Hawaii Five-O Season Finale Review: Who Died?

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"Oia'i'o," the season finale of Hawaii Five-O, left a lot of things hanging.

The fate of Kono and McGarrett is really up in the air, for example. Also, Chin has made another tough personal decision; and, of course, Danno is going to have to make some major choices in the near future.

Overall, there were a lot of thrilling and unexpected moments, but there were some things that were slightly predictable.

Hawaii Five-O Finale Scene

From the start, events a were not going the way the Five-O expected or wanted. The first hint of that came with the H.P.D. discovering the charred remains of the money the Five-O had stolen from the police forfeiture locker. They had used that money to ransom Chin's life.

I knew that money was going to come back and haunt the team sooner or later. I am a bit skeptical that Wo Fat or the governor seemed to have someone waiting out in the bushes to collect the burnt remains, though. It would make more sense that someone tipped I.A. off to look closely at the serial numbers on the money currently in the locker. After all, it was the serial numbers that forced Chin to come clean about the money his uncle had stolen.

Kono was identified in a police lineup as a suspect in the theft. As a young officer, that's something that will forever tarnish her career, just as it did for her cousin. She has the unfortunate position of actually having stolen the money, however.

Chin went back to the H.P.D. as soon as McGarrett went rogue. It's very important to note his actions there and compare them to what he did for his uncle. The Five-O are in hot water, and Chin knows that they'll need help from inside the department. It'll take a while before some of his teammates realize what he's trying to do. Danno immediately misunderstood when Chin arrested McGarrett for killing the governor, but after the long years of covering for his uncle's crime, it's clear that Chin never chooses the easy road. 

Danno had a surprise from Rachel. She's pregnant, and because she's divorcing Stan she's moving back to Newark. Danno is going to have make a tough choice between staying in Hawaii to help McGarrett or reuniting with Rachel and his daughter. I think it's fair to say that Danno will probably stay in Hawaii or else there wouldn't be much of a show.

Well, okay, some of the viewers out there would probably tune in to watch an hour of McGarrett removing his shirt, but let's be a little reasonable. The show can't be all eye candy and beautiful scenery.

Speaking of which, I loved those shots of McGarrett driving the old Mercury Marquis towards vengeance.

Governor Jameson turned out to be just another crooked politician. Though I really do have to wonder about her motives. If she wanted to give McGarrett a chance to find his parents' killers I'm sure she could have done it without giving him full immunity and a special task force to run. I'm trying to figure out why she thought McGarrett would put aside whatever his father was trying to investigate.

Wo Fat is a tidy villain with the way he set up McGarrett and then murdered the governor. His ninja skills must be superior to McGarrett's to have been able to sneak up on him so easily with that taser. Even under the stress of the situation McGarrett is a trained S.E.A.L., but he didn't even catch the attack coming out of the corner of his eye.

Why is that none of the security details or police seem to be advised in advanced about McGarrett's training? I suppose you can only ask for so much with hired help. Minions do give the bad guys the extra time they need.

It'll be an interesting wait for next season. I'm curious how the Five-O are going to get out of their current predicaments. It definitely won't be an easy journey for any of them, and hopefully it'll be worth the wait.


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I also find the background music a little too loud. I want to hear what they are saying and sometimes I miss it because the music over rides it. I love the show, one of my top 2 favorites . Didn't think Steve's broken arm looked realistic with how he was using it in the scenes after - it's suppose to broken, not just pretending with a cast. Got to make each scene believable and he wasn't in enough pain when he hit the cast in one of takedown moves
Great job to all - hope it stays fresh and gung-ho so it can last a really, really long time.


I love the Hawaii 5 o program and all my family watch together...however is it just us, or does anybody else think the backround music is very loud most of the time.. This is a real pain. Comment please...


love this show but i still do not understand why the governer would set up a task force to take down people like Wo Fat if she is working with him.


i'm watching it again, and i gotta say, as MUCH as rachel and danno are cute, i kind of hate her. she makes his life hell, makes him move to hawaii, fights for custody for grace. then once he's all set up, with friends and they get back together...she makes him move again? or what, he won't see grace again? MAJOR dislike.


i also think that the police is so stupid for thinking steve would kill the governor! why cant they see burn marks? i mean those stings guns thing leave burn marks right?


i loved the season finale! in the beginning of the series i was wondering why the Governor would need steve but i would have never thought that she had something to do with it until the few last episodes. i think chin saw this coming and that's why he accepted the offer. i think rachel being pregnant is a bit to much but i saw that one coming. i heard that grace park might be leaving, that would be awful! i like the team the way it is with steve, danno, chin and kono and sometimes agent kaye. i know some people dissagree to this but i think kono and steve would be cute. i like catherine but not for steve, she's to nice.
i can't wait for season 2! i actually want to fast forward and skip my vacation! and i personaly think this tv show is the best since CSI:NY and CSI: Miami! wow that was a long comment! :)))


Ok, I'm new here but had to comment on this great show! Firstly, I think the team will be back together by the end of the first episode of the new season - Chin is obviously trying to help Kono/Steve/both from the inside. I think Kaye will only be around long enough to help Danno with any info he might need to go after whoever he needs to, to free Steve, and whoever takes on the Governer's role will want to keep Five 0 going. So my worry is, where is the Rachel/Danny thing going? I think Rachel is such a selfish woman, expecting Danno to follow her all over the place just to see his own child, she makes me want to scream!
But Danny can't be leaving yet, so either he is not going to get to see Grace, which will destroy him, or Rachel and Grace will be killed, which would also destroy him. So I don't think it's looking good for Danno next season :-(


when does the next season come out!???????????


My Prime Time On Demand say it will end on June 3. Is there still more to this finale? Some possibilities that wouldn't surprise me: Rachel and daughter have exited the show because Wo Fat had the plane bombed in an attempt to get Danno who was supposed to be on the plane. It's been said already, but I agree Chin took the police dept job to get into a position to help clear his comrades.
Steve's recording was also being sent somewhere where it will be discovered and get him off the hook.


i don't want to wait for next season. i love the new and the old Hawaii Five-O. KFTY (MeTV), channel 31 on my comcast cable box, is showing the original Hawaii Five-O series. The clothes are great! the season ended WAY too early.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 24 Quotes

Why are you dressed like a ninja?


Jenna Kaye: That's crazy.
Danno: Welcome to my world.
Jenna Kaye: I like it. What do we do now?