By Wayne Harada
A former “Lost” star returns to the islands in this week’s ”Hawaii Five-0” episode, themed “Ka 'oia'i'o ma loko (The Truth Within),” airing at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Mainland) on CBS.
Jorge Garcia, who was Hurley on the ABC series, guests as Jerry Ortega, a conspiracy theorist helping the “Five-0” team on a murder case linked to a centuries-old Hawaiian secret society. Garcia’s character will collaborate with Chin Ho Kelly, played by Daniel Dae Kim, which means it will be a reunion for two “Lost” souls.
And one of the close-kept secrets of the segment is that a former Broadway star from Hawaii, who was a Tony Awards nominee, will appear as Mrs. Ortega, mother of Garcia’s character. Loretta Ables Sayre, a singer-actress by trade, will join the growing list of mothers on the series (think Doris McGarrett, played by Christine Lahti, Melanie Griffith coming in to play Danno Williams’ Scott Caan’s mother). Ables Sayre was a little awkward in admitting to playing a mama in a show becoming quite crowded with kinfolk of the “Five-0” team. Like: Carol Burnett guesting later this season as McGarrett’s aunt, in a Thanksgiving show, and McG’s dad John (William Sadler) already introduced and killed off and still recurring when needed.
But Ables Sayre is a veteran portraying notable mothers in such previous endeavors as “You Somebody,” a Diamond Head Theatre musical by Lee Cataluna and Keola Beamer, where she twice played Pua Lusa, a mom eager to see her name in a newspaper column, and “South Pacific,” the Broadway musical revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, where she recreated the enterprising Bloody Mary character (and earned a Best Supporting Actress — Musical Tony nomination), the Tonkinese mother trying to marry off daughter Liat. She also recreated that role this past summer at The Muny in St. Louis.
Since Grace Park, who plays Kono Kalakaua, still is anchored in Vancouver, after giving birth to a son recently, she is not yet traveling back here for episode filming, so her colleagues have been in Vancouver’s Chinatown for some recent shooting.
FYI, Garcia could be a recurring character (ditto, his mother), since consultation is his game and the “Five-0” colleagues are currently one short of crimefighters with Park’s temporary residency in Canada.