Hawaii Five-0 Review: A Matter of Trust

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And then there were three.

Alongside some averted terrorist events, fratricide and comingthisclose to finally getting to the bottom of the Doris-Wo Fat situation, "Aloha, Malama Pono (Farewell and Take Care)" also saw the team undergo a fundamental change. Due to the loss of Kono.

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But did it, really? Count me as skeptical that Kono is going to stay on the run for very long or that the actions of tonight's episode will have lasting ramifications.

Don't get me wrong - there were many things to like about the Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 finale, including some zingy Hawaii 5-0 quotes and a truly vicious murder for the crew to solve. But ultimately, the episode was about promising higher stakes than could be delivered.

I blame the Noshimuris. Through a season that gave us plenty of heinous baddies to watch the gang take down, Michael Noshimuri was something of a flat villain. Sure, he was capable of some heartbreaking works of staggering badness and the show worked overtime to give the battling bros all manner of exciting problems over the past few weeks.

But his plot never gained enough momentum to truly drive the show. And, honestly, he just didn't have that much charisma.

Hawaii Five-0 excels at creating the kind of bad guys that you just can't look away from (see: Fat, Wo). But Michael Noshimuri never quite got there for me. Even in his death scene, what should have been shocking violence between two brothers barely registered. And Hawaii Five-0 is certainly a drama that knows how to make the pain register.

However, so little was invested in the Noshimuri plot line - aside from Kono's well-being, of course - that to watch the brothers fight each other was a wasted opportunity. Unfortunately, over the course of the entire season, neither of the Noshimuris were able to summon up the charisma and character that Doris McGarrett can inject in a brief scene at the supermarket.

Yes, I was hoping this season finale would focus on Doris, and maybe take us a little bit closer to unearthing Mrs. McG's mysterious motives. And yes, I'm disappointed that I have to wait til the season premiere (if then!) to have all my questions about America's favorite post-menopausal ex-super-spy answered. Of all the plot threads that wove in and out of this season, Doris's was both the most fun and the most intriguing - and the case with the actual highest stakes. Which is probably why the show saved her story for another day.

I'm not going to offer a send-off to Kono because I don't imagine that we've seen Grace Park wearing body armor over a tank top for the last time (I mean, I hope not! For all of our sakes!).

But I can imagine a Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 where the show's shape has mutated into one that's 3/4 island crime-fighting and 1/4 Kono being an international (fugitive) woman of mystery. I'm not saying I'm lobbying for it, but I could imagine it. Some sumptuous helicopter shots of Shanghai at sunset, perhaps?

However, I'm more inclined to believe that Adam and Kono's jaunt will be coming to a close just around the time of the show's fourth season premiere - not only is it simpler, but having the 5-0 all in one place just makes for better TV. And so knowing that Kono's defection will only probably last the length of a summer hiatus lowered the stakes on that, too.

Not to say that I'm disappointed in the finale; season finales often have the thankless job of trying to tie up every single loose plot thread, come up with a few cliff-hangers to keep fans interested all summer and still make time to fit in a few commercials (my favorite was for Cascade, if you're keeping track - calm down about how clean the inside of your dishwashers are, you maniac-ladies!).

And so, in the grand scheme of season finales, this did a fine, serviceable job. I'm more eager to see next season than reeling from tonight's revelations, but perhaps that was the plan all along.

What did you think of the season finale? Do you think Kono will stay away for long? Who could be on the other side of that steel door?


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (240 Votes)

Cont.... As for Kono and Adam. I guess Adam is the good afterall, I have hopes that we will see him again. I don't think that storyline has ended. I'm looking forward to seeing how Steve gets Wofat out of this one, as they come crashing through the door. You know he has something up his sleeve.
I was actually happy to see Chin move on, and look forward to seeing him deal with a new woman in his life. I don't really know what to make of Danny and Gabby, I guess we will see. I think overall a B- season. I'm hoping a new night gives the writers a chance to correct some mistakes and not drag things out so much.


I was expecting an answer to Doris and Wofat and was disappointed in not getting it. I feel that the writers tend to drag things on too long, which is why some people have tuned out. You can give an answer and still have it lead to more questions so that people keep coming back. I think the writers can do better next season in not dragging it out, but still keep the character. Overall, I did enjoy the season. I don't think Grace Park is going anywhere, and whatever the reason she may be gone for a little while, is her business and she will let us know when she wants to, so people can speculate all they want, but its up to her to let us know if there is anything to know.
I feel the Catherine former boyfriend is a twist that may be interesting. If anything happens between Steve and Catherine I feel confident that it will resolve itself. I love the relationship between the two, and the actors work well together.


I think steve and wo fat are brothers.


Teen Choice award nominees: Hawaii five 0, Grace Park, Scott Caan.


continued: All I can hope for is that S4 will return to the focus and excellence of S1 and show respect for the original concept - and for the actors who deserve good material, as they blow us out of the water when given that chance. As for the move to Friday - regret losing that end to Monday but will certainly follow them to Friday and hope for the best.


Disappointed in this finale - and I'm usually carrying a flag for the show. Way too many threads to follow and we don't need any more complicated story lines than the show already has. Okay if Kono/GP needs to be out of the show for a little while for personal reasons, but she is part of the core team so needs to be kept in play. I like Catherine so don't mind a larger part for her, but it has to make sense - and we don't need the former boyfriend, please! Doris up and leaving with Steve just accepting that without the answers she owes him?? Kono deciding at the last minute to join Adam in hiding (or deciding to tell the team at the last minute - not professional)?? Chin telling Steve to back off and let Kono go on such short notice?? And does Adam really need Doris to plan the hiding for him?? And how the h--- will Steve protect WoFat against what sounds like an army outside those steel doors (CIA? - WoFat is a liability for them as they used him for years)?? All I can hope for is that S4 calms down, returns to the focus and excellence of S1 and have respect for the original concept. As for the move to Friday - I'll miss it on Mondays but plan to be there on Fridays and hope for the best.

William e bruce

They should have shown more concern for Fong. But as someone stated, maybe because of the case they will feel it later. If Kono and Adam have a strong bond, then Fong will have to watch from afar.
Nice to see Danny with Gabby. Hope it doesn't move to fast. Danny's ex should also be back in it and Gracie should have some problems. Chin and Leiani was a good thing him calling her. That also should move slow, but more then it has. He should think back still to Malia.

William e bruce

The previews said that the 4 would become 3. I bet like me you thought, "No they can't kill one off!" But if Kono is pregnant, they probably will keep her "Over Seas" for a few months. We will probably hear that Micheal's men will be after them. Maybe have the crime rate by the Yakaza go up with the unrest in leadership. Kono's pregnancy could be written into the story as her and Adam are close. But as "Numb3rs" and "The Mentalist" to name 2 tried to hide the fact of pregnancy with them always working behind a desk or wall, or computer, eventually you can tell. Another I bet not popular idea as her "temp replacement" is to bring back Lori Weston. But with her on "Chicago Fire" It won't happen. Maybe Duke can move up like he did on the original series.

William e bruce

The team breaking in to the prison to get WoFat could be his own, but could be the NLM Terrorists? We got a lot of information on them to not just let them disappear. Like on NCIS and LA, these enemies come back. Not sure the Yakuza has that power to get in. But they were after WoFat in the past when Steve helped him fight them. But WoFat being dropped off at Doris's slow boat to Shanghai by Kamekona's helicopter could happen.
Danny kicking Rafael Salgado against the car was good. But Danny should be the more by the book guy that he was in S01, and S02. But like Horatio Caine on "CSI:MIAMI", he does have a child soft spot. Steve can be the normal hot head.
Hopefully the Friday move won't kill it.

William e bruce

Now the WoFat/Doris story seems it will be stretched out more with her over seas and WoFat escaped with Steve's help. This could give them time as you say to fabricate the next step. But if she was gone 20 years, she would have had to have been WoFat Sr.'s lover at least 12 years before that to have her be WoFats mommy. Also she said she killed WoFat Sr. Did she literally pull the trigger, or did she do something that set him up either to have the under world or Police take him out by her error. Maybe not killing WoFat at the house was her way of paying him back, but he didn't kill her either, so there is something there. Going to visit him at the Prison is interesting. And unless the CIA got her special visitor rights, I don't believe realistically she could get in. Did all the information get found out from the Champ box? And why hasn't Steve questioned Joe White more about his Mom's missing years? The team breaking in to the prison to get WoFat could be his own, but could be the NLM Terrorists? We got a lot of information on them to not just let them disappear. Like on NCIS and LA, these enemies come back. Not sure the Yakuza has that power to get in. But they were after WoFat in the past when Steve helped him fight them. But WoFat being dropped off at Doris's slow boat to Shanghai by Kamekona's helicopter could happen.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 24 Quotes

Good, all we gotta do is stop an anonymous maniac who butchered five people from getting off the island.


Police Officer: I hope you know what you're doing, Steve.
Danny Williams: You know what you're doing, right?