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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Almost every show that has a terrific bromance is RUINED when they introduce a female--love interest or not--into the 'team.' It changes the dynamic between all the characters and not usually for the good. That's why we didn't like Lori; why we hated when Indira's character was introduced into Human Target; why we hated Annie Wersching's character on 24 (well, we hated her, too, because she always looked like she was going to cry), and why we don't like when there are other female love interests on NCIS, etc. @JimG, I also called Shelburne as being Steve's mother. That left hubby and I trying to remember anything about McGarrett's wife on TOS. I can't even remember Jack Lord's McGarrett mentioning a wife, let alone seeing one. Also, I liked Kono with Adam, but I won't mind a bit if they killed her off. That would set Adam and company on the warpath against Delano and, probably, Wo Fat. Maybe they'd even have to team up (to a point) with Five-O. Also--Danny's impending custody battle? Not caring. Children don't figure into a series like this, and we don't need 'monkey' around to show us that Danny is chock full of humanity.


I agree with @Kerry. Everyone needs to chill, please. Everyone is to their own opinion, but I must say that the season finale was absolutely mind blowing. Shout out to the writers for doing an amazing job this season and holding the show together in difficult times. Some bits may have been predictable, or a bit choppy, but if you can sit back and enjoy the action and character development (Chin's was fantastic) then you should be able to walk away from the TV screen more than impressed. I mean, after all, we are all here because we enjoy the show, or we would not be writing on forums like this. I for one especially enjoyed this episode and there were some great times in this season. Can't wait for season 3!!!


It was a great dramatic explosive ending. And the result lived up to my expectations. I was really happy to see Danny to fight to maintain a fatherly relationship with his daughter.I don’t understand why Rachel tries hard to separate them. I was touched by Steve when he said “Mom�, but I would be happier if it was his dad. The plot about Chin was very interesting. I understood his choice, he’s cop and he must always maintain the security of civilian. I hope Malia will be safe. About Kono, I really hope that the plot will not resolve quickly, because I really want to see the impact of her loss (false dead) on the team. I was really pleased by this final :) Sorry for my bad english :)


Lori wasnt the problem with this show. The writing is the problem. The hate for Lori was mainly because she interfered with the McDanno. Anyone who interfers with them gets blasted. Same with Jenna and even Joe and now its started with Catherine before she even gets to become a full time member. The writing is what needs to change and some thought put into the stories and the characters. No one has been fleshed out. Danny is in the exact same position as last year. What does he do except bitch at Steve. Chin and Kono are largely ignored and Malia who've we never seen gets dragged back just to get killed for some Chin angst. The only time there was genuine TEAM dynanic is last week when Alex was being welcomed back.


I truly believe the writers are reading all these comments to help them figure out what to do. It seems like they are just throwing things out there and seeing what sticks!!


If the question is do we expect the show to be better for the third season ?...
the Answer is. Only if they got rid of the Production Crew Member who seemed to be arrogantly rude to the "extras" in their show. Think about it jackass, when you cause defamation to one, you cause a string of reaction to others, here's a clue since you're a "no-brainer" and I mean that literally, you are a no brainer for your comment to me and then show your real intelligence by trampling the graves of fallen hero's at Punchbowl thereafter. What you pass on goes to your audiences plus their relatives and friends across the ocean to the mainland a domino effect just by one rude comment is all it takes...go back to where you came from if you came from anywhere but the unemployment line...and stay there.


I think that Peter Lenkov said that they "were going to break Chin, "break him down and then build him up". Then he said, "we want to take things away from him and see how he deals with it. We are deliberately altering his character". It might be just me, but I don't see that as Kono or Malia being dead. I'm sure he is in trouble for letting Delano out of prison and then he walks away. At least they are giving DDK a really good story line for season 3. He deserves it. I know a lot of people don't like that Doris McG left her children, but we haven't even heard the reason as yet. I think a mother would do anything to protect her children, even not be around. I'm saying I would be able to do it, but I think we should just wait and see what they have in mind. I'm really excited about season 3.


I don't want the same thing to happen with Catherine. I thought her and Steve's casual relationship was fine as it was.
I'm hoping for lots of good things next season. I watch the show for Alex and he deserves a good show.
I'm glad we can come here to express our views. Thank you.


I found the finale very disappointing. After last weeks' great episode with Alex back,I expected a better episode. There were so many plotholes and they tried to cram too much into the story.
I didn't care that Shelburn was Steve's mother. She abandoned her kids. They weren't tiny children and she could have contacted them as adults. Besides, how can she have a relationship with Steve and Mary now, while Wo Fat is still alive. With his power and connections, he probably already knows that Steve went back to Japan and why. Maybe that's why we never saw her face - they have no plans to create the character because she'll have to remain in hiding, unless Steve can find a way to protect her. If they do expand the character and her kids can forgive her, it would be good for Steve to have a blood family member on the island.
I hope Catherine won't have a weekly role in the show. I'd have thought Peter Lenkov had learned his lesson after ruining the whole first half of this season with Lori. I don't want the same thing to happen with Catherine. I thought her and Steve's casual relationship was fine as it was.
I'm going to hope for really good things for next season. I watch HF-0 for Alex and he deserves a good show.
It's good that we can come here and express our views. Thank you.


Great episode to end Season 2. It's going to be a looong summer in anticipation for season 3 to start. On a side note, it was quite a month for actress Taylor Cole. From playing lab tech gone bad in the season (series?) finale of CSI Miami to a heartless killer last night on H50. Things didn't end well for her in both.

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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.