Steve McGarrett – An Officer and a Gentleman …….

What makes Hawaii Five-0 different from other cop shows we have on our Televisions at the moment? What makes it something special to watch? What makes us devoted fans love it so much and follow it religiously? I am sure, we all fall in different groups, of why we like it…….

Of course, for us here at Intense Study, it is all about Alex/ Steve McGarrett;  Navy SEAL and leader of the special task force. He is the grandson of a soldier, and his father was both a soldier and a policeman. And don’t forget, his mother is a super spy 😀 . You can say it is in his genes to protect the innocent and the weak. He is a special soldier, a warrior and protector of the land!

Most women get weak in the knees at the sight of a man in uniform. But he joined the reserve forces and is now head of the ‘Special Task Force’ of the Governor of Hawaii. It is not part of his daily life or job, to be in uniform all the time anymore 😦 .

Over the seasons of Hawaii Five-0 we have been fortunate enough to be treated with some moments of Steve in uniform. In the very first scene of the Pilot episode, we see him in his combat gear, transporting a prisoner and fight off the terrorists trying to set him free – and we fell in love of course. Next up he was flying to Hawaii, attending his dad´s funeral and meeting the Governor in full uniform. 🙂

Camouflage and Working uniform:

In Episode 1:16 we see Steve following assassins, all dressed up in his camouflage gear – with a painted face and all 😀 . One of the most adorable episodes ever – although I am not sure adorable is what they were aiming for here, for our dangerous Navy SEAL 😉 . We also see him in this uniform in Episodes 216 and 217 – for obvious reasons not my favorite. To be honest, I cringe at the sight of the thin, mostly sad looking Alex, in those scenes………

For me the best thing of Alex, when we see Steve in this working uniform again, is how healthy and gorgeous he looks – Episode 320 Alex (and Steve) at his best!

Service Dress Blues

Also in the first episode we see Steve in his Dress Blues for the first time, after his fathers funeral, meeting the Governor. And as Peter Lenkov said on the first season dvd, when they shot those scenes, they knew that they had the right McGarrett. In Episode 1:02 we see all our boys in uniform, welcoming Kono as an official graduate of the police force. For many of us that moment was very significant, the birth of the team we all love so much.

The next 2 occasions we see Steve in his Dress Blues are for Danny. First at the funeral in Episode 108, after the death of Danny’s previous partner. This episode showing us how far the friendship and trust between them had grown since their first meeting. Then it takes the writers 53 episodes to get Steve back in this uniform, on this occasion; for Danny’s custody hearing. Seeing him look so gorgeous in it, made me realise how long overdue this uniform sighting was – more than 2 seasons!

The last time we saw him in this uniform was at Freddie’s funeral. For me this scene always causes mixed feelings. It was at the end of my favorite, Episode 320. The scene is filled with all kinds of mixed emotions for me – should I laugh or cry at this point? The wig …… oh dear, the wig was awful! 🙄

Service Khaki Uniform

We have only seen Steve wearing this uniform once, when the soldier´s remains were being loaded onto the plane in Episode 2:04. Not my favorite uniform for him, but it is still a uniform and good to see, as long as the make-up on his face is not too orange. 😀


Service Dress Whites

At long last, in Season 4, we get to see Steve in his White Dress uniform. I do not know why it took the producers and writers so long to get our boy into the white uniform – 75 episodes to be exact! Only one thing can describe it ‘BREATH TAKING’! The occasion in Episode 4:05 was Billy’s funeral. But nothing compares with the yummyness of Episode 410 at the Pearl Harbor ceremony…….. SIGH….

I do not know if it is difficult for the wardrobe team to get Steve dressed in full uniform for a scene or if there is a lot of red tape and protocol surrounding it, but for me it feels like it would be nice to see our Commander more often in his uniform – maybe even see Cath help him take it off? 😛

Of course there are some other uniforms that could be worn as well, like the Dinner Dress Jackets (Whites and Blues). There is also Full Dress Whites, where the ribbons are replaced with the actual medals. We also get Service White uniform, but those, I think, we will only see from somebody who is still on active duty.

So far we have had 85 episodes, 11 of them where we see Steve in uniform (some more than one uniform and also some with longer scenes than others). The occasions feel so few to me. Did we miss any of them? (So many episodes to remember and re-watch) Do you think we get to see enough scenes of him in uniform? What was your favorite moment of Steve in uniform?



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22 responses to “Steve McGarrett – An Officer and a Gentleman …….

  1. buttercup4u

    I honestly have to admit, that i can’t make up my mind about what uniform i like best on Cmd McGarrett!!
    I was really looking forward to the dress-whites but i still like dress-black better! I just like BLUE 😉 (no no … Don’t shoot!!!)
    And i too cringe at 2.16 and 2.17 – because he must have been in pain at this time, physical and mental, and so i feel with him (we all do!)
    The plane close up with him arraving in hawaii will always be my first love! Those eyes caught me out of nowewhere !
    Thanks paula and foyeur beautiful post!


  2. 3.20 is my favorite episode period so it’s hard for me to choose anything else but those dress whites make me weak in the knees for sure. Sitting here for a moment but nothing else to add that my brain will put into words. ^%$#@!(*)


  3. vanduyn

    I love the dress whites 😛


  4. Dress Blues all day, everyday. My husband is active duty Navy and when he wears his blues, I turn into an absolute puddle of mush.


  5. karen1228

    Love Steve in his dress Blues the best! My nephew is also active duty Navy and when he wears his blues I salute him :-)!


  6. What makes H50 special to watch? For me there’s no question about it, it’s Navy SEAL Steve McGarrett who in a blink of an eye can change from extremly trained and skilled warrior and qualified naval intelligence commanding officer to a caring and sympathic man or a lost little boy. And sometimes he is just a funny adorkable goof. All these traits make Steve McGarrett.
    And my favorite scene in uniform? It has to be my favorite ep. 3.20. Just the beginning. The North-Korean soldier is asking him “what was he for you” and Steve says nothing, is simply standing there, looking and turning around and leaving. No words are needed. Yet so much is being said. Because his face said it all. I’ll love this moment forever!


  7. Dress blues, Dress Whites it’s all good.
    Episode 3.14 Hana I Wa ‘Ia is my favorite uniform moment at court house.
    Definit *sigh* moment


  8. The green fatigues will always be my favorite I think.


  9. Tanja

    Dress Whites; Richard Gere eat your heart out!!!


  10. Today I will compare our delicious Alex to a perfect salad. While I on occasion I love a fancy salad with all the extras, I sometimes am hungry for just lettuce and plain dressing. With Alex I prefer the dressing “on the side”…of my bed…that is 😛 Yesterday the man was a chocolate covered dessert, so I thought I’d go light today. 😛 Like his fit and trim body. 🙂
    I know, pretty weak analogy, but I can’t decide between the dress blues in the Pilot or those form fitting camos in 3.20. He is absolutely mouth watering in his dress blues, but there is something about those camos that get my lady parts tingling. I’m not sure if it is the stare, the thigh holster or how massive his arms and thighs look in comparison to his trim waist? All I know, is I when I see him in those camos, my cougar claws come out and I feel the need to tear them off in a wild lustful frenzy. I totally get the “foxhole fantasy!” 😛 If there isn’t a hole dug already, I am taking him right there on the floor of the jungle or in the jeep! RRARR
    You just can’t go ripping off his dress blues. They need to be treated with respect. So a nice, slow, sensual strip tease is my fantasy of Steve in the dress blues. Would it be disrespectful if he kept his hat on while we made mad passionate love? Or would we have to go out on the lanai? 😆
    Unf! I think I need to watch the pilot again. *sigh*
    So my answer is, “No, I can not decide” 😦
    2.16 and 17 make me so sad. 😥 I can’t even watch those episodes anymore. I am so happy Alex is healthy and happy again!


  11. I prefer the camo to the black or even the white uniforms but McG in uniform is always an exciting sight


  12. Steve McGarrett – An Officer and Gentleman in White Dress Uniform. Finally after 75 episodes like Foyeur said. Yes is breath taking watching this handsome man in White Dress Uniform. Sigh ……


  13. canadagirl66

    I can’t decide…because 1. He takes my breath away no matter what uniform he wears…and 2. My brain is not functioning due to Steve/Alex withdrawal. The wait for a new episode has been EXCRUTIATING!!!!
    There better be a lot of Alex screen time on the next episode or I’m afraid my head’s going to explode!!!


  14. farkSpark

    Dress lies but an anyone wo kows explain why in your first pic top right he seems to have two rows of medals etc and three rows in the others, what changed? I think it needs intense study up close and personal lol!


  15. farkSpark

    jeepers this man makes me unable to type lol! Dress blues but yeah those two or three rows still needs explaining!


  16. I asked my husband about it when he got home and here’s his explanation.

    A lot of times instead of wearing the full ribbons, he will only wear the two or three top rows (he’s done this before when he was awarded an additional ribbon but hadn’t had time to add it to his uniform). You aren’t required to wear ALL your ribbons, so I suspect the wardrobe department only had the two rows for the pilot episode and then once the show was picked up, they added the additional rows.


  17. Is “Birthday Suit” one of the choices? *wink*


    • Glenn Brazil

      You only have to wear the top three awarded Ribbons. They are heavy and some times get in the way. I know I have 36.


  18. *swoon* sorry I can’t decide I LOVE all the uniforms. I seriously have a uniform problem, even overalls can set me off ;/ Uniforms just make me weak at the knees *sigh*


  19. AlexNymph

    Dress blues, definitely!

    The whites and beige wash him out, plus the dress white shoes are awful.


  20. First of all FOYeur I LOVE this post. One of my very favorites of all you have done {And you’ve done a LOT}Thank you with hugs.
    I love Steve in all his uniforms showing off “Dat Face” and that Dreamboat body but i love most of all my very first time seeing him in his Dress Blues in the pilot. SWOON!!!!
    After all no woman after forgets her First Time,


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