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?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (131 Votes)

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


Overall a good episode, the bromance was in great shape, Chin and Kono were indeed present on the screen ... Note that there is a slight improvement about Lori, we know she can climb trees and we have seen how ... In the next episode, we see a smile a little .... I do not know if I should laugh or cry ... At this rate we'll know all of it by the end of the 12 episodes where it should appear in the season or who knows?? I'm really sorry for Lauren German is really brave of her to interpret a poorly written character ... Respect


Boy lots of people way harsh on lori weston. You know sometimes an actor is more then just what you see on the screen. You have to look to the director of that episode, the writers & from what i have seen from wiki (dunno how reliable a source that is) the writer and director for all the episodes this season have been almost random. I don't know enough about her acting ability and not sure its fair to judge it given above, BUT i will say i dont think having her character around is adding much to the overarcing story line. To me its interesting the mcgarret character is written to be a little bit of a tool (dont everyone jump on me:) in that the cath gf character is more used to him coming to her lately more as a resource then as a gf - his character never seems to have a problem "using" her..its interesting character development. I feel the weston character is being foisted on mcgarret to be a love interest and it just doestn work. I hate the word but do love the "bromance" between Steve and Dano - but thought this week was a little forced. I think Dano was getting interesting with his whole re romance with Rachel thing, especially when you can see he much he was knocked back when she says she is moving away from Hawaii, its like only then he realises just how much of Five O he is going to miss....loved that. Think i am spoilt watching alex o'loughlin take down suspects athletically so this episode was kinda dull from that perspective. Well two more episodes till end of this season - hope its going to get better, writing wise too in a hurry.


Last nights episode was the second best of the season (after the opener). The bromance between Steve and Danny was perfect; and the look on Steve's face in the back seat of Danny's car was priceless. The downside: Lori. It doesn't matter what she's doing, running, working the computer or telling someone she's sorry that a friend of theirs had died, she has only one expression: Totally blank. She has no purpose on the show and is sucking the life out of the show. Please Peter L. and CBS, please do not extend her contract beyond the original 12 episodes.


I LOVED this episode! Steve's expression when he was watching that movie with Danny was priceless! This was the best episode this season!
I'm really not sure what it is about Lori that I don't like. It just doesn't seem like she adds a whole lot, partly the result of writing issues. (This season has had a lot of them lately) I don't know why but writing in a new character seems to be tough for a lot of shows, especially in a sophomore season. Although being the new kid on the block is never easy. I will say though, she was much more bearable this week, just being a part of the team. And I think that's what it would take for me to be able to like her (just a little), making her a part of the team instead of all this pointless extra stuff they throw in. What's the point of adding a possible love interest if she isn't widely liked!?
P.S. Bring back Jenna!


This episode was better with less Lori. Nothing would make me like her character, and the actress cannot act. I didn't like the Jenna character either. They were both "Mary Sue" characters and know it alls. Expand some of the other characters, Kamakono (spelling) Charlie, Max.
Loved all the team moments and loved the dog!


I'm truly sadden by the lack of love for my heart-throb Lori... hehehe Some great comments and reasoning though, so I can't fault you guys for sharing.. I asked! Jim


Great episode. I agree with the review. Lori doesn't add much to the series but she's not terrible.


Though this episode was better, the team is still too disjointed for my liking. Still too much Lori (what is this, The Lori Show, a Hawaii 5-0 spinoff? jeez) - taking lines and scenes from everyone else except Steve.
Also still feel like writers spend too much time lumping the Asian actors together in the minor scenes. Season 1 was more about the entire 4 teammates working together - which was what I fell in love with about the show.


Someone should start a petition to CBS to get Lenkov removed as well. He's the biggest problem in my opinion. Any other producer/writer would have 1)not hired her or 2)got rid of her by now, they do film quite a bit ahead. I actually dvr the show now and just watched last nights. It was ok. Last season was way better. Not sure how this is going to play out as far as a Season 3.


Get rid of Lori and bring back RACHEL! Lori is AWFUL!

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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!