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9.10 – Pio ke kukui, pō‘ele ka hale

After fighting off an assassin in his own home, McGarrett and Joe White (guest star Terry O’Quinn) flee to Montana to prepare for a battle against those exacting revenge for a past SEAL mission, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CBS translated Pio ke kukui, pō‘ele ka hale to When the Light Goes Out, the House Is Dark

Finally, the review for one of the best episodes of the show. Yeah, yeah, I know, we normally don’t give the verdict up front. But come on, were there any doubts about the verdict? I don’t think so.

I am really sorry it took us this long to get this thing out to you, all my fault. I simply didn’t have the time, and more importantly, I was kinda overwhelmed by the episode. I found it extremely difficult to express my thoughts for it.

So, I hope you are still kinda interested in a review. If not, well, just skip it. 😊 …Sam

Cokie begins: I really don’t know where to begin. I am still amazed and blown away by this episode. Sam and I watched it on Saturday… twice. And then we watched again Sunday before we left for Frankfurt. I have planned to watch since I’ve been home, but things keep getting in the way. THAT really needs to get remedied very soon.

You see, Cokie and I spent a great vacation together. She came all the way over for a two-weeks visit. I can tell you, the trip over was an adventure on its own. But that story is for another time. Back to the long overdue review.

So yes, Cokie is right, I also wanted to be done with the review days ago since the show really deserves a review this time. Which we all know is not always the case. I did watch it a few more times by now, and I am still in awe. Why the heck can’t the show always be this good? Guess many factors, but we’ll come to that.

So, I guess I will begin at the beginning.

Good choice. 😉

Nice shots of Steve swimming although they had been used before. Doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy them all over again. 🙂 I had wondered why Eddie wasn’t swimming with him, but it was good that Eddie wasn’t around. That killer would not have hesitated to take him out, too.

I so wish they would show us more of Steve in the water. Don’t care in what form; swimming, snorkeling, diving or just on a boat would be fine with me.

But back up a little first. Let’s start with the beginning of the show. We saw a happy family in California; daddy and two kids playing in the pool. And we instantly knew it wouldn’t last long. Only question was “will they all get killed”? Thankfully we didn’t get an answer to that. I want to believe that the mother and kids were unharmed.

It was good seeing Joe trying to take care of his men. Unfortunately his warning came too late. Question was, would it be too late for Steve as well?

Now, for the fight scene. Loved, loved it when Steve dropped when he heard the sound of the weapon. He was already on alert from seeing that Joe had been calling, but that was simply perfect and showed his excellent SEAL skills. And that was some one-on-one fight. Very impressive.

Yes, it was great seeing Steve being the awesome guy he really is. During the more or less boring episodes people often forget what a highly trained person Steve actually is. In my eyes, they use his knowledge and his abilities way too seldom.

I am a huge fan of hand-to-hand combat. I love that kind of action. I don’t care much about car chases, although give me a good chase on foot and I will watch that for hours. I am fascinated by “Parcour”, so give me action where people are directly involved and I am one happy camper. This time, we got a great fight with fists and improvised weapons. The frying pan to Steve’s poor face was the icing on the cake. And it again showed the great love for detail after Steve was hit. He was uncoordinated and sluggish, resulting in missing his shots. Great acting, great choreography. Thanks to the stunt guys for giving us such great action. Again, kudos to you all.

Here is my first take-away: This episode was an adult show; one that showcased Steve’s SEAL abilities, his ‘family’ from the Navy and his personality when dealing with those people. He was different from when he is with 5-0. Not that I have anything against him when he is working with his team, but even in the dire situation they were in, he was a bit cheeky. The camaraderie with Joe and Cole was so good. There was none of the ‘comedy’ or team drama that occurs on most of the episodes and it was a welcome relief to actually watch a good, intense episode.

Intense it was. And I was more than happy that none of the team went with Steve. And I was even more happy that one member was completely missing. Sorry, but none of them would have fit into the story with Steve and Joe. Not even Junior. I loved the scene Steve telling Junior to stay out of it. And that he understood without even arguing about it. They both acted like adults who understood each other. So great to see.


I honestly can’t stand the normal forced drama and arguing we have to endure on this show. It is such a great show when they put their minds and talent to it. And taking the horribly forced comedy out of it.

And yes, Steve is very different as a SEAL. I love both of them, but SEAL-Steve actually feels more natural to him. Like that is who he really is. Hard to explain.

He doesn’t have to explain anything to his SEAL buddies, or Joe. They all have the same training, they are on the same level. That is liberating and comfortable.

I loved Steve when he was talking with Greer. He knew exactly what he was doing and knew when she took the bait. And, of course, I loved the part where he said she was giving up her accommodations for worse ones at another prison.

He already knew what he would do and what the plan would be when he was still sitting on the kitchen floor and bleeding all over the place. How awesome is this guy?!

OK, so we need to fit Adam somehow into the show. Huh, not sure what I think about his scenes. As I said before, I like IAD, but Adam? Not really. Why on earth is he part of Five-0? What right does he have to wear a badge? He is a convicted felon! He has NO training whatsoever. This is still making me mad.

Anyway… they found out who the link to the outside was, and of course they escape. Seriously, how stupid is that!


Take-away Two: Why do they put people in prison? It seems they always escape. From Halawa and also from Victorville. Can’t they find guards who have scruples?

It’s getting ridiculous. If you want to prolong any kind of story, just don’t put them into prison in the first place. This escaping shit is getting rather annoying.

Loved the scene with Steve and Joe in the car. Steve was already worried about Joe and I think, even then, Joe knew the outcome of this battle. He was weary. He hadn’t contacted his girlfriend after he was rescued and I think he knew his time was coming soon.

Steve knew. He knew that Joe might not make it through it. I absolutely adored that scene in the car. And this scene actually made the outcome OK to me. Because Joe was expecting it, and was OK with it.


Getting to the cabin and seeing Cole was awesome. I loved Cole bragging about the weapons he brought, only to be shown up by Joe. Steve was quite impressed, I believe. It was interesting watching the three of them prep the house for the battle to come. They knew what they were doing, worked in tandem and got the job finished.

Awesome and even funny scenes. They were at ease with each other. It just felt right. They were like a well oiled machine. Oh, how I wish it would always be like that.

I was sorry Cole was taken down so soon, but let’s be honest, we knew he wasn’t going to come out alive. I kept hoping that Joe would pull out a miracle, but I think we all pretty much knew how this would end.

Yeah, we knew, but really, how he died was rather stupid. Tell me, why the heck was he outside? He could have done his sniper job just as well, or even better from inside. Or from better cover. And jumping up and trying to run inside like he did? Well, that was not very clever. This whole thing with him outside was really stupid, and an easy way out to kill him off.

But it gave us quite a firefight. With RPGs and all.

Unfortunately, it also gave us Joe getting shot. Even the most optimistic viewer must have known then that Joe would not make it.


But I never expected the ending we got. I loved Steve arguing with Joe to continue. To seek help. To fight. But I don’t think Joe had any fight left in him. Once Steve realized that, he wanted to thank Joe for everything, beginning with thanks from a sad, scared 16 year old boy who had lost his family. I love those little tidbits of Steve’s history that are thrown in from time to time.

It is not in Steve to give up. To not fight. But in the end he had to realize that Joe was at the end of his rope, and he accepted that. Those were absolutely great scenes. Great acting by the both of them.

The ending scene before fading to black was simply perfect. I was just sitting there with my mouth hanging open. Three times. 🙂

I loved Joe. From the very beginning to his last breath. And I am so sad that he was the one they killed off. On the other hand I am totally OK with it. That sounds rather strange and contradictory, but it’s not. It was time for Joe to go. The character had outlived his purpose. For Steve’s story it was the right thing to happen.

How sad it might be, but the story comes first. If that means to kill off a character, no matter how beloved, then so be it. And this was right for the story.

Final take-away: Alex acted his socks off in this one. Anyone who says he isn’t a serious actor needs to watch this. He absolutely amazed me.

He does his thing with such ease. That is what amazes me time and time again. There seldom is any material on Five-0 where an actor can shine, but Alex does it even with the small scenes. A look here, a smile there. And then come the fantastic episodes where he gets material he can really work with. Like this one. And it is such a joy to watch it.



Now, on to 9.11. While I am extremely excited to see the next one, I am afraid I will be disappointed. They will have a second storyline in Hawaii and I don’t want it to be silly or contrived simply to give the actors something to do. I want this to be a good, fitting story that is a testimony to the life Joe lived. And I want Greer gone. Doesn’t matter how it happens, but I don’t want her in another prison that she can escape from.

Honestly, I don’t want to think about the next episode, or better about two things. Danny and the second story line. Both things I don’t need. As Steve said “we don’t need that”.

On a scale from one to ten, I give this one a 17.5. At least. One of the best… if not THE best, they have shown.

This episode is the first that is in the same category as the pilot and 5.07 – it might even be better. I haven’t decided yet. But yeah, these are my top three episodes. And in all three were big deaths involved; John McGarrett, Wo Fat, and now Joe White. Three key figures are already gone, who will be next?

There is so much more to say about this episode, maybe we will say the one or other thing in comments.

And yes, in case you wondered, this one gets full points.


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