By Wayne Harada
Let the family games begin.
With NBC’s Winter Olympics over, new programming returns to the other network’s dials.
And CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” which has been serving up beaucoup repeats, is no exception.
For instance, on tonight’s (Feb. 28) new episode entitled “Pale'la (Buried Secrets),” Melanie Griffith shows up as the mother of Scott Caan’s character, Danny “Danno” Williams. She surprises sonny boy with some unexpected news — he's not particularly charmed by her arrival — so we have yet another mom aboard with a suitcase of potential conflicts. Remember Christine Lahti, as Mama McGarrett, the mother of lead star Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett? Boy, trouble has been her middle name: for son and for viewers. That was then; this is now.
As McG drives Danno and his mom home from the airport, the guys get involved in one of their famous exchanges: carguments. Will Mama Williams be likeable — or loathed?
And next Friday’s (March 7) episode, “Hoku Welowelo (Fire in the Sky),” features another guest star — Jorge Garcia, the Hurley dude from “Lost” — recurring as the character Jerry Ortega.
On this one, a triple homicide will lead to a downed secret Chinese satellite.
And Captain Grover (Chi McBride) takes Danno’s mom on a ride. And you know him; never short on harsh words. With a new writing crew, viewers should expect a bit more substance in the scripts.