Hawaii Five-0 Review: And Then There Were Four

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"I Helu Pu:" The Reckoning

To the dismay of Lori Fan Club such as myself, it's official: she's gone. It's also official: I'll miss her, as it seemed Lori had finally found her niche in the last few episodes.

Granted, Lori's "confession" to Steve that she had let things slide due to her feeling for him felt completely contrived. I was rolling my eyes throughout the exchange. There was no need to make Lori suddenly have a half-ass confession of attraction because was leaving. It didn't add anything.

That disappointment aside, this was one of the best episodes of the season. The use of the commercial breaks to show the current events for a bit, then switching to “what happened” works really well for this type of story. 

McGarrett and Catherine

I was also glad to see Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) back for a visit. Given that Combat Hospital was officially cancelled in December, I would love to see more of Borth on Hawaii Five-0. Besides, it’s nice to be reminded that Steve was (and still is) in the Navy, and he has ties there. Given that we never see him mention his reserve status, it was refreshing to see a mention of this reserve duty and seeing him in uniform only strengthened my budding man-crush.

Speaking of the service, having served in the Air Force for two tours in the 90s, even today I’m critical on how actors wear uniforms. Both O’Loughlin and Borth appear to have been coached on how to done the uniform correctly, so I want to give a nice crisp military salute to whoever helped them look good - well done!

The episode also marked the third attempt to tie in a holiday into the story. With the Halloween outing, we suffered through one of the worst episodes ever. Then, with the advertised Christmas episode, we had footage in the preview showing Christmas elements that never made it to air.

So, like Goldilocks trying the beds of the bears, the first was too hard, the second was too soft, and the third one was just right! I really enjoyed the light overtone that Valentine’s Day had here.

Chin Ho discussed getting something for his new bride with Kono. Danny made a quick reference to Gaby (from the museum) and, as mentioned above, Steve decided to do his reserve duty on the same ship as Catherine to celebrate Valentine's Day properly. The only person who didn't seem to have much of a Valentine celebration was Kono.

Do you want to bet that Denning puts a new person in with the team and it’s a guy that can crush on Kono? It would be such an awesome twist. Of course, it’s not hard to crush on Kono; did you see her in that dress? Wow. 

Here is hoping that the episodes continue in the caliber of this one. My only request is could we not have every suspect take off running? Or, if that's not an option, we need to make up a drinking game based on the number of times a suspect runs from Five-0. That, of course, would generate a second game of seeing how coherent my review is when written complete drunk. Sounds like fun, no?


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I Cant believe you took The Character of Lori off!! I thought the two Alex an her went together perfect!! she kept his character grounded
ugh I hate when the writers do this
hopefully they will see what a fan base she has an how much ppl like her on the show!


i want some kono and steve stuff he clearly likes her ....

@ mystique

Finally someone who agrees with me.They will make a great couple.


Music at the end please???????


Lori is great, I like her and steve together... they have this connection that I think is better then steve and catherine. I hope they bring her back!


I absolutely loved this episode! I thought some parts were a bit 'woah!' and maybe too over the top (such as the fall off the building). However it was nonetheless an edge of your seat past/present stunner of and ep. One thing though..did anyone find it a bit too stupid at times? And does anyone else think Steve is looking a bit thin and unwell, especially around the face?


You know I have read all of the negative comments about people being happy about Lori being gone,but what they don't realize is that she helped make the difference in the ratio equaling it out men and women. Plus it didn't hurt that she and Steve had some kind of chemistry going on at one point. the writers wrote it that way for a reason so I just hope that they bring her back and play it out so that way we can all see where it can or cannot go. I'm hoping that she and Steve hit it off even if she doesn't work with them she could still live there then they could form a relationship. As far as Catherine she's always stationed away and it's more a of a friends with benefits and I don't think it will work out in long terms...Bring Lori back!!


In reality, Hawaii 5-0 has lost its touch. Season 1, was epic, absolutely frickin hot. Now, its dreading below the margin line in plot line and characterization. I find myself bored now. Its sad, but I prefer to watch Nikita. It remains epic every week. I didn't hate Lori's character, but she was useless. She only invoked herself as a romantic interest, nothing more, nothing less.


I really liked Lori's character their we're definately sparks between her and Steve from day one. There's plenty of actin to go around n this show I don't think she took seems from anyone. I don't want it to be a Lori and Steve show either but h needs someone there more often. Catherine is a great actress and I like her a lot. I just never saw the sparks fly like with Lori.


Dottie, please don't claim to speak for what all women want. I am a woman, and I am personally glad to see Lori go. Nothing at all against the actress - I'm sure she did the best with what she was given - but the character was poorly conceived and developed. Also, the would-be romantic interest between her and Steve was awkward at best. She didn't add anything to the team or show, and often actually hindered it by taking away screen time from more interesting and well-established characters. I'm not particularly interested in romance being a focus of the show - that certainly isn't what I watch it for - but if Steve does become romantically involved with another character, I hope that the writers can do better than Lori.


Another thing is that your writers for Hawaii 5 0 are very lame and inexperienced at how to write for the women who are watching the show. Any good writer would have known that when Lori bravely told Steve that she had feelings for him that Steve should have told Lori that he has feelings for her too. I was so disappointed and actually think bad now of the hero Steve McGarett because you made him out to be a cold man who doesn't care about how Lori feels. And all of us who have been watching Hawaii 5 0 for 6 months know thats a lie. We know Steve likes Lori you can see the way he looks at her. We have been waiting for Steve and Lori to kiss and you actually let Steve kiss another girl. You need writers who understand romance if you want women to watch Hawaii 5 0. You have lost me now since you have gotten rid of Lori. I am going to watch another show at the Hawaii 5 0 time that has real romance in it. Let me know when you get writers that know more about people than just killing.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

When this is all over Weston, you're going to have to make a choice; the state of Hawaii or Five-0.


Chin Ho: For the record, Melia likes flowers and chocolates.
Kono: Doesn't hurt to make an effort and get a girl something nice.
Chin Ho: I need to be shopping huh?