Hawaii Five-0 Review: I Want It That Way

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"Kapu (Forbidden)" featured the first-ever usage of technology that let viewers vote on the ending of a TV show as it aired - and that alone would have been enough to get excited about, my friends.

But tonight's Hawaii Five-0 also featured an exciting, absorbing mystery at its center, the debut of Danny's sass-mouthed nephew, a look at the softer side of Sang Min, and not one, but two off-key renditions of songs from my misspent youth, performed within the first fifteen minutes of the show.

Backstreet Boys AND Poison?! Gods of Television, what have I done to please you so?

McGarrett Heads to School

Though it would have been very easy to dismiss viewer voting on the identity of tonight's killer as a pointless gimmick (and trust me, I was ready to dismiss it! I had my dismissing hat on and everything!), the episode (and the gimmick) were actually tons of fun.

I had initially been concerned about voting on the villain; after all, isn't half the fun in a crime procedural having your preconceptions confounded when the killer is finally revealed? But I shouldn't have worried because so little information about each suspect was introduced, and the actual plot of the episode was so consistent in each variation (as well as lively and quick overall!), that it was more like playing a rollicking game of Clue than it was playing master detective.

(FYI, I voted for the Professor, who did end up being the killer on the east coast airing. But I voted for him because I didn't like his hair, so it's no feather in my cap that I was right.)

Danny's good-for-nuthin' nephew Eric (played by Andrew Lawrence - yes, of "younger brother of Joey Lawrence" fame) was excellent comic relief. He and Danny sparred so perfectly and spun out so many delightful Hawaii Five-0 quotes, I hope we see him again soon. Likewise, Bullwinkle (Matt L. Jones, better known as Breaking Bad's Badger; can this man ever play a character not named after a hilarious animal? No? Okay!) stole every second of his scene as a pineapple-bong-smoking computer whiz with a fridge full of ranch dressing.

Between the genuinely gripping college professor plot and the sheer thrill of seeing your vote play out on-screen, it was almost impossible to pay attention to Kono's subplot with Sang Min. But when she found him standing outside his ex-wife's house decked out in a suit and cradling a bouquet, looking like a kid who just got stood up on prom night, it added an intriguing layer of depth to a man who has not always been the most sympathetic of characters.

Hawaii Five-0 isn't the first show to use an Internet viewer poll to decide a plot point - that honor would belong to the esteemed Ryan-Reynolds-career-footnote Two Guys and a Girl, which used this technique for their series finale in 2001. But Hawaii Five-0 is the first show to do it in over a decade, and the first to make use of technologies like Twitter to do it in real time. Will it be the last? Judging by how much fun it was to play along this week, I doubt it.

Did you vote on this episode? How did you decide who the killer was? Do you think we'll be seeing more TV shows in the future that let viewers take control of the plot?


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (150 Votes)

To MrsWriteSF Max was there but very briefly just at the beginning of the episode


Oh, I really worried about this episode. I thought maybe there was too much going on in it with the return of Sang Min, the introduction of Danny's nephew, AND the "vote for the villain" scheme! I'm very happy to have been proved wrong! I think all the different aspects of the episode were entertaining in their own right and melded together very well. The procedural was fun, well, as much fun as gobbledy-gooked bodies can be! Nephew Eric was a very pleasant surprise! Andrew Lawrence was funny and believable as well as a chip off the old uncle block. I thought the vote for the ending plan worked very well, even though my time zone didn't get to vote, I thought the East Coasters made the right choice with the boss. Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed Kono and Sang Min - good characterization for both of them, and a great way to get him back on the Island! A solid, enjoyable episode.


I liked the idea of a "Clue"-like ending though I didn't vote myself--I didn't know that each time zone could have their own ending and figured that voting on the west coast would close since the east coast would see the show first. Even so, not a bad idea once a season. Anyway, a couple of details I found kinda funny (apart from Matthew Lawrence who did a pretty job um...growing up *nomnomnom*): 1. The sorority sister who thought her Vespa could outrun Danny and Steve in their car. And she's in college?
2. I know it shouldn't be a factor, but I wonder how Johns Hopkins feels about a candidate who did undergraduate work on Oahu.
3. No Max? No what's-her-name (Steve's "girlfriend")?

Mrs cleaver

Yay - thanks Walter! And I totally agree with Mrs. Alex who commented on how great he is looking these days.


Good news on the ratings. H50 won the time slot with 9.4 million viewers to 9.1 for Castle and 4.2 for NBC's new show Deception which looks to be DOA. H50 also led in the critical 18-49 demo. CBS's 2 hour comedy block is also now winning their time slots against The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser something they did not do in the fall against The Voice and Dancing With the Stars.


I love this episode it show kona in a way that she should be on more sin was great I love dannys newphew and of corse alex always at his best


I love this show for a lot of reasons-the locale, the cast and usually the writing. Last night's episode was no exception though I did not feel like getting caught up in voting for the "villain," choosing instead to pay attention to the show and one of the better episodes. Sometimes the "banter" between Danny and Steve can get a little tiresome, though I enjoy it in small doses. Kono is one hot and tough cop to round out the talented quartet we enjoy each week and I particularly liked all her work with Sang Min last night, a much better villain all-round than the troublesome Wo Fat. Andrew Lawrence could not have been more perfect as someone related to the wise-cracking Danny and it was clear that Central Casting had done their home work. Hope we see him again! No problem with the ending gimmick but I don't see that being a staple on prime time television...but let's keep this show going for the many positive reasons we all enjoy it!


I watched online and in that version, the boss was the murderer, which I found appropriate because he was the worst actor.


I liked the episode it was fun to watch. Danny and his nephew were funny I liked when his nephew sent the photo of Danny Chin got email was funny and everybody got who was on Danny's email. I also like when the guy throw away the can and he had and Eric took the can out was good. and Badger was funny. it was nice seeing Sang Min that was teaching with him and Kono at the end. am glad the boss won in the East coast where I am he looked more like a bad guy. I like the vote episode it be fun once a year. I also hope we see more of Danny's Nephew maybe like how they have Steve's sister Guest spots.

Sarah silva

My mistake! I must be half asleep this morning! I voted for the dean or whatever his job was. He was the one chosen for the central coast airing.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Eric: What am I supposed to do in there?
Danny Williams: Why don't you go meditate on the poor life decisions you've made?

Check these lapels, huh? Tony Montana style!

Sang Min