Hawaii Five-O Review: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"

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The beginning of "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau" had me wondering if I had somehow missed an episode. I know that Agent Kaye had been investigating Wo Fat for McGarrett, but it would have been nice to get even a hint of what eventually led the Five-O to the front door of one of Wo Fat's safe houses. 

With the end of the season looming large I suppose some things can be forgiven, especially with all the information that was jammed into this story that centered around an investigation of possible bio-terrorism.

It wasn't bio-terrorism really. It was pretty much straight forward murder with a loose connection to a bio-terrorist organization.

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Was that a little disappointing?

It was, but the other revelations in the episode made up for it. For me the conclusion of the bio-chemical mystery just had too many moments where things fell conveniently into place. Plus, I may be a bit impatient for a big Wo Fat show down.

However, there was some juicy stuff going on this week ...

Danno and Rachel are pretty much an official item. I'm actually okay with those two getting back together, though I do wonder about the implied infidelity on Rachel's part. It makes me almost feel sorry for Stan. Almost, not completely.

McGarrett's reaction to the discovery seemed both supportive and heartbroken. Or maybe saddened is a more appropriate word. McGarrett obviously considers Danno a close friend, and it is always disappointing when information isn't shared. It does seem like something Danno could have, and should have, trusted McGarrett with. Not that McGarrett's exactly an open book.

Sang Min and his achey-breaky hair returned. It was only a matter of time before the escaped con reemerged, and fearing for his life he turned to the Five-O for help and protection from Wo Fat. I can't imagine that this character has much life expectancy left. I think even in protective custody Wo Fat will find a way to kill him.

The loose ends to Chin's false confession about the stolen police money were pretty neatly tied up.

Kono best voiced how I was feeling about the matter. She laid it all out very plainly, asking how it was worth everything Chin had lost and would lose if he continued. And she was absolutely right, it had gone too far.

Chin obviously was going to stubbornly protect his uncle till the end of time if he had too. Though, being an officer I am surprised he took the misinformation about the missing inventory logs so seriously.

My opinion of Agent Kaye hasn't really improved, but it hasn't become any worse. Right now she's just sort of this perky distraction who seems to have a lot to offer the team. I think my aversion to her comes from worrying that the writers might try to set Kaye and McGarrett up in a relationship. So, it's a little wrong to be so hard on a character for something that may never happen. There's just this slightly annoying factor to her.

Despite everything that was revealed in this episode, and will continue to be explored in the finale, I think my favorite moments occurred between Danno and his daughter, Gracie. There were some earnest connections between Danno and Gracie in the hospital. Also, the added bonus of some Danno and Kamekona love/hate banter always makes me smile.

What did you think of this week's Hawaii Five-O episode?


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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 23 Quotes

Gracie: What's a hangover?
Danno: It's a... You'll figure it out when you're about...thirty-five?
McGarrett: Thirty-five... thirty... sixty...
Danno: Forty or so.

McGarrett: Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there a car attached to you?
Kaye: Oh? Weird.