Hawaii Five-0 Review: Cat and Mouse

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"Wahine'inoloa:" Evil Woman

Move over Wo Fat, there is a new criminal genius in town - and she's hot. Olivia Victor is smart, sexy and very deadly. 

While I don’t like seeing Steve made to look dumb, I was okay with it in the cat and mouse game Olivia and him played here, even when Steve ended up the mouse more than the cat. I mean, come on Steve, when the woman who has a restraining order against you invites you for drinks, you should know she is up to something.

Investigation the Therapist

Vanessa Marcil has come a long way since playing Sam Marquez on Vegas. I really hope that Olivia figures out how to get out of jail and beat the charges so she is able to come back to play with Five-0 again; she was a refreshing change of criminal. 

I especially liked the twist that the private investigator was blackmailing Olivia’s clients, I didn't see that one coming. Though I’m surprised she didn't grab the laptop if she took the time to drive t to his stakeout and shoot him. Maybe someone else shot him for her and wasn't as smart as she is. 

In the other half of the episode, we had the hot mess that was Agent Channing and Catherine trying to stop a Colombian assassin that was believed to be dead from finding Doris McGarrett. I’m not even sure where to start with how many ways this went wrong, so I’m just going to list them:

Agent Channing at Catherine’s House: If he was suspended, how was he carrying a gun? And if he found out enough about Catherine to know where she lives, why didn't he go to her commanding officer? I’m pretty sure he would know that the military frowns on officers committing crimes, especially something that could be seen as a breach of national security.  

Oh, and let's not forget that if showing up at her house with a gun while suspended wasn't ridiculous enough; Channing felt she was the best qualified person to help with a "quiet mission" and that she agreed after she had to fight him for the gun. My WTF Meter shot to 11.  

Catherine Rollins super spy: I have to ask, what Navy officer (that is not a SEAL) has hacking equipment to break into a hotel room and/or a digital room safe? While we are at it, in what frakking universe does a Navy communications officer carry a side-arm off duty and not work during the day to run around with a Witness Protection agent playing cops and robbers?  

Mr. Lenkov, if you want to make Catherine an agent, a private investigator, a spy or some other cloak and dagger character, go for it. Michelle Borth looks great kicking in doors and hacking into safes, but for goodness’ sake, please have her leave military as her "day job." She’s broken so many laws that she would have been court marshaled several times by now. 

Doris McGarrett and Mangosta: While I like the idea in principle that Doris turned the tables on Mangosta, it showed a very dark side of a fairly new character to have her torturing the guy when Channing and Catherine walked in.

So what did you think of the episode? I’m giving it 3.8 leftover Thanksgiving turkeys for the introduction of a great new villain facing off against Steve, but one of the most ridiculous Catherine (or Doris) stories to date. 


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


The cat and mouse was fun. I even doubted for a moment if McG was going to be proved right, or shown to be off his game. I love Super Cath! And yes, she is a naval intelligence specialist, she's not just a regular Navy officer. We assume she only sat on that ship, but we may be quite wrong. Certainly McG is fully aware of, and takes advantage of, her skills. As to Doris, I still say we are not supposed to like her! McG isn't even sure HE likes her. She ditched her family. Now she's back. She's a very shady character and not a cuddly mommy. I think we'll see her be a good person sometimes, and a rat sometimes. That's going to be McG's dilemma. Can he live with THIS mother? Can she really be family to him? And is she going to end up dragging Cath down with her, and ruin that relationship for McG too? That's pretty high stakes story line, there.


I really tried to like this episode especially with the cat and mouse game with Steve and Olivia. But the writing was way too sloppy. Really a restraining order against a law enforcement official who at all times was acing in his official capacity! Hopefully she gets a good lawyer because the case is all circumstantial. No real physical evidence to link her to the victims. Cop a plea to the madam charges and maybe we can see her back. I definitely agree with Jim G the Catherine/Mom story was terrible. Do something with Catherine. Get her out of the Navy before she gets court-martialed. Using naval resources to assist your boy friend is a one-way ticket to Leavenworth. Naval intelligence officers are not spooks, spies, or black op types.


I didn't like this ep, it was lame and boring. I didn't care for Cath centric she was a boring character, I will give this ep a 2 stars.


Buddy... Catherine is not a communications officer. She is an intelligence officer, with "Naval Intelligence" (presumably, the Office of Naval Intelligence). Which makes her much more likely to be a spook than some frogman in a SEAL team (and why the hell would a SEAL have spying gear either? That's not his job!).

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

Olivia: You have some issues huh?
Steve: Maybe, but murder is not one of them.

So he was shot, burned, and hit by a car? Wow, this guy's having a great day.