January 3rd, 2012 by officer808
All I want for Christmas is a new episode
Winter seemed longer and colder with two straight Hawaii Five-0 rebroadcasts the past couple of weeks. Well ok, it was longer and colder for the rest of you since the temperatures hung in the 60-70 degree range here in Honolulu over Christmas. I don’t mean to rub it in, but it’s good to live in paradise. ;) Was the wait worth it? Read on and find out.
When Steve flexes, the Earth shudders. Photo CBS, “Ka Ho’oponopono”
Lost in the story
The chatter on twitter was mixed on the episode. Some thought it was brilliant, while others got lost in the storyline of a murdered teen, sex tapes, blackmail, insurance fraud, unions, mobsters and hitmen. As one who dabbles in writing, I give credit to story writer Stephanie Sengupta who I thought managed to construct a procedural that only gave you a little bit of information with every step in the case, and the final crime wasn’t truly revealed until the very end. That’s exactly the kind of procedural that I want to watch, one that keeps me guessing and with no obvious finger pointing right off the bat. The story’s subplot of Joe getting man handled by the Yakuza fit perfectly into the whole episode. The episode also took on some pretty touchy issue: a murdered child (albeit a teen), privacy violations in the internet age, and sexual relations between students and teachers.
Teenage Bucket List: Get body checked by hot HPD cop in front of hot girls in school to show them how hard core computer nerds roll. Check. Photo CBS, “Ka Ho’oponopono”
But as a viewer, I can see also how if one stopped watching for a split second, say, to tweet something witty, you can miss a critical step in the investigation that will leave one wondering how they arrived at that point.
We got our first “Book ‘em Danno” for the new year, but I think Lori had the best lines in her investigation at Ala Moana Academy, responding to Danno’s “Where’d you get that?” with “From the trunk!” And I loved the exasperated, “Oh my, God, really? Are you serious?” as the teen blackmailer tried to dash off. Loved the scare scene with McG going rogue-ish and black bagging the tainted juror. Is that police brutality? Nah, I call it entertainment. Go Five-0!
Why SEALs rock! Photo CBS, Ka Ho’oponopono
Speaking of LOST
Jin Ho speaks!
Terry O’Quinn (John Locke in “Lost”) played punching bag for the Yakuza, and one of my favorite characters from Lost, Bernard the dentist (Sam Anderson) had a run in with rebar.
Everyone is getting mad at Joe
After the opening credits, we see
Jin pcking up John Locke at the airport who had just came off of Hawaiian Air flight 815 Joe’s troubles start with Chin grilling him about his second trip to Japan. Chin’s mad at Joe because the Yakuza plays bumper cars with Chin’s new truck on the way back to Five-0. Adam Yoshimuri is mad at Joe cause he thinks Joe killed his father. Steve is mad at Joe because he ain’t spilling anything about Shellbourne. Hell, I think Joe is even mad at Joe- snapping back at Steve that he’s trying to prevent more people from dying.
How much longer can the fans hold on, cause even some fans are getting mad at Joe. I’ve seen a lot of people on twitter complaining about being strung out too long about the Joe storyline, and thankfully, the story looks like it’s coming to a head. Joe finally fesses up that he faked Hiro’s death and moved him to Japan (something which we predicted, yay!), and show runner Peter Lenkov promised the big reveal of Shellbourne in the next episode. But Joe’s right about Steve starting a war with the Yakuza after shooting up Adam’s luxury house. If Joe’s helping Hiro without Adam’s knowledge, Adam’s gunning for the both of them now.
"Sorry, I think I may have overdone it with the hand lotion this morning," Steve said. "Not at all, they're so soft. What do you use?" the lawyer asked.
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 213, “Ka Ho’oponopono”
1) My good twitter buddy @bakabreath tweeted that as good as Ala Moana Academy is, he went to Pearlridge High, but failed, so ended up at Windward Mall Charter School.
2) @wilburwong pointed out rookie Yakuza (Hawaiian Chapter) mistake: “Why would you take someone hostage back to your own house?!”
Did you notice…?
Twitter cuz @ileimohala noticed that Chin played with his wedding band in the final magic table scene. Everyone together now, “Awwww…how sweet.”
The opening band playing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” on the beach is Cradle 2 Grave. They pretty much killed that scene!
I am so getting a cell phone interceptor. Yes, they do exist.
Ala Moana Academy was the fictitious school in the episode, filmed at McKinley High School. McKinley alumnus @___instantk told me that only seniors were allowed in the “oval”, where President McKinley’s statue stands and where Karen the naughty teen in red hot pants was being questioned.
Steve tells the construction worker, “Shoots” in parting. It’s a pdigin “bye”, usually followed by “K den” (ok, then).
Braddah: “Shoots, k den.”
Translation: “Allrightee then, ta-ta!”
Since the actual State courthouse is used as the Five-0 headquarters, Honolulu’s main library with classic early 20th century Hawaiian architecture was used as the exterior shot for the courthouse in Five-0 world.
Update: The age of consent is sixteen in Hawaii. However in Hawaii, a 14 your old can consent to relations with someone who can be no older than 19. And now you know.