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I have to respectfully disagree with you, Michael, with regard to you opinion that H50 would survive just fine without the Danny Williams character. That dynamic was what made this show a success in Season 1. The dynamic has definitely changed over the 4 seasons, but who would have McGarrett's back, no questions asked, if not Danny? Would you want Jerry (who I can take in small bits) to be Steve's partner? Danno isn't going anywhere. If he does, a large segment of viewers could possibly lose interest in the show. Neither is Scott. To the best of the fans' knowledge, no one working for Scott Caan or CBS has ever confirmed that Mr. Caan is leaving the show. Hawaii 5-0 is his job. Hawaii is not his home. He goes home whenever he can - who wouldn't? He has not missed any H5-0 filming because of the filming of the Entourage movie. Scott will join that filming when the H5-0 season filming ends on March 22nd. Lots of rumors have been flung far and wide this season. Until something is verified by the network, that's all they are.

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Excellent review! Very in depth and thoughtful. Many viewers consider H50 as nothing more than unbelievable fluff without realizing that there are ALWAYS underlying themes running through each episode. Thank you for taking the time to add to the enjoyment of watching a new H50 episode by zeroing in on what a viewer can take away from the show beyond just the beautiful people and the gorgeous views. This was a most enjoyable episode in many ways, all of which you have already mentioned. Grover, Clara and Jerry are great characters and add support, love and a little bit of brilliant ridiculousness to the show. It's obviously about time some of Steve's demons come out to haunt him, and I hope we will be invited in to see how he deals with them. I can't believe Steve allowed Jerry to move in with him! But since Jerry will be in the next two new episodes, it makes sense that Jerry is accessible. Can I say how much I love Jorge Garcia?
This much! \_______________/

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Trouble with Change

She is contracted for 17 episodes this season. She will be totally missing from 5 eps. Michelle Borth mentioned this herself on the Amy and Friends radio show a couple of weeks ago.

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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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