‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Hookman’

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So is anyone in Hawaii still watching “Hawaii Five-0?” Just the hardcore Scott Caan fans perhaps?

The show returned with its first new episode after Caan’s unfortunate comments on a national talk show with “Hookman,” a remake of an episode from the show’s original run on TV. Peter Weller guest starred as the titular character and also directed the episode about a man with prosthetic arms seeking revenge on the cops responsible for his handicap and who put him in jail.

So how did the episode fare? Check out The Good, The Bad and The Weird to find out.

 

The Good

  • Love, love, love the retro opening credits. I think the show should keep these for all episodes. Please!
  • “I’m old school. You hurt one of mine, I hurt you back.” – Officer Troy Ookala. The thought may be a little outdated in today’s sensitive, PC world but there is still something that feels right about that kind of justice. Like he said, it’s old school.
  • Fong and Kono flirting. Go Fonger! Make her forget that bad boy 2nd generation yakuza wannabe!
  • Speaking of Fong, always enjoy seeing him out of the lab and contributing to the team.
  • “You’re a nasty human being” – Gun shop owner to Danno. So how many viewers in Hawaii (those still watching) stood up and cheered at that line?
  • “Is he off his meds or does he always act this way?” The gun shop owner had all the great lines in this episode. He was hilarious.
  • Sniper Kono!

The Bad

  • Charlie Murphy playing the low-life thug shot by the police. I guess he didn’t share any of his brother’s Axel Foley type moves.
  • This show has a terrible habit of having their characters state the obvious. Just how dumb do they think we are anyway? P-l-o-t. That’s the writers spelling out the plot for us every week.
  • Kono can’t pronounce Ookala.
  • The governor has to give a press conference to ward off the Bureau of Tourism because two cops got shot? What about the scores of other victims, including other cops, who die every week on the show? Where’s their press conference? Just another weak method of getting the Governor into the show.
  • Speaking of the cops getting killed, that happened in the same day? So in one day, the killer hiked up a mountain, shot a cop, went back to his house to engrave another bullet, sold a gun to a thug and then set up another elaborate sniper opportunity? All while it’s still daylight out? Sometimes the show plays it too loose with its timelines.
  • What’s with the “Return of the Jedi” last scene? That was totally weird.

The Weird

  • Was casting Weller, the man who starred in Robocop, to play the man with prosthetic arms an intentional move or just coincidence?
  • Did he really have to hike up that hill to set up that first kill? Looks like Chin and Kono just drove right up to the spot he was at. Maybe he was trying to stick to his New Year’s resolution to get more exercise.
  • His Skeletor hands looked really creepy.
  • What’s with the gun control debate in the middle of the show? That was really awkward. Can we please leave politics out of this show?

 

10 comments
WERUreo
WERUreo

Did anyone else recognize that the gun shop owner was Max Weinberg, drummer in the E Street Band and, of course, of Max Weinberg and the Max Weinberg 7 on Conan O'Brian's Tonight Show?  When I first saw him, I knew he looked familiar, but couldn't place him at first.

 

Also, did you miss doing a recap?  There was an episode between this one and the one where Chin Ho was in Halawa, but I didn't see a recap for it.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @WERUreo Hmm...I didn't realize that was Max Weinberg. Good catch! 

And yeah, I did miss a recap or two this season due to my schedule. I try my best to watch new episodes on Monday nights when they air but sometimes just can't fit it in.

MarkChristensen
MarkChristensen

There was quite a difference between Kono dropping the bad guy with one shot and the episode a few weeks ago where Danno flew around in a helicopter and couldn't hit Wo Fat no matter how many bullets he threw at him.  Is Danny a graduate of the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy?

janjan72
janjan72

I really enjoyed this episode, far more than I thought I would. I would add to the bad the Camaro not even suffering one bullet hole (that I could see) from a crack sharpshooter firing at it point blank. Kinda took away from the sense that Steve was in any danger whatsoever. And since it was actually Kono who took down Stoner it seemed like the spirits should have at the very least have thanked her as well as Steve :) But of course that scene was really all about Steve and his dad, and it just seemed too pat, too easy along with so out of place.

 

I would only add that for me, the reveal that Danny supports gun control was a lovely character moment. That scene actually reminded me of Season 1, when Steve and Danny often had very distinct and different points of view. Who can forget their argument over the use of torture? (One of my favorite carguments). And Danny very loudly reminding Steve that Hawaii was not Guantanamo. That he would support gun control actually seems quite distinctly in character for me., and of course he would rant about it, because he's Danny. :)

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @janjan72 You definitely bring up some very good points. I was wondering the same thing about the car getting away without a scratch. LOL And yeah, Danny sure does make his opinion known but sometimes he just sounds so whiny about a lot of stuff. For example, when McG was going in to take on Eddie Murphy's brother. Danno kept going on and on about how it wasn't the right away to do it.

 

janjan72
janjan72

 @MyongChoi  @janjan72 Admittedly, I am a hardcore Danny fan, so to me he never sounds whiny, LOL. It tends to highly amuse me when he digs at Steve over proper procedure.  Hehe, always good to get a perspective from someone who doesn't view him the same way I do :)

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  this one was pretty tight...no sideline stuff like Kamekona or McG's GF, also no side plots.  To me it was weird that they are heading thru the Diamond Head crater tunnel to go to the cemetery.  I did not realize that was Eddie's brother...but he does look like him.  That last scene was pretty good although some would say cheesy where the spirit of the 3 cops say thanks.  Should they have said "Mahalo" instead?  I cannot remember if this was part of the original...which I doubt because the original did not have a father plot line.  The bromance stuff is getting a bit trite.  Am I the only one that thinks Caan was being facetious on the Chelsea Lately show?

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Annoddah_DaveYup, good ep. Like you said, it was tight. Yeah, I didn't really care for the Return of the Jedi ending scene either. I thought I made a comment on it in my initial blog post but I must have accidentally removed it while editing.