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Hawaii Five-0 fans, your votes are needed!

January 12th, 2014 by

CBS has issued a new press release for the next phase of the “Fan Built Five-0″ chapter.  This is the second year in a row that the show starring Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Scott Caan, has aired an interactive episode.  This season’s effort, however, is allowing viewers even more opportunities to put their imprint on the show. The clock is ticking, and there are important people waiting for you to cast your vote, so let’s go!

The Five-0 crew awaits your vote.

H50 FANS, YOU’RE NOT DONE YET! “HAWAII FIVE-0” INVITES VIEWERS TO NOW CHOOSE ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS FOR THE FAN-BUILT “FIVE-0” EPISODE TO BE BROADCAST LATER THIS SEASON

“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Can Choose Wardrobe, Props, Title and Music on CBS.com
For a Special Episode to be Broadcast Later This Season

CBS announced  that the Fan Built “Five-0” initiative, where HAWAII FIVE-0 producers invite viewers to help build an episode to be broadcast later this season, has added additional key elements on CBS.com for fans to vote.

Starting January 10, viewers will be able to select wardrobe and props by voting on http://www.cbs.com/H50vote.  In upcoming weeks, viewers will be able to select featured music and the episode’s title.  Previously, viewers have voted on Scene of the Crime (winning element: Chin Ho’s High School Reunion), The Victim (winning element: Macadamia Nut Tycoon), The Murder Weapon (winning element: Five-Inch Stiletto), The Evidence (winning element: Toy Rocket), The Suspect (winning element: Struggling Illusionist) and The Takedown (winning element: Giant Maze).

From Jan. 10 – Jan. 17, viewers will be able to vote on wardrobe choices for Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), as well as which five-inch stiletto will be used as the murder weapon.

From Feb. 14 – Feb. 21, viewers can vote on the band whose music they want to hear featured in the episode.  Names of participating bands will be announced at a later date.

From March 7 – March 14, fans will choose the episode title from the following choices:

  •  ”Po’ina ‘Ole” (Never Forgotten)
  •  ”Ho’i Hou” (Reunited)
  •  ”Pa’a i ke au” (Stuck in Time)
  •  ”He ha’ina ‘ino” (Deadly Confession)
  •  ”Hua’i ‘ia” (Unearthed)

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “O Kēlā Me Kēia Manawa” with extended preview

January 9th, 2014 by

KONO IS BACK!!!

Since the beginning of Season 4, Grace Park has had much less screen time than in previous seasons, causing some fans to speculate that she may be being written out of the show. Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, tried to reassure fans that Park would be returning mid-season. This Friday, we see Kono’s homecoming, much to the delight of the Hawaii Five-0 fans.

Another notable returnee is director Peter Weller (of Robocop fame.) You may remember him from  the Season 3  episode when Weller played the heinous “Hookman.”

Below is an extended preview of Friday’s show.

From CBS

MCGARRETT HELPS GROVER INVESTIGATE HIS FRIEND’S DISAPPEARANCE AFTER HE APPARENTLY COMMITS MURDER, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY JAN. 10

 

 

“*O kēlā me kēia manawa” – McGarrett helps Grover investigate his friend’s disappearance after he apparently commits murder.  Meanwhile, Kono continues her search for Adam, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*O kēlā me kēia manawa is Hawaiian for “Now and Then”)

 

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

 

GUEST CAST:

Karl Makinen     (Jack Anderson)

Zeus Kang     (Gus Yamada)

Eugene Shaw     (Dennis Koga)

Lili Simmons     (Amber Vitale)

Laurie Fortier     (Bridgette Anderson)

Spencer Churchill     (Justin Anderson)

Michael Ray Clark     (Adrian Poe)

Nick Hoffa     (Alex Roberts)

Zay Harding     (Matt Haley)

Jennifer Fairbank     (Bartender)

Mahealani Richardson     (News Reporter)

Nicholas Yee     (CSU Tech)

Mark Malalis     (Paramedic #1)

Joanna Georgiev     (Girl)

Ekona Ravey     (Boyfriend)

 

WRITTEN BY:     John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Peter Weller

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Pukana” with preview clip!

December 19th, 2013 by

After last week’s solemn Pearl Harbor episode, I am hoping for some levity in the midst of murder and mayhem on Hawaii Five-0 this week. Of course, Max and Kamekona will bring the chuckles.

 

Two over sized elves on the shelf will bring the comic relief

 

The gang is all together for this Christmas episode but you can bet that not all is well for the Five-0 team. Chin finds himself in peril once again just as his romance with with Leilani starts to heat up. That guy just doesn’t have any luck.

 

Looks like trouble for Chin

 

The Hawaii Five-0 writers once again tease about the contents of a mysterious box, in this case, a safe. Other boxes of note – the CHAMP box (contents included clues to Doris McGarrett’s non-murder) and the box with a HEAD!

Which leaves the question….

WHAT’S IN THE BOX THIS TIME?

 


 

From CBS

CHIN’S LIFE IS PUT IN DANGER WHEN A MURDER INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT THE SUSPECT MAY BE A SERIAL KILLER, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, DEC. 20

Heather Dubrow (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) Guest Stars

“*Pukana” – Chin’s life is put in danger when a murder investigation reveals that the person behind the crime may be a serial killer.  Meanwhile, Danny and Grace find a mysterious puzzle box washed up on the shores of Oahu, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Heather Dubrow (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) guest stars.

(*Pukana is Hawaiian for “Keepsake”)

 

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Paige Hurd     (Samantha Grover)

Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)

Lindsay Price     (Leilani)

 

GUEST CAST:

James Urbaniak     (Gary Nathan)

Shiro Kawai     (Mitsue Tanaka)

Monique Curnen     (FBI Special Agent Rebecca Conway)

Heather Dubrow     (Emily)

Melanie Melnar     (Tamara’s Mom)

Scott Subiono     (Tim Sapoli)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Bill Hayes

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

TV Fanatic gets scoop on Pearl Harbor episode and Grace Park’s return

December 13th, 2013 by

Executive producer Peter Lenkov and Co-Executive producer, Ken Solarz tell TV Fanatic how it was to craft tonight’s Pearl Harbor episode. Not only was the attack on Pearl Harbor re-created for the small screen but also the controversial use of internment camps for the Japanese that lived in Hawaii during that time.

Lenkov also teased about what to expect in the New Year: Grace Park’s return to set, Catherine’s backstory, the three episode arc with Danno’s parents (played by Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger) and more bromance from McGarrett and Danno!


Excerpts from: Hawaii Five-0 Scoop: Pearl Harbor, Grace Park’s Return & More!
by Jim Halterman

 Executive Peter Lenkov and Co-Executive Producer Ken Solarz wrote the episode and talked to me about it earlier this week.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

TV Fanatic: For being such a hardcore cop show in some ways, then I watch an episode like this and see that you guys are so sentimental over there.

Peter Lenkov: [laughs] Well, you know, we wear our hearts on our sleeves. It comes with age.

TVF: Tell me about the opening of the episode because it was quite epic. I felt like I was watching a movie!

PL: I think, like you said, for a high-octane show we’re very sentimental. I think what we wanted to do was really come out of the gate with a bang. We wanted to tell the story. We thought if we could recreate the moment of the attack of Pearl Harbor that would probably be our biggest stunt or action sequence to date.

Part of that was us being selfish as writers wanting to write something big, wanting to recreate Pearl Harbor for the small screen, and challenging our cast and our crew doing something we’ve never done before. Also, it’s in context with the story telling because it was a great way to get into the story and sort of ease the audience into the device of the story, which was going to be flashbacks.

TVF: Since you’ve been doing this show for several years now, have you found that Pearl harbor is still very present with many people that live there in Hawaii?

Ken Solarz: Absolutely. Case in point, when we were shooting there – we have a wonderful crew down there, everybody from actors to crew people – there was this reverential silence because we were actually on the spot where the attack took place. We were recreating that. When you go there,you feel the pull of history. You feel the weight of what happened there. I think that everyone in Hawaii does to some extent, especially if you’re there and you’re on hallowed ground recreating this attack. It’s really quite memorable.

PL: Just to go back, after four years of doing this show I’m always getting calls from people asking me where to stay, where to eat, and they always bring up when they’re going to Oahu making a trip to, making a pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor. I think it is still relevant. I think we’re real history buffs here, but I think everybody knows the importance of that place and we’re hoping they also learn something in our episode that you’re not going to learn when you go to Pearl Harbor.

TVF: Tell me about the research you guys did, because there were things I learned that I didn’t know.

KS: We did quite extensive research. Peter had this thought when he created the show, when he was immersing himself in all things Hawaii. Peter brought up the fact that there were internment camps there…that’s pretty fertile ground for us so we just started digging into it and there are a lot of survivors of those camps still around. You can find oral history, you can find documentation, there’s lots to read on it, but we thought that it would fit into our show because of what Hawaii’s been through specific to Hawaii. That’s what made it attractive to us.

TVF: Did you guys actually get some of the actual veterans there for that scene at Pearl Harbor? I kept thinking that a lot of the older faces we saw were probably real veterans.

PL: Yes. In fact, one of them is the father of one of our CBS executives. We put him in just really to honor these guys. That’s really what it is, I mean, we have a very close relationship with the military and every now and then when we see them we do one or two episodes that are really a valentine to the military and pay tribute to the military. This is just one of those episodes.

TVF: What’s coming in the New Year on the show?

PL: Well, we’re just starting to shoot a three-episode part for Melanie Griffith who plays Danny’s mother. Tom Berenger is going to play his father in the last episode, so we’re excited about that. Three really fun episodes for Scott and his mom to play around.

We have a great episode every year where really we cement the blood brother aspect or the bromance between McGarrett and Danny. Last year was them stuck on a raft and the year before was the bomb. We always do one of these episodes, we just do one of these episodes that put Danny and McGarrett together for most of the episode and put them in some kind of jeopardy to show that they are true blood brothers.

We’re getting to find out a little bit of Catherine’s back story, Grace is back in the picture full time starting in the New Year, Kono is back full-time. She’s back from searching for Adam. So it’s the family back together. Grover is going to be a bigger part of our family [Chi McBride was recently made a series regular], there’s still going to be that animosity, but they’re going to learn to love each other, these two guys. They both have a very similar experience and they’re going to bond over that. Then we’re going to get this big revelation from McGarrett. There’s going to be a lot of great character stuff and I actually think some of our better stories are coming up.

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ha’uoli Lā Ho’omaika’i” with sneak peak clip!

November 21st, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0 is pulling out the stops with guest stars this week in what is sure to be a ratings coup! The Grand Dame of television comedy, Carol Burnett, appears this week as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb.  The lovely Aunt Deb raised Mary on the mainland at John’s request, after the murder-but-not-a-murder of Doris McGarrett.

If you have never experienced the side splitting comedy of The Carol Burnett Show, I highly recommend checking out clips on YouTube.

Below is an interview that Burnett did on the CBS daytime show, The Talk about her Hawaii Five-0 experience.

Watch carefully during Aunt Deb’s singing performance for Burnett’s signature ear tug.  She’s said that it’s her way of sending a little hello to her now deceased grandmother and daughter.

Based on the short preview clip released by CBS, I already know that this is a character I want to see again and again.

From CBS

AS THANKSGIVING APPROACHES, McGARRETT’S AUNT DEB VISITS, BRINGING WITH HER A SHOCKING SECRET, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, NOV. 22

Carol Burnett Guest Stars as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb

“*Hau’oli Lā Ho’omaika’i” – As Thanksgiving approaches, Five -0 investigates the murder of a secret service agent just as the President travels to Oahu.  Also, McGarrett’s Aunt Deb visits, bringing with her a shocking secret, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Carol Burnett guest stars as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb.

(*Ha’uoli Lā Ho’omaika’i is Hawaiian for “Happy Thanksgiving”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Taryn Manning     (Mary Ann McGarrett)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Larry Manetti     (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)

Al Harrington     (Mamo Kahike)

 

GUEST CAST:

Carol Burnett     (Deb McGarrett)

Paul Ben-Victor     (Agent Devin Campbell)

Marcia Zina Mager     (Sheila Hicks)

Alexandra Curran     (Andrea Hicks)

Brian Kamei     (Rafael Moreno)

Tom Hintnaus     (Dante Barkov)

Sam Choy     (Butcher)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Eric Guggenheim and Moira Kirland

DIRECTED BY:     Allison Liddi-Brown

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Akanahe” includes preview clip

November 13th, 2013 by

The rising tension between McGarrett and Grover is my favourite new feature of Hawaii Five-0 Season 4.  Their tumultuous relationship reminds me of the first few episodes of Season 1 before the McGarrett and Danno bromance blossomed. Remember when Danno punched McGarrett in the face after getting shot in the shoulder in the pilot?  Ah, the good old days.

Nick Jonas, of the  recently disbanded Jonas brothers, is the big name guest star of the week.  Jonas plays a computer hacker, but sadly, does not appear to cross paths with Hawaii Five-0 fans’ favourite in-house hacker, Toast (played by Martin Starr).


From CBS

McGARRETT AND GROVER MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY WHEN THEY’RE TASKED BY THE GOVERNOR TO SERVE A WARRANT TO A YOUNG COMPUTER HACKER, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, NOV. 15 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Nick Jonas Guest Stars as a Computer Hacker

“*Akanahe” – McGarrett and Grover must work together to protect national security after they are tasked by the Governor to serve a warrant to a young computer hacker, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Nick Jonas guest stars as the young computer hacker.

(*Akanahe is Hawaiian for “Reluctant Partners”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 RECURRING CAST:

 Richard T. Jones     (Governor Sam Denning)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 GUEST CAST:

Louis Ozawa Changchien     (Riku Sato)

Paige Hurd     (Samantha Grover)

Nick Jonas     (Ian Wright)

Andrew Pang     (Luke Davis)

Eri Aihara     (Wife)

Dalton Pitre     (Boy)

Melissa Puana-Martin     (Governor’s Administrator)

Stephen Meyers     (Paramedic)

Hoku Gilbert     (Branch Manager)

Sam Merritt     (Student)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY:     Jerry Levine

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ua Nalohia”

November 7th, 2013 by

Ladies, it’s the episodes we have all been waiting for! Watch out guys, your ladies are going to have severe case of baby fever.

Let’s enjoy this preview.

 

Nine months after this Three Men and  Baby Steve, Chin and Danny and a Baby episode, I predict a baby boom.

From CBS

WHILE WORKING THE MURDER CASE OF AN UNDERCOVER ATF AGENT, McGARRETT IS TASKED WITH WATCHING MARY’S NEWLY ADOPTED BABY, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, NOV. 8 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Daryl Hannah Guest Stars as a Realtor, Cheri Tranton

“*Ua Nalohia” – While working the murder case of an undercover ATF agent, McGarrett and the Five-0 team are tasked with watching Mary’s newly adopted baby after she gets sick, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Daryl Hannah guest stars as realtor Cheri Tranton.

(*Ua Nalohia is Hawaiian for “In Deep”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taryn Manning     (Mary Ann McGarrett)

Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

GUEST CAST:

West LeClay     (Matt Hutchins)

Finn Armstrong     (Ray Ballard)

Colby French     (ATF Special Agent Blake Kennedy)

Floriana Lima     (Allison Hutchins)

Christie Burson     (Linda Davies)

Alvin Joiner     (JC Dekker)

Brian Lee    (Hideaki Kuroda)

Daryl Hannah     (Cheri Tranton)

Cathy Foy     (Nani)

Mahina Garcia     (Dealer)

Antonio Bustamante Jr.     (Swat Officer)

 

STORY BY:     John Dove and Noah Nelson

TELEPLAY BY:     Bradley Paul

DIRECTED BY:     Joe Dante

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “Kupu’eu”

October 23rd, 2013 by

Looks like we are in for a ride on the emotional roller coaster in this week’s episode.  If you haven’t seen the previews yet, there may be spoilers below.

Here is what we know about this episode so far:

  • the title of the episode loosely translates to “Fallen Hero”.
  • Peter Lenkov tweeted a teaser picture from the editing room of McGarrett and other Navy personnel in their dress white uniforms looking somber and saluting.
  • Terry O’Quinn also returns as Joe White.

We see Catherine in a gunfight and she takes a bullet.  Does the title refer to her?  Or could it be that our fallen hero is Joe White? Although, if you notice, there is another character listed with the last name of Harrington. Could that be Billy’s father? Was he in the Navy? Would a death in his family bring him and Cath closer together?

Regardless of who the fallen hero may be, you can be sure that Alex O’Loughlin will shine in this episode. He is outstanding in portraying McGarrett’s heartbreak and emotional turmoil.

From CBS

CATHERINE’S SEEMINGLY HARMLESS SURVEILLANCE JOB TAKES A DEADLY TURN, WHILE ADAM CONSIDERS MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO SAVE KONO, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, OCT. 25 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Terry O’Quinn Returns as Joe White

“Kupu’eu*” – As Catherine’s seemingly harmless surveillance job takes a deadly turn, Adam considers making the ultimate sacrifice to save Kono, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Terry O’Quinn returns as Joe White.

(*Kupu’eu is Hawaiian for “Fallen Hero”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Terry O’Quinn  (Joe White)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Justin Bruening     (Lt. Commander Billy Harrington)

 

GUEST CAST:

Monica Lacy    (Sandra Cutler)

Logan Fahey   (Andrew Burns)

Lacey Beeman  (Abby Maxwell)

Larry Poindexter (Lee Benner)

James Brennan   (Sam)

Thomas Allen   (Tom Harrington)

Chad Takesue   (Morgue Attendant)

Taylor King          (Teen Driver)

Paul Bauer            (John Cutler)

John Mark Harmon (Jason Kroll)

James Ireland          (Ed Doctor)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Moira Kirland and Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY:     Jeffrey Hunt

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “A ia la aku”

October 16th, 2013 by

Looks like the theme for this week’s episode is relationships.

Autumn Reeser returns as Danny’s love interest Gabby. Will Danny finally say the “L” word to her? Based on the preview clip, we know that Danny does not have much good to say about marriage.

After last week’s episode, it was quite obvious that McGarrett is starting to have doubts about Cath working with her old flame, Billy. With both Michelle Borth (Cath) and Justin Bruening (Billy) in this episode, I suspect McGarrett will be feeling further insecurity. I kind of like this vulnerable side of him.

Interesting note – the actor that plays the best man in this episode, Raleigh Craighead, was also the stunt man for Robbie Amell who played Billy Keats in Season 3 Episode 4 “Popilikia”.

From CBS

FIVE-0 INVESTIGATES THE MURDER OF A WEDDING CRASHER AND THEIR PRIME SUSPECT IS THE RUNAWAY BRIDE, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, OCT. 18 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

Rebecca De Mornay Guest Stars

“A ia la aku*” – Five-0 investigates the murder of a wedding crasher, and their prime suspect is the runaway bride.  Meanwhile, Danny makes a big decision regarding his relationship with Gabby, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Rebecca De Mornay guest stars.

(*A ia la aku is Hawaiian for “From This Day Forward”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Autumn Reeser     (Gabby Asano)

Justin Bruening     (Billy Harrington)

 

GUEST CAST:

James Adam Lim     (Yori)

Briana Lane     (Dahlia Swain)

Alex Asbaugh     (Nathan Cotchin)

Rebecca De Mornay     (Barbara Cotchin)

Bruce Nozick     (Allen Kingston)

Greg Collins     (Victor Wyatt)

Lawrence Kao     (Ty Amano)

Shelbie Koch     (Maid of Honor)

Raleigh Craighead     (Best Man)

JT Netterville     (Security Guard)

Ray Oda     (Chaplain)

Manoa Strings     (Wedding Quartet)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Christina M. Kim and David Wolkove

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 403, “Ka ʻoia Iʻo Ma Loko”

October 14th, 2013 by

Two stories in one

If you haven’t realized it yet, Hawaii Five-0 is off to a different direction this season.  A look at the writer’s roster this season shows a list of different names.  I think the change up is paying off, as this weeks episode showed a significant twist compared to what we’ve been used to.  Yes, it’s still a crime procedural, but the murders were wrapped around another mystery, one shrouded by conspiracies and secret societies.  I think the fans greatly appreciate a story that not only takes them from one suspect to another, but engages curiosity.  And if we learn a history lesson along the way, even better.  This will definitely go down as one of the smarter episodes in the course of the series.

Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Hawaii Five-0 (Photo CBS)

Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Hawaii Five-0 (Photo CBS)

But planted cleverly in this episode is the beginning of season 4′s  strain between Steve and Catherine.  With his blessing, Catherine leaves the Navy to take a more fulfilling job with ex-beau Billy Harrington.  Although Steve claims all is rosy in paradise, the side glances he’s giving Billy in the closing scene belies a sneaking suspicion, that he may have rekindled emotions that everyone thinks is long past.  Because this is Hawaii Five-0, and no one can stay happy for an extended period of time, expect trouble in paradise.

Oh no they didn’t

While the concept of a secret society burying treasure in a hidden location has been the subject of other stories like the Da Vinci Code or National Treasure, I truly appreciated the amount of research that  writers Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt went to in order to craft this story.  Growing up here, I knew there were multiple statues of King Kamehameha, but I never understood why.  Alternatively, I may have learned it at one point, but that information may have been pushed out by memorizing  Super Mario Brothers game winning techniques.

Steve, Danny and Jerry at the Kamehameha statue/ (Photo CBS)

Steve, Danny and Jerry at the Kamehameha statue. (Photo CBS)

However, we locals hold many things sacred, including our history.  So I give credit to the story writers for touching on the subject of the desecration of a state monument, even for the sake of fiction.  But when taken at its artistic value- the statue being the center of a century old conspiracy- you still have to admire the story the writers told.  Granted, there is someone out there writing a strongly worded letter of how offended they are, or how dare Hawaii Five-0 write a story that defamed the people behind the statue, but come on.  This is fiction!

Diddlee-doo!

Ever since hearing Jorge Garcia (of “Lost” fame) was going to be on the show, I was counting down the days until the episode aired.  As most of you know, Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge were previously on Lost together and have a considerable amount of on screen history.  So much so that even CBS billed the episode as a Lost reunion.

The wait was well worth it.  Casting Jorge Garcia as Hawaii’s resident conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega was probably one of the best moves the show runners have made.  Jorge’s natural presence, style, and history with Daniel added immensely to the episode.  To a certain degree, some guest stars appearing on the show have either had too short an appearance, or lack of any depth, which led to a forgettable performance.  The writing and performance definitely left fans wanting more of Jerry Ortega.  Show runner Peter Lenkov left fans with great news on twitter, promising Jerry’s return in the future.

With a character as colorful as Jerry, the writers went crazy with the television references.  Chin recalled their band camp tent akin to being stuck on a “deserted island”.  Jerry made references to X-Files, stating in his narrative that the “Proof [Truth] is out there”, invoking Fox Mulder and declaring Danny as his “Scully”.

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 403, “Ka ʻoia Iʻo Ma Loko”

There was a mini debate going on during the live tweet of the show Friday night.  Jerry Ortega stated the statue was made out of brass.  One viewer stated it was made out of bronze.  I personally thought it was made of something even better.   Ultimately Jerry was correct!

 

Did you notice:

A lot of geeky references- Transformers, to Gremlins, to Lord of the Rings.

Max (TheRealJediMaxster) is the resident eBay expert – he sold his collection of action figures in order to buy his yellow Camaro.

First episode without Kono, though Peter promises her return in the next episode (via twitter).

Chin mentioned before that he’d rather be a jazz trumpet player (Season 3), and now we know he actually did play trumpet.

Loretta Ables Sayre payed Mrs. Ortega.  Although a small role, this accomplished singer and actress was a Tony Award nominee and  is prominent on the Broadway scene, and had a long run as Bloody Mary on the recent revival of “South Pacific”.

Steve bought Catherine “Chicago V” on vinyl LP, though I’m not sure what exactly made that print so valuuable.