Hawaii Five-0 Review: Out of the Dog House

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Lapa’au: Healing

We returned to the tempo and feel we all fell in love with on Hawaii Five-0 this week, which certainly helped with the "Lapa'au" of the wounds left by previous episodes.

Given how clunky, disjointed, and just bad last week’s episode was, I wasn’t holding out much hope that the series could right the ship and stay afloat for the rest of this season, much less be considered for a third season.

McGarrett on the Prowl

But hope has been restored. This outing clicked on nearly every level. Let’s break down the parts that really worked.

Opened with the bromance: Danny and Steve’s dialogue while watching Enemy Mine will go down as some of their best exchanges. It’s hard to have a bad episode when you start with the boys doing what they do best. 

A guest star who actually starred: Greg Grunberg, as agent Jeff Morrison, enjoyed more screen time that all of the guest stars this season combined. I LOVED IT. I hope we get to see Agent Morrison again, he was a good fit for the show. Mr. Kurtzman, please take a note, this is how we want to see guest stars when you advertise them as a featured in an episode. 

Good balance of team exposure: Everyone got some good screen time: Kono shined in the smoke shop, Chin shined with his knowledge of motorcycles and my new heart-throb Lori even shined working with Morrison. It was good to see everyone getting some face time and contributing. Yes, Lori haters, even Lori! 

Fun with animals: Who didn't immediately love the dog? From seeing Danny’s softer side to watching Steve ride in the backseat so the dog could stick his head out the window, it was all fun. The only disappointment for me was that Danny gave the dog to Grace, so we won’t see him much in the future. 

Nod to the geeks: For all of us former Heroes fans, Max and Morrison’s meeting was great, with Max swearing he knew him from somewhere. Had they worked in Max accidentally calling him Matt, it would have sealed the deal. However, seeing the Warp 9 license plate on the bright yellow Camaro totally made up for it!

The only awkwardness I had during the episode was coming back from commercial into a foot chase scene. Before I got to Danny’s line of “what part of don’t run did he not understand” the first time, I rewound my DVR to see if I had missed something. Still, I did understand - from a story point of view - that we didn’t need to see them confront the drug mule, but we could have benefited from a clearer way to being dropped into the scene after a commercial break. 

In conclusion, it was an entertaining episode and makes me look forward to seeing where the rest of the season takes us. While I make it no secret that I like Lori more and more each week, I have a question for those of you who are in the opposite camp: What would it take for you to accept her on the team?


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


Anyone know what breed of dog was in this episode?


Good riddance to Lori!! No chemistry whatsoever between her and ANYONE on the show!! oh and please Lauren Graham really can't act...its not cruel or unfair to state the obvious!


The character was supposed to be a snitch for the Governor. Has anything like that even remotely happened? Nope. Have you seen Ki'ilua? She went with them to N. Korea... if I were the Gov I'd fire her so fast her head would spin! Way to fail at your only purpose for being on the team. Also, if she is really supposed to be a snitch, why have they accepted her without any reservation. A profiler? Yeah freakin' right. She can't even figure our her team members. All she does is make stupid obvious comments. Watch Criminal Minds, find out what a profiler actually does!
She stole scenes from main cast members, people who put in the time and work last season. She's done nothing but been forced down our throats all season. Any scene she's in, any job she does was done last season by a 'core four' member and done better.
I don't want to see her two facial expressions 'deer in headlights' or 'pouty fish face.' She's an actress. She gets paid to do this! She needs to convince me of her characters. She doesn't get a free ride because I might hurt her feelings. I'm a nurse, I get talked down to all the time, no one cares if it hurts my feelings, I still have a job to do.
I want to see my team, my core four. I want lots of time for Danny and Steve. I want Kono kicking butt. I want Chin being all cool like a Jedi master.
The original Hawaii Five-0 had only 4 characters at any given time. A character named Lori was added in the original too, right before it tanked for good. Is there anything that can save her? Removing the characters as fast as possible, preferrably shot by a bad guys (not Wo Fat, she is not worthy). She's a bitter taste in my mouth and a splash of ice water in the face whenever she's on the screen




I LOVE the actress and character of Lori Watson. I would love to see a love connection between Steve and Lori. This show is excellent, but I feel it needs to branch off on more of their private lives. It's great action stories are well written but I do feel they could get involved in a bit of a romantic avenue to keep us romantics involved. Thanks, Darlene


Remember, people this is just a TV show... Did anyone else feel like the episode Ki'ilua could have been the season or even the series finale? It just had that vibe to me. While I can agree Lori Weston isn't vital for the show, she does have a role in Five-O. Her job is to keep Steve on a leash for Governor Sam Denning, once the team proves Wo Fat killed Governor Jameson, Weston could be as good as gone. Take into consideration most police procedural shows give off the impression the FBI is dull and straight faced, Lauren German is pulling that off fantastically, if she was a smartass or giddy all the time we'd be twice as upset. She's been in 9 episodes and still hasn't been added to the credits, her face time has also been leveling out with the rest of the cast. Give it till season 2 finale to let them finish whatever storyline they have then you guys can all throw a conniption if she returns for season 3. As far as a love interest, Steve already has one, Catherine Rollins... they sent her away though they could as easily bring her back with the excuse her tour was cancelled. Whoever said watch NCIS:LA to see chemistry between a team... please watch Criminal Minds, NCIS or Rizzoli & Isles, the cast of NCIS:LA has horrible onscreen chemistry imo.


I would like to see the writers give us more insight to the main characters, Kono, Chin and even Max. When Kono was suspended and was working under cover for IA, I missed her. How about a real hunk for a very pretty girl with many talents. How about the relationship for Chin and his former fiancee be developed further. It's true that love sometimes comes around a second time.


I am a very committed H5O fan. However, I just cannot embrace the character of Lori because she brings nothing to the show. In some of her scenes where she's running to catch the bad guy and pull out her gun, it's a joke. I'm sure that the writers wanted to bring in a love interest for one of the guys but she's not it. What special skills does she have? How are they presented to the audience? She's not cutting it and hopefully she doesn't have a long contract. Accept a mistake and correct it. Thank you for listening.


Nicole, I like Lori too :)


Lori's character makes scene very uncomfortable. I was glad to see steve/danno car scen.I agree with Zia, I would like see more of chin and konno. Please loose Lori's character.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Steve: So suddenly you're a dog expert?
Danny: No, for your information I have had dogs my whole life.

What are we watching? Enemy Mine? That's awesome, I feel like I'm in a time machine!