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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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (162 Votes)

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


@AJ....Lori has had more then enough time to develop into a character we can all root for and it is not happening. The season is half over and I dislike her more with every episode. If she cannot make this character work or fit in by now then there is no hope of it ever happening. @zia..I am hoping for the best, I am not sure what is coming though. SIGH!! Oh and that scene where steve is carrying kevin out of the house.....Wow, just wow!! AOL reminds me every week why he is my fave and why I watch this show and that he is the man!!!! And yes grace park is so perfect in this role. She makes every scene and emotion she is feeling so real. Nothing is forced and it is natural. I love that girl. SHe is my second fave!!


I respect everyone's opinion and I'm sorry for making it seem like I don't. I just feel like maybe you should give Lori a chance, see if she progresses and develops more through the show. I just wish there was a little romance in the show. Believe me, I love all this crime fighting, ect. but like Castle, it needs a little romance in it, even if it's just a very small one. @jschoi: A week snowboarding at Whistler? . . . . . how . . . exciting.


@Zia - Let me help you out with this one: in Korea, when she hugged Alex, but we could not see her face :) :) :) I was just kidding.
Seriously, even Fryer has 3 votes and she has 1, not to mention the other poll, where she has only 10%


A little more on acting, then I will put it to rest...for now. I spoke of Grace Park showing empathy and caring, real emotion. Lets also speak about Alex, his scene with Kevin in the closet and carrying him outside. Scott when he only had to look out the window at at the parents who's children were kidnapped, or when he stopped that 13 year old boy from coming home to school after his father was murdered. Daniel Dae Kim in the scene with Kono in the interrogation room. Real emotion, believable, acting as it should be. Please, give me one scene where the Lori character has shown actual empathy, while not looking forced or robotic. I don't hate this actress. I don't know her, but I do know this character that she portrays. They tried something and it did not work.


OH and as for my dull life I'm this week snowboarding at Whistler with my boyfriend, that is about as dull as it gets.


@AJ...I respect your opinion even tho you don't respect mine,welcome to 50. LOL. One more thing DO NOT TELL ME TO BE QUIET.


Mean by yesterday Gosh we need a edit button here!!


@AJ You love Lori fine for you but many of us don't and why would I stop watching my fav serie because a producer put a new girl on the team who can't act and is blank and boring I want the old team from season 1 back! why changing something what works very well. Wish Lori was gone by hyesterday!


@AJ...I respect that you have an opposing opinion, respect mine. My life is going very well, thanks for asking.


@Amazingalex...that's all we can do, and hope for the best. @Jschoi...agree, Grace Park does it effortlessly, while Lauren seems to force everything. I almost feel bad for her, after all these episodes, they can't possibly think that the way the character is being portrayed is good. Even when I thought Lori showed a little emotion, you could see that she was not comfortable doing it. From the start they needed to show some guidance, but they hung her out to dry. I was hoping since she seems to be a buddy with Scott Caan, that she would at least notice how he and the others do it, or ask. You have to put a lot of this on the directors and producers, when you have an employee that is not up to standards, you do what ever you can to help them succeed, because if they do, then you all do. They just can't think it worked, the show would not have been so good before if they did not know what they were doing.

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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.