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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!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Amazingalex

We can all be at least reassured that the core 4 are safe since they all have 7 year contracts but it is still going to be really tough to watch if they are in danger or make us think one of them dies. Well at least we know they are bringing the action BIG TIME!!! Edge of seats here we come!

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Kono and Malia seems likely, Chin would have to save Malia not only because she is his wife, but she is a civilian and Kono is a cop and you would always have to save the civilian no matter what.
I've seen so many Grace Park cliffhangers that I have developed an immunity to them so it won't even phase me, but Kono will find a way out somehow.

Amazingalex

@lena.....OH My GOSH!!! What are they doing to us??? This is gonna make last seasons cliffhanger seem like nothing. I am concerned about kono and malia as well. That would make sense, but I hope not!! How awful. That guy who is tweeting about H50 and he is now a bad guy on the show is a ball buster...no way he is gonna make mcg cry unless joe dies. Or unless they make steve and us think kono dies. My head hurts.:(

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FULL PRESS RELEASE WITH GUESTSTARS! FIVE-0 IS IN HOT PURSUIT OF A SHOOTER WHO GUNS DOWN TWO OF THEIR OWN, WHILE ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER IS FORCED TO CHOOSE WHICH OF THEIR KIDNAPPED LOVED ONES WILL LIVE, ON THE SECOND SEASON FINALE OF “HAWAII FIVE-0,� MONDAY, MAY 14 CHEAT TWEET: Shootouts, explosions, kidnappings and one of their own murdered in cold blood...#H50OhNoKono 5/14 10pm ET/PT RECURRING:
Terry O' Quinn (Joe White)
Tom Sizemore (Chief Vincent Fryer)
Taylor Wiley (Kamekona)
Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams)
William Baldwin (Frank Delano)
Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Kelly) GUEST CAST:
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Maeve Quinlan (Sandra Fryer)
Taylor Cole (Hilary Chaver)
Karl Herlinger (“Toothpick�)
David Lombard (Dr. Armstrong)
Spam Laupola (Guard)

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PRESS RELEASE FOR THE FINALE!! [FIVE-0 IS IN HOT PURSUIT OF A SHOOTER WHO GUNS DOWN TWO OF THEIR OWN, WHILE ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER IS FORCED TO CHOOSE WHICH OF THEIR KIDNAPPED LOVED ONES WILL LIVE, ON THE SECOND SEASON FINALE OF “HAWAII FIVE-0,� MONDAY, MAY 14 CHEAT TWEET: Shootouts, explosions, kidnappings and one of their own murdered in cold blood...#H50OhNoKono 5/14 10pm ET/PT RECURRING: Terry O' Quinn (Joe White)
Tom Sizemore (Chief Vincent Fryer)
Taylor Wiley (Kamekona)
Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams)
William Baldwin (Frank Delano)
Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Kelly)] I am scared now of what will happend with Kono and Malia think both of them will be kipnapped!!

Immunity5o

@amazingalex... I am getting nervous about the finale to after what Karl Herlinger tweeted today he is a new bad guy who will come back next season. So much will happen think we will get a emotional cliffhanger Get you kleenes ready guys!! one of his latest tweets;
Karl Herlinger �@regnilreh
.@MyMaximus difficult for #McG to "squash" me when he's crying so much. #h50 #lies #mayhem
If he touch one hair on McG I gonna kill him!

Amazingalex

Okay I found out he plays a bad guy in the final episode. I dont recognize him though. I am thinking his tweets are meant to make us very nervous.

Amazingalex

Not that he is killed but that they are gonna make us think he is. If not him I think it will be chin. Why cant we have a happy final episode of the season?? We all know the team will survive but still.....SIGH!! :(

Amazingalex

Okay I am getting nervous. This guy Karl Herlinger who I believe is a camera man on H50 keeps tweeting omininous tweets. he keeps saying that for those H50 haters..."your welcome". Then he tweeted something about H50 being done (as in the team) and then he said that they just filmed the final scenes of the last episode of the season and that they are the most emotional ones this season yet....WTH is going on??? What are they going to do to us fans???? I am getting really scared. A fan tweeted to him that he better not hurt the team and he said it is too late for that....WHAT???? I have a feeling this cliffhanger is going to be brutal. I think we may be left thinking one of our team is killed and I think it may be mcg.

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Peter Lenkov tweeted this yesterday: Last nite in HI b4hiatus. Heading 2 set for all nite shoot. Intense stuff. By sunrise so much will have changed. Sounds ominous. But then again thats part of his job, to get us talking and thinking. Makes me a little more anxious about the finale though. We know that whatever it is it will be resolved next season, but the wait and speculation will be fun and torture at the same time.

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.

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