By Wayne Harada
A firm hand grip — amid a concrete jungle of building rubble from a bomb blast — said it all on Friday’s (April 11) “Hawaii Five-0.”
Stunned, grey-with-ash and injured but still with a fighting spirit, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) were the epicenter of this non-traditional procedural entitled “Ku I Ka Pili Koko” (Blood Brothers).” Non-traditional, since the focus of attention was the two dudes isolated amid concrete rubble — another side of Hawaii.
There was blood — and lots of brotherhood — with some of the bromance carguments uttered in an environment of dust and cement blocks and grey gook everywhere. McG and Danno are trapped amid the rubble, with Danno a bit more seriously hurt than McG.
In what would traditionally be a typical cop’s day, trying to bust a weapons operation, this one turns into a search and rescue effort to locate and retrieve the duo buried amid the crumbled building.
So this was a personal storytelling outing. But there were some bumps.
Overnight TV ratings have become a see-saw ride for the island-based “Hawaii Five-0.”
Up, down, up, down.
“Five-0” was the most-watched show in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) slot, with 9.09 million viewers. In the coveted 18 to 49 age demographics, “Five-0” slipped a tenth from last week, to a 1.3 rating, behind ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which had a 1.6 demo (down from a 2.0 a week ago) and fewer viewers at 6.49 million..
These Nielsen figures are preliminary, subject to change.
The evening’s most-watched show was CBS’ “Blue Bloods” in the 9 p.m. slot (10 p.m. Mainland), with 10.97 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. And perhaps inspiration for the partnered two shows (at least at the network level) — there’s a bounty of brotherly love on Tom Selleck’s hit show.
Back to “Five-0:” Trapped workers amid the ruins of a bombed building are jewels for breaking news on TV, so the situation here should have included a media component — and concerned reporters wondering about the fate of McG and Danno.
The pair’s isolation brings McG and Danno closer than ever. The handgrips, the handshakes were unspoken displays of trust and aloha — remember, there were multiple grasps — and McG’s SEALS training enables him to comfort and aid his partner in time of need. Amid the agony and the injury, this was a time for give-and-take, teasing and nagging, sharing and caring.
Overall, there was more see-sawing. CBS and ABC were tied in the 18 to 49 demos with a 1.3 rating, but CBS had more viewers than ABC — 9.24 million vs. 5.62 million.
So goes the Friday see-saw ride.
And it was frustrating for McG, when his cell phone had no reception amid the ruins. But Skype does? A real inconsistency.
The bombing stirs the other “Five-0” team members into action and reaction. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), Kono (Grace Park), Grover (Chi McBride) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) are all aboard. Ditto, Max (Masi Oka). Widespread community concern about the fate and wellness of McG and Danno.
There were secondary elements galore: Chin and Kono continuing their workplace bonding after her long absence from the roster.
And Danno bonding with his love interest Amber (Lili Simmons) but not with his daughter Gracie (Teilor Grubbs), who unexpectedly interrupts the couple’s private moments.
And screen time for outgoing character Catherine — McG asks her to make reservations for a sushi dinner — was a nice personal touch, but raises beacoup questions about her end-of-the-season departure: how tight is the relationship? Will she recur in the next season? Do they break up and go separate ways? Or, gulp, will she be killed, as many shows handle an elimination?