Hawaii Five-0 Review: Reluctant Partner

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After last week's 'Three Men And A Baby' nod, it was time to get back to true H50 form and Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Episode 8 delivered tenfold. 

We open in Tokyo where a man is giving his wife a lovely necklace but then...he disappears. Smash cut to him being seated in a room with a quartet of hooded bad guys...or are they? One by one taking off their hoods, it's McGarrett, Chin Ho, Catherine and...Kono! (Yay! Grace Park returns...well, for half a second she does). The man, who they believe has Kono's love, Adam, in his possession, tells them that Adam's death has been faked but only so he can live. No big surprise that Kono is not going to let it go and says goodbye to Chin once again to go search for Adam. It was definitely nice to see the team together even for the quick opening to the show but at least Kono's story thread continues.

McGarrett's Partner

But, because I can practically hear you asking, where is Nick Jonas, who, yes, is guesting in this episode? (You saw my interview with him from when I was on set for the shooting of this episode, right?) Don't worry...he's coming.

The gang returns and we find out Danny is away (no Scott Caan in this episode but, come on, we get a Jonas brother...good trade or not so much?). Steve gets called in by the Governor and is off.

But, first, we visit a new place - Grover's home where his teenager daughter is doing some 'I'll show you mine if you show me yours" with a teen boy via video cam. Grover steps in, stops that and takes her laptop from her. What's a father to do? 

At the Governor's mansion, we get to see what McGarrett and Grover do best together at this point - bitch each other out. But the Governor has called them together to, first, rip up Grover's complaint on 5-0 for being too reckless and to have the boys work together and get along. First task - issue a summons for unpaid parking tickets to some 21-yr old named Ian Wright (played by...guess who?)

The guys show up (separately since they refused to ride together) and Ian's house seems empty until they hear gunshots -- but, calm down, it's from the videogame, Halo. The guys tell Ian he's to come with him for his unpaid parking tickets, we take a moment for some shirtless Nick Jonas and just as they're about to leave with him there is massive gunfire on the house. Steve is hit in the arm and he and Grover manage to stop some of the guys while the others take off with Ian. And, since the bad guys shot out their tires, they're stranded...and in a place with no cell service.

Utilizing Ian's kitchen, Steve fingerprints one of the now-dead bad guys with a makeshift kit while Grover mixes what looks like cayenne pepper, honey and flour for something to put over Steve's wounds. (Yep, we're starting to see these guys are good together). They set off on foot to get help with McGarrett saying he's done some research into Grover's past and knows he missed out on a Superintendent job and is now relocated to Hawaii but before things go deeper, they find the abandoned getaway vehicle -- and they find clues that tell them that these guys are also bank robbers. The bad guys zip by them in another vehicle and, McG and Grover do what we'd expect - they find horses and take off in hot pursuit! But, after a fun chase sequence, they fail to stop the baddies after all.

Back to 5-0 offices for exposition time and we find the first clue that Ian is more involved than originally thought. In fact, he may be the mastermind to some big things. International things! Before we get into that, though, we do get a nice personal moment where Grover asks about his daughter's laptop, which was taken from his truck back at Ian's house. He tells the guys about his daughter online and while Chin/McG chuckle, we see that Grover is just being a concerned Dad. Yes, folks, he's human. Chin offers to track the IP address of the laptop and hopefully get it back. 

Back to figuring out that Ian and some of the stuff he's planning. This is also the point where Grover says, "He's lined himself up with some pretty nasty fanatics." (Of course, I said out loud, 'TV Fanatics?' We are a tough bunch, right?)

Flash forward to the house of a lawyer on house arrest who may be a key to finding Ian but when they get to his house they find an ankle bracelet from the house arrest, a bloodied saw and a severed foot in a bathtub. Ew! Off to a marina to catch them all and the guys wrangle the lawyer, the bad guys but no Ian. 

Remember Chin offering to track Grover's daughter's laptop? They get a hit on its location and the team ends up at the airport to find Ian, casually working away on it. Turns out he's hacked into a commercial flight from LA to Hawaii and if they don't get him on his own flight to get away, he's going to make sure the plane heads right into the ocean. (Message here - don't mess with Nick Jonas! But, truth be told, Jonas does a good job playing the bad guy. And, fine, he looks good doing it, too!) 

For good measure, McG slugs Ian a few times (and, yes, in case you were wondering, Jonas can take a punch but good), and then he and Grover agree they can't do anything but go along with him to save the commercial flight and its passengers.

However, Ian reveals the laptop is linked to another computer that is really in control of the flight and that's where Catherine steps in. By looking at the parking tickets that started this whole mess, McG and Grover pinpoint a computer lab on the Oahu College campus. Go, Cat, go! 

Ian is put on the getaway flight - and he's very smug as he says goodbye to the guys so we can hate him a little bit more - and, just before the plane is about to take off, Catherine finds the campus computer and is able to block the hacking and the flight is saved. But where is Ian? When the guys stop the flight from taking off  they find Grover's kid's laptop but no Ian.

Yes, he got away and you know what that means? We could get Nick Jonas back in a future episode!

We wrap up the episode with McGarrett and Grover still ribbing each other but it's less animosity and more respect. Progress! Then we see Grover give his daughter back her laptop and they have a nice moment how being in this new place might not be so bad after all.

The last moment is McGarrett stopping at an ATM and, once he's put in his card, a message appears on the screen. I Should Have Paid Those Parking Tickets. McG realizes the ATM camera light is on and he declares, "I'm gonna find you." The screen then reads Good Luck!.

What did you think of the episode? Did you buy Nick Jonas as a bad guy? Would you like him to reappear so McGarrett and Grover can get their revenge??  Leave a comment below!


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Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.


in that episode nick jonas playing a song on the lapto could tell me the name


Love the show. Much better than the original!


I haven't really taken any interest in Hawaii 5 0 but I'm a huge fan of Nick Jonas so I watched it. Nick was awesome playing Ian, I hope he will reappear again, because he made the show great. I give that episode a 5 star rating


@Mrs alex o'loughlin This comment is from another site and I quote: (((This was the same ep that was filmed during this year's Sunset on the Beach premiere week; Scott was also absent from that. I've seen pics of him participating in a surfing clinic held by 1 of the charities he works with that teach the sport to kids/young people with various disabilities, & that clinic was in Southern California the last week of September, the same as this ep was filmed & Sunset on the Beach was held, so that's probably where Scott was.))) And we know that Danny also won't appear in 4.13 and maybe another episode this season. Scott is working on a play which he write and produce so it's all for personal reasons that Danny is absence in some epsiodes this season. It's nice of Peter lenkov to allow Scott to do what he loves to do but on the otherhand with another main cast member being absent I don't think it was wise of him. And Scott sign a contract for several years I think he needs to think of the fans also.

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So can someone tell me why Scott Caan has barely been on this season and was not on at all last night? Is it personal reasons or did Peter Lenkov take all the complainers words about Chin and Kono not being on as much as some of them would like and decided to screw over the character of Danno that is the second lead?
I remember reading after the Lori (Lauren Greman) debacle that they would not make Catherine a part of the Five 0 team. Personally I like Catherine but I think they writers changed that and made her a member of the team because of Danno (Scott's) absence.
Now on to the episode. I liked it. It was nice to see Steve and Grover working together. However it was so obvious Chi could not ride a horse so that whole part was cheesy. There were some funny moments all throughout this episode.
Kono is back, well she was but she won't return to Hawaii without Adam, not sure how that will pan out but we will see.


@Connie farrell You mean you will stop watch the show don't speak for others please! if Danny will get replaced I'll will keep watching H5O I am loving season 4 sofar great writing more Chin and I love Steve and Catherine together. And nobody get replaced this episode was shoot during the SOTB end September. Scott at that time was busy to write his play and it was nice of Peter that he gave Scott the time for it. If I like it no I notice that in a few episodes the scene's from Danny where edit in later and with Grace on maternity leave I don't think it was wise of Peter to give Scott that time. Scott knew when he sign. for serveral years for a TV show that shooting begins in July and ends April. That two of the main characters were not available at the start of the season forced Peter to write more for Catherine and Chin together with Steve, these 3 are carrying the show atm mid January all will be back to normal. Pitty by then we are half way this season.


Just watched my taped session and it was a great episode. Lots of twists and turns! I like Grover and Jonas and hope to see them continue! Where is Scott Caan in all this?


We want to see Danny and mcgarrett in every episode. Together, they make the show. If either one of them r replaced we will stop watching 5-0. Otherwise we love this show!!!!


We want to see Danny and mcgarrett in every episode. Together, they make the show. If either one of them r replaced we will stop watching 5-0. Otherwise we love this show!!!!


We want to see Danny and mcgarrett in every episode. Together, they make the show. If either one of them r replaced we will stop watching 5-0. Otherwise we love this show!!!!

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