(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


At the soft opening of Steve and Danny’s restaurant, The Money Pit, Steve meets Milton Cooper, retired HPD detective and buddy of his grandfather, who was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack. Milton hands over a briefcase which belonged to Steve’s grandfather, and which contains papers relating to an unsolved crime – the disappearance of plantation girl Lila Kekoa, in 1932 – which not even the legendary detective Chang Apana could solve.

Steve reads over the material, then dozes off and finds himself back in the Oahu of December 5, 1941 as his grandfather, with Danny as Milton, and the two of them set about solving the crime. As ever with these episodes, the main cast members all get their moment with the clothes and technology of the time; I particularly liked Jerry using a magic lantern as a stand-in for the iTable. Adam, needless to say, is a villain. It’s not the fastest-moving H50 episode ever, it has to be said, but its main purpose is to transfer the cast back to the hats and gats of the Jazz Age, just before Pearl Harbor changed everything forever, and that it does with a certain amount of charm. Some of the characters even smoke, which isn’t the sort of thing you really see on US network dramas these days, and the big-band rearrangement of the famous Five-0 theme is something of a banger.

There’s an odd little coda, though, when the Steve and Danny restaurant plot, which has run for nearly two seasons, is wrapped up in about a minute. Neither of them really wants to be a restaurateur, you see, so they sell out to Kamekona. Huh.

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Nine seasons in, H50 can still pull together a very effective cold open when it’s in the mood. Thus we start with the pilot of a civilian plane asking, in what sounds like considerable desperation, for permission to land on an US Navy aircraft carrier, and the commander of the carrier threatening to shoot him down if he comes any closer. The plane keeps descending, though, and is allowed to land; when the doors are opened, the pilot has died of a gunshot wound, and there’s a (live) baby in the back seat.

Steve is then visited by NCIS Agent Emma Warren (Nazneen Contractor), who informs him that the deceased is his old Navy SEAL buddy Carson Rodes, who became a gun-for-hire after leaving the armed forces. (And who Steve was drinking with no more than a couple of days previously.) Agent Warren warns Steve not to get in her way as she investigates the case. Obviously Steve will very much get in the way, to the point where – to Danny’s visible glee – Warren orders Steve to be arrested and cuffed.

The baby will be identified, as will its mother, who is missing. And its father, played by Gabriel Mann, who was, of course, the delectable Nolan in Revenge. There’s a happy ending, unless you’re Carson. Steve and Emma even go for a drink. Actually, Emma fits in with the Five-0 quite well, and I’d be happy to see her back.

Meantime Tani is back at Adam’s house to do a bit more snooping or something. But who should appear but… well, Adam, it being his house and all. He’s back, but he’s evidently not in a good way: unshaven, drinking whisky from the bottle, and rocking a rather unpleasant vest. For why, Adam? “Kono left me”, he tells Tani, and although there’s a certain amount of blather about how they’d changed, I like to think that Kono finally got fed up with marriage to a gangster. While she decides what to do, Danny invites Adam to join the Five-0. Yes, that’s the Adam who “used to be” a Yakuza, has a recent conviction for a double homicide, and – although Steve and Danny don’t yet know this – might well have shot his sister. Should maybe have spoken up before now about the whole gun business, Tani? Anyway, he confronts her at the end of the episode and says the gun was planted. I’m sure it was, Mr Double Killer. A more-than-satisfactory episode.

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“E’ao lu’au a kualima” – Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his former girlfriend when her new love, the father of her son, is one of the culprits in a bank-heist-turned-homicide, on HAWAII FIVE-0, at a special time Friday, Feb. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode directed by series star Alex O’Loughlin.

(“E’ao lu’au a kualima” is Hawaiian for “Offer young taro leaves to”)

I’m looking forward to another Alex O’Loughlin episode.

REGULAR CAST:

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

RECURRING CAST:

Anna Enger(Layla)

GUEST CAST:

J.J. Soria(Tory)
Nathin Butler(Nick)
Michael Camp(Owen)
Tyron Woodley(Kalino)
Michael Ironside(Bob)
Brian Howe(Carl)
Taiana Tully(Jenny)
Masayo Terao(Caitlyn)
Romel De Silva(Mana)
Duane Char(Bank Manager)
Leo Lee(Kimo)
Ioane Goodhue(Nohea)
Zeus Kang(Milo)
Jose Ver(Motel Manager)
Ashley Nagaoka(Reporter)

WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove & Matt Wheeler

DIRECTED BY: Alex O’Loughlin

Thanks to CBS

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“Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa” – When the top salesperson for a beauty company/pyramid scheme is murdered, Five-0 sifts through a long list of possible suspects who would want her dead. Also, Adam befriends a homeless man estranged from his family, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa” is Hawaiian for “When covetousness is conceived, sin is born”)

REGULAR CAST:

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

RECURRING CAST:

Shawn Thomsen(Officer Pua Kai)

GUEST CAST:

Chelsea Gilson(Gwendoline Baker)
Bob Hiltermann(Hal)
Matthew Lawrence(Josh Baker)
Ginifer King(Jocelyn Greene)
Todd James Jackson(Trent Greene)
Kristina Emerson(Makani)
Mark Dillen Stitham(Bill)
Robert L. Barney Jr.(Wade)
Kelsen Snyder(Hunter)
Kaliana Snyder(Chloe)
Joseph Anthony(Dom)
Brett Hicks(Gus)
Jason Harmer(Kelly)
Evangeline Mollison(Granddaughter)
Ashley Nagaoka(News Anchor)

WRITTEN BY: Talia Gonzalez & Bisanne Masoud

DIRECTED BY: Jerry Levine

Thanks to CBS

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The Hallowe’en episode. These can go either way, but this one (co-authored by H50’s writers’ room MVP Zoe Robyn) is pretty good. In the first of two plots, it’s revealed in flashback that, in 1982, Jerry witnessed the aftermath of a murder while at summer camp. No-one believes him, then or now, so he revisits the scene with his fellow campers (including Chloe O’Brian from 24) in order to dig for evidence. There’s a big old spooky house, a thunderstorm, a mysterious recluse, and lots of good dumb fun.

The second plot is a highly effective chiller: Katie, the young daughter of a suburban couple, appears to have predicted, in a drawing, the murder of a woman in her 20s. Katie ascribes the drawing to her imaginary friend Molly. Except Molly isn’t so imaginary. And Tani has it confirmed that the gun she found in Adam’s house was used to shoot Noriko, his sister. This, of course, makes it even more likely that, in due course, we will be presented with “proof” that it wasn’t Adam who pulled the trigger, and the Yakuza’s main man will walk yet again.

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