#H50 Review – 7.14 Ka Laina Ma Ke One (Line in the Sand)


One day, my mother told me a story about a young man in our neighborhood who did not want to go to war.  This was in the 1960’s and the Vietnam war was going on strong.  This young man refused to obey his draft notice but also was not of a mind to flee the country either.  He, of course, was breaking the law and, eventually, the authorities came looking for him.  They did not find him at his home nor in any of the usual places where he could sometimes be found.  No, he was in our local church.  The small, neighborhood church were my parents were married and where I was baptized became the news of the day, that day.

I don’t know all that transpired that day.  My mother couldn’t remember all the details as the years past.  But she did remember that when he left that church, it was not by force but because he had thought better of his situation and left of his own accord.  I don’t know whatever happened to him. Maybe he ended up fighting in the war after all.  I don’t know.  Reading the synopsis of this episode a couple of weeks ago, brought this long-ago story to mind and watching it last night helped me understand the concept of “sanctuary” more clearly.

I have always loved when H50 has included Hawaiian history and culture in their stories.  Yes, Hawaii has always been considered as a “character” in the show but when the writers use a historical event or cultural background in a story, it wonderfully highlights how Hawaii isn’t just a pretty postcard of where our show happens to take place.  This is a place overwhelmingly rich in ways far beyond sun, surf and sand.  In the same way I never knew there were Japanese internment camps in Hawaii before they were highlighted in E4.10 Ho’onani Makuakane, I had no idea there was a small portion of Oahu which is not considered to be part of the United States.


Writer Sean O’Reilly did a wonderful job with this episode.  I only wish he’d had more time to actually delve into the history of Hawaiian sovereignty.  I wonder if the average viewer, those not in the H50 fandom and therefore not privy to the inside information we are, might have thought that the Nation of Hawai’i was a fictional place, something made up for the show.

I won’t even attempt to talk about it myself here because I am woefully lacking in the knowledge to properly discuss it.  I haven’t checked, because I don’t read other blogs before I post my own, but I am absolutely positive my friend Wendie Burbridge will go into full detail about it in her review of this episode.  Wendie always gives wonderful insights into all aspects of the Hawaiian culture in her weekly reviews and I know this episode’s theme will be a very personal one for her.  Not only is Wendie Native Hawaiian, she’s a wonderful teacher and story teller who brings her love of her native land into every one of her reviews.  I will yield the floor to her and her expertise.  Check out the Five-0 Redux on the Star-Advertiser website for this review and all her wonderful past reviews as well.

I have posted links below to various websites where I did my research for this review.  Along with the main page for Wendie’s Five-0 Redux, there is a link to the official page for the Nation of Hawai’i, as well as a news story from Hawaii News Now on the making of this episode.  I have also included the Wikipedia page to the biography of Dennis “Bumpy” Pu‘uhonua Kanahele.  I encourage you all to read the pages concerning the Nation of Hawai’i.  None of us are too old to learn new things and the information provided on these pages is fascinating.

Speaking of Bumpy Kanahele, were you as impressed as I was with his performance in this episode?  When I first heard the Leader of the Nation of Hawai’i was going to be in this episode, I assumed he’d be making a cameo appearance only.  Just to establish who he is and not much more.  But Bumpy had a significant amount of dialog and screen time and he did a wonderful job with it all.  The love of the land and the way he and his people fiercely fight to protect it and their way of life was palpable through the screen.  The fact that a refugee, no matter the reason, can find sanctuary there.  I was deeply moved by his sense of honor, in the way he was willing to protect the innocent but would never harbor a criminal fugitive.  It was all extremely well done and Bumpy, with very little acting experience under his belt, did a fantastic job!


Now, I know I said above that Hawaii isn’t just the pretty postcard where our story is based, but… damn… the scenery overlooking the Pu‘uhonua o Waimānalo and the Nation of Hawai’i is gorgeous  It took my breath away every time we were treated to a view of those magnificent vistas in a scene.  Thank you to Director Peter Weller for the beauty of this entire episode.


Another actor I must single out in this episode is Lou Diamond Phillips, of course, as U.S. Marshall Wes Lincoln. Phillips played the badass Marshall to perfection.  So much so that I wanted to reach into my TV and slap the crap out of him.  I understand having a job to do and being committed to it but he was so hard-nosed, he had no compassion for the people he was putting in danger.  There are women and children on that land and he had no hesitation in shutting off communications as well as the water, the power and access to food.  And, he would have stormed onto the land, guns blazing, to retrieve his man with no consideration to the collateral damage of innocent lives.  The little nod between him and Chin when the standoff ended was his only acknowledgment that there was possibly another way to achieve their objective.  A very well done performance by Phillips.

Of course, I must mention Chin in this review.  He was absolutely wonderful throughout.  He and Bumpy have known each other for years, have a personal history going back to Chin’s school days with Bumpy’s niece and Chin’s dad helping to build a guardhouse on the property.  As a man with Native Hawaiian blood, Chin has a deep understanding in what the Nation of Hawai’i means, has a deep respect for Bumpy and his people and the life they have.  He doggedly works, at every juncture, to mediate between The Nation and the Feds.  It was a difficult tightrope for him to walk but he managed the balance between “law” and “rights” magnificently.



The luau at the end of the episode was such a beautiful scene.  To see the members of Five-0 in a place where trust and honor mean so much, for them to be welcomed on the land as friends, to be included in the breaking of bread shows, the mutual respect and friendship established between them all.  I can’t think of a more incredible place to be considered as Ohana.



I feel the need to mention the McGarrett family here.  John McGarrett’s “Five-0s” obviously thought it very important to learn all they could about Hawaiian culture.  Steve is not native Hawaiian but he knows the customs and has heard all the stories.  With a full heart, he respects the land and the culture. We’ve seen it from the beginning.  When he first went to the Kapu and spoke to Kawika way back in E1.06 Ko’olauloa.  There may not be Hawaiian blood in McGarrett but he is kamaʻāina through and through.

And, speaking of Season 1, I found it interesting and a nice bit of continuity that Chin’s history with HPD, his being accused of stealing money from the asset forfeiture locker and his being accused of lying about it was referred to not once, but twice in the episode. It resonated with Chin, remembering what it felt like to tell the truth and have no one believe you.  It was also a really nice throwback for those of us who have been watching from the beginning.

Of course, there was a crime of the week involved in all of this but I’m not really going to review it.  It was a good story, an ex-con accused of murdering his ex-partner in retribution over a prison sentence only one was forced to serve.  The accused turning out not to be the murderer, of course.  The murder was committed by his boss, the brother of his parole officer, who forced him back into his former life of crime even as he attempted to go straight.  Go straight, like his ex-partner, who, when he found out what was going on, threatened to go to the police and was murdered for his trouble.  Yes, it was a good story but the ex-con seeking refuge in the Nation of Hawai’i and all that encompasses, was the main thing to me.  Learning about the Nation and everything it means and stands for was the important story here, in my opinion.

Now for some fun!  Steve’s Driver’s License:  According to the Hawaii DMV, all military personal on the island are required to have a valid and up-to-date driver’s license.  If you’re from another state, like most of the military stationed in Hawaii are, the license from your home state is sufficient as long as it is current.  Also, a Hawaiian resident who is on active duty somewhere else in the world must have a valid license when they return. If it expired while they were away, they have 90 days after their return to Hawaii to renew.

When Steve returned to Oahu in September 2010, he had 90 days to get his license renewed.  But wait a minute… he left Hawaii when he was fifteen.  Did he even have a Hawaii license to renew?  In E2.14 Pu’olo, John told a young Steve he was going to the “Army and Navy Academy” which is in Carlsbad, CA.  From there he went to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  So, depending on when he got his first driver’s license, it was either in California or Maryland.  Therefore, again according to the Hawaii DMV, he would be treated as “any other malihini (newcomer) to the islands” and would need to apply for a new Hawaiian driver’s license.

Let’s be honest.  The notion that Steve could go almost seven years without a valid Hawaiian driver’s license is rather ridiculous.  Of course, not everyone has a driver’s license.  It’s hard to believe but there are people out there that don’t drive and they’re able to fill out employment forms and personal transactions with other forms of identification.  It’s pretty obvious someone like Steve would always have a valid passport for ID.  But there is auto insurance to consider, if nothing else.  He has a personal truck and drives Danny’s car.  He’d need insurance for both.  Even if both vehicles are considered “official” to Five-0 and the State, he’d still need to be placed on the State’s policy.  Obviously, that couldn’t happen without a valid license.  In real life, this would not happen…. Period.

But this is not real life.  This is fiction.  In fiction, the impossible becomes possible.  I know there are those who have a very difficult time with the ebb and flow of fiction.  Some call it bad writing.  Maybe it is, but for me, the ridiculousness of the idea that Steve doesn’t have a license is overshadowed by the wonderfulness of the scene it necessitated.  I loved every minute of it… beginning to end.

I loved Danny’s teasing and Steve’s righteous indignation.  I loved the way Danny “blessed” the car before they started.  I wonder if that was scripted or if it was an adlib by Scott.  It’s Scott who comes from a Jewish/Italian household so I wonder if that little bit of song was his personal addition to the scene. It was a really fun touch either way.

Danny sitting on a bench and stressing over the day he’ll have to return to the DMV so Grace can take her driving test and his worry about her being out on the same roads with maniacs like “her uncle” brought back memories of the day I took my daughter for her test.  My advice to her was the same advice my father had given me years before.  “Drive like everyone else is crazy”.


Every reaction the test instructor had to Steve’s driving was gold as was his remark that he’s used to being judged from the passenger’s seat.  And the way she staggered out of the car after Steve got the call about the case.  Oh my God…. I haven’t laughed so hard over a Five-0 scene in quite some time.

Of course, we still don’t know if Steve ever gets his license.  I’m pretty sure we’ll probably never hear about it again, to be honest.  But I really don’t care.  It was a fun little scene for just that reason….. it was fun!  I can live with that and enjoy it for what it is.

I also enjoyed the cargument between Steve and Danny in this one tremendously.  It was a great throwback to the carguments of years past.  There was no yelling, nothing mean spirited, just good natured ribbing between two brothers who know each other better than anybody else.  I loved how Danny told Steve he was thinking about wings, whether Danny had his wallet on him and his new issue of Guns and Ammo and how Steve, good natured smirk firmly in place, couldn’t tell him he was wrong.

Between this scene and the one where Steve was on the phone with the Governor and Danny knew exactly what was going on strictly by Steve’s body language, it’s clear to see the bond between these two is as strong as ever.  It’s simply wonderful to see.

Finally, I know there are people who are going to complain that another week has gone by and we still haven’t seen what happened to the missing uranium.  This week there wasn’t even a mention of it.  Honestly, I’m throwing this into the category of “I want it … and I want it now” mentality.  People just don’t have patience these days and a fast-paced show like this one only exacerbates that feeling.

There is also the fact that this show seems to draw a segment of fans who just aren’t happy no matter what happens.  If things wrap up too quickly they complain it wasn’t detailed enough and a quick resolution was silly and unrealistic.  If they don’t get resolution in what they feel is a proper timeframe, then the show is slow and lacking in continuity.  I feel bad for the powers that be on this show.  They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

As far as the uranium is concerned, this delay in a resolution makes sense to me.  Assuming this is a terrorist operation, they are not going to steal the uranium one day and use it the next.  The plotting of 9/11 took years.  The fact that those who stole the uranium have gone underground and are plotting their next move makes perfect sense to me.  It’s much more logical than having something blow up a day after the stuff went missing.  Patience is a virtue after all.

And it seems patience is something we’re all going to need to exercise because there is no new H50 episode next week.  This episode will need to satisfy us for two full weeks before we get to see a new one.  Luckily, this one was extremely satisfying and that always makes the wait just a tad easier.

Have a wonderful week my friends.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

All screen caps are mine unless otherwise noted.


Nation of Hawaii on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ – Courtesy of Hawaii News Now http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/clip/13040514/nation-of-hawaii-on-hawaii-five-0-8a


Dennis “Bumpy” Pu‘uhonua Kanahele – Wikipedia



Official Page for the Nation of Hawai’i



Drivers in the Military in Hawaii



Army and Navy Academy



Five-0 Redux by Wendie Burbridge



23 thoughts on “#H50 Review – 7.14 Ka Laina Ma Ke One (Line in the Sand)

  1. Wendy says:

    Wonderful review Linda. I too checked out the Nation of Hawaii earlier today and found the same pages you did. It was fascinating to learn this history about the islands and how they have recently introduced their own coin. As you said, much more interesting than the COTW. I did enjoy the case of the week though, and even told my husband that I thought the parole guy was in on the murder. We never did learn if he actually was or not.

    Chin and Bumpy did an amazing job with all the cultural parts, hard to believe Bumpy is not an actor. Loved Lou Diamond Phillips.

    Steve and Danny were so perfect in this episode. Bromance at it’s best. The DMV scene had me laughing, and I just knew Steve would get a call and drive like a maniac to get back and pick up Danny. The cargument was brilliant and such a throwback to the early seasons. But Danny telling Chin what Steve was thinking while on the phone to the governor was great, and Chin’s “You know your man,” made it perfect.

    Not looking forward to going two weeks until a new episode, sigh. But then I’ll just have to re-watch this one, or maybe the school dance one. Hmm.

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    • I thought the scene of Danny telling Chin what Steve was thinking was one of the best bromance scenes ever in this show. Because the two of them were not interacting with each other….. at all… an yet were still 100% connected. “You know your boy well” was absolutely PERFECT!!!

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  2. rhondagemini says:

    Great review! You nailed everything about the Nation of Hawai’i-fantastic! I totally agree with you about Lou Diamond Phillips,in fact, I couldn’t believe that Chin didn’t deck him when he had the chance! Like you, I wanted to slap the taste out of his mouth! LDP was really awesome! Loved Danny giving it to Steve about his driving test! One thing you didn’t mention that I thought was kinda funny was Jerry interviewing potential roommates-he needs one to help pay the rent on Max’s old place since he doesn’t make the kind of money Max did. The one person he interviewed had a theory that the moon doesn’t exist and Jerry reacted strangely to that. Wish we weren’t getting a break from new eps next week,but looking forward to the next episode for sure!

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    • I agree… I thought the scene with Jerry was great. I just didn’t want to make this review any longer than it already was. LOL I especially got a kick out of the fact that Jerry immediately tossed the guys application the moment he walked out of the door. I mean, how much of a wacko must a guy be if even JERRY thinks he’s nuts?!?! ROFLMAO

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  3. jlopie1 says:

    Hey, Linda! Thanks for some really fine KoolAid today!

    This was indeed, a completely satisfying H50 episode! It really felt like a retro S1 episode. All the original main ingredients were there, but expressed with maturity. The partners were in full partner mode, arguing about all the things they always have argued about, but there was NO nastiness or mean spirited retorts thrown around. They argued about Steve’s driving. (Danny finally got in some perfect licks and we found our superSEAL couldn’t charm his way with everyone. I would love to hear what the driving inspector had to say about her little ride with the Commander of the State’s elite task force!) They argued about having a face. They once again “discussed” Hawaiian culture from the viewpoint of a non Hawaiian born/bred officer of the law, but this time there was no disrespect or rudeness, Just a well played question mark! And as Chin says to Danny after his reading of Steve’s body language, “You know your boy,” it’s obvious the guys have come a long way together since Season 1.

    In other words, the episode played the partners as matured versions of their S1 selves – before all the crap hit the fan with The McGarrett and the Williams family sagas. And I loved it because it felt comfortable and right.

    Of course, this all took place in the first 5 minutes of the episode! So much much good stuff happened in he rest of the hour! Having travelled a few times to HI, I tried to learn something of the Hawaiian history, and believe me, as beautiful as the islands are, the historical American presence and its effect on this island kingdom has been ugly. I also recommend followers of H50 do some reading to acquaint yourselves with why there even is a desire for the reestablishment of a Hawaiian Nation.

    This was Season 1 at it’s best with all the team working together, doing what they do best, to solve the COTW. Can’t ask for more than that.

    Lou Diamond Phillips did not have as large a part as I was expecting, but he played the badass Federal Marshall to the max! I’d love to have him return in future episodes!

    There’s lots of things in this episode that can be discussed more deeply, but suffice it to say it was a superbly written (thank you, Sean Reilly) and directed (thank you, once again, Mr. Weller!) episode worthy of our accolades!

    Thanks, Linda – and thanks for doing all the research,

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    • Thanks Lynnette. You, like I, will always have a soft spot for Season 1 of this show, the year we met and fell in love with this wonderful team. Anytime an episode reaches back and gives us a Season 1 feel it’s always golden. Our boys have come a very long way since they met in John McGarrett’s garage but when you think about it, they really haven’t changed all that much. They still know each other better than anyone out there and I just love that more than I can say!

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      • jlopie1 says:

        “before all the crap hit the fan with The McGarrett and the Williams family sagas.”

        I should clarify. I don’t mean these family sagas have been crappy. I mean that these events messed with the dynamics of the bromance that was Season1. All the hurt, grief, doubt, guilt, etc., that these partners went through over the course of 7 years was extremely painful for us viewers to watch. Still, It was necessary and created the friction in the relationship that, even though we fans hated it, served to finally bring us back around to where we are today.

        And you know, that’s real life. (Fictional real life – don’t worry I know the difference!) lt doesn’t remain constant, it ebbs and flows with the seasons! What does remain constant, in relationships such as Danny and Steve’s, is their loyalty and unwavering trust in each other. These guys have never questioned that. That’s why they know and understand each other so darn well that Danny can read Steve’s body language so perfectly.

        So, yes, that fondness for Season 1 will always be strong, Linda, but only because it established this unbreakable bond between the two main characters that we love so profoundly (and God help the writers if they ever break that bond!!)

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  4. Ocean says:

    Great review! I really have nothing to add, just want to say as everyone else has said — the bromance scenes were superb and truly warmed (and tickled) my heart.

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  5. Ocean says:

    One further observation — just when I thought they were going to allow those sexy silver strands to peek through the temples of Alex’s hair, they covered it up again. Why?? He’s so sexy with those touches of grey.

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  6. Carole says:

    Thanks for the links Linda. I went straight to Google and Wikipedia after the show, but didn’t know about the HNN piece. Another very good episode -well done and respectful. Peter Weller is one of my favorite directors – he understands the show dynamics so well. I agree, the Steve and Danny bits were some of the best we’ve seen since those early days. I think Danny’s little jingle may well have been Scott’s adlib and I loved how he could read Steve’s body language – just made me smile! DDK also did a terrific job acting as buffer between the marshalls and the nation. Bumpy.was impressive too. Heading over to HNN now. Thanks again for a great review.

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  7. It must take nerves of steel for someone to be a driver license tester, but Steve really tested this ladies’. Maybe she decided to go into a different line of work. LOL
    We have been treated to quite a few history lessons this season … about the Kennedy assassination and now about the Sovereign State of Hawaii. Watching this episode and then going online for more info has been fun. I enjoyed it very much that the real life leader, Bumpy Kanahele, played himself.
    Interesting too that we will get some more history soon about the leper colony (presumably on Moloka’i). I hope they do it well, because its hard to believe a Nazi is still hiding there.

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  8. Ocean says:

    Two more fun observations for this episode — when Steve is looking at the calendar in the suspect’s house, “Dr. Weller” is written on January 11. Didn’t Peter Weller direct this ep? I guess it’s an inside joke. Cute.
    The photo of the whole gang together as they say goodbye to Max — the one released as a promo is the one displayed here on Linda’s blog. But if you watch closely during the episode, Steve puts rabbit ears over Jerry’s head just as the camera snaps. I love how much fun they all seem to have together!

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  9. Thank you Linda for a truly fabulous review Of a great episode. .
    2 questions for you.’
    Does “Bumpy have any loyalty to the the Head of the Royal House of Hawaii who is a direct descendant of Queen Lili’uokalani who was deposed unlawfully by American Business interests or is he an alternate form of government?
    2. Is James Caan half Jewish, half Italian as I always thought Scott’s mum was Irish not Italian.?
    Looking forward to knowing.

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    • Yes…Thank you Lynnette for answering Pommienana’s question. I only just saw it this morning and saw you’d already given her the answer. To be honest, I didn’t do the research Lynnette did on Scott’s background. Looks like I should have. I was just going by Scott’s own words. When he and Alex were jointly on The Talk promoting the 100th episode Scott said “I come from an Italian/Jewish family… all we do is argue”. LOL

      Either way….his Jewish heritage is without question so I still wonder if that little blessing was from Danny or Scott. LOL That interview is one of my all time favorites. We so rarely get to see them relaxed and together and just having a good time with an interview. I’ve posted the video below for anyone who didn’t get to see the show or the video. ENJOY!!

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