Hawaii Five-O Review: Taking Out the Trash

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"Ha'alele:" Abandoned

Allow me to start with the elephant in the room. This episode is the first of two episodes that will be affected by Alex O’Loughlin’s absence. That said, I have to give a nod to the writers and production staff for doing such a great job of adjusting this episode to deal with the missing McGarrett. I'm sure I speak for a lot of use when I say that I hope O'Loughlin's time off has helped him and I look forward to his return. 

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the amount of information we got on Max this week! What a revealing episode for him. When Masi Oka first joined the cast as Max Bergman back in Season One, I really didn't like the character at all. He was too quirky, the OCD and eccentricities really turned me off the character. 

Chin at Work

What a long way we've come since then. Max has softened and they toned down his bazaar nature into more a “geeky” nature (his license plate is Warp 9 after all).

And after nearly two seasons on the show, we finally learned the answer to the question I asked when he started - why he is Asian but have the last name "Bergman." The answer was simple: he was adopted. 

But then again, the answer wasn’t really simple was it? Not when his mother was a victim of the “Trash Man”. Max has been obsessed with the case ever since.

I really enjoyed the quid pro quo of Max asking Five-O to open the case as payment for the case he reopened for them. It showed depth and character that I would not have expected in 2010. 

Speaking of quid pro quo – Kamekona’s missing shrimp truck seemed a bit tacked on. While it did offer some mild comedic relief, Danny’s initial rudeness to Kamekona had my wife commenting on what an ass he is.

How many times has Kamekona stepped up for Five-O? Danny should have at least picked up the phone and gotten some officers dedicated to the case for the man!

Thankfully Danny eased up a bit on the jackass-ery and recruited Chin Ho and Kono to help him find Kamekona’s truck, making everything right with him and team again. Except for Max, who went to pick Richard Branch (the man accused of being the serial killer) from jail. 

I understood Max’s need to help Richard when he knew he was not the killer. Just as I’m sure that killing the real killer went a long way to making it feel like there was justice (or revenge) for his biological mother's death.

Losing a parent is hard, I can't imagine it would be easier on Max just because he didn't know his biological mother, just less direct emotions. I hope that helping Richard gave Max some closure on his mother's death. 

Ironically, for having started as a character I disliked, Max truly redeemed himself this week. He is even featured in a few of the most memorable Hawaii Five-O quotes from the episode! 

What did you think of Danny’s first turn as lead dog? Did you miss McGarrett the character or Alex the actor? Can you make it through one more episode without him? Comment below!


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


@zia..is there any doubt that steve will kick wo fats butt??? Mcg always prevails, he is the man!! :) I think this time he will have the upper hand over wo fat. It is going to be funny to see them handcuffed together cause of the fact they are mortal enemies. I seriously cannot wait for these last two episodes and the pics just make it that much more exciting!! :) How great does alex look?? I am so happy he looks healthy!!


I like the extended promo for the NCIS LA, looks really good, but I love both shows. As for the 2.22 BTS picks, Alex looks really good, and I'm so glad we get Wofat back. I would love to see Steve kick him around a little.


I don't want to argue over Kono's age, because I have not heard an actual age from the producers or writers themselves. As far as music, the Beatles were before my time, but I used to listen to them when I was a teenager, they broke up before I was old enough for anything other then itsy, bitsy, spider. If you don't mind the age difference then thats fine, but I disagree.
I could be wrong about Kono's age, but even so, still don't like her with Steve. Lets move on.


The promo pics for 2,22 are out and guys this episode will be a rollercoaster ride
Can't wait to see Steve all BAMF and in action again!!!! Alex looks so good and healthy again so glad he is back!!! Today they start shooting the finale so 8 more day's and the holidays will start for the cast and the long summer break for us :( dammit this season went by so fast!


I just noticed that mcg and wo fat are handcuffed together, ha ha!!! Poor steve!


New pics from 2.22 were just released!! It looks intense. The pics are all of Mcg and wo fat!! It is gonna be gooooooood!!!!!! Alex looks really good and healthy in them too! :)


@Jen- I agree! Adam all the way! About Kono's age: she might be fresh out of the academy but just look at her, look at her behavior. She's more mature than her age in the movie. She knows how behave in every situation, no matter if it is a charity event or something else. So Adam is perfect for her :)


I really hope Steve and Kono will be together but later in the show. I think they would make a beautiful interracial couple and for me it would be a great symbol ;)
But for the moment I'd like to see Kono with Adam


balin@ "i just find danny to be a horrible character. i never feel like he actually does anything that can't be done by someone else. All he does is complain and make the conversations filled with more crying then there needs to be. even now when he had the chance to step up he barely did anything. how is he lead dog? he doesn't have the skills" Yeah! This is how I feel about Danny as well. I had this convo with a few mates a while back. What does Danny do but complain and I agree about him not stepping up. He's just not lead dog material for me. Small yapping dog maybe. As to who I'd like to see with Kono. Adam all the way!


Thats alright I know people differ on opinions, it's a fandom after all. I'm happy for Cath and yes having her as regular reduces the chances of Steve and Kono dramatically.
So if what jschoi said is true, which it probably is, then a 8-9 gap is no biggy to alot of people. Look at all those celebrity couples. I'm still unsure to what role Cath will play, if she just plays his girlfriend I'll be upset but if she joins the team I won't be that pleased either. If she gets around the same screen time as Max I'll be happy

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 20 Quotes

Danny: Sit down, don't stand up again.
Cal: Look I was working last night, you can check with my manager.
Danny: Ok, I'm going to check with your manager and if I find out you're lying to me, I'm going to come back here and put you in a mayonnaise jar.

Chin Ho: Hey, where's McGarrett?
Danny: He left a "Dear Danny" note on my desk this morning, he's off looking for Shelburn again.