Hawaii Five-O Review: Taking Out the Trash

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"Ha'alele:" Abandoned

Allow me to start with the elephant in the room. This episode is the first of two episodes that will be affected by Alex O’Loughlin’s absence. That said, I have to give a nod to the writers and production staff for doing such a great job of adjusting this episode to deal with the missing McGarrett. I'm sure I speak for a lot of use when I say that I hope O'Loughlin's time off has helped him and I look forward to his return. 

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the amount of information we got on Max this week! What a revealing episode for him. When Masi Oka first joined the cast as Max Bergman back in Season One, I really didn't like the character at all. He was too quirky, the OCD and eccentricities really turned me off the character. 

Chin at Work

What a long way we've come since then. Max has softened and they toned down his bazaar nature into more a “geeky” nature (his license plate is Warp 9 after all).

And after nearly two seasons on the show, we finally learned the answer to the question I asked when he started - why he is Asian but have the last name "Bergman." The answer was simple: he was adopted. 

But then again, the answer wasn’t really simple was it? Not when his mother was a victim of the “Trash Man”. Max has been obsessed with the case ever since.

I really enjoyed the quid pro quo of Max asking Five-O to open the case as payment for the case he reopened for them. It showed depth and character that I would not have expected in 2010. 

Speaking of quid pro quo – Kamekona’s missing shrimp truck seemed a bit tacked on. While it did offer some mild comedic relief, Danny’s initial rudeness to Kamekona had my wife commenting on what an ass he is.

How many times has Kamekona stepped up for Five-O? Danny should have at least picked up the phone and gotten some officers dedicated to the case for the man!

Thankfully Danny eased up a bit on the jackass-ery and recruited Chin Ho and Kono to help him find Kamekona’s truck, making everything right with him and team again. Except for Max, who went to pick Richard Branch (the man accused of being the serial killer) from jail. 

I understood Max’s need to help Richard when he knew he was not the killer. Just as I’m sure that killing the real killer went a long way to making it feel like there was justice (or revenge) for his biological mother's death.

Losing a parent is hard, I can't imagine it would be easier on Max just because he didn't know his biological mother, just less direct emotions. I hope that helping Richard gave Max some closure on his mother's death. 

Ironically, for having started as a character I disliked, Max truly redeemed himself this week. He is even featured in a few of the most memorable Hawaii Five-O quotes from the episode! 

What did you think of Danny’s first turn as lead dog? Did you miss McGarrett the character or Alex the actor? Can you make it through one more episode without him? Comment below!


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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What a refreshing change, a plot where there isn't a giant ego running around being rude to everyone then punching them in the face.


Great show, great characters. Certainly lighter than the old series,


I've seen his new haircut. It's a bit unusual. Short everywhere except on top. It would look better if it was short on top as well, but he's still the best looking guy around.


Well finally, the last 3 episodes start tonight. I'm truly looking forward to the crossover. I will miss Alex not being in it, but I think its going to be a great episode. I hope people keep an open mind, whether they don't like one show or the other, or that Alex is not in it. We know he will be back in the last 2 episodes, so I hope people will watch and enjoy the other actors who are great with their characters. Still have mixed feelings about the season coming to an end, but excited to see what they have in store for us. I've seen a photo of Alex with a new haircut. I really don't like it, but he is still the best looking guy I've seen. Glad that he will have to go back to his McG haircut once they start filming again in July.


Alex is definitely the reason I started watching the show and one of the reasons I keep watching the show. That being said, the main thing that keeps the show on my top list of favorite shows, is the chemistry between all of the main characters of the cast. I love the bantering back and forth between Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams! And Chin and Kono round out the cast to deliver a great show with good, solid story lines. I look forward to Monday nights at 10pm on CBS and the intriguing action drama story lines that add a touch of humor to boot. I hope Alex returns soon and that all 4 of the main characters stay for a long time!


@Jschoi.....you are right. He did say that to Kono, and Delano is listed in the cast for the finale. Which also makes it look like Fryer is one of the ones that gets killed off. He has a grudge against both Fryer and Kono, so to go after Chin and Malia, or Kono and Malia is plausible. In the meantime he also goes after Fryer.
As far as Steve, Shelburne would need to be someone Steve cares about for him not to be there for Chin and Kono, or Joe is in trouble or killed by this new bad guy. Mary is not listed, so it can't be her. A lot of theories going around in my head. It should be fun.


Take away Grace/Kono from the show and it would give me 50% less motive to watch H50. I watch it for Alex and Grace. Hopefully nothing happens to the core four or Malia, i would hate to see Chin or anyone else hurt.


@jschoi..I've only posted in this forum a few times, but I wanted to throw in my two cents. Scott, Daniel and Grace aren't going anywhere. Apart from the fact we haven't heard any rumours, hunting around for a new show when you're already in a hit, would be career suicide and get you blacklisted in Hollywood. LOL The finale does sound intriquing. I hope it's great. Another kidnapping, though? I think they've overdone that plotpoint. I watch HF-0 for Alex. I hope he comes back strong, forceful and emotional, leaving no one in doubt of his impact and importance in this show. Go Alex!! Go Steve !!


@Zia....Remember last season in ep4, I believe, when Chin came to Konos house and Delano was inside, I don't remember exactly what Delano said, but something like if he had to take care of Chin he might not be so nice. Maybe this is how Delano tries to get his revenge on Kono.


@Jschoi.....that's interesting. It could be that they are at home and someone kidnaps them. I remember something being written like.....someone from Kono's past comes back to haunt her. Maybe they try to lure Kono, or make her suffer. OK, thats a good possibility that you brought up.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 20 Quotes

Danny: Sit down, don't stand up again.
Cal: Look I was working last night, you can check with my manager.
Danny: Ok, I'm going to check with your manager and if I find out you're lying to me, I'm going to come back here and put you in a mayonnaise jar.

Chin Ho: Hey, where's McGarrett?
Danny: He left a "Dear Danny" note on my desk this morning, he's off looking for Shelburn again.