(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

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Here’s some good news for “Hawaii Five-0” fans: The hit CBS show has been renewed for another season starting in the fall, the network announced on Thursday.

“Hawaii Five-0” is one of 16 series returning to CBS for the 2017-2018 season, including “Blue Bloods,” “Madam Secretary” and “Scorpion.” It is also one of two renewed series from Peter Lenkov, who’s also the executive producer of “MacGyver.”

The drama, which airs on Friday nights on KGMB, has also recently surpassed its 150 episode milestone before heading into its eighth season.

The show based in Hawaii stars Alex O'Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. The original series, starring Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, ran for 12 seasons from 1968 until 1980.

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Good news came for more than a dozen CBS shows Thursday.

The network announced that it has handed out renewals to 13 scripted series, two newsmagazines and one reality show.

Scripted renewals include veteran dramas Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Life in Pieces, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion. Joining those are first-year series Bull, Kevin Can Wait, MacGyver, Man With a Plan and Superior Donuts. CBS also picked up new seasons of long-running reality competition Survivor, and newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

They join previously renewed series NCIS and Big Bang Theory, the latter which was renewed earlier this week for two more seasons. They join the straight-to-series Big Bang Theory prequel centered on a young Sheldon.

That leaves a number of series on the bubble, with their fates hinging on DVR returns, how the network's crop of pilots come in as well as factors including ownership. Veteran dramas on the bubble are Criminal Minds and its Beyond Borders spinoff as well as Code Black (all co-productions with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios), Elementary (CBSTVS) as well as comedies 2 Broke Girls (Warner Bros. Television) and The Odd Couple (CBSTVS). On the freshman side, Katherine Heigl's Doubt was canceled after two episodes;Jason Katims medical drama Pure Genius saw its episode count trimmed and is unlikely to return; Training Day was recently moved to Saturdays and, following the death of Bill Paxton and is not expected to score a renewal; and Joel McHale comedy The Great Indoors bowed to little buzz and poor reviews. Also undecided is unscripted competition show The Amazing Race, which launches its new season next month in Training Day's time slot with the network said to want to shift to one season per year while producers are looking for two cycles.

Meanwhile, CBS president Glenn Geller picked up 16 pilots this season (down one from a year ago) with a heavy focus again on the network's bread and butter procedurals as well as family comedies. What's more, sibling studio CBSTVS has a stake in 14 of the 16 dramas and comedies in the works.

Here's what's coming back:

Blue Bloods
Going into its eighth season, the CBS TV Studios procedural has long been a solid performer on Fridays. The Tom Selleck vehicle continues to be the top broadcast of the show of the night, most recently pulling a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing factored in. The cop drama also recently hit its 150th episode milestone.

Bull
Despite facing stiff competition all season in NBC juggernaut This Is Us, the Michael Weatherly legal drama came out of the gate strong, pulling more than 14 million viewers and a 2.1 rating. CBS had already paved the way for a second season by enlisting a new showrunner, Glenn Gordon Caron, to replace Mark Goffman.

Hawaii Five-0
One of two renewed series from Peter Lenkov, the reboot — produced in-house — has been a reliable performer on Fridays, drawing a 1.7 rating and more than 12 million viewers. The drama also recently surpassed the 150-episode milestone and now heads into its eighth season with star Alex O'Loughlin eyeing an exit after season eight.

Kevin Can Wait
It's been a successful homecoming for former CBS star Kevin James, who toplines and exec produces the family comedy. Co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, Kevin Can Wait ranks as CBS' top new comedy, drawing a 1.8 rating and 8.5 million viewers for its most recent episode. The comedy is one of a handful of rookies to also make a showrunner change among its freshman voyage.

Life in Pieces
Going into its third season, the 20th Century Fox Television family comedy has stabilized on Thursdays. The most recent new broadcast drew a 1.9 rating and 8.2 million viewers.

MacGyver
Despite making several major changes behind the scenes and in front of the camera before its series premiere, the Lenkov-led reboot has shown spark on Friday. Starring Lucas Till in the lead role and featuring network vet George Eads, the series pulled more than 10 million viewers and a 1.6 rating.

Madam Secretary
The Tea Leoni-led political drama, which counts Morgan Freeman as an exec producer, skews older (1.2 adults) but still draws an impressive crowd (10.8 million viewers).

Man With a Plan
Matt LeBlanc's first network sitcom since the ill-fated Friends spinoff Joey appears to be a success. Paired with Kevin Can Wait, the family comedy pulled a 1.6 rating and 7.8 million viewers for its most recent episode.

Mom
One of the three half-hours on CBS' schedule from prolific producer Chuck Lorre, Mom is also one of its most acclaimed series, thanks to an Emmy win for star Allison Janney. Another dependable part of the network's Thursday comedy block, the WBTV-produced series pulls a 1.9 rating and 9.4 million viewers.

NCIS: Los Angeles
The NCIS spinoff survived its move to Sundays well, drawing a 1.6 rating and 11.5 million viewers. Next season will see the series hit season nine and, more importantly, its 200th episode. However, the procedural also said goodbye to longtime series regular Miguel Ferrer, who passed away in January after a battle with throat cancer.

NCIS: New Orleans
The Scott Bakula-led series, which also counts flagship star Mark Harmon as an exec producer, continues to deliver on Tuesdays. The third-year spinoff registers a 1.8 demo and 11.9 million viewers.

Scorpion
Now heading into its fourth season, the tech drama pulls an impressive 2.0 rating Mondays and 10.4 million viewers and is eyeing a syndie deal, a lucrative windfall for producers CBSTVS.

Superior Donuts
The socially conscious comedy based on the Tracy Letts play of the same name was ordered off-cycle after being redeveloped from last pilot season. The new take, with Judd Hirsch taking the lead role opposite stand-up comic Jermaine Fowler, got the greenlight in September and has delivered stable numbers (a 1.4 rating and 7.1 million viewers). Superior Donuts also signifies a move toward more diversity onscreen after the network was criticized for its crop of predominantly white and male-leading shows.

Survivor
The pickup brings the Jeff Probst-hosted competition show into its 35th season. Thankfully, Survivor hasn't showed its age much in recent years, drawing an impressive 2.5 rating as well as 10.1 million viewers.

Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series orders with THR's handy Scorecard.

Good news came for more than a dozen CBS shows Thursday.

The network announced that it has handed out renewals to 13 scripted series, two newsmagazines and one reality show.

Scripted renewals include veteran series Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Life in Pieces, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion. Joining those are first-year series Bull, Kevin Can Wait, MacGyver, Man With a Plan and Superior Donuts. CBS also picked up new seasons of long-running reality competition Survivor, and newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

They join previously renewed series NCIS and Big Bang Theory, the latter of which was renewed earlier this week for two more seasons. They join the straight-to-series Big Bang Theory prequel centered on a young Sheldon.

That leaves a number of series on the bubble, with their fates hinging on DVR returns and how the network's crop of pilots come in as well as factors including ownership. Veteran dramas on the bubble are Criminal Minds and its Beyond Borders spinoff as well as Code Black (all co-productions with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios), Elementary (CBSTVS) and comedies 2 Broke Girls (Warner Bros. Television) and The Odd Couple (CBSTVS). On the freshman side, Katherine Heigl's Doubt was canceled after two episodes;Jason Katims medical drama Pure Genius saw its episode count trimmed and is unlikely to return; Training Day was recently moved to Saturdays and, following the death of Bill Paxton, is not expected to score a renewal; and Joel McHale comedy The Great Indoors bowed to little buzz and poor reviews. Also undecided is the schedule going forward for unscripted competition show The Amazing Race, which launches its new season next week in Training Day's time slot with the network said to want to shift to one cycle per year while producers are hoping for two.

Meanwhile, CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller picked up 16 pilots this season (down one from a year ago) with a heavy focus again on the network's bread and butter procedurals as well as family comedies. What's more, sibling studio CBSTVS has a stake in 14 of the 16 dramas and comedies in the works.

Here's what's coming back:

Blue Bloods
Going into its eighth season, the CBS TV Studios procedural has long been a solid performer on Fridays. The Tom Selleck vehicle continues to be the top broadcast show of the night, most recently pulling a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing factored in. The cop drama also recently hit its 150th episode milestone.

Bull
Despite facing stiff competition all season in NBC juggernaut This Is Us, the Michael Weatherly legal drama came out of the gate strong, pulling more than 14 million viewers and a 2.1 rating. CBS had already paved the way for a second season by enlisting a new showrunner, Glenn Gordon Caron, to replace Mark Goffman.

Hawaii Five-0
One of two renewed series from Peter Lenkov, the reboot — produced in-house — has been a reliable performer on Fridays, drawing a 1.7 rating and more than 12 million viewers. The drama also recently surpassed the 150-episode milestone and now heads into its eighth season with star Alex O'Loughlin eyeing an exit after season eight.

Kevin Can Wait
It's been a successful homecoming for former CBS star Kevin James, who toplines and exec produces the family comedy. Co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, Kevin Can Wait ranks as CBS' top new comedy, drawing a 1.8 rating and 8.5 million viewers for its most recent episode. The comedy is one of a handful of rookies to also make a showrunner change amid its freshman voyage.

Life in Pieces
Going into its third season, the 20th Century Fox Television family comedy has stabilized on Thursdays. The most recent new broadcast drew a 1.9 rating and 8.2 million viewers.

MacGyver
Despite making several major changes behind the scenes and in front of the camera before its series premiere, the Lenkov-led reboot has shown spark on Friday. Starring Lucas Till in the lead role and featuring network vet George Eads, the series pulled more than 10 million viewers and a 1.6 rating.

Madam Secretary
The Tea Leoni-led political drama, which counts Morgan Freeman as an exec producer, skews older (1.2 adults) but still draws an impressive crowd (10.8 million viewers).

Man With a Plan
Matt LeBlanc's first network sitcom since the ill-fated Friends spinoff Joey appears to be a success. Paired with Kevin Can Wait, the family comedy pulled a 1.6 rating and 7.8 million viewers for its most recent episode.

Mom
One of the three half-hours on CBS' schedule from prolific producer Chuck Lorre, Mom is also one of its most acclaimed series, thanks to an Emmy win for star Allison Janney. Another dependable part of the network's Thursday comedy block, the WBTV-produced series pulls a 1.9 rating and 9.4 million viewers.

NCIS: Los Angeles
The NCIS spinoff survived its move to Sundays well, drawing a 1.6 rating and 11.5 million viewers. Next season will see the series hit season nine and, more importantly, its 200th episode. However, the procedural also said goodbye to longtime series regular Miguel Ferrer, who passed away in January after a battle with throat cancer.

NCIS: New Orleans
The Scott Bakula-led series, which also counts flagship star Mark Harmon as an exec producer, continues to deliver on Tuesdays. The third-year spinoff registers a 1.8 in the key demo and 11.9 million viewers.

Scorpion
Now heading into its fourth season, the tech drama pulls an impressive 2.0 rating Mondays and 10.4 million viewers and is eyeing a syndie deal, a lucrative windfall for producers CBSTVS.

Superior Donuts
The socially conscious comedy based on the Tracy Letts play of the same name was ordered off-cycle after being redeveloped from last pilot season. The new take, with Judd Hirsch taking the lead role opposite stand-up comic Jermaine Fowler, got the green light in September and has delivered stable numbers (a 1.4 rating and 7.1 million viewers). Superior Donuts also signifies a move toward more diversity onscreen after the network was criticized for its crop of predominantly white- and male-led shows.

Survivor
The pickup brings the Jeff Probst-hosted competition show into its 35th season. Thankfully, Survivor hasn't showed its age much in recent years, drawing an impressive 2.5 rating as well as 10.1 million viewers.

Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series orders with THR's handy Scorecard.

CBS has given early renewals to 16 returning series for the 2017-2018 season: 5 comedies (returningLife In Pieces and Mom, freshmen Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan and midseason entry Superior Donuts); 8 dramas (returning NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Scorpion and Madam Secretary, and freshmen Bull and MacGyver); 1 reality series (Survivor); and 2 newsmagazines (60 Minutes,48 Hours).

They join CBS’ previously renewed top comedy The Big Bang Theory and top drama NCIS for a total of 18 CBS series already picked up for next season.

What is missing from the list? Veteran dramas Elementary and Criminal Minds, comedy 2 Broke Girls and reality stalwart The Amazing Race as well as third-year comedy The Odd Couple, sophomore Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and freshmen The Great Indoors, Pure Genius, as well as midseason entries Doubt and Training Day. For more on the CBS shows left on the bubble, read my story.

Six is the most comedy series CBS has brought back in three years, and there is at least one more comedy, freshman The Great Indoors, very much in contention. The three and possibly four renewed freshman comedies would be the most picked up by CBS in at least two decades.

At the Deutsche Bank Media & Telecom Conference earlier this month, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves indicated that “at least five, maybe six shows from this season” will be returning next season. CBS today renewed five, dramas Bull, starring Michael Weatherly, and MacGyver and comedies Kevin Can Wait, toplined by Kevin James, Man With a Plan, headlined by Matt LeBlanc, and midseason entry Superior Donuts, led by Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch, leaving The Great Indoors on the bubble. Superior Donuts, CBS’ first sitcom with a black lead in years, also marks the first time in awhile that a midseason CBS comedy has landed a renewal.

The list of early CBS renewals include a number of no-brainers, such as The Big Bang Theory, the most watched and highest rated scripted series on broadcast TV; NCIS, the most watched broadcast drama; the venerable 60 Minutes, the most watched newsmagazine; as well as Bull, the most watched new drama, which just tapped Glenn Gordon Caron as new showrunner; and Kevin Can Wait, the most watched and highest rated new comedy, which has been a sturdy Monday 8 PM anchor.

With the renewals, CBS has picked up the entire three-series NCIS franchise, while leaving the two-show Criminal Minds one on the bubble. Also renewed in its entirety is CBS’ well performing new Friday drama lineup of MacGyver, which joined Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods in the fall and has helped reinvigorate the night. This is the latest milestone for MacGyver, which went through a lot of turnover during the development process and was put on the fall schedule last May with a discarded pilot, two cast members and no new script.

Of the 15 scripted series renewed so far at CBS, 11 are fully owned — including all nine dramas — one, Kevin Can Wait, is a co-production with Sony TV, two come from Warner Bros. TV, Chuck Lorre’s Big Bang and Mom, and one from 2oth, Life In Pieces, from producer Aaron Kaplan who has three comedy pilots at the network and recently entered a joint venture with CBS Corp.

CBS will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

CBS has given early renewals to 16 returning series for the 2017-2018 season: 5 comedies (returningLife In Pieces and Mom, freshmen Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan and midseason entry Superior Donuts); 8 dramas (returning NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Scorpion and Madam Secretary, and freshmen Bull and MacGyver); 1 reality series (Survivor); and 2 newsmagazines (60 Minutes,48 Hours).

They join CBS’ previously renewed top comedy The Big Bang Theory and top drama NCIS for a total of 18 CBS series already picked up for next season.

What is missing from the list? Veteran dramas Elementary and Criminal Minds, comedy 2 Broke Girls and reality stalwart The Amazing Race as well as third-year comedy The Odd Couple, sophomore Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and freshmen The Great Indoors, Pure Genius, as well as midseason entries Doubt and Training Day. For more on the CBS shows left on the bubble, read my story.

Six is the most comedy series CBS has brought back in three years, and there is at least one more comedy, freshman The Great Indoors, very much in contention. The three and possibly four renewed freshman comedies would be the most picked up by CBS in at least two decades.

At the Deutsche Bank Media & Telecom Conference earlier this month, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves indicated that “at least five, maybe six shows from this season” will be returning next season. CBS today renewed five, dramas Bull, starring Michael Weatherly, and MacGyver and comedies Kevin Can Wait, toplined by Kevin James, Man With a Plan, headlined by Matt LeBlanc, and midseason entry Superior Donuts, led by Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch, leaving The Great Indoors on the bubble. Superior Donuts, CBS’ first sitcom with a black lead in years, also marks the first time in awhile that a midseason CBS comedy has landed a renewal.

The list of early CBS renewals include a number of no-brainers, such as The Big Bang Theory, the most watched and highest rated scripted series on broadcast TV; NCIS, the most watched broadcast drama; the venerable 60 Minutes, the most watched newsmagazine; as well as Bull, the most watched new drama, which just tapped Glenn Gordon Caron as new showrunner; and Kevin Can Wait, the most watched and highest rated new comedy, which has been a sturdy Monday 8 PM anchor.

With the renewals, CBS has picked up the entire three-series NCIS franchise, while leaving the two-show Criminal Minds one on the bubble. Also renewed in its entirety is CBS’ well performing new Friday drama lineup of MacGyver, which joined Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods in the fall and has helped reinvigorate the night. This is the latest milestone for MacGyver, which went through a lot of turnover during the development process and was put on the fall schedule last May with a discarded pilot, two cast members and no new script.

Of the 15 scripted series renewed so far at CBS, 11 are fully owned — including all nine dramas — one, Kevin Can Wait, is a co-production with Sony TV, two come from Warner Bros. TV, Chuck Lorre’s Big Bang and Mom, and one from 2oth, Life In Pieces, from producer Aaron Kaplan who has three comedy pilots at the network and recently entered a joint venture with CBS Corp.

CBS will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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"Hawaii Five-0" Season 7 is one of the highest rated shows on CBS and it does not look like the show is anywhere near its end. An earlier interview with Alex O'Loughlin revealed that the actor is considering to leave the show, but executive producer Peter Lenkov shared his thoughts on the actor's statements, including his thoughts on the show's future.

This article contains spoilers. Continue reading if you wish to learn more about the story.

"Hawaii Five-0" Season 7 cast news reveals that Alex O'Loughlin's exit from the CBS drama remains uncertain. This is despite the actor's earlier statement that he is contemplating to leave the show after its eighth season.

In an interview with ET, executive producer Peter Lenkov admitted that there is still no certainty surrounding O'Loughlin's future after "H50" Season 7. This means that O'Loughlin has not yet officially made up his mind about leaving his role in the series as Steve McGarrett.

Lenkov also explained that he does not entertain the thought of "Hawaii Five-0" coming to an end. The showrunner told the publication that the important thing is to keep the audience and cast members invested and engaged on the show and its characters.

TVLine also notes on several cliffhangers for "Hawaii Five-0" Season 7 finale. According to Lenkov, the arc on human trafficking that began on the Mar. 10 episode of the CBS drama will launch a series of events that will leave viewers with "a lot of little cliffhangers" on several characters for the finale.

"Hawaii Five-0" Season 7 spoilers from Carter Matt also tease that the team will be working on the case of a wealthy woman who has been kidnapped. PI Harry Brown will be returning for the Mar. 31 episode of the CBS series entitled "Huikau nā makau a nā lawai'a."

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By Wendie Burbridge / Special to the Star-Advertiser
March 18, 2017
  • COURTESY CBSWhen Mac and the team travel to Hawaii to aid in earthquake relief efforts, they team up with Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono (Grace Park) from the Five-0 task force to rescue a group of government scientists trapped in a building.
    COURTESY CBSWhen Mac and the team travel to Hawaii to aid in earthquake relief efforts, they team up with Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono (Grace Park) from the Five-0 task force to rescue a group of government scientists trapped in a building.

In seven seasons and 162 episodes, “Hawaii Five-0” has only crossed over with another CBS show twice– once in season two with “NCIS: LA” and last week with the rebooted version of “MacGyver.” A “crossover” in television language just means that two shows will share characters and a special plot in an episode; or they will start a storyline in one series and crossover to wrap up the story in another.

Sometimes a crossover is planned when one show is new to primetime or to help boost the viewership of one or both of the shows. When Five-0 filmed “Pāmake Loa” (Hawaiian for “Touch of Death”), a crossover with “NCIS: LA”, Five-0 was in their sophomore season. “NCIS: LA” was in their third season, but as they were the first spin-off of the mega-hit television show “NCIS,” their audience outranked Five-0’s.

The 2012 crossover event started on Monday night, in the original “Hawaii Five-0” time slot, and finished on Tuesday with the “NCIS: LA” episode, “Touch Of Death.” In both episodes, Danno (Scott Caan) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) join forces with NCIS Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL COOL J) in order to find nine vials of Smallpox stolen by a fanatic who wished to create a worldwide pandemic. The investigation brought Callen and Hanna to Hawaiʻi to work with the Five-0 Task Force, and then Chin and Danno followed the pair back to Los Angeles to help NCIS save the world from a sure and painful death.

The episodes aired toward the end of a turbulent season for “Hawaii Five-0,” as series star Alex O’Loughlin had just taken a leave of absence from the show in order to deal with personal health problems. The event seemed to help bring a fresh audience to Five-0, as well as to boost viewership during a time when their star was obviously absent.

Yet, this season’s crossover with “MacGyver” seemed to have been well-planned and expertly maneuvered by executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov– who helms both shows. The set up has been gradual, but purposeful. Jack mentions his buddy Steve McGarrett might have information a Dr. Madison Gray, who is mentioned after he and Mac stop a serial killer who likened himself after the Zodiac Killer from the 1960s. In “Hawaii Five-0” Chin does a search on the Phoenix Foundation as if both shows exist in the same “universe”– which Lenkov has suggested. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when a crossover of the two shows was announced in early February.

This became the episode “Flashlight,” written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Jonathan Brown, which aired last Friday, March 10, in the regular “MacGyver” time slot before “Hawaii Five-0.” Last December I wrote how “MacGyver” is the perfect lead in for “Hawaii Five-0,” and that the “pairing” of the two shows has created more buzz and viewers for both. Still some fans were a little concerned about a mix of the two action shows. Especially since McGarrett would not be in the “MacGyver” episode and he seems to be the clearest connection between the two shows. In the Five-0/Phoenix universe, Jack, an Army Delta Force soldier, has obviously worked with Navy SEAL McG on a few covert op missions. Before “MacGyver” premiered in September, Lenkov released many “behind the scenes” pictures from the set, and one included a rifle with “ALOHA” painted on the barrel. The rifle was set in a flashback scene of Jack in Iraq, which was supposed to allude to his relationship with McGarrett.

While the episode paired the entire “MacGyver” team– Mac, Jack, Riley, and Bozer– with Five-0 Task Force members, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalākaua. They get paired together in Hilo after an earthquake rocks Hawai‘i Island. While the teams work together to help with the search and rescue efforts, and after a couple of pretty strong aftershocks have shaken the team– they also learn that there are a group of scientists trapped four stories below the surface in a building that is about to collapse around them. Add to these issues a group of Chinese special forces who are not lending their good samaritan hands to help in the efforts, but are there to steal a high-tech super-secret-spy bullet.

This leads Mac and Kono to try and save the scientists, while Jack and Chin search for the Chinese mercs. I did love how both pairs chat naturally to get to know each other, as well as reveal information about themselves.

Still, we all tune in to see Mac create something out of nothing. And Mac really does come through with his “macgyvering”– creating a way to recharge a generator using a defibrillator; making a concrete cutter with water, sand, and a liter bottle; and rigging up a radar gun in order to find bodies behind concrete. He also creates an ascender rig out of wires and stuff– sorry, he’s the Science Guy, not me– in order for the scientists to climb up the elevator shaft to get to the lobby from where they are trapped in the basement. I love how smart he is, but he still doesn’t make the scientists feel silly for not figuring out a way out of their deadly predicament.

On the flip side, Jack is perfect as the “muscle” on the Phoenix team. At first I thought that this was more of a position he plays on the team, but when concrete needs to be moved, he sort of pushes Mac to the side and he, Kono, and Chin move the heavy piece. And when Mac says “I don’t like guns, but I love lasers,” I realized that he really was Mac’s protector. His constant questions about Mac’s birthday throughout the episode was really sweet– and I was happy when Jack got to throw Mac the birthday party he deserved.

And yes, Kono and Chin are right– Mac and Jack do remind us of a certain “Hawaii Five-0” couple. They perhaps do not “cargument” as much as McG and Danno, but they are pretty close. I loved when he told Chin and Kono to give McGarrett a hard time and called him a big crybaby. They all laugh, and so do we, because we know it’s true. But we wouldn’t have McG any other way.

The other two members of the team also help with the earthquake relief– Riley re-creates the internet for the islands with a small computer and a muscley local boy (Rome Flynn). And Bozer adorably saves a dog by “Boz-gyvering” a small leg splint for the injured and lost pup. Bozer also makes friends with the other Five-0 ‘ohana member who joined the rescue efforts– Kamekona (Taylor Wily)– who brings his super ‘ono shrimp dishes to feed the workers.

There were a lot of great moments in the crossover, and the end, when Mac, Jack, Chin, and Kono are all on the beach together, and Kono takes a bullet for Mac– that’s true friendship. And when Mac creates a way to divert the smart bullet by using Chin’s laser sight to change its direction– well, that’s invention at it’s best. I loved that he does promise Chin to fix his sight with a couple of resistors and chewing gum, which I would have stuck around to see.

But instead, hugs are exchanged– well, at least between the men, as well as Kono and Mac. It was so cute when Jack said to Kono– “we should hug,” and she just sticks out her hand for a shake. I’m sure there will be a time when Jack might get that hug– because I think Five-0 is going to pay the Phoenix crew a visit at some near future.

REDUX SIDE NOTE

There seemed to be a bit more Hawaiian language in the “MacGyver” episode than I was expecting. Here are a few translations from “Flashlight” that some of you may have missed.

>> When they are searching for the scientists and think they hear someone calling, Kono calls “Kulikuli!” which means, “be quiet!”

>> Chin’s “prayer” when they have to figure out a way get the scientists out and try to keep the building from falling upon them, Chin says: “Ha‘aheo i ka miki‘oi o ke kai o Lehua.” This means, “Ha‘aheo dances because of the clear calm waters of Lehua” or “one can do things well when calm.” Kono says: “Literally, itʻs a warning not to undertake what you have not the ability to accomplish” which I suppose is similar in sentiment.

>> When Kamekona is trying to cheer up Bozer who is upset that Riley seems to really like Kalei, the IT guy, at the base camp, he says: “Ka he’e o kai uli kā pae ka ʻalaʻala.” Which really does mean: “The squid of the deep has a peculiar bulge.” It is meant “to poke fun at excessive corpulence.”

>> When Kono and Mac are in the building trying to save the scientists, and the aftershock brings down part of the building and separates them, he tells her to get out and let Jack and Chin know what he’s going to do. She says to him: “A hui hou MacGyver,” which means “until we meet again.” This is a common phrase we use to say goodbye in a way that is not so final. I think she used that instead of “aloha” as she wanted to give him a little bit of hope that he was going to get out of that building and would be seeing her very soon.

>> Kīlauea Iki, the hike the scientist who volunteers to go first up the elevator shaft, is actually a day hike at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

>> Vog is Volcanic Smog or “smog or haze containing volcanic dust and gases.” It is pretty prevalent in Hawaiʻi and while I don’t know if it can stop radar from working, it sure is pretty terrible to breathe in and see on our horizon. But like most types of pollution, it does create the most beautiful sunsets.