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...Yeah it is going to be interesting to see how this all goes down. I am sure in a hail of gunfire wo fat skunks away somehow, it is what he does best. But I love the storyline as well so I am okay with it continuing.Your right though it is good that they dont focus on it every episode but it comes back in waves. I like that too. I loved to hear alex was with his son too. I am just happy he seems to be getting it together. Gotta love the guy for getting himself healthy again, that is what is most important! :)


No I mentioned it because I checked Ian Anthony Dale's twitter and he stated that he was filming with Grace park for the day with director Larry Teng. And they're currently filming ep22 so Adam will be make an appearance


@Amazingalex - I might be wrong but no one mentioned Adam officially, or did I miss that too?


@Amazingalex.....Can't wait, I'm happy to see Wofat back, the actor plays him well. I'm curious as to how Wofat gets out of this, because I know this is not the end, PLenkov said that he wants Wofat to last as long as the original Wofat, which was all 12 seasons. I'm glad they lay off of it for a while and then bring him back. People don't get so frustrated that way. Anyway, so glad Alex is back. I'm glad he has his son with him.


Thx Amazingalex.


@zia..what a great pic. He looks happy and that is what is most important. A happy alex!! I am excited about these last two episodes more so now that we know what it is all about. Wo fat, steve, and adam...facing off. It does not get better then that. Especially since we know steve always prevails!! :)


The spoilers for the last 2 episodes have actually made me excited for the first time in ages. The show has been so disappointing in the 2nd half of the season that I was almost giving up. The lack of Alex in the last episode and knowing he won't be in the next two episodes just about killed any interest I had left. But these spoilers sound very exciting and I love WoFat/Steve interaction. Adam Noshimuri is also one of my fav characters and I can't wait to see him go up against Steve.


A picture of Alex with a fan taken yesterday is out and has gone viral, he looks so much better. I love that his real fans give him some respect, the person who took the picture would not tell where it was because he frequents that location. Really looking forward to the last 2 episodes and the crossover.


@martinelli..I think this episode is going to answer all those questions and I cannot wait!!! Good thing I have a busy April cause I want May here as soon as possible! This is gonna be goooooooodd!!!!!! Blog looks great girl, glad I could help!!:)


What a situation!!!!
McGarrett wants Fo Fat in jail (we know why), Wo Fat wants McGarrett dead and the Japanese Yakuza wants them both dead. Now the big question is WHY? What have they done to deserve this?

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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.