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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Trouble with Change

Thank you for a very comprehensive review! You took in all the important aspects of this episode. I enjoyed this one - Melanie Griffith is a perfect fit with Scott Caan as mother and son, and I agree whole-heartedly with your assessment that Danny's strong points are dealing with family. Loved the Cargument and also Danny and Steve's argument at the office about their moms. That was priceless! Grover has grown on me and obviously has enough angst in his past to match up with Steve! I do feel we haven't heard the end of this story - but I think Grover telling Steve he needs to open up and let go of his secrets is foreshadowing the events we will see in the last couple of episodes this season. Love Chin and Kono working together again! Looking forward to more Danny and Clara and even Dad Williams will show up before this storyline is finished!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Burying the Past

Michelle Borth told the listening audience on @amyandfriends radio talk show yesterday that she is contractually obligated by CBS to appear in 17 of Season 4's 22 episodes. That means she will be absent from 5 episodes of the current season. It's a CBS contract deal, and something the writers have to figure out how to work around. As for Scott, I believe his time off is pretty well over this season, he has a major 3 episode story arc coming up soon that includes his mother, played by Michelle Griffith, and his father, played by Tom Beringer. Yes, the acting was terrific, especially by DDK and Robert Knepper. Yes, I missed everyone else. This was not my favorite story, but can't fault the excellence of the writing and acting (agreed, the wigs were horrible!)

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Love how this show actually has recognizable themes each week! It certainly adds to the enjoyment and elevates H50 above your average, run-of-the-mill procedural. Great work by all the actors, especially Chi McBride as Lou Grover. That man is growing on me...and may I say the three-way Cargument was the best of the season...possibly the whole series! Great review, too!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Reluctant Partner

I can't say if Scott is preparing to leave the show or not. I do know that this episode was filmed during the week of Sunset on the Beach, from which Scott was also missing. At that time it was noted on social media that Scott had a week off to take care of some commitments with a new play he was producing for Hollywood West and an acting class to teach at the same playhouse. Hollywood West is a theatre production company that Scott's mother was heavily involved in before her death, and Scott has continued her legacy with the theatre. So, that's where he was during this particular episode. The H5-0 team is very good about giving their actors time off for personal commitments - I suppose their philosophy is to keep them happy so they'll stick around longer. Danny has a big 3 episode story arc coming up after the first of the year which includes Michelle Griffin as his mother. Don't give up on him just yet!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Reluctant Partner

I would almost prefer that to another faked death to protect a loved one scenario!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Reluctant Partner

I have to say this was the best episode yet this season. Of coursed I missed Danny, but the writers did a great job explaining his absence and with the phone conversation. Chi McBride is probably the best idea TPTB had for this show in a long time, and it's paying off. Viewers love him and what he brings to the show. His arguments with Steve are pure fun, although in a much different light from the Danny/Steve bromance. Up until this episode, it appeared as if Grover wouldn't make much effort to back up a Five-0, but after working together, albeit grudgingly, both men at least respect each other. I hope they keep this relationship edgy - it adds a new dimension to the show - someone who begrudges Five-0's immunity and means and makes no bones about it! Also love how the writers incorporated Catherine into the team dynamic. This is exactly what I had hoped to see - put her to use with her computer and intel skills so when Kono returns full time after the first of the year, she'll partner with Chin and leave Cath in charge of the magic table (hopefully, by then, she'll know how to use it!) Nick Jonas did a very convincing job as a brilliant sociopath/computer hacker. Shocked but intrigued by the ending - I feel Ian might be the new nemesis Peter Lenkov alluded to in an interview last summer - someone to take Steve's mind off WoFat for a while. Great episode, great writing and acting -Season 4 is right on track!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: In Deep

Well, hello there, Jim! So nice to see a new H5-0 review finally up! It's been sorely missed! This was indeed a fun episode - I loved Three Men and A Baby and especially Danny's fairy tale, but I'm mostly intrigued with the Capt. Grover/McG relationship! Very cool little touch of undermining McG's authority Grover attempted by trying to buddy up to Chin! I would love to see a scene with Grover and Danny sharing longboards and commiserating about dealing with superSEAL! But we know, when all is said and done, Danny will always have Steve's back. Looking forward to more of this dynamic in future eps.
Catherine on the team is just fine with me. Remember in S1 everyone complained about pencil-thin Kono taking down Sang Min's thugs and she hadn't even graduated from the Academy! Catherine has been on active duty in Navy Intel and survived several oversea deployments - why is it hard to imagine she could take down a Yakuza pretty boy? Welcome to the team, Catherine.

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: The Brothers McGarrett?

I see some things haven't changed over the summer! Still not enough characters for us more long-winded commenters! Grace has her reasons for wanting time off, and apparently for not wanting the world to know what they are! Looking forward to more Chi McBride and a new season of action (and a new Camaro - loved the Chevy commercial after the Silver Bullet's demise)!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: The Brothers McGarrett?

This was a fun, fun, fun premiere! The opening scenes flowed so perfectly from the S3 finale right into the S4 premiere, as if there had not been a 4 month hiatus between the episodes! Was the scene in the Max security lock up a little video game-ish? Yes, and I loved it! Such an action-packed premiere, but not so easy to follow the first time through, I will admit. My 2 cents on the brotherhood of McGarrett & WoFat? It's too easy. The McGarrett family story line is complicated and convoluted, and making them brothers is way too simplistic an outcome. Doris is an extremely complex character, can't wait to find out her connection with WoFat, but she's not his mother. Kono will be back! Not so sure about Adam! PLenkov says we will see Kono back with the team but not until mid season. I would also like to see -either a written or video interview- where Grace Park says she no longer wants to be on H5-0. Pretty sure one does not exist. She has her reasons for wanting time off, and apparently for not wanting the world to know what they are! Looking forward to more Chi McBride and a new season of action (and a new Camaro -loved the Chevy commercial after the Silver Bullet's demise)!

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Magic Breath

Not a bad episode! Kind of fun to watch - very much a Mission: Impossible mock up! I got the feeling early on in the heist that H50 was making fun of itself a bit. Love or hate this show, you have got to admit the writing team and producers enjoy taking risks and dance to a different drum beat with their plots and story lines. It's not a strict cop procedural. Neither is it simply a character-driven drama or action hero movie each week! It's a combination of all of the above - and it's willing to take risks. I love that about this show. It doesn't work perfectly every week, but when it does, it's awesome! I for one, appreciate the risk taking!

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