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.


@jshoi....I bet you cant help it though. I find myself screaming and not even realizing it until my husband lets me know just how much I am losing it. It is kind of funny. He does not like lori either but thinks how much I dont is amusing. I am happy it is back on the 2nd cause I am already looking so forward to it. I need my AOL fix!!! He makes me smile!!! :) Hope all goes well with your exams!!


Can you imagine Steve McGarrett having a secretary at the HF0 headquarter bringing him coffee every morning? How about McG running around chasing bad guys in a suit? :) :)


New ep on the 2nd, I was hoping for the 9th when I'm back at school. I can't scream at the tv every time Lori comes on when I'm home.


I agree, difficult to follow (not mentally, just logically). I'm easy to entertain when watching a TV show so I did get a kick outta some of the funny parts despite their disjointed nature.


Tom Sizemore was primarily motivated to take the role (well that & paying for his various addictions) by the ability to make every police officer he ever encountered look bad. Yes, his acting is over the top, but he's seen first hand the "I've got a badge so I can do anything I want" that is inherently lived by police personnel all over all 50 states. This role is part of his own emotional payback! Better than anything Dr. Drew ever came up with for him. And, yes, Melia has got to have plenty of close friends that would have been part of that ceremony.


Thank you so much Lena. I'm glad we don't have to wait that long, another break after that won't be too bad. Thanks again for checking.


@Zia I looked for you and found what Peter tweeted! PLenkov Peter Lenkov
@fiveophans RETURN with a new ep 1/2/12


@Zia Peter Lenkov have said on twitter next episode 2.13 will be January 2, episode 2.14 will air January 9 maybe after that we have a break don't know that yet.


Hi Everyone. I was on the AOL rocks website and they are saying that a new episode does not come out until 1-16-12 because of some bowl games. On 11-30-11 P Lenkov twitted that the new episode would come out on 1-2-12. I e-mailed them, but doubt I will get any answer as I did not before. I do not twitter or face book. If any of you do and can ask PLenkov would you and let us know the answer. I hope we don't have to wait until 1-16-12 for a new episode. Thanks.


Hawaii Five O is my favorite show this season and last season. I don't try to analyze the show, I just sit back and enjoy it. I love the banner between Steve and Danny. They are great together. I hope Joe White stays as I have like him since he played in JAG.

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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.