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What’s going on with the 50undercover.com website?!?

February 14th, 2013 by

“Officer 808, I miss you.” (Vidcap: CBS)

Hi all, Officer 808 here.  First off, a big MAHALO to all you Undercover Agents for checking in on the blog!  I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on what’s going on here.

As you know things have been pretty quiet on the blog.  News Editor @Terrysagirl stepped down and has been preoccupied with achieving world peace.  @Melapaloosa has been spending the past few weeks solving that last equation that will allow her flux capacitor to achieve 1.21 gigawatts.  And myself, real life has caught up with me and I had to reallocate my time and attention to my family and work.

I’ve had time to still do my “talk story” sessions with Mike Buck on local talk radio AM 690 KHNR, usually on Tuesday mornings after a new episode of Hawaii Five-0.  I’ve recorded a few of them, but unfortunately, my dinosaur of a computer doesn’t allow me to upload them easily or quickly.  We try to keep the facebook page current, and @Terrysagirl still works behind the scenes in doing so.

A lot, and I mean a *lot* of you send me personal messages and emails, asking me for information, wondering how I’m doing or just dropping a note to say “Hi”, and I truly appreciate you folks reaching out to contact me.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to respond to everyone in a timely matter so if I haven’t responded to you about a question, I truly am sorry.  I’m not ignoring you!

What I truly miss the most is interacting with all of you on the social network and the chats on twitter.  A lot of you are still thoughtful enough to include me on #FF on twitter, which makes me happy.     I miss writing the creative stuff from the Spamgate Controversy, to Governor Jameson grilling Steve on the missing money in “Kai E’e”, and to Charlie Fong’s attempt at asking Kono out on a date.   And I wish I could have the time to write up my reviews on the “Things We Learned About Hawaii” recaps.   There are so many references to interesting cultural facts on the show that I’d love to share and I feel like I’m doing a disservice to you all by not pointing them out.

On a positive note, I have an Undercover Agent who has gladly volunteered to step up and keep up with the Hawaii Five-0 news and will be posting on a regular basis shortly.  Who is this person you ask?  Stay tuned…

Be there…Aloha!

Grace Park gives rare interview on CBC Human Library Live Online

January 29th, 2013 by

Lauren O’Neil of Canadian media outlet CBC got a rare interview with Hawaii Five-0′s Grace Park, who talks about being in sci-fi, her rise in acting, and being Korean.

Alex has shoe envy, talks about life with baby and almost becoming Bond

December 7th, 2012 by

From the fine people at Static Multimedia, @terrysagirl tipped me off to a brilliant interview with Alex O’Loughlin.  Here’s a snippet, but be sure to check out the whole thing.  Who knew he and Scott didn’t get along at first?

Scott Caan told me that you didn’t get along straight away because in his words, “your egos bumped a bit in the beginning.” And you’re referred to as a “bromance” now, so how did that come to be?

Well I think as an actor you meet different people all the time, you work with different people all the time, you do movies, you do shows and stuff, you move around. The thing with Scott and I, we’re both alpha males. We’re actually born only like about three hours apart, same day, same month, same everything, but on different parts of the planet. We’re actually like mirror images of each other in some ways and completely opposite in the others, and I think part of that was also finding out our place in the show and working out, you know, we’re the two leads of the show, but on the journey that we’ve taken and the bromantic nature of the characters, there’s a bromance between McGarrett and Danno, and it sort of has transferred our bromance together as Scott and Al, it’s kind of transferred onto the show as well. We’ve become good mates. We spend a lot of time together and it’s great. I’m very lucky to have someone like him to work with every day.

rumorfix.com catches Victoria’s Secret/Hawaii Five-0 super duper crossover filming

November 14th, 2012 by

Five-0 + local models = a winning combination. Photo: rumorfix.com

Check out the photos and report from rumorfix.com on some BTS filming of the Five-0/Victoria’s Secret episode.

Meet the littlest Five-0 – Teilor Grubbs at Big City Diner

November 2nd, 2012 by

Photo: Grubbs family

Aloha all!  Officer 808 here announcing with Five-0 Redux blogger @WendieJoy a special Tweetup with the talented and charming actress Teilor Grubbs!  As you know, she plays Danno’s adorable daughter Grace Williams on the show.  Come join us for a night of good food and fun at Big City Diner in Pearlridge Shopping Center in Aiea at 8:00 PM, Monday, November 5th.  Teilor will be joining us at about 8:30 to meet and greet fans, and stick around to watch the Halloween episode “Mōhai”.  Teilor promises we’ll love it!

RSVP on twitvite!  Space is limited!

Big mahalo to @BCDLane of Big City Diner for hosting the event!

Alex and Malia announce the birth of their baby boy

October 26th, 2012 by

Alex O’Loughlin and Malia Jones announced the birth of their son today through an exclusive to Us magazine.  Congrats to the two of them!  Any baby name ideas out there?

Update:  Little O’Loughlin was born Thursday, October 25th.

From Us Magazine:

Exclusive: Alex O’Loughlin, Girlfriend Malia Jones Welcome a Baby Boy!
October 26, 2012 AT 3:45PM By Zach Johnson
It’s a boy!

Hawaii 5-0 star Alex O’Loughlin and his girlfriend, surfer and model Malia Jones, welcomed a son on Oct. 25, the actor’s rep confirms to Us Weekly exclusively. The couple announced their pregnancy in August, one day before O’Loughlin’s 36th birthday.

The new parents have yet to reveal their son’s name.

This is the first child for the duo, who both have children from previous relationships; O’Loughlin is father to son Saxon, 15, while Jones is mother to son Spike, 3. The pair made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 9th Annual G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala in January.

O’Loughlin is in the midst of shooting the third season of CBS’ Hawaii 5-0 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Australian actor’s other notable TV and film credits include The Back-up Plan, August Rush, The Shield, Whiteout and Three Rivers.

Jones, 35, has appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Esquire. She has also been in commercials for Coca-Cola, VO5 shampoo and American Express.

Hawaii Five-0 SOTB highlights from @KathyWithaK_ and @tchawaii

October 10th, 2012 by

From my friends Kathy With A K and Teddy Caison, of 93.9 Jamz and Island 98.5, highlights from Sunset on the Beach.

Announcing the winner for the SOTB question contest!

October 3rd, 2012 by
Hawaii Five-0 cast, Sunset on the Beach 2012, Photo Officer 808

Hawaii Five-0 cast, Sunset on the Beach 2012, Photo Officer 808

Terry and I went over the long list of questions written by you Undercover Special Agents, and there was lot of great material.  I was inspired to use a few of those questions on the red carpet, but unfortunately I didn’t have hour long sessions with each of the actors, so I couldn’t get into really detailed questions.

So our works was cut out for us.  There were many great questions, some were general, and some were specific.  What we were looking for was a brief question that could provoke an interesting or thoughtful response.  I didn’t get a chance to use this question, but Terry and I thought it was one of the best of the bunch:

kels says: For Alex or Michelle: What is the nature of Steve & Catherine’s relationship? Does he have actual feelings for her, or did he intentionally choose a woman who is never around because he cannot bring himself to be vulnerable with another person?

We thought it was an appropriate question for the new season, with Michelle Borth coming on board as a series regular.  Congratulations to Kels, we’ll be in touch with you soon to get your information so we can get the last of the Hawaii Five-0 season 2 badge to you!

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”

October 3rd, 2012 by

Getting into gear

Last week’s episode was a kickstart to the new season, with guns blazing and the Grappling Hook Helicopter in all its glory.  The season now shifts into regular gear with last night’s episode “Kanalua”, which featured the return of Hawaii Five-0 bad guy August March.

“Steve, only *now* you take your shirt off?!?” Photo CBS, Norman Shapiro

As a stand alone procedural episode, I thought it was great.  The chase scenes through downtown Honolulu were executed well, and there was great action with the shootout.  The bromance continued well, and I got a few laughs when Ed Asner and Masi Oka were thrown into the banter.  The only time when the story lost me a little was Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) ease of cracking the security password, but it went to show her ability in intelligence gathering.

Letting the Cat out of the bag

The show writers once again have the challenge of working in a strong female character to the show.   I think they’ve learned from miscues and the vocal criticisms of season 2 and are working hard to break Catherine Rollins  into the mix at a nice, easy pace.  Michelle stated at her tweetup here in Honolulu a few months ago that Cat would be there to help the team, without an overbearing presence, and I think the writers have successfully accomplished that so far.  She’s helped protect Doris while the rest of the team tracked down Wo Fat last week.

You’re a heart breaker, dream maker, love taker, ball breaker, don’t you mess around, no no no! Photo CBS

This past week, she did her own intelligence recon with the agent.  So she’s there to support the team, much like Jenna Kaye was there to support the team, but her transitions into the case are seamless and I hope Cat continues to develop.

A kinder, gentler Hawaii Five-0

A noticeable difference that I appreciated was the time with character development and interaction spent with the team.  A good amount of time was spent with Chin’s scattering of Malia’s ashes, and individual scenes of the team members consoling Chin.  As expected, Chin’s cousin Kono picked up a lot of that duty, but what was pleasantly surprising  to me was Danny making a gesture to bring Chin back to the group outside of Tropics bar.

Grace Park, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth

Kanalua, CBS

Daniel Dae Kim once again nailed the scene perfectly, telling Danny the story of how he and Malia met.  I hope this is a trend that we see a lot of this season, with more interpersonal development amongst the team members.  Peter Lenkov and especially Bob Orci promised a lot more character development, and I believe it is definitely headed that way.

The return and departure of August March

One gripe I’ve slowly come to grips with is the short shelf life of many of the supporting characters of the show.  Big name actors have brilliantly played characters that unfortunately meet their end much sooner than I’d like to see.  I absolutely loved Tom Sizemore as the hard nosed Captain Fryer.  I loved to hate William Baldwin as Frank Delano.  Even Karl Herlinger’s quietly menacing “Toothpick” had just enough substance for me to want to see more.  Last, August March (played by Ed Asner) entered the Hawaii Five-0 Hall of Fame of the Faithfully Departed.  Not remembering much about him from the classic series,  Ed played the deceptively sly but malicious August March in season 2, who seemingly got away with murder and grand larceny.   March returned in Monday’s episode as the mastermind of the lithograph heist,  despite his schemes, he leaves a trail of evidence the Five-0 team picks up on.  Alas, March decides he can’t go back to jail, and checks out permanently, thanks to the help of a semi truck.  I understand that in the Five-0 universe, most characters have an expiration date, but some like Fryer and March you’d like to see from time to time.  So Mr. Asner, we bid you a fond “Aloha” and thanks for the memories of August March from the old series to the new.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”

1)  Chin floated a lantern at the end of the episode, which takes from a Buddhist tradition that honors the dead.  Each May, the Lantern Floating Hawaii group organizes a huge event on O’ahu’s south shore where volunteers launch thousands of floating lanterns, some of them intricately decorated, oftentimes with a note honoring a loved one who’s passed away.

Large lantern at Hawaiian boat style with many prayers

Courtesy Lantern Floating Hawaii

2)  Kamekona (Taylor Wily) blew a conch shell at the beginning of the episode.  It usually was used to announce the arrival of royalty or to mark the start of an event.

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 301, “La O Na Makuahine”

September 25th, 2012 by

Back in action

To describe “La O Na Makuahine” as being action packed would be a huge under statement.  Not only was there action a-plenty, we saw Chin getting in touch with his inner Terminator and saw a new twist to the carguments that we know and love.  Of course what made the episode succeed is that it was perfectly crafted so that we were pulled in emotionally to our Five-0 team.  All together, it was an incredible start to the begining of the third season.

Previously on Hawaii Five-0…

The first few minutes showed events fans speculated would happen…Chin would lose Malia, Adam would rescue Kono, and somehow, someway Wo Fat would escape.  What I didn’t expect to see was how spectacular that escape would be.  I mean,where does one rent a combat helicopter equipped with grappling claw?

Hawaii Five-0, La O Na Makuahine

Last time I checked, I couldn’t reserve one online through hertz.com.  But boy, that was an incredible sequence that featured the helicopter and Wo Fat’s aquatic rescue.  Is it over the top?  No argument here.  Was it totally awesome? Hell yeah!  Bob Orci described Hawaii Five-0 to me as popcorn entertainment, and in terms of a spectacular jail break, I gladly choose Grappling Claw Helicopter over a stick of dynamite on the wall of Halawa prison.

Enter the female McGarrett

This season we see the talented and charming Michelle Borth in the opening credits as a  series regular, playing Steve’s long distance girlfriend, Navy Lieutenant Catherine Rollins.  We’ve seen Cat numerous times in the first two seasons and she’s a character we know and love, which is a distinct advantage over Lauren German’s Lori Weston character from season 2.  I can see nothing but a big benefit for the team, since she seems to have the same intelligence capability as Jenna Kaye but brings another skill set – “sexy time” as Michelle said on the red carpet.  We got a glimpse of Cat’s more lethal skills as she managed to subdue an attacker, and now it’s pretty clear she really is another female McGarrett.

Michelle Borth, Hawaii Five-0, La O Na Makuahine

But what about the other female McGarrett?  Enter Christine Lahti who makes her mark in the show playing Doris, Steve’s once-thought-dead mother.  Both Alex and Christine played the scene perfectly, Steve with reserved resentment, and Christine with burdened remorse.  Of course she becomes a hell of a lot more like Steve when she’s thrown in with Danny in a brilliant cargument about relationships.  More awkwardness ensues when mom meets her son’s girlfriend.  Like Steve, Doris apparently lacks a few social filters.

Why this episode was good

This episode succeeded because we care.  We care about the characters and what happens to them.  We’ve been with them for two seasons, and we feel their joy and we feel their pain.  Explosions, gunfire and a high body count are all cool things, but in a show like Hawaii Five-0 with many characters, getting viewers emotionally invested in them can be a daunting task for the writers.  Adam’s relationship with Kono hasn’t been shown heavily on camera, but the doorstep scene showing them in a intimate moment captured the kind of drama that grabs audiences. I hope this good thing lasts for Kono, because Grace Park and Ian Anthony Dale definitely do have great on screen chemistry.

Ian Anthony Dale, Grace Park, Hawaii Five-0, La O Na Makuahine

I cringed every time Steve disdainfully referred to his mother as “Doris”, but in the face of danger, family bonds  strengthened and he charged up the stairs calling for his mom.  Chin’s grim determination at the beginning to catch Delano, his dispassionate hunt with total disregard for his own safety, and final execution showed a new side to the good cop who had to clear his name from scandal.  Daniel’s final scene in the episode, in which he comes to a deserted house laid out for a dinner that never happened was simple, but perfectly played and powerfully emotional.

On a lighter note

Charlie Fong can’t explain how three bullets ended up in the floorboard.  I can.

Doris "Mad Dog" Tannen

“WO FAT! DANCE” -Doris “Mad Dog” Tannen


“My Gangnam technique will defeat your bullets.”


And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 301, La O Na Makuahine

1)  Yes, we refer to Las Vegas as the ninth island (there are eight major islands in the Hawaiian chain).  Gaming entrepreneur Sam Boyd knew Hawaii’s culture and targeted residents with attractive vacation packages since the 1960s.  Since then, kama’aina make multiple trips to Hawaii’s ninth island.

2)  Kamekona refers to Doris McGarrett as “aunty”, which is a nice local touch.  Much like how Chin Ho introduced himself as Uncle Chin to Grace Williams in season 1, this informal term both shows respect for someone older, yet addresses them in a familial way. This underscores the idea of ‘ohana in Hawaiian culture.