By Wayne Harada
The finale of “Hawaii Five-0” won its 9 p.m. hour Monday (May 14), leading the pack with a 2.7 rating in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics and a viewership of 11.3 million.
The CBS show, themed “Ua Hala (Death in the Family)," was the lone in the slot drama this week, because its chief contender , ABC’s “Castle,” ended its season a week ago and the network filled the time with “Bachelorette,” a 90-minute reality show starting at 8:30 p.m., which pulled a 2.5 adult demo. NBC’s “Smash” followed with a 1.8 adult demo.
So Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin, looking and playing tough like in season one) and crew owe a debt of gratitude to “Castle,” which was not on the Nielsen radar Monday. Good timing!
But yes, "Five-0" was a solid drama-rama, admittedly action-packed, with
Like, the watery fate of Kono (Grace Park), with duct tape on mouth and limbs and dumped into the ocean in the final minutes; and Malia (Reiko Aylesworth, as the medic-bride of Chin Ho), injured and bleeding; and Capt. Vincent Fryer (Tom Sizemore), gunned down in an alley; and Max Bergman (Maki Oka, the coroner), taking a bullet but providing a valuable clue about the shooter — a woman.
So there was frustration to spare: Danno (Scott Caan), about to face a custody court battle with his ex next season regarding the custody of daughter Grace (Teiler Grubs); the heavy load on Chin Ho’s (Daniel Dae Kim) shoulder, about who to save (Kono, at sea, or Malia, fighting for her life), the result of the bad deeds of Toothpick (Karl Herlinger), who provided more menace than Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos, not in the finale)... with challenging logistics and a reboot of the dirty-cop charge at the height of Chin Ho’s personal crisis.
Oh yeah, and the surprising but unseen identity of Shelburne, the source of agony and angst for Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) all season, finally revealed in a single-word utterance by Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) as he opened a door in Japan ... as the show closed its doors till fall.
A lot of goofy complications and trauma, for sure, involving shootings, chases, explosions and suspicions, but all the disruptions and painsolidified the core of the “Five-0” credo: family, caring, sharing.
Bring on season three!
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