#H50 : Will McGarrett and Catherine get closure in 150th episode?

Alex O’Loughlin teases landmark hour


It all starts when Steve’s (Alex O’Loughlin) former flame Catherine (Michelle Borth) interrupts a hot date with Lynn (Sarah Carter) to reveal that his mother Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti) was captured and sentenced to death while trying to free Wo Fat’s father. What will Steve do? EW turned to O’Loughlin to find out:


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What does it mean to you to make it to 150 episodes?

ALEX: It’s kind of surreal. It’s crazy. I can’t believe it, on one hand. On the other hand, I feel like it’s been torture, too.

It’s a lot of television, there’s been a lot of injury, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge, etc. But at the end of the day, what it really means is it’s a great testament to everybody who works on the show.

It’s hard, man. It’s hard to make a show. It’s hard to make one episode, to make a pilot. It’s a big deal.


EW: What can you tease about the 150th episode and McGarrett trying to save Doris?

ALEX: In the 150th, Doris comes back, Michelle Borth’s character Catherine, McGarrett’s long-time flame, comes back, Sarah Carter, who is McGarrett’s new love interest, she’s in the same scene with Catherine, so there’s some pretty funny scenes.

They don’t know each other yet, but they’re about to. There are a lot of loose ends that we need to tie up and deal with. Some of them get dealt with with closure, and one of them kind of doesn’t. One of them is still left up for McGarrett. I’ll let you wait to see which one that is.


EW: How will Steve feel about reuniting with his mother?

ALEX: His mother is the source of all the drive in his life. The heartache that she’s caused him has been the thing that gave him what he needed to be driven enough to become a Navy SEAL, to work at that level of the military, and to do all the things at the level at which he’s done them. He’s constantly been trying to make up for something that wasn’t there.

It’s a soft spot for him, and it’s something that’s never really going to be resolved, because she is who she is. She’s in the wind, unavailable and emotionally not there. There are a lot of promises that she never keeps.

It’s one of those things where, as he grows up, and as he becomes a man, he has to learn to deal with it in a way that will keep him safe.


EW: What does his dynamic look like with Catherine now? Will this episode give closure, or is it awkward to have both of his loves in the same place?

ALEX:It’s definitely awkward in the beginning. He’s also annoyed at Catherine because of the way she left. Regardless of what was behind it, he ends up saying, “I understand, I would’ve done the same thing,” but he deep down feels that she could’ve done it differently. He understands classified operations, but she did it in a pretty sh—y way. He’s been really patient with that woman, too. He kept waiting for her and being patient.

Still, he was going to propose, but she blew it in the end. He’s not resentful, but he’s trying to move on, and here she is again. They get to a really good place. They get to say the things that need to be said, and hear each other say those things. I really like the place that they get to. I hate the word empowering, but they both end up in better shape as a result of it.


EW: How do you think this episode honors the show?

ALEX: It’s classic Five-0 espionage, wild action. We bring the unrealistic into reality. There’s teamwork. Pardon the pun, but there’s a MacGyver-y aspect to it. There’s a lot of black ops aspects to it. There’s a lot of knife work and a lot of explosions, airplanes, gunfire.

It’s Five-0 at its best as far as the action goes. Plus: There’s a whole bunch of character threads through the story that are getting dealt with. It’s good. I think it’s going to be satisfying for the fans.


My Thoughts:

  • I think that Alex’s explanation here of the relationship between Steve and Doris, is the best I have ever heard. This man knows his character and luckily Steve’s mother is played by someone who can show the dynamic of this relationship very well. They love each other, the know each other and they move forward, knowing the truth that they have to live with it and it made them who they are.

  • These words from Alex about Cath >>>> “They get to say the things that need to be said, and hear each other say those things. I really like the place that they get to. I hate the word empowering, but they both end up in better shape as a result of it.” , reminded me of the bible verse: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And for the first time in a longgggggg time, I feel like they are giving us something useful and adult about these two characters again. Might be the final farewell or maybe not. All depends on when the writers might feel like Steve’s story needs a boost again.


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0, Interviews, Steve McGarrett

10 responses to “#H50 : Will McGarrett and Catherine get closure in 150th episode?

  1. gracenotpark

    Alex is suuuuuch a thinking actor. I just love this man!


    • Just think of what could have been if they really wrote Steve as a man with a proper continues story. If the writers actually thought as much about the character stuff as he does …….


      • Kathysr

        Sooooo agree with you on this, FOYeur. Alex has been so cheated by the writers over the years. They’re driven by Peter’s vision of the show and the character. It saddens me to hear that Alex’ input is ignored by the writers. He still manages to do extraordinary things with what little he’s given.

        Perhaps Peter’s upset because Alex’ very serious back injury is forcing the writers and Peter to write Steve differently. Peter’s in love with Steve McGarrett, action hero. Now he’s forced to write the character with less physicality, due to the injury. Thank God Alex spoke out publicly this time, and didn’t hide his injury. He basically put everyone on notice. At SOTB, he announced his injury and said, “the writers are really going to have to deal with this issue now.” Hopefully soon we’ll see a less physical and more thoughtful Steve. Maybe they’ll even write it into the show. Now that would be cool. Just write the back injury into the show. Then his team can support him and take on the more demanding physical action for him. He can still lead the team when they’re ready to capture the bad guys. He just doesn’t need to run all over creation for 10 minutes every episode to get there!!

        I have no doubt that Alex will do wonderful work when this show is over. He’s probably been offered a lot of projects that he just couldn’t fit into those three months off. Very wisely, he spends that time with his family, to rest, relax, decompress, and find his joy in acting again. He’ll do just fine.


  2. Magnólia

    Concordo com os seus pensamentos, Foyeur!
    Desejo que até final da série tenham histórias bem construídas para Alex mostrar o seu talento.🎻🎵


  3. Lulu

    Alex makes Steve real and not just another action hero. I would like to see Steve with a back injury. That way it would be more realistic that he slows down. Since the liver transplant didn’t do it, maybe something real will. I so love Alex’s honesty and devotion to family and work. He truly is beautiful inside and out.


    • The liver transplant could have been an ideal way of seeing another dimension of Steve, when he had to cope with slowing down. Yet the writers chose a different route.It is a pity.


  4. I love EVERY one of these comment. Thank you ladies, AND a special Thank you to FOYeur.


    • Thanks M
      Still adore the man and who he is – even after all the years I can still enjoy what he brings. Just hope he will find a good path that would lead to even better roles and greater success as an actor. This fangirl is not done with him yet. 🙂


  5. Cláudia Elisabete Duarte de Oliveira

    Até o final da oitava temporada espero que os escritores amarrem todas as pontas soltas dos personagens.
    Mas, particularmente tenho meus desejos para o final.
    Espero que Danny encontre alguém especial para ele. Espero também que Steve fique com a Cath. Adoro ela. E que ele também resolva seus problemas com a Doris.
    São meus heróis. Quero o melhor prá eles.


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