By Wayne Harada
CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” finished season three Monday (May 20) on a high note — winning its 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) time slot — but it was somewhat of a hollow victory.
The results were much better than last week, but not quite the numbers of the freshman year.
While the Hawaii-based procedural finished first in the 18 to 49 demographics with a 2.0 rating and attracting 9 million viewers, “Five-0” really had no competition since ABC’s usual “Castle,” the drama that constantly wins the hour, was pre-empted with a “Motive” series premiere that pulled in 6.8 million viewers for second place. NBC’s “Revolution” garnered 5.8 million for third.
The "Five-0" episode was entitled “Aloha, Malama Pono.” It might simply have been called “To Be Continued,” because that mantra prevailed. A lot of character/plot set-ups, a lot left hanging, presumably to be continued next season.
“To be continued” was uttered repeatedly in Monday’s (May 29) “Hawaii Five-0” finale, twice by Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), once by Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti).
And continuity, some obvious, some not, became the underlying element, played out with practically every single character, from Top Four to the ranks. Only one missing in action: Kamekona (Taylor Wily); will be open a cupcake bakery next season?
The TBC notion could also be applied to the final ratings for the season: how will the show do in season four, particularly since it’s moving from Mondays to 8 p.m. (9 p.m.) Fridays.
There were teasers, of course, notably the four-will-be-three element. The conclusion, to be played out in season four’s opening, hinted that Kono (Grace Park) might have been readily eliminated. She' still a problem for her peers and the viewers, still romantically involved with Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), the yakuza brother, and still asking folks like Catherine (Michelle Borth) to retrieve data for her. Her fate, and ours, as viewers?
To be continued. Kono, still wounded, witnessed Adam inadvertently shooting his brother Michael (Daniel Henney) in a gun struggle; by the episode’s end, she chose to flee with Adam to Shanghai, a bizarre trip arranged by Mama McG (Christine Lahti), who boards a tanker to find her peace.
Of course, you know Kono’s not going away for long, even if the actress doesn’t much like it Hawaii. Could she be killed on the show, or die due to complications from taking a bullet? Certainly. Could she simply walk and exit the series? Of course; she has reportedly been unhappy, mostly about salary, so somewhat of an off-screen problem with producers; if you recall, she didn’t appear at season three’s Sunset on the Beach premiere, though she was in town; go figure it out. But you know she’ll be back, like a bad penny.
To be continued: Will Mama McG, an unnecessary punctuation mark and a thorn in son McG’s life in season three, recur next year? She was destined to co-star in NBC’s “Beverly Hills Cop,” but the pilot was never picked up. So expect to see her next season (yawn) since she still is in cahoots with Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).
TBC: Will Catherine rekindle a relationship with her ex? Not essential in the “H50” storytelling; so why, then, the needless encounter with the dude in the early minutes of the show? Will Michelle curtail her live-in relationship with McG? Not likely; that’s the only relevant love thread worth keeping.
And: Why did Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) make that phone call to Leilani (Lindsay Price), the nurse he met when he was held hostage? To rekindle another off-hour relationship? TBC.
Also TBC: Danno (Scott Caan) encountered Dr. Gabrielle Asano (Autumn Reeser) and he told her, “I don’t know what I was thinking,” and you wonder what’s next? Gotta be played out next season. Okeh.
The one TBC that has relevance and begs some kind of explanation: the relationship between Wo Fat and McG; why Mama McG visited Wo Fat in that prison steel-and-glass cubicle, before McG made his visit. Is Mama McG Wo Fat’s mom, too? That would make McG his bro, or half-bro, depending on how the spool unreels. McG is in a bad place; Wo Fat has a bad, disfigured face.
To be continued. ...