By Wayne Harada
Steve McGarrett’s main squeeze, Catherine, is not returning for a fifth season on CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
According to TV Online, actress Michelle Borth, who portrays the love interest of series star Alex O’Loughlin, will be saying aloha in an episode coming up before the show’s May 9 finale.
Her role became an ongoing thing during season three, though Cat Rollins was introduced during season one. This might have been essential when the show needed a female element particularly during the months that series regular Grace Park, as Kono Kalakaua, was missing in action because of her off-screen pregnancy and extended stay in Vancouver, B.C., the actresses’ home origins. Catherine was elevated to recurring character and tapped with a bit more on-camera business anticipating Kono’s leave.
But when Park resumed her Hawaii presence several weeks back, Cat’s presence seem to diminish, along with those kissy and cuddly moments.
And just this week, it was announced that she’s packing up by the end of season four, though not before an extended focus, including flashbacks preceding her formal exit.
Some loose threads exist, along with questions: Will McG consequently get a new girlfriend, or even spouse, next season? Is Mama McG (Christine Lahti) also at the end of her run, though story elements this season suggest she’s not pau yet? The hot mama this season has been Mama Williams (Melanie Griffith), playing the mother of Danno Williams (Scott Caan).
Further, will there be further housekeeping/downsizing with other roles? While Wo Fat will apparently appear in this season’s finale, he is no longer the threat he used to be and it wouldn’t be a shocker if a new irritator starts menacing McG as he journeys to new seas of storytelling. Or expansion — like, we’ve yet to meet parents of Kono Kalakaua and her cuz Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim). The show seems to adore family trees, at least in the first four seasons, and the forest has become a tad cluttered.
Are these departures/additions bothersome for you, as a viewer?