9.25 – Hana Mao ‘ole ka ua o Waianae (Endlessly Pours the Rain of Waianae) – Season Finale

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Hi gang!  Well, here it is.  My final review of Season 9 of Hawaii Five-0. I hope this is somewhat coherent, and if not, I apologize in advance.  I’m kind of writing it in pieces in between hours spent on the beach and enjoying my vacation.  But, I couldn’t let the season end and not finish out my commitment to review it all.

Of course, nothing I’ll say here will be anything new.  It’s been several days since the finale aired and I know, from perusing Twitter and some of the other reviews, that conversations about everything that happened, or appeared to happen, everything that people liked and didn’t like, have been going on round the clock.  Hopefully you’re not all too bored with it all by now and will put up with one more, mostly unnecessary review. 🤣🤣

There is no need, of course, for me to summarize the many things that happened in the finale.  We all saw it, so no need to list what we’ve all already seen.  So, here are just a few personal observations.

Steve and Frank:  This scene was absolutely fantastic.  I loved the banter between the two of them and hearing about Frank’s latest business venture.  He’s such a great character and it’s always wonderful when he stops by for a visit.

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I was a bit surprised Joe didn’t want to be buried under his favorite tree on the ranch but I can certainly understand the wish to be taken back to the most beautiful place he’d ever been as well.  And who better to take him there than his old friend Frank Bama.  It was wonderful to see he and Steve reminiscing and raising a glass (ok.. a can) to their mutual friend.  It was very touching and a very fitting farewell to Joe.

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Adam and Tamiko:  I’m happy Adam is moving on.  It’s about time for him to try to go on with his life after Kono left him.  Adam has always been a good guy and what happened between him and Kono was no fault of his.  It’s nice to see him begin to try to find some happiness.

Is he going to try to find that happiness with Tamiko?  It does make sense.  They are not strangers who only just met.  They already have history and would probably already be married if their fathers had had their way years ago.  They are obviously comfortable with each other and already have a foundation of friendship established.

Another thing they have going for them, is that Tamiko is just as disenchanted with the Yakuza life as Adam was when he was still involved with it. She wants to escape it as much as he did. If (and that’s a huge if) they are left alone, they could make a good life together without Yakuza connections. If the Yakuza will allow that to happen. I mean, her father was willing to let her go for her FBI fiance but he may see a relationship with Adam as a way to both keep Tamiko in his life and bring Adam back to the “family” business. We’ll have to see where that goes but I’d really hate to see Adam even remotely contemplating such a thing.

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Danny and Rachel:    


Now on to other business…….

I know there is that certain segment who are going to be losing their minds over that scene between Steve and Danny.  But let me lay it out this way.

Many years ago, I had a best friend who was really more like my sister.  When I needed advice on something, I always knew that she’d tell me the truth, even when it was a hard truth I wasn’t ready to hear.  She knew I’d do the same for her.  There were times when one of us, grappling with a decision, would put off telling the other about it because we knew what the reaction would probably be and weren’t prepared to have to listen to it, even when we knew, deep down, it was right.

So, here’s Danny, who I’m sure already knows that pursuing this relationship, for a possibly tragic third time, is probably not the brightest idea.  Kind of like me on vacation this week.  Yeah, I know I shouldn’t be blowing my diet with all this junk food but I’m gonna do it anyway.  I’m not about to turn to my husband and say, “Do you think I should eat this second bowl of ice cream?”, because I don’t want to hear him say no.

So Danny doesn’t tell Steve about his week away with Rachel.  Tells him he went back to Jersey to visit the family.  Because he’s not ready for the possibility of Steve asking some very hard questions that Danny is not ready to answer.  Is probably not even capable of answering because, quite frankly, Danny himself doesn’t know what the hell he is doing.

Steve knows Danny better than anyone.  When Danny wouldn’t tell Steve who was on the phone earlier in the episode, Steve already knew it was Rachel.  Steve has seen the migration of those two toward each other for months.  It was more than painfully obvious after Gracie’s injury.  And again when Rachel and Charlie took refuge at Danny’s during the hurricane.  It’s hardly a bold face lie when you don’t tell someone something they basically already know.

So the “Oh my God… Danny lied to Steve… bring out the gallows” crowd can bellow all they want.  It is not the same thing.  I feel bad for people who are too narrow minded, too obsessed with their untenable ship, to be able to comprehend the difference between a “white lie” and hurtful lying.

When you tell the man you’ve been in a relationship with for over ten years, who you’ve been practically living with for two years, that you love him, then turn around and inform him that you’ve found a life you enjoy better without him…. that’s deliberately hurtful.

When, after having zero contact for two years, you show up unexpectedly and pretend to try to pick up where you left off, moving back into his house and telling him you intend to stay for as long as he wants you to stay only to turn around and leave again, with a cockamamie lie about earthquake victims….. that’s deliberately hurtful.

When you repeatedly try, by any means possible, to take a man’s little girl away from him… that’s deliberately hurtful.

When you tell a man that the child you are carrying is not his only to be forced to tell the truth years later, depriving him of those first precious years…. that’s deliberately hurtful.

When a wife asks her husband, “do these pants make me look fat” and he says, “of course not”, it’s not hurtful.  Idiotic… but not hurtful.

Danny not being able to face the possibility of Steve’s negative reaction to he and Rachel’s week together, is also not hurtful.  He was absolutely beside himself wanting to tell Steve about it.  He was trying to tell him at the very beginning of the episode while struggling to keep up with Steve’s “angry walking”.  He literally leaped out of his chair to follow Steve around to his office so he could tell him.  Unlike the other two who have to literally be forced by circumstances to finally reveal the truth, Danny just couldn’t keep up the secret.

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So Danny told a “white lie”.  So what?  Did it hurt anyone?  Did it make Steve question all the years of friendship or make him come to a realization that it never should have happened?  Of course not.  Steve’s smirk said it all. They are best friends.  They are brothers.  They know each other better than anyone else.  They are rock solid.

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Junior and Natano:  How can your heart not go out to Junior?  Already agonizing over his decision not to fight the parole of the man who killed his sister, he goes into an almost panic when his mom calls him and says she can’t find Natano and that he took his gun.  Junior’s anxiety over what Natano might do to himself was palpable.  Beulah’s performance was fantastic.

I’m sure we all pretty much knew where Natano was headed.  It’s only natural that he’d find out where the guy lived and he intended to make him pay for what he’d done to Maya.  Thank God he didn’t have the nerve to go through with it.

But it was a sure bet that his newly rebuilt relationship with Junior was going to take a hit and what a hit it was.  I guess, considering Natano’s mental state ever since we first met him that his reaction would go to the extreme but to completely disown Junior?  That was devastating.

It’s also not surprising that Junior would seek out Tani after such a horrendous blow.  I’m glad she was there for him.  Their friendship has really become a wonderful anchor for them both.  Yeah… it’s moving in a more serious direction but right now, I think she’s just a very sturdy shoulder for him to lean on and damn… does he need it!

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Aaron Wright:  I’m not going to go into everything he pulled in this episode but I will say, that I’m glad he wasn’t killed at the end of it.  Ok… he’s no WoFat (no one is ever going to be that awesome again!) and he’s not even a Gabriel Weincroft but…. damn… he is one nasty piece of work, isn’t he?  And I’m kind of tired of losing bad guys who have the potential to bring grief to our team for longer than one or two episodes.  So, I was glad they hauled his ass away instead of killing him off.

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The Cliffhanger:  From spoilers and interviews we knew there was going to be a cliffhanger.  We also knew the cliffhanger was going to involve something happening to a beloved team member and leave us with a question as to whether that team member would be returning for Season 10.

The major speculation among many fans was that it would involve Danny.  Those worried that, because of Scott’s work schedule, he might want to leave the show.  Those hoping that, because of Scott’s work schedule, he might want to leave the show.  I’m so thankful that both camps were wrong and the cliffhanger had nothing to do with Danny.

It’s so sad that both attempts at redemption went so terribly wrong in this episode.  Junior did the right thing with regard to Maya’s killer.  He followed his heart and did what he thought Maya would want and opted for forgiveness over vengeance, costing him the relationship with his father he tried so desperately to rebuild.

And Steve thought he was doing the right thing by allowing Omar Hassan’s wife, Azra and her young son to come into HQ to apologize for her husband’s involvement in the deaths of Steve’s SEAL team and Joe White.  Steve is such a good guy.  He’s shown it so many times, in so many ways, over the years.  Not killing Omar when he had the chance, trying to stop the cycle of violence before it stained another generation through Omar’s son, showed what a wonderful heart Steve has.

But just like with Junior earlier, doing the right thing had horrible consequences.  No matter what the outcome of the cliffhanger, it’s something Steve is going to carry with himself for a long time.

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Who got shot?:  Ahhhhhh, now that’s the question, isn’t it?  Azra pushed her son out of the way, as she grabbed the 3D generated plastic gun from his backpack.  It seems highly unlikely he could have gotten in the way and been shot.  We know it wasn’t Danny because not only was he standing behind Azra when she fired the shot, we can hear his “Oh my God” as the screen goes black.

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Lou and Jerry ushered Azra into the bullpen when she arrived but Lou was off camera when the shot was fired.  It’s possible he could have been hit but not probable.  There is a promo picture of Lou with gun in hand which appears to be his reaction after the shot was fired.  It’s more than likely not Lou.

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So that leaves the two people who were in the direct line of fire.  Steve and Jerry.  Could it be Steve?  Steve, who’s been through so much, has been hurt so many times, who’s been the center of finales before, isn’t it about time they gave the guy a break?  There have been eight finales.  Steve’s been injured, hurt or in trouble in five of them.

Season 1: Arrested for the murder of Governor Jamison.

Season 2:  Confronted with his “dead” mother.

Season 3:  Set up (by WoFat) to face assassins sent to kill WoFat

Season 6:  Plane crash and new liver.

Season 7:  Radiation poisoning.

So, yeah… maybe Steve should get a pass on this one.

A week or so before the finale aired, I was having a conversation with a couple of twitter friends and I proposed the idea that the cliff hanger could possible revolve around Jerry only because TPTB have been utilizing him so much more in recent episodes. In promo shots leading up to the end of the season (in a scene we never actually got in an episode) they have him at a shooting range with Tani, so it looks like they’re moving toward actually giving him a gun. He landed that wicked right cross on Wright in 9.24.  He’s been front and center and pretty awesome on a lot of cases and has gone out with the team on raids more often.  It just seems like they’ve been focusing on him a lot lately, whenever he’s in an episode. It was just a feeling, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that they were kind of building him up so that if something happened to him, it would be more of a shock.

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Honestly, I really want to be wrong about that.  I don’t want anything to happen to Jerry. I don’t want him hurt and I definitely don’t want him dead (God forbid!).  So let’s hope that Azra is a horrible marksman and that shot hit absolutely nothing.  Anticlimactic?  Sure.  But I’d rather have that then to lose a beloved team member.

Well, that’s it gang.  Another fantastic season of our fantastic show.  It’s been such fun and I thank you all for sticking with me throughout all these long months.  Now onto Season 10.  I have no doubt it will be another fantastic year.

So, until we meet again…. Aloha.  Malama Pono

Not a lot of time for screen caps this week.  Only a couple are mine.  A huge thank you, once again, to Lisa (@alohaspaceman) on Twitter and IG.  I don’t know what I’d ever do without her talent to steal from! Lisa is the best.  Nothing left to do now but…..

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14 thoughts on “9.25 – Hana Mao ‘ole ka ua o Waianae (Endlessly Pours the Rain of Waianae) – Season Finale

  1. On point, Linda. I don’t have a lot to say about the finale and you covered it all well. I appreciate your perspective on Danny and Steve’s little scene because it totally makes sense on many levels. From your lips to PL’s (and the writers’) ears…*sigh

    Okay. Shortest response by me. Ever. lol

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  2. I totally agree with you re Steve and Danny. It was no big deal.

    I disagree (respectfully) with you about Aaron Wright. I want him gone. I don’t think Joey Lawrence is believable at all. He may have been a good actor in a comedy, but not here on H50.

    Here’s the goofy scenario I came up with (and posted on Twitter) about who got shot: the bullet hits Steve in the shoulder, goes through, then hits Jerry in a non-vital area. Both of them survive. Jerry feels like it connects he and Steve. He has the bullet put on a chain and he wears it always. Steve has to take it easy for a couple of episode which gives Alex a break.

    We know Steve doesn’t die — Alex would not have been at PaleyFest if he was leaving, and, we know he has written a script, so I’m sure he’ll be around for that to be produced. I just hope Jorge is not leaving and this is his parting scene. 😦

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    • I totally hear you about Joey Lawrence and you’re not alone in your opinion. I honestly haven’t seen him in much other work although I, of course, know of it from when my daughter was of the age to watch the shows he was in. And you’re also right about his abilities in a comedy.

      But it’s just that ability that, for me at least, makes him do a good job with Aaron. It’s that ability to have a… comedic edge… for want of a better word…. while simultaneously being completely evil. Nick Jonas as Ian had a similar edge to his character. Again, for me, it makes him more menacing. To calmly and happily call a play-by-play of what a VX nerve agent is doing to the body as the victim writhes in pain in front of him…. *shudder*

      Do I wish we had a REAL menacing bad guy like WoFat? Absolutely. Do I wish Greer would have stuck around instead of being sacrificed just to make one insignificant character appear more important? Absolutely again. But TPTB have seen fit to end characters who were awesome bad guys or had the potential to be awesome bad guys. Hell, they even killed Ian. So we have Aaron Wright.

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  3. Ziadiane says:

    Hi Linda,

    First off a vacation is getting yourself out of your routine. So eat what you want and enjoy. Diets can start again.

    I looked at the last scene several times. Yes, it can be Jerry or Steve, but I saw her push her son forward as she took out the gun from his backpack. Danny was behind and started coming after her. Maybe he got to her before the shot went off and the shot did get her son. I hate to see a child get hurt, but it is a possibility. It’s unlikely that she shot herself although she deserves it to put her son in harms way. A normal mother would never put her child in danger, so she has serious mental problems, thats not just revenge. i would hate to see Jerry go, but I guess if Jorge has other projects he wants to do, it could be him. If its Steve, he will survive.

    Danny and Steve are fine. Somewhere in the back of his mind, Danny does not think he should be doing this either, or he would have told Steve where he was going. It’s not that it was a surprise to Steve anyway.

    I want Adam to move on, but I would hate to see him get caught up in the Yakuza again, or having them go after him again. Remember the drink waiting for him from her father.

    Poor Junior. Another parent who needs a lot of help to cope and who is probably actually blaming himself more than Junior. I like Tani and Junior together, I don’t mind the slow progress from friends to something more.

    Thanks for keeping up the blog. Have a great Summer. At least the actors can refresh themselves by time off or doing other projects. I hate 4 months until the next episode though.

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    • You’re right that if Danny was able to get to her before the shot went off, he could have knocked her off balance and the shot could have gone anywhere. I don’t think that happened though. You can see that Danny is still behind her when the shot goes off and she was holding that gun very steady. She was also holding it very high.. at her face level. Her son is really small, I don’t see how a bullet shot at that height could hit him. But, most of all, I just can’t see the writers having a small child shot.

      Someone on twitter asked Peter if Eddie was the “beloved character” who was going to be hurt in the finale and when he responded that it was not Eddie he said something like “how cruel do you think I am?”. Well, I also don’t think he’d be cruel enough to shoot a small child either.


  4. Oh look now I have to add another comment…I’m with Beachfeet011 on Aaron Wright. I can’t get past him being Joey Lawrence either. Doing the silly voice thing in that one scene didn’t help nor did all the cracking jokes when they caught him last week. And they’ve given him way too much leeway. We can’t replace Wo Fat but this is not workin’ for me at all.

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    • Like I said above… I totally get your opinions on Joey but it’s that ability to crack jokes and be simultaneously evil that makes him work for me. But, again… that’s just me and even though I’m ok with Aaron, I would just LOVE it if TPTB could find a way to get us a bad guy more on the level of WoFat. No one will ever be THAT awesome but it would be nice if we could get close. I really thought Greer was going to be a great long term baddie but… well……


  5. ZiaDiane says:

    Hi Linda,

    Vacations are for not worrying about diets. Have fun and enjoy.

    I watch the last scene several times, I saw her push her son forward when she took the gun out of his back pack. Danny was behind and started toward her, he may have hit her before the shot went off and she hit her son. It could also be Jerry or Steve. I would hate to see Jerry go, but I have not seen him in a lot of episodes towards the end of the season and was wondering where he was. He may have other interest. If its Steve, he will survive, no drama there, so I hope they surprise us.

    I want Adam to move on, but not get involved or have the Yakuza go after him again.
    Her father still had that drink on the bar for Adam. I think that is where the writers are going.

    Poor Junior, another parent that is too messed up to be an actual parent. His father needs help and to stop blaming Junior for everything. I like Tani and Junior together and enjoy the progression in their relationship

    I am glad the actors are getting refreshed with time off or other projects. Can’t wait to see them back. Although I hate the 4 months until the next episode.

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  6. Robin Jane Bridges says:

    Ditto. The finale just didn’t have a tense feeling to me. I hope D and R realize they need to be just friends. Jr’s father needs to realize that he still has his son. Isn’t Jr mom still around, I wonder what she thinks.

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    • Junior’s mom is still around. She’s the one who called Junior to tell him she couldn’t find Natano and that he took his gun. We’ve just never seen her on screen. I wonder if in Season 10, we’ll get to see her as Junior, hopefully, tries to connect with him dad again. His mom could be a good bridge in trying to make that happen.

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  7. rhondagemini says:

    Great review,Linda! You nailed everything perfectly! I will say three things:(1)Danny acted like it was no big deal when he admitted that he had been on the island with Rachel and Steve didn’t seem to have a problem with it,either.(2)I am hoping that it was not Jerry who was hit,but if it was, I hope he survives.Have to admit that I halfway expected Eddie to be somewhere around and jump in front of her to block the shot,after all, it is something he was trained to do,however, I’m glad he wasn’t involved. (3)I feel so bad for Junior-he did everything he could to rebuild his relationship with his father, but one decision on his part,a decision he believed Maya would support, has destroyed it. Like you, I hope his mother can be the bridge to get her husband and son back together next season. Looking forward to Season 10-September can’t come soon enough for me!

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  8. Mary Tomshack says:

    I loved the final episode. It really kept me on edge through the whole episode. And I do kind of like the Aaron Wright character. He is truly evil but I love his snark. I was so surprised at the end. Well, I’m glad it wasn’t Danny. I also don’t want it to be Steve or Jerry but we know if it’s Steve, he will be back. I thought it was cute that Danny wanted to tell Steve that he had lied to him. Obviously it was bothering him. Steve figured it out right away. He knew Danny had been with Rachel. I don’t really like it either. So much has happened. I really liked Melissa because she really loved Danny. But, we can’t do anything about it. It will be whatever it’s going to be. And I am glad to see that Adam is moving on. It’s time. The girl’s father is not the greatest, but Adam should be able to handle himself after all he’s been through. I’m sorry for Junior but I think he did the right thing. Although, I don’t know how I’d feel if I was his dad. I might be pretty bitter over the guy getting out of jail, but I don’t think I would let it ruin my relationship with my other child. I’m glad Tani is there for him. I like their relationship. Well, I am looking forward to the summer days but I will miss my show. Thank you for taking the time to give us a great review. We’ll see you in the fall.

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  9. Brooklyngirl says:

    I know I’m very late to the party but wanted to add my 2 cents for what it’s worth. As finales go over 9 seasons this one was just so-so. Totally anti-climatic. The first 3 minutes with Steve and Frank and the scenes with Junior were the only things that made this finale watchable. Don’t like Aaron, he needs to be gone. For. Good. Even the Steve/Danny scenes (btw, Danny didn’t lie to Steve – nuf said on that storyline) weren’t enough to make this ho-hum, predictable event worthwhile. Way back when on Dallas when “who shot JR” was all the talk, sadly this won’t be and it definitely won’t be a dream sequence either. A very shallow, savings grace, Steve in a plaid shirt. Have a great summer and hope you had a great vaction. See you in September.


  10. Have a great summer. And really brace for the reruns.
    Think that Joey Lawrence ran on some pretty hard times. But think he is coming back on his feet. Only way to go for his character is death like his other evil brother
    If Steve dies, then so does the show.
    Wonder if Danny tried to pounce on the “mom” in saving both Jerry and Steve.
    Hope Jorge stays and really hope his character stays on.
    Steve really does not need to lose more people.
    Thought Joe would want to be buried near his beloved ranch but oh well.
    9/10! BTW feel bad for the boy. He will have emotional issues for life. Would be nice if Steve adopted him.


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