By Wayne Harada
It was a mixed bag of feats and feasting.
The plot involved the President’s Air Force One — in the sky, on the ground. Nice touch, but this was not the season for its visit. See quibble below.
As the plane heads to Hawaii, there were complications on the ground with a body found in an oil tank, a holiday football game involving “Five-0's” expanding ohana, the hubbub of prepping a turkey.
The pleasures included guest star Carol Burnett as Aunt Deb, a would-be singer who surrendered a show biz career for teaching so she could care for Mary McGarrett (Taryn Manning), who shows up unexpectedly not to talk turkey, but to drop the bomb that she has incurable cancer. En route to the finale where she sings at La Mariana’s tiki bar/club at Keehi Lagoon, she gets arrested for trying to buy grass and seeks to purchase a turkey at Foodland, with Sam Choy — the skinny chef now — playing the butcher behind the counter. The picking’s are limited, since the turkey Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) had purchased as chef du jour had not been properly defrosted by the problem-causing Mary, the assigned prep cook still searching for purpose in life.
Did it cross your mind that if this were Thanksgiving, where was Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti)? OK, OK, here presence would bring on needless plot diversions and conflicts, so forget about it.
Meanwhile, Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) chats via Skype with Kono (Grace Park), who now is in Seattle and still away from the ‘ohana. So she misses playing football at Kapiolani with Danno (Scott Caan), back after a week away from the show, and Capt. Grover (Chi McBride), with whom she has not yet worked because of her absence, a role sorta filled by Catherine (Michelle Borth).
Oh, Larry Manetti (ex “Magnum P.I.” star) shows up as the crooner Demarco who hauls up Aunt Deb to sing one at the tiki lounge. CBS, home of the Carol Burnett show for years, enables Deb to sing "I've Got the Sun in the Morning" from “Annie Gets Your Gun” in entirety — a rarity for a procedural — which truly played out as an act of loyalty and respect.
Because the show is fiction, we all can accept that the unnamed president, our own Barack Obama, would not head to Hawaii or specifically Kailua, for Thanksgiving. It would be Christmas, but that’s another holiday.
So there you have it. The grand tour, from tackling to turkeying.
Not surprisingly, “Five-0” won its hour (8 p.m. here, 9 p.m. Mainland), sandwiched in-between the eye network’s “Undercover Boss” and “Blue Bloods.” It amassed 9.76 million viewers, and a 1.5 rating in the key 18 to 49 demographics, down a tenth from last Friday. So the show still performs like a see-saw, up and down.
The evening’s top-drawer again was “Blue Bloods,” with 11.70 million viewers and a 1.5 demo, helping CBS win the evening with 9.44 million viewers and tying ABC (6.7 million viewers) with a 1.5 demo.
Competitors of “Five-0” included ABC’s “Shark Tank,” with 6.90 million viewers and a 1.8 demo, making it the demo leader of the hour; NBC’s JFK retrospective (two hours), with 5.77 million viewers and a 1.1 demo; Fox’s “Raising Hope” with 2.48 million viewers and a 0.9 demo; and CW’s premiere of “Nikita,” with 0.73 million viewers and 0.2 demo. These figures are the preliminary overnight Nielsen numbers, subject to change after DVR totals are added.