Hawaii Five-O Review: "Mana'O"

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This week's episode of Hawaii Five-O kicked off with a body found in a luau pit.

Seems like the opening for a standard procedural cop show, right? But the shocking reveal is used as the introduction to an emotional and exciting adventure, one that focused on the death of a cop suspected of being a mole by Internal Affairs.

Finding a Dead Body

There was a great connection between partners on "Mana'O," as McGarrett struggled with the thought that Danno was ignoring evidence just because he had a personal connection to the dead officer. In true McGarrett fashion, he took nearly half the episode to understand why Danno trusted his gut feeling over actual evidence.

In the end, Steve actually handled his partner with more understanding than I thought he would. It was also a nice touch to have Chin and Danno bond over the false judgments of Internal Affairs.

Elsewhere, Bastille - an art/drug dealer - was played to perfection by Bronson Pinchot. The drive McGarrett and Danno took Bastille on was chock full of action-packed hilarity, and I enjoyed the added touch that Bastille was tied to the car with a modern art piece.

Overall, this episode was held together with team work. There was a bump and grab of a wallet in the art gallery that was performed by all four members of the Five-O unit, and it showed just how well everyone worked together.

I think the lesson learned from the mediocrity of the previous week's episode was that things are better when the team isn’t divided, or, at the very least, things are better when McGarrett and Danno are not apart for a full hour.

This episode saw the capture of the HPD mole, which leads me to wonder if there was only the one, or if there are more layers of corruption in the force. McGarrett’s father seemed to think so in his tape recording from the first episode. It’ll be fascinating to see how the next installments shapes up and in what direction this mystery goes.

Bronson Pinchot on Hawaii Five-0

Mana'O Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

I'm so glad you're not hotheaded. I'd hate to work with someone like that.

McGarrett [to Danno]

Okay... alright, then give us a name, a number... I'll settle for a hiaku, just point us in a direction.