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Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 402, “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”

October 7th, 2013 by

Back to basics

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a fan after three years of this show, it’s that any casual observer can classify the fans with a few broad, easy strokes. Some fans will swear by the old series, some fans “ship” particular characters, some fans love the character development and story arcs, and some prefer the straight procedural, as this episode was.

"My belt buckle will protect me. CHARGE!"  (Photo CBS)

“My belt buckle will protect me. CHARGE!” (Photo CBS)

While advancing the Wo fat storyline just a bit, this episode largely could stand alone, and it did well. Tim Daly guest starred as Texas Ranger Ray Harper, travelling all the way from Texas to find his missing daughter. He played his character superbly, evolving first from a morally ambiguous law enforcement officer,  to a gun slinging cowboy with just about the same disregard of proper police procedure as McGarrett himself. Who else but a Texas Ranger would march straight into a gunfight with revolver drawn while everyone else is ducking behind cover?

This new relationship with lawman could potentially set up a future episode set in the mainland, and we’ll possibly see a Texas-Five-0.

“It’s the only explanation I can come up with”

Steve confessed his familial theory to Danny after Danny catches Max handing the lab results to him. Likewise, fans have chattered for months about the potential relationship between Wo Fat and Steve. Max’s report finally puts to rest the theory that the hero and his nemesis are not brothers. I’m thankful that their relationship wasn’t that predictable and simple, but now we’ll have to wonder what exactly the connection is between the two. The next plausible theory is that Doris is Wo Fat’s birth mother, and Steve is…adopted! Perhaps his John already fathered Steve from a previous relationship before Doris entered their lives. The plot thickens, and I’m sure the show will resolve this question by the end of this season.

Kono’s all that

She’s a marksman with a rifle, an expert martial artist, she’s a mechanic, she can operate container lifts,  and she kicks butt.  Adam, well he’s a Yakuza bullet magnet who’s sole contribution to their unintended vacation is chopping big sticks into smaller sticks.  Despite that, and the rumors surrounding Grace Park, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Kono will skip a beat in the series.  As a strong, Asian female lead in the show, her absence (if any) would be a detriment.

"Dammit.  Looks like I'm really going to hav eto wash the dishes tonight.  Meanwhile, I'll just hide right here." (Photo CBS)

“Dammit. Looks like I’m really going to have to wash the dishes tonight. Meanwhile, I’ll just hide right here.” (Photo CBS)

Steve.  Dude.

I don’t think I was the only one who’s jaw dropped when Steve practically handed Catherine to Billy on a silver platter with a pretty bow on top! I mean come on, Billy and Catherine have history and I’d keep a wary eye on Billy if I were Steve. Steve must be the eternal optimist and have great faith in the human spirit. Since this is Hawaii Five-0, and no one can stay happy for an extended period of time, I’m sure some conflict will come of this. Michelle teased at Sunset on the Beach that episode 3 is where the fireworks begin. Is Steve and Cat’s relationship about to hit turbulence? We shall see…

And from the “Aww, that’s so cute” department:

I love how the Five-0 family dynamic works.  Each team member has their own family, with their own problems, including Steve and Doris, Scott and Rachel/Gabby, Chin and his uncles, but what I love the most is how the dynamic redefines itself when the Five-0 team comes together.  Scott and Steve are at odds even when coaching little Gracie at the baseball game, but in the end, she cracks that home run that wins the game and brings them all together.  As a side note, little Gracie (Teilor Grubbs) is growing right before our eyes with each episode!

Grace Williams with the winning hit! (Photo CBS)

Grace Williams with the winning hit! (Photo CBS)

 

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 402, “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”

Yes, what Harper said is true, we had a rat problem during the heyday of the sugar plantation boom, and mongoose were introduced to combat them.  But if he really wanted to do the thug up in style, he should have painted him with poi and rolled him around him in sugar.

Did you notice:

The baseball game was at Koko Head District Park, also the location of the Koko Crater Trail, seen before in season 2, where Steve and Lori ran up the Koko Crater.

The gang ringleader Frankie Choi is an up and coming local actor named Ajax Maharlika, who I met at Sunset on the Beach.  He’s also an intern in the production department for CBS.   I’ll be interviewing him soon!

“A’ ale Ma’a Wau” is Hawaiian for “Fish out of water”.

Hawaii Five-0 executive producer pleased with Friday night ratings

October 6th, 2013 by

Peter Lenkov and Alex Kurtzman
Photo: Undercover Agent Beachbum

The Star Advertiser’s Mike Gordon recently got to chat with Hawaii Five-0′s executive producer Peter Lenkov about the show’s new Friday timeslot, ratings, and the increasing importance of DVR viewing. Turns out the move to Friday nights isn’t the nightmare some viewers were fearing; Lenkov told his cast and crew that the Nielsen ratings for the Five-0 season premiere were “excellent.”

Mike Gordon’s article is also available at the Star Advertiser website.

 


DVR viewership ensures strong ratings for ‘Five-0′
By Mike Gordon
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 05, 2013 — LAST UPDATED: 04:21 p.m. HST, Oct 05, 2013

The Nielsen ratings for the season premiere of “Hawaii Five-0,” which aired on a new day and time, were good. In fact, executive producer Peter Lenkov told his cast and crew they were “excellent.”

But if the past three seasons are an indication, they’ll get much better once everyone who recorded the show finally hits the “play” button. The CBS crime drama experienced a hefty “lift” — that’s the term the industry uses — during each of its first three seasons, according to ratings information provided by Nielsen.

Last season, “Five-0″ averaged a 44 percent increase in viewers after ratings were tallied for people who watched it during its scheduled air time or over the course of the next seven days. That was up from the 36 percent lift during the second season and a 32 percent lift during the debut season.

Conversely, the average number of people who watched the show at its scheduled time dropped each year: from 9.1 million in the first season to 8.8 million in the second season to 7.4 million last season, according to Nielsen.

The DVR ratings were good enough last season to push “Five-0″ to a No. 14 ranking out of 191 prime-time shows, CBSsaid.

The show’s Sept. 27 premiere won its time slot by drawing 9.46 million viewers. Additionally, its three-day lift produced an additional 2.65 million viewers, according to CBS, which felt the number would grow once the full seven days were tallied. (The seven-day number and ratings for Friday’s episode were not available at press time.)

The numbers are a reflection of changing viewing habits. More and more viewers are choosing to use their digital video recorders to watch shows at their convenience.

Lenkov said the DVR numbers for “Five-0″ are important because they represent “a very healthy audience” watching the show on different days.

And while the increased use among “Five-0″ fans is due in part to more people having the devices, the numbers can’t be denied, he said.

“Nielsen overnight ratings are really sort of antiquated,” Lenkov said. “The viewing habits have changed so drastically that you have to look at DVR use as being the future of television.”

Syracuse University professor Robert Thompson, director of The Bleier Center for Television and Popular Television, said the viewer lift “Five-0″ gets from DVR use means CBS executives do not have to worry as much about what day and time the show airs.

DVRs will likely help the show in its new time slot of 8 p.m. Fridays, he said.

“If you are getting a 44 percent bump from people who are watching ‘Hawaii Five-0′ on a DVR, then one has to rethink the whole idea of scheduling,” Thompson said. “You can feel a little less vulnerable by putting it in a less desirable time slot.”

Although Friday night has long been viewed as television’s scheduling graveyard, it has been host to successful shows such as the CBS hit “Dallas” and NBC’s “Miami Vice,” Thompson said.

When shows failed on Fridays it was often because viewers were not home to watch them, but also because the shows were seen as a network’s weaker product.

“It is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Thompson said. “If you put on the right kinds of shows, you can get really big audiences on the weekends. But it is a bigger challenge.”

Lenkov said Mondays offered plenty of challenges: Monday is a school night. It’s the start of the workweek. And “Five-0″ aired at 9 p.m. in what Lenkov called the most competitive hour of the week, going against NBC’s “Revolution” and ABC’s “Castle.”

“It was like a 15-round slugfest every week,” he said. “It was brutal.”

Friday nights may be less of a battle. The show easily beat up on ABC’s “Shark Tank” (6.94 million viewers), NBC’s “Dateline” (6.5 million) and an encore of the new Fox supernatural drama “Sleepy Hollow” (2.71 million).

Lenkov believes “Five-0″ will do well on Fridays, and he’s always thought of the show as better suited to the earlier, family-friendly time slot it now has.

“At the end of the week, if you’ve had a rough week, it would be nice to escape to Hawaii for an hour,” he said.

But whether people watch it Friday night or days later, Lenkov really doesn’t care. “For me, at the end of the day, I just want people to watch the show,” he said. “There is a lot of great effort put into making this thing that I want people to watch it.”

AND that’s a wrap …

Hawaii Five-0 surfs past Shark Tank, wins timeslot

October 6th, 2013 by

Danny, Chin Ranger Ray (Tim Daly) and Steve ready to move in on the bad guys in “A’ale Ma’a Wau.” Danny’s sleek and sexy new Camaro also shows off her curves.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro / CBS)

Friday night’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “A’ale Ma’a Wau,” won the hour in total viewers with 9.56 million and came in second behind Shark Tank in the 18-49 demo with a 1.5 rating and a 5 share. For the evening as a whole, the CBS lineup won the evening in total viewers with Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and Undercover Boss all winning their timeslots. Blue Bloods won the night with 11.09 million viewers, followed by Five-0, with 9.56 million.

While the 18-49 ratings were off by a tenth of a point compared to last week, this was not unexpected, as season premiere and finale episodes often score slightly higher compared to other episodes.

Ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV By The Numbers.


 

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 4, 2013

 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM ABC Last Man Standing 1.4 5 6.22
CBS Undercover Boss 1.4 5 7.63
FOX MasterChef Jr 1.3 5 3.92
NBC The Michael J Fox Show -R 0.8 3 3.29
CW The Originals -R 0.3 1 1.01
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.0 4 4.16
NBC Sean Saves the World -R 0.8 3 3.25
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.8 6 6.35
  CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.5 5 9.56
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 5.77
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.7 2 2.23
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.4 1 1.09
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.6 5 5.89
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 5 11.09
NBC Elizabeth’s Story: A Meredith Viera Special 1.2 4 5.55

 

Scott Caan helps special needs kids in “A Walk On Water”

October 5th, 2013 by

While in Santa Barbara last week, Scott Caan participated in A Walk On Water’s Hollister Ranch Surf  Event.  AWOW is a non profit group that specializes in water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children.  Here’s one photo of Scott at the beach.  Check out the AWOW Facebook page for more photos from this worthy cause.

Scott Caan at "A Walk On Water" event.  (Photo: A Walk On Water)

Scott Caan at “A Walk On Water” event. (Photo: Catherine Gregory)

Scott Caan at "A Walk On Water" event.  (Photo: A Walk On Water)

Scott Caan at “A Walk On Water” event. (Photo: Catherine Gregory)

TvFanatic’s Hawaii Five-0 Exclusive with Peter Lenkov (more Season 4 spoilers!)

October 4th, 2013 by

Tvfanatic.com had the chance to chat with executive producer, Peter Lenkov, during premiere week about what’s in store for the Five-0 team. Here some details about what to expect inSeason 4 for McGarrett and WoFat, McGarrett and Mama McG, Chin Ho and Kono. I am very excited to hear more about Carol Burnett’s appearance later this year!

 

 

(excerpts are from TVFanatic.com)

TV Fanatic: What are some of the major themes for Season Four? Will the Wo Fat business get resolved fairly soon?

Peter Lenkov: Well, it’s never going to be resolved. Not this season, but we do have some answers and I think some of the obvious answers that the fans have been asking. We definitely address that. We address that big question that I know is on everybody’s mind, ‘are the two related?’ We’re definitely going to address that. I think with our show…at least we try. We may not always hit the bulls-eye, but I think we try just to surprise the audience a little bit. Things could change.

TVF: McGarrett’s journey this season, is there still more stuff with his mom (Christine Lahti)?PL: I think McGarrett’s going to learn some new discoveries with his mom and I think clearly there’s not a lot of trust there in the relationship. I think we’re going to explore that a little bit. We’re going to get to meet Carol Burnett, who plays his aunt. In the mythology of the show, when the mother supposedly died, Mary was sent to go live with an aunt in LA so Carol Burnett’s going to be that aunt. She comes back at Thanksgiving and we get to meet her and it’s really a very, very heartwarming episode.

TVF: Is that making him (Chin Ho) a little lighter now that he’s got that in his life? He’s had some bad knocks there.PL: Yeah, but I think there’s an interesting episode that’s coming up where it’s really…there’s a lot of time with him being grilled by Internal Affairs. We’re going to learn a lot more about his backstory. We thought we knew everything. We thought we knew why he lost his badge but there’s going to be a lot more that’s going to come out and a very big, surprising twist in this flashback episode where you find out about his relationship with Malia and you’re going to learn about his father, Chin Ho’s father and about being mentored by McGarrett’s father so there’s a lot of good stuff in that episode for him.

TVF: How long before Kono gets back to the family because it looks like she’s going to be off on her own story for awhile.

PL: She’s got a real, solid story with Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and being on the run and by the time she comes back and is a full member of Five-0, it’s probably mid-way through the season. We really want to do this arc and make it feel real. It’s not that simple actually, what they go through, but it’s fun. It’s really fun and I think for an actor to be able to do that kind of stuff, to be able to do not just the case of the week, but to be able to have this runner of half a season arc, I think she’s really excited. Also, we are as writers, but she’s very excited.

Check out the full article from TVFanatic here.

Hefty DVR bump for Hawaii Five-0 premiere

October 2nd, 2013 by
Danno and McGarrett to the rescue

Danno and McGarrett retrieve a banged-up Cath Rollins from Kaena Point.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s move to Friday nights looks to be a good thing for the CBS weekend lineup. Three-day DVR uplift figures added 2.65 million viewers to Five-0′s Friday night count of 9.46 million, for a total of 12.11 million — a 28% increase.  The ratings demographics figures also saw substantial increases, with the 18-49 demo rising by 44% from 1.6 to 2.3 and the 25-54 demo climbing by 50%, from 2.2 to 3.3.

The CBS press release figures come from Zap2it.com’s TV By The Numbers.

 

CBS LIVE +3-DAY DVR PLAYBACK LIFT FOR PREMIERE FRIDAY

“Blue Bloods” Posts Night’s Biggest Viewer Lift With +3 Million Viewers

“Hawaii Five-0″ Gains +50% in Adults 25-54 and +44% in Adults 18-49

The season premiere of Blue Bloods added +2.97m viewers (14.67m from 11.70m, +25%), +0.9 rtg pt in adults 25-54 (3.3 from 2.4, +38%) and +0.6 in adults 18-49 (2.3 from 1.7, +35%). Blue Bloods posted the night’s top lift in viewers.

The Friday premiere of Hawaii Five-0 added +2.65m viewers (12.11m from 9.46m, +28%), +1.1 rtg pts in adults 25-54 (3.3 from 2.2, +50%) and +0.7 in adults 18-49 (2.3 from 1.6, +44%).

Undercover Boss (P) added +906,000 viewers (9.13m from 8.22m, +11%), +0.4 rtg pt in adults 25-54 (2.5 from 2.1, +19%), +0.2 in adults 18-49 (1.8 from 1.6, +13%).

 


 

Final live + Same Day ratings table for Friday, September 27th courtesy of  TV By The Numbers

Undercover Boss, Shark Tank and Hawaii Five-0 were each adjusted up a tenth while 20.20 was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Friday’s preliminary ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 27, 2013:

Time  Net Show 18-49 rating/Sh Viewers (000s)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss – Season Premiere 1.6/6 8.22
FOX MasterChef Jr. – Series Premiere 1.6/6 4.29
ABC Last Man Standing 1.2/5 5.73
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show – R 0.8/3 4.07
CW Perfect Score 0.2/1 0.65
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.0/4 4.06
CW Perfect Score – R 0.2/1 0.49
9:00 ABC Shark Tank (9-10:01PM) 2.0/7 6.94
CBS Hawaii Five -0 – Season Premiere 1.6/5 9.46
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.3/4 6.49
FOX Sleepy Hollow – R 0.9/3 2.71
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.4/1 1.02
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods – Season Premiere 1.7/6 11.70
ABC 20/20 1.2/4 4.44

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”

October 2nd, 2013 by

Looks like McGarrett is going to have his hands full this week. Not only will he be helping Tim Daly’s character find his missing daughter, but Catherine’s ex, Billy Harrington, will make an appearance in this episode. Perhaps we will get to see how McGarrett reacts to Catherine reconnecting with her past love.

I’d like to see Billy make a play for Catherine. With McGarrett’s good looks and charm, he has gotten away with taking advantage of Catherine and her Navy contacts for too long. It would be a nice change to see him have to fight for her affection.

 

Saddle – Navy SEAL meets Texas Ranger

 

From CBS

A FIVE-0 MURDER INVESTIGATION LEADS THE TEAM TO HELP A TEXAS RANGER WHO COMES TO THE ISLAND TO FIND HIS MISSING DAUGHTER, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, OCT. 4 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Tim Daly Guest Stars as a Texas Ranger

“A’ ale Ma’a Wau*” – A Five-0 murder investigation leads the team to help a Texas Ranger who comes to the island to find his missing daughter.  Meanwhile, Kono and Adam fight to stay alive when their hidden location is discovered, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Tim Daly guest stars as a Texas Ranger.

(*A’ ale Ma’a Wau is Hawaiian for “Fish Out of Water”)

SERIES REGULARS:

Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Justin Bruening     (Lt. Commander Billy Harrington)

 

GUEST CAST:

Tim Daly     (Ray Harper)

Bobby Foley     (Michael Maki)

Marcus Natividad     (Tom Akuna)

Brando Eaton     (Carl Jacobson)

Ajax Maharlika     (Frankie Choi)

Kristi Lauren     (Amanda Harper)

Jon Michael Zimbrich     (Shrimp Player)

Tia Morales     (Looky-Loo #1)

 

WRITTEN BY:     John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Joe Dante

Officer 808 talks Hawaii Five-0 on the air with Mike Buck

October 1st, 2013 by
Alex O'Loughlin and Chi McBride have a stare-down

Photo: CBS

Check out my talk story session with radio talk show host Mike Buck from AM690 KHNR which aired yesterday morning.  We discuss “Aloha kekahi i kekahi” and Sunset on the Beach!  Unfortunately special guest Mark Dacascos was not able to call into the show, but promised to do so in the future.

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, September 30, 2013 for “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

Tim Daly joins the Five-0 posse! (PROMO)

September 30th, 2013 by
Tim Daly, Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger Ray Harper (Tim Daly) comes to town to look for his missing daughter in “A’ale Ma’a Wau,” airing Friday, October 4th.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Saddle up, y’all! Tim Daly’s comin’ to town in next week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0!

From the CBS press release:

“A’ale Ma’a Wau*” – A Five-0 murder investigation leads the team to help a Texas Ranger who comes to the island to find his missing daughter. Meanwhile, Kono and Adam fight to stay alive when their hidden location is discovered, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tim Daly guest stars as a Texas Ranger.

Daly’s character is named Ray Harper.

 


 

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 401, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

September 30th, 2013 by

Bigger and better

All Hawaii Five-0 season premieres have demonstrated what the show loves to showcase: big action and character development.  The first five minutes alone was as big as any Hollywood blockbuster, and Alex Kurtzman wasn’t joking when he said on the red carpet at Sunset on the Beach that there will be bigger stunts.  McGarrett’s slick moves and some fancy camera work definitely projected a big Hollywood action sequence we see in the movies.

On top of that, many vehicles saw their last day in this episode, crashed in one way or another or riddled with bullets.  The biggest loss was Danny’s beloved silver Camaro- despite enduring three years of Five-0 abuse, it was no match for a well placed bomb in the back seat.  Oh, the loss, but I’m sure Danny will find love elsewhere…

McGarrett and Danno in a bit of a pickle

Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) find themselves in what O’Loughlin would call “a bit of a pickle” with terrorist Ernesto (Henry Ian Cusick) and his henchmen.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Of course, the one thing that stood out in my mind was the manner in which poor Carlos was dispatched in the basement of Five-0 headquarters.  A lot of different things could have happened…Danny could have clobbered Carlos as he walked past, Carlos’s buddy could have shouted or warned him away, but no, McGarrett got fancy and shot Carlos right through the bullet wound of his captive.  McGarrett earned extra points for style in that take down.

Not to be outdone by cars and explosions, Alex himself stated that he did some of his own stunts.  As part of the CBS Hawaii Five-0 twitter event Friday night, he stated (shirtlessly) that he himself was clinging onto the helicopter skid as it lifted off in Aloha Stadium.  He also mentioned that another actor punctured a lung in that same scene.  They’re doing all this just for the love of the craft!

CPT Grover bares all

Chi McBride entered the hostage crisis in front of Five-0 headquarters with a particular presence.  On the red carpet, he looked bigger in person that he did on television, and I mean this dude is big.  He plays CPT Lou Grover, the SWAT captain who recently moved from Chicago.  His demeanor and physical presence definitely carries authority, and his involvement with the Five-0 team should lead to an interesting conflict.  CBS described him early on as a “by the book” police officer, who’s textbook delivery of tactics will go against McGarrett’s “throw the book out the window” style.  While we saw almost the same type of relationship with CPT Fryer (Tom Sizemore), I have a feeling Grover will get into McGarrett’s business a lot more that Fryer ever did.

McGarrett must have seen Karate Kid- taking one right from the Cobra Kai playbook: SWEEP THE LEG!  Photo: CBS

We’ll see what happens next, as I’m sure Grover was not too happy about McGarrett forcing him to surrender his weapon while removing the prisoners from the SWAT van.  McGarrett can physically dominate a scene when confronting bad guys, but seeing him looking up to speak to Grover is something you you don’t see very often.  As a side note, Chi McBride will now have the distinction of having the first “pantsless” scene, and I’m sure Alex, Scott and Daniel fans will start petitioning for their favorite character to follow suit.

Oh-oh, Kono

Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) and Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri) have great onscreen chemistry.  I enjoyed their scene aboard the Kahana, on their way to Hong Kong to avoid discovery by the Yakuza and other gangsters.  I thought their relationship was doomed from the beginning, when distrust fueled Kono’s moves to spy on him, but the scene aboard the ship dispelled any notion that they were indeed in love.  I personally thought we wouldn’t see Kono for a few episodes, but gangsters have already infiltrated their Honeymoon suite, and their time together may still be numbered.

Overall, I was thrilled, humored and entertained by the premiere episode.  As I mentioned in two previous years of covering Sunset on the Beach, there is no better feeling than sharing the same moments with thousands of other fans, “ooo-ing”, “ahh-ing”, applauding and cringing at the same moment.

I have two wishes for Peter, Alex and Bob:

1)  Please blow up as many things in this episode for the next 23 episodes (don’t worry, I’m sure Ford, Kia, Hyundai, and Honda would all love to advertise on the show to make this happen).

2)  Keep on delivering great stories and make us feel for these characters!

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 401, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

I’m sure a lot of you local folks noticed that all car chases on Oahu conveniently happen on Lagoon Drive by the airport.

Should have gotten the Extended Warranty option. Photo: CBS

I doubled checked Costco Hawaii’s return policy: despite taking anything back after its been through the ringer, electronics can’t be returned to Costco after 90 days.  Looks like the Governor is going to have to foot the bill for another Magic Table.

Did you notice:

The building in which Hawaii Five-0 is headquartered was referred to as “the Palace”.  It’s actually Ali’iolani Hale, where the Hawaii State Supreme Court meets.

The cadet who stopped Kamekona is the same guy who was the hotel security in an episode last season.

Henry Ian Cusick’s last time in Ali’iolani Hale was during “Lost” filming, where the courthouse was a stand in for Oxford University.