Chi about McGrover on #H50 …… the reality of having a real friendship.

Chi: I think one of the things that really informs as Grover with McGarrett, is the fact that I really do have genuine affection for Alex. I consider him a friend and when you have that kind of thing, it shows up on screen. You know, even though we’re angry with each other, that passion, it just stays there, because we have a friendship based on a real relationship. And I think that makes the scene.

Chi: It bolstered the scene. We just did ad-libs. It really improved the chemistry you know, but that’s the reality of having a real friendship. Because you make this thing real and you make it your own. That’s what gives it natural humour. It’s not just jokes. It’s just the natural humour of life.

– DVD Commentary on Episode 4:08 of Hawaii Five-0

Pictures via Mostly Five-0

My Thoughts

  • Dear #H50 writers – bring us more of this friendship during Season 8 again. They are fun!
  • The mutual friendship, respect and affection between the two actors (Chi & Alex) make them entertaining and a pleasure to watch.
Advertisements

34 Comments

Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

34 responses to “Chi about McGrover on #H50 …… the reality of having a real friendship.

  1. gracenotpark

    Alex/McG has chemistry with every character on the show. As he has in all his shows. That’s Alex’s gift. As bromances go on 5-0, McGrover is my favorite. Tho McChin had its spiritual moments. 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

    • Steve and Chin had great respect and special moments, but it would have been boring if they were there all the time.
      Grover and Steve are funnier and more entertaining for me.
      It is true – Alex have chemisty with just about everybody. But I think there is a special friendship of fun and friendship and admiration between him in Chi. You can hear it in the commentary.

      Liked by 3 people

  2. Cassandra

    I love how Grover and Steve have a terrific relationship now! Especially remembering how it began where they were in each others faces!!! Now either one of them would go to bat for the other!! They are truly Ohana! The fact that they are friends both on and off camera is a beautiful thing which only enhances their working relationship!!!😊😊

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I love the Steve/Lou relationship. Professional, funny, sometimes hilarious, and so much more mature than the present McDanno arguing.

    Liked by 3 people

    • gracenotpark

      McDanno is my least favorite bro pairing. McGrover, McChin, McNahele, McDuke, McJerry, McMax, McKamekona, McPua, McFlippa, McDogTheBountyHunter, McDeadFreddie, McDeadBilly, McGuestStar…you get my drift…all before McDanno. 😉 Tho on a good day, Alex makes even McD bearable.

      Liked by 1 person

      • LOL
        Glad you got that one of your chest. Although there are a few dodgy ones there – but I guess that makes your point. 😀
        Some of my favourites you forgot: McOdell, McBrown(Harry), McLangford(Harry)
        For me Alex in McD has been a bit over the top a few times this last season – I will run and hide now. 😀

        Like

  4. Yes to more McGrover on show. A big fat YES! 4.08 will always be a favorite of me, two alpha males trying to find their place and then finding mutual respect. There was no nastiness, no yelling, no over the top acting, just two amazing actors doing their thing.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. mamayorkie

    Does this mean Grover is second in command? He out ranked both Chin and Danny. Chin was a Lt., Danny was a detective and Lou was a Capt. So did the chain of command go from Steve to Lou to Chin to
    Danny and then to Kono? And now with the new characters how do they rank? Naturally it will be Steve and Chi and maybe Duke or Danny. I don’t know the rank of the new SEAL. We have talked about Danny being a subordinate before but I don’t remember what rank Duke has at HPD so I don’t know if Danny out ranks or is subordinate to Duke. I find the whole question of who gives orders when Steve is not around confusing. Someone must have been in charge when Steve was in OR getting a liver transplant. LIVER! ugh. I can hardly type that.

    Of course the woman,Tani, will be last. (Does this show not even notice that half the world;s population is under represented?)

    Liked by 2 people

    • I’d say that H50 members outrank their counterparts in HPD because 5.0 is a Special Task Force. Steve as a leader has a special status.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mamayorkie

        So then it is Steve, Lou, (Chin) Danny then Duke? I am still confused. They brought their ranks with them when they joined the Task Force so if Lou left HPD as a Capt. of SWAT and Chin left disgraced and then was promoted to a LT. after he was cleared, and Danny was a Detective in NJ and in the HPD, I still can’t figure out the rankings. Someone must have a definitive answer but I haven’t seen this addressed anywhere. It is a trivia question and it makes my head spin. Maybe when the show started it was Steve, Danny, Chin and Kono but with the changes of Lou joining and Chin being cleared and promoted didn’t the chain of command change?

        Liked by 1 person

        • mamayorkie

          Also Lou, Chin, Danny and Kono were all HPD when they joined as was Abby after she left the FBI. Only Steve was special and put in charge.

          Like

        • As far as I can see, a detective kind of falls outside the ranks of the police force:
          Detective/Inspector/Investigator: An investigatory specialist, usually working in plain clothes. This may be in several classes that correspond to higher supervisory and pay grades. In the NYPD, the detective rank is technically a designation: detectives do not actually outrank police officers although they are in charge of cases and are often senior in years of service, and so have a certain degree of authority beyond police officers in specific situations.

          Like

          • mamayorkie

            OK, so where does Danny fit into this pecking order? Is he #2, #3 #4?
            Unless the rank has to do when each was recruited. Then it would be Steve, Danny, Chin, Kono and Lou. I would love to see an episode where they actually debate this. Could turn out funny.

            Liked by 1 person

          • mamayorkie

            In other words, when Steve’s missing no one is in charge. Now the scripts begin to make sense.

            And as to the Steve and Danny car driving controversy, when Steve takes off to illegally enter some foreign nation, does he hand Danny the keys to the Camaro or lock them securely in his desk drawer?

            Liked by 1 person

    • DoubleL

      I don’t think their official titles mean much in the pecking order. Back in 2010, Steve had the least amount of law enforcement experience of the original four; yet he was the leader of the task force. So I think # 2 in charge is whoever Steve designates at the time. When he was in Japan in season 2, he told Danny he was in charge.

      Liked by 1 person

    • LOL
      Overthinking this all a bit Mama?
      I think none of the writers ever even wondered about any of that.

      Like

  6. Kathysr

    I’ve never thought about this in seven years. But with the departure of Kono and Chin, it would either be Steve, Danny, Grover, or Steve, Grover and Danny in order of rank. Because they’re new to Five-O, the three new recruits will have to earn their rank in the new environment. Kono was teased as the newbie for a while until she proved her mettle as a stone cold sniper.

    I recall Danny being in charge when Steve was on one of his missions overseas. I think Steve decides who’s in charge in each situation, based on the circumstances of each case. It may rotate around as to who’s the best suited for each situation. My feeling from watching the show for seven years is everyone is equal under Steve, and it really is “All for one and one for all.” They’re a seamless team and they don’t haggle about rank or who’s in charge. They just take care of business.

    Like

    • Dq

      And let’s not forget the season when Catherine was recruited to 5O. Even when she was just a mere civilian she was running around in Kevlar and brandishing some pretty serious firearms. How was that possible? Either way, she was definetly under Steve. In more ways than one. Lucky girl. 😍

      Liked by 2 people

      • Jai-Jai

        Oh my Goddess, yes – McGrover bromance is brilliant. I do love Lou a lot and I am glad that he & Steve have become great friends since their initial meeting. There’s a level of ease and comfort that Grover & McG have around each other that is so nice to watch. In their first ep together, I felt like they’d each met their match and it was going to be interesting watching them settle with each other, it didn’t disappoint. Two Alpha Males butting heads but, not in an “I’m gonna kick the shit out of you” way.

        I agree with Kathysr about the rank thing – it always felt to me like although Steve is clearly in charge, that he prefers to run Five-0 with less emphasis on rank and more on everyone working together equally, as a team. The problem(s) with adhering strictly to rank all the time, is:

        1) A higher rank doesn’t necessarily mean you are the best person to make all the important decisions. Especially in highly dangerous/high risk missions.
        2) As a lower rank you’d be expected to do as your told without question.
        3) You do occasionally come across men who are so focused on the fact that they are the highest rank (and biggest ego!) in the room that they lose sight of the objective, leading to unnecessary risks and potentially serious loss of life.

        I think – during Steve’s time in the military he would more than likely have seen examples of these things, where rank gets in the way of the job and I like to think he made the decision to take that out of the equation. That decision does seem to be paying off, because they work so well as a team, seamlessly I’d say.

        Catherine would have gone through basic training like all other Navy personal, which would have included learning & maintaining proficiency with a variety of firearms/weapons and some hand to hand combat (though, of course not to the level to which McG “Super-SEAL” is trained). Her transition into Five-0 was a natural progression making use of skills she already had – a lot of former military personnel transition into some branch of law enforcement because their training, experience and skills are valued and badly needed. Her leaving the Navy wouldn’t have diminished all the skills she learned, she’d simply be finding another way to use them, which made that story line believable to me. What was disheartening to me about her being on the team, was the writers didn’t seem to know what to do with her. She was kinda just there and seemed ill-at-ease more than she should have, given she already knew the whole team and helped them out a number of times. There were wasted opportunities there.

        Of course all this is just my opinion 😀

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kathysr

          Awesome evaluation Jai-Jai. Catherine’s highly skilled and she was a great Naval intelligence officer. Once she left the Navy, the writers didn’t know what to do with her. I was disappointed when her storyline changed and she left the Navy. I really liked her as a Naval officer.

          Maybe the fans started pushing for Steve and Catherine to marry, and Peter didn’t want to do that, so he wrote her out of the show instead. She was recurring for the first three years, then she became a regular cast member and then, boom, she was gone. It was very abrupt and very strange. I like the character, so I was sad to see her go.

          Liked by 1 person

        • dq

          I was referring to her before she joined 5O. She was a civilian, just as Joe White was not part of the 5O team, but it was accepted that they would just tag along on cases, guns blazing. Silly.Being a military veteran does allow you to partake of police cases.

          Like

          • Kathysr

            I’m thinking that Steve temporarily deputizes people off screen for missions. He’s been given total discretion,authority and means to run his unit as he wishes, so he probably can bring in extra people as needed on different assignments, depending upon his needs and their expertise. I think we saw that once or twice onscreen, when Steve gave the badge to someone.

            I’m just guessing here!!

            Liked by 1 person

    • Cassandra

      I agree Kathysr!!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jai-Jai

    TY Kathysr!

    I adored Cath of the earlier seasons, before dead-Billy turned her into a shell of her former self. For me, the way they dealt with her grief (or didn’t really deal with it); instead preferring her to run away back to a life with no solid relationships/no personal complications felt like it didn’t quite fit her character.

    I say that as a person with experience of grief and the things you go through trying to work through it. I know it affects everyone differently but still – didn’t feel right to me. Cath had seemed more of a people person than that, in those early days.

    Maybe Billy’s death made her question her decisions and/or even realize she might still have had some kind of feeling or regret about however their relationship ended. Opened up old wounds she thought were closed, perhaps? That would at least explain why she seemed to all of a sudden become less connected to Steve, even pushing him away. There was definitely more distance between her & Steve after Billy died, disappointingly. I can’t help thinking that if Cath & Steve had been spending so much of her post-Navy time “really falling in love with each other” as Michelle said in one of the SOTB interviews I saw, that Cath should/would have leaned on Steve during her grief as opposed to shutting him out completely. Sure, he’s wasn’t exactly an open book emotionally himself at the time but he did notice how much she was struggling and I felt, at least tried to reach her. Once I saw that distance between them, I was just waiting for her to disappear on him again, could see it coming.

    My little McRoller heart was genuinely sad the writers decided to go that route rather than let Cath & Steve have some happy for a while longer.

    Plus, loss of an excuse for Shirtless Steve….damn it!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. vanduyn

    I love McGrover!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kathysr

      I love McGrover too and hope we see much more of them this year. I also hope we get to see Grover’s family again. I love his family unit.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yes, as long as it is not Grover on his own – He needs to be with the team.

        Like

        • Kathysr

          I agree. He was off a lot by himself this past year, either with his son or alone. We want to see Grove with the team! We want to see the team work as ONE team, not two or three separate groups doing different things off by themselves. That felt weird too.

          Liked by 1 person

  9. I love McGrover. It is all in good fun. It is fun loving and a lot more respectful and not arguing. As really Grover is not afraid of Steve and vice versa. Steve may be a SEAL but Grover in a sense, could eat him for lunch.
    But really love both of them. Think that Grover would be the one to tell Steve not to drive his car. And Steve would back off. Even though he let him drive his car due to the fact of wanting to make him happy after Catherine left before he was to propose to her?! Remember that.
    Bear in mind Steve did have Naval Intelligence five or six years. But it does in a sense give him law enforcement experience. Even though he was not on patrol.
    Sure a lot of people at the beginning resented the fact he got his job due to him being the John McGarrett’s son. But he has proved himself despite you all know my love-hate relationship with Steve.
    I am one of the very few people that want Catherine and Steve to have a happily ever after experience. Getting married and starting a family. Keeping fingers crossed!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mamayorkie

      One of the few? There are more of us that want them together than the bitter handful of twits on titter or the H50 Facebook site who use the words “all of us” and “everybody” when talking about not wanting Catherine and Steve to be endgame. Being loud doesn’t mean they have vast numbers who agree with them. Certainly not the 9 million who watch on Friday night and have no idea any of us even exist. They are just fine with Catherine and PL is only concerned with pleasing them, not us. They will accept any explanation the writers give about why Catherine really left Steve. It was obvious that she didn’t want to go. It is only this very tiny fandom that picks apart every word, action and nuance. I have never understood the feral hatred that this handful has for a fictional character. I am not a Danny fan because I think the whole McDanno thing is overdone, but I don’t hate the character. ( I do like SC and do not confuse him with Danny) I just see the friendship of Steve and Danny to be based solely on their working together and not brotherhood. Out of the office I see very little in common. Steve’s fondness for Danny’s kids is nice but not integral to the show.

      It is different with Chin and Grover. But even those relationships differ from the ones with Freddie and Joe White. And considering the episode where Steve instructed everyone to jump off a roof to avoid being trapped by the gunmen who were trying to kill them, Danny’s refusal to follow orders put the entire team at risk. Because he is military, Steve understands being in command and expects his orders to be obeyed. Catherine would understand that. The mission is to get everybody out alive. If Danny did something like that in real life he would be charged with insubordination and fired. But this is not real life and just a make believe show. The writers failed to follow upon this. Joe White would have wiped the floor with him. Steve should have.

      Being and abC or an abD is a waste of time. PL is calling the shots, not us.

      Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s