By Wayne Harada
McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Grover (Chi McBride) bond in finale. CBS photo
Family bonding and the spirit of ‘ohana were the underlying roots of the finale of the fourth season of “Hawaii Five-0.”
The show, themed “‘Oka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi (Family Comes First),” focuses on the kidnapping of the Samantha (Paige Hurd), the daughter of SWAT team member Lt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride), who literally weeps with agony of pain that he’s unable to rescue her. Grover was to be the reluctant insider to a theft of $100 million being shipped, forcing him to bypass good conduct of an honorable Honolulu police officer, ultimately leading to his dismissal from the force. Bottom line: a dad would do anything for his daughter — the family-comes-first commitment in full display.
Two villains — not particularly welcome, since they bring unwanted baggage, but necessary for plot advancement from the file folders — emerge in this episode —Ian Wright (Nick Jonas, from the singing-acting Jonas Brothers ‘ohana, as the computer wizard) and none other than Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos, channeling more menace with his burn-scarred face).
The homecoming, however, gave the island-based CBS show a nice boot up in the preliminary overnight ratings, with 9.09 million viewers in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) time slot, and a 1.3 rating in the 18 to 49 adult demographics. The show had the most viewers in its hour, but ABC’s “Shark Tank” topped the demos with a 1.9 rating with 7.20 million viewers. “Five-0’s” demos tied NBC’s “Grimm,” which pulled in 4.8 million viewers. So “Five-0” won in viewers, but was second in adults 18 to 49, the coveted advertising price-setter. As the lead-in show to "Blue Bloods," "Five-0" has made Friday a payday, a night that traditionally meant a place where a series went to die.
The thing about kidnapping plots: you know, for the most part, the victim will be saved. How, and under what circumstances, shape the storytelling.
With Jonas’ return, you knew there would be some nasty computer/video hacking and halting and bomb threats that challenge airport security forces; with Dacascos, he creates an exploding device, allowing him to escape from prison) and — spoiler alert — is the unexpected soul who shoots Jonas’ character. But with Wo Fat back, the buzz about his ties with Mama McGarrett (Christine Lahti) recurs.
Further, you knew that the “Five-0” team would bond and support each other.
Of course, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan), would have one more cargument, aboard what they called a "clown car" (a rental with three wheels) but there was a touching scene, too, in a real Chevy car, between Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park). The chatter was intimate and revealing, McG yearning and wondering about the extended leave of Catherine (Michelle Borth), opining, “She’s not coming home till the job’s done”), referring to her mission of finding that kidnapped Afghan child. Kono and Chin’s serious patter (they are cousins, remember) includes her revelation of her uncertainty to link with her b.f. Adam, though she wants marriage and kids; Chin ponders of the uncertainty of life, with the unexpected death of his Malia.
Danno also offers comfort to Grover, regarding his hostage child, sharing his personal feelings about the time his daughter Grace was taken, but ultimately recovered. The advice: “Stay focused.”
I could do without Ian’s comparison of the Five-0 with the Fabulous Four, with Ian declaring he’s the Beatles’ Brian Epstein. Betcha today’s young viewers don’t even know who Epstein was.
With Grover bounced from the force, he has time for leisurely golf, but policing has been his life. So not surprisingly, McG hands him a “Five-0” badge and welcomes the ex-Chicagoan to his team. “It’s not a hand-out, Lou,” McG tells Grover. “We need you.”
Indeed. I knew, from the time McBride was announced to be a recurring character, that he’d evolve into a key player in crimefighting in Hawaii. That initial McG/Grover growling likely will recur, but hey, differing styles and opinions only can solidify the family relationship. You go, guys.
Overall, ABC topped the demos with a 1.5 rating and 5 share, CBS had the most viewers, with 5.93 million and a 1.2 adult demo. And true to the script, CBS’ “Blue Bloods” logged the most viewers (11.50 million viewers) and
“Shark Tank” had the best adult demos (1.9 rating).