(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

In case you were wondering whether Hawaii Five-0 is going to revisit the serial killer storyline that dominated the first part of Season 7, it's going to - and in a big way.

TVGuide.com has learned that Claire Forlani will return as former criminal profiler Alicia Brown after the new year... And she'll be bringing some shocking new information about her character with her.

"She comes [back] in a very unexpected way in the episode," showrunner Peter Lenkov tells TVGuide.com. "There are some big turns for Claire's character also, big surprises."

Also resurfacing will be Dr. Madison Gray (Elisabeth Rohm), the murderer masquerading as a police psychiatrist, who slipped out of Alicia and McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) grasp after nearly killing them earlier this season.

Catch up on all this week's Mega Buzz!

Forlani's episode is scheduled to air in mid-February, but Lenkov cautions that "it is not by any means a Valentine's Day episode." In fact, it sounds quite the opposite of romantic, with the body count rising as Alicia and McGarrett continue to track Dr. Grey.

"Everything [Brown's] done, she's looking at it like a game - and for her, that game isn't over," Lenkov says.

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CBS’ Friday lineup rebounded after facing Game 3 of the World Series last week. Leading the pack was Hawaii Five-0, whose 150th episode drew a 1.2 in adults 18-49 (Live+same day), up +0.2 from last week and the highest for any program on Friday night. Also gaining +0.2 was MacGyver (1.1), back above a 1 rating after slipping to a 0.9 against baseball. Blue Bloods (1.1) was steady.

Also even with last week was ABC’s Shark Tank (1.1). Additionally, ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.1) and Dr. Ken (0.8) and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.1) and Exorcist (0.7) matched the adults 18-49 ratings for their most recent outings two weeks ago.

NBC’s Dateline (1.0) and ABC’s 20/20 (0.8) each inched up a tenth from last Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (1.1) and total viewers (8.9 million).

CBS’ Friday lineup rebounded after facing Game 3 of the World Series last week. Leading the pack was Hawaii Five-0, whose 150th episode drew a 1.2 in adults 18-49 (Live+same day), up +0.2 from last week and the highest for any program on Friday night. Also gaining +0.2 was MacGyver (1.1), back above a 1 rating after slipping to a 0.9 against baseball. Blue Bloods (1.1) was steady.

Also even with last week was ABC’s Shark Tank (1.1). Additionally, ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.1) and Dr. Ken (0.8) and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.1) and Exorcist (0.7) matched the adults 18-49 ratings for their most recent outings two weeks ago.

NBC’s Dateline (1.0) and ABC’s 20/20 (0.8) each inched up a tenth from last Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (1.1) and total viewers (8.9 million).

When “Hawaii Five-0” premiered back in 2010, expectations were not high for yet another TV remake — let alone a reboot of the CBS series that aired from 1968-1980 (279 episodes) with star Jack Lord.

And yet the drama, which stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim, is now in its seventh season, and will air its 150th episode Friday (9 p.m.) on CBS.

“It feels good. We’re sort of like ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” says Peter Lenkov, the series’ showrunner and executive producer. “Everybody thought, ‘Here comes another reboot of a show.’ The original lasted 12 years on the air and everybody thought we wouldn’t last 12 episodes — and here we are 150 episodes in.”

For heavily-promoted “event” episodes like milestones, premieres and finales, Lenkov says the writers usually go with mythology plots that delve into their characters’ back stories. So the 150th “Hawaii Five-0” installment seemed like the perfect time for Steve McGarrett’s (O’Loughlin’s) ex, Catherine (Michelle Borth), and mother Doris (Christine Lahti), to return.

In the episode, it’s Catherine who informs the Five-0 team that Doris was captured and is about to be executed for attempting to free villain Wo Fat’s imprisoned father, setting them off on a mission to free her.

“We’ve been waiting to bring [Christine] back and do it where the story made sense and it was something special,” Lenkov says. “We liked putting McGarrett through the ringer, letting it hang out there that his mom disappeared. The more you could play that, the more satisfying it would be when she came back.”

As an added bonus, producers cast Lahti’s daughter, Emma Schlamme (her father, Lahti’s husband, is TV director Thomas Schlamme) to guest star as a young Doris, who appears in flashbacks throughout the hour.

“Somehow it was mentioned that she had a daughter who was an actress, and we just thought it was perfect,” Lenkov says. “I actually posted a picture of one of the flashbacks online and people thought ‘How did we find the exact lookalike?’ ”

Lenkov says the crew is already joking about what they can do if they make it to 200 episodes. As for what got them this far, he’s not sure — though he does credit good casting and the show’s Hawaiian filming locale as a major plus.

“Nobody’s going to tune in and not enjoy the landscape. It feels like a vacation every week,” he says. “It’s a very oddball family that we’ve put together and I think people relate to them. They’re fun people to spend an hour with once a week.”

“When I wrote the pilot for this show there was ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Bionic Woman,’ there were reboots that had come and gone,” he adds. “For the most part, the numbers are against these things lasting. But I think people look at us as, ‘It can work if you do it the right way.’ ”

“I like him,” Grace stated.

It took a moment for the declaration to sink in. She’d never expressed an opinion on her Stepfather in her father’s presence before. Danny’s surprise was short-lived. It was replaced by jealousy and an irrational sense of betrayal. Immediately, he was ashamed. As much as he tried to will them away, they remained.

She watched the expression on his face change. “Is it okay to like him, Daddy?”

“Yeah. It’s okay to like him, Monkey,” he forced himself to say.

“You look sad.”

He opened his mouth to reply. Instead, he silently pulled her close.

(Repost.  100 words.  Originally posted in 2010 as trekkingalong.)



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“Hey,” he said to Kono and Chin around a mouthful of pickles.  “You tried these?  They’re good.”

The jar was one of many from a larger box.  It was Kono who made the connection first.  “Those aren’t-“

The return address belonged to the hospital.  “Should we tell him?”

Danny immediately stopped chewing.  “Tell me what?”

Kono’s only response was revulsion.

“Tell me what?!”

“Those are specimen jars,” Chin announced.  “From Bergman’s lab.”

Danny’s reaction was instantaneous.  His eyes grew wide.  He shoved the jar into Kono’s hands.  Then he ran.

He flushed the pickles and his record down the toilet.

(Repost. 100 words.  In reference to “Palekaiko”.  Originally written in 2010 as trekkingalong.)



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(Author’s Notes:  This is a copy of the original draft of “No Escape”.  Sometimes I knock a story down to 100 words but there’s still more to be told.  The first paragraph focuses on Steve’s anger but in its entirety, the story is more about friendship.  I remember going back and forth on this one, trying to decide which one to post.  In this case, you get both!)

Chin’s explanation hung in the silence between them.  Disbelief lasted only several seconds.  Then every emotion Steve thought he’d laid to rest years ago swelled to the surface.  His chest grew tight with grief.  His hands curled into clenched fists.  His head began to spin with anger.  A teenager’s anger, directed at the world for its lack of fairness, was replaced by an adult’s focused fury.  Whoever killed his mother was going to die.  Steve didn’t know when or where.  He didn’t know how.  He just knew he’d make it happen.  Then his parents’ murderers could burn in hell together.

Without replying, he fled the confines of the small office.  His retreat didn’t stop there.  Long strides carried him through the common area, straight out the main doors, and down the stairs.  ‘Fight or flight’ had taken over.  Instinct told him placing distance between himself and problem was the best offense.  His head hadn’t cleared enough to realize the obvious.  His feelings would go with him wherever he went.

The occupants of his own office were too engrossed in their own reconciliation to notice his departure.  Danny however had witnessed Steve’s escape.  He poked his head in through Chin’s door.

“Hey.  You know what’s up with him?”

Chin glanced up from his notes but couldn’t find it in himself to answer.

Danny didn’t need an answer.  Chin’s expression said it all.  He took off after his partner a second later.

Coming down the front steps of the palace, his gaze swept the parking lot.  The car wasn’t where he’d left it but it was still there, parked thirty feet away with the engine running.  He jogged over and glanced in through the window.  Steve was sitting in the driver’s seat.  Both hands gripped the steering wheel.  Unfocused eyes stared out through the windshield.

Danny didn’t bother to wrap his knuckles on the glass.  He just opened the passenger side door, dropped in, and closed it behind himself. Several minutes passed with only the sound of the idling engine to fill the cabin.  In all that time, Steve continued to stare.  Despite his partner’s presence, he was alone with his pain.  Danny reached over slowly and turned the key in the ignition.  The engine fell silent.

It was only then that Steve reacted.  His grip loosened and he leaned forward to plant his head on the steering wheel.

Danny sat with him until he was ready to talk.

 



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“I hate them,” Danny stated vehemently.

“Why don’t you tell me how you really feel?”

“Didn’t I mention?  I.  Hate.  Them.”

“Don’t hold back on my account.”

“HATE!  Capital ‘H’!”

“I’m sorry.  I didn’t catch that.”

“Hate.  Detest.  Abhor!  What part of this declaration do you not understand?!”

Steve seemed mildly impressed.  “Abhor.  Is that like ergo?”

“’Is that like-‘  NO!  One is a verb!  The other is an adverb!  They are not the same!”

“So if I got a couple for Grace for Christmas, you’d be okay with that?”

“Would the tank be big enough to drown you in?”

(Repost.  100 words.  Originally written in 2010 as trekkingalong.  I remember this one being easy to write.  Danny=Me.  I hate jellyfish.  Nasty things.)



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Danny never imagined in a millions years a pair of handcuffs being placed on him by a fellow officer.  Kono couldn’t keep the tears from her eyes as she executed the warrant.  For a moment, they locked gazes.  It was Danny who looked away first.  There were no apologies or explanations.  It was her duty and he wasn’t about to make it any harder than it already was.  There would be a time and a place.  This wasn’t it.

“Detective Danny Williams, you’re under arrest for the murder of Lt. Cmdr. Steve McGarrett.”

His personal nightmare was only just beginning.

(Repost.  Prompt: Nightmare.  100 words.  Originally post in 2010 as trekkingalong.  This was going to become part of a much larger story but…  *insert excuse here.*  Never got there.)



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“We ready?”

Grace nodded.

“Turkey?”

“Check.”

“Stuffing?”

“Check.”

“Corn?”

She nodded again.

“Cranberry sauce?”

She paused, taking a quick look at what was present on the table.  Eventually, she was forced to shake her head.

“This?  This does not offend me.  It comes out shaped like the can it came in.  It’s an affront to nature.  Green bean casserole?” he asked, continuing the inventory.

“Yup.”

“Rolls?”

“A whole bag.  They’re sweet, too!”

“Family and friends?”

Her gaze traveled from Danny, to Kono, to Chin Ho, and finally to Steve.  “All here.”

“You want to say grace, Monkey?”

She grinned.  “GRACE!”

(Repost.  Prompt: Thanksgiving.  Originally written in 2010 as trekkingalong.)



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