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Danno’s Big Bang (EXCLUSIVE PICS!)

August 30th, 2013 by
Danno's Camaro in Mana'o

Danno tries out a new shrieking hoodlum hood ornament in “Mana’o.”
(Image courtesy of CBS)


Now that CBS has released a Season 4 sneak-peek promo showing a well-loved member of the Five-0 team going up in flames, we’re pleased to present a set of exclusive photos shared with us by Special Agent Madjack! Madjack had a ringside seat as the special effects crew set up and triggered the pyrotechnics that torched Danno’s beloved Camaro. You can watch the conflagration from the comfort of your living room when the fourth season of Hawaii Five-0 premieres on September 27th.



With the Camaro gone kablooey, Steve and Danno need wheels. In a move almost guaranteed to put Danny in a particularly rant-y mood, Steve rolls out Jack McGarrett’s old pride and joy, the Mercury Marquis.  If that doesn’t drive Danno to the nearest Chevy dealership, nothing will!

McGarrett Marquis at studio by Masi Oka

McGarrett’s Marquis gets gussied up for her close-up.
(Photo courtesy of Masi Oka)


H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 – Ep. 8 Mana’o

August 30th, 2013 by

Last week, viewers were treated to a shirtless McGarrett this week, he and Danno are fully decked out… in tuxedos! As ZZ Top says, “Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”

Danno takes a page out of the McGarrett handbook for questioning suspects when he straps Bastille (Bronson Pinchot) to the roof of the Camaro then takes him on a joy ride to get him to talk.

One of my favourites, Will Yun Lee returns as bad guy Sang Min – the sleazy bad guy that everyone loves! This guy outshines everyone when he is on screen.

Notable quotes

“So uh, just a question: things go bad: which one of these guys do you want?” – Danno

“I’ll, uh, take the ugly one” – McGarrett

“That’s good. They’re both ugly.” – Danno

McGarrett and Danno setting hearts a flutter in tuxedos


Below is Officer 808′s recap from November 2010

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 8, Mana’o

November 9th, 2010 by

Like something shiny on the ground that Paris Hilton sees, the dancer’s shiny coconuts were distracting me during the luau scene.  Drums beating, grass skirts flying, coconuts gleaming…  it’s the glare, I tell you, very distracting.  Distracting until the point of the grand uncovering of the roasted pig.  The thing that will wipe a smile off a man’s distracted face is the sight of a human being who’d been slow roasted in a deep imu all day long.  How many of you would just stand there, and say “Oh my, oh dear how terrible!” like those tourists? Everything I’d eaten the past week would be tripping over each other in a mad rush to come back out- Zippy’s chili, mac salad, mom’s curry she made for me on Friday, two liters of diet coke, and maybe even some Halloween candy still lingering in there.

We find that Danno’s old partner, Meka was murdered.  But murdered because he was crooked, or murdered to cover up a conspiracy…?  They meet up with internal affairs officer SGT Basilone (Jon Seda) who stonewalls them.   Danno doesn’t make any friends trying to get answers from the Bigger Than They Need To Be Police Officers (I think these extras were cast from the stevedores at Sand Island), until Bruce Lee (Jason Scott Lee) slips Danno a little note for a lunch date.  That  takes them to an art show, where Sexy Cocktail Dress Kono pickpockets Jonny Depp to get into the back room where the drug dealer is.  Not getting any answers, Aggro Danno straps the drug dealer to the hood and goes for a joy ride around Waikiki.  But wait.  Who’s that drug dealer?  IT’S BALKI BARTOKOMOUS!  My God, he *really* let himself go after he moved out of Cousin Larry’s place.  Cousin Balki confesses the world, and now McGarrett and Danno have something solid!

Later, Danno needs to blow off some steam.  He cheats on his bromance with McGarrett and decides to spend some quality time with Chin Ho.  They go somewhere where everybody knows their name, and over some fine Primo beer, they commiserate.  Danno gets the bright idea to question a con they put away from a previous episode, and with a secret deal, the con tells Danno who the mole is.

McGarrett, Danno and Cousin Balki set up a sting with Bruce Lee and SGT Basilone.  To meet Hawaii’s daily quota, a gunfight ensues, bodies hit the floor.  Bruce Lee runs after Ochoa, and by the time everyone else catches up, two shots ring out and Ochoa is dead. Everyone say it together…. “HMMMMMMM….”  Why would he have to shoot Ochoa?  Bruce Lee could have easily slapped incoming bullets down with his bare hands, or he could have knocked him down with a flying bicycle kick.

A late reveal about Ochoa wounds reveal the real mole in the HPD as…Bruce Lee! NO!  It can’t be!  They finally put a quality local actor in there (please don’t hurt me for saying  that Mr. Kala Alexander, sir), and he turns out to be the bad guy!  DOH!

In my opinion, this was the strongest episode since the Pilot.  Like McGarrett who wanted to give the SEAL in the previous episode the benefit of the doubt, Danno wanted to do the same for his ex-partner.  Not only that, but he took control of the case himself, establishing himself and his police method over Mcgarrett’s military expedience.  The writing was excellent, and Scott Caan showed shades of Sonny Corleone in strong dialogs…I dare say Scott may be as good, if not better than his father James.

The episode wraps up by again showing how important family is in Hawaii.  After a cute dialog, Danno chases after his daughter to give her the toy, Danno appeals to the con to think about Meka’s son, the con gives Danno the info on the condition he gets to see his family again.  Finally, Danno tells Meka’s son to remember Meka as a hero.  Emotional control was over for my wife at this point, I handed her the box of kleenex, but could only think of one thing…shiny coconuts.

H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 – Ep. 7 Ho’apono

August 30th, 2013 by

My favourite part of Ho’oapono was shirtless McGarrett guest star Robert Loggia, who stole every scene he was in as WW II veteran and USS Missouri tour guide, Ed McKay. As a man now well into his 80s, I have no doubt that McKay could still kick some serious ass.

Notable quotes

I thought I told you to stay put” – McGarrett

I’m an old man. I don’t hear so good” – McKay

Couldn’t resist shirtless McGarrett!


Below is Officer 808′s recap from November 2010

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 7, Ho’apono

November 4th, 2010 by

The buzz that I’ve gotten was that this episode stood out a little better than the previous few before it…no clunky pidgin lines, not as much bantering.  I myself liked because it showed a little more of the military presence in Hawaii…unfortunately it featured the post deployment consequences on a Navy SEAL just returning from overseas.  This was balanced by what I thought was the best scene between guest star Robert Loggia and Steve about Steve’s grandfather, revealing Robert Loggia not as an action hero wannabe, but a comrade in arms who regretted not being able to do more for his crewmates who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Quotable:  “Who’s that, your wife?”  -Tour Guide to Steve McGarrett

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ episode 7, Ho’apono

1)  If anyone turns up dead in Hawaii, again suspect the Triad, Sons of Samoa, human traffickers, Filipino Sinn Fein, or the Russian mob/arms dealers/psychotic business execs.   They are the only perpetrators here in Paradise.

2)  “You must be this tall to ride and/or join the HPD”.  Did you notice the SWAT team members who escorted the handcuffed SEAL outside of the Battleship Missouri?   Braddahs might have been the SWAT team’s sewer, tunnel  or air duct specialists.

3)  Skip the Battleship Missouri Tour and go on the LOST Tour instead.  You’ll never know when it’s Hostage Taking Day.  However if all hell breaks loose on the LOST Tour, there’s a big black smoke cloud coming after you!

Pantsless Chi McBride causes spontaneous combustion in new Five-0 promo

August 26th, 2013 by
CBS Promo Banner

Here comes Season Four! Hawaii Five-0 brings the rain to Friday nights this Fall.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Move over Shirtless McGarrett, there’s new hotness in Honolulu.  As a matter of fact it’s so hot, it’s hawt.

Here’s the latest Hawaii Five-0 season 4 promo clip featuring Chi McBride as SWAT Captain Grover dropping his drawers and knocking on doors.  Captain is looking so good, Danny’s Camaro can’t handle the hawtness!  Check it out!



Sneak Peek: Chi McBride bedevils Five-0

August 25th, 2013 by
Chi McBride plays Captain Lou Grover

Hawaii Five-0 welcomes Chi McBride as SWAT Captain Lou Grover
(Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)

Hawaii Five-0 has a new man on the job!  HPD SWAT Captain Lou Grover, played by Chi McBride, makes his debut in the September 27th season premiere.  He’s front and center in one of this season’s first promos, along with Sgt. Duke Lukela, played by fan favorite Dennis Chun.



The news broke in early July that Chi McBride would be joining Hawaii Five-0 as SWAT Captain Lou Grover.  Executive producer Peter Lenkov shared some details with Entertainment Weekly’s Sandra Gonzalez in a July 10th interview:

“It’s always fun to dig back into Five-0 mythology and resurrect a character — and in this case, Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover,” says executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Recently transferred to Hawaii from Chicago, Grover isn’t easily sold on Five-0′s tactics, referring to the task force as: ‘McGarrett and his merry band of do-whatever-the-hell-they-want.’ What Five-0 does conflicts with Grover’s own style of law enforcement. And that creates good conflict, so prepare for some combustive tension between the two this season.”

So, will Captain Lou Grover be a hard lining stickler to procedure, or be an ally in the making? Talk to us!


H50 Rewind:Ep 1.05, “Nalowale”

August 23rd, 2013 by
In this week’s Hawaii Five-0 episode Governor Jameson uses her considerable influence to have 5-0 investigative the death of a friend’s daughter. She also introduces McGarrett and Danno to the  quirky and socially awkward coroner, Max Bergman.



Danno uses to his powers of observation and peppers McGarrett about his happy demeanor after McGarrett enjoys some sexy time with his sometimes girlfriend Catherine. When McGarrett is completely unaffected by two pretty girls “eye humping” him at a local bar, Danno figures out his little secret.

The other woman in McGarett’s life, Mary, stumbles across the mysterious Champ box which leads her to start asking questions about their mother and father’s deaths.

How do you feel about the inclusion of tidbits about the characters personal lives in the show?

What do you think Mary is up to?

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 5, Nalowale

October 19th, 2010 by 

This one is for the Locals…
1) If you have a physician who’s obviously Asian, but with a Jewish last name, of course the dude is going to be weird.
2) Hawaii is still a hub of international terrorism. However, Filipinos are the most ineffective and inept of them all.
3) We have prostitution rings everywhere…my guess was that this one was in one of the buildings on Kapiolani Ave between the Running Room and Walmart, where there’s Satellite TV, free pupus, and is perpetually under NEW MANAGEMENT.
4) If you don’t recognize the club that McGarrett and Danno were in, YOU’RE OLD! That’s right…if it’s not World Cafe (Restaurant Row), Blue Zebra, Maharajahs or Ocean Club and you don’t recognize the club ,you are officially OLD! Or at least married with kids.

Hawaii Five-0, a favorite guilty pleasure

August 21st, 2013 by

Entertainment recap and commentary website Television Without Pity, whose catchphrase is “Spare the snark, spoil the networks,” has given Five-0 a “Watch” ratiing in its “Watch, DVR, Skip” ranking of the Fall 2013 schedule.

While we’ll take issue with the contention that a Friday night berth is a death sentence for our show, we’ll happily cheer their decision to give Hawaii Five-0 their highest timeslot ranking!

After reading the post, show-runner Peter Lenkov tweeted, “Honored!”

Read the complete Fall 2013 lineup rankings at the Television Without Pity website



Five-0 cast in scene from Hookman

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim in scene from Season 3′s “Hookman.”
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Fall TV 2013: Watch, DVR, Skip

Friday at 9 PM

Watch: Hawaii Five-0
Moving it to Friday seems like the kiss of death, and that’s a shame since this show is one of our favorite guilty pleasures. But we’ll happily wind down the week with pretty people and lovely scenery and some ass-kicking thrown in for good measure.

DVR: America’s Next Top Model
Because the boy twist is fun, but you want to skip anything to do with Bryanboy and/or mute Tyra most of the time.

Skip: Shark Tank and Enlisted
Shark Tank is best in clip form and the existence of Enlisted is best forgotten.

Watch It Online (or On Demand): Grimm and Raising Hope
Grimm is good weekend watching and Raising Hope has its moments, so get out the iPad and enjoy.

H50 Rewind: Ep 1.04, “Lanakila”

August 16th, 2013 by

“Lanakila” introduces us to Steve’s firecracker sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning), and also to Steve’s sorta-kinda girlfriend with Naval Intel benefits, Lt. Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth). Danny’s bum knee also makes its first appearance; we see Danny giving his doctor an exasperated description of life with McGarrett, describing him as an “animal.” We also see the birth of the “how long you two been married?” theme as Halawa inmates react to Steve and Danno’s bromantic banter during a quick basketball one-on-one.

So, viewers! What did you think of the two women in McGarrett’s life? Did your first impressions of Cath and Mary Ann hold up as the show progressed and we saw more of them?



Steve and Mary Ann McGarrett

Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) McGarrett visit their father’s grave at Punchbowl.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila
October 12th, 2010 by

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila

1) Halawa Correctional Facility houses the greatest criminal minds and escape artists of Hawaii.

2) The north shore of Molokai looks suspiciously like Kualoa Beach/Kaneohe.

3) braddahs still don’t like Haoles. But they like the Haole’s sister.

4) So, you want to watch a live feed from a highly classified Navy spy satellite? There’s an app for that.

H50 Rewind: Ep 1.03, “Malama Ka Aina”

August 16th, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0 entered its second week as part of TNT’s Thursday night lineup with “Malama Ka Aina” airing at 9:00pm, followed by “Lanakila” at 10:00pm. “Malama Ka Aina” gave us the first of many Five-0 moments that would become characteristic of the show’s far-reaching appeal, starting with McGarrett’s introduction to young Grace (Teilor Grubbs), and continuing with the “You look like James Bond, and I look like a waiter” scene in the underground gambling den.

So! What moments in this episode would you pick as favorites? Which scenes stick with you as characteristic aspects of the show’s breakout bromance and overall vibe?



Steve and Danny -- James Bond and the waiter

Steve and Danny infiltrate a gambling operation to take down a mob boss who is trying to buy into the Hawaiian criminal underworld.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)


“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 3, Malama Ka Aina
October 5th, 2010 by

Culture Crash

I love the fact that the writers try really hard to show Hawaii’s unique cultural aspects…but this time they may have gone too far…  Case in point: the opening of the episode begins at a high school football game, where the tribal warrior mascot leads the team in a menacing chant.

This chant is called a “haka”, a war chant that was used by the Maori warriors of New Zealand before engaging the enemy in battle and was adopted by local high schools and the University of Hawaii.  The mascot of the Kukui Kings is actually the mascot of UH, Vili the Warrior.  Viliami Fekolo is actually a very nice Tongan gentleman when he doesn’t have his war face on.  So a Tongan is leading a Hawaii team in a Maori chant.  To me that’s like ordering sushi at a Chinese restaurant owned by Koreans.  You get me?

One thing I *know* locals cringed at was with McGarrett’s mispronunciation of “ow-ah”makua ['aumakua, a guardian spirit].  Again, I’m glad to see that the writers are striving hard to integrate Hawaiian culture into the series.

I stay at home and bolt the doors

With all the bullets flying around Honolulu, I’m afraid to leave my house.  I mean seriously, nowhere is safe…shopping in Waikiki, or even going to  a high school football game.  Hell, I can’t even feel safe in a illegal gambling den in a million dollar neighborhood without the fear of cops coming crashing through the door.  Is this the price of paradise?!?

“Ohana means family” -Lilo

The one thing we do learn is how tight family is in Hawaii.  The fact that Kono, Chin Ho and Sid were all related is no big surprise to locals, Hawaii is so small and some families are so big, it’s inevitable to run into your family members everywhere.  Chin Ho introduces himself as Uncle Chin to Danno’s daughter, Grace.  It’s a common practice to call older family friends Uncle and Aunty, rather than Ma’am, Sir, Mr, or Mrs.  This creates a sense of ohana [family] and helps to make Hawaii a tight community.

McGarrett mentions that when he was a kid, his door could be left unlocked and kids settled disagreements with fists, not guns. I don’t think our generation could really swear by that, but our parent’s generation could, and McGarrett is definitely right in saying that Hawaii is not the same as when we were kids.  And that is the tragedy of becoming a modern city.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 3, Malama Ka Aina:

1) When not the hub for international terrorism, Hawaii is a hub for interracial gang wars.  But they’re all kewl, until the Haole gangsters start moving in from the mainland.
2) If you’re looking for high stakes gambling look for any McMansion up at Hawaii Loa Ridge, but watch out because…
3) We have an out of control gun problem with shoot outs at high schools and in multimillion dollar neighborhoods everyday.
4) Better than Tivo, we have Sharks On Demand, but don’t worry, they’re totally safe.

Did you notice…

Undercover police officer Sid is played by Sid Liufau, a mixed martial artist, polynesian entertainer and current actor with a long list of television and movie appearances.

You can actually go on shark tours (tour 1, tour 2) on the north shore of Oahu where you can swim with sharks in a cage.  Voluntarily of course.

I couldn’t find a reference to “Ailani’s Pizza”, but Danno got it wrong…pineapple and ham can definitely share the same airspace.

H50 Rewind: “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

August 13th, 2013 by
Chin Ho, Danno and Steve sneak up on the bad guys

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), Danno (Scott Caan), and Steve (Alex O’Loughlin), ready to take down the bad guys.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

(Originally posted September 28th, 2010 by )

McGarrett is one bad dude.  The same way Jack Bauer is a bad dude.  If Jack Bauer could do it his way, the show would be called 12, not 24.  If McGarrett could do it his way, Hawaii Five-0 would be a 30 minute show.  He’d probably have captured Bin Laden too.   Crime would be reduced in Hawaii, HPD would disband, and it would be nothing but sunshine and rainbows in the Aloha state.  Of course the court system would be backed up with police brutality cases.  Danno is turning out to be a big sissy pants wanting to do everything by the book which makes for good TV.  I’m expecting a slap fight to break out soon between the two.

Speaking of which, most people enjoy a good catfight, especially if Kono and a blond Russian are involved.  Their battle goes crashing from the kitchen, through the gate outside then to the pool outside.  But if they had fallen into, say a tub of jello, the scene may have played out a bit longer.  But alas, all good things must come to an end, and the bad guys show up, Russians this time.  Maybe it would have been better to skip work and go to the graduation after all.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 2, Ohana

1)  Hawaiians stay fit, trim an ready for the beach 365 days a year on a diet of shaved ice and malasadas.

2)  We mock Haoles who wear their Haole clothes.  Even with a tie, they just become professional looking Haoles.

3)  Since last week, Hawaii became an even worse hotbed of international terrorism, where shootouts can break out at any corner.