The Steve McGarrett Story – No #2

Some of you might have wondered why on earth we started with this story about Steve yesterday?! There is some method in the madness – this is actually a countdown (or count-up 😀 ) to the screening of the 100th episode of Hawaii Five-0. If there are no unforseen schedule changes on the  CBS schedule, then according to my calculation, we should reach the broadcast of the 100th episode on Friday, 7 November 2014  –  98 days from today. By then we would have hopefully been able to cover the 99 episodes leading up to it. 🙂

Whenever the storyline around Steve becomes a bit thin, we will try to treat you with some of Steve’s pretty 😛

Let us continue with the second part of our story…….. the first part can be found here

For me this episode was very much about the sacrifice that the promise of “To serve and protect” means in the lives of the people who make it. Also the importance of Hawaii as a special place in the world that needs to be defended and protected is made clear. This gives greater meaning to the value of the  Governor Special Task Force and what Steve and his team do on a global scale.

When he was five years old, I asked my son Steve what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I want to be a cop dad, like you”. I told him to be anything but that. The life of a cop is not easy. It’s not that I’m not proud of the work that I did, but more than anything I have, I have regrets. The toll that it took on my family, the way it hurt them, it’s something I think about every day.

Now I’m alone here. Losing my wife was almost unbearable. Giving up my kids, that  just broke me. I’m so proud of them, but they never know it. I missed so much of their lives, watching them grow up and all. I guess that’s the way it has to be, till I figure this out……..

Voice recording of John McGarrett

To me John McGarret it the most tragic figure in the life of Steve. John lost his own father during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, 3 months before he was born. He married Doris, who lied to him for the entire time during their marriage, about herself being a CIA agent. He was under the impression that she died in 1992, when he was 50 years old and both their children were still teenagers. They were married for about 17 years when she faked her death. John felt that he caused her death. He blamed his job as a policeman and the investigations he was doing at the time for her car being blown up. He was  investigating the Japanese criminal organisation called the Yakuza, in Hawaii.

He lied and abandoned his children by sending them away, because he feared for their lives. He hunted the ghosts of her “killers” for 18 years. In the end he was tortured and brutally murdered at the hands of a gun trafficker without ever knowing the truth of her secret life! 😦

Meet the tan cargos

On this day, we meet a fairly important “character” in Steve’s life – his tan cargos. (Tan Cargos – the are rudely killed off by the manufactures. The very last time we see them  will be in about 3 years time, when they walk away, dripping wet…….. 😦 )


Looking through all the things that his father left him, Steve is trying to solve some of the mystery. But it looks like he will only find more questions rather than answers. Without the corpse of Victor Hess, he also feels uneasy and begins to doubt that he was actually killed.

For the team life goes on and Steve and they need to solve a case of abduction of a prominent security consultant. They all start to find their feet and as a team they work well together to succeed once again.

Kono misses out on her graduation ceremony, but the men treat her to a small ceremony of their own and hand her some gifts. As a group they survived a dangerous situation and in the end it strengthened the bond between them all.

Steve (to Kono): I’m sorry you were put in danger today. And we care for each other like a family, so please know we’ll always do everything we can to protect you.


It seems like after the great personal loss in his life, our Commander found himself a new Ohana……..

– Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:02 –

Ohana (Family)

To be continued here


Filed under Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett

16 responses to “The Steve McGarrett Story – No #2

  1. That last pic is ooooo sooooo yummy.


  2. It’s quite incredible how much Steve has grown since that episode, considering how broken he was. It has everything to do with his new ‘Ohana’. I love Season 1 for that reason. The conflict makes for great TV and a tortured Steve is a Hot Alex 😉


  3. vanduyn

    What stands out most for me in this post is exactly how tragic John McGarrett’s life was. I mean we all know the story but when you see it laid out on a timeline it really hits home 😦 Awesome job!! 😀


  4. Tracey Maloney

    Why have I not said what I think about season 4 well I would comment but when you only get 4 shows out of all of season 4 why comment at all


  5. Colleen

    Doing a build up to the 100th episode is a great idea ladies. Steve has grown so much as a character over the years. P.s. Your explaining where his cargo pants went cracked me up. I guess i’m not the only one who misses them. Haha


  6. buttercup4u

    I love it too! I never get tired of “analyzing” all the eps and especially steve!
    Nice one with the tan pants, i’m in love with thesepants!


  7. Only you to remember to do a countdown like this. It’s an amazing way to honor Alex’s work on H50 and celebrate the life journey of Steve McGarrett. Thank you for your dedication on these 99 posts.


  8. Another great recap.
    It really got to me the way you talked about John’s life. It was indeed very sad. Steve has had a though life but hopefully it will turn out better than his dad’s.


  9. Marnov Fucup

    Wow! That’s a cool idea, girls! You’re making the hiatus more bearable 🙂


  10. gracenotpark

    I love your strategy! So excited to follow the progression this way!

    It really isn’t until late in S3, and even into S4 w/the Pearl ep, that we realize just how tragic John McG’s life was. Tho Steve figured it out a bit earlier I think. I do hope Show realizes the character they have created. Although dead, he is clearly with Steve every day, always on his mind. I know he yelled at his mom about it once, but I’d really like to see him make her grapple with that.

    Leave it to you, Foyeur, to really pass on the depth of the story I’m not sure the writers even realize they have written.


    • For me the tragedy of John was clear, when I realised that he never knew his wife was still alive. When we heard that she was alive, I always thought that he knew she was still alive and that they were working together towards some higher purpose of hunting criminals.
      I know it would have meant that he lied to his kids about her death, but somehow it would have made him a stronger person in my eyes.
      But I think that would not fit in with what they are planning with the connection between WoFat and Doris…….


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