I think viewers are going to be surprised at how thoroughly they enjoy the show on every level. I really do believe this show delivers character, crime and comedy in perfect balance.
— Alex O’Loughlin, Chicago Now Show Patrol, 7 September 2010
It is always sad to come to the end of another season of Hawaii Five-0. But I believe in the law of ‘beginnings’ and ‘endings’ and that it is what makes life, LIFE. (and in about two months time we’ll be entertained again – hopefully 😀 )
For the purpose of a quick review of this season’s 24 episodes, we divided them into 4 categories – ‘The Mom Files‘, ‘The Bromantic Affair‘, ‘The Ohana Diaries’ and ‘The Key‘ as a special wrap-up of it all.
This is the first chapter – Please take note, that we start with Mom because she was the central part of the first episode. However it was also a big Ohana episode and that should not be forgotten. It also turned out that most of these episodes that I have here as mom episodes were all about Steve’s team Ohana (his work family) as well.
The Mom Files (7 episodes)
Whether we like it or not, this season was going to be a lot about mom. Mom is the key because she turned out to be Shelburne and that is Steve’s connection to Wo Fat and the sorrows of his family’s past! That is and will always be the central thread of this show. (unless the writers take a whole new turn on events) It is the reason why Steve left the Navy to be in Hawaii’s’ special task force. Without it, the story ends…….
McGarrett brings his mother back to the island. But her life may be in danger after Wo Fat escapes from prison with the help of an unlikely partner: Frank Delano.
So what happened to out main characters during this episode?:
- Steve – begins this episode with ‘Mom?!’, moves on to ‘Doris‘ pretty quickly and by the end of it, it was ‘MOM!‘ again!
- Chin Ho – started off as a victim, moved on to a terminator like brutal revenge and ended the episode with his sorrows in front of the oven!
- Kono – started as a victim, got saved by a shirtless knight (Adam) in a dingy, moved on to revenge and ended it in relieve.
- Danny – was just Danny…….
This all more or less set the tone for these four characters for the rest of the season (even up to the last episode) :grin:.
Ugly corpses: We only saw Malia’s corpse and it was definitely not ugly, but kind of serene. But I can only imagine what Delano’s corpse looked like after being shot at such close range with a shotgun! (If I was Chin, that sight would haunt me for the rest of my life!!)
Awful Surprise: It looks like the biggest surprise all belonged to Wo Fat this time, when finally facing Shelburne and it was apparently not the person he would expect it to be ……. what kind of past do they share and why did neither of them shoot the other one?
In Episodes 3:02 we get Steve searching desperately for mom again, because her not killing Wo Fat when she had the change needs to be explained (well it still does! 😀 ) – Asking Cath to look for her and in Episode 3:03 having to answer uncomfortable questions from Danny for doing so…….
3:04: Popilikia – Misfortune
While Five-0 investigates the beheading of a polo player, McGarrett’s mom returns to pay him a surprise visit
This episode was not so much about mom, but it about her return (once again) into Steve’s life (very awkwardly and funny of course, “disturbing” Cath and Steve in the early hours of the morning! 😳 ) It also revealed the fact that she has been hiding something important in the McGarrett house all these years. 😯
The reason for me including it as a mom episode, is because of the case. It was all about mothers and sons and the things that can go wrong between them!
Ugly corpses: Of course a beheaded man would be an ugly corpse – yikes …… Not to mention seeing a flying head (twice)!!
We also get to see the dead face of a mother (or was she a monster), bombed and then later smothered by her own son!
Awful surprise: Mothers are capable of abandoning their children and children (sons) are capable of taking revenge and murdering their parents (mothers). After seeing this episode, I really just hoped that this was not something we were going to see form Steve and Doris. That she might turn out to be so bad, that he would have to be the one to shoot her…..yikes! 😥
3:07: Ohuna – The Secret
Mary arrives in Hawaii and finds out that her Mom is still alive, while Five-O team tries to find out why a high-school boy gets kidnapped.
At first I listed this episode as a Ohana episode, but after watching Mary do her thing, I decided that it was about mom after all. Mary showed us all the raw and unforgiving moments that we all would have liked to see. Steve’s reaction, most probably too practical because of his training, a little older when mom left and also a man, just made the emotions seem to easy, but Mary gave us a chance to live through them a whole lot more.
Morty was the great surprise of this episode. He gave us terrific moments between Mary and Steve and he played a perfect catalyst to teach us all about forgiveness. Forgiveness, even if that person might hurt us again, will always be better than the regrets of not taking that second chance. It really does not matter what that person has done, when given a chance to put the hurt behind us, take it!!
Ugly Corpse: A child being tortured to death is not a pretty sight!
Awful surprise: The child being tortured to death was also a big and awful surprise when they opened the stolen van. One of the main reasons I try to avoid trailers (apparently it was part of one ) – it totally surprised me because I do not watch them!
McGarrett is convinced that a psychiatrist murdered one of her patients, but will she get the last laugh? Meanwhile, Catherine discovers that an assassin is on the island and is looking for Doris McGarrett.
Steve told Cath that he doesn’t like getting played! Is mom playing him? Is mom evil or did she just defend herself – remember Mangosta came after her and somewhere in the struggle, she got the better of him and reversed the roles. Most people only see her torture him, but he came to her home and also beat her up “nicely” – she did not go after him, but only defended herself and wanted information of who is after her! Does this make her evil?
Ugly corpse: Shot, soaked in gas, burned and hit by a car. Talk about over kill!
Awful surprise: Your Madam!! – Steve thought he got this evil woman all figured out, but in the end she still surprised him. He never saw that one coming and neither did I!
3:16: Kekoa – Warrior
Five-0 connects the murder of a local businessman to a fight club, and McGarrett asks an old friend to do surveillance work on his mother.
Poor Steve, still thinking that he can outsmart mom! 😀 Lessons learned – Mom is not fooled easily, mom is a hot-blooded woman and she can be attractive and attracted to your friends! 😯
For me this little bit of being “normal” humans said a lot about Steve and mom – I thoroughly enjoyed it! 🙂
Ugly corpse: A man nearly beaten to death and then finished off with some more bullets after being in a car crash.
Awful surprise: Sometimes a person close to you, can be the one that betray you and even kill you. Greed can sometimes be bigger than a lifelong friendship!
3:18: Na Ki’i – Dolls
Five-0 discovers that a murdered kindergarten teacher had a secret life as a roller derby star, and some very important information is stolen from Lois McGarrett’s safe and could put her in danger.
This episode was all about how mom and her past is interfering with Steve having any chance at happiness in a “normal” life. Mom still being in her old mode of thinking that withholding important things from Steve will somehow protect him! This was a very necessary first move for these two characters to come to terms with the fact that to protect them both they need to be honest with each other……
Ugly Corpse: A beautiful woman falling to her death on a car, seems like a classic movie move – but it is still never a pretty sight!
Awful Surprise: Even innocent looking school teachers can live double lives (remember, mom was also a teacher). Was Crimson’s eulogy at the grave saying things about Dana, that we need to know about mom as well………?!
Crimson Bride: I know a lot of people here knew her as Miss Moore, and I really would enjoy hearing stories about what a great teacher she was, but I want you to know there is a lot more to her than that.
I knew her as Dicey Hot, Star Jammer for the Diamond Dolls. She was a great friend and one of the strongest people I have met on and off the track. She was so strong, she stood up for me even when I did not ask for help, even when I did not know I needed it. She was always doing the right thing. It’s just who she was.
I guess that’s where the Dana you knew and the Dicey I knew came together. She was a leader and a protector and she had our backs all the way to the end…..
Is this maybe who mom really is? – “She was a leader and a protector and she had our backs all the way to the end…..”
McGarrett helps Doris on a dangerous mission to retrieve stolen microfilm, and Kono is shot while investigating a lead about Yakuza secret burial site that may be connected to her boyfriend.
Mom, not really having learned the lesson of trusting Steve (and always trying to ‘protect’ him) embarks on an “impossible mission” with two of Steve’s old friends. Lucky for her, Steve catches them in the act of planning it and they get the chance to work together, to secure a better future for their “safety”. It was a wonderful fun way for mother and son to go out all ninja together and to learn to trust one another when in danger!
Now mom just have to come clean about her connection with Wo Fat and they can live happily ever after ….. 🙂
Ugly corpse: Not only one, but a secret graveyard full of them!
Awful surprise: Steve can do magic tricks. 😆
The best surprises in the Mom files:
- Mom lived through the whole season. My first thought when we heard the last words of the previous season, was that she might only last half an episode and would be dead by credits of the first episode in Season 3. But then we heard who was going to play her and I gave her at least half of the season.
(Well my real first thought was that she will be shot in Steve’s arms in the opening scene of the first episode). 😀
- Steve playing matchmaker for his mother – funny and interesting twist.
- Steve and mom doing abnormal, normal stuff (How many grown up sons still row with their mothers. And how many grown up sons go all ninja with their mothers and do some breaking and entering)
Things I would have liked to see explored:
- Steve, Mary and mom in a real scene together – not just the short hug we saw at the end of Episode 3:07
- Of course we all would have liked to know everything about her past and what she did to pass the time for the past 20 odd years….. 🙂
I have always said from the start, that I was disappointed at mom being Shelburne and even more so when mom turned out to be a “super spy”. However in life we are dealt with hands we do not like, but what we make of it determine how we enjoy it. The Doris we got, was the one the story tellers wanted to have and it is their story to tell.
Of course we were not supposed to always like or trust Mom. Steve did not – so why should we.
Of course mom would cry a lot – if she was the wonderful mother to Steve for the first 15 years of his life and how he remember her, she must have big parts of her who regret her past and the decisions she made in her youth and how it affected her loved ones! However she did not only cry, she showed us humour, she showed us fun, she showed us passion and responsibility, but most of all she showed us her beautiful smile! She showed us she is human and the mother of the guy we all love and adore……
For me it was always about what Alex was going to do with the chance to play opposite a mother. He did not disappoint me. His emotional tour in the few minutes he had with mom when he first saw her, was indeed a pleasure to watch. From there on all the scenes between him and Doris were always something to enjoy. Always a tug of war between wanting to trust the mother that he once knew and the spy who abandoned him. Up until the last episode where he told her outright that she has never been 100% honest with him during his whole life!
In the end the writers, Christine and Alex convinced me that Doris might have some redeeming factors and I am actually rooting for her and want to see more of her. 🙂
Questions is – will we get some sort of clear answer about whether Doris is to be trusted and what she is all about, via Wo Fat in the first episode of Season 4……..?
It’s really marvellous to work with her and she’s playing the role pitch-perfect. Christine and the other quest actors bring new flavours, a new flair and a new rhythm.
Alex O’Loughlin, Herald Sun (AU), 17 October 2012
……………To be continued
find Part 2 here