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The season finale of Hawaii Five-0 not only brings us Kono (Grace Park) and Adam’s (Ian Anthony Dale) wedding day, and the return of Catherine (Michelle Borth), but also the arrival of a nuclear warhead on the island which Five-0 frantically searches to find. At first Five-0 believes the thieves plan to sell the warhead to a member of Al Queda in Hawaii, but when the terrorist turns up to be nothing more than a decoy it becomes obvious the men plans for the weapon don’t involve money.

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I do enjoy Kono (Grace Park) episodes. While “Mo’o ‘olelo Pu” does offer a case of the week involving a recently paroled meth maker getting back into the business which sent him to prison the main focus of the latest episode is Kono getting lost at sea while attempting to sail around the Hawaiian islands before her wedding day. Along with Kono stuggling to survive her ordeal at sea the episode also offers several flashbacks to her childhood, her relationship with her mother (Catherine Haena Kim), and Kono’s love of the ocean. It’s an unusual episode for the series but one that gives us greater insight to a character not named McGarrett (a definite rarity) and offers the chance for Park to shine.

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The murder of an Elvis impersonator at a convention Max (Masi Oka) attended leads Five-0 to the discovery of diamond smuggling tied to a former case. With most of the other suspects also being Elvis impersonators at the convention where the victim was poisoned, Danny (Scott Caan) and the rest of the unit question the other Elvis-clad competitors quickly wrapping up the murder but not why the victim’s body was stolen from the morgue or how his costume is related to one of Five-0′s former cases.

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Although other characters appear throughout the episode, including a B-story involving Danny (Scott Caan) and Mindy (Amanda Setton) stuck in an elevator which works as a callback to his claustrophobia introduced earlier in the series, “Ike Hanau” is mainly a Grover (Chi McBride) episode as the newest member of Five-0 is forced to question his oldest friend (Mykelti Williamson) whose wife (Kim Wayans) dies in an apparent accident while the pair were visiting the islands during their 20th wedding anniversary. Despite not having a single piece of evidence that points to a homicide rather than an accidental death Grover can’t help the nagging suspicion that his old partner pushed his wife off a cliff.

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Offering the return of Michael Imperioli as local barber Odell Martin, the latest episode of Hawaii Five-0 focuses largely on McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) who finds himself in a stand-off with the barber and a young man (Steven Krueger) being hunted by the Armenian mob. Trapped in the barber shop without a phone (or any neighbor capable of hearing the hundreds of shots fired), Five-0′s commander manages to get all three men out alive, although a late twist puts the series of events in an entirely different perspective for McGarrett (as is evident by the episode’s tearful final reaction).

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Past sins come back to haunt Five-0 as both Danny (Scott Caan) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) are arrested on separate charges. The idea of a member of Five-0 facing serious charges is hardly new as it’s become one of the show’s recurring themes (in fact it happens so often its almost unintentionally funny at this point). What offers a slight twist with “Pono Kaulike” is that in both instances the detectives are 100% guilty of the crimes of which they are accused as each tie back their actions following the kidnapping and murder of Danny’s brother.

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There are three stories of interest in the latest episode of Hawaii Five-0 which includes the return of a recurring character and two new guest-stars. In the case of the week Five-0 works with ATF Agent Kathy Millford (Melina Kanakaredes) who has come to the island to track down a serial arsonist and murderer now setting fires in Hawaii to watch young couples burn alive. Despite lying to Five-0 about being there in an official capacity, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and his team accept the assistance of Millford whose knowledge of the arsonist proves invaluable (and also puts her in danger when the man targets a hotel for his next arson).

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As Valentine’s Day draws near Danny (Scott Caan) frets over Grace’s (Teilor Grubbs) new crush in school, Jerry (Jorge Garcia) makes a move on the new Assistant Medical Examiner (Amanda Setton), and Five-0 begins investigating the murders of a battlefield reporter and former Congolese national who knew each other from the reporter’s previous work in the Congo.

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As Kono (Grace Park) balks at Adam’s (Ian Anthony Dale) latest marriage proposal until he distances himself from the shady practices of the family business Five-0 is called in on the unusual case of a recently-released prisoner (Xzibit) shot trying to break back into prison. “Powehiwehi” marks the return of Greg Grunberg as Jeff Morrison who the ex-con was working for in an attempt to take a dangerous criminal who no one has ever gotten a good look at.

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“La Po’ino” brings an old friend and a dangerous new threat to the islands as Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) escorts the first American citizen infected with a particuarly lethal new strain of the bird flu to Hawaii where he’s soon kidnapped by a group of terrorists planning on weaponizing the virus and unleashing it in Washington D.C. The latest episode offers a storyline which will include smuggling disease-carrying bees, secret terrorist cells, and instructing Danny (Scott Caan) on where his partner leaned his kamikaze-style of crime fighting.

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