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!


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


@nadriss. exactly!!! That is why I enjoyed it as well.


@plainjane..yes it was so great to see our show back. I actually felt emotional, I know that sounds crazy but I missed this show so much. It was my one hour I could escape to hawaii every week with a cast I loved and then bam it was all gone, it was like a completely different show. BUT it is back now and I am not gonna look back anymore. Just forward. I cannot wait for the rest of the season now!! :)


This episode was incredible, not in the intrigue, i think it was simple but in the relations between our OHANA. I'm glad and completely satisfied.


@Darlene Stahl
Lori's connection to Steve? What connection? They had nothing. @amazingalex and Dec7
Isn't it fantastic how fast the show rebounded after all these months? It was fantastic to see the carguments, the bromance, and the return of the ohana. This is what we fell in love with.


@jschoi- You took the words right out of my mouth. I've never seen someone tear apart a show so much before. I GOOD show at that. First he saying he's glad to see the bromance back then he complains that there's too much. Are you kidding me! I loved every moment of it. They're trying to make up for lack of it for most of the season. @jlopie- Agreed with everything you said as well except the part of Joe. Lori I definitely don't miss, but I really liked the father/son relationship that Joe & Steve have. I'll be glad when they resolve the Shelburne/WoFat storyline and move on to something else, but I would still like to see Joe make appearances from time to time to help out with cases. @ Jamie- What a great way to open the episode with an Elvis song. Rock-a-Hula is from his movie Blue Hawaii which is one of mine & my mom's favorite Elvis movies. We couldn't stop smiling. Fit the show perfectly.


I am certainly a huge H5O fan but I really miss the character Lori and her connection with Steve. I feel that this show is packed with action, but it really needs a love interest and I thought they really had the chemistry. I know I wasn't alone with this thought. Please bring Lori back as I feel she was a great part of the team. Thanks.


@michaela..Yes I am thinking catherine is behind that big grin he had on last night. I never have seen him smile so much, I loved it!! :) He has a great smile!


@dec7..I agree that steve is still too thin. I hope he gets himself back into the shape he was in last season. He was bigger. I agree about lori. I hated it when she was on cause the show was off but I did not realize how much until last night. They need to just leave the show alone for a while. It works. ALthough maybe some deeper crime scenarios would be good, ones that are more difficult to figure out. Other then that I am happy!


At 10:00 PM, HAWAII FIVE-0 was first in households (6.4/10), viewers (10.20m), adults 25-54 (3.8/09) and adults 18-49 (2.8/07). Compared to last week, HAWAII FIVE-0 was up +2% in households (from 6.3/10), +9% in adults 25-54 (from 3.5/08), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.7/07) and added +500,000 viewers (from 9.70m, +5%). I just found this and thought it was great news. I posted earlier that all the numbers were up but this tells us how much. 500,000 more viewers then last week is fantastic!


I didn't realize how much Lori's presence had really disrupted the show until she was gone. What a sea change. I sat on the couch grinning like an idiot for the whole hour, even though the procedural itself wasn't anything special. The rest of it more than made up for it. Steve definitely looked more relaxed and happier to me, but healthier, no. Alex looked really skinny last night. Even trying to adjust my expectations, I found it jarring. I don't know if he's working out too much or what but it's time to hit the Haagen Dazs.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Steve: Time travel doesn't exist.
Max: On the contrary, there are several theories....
Danny: With all due respect. For argument sake, let's say this man didn't own a Delorian and is from the 21st century.

Danny: You ruined my frittata.
Steve: I put it out of its misery.