Hawaii Five-0 Review: Ending With A Bang

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"Ua Hala:" Death in the Family.

I have to hand it to Peter Lenkov, he certainly knows how to shake things up and give us a dramatic ending to Hawaii Five-0’s sophomore season while still leaving a few hooks for us to come back to in the fall... without ending entire story on a cliff hanger. 

Joe, Chin Ho, and Steve

Before we get into the exciting things, I have to mention something that really bugged me and detracted from the overall story: how Max got shot. In what reality would the cops have not completely roped off both ends of the alley before the coroner was called in? And assuming that it was a breach in protocol that caused it, why would Hilary (the shooter) still be in the alley if she was mobile enough to outrun Steve and the rest of Five-0? 

Okay, that convenient story-plot aside, a lot of big things happened and I will just run them down.

Shelburne is Steve’s Mom: While it doesn’t appear to be the complete end of the Shelburne story, watching Steve’s reaction and him saying “Mom” when the door opened was awesome. I was glad that the “reveal” we had in January turned out to be a fake. Besides, after it was discovered that the real Shelburne had not been revealed, I called it being his mom!  

I’m curious what this means for Joe White. As Steve and Joe seem to have buried their differences, will we see Joe again? Will Joe continue to move Shelburne? Did Wo Fat let himself be caught to bait out Shelburne? 

Goodbye Captain Fryer: I will admit that Tom Sizemore as Captain Fryer has grown on me over the season, so I am sad that he was killed off. That being said, I stand by my earlier comment of seeing too many Haoles in important roles and I really hope that we see more Samoan or Hawaiian (looking) actors in positions of authority next season. 

Frank Delano Released: While the commercial break from Kono going into her house to Chin Ho signing out Delano confused me for a few minutes, Baldwin’s portrayal of Delano was great. It’s not very often that I want to reach into the TV and slap someone, but Delano made the list this week.

Chin Ho has to pick, Kono or Malia? As mentioned above, Delano was exceptionally nasty and to make Chin Ho decide who he wanted to save was the icing on the cake. Correction: Chin Ho getting home and the audience realizing that Delano went back on his word was the icing on the cake. What a real scumbag! I’m looking forward to Chin Ho catching up with him next season.

As for Kono and Malia themselves; Malia opened her eyes, so there are good odds she will survive and Kono spends a lot of time in the ocean, I’m feeling confident she can swim “dolphin style” and get her head back above water. Given that she was on the phone with Adam when we last saw her, maybe he realized something was wrong and will end up saving her. 

Did anyone catch Kono’s teasing him on the phone about “playing with duct tape is wrong?" Clearly she has forgiven him for tying her up last week

In conclusion, it was a good season. I’m look forward to this fall when the show returns, as we know we are gaining at least one new regular cast member. What did you think of this season? Are you looking forward to Season Three? 


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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I see many don't like Kono/Adam and I understand and share some of your concerns. Personally I like Kono/Adam. Fong was a favorite of many, I like Fong and I think they would make a great couple. This is about entertainment, how much entertainment value would Kono/Fong have compared to Kono/Adam? What would ep22, which most liked, have been with Fong instead of Adam?
Yes, in real life this would not work. First Adam would have many enemies and as a result Kono would be in to much danger to be on 50 and would put the rest of 50 in more danger than they already are, but this is TV, this is entertainment and in my opinion Kono/Adam is entertaining. this is only my opinion and I understand the argument against.


What's with all the haters of the finale?!?!? You want reality? Read the paper! You want entertainment? Watch H50...for all the action, suspense, and hilarity. Danno's line- "Which book...Patriot Act for Dummies?" still makes me giggle.


What is there to get?. I don't have friends who insult me and I don't find those traits endearing. If some do then thats fine, but please don't say we don't get it. Steve doesn't need to insult Danny to show him he cares so why can't Danny do the same. I find Danny childish and the character does nothing on the show except complain about how Steve does everything, again I don't find that entertaining. But there as lots of other things I love about the show so I do my best to ignore Danny.


I personally love Danny and he is my favorite (althought I like them all). I like having the personal dynamic in the show and think it adds to their character development. I enjoy the personal scenes actually more than the action-packed ones...they offset each other nicely. Since he was brought to Hawaii for his daughter, it will always be a constant in the show...if she wasn't there, neither would he. I don't mind it at all. I also don't mind his whining, it is his way and it is written that way for him. I find him to be a particularly great actor between his facial expressions and his movements. On another note, did anyone notice how much older Gracie looked in this episode compared to the last? Looks like she grew 6 inches.


Steve and Danny going back and forth with each other is what good friends do with each other. If you can't insult and joke with your friends, then who can you. People need a release from the pressures of being an adult and saying and doing anything with a friend helps. If some people don't get it or like it thats fine, and certainly their right to their opinion. But, that's what is a big part of the show, and its not going away. So I guess people will either be irritated or not watch. I hope they keep the banter going, we all need a laugh.


The part that annoys me about Danny complaining about Steve not calling him before he went to Japan, is that he didn't even bother to return Steves call when Steve did call him. He picks up his phone and calls Rachel. What if Steve's call had been important. What if Chin had been trying to get hold of him about Kono and Malia. Having a go at Steve is Danny's only function on the show or custody battles. He hasnt a hope of getting sole custody of Grace considering he has no one to take care of her when he's at work and his job got her kidnapped. Though I've a feeling that the writers will drag up outrageous stuff on Rachel and Stan just so Danny can get custody.


I agree with Kelly, and I've said it before, the trouble with this show is the writers, especially Danny's character writer. It was an exciting finale show with all the action, explosions, fighting, intrigue, you could want. I'm so glad Steve is back, and Chin is a great actor also. But there was Danny in the midst of all the chaos with not one hair out of place and still using his cellphone about his custody of his little girl!! Who could blame his ex-wife for wanting to get away from him and go to Las Vegas with her new husband. Danny's character is useless and juvenile, and takes away from the other good actors on the show.


@kelly, sorry--that WE meant me and hubby LOL We like Catherine with Steve, though--didn't like Lori for him.


tati@ Don't include me in your "we". I'm not really all that interested in the bromance. I'm reallly looking foward to Catherine coming onto the show. There is a lot more to the show than Danny and Steve acting like 13year olds. I much prefer the Steve/WoFat dynamic and the Steve/Joe dynamic than Dannys annoying rants. According to Lenkov Joe will be back next season as he's an integral part of the MgGarrett mythology. I'm also looking forward to more Adam/Kono. I do agree about not caring about Danny's custody battles. Overall I prefer the show to be action based with lots of nice friendship moments between all of them. I hope we get more episodes like 2.22 next season.


ew, with the cutting off :( As I was saying--Danny's impending custody battle? NOT CARING. Children don't belong on a show like this--I find they detract from it, as a whole--and we don't need 'monkey' to show us Danny's vulnerable side. Even the hardest-boiled JOISEY cop has a soft side :) Terry O'Quinn has a new gig in the fall, (666 Park Avenue, is it?) so I doubt we'll see much of him on H50, in the coming season.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 23 Quotes

Danny: Alright with the Navy Seal death stare, what are you going to water board me till I tell you about my private phone call?
Steve: No, I'm just trying to get you to tell me because we're friends and I'm worried.

Joe: Now that Wo Fat is in jail it's time for you to meet Shelburne.
Steve: Oh you're just going to take me to Shelburne.
Joe: That's why I'm here.