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


@Lena.....no problem. I've read a lot of stuff you've let us know about. We need to keep each other informed of our favorite show. Alex does look better. I'm so happy he's back. I'm really looking forward to the last episodes and of course excited that we get a season 3.


@Zia..... The link works fine for me Thank you so much Zia you are a rockstar! Alex looks so great can't wait for the last two episodes!!!!


@Lena...I tried that link before and it worked and now its not. So try AOL rocks, under the 'Latest tweets' from yesterday, which would have been 4/19.


@Lena.....sorry so late, but I can't get in at work anymore. I found them on AOL rocks, they were in the "latest tweets" section. Try the twitter link below. ow.ly/aoJ6H Here is the hole tweet: (AOLRocks Thanks to @H50hana for posting BTS photos from #H50 epi 2.23! ow.ly/aoJ6H)


Tamara@ Getting back to the core 4 was a big part of that. When did they get back to the Core 4. Kono has been featured LESS since Lori left. Chin is still totally underdeveloped. When was the last time we saw Malia. We had more screentime dedicated to guest stars than we've had to Kono or Chin. I don't feel the show has improved since Lori left. The writing and plots have gotten worse. And the absense of Alex showed me that even when the Core 3 are given the spotlight, the result is very mediocre. Alex/Steve drives the show and the rest are fine in their supporting roles, but without McGarrett the end result is just not the same.


@Zia....Can you tell me where you saw these promo pics for 2.23 can't find then anywhere! Thanks.


Some BTS photos are out for 2.23. Joe is in some of them, Chin, Steve, and Danny. I'm excited to see these, but also sad because its the last episode of the season. They usually start filming the next season in mid July, so I guess it will be a couple of months with no new pictures once the finale shows.
I saw some BTS photos on another site of Kono near some rocks, but I don't know if they were from 2.22 or 2.23. Glad to see Alex back, can't say that enough.


Looking forward to the crossover. I hope they will do another so Alex can be in it. I will love seeing Danny and Chin react to LA. Two great casts, I think those of you who only watch H50 will like the NCIS LA characters.


I can't wait for the crossover. I'm sad that Alex won't be in it, but Danny and Chin will do a good job. I love all 4 of the H50 characters and would not change any of them. I was disappointed in the first half of the season, but since January I've seen a much more improved show. Getting back to the core 4 was a big part of that. Welcome back Alex, we missed you. Looking forward to seeing him back in action right beside his buddy, Scott. I think they have been getting Chin and Kono in the story lines more since the first of the year, and I'm happy to see that. I hope Kono's storyline expands, and glad to see Catherine will play a bigger part. Now if we get to see Malia and Gabby a little more, and give Kono a love interest, then that should satisfy most people as far as the personal lives. I still want the action as a big part of the show though, no soap operas.


continued.. We've had no build up of friendship, just forced banter that is becoming increasingly tiresome. I really do hope that things change in season 3.
The last 2 episodes do look awesome, but then I love Steve in action as he brings so much energy and vitality to the show and WoFat has always been one of my favourite villians. Can wait to see their showdown.

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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.