By Wayne Harada
“Hawaii Five-0” edged “Castle” to win its Monday slot (Jan. 16) and helped CBS log a victory for the coveted adult 18 to 49 demographics, according to preliminary overnight Nielsen TV ratings.
The CBS procedural drew 10.50 million viewers and a 2.8 demo, compared to its chief ABC competitor’s
9.40 million and 2.3 demo, with NBC’s “Rock Center With Brian Williams” pulling in 5.56 million and 1.3 demo at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on the Mainland).
Still, the “Five-0” demo was down 3 per cent, compared to its 2.9 figures two weeks ago, when a new episode aired.
“Pu’olo (The Package)” was a bag of old tricks of character revivals, repeating themes. Some thrills, some ills; over-all, a see-sawing, confusing, disappointing hour.
Lauren German (who plays Lori 0000), utters the ultimate review, when referring to a returning baddie, but perhaps sums up the episode: “Clearly, you need some new material.”
The episode featured a truck hijacking/robbery that wasn’t (goods not stolen), the return (via flashback) of Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O'Loughlin) dad John,(William Sadler), threats from the yakuza, the comeback of a nasty criminal from season one, Sang Min (Will Yun Lee), the reappearance of Kamekona’s (Taylor Wyle) shrimp truck (though the hefty one is calorie-counting with five Subway footlongs), the continuation of doubt between McG and his Uncle Joe White (Terry O’Quinn), the rebounding of Danno’s (Scott Caan) preggie ex-wife Rachel (Claire van der Boom) about to give birth and so on.
Through it all, Hawaii looks damn good. If only the story could match the scenics.
The issue and mystery of Shelburne is finally revealed, but it’s a yawn.
But nice to see local faces in prominence: Dean Kaneshiro as Lee Dolan, the dude in the hijacked truck who isn’t killed. His pidgin rants were credible; not so with Sang Min’s. Plus the hearing of John Cruz’s “Hi’lawe” track from the “Five-0” soundtrack CD, with a plug for the album before the final aloha.
Will Carson plays the teen McG in flashback; probably will be reintroduced in future episodes, since that’s the template with the show. A character you know appears when you least expect it.
With the mystery of Shelburne finally solved, or resolved, does this mean this is the last we see of Uncle Joe?