HAWAII FIVE-0 “Hao Kanaka” Review

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) Hao Kanaka

HAWAII FIVE-0 “Hao Kanaka” Season 1 Episode 10 – We finally get to meet Danny’s elusive ex-wife Rachel in this episode, which was great. Until now she’s only been on the other end of a phone or text, and from every conversation we’ve seen Danny have with the woman, I was expecting something with fangs and maybe a witch’s hat. Turns out she’s not only human, she’s also beautiful and British. The first thing that ran through my mind when I saw her was how in the world the two of them met, so it was nice to hear Danny’s story about how that happened.

Then we were just left with how they ever got along, considering how they don’t seem much alike at all, plus why it ended between them. When I saw how upset Rachel got over seeing Danny in the killers’ house by himself, I did begin to understand how things went wrong. It can’t be easy for the wife of a police officer, especially with a little girl at home, to constantly worry about whether or not her husband is going to make it home every night.

Overall as a Danny fan, I really liked getting a look into his past with Rachel. I also liked the fact that they didn’t set her up as only the horrible ex-wife, but someone I could empathize with a little bit. I wouldn’t mind it if Rachel made another appearance on the show, as it’s obvious those two still share a strong bond. What that means for them, I’m not sure, but I’m curious to find out.

My favorite bits..

Kamekona telling McGarrett that wood “doesn’t grow on trees”. Wait. what?

The look on McGarrett’s face when Kamekona found his phone. LOL!

Laughing at how easily they throw in gratuitous shots of the cast in bathing suits. Then again, they DO shoot in Hawaii. But I’m always happy to see McGarrett without his shirt, so I’m not gonna complain. Oh except to ask when it’s gonna be Danny’s turn. ((WINKKK))))

Danny knowing exactly how many people die every year from falling coconuts.

Danny having trouble typing on his cell phone because he’s got “goofy thumbs”. Ha!

The clever way they kept Danny from having to run on his bum knee, by having him be McGarrett’s eyes for the elevator.

Danny calling McGarrett “Steve The Science Guy”. But you gotta admit, that was a pretty nifty way to get a print.

Thinking it was funny how Danny has now started joining in on McGarrett’s unusual interrogation techniques. Using the weights was a nice one.

This bit in the car:
McGarrett: “Why are you so angry?”
Danny: “Because I’m an angry person.”

The boys showing up on Danny’s ex’s doorstep.

Finding out how Danny picked up Rachel. So cute that he offered to give her driving lessons because she had a “very nice tushie”.

Danny using the chips to simulate static when McGarrett asked him what happened between him and Rachel.

McGarrett seeing Rachel’s reaction to Danny being alone in the house next door and getting a clue as to what happened between them.

Rachel not only slamming her car into the fence as a distraction, but thinking of saving the pen to get their fingerprints. I’m liking this chick more and more.

This bit was so cute:
Danny:”I feel like I’ve seen this trick before.”
Rachel: “Well it worked once, right?”

Danny using Grace’s pink laptop, complete with Hello Kitty stickers. Aw.

The way each of the team took out one of robbers. Why was I not surprised that McGarrett’s ended with a sweaty/sandy hand to hand battle on the beach?

Danny thanking Grace for letting him use her computer. Another aw.

Danny looking back at the house through the rearview mirror and Rachel peeking through the curtain at him driving away. And yet another…..aaaawww.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Do you think we’re going to see more of Danny’s ex? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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