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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@mrs o loughlin....I loved that too. When steve took on wo fat hand to hand and won that battle, I cheered out loud. How awesome is he??? Just unbelievable. He OWNED wo fat and everyone else who came against him last night....Just owned them all!! I cannot even describe in words how much I love this show and this team and this cast....best show on tv!


@kaydee...I am up in the air with catherine joining the team, I was angry yesterday but have decided to see how it plays out first. But I dont want steve in a full time relationship, that is for darn sure!! :) @jlopie 1....he did look better then ever. He is just perfection. So happy for us fans that we have him back and so happy for him that he is healthy again!! I personally do not think that was kono in the water, I think it was malia. I dont know why....but I do think they will want us to think kono is not gonna make it, but I personally have NO doubts that the four are all gonna be back next season, and better then ever!!! I cannot wait! But who saw that max was gonna be shot??? Where did that come from?? I love max!!:(


But the cliff hanger for the end of the season/prepping for the new season, was not satisfying. A member of the team is killed per the dumping of Kono into the ocean....is this another plan to get rid of this wonderful, talented actress in order to bring the blonde back? Kono and Chin are the two best. As for Danny, it is a shame - he could be so good to watch if the writers would cut some of the weak and repetitive whining, cutesy complaining and make him the intelligent and forceful officer he could be.
Even though it was great to have Steve back, his "looks" get repetitive and thus boring. I want Hawaii 5-0 to stay on air!


@kaydee - Thanks, actually this is the second time when I actually enjoy Danny. The first was the NCIS LA H50 crossover (mentioned on my blog). @amazingalex - I'm glad you agree. just finished my review.


I agree. Would love to see a continuity to the Adam/ Kono story. While there's no denying that they both look good together, I thought there was also sincerity about how the relationship was portrayed in the episode. Crossing my fingers for more Adam/ Kono!


Please please please please please let the Kono Adam storyline continue in season 3!!!


kaydee - Catherine is going to be a full time gf but they are going to have some problems, that's what the spoiler says, I guess Steve is not used to having a woman 24/7.


Mark is very believable as Wo Fat either you like or dislike the character he is playing……I like Mark and the character he portraying.


I thought this was a great episode and like many, i really enjoyed watching Steve kick Wofat's ass. But I have to disagree about all the positive remarks about Adam and Kono's relationship. She's a cop working on a special forces team for the Govenor of Hawaii and she's dating a know criminal? Maybe Adam is sincere about wanting his operations to become legit, but as he himself told Kono, that's going to take time. So she's dating a crook who was involved in an attempted abduction of a federal prisoner that left at least one innocent person dead on the plane and could have resulted in her boss getting killed as well. Now I believe Adam didn't sanction the execution of the CIA agent, but that situations showed he wasn't in control of his own men, which isn't good either. So while I know most relationships on TV shows are evaluated according to how they grade on the hotness scale, I guess I tend to go with something a little more substantial than "Oh, they are soooo hot together!" Realistically, Kono would be kicked off the force in a heartbeat for dating a known felon. I'm not saying everything has to be believable in this show, but for her not to even get a harsh reprimand from the "by-the-book" governor is kind of ridiculous.


@gael - thanks! I thought something like that but wasn't sure (love the clock analogy - it nailed it for me!) @Virg - the season has been renewed and this was done after Alex's time away. @amazingalex - while I love Adam/Kono if the rumors are true and Catherine is coming back full time, I might have to become a McKono shipper too - don't know how well his having a full-time gf working w/him will play out! Thoughts, comments.

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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.