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Last-minute Mega Buzz tease for Five-0 premiere! (SPOILER!)

September 25th, 2013 by
Steve swabs blood off the cell bars

Steve the Science Guy in action. When Wo Fat plays his usual cryptic stalling game about his relationship with Doris McGarrett, Steve decides to get his own answers.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Courtesy of TV Guide’s Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams, a bit of last-minute Five-0 premiere spoilerage!

Got any more teases about the Hawaii Five-0 premiere? — Lindsay
ADAM: Look for McGarrett to be very proactive in his efforts to find out exactly what Wo Fat’s connection is to his mother. Since he can’t get a straight answer from anyone in the know, he begins investigating his own hypothesis. Meanwhile, fans worried about Kono’s absence from the team will understand very quickly how she will remain integral to the story. (Hint: It involves serious danger.) And speaking of danger, the Five-0 team will lose something very dear to them.

Just my take on it, but if the “something very dear to them” isn’t Danny’s Camaro, I’ll eat my keyboard! (Well, okay, I may just gnaw on one corner of it. It’s the thought that counts).

Read the full Mega Buzz article at the TV Guide website.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0: Season 4 Premiere!

September 25th, 2013 by

After a long summer without our favourite foursome, the Season 4 premiere of Hawaii Five-0 is just about upon us!

Episode 4.01, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi” ( We Need Each Other), starts where the finale left off, so let’s recap what happened to the Five-0 team.

Steve McGarrett – when last we saw him, Steve was confronting Wo Fat about why Doris McGarrett visited the evil-doer in prison. In the season ending cliffhanger, armed commandos shot their way into the prison in an attempt to kill Wo Fat, or so he said. McGarrett must decide whether to team up with his arch nemesis to get him out of the prison alive, or stand back while the commandos do what they came to do.

Danny Williams – after suffering heart break (seeing ex wife Rachael wanting to leave Hawaii with daughter Grace) after heart break (seeing girlfriend Gaby deciding to be in Morocco rather than with Danny in Hawaii), I really hope he can find some happiness this season. The season ending episode teased that happiness may be possible when Gaby reunites with Danny.

Kono Kalakaua – Kono decided to join boyfriend, Adam Noshimori, on the run from the Yakuza. Fans were left fearing that Kono’s character was being written out of the show. Fear not,  said show runner, Peter Lenokov. Kono will be back for Season 4, although in a story line that may be separate from the Five-0 team.

We have two big name guest stars in the premiere episode. Chi McBride’s character will reportedly butt heads with McGarrett as SWAT Captain Lou Glover. Henry Ian Cusak, of “Lost” fame, plays this episode’s bad guy du jour.


Now, here is what we know about the first episode of season 4. (WARNING!! Spoilers ahead! You have been warned!)

McGarrett and WoFat fight team up to escape the prison.

McGarrett gets a sample of WoFat’s blood to, presumably, do a DNA test on it.

The Five-0 headquarters is attacked by commandos. Chin is trapped inside.

McGarrett must rescue Catherine after she is kidnapped.

Danny’s Camaro meets an unfortunate fate.

McGarrett is shirtless!!!!


From CBS


Chi McBride Guest Stars as SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a Character That First Appeared in an Episode of the Original “Hawaii Five-0″ Series, and Henry Ian Cusick Guest Stars as a Member of a Terrorist Organization

“Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi*” – After McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters, compromising Kono and Adam’s secret location in Hong Kong and forcing McGarrett to break the law and turn on his own in order to find a kidnapped Catherine, on the fourth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, on a new night, Friday, Sept. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Chi McBride guest stars as SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a character that first appeared in an episode of the original “Hawaii Five-0” series.  Henry Ian Cusick guest stars as a member of a terrorist organization.

(*Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi is Hawaiian for “We Need Each Other”)


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)


Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Mark Dacascos     (Wo Fat)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)


Luis Carazo     (Ricardo Cosi)

Henry Ian Cusick     (Ernesto)

Luis R. Espinoza     (Juan)

Eddie Fernandez     (O’ahu Water and Power Worker #4)

Vancamp Popese     (Tomas)

Martha Higareda     (Flora)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Charlie Compuesto     (Alejandro)

Shawn Thomsen     (HPD Recruit Pua Kai)

Nestor Serrano     (El Condor)

Brian Kasai     (Security Guard)

Commanding Officer     (Doug Thurston)

WRITTEN BY:     Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 ep. 13 Ke Kinohi

September 20th, 2013 by

Some of my favourite episodes from Season 1 are about the Champ box and the clues to Mama McGarrett’s murder. I love the  mystery and speculation about what the items in the box mean!

Uber-villian, Hiro Noshimori makes his first appearance in this episode. I had the pleasure of meeting the actor who plays Hiro, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, at my very first tweet-up in Honolulu. I expected him to be gruff and tough but he is delightfully friendly and nothing like the brooding bad guy he plays in Hawaii Five-0. You can check out Officer 808′s interview with Cary here.

Notable quotes

“Is there any beer around here?” – Governor Jameson

“What?” – McGarrett

“I have never known a Navy man who couldn’t find a lady a beer.” – Governor Jameson

Below is Officer 808′s original take on “Ke Kinohi.”

What are these two up to?


(Below is Undercover’s original take on KE KINOHI)

“Things We Learned About Hawaii About From Hawaii Five-0″, Episode 13, “Ke Kinohi”

January 4th, 2011 by

Champ box review

Well guys, I’m glad I got everyone thinking about the Champ box.  We had a great discussion on the blog the past few days, and I thank all you blog followers who posted in other forums to bring your friends who joined in the discussion as well.   A special “ALOHA” to our fans in Oz, Germany, Russia, Korea, the UK, and France for connecting to my little grass shack out here in the Pacific.

So where are we now with our prognostications?

Theory: John McGarrett probably has a background story of owing someone money, or crossing someone the wrong way.  His wife was murdered 18 years ago either because John was the intended target, or the murder was a warning to John to settle his debt.
Revealed: John got close to revealing the Yakuza boss in Hawaii, so the boss ordered his murder.  Unfortunately his wife happened to be driving the car that day.

Theory: After the murder of his wife, John may have gone undercover, hid underground or went into some type of witness protection program to protect his children. …John was not in Steve’s life at that point.  …Mary presumably was sent away to school on the mainland.
Revealed: At the airport, Mary Ann mentions that she was having a “deaj vu moment” of the last time they were at the airport and their father put them on separate planes for their safety.

Theory: There may be more than one snitch in the HPD.
Revealed: Koji (Hiro’s brother) was a crooked cop who planted the bomb.

Theory: I went out on a limb with this one- Mary Ann was up to something sinister.
Revealed: A lot of you reeled me back in and chalked up Mary Ann’s snooping as a  desire to play Nancy Drew.  Good call…I think Mary Ann doing anything sinister would have destroyed her character.

Theory: Cigarette butts, postcards and keys all play a role.
Revealed: Kudos to Mr. Mike’s followers for nailing the Sherlock Holmes dancing men reference.  And boy, did I over think the brass key.  But Peter Lenkov and writers skirted around a few things- McG’s yellow tablet showed figures *not* on the postcard.   (presumably taken from other postcards).  Hiro disposes the evidence, but Mary Ann saves the photos on her camera.  Interestingly this wipes the slate clean somewhat, and the writers have a lot off leeway in introducing new evidence, rather than being obligated to what was originally shown in the pilot.

Ke Kinohi, Hawaii Five-0

Ke Kinohi, Hawaii Five-0, Photo: Neal Jacobs

The all Alex show

Because the show finally moves the story arc along, Alex O’Loughlin was front and center in just about all of the scenes.  He delivered immensely.  So well, that one of the blog followers on Facebook is petioning for Alex’s nomination for an Emmy award. ;)   I mean this show had Alex doing everything- McG kicking Ninja butt, driving a motorycle through a club’s doors and up the stairs, and laying down his terms to the Gov and the bad guys!  I’m sure a lot of people noticed a wider range of emotion that Alex had to work with.  The strongest emotional scenes in the episode included McG pulling his sister out of the car, comforting her in the office, and sending her off at the gate.  There was even a glimmer in his eyes as he turned away from his sister at the airport…my wife was halfway through the box of kleenex by then.  I was crying because there was no battle royale at the golf course with Hiro, Wo Fat, Danno and McG.  Men, we were robbed of epic combat!

I admit with the first two episodes, Steve and Mary Ann’s relationship was barely believable.   The long hiatus of Mary Ann off camera was enough to convince some fans her presence was nearly useless…then came this episode.  For the first time, I was convinced that they were siblings who did things their own way, but ultimately big brother would be there to look after little sis.  With the lift of his hand under Mary’s chin, telling her he loved her, that spoke volumes of the relationship that had been missing for most of the season.  I wasn’t a big Mary Ann fan at first, but after this episode, Five-0 fans finally see what Taryn Manning can do and should be impressed.  I’m wanting to see more of Taryn Manning as Mary Ann helping McG close the case on their parents.  Some feedback on the Facebook page shared this sentiment as well.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″

1)  We have the World’s Noisiest Ninjas.  They failed Tiptoeing 101.  At least they’re high tech…they don’t need ninja stars, they’ll just tase your a$$.  McG didn’t even have a chance to yell “DON’T TASE ME BRO!”.  Poor guy.

2)  Getting anywhere is faster with a helicopter.  Everyone has one.

3)  When you live away from Hawaii long enough, you forget how to throw a shaka sign, because it looks like you’re doing a half shake of a juice can with three fingers.

Did you notice…? (now with SUPER OVER ANALYSIS!)

You gotta love Danno going all dental on the Yakuza.

Speaking of which, the Poorly Timed Commercial Placement Award goes to the Sensodyne Toothpaste company.  Early on, Danno and McG find the tooth on the floor of Mary Ann’s house.  In the commercial break after that, we see a Sensodyne commercial.  Do we really need a desensitizing toothpaste if our tooth is knocked out?  As far as I know, knocking a tooth out is the most permanent way to desensitize a tooth.

Chin Ho gets the pidgin down:
“Let’s see if the slippah fits, Cinderella.”  Correct! Slipper, not flip flop.
“Rajah dat!”  Pidgin for “roger that”, “understood”.

The Yakuza punks are not actually gangsters.  They’re Korean boy band rejects
Bi Bim Back Street Boys.

A lot of the guitar you hear in the background of the episode is Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCreadyUpdate: On rewatching, I think his contributions were at the gunfight on the beach, and McG motorcycle ride into Pipeline Cafe.

McG mentions Duke Kahanamoku.  He was a surfing legend credited with spreading surfing outside of Hawaii.  He was a 5  time Olympic medalist in swimming.  His statue stands not very far from where Mamo’s Surf Stand was set up.

I can’t believe McG spent all that time reading the book.  He should have just Googled “Sherlock Holmes dancing men” like I did.

Yes, I know Ka’a’awa (Mary Ann’s house) and Kaneohe/Maunawili (the golf course) is *not* Kaimuki, and yes I know that McG and Danno were better off driving on the H1 to get to the Pali, rather than jumping on a helicopter.  And I know that isn’t Hawaiian Airlines flight number to Los Angeles at the correct gate.  It’s called artistic license, relax locals! ;) ;) ;)

TV Line scoops Hawaii Five-0 premiere (Spoiler Alert!)

September 13th, 2013 by
Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0 S4 premiere

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) gets to channel Die Hard’s John McClane in Five-0′s Season 4 premiere episode. Yippy-ki-yay!
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

With Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 premiere just two weeks away, the teases and spoilers are coming thick and fast. TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich sprinkled some Five-0 breadcrumbs into his latest Matt’s Inside Line column, giving us the iconic Die Hard films as an idea of where “Aloha kekahi i kekahi” will take us.  Fasten your seatbelts, folks!

Excerpt from TV|Line / Matt’s Inside Line, 12 Sep 2013

Do you think we could get some information on Hawaii Five-0‘s Chin and Danny and what they’re doing this season? –Chris
I can speak for at least the season premiere, in which Chin makes like John McClane to Henry Ian Cusick’s Hans Gruber, while Danny chooses perhaps the most inopportune time to open up to McGarrett about his Gabby/”L-word” dilemma. The season opener also features one of the least expected outcomes to a hostage scenario, Chi McBride like you’ve never seen him before (fashion-wise) and a moment where Steve forms at least one (“obvious”?) theory about his mom’s connection to Wo Fat.

H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 ep. 12 Hana ‘a’a Makehewa

September 13th, 2013 by

In this episode, my (second favourite) bad guy, Victor Hesse, returns! You didn’t really think two bullets to the chest at the end of episode 1 would really be the end of him, did you?

I love the glee that Hesse takes in tormenting McGarrett and the 5-0 team in this episode. The shocked look on McGarrett’s face when he sees Hesse for the first time after shooting him, was played outstandingly by Alex O’Loughlin.

Oh, and Sang Min (my number one favourite bad guy) returns too! He is so delightfully sleezy.

Notable quotes

“Mele Kalikimaka” – Kamekona

“No, no, no, not here,  remember?’ – Danno

“Ah ya, ok. Your house, your King’s English” – Kamekona


“You put two of those into to Hesse and didn’t kill him?” – Chin

“Next time, shot him in the face.” – Danno


“By the way I’m not a cop. I’m a SEAL.” – McGarrett


McGarrett and Danno on their way to save the day

(Below is Undercover’s original take on HANA ‘A’A MAKEHEWA)

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 12, “HANA ‘A’A MAKEHEWA”

December 14th, 2010 by

Christmas In Hawaii

Christmas in Hawaii is a unique experience.  We have no snow, and we have no chimneys (since we live in grass huts) but Santa still manages to make it down here.   I loved the shots of the Shaka Santa that sits at the fountain of Honolulu Hale (City Hall) and the huge Mele Kalikimaka [Merry Christmas] blocks down the street from the Santa.  Every Christmas, the city puts a huge lighted tree outside the city hall, with Christmas trees displayed inside.

shaka santa

Shaka Santa Photo: Officer808

We bring in tons of Christmas trees each year, and some years there’s even a shortage.  I have no idea why Danno insists on getting his tree “online” or even know where he’d get it from.  Charlie Brown would have taken one look at that tree and said “Dude. I thought my tree sucked.”

I was happy to hear local singers Na Leo Pilimehana and Manawa Pono and their featured songs.  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s music was the first to hit the country mainstream, and now the country gets to see our twist on traditional Christmas songs.

Directing and Acting

Director Chris Fisher and editors caught the action shots perfectly, from the hectic scramble of uniformed officers in front of the Five-0 headquarters, to the fight scene at the end.

While there was definitely a lot of physical action, the strongest emotional moments came from McG, Danno, and Kono grouped around the bomb strapped Chin.  Little acting nuances crept out… Alex O’Loughlin emotes well with expressions, capitalized with the brave statement “You’re not wearing one [blast suit], neither are we.”  Daniel Dae Kim did well also, he had me convinced he was ready to die.  Scott Caan is very expressive through his hands and his delivery.  But standing out after weeks of writer’s neglect is Grace Park.  She had a string of lines that caught the acting chops we all know she’s capable of…she caught the concern, fear and desperation in her voice perfectly when she rushed to her cousin.  I hope the writers spend a lot more time developing Kono and allowing Grace Park to shine more.

What aloha means…

Kono kneels beside her cousin, her faced turned with worry.  She needs to run off with her boss to deliver Hesse’s money.

“We’re gonna both walk away from this,” she tells her cousin.
“Kono…aloha,” Chin tells her.
“Aloha…” Kono calls back.

My wife looked at me and said “No one says that!”.  And in that context, she’s right.  Aloha is something we say as a friendly greeting and literally means “love”.  We also wish “aloha” on someone when we part, the nearest English translation would be “good-bye”.  “Aloha” is also another way to communicate love as in “I love you”.  So while the context will probably have local people rolling up their eyes, what the writers were trying to communicate was a lot deeper.  Chin was ready to die and Daniel Dae Kim showed that perfectly… his aloha was that of a farewell, since he thought he wasn’t going to live through this.  Promising him that they were both going to walk away from this, Kono expressed her aloha as an expression of love and concern.  I’d like to think that my interpretation was the writer’s intent.

Here’s my resume

I’m an aspiring writer, and I’d love to write for the show.  I thought I’d just pitch these scene re-writes for a climactic end:

Han Solo

Photo: Lord Vader

Scene: Outside the Five-0 Headquarters
Kono:  We’re gonna both walk away from this.  Aloha.
Chin:  [self assured] I know.
Then the HPD bomb squad rushes in and sprays Chin from head to toe with liquid nitrogen to freeze the bomb for disassembly.

or this…


Photo: Richard the Lion Hearted

Scene: Outside the Five-0 Headquarters
Kono:  We’re gonna both walk away from this.  Aloha.
Chin disappears in a fiery explosion.

Just throwing this out there, Mr. Lenkov, Misters Orci and Mr. Schaub.  I’m available at any time for an interview, just let me know.  Mr. Schaub would you like some coffee this morning?

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 12, “”Hana ‘A’a Makehewa”

1)  We don’t have $10 million to give terrrorists.  Chin would have to wait for the next Furlough Friday for state workers which would be in a week or so.  Money saved from the furlough can then be diverted to his release.  But the Finance office would be closed anyway, so funds would be available on the next business day, Monday.  Hang tight, brah.

2)  We have a slew of hostess bars.  This is like any bar except it’s full of female “hostesses” who work there.  They’ll sit there, laugh at your jokes, listen like they care, maybe even put their hand on your leg (that’s what my friend told me).  There’s absolutely no promise of anything other than a conversation, and their sole job is to sit with you and make you feel like the king of the world (so I’ve heard).  They stick around for as long as you keep on buying watered down, over priced drinks.  The girls are *never* as good looking as the ones in shown in the bar in that episode (allegedly).  Stay away from the hostess bars in Pearl City, they’re grungy, they’re not as nice as the ones in downtown (again, so I’ve heard).

Honey, I’m going to be home late tonight…I have um…well, work I have to stay behind in the office for.  Don’t wait up for me.

Did you notice…?

Chin Ho compares Hesse to a cockroach… “They come back from the dead, you gotta step on them and don’t take your foot off.”  That’s the truth!  I hate cockroaches with a passion.  We call the big brown ones B-52′s because of their size.  There was one on my patio one night, I stepped on it, took my foot off to see the mess, but it just turned to look at me and said “HAH!” and crawled away.

Whenever McG drives, Danno gets “rationally concerned”.  I’m seeing a trend here where Danno will never be sitting behind the wheel of his own car.

Chicken fights happen, usually out in the remote countryside.  Some advocates are trying to legalize it.

McG and Danno use seatbelts for the first time!  Chin still cruises around without a helmet…but Hawaii does not have any helmet laws.

Fellow blogger Ryan Ozawa ties this episode back to Lost… the “Searcher” was Penelope Widmore’s boat that she used to search for Desmond.  Ali’iolani Hale (the State Supreme Court building) exterior and interior hallway shots were also used in a Desmond-centric episode as a stand in for a London university.

H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 ep. 11 Palekaiko

September 13th, 2013 by

We are 11 episodes in to the reboot of Hawaii Five-0 and something dawned on me…

A number of the crimes that the 5-0 team investigate happen at Waikiki hotels. The hotel names are not made up. You, too, could stay in the same room where there was a murder (scene was filmed).

I wonder…. if the appeal of those hotel to tourists, by filming in and using the real names, increases or decreases.

Would you stay in a hotel that was the scene of a crime as portrayed on Hawaii Five-0? Or would you be more likely to avoid it?

Notable quotes

“Probable cause.  I thought we were just doing a thing.” – McGarrett (after kicking in a hotel door)

“I meant we get a key from the manager, you Neanderthal animal.” – Danno


“Songs this bad make stable people want to kill other people. You understand?” – Danno after hearing “Sexy Eyes” on the radio

“I think it’s kind of catchy.” – McGarrett


Shirtless McGarrett!!

(Below is Undercover’s original take on Palekaiko)

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 11, “Palekaiko”, mildly updated rerun edition

March 15th, 2011 by

Boardshorts, yes!

Boardshorts, yes! Photo: Neil Jacobs, CBS

Yes, it really is this beautiful
Hands down, this was the most beautifully shot episode.  The cinematographers, videographers, lighting experts, directors and everyone else who fills the screen visually should give themselves a huge pat on the back for making Hawaii as beautiful as it does on screen.  I loved the long shot of McGarrett and Chin Ho walking back to the pick up truck with Chinaman’s Hat island in the background (wait, what?  McGarrett shirtless?  I didn’t notice), and I also also liked the long shot of McG walking down the peninsula to give Erica the bad news about her husband.  Even when a serial killer goes over the edge of the green and lush Nu’uanu Pali, it’s a beautiful sight to behold.    Greens and blues do for Hawaii Five-0 as yellow does for CSI Miami.  The blues of the ocean were so rich in the underwater scenes with the turtles.  The colors are so vivid, a 64 Crayola Crayon box wouldn’t do the show justice (and there’s a *lot* of colors in that box). If this doesn’t make you want to come to Hawaii, go vacation in Jersey. ;)

The story advances

The overall story arc finally advances with McG telling Chin about the Champ box, the photos and the key.  On screen, McG explains that he’d come to a dead end on his own investigation, and finally seeks his help.  Chin gives McG the news of his mother’s suspicious death…  Conspicuously missing is Taryn Manning… As TV Guide reported earlier, many of her scenes were cut out in order to advance the back story of the McGarretts.  Chin in another scene mentions where he and “Malia” were supposed to go on their honeymoon…if you’ve been tracking the blog you know who this is!

Strong acting continues

Alex O’Loughlin shined in this episode, showing more emotional dynamic in McG.  McG steps up and gives Erica the bad news about her husband, and the ensuing dialog in the car about how they had to cope with that part of the job was a nice break from the banter.  Of course after sharing a deep moment, these manly men put their guards back up and resort to the radio…to listen to Dr. Hook, Sexy Eyes…?

I love my wife?

Scene: Kahala Hotel, at the shoreline.
McG looks over to Danno, tells him solemnly, “I’ll do it.”  He makes the long, slow walk down the peninsula to Erica who’s staring into the ocean, wondering where her husband is.  McG knows the fate of her husband, and without dialog that we can hear, he breaks the grim news to her.  Words aren’t needed for us…McG’s compassionate expressions and Erica’s recoil is enough to communicate to us the shock and disbelief that washes over her.  She sobs uncontrollably, and in despair she throws her arms up in a futile gesture of defense against the bad news.  She resists McG’s comforting embraces and pulls back even more.

“OH MY GOD HOLD HIM, NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!!!”, my wife yelled at Erica through the TV.

I love my wife.  My wife loves, well, McGarrett.

And now, Things We Learn About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 11, “Palekaiko”

1)  Hunting and fishing are past times that many people here enjoy.  Lots of boar on Oahu.  Deer and goat on Maui, Molokai and the Big Island.  Tourists running around in the woods are a lot harder to find.

2)  We wear board shorts (see above photo).  There is a *huge* difference between board short and swim trunks.  Board shorts is what we men in Hawaii wear.  They sit low at the waist, and stop right above the knee.  We definitely do *not* wear swim trunks.  Swim trunks is what you wear to the Wet N Wild Water Park in Minnesota.  I’m talking about shorts with an elastic waist band, and the built in mesh underwear I call manties.  Manties are made probably from the remnants left over from the Frederick’s of Hollywood fishnet stocking factory in India.  They’re uncomfortable, they chafe, and it just plain isn’t right.   So guys on the mainland, check your swim shorts.  In Hawaii, we have an expression “hang loose”, and with board shorts, we definitely do.

Swim trunks, no!

Swim trunks, no!

Did you notice…?

Palekaiko translates to “paradise”, ironic since Hawaii was anything but paradise for the hapless honeymooners.

All aboard the SS Kahala Hotel!  The interior shots of the cruise ship were shot at the Kahala Hotel.  If you notice in the main “lobby” of the ship, the far background is a painted mural of  the ship’s top deck and a smoke stack.  The “people” in the background don’t move an inch!

The final standoff happens at the Pali Lookout, at the end of Nu’uanu Valley overlooking Kane’ohe.  Matinsky wasn’t the only one to go over the edge:  King Kamehameha’s army pushed King Kalanikupule’s army off the 1000 foot cliff, sending hundreds to their deaths in an epic battle in 1795.  It really is that windy up there.  Don’t stand near the edge.

I’ve just realized that the Camaro must have a magical ability to signal all stoplights ahead of them green, because they’re almost never stopped at an intersection, unless some hot girls are scoping them out.

Ben Linus spends many episodes looking for Jacob’s cabin (“Lost”).  McG, Danno and HPD find it in about 10 minutes.  Go figure.

H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 ep. 10 Hei hei

September 6th, 2013 by

It’s quite genius, really, using a triathlon as a cover for a robbery.  But even at the peak of their physical strength and endurance, the athletes turned jewel thieves were still no match for the Five-0 team.

We get  a glimpse of McGarrett’s mystery past as a Navy SEAL complete with cute nickname. Smooth Dog – any guesses on how he earned that one?? When Danno presses McGarrett about his time with the SEALs, McGarrett is coy about his special skills  he used while with the SEALs.

Notable quotes

“I can’t type on this thing because I have goofy thumbs.” – Danno referring to his cell phone

“Steve the Science Guy is back!” – Danno


Alex o'Loughin as Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0 Episode 10 Hei hei


“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 10, Hei hei, updated rerun edition

March 7th, 2011 by

Originally posted 11/23/10

Alex o’Loughin as Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0 Episode 10 Hei hei, Photo: CBS

Reading way too hard between the lines…

I know I watched way too much Lost because I watch Hawaii Five-0 the way I watched Lost.  When McG gave his address as 2727 Pi`ikoi last week, this Undercover Agent searched for it in google, thinking there’s some hidden meaning or importance to it.  But no, there isn’t.  That address doesn’t exist, and I need to run my brain in a lower gear to watch Hawaii Five-0.  I just need to enjoy the sun and bikinis like everyone else.  In fact, there’s so much skin time that I tend to ignore the dialog and retranslate everything in my mind, because I am still looking for a deeper, second meaning…

Episode 10, Hei Hei – reading between the lines

Scene: Cut to Pier 20, Honolulu Harbor, Five-0 team looking down into the water.
Kono: Anyone up for a swim? [Oh gawd I gotta strip down to a bikini.  Again!]
Chin Ho: I forgot to bring my board shorts.  [No one wants to see me strip down :(    Maybe there's a broken computer I can fix!]
Danno: Looks like the rookie is going swimming!  [Hell yeah I want to see Kono in a bikini!  Again!]
McG: I’ll go in with you. [Guys, I'm required to be shirtless once every other episode, by contract.]
Danno: That’s very nice of you! [You show off.  But I still look good in my my tight, fitted shirts.]
McG: You sure you don’t want to go for a swim? [Yeah that's right buddy. You want to arm wrestle?]
Danno: You go ahead with your pants, I’ll be here with a dry towel. [Jerk.]

Rachel and Danny – reading between the lines

In this episode, we finally meet Rachel for the first time, and although her relationship with Danny is strained, there’s still love between the two of them.  The long, slow glance Rachel gives as Danny drives away is reflected by Danny’s gaze into the rear view mirror of his car, with the bold letters “Objects are closer than they appear” standing out in the mirror.  Does this hint at a renewed romance between the two…?

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 10, Hei hei
1)  We have the most pathetic Iron Man triathlon.  The start at Magic Island finishes a 100 yards later at the other end of the island, and is then followed by a 2 mile bike ride down the street.  That’s the magic of Hollywood!

2)  Cops here don’t allow silly things like probable cause or search warrants stop them from investigating.

3)  We are so behind on the times, we still use Gavin’s List to buy, sell, look for jobs and find casual encounters.  I heard you people on the mainland use something called Craig’s List?

Did you notice…

Kono talks about the “mauka” side of the street.  Mauka in Hawaiian is a directional reference of something that is in the direction of the mountains.  The opposite is “makai” or in the direction of the ocean.  Hawaiians had no concept of compasses.

Kono mentions passing the Moana Surfrider Hotel.  It’s one of the oldest hotels at the end of Waikiki.

Danno mentions at the end going to “Sidestreet”.  He’s talking about Sidestreet Inn, a local restaurant that serves great local food.  The restaurant was founded by a few of Hawaii’s top gourmet chefs who wanted to have a more casual restaurant.

“Hao kanaka” is Hawaiian for “iron man”, referring to McGarrett’s awesomely huge muscles.

McG has lost THREE phones…his iphone went overboard when Graham tossed it over the Mighty Mo.  The second iphone was hacked by Bullfrog, and the third disappeared temporarily in a Samoan abyss.

“Hao kanaka” was the original working title, Hawaiian for “iron man”.  “Hei hei” was the final title, which means “race”.

H50 Rewind – Undercover looks back at Season 1 ep.9 Po’ipu

September 6th, 2013 by

Who doesn’t love the sound of dozens of bullets whizzing over head as the Five-o team tracks down a killer?  The paid assassin was sent to kill a foreign leader, General Pak, who was attending a summit on Hawaiian.

This episode showed the internal conflict felt by the Five-0 team when they had to defend Pak who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of his own people.  Defending the indefensible is a distasteful part of the job that many military and law enforcement personnel find themselves in on a regular basis – yet it has to be done.

Notable quotes

“Do you realize how much of your life revolves around food?” – McGarrett

“Do you realize how much of your life revolves around armed conflict?” – Danno

“You can ride in the trunk. I’ll get real Jersey up in this piece.” – Danno



“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 9, Po’ipu

November 16th, 2010 by


Po`ipu in Hawaiian means “to overwhelm” or “to attack”, and what turned out to be a single murder in Waikiki ends up being a full assault on the Five-0 team.  The episode begins with a sexy Lady in Red (Emmanuelle Vaugier) who makes hooking up in Waikiki look like an hourly occurrence with the clueless Secret Agent Man.  Seriously Secret Agent Man, *nothing* comes that easy.  And boy does he learn that the hard way and ends up in a bloody mess.

The investigation commences, Kono plies through the crime scene under the watchful eye of Chin Ho.  “Maika`i loa, Rookie”, [very good!] Chin tells Kono.  No, Chin Ho, maika`i loa to you for pulling off the Hawaiian, brah!  Meanwhile, Danno and McG speed off to pick up the deposed dictator, while arguing the merits of Hawaii versus Jersey.  Danno insists that Jersey’s greatest contribution to American culture is Jon Bon Jovi…that whole dialog cracked me up!

The dynamic duo fly down to the state capitol to see protesters demonstrating against the imminent arrival of the deposed leader, Kim Jong Il (Ric Young).  Sparks fly and old emotions flare when McG runs into his former partner Bullfrog (Max Martini).  Their bromance threatened, Danno stands there, green with envy…

The investigation brings them to their first suspect, a former soldier of the deposed leader named Shan (Nelson Lee) .  After taking him down (“DUDE! You got tackled by a girl! hah!”), he confesses that he doesn’t want Kim Jong Il dead, but rather he wants to tie up the court system for years and cost the tax payers millions by having Kim Jong stand trial.  His mother passionately tell our heroes about the one time, she ordered seafood fried rice, and he accidentally gave them pork fried rice, AND HE REFUSED TO REFUND HER.  That man is pure evil I tell you.

Chin Ho manages to track the Lady In Red by cross checking maxim.com and googling keywords “hot assassins”, and they find her at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.  Just when McG thinks he’s got the jump on her, she takes off with guns blazing!  McG’s first motto is “Leave no man behind” (107, Ho`apono), his second motto is “Don’t let tourists get in the way of your bullets” and fires back multiple times.  His work is cut short thankfully when the Lady in Red fails to look both ways before crossing the street (splat!).

With that lead dead, they go back to pick up Kim Jong Il.  On the way to the summit, they find out that Bullfrog is in on the assassination plot!  A battle ensues, guns blaze and more brand new Chevys are destroyed.  They make off to McG’s house’s for sanctuary where  Kim Jong Il finally reveals that he’s had a change of heart and wants to atone for his crimes.  In a firery exchange McG lectures Kim Jong Il about how his team and Kim’s family could have been killed, but Kim Jong shoots back that if he lives, his survival means his whole country is saved.  Could it be?!?  McG got it wrong?!?!

Bullfrog tracks McG to the house on McG’s hacked iphone (Steve Jobs would insist that McG was holding the phone the wrong way).  McG goes into Black Ops mode and takes out the attackers commando style.  The team protects the family, and McG takes down Bullfrog, and all is well again in the Aloha State.

This was a very, very, good episode.  The writers sacrificed character development (hm..what *is* McG’s specialty?) in exchange for a strong story about redemption/second chances and big action.  In all seriousness, the story is a thinly veiled reference to Burma’s recent political troubles.  There is a small Burmese population here in Hawaii who would take the story a lot more to heart than the rest of us.

And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0″ Episode 9, Po`ipu:
3)  We have more Chevrolet dealerships than Starbucks stores and ABC stores combined.  Everyone here drives a Chevrolet.  Chevrolets are the only car in existence.  If you can’t afford a new Camaro, there’s an abundance of 1988 Chevy Celebrities around.

2)  The state of Hawaii suffered through 17 days of furloughs for the kids, department budgets were cut, and people were laid off, but the Hawaii Five-0 team can afford high end (Chevrolet) cars and the most high tech computer equipment where with a few waves of your hand you can throw PDF files up on multiple 50 inch plasma monitors.

1)  Dudes…if you’re a single guy hanging out in Waikiki and a hot chick throws herself at you,  she doesn’t want you.  She wants you dead.  Maybe you’re a secret agent she needs dead, maybe she hates her exboyfriend and she’s taking it out on you, maybe she hates men the way Rosie O’Donnell hates men, but there’s no happy ending to that secret rendez-vous.

ET and SY contributed to this.

Hawaii Five-0 Spoiler Central at TV Line (Spoiler Alert!)

September 4th, 2013 by
Alex O'Loughlin, Dennish Chun and Chi McBride

Better get in there and referee, Duke! McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Grover (Chi McBride) look like they’re ready to rumble in “Aloha ke kahi i ke kahi.”
(Photo courtesy of CBS)


Just when the spoiler-wary thought it was safe to go back into the balmy Five-0 seas, TV Line chums the waters with a feast of tantalizing Season 4 tidbits!

Hawaii Five-0 spoilers are excerpted below. TV Line teases 44 other fan favorite shows in their September 3rd article.



September 3, 2013 10:07 AM PDT
Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 45 Returning Favorites!
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PREVIOUSLY ON… | As Kono ran off to China with Adam and Danny reunited with Gabby, McGarrett visited Wo Fat in prison — having learned that his mother had once, mysteriously, done the same! But just as he arrived, unseen forces came after the enemies, working their way through the cell’s steel door…

COMING UP NEXT | Who’s knocking on Wo Fat’s door? “If they made it that far, they’re pretty formidable. And if Wo Fat is scared, that’s a big deal,” says showrunner Peter M. Lenkov. In short, “The people on the other side are a payoff to a larger story.” With regards to Kono’s absence (she’ll appear in “a bunch of” early episodes but won’t rejoin the team until about midseason), Five-0 “will feel fractured, like a three-wheeled car” with a key player MIA. Enter Chi McBride (Human Target) as Lou Grover, a SWAT Captain with whom Steve will at one point reluctantly be partnered. “If people thought McGarrett was ballsy and lived by his own rules, they haven’t met this guy yet,” Lenkov attests. “He’s going to give McGarrett a run for his money.” Also ahead: More on the Doris/Wo fat connection (“It’s not the obvious answer”), a Chin Ho flashback episode, McGarrett comes to regret encouraging Catherine to work for Billy’s security firm, and an hour that revisits Pearl Harbor through the eyes of Steve’s late grandfather.

TVLINE BONUS SPOILER | Lost fans can count on a fun in-joke — “a little deserted island reference” — when guest star Jorge Garcia shares scenes with Daniel Dae Kim in Episode 3. Plus: We may get a song from Carol Burnett, when the TV icon pops up as Steve’s aunt.

TVLINE BONUS SPOILER | Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c (CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 on TNT — September Schedule

September 4th, 2013 by
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Visit TNT’s Hawaii Five-0 homepage for Season 1 cast interviews, publicity photos, promo videos, an episode guide, and more!
(Image courtesy of TNT)

September’s four Thursdays will give us a string of Season One standout episodes, starting with Po’ipu (The Siege) and Heihei (Race) on September 5th. Both TNT’s and TV Guide’s websites offer episode summaries with the two sites offering different looks at each episode.



Po'ipu and Heihei

Po’ipu — Five-0 meets General Pak’s flight at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Heihei — Danny and Grace (Teilor Grubbs) share some father-daughter time
(Photos courtesy of CBS)


Thursday, Sept 5th  **CONFIRMED**
9:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O     

Po’ipu (The Siege)

TNT Summary: When a member of the security detail for an upcoming Aid Summit is murdered before he can reveal the details of an assassination plot, Five-0 is brought in to investigate the murder and protect the target, a ruthless dictator.

TV Guide Summary: An infamous dictator becomes an assassin’s target when he visits the islands. Five-0 must protect him while also investigating the murder of a security guard involved with the visit who apparently knew details of the planned assassination. Original Air Date: Nov 15, 2010

Guest Cast:  Max Martini — Nick Taylor;  Nelson Lee — Nae Shan;  Michael Adamshick — Tom Matthews;  Emmanuelle Vaugier –  Erica Raines; Ric Young — General Pak;  Matt Corboy — David Atwater;  Kelly Hu — Laura Hills


Thursday, Sept 5th **CONFIRMED**

10:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O    

Heihei (Race)

TNT Summary: Five-0 is baffled when a highly skilled ring of thieves pulls off the heist of an armored car, killing two security guards but leaving the money behind. Their only lead in the case requires Danny to reluctantly ask his ex-wife for a favor.

TV Guide Summary: Episode Synopsis: Danny’s ex-wife assists Five-0 in a baffling investigation when highly skilled thieves kill two security guards in an armored car heist but leave behind the money. Original Air Date: Nov 22, 2010

Guest Cast:  Colin Egglesfield — Jordan Townsend; Bijou Phillips — Camille Townsend;  Nasir Jones — Gordon Smith;  Matt Baker — Seth James; Claire van der Boom — Rachel;  Blaine Kia — Leo Crane;  Taryn Manning — Mary Ann McGarrett



Palekaiko and Hana 'a'a Makehewa

Palekaiko — Steve and Chin Ho bond over spear-fishing and beer
Hana ‘a’a Makehewa — Chin is rigged with a bomb collar and his team must outwit Victor Hesse (James Marsters) to save him
(Photos courtesy of CBS)


Thursday, Sept 12th **CONFIRMED**
9:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O   

Palekaiko ( Paradise )

TNT Summary: While Five-0 investigates the murder of a man on his honeymoon and his wife’s abduction, Medical Examiner Dr. Max Bergman recognizes uncanny similarities to a series of unsolved homicides from a year ago.

TV Guide Summary: A man is murdered on his honeymoon and his wife is abducted. The investigation reveals the crimes may be linked to a series of unsolved homicides that occurred a year earlier, in which recently married couples were targeted by a serial killer. Also: McGarrett learns a disturbing fact concerning his mother’s death. Original Air Date: Dec 6, 2010

Guest Cast:  Kasim Saul — Father;  Taryn Manning — Mary Ann McGarrett;  Joel Tobeck — Kurt Miller;  Rhys Coiro — Bradford Graybridge;  Peyton List — Erica Harris;  Sheila Kelley — Nancy Harris


Thursday, Sept 12th **CONFIRMED**   
10:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O  

Hana ‘a’a Makehewa ( Desperate Measures )

TNT Summary: It’s Christmas in Hawaii, but instead of celebrating, Five-0 is negotiating a hostage situation when the man who killed McGarrett’s father resurfaces. The murderer, Victor Hesse, threatens to detonate an explosive that he’s strapped to Chin Ho’s chest.

TV Guide Summary: Chin Ho is abducted and an explosive device is strapped around his neck. The abductor is Victor Hesse, who murdered McGarrett’s father, and he demands $10 million and safe passage out of Hawaii or he will kill Chin Ho. When the governor refuses to give Steve the money, he plots to steal the cash from a secret police location. Original Air Date: Dec 13, 2010

Guest Cast:  Will Yun Lee — Sang Min;  James Marsters — Victor Hesse;  Mark Dacascos — Wo Fat



Ke Kinohi and He Kane Hewa'ole

Ke Kinohi — Steve introduces Danny to McGarrett family friend Mamo Kahike, played by original series castmember Al Harrington
He Kane Hewa’ole — Chin and Kono unexpectedly bump into Chin’s once and future fiancee, Dr. Malia Wainright (Reiko Aylesworth)
(Photos courtesy of CBS)


Thursday, Sept 19th **PRESUMED**
9:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O    

Ke Kinohi ( The Beginning )

TNT Summary: When McGarrett’s sister is kidnapped and his father’s Champ box stolen from his apartment, Steve and Five-0 discover new clues in his mother’s murder, including possible ties to the Japanese Yakuza (mafia).


Thursday, Sept 19th **PRESUMED**
10:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O 

He Kane Hewa’ole ( An Innocent Man )

TNT Summary: Five-0 joins the Honolulu Police Department in a high-speed police chase that ends with the driver fatally injured, and a gruesome discovery by the team. The investigation leads to an awkward reunion between Chin Ho and his ex-fiancée.




E Malama and Kai E'e

E Malama — Steve and Chin Ho must put their tracking and survival — and Ewok death trap — skills to use to protect the sole witness in a high-profile murder case
Kai E’e — Danny’s surfing lessons with former pro surfer Kono come to an abrupt end when tsunami warning sirens launch the evacuation of the Honolulu waterfront
(Photos courtesy of CBS)


Thursday, Sept 26th **PRESUMED**
9:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O   

E Malama ( To Protect )

TNT Summary: When the sole witness in a high-profile murder case disappears, Five-0 must head into the jungle to locate and protect her from assassins who are closing in fast.


Thursday, Sept 26th **PRESUMED**
10:00 PM     Hawaii Five-O   

Kai e’e ( Tidal Wave )

TNT Summary: Five-0 struggles to stay a step ahead of a major tsunami that has the island evacuating its shores as they investigate the disappearance of the head of the Tsunami Warning Center.