Five-0 Redux: After the 'Hawaii Five-0' finale, here's a look back at the series' best episodes

In Hawaii, once we say “aloha` o” to a good friend or beloved one, it suggests a tragic goodbye to worry and somewhat hope of seeing one another quickly. The phrase, which accurately means “you might be favored or welcomed,” is finest recognized for being songs of the identical identify, saying “Goodbye to you … till we meet once more.” Sadly, for “Hawaii 5-0” followers, final week’s season finale, “Aloha” (“Goodbye”), was a ultimate “aloha` to you” within the sequence after 10 years of airing on CBS.

As we bid our personal newest aloha `oo within the sequence, listed here are among the finest episodes from the sequence. The episodes have been chosen by fan response, the energy of the general arc characters, the performing by the solid, and the writing and directing of the episode. Some have been chosen due to the cultural and historic significance that drove the storyline. Nonetheless they selected, there’ll at all times be others that could be on this best-of record, however for time and area, right here is our alternative. They’re listed in chronological order from season 10’s first season.


“Pailaka” (“Pilot”), Episode 1.01

Story by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Peter M. Lenkov and teleplay by Lenkov. Directed by Len Wiseman, it initially aired on September 20, 2010.

We will’t have a better-listed with out together with the pilot episode, because it gave us the premise for the story of the five-Zero job power, in addition to the muse of the friendship and partnership shared by Steve McGarrett (Alex O ‘Loughlin) and HPD Det. Danny “Injury” Williams (Scott Caan). The episode additionally units up lots of the storylines which have existed for 10 seasons. McGarrett and Danno work collectively to analyze the homicide of McGarrett’s father, John (William Sadler), who was killed by Victor Hesse (James Marsters). Hesse later revealed to be the deal with of Excessive Fats (Mark Dacascos), who turned the primary villain. We additionally met disgraced HPD detective, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and his cousin, Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), who had nearly graduated from the police academy. Each Chin and Kono be part of McGarrett and Danno to kind the 5-Zero job power.

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“Hoʻonani Makua Kane,” (“Honor Your Father”), Episode 4.10

Written by Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz. Directed by Larry Teng, it was initially projected on December 13, 2013.

If there was just one episode that made a worldwide impression, it was this episode that taught many viewers in regards to the historic tragedy behind the imprisonment of Japanese Individuals throughout World Struggle II. Many followers around the globe have been extremely moved by the thought-provoking episode, particularly after they realized there had really been an Honouliuli Worldwide camp on Oahu, and lots of different camps round the USA. French followers ship their ideas and condolences after watching the episode. “Hawaii 5-0” solid member Dennis Chun offered French fan messages on the Japanese Cultural Middle in Hawaii throughout a Day of Remembrance celebration in 2014.


“Ina Paha” (“If Possibly”), Episode 5.07, the 100th episode of the sequence

Written by Peter M. Lenkov and directed by Larry Teng, it was initially projected on Nov. 7, 2014.

Most well-known for celebrating the 100th episode of the sequence, the intelligent episode confirmed us an alternate model of McGarrett’s life, as if his father hadn’t been murdered within the pilot episode. The episode was additionally a showdown between McGarrett and his arch-nemesis Wo Fats, with McGarrett defeating Wo Fats for the final time. Whereas followers mourn the lack of the sequence villain, performed by the beloved Mark Dacascos, they beloved how the episode introduced all the workforce collectively with the intention to save McGarrett from the litter of Fats.


“I might be mamua, I might be king mahope” (“The longer term is up to now”), episode 8.10

Written by Zoe Robyn and directed by Peter Weller, it was initially projected on December 15, 2017.

Somebody shot Danny’s previous, and as he took out and in of his consciousness, he imagined a attainable future for himself, for his youngsters, McGarrett and for the remainder of 5-0. Followers beloved the episode because it confirmed McGarrett and Danno working the eating places, and rising previous collectively, after elevating Danno’s youngsters at weddings and graduating from the police academy. In Danno’s dream, Duke (Dennis Chun) is clearly in command of the cadets on the police academy; Kamekona (Taylor Wily) and Flippa (Shawn Mokuahi Garnett) now personal two luxurious resorts; Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and Kono have a child; Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath) turns into prime of 5-Zero and runs the duty power together with her husband, Junior King (Beulah Koale).

“E hoʻoko kuleana” (“To do one homework”), episode 8.18

Written by David Wolkove and Matt Wheeler. Directed by Alex O’Loughlin, it was initially projected on March 30, 2018.

O’Loughlin actually solidified himself as a succesful director as Danny noticed in recovering from working imaginative and prescient of a home violence case in New Jersey as a uniformed police officer. Danny stops Brooke Gardner (Joanna Christie) from abusive husband Ray Gardner (Daniel Kaemon) from killing her and 20 years later Ray returns to shoot Danny in episode 8.10. It’s each performing Caan, in addition to O ‘Loughlin’s path that made this episode among the best within the sequence.


“Pua a’e la ka uwahi o ka moe” (“The Smoke of the Dream Now Rises”), Episode 9.07, The 200th Episode

Story by Peter M. Lenkov and teleplay by David Wolkove and Matt Wheeler. Directed by Bryan Spicer, it was initially projected on Nov. 9, 2018.

The episode allowed the viewers a glimpse into 1940 Hawaii and educated trendy audiences on the legends of Chang Apana, a real-life Honolulu Police Division detective from the 1910s and ’20s. Few can bear in mind him because the inspiration for literary character Charlie Chan. The historic 200th episode has our favorites enjoying variations of themselves, as McGarrett dreamed up the real-life decision of Apana Chang’s newest case. A case of his personal grandfather and namesake as soon as actively investigated together with his good friend, HPD detective Milton Cooper. In McGarrett’s dream, he performs a youthful model of his grandfather, and Danno incorporates the youthful Milton, and collectively they work on the streets of Honolulu to unravel a case of individuals lacking from 1932 only a few days earlier than. the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“Eau luʻau a kualima” (“Providing younger taro left …”), Episode 9.17

Written by David Wolkove and Matt Wheeler. Directed by Alex O’Loughlin, it was initially projected on February 22, 2019.

This episode focuses on newcomer Beulah Koale, who’s in search of a bank-robbery suspect who can be the lover of her ex-girlfriend, Layla (Anna Enger). Whereas he understands his position as a member of 5-Zero and his loyalty to McGarrett, he additionally worries that his pursuit of Tory (J.J. Soria) could be compromised by his emotions for Layla. O’Loughlin’s path of Koale is magical, because the younger actor is totally excellent within the dramatic moments of his character’s life.


“Ka`iʻo” (“DNA”), Episode 10.07

Written and directed by Alex O’Loughlin, it was initially projected on Nov. 8 2019.

O ‘Loughlin takes his character and McGarrett’s mom, Doris (Christine Lahti), on the ultimate leg of their journey collectively and units to relaxation the story of Shelburne, dealing with his mom’s CIA in operation. The episode itself is a tour de power for O ‘Loughlin, as he reveals his expertise behind the pen, in addition to his experience as an actor and director. It must be the sequence finale, because it gave us a conclusion that was emotionally heartbreaking, however ended all hypothesis of any secret McGarrett hoped could possibly be answered.

However we appeared to unravel a couple of extra mysteries within the season 10 finale, which just like the pilot must be on this record of finest episodes – as a result of how can we are saying goodbye to a sequence we love with out hanging on till its absolute conclusion? Maybe the season 10 finale was the best possible title on the finish of the sequence – “Aloha,” which typically means “hi there,” however this time – it positively means “goodbye.”

Wendie Burbridge has been writing the “5-Zero Redux” weblog for since 2011. Comply with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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