Hawaii Five-0 Review: Archer Hits The Mark

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This is officially my favorite episode this season. While I was sad that Lori has left the show, I can say that Tony Archer (James Caan) turned my frown upside down and made me laugh so much that by the end the episode I was saying: Lori who?!?

I’m not afraid to admit that I've had a little man-crush on Caan since the first season of Las Vegas. He and Josh Duhamel are what made the show survive when so many other programs about Vegas were failing at the time. As much as I’ve enjoyed the bromance and carugments between Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin, having Caan Senior in the mix just made it that much funnier. When he pointed out their “hen pecking” and offered to be their marriage counselor I was cheering. 

Danny, Tony, and Steve

Did anyone else expect some sort of nod to Scott and James being related? I really thought we would get some sort of inside joke, but that wasn’t the case. What we did get was Tony giving us some of the best quotes so far this season. 

CBS, please tell me you have the elder Caan lined up to make return visits. Not only was he humorous, but he really brought characters back down to earth; their behavior and actions seemed believable for a change. Speaking of believable...

Did you notice not one suspect took off running this week? All the way to the end when they arrested Todd I just knew someone was going to run. I was wrong. Now, before you mention Dumb and Dumber who took Raines’ body (that is how they were listed in the credits), keep in mind that they were already running before Five-0 confronted them. So they don’t count.

I also took note that they explained why Raines and Archer we’re not Hawaiian, that they had moved there from New York. Why couldn't they have done that with Frye earlier this season? Was it really so hard? I hope nobody pulled a finger writing that. 

Finally, I’m willing to let the fact that Dennis Miller was only in the episode for three minutes slide given how much they used James Caan. If I had to pick between the two, I’m taking Tony Archer over Bobby Raines every time and twice on Mondays. Here’s hoping we see Tony again real soon. 


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@lena..maybe that is why I am okay with a few lighthearted episodes that were not all that deep, I think the rest of the season is gonna be intense. I agree we have all been through alot this season with its ups and downs. I know I have complained alot about lori so I get it.


Maybe we complaining so much because we have been trough alot this season and with only 6 episodes left or hopes are to high I still love and enjoy the show and for sure I keep watching I think from 2.16 we had some amazing episodes we got two comedy driven episodes to lighten thing up a little. I have a feeling that when we get the new episodes in a few weeks, they are going to very intense to prepare the show for the season finale.Just like last year!


@zia..I did not think he acted like an idiot either. There were things I would change about the episode but overall I enjoyed it. The only thing I thought was a bit off was the way danny reacted to the boy who was talking to grace. But I often think he overreacts to stuff. I just ignore him. The complaining on this board is more then the positive posts lately. I dont know if that means the show is losing its way or what. I may just watch and not post about it, it makes me not enjoy it as much. Everyone has their right to post though, I understand that.


I don't think James Caan, who has been acting for about 50 years, has had numerous recognitions, whose son is one of the leading characters, was acting like an "idiot". It was a character, and a good one. I'm all for the main 4 characters getting good writing. Perhaps we should we get rid of everyone else, make the 4 main characters know it all and do everything, such as the autopsies, lab work, no back up cops, no guest stars, no recurring characters. They could chase invisible people. That's reality.
That power button is still on the remote.


For those who complain about the complainers - we do complain because we care about the show. So - when I see a famous guest star overacting like an idiot; when I see Danny being really stupid (get real - a 10 year old boy is a stalker???); when I see McGarrett being a side show to the guest star; and when I watch other shows who have proven their mettle by being on for a good number of years stay true to their main characters, aren't so neurotic about the merits of their shows that they have to continually bring in (and overly build up) guest stars - and who know how to introduce new series characters without using a sledgehammer - then I wander what Lenkov is thinking. As for stopping watching the show - may well do so if this week's episode is a sign of things to come. The 4 main characters deserve better writing.


I just watched.... finally..and I loved it!! I thought it was a great episode and I actually really enjoyed james caan. It was well done and the humor was fantastic. This was one of my faves this season for sure!! I hope he comes back again. Huggies!!!! :)


@martinelli...He's always funny,thought he was great that whole ep and I just loved him in the wedding ep.
I'm a product of the product placement generation, so I have no problem with it. Without it we would have a lot shorter show, it helps pay the bills. I also imagine doing a show in Hawaii is probably more costly than doing one on the mainland.


@jschoi - I'm glad I'm not :) I guess Kamekona made it fun, don't you think? I just love the guy, he's sooo funny all the time :)


@kaydee - Thank you. You are right, I tend to overlook stuff that others find annoying too, this is normal. I found the Hilton scene funny, I loved how Danny and Lori embarrassed themselves, while others hated it. By the way, Peter Lenkov admitted in a radio interview that the Subway scene was a commercial and he said this is the way commercials will be in the future. I can't blame him because when commercials are on, ppl go to the kitchen to get a snack or a soda, or ... to the bathroom ... (including me, lol).


@martinelli...No, you are not the only one who enjoyed the Subway commercial, I loved it.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

Kono, this is not a good time, your interrupting vehicular manslaughter.


Grace: He's the funniest boy in school
Danny: I'm sure he's a regular Chris Rock.
Grace: Who?