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.


@HFO - I saw that spoiler w/shirtless Chin - all I can say is it's about time!! I think Max gets shot but not killed. I was leaning towards Joe dying but the more I think about it, I now feel that Fryer will die. Joe/WoFat/Shelburne are all tied together and until the Shelburne aspect is cleared up, Joe will be around. @hunny_bee1 - Kono can hold her own. You can't help who you fall for. I think this relationship, which seems like it came outta left field, would have been better explained and cleared up had the 24th epi been included. We'll know more next season. We're all going to be in for a great, big Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster ride. It's going to be a very long, hot summer. Sigh...


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"X May 9th, 2012 9:59 PM Still rooting for McKono! I'm not a huge fan of Adam, anyways." Me too, X!


I don't think Max is the one going to die. It would be too obvious. I still think it will be Joe. More angst for Steve. I'm not usually into relationships but I adore Kono/Adam. Adam is becoming one of my fav characters on the show. I hope they explore the characters more next year. I don't feel we really got any character exploration this year at all. I think Kono/Adam could give us a lot more insight into Kono and Cath coming back full time will also give us an opportunity to see another side of Steve and hopefully more of his background.
I hope they do something more with Danny next season than whine at Steve or family angst. The CIA storyline was good for him, but it felt a bit too convenient having the CIA agent hand up all the info on a plate.


@HFO - You should register here and log in :) I would like that.


Agree with Ivory. I think the whole premise of Adam, being born into Yakuza and to a certain the reluctant leader with a silent desire to turn things around yet bounded by the Yakuza rules and then facing an added dilemma of falling in love with a cop (an 'enemy') is indeed an interesting story for the writers to explore. Kono and Adam FTW!


I am a McKono shipper, but that seems to be almost impossible or at least not in the near horizon, thus would not mind exploring more of the Adam and Kono storyline. It's definitely goldmine for a story line there! More Adam and Kono storyline please!!!!


Still rooting for McKono! I'm not a huge fan of Adam, anyways.


Extended promo came out and we saw Malia. From this i'm assuming she'll be the doctor that treats Max, becos *SPOILER ALERT* she says "max's lost alot of blood". SHIRTLESS CHIN WOOT


Given that Adam then almost shot her, then ended up tying her up & effectively leaving her for dead, all the while trying to capture & kill Wo Fat, I really don't see how this relationship is ever going to work out in the long-term. Even though she would seemingly be willing to forgive him, I don't believe the relationship would ever be fully accepted by Chin, Steve & Danny (especially Steve - given the Yakuza's alleged ties to his parents' murders). Chin clearly disapproved, but then they didn't really have the chance to discuss it properly in the episode.

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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.