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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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Excerpt from Dateline Article above
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.
No screencaps from me today. Just didn’t have the heart. All credits are noted above.
Aloha. Malama Pono