Hawaii Five-0 Review: Borrowed Time

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"I Ka Wa Mamua:In A Time Past

It seems like it’s been forever since we've a solid Danny-centered episode. So I was thrilled when this hour open in 2001 in New Jersey, as I knew we were going to see pre-Hawaii Danny in his element. 

And we weren't disappointed. 

Right off the bat, part of that element was the always lovely Sydney Tamiia Poitier playing his partner Officer Tillwell. I had a pretty strong suspicion that she wasn't going to survive the encounter during the opening; then you add in the acting talents of Terrance Howard as the criminal they are up against and things grew grim very quickly.  

Danny's Toughest Case

From there, we returned to modern day. When Five-0 started looking into the bombs and terrorist cell, I couldn’t figure out why Danny was so emotional about it. Then again, it’s Danny; we’ve seen him go on rant about fishing. 

I’m sure I wasn’t alone in my anticipation of the conclusion of Danny’s story. Of course, none of us was surprised how things turned out after Danny’s ominous comment from our Hawaii Five-0 quotes section:

Danny: Borrowed Time [sigh]
Steve: What's that?
Danny: I have to remember that all of this, the last 10 years with my daughter is all borrowed time.

Sure enough, when Danny finished telling the story, his former partner had been shot and killed during events in the warehouse. But there were two things that did surprise me. 

  1. Poitier’s character first name was named Grace: There is no way it's an accident that Danny’s then unborn daughter is now named Grace. Honestly, I can’t imagine how often Danny thinks about his former partner when he looks at Grace or says her name. I can only hope he has a lot more happy memories to offset her death.

  2. Her death took place on September 11, 2001: For Danny, that dark day in our history has two events attached to it. It’s no wonder he was so emotional about the terrorist, he’s attached the anger and pain of his partner’s death to it. Well played, Mr. Lenkov, you did an awesome job of weaving in just enough of a visual element that we all could make the connection.

If figuring out those two things wasn't enough of a tug at the heart strings, watching Danny and Grace at the father/daughter dance was very cute. I was glad that Danno’s 100% guarantee turned out to be true. As he said, there are only a few of these moments. 

The only thing that distracted from the emotional roller-coaster that Danny took us on was when the last suspect, Anshiri took off and running from Steven and Danny. For being trapped on an island, suspects in Hawaii Five-0 seem to run from the police an awful lot. In fact, it’s often enough that I’m finally introducing the unofficial H50 drinking game I've previously said we need. 

H5O Foot Chase Drinking Game Rules: 

Start the episode with a drink of your choice.

  • For each vehicle (car, motorcycle, etc.) that a Five-O member leaps over - take a drink
    (If they hood-slide in the process, take another drink)
  • Each bystander that is knocked down, take a drink
  • For each cart (flower, food, etc) knocked over, take a drink
  • If a Five-O member tackles the suspect to end the chase take a drink
  • If Steve says “Book Em’ Danno” – finish the drink.

Overall I’m giving the episode 4.2 smiling daughters for a great glimpse into Danny’s past and a well done nod to 9/11.

What do you think? Do you want to see more of Danny’s past? Should we add more to the Foot Chase Drinking Game? 


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


More beefing about Catherine, get over it. She is Steve's girlfriend, she has Navy connections, and she is where she is suppose to be. Of course there are going to be bikini shots, there are shirtless shots of the guys that not too many people complain about. Nice double standard. Awesome episode, loved every moment. Danny's background, and the 9/11 tie in, was just right. I love it when Scott gets to show his acting skills, and both he and Alex were wonderful. Tears in my eyes when the bomb was dismantled and the nervous laugh from both of them. Danny is who he is, with all that has happened to him, I think some nagging is expected from him. I love watching Danny interact with his daughter, I know fathers like this, and I am so glad they exist. There are a lot of good men out there. Love this season so far.


I loved this episode. It's in my top three for the whole series. The action, the pacing, the tension, the story were all awesome. I loved learning more about Danny, who is by far my favorite. The acting was stellar, it just shows what the show can be when the writers give the actors something to work with. The closing scenes with Steve and Danny were amazing, and the father/ daughter dance with Grace may be my favorite scene of the whole series. Loved seeing how Grace got her name, and how much she is like her father, all heart. I also loved the balance between flashback and present case, and how the 9/11 reference was handled. Just a spectacular episode all around. Loved, loved, loved every minute of it.


Fantastic episode! Top three of all time. Great character moments from the team at the beginning to the epic Steve/Danny at the end. Well written and paced show, loved the flashbacks and "Heartbreaker" at the beginning. Nice Grace moments too. The bomb scene, the flashbacks with the 9/11 tie in were riveting and packed an emotional punch. The hug felt so real and the emotion from both Scott and Alex was perfect. Awesome job! Two beefs, minor, are the gratuitous cheesecake shot of Cath in the bikini and then her using the Navy, while on leave, to get info that anyone on the team should have been able to get through Homeland Security. Also, Cath showing up at the crime scene and walking into the house with the team was totally unnecessary and unprofessional. Each week a different way to stick her in an ep. I love Grace and the Daddy/daughter moments, but I would really love to see Danny have a storyline outside of the custody/Rachel box the writers have put him in. Again, in this ep it was perfect but would like to see him grow beyond the same old story. This is the show I loved from season 1 - intense, with action but heavy on the characters. Focus on the team and McDanno and the show is strong and so much better.


Just an additional comment about a comment made that everyone on this site, does not like Catherine. I love Catherine, I think they are bringing her along the way she should be, and that Steve deserves a girlfriend, someone who can be strong and help him out. When Catherine is in the episode a lot people complain, when she is barely there they complain that she has no purpose. I know people have a right to their opinions, but seriously, give the woman a break. The actress is great, the writing for her is great, and the character is exactly what someone like McG needs. Great episode.


Just another thing I would like to add from my first comment, I thought it was a bit unprofessional when Steve ripped apart the wall full of evidence to get to the C4 on the other side. I understand the urgency, but it was just something that annoyed me, maybe they had already photographed the scene.


I apologize! I thought my first comment had disappeared into the nether world, so I rewrote it and when I submitted it, whoops, there was the first one! Is there a way to delete or edit a comment? I would be happy to get rid of one of these!


May I please have 10 stars to click on, Jim? This was my very favorite episode of the series so far, right up there with S2's 2.10 (North Korea). I think its' safe to say Scott Caan put any lingering doubters as to his acting chops, out to dry with his portrayal of Danny Williams in this episode. The "Danny" backstory - what makes him who he is - is something that has been lacking up to this point. We now know WHY Danny is always harping on Steve to call for back up, WHY Gracie is named Grace, and WHY he really doesn't mind Steve always driving his car! We absolutely need more of this kind of story - characterization with a crime of the week thrown in to advance said characterizations. Loved it all.


I'm going to have to take it up a notch and say in my mind's eye, this was the best episode since the Pilot - right up there as a tie with S2's North Korea ep I might be a huge Danny fan, but I have to say it wasn't just Scott's game - everyone in front of, and behind the cameras, brought their A game. From Teillor Wily through Masi Oka, and on to Terrence Howard and T.I. - superb acting. The story was intelligently, reverently written, the flashbacks and editing easy to follow and made for increased intensity. I felt every possible emotion. May I please have 10 stars to click on? Ihave now talked myself in this being my favorite episode of the series!


Definitely the best episode they've had in awhile. Loved the Steve/Danno rapport. Still not seeing how Catherine fits in. They have her on R&R from active duty so that they can explain why she's always around, but yet, they still have her using her job as a way to help with the cases. If she's on leave, she wouldn't be able to just access all that intel! I loved her as Steve's girlfriend in the occasional episode, but they should leave it at that.


This ep. was the best ever. I am a huge H5O fan. I like everyone of them. They keep you guessing all the time. Catherine is not in enough to even put a dent into the show. People are except to have relationships, even commanders. If you were listening she is on LEAVE, so why would she not be by the pool? If your really paying attention to the show it gives you clues to wh
ere the story lines are going, and there doing a fantastic job. I adore Max. Hes smart, and very funny, which if I worked as a corner I'd hope I'd have a sense of humor. And theres more to come Chin and Kono. We can't put everything into one ep. theres not enough time, and Castle has gotten very predictable, rather boring.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

Danny: So the question is, did he work alone or with someone?
Steve: No, terrorist don't work alone, they work in cells. That way if one guy goes down, his buddy comes in and finishes the job.
Danny: You just said the T word.
Steve: Does this look like the end of something to you? Because to me this is just the beginning.

Max: If your excuse me, I'm short one right arm
Chin Ho: Right behind ya.
Max: Oh, [spots arm] Mahalo