Hawaii Five-0 Review: Archer Hits The Mark

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This is officially my favorite episode this season. While I was sad that Lori has left the show, I can say that Tony Archer (James Caan) turned my frown upside down and made me laugh so much that by the end the episode I was saying: Lori who?!?

I’m not afraid to admit that I've had a little man-crush on Caan since the first season of Las Vegas. He and Josh Duhamel are what made the show survive when so many other programs about Vegas were failing at the time. As much as I’ve enjoyed the bromance and carugments between Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin, having Caan Senior in the mix just made it that much funnier. When he pointed out their “hen pecking” and offered to be their marriage counselor I was cheering. 

Danny, Tony, and Steve

Did anyone else expect some sort of nod to Scott and James being related? I really thought we would get some sort of inside joke, but that wasn’t the case. What we did get was Tony giving us some of the best quotes so far this season. 

CBS, please tell me you have the elder Caan lined up to make return visits. Not only was he humorous, but he really brought characters back down to earth; their behavior and actions seemed believable for a change. Speaking of believable...

Did you notice not one suspect took off running this week? All the way to the end when they arrested Todd I just knew someone was going to run. I was wrong. Now, before you mention Dumb and Dumber who took Raines’ body (that is how they were listed in the credits), keep in mind that they were already running before Five-0 confronted them. So they don’t count.

I also took note that they explained why Raines and Archer we’re not Hawaiian, that they had moved there from New York. Why couldn't they have done that with Frye earlier this season? Was it really so hard? I hope nobody pulled a finger writing that. 

Finally, I’m willing to let the fact that Dennis Miller was only in the episode for three minutes slide given how much they used James Caan. If I had to pick between the two, I’m taking Tony Archer over Bobby Raines every time and twice on Mondays. Here’s hoping we see Tony again real soon. 


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


I voted for Alex but I must be living in the back country because I have no clue as to whom I was voting against.
Can't wait for the next new ep, Ed Asner is in this one. I just can't watch the reruns so it's a long wait between new eps. Some more H50 history for me with Ed Asner, love it.


Zia.....I voted for Alex, I hope everyone else does. He's behind, lets show our support.


Oh dear here we go again. Vincent, sorry to have offended you. You're entitled to your feelings and opinions and is everyone else on this blog. But enough is enough, the subject of Lori is officially closed.


Hi Everyone. On AOL Rocks fan site there is a contest by the San Jose Mercury News on TV Crushes. Its down to the final 2 females and 2 males. Alex was blowing people out before, but this time he is up against Jensen Ackles and its really close. Lets show Alex our support and vote for him.
NCIS fans, Cote De Pablo (Ziva) also made it to the final 2.


Zia, Thanks, It's nice to see Lauren German moving on. I wish her luck also. We are not getting much info for the rest of the season after 2.20. I know the scripts are already written and they are having that crossover episode with NCIS LA. They were giving us a lot of info for the Feb episodes early on.


Jschoi.....I thought it would be interesting to know, since people were wondering if she was going to come back. I had no intention of starting the Lori war again, although I knew it might. Since we have another week of re-runs, and there is another section or review (whatever they would call it) for Alex's situation, people might want to know about this. I'm looking forward to the 2.19 episode. It's about time they had Mary back, she is Steve's sister. Although this episode gets her into trouble and Steve and 5-0 have to save her. I think they only mentioned her one time, when Joe was explaining to Steve that Shelburne was a code name to protect Steve and Mary. I know we will have a lot of repeats in the next month or so, I miss my new episode already.


Why are we reopening this battle. Lauren has been for almost a month, can we please put it to rest. This is a H50 site LG is no longer a part of H50.


kaydee, you dislike Lauren and not Lori with what you just said (I know one show I won't be watching you said). This is rude. If you don't like Lauren you have every right but stop acting like that. Some people (me for example) like Lauren and become offended. Respect as and keep your opinion (about Lauren) to yourself.


Zia - I agree. Hope it gets picked up so we won't have to worry! At least I know one show I won't be watching (well I might have to watch just one epi to see which character she is - Kay or Shay!)


Kaydee.....Wow, that's 2 completely different people. I wonder which one she is really playing. I know mistakes are made, but that's a pretty big one.
Either way, if it gets picked up, we won't see her anytime soon on H50. I wish her good luck though.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

Kono, this is not a good time, your interrupting vehicular manslaughter.


Grace: He's the funniest boy in school
Danny: I'm sure he's a regular Chris Rock.
Grace: Who?