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9.04 – A’ohe kio pohaku nalo i ke alo pali

Jerry accompanies Junior as he escorts a fallen soldier home to Oahu. Also, McGarrett and Danny discover a dead body when they delve into the illegal and highly profitable black market for sand, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CBS translated A’ohe kio pohaku nalo i ke alo pali to On the Slope of the Cliff, Not One Jutting Rock Is Hidden from Sight

Thanks to LeiCa for the screenshots.

OK, tell me, how can a show go from the total failure of 9.03 to really good in just a week?

Yes, I truly enjoyed this episode. My initial reaction was “wow, five star episode”. But let’s look at it with a bit of a distance, and see what the final verdict will be. Here are a few, short thoughts for 9.04.

I asked Cokie to add her two cents to the review; she was kinda reluctant. Which is rare. As usual, her thoughts are in italic.

After thinking about it, I’m not sure I really have anything to add to your review, but here are some random thoughts.

I really liked Junior and Jerry together and it was good that Jerry went with him to escort the airman home. We got a bit of history of the two characters which was done well and was not too much. So far I have liked the glimpses into Junior’s past… but I don’t need an entire show of them.

When we started the episode I wondered if junior was at Steve’s and who was keeping him awake. Well, it was Jerry. And not at Casa McG.

I really liked these two together on their mission to bring the fallen home. And I learned a few things, too. I had no idea that they are asked to pick someone to accompany the body home if it comes to the ultimate sacrifice. That was news to me. And it gave me some great ideas, but that’s another story.

Jerry came a long way. At first I couldn’t stand him, I thought he was not believable, and I did not enjoy watching the actor. And giving him a badge? I’m still not cool with that. 😉 But after he got a haircut, which was a great, brave move, he grew on me. I still think his transformation isn’t really believable, but by now I do like watching him. Just wait until the review for next episode. Anyway, I think he did another great job here.


Another great thing was Duke and his story. Glad they finally came back to it. I totally agree with Steve; you don’t go out without a fight for what is right. And I don’t see how Steve projected himself onto Duke; what he told Duke was what he felt was the right thing to do. For Duke just as much as for anyone. So, no, Danny wasn’t right about that. But I can understand that he would chose the way of the least resistance.

Loved Steve and Duke. Steve shows support to all of his family and I love the respect he has for Duke. I do not agree that Steve was projecting himself onto Duke. He knows the man has integrity and honor and he wanted to stand beside him to help in any way that he could during the court proceedings. It was a noble thing to do, but it exemplified who Steve is.


More scenes that I really enjoyed where the diving and on the boat. Loved Steve’s gestures when he went down and Danny kept talking. I wish we would see more of Steve in the water.

But I do wonder why he went down alone, shouldn’t he have a diving buddy. Don’t dive alone. But OK, guess that is asking too much.

Seeing how close they were to the shore, I really do wonder how nobody noticed the sand-sucking operation. They need huge equipment and ships for that. Something like that doesn’t go unnoticed.


All the stuff about the sandman was interesting but quite grisly to first be dumped in the ocean (especially the case of mistaken identity) and then to be sucked up, minus your feet. I have heard of sand mining before and wasn’t surprised it was being done on Oahu but it seems like it was being done out in the open. It doesn’t seem to be an easy thing to hide with all the equipment they had. I liked the way they solved the case, finding the dead woman’s husband. Of course, once the spouse was introduced, was there any doubt that he was to blame? Bet he wishes now that he had hired a more honorable murderer…

OK, here’s my question. While Steve looked oh-so-hot, first jumping into the sand machine and then rolling out of it covered in sand, why did he do that? I mean… where was the guy going to go? Was Steve planning to have a fight with him inside the sand? Cuff him inside the sand? It seemed there was only one way out and was Steve not sure they could find him? While it was a good visual scene, it really made no sense. Thankfully Danny found the right button to hit so that there wasn’t Steve sushi.

LOL, yeah, Steve jumping into the sand didn’t make any sense at all. Actually, it was pretty stupid.

I liked the show a lot. I’d give it 5 stars keeping me entertained for 43 minutes!

I was also well entertained, but correct my verdict to four stars. Just to keep some room for improvement.


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