuned in, but there isn't enough time in an action cop show to really peel many onions. Are they trying to shove a romance down our throats? Yes, but it's subtle enough that it doesn't bother me. If the current Steve Mcgarrett is anything like the original, he'll choose work over love. Besides, If this show has the kind of run I think it can have, we shouldn't let a new character ruin our enjoyment.

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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.