Hawaii Five-0 opens its Third Season by resolving the multiple cliffhangers left from last season’s finale. McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) sits down for a frank talk with the mysterious Shellburne, which turns out to be the codename for the mother (Christine Lahti) he long believed dead. Believing Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) is safely behind bars, and with many unanswered questions, McGarret convinces his mother to return home, but due to an incredibly complex escape planned by Frank Delano (William Baldwin) Wo Fat is once again loose.
Although Kono (Grace Park) was saved by quick thinking by Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale), Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) struggles with the consequences of his decision and the loss of his wife (Reiko Aylesworth) at the hands of the corrupt former cop he let out of prison. As Danny (Scott Caan) gets to know another McGarrett, who he finds equally as frustrating as her son, McGarrett calls in Catherine (Michelle Borth) and a full SWAT team to look after his mother while Five-0 goes after Wo Fat and Delano.
The discovery of four dead construction workers leads the team the HPD where Delano and his men took their place as part of the clean-up crew in order to steal $35 million in drugs. Although they aren’t able to stop the robbery, the Five-0 task force does stop the van on the road leading to a shoot-out and brings Chin face-to-face with the man responsible for his wife’s death.
The season premiere answers some questions while offering a few new ones, most importantly what occurred between Mrs. McGarret and Wo Fat before she so obviously let him escape? There’s plenty of fallout to come as the show moves forward into its Third Season, especially with Chin and Danny’s looming custody battle, and I’m happy to see Kono’s complicated relationship with the head of the local Yakuza is going to continue awhile longer. Despite the continued mystery surrounding Shellburne’s motives the show delivers a strong season premiere. And it doesn’t appear things are going to slow down as next week returns Edward Asner reprising his role of August March.