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Three Hits and a Miss in 8.12…
By Cokie and a few additional thoughts by Sam

This “review” has no pictures. Sorry. We’ll be back to “normal” soon. Here we go…

Now, I’m sure you all can see that there are more than three things I liked and one thing I didn’t on this episode, but that was the working title and it just stuck.

I liked this episode. Sure, it had things I did not like, but it kept my interest and I was so glad to see a new episode. I had been going through Steve-drawal. It’s like withdrawal but with Steve. It’s a word. If you look in the dictionary, his picture is right next to the word. Only he has more hair. I’m also having Steve-hair-drawal.

LOL, yeah, I also miss the hair. OK, I will say something shallow and people will tell me it’s not my, but his business, but here it goes. Sorry, but he looks not good with this haircut. He looks tired and way older than he is. Hair, or in this case, no hair does make a difference. Steve, or Alex for that matter, with hair is something I prefer over what we get at the moment. And I am sorry, I really do like Alex, but I don’t like his looks at the moment. Now, take your best shot at me. 😉

Oh, and one more thing, the excuse “I was glad to have a new episode on my TV” or “Glad to see Steve again” is long overused and doesn’t count any longer. It’s just not enough to see a certain character, or not see another. Sorry, it’s just not.

But, back to the story. I jotted down some things that I liked and some things I didn’t about the show. This is not a review by any means, but just some random thoughts that I had and I would love to hear your discussions.

Well, if you give an opinion… it’s a review. A review is not giving a detailed summary. It’s pointing out flaws, or things one liked about it. 😉

Miss: The FBI guy dismissed Steve as being unable to separate himself from Adam’s friendship, so he went behind Steve’s back to the “newbie” thinking she would love to help the FBI. And… the first thing she did was go and tell her boss. Cudos for Tani there.

That actually angered me. Steve has never lost his objective. And he never would. That was just a stupid plot detail. Going to Tani, getting her to spy on her new team mates was just ridiculous.

Steve, of all people knows what Adam has done in the past. I will be honest, if it were me, I wouldn’t have been so generous to accept his apologies, but in more recent times, Adam has helped the team. But Steve accepted him. If there was a clear cut link from Adam to any of the mess on the island, I think Steve would have been objective.

OK, I’ll be honest, too. I don’t like Adam. I do like IAD, but I don’t like the character Adam. Not this version. I liked him when he still was the crime boss. Some people say he always was the good guy, never on the bad side. Guess they missed a lot of season two. Back then Adam kidnapped people, tortured them, gagged and bound others, threatened to kill the head of the governor’s task force. Just to name a few of his oh so nice things. Back then I really liked him. He had great potential to become an ever better Wo Fat. But all that flew out the window when they paired him with Kono. And suddenly they wanted us to forget who he was, and what he’s done. Rewriting history, like so many times on H50. Anyway, that Adam I really liked.

And total miss on this episode to give Adam any kind of job on the police force. That is beyond words for me.

Hit: Even though Tani told Steve what had happened, he took the high road and went to see the FBI stating that he and his team were willing to help in any possible. But he also made it clear that he didn’t appreciate the subterfuge.

They shouldn’t mess with Steve or his team. 😉

Miss: Does it seem like the governor went behind Steve’s back and pulled in the FBI? Maybe that’s a stretch but it seemed odd that they swooped in and had a press conference like they were going to wave a magic wand and make the bad guys disappear.

That was really just stupid. It felt like a betrayal since the task force seemed unaware of it all. And a crime wave on the islands without their knowledge. Very strange.

Hit: Loved Steve in the morgue looking at the three bodies and not speaking a word, even when Noelani (did I get her name right this time???) spoke to him. The expression on his face was one of utter pain.

He’s so good at that. Not just the pain on his face. But his empathy makes him a good person, and a good investigator.

Miss: The same scene. Why in the world did they have those flashbacks as if Steve was remembering what had happened. He was not at the house when it exploded so he knew nothing of those scenes. I just felt like that was poor editing or planning on the director’s part.

I actually thought it was again a waste of time. H50 often repeats scenes for no real purpose. We don’t have to see the scenes twice. And in this case is was rather stupid, since Steve had no idea how all this happened.

Hit: Nice to see Junior there with his badge, ready to work. This was his first case, I think Grover said, so this happened right after Christmas, I would assume since he got his badge at Steve’s house on Christmas.

I gave up on thinking about time lines on H50. Maybe he finished the academy first, or it was the week after Christmas, or whenever. 🙂

Hit: Love that they used military personnel again; this time the National Guard. I think that makes perfect sense.

I don’t. LOL. Does the National Guard counts as military? Then they are not allowed to help in any police work. Only if the State asked for it and if it is approved. The military is not allowed to lend a hand for any kind of police work. But I have no idea if that counts for the NG. But honestly, I thought it was totally over the top to use the military to round up some gang bosses. This felt like all the crime bosses of the US were on a convention in Hawaii at the wrong time. Sorry, but that was so over the top.

Hit: Loved seeing Eddie again. Not sure if Alex has treats in his pocket, but I love watching Steve and Eddie together. They seem just like a team. Eddie just seems enamored by him. Smart dog.

Very smart dog. And he has a cute Instagram account. Check it out if you haven’t. https://www.instagram.com/h50eddie/

Hit: Steve used the phrase “go to ground” twice in this ep. OK, sometimes it is the simple things that I like. I have never claimed that I was not shallow…

Ehm… OK… 🙂

Hit: I liked the fact that Steve explained that Junior was the back-up and not to rush in. And, even though he didn’t like that order, Junior listened and didn’t argue about it. He did it.

Yep. A superior gives an order, you follow. Simple, right? Well, not for everyone.

And look at all those “hits” in a row!

Oh yeah, you’re doing good.

Miss: I cringed when I saw Kamekona standing over the computer table. I’m sorry, but… just… NO. He may be the shrimp king, but I cannot picture him as a computer whiz of any type. Although, when I think back to Jerry afraid of everything in his mother’s basement, I can’t understand that transformation either. But Kame… sorry but I don’t think the office is for you.

I have no words for this. It’s even worse than giving Jerry a badge.

Miss: All that stuff with Tani and Damian who she picked up. Her background is much more sketchy than I had thought. Still not sure about her.

I like her, but her story is already boring me.

Hit: Eddie and Lou. That scene was priceless. Grrr…

Eddie. Lou. Enough said.

Hit: Steve telling Eddie “on me.” And Eddie doing just what he asked.


Miss: Steve put poor Eddie down the rabbit hole in the guy’s house? And Eddie followed the man all the way through the tunnel, yet when Eddie ran out right behind him, the man acted surprised? How would you not know there was a dog right there? I doubt Eddie was in stealth mode.

And secondly, how did Steve and Lou know exactly where the tunnel opened? Although I guess they heard Eddie growling…

You are thinking about logic again. Give it up.

Hit: Loved Junior’s actions at the house he went to. He managed to save one of the police officers and took control of the situation. And yes, he was the back up.

You know, at least one HPD officer is getting killed in any given H50 episode. I wonder how they even have any officers left. They are like the red shirts on the Enterprise. 😉

Question that I can’t remember… Did we see Michelle Shioma in prison or were we just told she was shanked? I honestly can’t remember. Not that it really matters.

No, we did not. This is the first time we heard about it. Convenient, isn’t it!?

Hit: Steve marching into the FBI office for the second time. Don’t mess with him, guys! And when he saw evidence that Adam went to see Michelle, he listened, quietly, before replying.

He always listens, and then makes a decision.

Another Question: When Adam went into the “den of thieves” near the end, was one of those gunmen the guy who played Koji Noshimuri? It looked like him to me and I think I’ve seen him before in another episode. Just curious.

To answer that I would have to watch again. Nope, not gonna do it right now. Does anyone know?

Hit: Loved Junior in the morgue. Even though there wasn’t anything he could have done differently, he felt guilty. Just like his boss.

They both have great empathy. If you look at the criteria to become a SEAL, what kind a people they look for, you would know that it’s a big part of what it takes to be one.

Hit: While I do miss Max, I love this M.E. Noelani is a great addition, I think.

I liked Max a lot, but I enjoy this new M.E. a great deal. She is even better. Not all change is bad. I enjoy this new team a lot more than the ones that have left. They were all good, and I wish them the best. But for the show it was a good change.

Hit: Love Steve on the end. He looks exhausted and admits that it was a very bad day. That being said,…

Well, personally I think Steve had way worse days. Just saying.

Miss: I do not want to see Adam and a team of Merry Men taking over screen time from the team that I want to watch. That holds absolutely no interest for me.

Completely agree.

And finally, another Hit: Dare I mention it? Someone wasn’t present.

LOL. You really had to say it. 🙂

Enough said.

I liked the episode and gave it “Three barks and a puppy tail wag”.

Well, it was kinda OK, but if I’m honest, it was pretty boring. Some good scenes, but that is just not enough.


and Sam


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“He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina” – McGarrett and Danny investigate the murder of a private detective whose client was killed the same way, and Adam sends Jessie (Christine Ko) into a dangerous situation with disastrous consequences. Also, Danny’s uncle, Vito (Vincent Pastore), comes to town to help Danny and McGarrett get their restaurant up and running, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina” is Hawaiian for “A Coral Reef Strengthens Out into Land”)

I am really, REALLY not interested in meeting any more of Danny’s relatives. Really. Seriously. This whole restaurant business is such a waste in my eyes. Just ugh.


Alex O’Loughlin(Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan(Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride(Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia(Jerry Ortega)
Ian Anthony Dale(Adam Noshimuri)
Meaghan Rath(Tani Rey)
Beulah Koale(Junior Reigns)
Taylor Wily(Kamekona)
Kimee Balmilero(Noelani Cunha)


Christine Ko(Jessie Nomura)
Vincent Pastore(Vito)
Aaron Yoo(Hideki Tashiro)


Daniel Buran(Devin Walsh/Visha Kundahara)
Og Libra(Ikko)
Sarah Juliette Halford(Nicole)
Donovan Oakleaf(Greg Isaacs)
Edward Edwards(Kyle Kalani)
Julie Alfonso(Huma Kalani)
Hudson Taylor(Lifeguard)
Miriam Lucien(Nurse)
Robert Kaaua(Bodyguard)
Preston Kamauu(Tech)

WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove and Matt Wheeler

DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer


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Well, better late than never. 😉

Nā keiki a Kalaihaohia” – When the corpse of a diamond smuggler is stolen from a graveyard, Five-0 tracks down his partner, Voss (guest star “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips), who will stop at nothing to retrieve their latest batch of contraband. Also, Adam recruits a new confidential informant, Jessie Nomura (Christine Ko); Tani gets a devastating call; and McGarrett tasks Pua to find his and Danny’s stolen tools, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“Nā keiki a Kalaihaohia” is Hawaiian for “The Children of Kalaihoahia”)

Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Meaghan Rath (Tani Rey)
Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns)
Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Kimee Balmilero (Noelani Cunha)

Kunal Sharma (Koa Rey)
Shawn Thomsen (Officer Pua Kai)
Christine Ko (Jessie Nomura)

Misa Tupou (Kapula Sugimoto)
Claudio Pinto (Arian Ravello)
Walt Gaines (Curtis Rice)
Kathleen Stuart (Mrs. Rice)
Phillip Phillips (Voss)
Ben Wong (Foreman)
Gino Montesinos (Owner)
Wayne M. Kane (Worker)
Esteban Diaz (Guard)

STORY BY: Peter M. Lenkov
TELEPLAY BY: Eric Guggenheim
DIRECTED BY: Peter Weller

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I had mixed feelings going into this episode, described in the following terms by my TiVo: “McGarrett and the team work with an injured police dog that is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust”. Now, on the one hand I hate Brer Dog. But on the other: DUDES. The DOG is a WITNESS. I’m pretty sure that was the plot to the pilot of Hooperman, although it’s over 20 years since I saw it. I liked Hooperman.

Sorry: where was I? Oh yes. We open with Eddie the Dog (which I’m assuming must be a shoutout to Frasier, particularly given that one of the characters in this episode is named Niles) scampering down the sun-dappled corridor in his house to wake up his owner, who then gets dressed… in the uniform of a DEA agent, also strapping Eddie into his, uh, drug dog gear. And off the two of them go to the port, where the DEA has assembled on information that there’s cocaine in one of the containers.

It is, however, an ambush, and the DEA agents start taking fire. It turns out that Eddie is multi-talented, though, barking whenever someone is about to fire on his master. Woof! (“Gunman at four o’clock!”) Woof! (“Tango on your six!”) But not even Eddie can keep the baddies at bay for ever; his master is fatally wounded, and Eddie himself sustains a GSW to the torso.

When the Five-0 gets to the scene, Steve is told that two agents were killed and a dog is unaccounted for, and he immediately recognises the importance of finding the missing dog. Eddie, happily, is still alive, but only just. Steve demands paramedics, and Eddie is taken to doggy hospital and intubated, probably given a CBC and chem-7 as well, then goes under the scalpel. Not only is the operation successful, but before being shot he’d managed to bite one of the baddies, whose blood is still in his mouth, and capable of DNA analysis.

Meantime, the Five-0 is trying to work out how the ambush took place at all, and realises it means that someone must have tipped the dealers off that the DEA was going to be there. This leads them through a confidential informant to a dead low-level drug dealer and the restaurant – proprietor Niles – where he washed dishes. Niles owns an industrial complex which is ideal for the manufacture of illegal drugs, so the Five-0 heads over to search it, with Steve observing that, given the size of the complex, they’ll need some help. And there’s a lovely panning shot of the Five-0, plus additional canine member, sitting in the van on the way there. It all works out in the end: even for Eddie, also revealed to have done a stint in Afghanistan. I think an Eddie spin-off would never run out of storylines.

It’s a solid rather than spectacular episode, notable also for our introduction to new cast member Junior Reigns (Beulah Koale), an ex-SEAL who turns up on Steve’s doorstep looking for a job. Rather than shoot him Steve places him under Duke’s wing, and tells him that if he successfully gets through the Police Academy there’ll be a place for him in the Five-0. Which, I suppose, also gives the producers a get-out clause if audiences don’t take to him.


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