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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From TV guide!: Kind of sad!! I want our team together!!
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Airs: Monday, May 14 at 10/9c You'd think a McGarrett-Wo Fat showdown is in the cards, right? Well, it is, but it takes place in the penultimate episode — and the fallout looms large over the finale, during which Five-0 goes on a manhunt after one of its own is killed. Meanwhile, Joe White (Terry O'Quinn) returns to take McGarrett to the real Shelburne and Danny must make a painful choice between his work and his daughter. With Kono and Chin Ho also dealing with personal matters, it's safe to say that not everyone's head is in the game. "Last year we split the team up; this year we brought them back together, made them better than ever," executive producer Peter Lenkov says. "And then in the finale, when they need each other the most — they are not there for each other."


The show is not the same without McGarrett (Alex). It's still exciting, but I started watching it because of him, and I just don't think it has the same "ummmph" without him. I miss the bantering between McGarrett & Danny.


Nice TV Guide article out on the crossover. Martinelli has it on her blog and its in a couple of other places. Happy the rest of the season is getting closer.


@Amazingalex....Hopefully they don't have too much planned for the hiatus, especially Alex. I'm sure they enjoy what they do, they certainly look like they enjoy working with each other. But like anyone else's job, I'm sure they are looking forward to a break, and they are happy this is their last couple of days. Sad for us though, that means a long wait until September.
Gonna miss our guy until then, but I hope we don't see him too much, I'd rather he rest and be his old self for season 3.


@zia...HI!!!!! :) Yes I am with you and hope that catherine is in the finale.It would be the best way to transition her to season 3. I cannot wait either!! ALex looks so cute but he looks exhausted. I am sure he is more then ready for a nice long vacation before season 3 starts. They get a pretty long stretch there without having to work so lets hope he takes good care of himself during it. I saw that joe is there also. I am so excited. I love joe and steve together. It would seem he is not gonna be the one to die so I am guessing we were right and it is fryer. I personally am fine with that.


@Amazingalex.....He does look so much better. PLenkov tweeted that the first vacation day is Thursday, so I guess the last day of filming is Wednesday. Can't wait for the rest of the season to start next Monday. I hope that Catherine being in the finale is true. It would make sense if it has something to do with the military, (I'm just guessing) then Catherine would help in the finale and we would see how they transition her to regular cast for next season. She would almost have to be on the island even if they use her like they do Max. Since Joe is in this, and Shelburne is suppose to be resolved, maybe that's how she becomes involved. Can't wait anyway.


Some great pics from the wrap up party were posted. AOL looks awesome and happy. Now he can have a nice rest for a few months before season 3!


@Kelly.... OHHHH!!! Dear Thanks for clearing that up for me didn't know that means she has to be in the final now I am even more excited :) Would be so great if she is there hope nothing bad will happend but at least we know she will be back next season as serie regular YaaHoo!!


@Lena. I think the person said "spotted Michelle Borth sitting waiting to shoot". I wouldn't have thought she would be on set if she was just attending the Wrap Party, but you could be right. I really hope she is though and they are setting her up for her recurring role next season.


We don't know for sure Catherine wil be in the finale someone on twitter has said that she saw her on the set but maybe Michelle was on Hawaii for the wrap-up party at least it's not confirm yet that Catherine will be in the finale! Next week the start of the last three episodes first the cross-over which will be a good one but I am looking more forward to 2.22 when Steve will be back!! 4 weeks from today and the summer hiatus will begin and for the cast and crew a well deserve break will miss the show.

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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.