You let Steve teach little girls how to use big knives, Danny. Yay.
So, I’ve been off the radar for a few episodes. Apologies for that. Real life kidnapped me. But here we are, back with a really fun episode wherein the guest stars kind of stole the show. And I’m not talking about Tom Arnold. No, I’m talking about the little Aloha Girls like Lucy and phone-tech girl, and their leader, played by none other than fantabulous H50 director Larry Teng’s wife, Lesley Boone! The case and the story meshed nicely with some humor and suspense, which made for a pretty darn entertaining episode. Oh, and I want to see Lesley Boone back on this show again. I don’t really care how they do it, just do it.
– Anything with Steve, Danny, a bunch of little girls and a camping trip. Tell me you didn’t have a “oh this will not end well” thought in your head when you saw the opening scenes of them around a campfire with Over Zealous Steve telling Super SEAL horror stories?
– Steve’s frightening enthusiasm for training his new “recruits.” No, Steve… you do not teach 10 year old girls how to use really big knives like they are going against the Taliban or something. I half expected him to start teaching them how to field dress an AK-47. Which if he had one, I’m sure he would have.
– Aloha Girls Troop Leader Madeline. Somebody bring this woman back onto the show because she pretty much won my TV for the night. Her incredulous “really?” reaction to Over Zealous Steve was priceless and her interaction with Danny throughout was spot on. In fact, I’d love to see her treating Danny or Steve in the ER in another episode and bring her wonderful snark against Danny’s ironic humor.
– Lucy the Super Trooper – again, the guest cast owned this episode and pretty much stole the show. This little girl can act circles around a whole host of young actors I’ve seen and needs to be brought back as well. Kinda loved her Little Miss Triage but when the scary stuff went down, she acted just as she should, a terrified little girl. She also represented every fangirl ever wanting to marry uncle Steve later one, but she may want to re-think that. Just ask Cath. Being Steve’s girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
– Grace battles mud, grime and possibly spiders to free her companions from the shed.
– Danny don’t do jungles. Or spiders. Or possibly the outdoors in general. But Madeline calling him on his “spider dance” was perfection.
– Tom Arnold does crazy fairly well, but he does comedy better. He needs to stick to comedy.
– Adam Noshimuri and his gorgeous self is back and his brother is bad news… and I’m pretty sure there was more to his and Kono’s B-plot but I really couldn’t tell you because I was busy being entertained by Danny not knowing where North was.
– I actually liked that Steve couldn’t ninja his way out of this one. He took on the second baddie with the assault rifle and lost! And Danny had to save him. I always like it when Danny saves the superhero.
– Loved Danny’s camping the Safe Way. Also, have we seen his apartment and I just don’t remember? It has a lot of pink in it. Which is awesome.
– Adam’s brother is a Creeper McCreepyson.
– DANNY’S HAIR. IT NEVER MOVED. Everyone else got dirty and sweaty and it was humid and there was never a hair out of place on Danno’s head. That’s it. That hair is bewitched or something.
– The scene where bad guy number two threatens Tom Arnold’s Ron character. That whole exchange was awkward and telegraphed and weird. What, like Ron couldn’t tell that his buddy was pissed and heavily armed and all for killing people? Not to mention Arnold’s delivery of his final line was stilted as hell. Like I said, Arnold needs to stick to comedy parts.
The Verdict: A episode. Lots of fun and the guest cast was stellar and stole the show.
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.
Some really emotional stuff happened in this episode, along with a couple of really cool guest stars (only one of which got utilized properly). And even though I’m neither Momma McGarrett’s nor Mary Ann’s biggest fan, I think Morty’s ( played by the wonderful Shelly Berman) words of wisdom saved that b-plot nicely. I even got a little choked up because of him. And hey, we even got a holla-back to an old S1 guest with Toast. Took 2 years to get him back on, but better late than never.
– Another one directed by Larry Teng… which means some great camera work and action direction. His episode have some of the best action sequences in my opinion.
– Morty and Mary meet Steve. I admit it, Mary Ann doesn’t impress me. But I do like how Steve tries to done his Big Brother pants when she flits in and out of his life. And people have been asking what her reaction to Mom being alive would be. So there you go. Honestly, I kinda fell for Morty. I enjoyed him a lot more than I enjoyed her.
– TOAST. Okay, confession time: I didn’t get the big fan reaction to Toast in S1. Sure, he was funny and wasted and made with the snark with Steve and Danny, but I kept seeing him mentioned on fanboards and such and I had to ask, why? Then he falls off the face of the planet for two seasons and now he’s back. Which is cool. Because he and his glands were pretty funny. Now if Johnny D would come back, I’d be really happy.
– “Live Long and Perspire” – dear god. My Trekky heart wants to pummel you, Steve. But at least you got the Vulcan hand signal correct.
– Russel freaking Wong. Do you know how long I have waited to see this guy guest on H50? 3 years. Thank you for finally using him, Show (now see my cons at the bottom)
– Kono connects with the kids. Out of all of them, I think Kono has the best chemistry with the kiddos. And honestly, I thought the murdered teen was covering for his autistic little brother because the little brother was the hacker. Oh well, good on ya, Show, for proving me wrong.
– Morty and his words of wisdom. Even if he was a little type-cast in the beginning as the “dirty old man” his final beach monologue was heart rending.
– The “under the car” stunt. Loved that. Every time I see it used on countless action shows, it’s still cool. If Indian Jones can do it, why not Steve “kamikaze” McGarrett? Kudos to the stunt guys for pulling this one off. I’ve read about stunt guys dying doing this stunt on various movies before.
– Kono takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
– Carlo Rota!!! 24 fans unite and SQUEE! He was a fun good guy in 24 and he’s an even more fun bad guy, even if he didn’t get a lot of screen time. This actor need to be utilized more often. I honestly hope he crops back up again, if they are going to be sifting through the old “24″ cast.
– I didn’t mention anything about Doris McGarrett and her quest to reunite with Mary because I honestly wasn’t all that moved. It was predictable, sure, but if we are going to have Doris in an episode, I’d rather know why Wo Fat let her go than see her trying to recapture the past and the Mommy of the Year award. I guess I was just ruined on the whole Shelbourne carrot dangled in front of me for a whole season that now I’m just not interested. Her’s and Mary’s scene were touching, yes, but Morty’s speech about second chances had more heart.
– Waited 3 seasons to see Russel Wong and he’s on screen 2 minutes. The second I saw his name in the credits I had a moment of YAY and then remembered I’d probably only see him for a minute or less. Waste of a good guest actor.
The Verdict: Solid B Some good emotional stuff but seeing Doris try to be a mother instead of uber-spy is jarring. Great action, though, a nice call-back to S1 and good guest stars working with limited screen time.
That time when the big name guest star actually got a good role…
I love a good back story episode, and this one had it in spades. Not only do we get to see Danno working in Jersey but we also find out what many fans have been wondering on various boards and forums: what did Danny do during 9-11? Also, we had a big named guest star in Terrance Howard who’s limited screen time actually helped further the story just enough that I wasn’t bemoaning his under-usage. He served his purpose, scared the crap out of us, and rocked his scenes with Scott Caan. And then we got to see Danny being a great daddy and who doesn’t love that?
– The timing of this episode, despite the delay of the Halloween ep., worked wonderfully with Veteran’s Day and being with 9-11, even if the timing of Grace’s age and it being ten years ago instead of 11 is a little off. Oh well.
– I cannot count the number of people who have asked or speculated on Danny’s life as a detective in Jersey, wondered who his partner was, or what role he played in 9-11. Now we know. I admit, I didn’t put the pieces together as to why Danny couldn’t get a cop car to stop int he end until I saw the smoke, but it was brilliantly shot.
– Danny and Grace dress shopping. So sweet my teeth hurt!
– Max helping with the dress shopping. How long is Max going to be on the cane, by the way?
– “Chewbacca Chest” – good one Steve. A little mild ribbing because Danny didn’t take you with him dress shopping, perhaps?
– Gratuitous Cath-in-a-bikini shots – there you go guys, don’t say H50 never did anything for ya.
– Terrance Howard – I admit, I haven’t seen too many things with him in them, but what I have seen (Iron Man, for example) I loved. And I loved him in this. He was scary without being over the top, he played gangsta without seeming cheesy. He and T.I. played their scenes so damn well, and Danny’s mouth never stopped. Another great thing about Howard’s role is that even though he wasn’t on the screen much, as a flashback, he moved the story of Danny’s history forward, which was great. He wasn’t stuck in as some meaningless role that any actor could have played, put in only for the star power of his name. This worked, Show. I am pleased.
– On Borrowed time – that was really powerful, and looked like it hit Steve right in the feelings. I hope it did. And I kinda love that Danny was really reluctant to share his past with Steve, because Steve still clings to his “secrets” BS (and by this I mean all of his W Fat hunting secrets that he withheld from Danny) so strongly. And I was glad to see Steve get frustrated about it.
– Danny during the 24-style beat down scenes. YES. Yes to everything you did here, Scott Caan. I even liked that they “went there” and gut-shot the partner. Gives a little more information as to why Danny (was) so by-the-book about backup for he and Steve in the beginning (even if he seems to have moved past it now) and why he was so stand-offish with letting Steve in in the beginning.
– Steve and Danny with the bomb. Look at all the emotions shown by Danny in those scenes. Steve’s playing it pretty cool, until the hug at the end, but D nearly had me choked up. And I loved the sobbing laughter in the hug at the end. Bromance, Show. You have found it again.
– I honestly thought for a second that they were going to break out with a Grease song at the father-daughter dance. I’m not up on my tweener music. But that was an adorable scene.
– I don’t really have any, except to say that that body from the exploded house was in too good of a shape. It looked like he’d been drawn and quartered by a butcher and then french fried, not blown up by hovering over a bomb.
The Verdict: Solid A Good story telling that wrapped flashbacks into a current case without losing the character development in favor of procedural.
No, Steve. You are not getting laid while watching “Chucky”.
After a break, we finally get to see the much lauded Halloween episode, and it didn’t disappoint. I don’t know what was funnier, Danny getting spooked at the haunted house, Steve trying valiantly to get laid while watching “Chucky”, or the bad guy dressing up as a goat. Kamekona asking for smoke grenades for authenticity gets high points too. All round, this was just a boat-load of fun and well worth the wait.
– Steve and Cath trying to get their groove on only to be constantly thwarted. And really, Steve, Chucky? I mean, if you are going to pick a really scary movie to do the nasty to, pick “The Omen!”
– When Kamekona sits on your couch with you, you move or die, Steve.
– Cath picking up Grace and having a little girl talk with her about making time to be with Danno. Bless you, Cath. You are a good egg.
– Max’s Keanu-themed costumes. I liked the Matrix outfit better, but points for knowing your Bill and Ted quotes, Max.
– Drunk-dude at the haunted house! Okay, this guy could easily be like Johnny D, the kleptomaniac with who thought the Seattle Space Needle was the Eiffel Tower? I liked him. I wouldn’t mind seeing him again. Especially with his “he wouldn’t hurt a fly, although he might try to have sex with it…” comment.
– Watch out for those deadly, vicious pigeons, Danno.
– No skimping on the gore factor in this. YES! And I say that as a ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Supernatural’ fanatic, so hey, I like the right amount of gore added into my spooky, freakish, cultish episodes. Sue me.
– Tattooed Wiccan girl. She’s pretty awesome and needs to come back again.
– Our bad guy Seth ( who will always be the sweet, cute guy from the old Joan of Arcadia show to me) is an amalgamation of all the things people THINK Satan worshipers should be and … Norman Bates. Complete with crippling mommy/granny issues.
– EVIL GRANNY! Okay, probably one of my favorite things about this episode is the Granny wasn’t just some weak, oblivious lump that the kid was shackled to. She’s just as batshit as he is! And how awesome was she with her knitting needle and then sitting there, drinking coffee while the guy bled out next to her? And make sure you put the ice creme up before you dispose of the body, because PRIORITIES PEOPLE! Brilliant. Loved this to bits and pieces. And then she fakes out a cop, kills him and makes sure the kid gets to the altar before offing herself. Wow. That is one badass granny.
– EPIC STEVE AND DANNY SNUGGLES ON THE COUCH. The end.
– I only have one and it’s actually more hilarious than an actual con. The goat costume. Okay, see, I liked the addition of the goat hair as evidence in the truck that tied in later to what exactly Seth was doing and WHY he was vivisecting the girl, but the goat costume was ridiculous. I actually thought the murder weapon maybe had a goat-hair tassel/tie/knot or something on it, tying in the Pagen goat and the sacrificing and such. But seeing him dressed as a giant freaking goat at that party and no one seeming to notice him?
– One other minor thing (not really a con, just an observation) – why do ALL of the first-to-be-slaughtered/monster/psycho fodder damsels in distress have to be blonde? Is that a horror movie trope?
The Verdict: A+ Funny, gory, a little creepy and a lot of family heart at the end.
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!
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.
Two Men in a Dingy, to say nothing of Steve’s hat….
For everyone who told me at the beginning of last year that they wanted an episode where Steve and Danny “cargumented” their way across the island for the entire 42 minutes, this is for you! And it was hilarious. I don’t know what we call this… “dingumenting”? Whatever you call it, this was grade A, prime Steve and Danno time well spent and I doubt anyone even noticed the case that much.
– Steve thinking everything is a mission – typical – and Danny telling him to chillax. Also, these two guys trying to find something mild to talk about is a forgotten hilarity that I haven’t seen since Season 1. Especially since nothing is ever “mild” between these two.
– Steve trying to categorize his relationship with Cath. Why can’t you just say, “she’s a girl, who is a friend, who I sometimes screw and then ask humongous favors of like tracking down my spy-mom and commandeering government satellites for police work.” I think that sums it up nicely, Steve. And Danny is absolutely right… Moms know sh*t.
– Danny catches a tuna and calls it a “tuney-fish.” What the hell is a TUNEY-Fish, Danny?
– If you ever see Todd Stashwick (our patsy!Gil) in a dingy, RUN AWAY. He’s always ALWAYS a bad guy. He’s a very good bad guy, but still. Run the other way.
– Steve thinking he can tow the dingy inland because he is a super SEAL and yes he may have actually had training for this, but hello? Huge waste of energy and dehydration and what happened to your survival skills, there, Steve? But, one can’t complain too much when we get the obligatory shirtless!Alex shot AND he have Steve chased by a tiger shark.
– Danny watches Shark Week. I love you so hard right now, Danno.
– Mansushi. That is all.
– Danny continues to blame Steve for everything, up to and including the dead body on the yacht. Never change, Danny. And Steve’s exasperated facial expressions were golden. Yes, Steve. EVERYTHING is YOUR fault.
– Danny’s story about his bestie drowning. Okay, this was fabulous, but I swear on a stack I read that in a story somewhere a couple years ago. A fan came up with that exact story for why Danny didn’t like the ocean. But back-story is always good and even though I suspected something like that had happened in Danny’s past, it was nice to hear.
– Getting arrested by the Coast Guard. YES! Because two guys on a boat with a dead body = arrest!
– Chin and Kono have a moment – and Chin is still the big bruddah protector. And then Kono kicks ass.
– Max eggs Danny on with sunburn lotion. I don’t know why I found that so hilarious but it was almost like Max was instigating Danny’s considerable ire with creme for his booboos. I kind of love Max giving a little back to Danny after all this time.
– Group Poke!
– I only have one and it’s minor and I’m sure people are going to ask “Really?! OH my God, Mel, Really?!” but yeah. I’m gonna say it. Cath, I love you. Really, I do. But you are A) not a police officer and B) not working for the state and Five-0 is a State task force, so therefore, you really don’t need to be donning flack jacket and entering a suspect’s house with two cops. Aren’t you on leave, technically? So technically, you are a civilian? So, yeah… that made me stop and say, “Nope.” Nothing but all the love for Cath, but her working like a cop doesn’t jive with her story. That scene would have been fine with Chin and Kono.
The Verdict: Solid A+ episode mainly for all the lovely Steve and Danny hilarity. Stuck on a dingy in the ocean really paid off for this episode! Lots of great character driven scenes, humor and … a shark!