By Wayne Harada
Chi McBride’s back — with his Captain Grover growls.
Governor Denning’s (Richard T. Jones) is back — and so is his disdain for Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Grover.
Kono (Grace Park) is back, but now in Tokyo — still pining for her beloved Adam and wants to be with him.
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And the ratings for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” are on an upward move, with this episode about partnerships and couplings. Cause for applause? Or a pause to ponder the sometimes predictable show content.
The bromance continues, minus Danno (Scott Caan), since McGarrett and Grover hurl quite a bit of insults and hatred to each other.
The preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings shows “H50” won its hour with the most viewers (9.72 million) with its “Akanaha (Reluctant Partners)” episode, which aired Friday (Nov. 15). This was 7 per cent better than last week’s outing. However, the show was second to ABC’s “Shark Tank” in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics, 1.5 rating vs. 1.7 ratings. (“H50” tied with NBC’s “Grimm” in the demos).
Most-viewers laurels, however, went to CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” which follows the island-filmed show, with 11.60 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in the demos.
So there are winning elements and losing ones, in the weekly roller coaster ride. Delayed DVR numbers will probably change the ratings, of course.
“H50” still strives to break the 10 million viewer count again, but is safe as the lead-in show to “Blue Bloods.” Renewals for both shows, due in May, are likely, and for “H50,” there still remains the TNT syndication situation — with CBS getting $2.5 million per episode, there’s every indication that the show will go on. That's a partnership that may break the CBS bank, but provide paydirt to the cable network.
But some tedium shows, in repetition and relationships. How many weeks can Kono appear as the hopeful and harried soul, waiting for her Adam to reappear? She’s told, “If you’re smart, let him go.” Writers, you stated it – move on. Even Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), the wise owl, advises her if he reappears: “You’ll both be targets again.” A strained relationship, for sure.
Without Danno, McG goes McCrazy with McB (well, Grover), as they’re instructed by the Gov to seek out a dude with 21 unpaid parking tickets — setting off a dueling mission of two officers playing metermaids, and dragsters, sorta. It's a coupling made for disaster, at least in theory. They’re shot at, and their vehicles have flat tires, so they pick up two horses and try wrangle a truck, like cowboys, in the Waimanalo terrain, with little luck. Where is Clint Eastwood, when you need him?
The prevailing issue here: the runaway traffic offender is a computer hacker (played by a JoBro, Nick Jonas), who admits a Hawaii-bound flight in the middle of the Pacific could be in jeopardy with the push of a button, thanks to GPS, which provides both good and bad effects, depending on the user and the abuser. You gotta wonder if the Gov is punishing the "H50" honcho by pairing him with an ex-SWAT cop. Sounds like punishment of the worst kind. But yes, there is some resolution before the final credits.
The plot is a swap meet of unlikely elements. Throw in a bank robbery, a hacked off leg, and communication via ATM camera, and that’s a wrap.
Oh, Catherine (Michelle Borth) steps in, in full “H50” glory, and you gotta wonder: when will she become the official member of McG’s team? When Kono rides into the sunset with her Adam? When Kono and Adam are shot and killed by the yakuza? When Kono and Adam get new identities and vanish as a bona fide happy couple?
Food for thought, anyway.