Hawaii Five-0 Review: I Hate This Place

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Like an order of sweet-and-sour chicken, "Hana I Wa'la (Scandal)" satisfied all our conflicting urges at once.

Looking for action? We had some serious, seat-of-the-pants action. Looking for tear-jerking moments? We had some classic courtroom tear-jerking. Looking for Wo Fat? Oh, how we had Wo Fat! Looking for bromance? Man, that tie-straightening moment... do not even get me started.

Like a well-mixed handful of trail mix, this episode had all the things we enjoy, in perfect, complementary proportion to each other. Delish! (Can you tell I haven't eaten dinner yet?)

Can Danny Win?

The Sour: A more eagle-eyed viewer than myself would have probably picked up that Wo Fat was in the show's opening moments. But I was along for the whole ride, certain that the congressman had done it. Hell, at one point, I even believed that total red herring professor was the murderer!

The fast pacing swept me along, and the Wo Fat reveal was shocking (to me; if you were clever enough to pick him out in the opening, please reward yourself with one cookie). The episode's post-reveal transformation into a race-against-the-clock scenario was similarly gripping, and I was excited to see Freed run like crazy for his life (I mean, I was happy to see him get out alive, though! I'm not a monster. Just hungry).

The Sweet: Danny's speech in the courtroom about Grace? Uh, excuse me for a sec, I have something in my eye (fine, you win, that something in my eye was a tear). The entire courtroom sequence, in just a few moments, showed off all the emotional nougat at the center of this series: the value of family, and the value of friends who feel like family.

Yes, all this gushy stuff did not slow Danny down from delivering all the sassy Hawaii Five-0 quotes that we know and love, but the reminder of his softer side certainly added an extra level to his dead hooker quips.

Five-0's daring last-second helicopter save of Congressman Freed reminded me of what makes Hawaii Five-0 different from so many other crime shows these days. This isn't a show about cynical crime lab technicians pointing the finger at the villain who has already committed heinous crime upon heinous crime; it's a show where the good guys can still, sometimes, be strong and be right and stop the bad guys. And though I am certainly a fan of cynical lab techs - as some nerd sitting here, blogging away about how hungry I am for trail mix, I'm certainly closer to them than I am to Steve McGarrett - it is so nice to live, even for just an hour, in a universe where the good guys can still sometimes just win. To Hawaii!

What do you think Wo Fat's next move is going to be? Did you notice it was Wo Fat in the beginning (because you're smarter than me)?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (155 Votes)

A late word for those who feel the characters are getting stale - - - I'm also a fan of NCIS, NCIS-LA, Criminal Minds, etc - so that may paint me as someone who doesn't mind characters that remain pretty true to the original portrayals, with a slow build-up over time of their deeper selves. For H-50 being in only its third season (and I hope for many more), we've seen quite a lot of each member of the team and have come to know a little more about how each one ticks. If, at this point, you don't like the characters, well, perhaps time to move on. Or is there something that continues to draw you to watch? If so - just enjoy without the "analysis."


Loved the scene with McG in his dress blues. Scott plays the nervous father perfectly. Glad we are seeing him as a Dad more this season. Loved the ending scene with the governor. I hope this one is honest, I certainly like him better after this. Kono showing she is still an honest cop even when it comes to Adam. I'm hoping for a big episode with Kono and Adam, and what did Michael do with Kono's gun. Please don't draw it out too long. I'm enjoying this season very much.


@Walter...thanks for the information. Sounds good, one of my favorite Magnum episodes was when Sinatra was on tracking the killer of his granddaughter. Rick owned a club in Magnum. Looking forward to the rest of the season with our new TV hero's in Hawaii.


@ke,or K, or is it Kelly....again, Danny is what he is. He was put into a place he did not want to go. He is there because of his daughter and no other reason. Now that she has adjusted herself, any good father would not want to move her once again, that shows character, thinking of whats best for his child and not himself. You always complain that people have different opinions and if you don't like something then say it. Well, is that not what Danny is doing? And aren't you complaining about him the way you say me and others complain about you and others like you? You can't have it both ways. Danny is a character that Scott plays, he is not real, Hawaii five 0 task force is not real, neither are the other characters or situations. If you are not entertained there are other shows, if it bothers you so much you complain constantly then why torture yourself. The character is not going to change, this is the way he has been portrayed. I don't think its bad at all, and thats my opinion.


Another awesome episode! Steve in dress blues to kick-off the episode *sigh*..and then the rest of the episode in a tee.... Ok, enough drooling, it was an awesome episode with all the necessary ingredients. The core four together, loved the humor (Chin's head comment was hilarious), Danno's heartfelt plea to the judge and Steve's show of solidarity and loyalty to Danno..very sweet and then, bam! Off to the races! Loved Steve's confrontation with the Governor's stalling tactics and when Denning confessed his concern for the Congressman was because he is a friend..the look on Steve's face...great acting. Loved the action, the suspense, the reveal of WoFat (I did recognize his voice) the helicopter piloted by our very own Navy Seal...what more do we need? But, wait, there was more..the ending scene with the Governor bringing Longboards and an apology...great ending. I must say, this episode covered all the bases :)


@zia He plays Nicky"The Kid" DeMarco the owner of a nightclub. His mentor was Frank Sinatra. He sings the old Sinatra song " I've Got You Under My Skin." as well as help 5-0 with a case. The next new episode #15 on 2-4-13 should be great. It is a remake of one best episodes from the original called Hookman the opener of the 6th season.They filmed in the original locations. I recommend anyone go to one of sites like Hulu and others and download it. Its worth the watch.


"This is a great show, very entertaining and Danny is what he is" Just because it's a great show for you doesn't mean it's a great show for everyone. As usual the predictable response about realism. Did you actually read what I said. I can put up with a lack of realism if the characters are compelling. For me the characters are not very compelling and Danny is the least compelling of them. It seems Scott Caan complains as much as Danny does. Why did he take on a role in Hawaii if he wants to be in LA so much and he rarely has a good thing to say about the show.


I was very disapointed by comments made about Hawaii by one of your main characters Scott Caan bashing Hawaii its people and and culture. Is this the mind set of the show and actors? It appears that the actors view of Hawaii is very low and that he is not affraid to share his opinions publicly perhaps some adult supervision is needed as far as mr. Caan is concerned, I love the show and would hate to reschedule my monday viewing because of a small bitter mans loose tongue...


Thanks Walter. I'm still hoping for Tom Selleck, but I guess that would be difficult. Larry Manetti was a big part of Magnum. I wonder what he will play. This is a great show, very entertaining and Danny is what he is. Cops are not robots whether in real life or on TV. If they were all the same I don't think anyone would be watching. Realism is what you get when you go outside your door. TV is a fantasy land, if you think its real, or expect it to teach people things, then watch a documentary.


Being members of a Special Task Force I expect them to have certain skills and at least be believable in their roles but Danny is totally unbelievable as a cop and his sole purpose seems to be the comic relief or have some angsty family issue. There's no consistancy and characters come and go without hardly any explanation. I know many judge the episodes on the McDanno quota but I need more substance than Steve and Danny and their forced bromance moments.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Josh the Congressional Aide: And as far as murder goes-
Danny Williams: Let me guess...he's completely against it?

Steve McGarrett: What's the congressman's position on dead hookers found in his bed?
Danny Williams: STRANGLED dead hookers?