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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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Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (162 Votes)

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Hi everbody, i love this site , and coming and reading posts.Happy holidays to everyone.

Amazingalex

@Lena...it is gonna rain here tomorrow too but by the time we get up north there should be a few good days to ski. Woo hoo!! I too had high hopes for lori like you did lena. I actually did not mind her the first few epis she was on but that went downhill fast. She has not progressed or made the character into someone I can enjoy or root for. I wish she had but it is not to be!

Amazingalex

@zia..I voted for kono. I was surprised she was behind in the poll. She rocks!! @AJ..I am against romance on the team because the steve mcg they have written for this show would never romance a subordinate or a member of his team. He is a leader of that team and needs to keep it professional or else the other team members lives could be at risk. If you have to choose who to save your guy team member or the one you are sleeping with or falling in love with which one do you choose??? It is not safe for them as a team to cross that line and the steve Mcg I have grown to love would never do that. He is first and foremost a navy seal and a professional. That is just my opinion.

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First of all, go to this website to vote for Kono, vs Sarah of "chuck". She is behind.
http://t.co/JDBUf8Ha @AJ....I don't want a team member romance because, he is her boss, that never works out, and usually one of them does not keep their job. I know other shows have done it, but usually when they are winding down the show, and after many seasons of being together. It's usually the kiss of death to a show, at least 9/10 times. There are people on this site who want Kono to have a romance, and I don't think that should happen either, especially since she is suppose to be much younger, and he is like a big brother to her, as are Danny and Chin (who is her cousin anyway). I want this show to have many seasons. I too like Catherine as Steve's girlfriend, and would not mind her being shown more, as long as its a recurring character, maybe after a few more seasons they can expand it. I loved Chin and Malia, too bad that they did not show more of the wedding, especially since they hyped it so much.

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@AJ....sorry to be a pest, watch season 1 ep 2 if you haven't already and to me explains why I don't want romance between team members. They are family.

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@AJ...I'm sorry if I misunderstood you, sometimes I let my emotions get in the way of rational thought.

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Just a quick question, why are many of you are against romance in the team?

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@AJ When Lori arrived in 2.02 I had high hopes I don't blame Lori/Lauren but the writers who doesn't know how to write for her she was the babysitter and hired and working for the Governor they dropt this storyline right after 2.02 and after that it looks of the team don't can solve any crime without her she is a profiler but sofar I don't see it I gave her a chance but enough is enough! I give you this I would mind to see some romance in H5O also but not Steve with Lori he already has a girlfriend Catherine glad she comes back in 2.16. Jealous off all of you who go's Skiiing and snowboarden we have rain here hope you all have fun!

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@AJ....I'm happy to hear your side, but its just not going to change my opinion. We have seen 12 episodes, 11 with Lori. The first 7 she was in she was practically taking over, the only one who had more screen time was McG, (thank God they did not mess with that, or I really would have turned the show off). In all the scenes that she has done, (and believe me I know its not all her fault, there are directors, producers, and writers to blame)she has not shown any real purpose other then another body on the team. All that time could have been spent developing the core 4 characters. With her there the shows seem to be rushed and disjointed because there is not enough time. They could have brought her in slowly as a recurring character. McG having some romance is fine with me, but not with a team member, and according to PLenkov she is not a love interest, although their writing is showing something different.
I hope you keep putting in your opinion, the author of this site agrees with you. But you have to know this is not the only site that has people who have my same opinion. I don't think waiting until the end of the season is going to be any different.

Amazingalex

@jschoi..your not naive your being optimistic. I was and i lost the optimism. You help me get it back when you are so hopeful that she is leaving. Thanks for that. Hey have a blast snowboarding. We are going skiing as well!! Woo hoo!!