Hawaii Five-0 S3 – A season for ugly corpses and awful surprises…Part 3

I think the show is perfectly cast.

— Alex O’Loughlin, ET Canada, September 2010

Steve’s team, Danny, Chin and Kono, they are his Ohana. The rock that the story of Hawaii Five-0 is built on. They are the glue that has kept the story together ever since they were all so brilliantly introduced to us in the Pilot episode. They are the family that Steve surrounded himself with after the tragedies of his life – the loss of his father and his Navy friend. We love them as much as he does, but of course we all have our favorites.

Like any other family would, his family has been growing since the beginning:

  • There are the official support ohana members, who help him and Five-0 with their investigations – Max, Charlie and the Honolulu Police Department, with Duke as their confidant and most familiar face.
  • The semi-official ohana support of the military via Catherine and Joe.
  • We have Sang Min as a nearly official, but not always very willing,  regular witness and informant, in exchange for prison favors. 😀
  • Then we have the unofficial ohana member who serves as caterer, (occasional ammo provider) and snitch,  Kamekona and his helicopter….. 🙂

As we all know, the Ohana is part of every single episode. Each of the above playing their part in helping Steve to solve the crimes of Hawaii! However there are a few episodes during S3, that were focusing a bit more on the Ohana, either through everybody’s involvement in it or also because of the specific case of the week. Let us have a look at them.

( Just a reminder that the first two parts of this S3 summary can be found here:

Hawaii Five-0 S3 – A season of ugly corpses and awful surprises…Part 1


Hawaii Five-0 S3 – A season for ugly corpses and awful surprises…Part 2 )

The Ohana Diaries (7 Episodes)

3:02: Kanalua – Doubt

Five-0 turns to August March for help in finding a pair of art thieves who are involved in a kidnapping, but is March actually in on the plot?

This episode is about Ohana and their secrets. We have a respectable business man who kept his family’s deep dark secret – the fortune that his art gallery was built on originally came from stolen goods – rare and valuable paintings that could never be sold on the open market, nor could he declare the theft of it to the police….

But we also discover that Steve’s own family keeps secrets (really 😀 ), when Steve finds out that mom Doris is still on the island!

Ugly Corpse: Not only was this corpse physically awful to see, but the fact that this was actually an innocent man, who was blackmailed to commit a crime for the safety of his only daughter, made it an awful tragedy and even uglier!

Awful surprise: Once again the super criminal August Marsh escapes capture, by killing himself in what must have been one of the biggest surprise moves of the season…….. (and what ever was left of his corpse must have looked pretty ugly as well).


3:11: Kahu – Guardian

The team helps find a boy’s father, and discovers that his disappearance is related to moonshiners and a reclusive bank robber.

It is Christmas and a young boy is looking for his father who disappeared mysteriously. Steve offers his help. After all, Christmas is about family and the young boy reminds Steve a little bit about himself at that age – independent, but still vulnerable

Ugly Corpses:

Awful surprise: The surprises of this episode were kind of on the lighter side. First there was the “lovely” surprise the car-jacker got, by trying to rob Steve 😀

Then there was the disgusting surprise Chin got when digging up a “body” and getting pig insides splattered all over his face…..eewwwwwwww


3:13: Olelo Ho’Opa’I Make – Death Sentence

Chin Ho is drugged, kidnapped, and placed in a maximum security prison as retaliation for Frank Delano’s death, but will he be able to make it out alive?

This episode reminded me a lot about Episode 2:10, with the team going kind of rogue to save one of their own. In this episode each and every one of ohana and support ohana did their part in finding Chin and saving him…….

Ugly Corpse: Surprisingly this very violent episode, does not really start with any corpse. We only see a bodyguard being shot, but he is just a casualty of his own stupidity, not the start of an investigation.

In the end we do get Kaleo’s death – something that has been long overdue. ever since he murdered Mika (Danny’s previous partner), early in S1

And of course the team discovers the remains of Sang Min’s mullet ( R.I.P )  😦

Awful surprise: Kamekona’s breakfast spam – Steve’s many faces tells the story

(I just could not resist to add them all here 😛 )


3:15: Hookman

A sniper with two prosthetic hands is killing police officers, and McGarrett may be on his list.

This episode was not only about Steve’s Ohana, but also his dad’s Ohana. I have not yet seen the original Hookman episode, but with this one the team proved once again that as a well oiled machine, they can get their man…hook, line and sinker

Ugly Corpses: Any police officer shot in the line of duty is just awful. They are there to serve and protect their community and with every loss of life amongst them the community loses a precious jewel. When they are gunned down by an assassin as retribution for doing their job properly, it is even worse!

Awful surprise: Steve sees dead people 😀

(Although I found it an interesting ploy, it was maybe a bit much?  Maybe they should ask Bruce Willis to guest star in one of the episodes :smile:)


3:19: Hoa Pili – Close friends

After an explosion on a shark tour boat, one of the boat’s owners is found dead in a submerged shark cage. Meanwhile, McGarrett helps Kamekona get his helicopter pilot license.

After all the horrible crimes were solved, this ended up being a wonderful feel good, Ohana episode. One can appreciate a group that really treat one another with respect as a family vs a group that betrayed and killed one another because of greed.

We also have the Kapu with their leader, Kawika – they are kind of part of the unofficial Ohana, helping the team out from time to time….sometimes causing trouble, but always willing to admit their guilt and to help solve the real crime.

This episode also involve two brother, running a shark watching business – being victims of both the Kapu and of the fishermen who killed one, to cover up their theft of some drug lord’s loot……..

Ugly Corpse:

Awful surprise: One drug lord (and us), got one very sudden squashing surprise. (I think Max might still be busy scraping his remains of that pier, where Kono dropped the container on him 😀 )


3:21: Imi Loko Ka ‘Uhane – Seek within one’s soul

A talk show host and crew follow Five-0 around as they try to solve a grisly murder with ties to both Wo Fat and the Russian mob.

I know I am in a minority for loving this episode. Not even the “camera crew” type of shooting could spoil it for me. Savannah’s show and the audiences reactions were so corny, but if you look at it as somewhat of a tongue in the cheek look at these types of shows, it becomes funny to watch.

And I felt the switch to the mobile phone camera at the end was just great! It added some excitement to something that has been building up for 3 seasons. It was so much more powerful to finally catch WoFat, with the whole world watching! It created some sort of event around the whole capture…..

Ugly Corpse: It was so interesting being protected from the horrible sight of a skinned corpse. We are so used to seeing all the gore, that imagining this, made it somewhat worse for me 😀 .

It was also interesting to me that like in so many episodes of this season, the original killer also ended up falling victim before the end of the episode.

Awful surprise:

WoFat is human after all…… 😀


3:24: Aloha. Malama Pono – Farewell and take care

While Five-0 searches for an escaped federal prisoner connected to a terrorist plot, Kono tries to clear her name after her gun is used in a murder.

Ugly Corpse: Just as much as slain police officers, the deaths of so many federal agents all at once, is an ugly sight! In the end their killer found some sort of redemption, by saving his own son’s life and averting a terrorist attack by giving them up, before dying.

Maybe one of the worse scenarios in any death, is brother killing brother – it does not matter how corrupt the victim was, killing Michael, will always haunt Adam 😦

Awful surprise: Two of the most important women in Steve’s life, is leaving all at once. His mom going without giving answers and Kono, leaving the team and ripping the Ohana apart to follow her heart………


The best surprises in the Ohana Diaries:

  • One if the sweetest Ohana moments for me during the whole S3, came from an episode that I discussed under the mom files. Episode 3:16 was very much about Ohana.
  • Steve and the Governor, bonding. It was also not in one of the episodes discussed here, but was in my opinion a great Ohana / Bromance moment from Episode 3:14.

Things I would have liked to see explored in the team:

  • Steve and Danny’s feelings about Kono’s relationship with Adam.
  • The team spending a holiday day together – for instance, Thanks Giving or Christmas
  • The team being stranded somewhere together, having to use their survival skills and teamwork, to get out of the situation and catch the killers (maybe with Steve injured and still leading them 😀 ) .

In conclusion:

For me the team as a whole does not need to be pushed down our throats every week, for me to know that they are there for one another. They are like a  well oiled machine doing their jobs very effectively. They are OHANA and will always support one another…..

Questions: Is Wofat going to join Steve’s Ohana, either as blood family or as informant…………? Or is WoFat just going to escape again or maybe in the biggest shock yet, die in the season opener?

It’s a great pool of talents of like-minded people who have come together. There’s a great crime element, a great comedy element and a great character element.

—  Alex O’Loughlin, Sioux City Journal, 3 December 2010

PS. I think the very last scene of Steve visiting WoFat, is just an elaborate nightmare Steve is having 😀

OR, Steve is going to walk out of one of his 3-minute Navy showers and we find out the last 2 seasons where just a dream that Steve had while in prison….. 😀

(Maybe Patrick Duffy or Victoria Principal can be a future guest star?! 😆 )

To be continued, find the Part 4 here


Filed under Hawaii Five-0, Intense Research Reports, Steve McGarrett

33 responses to “Hawaii Five-0 S3 – A season for ugly corpses and awful surprises…Part 3

  1. Karen

    Great job as always!! I’d love for them to explore Steve and Danny’s feelings about Kono and Adam and I’d also think they’re spending a holiday together would be awesome. Maybe this season it’ll happen. Maybe if we ask nicely?!


  2. Maria Joaoi

    Thanks for another Great one.I love this site and I must go to my dictionary to find new words to express what yr work means to me.


  3. vanduyn

    Fabulous job!! Thanks so much 😀


  4. buttercup

    Oh FOYeur, you can’t imagine how i love those trips down memory lane – they make my heart beat faster a lot!!
    I love to re-see how much we all learnt this last season, so many great ohana moments, so much hurt (love the header with danny and chin, i cried, one of the few scenes i actually did 😦 ) so much fun (eating at kamekona’s always fun)!!
    So much more i wanted to see and know! My life is so much about them (well actually about steve 😉 ) and i need my h5o every day! Thanks to you i’m well prepared and informed and funnyied!!


  5. buttercup

    Btw i think with steve’s hair cut his facial expressions changed too, did somebody else noticed it too? Either he was unsure with the buzz cut ( i can’t imagine) or the buzz cut puts his face more on focus!
    It especially was the case when he was angry with mom!


    • I doubt they changed that muched. Speaking of his short crop, funny that so many of us want his hair longer even though many of us think he looks extraordinary good in this crop too 🙂


      • buttercup

        You’re so right there Paula, but I have to say for myself, that I love Steve’s hair short and I love it longer (like season1) – but I think the short hair brought a whole load of new facial expressions which I love very much! Those angry moments with Mom were fantastic, I loved his very strong and harsh face! (I guess that sounds crazy but he makes us all somehow freaked out!)
        I would love him getting mad at me, it’s because all the madness will most surely end in … *asdfkjflasdfasdf* 😉 !!!


  6. What ever it takes to get that 3 minute Navy shower! Even if Steve dreamed the entire so 3 😉


  7. Fabulous post FOYeur! You did an incredible job capturing O’hana and you hit the nail on the head when you said “For me the team as a whole does not need to be pushed down our throats every week, for me to know that they are there for one another. They are like a well oiled machine doing their jobs very effectively. They are OHANA and will always support one another…..” Kudos! ACA!
    Now for my shallow, sex crazed fangirl comments. 😀
    I can’t help thinking Steve is incredibly sexy with hamster cheeks! I know if I were on a date with anyone else I would be repulsed by this, but yet again Alex is the exception to the rule. In my book any ways.
    Then he goes all sexy BAMF when the gun is pointed at him…unf! GunKink anyone? 😛 With Steve I’d be up for it!
    I’m still not sure I love the deep v neck. *ducks for cover* I’d rather he wear a button down and leave a few extra buttons open. But whatever gets a glimpse of his delicious chest hair is okay with me.
    I’ll go on and on forever, so I’ll quickly say, “Thank You” for the tongue and the naked trigger finger. My lady parts just ignited thinking about what he could do with those two delectable body parts in tandem. *shudder*


    • Thank you LG
      And again, it was all just written as an excuse to stare and perv at more pictures of him.
      Also not really fond of the deep v neck….other deep v’s are okay, but unfortunately this season’s lack of shirtlessness robbed us of that!!
      The finger and the gun…..maybe Paula should do us a post just about it… 😛


  8. gracenotpark

    I TOTALLY vote for your wish list eps!!! Yes to all!


  9. SueB

    Great job! Loved this. And glad to know I am not the only one who did not mind the “Talk Show host following the team” show!


    • Thank you Sue
      I really liked that episode a lot. It just made an event of something, that otherwise would have just been yet another episode…..and at the end, we say, Woopy, WoFat was caught!


    • I liked that episode too, more than the regular ones. I only complained about the shaky camera work, that made my work hell 😉
      When ever the H50 epi has a different angle, it´s A+ from me 🙂
      Also agreeing with the ladies here, that we don´t need the core 4 all the time, we know they are there in the background 😉


  10. Anwyn

    TY so much FOY, for so much adorable Steve after so much yummy Mick.
    Your Conclusion: For me the team as a whole does not need to be pushed down our throats every week, …..
    I do totally agree and do even go one step further. For me it would be more than enough if only Steve was pushed down my throat every week:-) Duck away….


  11. Thank you so much for your little thematic recaps. It’s such a fun to read. And such a fun to remember!
    BTW, the breakfast spam with Steve’s many faces is hilarious.
    And this >>For me the team as a whole does not need to be pushed down our throats every week…<< is so true. That would make it boring, predictable and random. And I would like to add that a family, a ohana sometimes grows and a strong, a real ohana welcomes these new loved ones. So it's not only the core four, there is Grace, Cath… Maybe even Doris (unnff…).


  12. venia

    I enjoyed your review of the rest of the season. I do agree with your point that we don’t need it “shoved down our throats that them team is well a team, and care for one another we can see that clearly, ( I ways say that about steve and catherine) In all the episode that stand out to me this season well there were two, “in a past time , and Hookman. I liked Hookman. Like you I have never seen the original episode it is based on , but they did a good job in it. (I was introduce to the famous white cargo pants sexy sexy) and I enjoyed the performance. I also found it intresting that steve would not tell danny who the man in the picture was, not danny admitting that he was scared to death that steve would be hurt, but he did not want to admit it, I mean come on did steve really think danny was worried about the car.

    I also like the ending with steve seeing his dead father. I wish I could see more flash backs of him and his father, we know about his mom, but really what kind of relationship did steve have with his dad, that part was touching and showed steve had a soft spot.

    You have some good idea about what you would like to see like danny and steve talking about Kono or the team getting out of a situation and maybe steve is weak or something. What I would like to see is danno and steve talk . I mean really talk to each other, with the same passion as they do when they have their cargments. Maybe danno calming him down about something and telling him why he does the things he does, and the other way around. I would like to see the team face a villan that his hard to beat. I am big fan of the show THE WALKING DEAD and they have a great bad guy on there called THE GOVENOR he has a screw loose but he is very very smart, I would like to see them face a villian they have to think outside the box to defeat.

    but we shall see season 4 is almost here and I am excited.


  13. Marta

    Foyeur, you rock it again with this Ohana Diaries! Friends are the family that you choose and i think that Steve made a great and wise selection. I love them as a team and is also good that season by season they add someone to their Ohana. I’m looking forward to watch the begining of season 4 with just the 3 boys (Hawaii Five-0 Team). Will we watch them referring how Kono the shortage is making the team? TY


  14. Great job, FOYeur! 🙂

    I love the ohana aspect on this show. You worked it out very well. We need the core 4 (I can’t help but I somehow don’t like this term…), and they need each other, but as leiCa said “a ohana sometimes grows” and other/new family members are needed to bring the whole story forward.

    Sometimes a family also diminishes – and now that Kono is on the run with Adam I really don’t want to know how the rest of the family feels about that. Ok, I want to know 😉 , but it will be very very sad feelings.

    But, everything flows, and this implies that everything can turn out to be ok at the end, for the whole ohana. Hopefully.


  15. For me season 3 reminds me of the hug between Steve and Chin after Malia’s funeral and the words spoken by Chin to Steve ” Love you, brother”.


    • For me the bond between Steve and Chin is great. I wish they would have it more on display or explore it more – we saw some of it in 413. There is big trust, respect and brotherly love between them!


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