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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Return of The Bromance

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"Kupale:" Defender.

After the departure of Lori last week, fans got reminded here of what Danny and Steve do best: The Bromance!

There were more bromantic banter in this episode than there has been this entire season. Starting from the first moment when Steve came home; to the numerous car scenes; all the way to discussing Gaby and Grace at the restaurant; there was almost too much, if that's even possible.

'Speaking of Steve coming home, why do they insist on making Danny a bad house guest? I’m pretty sure Danny would never have put a dog in Steve’s room. At most Steve was only gone for two weeks for his yearly reserve duty; is it even possible for Danny to trash Steve's house that much in that time period if he had tried even a little to keep it clean? 

My wife pointed out that in all the places they have shown Danny stay on his own, he has never been a slob, yet this week Steve walked into a kitchen fire, clothes were everywhere and a dog was in his bed. Really??? 

On a Reservation

That frustrating mystery aside, the rest of the episode between Danny and Steve was great. We haven’t gotten this much bonding time since last season. I especially enjoyed Danny checking with everyone to make sure they were coming to dinner. While I suspected this was a setup for Gaby to meet Grace, it was still very sweet the way they were out making a butterfly in the sand. 

Sadly, my enjoyment ended with the bromance. First, the case was clichéd - how many times have we seen the "business partner killed the victim over making more money" story? (Okay, it being a boat business was new.) Second, they again used a well-known actor to play the murderer. This time, they got Patrick Fabian to play Tony, the business partner. Fabian plays a jerk so often that the moment they showed him on screen, both my wife and I tagged him as the culprit. 

Then, you had the well-publicized guest appearance of Apolo Ohno. While I’m thrilled they finally had someone who was Hawaiian to guest star on the show, he barely rated five minutes of screen time. That’s barely longer than the commercial that mentioned him. I thought we were past the over-hyped-under-used guest stars bit. 

Lastly, we had our "chase of the week" in the form of Kevin Creed on a motorcycle with the “running out of road towards water” trope. Have I mention there were clichés in this episode? With the incredible setting of Hawaii, you would think they could find a better ending to a chase than bumping the motorcycle off the dock into the water. 

In conclusion, for all of us that have been missing the bromance, I’m thrilled they gave us a super-sized "catch up" dose this week. My only request is that it get tempered with some original story ideas too? I promise we won’t jump ship if you break out of the mold. Just look at how much we loved last week!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (157 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Alex is sick. For the last few episodes he has looked gaunt, dark. Ir les under eyes, has had weight loss and looking very tired. Now it has been confirmed as to why that is. I wish him well on his road to re overly from addiction to pain pills.

Amazingalex

@zia..your welcome. It was not you, it was that particular page that would not work. And a big YES he looks good. He looks fantastic. I take back that I thought he was looking too thin cause he does not in that pic. And I was surpised how good scott looked. Alex is still better though, :) :) Cannot wait for that epi now!!

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I loved the last scene, it reminded me of all those Ohana bonding moments in season 1 after cases, makes five-0 feel just that much more realistic

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@Amazingalex......thanks that one works. I'm just not very computer savvy.
Alex looks great doesn't he, and Scott is not too shabby either. Hopefully once this episode airs next month, they can put this to rest.

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@Kelly....I'm glad you are giving us a different perspective, all of us see things differently. However, I think that Steve going up on the roof and tossing in the tear gas canister was exactly what the character would have done. Remember the shark tank and grenade from the first season. He has always done these type of things. This season maybe not so much, but there is a new governor that he has to contend with. I'll agree that we saw a different side of him on the last scene in 2.17, but no person I know is one dimensional. Characters and people change and grow, as do the relationships we have with friends and family. We don't act the same 24 hours a day. The carguments show that they have a human side, they are not robots, they have feelings and care. I hope that they keep this up. There has to be more serious and darker episodes, but they need to mix it up. If I did not like it I would watch something else.

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jschoi@
Yes indeed certain companys use focus groups to get feed back and gauge reaction to their products, but they don't just use one group, they use MANY foucs groups in their surveys. And in many instances you will find that each group can have a totally different reaction or opinion to the product. I work in sales and marketing and focus groups are pretty much a thing of the past because of their inconsistancy and inaccuracy.

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gaella@ " His personality is the tightly wound serious focused guy and he was all expansive and yelling and calling Kono "Hey you"....what was up with that?" I totally agree that Steve was acting weird here and to me he has been out of character for the last couple of episodes. I've no idea what the writers are trying to do with his character but this edgy and loud Steve or the cavalier Steve who climbed up on the roof is nothing like the focused Steve from previous episodes. The car arguments were forced and not a bit funny and again Steve was acting like some pushy idiot. They seem to be trying to reverse the roles between Danny and Steve. Its as if they don't have a clue as to the characters they've created already. These comedy type episodes don't work for me because they turn the characters into silly caricatures of themselves. The show needs to decide what kind of show it is and try and bring some consistancy to the characters.

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Loved the bromance but I feel like they are forcing the 'girlfriend' thing IMO. Loved the reenactment and all the guys in costume! Yummy! :) I agree, I don't think Danny would treat Steve's house in that manner or let the dog sleep in his bed. LOVE Lori being G-O-N-E!!!!

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GUEST CAST James Caan …………………………. Tony Archer
Dennis Miller ……………………… Bobby Raines
Elpidio Ebuen …………………………. Len Marks
David Stanley ……………………….. Miles Rogers
Heather Sossaman ………………. Brandi Raines
Ben Bledsoe ………………………….. Todd Dutton
Jimmy Borges …………………………. Mr. Zhang
Chad Yazawa ……………………………….. Dumb
Matty Wong ……………………………….. Dumber
Chris McGarry ………………………. Doug Leland
Tanya Clarke ……………………… Karen Whitfield Now when you have 2 guest casted as Dumb and Dumber, this is probably going to be another light hearted one. The more serious ones are probably for the May sweeps. I enjoy these, both Alex and Scott are really good at the comical relief stuff, with Papa Caan thrown in this should be good.

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@gaella: I think that Steve *was* a bit buzzed at the end, but that worked for me. He's a wound-tight guy, as you say, but here he had his team around him, he's seeing the rookie develop into a fine cop, Danny (who is very important to him) is looking happy, he's just come back from spending time with Catherine, for just a small amount of time everything is right in Steve's world. With the people he trusts most in the world around him and happy, this is exactly when he might let go a bit, kick back and have a few beers. It makes me think about what Steve would have been like if his mom hadn't died and he'd lived a more 'ordinary' life.