Hawaii Five-0 Review: A Dramatic Variety

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"Ohuna:" The Secret

On Hawaii Five-0 this week, we got to see our favorite Hawaiian police unit flexing its skills in drama as well as action. 

McGarrett Reunion: It was an easy guess that Mary was a daddy’s girl, given the situation of her mom disappearing. That said, her sitting at her father’s grave talking to him about her fears and missing him was touching. It wasn't until Morty (Shelley Berman) told his story of losing his daughter that tears started to flow. 

I’m really glad that Mary and Doris have reunited (at least physically). Hopefully the crying session they had will help mend fences and heal wounds a little. On the flip side, Steve telling Doris to stand down was a fun and playful offset of Mary’s interaction.

Staging a Reunion

Slater Family: It honestly shocked me that the hacker Zach died while being tortured. That’s a pretty dark edge for Lenkov to skate along, but it worked for the context of the story. James was another interesting choice; I didn’t catch if they said he was Autistic, but they certainly seemed to indicate some form of social dysfunction.  

The masked gunmen taking the family hostage with Kono inside again had a bit of a darker feel to it. Given their attitudes, I was shocked that Kono was being as bold as she was. How did she not get a bullet in the head?

Unsung Hero: I liked that Zach turned out to have used his hacking skills for good instead of evil. It was a bittersweet ending to a pretty drama-filled episode. Of course, if you hadn’t had enough tears, Kono giving her badge to James at the end was the final nail in the crate of drama we enjoyed. 

For a decent dramatic offering, I’m giving it 3.5 tissues this week. How do you think the team did? Did Mary and Doris bring you to tears? How about Kono and James? 


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (170 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Really good episode! All they have to do is give Kono a meaty role and she'll eat it up, she was just AWESOME! Nice to see Danno's role as the nagging wife dialed back a little as sometimes it's a bit much. If he were my partner, I'd have had Kono kick his ass a long time ago. Chin is consistantly good at what he does as is Steve. Well done team, well done...


Just Awesome :) Grace Park was amazing. I'm really proud, she obtained an episode which show us how much she's badass and at the same time sensitive. That's why I love this character so much. Her fighting with the bad guy was awesome. She was determinate, strong and wild at the same time, I really loved this look almost animal. Perfect just Perfect ...
Kono has proved she wasn't a rookie, and that she belonged to this team. I loved : the expression of Chin's face, his disquiet was so intense. Steve was tough, dedicated and determined as always he's the man for the job. Danny with his usual humour.The vulnerability of Doris&Mary was touching.The last scene was a heart-wrenching. I felt like it I was watching a episode from season 1 and for that it deserves 5 stars Sorry for my bad english :)


Wonderful episode. Fully action packed and emotional. Acted well by all the cast. I give it 5 stars.


Awesome episode!!!!


Best episode of the season by far. I'd given up on the show and friends urged me to watch this episode. Much more like the show I fell in love with. Steve was back to the Steve I know and love and not the horrible character we've seen lately. Steve is so much better away from Danny. Danny drags the show down and his character is usless. The writers are so desparately pushing the McDanno that its ruining the characters. Let Steve have a proper relationship with Cath and stop the childish nonsense we've had so far where Steve has to give equal attention to both. Kono was awesome. Always love Chin. Please keep up this quality and the show will get even more viewers to come back. 9 million viewers shows there is hope for the show after all.


this was a great episode, i have to agree that it does have a season 1 feel about it hopefully that means we will see some progress in the kono danny front. 9/10


sorry people, but i happen to LOVE "McDanno".....those 2 are my MAIN reason for watching the show.....i once again, missed the last few mintues of the show...it wouldn't be the same without danny.....and i would like to see MORE of his daughter.....and LESS of catherine. alisa


I agree, Jim, this was much darker material than we are used to seeing on H5-0, but it was very good! Added an edge to the show that we don't usually get. I'm all for more of this in the future! You never really said why you only gave this episode a 3.5 - I would give it a 4.5 at least! All Core Four were on their game, the Doris story was moved along, and of course, BAMF Kono is easy to root for! This season is really shaping up to be the best one yet! Onward and upward, H5-0!


I enjoyed this episode, though I thought the death of the hacker kid was a bit too bleak for the show, I still loved that his autistic little brother helped solve the case, and got a badge from Kono at the end (that was the best thing I've seen Kono do so far in this show). I loved the look on Steve's face when his mother and his sister reunited and were crying...that was such a loving look, and heaven knows Alex O is such a gorgeous man, any screen time they give to him is time well spent. And I agree with the person who commented at how well Daniel Dae Kim reacted in this episode. You really could almost hear him thinking that he couldn't bear to lose another woman in his life. He's a marvelous actor.


Mrs alex o'loughlin and Lena, sorry that you feel my rating was too low. Sometimes I under-judge an episode (I've over judged too).. So I appreciate the feedback.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Looks like our kidnap case just became a murder case.

Chin Ho

Steve: Stand down mom, it's work
Doris: Did you just tell me to stand down?
Steve: Affirmative.