Hawaii Five-0 Review: Welcome Home Steve

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"Ua Hopa:" Caught.

Following his time off, Alex O'Loughlin made a spectacular return to Hawaii Five-0 this week, looking healthier than he has in months. Steve was able to catch Wo Fat in Japan and got him back into U.S. territories before all Hell broke loose and he ended up crashing the plane they were on.

Did anyone else cheer when Steve beat Wo Fat in the hand-to-hand fight? After watching Wo Fat get the better of Joe earlier this season, I was thrilled to see Steve come out on top with a T.K.O. Of cours,e that was only the beginning of his problems, given that the Yakuza seemed to want them both dead. 

McGarrett & Wo Fat Under Fire

Was your guess correct? After a week of debating who we saw Kono climb into the shower with in the preview, the answer was provided for us very quickly in the episode in the form of... Adam Noshimuri! While I’m sure it upset some fans, it also excited many of us as it may allow for Ian Anthony Dale to make regular appearances on the show.

I say “may” because I’m not sure if Kono and Adam’s relationship is strong enough yet to survive him kidnapping her or the subsequent rebuttal of her preventing him from killing Wo Fat and Steve. This reviewer is pulling for them, though! Adam has the potential to be a very interesting character as he works to change his family’s business over to a legal and legitimate empire. I suspect his choice to slide back into torture, murder and kidnapping may put a damper on that process.

But, as the poets say, the love a good woman can move mountains.

I was a little confused regarding exactly what Adam told his men. He had the house ready for torture and killing, yet his men opened fire on Steve and Wo Fat like they were told to kill them. Were they just trying to kill Steve and were going to capture Wo Fat? 

Either way, the showdown at the airport took some unexpected twist, my favorite being Kono saving Adam’s life when his “lawyer” went to shoot him. As I said, the love of a good woman... Kono is definitely a good woman. 

I'm curious where things go for Danny and the CIA. I can’t imagine it will sit well with the government that the CIA field office took a police officer prisoner (hostage?). And, I’m sure the Governor is going to hear all about how the CIA tried to let the Yakuza kill Steve. 

Finally, we ended with Wo Fat in prison. Do you think we are done with him? I can tell you that I certainly hope not. Mark Dacascos makes such a great bad guy, I would hate for this to be the end of the Wo Fat legacy. Besides, we still don't know who or what Shelburne is!  

Next week is the season finale and looks to be tense ending to sophomore season of Hawaii Five-0! Are there any storylines you hope they wrap up this season? 


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


Steve and Kono must be together!plz,plz,plz,plz,plz.....


Totally agree with you Mary, we need more McKono !


I want to see more scenes with Steve and kono. But, with the Catherine girl coming in full time I don't see it happening. I liked her as a guest not regular. I can see some sparks between Steve and kono, we need more of those scenes, pleae!!!


They better not kill off Grace Parks, I really like her. This show has been slipping as of late, maybe they should work on the show more!


Another promo out that shows them all running from the explosion. It looks great. The new villian looks like he is going to be pretty nasty. The actor has been tweeting as the character, he will be in the season opener, so he will be part of the cliff hanger. Still rumors about Grace Park. The show would not be the same without her, and I don't think they would do that unless she chose to leave. Which I find that hard to believe, but anything is possible. I think she is finally coming into her own with the character. I'm thinking more of a...we think she might be dead, but really isn't. I guess we will find out tonight.


Welcome back "Steve"!! The show is not worth watching without Alex.
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Just read that one of NBC's new series for the fall is from producer Dick Wolf (creator of the Law&Order franchise) called "Chicago Fire" about the Chicago Fire Department. One of the stars is Lauren German. So those few fans of our favorite Homeland Security profiler Lori Weston, who proved that 5 into 4 doesn't go, you are out of luck if you expect a return, not that it was forthcoming.


I really did like the action in this episode. I think Kono in the sack with Adam is a bit of a stretch, to say the least. From what I've read of all your comments, it sounds like the "killing off" of one of the characters is a bit of hype. However, I still can't help thinking that Grace Park's character is "eye candy that doesn't satisfy". Also, when I lived in Mau'i, she gave an interview, and did not seem thrilled about living in O'ahu. Don't be shocked if they write her out. They need to bring back the Navy Lt. with the great body, for Steve, or just let him be a "player" and draw in more female viewers. Wo Fat; That place is just a motel stop. He'll be out and in the series till it ends. Honestly, I wouldn't be upset if they write out Grace Park.


@kaydee, I completely agree! About time Chin gets to show off, and i'm also glad Malia doesn;t look like to be in danger, just a working nurse. I think all the signs don't point to Joe anymore, more to Fryer becos of Delano's return.
@hunny_bee1, i agree with Kaydee on this one. Kono's one tough girl, she can probably kick Adam's ass. I don't think she planned to fall for the Heir apparent to the Yakuza but these things happen, you just gotta hope you're making the right decision. In the end, no one knows your feelings better than yourself.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

Steve: Why are you angry?
Danny: I'm not angry.
Steve: You sound angry.
Danny: I'm not angry, I was worried and now I'm concerned.

Adam: They would see one thing, Hiro Noshimuri son; the heir apparent to the head of the Yakuza.
Kono: They won't see that if you're clean.
Adam: I'm getting there.