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


Great epi! I like it when they veer from the formula from time to time. They did last week and again this week. Loved both. And I think they've done a great job carrying each of the main characters' personal stories thru the season. Last week we got an update on Kono and Adam. This week, we got an update on Danny's custody issue, and I love that Steve invited his brah for Christmas dinner. We also have had a chance to see the Steve/Cath relationship develop, which has been interesting; Cath even admitted he's her boyfriend and I do believe he finally made the declaration himself at the end. Awesome! The case du jour was intriguing and became personal for Steve. I liked the kid and how Steve identified with him. And I LOVE that Chin's uncle is a moonshiner. I wonder along with Danny, just how many uncles does Chin have? I hope lots more. Though, yeah, Mr. Takei needs a reprise. Do bring him back 5-0! He's another great character, like Toast, that needs to appear from time to time!


Am I the only one who caught the quick nod to Magnum PI? I loved seeing the famous helicopter from the 80's show. In fact, I was hoping he was going to buy that one.


Great episode. When kamekona bought a helicopter without having a pilots license I wasn't shocked it seemed like something he would do. Steve is cluess when it comes to girls if he thinks sitting in a parking lot eating carry out food is romantic and a special place. Katherine kicking but was awesome. Chin having an uncle in the mood shine business was great and now I'm wondering the same thing Danny asked how many uncles does Chin have.


I loved this episode particularly because we got to see Catherine. There is so much they can do with that character. I am bored with the testosterone overload I'd danni and Steve. Maybe they should get Catherine and Kono investigate something together and kick some ass. Personally I have zero tolerance for H50 fans who moan about new regulars. Season 3 is better for having Michelle Borth in it and I hope we see her more because the scenes were becoming predictable in season 2 I could even write an episode!


I liked this episode as well. There were some humorous situations like Danno "negotiating" the price of the chopter for Kamekona :) Steve's attitude towards the kid was very warm and adult at the same time. Cat's fight was great and Steve looked super handsome in the tux. There was not enough of Kono I agree, but she has had her fair share of ass-kicking in episodes 7 and Cat was absent for 2 episodes.


I thought it was a very unique episode, in a good way. I liked how they introduced the case, with Steve approaching the kid. It was something different and it was fun to see Steve and Catherine interact with a child, which built their relationship. Also, on your note about Steve's choice of date Jim, I'm still trying to figure out wether Steve had the tuxedo move planned before the rainbow diner all along, or he came up with it after. Either way he definitely made up for it. Catherine's kick ass fight scene was definitely entertaining to watch, well done to the crew and stunt guys for pulling off a very brutal and convincing fight. It was an enjoyable episode to end on before Christmas, I think it deserves just over 4 stars.


I give this a 2 stars bc there hardly any kono, she was on less than 5 min and why wasn't she doing the field work it was her job to do..doesn't make sense bc she a cop and I remember correctly Cath isn't a cop. I didn't like this ep bc of less kono and Chin Uncle has a small little role. Way to much of a Steve/Cath show than a H50.

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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.