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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Return of The Bromance

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"Kupale:" Defender.

After the departure of Lori last week, fans got reminded here of what Danny and Steve do best: The Bromance!

There were more bromantic banter in this episode than there has been this entire season. Starting from the first moment when Steve came home; to the numerous car scenes; all the way to discussing Gaby and Grace at the restaurant; there was almost too much, if that's even possible.

'Speaking of Steve coming home, why do they insist on making Danny a bad house guest? I’m pretty sure Danny would never have put a dog in Steve’s room. At most Steve was only gone for two weeks for his yearly reserve duty; is it even possible for Danny to trash Steve's house that much in that time period if he had tried even a little to keep it clean? 

My wife pointed out that in all the places they have shown Danny stay on his own, he has never been a slob, yet this week Steve walked into a kitchen fire, clothes were everywhere and a dog was in his bed. Really??? 

On a Reservation

That frustrating mystery aside, the rest of the episode between Danny and Steve was great. We haven’t gotten this much bonding time since last season. I especially enjoyed Danny checking with everyone to make sure they were coming to dinner. While I suspected this was a setup for Gaby to meet Grace, it was still very sweet the way they were out making a butterfly in the sand. 

Sadly, my enjoyment ended with the bromance. First, the case was clichéd - how many times have we seen the "business partner killed the victim over making more money" story? (Okay, it being a boat business was new.) Second, they again used a well-known actor to play the murderer. This time, they got Patrick Fabian to play Tony, the business partner. Fabian plays a jerk so often that the moment they showed him on screen, both my wife and I tagged him as the culprit. 

Then, you had the well-publicized guest appearance of Apolo Ohno. While I’m thrilled they finally had someone who was Hawaiian to guest star on the show, he barely rated five minutes of screen time. That’s barely longer than the commercial that mentioned him. I thought we were past the over-hyped-under-used guest stars bit. 

Lastly, we had our "chase of the week" in the form of Kevin Creed on a motorcycle with the “running out of road towards water” trope. Have I mention there were clichés in this episode? With the incredible setting of Hawaii, you would think they could find a better ending to a chase than bumping the motorcycle off the dock into the water. 

In conclusion, for all of us that have been missing the bromance, I’m thrilled they gave us a super-sized "catch up" dose this week. My only request is that it get tempered with some original story ideas too? I promise we won’t jump ship if you break out of the mold. Just look at how much we loved last week!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (157 Votes)

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

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@gaella...I looked this up awhile back because I had heard it used on the show before, it's shootz and it is Hawaiian slang for ok or yes.

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OK why did Kono sign off with Chin with a German "schusse"? Was it a shout out to Lauren German? Loved the show...except McGarrett at the end scenes; he seemed drunk! His personality is the tightly wound serious focused guy and he was all expansive and yelling and calling Kono "Hey you"....what was up with that?

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I am SO GLAD Lori is gone. She interfered with the chemistry of Steve and Danny and the last episode began the trip back to what made the series a success in the beginning. I must say they REALLY NEED SOME BETTER WRITERS! The stories are beginning to be too predictable. I really like the show and the cast members are great.

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Continued, in advertising new products are often released in a few markets to test before widespread release. Some TV shows are show in limited markets before before they are introduced nationwide. Small numbers frequently used to project success or failure.

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Small numbers are used as a gauge to project everything from political elections to advertising and yes media. I don't live in the US but I know they are having election and winner are projected on a very small sampling with amazing accuracy, and that same process is likely used in media. So a small sampling can determine what direction a show takes. I don't think CBS would make a major change in any show if they didn't feel they had sufficient data to do so.

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@Kelly: Yes, there was fluctuation in the ratings last season as well and the two lowest rated episodes of the series were in the Spring. This season from Episode 213 until last week's episode...the trajectory wasn't fluctuating ...it was just going down. I stand by my 'theory' based on the actual numbers for those episodes. I believe that shows suceed because they have a base of core viewers and over time when a show is good that base grows (NCIS being a case in point). We can agree to disagree since it is doubtful that either of us is going to change our opinions.

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Boston Kathy@
The ratings also fluctuated last season where there was no Lori and the latter part of the season had lower ratings than season two, so its highly unlikely that fluctuations can be attributed to just one character. Ratings can fluctuate for many reasons and we've had episodes with poor writing and weak storylines and every episode will not appeal to everyone in the same way.
I felt 2.16 was one of the best episodes of the season and offered more to the general audience than previous episodes, therefore encouraging more viewership for the following week and its the casual viewer that determines the ratings.
But viewers will tune in and tune out for many reasons and it's highly unlikely that you can attribute fluctuations to just one cause, or that a mere handful of online fans reflect the opinions of 9-10 million viewers.

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I liked the episode and the bromance but I still miss Lori. I want her back.

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@Jeffrey Sean Keith - I was thinking about you. You were always defending Lori and I was really curious to find out how do you see the last episode. I'm glad you are here and you see the difference. Your comment is great. Thank you.

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Yes, a good episode will improve the ratings for the following one, but 2.15 was a good episode but still didn't result in a big ratings upswing for 2.16. 2.16 was also a good episode, but I think that the upswing for 2.17 is due to more than that - I do think that it's partly people hearing that Lori is gone and deciding to give the show another try, but also it's due to people who were trying out Smash returning to the H50 fold (the poorer ratings for 2.15 and 2.16 were, I think, more Smash-related than Lori-related). Hopefully 2.17 contained enough of what originally made the show great to encourage the returners to stay. I have to say that the promo for 2.18 looks promising :)