Hawaii Five-0 5×17 ‘Kuka awale’: I support gay marriage

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This has got to be one of the funniest episodes of Hawaii Five-0 to date. I guess it is what you can expect when an actor from the show directs an episode. For his directorial debut Daniel Dae Kim did a phenomenal job (and he had a lot of help from some guest star power), but he like any of the actors would be surrounded by the fandom of the show. He knows what people watch for, and one of those things is the McDanno banter. So what does he do? Makes a full episode surrounding it. What a perfect way to fill our needs after weeks of next to nothing. When Steve and Danny are on their stakeout it feels like a sitcom. So much so that it needs to happen. Do it CBS. We are waiting. Oh yeah Five-0 goes after some jewel thieves in “Kuka’awale.”


The case of the week revolves around a diamond robbery where a security guard is killed. The team finds a blood trail by the crime scene identifying the robber, Jacob Anders. He was shot by his own partner Emma, his girlfriend. Five-0 decide that Anders is a bigger threat and use Emma as bait to lure him out. This ends up with Steve and Danny in a stakeout across from her apartment and my god is it funny. (See subplot below) Through this subplot Danny figures out the fence Emma plans to use is Barry Burns (guest star Jon Lovitz), a gold-for-cash businessman.

Barry is able to tell Five-0 who Anders is, a former Soviet Special Forces soldier named Ivanovich. (How Russian can you get?) While Ivanovich suits up to take down Emma, we learn that she had an inside man, well woman, at the jewelry store that is her partner and lover. Ivanovich hunts down Emma, but that is not enough. In full SWAT gear he seats his eyes on the jewelry store clerk. Lucky for her, Kono is there and manages to take down Ivanovich before she arrests the accomplice.

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

The subplot for this week is the best ever. Ask and you shall receive is all I have to say. The subplot revolves around the McDanno relationship. They have gone back to therapy to work on their issues, prompting their therapist to give them homework via a handbook. They are still arguing about the same issues: Steve and his control issues, Danny’s sensitivity. While McDanno are on their stakeout they reveal some info to each other. Steve loves cats as they have that killer instinct while Danny watches late-night infomercials due to his insomnia.

While they continue their stakeout they are visited by two people: the first is a lonely old lady (guest star Cloris Leachman), who enlists Five-0 to help find her lost fern. They send Jerry to help who realizes the case is about the lady just wanting someone to talk to prompting him to invite her out to the shrimp truck with the team. The other visitor is a stoner who house-sits for the apartment owner who ends up being arrested by McDanno after the stakeout is done. In the end McDanno work through some of their issues. Steve’s fear of being vulnerable stopped him from playing guitar which ends in Danny buying Steve a guitar. Steve in return lets Danny finally drive his own car.

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

Highlights of the episode:

  • The entire episode. The fact that Daniel Dae Kim knew what the audience wanted in a McDanno banter and used it as the main storyline was amazing. Let’s just admit that the case of the week was not the focus and only used as a reason to put Steve and Danny in an isolated room together.
  • The fact that Steve admits they come from different ways of life, but he is able to open up to Danny. So adorable.
  • The fact that Cloris Leachman assumed Steve and Danny were a different type of partners.
  • Jon Lovitz and Cloris Leachman. This show loves its guest stars.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Were you satisfied or disappointed? What did you think of Daniel Dae Kim’s directorial debut? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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