(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


Season finale time, and it’s a cleverly-constructed episode which draws together quite a few of the show’s ongoing plots. H50 isn’t always the best at multi-episode arcs, but I think it gets it just about right here.

Anyway, star attraction is still psycho-nerd Aaron Wright, now at large and with NSA cyber-weapons for sale. Junior’s father has gone missing after his daughter’s killer was released on parole, following Joons’s intervention at the hearing last week. Adam is sleeping over – platonically, everyone, platonically – at the house of old friend Tamiko, who was left at the altar a few weeks ago by her undercover FBI agent boyfriend. And the wife of Omar Hassan, the man responsible for the death of Joe White, wants to visit Steve, with her young son, in order to sort out their differences and apologise. This doesn’t raise any red flags. Not a one.

It all shakes out pretty well, and – given that H50 is generally all about the action – with a few possible romances as well. Wright, finally cornered, engineers a false alert of a missile attack – not the first time that’s happened on Oahu – in order to sow confusion, but is eventually captured. His parting shot is a boast that he’ll probably be freed again because the CIA needs his skills. I wouldn’t put that past the writers. Adam visits Tamiko, having told her that he’s ready to “move on”. Whether he “moves on” Tamiko we don’t yet know, because the door closes on the viewers, leaving ex-Yakuza Adam in the company of his possible new love interest, the daughter of a Yakuza oyabun. Way to leave that old life behind, Adam. Junior, disowned by his father and a little bit emotional, drops in on Tami. The door closes on that one as well. Even Danny seems to be getting closer to Rachel again, which Steve seems to be a bit sniffy about. Wonder why?

And in the final scene, at Five-0 HQ, the Widow Hassan pulls out a gun and shoots… someone. Not Danny. Maybe Steve. Possibly her son. But probably Jerry. I’m slightly concerned that, as far as I can tell, there’s no word on whether Jorge Garcia is returning for season 10. Because at the moment this show, I’d say, is working very well. It now seems odd that it was on the bubble a few seasons ago: with ratings holding up nicely, and the new cast members all properly integrated, H50 now feels kind of indestructible; assuming, that is, Alex O’Loughlin stays interested, and it doesn’t get too expensive to make.

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TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next?” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes.

Turning ye ol’ “Who shot JR?” cliffie on its ear, Hawaii Five-0‘s Season 9 finale left us wondering : Did Omar Hassan’s wife successfully ambush Steve by firing the plastic pistol she sneaked through security? Or did someone else (we’re looking at you, Jerry) wind up taking the bullet for McGarrett, causing Danny to remark, “Oh my god…”?

After Five-0’s latest business with Aaron Wright had been handled, Azra Hassan arrived at HQ with her young son, Khalid, claiming that she wanted to apologize for her husband’s attack on Steve’s SEAL team that resulted in Joe White’s death earlier in the season.

“I wanted to show [Khalid] the power of forgiveness,” she told Steve. “They say time heals all wounds…. But I have learned you have to do these things for yourself. I wish for something better for my son. I want to show him a mother’s way.

“The most merciful of person is the one who forgives when he is able to take revenge,” she added, before she and Khalid shook hands with the Commander. Thing is, Azra was chock full of hooey. As Steve turned to walk the visitors out, Azra grabbed a ceramic gun from Khalid’s (apparently unchecked!) book bag and and aimed it down the hall. “I ask God every day for his mercy… because I have none!” she growled, before squeezing off a round in Steve’s direction.

But did the bullet with Steve’s name on it in fact make its way to its intended target? Rewatch the cliffhanger below, then vote!

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Tani’s at home, minding her own business – all right, offering moral support via the phone to Junior, for reasons to which we’ll come back – when all of a sudden there’s a man pointing a gun at her. And the man is our old friend Aaron Wright, last seen killing H50’s go-to hacker friend Toast and disappearing into the wind. This time, though, Aaron wants the Five-0’s help: in return for immunity, he’s been working for the NSA in a covert black ops site on Oahu, from which he’s been waging cyber warfare on America’s enemies. Unfortunately some baddies came in that morning and killed four of his colleagues; he and the branch chief (Senator Morejon from Madam Secretary) are the only survivors, and the chief might well be up to no good himself. So can they protect him, please?

Well. The Five-0 is, of course, enormously sanctimonious about this… this criminal helping the forces of law and order. (Double killer and “former” Yakuza member Adam is actually in the room, but that doesn’t stop anyone, of course. Yes, I realise I’m the only person who cares.) But Aaron’s story all checks out, so what are you going to do? Jerry punches him for killing his friend, but the rest of the Five-0 decides that pragmatism is in order, and work with him. It turns out that a gang of Euro-assassins is behind the hit, and that it has to do with blackmail and killer anaesthesia machines rather than national security. With Aaron still a target, Steve decides to use Junior and Tani as bait for the shooters (“Like gazelles at a watering-hole…”, muses Tani poetically) while Jerry and Aaron team up to bring down Big Anaesthesia. This story, however, isn’t over.

Meantime, and against my expectations, both of the subplots land. Lou’s outstandingly annoying brother Percy, who really shouldn’t have escaped with his life from his first appearance, is whining because someone seems to have stolen his kouign-amann recipe. Is this really a matter for the Five-0? Well, Lou intervenes, and much to everyone’s surprise – including mine – the trail leads to an act of industrial espionage carried out by a generously-built Hawaiian gentleman already familiar to the viewers. It seemed to me at least that Lou and Percy were very ready to accept his explanation, perhaps unreasonably so.

And Tani accompanies Junior to the parole hearing of the man who knocked down and killed his sister. H50’s approach to issues of crime and punishment is generally somewhat Old Testamentary, so I really wasn’t prepared for Junior deciding that, rather than demanding that the parole application be refused, a bit of forgiveness might be in order. Outstanding.

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CBS has announced their official fall schedule for the 2019-2020 TV season.

Highlights include the new season premieres of returning dramas Bull (season 4), Madam secretary (season 6), Young Sheldon (season 3), NCIS: New Orleans (season 6), NCIS (season 17), NCIS: Los Angeles (season 11), FBI (season 2), Hawaii Five-0 (season 10), Magnum P.I. (season 2), Blue Bloods (season 10), SEAL Team (season 3) and S.W.A.T. (season 3).

The network is also set to launch new shows Bob ♥ Abishola, All Rise, The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, and Evil.

Survivor season 39 will debut with a 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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Check out the full schedule below:

Monday, Sept. 23
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE NEIGHBORHOOD (2nd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. BOB ♥ ABISHOLA (SERIES DEBUT)
9:00-10:00 p.m. ALL RISE (SERIES DEBUT)
10:00-11:00 p.m. BULL (4th Season Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS (17th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. FBI (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (6th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:30 p.m. SURVIVOR (90-Minute 39th Season Premiere)
9:30-11:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (Live Season Finale)

Thursday, Sept. 26
8:00-8:30 p.m. YOUNG SHELDON (3rd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. THE UNICORN (SERIES DEBUT)
9:00-9:30 p.m. MOM (7th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. CAROL’S SECOND ACT (SERIES DEBUT)
10:00-11:00 p.m. EVIL (SERIES DEBUT)

Friday, Sept. 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0 (10th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. MAGNUM P.I. (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (10th Season Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 28
8:00-10:00 p.m. CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 p.m. 48 HOURS (32nd Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 29 (Football Doubleheader)
7:30-8:30 p.m. 60 MINUTES (52nd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:30 p.m. GOD FRIENDED ME (2nd Season Premiere)
9:30-10:30 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (11th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Oct.2
8:00-9:00 p.m. SURVIVOR (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m. SEAL TEAM (3rd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. S.W.A.T. (3rd Season Premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 6
7:00-8:00 p.m. 60 MINUTES (Regular Time Period)
8:00-9:00 p.m. GOD FRIENDED ME (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Regular Time Period)
10:00-11:00 p.m. MADAM SECRETARY (6th Season Premiere)

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A cleverly-structured episode, written – as the best ones often are – by Zoe Robyn, starts with some #bantz about Junior accompanying Tani to a wedding as her plus-one, an arrangement which they both maintain is strictly platonic. Interestingly, as in later episodes of The Mentalist, it seems that the other characters are shipping them, which might at least mean that we’ll be spared a tiresome don’t-let-the-Job-find-out storyline if and when they get together.

More of that later, including The Wedding itself. For now, though, we have a homicide. Ride-share driver Sam Pukahi is abducted at knifepoint by passenger Carter Hill. So when Pukahi’s vehicle turns up with his corpse in it, we immediately assume Hill to be the perp. Not so; Hill is in the boot, also dead, and a quick investigation reveals him to be a boring marketing executive from New Jersey in town for a convention. So who killed them both, and why? The answer will lead to poor Junior having to scramble down a cliff to rescue someone, watched by Tani, who might just about be starting to realise that she likes him.

And, answering the request of no-one anywhere, Steve’s dumbo sister Mary is back, staying in an Airbnb (it’s a good week for the gig economy on H50), and highly suspicious of her neighbour Ben Miller, who she believes, on fairly scant evidence, to be running a meth lab. Since Mary is an idiot, no-one takes her seriously, until… she’s proved right. Her neighbour is, indeed, running a meth lab. I for one am in no way surprised that Mary would know exactly what to look for.

Finally, then, to The Wedding itself! They both look hot, of course, but The Moment arrives when one of Tani’s girlfriends enquires about whether Junior is single, and Tani is strangely reluctant to answer. To the sound of pennies dropping they slow-dance to an acoustic cover of Only You – a song which is a signifier of workplace hookups ever since the closing scenes of The Office (UK version) – and come about as close to kissing as you can without actually kissing. Next week, presumably, or maybe the season finale. Best episode for weeks.

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