(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


I ka wa mua, I ka wa ma hope.” When Danny is shot while quarantined in the hospital with McGarrett, Tani and Junior, he’s left unconscious and clinging to life, imagining a future for everyone in Five-0.

Well, then. Sorry guys, you will have to deal with me attempting another review. Sam’s computer/internet issues remain unresolved at present and I can’t begin to tell you that I am going into withdrawal! Thankfully, we can still use WhatsApp or I would probably be more insane than I am.

This won’t be a normal review. Since storytelling seems to be the way to go these days, we will bring you a Christmas story, told in part by our Ghost-of-Christmas-Past-Present-and-Future. I hope you enjoy the tale.

Now, this is all tongue in cheek and downright silly. Please, if you take offense at poking fun at certain individuals, this story isn’t for you. I warn you, if this is you, just turn back now. We won’t hold it against you…

Still here? OK, let’s begin. Cokie

I hope it is clear as a day that the voice over – uhm – voice is no one other than AOL himself. Saying that, I’m angry at myself that we did not include the word ‘tremendously’. Well, you all know my addiction to this word. Now I hope you enjoy Cokie’s and my joint venture tremendously. And if you can’t enjoy it tremendously, just leave with a ladylike contenance. Oh, and Alex: Can you please voice over the introduction too? Even if it’s not italian, there are the words tremendously (4 times now) and contenance in it. Thank you. leiCa

We open and our team is still stuck in quarantine at the hospital. Steve is going stir crazy and gets hold of some clippers. Why, Show? Although he looked like he was enjoying himself, so let him have his fun. It’s hair… it will grow. Now, here’s a question for you. They are quarantined, behind layers of plastic and glass and all sorts of rules and regs for getting into the place. Are we expected to believe that there is NO ONE on that floor with them? In case of emergency, they could only rely on their (broken) cell phones to call for help? Really? I’m not buying it, but that is called Plot and I tend to overlook Plot in these stories.

And so, our tale begins… cue the voice over…

A Christmas Tale

Once upon a time there was a Grinch. He was playing cards with some colleagues and was only able to do so because he had survived a deadly bio weapon attack some days ago.

Grinch Williams had survived because Santa had saved his life (again) regardless of his own health while Grinch had been napping on the couch. So now he was playing cards with his Grinch-face while Santa McGarrett was in the bathroom shaving his head with his adorable-face. Because it would be low maintenance this way, but first and foremost it looked hot af. Santa was very pleased with the outcome and next went to Grinch Williams to shave his head too, which would be no problem and a very short undertaking. And it would save the Grinch lots and lots of money he spent on all kind of hair-products, like the very strong hair lacquer he used to hold the comb over strands in place.

But Grinch did not want a buzz cut and insulted Santa while wearing his Grinch-face.And of course he knew he and his buzz cut would be no competition to Santa McGarrett and he couldn’t have that. Because he always had to be better, smarter, wiser.

Although he never was.

Santa made his little smile-face and no longer bothered because he did not want even more added stress. Santa just knew who had been worried about Mother Nature doing her thing with the hair.

After a little while a bad man came in and wanted Grinch Williams to recognize him. Of course he didn’t because he never recognized things he had messed up. He just reacted with his typical Grinch-face. So the bad man just shot him.

End of story.

And there is our opening. Who was this man? How did he know where they were in the hospital and how did he know what to bring to blow the place down if they tried to get out of their quarantine? Man was sweating and sickly looking. Was he already dying? Because of something D did? Who knows? Will we ever know? Did he actually know D? Was D lying when he said he didn’t know him? Hmm… all these questions. All this plot. Will it ever get answered? I guess we have to stay tuned to learn all about this scintillating story. <That was sarcasm… I wish Santa would bring me a sarcasm font><And I learned the word scintillating>

Now, back to our tale…

So the bad man just shot him.

End of story.


Grinch Williams bled and luckily he wore a white shirt so that we all could see it. Santa McGarrett was shocked and horrified and his face of utter dismay made me feel the horror too, although I did not care for the Grinch one bit.

Santa McGarrett fought for Grinch’s life again with determined-face, while Grinch Williams was napping again and hallucinating his future. His face could not be seen because of an oxygen mask. Oxygen mask-face was a breath of fresh air. Literally and metaphorically.

Santa had a not so little helper, the wonderful Elf Grover. Elf Grover and his tenacity made the tension palpable too.

Thank God Santa had shaved his head so now we could differentiate between real-Santa with the buzz cut and hallucinated unreal-Santa with his longer hair. That was a pretty good idea because otherwise we would have been totally clueless…

Obviously Grinch thought his dreams would be Santa’s dreams too, which is weird because he has known Santa for several years now. Sadly there was no Alicia in his hallucinations, because she could have told him something about ‘projection’ and identity.

We see the future through Grinch’s eyes and are taken to a restaurant scene. We can only assume this is “Steve’s Restaurant” which was a hustling, bustling place. It was good to see that the Grinch was aware that it had to be Santa’s job to deal with their patrons. They didn’t want to frighten off their guests. This kind of self-awareness was uncommon for the Grinch who always liked to be front and center of everything.

So Santa McGarrett looked after the patrons with charming-face and voice whereas Grinch Williams couldn’t scare them with his Grinch-face and voice because he stumbled around in the kitchen tasting unsuspecting patrons’ food off their plates.<Do they really do that? Taste food from the plate? Ick.><I hope it was test-food>

Then Santa came into the kitchen and he and Grinch watched the news on TV and Santa quite frankly told him with a shrug-face that the Grinch was actually dead.

Grinch is so shocked that he chose to wear – his Grinch-face.

End of story.

We have our first hallucination. Now, I am NOT a proponent of Steve and Danny having a restaurant, but this was a good scene. Steve knows how to work a crowd. He seemed to actually be enjoying himself in all the busy-ness. And he was good to his clientele. He knew them and he knew what they liked. Apparently, business is booming. But when we visit the kitchen, we learn through a news story that an officer has been shot and killed.

And we are brought back to the present… still in quarantine.

We still have a bomb on the door, so Tani is given the task to get someone up there. I thought flooding the bathroom was a pretty good idea; one I doubt I would have thought of.<Well, I doubt I would be that strong to rip off those tubes, but I am no 5-0 Wonderwoman> Help finally comes and we have a scene of Steve giving orders to the nurse on the other side of the door. Clear and concise. He knew what they needed and he wanted it NOW.

Danny is starting to hallucinate due to blood loss and he is talking about his kids. First up is Grace’s wedding to Will. If I had been Grace, I would have suggested to my husband-to-be that his father get rid of that wooly-worm on his upper lip prior to my wedding. But that’s just me.

I noted a couple of things. The wedding that Danny is paying so much money for is actually in Steve’s back yard. I’m going to guess that Steve didn’t charge him a rental fee, so he didn’t have to pay for a venue. Catering surely would be done by the restaurant, so that would have been wholesale. I guess that wedding dress must have cost an arm and a leg because I’m not seeing a whole lot that he had to pay a fortune for.

The other thing I noted is that Steve never did redecorate…<I am still mourning the loss of cock-a-doodle-doo paperholder from S1>

Grover arrives with the bomb squad and they learn they can’t get the bomb off the door before D bleeds out. A nice doctor is there walking Steve through medical procedures and Steve sticks his finger into Danny’s chest, thereby saving his life. I’m totally with Steve. Any guilt trip D wants to use with McLiver has been paid in full. Signed, SEALed and delivered.

Back to hallucinations. Danny sees Charlie at his police academy graduation. I’m glad that Duke is still around to give the speech to the new class. Again, Steve and Danny in the audience bickering. Of course Steve is Charlie’s role model. No doubt about that.

We see out-of-place PDA between Tani and Junior’s Afro. I’m sorry, but she is Flirty McFlirterson and has been since she laid eyes on Junior. I just don’t see any attraction between them and this look into what D sees as their future is just weird. Not to mention very out of place when the new head of Five-0 is on the front row of academy graduation kissing her subordinate/boyfriend/husband… whatever they were.

But I had to keep reminding myself that was all made up in D’s head. And in his head, he is still having these cutsie conversations with Steve.

Reality again… bomb squad plans to blow a huge hole in the wall and get them all out. Grover tells Steve what they are going to do. He tells them “no arguing” and I love that Steve listened to what Grover had to say, then quickly put a plan into action, getting his team to safety. No arguing, no questions asked, no second guessing how things are going to be done. This is the way a team works. My favorite team.

Well, Grover is a bit miffed at this hole that appeared from the super-dooper bomb squad, so he takes it upon himself to hack his way into the space. Good for Grover. His team comes first!

Danny is whisked away to surgery and Steve and team are made to wait in quarantine. Which is a bit of overkill now with a Grover-sized hole in the wall and a bomb still on the door.

And we go back to our story…

Then Santa came into the kitchen and he and Grinch watched the news on TV and Santa quite frankly told him with a shrug-face that the Grinch was actually dead.

Grinch is so shocked that he chose to wear – his Grinch-face.

End of story.


Obviously Grinch Williams knew that in his life just Santa McGarrett would stay as a friend. Because he is Santa and is the only one willing to endure the Grinch’s offensive, rude and mean behavior.

Funny thing that the Grinch thought Santa McGarrett would wear slacks as an old man.

Funny thing that the Grinch thought Santa McGarrett would smoke a pipe as an old man.

Really funny thing that the Grinch thought he would still have hair when he grew older.

Funny thing that the Grinch thought Santa McGarrett would be happy about translucent smartphones and not working the case with Captain Tani and Whatever Junior but about spaghetti and meatballs.


The bullet didn’t win.

Santa McGarrett saved his life again.

The Grinch was nasty.

The Grinch didn’t say thank you. That’s no problem in a real friendship. Unless, of course you are not claiming it from everybody else.

This Grinch never got that friendship is like Christmas. It means a little bit more. Just his lung grew several sizes that day… his heart remained the same.

This Grinch was only a freak with a red nose.

Stink – Stank – Stunk.

And there’s the gist of the story. We cut to our team finally making it to the surgery waiting room where everyone is consoling Eric. Personally, that scene seemed quite phony. I didn’t buy Eric’s angst… sorry.

In surgery, we get our last hallucination. OK, seeing Steve made up as an older person wasn’t so bad. He looked decent. What bothered me is that apparently, Danny projects that he and Steve will be living together when they are 80. It is refreshing to note that neither gets killed in the line of duty, but Danny can’t live on his own? Really? Steve is taking his phone messages? I guess because D sleeps and snores the day away. Either Grace or Charlie gave him a granddaughter named Clara who is going to the police academy. Maybe he should go live with his family members. And maybe he should envision his future with much less hair.

We learn that, no, the bullet didn’t win. D gets to live to celebrate another Christmas. The doctor comes out and tells them the good news and we cut to a scene when Danny is in his hospital bed with all his friends around. He grouses that Steve’s unwashed finger was inside his own chest cavity and doesn’t give one thought to a “thank you”. Why am I not surprised?

As the show ended, we got to see a cute little bobble-head Steve wishing us a Merry Christmas.<I didn’t see bobble-head Steve! Sniffle>I hope Santa gives me my own bobble-head Steve in my stocking… he was cute!

Coming next:

What the Grinch really thinks about Christmas.

What the Grinch really thinks about friendship.

What the Grinch really does to appreciate his friends.

How the Grinch scares little children.

Stay tuned…



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There’s double trouble on Hawaii Five-0 this week, as the CBS drama enters the holiday break with not one but two episodes (starting tonight at 9/8c) .

The first hour continues last week’s storyline about McGarrett, Danny, Tani and Junior being quarantined after their exposure to and treatment for a bio-weapon. During that episode, a delirious, gunshot Danny has visions of the future — Grace’s wedding and Charlie’s graduation from the police academy included. Then, it’s Five-Ho-Ho-Ho as the team bumps up against some bad Santas.

Now midway through her well-received first season on the established procedural, Meaghan Rath previewed for TVLine the double header — and the revealing flash forwards within.

TVLINE | The first of this week’s episodes is Part 2 of the bio-weapon/quarantine storyline. But before we get into that, tell me: How intense was it filming that stormy yacht scene in Part 1?
It was actually really, really intense — probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, because it was an entire night’s worth of time spent doing just the storm, shooting on a yacht in the water. They had guys going around with jet skis making waves, the boat was rocking, there was so much water being dumped down on us and they didn’t heat it or anything — it was freezing cold. It would have been warmer just to jump in the ocean! So between takes to keep us warm they would put us in a hot tub with all our clothes on. We were all sort of banged up and bruised from that night.

TVLINE | I assumed they had you in a big tank somewhere.
The part with McGarrett getting hit by the wave was in a tank, but the rest of it was actually in the ocean. It was pretty amazing. It was so tough but I love that physical stuff. It reminded me of all the games my brother and I used to play when we were kids. Like, “You’ve got to rescue me in the ocean!” I had a great time doing it.

TVLINE | You’ve been doing a lot of running-and-gunning as well. And I’ve often said that Five-0 does the best daylight action sequences on broadcast TV. Any of the superhero shows, they stage most of their fight scenes at night and in dark warehouses where it’s easy to mask doubling….
It’s funny that you say daylight, because it’s nice there’s not that many night shoots on this show. The show is in its eighth season and everyone’s like, “We’d like to get home to our families,” so a lot of stuff is during the day. And they do a really great job of it. It’s sort of hard to picture what it’s going to look like when you’re in it because there’s so many effects and its so piecey the way that we’re shooting it. But when I actually saw that boat episode, I was like, “Wow!”

TVLINE | Now that everybody’s in quarantine, I guess it’s smooth sailing? No more drama?
Exactly. No drama left on the show. [Laughs] No, you can see in the preview for it that while quarantine is the place we’re supposed to be safe and totally closed off from the world, that’s actually not the case. That was one of my favorite episodes that was done so far. You see an episode like that and you’re like, “It’s such a contained episode, it’s going to be kind of boring,” but the tension is alive through it. It’s also fun because peppered throughout the episode are these flash forwards for all of us. It’s always fun to see these fantasy sequences.

TVLINE | I understand that during one of them, we learn that Tani winds up leading the Five-0 team. What did you think when you first read that?
I thought it was great. I think she’s the next McGarrett — they think the same way and they kind of are reckless.

TVLINE | That’s how [showrunner] Peter [Lenkov] first described her to me – “the female McGarrett.”
She’s so similar to him. It was a bit heartwarming to read that actually.

TVLINE | We’ve seen the photos of Steve and Danny as older, and then old, men. Did you have to get “aged” at all?
I did. They changed my hair in a big way and put some prosthetics on all of us, actually, for when it’s 14 years in the future. I’m not going to look that much different, but I thought it would be funny if they revealed she just had so much plastic surgery done. [Laughs] But for Junior (played by Beulah Koale), they for some reason went really all out with it. We all look 14 years older, while he looks about 40 years older. He doesn’t age well!

TVLINE | Too much time out in the sun or something.
The stress of the job is really getting to him.

TVLINE | This week’s second episode has Danny telling Charlie a Christmas “story” about some bad Santas. Is that one more on the lighter, fun side?
It’s a Christmas episode so it has those sentimental feelings about it, and we also have a bunch of guest stars who are military veterans. Some of them were actors and some of them weren’t, but it was nice spending time with these people. It’s pretty amazing what they’ve done, and it was nice for them to be able to come on and play something that they’ve experienced. And then there’s a big McGarrett Christmas party at the end.

TVLINE | Looking back to the start of the season, I was worried for you and Beulah Koale because TV audiences famously “hate change” and all that, but from go you got a great reception. People took to you right away.
I feel really lucky. It’s a scary thing to come into a show as the new person, especially after such high-profile departures, but I think a lot of it had to do with the way they crafted the character in the episode where she first appears. They played all the right beats that I think people would respond to. I think it also helps that she’s nobody’s love interest. She’s her own person coming on as a member of the team. She’s tough but she’s also funny and silly sometimes. She’s well rounded and I feel really lucky that everyone sort of embraced her. I know how diehard these fans are, so I’m very honored to be welcomed in the way that I was.

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Well, this Hawaii Five-0 casting should be a big hit with TV fans: The Sopranos veteran Vincent Pastore is joining the cast of the CBS procedural in a recurring role.

Our sister site Deadline reports that Pastore will play Danny’s “uncle” Vito, a contractor who hails from (you guessed it) New Jersey. Vito prides himself on being a Mr. Fix-It and travels to Hawaii to help Danny open his restaurant. Danny always assumed Vito was in the mob… even though the guy really doesn’t have any ties to organized crime.

You can see where Danny might get that impression, though: Pastore is best remembered for playing the colorfully named mob enforcer Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero on HBO’s The Sopranos. Big Pussy got whacked in Season 2 after Tony discovered he was a FBI informant, but continued to make appearances in flashbacks and dream sequences through its sixth and final season. Since The Sopranos, Pastore has appeared on Blue Bloods, General Hospital and Everybody Hates Chris.

No word yet on when Pastore’s character will make his Hawaii Five-0 debut, but the show’s eighth season is currently airing Fridays at 9/8c on CBS.

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8.09 – Make me kai

When investigating a deserted yacht adrift at sea, McGarrett, Danny, Tani and Junior are exposed to a deadly bioweapon and the rest of Five-0 have only eight hours to find an antidote, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Make me kai to Death at Sea

In a moment of weakness while Sam was without internet, I said I would try to put together a review. She got her internet back the next day… or was this just a ploy to get out of work??? Hmmm…

Hey now, I did not get back my internet. Well, OK, I kinda did, but no thanks to the cable company. And I’m not really back online, so this review will most likely be light on the pictures. But we’ll see. I am shocked that you think I could ever plot like that to get you to write a review. Ts, ts. But since it worked, let’s hear what you have to say. 😉

Anyway, here goes a whole lot of randomness. Instead of a review, I feel like all I did was recap the show, so with Sam’s magic red pen, maybe a lot of this will end up on the cutting room floor.

I have a magic red pen? Wonder where I put it. Sigh. But I can assure you all, nothing landed on the cutting room floor. And for your information, Cokie, I love your review. It’s not just a recap.

Queue the opening scene to an unconscious woman in a raft wearing a sequin dress. A what dress? I had to look up that word. 🙂 See, learning something new every day. Sorry, please continue…


Pan away to see Honolulu in the background. And folks, there we have the quickest opening teaser in history. Raise your hand if you knew she was involved in whatever was about to ensue. ROFL. Really, you thought she might be involved? Wow, you are such a good detective. And I think you’re right, this was a really short intro, which I really liked.

Next scene, the bickering begins. Actually, it was yammering from the short guy. Steve had a valid point that health-conscious and those with allergies want and need food options that they rarely find at an Italian restaurant. Maybe have a couple of items that those people can enjoy. Gluten free is a biggie right now and dairy allergies are very real.

But the wise one has already “considered” it and his answer is NO. In fact, he was brazen enough to declare that they could eat water “for all he cared”. With his management and excellent people skills, just how long do you give this enterprise? I can hear it now: “I don’t care what you want, Lady, this is my restaurant and you will eat what’s on my menu or you can leave.”

How long do I give this enterprise? If you ask me, it’s already going on way too long. I think it’s a ridiculous plot, not funny at all, and a total waste of screen time. But hey, that is just me.

Yeah, this is gonna work out just fine. Absolutely. Sarcasm out.

And we have poor Junior having to listen to the entire thing and (a) try to be polite; and (b) keep his job. Well, technically he doesn’t have a job just yet. 🙂 I loved how Steve said that junior knows that he’s right, and just wants to be polite. Good call, Steve.


Side note: Jerry should have cut his hair a long time ago. Just saying. I really like his new haircut. SUCH a huge improvement. It’s no secret that I don’t like Jerry much, and his hair was a big part of it. Now that it is gone, we can talk Jerry again. I might even cut him some slack. Maybe. 🙂


Another side note: Loved how Steve encouraged Junior to join them at the computer when he was hanging back “observing”. Steve is a born leader. Yes, he is. And again, Junior showed respect by staying back until called to the table. He seems to be the only one these days. I love the way he’s around Steve.

On with the case. They learn where Raft Girl came from and tried to hail the vessel. A satellite view shows that people are either unconscious or dead on deck, so they hop a Coast Guard chopper and head to sea to investigate, leaving Lou and Jerry at HQ.

Wow, ma’am, all that blabla around the smart table in two sentences? 😉 OK, Junior is there because he’s shadowing Steve. Got that. Tani goes, well because she needs to learn. The ME, also a logical choice. BUT, why did they take Danny? Hold your horses, this has nothing to do with Dannoying… yet. Either Danny or Tani should have stayed behind with Lou. Why leaving a team member without back-up? Why taking four team members onto the boat? Makes no sense to me.

Why, oh why didn’t we get the scene of them roping down to the boat? Why, why, why???? Steve and a zip line… but I digress… I yelled at the sreen 😉

I’m going to guess Leilani (Noelani) 😉was glad she didn’t have to go down on a rope. Yeah, probably. I really liked how Junior tried to calm her down, how he gave her tips not to get sick. I do like him.

Steve quickly realized that a biological hazard killed everyone on board and that they were exposed to whatever it was, too. Steve is quickly large and in charge making a call to HQ and then to the chopper putting together a plan of action. Have I ever mentioned how much I love him in action mode? No? Well, I do. Immensely. Bottom line, they remain on the boat to contain the virus.

Steve is the one always knowing what to do. How to do it… and he just does it. Not wasting any time. This again was a perfect example why he is in charge.

In the short 8 minutes the helo (Steve’s word) is still there, they have to collect as much evidence as possible. Danny wasted precious time arguing that Steve didn’t know how he felt. Steve knew more than the others what they were facing but he knew the only safe option was for them to remain on the boat and not have contact with other people. What he gets is more lip from Danny and disbelief from Tani. I am going to give her a pass because she hasn’t seen Steve in his awesomeness for long. She’ll learn.

This was the first time in this episode that I got really mad at Danny. How dare he deny Steve to know what fear is. How dare he deny Steve a human reaction. I loved Steve’s response. Despite his instinct to abandon ship, to get away from the deadly virus, he knows that is not an option. But the point is, Danny doesn’t see Steve as a human being with normal fears. He showed that in the horrible intervention episode and now again here. What a jerk.

Danny… eh, not going to happen no matter how many times Steve manages to save his behind. He sure did nothing to help save himself… No, he will never learn. He will never respect his boss, his so called friend. He believes he is oh so superior as a human being. He couldn’t be more wrong about that. But let’s not waste time on this horribly written character.

As the chopper pulls away, it looks like Leilani has gotten over her fear. I guess it was overcome by her concern for her friends. She was practically hanging out the side door/hatch of the chopper when it flew away. That was kinda funny, but I really liked it. And I think it fit the situation.

Back at HQ, Lou has everything under control. Adam arrives since he knew Raft Girl and he and Lou visit her in quarantine in the hospital… where she has no symptoms of the poison. Hmmm… Clue #2 that she isn’t what she claims. I really laughed at this scene. I mean, come on, Grover is a seasoned officer, he simply believed her story? Hook, line and sinker. That was way out of character. But whatever.

The virus is a Chimera; Ebola/Zaire mixed with something similar to measles so that it spread quickly. Interesting.

Monique tells them she was scared when “Marco” decided to rob everyone. She grabbed a life raft, threw it overboard, slithered over the side and climbed in… and said she paddled for hours. She did all that so quietly that Marco and no one else on board heard her. She’s good. Then Lou said she got away with the only life raft. OK, there are standards. That big boat and only one itty-bitty raft? No way.

That thing was not a life raft, hat was a thingy kids use in the pool. This was totally ridiculous, and just convenient writing. I hate when something is written like this. Ignoring reality altogether.

So, they realize Marco may still be on board. Question: How did he get down into that little hidey-hole and manage to close those stairs behind him? Never mind, I keep thinking logistics and plot. My bad. LOL, I was thinking the same thing. Getting shot with the flare gun is for sure no fun, and I highly doubt he would have been able to get down there on his own. Maybe they placed him there after he died? Guess it’s really not important. Another good laugh gave me Steve looking up through that hedge up to the sky. What did he expect to see? It was a great shot thought. So, not complaining here.

Marco is dead after a flare gun to the face. Not a pleasant way to go. One vial of virus is broken, leading them to believe that Marco had greater intentions for his fun drug than infecting a boat. Once they realized that Marco didn’t die from exposure to the virus, they realized he had to have an antidote. They didn’t find it so Tani decided to pout. Danny had to sit down because suddenly he had symptoms and couldn’t possibly think on his feet. Junior runs off to give Tani a SEAL pep talk. Steve continues to search the boat for the antidote while Danny sits on the couch hugging his pillows. The virus early symptoms are fever, muscle pain and dizziness. Check, check and check; Danny is too sick to move. I love that Steve urged him not to die before he got off his phone call. But I’m not sure why. That could solve a lot of problems. As in closing the restaurant before it opens. LOL, you are on a roll. Keep going. 🙂 Yes, I loved Steve telling Danny not to die just yet. I heard a lot of sarcasm in it. Great words to the drama queen.


OK, Marco isn’t who he said he was. And guess what? Monique has a boat load of money (pun intended) in several off shore accounts. She was involved. Huh. Who would have guessed? She gets a phone call from a very unhappy buyer for the virus who wants his money back…

How did he know that she was in… ah, never mind, who cares?

Steve was on the phone with Lou when they unraveled all this mystery. He was out on the deck and this was the first time that I noticed that he wasn’t feeling well. A+ for Alex who plays these nuances so well. I love watching how he progresses. So darn good. The three others could take some pointers from him. Tani wasn’t really good at it, Junior didn’t seem to be affected by the virus at all, and let’s not even start on Danny. Just ugh. Again, it felt like Alex was the only one really into the game. Thank you, Sir, for always giving more than 100%.

By the time Lou and Adam arrive at the hospital to Monique’s room, all they find is a dead nurse, so the hospital goes on lockdown… a little too late. Oh my, imagine, she got away. LOL

Back to the boat. All four are on deck getting some sun, and I assume warmth. Tani begins to whine about being begged to join 5-0 only to die two months later from hemorrhagic flu. Nice dig to her boss who is looking sicker as time goes on. I liked when Junior pointed out that at least she has a job.

*** My prediction for the Christmas episode: Junior gets his badge for Christmas. No, really, you think? 🙂

Back to the whining. Danny points out that Tani is so lucky that she only had to work with Steve, aka, “this lunatic” for 2 months vs. his 7 years. Had I been Steve, I would have used up the last of my strength to throw him overboard. Oh, and I need to disagree with D. “No, you didn’t used to be gorgeous.” Sorry, bud. Totally agree with you on all points. I can only repeat myself, what a jerk! Who is writing him like this, and WHY?!

Steve, looking more sickly, tells them hat Lou and Jerry will find the antidote. Never give up. Steve trusts his team. Yes, he does. And as long he’s breathing, he will never, ever give up. That’s just who he is. I loved that he held on to that phone like a lifeline. He knew he had to call the shots until the end. He was so good in this one.

Only, unfortunately, Monique has flown the coop… er, hospital and Lou has to tell Steve that over the phone. I love Steve stuttering on the phone call like he was having trouble connecting the dots. Again, A+ acting. YES!

Danny decides to enjoy a glass of champagne on the deck while listening to Frank Bama…. um, Jimmy Buffet music. Steve joins him, finally resting. He had to hold onto the chair to keep his balance before sitting down. Great visual there. Great scene.

And D has to start ragging Steve for drinking from the bottle. At least he could have brought up 2 glasses and offered to share. He starts to tell Steve something and Steve assumes he wants to say goodbye. No, D has an idea for the restaurant. Of course, he doesn’t want to share his feelings with his “best” friend. Steve goes along with Danny’s idea for the restaurant when there is thunder in the distance. While Steve’s face gets more worried, D decides to go take a nap.

Back in town, the buyer calls Monique once again and they agree to a meet since she has just gathered up all the money. The camera pans back from his phone call to find 5-0 in his office where he is in custody. Good thing Adam has banker friends who he can call for help. Ah, so Adam came up with where to find him? I wondered how they figured that out.

Another gripe… you are going to close in on a suspect. Why go in with sirens blasting? Why? So said suspect can run away? Of course. Personally, I would park around the block and mosey up behind the person I wanted to arrest. But I guess that is boring. Anyway, Monique gets shot and is dying. Lou keeps the EMS away, hoping to force her to give up the location of the antidote. Big bad Lou was threatening her, but he’s such a teddy bear (pun!) I can’t take him seriously. OH, but I disagree here. Lou would do a lot to safe his friends. Especially Steve. I believed that he would let her die. Getting Lou mad, putting Steve in danger, is a not a good idea. Steve’s his man, you know. 😉

Chopper is braving the storm to get four vials of antidote to the boat. Isn’t it a good coincidence that there were 4 vials in that case? Lou is making the antidote delivery personally. Huh, I just thought there was a bottle of it, and they filled four vials with it. 🙂

Steve wrapped in a blanket comes to give Danny some water to hydrate. Danny whines that he doesn’t want it because he’s cold. So Steve drinks it himself and gets a call from the chopper. It seems like he thought at first the call wasn’t real. He is sick. And he looks much sicker than the wuss asleep on the couch, but Steve doesn’t give up. He goes out onto the deck in a thunderstorm to save his friends. Because that’s what leaders… and good men… do. And he does it so well.


A very cheap cable is lowered down to the boat and the two others come out to help Steve in the storm. One wave and the cable snaps. Junior starts to go overboard for the case when Steve pushes him back and jumps in himself. He reaches the case but disappears in the water. Junior and a life preserver go over to help save him.

Go SEALs! I love them.

Once Junior finds Steve, Tani begins to reel them back in. She helps get Steve on deck where he nearly collapses onboard. They make it inside where Sleeping Beauty is on the couch. You know who Steve gave the first antidote to, don’t you? And I’m sure he saved the last one for himself just in case something happened to the first 3 vials. Because, again, that’s what a leader does. Takes care of his team first. Totally right. That is how it happened. And can now someone please tell me why Dannoying was in this episode? He was useless, totally in the way, and just ballast. And he’s been like that for years, but this season? It’s the worst.

Three days later… we see Danny still in bed.

Junior is doing sit ups

Steve and Tani are playing chess. It appears that D is still the weakest link.

He comes to interrupt the chess game (Steve knew he had lost the game and was holding her off.) At least, that’s my take on things. Yep, agree. Anyway, D interrupts the game to talk about the chairs in the waiting room again. Steve shoots down the idea and, like we began, we end with a whining rant complaining about the “selfish man who cares about nothing other than what he wants”. Yeah, the man who almost single handedly saved your whiny little butt. Again. I so hope one day he won’t. Save that ass.

Have I asked why lately? Why what? I had a few whys to ask. 😉

But you know, despite a certain character again being a total useless ass, I truly enjoyed this episode.


There you have it, our joint effort to give you a review. And remember, don’t take anything too seriously. It’s not good for your health. 🙂


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Real-Life Military Veterans Jason Redman, Steven Jackel, Kathryn Taylor-Smith and J. Eddie Martinez Guest Star As Veterans Who Help McGarrett with the Case

“’Oni kalalea ke kū a ka lā’au loa”– It’s Christmas Eve and Danny tells Charlie a bedtime story about a recent Five-0 case involving bad Santas and a holiday miracle, on HAWAII FIVE-0, at a special time, Friday, Dec. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Real-life military veterans Jason Redman, Steven Jackel, Kathryn Taylor-Smith and J. Eddie Martinez guest star as veterans who help McGarrett with the case.

(“’Oni kalalea ke kū a ka lā’au loa” is Hawaiian for “A Tall Tree Stands Above the Others”)

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans, it’s a #Christmas miracle plus Junior gets a special gift from McGarrett. Mele Kalikimaka! @HawaiiFive0CBS 12/15 10pm http://bit.ly/2AV9LKY






Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)
Meaghan Rath (Tani Rey)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns)
Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Kimee Balmilero (Dr. Noelani Cunha)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Flippa)
Duane “Dog” Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter)
Zach Sulzbach (Charlie Williams)

Jason Redman (Frank)
J. Eddie Martinez (Kekoa)
Kathryn Taylor Smith (Josie)
Zachary Perez-Rukavina (Reggie)
Stephen Jackel (Henry)
Jon Collin Barclay (James Wendall)
Ray Pascual (Young Cashier)
Elijah Burbage (Pedestrian)
Kathleen Sulieman (Woman)

WRITTEN BY: Rob Hanning

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Man, I’ve no idea how Sam does this little picture thingie.
The episode summary? Well, all I want to say is that Steve looks mighty fine.

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