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Charlie Fong as you’ve never seen him before

January 9th, 2012 by

Local glamour photographer Robert Tolentino shot these photos of model Kaitlyn Metcalf with Hawaii Five-0 actor and friend of the 50undercover.com blog Brian Yang.  Kaitlyn is a real Punahou Graduate (2003) and as you know Brian’s character Charlie Fong hails from the same school.  Brian just may give Alex a run for his money in the smolder department, and Kono, I don’t think you know what you’re missing!  Score one for the Geek God!

These shots are exclusive to the blog!

Can you look as dapper as McGarrett in a tux or as sexy as Kono in a gown?

January 9th, 2012 by

A recent Hawaii Five-0 casting call came my way that I’m more than happy to share with the fans.   CBS confirms that this is an open casting call for actors who have formal wear (and look good in it) for filming an upcoming episode.  Do you fit the bill?

Photo: Darren Leigh for GQ Australia

Hawaii Five 0 – Looking for extras w/ specific UPSCALE WARDROBE on Oahu for a Very Formal Gala Event: Evening-Scene
(Outside of the Honolulu Metro area.)

Must be able to drive to tbd location and SUBMIT photo(s) by close of business Jan 11, 2012 for consideration.

Shoot date: 1 Day btwn Jan 16-25.

Think red carpet awards show!
Preferable Age Range: 30-55 years old

Please send photo(s) IN costume:

Men: Full Tuxedo and dress shoes
Women: Full length Evening Gowns, Ball gowns, Designer Cocktail Attire and accessories.
(If possible please send two different wardrobe looks)

If interested you must email photo(s) in your wardrobe to:

And best phone contact#

Please keep all photos UNDER 1mb and must be able to see full wardrobe head to toe in photos.


Borscht meets poi on Hawaii Five-0

January 9th, 2012 by

It sounds like McGarrett isn’t the only one who speaks more than one language.  According to E! online’s Spoiler Chat, in an upcoming episode Danno surprises the boss with his Russian linguistic skills.  Perhaps this goes back to the case Danny discussed with Chin Ho in “Ho’apono” where he worked to take down Russian mobsters back in Jersey.  And I’ll bet he looks adorable in a bearskin hat.

From eonline:

Mezjennifer: Can I have some Hawaii Five-0 please?
Danny (Scott Caan) fans, prepare to swoon: your boy will be busting out some Russian in an upcoming episode. Someone who’s impressed by this secret skill? Why, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), of course! They learn something new about each other every day.

Do you love the Hawaii Five-0 Undercover blog? Then send us a nomination for the Shorty Awards!

January 9th, 2012 by

I had no idea what the Shorty Awards were until a few of you awesome Undercover Special Agents nominated me for the “Best Blogger” category, to which I am eternally humbled and grateful for.  If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I work had to bring you news, behind the scenes photos and clips and especially ORIGINAL content such as interviews and short fiction pieces, all framed in humor about our favorite show, Hawaii Five-0.   And as you know, I can’t do all this without the wonderful help of contributors @Terrysagirl and @Melapaloosa.  So with your help, I would love to further push this blog into the spotlight and bring more fans into the Hawaii Five-0 fandom!

What is the Shorty Awards (from their website)?

What do Conan O’Brien, Cory Booker, Sesame Street’s Grover, Suze Orman, Ted Leo, Neil Patrick Harris and NASA have in common? Besides being awesome, they’re all Shorty Award winners.

Every year, millions of people visit the Shorty Awards site to tweet nominations for their favorite social media content creators. All those tweets culminate in a highly anticipated awards ceremony that celebrates the winners in dozens of featured categories, as well as thousands of crowd-sourced community ones. For the second time, the Shorty Awards will also honor the industry’s best agencies, brands, and social media professionals.

The public is invited to nominate social media users for excellence over the past year. Each award recognizes a content creator’s entire body of work, not just an individual tweet or post. Nominations are made by tweeting or through ShortyAwards.com.

How to vote

1)  COPY AND PASTE the tweet:

I nominate @H50undercover for a Shorty Award in #blogger because [fill in your creative answer here!]

or 2) Follow the link below to the voting page and submit a vote (via tweet):

Nominate Officer 808 for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Officer 808 for a social media award in the Shorty Awards


Please help promote Hawaii Five-0 and help promote the Hawaii Five-0 Undercover blog!   MAHALO!

Newcomer cast as young Steve McGarrett

January 8th, 2012 by

Very little is known about the young actor who’s been cast to play the teenage version of the top man at Five-o.  As we found out a couple of days ago, his name is William Lancaster Carlson, and he’s also been cast on web TV series “Luke 11:17″ where once again, he plays the youthful version of  the main character.  About all we know at this point is that a source at CBS told our own Officer 808 that Mr. Carlson is “very sweet.”

Will Carlson from Luke 11:17 Facebook page

The debate has already begun as to whether the sweet-faced young man actually resembles Steve McGarrett, but did we really think they would be able to locate an actor who was the youthful doppleganger to our Super Seal?  I think not.  And truthfully, the young Alex O’Loughlin didn’t really look like Alex O’Loughlin either.


A young Steve McG, supposedly of Alex O'loughlin, in a shot from Hawaii Five-0 "Ohana" (Season 1, Episode 2).

A young Steve McG, supposedly of Alex, in a shot from "Ohana" (Season 1, Episode 2).

Steve McGarrett, the wonder years

January 6th, 2012 by

This headshot of the actor playing the young Steve McGarrett has hit the social network (I originally saw this at @AlexOsplace).  William Lancaster Carlson is the official teen (dream) Steve.   A source at CBS has confirmed that this is the actor, and that “he’s very sweet”.  His episode is set to air January 16th.  Does he resemble Alex O’Loughlin?  You be the judge, but in any case ladies, swoon away.

Update:  Will Carlson appears in Luke 11:17, a psychological thriller on firstrun.tv.  Check it out on Facebook.

Will Carlson as the young Steve Mcgarrett, Hawaii Five-0.  (Courtesy photo)

Will Carlson as the young Steve Mcgarrett, Hawaii Five-0. (Courtesy photo)

McGarrett versus the Russians?

January 4th, 2012 by

Is the Cold War back? Trust McGarrett to heat things up, and I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to watch Steve engage in a little “sweet-talking,” as reported by TV Guide.

Let’s start 2012 with some Hawaii Five-0 spoilers? — James
 How do you say “Book ‘em, Danno!” in Russian? McGarrett may find out when the team investigates a rape and murder at a $5,000-a-plate fundraiser and the prime suspect seeks asylum at the Russian embassy. Sounds like glasnost will be of no help to McGarrett, who will have to do a little sweet-talking to get the entitled Consul General to hand over the scumbag comrade.

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 213, “Ka Ho’oponopono”

January 3rd, 2012 by

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”

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”

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

Why SEALs rock! Photo CBS, Ka Ho’oponopono

Speaking of LOST

Jin Ho speaks!

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.

Steve Mcgarrett rescues the lawyer.  Photo CBS, “Ka Ho’oponopono”

"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.

CBS and Hawaii Five-0 gain viewers in week 13

January 3rd, 2012 by

Although Hawaii Five-0 didn’t have to battle Castle for viewers last night, the show did score a win against college football bowl games.  Early numbers have the show winning both the overall numbers and the 18-49 demographic.

From tvbythenumbers

CBS began the New Year with a Monday win against broadcast competition, winning every half-hour in viewers and key demographics, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Jan. 2.


How I Met Your Mother was first in households (6.2/09), viewers (10.22m), adults 25-54 (4.7/10), adults 18-49 (3.9/09) and adults 18-34 (3.4/09) at 8:00 PM.


2 Broke Girls was first in households (7.1/10), viewers (12.05m), adults 25-54 (5.3/11), adults 18-49 (4.3/10) and adults 18-34 (3.2/10).  2 Broke Girls built on its lead-in by +15% in households, +13% in adults 25-54, +10% in adults 18-49 and added +1.83m viewers (+18%).   Compared to the last first-run episode (on Dec. 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM), 2 Broke Girls was up +2% in adults 18-49 (from 4.2/11), +14% in adults 18-34 (from 2.8/09) and even in adults 25-54.


Two and a Half Men was first in households (8.2/12), viewers (13.79m), adults 25-54 (5.7/12), adults 18-49 (4.4/10) and adults 18-34 (2.8/10).


MIKE & Molly was first in households (7.2/10), viewers (11.93m), adults 25-54 (5.1/10) and adults 18-49 (3.8/09).


Hawaii Five-0 was first in households (7.2/11), viewers (11.73m), adults 25-54 (3.8/09) and adults 18-49 (2.9/07).  Compared to the last first-run episode (on Dec. 12, 2011), HAWAII FIVE-0 was up +3% in households (from 7.0/11), even in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 and added +440,000 viewers (from 11.29m, +4%).


For the night, CBS was first in households (7.2/11), viewers (11.91m), adults 25-54 (4.7/10), adults 18-49 (3.7/09) and adults 18-34 (2.4/07).

According to Mel: 2×13 “Ka Ho’oponopono” Still More Questions than Answers…

January 3rd, 2012 by

Steve is also concerned by lack of story movement for Shelbourne...


This one isn’t going down in the annals of great episode history, and frankly, I was sort of expecting more bang for my buck after two and a half weeks break. I was also hoping for a bit more forward movement with this whole Shelbourne storyline, but thus far have been denied yet again. And that, dear friends, is getting old.

The Pros:

– Thank you, Chin, for being the one member of the Team (who isn’t Steve) to come to Joe and basically say, “I see what you’re doing and I don’t like it.” If it can’t be Danny, I’ll take Chin. Chin is great at cutting to the meat of the problem with little muss and fuss.

– Lots of the lovely Kono working in this episode. Loved seeing her work with Steve. Whoever buys all the “jeggings” that she and Lori wear must have cleaned out all the local stores.

– Steve: please wear that pretty pretty blue shirt more often.

– Danny doesn’t know what’s in his own trunk. Danny, darling, clean your car out once in a while. People are stashing heavy munitions and various snazzy technical devices in there and you don’t even know it!

– Joe at the HPD: Okay I might be getting fed up with the Shelbourne story, but I DID like seeing Joe relatively rattled at HPD. I actually through when he screamed at Steve that he’s trying to stop more deaths from happening that we *might* make some headway. I was wrong.

– I actually liked seeing Lori and Kono teamed together. Even if I’ve seen the whole “spyware activates your computer camera for peeping toms” storyline on Criminal Minds and maybe even Law and Order, that kid needed a good Kono-bashing.

– Charlie Fong! Charlie, I love you man, but you should not sound so turned on by voyeurism, dude. You creeped Kono out. Kinda creeped me out too.

– Steve finally hangs someone off a cliff again! But I was kinda disappointed there wasn’t more Danny-flailing at that patented Steve tactic.

– Joe’s kidnapping and Ninja!Steve to the rescue. I will ALWAYS adore seeing Steve do what he does best and charge to the rescue.

– Adam Noshimuri – you are an extremely HOT man. You need to be on the show more often because you are not really your father, but you’re not all good either. You interest me.

– End scene with Steve and Joe in the car – okay I didn’t like the *outcome* of that scene, but what I DID like was that Steve actually *talked* about his torture. He put that vulnerability out there for Joe because of who Joe is and how he’d understand. He also mentions Jenna, so this is basically Steve-type therapy people. Excellently played by Alex there, too.


– Round-about case that didn’t really hold my attention. Not enough character driven bits to case bit ratio. Felt like a run-of-the-mill crime procedural episode.

– Steve and Lori’s conversation about boyfriends and daddies. Did he really call her boyfriend a eunuch? That was weird.

– Steve and Joe’s standoff = brick wall *again*! Okay, so we found out that Joe helped Hiro fake his death, obviously to hide from Wo Fat. While that’s something, it also begs the question “so what?” If Joe had explained even a little bit more, I might have felt like we got something out of that.

– I thought after everything that Steve had moved Joe into the “treat with caution and do not trust” pile, but yet he defends him to Chin. Either Steve’s Daddy-issues run that deep or Joe’s a better manipulator than I thought.

– That ending with Joe just limping out of the car. Not impressive ending to a climax there, Show.

The Verdict: Lackluster episode with some good points being overshadowed by case. I am looking forward to the character driven episodes to come, like 2×14 and 2×15, though!

Talk to me, people. What did YOU think of 2×13?