Hawaii Five-0 Review: Out of The Pan, Into the Fryer

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"Alaheo Pau'ole:" Gone Forever.

Was this entire Hawaii Five-0 episode pieced together from spare parts of better episodes? There were so many disjointed pieces that I nearly got lost along the way. Given the non-sequitur nature of the hour, I’m just going to break down the main points.

A Hawaiian Wedding

Lori and Danny Handcuffed: Does anyone have any idea what point there was to this storyline? Furthermore, why did Steve feel the need to drop they key off the balcony? It all felt totally out of place.

We have not seen any indication that Lori and Danny would be romantically linked. What the heck is the “Jersey Slip” and why do you need to be handcuffed to another person for it to work? Finally, what type of horrible police officer is Danny that his handcuff key is not on a key ring of any sort... and he only has one in his possession? While I know some might fault Lori for not having her keys, she didn't bring her handcuffs, remember. They were Danny's.

Vincent Fryer, Chief of Detectives: I will take back every bad thing I said about Fryer as the head of Internal Affairs if they will just send him back! Watching Tom Sizemore violate the Miranda Rights of suspects with his “tough as nails abusive cop” overacting caused me physical pain. I now know how many of you anti-Lori fans must feel. It took all my will power not to throw something at the TV when he would spew dialog such as I have a badge that says I can do what ever I want. Makes me want to hurl just remembering it.

Then, just in case we need a reason for Fryer to be in the episode, we learn he 's gotten promoted to Chief of Detectives. Huh? what’s the Frak is “Chief of Detectives?” And regardless of what Fryer said, the head of an entire division of police would not be out busting down doors.

Joe White and Steve at Odds: I really don’t care who Shelburn is anymore. I’m so tired of the ring-around-the-rosy conversations that Steve and Joe are having about it. The story barely moves forward. If Steve really wanted to know what Joe was up to, he would have had Kono or Lori pull his cell phone records to see who he has been talking to and the facts would come flooding out. 

Then, you had Joe's last line of the episode: I was hoping you wouldn’t say that. It made one of my eyes twitch. Joe have you met Steve? He left his partner wearing handcuffs during a formalwear fitting; did you really think he was just going to drop the whole thing? 

Man Shot But Alive: I will commend the twist and turns this case took. As a whole, it was a decent concept for an investigation. However, as mentioned above, it would have been a better story without Sizemore’s Fryer tainting the scenery. It would have also been nice to see the wife walk in on the husband fresh from his coma, as having Kono and Steve telling the woman that her son was really dead as the lead in for Chin-Ho’s wedding was odd to say the least. 

Chin-Ho and Malia Got Married: That does lead us to the wedding. Ho'omaika'i (congratulations) to you both! I wish we had gotten more than four minutes of the episode dedicated to Chin-Ho and Malia. We had about 90 seconds of the guys in the fitting room and about two minutes of wedding montage. 

We're going to have to wait until 2012 to find out more about Shelburn and/or what happen to Hiro Yoshimura as Hawaii Five-O takes a break for the holidays.

Mr. Kurtzman, a great holiday gift for the fans would be to come back with an idea of what story you want to tell in an episode and go with it. You might also consider dialing back the ridiculousness as well. My eyes may hurt for months from all the rolling they did this week. 


Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Now I am really disappointed. Just read an article on aolr about Lori: Hawaii Five-0 Casts its “Female McGarrett�
Is it? Really?


@jschoi...the reruns they have been showing this season have been from last season. They must know that last season was better. Often times with reruns they can pick up new viewers so that is the time to put the best epis out there. I know at this point I wont be buying season 2 like I did season 1 unless a certain someone is written off. I could watch season 1 over and over and never get sick of it. I hope the second half of this season we get more of what we got last year. I would have liked to have seen more of the wedding too. I am telling you right now they had more of that wedding filmed and decided at the last minute to throw in that ridiculous hand cuff scene just to give lori something to do. I am really angry about that. It did not fit in with the rest of the show and came out of nowhere. That wedding should have been given more airtime without any doubt!!


@amazingalex...I'm with you, hoping she's gone but expecting the worst so I won't be to disappointed. Last ep if you take away that totally ridiculous unnecessary scene in the hotel she was almost bearable. Would like have seen that time given to the wedding.
They are showing an ep from last season on Mon., I maybe wrong but don't they usually show reruns from the same season? If so I wonder if maybe they are afraid they may anger people more if they show the eps again. Don't know, just wondering.


@Lena...oh thank you if you can find that it would be great. If I can see in writing that she was only extended four more epis it would make my year. Until then I am going to keep telling myself she may be here the whole season so I can handle it better if she does stay on. I do think though if they keep her they will be making a colossal mistake. I would like this show to have many many seasons. Which I do think it will with some adjustments. Thanks about my avi...isnt he just the best???? How can one man be that good looking. LOL!!!


Everyone has had a relationship except Kono, whats up with that. So my goal now is to find a boyfriend for Kono. Someone who will create some tension with Chin, that would be almost anyone. My first choice is Graham Abbey, but he's probably not available I love Fong but to perfect and to boring for Kono and Chin might approve. Someone who lives on the and even crosses the line sometimes, my guy Kawika. Not perfect, not boring and lots of tension with Chin. Kono can tell Chin she isn't 17 anymore and can make her own decisions.


I'm loving season two so far. For me it's just as good as season one, if not better. The only thing I don't like about this season is Lori. She's boring, bland and forced into too many scenes.
I'd love to see more character exploration this season as it was lacking last season as well. I'd like a little more continuity and emotional fallout from what our characters have been through. Not sure whether we'll ever get that though.


@h5-0 - I understand what you feel and I'm kinda feel the same, especially about the Shelburn case and Joe.


This episode (along with this season in general) has disappointed me. Episode plots seem choppy and misplaced, and they don't seem to flow as they did in season 1. First off, should I care that Chin got married to Malia? I wish I could've been excited for their wedding but I felt like it was a little too rushed & we should've gotten more scenes with them in previous episodes to build up the relationship. Speaking of personal life subplots, I miss Danny's interaction with Rachel & Grace from season 1, now we get nothing from him. Kono doesn't seem to get any back story which pisses me off being that I love Grace Park and feel that she adds so much character & badassness to the show. Like many people, I'm just beyond sick of seeing Lori steal everyone's screen time especially since she doesn't have any chemistry with the characters (I blame the writers/producers for keeping her for this long). The McGarrett back story doesn't seem as exciting as it did last season and I feel like the show dragged on the whole shelbourne thing for too long & Joe is starting to irritate me. Honestly I feel there is no more chemistry/camaraderie with the cast anymore and some scenes look extremely forced in watered down plots. If the show doesn't pick itself back up for the 2nd half of the season, then I think I'm done.


@jschoi Forget that I ask for the link I already found it! Thanks for posting the news here (hugs)


Don't worry, Danno will get her pregnant and that will be the end of her lol :)

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

Danny: Good, let bye-gones be bye-gones, maybe you want to hug it out or fist bump:
Fryer: No, let's just work the case.

Tong: Those are dummy grenades
Danny: Ok, hang on to this. [hands grenade, pulls pin] If it's a dummy you will be fine, we'll be outside.
Tong: Wait! Fine, it's live
Chin Ho: You've been hanging around Steve too long.