McGarrett: 'Dear Danno, I'll miss one episode'

March 29th, 2012
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According to TV Guide’s William Keck, Alex O’Loughlin — who is Steve McGarrett on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” — will miss just one episode as he recuperates from his prescription pain meds dependency linked to an earlier shoulder injury.
With McG leaving the cameras in March to enter rehab, there was an obvious gap in filming and storytelling procedures, forcing producers and writers to be inventive.
Producer Peter Lenkov tells TV Guide that the recuping actor appears briefly in the April 9 show, where McG suspects Terry O’Quinn (Joe) has lied to him about being Shelburne, in that ongoing story arc. “He ends up leaving a ‘Dear Danno’ letter before taking off to find the real Shelburne,” Lenkov explains.
Not exactly high drama, but a convenient way to deal with O’Loughlin’s absence while in rehab.
McG/O’Loughlin will still be away on April 30, which will be the next original episode, the crossover one when “NCIS: Los Angeles” actors Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J guest-star.
Note: Danno (Scott Caan) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) have filmed the crossover swap segment in L.A., the latter filling in for O'Loughlin.
McG shows up again on May 7, putting Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in jail, and again in the May 14 season finale, where (spoiler alert) a familiar face dies (which is beginning to sound like a tradition) and O’Quinn, Tom Sizemore and William Baldwin return.
Surely, McG’s presence — during the height of the May sweeps — will boost the show’s Nielsen ratings.

7 Responses to “McGarrett: 'Dear Danno, I'll miss one episode'”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:

    I vote to kill off Masi Oka. Replace him with the young guy from NCIS who is David McCallum's assistant, or better yet McCallum if the budget can take the hit!


  2. MichaelC2B:

    Well, without Alex there is no Hawaii Five-0, but I will "suffer" through a few episodes without him, hoping that he is getting better and that the doctors will be able to get rid of the shoulder pain. Sending warm wishes to Alex and can't wait for his return. Yeah, the show is the best on TV, but Alex's health is more important.


  3. hossana:

    Who the hell cares??? Show is tired with sub-par stories and plastic actors/actresses. Doesn't make a difference whether McGarrett is there or not...the show is heading towards the tv graveyard....one more season, because it has been renewed, will be the end of it.....geezus......this show is so boring...lacks character and characters.........everything is so glossy and superficial....nothing more and nothing less.


  4. Manoa Mist:

    Take your Prozac hossana. And get a bottle for me cause I pretty much agree with you!


  5. izulu:

    Losing interest in 5-0. The frequent re-runs interspersed throughout the "season" are tiresome. What happened to the days when a viewer could expect a new episode every week during the season, with re-runs only during the off-season?

    Sizemore coming back? Ugh. Make that double ugh (unless he's the one being killed off). And bringing O'Loughlin's love interest in as a regular? Another ugh. C'mon Lenkov, can't you develop stories around existing characters and guest stars? To keep testing the waters with new "regulars" is getting really old.


  6. theDman:

    I've heard that the new regulars have to go through a "ratings" review by some group on the mainland. Is that why Lauren got the axe? Who are these people that rate the characters? I'll bet there are some people here in Hawaii that would like to have some input.


  7. LizKauai:

    I enjoyed the episode. All the best to Alex - heart of the show - and congrats to Masi and the crew for holding up the forte (grin). Good job, writers.