#H50 Review:  10.18 –  Nalowale i ke ‘ehu o he kai (Lost in the sea sprays)

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I want to say “happy” H50 weekend like I always do, but of course there is nothing “happy” about this H50 weekend at all.  I want to do a proper review of this episode, but I find I really can’t.  So just a few quick observations:

Adam finally comes clean:  Thank God this story is over.  And thank God Steve ripped Adam a new one for going behind his back and going on another one-man quest that could have ended in disaster.  Steve’s anger was 100% justified and the reason Adam gave for why he did it was totally unsatisfying.  He did it because of what Kenji did to Tamiko.  He did it for her.  Not that it’s not a noble reason but it’s not what a law enforcement officer is supposed to do.  It’s not supposed to be personal.  I love Adam but I hope Steve thinks long and hard about accepting Adam back into the fold.  How can he ever trust that Adam won’t go rogue again?

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Noelani and Quinn:  The friendships between the women on this show have been wonderful this season.  Quinn and Tani.  Tani and Noelani.  Here we have Quinn helping Noelani try to solve how her beloved uncle died.  It was a great story, full of heartfelt emotions.  Every time they give Noelani a great story, Kimee totally rocks the material.  It was heartbreaking to watch Quinn tell Noelani about her brother who’d committed suicide.  Heartbreaking for how the death affected Quinn but more so because it shows how little we know Quinn.  Her backstory is one I was really looking forward to learning more about.  Sadly, we’ll never get the chance to really know her well.

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COTW:  The crime of the week was pretty predictable, but I enjoyed it mostly for the individual scenes within it.  Watching Tani’s fight to take down that goon on the ship was awesome.  Damn that girl is badass.  Seeing Junior totally panicked as he watched through that unmovable bulkhead as Tani fought was nerve wracking for both him and us.  And, damn, what a gun battle to finish out the case.  Steve, Danny and Junior in that house with the drug dust filling their air and their lungs was breathtaking in the least.

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Ohana ending:  For me, the best part of any episode is the Ohana gathering together somewhere for an after-case drink.  This one included Magnum PI’s Rick since they all gathered at his place for some end of day relaxation.  I loved the #ReiRay vs #Quick dance off.  Everyone looks so relaxed and happy and they were all having so much fun.  It was hard to watch without tears coming to my eyes.  As a matter of fact, this entire episode was hard to watch without crying.

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And we all know why!  Because, just like an unexpected heart attack which takes down a relatively young, seemingly healthy man in his prime, Hawaii Five-0 is coming to an abrupt and heartbreaking end in just one month.  Four more episodes and this wonderful show, that’s given me more pleasure and more pain, more laughs and more friends than I could have ever imagined is ending.

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Talk about a gut punch! Just a few hours before this episode was to air, this tweet appeared on all our timelines, sucking the air out of each and every one of us.  It was followed very quickly by the first reports hitting the entertainment media.  One of the first reports came from Dateline.

‘Hawaii Five-0’ To End After 10 Seasons On CBS, Sets Two-Hour Series Finale

 

EXCLUSIVECBS’ Hawaii Five-0 will be coming to an end. The popular action crime drama series will wrap its 10-year, 240-episode run with a two-hour series finale on Friday, April 3.

Developed by Peter M. Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as a reimagining of Leonard Freeman’s classic series and by Lenkov for the show’s entire run, Hawaii Five-0 has been a strong profit generator tor for CBS. In addition to its solid ratings performance, initially on Monday, and as a Friday anchor for the past seven seasons, Hawaii Five-0 has been a big international seller for CBS TV Studios, seen in more than 200 countries. Additionally, it was the last broadcast drama series to score a blockbuster off-network deal, landing $2 million an episode from TNT during the series’ first season on CBS.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that carried on the legacy of the original with such distinction while establishing its own signature style,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “From episode one, Hawaii Five-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night. We cannot be prouder of its quality, longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan-devotion it inspired.”

Hawaii Five-0 will end its run with its original stars Alex O’Loughlin as McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danno. I hear both of their current contracts are up at the end of this season. O’Loughlin suffered a serious back injury during the early seasons of the show, and has been dealing with effects from it ever since. There was speculation that he may leave the show two years ago but he stayed on after receiving stem cell treatment. I hear this time around, he felt he could not continue. I hear the network explored continuing Hawaii Five-0 with Caan’s Danno and a new partner but, ultimately, everyone felt this was the right time to end the series.

“This show has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life,” said O’Loughlin. “Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people. What we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, it’s extraordinary. I can’t really put words to express my level of gratitude. I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history and I’m going to miss it. And to the fans, I don’t know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have. I’m going to miss you. Aloha.”

Launching a Hawaii Five-0 reboot had been a top priority for CBS TV Studios for more than a decade. There were multiple unsuccessful attempts with other writers and producers until Lenkov came on board, teaming with Kurtzman and Orci for the pilot. It was the first of a slew of successful reboots Lenkov has delivered for CBS and CBS TV Studios.

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Hawaii Five-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show,” said Lenkov. “I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores. I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with. And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O’Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly – YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo.”

Hawaii Five-0 currently stars O’Loughlin, Caan, Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale, Katrina Law, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Kimee Balmilero and Chi McBride.

Like most long-running series, it went through multiple cast transitions. That included the controversial exit of original co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park after Season 7. Returning for the two-hour finale are recurring cast members James Marsters (Victor Hesse), William Sadler (John McGarrett) and Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat).

Hawaii Five-0, which consistently wins its time period, has been watched by almost 40 million viewers this season. In addition, the show has ranked in the top 15 or higher of broadcast dramas during its run. Also, Hawaii Five-0, is CBS’ most social primetime drama, generating 47 million impressions, 3.7 million engagements and 3.8 million video views, season-to-date.

“For 10 seasons, Alex, Scott and the rest of the talented Five-0 cast have brought fans exciting adventures in a spectacular tropical paradise,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “We specifically want to thank Peter and the incredibly talented production team for 10 years of consistently outstanding television. The drama has been a great success for the Studio and Network, and as a global franchise for our company. We’re pleased to give it a big sendoff and that viewers will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters as the final season wraps.”

Lenkov executive produces the series with David Wolkove, Matt Wheeler, Kurtzman and Orci.

Link to article:  https://deadline.com/2020/02/hawaii-five-0-end-10-seasons-canceled-cbs-s-two-hour-series-finale-1202870780/

So if you take this article at face value and, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to doubt it, all indications are that TPTB knew from very early on that this was going to be Alex’s last season. It looks like the network wanted to try to keep it going with Danny as the leader of the team and with a new partner, probably Lincoln Cole, the new character being introduced in the last two episodes.

Peter Lenkov has confirmed on Twitter that the finale script was not changed, so it was supposed to be the season finale, not the series finale. From things posted on social media, mostly on Instagram, the crew was as blindsided by this as we were, because they all thought they’d be back in July with a new direction for the show without Alex.

Now this is 100% speculation on my part.  Repeat:  100% speculation on my part.  It is possible that when presented with that option, Scott said no. It is possible that his answer was, if Alex was out, he was too. We all know Scott is not religiously attached to this show in the way that Alex is, so it’s not hard to imagine him saying no to doing it without him. Many people have recollections of interviews where Scott said just that years ago.

It’s also possible (again, pure speculation on my part) that the three camps of representatives, Alex’s, Scott’s and the network’s were trying to work out a compromise that would keep both Alex and Scott with the show for a new (possibly shortened) season so they could wrap things up properly. I think the finale was written to give Alex an out but also an opportunity to change his mind, if he so chose.  Like he did back at the end of Season 7. When it became certain no compromise could be reached, it was decided that the best course of action would be to end it.

This is not really too hard to understand.  We’ve said it a zillion times over the years.  If we ever got to a point where Alex and Scott decided they’d had enough, the show would end.  It’s just heartbreaking that it’s happening now, heartbreaking that we didn’t get a heads up, the time to process the news and prepare for the loss.  This is exactly like that heart attack that takes down a person in the prime of his life.  Totally unexpected and utterly heart wrenching.

My heart is heavy but where it goes out the most is to the lesser cast and especially to the hundreds of crew who make this show the success it is. They are the best crew in the world and they work their asses off to make this show the best it can be.  These people went to work in the morning, thinking it was the last day of the season, thinking they were going to be saying their “see you soon”s and “see you in July”s.  Instead, they were blindsided and saying their final farewells.  Now, instead of heading off to hiatus vacations and hiatus time with their families, they will all be looking for jobs.

It is those people who I think would have made this decision by Alex so difficult.  We know him so well, from all the interviews he’s given over the years.  We know about his total commitment, body and soul, to the show and to all the crew who work so hard and get their livelihood from it.  There is no way he made this decision lightly.   My heart tells me he agonized over it.  For him to admit that he couldn’t go on, no matter how much money, no matter how much down time they’d give him, knowing what it would mean for all those people he considers Ohana, must mean his physical discomfort must be more than he could continue to endure.  

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It breaks our hearts to let it go, but we have to respect Alex’s decision because this is about his health.  If walking away is what he needs to be happy and even more importantly, to be healthy for himself, Malia and their children. he did the right thing.

We have four more episodes to go.  Whatever comes, one way or the other, I will be there. I hope you’ll all be there too.

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28 thoughts on “#H50 Review:  10.18 –  Nalowale i ke ‘ehu o he kai (Lost in the sea sprays)

  1. dustdee57 says:

    Linda, it’s a heartbreak. And the cast must be just as upset too, especially Alex. I do remember an interview he gave saying that if he didn’t work then others didn’t have food on the table. It has to be hard on him too. I only hope they don’t kill off any characters and there is only happiness in the 2 hour finale. I sat last night crushed, my chest felt tight, like a truck had hit me. I hope we see Alex and the others sooner than later in new shows. I imagine he will take time to grow his beard (which I loved) and relax for a while before persuing other roles. As for us who are connected by the show, we will stay cyber friends as we will always have things to talk about.

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    • I too hope we will see Alex, and Scott and all the others in wonderful projects in the future. I will be a lifelong fan of them all. And yes, I will also cherish the friends I’ve made because of this show and I hope we’ll all remain friends for a very long time.

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  2. Dan Gibson says:

    Wow …. I am sitting here in a funk. When there is change in my world, I have to remind myself from time to time that “everything has a beginning and an end”. But that little cliche is not helping me deal with this right now. I’m sick to my stomach that in a little over a month, there will be no more 5-0.

    I go back to October 2010, when my Sister told me she had watched three episodes of the “reboot”, and thought it was a winner. I confidently told her that I’d been a huge fan of the original drama with Jack Lord, so I had little interest in this remake. She talked about the lead character, saying she had seen Alex in two earlier series, but that he NAILED this new role. But still, she needled me to give it a look …

    Within a few days I located the pilot, and figured why not be a good guy and give her some feedback. Hell, 7-8 minutes later, my CHIN hit the floor. This guy “Alex” was the real deal. This “new” McGarrett had been in US Naval Intelligence & a Navy Seal, no less — I perked right up, having spent four great, growing years in Naval Security in the early ’70’s in the South Pacific… so I HAD to check this out. Needless to say, I binge-watched and “got with the program” before the next new episode.

    What a great 10 years it’s been … the Pearl Harbor story with David trying to find the man who killed his father; the final showdown between Steve and Wo Fat; and the tragic final episode featuring Joe White. These three shows will be with me a long, long time.

    What made this 5-0 superior to the original ? The makers developed characters here, who we came to appreciate, respect and love. It was exciting, but above all, It had HEART …

    Thank you Mr. Lenkov, and many thanks to CBS for the past ten years …. and of course, thank you Linda — you have been the Captain of our Ship all the way. I am going to miss this … Mahalo to All !

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    • Unlike you, I never liked the original Five-O. I’m very much a “buddy-buddy” type of TV show and movie girl. (think Starsky and Hutch or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) I also like a bit of humor with my action and drama. While my parents watched the original, it was never a favorite of mine. I tuned in on that Monday night so long ago because I was a huge fan of the show LOST and I followed Daniel Dae Kim over to Five-0.

      But here’s where we’re the same. It took those same 7or 8 minutes for me to be memorized by Alex as Steve. A few moments later we met Danny. By the time they met face to face over drawn guns I was hooked. I’ve never looked back since.

      Those favorite episodes of yours are some of mine as well. 10 years late, 10 years full of wonderful action, fun, drama, angst, gun fights, car chases, explosions, carguments and beers on the beach, I am as hooked as ever. This ending is going to rip my heart out, I’m sure. I’m not ready to say goodbye!

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  3. CO Starnes says:

    😳🤭😭 My series of emotions when I read this!! But as they say “all good things must come to an end”. This series will be greatly missed but I will look back on it as a wonderful time spent escaping reality to a warm, sunny Hawaii at the end of a long, hard work week. I can understand that this was a very difficult decision to be made by all involved.
    I wish ALL the people that worked on the show the best of luck. And I can’t wait to see the actors in different roles that will challenge them in new ways. As for you Linda, thank you for all the H5O Kool-Aid, guess you’ll have to give us reviews on your favorite fanfiction stories!! #AlohaMcDanno

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  4. rhondagemini says:

    Another great review, Linda! You covered everything perfectly, so I will just say that I am saddened that this wonderful show is coming to an end. If this was Alex’s decision, then I understand and respect it. I wish the cast and crew nothing but the best going forward and I do hope to see of the cast in future projects down the road.I would have loved for some of the characters to move over to Magnum, PI,but since the future of that show is uncertain at this point, don’t guess that will happen. I do want to say in touch with all of my Ohana brothers & sisters that I met because of H50-love you all dearly!

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  5. Carole says:

    What can I say – stunned, shocked, saddened and I won’t be stateside to see any of it! I was not ready for this! I’m sure it was a hard decision for Alex and I’m so sorry to hear he’s still having health issues. I’m not surprised Scott is out too. ….remember that convo about the restaurant “if you’re out, I’m out!” I can totally hear Scott having that convo Alex……and there goes the heart and soul of the show…..even though PL made noise about continuing without Alex, losing both gave TPTB no choice. I could ramble on, but honestly I’ve been in funk since finding out. This show has been a huge part of my life. Linda you’ve put so much of your time into it too so I know you understand. We were supposed to go out sightseeing today, but not happen….I need to get myself together.

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    • There is no way to know, of course, all the real reasons why this happened. The network could have renewed the show without Alex and Scott, they can do whatever they want. I can only speak for myself, but I would have been there to watch it no matter what. It would not have been the show I fell in love with and it would have never been the same without the heart and soul of the show, which has always been McDanno in my opinion. But I would have watched.

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      • Susan Schoppe says:

        Well Thank God Linda, I was thinking I needed to see a psychiatrist, what grown up gets this upset & looses a nights sleep over the end of a TV show! Now that I know I’m not the only one and I’m good company I feel much better. I just don’t want to see the end but you won’t be able to keep me from it. I know this is hard on everyone from Alex to the entire crew not to mention all of us the die hard fans. So many emotions coming & going from the minute I heard the news. I can’t imagine they would kill off Steve & Danny that would be so mean IMO to the fans that have given them ten years of their time. I truly hope we don’t have to lay eyes on Cathrine & certainly don’t want them back together BC that’s No Happy Ending. That’s Steve spending the rest of his life as a door mat. I absolutely Always look forward to your reviews every week, what am I gonna do now when I look and your not there bc there’s been no episode to review, another loss! Sorry for the selfish rant can’t help myself. 💔

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        • Of course we all feel the same way. Since this finale was written to be a “season” finale, it’s going to leave me in rapt anticipation of the start of filming in July and the resolution of where the finale will leave us. But, of course, those days will never come. I still can’t imagine what I’m going to feel when July comes and there’s no blessing and no start of filming, no hiatus beard to admire, no new episodes to look forward to. It’s the loss of an old and dear friend and it’s going to take a very long time to get used to it not being there.

          I honestly can’t believe they would kill off Danny but, of course, I also thought we were a shoe in for renewal so what do I know? From the cast and crew posts on IG of it looks like Steve is alive to the end. I fear a reunion with her may very well be what we’re going to see. Peter has always said she’d be part of the series to the end and, well, this is the end. I’m sure we’re going to see her but I made my peace with that a very long time ago. No, it’s not to my liking. I think it betrays everything the show has built over the years without her but the show is Peter’s baby and he will do with it as his vision dictates. I will be there until the bitter end because where else would I be? I’ve only missed one first run episode (the weekend of my daughter’s wedding) in all ten years. There is nowhere else I can be when it ends then right there.

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      • Carole says:

        I would have watched too….probably with a heavy heart, but along with the original, this show has been part of my world for ever. It began my fascination with Hawaii and I was blessed not only to go there, but live there – my kids were born there. It’s already morning here in Japan – a little over 48 hrs since I checked Twitter and saw the news. I feel a bit better, but not much sleep and my heart definitely was not in weekend activites. The overwhelming reaction seems to be great sadness. I wish nothing but the best for Alex & Scott and everyone else, but it’s not just the show – it’s the fans. I’ve never met any of you, but you feel like friends. It’s not just no show on Friday night, it’s not coming to this blog and reading your words and realizing you thought the exact same thing I saw. It’s getting a message back from you, whether about the show or your family – we even share having a kid in Australia! I don’t tear up easily, but right this.moment…..this is all so crappy. Sorry for rambling, but at least I’m not the only feeling like this…..promise to try for more upbeat next time I check in.

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        • I totally understand my friend. Sending out all the hugs I can to you and everyone else who’s grieving now. We always complain about how long the hiatus is from May to July. Now it’s from April to the end of forever. Go right ahead and cry. I’ve been doing a lot of that all weekend.

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  6. Brooklyngirl says:

    I’m totally devastated by this news. My heart breaks for Alex because we know that, like you said, this was a hard decision for him to make. But his health and well-being is the most important thing.

    I’ve never been so involved with a show, with character that became family, with strangers who I now consider some of my closet friends and learning the true meaning of ohana. or this I’m truly grateful.

    As much as it hurts, I’ll be here for the very sad, bumpy ride

    oh I watched the episode but definitely need to re-watch it since I was to busy crying and sniffling.

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    • I hear ya babe. I re-watched the episode last night with my hubby since he missed it on Friday and I can say that I did enjoy it a lot more when I could actually SEE it without the veil of tears.

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  7. dustdee57 says:

    There was a Twitter post today from Peter saying some of the characters will pop up from time to time on Magnum. I hope so. For April 3, we will need to buy out the Kleenex shelf at Costco.

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    • I’m sure there will be H50 pop-ups on Magnum but I’m also pretty sure it will be Noelani, Kamekona, Flippa, Duke….all those who live on the island and are readily available. I’m really not counting on anyone else doing it.

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  8. Robin Jane Bridges says:

    What you said. I had wished that Danny would have showed up at Rick’s time or two, to get low down at what Rick knew was going on. That won’t happen now. But it is go that it goes out on top. I will miss it and I guess I’ll be watch more of my British/New Zeland mysteries on Britbox or Acorn. Aloha.

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    • Gwen says:

      Hi Linda
      I’m also glad to see that I am not alone in feeling shattered that H50 is finishing. S10 hasn’t even hit FTA TV in Australia yet, so IF it does show eventually, will be watching from a very different point of view. It is no consolation that I have still to watch the final series, believe me. Australia has always been behind in the shows as well as the replays jumping all over the place, taken off when you least expect it and so on. However we can / could avidly follow via Twitter and Instagram to our little hearts’ content. We all have been very spoilt in the amazing access we’ve had to seeing the production and our fav actors almost every week, which will be missed so much. I totally agree with all you’ve said about the why’s and wherefores, in particular the difficult decision Alex has made, but he certainly has given so much of himself that he deserves to spend time as a normal human being enjoying his family life and taking care of his own well being. My heart goes out to the people behind the scenes who apparently did not expect to be jobless so suddenly. So many real life changes for everyone involved. I’ve wondered what the hell is wrong with me being so upset about a TV show for goodness sake.
      I hope we can there will be plenty of Twitter stuff between the fans to enjoy, it’s been hours of entertainment for so many of us. Also that we see Alex on our screens in some way eventually, after he’s had a rest I reckon he won’t be able to resist getting out there again, he’s a born entertainer and very hot as well.

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  9. Actually, it comforts me to see all the emotions of other fans. I consider myself a fairly tough no-nonsense kind of woman. I’ve been jumping on injured boars with just a knive and often work at night alone in dark forests (I’m a PhD biologist). I’m 36 years old and have been crying like an eleven year old fan girl when I read the news on Twitter. I didn’t know what came over me. This was ridiculous. It’s just a TV-show, for god’s sake! And I always wanted them to stop on a good note and not let the show run out of steam. I also expected this. All the Tweets about the pilot, the “spectacular cast” on the season finale, the reappearance of Wo-Fat and the champ box. It all sounded a lot like the circle finally closing. I think I just pushed that thought to the back of my mind. I felt that the show was runnig out in seasons 6 and 7, but I think the new cast was a breath of fresh air. So much so, that I tried to tell myself, that this might go on for a while. Still, I’m happy that they are leaving while it’s still good.

    So I expected this and I’m not usually the one to cry about pseudoproblems like this. What the hell is wrong with me? As many of you have written, this show has been my happy place for the last six years (I only discovered it end season 4.). It accompanied me through tough times in my life: the stressful finalisation of my dissertation, a very hard job as a freelancer, living in hotels in different states every week, losing my beloved dog. And through all these ups and downs, Five-O was with me. I had very little free time, but I used to take my Laptop to hotels with me just to be able to watch at least 15 minutes of it, before sleeping. It was my 15-minute-vacation every day – and on many tough days it was the only little comfort that got me through them. Being alone and exhausted in some foreign state, far away from my family and friends – the little 15-minute vacation in the evening used to be the almost only constant in my life for 6 years. The end becoming official therefore feels like a big loss or a really painful breakup. I never would have expected a stupid TV-show to make me feel like this. I guess I just never realised how important that show has become to me.

    What comforts me the most right now ist the fact that it had to happen someday and it did while the show is still strong. And let’s not forget that we still have those ten years on DVD or on our hard drives or streaming services. And we still have fanfiction. Hopefully many talented writers will still let their imagination run and give us new amazing stories. There might be no more new Five-0 episodes, but everything they gave us in the last ten years isn’t dead – we can always go back there.

    As for the ending: Since P. Lenkov said it would be devastating and labeled a fan’s idea of Wo-Fat’s wife blowing everything up “interesting”, I’m expecting them to kill at least Steve, maybe Danny too. He also said that after the finale, in his mind, the task force would continue and Steve would find happiness. If this will be in his mind, something else will happen in the show. Personally I would like a very unspectacular ending, with Steve and Danny together still being in the task force. I’d even like them to bring Catherine back, since they have taken everything else from Steve, and let them all live happily ever after. Basically just us viewers leaving Hawaii and let the Ohana stay exactly like it used to be. I know though, that TV-shows usually end with this big spectacular bang that writers and producers deem to be necessary. When push comes to shove, I will just ignore that and have my own happy end in my imagination…

    Sorry for the long text. It was necessary for me to vent. If I would tell anyone of my friends about how much this affected me, they would think I lost it. But I feel like you guys know exactly, what I’m talking about. Thank you!

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    • Please don’t apologize. Your post was wonderful and you voiced what many of us have all been feeling. I went to bed Friday night and didn’t sleep one wink. I was saying the exact same things to myself, over and over. What is wrong with you? Why are you feeling this way? It’s only a TV show? Get a grip? And the more I said it to myself, the more tears began to fall. The only consolation I have that I’m not a complete idiot is that others are feeling the exact same way. We’re all in this together, as we all have been from the very beginning.

      I don’t know how it’s all going to end. The only thing I know for sure, because Peter himself said it on Twitter, is that the finale was NOT written to be the series finale. It was written to be the SEASON finale and that very little of the script was changed to accommodate the series coming to an end. Which says to me that whatever happens in the finale, it was NOT the final ending that was envisioned for the show, but the ending (and continuation into Season 11) of Season 10 only. Because of this, I doubt we’re going to get that Ohana gathering with Steve and Danny at the water’s edge clinking beer bottles, as we always figured we get and wanted.

      I can’t see how this ending is going to please too many people for that reason. There will be people who will be very vocal in their complaints, I am certain because I’m pretty sure this is not the ending anyone wanted, including Peter. (Just my opinion, of course!)

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  10. Nancy 13 says:

    I’m sad but I wish all the cast & crew the best in the future. I hope we will see the cast cast in other shows/movies (especially Alex). Thanks for this blog.

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  11. ZiaDiane says:

    I watched the show not knowing of the news of it ending. At the end I heard the final episodes. It did not sink in immediately, then I thought about it for a minute and I immediately went on the internet and was crushed to find out the show was ending. I hate this, but I totally understand why Alex can’t do the show anymore. He gave it everything he had and it was at a cost to his health in more ways than one. I am glad that they did not do a version without Alex and Scott, as it would not do the show justice. I feel for the crew and actors. I feel like there is so much that I want to know about these characters and we will never find out. I have so loved this show and I hope that they do the characters justice when ending it. I love them all and wish the actors good luck in their future projects.

    Thank you for the Blog Linda. I will follow it to the end and appreciate your time in giving us your perspective. I will find it hard to read anything without tears, but I am very grateful for 10 wonderful years with with talented actors and great storylines.

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  12. jlopie1 says:

    Oh, Linda! How in the world are we going to get through this? We’ve known each since the beginning. We laughed and cried together through good episodes and storylines, and some that just plain frustrated us, but we developed a friendship that we know will endure. We’ve always had each other’s backs — just like the two guys that made up the greatest bromance in television history (I might be slightly biased here).

    But, darn it, this is so much harder than I ever expected it to be! Of course I knew in my heart that the show, and therefore the bromance of Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams would eventually fade from my television screen, but I thought I would have time to adjust to that reality, not have it dumped in my lap with only 4 new episodes left, none of which will be a satisfactory ending to this joyous ride!

    My shock not only embraces the loss of my Friday night viewing staple, but the sudden awakening on this past Saturday morning that ALL of this will be gone when the screen fades to black on April 3rd. What will I have to look forward to on my Twitter feed but endless angry political tweets? No more pretty BTS pictures, no more shenanigans from Beulah and Meaghan, it’s just going to be … gone. All the good bye posts and thank you’s from the crew and cast feel more like responses to a death in a family rather than a send off for a television show.

    But you know what? It’s time to finish grieving and start being thankful for the incredible journey I’ve been with all of you and other H50 fans. You can’t just keep traveling down a road forever without reaching a destination (or running out of gas, but I will firmly defend the notion this show was not out of gas, even if some were understandably out of steam). I appreciate each and every person I’ve had a personal interaction with because of this show. May you all continue to be passionate about SOMETHING in your lives. Enjoy this last month and the final episodes of this great show,

    And Linda, my dear, sweet Linda – our friendship isn’t going anywhere. I’m going to get you to Montana someday to birth some baby calves.

    BTW, I don’t remember much about this past episode, too much angst swirling around in my mind at the time. I’ll definitely have to watch it again.

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    • Damn girl… now I’m crying again. At the office. Thank goodness I have my own office where no one can see me! I had a very similar revelation this morning when some stupid click bait article appeared in my email from my H50 Google Alerts and it hit me…… I won’t be getting any more H50 Google Alerts. Every day, for the last 10 years, I got several every single day, every day of the year. Yeah, a lot of them were stupid crap I didn’t read anyway, but they were there. My heart would lift a little bit every time I opened my email and say one with a “Hawaii Five-0” header. Now, they will all be gone. And like our Twitter feeds will now be filed with angry political crap, so my email will be filled with nothing but ads for shopping sites I won’t ever shop on.

      But you’re right. It’s time to stop grieving. Well, at least until 10pm on April 3rd when it will start all over again like a fresh open wound. Change is inevitable in life, as is finality. All good things must come to an end, eventually, and we all knew this was coming. But with the show doing so well, winning Friday night week after week, it seemed it was a long way off. But we have always said that when Alex and Scott decided they had enough, that would be it. It’s the abruptness that hurts so much and seeing everything on social media which will be “the last”. The last BTS photos, the last hugs, the last fade to black, the last rainbow.

      I will forever be grateful for ten years of more joy than I ever thought I could get from a TV show. Grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met on line, and those I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person. Grateful for two trips to Hawaii I probably would have never made, one being the incredible week we spent together for SOTB and with your wonderful family and our 808 Ohana. Memories and friendships I will cherish and cling to forever.

      The other day my hubs was talking about places he would like to go someday and one of the things he said was, he’d like to try to visit all 50 states. I said to him… just let me know when you want to go to Montana. I think I might just possibly have an “in” there. ♥♥♥ I love you Bella!

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  13. Mary Tomshack says:

    I am incredibly sad about this news. I feel so lost, like I have really lost something so close to me. Like I have lost a great friend that I spent every Friday night with. Something is really going to be missing without Steve and Danny and the rest of the gang. I liked the last episode. I love those little moments between Steve and Danny in Steve’s kitchen. And this time, Junior joined them. The three of them make great roommates. I think it’s cute the way Danny sits on the kitchen counter and talks to Steve. Those two are so cute together. Tani sure is one tough girl. She had it all taken care of by the time the guys got in there. Quinn and Noelani were great together too. Noelani was great but Quinn is my favorite. I loved seeing her take the lead in this one. She has fit in with the team very well. Well, needless to say, I am going to miss them all. No more Mcdanno. Hopefully, the fan fiction will keep going.
    I’ll see you next week.

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