We have a ‘bromantic’ banter. We hit it off from the start, thank God, because we spend so much time together and it’s fun.
— Alex O’Loughlin, The Sun-Herald, 30 January 2011
For the second part of our trip down memory lane of Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, we take a look at the Bromance. Most of the fans will agree that the friendship and bond between Steve and Danno, is the heart of the story. Although their story is intertwined in all the episodes, some of them focused more on the essence of it! This is our take on those episodes……
(We apologize in advance for the length – but hope that you will find some good stuff along the way and in the end enjoy the Bromance with us :smile:)
The Bromantic Affair (9 Episodes)
I got the feeling that a lot of the big time Bromance (and shipping) fans, feel like there was too little Steve and Danno this season. For me on the other hand, their relationship showed maturity and rather profound moments! And despite Danny just being Danny, we got to know him a lot better. Let’s see what I mean…..
3:03: Lana I Ka Moana – Adrift
During a fishing trip, McGarrett and Danny wind up stranded in the ocean on a leaking dinghy after a killer steals their boat at gunpoint.
Our two friends are spending some bonding time together on the ocean, just to be interrupted by the ever-present criminal elements that haunt Hawaii. 🙂 Needless to say that before long they stare danger and death in the face. Danno’s story of the loss of his childhood friend to the ocean, bring us a little bit closer to understanding his character and I think Steve understood his friend and his feelings about being surrounded by the ocean in Hawaii, that much better as well!
Ugly Corpses: Both husband and wife ending up dead. Neither of them were particularly ugly corpses, but the sadness of the situation really hit me, especially when the innocent sister became a murderer at the end by taking revenge…..really really sad!
Awful surprises: Playing good Samaritan can sometimes backfire on you! And there are sharks in the ocean….. 😀
3:05: Mohai – Offering
A gruesome murder on Halloween night appears to be related to a Satanic ritual, and Five-0 must find the killer before he claims a second victim.
It might be a little bit difficult to explain why I regard this episode as a Bromance episode. It was so much about Danny’s frustrations of being a cop and a father and it will forever be the tug of war inside himself. He has a calling to serve as a policeman and with it the need and believe that it protects his daughter, but that same job also keeps him away from her. For him that is so big that Steve’s small problem of not getting laid on Halloween or Guy Fawkes day, does not really matter or bother him at all!! 😛
We once again saw that time in solving the cases are of the essence. They saved one person´s life by doing their job. In Episode 3:03 they could have saved the sister from becoming a murderer. All the pressure to work as quickly as possible, make things bad for them in a family life. There will always be disappointments. Danny most probably lost his wife and a normal family life because of it and it can make Steve reluctant to ever want to have a family…….
Ugly Corpse: I young woman with her body parts ripped out from her body while she was still alive, is definitely not a pretty sight….especially if you find her remains in a dark alley in a dumpster!
Awful surprise: That little old helpless looking grandmas can be evil!
While Five-0 discovers a terrorist cell on the island, Danny has a flashback to one of the most eventful days of his life while working as a Newark police officer in 2001.
I have not watched this episode without crying yet ….. although I know the story, it just catches me every time! It is interesting that one day can be so full of events that it can simultaneously be one of the best and one of the worst days in your life……I have had a day like that in my life and I think I understand a little bit of how Danny felt since that day in his life!
Danny finding out Rachael is pregnant, making a big drug bust, getting beaten, losing his partner in a terrible manner and in the end being saved by one of the most horrible man-made events in the history of the world! To hear that story made me understand Danny so much better – as he said, he feels like he is a person living on borrowed time. The event that created so much pain in many lives, actually gave him a second chance and I think he feels a bit guilty about it as well. But since then he also felt this terrible need to protect his daughter at all costs, because she was born in a world that robbed us from a lot of freedom that we took for granted up until that moment….
Once again our two friends stared death in the face together and the light banter and that soulful hug at the end, just made us love them even more ….. and once again I am crying while I type this!!
- This blown apart body, might be one of the ugliest corpses we have seen …. but to me one of the those I have no sympathy for. A person building a bomb to kill the innocent, in my book deserves it – he just died too quickly!
- As with the corpse of the drug dealer “Terence Howard”, it makes a “pretty” sight…… people dealing in drugs might not look as bad as bomb planting terrorist, but the far-reaching effect of their “trade” destroys millions of lives.
Awful surprise: Danny thinking that he saved the day by shooting the last terrorist that they chased, just to find out he has trapped himself in the deadly zone of a proximity detonator!
McGarrett discovers that a botched bank robbery actually wasn’t about the money, while Danny protects a Victoria’s Secret supermodel who has been threatened by a stalker.
You might ask the question of why this should be a “Bromance” episode. For me the reason also lies in the case. Two men who are about to die from cancer and who both have done some stupid and awful things in their lives, want to “help” each other (forming their own Bromance of death). But they just show us once again, how even at the end they were not capable of making good choices. Maybe because the point of origin for their actions, being selfishness.
In comparison to that, our two friends Steve and Danno, use their friendship for the greater good. They may not always be perfect in the decisions they make, but for them it is always about trying to do the right thing and to protect the innocent.
Ugly Corpse: We actually do not really see a body until close to the end, when Danny shoots the model´s stalker. (A stalker who seriously wounded another celebrity, were sentenced to a facility where she was supposed to get help. Escaped from that facility and followed her new prey from the mainland – now storming towards her with an ugly big knife. )
Awful surprise: Two wrongs do not make a right…….to try and solve problems with crime, will most probably backfire on you and hurt people!
McGarrett and a young girl are held hostage by a diamond thief during a campout, and Kono’s boyfriend, Adam, welcomes his brother back from prison and gives him an offer to become a legitimate businessman.
Just to show us how much more time these two friends are spending together while off duty, we find them once again in a situation that was supposed to be fun, but things rapidly go bad and they all land in grave danger. Every thought of Steve to try to do some heroic SEAL stuff, gets blown away the minute the criminal shoots and wounds Danny.
For me some of the best Bromance episodes are actually those where our two friends spend most of the time apart. You kind of see the level of how much they mean to each other when they have to “fight” their way back to each other. (Does that make any sense at all? 😀 ) These two men come from such different backgrounds – Danny a true city boy who got kicked out of Scouts and are afraid of spiders. Steve the nature lover that most probably knows every skill in the survival handbook and who think danger is a thrill to be remembered
Ugly Corpse: Tom Arnold could never make a pretty corpse 😀 (BTW, I thought he did an exceptional job with this role – as did the rest of the supporting cast)
Awful surprise: When you think you are dealing with one bad person and to your surprise an even more dangerous criminal who turns out to be the brain behind it all, appears and poses an even bigger threat!
3:12: Kapu – Forbidden
A college professor is murdered, but who is the killer: his boss, his teaching assistant, or one of his students? Meanwhile, Kono is assigned to protect an annoying witness released from federal prison.
Our two men “parenting” a young adult was kind of hilarious. Of course for Danny this was more serious than for Steve. Danny kind of grew up in the ‘real’ world and admitted that he also needed some ‘serious’ guidance from his own dad, to get back on track. Steve on the other hand grew up with the discipline of the military and with all the discipline he most probably stayed the course easier and never needed to be told how serious the world can be.
In the end the episode left me wanting more, more of what our two friends have to offer as “tutors” or parents.
Ugly Corpse: A body ‘burned’ in a tub of acid looks awful. All goeey and slymie – yikes!
Awful surprise: Good people (who try to make the world a better place) get killed…. by bad people (out of greed)
3:14: Hana I Wa ‘Ia – Scandal
The governor asks Five-0 to handle a delicate investigation involving a dead prostitute, but is he really trying to cover up the case for an important political ally
How much can we read into these words from Steve in the courtroom………?
Steve: ” Detective Williams does not just work for me, he´s my friend, he´s my close friend. I’ve seen him with his daughter. He’s actually the kind of father we all wish we had.”
Was Steve actually showing us a small glimpse of how he really feels about his own father just shipping him and Mary off when they were kids? Not fighting to be with them, like Danny is doing with Gracie – trying to keep her close at all costs. Contrary to what Rachael might feel, Danny believes that in order to protect Gracie, she needs to be close to him. John McGarrett thought in order to protect his children, he would send them away as far as possible! Who do you think is the better father?!
Ugly Corpse: A dead prostitute in a politician´s bed is definitely not a pretty sight for any campagne!
Awful surprise: Wo Fat is always lurking in the shadows and can pop up as the bad guy and brain behind any case!
3:17: Pa’ani – The Game
McGarrett´s and Danny’s plan to go to the NFL Pro Bowl is interrupted when a computer executive is murdered during a team-building exercise at a corporate retreat.
Is this an episode of ‘bro’s before
ho’s girlfriends? 😆 In the case of Steve and Danny, it feels more like loyalty to each other for me. First of all sticking with your friend and the plans you made (although I also think Steve thought Danny’s seats might be better than Cath’s 😀 ) Danny giving up his “wonderful” seats to support his injured friend, is just who he is (and in return, Steve would have done the same for him).
Just as a sidenote:
By looking at Steve’s clothing and hair in the footage of Episode 3:17, it looks like the video for the RU OK? day campagne of 12 September 2013, was shot on set, while they were filming during the last two weeks of January 2013
With the tools that today’s social media give us, we can actually mean something to people thousands of miles away from us, even those we have never met, on the other side of the world. My personal experience for the past year and a half has been that my online friends made many a ‘NOT SO OK day’, a whole lot better – Thank you!
Ugly Corpse: A worker betrayed and killed by his employer – our place of work should be a safe haven and not a threat!
Awful surprise: Girls can like sports and sometimes even get and appreciate great tickets just like men! 😀
3:22: Ho’opio- To take captive
Five-0 discovers the body of a missing 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped 10 years earlier, and soon learn that the captors may already have a new victim. Meanwhile, Kono suspects that her boyfriend may be keeping secrets from her
For me the Bromance took on a type of raw maturity and trust during this episode. Both men knew what the other one needed to do and they trusted each other to do so! Steve’s words of “Give me your badge” and his body language just told the story – My friend needs this, we as a team need answers and we will trust each other to get it any way we can!
The subject of police brutality is open for a lot of debate, but at some point there must be a line between a sure suspects rights and an innocent child’s life! And I think they drew that line right there…….
Ugly Corpse: Seeing a young person dead, no matter how beautiful they were, is always ugly. Knowing what her life and fate has been like makes it even worse!
Awful surprise: Out of greed people can do anything! It is hard to think that, that type of greed exist in our world!
I love the relationship between McGarrett and Danno, and I love what we’ve both done with the characters.
— Alex O’Loughlin, Collider, 19 September 2010
Things I would have liked to see explored:
- I know the schedules of the actresses involved, might mess up story lines (Claire and Autumn being unavailable), but it would have been real fun to see the two friends go on a double date. 😀
- Danny’s reaction if Steve would ever intrude on his “romantic” endeavours.
- Maybe more of Danny’s family can come for a visit. There are so much potential to see how Steve fit in with the Williams family.
- I vote for at least one episode each season, featuring a visit from Tony Archer. 😀
To me it seems like fans and their experience of Danny is greatly connected with their feelings about Scott. Those of them who love and adore him, want Danno to shag Steve all the time. And those that do not like him find fault with almost everything Danny does. 😀 Then there are those of us, whether we like Scott or not, who just look at the character of Danny Williams that he and the writers created. We look at what he means to Steve as a friend and colleague and how he fits into the picture of Hawaii Five-0 as a team.
Most of the time we look at what Steve has lost in life, but forget that who Danny is, also stems from the losses he has suffered. Losing a close friend at a young age to such a tragedy as drowning right in front of you, can leave a lot of unresolved issues. Losing a police partner in such a horrible way and on such a memorable day, as with Grace, definitely influenced Danny and his outlook on life. Most probably made him a bit neurotic and a pain in the ass to be with – hence Rachael, the love of his life, leaving him. With her leaving him, she robbed him of a “normal” family life with his beloved daughter. Then taking Gracie away to another world and him following them, all the way to Hawaii, took his larger family and their support away from him. Add to that losing his brother and his other police partner to greed and corruption! And worst of all, even the Boy Scouts threw him out. 😀 No wonder he sometimes gets across as pessimistic, whining and a pain in the ass……
But then we also have Danny, the honorable straight shooter. The guy who wears his heart on his sleeve, with character traits that immediately drew Steve to him when they first met. A man who is a partner and a friend he can trust. Trust in the time when they met, was certainly a great need for Steve and he saw that quality in Danny and Danny has never failed him on that since then!!
I, for one, can’t wait to see where the new season will lead our two friends! Of course my main concern is with Steve (because Alex plays him 😛 ), but his character would seem a bit hollow without his Danno …… Bookem Danno! 🙂
(Alex said this about JLo, but I think he kind of see it as relevant for relationships (real and fictional) in general. Maybe we as fans can learn something from it.)
A lot of people think chemistry is strictly sexual and it’s not the case. I have chemistry with my mates, you know? It’s about two people who have a common interest in one another, who get each other, who understand each other’s rhythms, who can riff each other, who can make each other laugh — all that sort of stuff. And so we had that right away; we were laughing and the talk was easy.
– Alex O’Loughlin, Film Journal International, 16 Match 2010
………to be continued, find Part 3 here