Hawaii Five-0 Review: A Pot Luck Christmas

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"Kahu:" Guardian.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! To finish out 2012 with the Five-0 team, we were treated a bit of a pot-luck episode, as a little bit of everything thrown in....

Chin-ho has an uncle: George Takei supposedly guest-starred this week. But did you catch him? As usual for Hawaii Five-O and its name guest stars, he was in the episode for one scene that lasted about five minutes. 

I really hope that Takei is asked to come back for a more substantial contribution. He is such a great actor and you could tell he was having a ball playing the moonshine-wielding uncle. 

Chin's Uncle

Kamekona bought a helicopter. Did anyone else think Kamekona’s previous mention of doing island tours was meant to be funny? Apparently someone wants to see the 400-pound Samoan squished into the front seat of a helicopter made for someone nearly half his weight. 

Oh wait, that’s right – he spent $170,000 and doesn't have his pilot’s licenses to even fly the silly thing, making it the most expensive paperweight he has ever owned.   Seriously, Mr. Lenkov, let this one go, we don’t need it.

McGarrett is clueless on dates: Who in his/her right mind thinks eating from a cardboard box in a parking lot is considered “some place special?" I know McGarrett doesn't like to be wrong, but honestly man, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and admit you screwed up.

Okay, to be fair, he sort of did as he recreated one of the most recognizable scenes from An Officer and A Gentlemen when he showed up completely dressed up and carried Catherine away. Hey, Steve, for the record, “I’m sorry” is a helluva lot easier on the wallet. 

Catherine kicked some ass. I have to give full credit to Peter Lenkov and his team: this week they had Catherine in situations that made perfect sense and even provided a quick nod to her being on leave for two more days. 

Did anyone else wonder if she got combat training from Natasha Romanoff, (a.k.a. Black Widow in the Avengers and Iron Man movies)? She was awesome with the combat against Rizzi, that over-the-shoulder with the legs move that she use to throw him down the stairs was pretty cool.

All in all, it was a fun outing leading into the holiday season. I’m giving the episode 4 "Oh-My"s for a glimpse at George Takei, but docking this a stocking for not using him to a proper extent.


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Enjoyable episode. Catherine was great, she can really kick ass. Why do the writers continue to portray Steve as some immature clueless boyfriend. I'm at the stage now where I can't stand Danny. He's just comic relief and good at nothing. Dreading the custody battle and it will be used for more forced angst for Danny. After last week why would any judge grant him custody.
Loved Chin's uncle. Hope we see more of him.


@HFO...Wow, can't comment, you said it all.


I am glad I wasn't the only one to notice TC's helicopter tonight.. The funny thing is the nightowl I am, the episode of Kojak last night on METV had Roger E Mosley playing a bad guy from 1974.... way before Magnum... All of the main actors from that show are from the 1980's are still with us...


I really didn't care for this episode. The kid was unlikeable. Good points were the the return of Superseal and George Takei. The part where Chin dug up the pig was ludicrous. The grave site would have been a crime scene and should have been handled as such. The story line with Kamekona and the helicopter is also ridiculous. He would need a commercial helicopter license which probably would run about $ 50,000.00 and it's doubtful he could pass the FAA physical. This particular helicopter N6077H a Euricopter AS350 has been used in a number of episodes. Sorry about the negativity but with George Takei as the guest star I was expecting better.


Agree--Xmas episode first season was very well written, well acted and heartfelt. Quality of best S1 writting has not been replicated since.


Loved seeing Catherine back. Kono has been seen a lot lately. The story was OK. Did love George Takei, I wished we had more of him and would love to see him back. Loved the reference to Magnum PI. A little more of Chin would be nice. I was entertained. Happy Holidays everyone.


(cont.) the plot was good, loved seeing Catherine back, they gave her a rest, and may give her more if she is going off leave. Loved her kick butt, I read Michelle has been taking lessons 3 times a week to do her own martial arts moves. I think she did good. Steve is a little clueless as a boyfriend, but made up for it at the end. Anytime we get to see Alex in tux is a plus. They are showing them more as a couple, but I'm we will get the rocky part later on when Steve finds out Catherine kept something from him about his Mom. The kid did a good job. His attitude was what I would imagine Steve being at his age. I would give it a 4.2. I wonder how many repeats now.


Not my favorite episode. I liked George Takei, the ending scene, how the crime was introduced. What I didn't like: Too much Cath, not enough Kono, crime of the week was weak and too confusing, no Super Seal moment, no Gracie and how Danny was being rude to Max. I was hoping that the Christmas episode (the episode before the break)would have some high drama and mini-cliffhanger. The Christmas episode from S1 is one of my favorites. That was perfect!


I didn't like the episode. Too much Catherine. The ending where Steve came in alldressed up and took Catherine away was just stupid. For one thing she was dressed very causal to say the least.


I hope we see George Takei again, he did a great job as a moon shine uncle, but as far the amount of time, I thought it was appropriate for the episode. They can have him pop up again. Kono was in a lot in last several episodes, so it was someone else's turn. I love Grace Park, but come on people, Steve is the main character. I agree we needed more Kono and Chin, and we have gotten more Kono this season, as for Chin he had a couple of episodes, and I'm sure there will be more, be patient. I would love to see a three hour program every Monday, so we get to see all of them for a long time, but its not going to happen. I saw the helicopter from Magnum PI also. I would love to see Tom Selleck come back for an episode, his show I watch and is on CBS so there is no network conflict. I'd love to see an older Magnum, but would even like to see him as maybe Catherine's father, seeing him react to Steve as her boyfriend. (cont.)

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 11 Quotes

Kamekona: Because the seller is a white guy and you both speak the same language.
Danny: You mean English?
Kamekona : Yeah.

I didn't think we would be eating breakfast out of a box in a parking lot.