Hawaii Five-0 Review: Personal Safety Waiver

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Mockumentaries have been around for a long time (at least since 1964's A Hard Day's Night) and though they became prominent in film in the 1980s, the 2000s have truly belonged to the this type of TV show.

McGarrett In the Spotlight

From full-tilt shows like The Office, to one-off mockumentary episodes of more traditional shows (like this recent episode of Castle), the faux-doc format lets us view a well-known situation with fresh eyes, drawing attention to quirks that get lost to us during long-time fandom, allowing us to see favorite characters in a whole new light.

In the case of "Imi loko ka 'uhane (Seek Within One's Soul)," those fresh eyes belonged to Savannah Walker, a half-sweet, half-calculating talk show host expertly portrayed by Aisha Tyler.

Tyler's Walker was at the center of this week's episode, grabbing most of the best Hawaii Five-0 quotes and taking up the bulk of the screen time.

Tyler did a knock-out job with the role, crafting Walker into just the right kind of annoyingly intrepid reporter - the mutant offspring of Oprah Winfrey and Gale Weathers from Scream. Her energetic performance and (mostly failed) machinations to get info from the team were at least as captivating for me as the episode's gory crime (ewww, skinned arm!) or complex motivations (3-D printers have the potential for great evil, people!).

So what did we learn from looking at the world through Savannah's eyes? We discovered that Bergman has just been waiting for the right opportunity to whip out the hair gel and...was that a cravat? We learned that Kona is awesome at Xbox. We learned that you can say "son of a bitch" on TV.

But most interestingly, we learned that there really is no room for outsiders in the 5-0. Often, mockumentary episode will end with a member of the core cast eventually warming up to and/or breaking down in front of the crew members, letting us see an aspect of their personality they keep closed off from the other characters (yes, it took The Office nine seasons, but it did happen!).

But there was no such last second opening-up here. The 5-0 are a self-contained unit, all of whom would rather do their job in relative anonymity than receive any media glory (well, except for maybe Bergman and that cravat). The greatest insight that this mockumentary yielded is that Chin played the trumpet; but really, its true lesson was that the 5-0 only spill their secrets to each other.

In a season marked by experiments (like viewer-selected endings and retro re-makes), this episode stands out as one of Hawaii Five-0 Season 3's most interesting innovations.

And then, of course, there was Wo Fat. When we last saw him, things looked fairly dire (and bloody) for the ol' super-villain. Is this the end for Wo Fat?? Just kidding, it is never the end for Wo Fat. But I will be very intrigued to see how a hospital-bound Wo Fat plays out for the rest of the season (and whether Doris will show up to seal his fate one way or the other).

What do you think will become of Wo Fat? What's your favorite TV mockumentary episode? Was anyone else reminded of Waterworld when they explained that the tattoo was also a map (what do you mean, I'm the only one who's seen Waterworld?)?


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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (185 Votes)

This was an interesting episode and kudos to the writers for the experiment but give me the normal style episode. I really enjoyed the aforementioned "Hollywood" Max, Kamekona's shameless self promotion, Kono's X-Box revelation, Chin's desire to be a jazz trumpeter, the fact that the writers were able to involve everyone including Duke,Fong and Flippa plus the return of Wo Fat. Aisha Tyler was fine but I'd have preferred more of the team and a bit less of her. With this episode out of the way I'm looking forward to the three remaining ones especially Kono's arc.


Mike, Scott Caan is signed to a 7 year contract...he ain't going anywhere!! They are having Gabby back for season finally, I think she is gonna get killed off, its always someone out of left field. She hasn't been on for like the last 30 episodes and mentioned way back in the Victoria's Secret episode...so she has no purpose she's buying the farm lol


I may sound like I'm running for Parliament, but I liked this ep and I didn't like it. Loved see the team together, Thought was very good, loved getting a little insight into the characters, loved they captured Wo Fat and every one was involved. I don't really know how I felt about the TV crew tagging along, I felt parts of was good, but was overdone. Have to watch again before I truly know. But overall a good ep and looking forward to the rest of season.


I thought it was an interesting experiment, Tyler was wonderfully cheesy in the role as some Oprah-wannabe and Max goin' all Hollywood (yes that was a cravat) was a scream. However, I wonder if the eve of May sweeps/ end-of-season is the right time to chance something new. I found the cutaways to "the talk show" (including the embarassing attempts to interview most of the squad) to be distracting from what could have been a more intense episode.


After the Emmy worthy #20, this was not my favorite episode...too much Aisha. But as a true fan I would never turn off my favorite show and if I had I would have missed the best part the last 10 minutes!! I for one love Cath and am sick of all the Cath bashing that goes on....you guys did it to Lori last year, difference is she ain't going anywhere:) the next 3 are gonna be one hell of a ride looking forward to another great cliffhanger what will Steve's expression be this year:)


You may be right June Cleaver, but I know Scott Caan said he's pretty unhappy living there, he never ever smiles, so unless they offer him some crazy money, I believe he'll be gone. There are lots of other actors that could step in to his role. Jim Belushi would be a fun addition. I think there is one more episode before the break...


I love it Hawaii Five O rocks


That DvR got deleted at the :21 minute mark ..... It was Unwatchable Nonsense.. ..and I couldn't take it anymore... I'm slumming as it is , watching this lightweight commercial network drivel ...I refuse to be annoyed !


@wizzrd.. I find it interesting is that the showrunners of this show also did Fringe... one reason the production values are so high.... I got a kick out of the show and Tyler is a scream... I don't watch her normal show.. I remember her at first from 24 where she played a spy....

Mrs cleaver

I liked it - different take on the crime, funny to see the "outsider" view of the team. Max cracked me up being Mr. Superfan, he's really grown on me. Steve looked like he'd never seen a TV reporter before and the whole team laughing about the TV crew signing the "safety waiver" was all good.
And Wo Fat got really injured. I figured he'd be running thru the jungle with a broken nail or something, that's the way chopper crashes on this show usually work. Interested to see how he gets out of this mess(and he does look a mess).
@Mike - I don't see them killing off Wo Fat or Danno. Then who would Steve have as Arch Enemy and Best Pal? Unless of course, someone's contract is up & they want way more $$.
How many more epi's till summer break?

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

Chin Ho Kelly: Better call your insurance agent from the car.
Kono Kalakaua: Tell him you want full coverage.
Savannah Walker: You're kidding, right? They're kidding, right?

Savannah Walker: If you weren't a cop, what would you be?
Chin Ho Kelly: Jazz trumpet.
Savannah Walker: Really? Like Miles Davis?
Chin Ho Kelly: Well, there's only one Miles Davis. Maybe that's why I became a cop.