The evolution of the bromance

We are happy to present you with our very first post from a guest writer. Andrea is from Brisbane Australia (hence the screen name Andrea_Briz) and she is a published author in real life. Hope you enjoy her story and as usual Paula’s gifs as much as I did.

One of the main reasons why H50 grabbed my attention from the very first episode – and why I keep tuning in – is the bromance between Steve and Danny. Alex and Scott do a terrific job of bouncing off each other and they have created one of the best crime fighting duos on television IMHO. It seems clear from what we have seen of the two actors – and by their own admission from interviews – that they hit it off from the very beginning. In Aussie terms, they are great mates and this really comes through on screen. Their partnership, whilst off to a rocky start, is certainly honest and believable to me. Over seasons 1 and 2 the bromance has developed, differences of opinion notwithstanding. These differences are often played out through ‘carguments’ which have become a staple of most episodes. Danny’s reactions to Steve’s often OTT policing methods is pure gold (“Your mind is a very scary place”, says Danny) and these moments give both actors the chance to show us their comedic talents. I love the mad, arm-waving responses from Danny and his snippy comments.  Steve’s reaction to Danny is priceless – his face is all, ‘what’s the problem?’ and this makes for great entertainment. That faaaacceee! I could watch these two guys all day and even when some of the episodes have left me wanting in the writing department, they are saved by the bromance. Oh, and a rather nice looking Aussie actor, too  🙂

In a recent article published in USA Today, Bill Keveney reported the following observation from Scott Caan on the two actors’ friendship:
Caan says he and O’Loughlin have a lot in common, including surfing, jiu jitsu and “a nicotine addiction,” and that the buddy element of Five-0 works because they are friends. “It’s hard to go against what really exists,” he says. “If you have a rapport with somebody, that’s going to come out.”

And this, about the bromance:
In the first season, I feel we sort of ran on getting to know each other as characters. You have a lot more to argue about when you’re trying to decide whether you like somebody or not,” says Caan, as O’Loughlin laughs. “Now, the arguments have turned more into brothers that argue, which is great, too, as long as there’s something to disagree on.”

But it hasn’t always been that way. Danno was not impressed with the Super SEAL in the pilot episode, when they first met after the Governor assigned McGarrett as head of a new special task force. Here’s one of my favourite scenes from this episode:

McGarrett to Danny: “You don’t have to like me but right now there is no one else to do this job”. Danny punches Steve and says, “You’re right, I don’t like you”. I was hooked after that moment, I think.

From this rather hapless beginning, we can track the bromance to the end of season 2. In the penultimate episode, Danny spent rather a lot of time running around trying to help Steve return safely to the island after he’d been in Japan on yet another Shelburne crusade (This, I might add is complete with “What are you wearing?” and later “I knew it, cargo pants” classic lines.  Loved the shout out to the cargoes we have all grown to love, too.). I really like the welcome that Steve gets from Danny when he gets off the chopper in this episode – the brotherly hug is a nice demonstration of how far these two have come.


There are so many bromance-developing moments from across the two seasons but here is a selection of the standouts for me:

McGarrett’s, ah, policing methods have given us some classic H50 moments, like my personal favourites:

McGarrett dangling a suspect over the side of a building (1.2)

and the ‘shark cage’ incident (1.3)

and the ‘roofies and air horn’ corker (1.5)

Another favourite is the ‘Neanderthal animal’ comment from Danny after Steve (unnecessarily?) breaks down a door in episode 1.11. This is commonly known as, ‘how to open a door McGarrett style’.

Danny says, in episode 1.17: “Come on, what’s the matter with you? You need help. I will pay for it”. This is said after Steve uses a grenade to open a locked door.  I also like this moment as Alex does such a terrific job of the ‘what’s the problem?’ face.  We can see from his expressions that he has no understanding of why Danny would think that opening a door with a grenade might cause a problem.  I love it!

(Sidebar: Other than the roofie and air horn scene, this one is my teenage son’s personal favourite!)

The list of these Steve/Danny moments is endless and for me they are a vital part of what makes show, well, show.  I’ll say it again, I could watch these two interact all day.

The carguments have become a standard feature of H50 and are an enduring symbol of the bromance. The boys have had carguments about ties, pineapple on pizzas, Danny’s indifference towards the beach, McGarrett’s driving skills and so on and so on. That Danny has to sit in the passenger seat of his OWN car is hysterical in itself. McG totes has control issues! The carguments have given us ruminations over cases and an insight into Steve and Danny’s personal lives. I have read comments on the web about the carguments being too contrived or overdone, but I personally love them and think that Alex and Scott are terrific in these scenes. Snarky Danny and defensive McGarrett are a hilarious combination. The writers have also treated us to a number of emo moments between the two as they slowly learned to share personal stuff, which in turn gave the audience a chance to know them better. Alex and Steve are great at comedy but they also play the more serious car discussions well, too. I like this balance.


To say that McGarrett’s family dysfunction has created all sorts of problems for him is an understatement.  Danny, whilst not without his own dysfunction to deal with, is a family man with a close relationship with his daughter, Grace, whom he clearly adores.  The development of the McGarrett character across the two seasons, partly due to his relationship with Danny, could be a blog post in itself. Suffice to say, being around Danny and becoming ‘Uncle Steve’ to Grace has helped McGarrett see what is it like to care deeply for someone and to become emotionally attached to others. I love episode 1.3 where Danny’s ex-wife, Rachel, tries to take him back to court to modify their custody agreement. Steve enlists the help of the Governor to persuade Rachel to change her mind. In thanking Steve, Danny says: “maybe you’re not as alone here as you think you are.”  Vive ohana!


The bromance has developed not only on a personal level but also in terms of Steve and Danny working together as crime-fighting partners. They have learned to trust each other and to have each other’s backs, despite Danny’s objections to Steve’s methods. This culminated in the rescue of Steve from North Korea in episode 2.10. Now THAT was having someone’s back!


Best bromance moment of the entire two series IMHO. “I heart you” (1.20). Pure gold.

From the sneak peek that we have been given into season 3, it looks certain that the bromance will continue and we will be treated to more classic brotherly bickering, in cars, boats, trains, planes, wherever. Oh, and lots of Steve’s OTT antics and Danny’s arm-waving and snarky comments! Even after only one episode, we have been treated to some terrific bromance moments.  Poor Danny, he’s been relegated to the back seat of his own car and is now called boo boo. These two are now not afraid to put their deep affection for each other on display! The bromance moments provide us with an insight into the two characters and a chance for Alex and Scott show us what they can do. Whether they are emo, pure comedy or line-of-duty moments, the bromance has a good deal to do with why I keep tuning in. Season 3, bring it on!



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45 responses to “The evolution of the bromance

  1. I love and adore this. Thank you so very much. It’s bookmarked and will no doubt be read time and again 🙂


  2. Jill VanDuyn

    I love this so much!! Thank you Andrea!!


  3. Well written and so true. The bromance became a big part of this show from the very start. So much fun with the guys there 🙂 who would want to watch a show with no humor, this show would not survive without these two…


  4. Mary Jane

    Brilliant, Andrea.
    I too love the bromance and see the banter, respect, and brotherly love between Steve and Danny as the heart of the show. I’m hoping this has been recognised with the stories that seem to be coming up in season 3.


  5. heymomo

    Fantastic work Andrea!!


  6. Liana

    I love them, tey’re so cool and sweet, I love their fightins and their conversations. My favorite is 2.08, in the car with the dog.


  7. Thanks to everyone who has read and commented on the post so far. It was a nice collaboration with Paula and FOYeur – with the three of us in different parts of the world 🙂 I really enjoyed writing it and I know Paula loved putting the gifs together. I hope we picked out some of the best moments although there were lots to choose from across the episodes to date.

    I’m really glad that you all liked it. JessicaB, you bookmarked me! I’m totes honoured 🙂


  8. Alicia

    The air horn! One of my favourite moments of all!

    Love this Andrea! You got it all spot-on. I kind of miss Steve being barking mad and Danny not being resigned to it. I don’t think anything he does surprises Danny any more. 🙂


    • Andrea_Briz

      Yeah, the air horn is pure McG awesomeness. Just had to include it.

      Glad you like the post, A. Going back over the ‘evolution’ made me realise how much I enjoyed season 1 when, as you say, Steve was OTT and Danny was still surprised by it all. We have moved on from that now but I still hope the writers give us lots of nice moments in the new season (boatgument coming up next week!). No matter how you feel about the boo-boo, Show still draws me in with the bromance 🙂


  9. Infant_Sardonic

    This is amazing Andrea! Thanks for making sure I saw it, oh and writing the thing to begin with. 😉

    I’m with you. I love the carguments. One of my favourite things about Show is the relationship between Steve and Danny and I think you had captured it here wonderfully.

    I love when Steve gets to be Uncle Steve. Though that water slide is no where near as exciting as Gracie Monkey made it look and I am only a foot or so (LLWL) taller than her. 😉

    That shot of McG with the guy off the roof and the shark cage makes me want to watch season 1 all over again.


    • Andrea_Briz

      Thanks, Infant! So many of the best bromance moments came in S1; well, for me anyway. We won’t mention why there weren’t so many in S2 (She who shall not be named!). The developing bromance and Danny’s reactions to McG’s craziness were pure gold. I could have included the ep where Balki was strapped to the front of the Camaro. That was a good one, too 🙂


  10. Andrea this is gold! So many great observations. I will always be happy I read it for the phrase “Vive Ohana” alone!!! I love that.

    I agree with you that the bromance is one of the best aspects of the show, right up there with the action & the scenery but it has to be the top because it shows the heart of the characters, how they interact & how they learn & grow.


  11. Andrea_Briz

    Sorry, don’t know what’s going on with my comments (koala WordPress). I am clicking on ‘reply’ with the comment I want to respond to but it’s putting my replies at the end of the post, one under the other. Sorry, hope they make sense #technodinosaur


  12. Andrea_Briz

    Have just watched 3.3. So much bromance! Back in love with Show after being a tad disappointed in 3.2. Loads more material on the bromance, Paula. I feel another post coming on……


    • Not that you asked for my opinion…. 😉 but my humble request is to focus on S2 on your next post — I know, I know, it was a struggle in S2 for a variety of reasons but there were some good moments! It would be nice to focus on the positive of S2 if possible… I want to have an attitude adjustment about it now that it’s behind us & the best way to do that is remind ourselves of all the good things…. like….

      *Danny & McG’s conversation in Max’s car in 2.1
      *McG in the back seat of the Camaro because of the Dog! (lots of good moments in that ep, too)
      *Finding Steve in the truck in 2.10
      *Looking at baby Charlie in the infant ward
      *”surf buddies”

      And that’s just off the top of my head so I’m sure there are many many many more…. I want to remember the good times!!


      • Andrea_Briz

        Always value your opinion, Steph. Love you! I think what you are suggesting is a terrific idea. I fell a bit out of love with Show in S2 for a number of reasons and not just because of a particular character. Loved 3.1 in general, thought McG in the back seat was hilarious, 2.10 was epic, and the whole season was worth watching for the Steve and Danny hug at the end of second-to-last episode. Right, give me some time but I’ll start working on it. Okey dokes?

        (Paula and FOYeur, hope all OK with you 🙂


        • FOYeur

          SJ and Andrea, I all sounds good to me!
          Bring it on……


          • Great, thanks! Will start thinking about.
            (PS Meant 2.1 not 3.1 in my comment above. Must have 3.? on the brain after seeing 3.3 last night. Hope you get to see season 3 soon, FOYeur :))


            • FOYeur

              I think the top of Steph’s head gave you a good start already 😉
              I just want to add my favorite cargument….the toe control one, to the story.
              I saw a new cable quickly disappearing underground yesterday….so all hope is there to be back on line soon. We will have a party when it happens. 😀


        • It´s a green light from me too 🙂 That 210 is screaming to have me work on it. Steve chained up, a dream scene….sweet torture 😉


  13. Thanks you Andrea for your wonderful insight.. I love that scenes in episode one also, but just a bit before that where Steve says to Danny “Get your finger out of my face” and then almost flips Danny. Steve lets him go, and Danny punches him. Not many times does a Seal get sucker-puched!
    I Love the carguments, I look forward to those in every episode!
    Thanks you again!
    I hope you continue to write more about the “bromance”


    • FOYeur

      You will find one more story on the Bromance from Andrea_B on here, when you continue your tour. 🙂
      She has however since then started writing stories for Westy’s Champbox and you can see her other writings there.


    • Thanks for the feedback, Sue. it’s nice being part of the blogging group and we all appreciate the feedback, no matter what the post is about. I was hooked on the bromance from the get-go and love this aspect of the show. Glad you enjoyed the post.


  14. venia

    Hello. I want to thank you so much for writing and posting this article. One of the reason I love this show so much is becasue of the Bromance between steve and danno. They are my favorite cops on tv, and the main reason I watch the show. All the other characres are great but my main reason for putting on my bunny slippers and slip into my favorite nigh shirt and sit in front of the tv on MOnday at 10pm (dam the voice and castle) is becaue of Danno and steve. I am a big fan of there bromance and they work so well together like you I could watch these two all night long.

    When I first saw the show I only knew alex, so I was very excited about seeing him again on a greata show, I did not know that much about scott Cann ( accept he was the son of a great actor ) so I had to get use to him. I have to admit as we getting ready to end season 3, that I love danno and much as alex and they are a team.

    I love the scene you mention. Yes those are all good ones and some of my favorite to. (I also love the scene inseason 2 where danno is getting emoitonal over Enemy mine, not a great film but danno seem to like it) I will have to say so far this season the episode “In a past time ‘) about danno back story is my favorite . Alex and scott were just perfect in that episode, I feel they should be nomnated for some kind of award. It was the first Hawiia five O episode I almost cried on at the end. I love that ending when steve give danno a hug and we see steve emotion, it showed how much they love care for aotherr like family. To me the heart of the show, is not all the action but the relationship between danno and steve, that they do so beautifuly. I love the carguments, I never never get tired of them. I have heard people say that they are going overborard with the carguments, but not me and I say they are wrong. I could listen to them all day, and yes they have given us so strong emotion moments as well.

    do you remeber the scene in “Hookman” where steve would not tell danno who was in the picture and hookmans next target? and how about the end where danno tried to pretend he was more worried about his car, when clearly you can see over his face that he was worried about steve. Now there are also fans out there who feel that steve and danno have somthing “more ” in there relationship and somthing else is there. Well this is how I see it, It is a romance, and yes they are falling in love, wait!!! Don’t panic. It’s not a sexual love, but a more brotherly love and love of respect and understanding and yes that does happend in life. Well I have talked enought thank you for this article and I hope you neer stop writing about the bromance and if you catch any more great bro moments thank you


    • Andrea_Briz

      Venia, thanks for stopping by; glad you liked the bromance post. The bromance is my favourite part of the show, too. The mateship (the Oz word for bromance 🙂 ) that exists between Steve and Danny is what made me love Show from the beginning. I agree with you that episode 3.6 (the Danny back story) is one of the best of the season. I think the writers have focussed on other aspects of Steve’s character development this season and the bromance has taken somewhat of a backseat but I hope we see more of it in season 4. I’m Ok with carguments and Danny’s WTF? face when Steve does something crazy. I hope though that there is more exploration of the depth of their friendship next season, too.


      • Thank you Andrea once again for writing this story. For me the bromance is the heart of H5-0 and will always define it!
        Although the bromance looked like it took a backseat this season, I also think some of it’s strongest moments came in S3.
        S4 might also be better. if they give Danno a “personal” life again. We really missed out on that!


  15. There were definitely some strong bromance moments this season. I liked the ‘fishing episode’ even if Danny was perhaps a bit too ‘Danny’ in places 🙂 And of course, the Aloha Girls episode which I loved (fun bromance moments in there but also knockout performances from Lesley Boone and Emily Alyn Lind). I find it hard to beat 3.6 though – not only for the bromance but for also for the chance to see Danny in a different context and for the storytelling, which really appealed to me. I see that Gabby is to return to the show and I really hope that she stays so we can see more of his story. I think there’s been lots happening with McG this season and I hope we see more of the bromance and of the team ohana in season 4.


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