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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!


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.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “Ka ‘oia’i'o ma loko”

October 9th, 2013 by

The island isn’t done with him yet!

Lost fans will recognize the lovable Hurley (Jorge Garcia)  in Friday’s episode. Garcia’s appearance is the lastest in Lost alumni that have returned to Hawaii to guest star in Hawaii Five-0. Rumour has it that his conspiracy theorist character will be returning in future episodes. I hope that is true!


Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O’Loughlin and guest star Jorge Garcia
Photo courtesy of Daniel Dae Kim


From CBS


Jorge Garcia Guest Stars as The Conspiracy Theorist

“Ka ‘oia’i’o ma loko*” – A conspiracy theorist helps Five-0 when a missing artifact is the key to solving a double murder, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) guest stars as the conspiracy theorist.

(*Ka ‘oia’i’o ma loko is Hawaiian for “The Truth Within”)


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)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Justin Bruening     (Lt. Commander Billy Harrington)



Jesiree Dizon     (Kaylea Van Horn)

Jared Ward     (Phillip Van Horn)

Jake Lockett     (Hewitt Van Horn)

Jenn Boneza     (Alani)

Loretta Ables Sayre     (Mrs. Ortega)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Adam Leadbeater     (Foley)

Will Oak Wild     (Ellis Gregory)

Aaron Madriaga     (HPD Uni)

Esera Tuaolo     (Civic Center Employee)


WRITTEN BY:     Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY:     Duane Clark

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 402, “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”

October 7th, 2013 by

Back to basics

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a fan after three years of this show, it’s that any casual observer can classify the fans with a few broad, easy strokes. Some fans will swear by the old series, some fans “ship” particular characters, some fans love the character development and story arcs, and some prefer the straight procedural, as this episode was.

"My belt buckle will protect me. CHARGE!"  (Photo CBS)

“My belt buckle will protect me. CHARGE!” (Photo CBS)

While advancing the Wo fat storyline just a bit, this episode largely could stand alone, and it did well. Tim Daly guest starred as Texas Ranger Ray Harper, travelling all the way from Texas to find his missing daughter. He played his character superbly, evolving first from a morally ambiguous law enforcement officer,  to a gun slinging cowboy with just about the same disregard of proper police procedure as McGarrett himself. Who else but a Texas Ranger would march straight into a gunfight with revolver drawn while everyone else is ducking behind cover?

This new relationship with lawman could potentially set up a future episode set in the mainland, and we’ll possibly see a Texas-Five-0.

“It’s the only explanation I can come up with”

Steve confessed his familial theory to Danny after Danny catches Max handing the lab results to him. Likewise, fans have chattered for months about the potential relationship between Wo Fat and Steve. Max’s report finally puts to rest the theory that the hero and his nemesis are not brothers. I’m thankful that their relationship wasn’t that predictable and simple, but now we’ll have to wonder what exactly the connection is between the two. The next plausible theory is that Doris is Wo Fat’s birth mother, and Steve is…adopted! Perhaps his John already fathered Steve from a previous relationship before Doris entered their lives. The plot thickens, and I’m sure the show will resolve this question by the end of this season.

Kono’s all that

She’s a marksman with a rifle, an expert martial artist, she’s a mechanic, she can operate container lifts,  and she kicks butt.  Adam, well he’s a Yakuza bullet magnet who’s sole contribution to their unintended vacation is chopping big sticks into smaller sticks.  Despite that, and the rumors surrounding Grace Park, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Kono will skip a beat in the series.  As a strong, Asian female lead in the show, her absence (if any) would be a detriment.

"Dammit.  Looks like I'm really going to hav eto wash the dishes tonight.  Meanwhile, I'll just hide right here." (Photo CBS)

“Dammit. Looks like I’m really going to have to wash the dishes tonight. Meanwhile, I’ll just hide right here.” (Photo CBS)

Steve.  Dude.

I don’t think I was the only one who’s jaw dropped when Steve practically handed Catherine to Billy on a silver platter with a pretty bow on top! I mean come on, Billy and Catherine have history and I’d keep a wary eye on Billy if I were Steve. Steve must be the eternal optimist and have great faith in the human spirit. Since this is Hawaii Five-0, and no one can stay happy for an extended period of time, I’m sure some conflict will come of this. Michelle teased at Sunset on the Beach that episode 3 is where the fireworks begin. Is Steve and Cat’s relationship about to hit turbulence? We shall see…

And from the “Aww, that’s so cute” department:

I love how the Five-0 family dynamic works.  Each team member has their own family, with their own problems, including Steve and Doris, Scott and Rachel/Gabby, Chin and his uncles, but what I love the most is how the dynamic redefines itself when the Five-0 team comes together.  Scott and Steve are at odds even when coaching little Gracie at the baseball game, but in the end, she cracks that home run that wins the game and brings them all together.  As a side note, little Gracie (Teilor Grubbs) is growing right before our eyes with each episode!

Grace Williams with the winning hit! (Photo CBS)

Grace Williams with the winning hit! (Photo CBS)


And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 402, “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”

Yes, what Harper said is true, we had a rat problem during the heyday of the sugar plantation boom, and mongoose were introduced to combat them.  But if he really wanted to do the thug up in style, he should have painted him with poi and rolled him around him in sugar.

Did you notice:

The baseball game was at Koko Head District Park, also the location of the Koko Crater Trail, seen before in season 2, where Steve and Lori ran up the Koko Crater.

The gang ringleader Frankie Choi is an up and coming local actor named Ajax Maharlika, who I met at Sunset on the Beach.  He’s also an intern in the production department for CBS.   I’ll be interviewing him soon!

“A’ ale Ma’a Wau” is Hawaiian for “Fish out of water”.

TvFanatic’s Hawaii Five-0 Exclusive with Peter Lenkov (more Season 4 spoilers!)

October 4th, 2013 by

Tvfanatic.com had the chance to chat with executive producer, Peter Lenkov, during premiere week about what’s in store for the Five-0 team. Here some details about what to expect inSeason 4 for McGarrett and WoFat, McGarrett and Mama McG, Chin Ho and Kono. I am very excited to hear more about Carol Burnett’s appearance later this year!



(excerpts are from TVFanatic.com)

TV Fanatic: What are some of the major themes for Season Four? Will the Wo Fat business get resolved fairly soon?

Peter Lenkov: Well, it’s never going to be resolved. Not this season, but we do have some answers and I think some of the obvious answers that the fans have been asking. We definitely address that. We address that big question that I know is on everybody’s mind, ‘are the two related?’ We’re definitely going to address that. I think with our show…at least we try. We may not always hit the bulls-eye, but I think we try just to surprise the audience a little bit. Things could change.

TVF: McGarrett’s journey this season, is there still more stuff with his mom (Christine Lahti)?PL: I think McGarrett’s going to learn some new discoveries with his mom and I think clearly there’s not a lot of trust there in the relationship. I think we’re going to explore that a little bit. We’re going to get to meet Carol Burnett, who plays his aunt. In the mythology of the show, when the mother supposedly died, Mary was sent to go live with an aunt in LA so Carol Burnett’s going to be that aunt. She comes back at Thanksgiving and we get to meet her and it’s really a very, very heartwarming episode.

TVF: Is that making him (Chin Ho) a little lighter now that he’s got that in his life? He’s had some bad knocks there.PL: Yeah, but I think there’s an interesting episode that’s coming up where it’s really…there’s a lot of time with him being grilled by Internal Affairs. We’re going to learn a lot more about his backstory. We thought we knew everything. We thought we knew why he lost his badge but there’s going to be a lot more that’s going to come out and a very big, surprising twist in this flashback episode where you find out about his relationship with Malia and you’re going to learn about his father, Chin Ho’s father and about being mentored by McGarrett’s father so there’s a lot of good stuff in that episode for him.

TVF: How long before Kono gets back to the family because it looks like she’s going to be off on her own story for awhile.

PL: She’s got a real, solid story with Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and being on the run and by the time she comes back and is a full member of Five-0, it’s probably mid-way through the season. We really want to do this arc and make it feel real. It’s not that simple actually, what they go through, but it’s fun. It’s really fun and I think for an actor to be able to do that kind of stuff, to be able to do not just the case of the week, but to be able to have this runner of half a season arc, I think she’s really excited. Also, we are as writers, but she’s very excited.

Check out the full article from TVFanatic here.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 – “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”

October 2nd, 2013 by

Looks like McGarrett is going to have his hands full this week. Not only will he be helping Tim Daly’s character find his missing daughter, but Catherine’s ex, Billy Harrington, will make an appearance in this episode. Perhaps we will get to see how McGarrett reacts to Catherine reconnecting with her past love.

I’d like to see Billy make a play for Catherine. With McGarrett’s good looks and charm, he has gotten away with taking advantage of Catherine and her Navy contacts for too long. It would be a nice change to see him have to fight for her affection.


Saddle – Navy SEAL meets Texas Ranger


From CBS


Tim Daly Guest Stars as a Texas Ranger

“A’ ale Ma’a Wau*” – A Five-0 murder investigation leads the team to help a Texas Ranger who comes to the island to find his missing daughter.  Meanwhile, Kono and Adam fight to stay alive when their hidden location is discovered, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Tim Daly guest stars as a Texas Ranger.

(*A’ ale Ma’a Wau is Hawaiian for “Fish Out of Water”)


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)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Justin Bruening     (Lt. Commander Billy Harrington)



Tim Daly     (Ray Harper)

Bobby Foley     (Michael Maki)

Marcus Natividad     (Tom Akuna)

Brando Eaton     (Carl Jacobson)

Ajax Maharlika     (Frankie Choi)

Kristi Lauren     (Amanda Harper)

Jon Michael Zimbrich     (Shrimp Player)

Tia Morales     (Looky-Loo #1)


WRITTEN BY:     John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Joe Dante

Tim Daly joins the Five-0 posse! (PROMO)

September 30th, 2013 by
Tim Daly, Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger Ray Harper (Tim Daly) comes to town to look for his missing daughter in “A’ale Ma’a Wau,” airing Friday, October 4th.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Saddle up, y’all! Tim Daly’s comin’ to town in next week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0!

From the CBS press release:

“A’ale Ma’a Wau*” – A Five-0 murder investigation leads the team to help a Texas Ranger who comes to the island to find his missing daughter. Meanwhile, Kono and Adam fight to stay alive when their hidden location is discovered, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tim Daly guest stars as a Texas Ranger.

Daly’s character is named Ray Harper.



Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 401, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

September 30th, 2013 by

Bigger and better

All Hawaii Five-0 season premieres have demonstrated what the show loves to showcase: big action and character development.  The first five minutes alone was as big as any Hollywood blockbuster, and Alex Kurtzman wasn’t joking when he said on the red carpet at Sunset on the Beach that there will be bigger stunts.  McGarrett’s slick moves and some fancy camera work definitely projected a big Hollywood action sequence we see in the movies.

On top of that, many vehicles saw their last day in this episode, crashed in one way or another or riddled with bullets.  The biggest loss was Danny’s beloved silver Camaro- despite enduring three years of Five-0 abuse, it was no match for a well placed bomb in the back seat.  Oh, the loss, but I’m sure Danny will find love elsewhere…

McGarrett and Danno in a bit of a pickle

Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) find themselves in what O’Loughlin would call “a bit of a pickle” with terrorist Ernesto (Henry Ian Cusick) and his henchmen.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Of course, the one thing that stood out in my mind was the manner in which poor Carlos was dispatched in the basement of Five-0 headquarters.  A lot of different things could have happened…Danny could have clobbered Carlos as he walked past, Carlos’s buddy could have shouted or warned him away, but no, McGarrett got fancy and shot Carlos right through the bullet wound of his captive.  McGarrett earned extra points for style in that take down.

Not to be outdone by cars and explosions, Alex himself stated that he did some of his own stunts.  As part of the CBS Hawaii Five-0 twitter event Friday night, he stated (shirtlessly) that he himself was clinging onto the helicopter skid as it lifted off in Aloha Stadium.  He also mentioned that another actor punctured a lung in that same scene.  They’re doing all this just for the love of the craft!

CPT Grover bares all

Chi McBride entered the hostage crisis in front of Five-0 headquarters with a particular presence.  On the red carpet, he looked bigger in person that he did on television, and I mean this dude is big.  He plays CPT Lou Grover, the SWAT captain who recently moved from Chicago.  His demeanor and physical presence definitely carries authority, and his involvement with the Five-0 team should lead to an interesting conflict.  CBS described him early on as a “by the book” police officer, who’s textbook delivery of tactics will go against McGarrett’s “throw the book out the window” style.  While we saw almost the same type of relationship with CPT Fryer (Tom Sizemore), I have a feeling Grover will get into McGarrett’s business a lot more that Fryer ever did.

McGarrett must have seen Karate Kid- taking one right from the Cobra Kai playbook: SWEEP THE LEG!  Photo: CBS

We’ll see what happens next, as I’m sure Grover was not too happy about McGarrett forcing him to surrender his weapon while removing the prisoners from the SWAT van.  McGarrett can physically dominate a scene when confronting bad guys, but seeing him looking up to speak to Grover is something you you don’t see very often.  As a side note, Chi McBride will now have the distinction of having the first “pantsless” scene, and I’m sure Alex, Scott and Daniel fans will start petitioning for their favorite character to follow suit.

Oh-oh, Kono

Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) and Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri) have great onscreen chemistry.  I enjoyed their scene aboard the Kahana, on their way to Hong Kong to avoid discovery by the Yakuza and other gangsters.  I thought their relationship was doomed from the beginning, when distrust fueled Kono’s moves to spy on him, but the scene aboard the ship dispelled any notion that they were indeed in love.  I personally thought we wouldn’t see Kono for a few episodes, but gangsters have already infiltrated their Honeymoon suite, and their time together may still be numbered.

Overall, I was thrilled, humored and entertained by the premiere episode.  As I mentioned in two previous years of covering Sunset on the Beach, there is no better feeling than sharing the same moments with thousands of other fans, “ooo-ing”, “ahh-ing”, applauding and cringing at the same moment.

I have two wishes for Peter, Alex and Bob:

1)  Please blow up as many things in this episode for the next 23 episodes (don’t worry, I’m sure Ford, Kia, Hyundai, and Honda would all love to advertise on the show to make this happen).

2)  Keep on delivering great stories and make us feel for these characters!

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 401, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

I’m sure a lot of you local folks noticed that all car chases on Oahu conveniently happen on Lagoon Drive by the airport.

Should have gotten the Extended Warranty option. Photo: CBS

I doubled checked Costco Hawaii’s return policy: despite taking anything back after its been through the ringer, electronics can’t be returned to Costco after 90 days.  Looks like the Governor is going to have to foot the bill for another Magic Table.

Did you notice:

The building in which Hawaii Five-0 is headquartered was referred to as “the Palace”.  It’s actually Ali’iolani Hale, where the Hawaii State Supreme Court meets.

The cadet who stopped Kamekona is the same guy who was the hotel security in an episode last season.

Henry Ian Cusick’s last time in Ali’iolani Hale was during “Lost” filming, where the courthouse was a stand in for Oxford University.

Hawaii Five-0’s top guys answer eight burning questions

September 27th, 2013 by


Alex O'Loughlin and Chi McBride have a stare-down

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and SWAT Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) get off to a rocky start in the season 4 premiere.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Fans of Hawaii Five-0 have been speculating for months, and with the Season 4 premiere just a few hours away, TV Guide’s Liz Raftery is getting us some answers from Peter Lenkov and Alex O’Loughlin.


Hawaii Five-0 Boss: “McGarrett Is at the Tipping Point”
Sep 27, 2013 12:13 AM ET
by Liz Raftery

Hawaii Five-0 doesn’t waste any time getting into high gear when it kicks off its fourth season in a new timeslot this Friday (9/8c, CBS). There’s no daring underwater prison break like in the Season 3 premiere, but the episode still manages to set in motion events whose ripple effects will be felt throughout the season. And not all of the major players make it out of the premiere unscathed. Will Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) finally get the answers he’s looking for from Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos)? Will Kono (Grace Park) be brought back into the fold? And who, or what, poses the biggest threat to the team this season?

TVGuide.com turned to O’Loughlin and executive producer Peter Lenkov to get answers to eight burning questions ahead of Season 4:

The season premiere kicks off with McGarrett helping Wo Fat escape, and then the fallout that ensues is fairly disastrous. What’s his motivation for doing that?
He wants answers about his mother. And as far as he’s concerned his mother’s been dead for 20 years. There’s something going on with Wo Fat and Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti) and he can’t get to the bottom of it, and so he goes to see him and we know what happens. … For McGarrett now, in a way, if he just let Wo Fat get killed, it’d be a sort of thorn out of his side, and it would be something he doesn’t have to worry about anymore. But there’s so many unanswered questions. There’s still unanswered questions about his father. He doesn’t feel comfortable with the excuse that he got. There’s still things that don’t add up. There’s still things that need to be answered for. He truly believes that Wo Fat has information that he’s not giving over that can give him answers about his own life and his own existence and his own parents. And I think that until he gets those answers, he’s going to move in and out of existential crisis forever. And so, on a personal level, I don’t think he’s going to let anything happen to Wo Fat.

Will McGarrett finally get answers about his mother’s relationship to Wo Fat? And will he be satisfied (when?) he does?
McGarrett is at the tipping point with Doris and the secrets of her past. With her unwillingness to give him the answers he needs, McGarrett is going to have to take matters into his own hands. As the season unfolds, McGarrett is going to get some of those answers. … But this road to uncovering the truth about his relationship to Wo Fat and how it all relates to his mother, Doris, has been long — he still has some miles to go before getting there.
O’Loughlin: The great sort of quandary for him is that he can’t get past why Doris would have let Wo Fat escape that night back in the third season, in the house. It’s not beyond imagination that they could be half-brothers. That’s kind of eating him up. He’s obsessed. … He’s so driven by this. If he thinks he can get an answer about something that can help solve some of that stuff and help fill some of the black holes that kind of leave him feeling so empty every day, he’s going to do it no matter what.

Will Doris be back this season? Should McGarrett trust her?
We will hopefully see Doris again this season, but I can’t yet reveal exactly how.  When McGarrett and Doris meet again, he’ll be much closer to the truth — and it will be a truth she can no longer deny.
I don’t think he can trust her at all. And imagine your own mother looking you in the eye and not believing anything she said. I mean, it would be the most devastating feeling. And I think in those moments when he puts her on the ship and she goes on the slow boat to China and there’s a moment there where he looks at her and he’s so torn. It’s like, I want to believe what you’re saying. I want to support you. I want to make you listen to me. But I’m kind of powerless, and my gut is telling me not to believe anything. So it’s a very tortured predicament for anybody. But I don’t really think he can believe anything she says.

Catherine (Michelle Borth) finds herself in a sticky situation in the premiere. How does her relationship with McGarrett evolve over the course of this season?
McGarrett and Catherine’s relationship will been faced with many challenges at the top of the season. Big changes are coming, and that can’t help but affect their relationship.  I think anyone McGarrett cares about unfortunately could be a liability to him. He’d sacrifice himself in a moment for someone he cares about.  There may not be anyone he cares for as much as Catherine.
O’Loughlin: Catherine Rollins is becoming more of a prominent member on the team. We’re really feeling her presence, and she’s evidently important to McGarrett. He’s growing more and more fond of her and they’re more and more comfortable with each other. It’s essentially a long-term relationship now. … Every episode, the relationship is progressing. It’s not necessarily progressing towards marriage and kids, but it’s progressing. The more time we spend with each other,the more important we become to each other. The more important she becomes to him. We see what sort of a priority she is to him in this episode. But what is your relationship worth? Is what you’re getting out of the relationship worth the toll that it’s taking? How much of a liability is she going to be to McGarrett? Kono’s like a sister. It’s a very different situation. But Catherine Rollins becoming more involved with Five-0 on a procedural level, that’s dangerous ground.

In the premiere, McGarrett immediately gets off to a rocky start with Capt. Grover (new cast member Chi McBride). Tell us about the new character. What’s his relationship with McGarrett like?
McGarrett’s actions [in the premiere] will have consequences. Few people would take well to your colleague turning a gun on you your first day. A bad first impression is always hard to overcome, but when it’s holding someone at gunpoint? Nearly impossible.  We will learn very quickly Grover isn’t impressed by McGarrett’s methods or his so-called “immunity and means.” However, with Grover as our new head of SWAT and McGarrett head of Five-0, these two will never be apart for long. Over the season, we’ll see if these two can learn to trust each other and work together.
O’Loughlin: He’s kind of a badass. He comes in, he’s the new head of the SWAT team. I use him and his resources. I break the law, and he’s not going to stand for that s—. There’s no way. It’s a fiery, combative relationship. … But it’s good. My suspicion is that these characters are going to have more in common than they think, or that they’d like to think and that we would expect. But they’re both strong, they’re both leaders, they’re both alpha. They’re both pigheaded. So I think it’s going to be a very interesting relationship.

What sort of challenges will Danny (Scott Caan) face this season?
We’ll get to see a bit more into Danny’s family this season when his mother (to be played by Melanie Griffith) comes to visit, perhaps revealing some deeper reasons for why he is the way he is.  Danny’s also finally adjusted into his joint custody of his daughter, Grace, but it makes him realize that any serious romantic relationships he has (including Gabby) no longer just affect him. He has to realize how they might affect Grace as well. It gives him and Gabby some tough choices to make.

What is Chin Ho’s (Daniel Dae Kim) journey this year?
This season, we get to see Chin finally having just picked up the pieces after the loss of his wife Malia last season, trying to make a slow go of it with Leilani, the nurse he survived his prison break with. We’ll also get a chance to revisit some of Chin’s early days in his police career and see that sometimes, the choices that we make, even for the right reasons, can have unintended consequences. At his core, Chin Ho’s always had a powerful connection to his family. He ruined his reputation and got kicked off the force just to protect his uncle. While the whole team feels Kono’s absence, it hits Chin the hardest. His drive at the top of the season is to make it safe for her and Adam to return.

How will Kono remain connected to the story since she’s overseas?
Kono will have her own circumstances to deal with while overseas, but she is an essential part of our team. We’ll being keep tabs on her abroad. Unfortunately, the danger to Kono and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in Hawaii is still very real, so returning is not an option. However, it appears that “danger” is coming for them now and no place may be safe. They’ll be forced to choose their fate — fight or flight.

What will McGarrett and Danny’s relationship be like in Season 4?
They’re doing pretty good. Danny doesn’t have any major qualms at the moment. I think he’s pretty settled and pretty okay. He’s not itching to get out of there too badly at the moment. There’s not too much drama with Grace. There’s always one of us shrouded in drama, and the other one’s there kind of backing the other one up. But we’ll always quibble. Wouldn’t be McDano if we didn’t.

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Waikiki welcomes Hawaii Five-0 at Sunset on the Beach 4

September 27th, 2013 by

Waikiki Beach was once again jammed packed with fans as Hawaii Five-0 premiered the first episode Season 4 at Sunset on the Beach. This year, there was a mix of rabid Hawaii Five-0 and teenage Jonas Brothers fans as the Jonas Brothers performed a free concert following the airing of the premiere episode. Nick Jonas is slated for a role in a future episode.

Hawaii Five-0 stars walked to red carpet and greeted fans as they have in past years, though notably absent were Scott Caan and Grace Park. CBS Entertainment president, Nina Tassler, was blown away by the fan support she witnessed at Sunset on the Beach. Hopefully, that means that Hawaii Five-0 will be around for years to come.

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It was another year and another Sunset On the Beach for “Hawaii Five-O,” as the CBS drama kicked off its fourth season in grand style.

Thousands of fans packed Waikiki Beach to greet the stars. But there also were more teenage girls in the audience who came for a free concert by the Jonas Brothers.

The brothers were performing because Nick Jonas has a recurring role on the show.

“This role is really fun,” said Jonas. ”When they came to me I was more than happy to be a part of it. It’s going to be interesting for people to see me in this light.”

The fans were still as enthusiastic for stars Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim, who walked the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

The two said they enjoy Sunset on the Beach, and have grown to love the event as well as Hawaii itself.

“This makes it a communal experience, like we don’t have a chance to have,” said Kim. “We get to say thanks to the fans, we get to watch it on the big screen with the fans. It’s special.”

“I’m never not amazed at what I see when I come down here, and the commitment from fans, said O’Loughlin. ”Without fans and without the people who are willing to show up, we don’t have a show and i don’t have a job.”

He also said he feels Hawaii is home. “I was talking to my agent, and I was like, you know, I don’t ever want to give up my place here,” said O’Loughlin. “I don’t want to move my kids to L.A. I love it here. I love it here for the family. I love it.”

CBS executives also turned out for the event. “Hawaii Five-O is not only a beloved show for the network,” said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment. “We can see how much the fans love it here. I’ve never seen support like this. It’s extraordinary.”

“We know the history and the legacy of the show, and obviously the impact that it’s had on the people of this island, and it’s been great to be a part of this new version of it,” said Nick Jonas.

The show is now syndicated and can be seen in 200 countries. “We come to find out at an event like this that it’s also loved around the world,” said Honolulu Film Commissioner Walena Constantinau. “People from all over the world have come here to celebrate with the people of Hawaii, this first episode.”

The episode was shown to the fans on a big screen, a day ahead of the television premiere. After the episode was shown, the Jonas Brothers took to the stage for a 20-minute set performed before screaming fans.

The show, which is moving to Friday nights this fall, premieres on television this Friday.

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.
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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.