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!


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Love this episode's ohana feeling once more.
Loved the bromance and Kono was able to stand up for what she believes in, shows that she's grown a lot. Steve with the tear gas was absolutely brilliant. And Danny's one liner 'Book me a towel' was hilarious. The past few episodes have really shown what H50 could achieve.


This show is absolutely fantastic.... it has everything a Class-A show should have -- talented, easy on the eyes, cast - everyone of them --
it has the action, and the tension-easing comic banter - the topper, to me, is having the characters rounded out by their love life - makes the whole thing more realistic too -- although I would love to see more of Catherine.. Steve and she are so perfect together -- no need to search anymore for Steve's love interest --


I thought this episode was hit and miss. The Steve/Danny stuff was back and so good. Loved the carguments. Steve was cute and adorable. It was great to see him smile and I loved how he encouraged Danny to move forward with Gabby. His smile in the final scene said 'mission accomplished'!!
OTOH, when are they going to find better writers? Predictable and routine plots with by-the-book action. I'm getting tired of the 'blue room'.
I'm thinking Hawaii is too pretty to produce a gritty crime drama in. I'd rather eat ground glass than make a comparison between this HF-0 and the original, but the original IMO, didn't use the location as a fifth character nearly as much.
I read somewhere that Peter Lenkov had implied the show would be moving in a different direction next season. Who knows if that's true or what it means.
HF-0 may be a procedural drama, but I don't think it's asking too much to expect it to be more believable.


STOP COMPLAINING! If you don't like it DON'T watch it! Reviewing sucks but come on this show was GREAT last night!
So many great quotes again! "book em danno", "who would of thought of that...oh yeah you would have." Reason for Alex (Steve) smiling a lot is because hello he just came back from a two week trip with the girl he loves!
I loved it.


This show is the most fantastic show on TV -- Can't go wrong with the mega-talented, easy on the eyes, cast.... has everything it should have for this type of show--- the action, the comic relief banter between Steve and
Danny.... and to ease tension they even have a couple of wonderful love
stories going on in there.... Although I would love to see more of
Catherine showing up -- Steve and she are so perfect together -- Let's see more of their relationship growing ---


I get that people have to write reviews. I get that some shows just suck. But, this show has been around for a few seasons, it has it followers and I for one thought last night was one of the best shows in a while. My husband and I laughed so much and had moments when we were on the edge of our seat. I loved apollo ono being in the show and I loved how close they all were as a team and outside of the job!


I thought steve was acting normal, maybe a little happier then in other episodes. He smiled alot. Oh well, not everyone is gonna like the same things. To each their own.


@Amazingalex......I don't recall Danny's hair ever moving. I loved this episode, plot might have been better, but absolutely in the top 5 of the season. If you don't like the team together aspect and the humor then this is not the show for you. The "reality police" have a right to their say.


After reading some of the comments I was expecting to be blown away by this episode. What a disappointment. Lame plot and almost boring. Danny's a slob and has no respect for other peoples property. The blond with the beach bum look lives on an Island and can't swim forcing Danny to suddenly show us he can swim!. Lori may not be around to spout some of her awful lines but it seems Steve is now using them. I usually LOVE Steve stunts but I was cringing at his cavalier climb up onto the roof to drop in the tear gas. The bad guy is seemingly dangerous enough to be surrouned by a Swat team but Steve just saunters in with no vest. The guy could have easily fired at him through the roof.
The banter was so forced it was childish. I hardly recognised Steve in this. He was was acting so odd and Kono seemed the only person showing any common sense and still not enough Chin. Wow what a let down.


@zia..lol, does his hair ever move???? "Book em danno"....yet another reason last night was perfect!!

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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.