By Wayne Harada
The preliminary Monday night overnight Nielsen TV ratings are in — and it's a see-sawing game, with "Hawaii Five-0" slipping to third place.
The CBS series at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) drew 8.4 million viewers and 5.5 demo and 9 share, after being No. 2 last week. ABC’s “Castle,” the mover-and-shaker in this time slot, was No. 1 in total viewers with 10.9 million, though its demo figures were down to 7.3 rating and 11 share. NBC’s “Revolution,” which has become a spoiler for “H50,” is second with 8.8 million viewers and 5.3 demos and 8 rating.
Over-all, ABC won the night, with “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle,” averaging 12.6 million viewers and 8.4 rating and 13 share, but NBC — thanks to “The Voice” and “Revolution” — topped the 18 to 49 demographics, with 6.7 rating and 10 share and 11.5 million viewers. That meant CBS was third with 8.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating and 8 share.
Ironically, “Pōpilikia,” Hawaiian for misfortune and similar disastrous situations, was the title of the Oct.15 “Hawaii Five-0” episode. It sort of capsulized several elements in the episode, and provided an ominous one-word self-review of the show.
Mama’s back, and is this a plot mistake?
Doris McGarrett appears to be every bit the cloying and uncertain story thread akin to the dubious Shelburne debacle from the past season. Though Christine Lahti plays Mama McG with cheeky fun, you know Steve McG (Alex O’Loughlin) ain’t loving it.
In this episode, she slips into the house while McG and g.f. Catherine (Michelle Borth) are in bed; they suspect a burglar, she’s simply doing breakfast, which they’re not lovin’.
The earlier chatter on Mama McG's whereabouts since her revelation at the end of season two is repeated, along with the McQuestion: why the heck didn’t she do in Wo Fat when she had the opportunity? So the dread and the wonderment continue ... but for how long, and why?
Mama’s also sneaky and meddlesome; she seeks out a secret microfilm, hidden in a 35 mm film capsule in a container in a hidden floor panel. Ah, more drawn-out drama.
And whoa! Mama McG also promotes Liliha Bakery’s coco puffs four times, and consumes one puff – maybe she really loves those cream-filled delights— but isn’t this overkill of product placement? Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) brought her a box, and the prolonged bliss about ‘em was, well, embarrassing. What next, shave ice? Malasada? Manapua?
At least when the "H50" team shuttles around in Chevys or parties at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, they don’t utter, “Hey, let’s cruise in the Chevy to party at the Hilton” to pay off partnerships.
Women viewers obviously loved the shirtless McG in bed with Catherine, but this is worrisome turf. If she’s an associate in "H50," and sleeping with the boss, it ought to be a workplace concern. She’s pretty much relegated so far as a co-worker who checks on issues cued by McG, and the relationship includes a quick peck on the cheek. But it’s still a sticky situation: the personal life interfering with the love life.
There were other jolting misfortunes: a polo player literally loses his head, leading to headless horseman jokes; with a replay of the rolling head (even if it’s a fake) on the grass, if you missed the first time. And talk about losing a finger brought a bit more jolt. A little more subtlety in plot details, please.
With McG now niggling with Mama, the cargument roles are newly shared between other "H50" teammates. What, is no one happy in paradise?
It’s cause for pilikia, don’t you think?