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These are the things I accept about “Hawaii Five-0”:
• McGarrett will go anywhere, swim in anything, and risk himself in any situation for innocent people. And his team. He’s not only a decorated Navy SEAL, he also has nothing to lose, and so he goes for it.
• Danno will always have a snappy comeback or a snarky response to anything Steve says. He also does not seem to like anything that will separate him from his ties and shoes — like swimming. Not even Aquaman.
• Kono will consistently be given the team’s crap detail, not because she is the woman, but because she is the rookie. But she can handle it. She’s scrappy like that. And she draws a mean surf pic with Crayons.
For those of you who watched last night’s “Hawaii Five-0” the second time around, as “Ho’apono,” Hawaiian for “accept,” originally aired in November, there’s a lot to like in this episode. The Ford Island and USS Missouri shots, Robert Loggia as a crusty old sailor, our own Kelly Hu in a way too small part, as well as Alex O’Loughlin’s acting as he negotiated with an accused murder who also happened to be a fellow brother SEAL.
The “big” star of the evening though was the grand lady herself, the USS Missouri. As the wife of a career Navy sailor who served aboard the USS New Jersey (sister ship to the Missouri), I’ve been on board many times. It was exciting to see her so prominent in this episode. The Mighty Mo was just beautiful as she showed off her great shape and her big guns. She definitely fit in with the rest of the Five-0 team. Robert Loggia as retired BM1, or Boatswains Mate First Class, Ed McKay, was perfect in his role as a Missouri docent. After serving his time in the Navy, retired BM1 McKay wanted to honor his lost WWII shipmates by giving tours aboard the memorial. The connection to McGarrett’s grandfather may have seemed a little too convenient to some viewers. However, I have experienced many of the same “it’s a small world” meetings on ships and in other Naval museums. His entire character and story rang true for me. I know Loggia plays the curmudgeon extremely well, so perhaps he was a “no brainer” choice for the casting director.