‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Ha`awe Make Loa’

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You can never go wrong with a little bit of C. Thomas Howell. The star of ’80s classic films such as, “The Outsiders,” “”Red Dawn,” “The Hitcher” and “Soul Man” guest starred in “Ha`awe Make Loa” and delivered a great performance of a hit man in pain. I was pleasantly surprised to see him in this summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” as well, and I certainly hope that along with this guest shot on “Hawaii Five-0,” he will have a little career resurrection. Ponyboy always delivers the goods.

Along with Howell’s guest turn, some excellently executed technical scenes, a love interest for Max and a few bikinis made this episode the best one so far this season.

Here’s this week’s look at The Good, The Bad and The Weird.

The Good

  • It was really great to see C. Thomas Howell again. I grew up watching his films in the ’80s and always thought of him as a charismatic actor. He proved in this episode that he still has it. Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.
  • Speaking of products of the ’80s, I must admit that I really liked Rumer Willis (born in 1988), who guest starred as a love interest for Max. She uncannily looks exactly like a 50/50 DNA split of her parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and I thought she did a great job playing a bank teller with a crush on Max. Masi Oka suddenly became a lot more likable. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing where this story goes.
  • “For your sake, I really hope Gabby comes back soon.” – McGarrett to Danno, referring to his girlfriend Dr. Gabrielle Asano, played by Autumn Reeser. Now that her other show “Last Resort” has been cancelled, I wish that she would return to 5-0 again soon as well.
  • Infrared radiation bulbs to hide faces from security cameras? Vein pattern identification? Genius! I have never seen stuff like that before and loved the ingenuity to include them in the storyline.
  • “That’s right. He’s bare-ass naked.” – Kono, describing the perp she’s chasing. I had to chuckle at that one. I also loved how Kono had a lot meatier role in this episode, even getting to ride with McGarrett in his car twice. Has that ever happened before?
  • The guy who played the naked bank robber Makani Jacobs. Instantly my favorite perp of the season. Loved him in the interrogation room. Brought back memories of Sang Min in some strange way.
  • The stunt direction was great, especially the shot of the hitman then McGarrett jumping through the hospital window. Kudos to director Gwyneth Horder-Payton for a well executed episode all around.
  • Is it just me, or does anyone else wish Kono would ditch the Yakuza bad boy and hook up with Fong? What happened to Yakuza Jr anyway? We haven’t seen him since the first episode this season.

The Bad

  • Okay, I understand that CBS is working its synergy by inserting a totally unnecessary Victoria’s Secret storyline into the episode to help promote its fashion show the next day, but this was pretty blatant. Since when does 5-0 work stalker cases? What is 5-0’s jurisdiction anyway? They seem to handle every significant investigation. You’d think from watching the show that all HPD does is chase after 5-0 to clean up their messes. I’d love to see more of a collaborative effort between 5-0 and the HPD in the future.
  • So that bullet went straight through the man with cancer and then hit the bank teller behind him? Hmm…the man and the bank robber were in a struggle on their knees and the man was shot in the gut. Yet somehow, the bullet made its way to the teller who was hiding behind the tall bank counter. Was this a JFK type bullet that could ignore all the laws of physics? Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.
  • Kono sure did make it down to the street level outside the hospital quickly after McGarrett had to literally jump on rooftops to get to the same place.

The Weird

  • Sabrina asking Max to take her out for sushi on their first date. Whoa, take it easy girl! Small kine high maintenance, yeah? Actually, I’ve taken a girl out for expensive sushi several times on the first date. This has always been a dilemma. Do you try to impress them or take them somewhere cheaper in case it doesn’t work out? The last time I did this was earlier this year. I was really craving Kona Kai, so that’s where I decided to take her for dinner. Apparently my date wasn’t familiar with the concept of omakase so she just kept eating what the chef gave her. I was amazed at how much she could put away and she finally asked me how much more food would they be giving us and when I told her we could stop anytime we were full, we enjoyed a big laugh. Two hours later and $150 lighter in the wallet, I never saw her again. Still, no regrets whatsoever. At least I got a great meal out of it. Speaking of sushi, instead of serving Sabrina a vending machine sandwich at the hospital break room for their first date, he should’ve had a full sushi meal prepared. That would’ve showed her that he remembered what she said at the bank and boom, game over. Max and Sabrina sitting in a tree.

 

14 comments
Tilly
Tilly

The Makani scene was by far the best part of this episode.  McG's 'boy germs' face after he'd tackled Makani was gold (he wiped his hands on his pants!).  The rest was, well, not so good for me.  I understand the reasons for it, but the VS models thing was completely pointless and I was a little floored by Behati dispensing parenting advice to Danny while dressed as a giant flower, in her underwear.  The treatment of the mentally-ill stalker was awful even though I realise there was no time to develop that storyline.  I loved Max and Sabrina and was pleasantly surprised by Rumer Willis.  I am a child of the 80s, too, so loved seeing C Thomas Howell again although I am not so sure about the dodgy end to his story - if McG is such a bad a$$, why did he not overpower Cordova? Did Cordova really think McG was going to shoot him?  Next week's ep looks good so I am hoping to be a more satisfied customer than I was this week. 

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  Whoa!  Sasabune for 2 and only $150!  Must be you stopped early thinking about how much you had in your wallet!  LOL.  Delicate Blossom, I heard engineers and accountants have pretty much the same DNA!  Yeah, I liked the scene in Kalihi...chartreuse door trim and apple green in other rooms.  Naked man was spot on.  Max should have gotten a Kozo take out instead of the vending machine stuff.  That was pretty interesting with the LED light thing.  Can you see some of the local bank robbers trying that out with Xmas lights!!!??  How the heck did the bullet pass all those organs and bleeding such that this guy is able to sit up and talk like he only had a boil removed?  Take me to that hospital when I get sick.  Did you notice how nice the Ala Wai looked from the air?  They must have CGI'd it for the spot.  But you're right about double plots..it can be kind of distracting from the main story line.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Hey!! I got taken to Sasabune for a first date once. It was with an engineer....hmmm. 

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Annoddah_Dave Was Kona Kai, not Sasabune! LOL And yup, Max definitely missed an opportunity to score some points with the sushi at the end, right?

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Melissa808 You dated an engineer? Is that where you got the opinion that engineers aren't fun? I guess that relationship didn't last long! LOL

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @MyongChoi no relationship! It lasted 2 or 3 dates. It should have been only 1 date, but I had to go on because my friends were vehemently lecturing me on how I shouldn't be so picky. But no, actually, I know a lot of engineers....they're no fun! LOL! Ask my running friends!

rhtakara
rhtakara

@Melissa808 @MyongChoi Boo on you Melissa808. from a running Engineer!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @MyongChoi  @Melissa808 Buss Out da wine like Aunty Marialani!!  I was looking for da rubbah chicken!  Tutu she like da cracka like Mr. Okada!!  Guud Fuun, MC!  PS:  How many locals do you know who eat Tilapia???