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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. 

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

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@amazingalex Maybe it was on Hawaii Five-O website I'll will look if I can find it for you BTW your avi is GORGEOUS!! There are so much rumors about how much episode we get this season I lost track sofar I knew we get 22 episodes and there is a option for two more! @jschoi You made my day with this news YAY!! feel sorry for Michelle but I am a die hard Steve/Cath. shipper so I hope to see more of her. Do you have a link to this article so I can post it on Fan Forum Hawaii Five-O?

Amazingalex

@jschoi...I did not think of that! It would be funny if it werent probably true. She is no Grace Park that is for darn sure!

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Probably takes more time because they have to teach Lori everything over and over again.

Amazingalex

@Martinelli..I dont know about them changing movie scripts for fans but I do know that many hit shows like NCIS and criminal minds have gotten so much flack for changing their core teams that they have both gotten rid of the newbies and gone back to what the fans want. Fans are very loyal to their shows and it is due to the chemistry of the cast. When you throw a new one in there it messes with it. Sometimes it takes time though cause they film ahead. I think it took criminal minds 6 months to listen to the fans and bring back their core team.

Amazingalex

@zia....Thanks. He is a cutie for sure. I had a tough time picking the pic there are so many good ones. This is one of his latest pics so I thought it was approprate for the H50 site. Yeah I read an article about season 2 being one epi short and fans were wondering why and they said something about production being bigger now that their budget is bigger. Hit shows have more money to do bigger and better things. It must take longer to get an epi ready. Which is funny cause I thought season 1 had more action then this season. Maybe the big stuff is coming!!

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For Catherine fans (I am one) who were wondering about Combat Hospital Shaw Media announced yesterday that it will not be renewed in Canada. Feel sorry for Michelle Borth and rest of cast, but may allow her to do more H50. The article is on Tvguide Canada.

Martinelli

@amazingalex - They are not listening to fans. People are watching the show even though they don't like her. They are watching the show and hoping she will disappear. This goes on since she showed up, rates are good so ...
The writer made a script, he sticks to it. The script is not by request. I am not really familiar with these thing. Is/was there a movie script that is/was changed because the fan's complain? Do you have any information about that?

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@amazingalex....Thanks, I can handle 1 episode short, but not 7. I like the picture you put next to your name. He is a cutie. Here's rooting for life after Lori.

Amazingalex

@lena..I go to AOL rocks all the time but have not seen anything about lori leaving soon. Was it on there? Maybe I missed it. I hope your sources are right. Maybe season 2 can be saved afterall. Lets hope! Are they actually listening to the fans??

Amazingalex

@zia..I heard season 2 is 23 episodes instead of 24. Not due to anything network wise I thought i read it was due to the epis taking longer to produce then they did the first season. But it is not supposed to be a shortened season by any means. Lori only being extended 4 epis means they must already know how she is going. I really hope this is true.

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.

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