By Wayne Harada
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.