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Wendie Burbridge Recaps Hawaii Five-0 Season 4

May 15th, 2014 by

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From our good friend, Wendie Burbridge (of the Hawaii Five-0 Redux), in a special to the Honolulu Advertiser-

If there is a phrase to describe season four of “Hawaii Five-0,” it would be “to change is to mature.”

A more grown-up version of the CBS series debuted on a new night and time — Fridays at 8 p.m. — bringing in two new characters while saying aloha to another. And while the show kept its action-filled story line moving along at a smart and stronger pace, changes helped “Five-0″ ramp up the quality without losing its focus.

» Change is good. Many fans thought the move to Friday would kill the show, but “Five-0 Friday” seemed to be what the series needed to regain its season one audience numbers. The earlier time slot as well as being the lead-in for Tom Selleck’s cop family drama “Blue Bloods” also seemed to help propel the Hawaii-based series onto the list of the top 20 shows of the TV season.

» Change can be difficult. The season started with “Aloha ke Kahi i ke Kahi” (“Love One Another”), where McGarrett (series star Alex O’Loughlin) broke every law to save his kidnapped girlfriend, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth), who had been taken by drug lords. Over the course of season four, we got to know more about McG and Cath’s love for each other and how their careers have intersected.

Yet even their sweet on-screen relationship did not help to save Rollins from being written off the show in episode 21, “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Malie” (“Fair Winds and Following Seas”). It went down like this: Catherine and McGarrett take off to Af­ghani­stan to find the son of a Pashtun man who once saved her life. During their search, McG is kidnapped by the Tali­ban and is forced to leave Catherine behind in Kabul. She is last seen on a black motorcycle, riding off into the Afghan sunset, determined to continue looking for the lost little boy. Fans hope to see Cath come back to McG, but Borth is not returning for season five.

» Change can be encouraging. Chi McBride guest-starred in the season opener and joined the cast as a series regular by November. McBride’s character, SWAT Capt. Lou Grover, moved his family to Hawaii to start a new life, away from a tragic mistake he made as a cop in Chicago.

It was Grover’s episode in the season finale, “ʻO ka Pili ʻOhana ka ʻOi” (“Family Comes First”) as Grover pulls a McG — breaking all the rules — to rescue his daughter Samantha (Paige Hurd) after she is kidnapped by evil computer hacker Ian Wright (returning guest star Nick Jonas). McGarrett offers Grover a spot on the Five-0 task force after he is forced to retire. Next season should be interesting, with the captain (Grover) and the commander (McGarrett) trying to work together without killing each other.

Jorge Garcia also joined the cast this season after he guest-starred as conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega, Chin Ho Kelly’s (Daniel Dae Kim) old pal from Kukui High, in “Ka ʻOiaʻiʻo Maloko” (“The Truth Within”). His character quickly became a fan favorite, and Ortega’s love of secret government plots seems to have helped McGarrett solve more of the Shelburne mystery surrounding his mother, Doris (Christine Lahti), and her connection to Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos). Ortega found a cypher on the bottom of the Champ box left behind by McGarrett’s father, leading the Five-0 leader to a grave in Cambodia that once held villain Wo Fat’s mother.

Perhaps next season Ortega will help McGarrett finally solve the mystery surrounding his mother and her connection to Wo Fat. If nothing else, he will add a bit of quirky comic relief.

» Change happens. There were many changes for the core four this season. Whether they were good or bad, we know what the team is facing in season five.

Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) spent half the season “on the run” from the Yakuza with her lover, Adam Noshi­muri (Ian Anthony Dale). This was in part because Park was on maternity leave. While we saw Kono and Adam in several episodes, those scenes were filmed in Vancouver where Park gave birth to a baby boy. It was a happy day when Kono and Adam returned to Hawaii in “O Kela Me Keia Manawa” (“Now and Then”). In the season closer, Kono mentions that Adam has brought up the “M” word — perhaps there’s a wedding on the season five horizon?

Chin seems to have made peace with the loss of his wife, Malia (Reiko Aylesworth), who was killed at the end of season two by bad cop Frank Delano (William Baldwin). In the intense episode “Hana Loko­mai­kaʻi” (“Favor”), he said a final aloha to her at the beach where they first met. Chin’s new girlfriend, Leilani (Lindsay Price), seemed to have a presence this season, but with the news that Price is expecting her second child, Chin may be in for more heartbreak.

Danno Williams (Scott Caan) dealt with his parents’ divorce (Mela­nie Griffith and Tom Berenger played Mom and Pops Williams) as well as the obvious growing pains of having a near-teenage daughter (Teilor Grubbs). His new love interest, Amber (Lili Simmons), seems to be making him a bit happier, but with Danno we never really know. Caan was sporadically pres­ent during the season — in one episode and hardly in the next — but with the news of his impending fatherhood in real life, fans can only hope we see Danno in season five.

McGarrett’s ohana has grown, as his sister, Mary Ann (Taryn Manning), returned home after adopting a little girl. Unfortunately, he seems to have lost not only his girlfriend, but his Aunt Deb (played to perfection by Carol Burnett), who came for Thanksgiving to tell him she was dying of cancer.

McGarrett spent a lot of season four trying to find out why his mother seems to have such a soft spot for Wo Fat. At one point he thought Wo Fat was his half-brother, even having Max (Masi Oka) test the bad man’s blood to see if they were a DNA match.

So when Wo Fat returned in Friday’s season finale, we did get a bit of a cliffhanger. Not a huge hang-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat ending, but one that gave us something to think about for season five.

In the season finale, Wo Fat breaks out of a Colo­rado supermax prison after it seems Doris aided his escape. He shows up in Hawaii, only to kill Ian Wright and free Samantha Grover. While he’s still in the wind, the message he has Samantha deliver to McG is that they need to talk. That’s a meeting fans can’t wait to see in season five.

So perhaps one of the biggest “Five-0″ changes will come next season: Wo Fat turns out to be a good guy?

What fun would that be?

Read Wendie Burbridge’s “Five-0 Redux” blog with episode recaps, interviews and cultural insight into the popular CBS series at hono­­lulu­pulse.com.

Networks need not fear Friday night

May 2nd, 2014 by
Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) methods in the season finale. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) sets aside his reservations about McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) not quite regulation methods in the season finale.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

According to USA Today’s Bill Keveny, commenting in a May 1st online article, networks are finally realizing that Friday nights are no longer bad news for prime time shows. The CBS lineup, and Hawaii Five-0 in particular, feature prominently in Keveny’s article.

“CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, now paired with the night’s most-watched series, Blue Bloods, has increased its audience 11% despite moving from Mondays to the second-least-watched night of the week,” says Keveny, going on to quote CBS exec Glenn Geller on the successful pairing of Five-0 and Blue Bloods.

“We’ve had tremendous success this year “with the Five-0/Blue Bloods combo, says Glenn Geller, who oversees CBS’ returning programs. “Every network has a little something to crow about, and it’s great for network television. Audiences show up for good TV, and there’s a lot to choose from on Friday night.”

Keveny also chatted with Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov, who is understandably delighted with the show’s performance on what was seen by the hand-wringing contingent as a death-sentence timeslot.

“Five-0, averaging 11.6 million viewers, is trying to tap into a family audience, and executive producer Peter Lenkov says it makes a good fit with Blue Bloods, another fourth-year police drama, and a top-15 show (13.7 million) that this season had its most-watched episode since its premiere in 2010,” says Keveny.

“For Lenkov, the move to an earlier time slot (9 p.m. ET/PT) may be at least as important as the switch in nights,” Keveny added, before further quoting Lenkov.

“I always thought we were better suited for a 9 o’clock show no matter what night we we were on,” he says. “I think we’re lighter in terms of our procedural stories and character interactions. We like to think there’s a lot of humor in the show. I always felt like the 10 o’clock shows always seemed a little edgier and darker,” while competition on Mondays was “like a street fight.”

Keveny goes on to reveal some promotional teases for tonight’s high-stakes episode, as well as for next week’s season finale.

“Lenkov hopes to end Five-0‘s first Friday season in style. This week’s episode will feature Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) traveling to Afghanistan to help a family, while the May 9 season finale will continue the story of Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) and feature an appearance by archvillain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).”

Read Keveny’s full article at the USA Today website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie”

May 1st, 2014 by

Look down… Look up… McGarrett is on a horse!

 

Finally!!! The tables are turned when Catherine asks McGarrett to do her a favour. Unlike the usual Navy intelligence information that Steve asks Catherine to get for him, her favour involves bullets, bad guys and a bloody McGarrett. Some of the promo photos remind me of his capture and torture at the hands of Wo Fat. Who is going to be saving who by the end? To find out that and more, don’t miss this lead-up to the final episode of Season 4!

Bollywood beauty, Mallika Sherawat, has been cast as Farah Khan, a character from Catherine’s military past. Khan’s son is kidnapped and it’s up to Cath and McGarrett to try and save him in Afghanistan. For those who missed it, this will be Michelle Borth’s last episode. SPOILER!!! Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, assures fans that Cath does not die. Borth even teased (on Twitter) that the door may be open for her character to return.

Keep your eyes peeled for Gary Fritts, a real life SEAL (retired), who has been a military advisory on Hawaii Five-0 for the last three years. Tough guy, Kala Alexander reprises his roll as Kawika (surprisingly not listed a recurring) while Duane “Dog” Chapman appears for the second time.

From CBS

McGARRETT AND CATHERINE TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN TO STOP THE TALIBAN FROM HARMING A YOUNG BOY WHOSE FAMILY SAVED CATHERINE’S LIFE YEARS AGO, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, MAY 2

“*Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” – McGarrett and Catherine travel to Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from harming a young boy whose family saved Catherine’s life years ago, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” is Hawaiian for “Fair Winds and Following Seas”)

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

Larry Manetti     (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)

Al Harrington     (Mamo Kahike)

Duane “Dog’ Chapman     (Himself)

GUEST CAST:

William C. Mitchell     (Joel Bratton)

Angelica Quinn     (Alicia Helani)

Mido Hamada     (Amir Khan)

Mallika Sherawat     (Farah Khan)

David Landry     (Leon Chase)

Farshad Farahat     (Umar Hassan)

Michael Hollick     (Naval Intel Officer Lt. Granger)

Josh Clark     (Naval Captain Stan Norell)

Jordan Salud     (Jamie Kamaka)

Maz Siam     (Interrogator)

Gary Fritts     (Seal)

Timothy Brennen     (CIA Man)

John A. Weaver     (Suit)

Kala Alexander     (Kawika)

Christianno De Lugo     (Najib Khan)

Ran Yatim     (Leader)

Daniel Gilad     (Taliban Fighter #3)

Mehdi Mdouari     (Taliban Fighter #7)

STORY BY: Peter M. Lenkov, Ken Solarz and Eric Guggenheim

TELEPLAY BY: Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Hunt

Hawaii Five-0 Says Aloha to a Series Regular

April 28th, 2014 by

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Love her or hate her, Michelle Borth’s character, Catherine Rollins, has grown from McGarrett’s favourite favour-provider in Season 1, to providing some much needed female balance on the male dominated Five-0 team in Season 4.  This turned out to be particularly valuable when series regular Grace Park took some time off earlier this year.

Friday’s episode will be Rollins’ swan song as we learn more back-story of her time in the military. It’s unfortunate that this character development didn’t occur earlier, which seems to be a common shortcoming with featured female roles such as Jenna Kaye (Season 1 & 2 played by Larisa Oleynik) and Lori Weston (Season 2 played by Lauren German). All three started with much promise only to see their story lines fizzle before leaving the island. Hopefully, the introduction of female regular characters in the future will be met with more balanced presentation.

As of yet we haven’t heard any word on Michelle Borth’s upcoming projects, but we will keep you up to date as details are released.

We at Hawaii Five-0 Undercover wish Michelle all the best on her new path!

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Pe’epe’e Kānaka”

April 24th, 2014 by
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This week’s Hawaii Five-0 raises an interesting question – “How well do you know your neighbours?”

Think about it- whenever an unimaginable tragedy strikes, the media is quick to interview those in close proximity to the perpetrator. Those interviews usually reveal a common theme about an unassuming suspect – a nice quiet neighbour who never made a fuss.

In today’s world of gated communities, six foot high privacy fences, and a societal “fear of strangers”, could you, with any kind of certainty, say that those who live close to you aren’t up to something untoward?

On a more fun note, this is Hawaii Five-0 stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente’s (“The Crow, “24″) second outing as a director.  That’s sure to mean some fun action sequences!

From CBS

THE INVESTIGATION OF A MURDERED POOL CLEANER LEADS FIVE-0 TO UNCOVER A POSSIBLE TERRORIST CELL OF RADICALIZED STUDENTS WHO ARE PLOTTING AN ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 25

“*Pe’epe’e Kānaka” – The investigation of a murdered pool cleaner leads Five-0 to uncover a possible terrorist cell of radicalized students who are plotting an attack on U.S. soil, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Pe’epe’e Kānaka” is Hawaiian for “Those Among Us”)

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

 

GUEST CAST:

Shawn Thomsen     (Officer Pua Kai)

Sam Upton     (Nico Kane)

Sasha Pieterse      (Sawn Hatfield)

Salman Bokhari     (Muhammed Nazaria)

Eden Riegel     (FBI Analyst Katie Halinan)

Jorge Alfredo Martinez     (Uday Jahani)

Ahmad Tadjvar     (Rahim Ahad)

Bryan Anderson     (Kirk Emerson)

 

WRITTEN BY: John Dove

DIRECTED BY: Jeff Cadiente

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ku I Ka Pili Koko”

April 10th, 2014 by
Blood Brothers - McGarrett and Danno

Blood Brothers – McGarrett and Danno

 

Friday’s episode is one that fans having been looking forward to all season. Hawaii Five-0 has been lacking some of its epic bromance as Scott Caan has seen less screen time this season and his absence has left fans clamoring for more McGarrett-Danno time. Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, teased, “Prediction: Fan favorite. McDanno fans will be MORE than satisfied.” (via Twitter.)

I predict lots of heart to heart between the two friends as they face possible death. Get your tissues ready.

It’s interesting to note that Xzbit is listed as recurring cast, reprising his role as Jason (JC) Dekker. He originally appeared in the adorable “3 Men and a Baby” episode 4.07. His character is now in jail and has information for the Five-0 team.

From CBS

FIVE-0 IS SET UP WHEN A BAD TIP LEADS THEM TO AN ABANDONED BUILDING THAT IS RIGGED TO EXPLODE WITH MCGARRETT AND DANNY TRAPPED INSIDE, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 11

Xzibit Guest Stars as a Prison Informant

“*Ku I Ka Pili Koko” – Five-0 is set up when a bad tip leads them to an abandoned building that is rigged to explode with McGarrett and Danny trapped inside, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Xzibit guest stars as a prison informant.

(*“Ku I Ka Pili Koko” is Hawaiian for “Blood Brothers”)

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Lili Simmons     (Amber Vitale)

Xzibit     (JC Dekker)

 

GUEST CAST:

Byron Mann     (Fire Captain Hank Iona)

Terry Chin     (Kekoa Hale)

David Gautreaux     (James Cobb)

Joseph Kingsley     (Marcus Dekker)

Diane Ako     (News Reporter)

 

STORY BY: David Wolkove

TELEPLAY BY: Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY: Maja Vrvilo

Hawaii Five-0 leaves door open for Michelle Borth’s return

April 8th, 2014 by

Hot off the press – some possible good news for fans of Steve McGarrett’s love interest, Lt. Catherine Rollins comes to us from TV Guide.  In times when death seems to be the only way out for television characters, we find out that not only does the character (played by Michelle Borth) not die, we may see her return.  Borth stepped up her role in Season 4 when Grace Park (Kono) took some time off from the series.  Die-hard fans of the McGarrett-Rollins couple nicknamed “McRoll,” now have some hope that the characters may reunite at a later date.

Michelle Borth and Alex O'Loughlin - credit: Peter Lenkov

Michelle Borth and Alex O’Loughlin – credit: Peter Lenkov

 

From TV Guide Mega Buzz

Is Catherine going to die on Hawaii Five-0— Justin
The fact that Michelle Borth’s exit from the show coincides with Steve and Catherine’s dangerous mission in the Middle East does seem ominous, right? Fortunately, I have good news! “She doesn’t die,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells us exclusively. “She goes out spectacularly. She goes out a hero, and the door’s open for her to come back. Hopefully we’ll see her again at some point.” Relieved?

You can find more buzz about other shows here.

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ho’i Hou”

April 3rd, 2014 by
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Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man (photo courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 fans are known for having strong opinions on the direction they want their favourite show to go, often sharing those views on social media. In a ground breaking move, fans have spent most of this season crafting their very own episode by voting on various elements of the show. Check out our recap here.

How do you feel about this kind of interactive television? If CBS does something like this next year, what would you like to see them do?

Watch below as the cast talk about the making of this fan built episode.

 

Beach bums may recognize guest star Krista Allen from her role as Jenna Avid on Baywatch. Watch for her at Chin’s high school reunion – former flame, perhaps? Sorry folks, doesn’t look like she will be re-enacting running down the beach in slow motion while wearing a skimpy red Baywatch bathing suit.

Another Lost actor is back on the island. Mackenzie Astin appeared in only one episode as a pivotal character from Kate’s past. Seems like once an actor works in Hawaii, the island isn’t done with them!

From CBS

YOU’VE WORKED ON THIS EPISODE ALL SEASON! NOW FAN-BUILT “FIVE-0” IS HERE! FIVE-0 INVESTIGATES WHEN THE DAUGHTER OF A MACADAMIA NUT TYCOON IS MURDERED WITH A STILETTO HEEL DURING CHIN’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 4

“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Chose From a Menu of Key Story and Production Elements for This Special Episode

Jorge Garcia Returns and Rob Corddry Guest Stars as the Fan-Voted Struggling Illusionist

“Ho’i Hou” – Five-0 investigates when the daughter of a macadamia nut tycoon is murdered with a stiletto heel during Chin’s high school reunion, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Jorge Garcia returns and Rob Corddry guest stars as the fan-voted struggling illusionist.

HAWAII FIVE-0 viewers spent this season voting on key story and production elements for this special episode, including wardrobe, music and even the episode’s title.

(“Ho’i Hou” is Hawaiian for “Reunited”)

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

 

GUEST CAST:

Cecilia Brown     (Amanda Santiago)

Rob Corddry     (Tony Gibson)

Peter Shinkoda     (Alan Kim)

Krista Allen     (Nani Kahanu)

Mackenzie Astin     (Bradley Richmond)

Samantha Sloyan     (Sarah Richmond)

James Brennan     (CIA Agent Sam Connors)

Mary Anne McGarry     (Nina Johnson)

Bulldog     (AV Club Buddy)

Benjamin C. Lloyd     (HPD Uniformed Cop)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Christina M. Kim

DIRECTED BY:     Sylvain White

Five-0 fans finally have their Fan Built episode

April 1st, 2014 by
Tune in on April 4th to see how it all comes together!
(Image courtesy of CBS.com)

Procedural shows come with a built-in set of format requirements: present a case, follow the clues, and solve the case. In the case of shows with a strong action-adventure component, those elements must come with a generous helping of, well, action, which often translates into explosions, car chases, gunfights, and skin-of-the-teeth escapes. Finding new angles on those traditional action staples requires an ever-greater degree of creativity, novelty, and timeliness. Hawaii Five-0′s production and writing staff came up with an innovative and exciting way to stretch their storytelling muscles and step outside the usual story development confines: the Fan-built Five-0 episode.

Five-0 launched its viewer-participation campaign last October with a bold website announcement: “We’ll shoot HAWAII FIVE-O your way! You pick the elements, then later this season watch the episode you created!”

In some ways, the “Fan-built” campaign was like Season 3′s “you pick the killer” promotion for “Kapu,” on steroids;  but instead of  voting for their choice in a single category, viewers had the chance to vote on key story elements, props and cast wardrobe, featured musical artists, and the name of the episode.

Of the four, the story element vote was the most critical, as it established the framework on which the writers would build their story. Phase One offered six story element categories and each category consisted of seven options, as shown below. The winning option in each category is highlighted in blue.

1) Scene of the Crime
- Chin Ho’s High School Reunion
- Volcano
- Skydiving Lesson
- Motocross Race
- Luau
- Helicopter Tour
- Yoga Retreat
2) The Victim
- Ancient Hawaiian Healer
- Pro Golfer
- Celebrity Matchmaker
- Cabana Boy
- Astronaut
- Sumo Wrestler
- Macadamia Nut Tycoon
3) The Murder Weapon
- Five Inch Stiletto
- Flame Thrower
- Poisoned Jacuzzi
- Snow Shovel
- Poisonous Toad
- Tiki Torch
- Spear Gun
4) The Evidence
- Body Drained of Blood
- Jelly Fish
- Kitty Litter
- Toy Rocket
- A Missing Eyeball
- Sumarian Tiger
- A Bag of Teeth
5) The Suspect
- Hula Dancer
- Spring Breaker
- Synchronized Swimmer
- Aging Rockstar
- Personal Chef
- Race Car Driver
- Struggling Illusionist
6) The Takedown
- Sniper Hunter Robot
- Rappelling
- Scuba Diving
- ATV Chase
- Giant Maze
- Base Jumping
- Spelunking

 

The struggling illusionist, at Chin Ho Kelly’s high-school reunion, with the five-inch Stiletto; sounds like something out of a game of Clue, doesn’t it? Assembling an exciting and coherent story from this list of seemingly random elements might seem like a daunting prospect, but it really wasn’t, as the Five-0 writing team came up with the list of options to begin with. That’s not to say they didn’t have their work cut out for them, as they had no way of guessing how fans would vote. Ideally, your story elements are going to introduce the audience to new people, places, and aspects of Hawaiian culture as the plot unfolds, and some of the options were better at this than others.

 

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), class of '89 (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), class of ’89
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Scene of the Crime — Chin Ho’s High School Reunion

Chin Ho’s high school reunion seems to be a great way to include Jorge Garcia’s Jerry Ortega in the story. Chin and Jerry were classmates and friends at Kukui High and Jerry, with his interest in things clandestine and conspiratorial, probably knows more than a few tales of scandal and intrigue involving their classmates.  Chin’s graduating class could very easily run the gamut from local society’s  mighty to the might-have-beens, and Steve having attended the same school, may know a few of them himself.

The Victim — Macadamia Nut Tycoon

As victims go, a macadamia nut tycoon can be played in a variety of ways, ranging from the buttoned-down Wall Street sort , the laid-back local, or all sorts in between.  Macadamia nuts are big business  in Hawaii, where they can be found enrobed in rick milk chocolate, dusted with cinnamon, crusted with Maui onion and garlic, dipped in caramel, rolled in cayenne pepper, or squeezed into an assortment of oils. Mmmm….but I digress.

 

Doctor Who's favorite time-traveling femme fatale, Doctor River Song (Alex Kingston) and her killer heels (Photo courtesy of The BBC)

Doctor Who’s favorite time-traveling femme fatale, Doctor River Song (Alex Kingston) and her killer heels
(Photo courtesy of Doctor Who/The BBC)

The Murder Weapon — Five-inch Stiletto

While not something that screams “Hawaii,” the five-inch stiletto can be played at least two ways — the serious, and seriously lethal, stabbing knife, or the somewhat more frivolous stiletto-heeled shoe. Before you scoff, fans of Doctor Who and the 50th Anniversary Special, “Day of the Doctor,” will be happy to point out that River Song’s towering red stiletto-heeled shoes have found a place of honor in the U.N.I.T. Black Archive, Top Secret repository of the most dangerous weapons on Earth.

As the second round of voting would show, the writers went outside the box and opted for a pair of truly killer heels. Not so frivolous a choice after all!

 

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) find an unexpected payload in a model rocket (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) find an unexpected payload in a model rocket
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

The Evidence — Toy Rocket

The idea of a toy rocket can be taken in several directions including the vintage toy spaceship, the model-kit version of some well-loved sci-fi starship from seventies TV,  or perhaps the scale model of NASA’s crowning achievement, the Apollo / SaturnV moon rocket. One thing they all have in common is internal space that can be used as a hiding place for small objects, as the teaser publicity photo shows.

 

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Actor and comedian Rob Corddry plays struggling illusionist Tony Gibson
(Photo courtesy of EW.com)

The Suspect — Struggling Illusionist

Sleight of hand and misdirection are the stock in trade of the magician or illusionist, and both are skills that would come in handy for someone out to commit murder. Evidence could almost literally disappear in a puff of smoke. Witnesses could have their attention focused elsewhere at a key moment. In this role we’ll have comic actor Rob Corddry going up against our team.

 

The Dole Plantation's Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, Oahu (Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation / Oahu Concierge)

The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, O’ahu
(Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation / Oahu Concierge)

The Takedown — Giant Maze

Mention a giant maze in Hawaii, and the Dole Plantation maze in Wahiawa, O’ahu will immediately come to mind.  Billed as “the World’s Largest Maze,”  the Pineapple Garden Maze covers three acres of land and consists of two and a half miles of  pathways.  Hidden within the serpentine recesses of the maze are stencil stations; your mission is to find all the stations as quickly as possible and use each stencil to fill in a box on the card you’re given at the entrance.

Staging a climactic killer takedown in the Dole maze gives the writers and the director opportunities for exciting and spectacular, if challenging, camera and stunt work. Just imagine the camera swooping over, along, and through the sharp turns and dog-leg paths as Five-0 chases the suspect!

 

Phase 2's Wardrobe Winners -- "Dark Angel" for Kono, a "Dark and Devilish" killer heel, and "Lava Rock" for Chin Ho (Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 2′s Wardrobe Winners — “Dark Angel” for Kono, a “Dark and Devilish” killer heel, and “Lava Rock” for Chin Ho
(Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 2: Prop and Wardrobe Vote — Jan10-17, 2014

The Prop and Wardrobe Vote gave fans the chance to vote on wardrobe for Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), and to vote for their choice in killer heels.

When fashionistas rave about shoes to die for, they’re generally not contemplating death by footwear. For Five-0 viewers, however, that’s just what they were voting on — their favorite pair of perilous pumps. As with Chin and Kono’s outfits, sleek lines and dark colors took first place in the form of a “Dark and Devilish” strappy peep-toe number.

Chin Ho’s reunion wardrobe was decided by viewers, with the clean and classic black suit and white shirt — “Lava Rock,” as the outfit was named — beating the other four alternates.

For Kono, the wardrobe choices were more casual and work-oriented, with a sheer black long-sleeve blouse — “Dark Angel” — taking first place.

 

Phase 3's music candidates -- Black Keys, The Green, Switchfoot, and Johnnyswim (Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 3′s music candidates — The Black Keys, The Green, Switchfoot, and Johnnyswim
(Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 3: Music Vote — Feb 14-21, 2014

Phase 3 of the voting campaign allowed viewers to pick their favorite artist for inclusion in the episode’s soundtrack. Most often, popular artists and songs are featured in what has become a Hawaii Five-0 signature — a montage of beautiful people swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding and generally enjoying themselves at the beach and in the crystal-clear tropical waters.

Viewers were given four candidates for inclusion in the Fan-built episode: The Black Keys album “El Camino;” The Green’s “Hawai’i ’13;” Switchfoot’s “Fading West;” and the Johnnyswim album “Heart Beats.” Sample tracks were provided for all four artists, with “Good One” from The Green’s “Hawai’i ’13″ coming in as the fan favorite.

 

 

Phase 4: Episode Title Vote — Mar 7-14, 2014

Phase 4 of the Fan-built Five-0 project allowed viewers to pick the name of the season’s eighteenth episode. The five options were:

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

Since viewers picked “Ho’i Hou (Reunited)” as their favorite for the title of Hawaii Five-0′s very first Fan-Built Five-0, we can only hope to see Chin Ho and Jerry perform the classic duet made famous by Peaches and Herb.

Whatever you do, don’t miss this history-making chapter of television history on Friday, April 4th!

 

 

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili”

March 13th, 2014 by

Don’t miss the first few minutes of this week’s episode! Two words – Shirtless McGarrett. You’re welcome.

We can look forward to meeting Danny’s father (Tom Berenger) who comes to Hawaii to make amends with his wife, Melanie Griffith. This will end the planned three story arc involving Danny’s mother.

Remember the young lady that McGarrett rescued in the pilot? She was a trafficking victim being held captive in a closet by a bad guy who shot Danny.  Allison Chu played Chen Chi in the pilot but look for her as Amy Nguyen in this episode.

There is another “Lost” star returning to the island.  Although uncredited in the series, Francois Chau played the creepy Dharma doctor, Pierre Chang, in the Dharma Initiative instructional videos. He then had a more regular role in Season 5 with a connection to many of the main characters.   Lostie Jorge Garcia who has a reoccurring role on Hawaii Five-0, returns with more conspiracy theories…and more hugs for McGarrett.

BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater in the Twilight series) and Moani Hara (Miss Hawaii USA 2014) also appear this week.

 

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“*Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” – Five-0 aims to uncovers the sordid truth when a girl is taken from her home and her father is shot in the process.  Meanwhile, Danny tries to get his parents back together and Jerry deciphers a code he found on the bottom of McGarrett’s champ box, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return and Tom Berenger guest stars.

(*“Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” is Hawaiian for “Beneath the Surface”)

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

 

GUEST CAST:

Conor Leslie     (Kelly Donovan)

Tom Berenger     (Eddie Williams)

Moani Hara     (Jenny)

James Brennan     (Sam)

Booboo Stewart     (Tommy Fa’aloa)

Francois Chau     (Gary ‘Aikapu)

Erwin Castillo     (Delivery Man)

Allison Chu     (Amy Nguyen)

Noshir Dalal     (Jay Cooper)

Keoni Kramer     (Car Owner)

 

STORY BY:     Bill Haynes

TELEPLAY BY:  Bill Haynes and John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer