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Hawaii Five-0: 8 Things to Know About Season 4

Aloha ke kahi I ke kahi (We Need Each Other)Cue the drums and launch your catamarans, because CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 returns tonight, in its new Fridays-at-9/8c time slot. Who’s coming after McGarrett? What is Doris’ deal with Wo Fat? Who’s about to get in Five-0’s face? When will Kono return? Here’s what showrunner Peter M. Lenkov and star Alex O’Loughlin have to say about Season 4.

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KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCKIN’ ON PRISON’S DOOR | When last we tuned in, McGarrett’s grilling of Wo Fat (see below) was interrupted by a violent assault on the jailhouse, with a band of mysterious baddies set to blast through the steel cell door. “You have to think that if they made it that far, they’re pretty formidable,” Lenkov notes. “And if Wo Fat is scared, that’s a big deal.” All told, “The people on the other side of that door really are a payoff to characters that were introduced in Season 3, a continuation of one larger story.”

MOM’S THE (FOUR-LETTER) WORD | Vexed by the discovery that his mother Doris once visited arch enemy Wo Fat behind bars, McGarrett will be like a dog with a bone when it comes to finding out why. “This is one of the most important emotional beats for McGarrett,” says O’Loughlin. Having already been epically duped by his mother (when she faked her death for so many years), the two ultimately arrived at some semblance of trust. “Yet now she’s doing it again,” O’Loughlin sighs. “I can’t imagine the looming existential crisis that’s following him around, day in and day out.” What is the Doris/Wo Fat connection? Lenkov will only say, “It’s not the obvious answer” – which just might be the first tree McGarrett climbs. “He really believes that they’re closer than he thinks,” O’Loughlin says, “that there may be some sort of blood connection there. 'A'ale Ma'a Wau (Fish out of Water)He’s obsessed with that idea, and it’s something he’s going to pursue.” At Steve’s side through this odyssey is one of the few people left for him to rely on. “Danno is his brother in arms,” O’Loughlin says. “[And] that solidarity connects those two characters even deeper, which is really great.”

FRACTURED FIVE-0 | Asked for this season’s theme, Lenkov says that with Kono in hiding with Adam (though still seen here and there), “The team’s a little fractured, so it’s about filling that void, fortifying the family. They’re working for a while like a three-wheeled car, where something’s wrong and they know what the problem is – it’s Kono – so, how do they get her back?” Lenkov adds, “We’re hoping to have her back working with Five-0 by like midseason,” but until then, a void is a void — “and that’s where Chi McBride comes in.”

SWAT’S A MATTER WITH YOU? | As the premiere’s jailhouse invasion plays out, Pushing Daisies‘ Chi McBride makes his debut as SWAT Captain Lou Grover (a character once featured on TV’s original Five-0 series). “If people thought Steve McGarrett was ballsy and lived by his own set of rules, they haven’t met Chi’s character yet,” laughs Lenkov. “He’s going to give McGarrett a run for his money in a way nobody has.” Adds an excited O’Loughlin: “He’s a very powerful alpha character, with a hell of a presence, too. McGarrett’s usually the big mouth of the room, and when this guy comes in, it’s a challenge and a contrast.” And it shall continue to be! “I’ve just read Episode 8, and we argued for 47 of the 50 pages,” O’Loughlin reports. “They’re really getting into it with those two.”

A ‘BEAUTIFUL’ REMEMBRANCE | As previously reported by TVLine, H50 will remember the attack on Pearl Harbor with a story told partly in flashback, through the lens of an elderly Japanese man arrested at the start of the hour. “It’s beautiful. One of the most beautiful scripts I’ve read,” O’Loughlin effuses. “And it’s a very important episode… because it gives a Japanese perspective on that day, and it’s rare that we here in America get the Japanese perspective, or the Afghani perspective or the Iraqi perspective or whatever it is, because we’re in this CNN, Starbucks-fueled hub of glory.”

TROUBLE IN PARADISE? | Catherine will leave the Navy to work for her ex-boyfriend Billy’s private security firm — at Steve’s urging, yet nonetheless with jealousy-tinged ramifications. “What does that mean if she leaves the Navy? And what does it mean that her ex-boyfriend showed up? And do I need to kick his ass?” O’Loughlin wonders. On the professional front, it will lead to a fun reversal of roles. As Lenkov notes, “We set up for three years McGarrett would always come to her for favors; now that Catherine’s in the private sector, it will be interesting for those tables to be turned.”

A BLAST FROM THE PAST | “We’re bringing back the Champ box” – Ka 'oia' i' o ma loko (The Truth Within)aka the late John McGarrett’s more-than-a-toolbox – “which was a big mystery in the first season,” Lenkov reveals. “Joe White (the returning Terry O’Quinn) is going to be sort of running that little story.”

VIP TOURISTS | In addition to the likes of Tim Daly (Private Practice), Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business) and, well, a Jonas, Season 4’s guest stars include Melanie Griffith as Danny’s mother (who arrives on his doorstep when his Dad overwhelms her with a midlife crisis), Jorge Garcia (“There’s a little nod to Lost” in a scene shared with Daniel Dae Kim, Lenkov promises) and a Thanksgiving visit from the Carol Burnett, as McGarrett’s aunt. Says Lenkov, “We’re hoping she gets to do a little song at the end, at the bar, and maybe tugs on her ear.”

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  1. H5O was so great on Monday nights in the first three seasons but moving to Fridays at 9 p.m. has some serious competition with Shark Tank and Grimm which will return on October 25th (a month from now).

  2. Bob says:

    The 9th thing to know: Watch the show while you can, because the move to Friday night is going to kill it.

    Why couldn’t they wait to have a Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn ‘Lost’ reunion???

  3. sarah says:

    Well I really hope Hawaii Five 0 is a good fit before Blue Bloods, I am optimistic that it is, Ghost Whisperer lasted 5 season in that time slot so if we get another 5 years of H50 then that is great! :)

  4. HAP says:

    How does Scott Caan keep getting work?

  5. Joey says:

    Hope the show does well on Fridays. I can’t wait to watch the season premiere tonight.

  6. I’m so excited it’s back! I’m really gonna miss Kono being around all the time though. The team dynamic between the main four has always been a big draw for me. :)

  7. Tyler says:

    I believe Kono was missing in Season 2 too. It’ll be interesting to see how the writers handle it this time around.

    H50 is so underrated. I think it’s one of the best cop drama shows on TV right now. Although shows like Homeland, Newsroom and House of Cards are probably better written–they’re so boring. I never fall asleep when I’m watching H50.

  8. I don’t exactly view Grimm as competition, I am amazed it’s made it made it this far with the numbers it gets, I realize double digits is a tough sell on Friday Nights, but CBS has had past success on Friday, plus let’s not count out the DVR+7 Ratings either

  9. Lisa London says:

    I really used to like this show but now it’s stretched the boundaries of credibility so thinly… I can’t watch it anymore. These supposed ‘heroes’ commit terrible acts of hyper-violence all the time, sometimes for barely any reason at all; it’s become painful to watch. There are always smarter ways to get the same results. Not to mention, in the real world they would already be in jail. Now, I’m not saying I’m expecting this show to be ‘real’ but when you start shaking your head at McGarrett’s ridiculously blunt violence and you can’t find it in you to defend your hero’s actions anymore, it’s time to move on. :-(

    • David Duke says:

      You are so correct. The factualness of S4E1 was so far gone, I just needed to vent. A guard revals that steeve is the second McGarret to visit Wo-Fat and says that a Doris McGarret was in earlier. Don’t they have privacy rules there.

      Guys bust into the prison and kill all the security guards, but McGarret manages to defeat all 4 of then while being unarmed. Too bad the terrorists could not see behind the thin pole. After the incident at the palace, all the hostages leave. No one is interviewed or checked for injuries.

      McGarret careens the SWAT van to release the hostages so his girlfriend would not be harmed. A man runs away from a flipped out SUV and does not appear to be hurt.

      The repair geek downloading the computer files looks like he came from some computer store. What Five-0 doesn’t have any computer geeks on government payroll available. And that was from just yesterday, let alone the previous seasons.

      The writing is brutal, but I still watch. Hopefully the ratings war will kill it and I don’t have to watch it anymore. I haven’t missed an episode, but that doesn’t mean it is well written.

  10. CBS has put the only two shows I still watch on the same night! (OK, I do still watch “The Simpsons” if I remember it’s on.)

  11. Kat says:

    What about Charlie Fong?!?!?! He gets stabbed, Max says he might not make it, and we get nothing? Not even ANYONE saying “hey, any word on Charlie?” WTF? Really nice friends they all are.

  12. left a loong comment it got lost short version love danno dont like mother it is so different from original first year probably will not watch after disater opening9-27

  13. Sue says:

    Love the story, characters and setting… But the music is so loud that, since season 1, it’s been hard to hear and understand the words. This last episode was just huge constant booming sound, no quiet space, everything triple emphased with banging noise! Every scene builds to gigantic crescendos, total walls of sound. It was a relief when it was over…doesn’t anybody understand background music to complement the scene?

    • Tony says:

      I agree. It’s like the dialog was the background for the music. The music was waaaaaaay overpowering. I guess the producers and directors only see the final cut before the music is added. Same thing last season, music way too overpowering. I would like to watch at least one episode this season and actually hear what each individual says. Then you watch Blue Bloods and can actually hear every word being said and you notice there is no overpowering background music. Wow, what a concept.

  14. Jes says:

    is seassion 4 really available?????? great fun..

  15. Janet says:

    Ahh, Friday nite, who watches TV on a Friday nite?? Now i’ve missed the first episode, hope I didn’t miss too much. And yes, the music was too loud last year.

  16. Aimee says:

    when is this gonna be shown in the Philippines??? I can’t wait to see the 4th season

  17. angelgirl59 says:

    I sure would like to see more of Danno and less of Catherine… Leave her as a love interest for McGarrett and get her out of 5-0!!! WTF? We’ll be lucky if Scott’s Danno gets a whole 15 minutes of screen time for the whole season… He IS a cop after all and his story arc shouldn’t revolve around Grace and his family only! Give him some action scenes for crying out loud!

    • Sharon Jensen says:

      Yes, I would like to see less of Catherine- as in get her off the show! Michelle Borth and
      Alex O’Loughlin have absolutely NO chemistry whatsoever- their so-called romantic interactions leave me cold. If McGarrett is to have a love-interest, find someone Alex actually has chemistry with, like he did with Sophia Myles on “Moonlight.” NOW I did believe those two to be in love with each other! No wonder people thought they were on

  18. Deb says:

    Watched 11/15 and no Scott Caan missed a lot of shows. Why new partner with mcgarrett

  19. Hawaii FIVE-O is dope…

  20. Jenni Beaumont says:

    1/10 Where was Katherine in the episode tonight??

  21. edward phiri says:

    We never catherine had an ex boyfriend wow I like how that came up

  22. caryn mcgovern says:

    I loved the original 5 O but love this more, thank you. I only have one question though – why is Scott leaving? He is an integral part of the programme. It wont be the same without him.. Hope he reconsiders.

    • selina says:

      I had to go upstairs and I can still feel the incessant beating of the drums. I would love to hear the dialogue. It happens in many programs and I don’t know if the musicians union requires the drums and music to be that loud, but I for one would like to watch a program without the music being the focal point. I will not watch or listen to this. It is not enjoyable.