October 12th, 2010
03:05 PM ET
I learned a lot by watching last night's "Hawaii Five-O." For instance, I learned that when normal traffic cameras won't work, you can call an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, flirt with someone on the other line and have her track the villain of your choice via satellite. I need to learn this trick the next time I'm in a traffic jam.
I also learned that if you need to extract information from a hostile witness, you must beat said witness in a game of hoops, which is what McGarrett had to do to find an escaped prisoner. A second inmate, played by D.L. Hughley, offered to give McGarrett clues as to why the escapee left the slammer, but only if he beat him in basketball. Somehow, McGarrett found his inner Brent Barry and won the game.
In between all the hoops action, gun play and various feats of derring-do, viewers were introduced to McGarrett's estranged sister, who welcomed herself to Hawaii by disabling an airplane smoke detector. Sis spent most of the show in "unofficial" police custody - both at the airport and at Five-O headquarters - but she did get the chance to bark at her brother and make fun of Danno's choice in neckwear. At least the siblings shared a poignant moment in front of their father's grave at the end of the show.
Speaking of Danno, a doctor diagnosed him with an ACL injury caused by what happened during the first episode of the show. Funny, he seemed fine the last two shows. Danno also noted that McGarrett had an "aneurysm face." I'm hoping there's not a future episode where Danno has to go undercover at a medical school or hospital.
Next week, Masi Oka makes his first appearance on "Five-O" as a medical examiner who, according to the actor, happens to be a piano prodigy. Will we see Oka "tickling the ivories" next week?
And will we see actors from the classic "Hawaii Five-O" on the new version? Executive producer Peter Lenkov told Entertainment Weekly last week that the show would like James MacArthur, who played Danno from 1968-1979, to make at least a cameo on a future episode. Lenkov is also targeting Al Harrington, who played Det. Ben Kokua from 1969-1975, for a guest shot.
What did you think of last night's "Hawaii Five-O" episode? And would you be open to MacArthur and/or Harrington showing up on the new series?
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