75 thoughts on “Cast your vote for season 5

  1. I am little bit like yourself, unlike the previous seasons I have not watched any of these episodes more than once, and my favourites were episode 25 and 7 only.
    Season five was a disaster !!! And we probably only going to get one more season.
    Just wanted to let you know that I agree with your reviews, thank you.

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    • Welcome to the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

      In reflection the season wasn’t as bad as I felt it was while watching when the eps first aired. But there were some real disastrous episodes in it, too. I completely agree with that.

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  2. Maybe I’m the only one, but looking back at your summaries, I found it hard to only vote on 5. I had a definite 3 then had to choose out of my remaining 7 favourites. Think I’ll go back and watch them again now! There are some though that I will probably never watch again.

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    • No, you’re not alone. Going through all the pictures, and the reviews, and watching the one or other episode again, I have actually seven episodes I want to vote for. I would never have guessed it before I prepared this post.
      But looking at the episodes from a distance… well, there was some good stuff there, too. My beef with the season hasn’t changed, but I was able to look at all the good stuff that I really liked. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • i had the same problem. After my obvious 3, I couldn’t remember enough about the rest to easily pick my next fave, but i went with my first instincts.

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  3. I got 5. No more than 5…besides my 5, the rest of em could all be accidentally erased/deleted forever and I’d be ok with that. But I do got the 5. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kinda fascinated to see where my 5 come in, and what other eps the crowd-source floats to the top.

    And this is helping to entertain me while we await filming to resume. :mrgreen:

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  4. I’d be curious to see whether fans have an episode(s) from across all the seasons that were flawlessly executed. That may or may not narrow the field considerably. I can think of two.

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      • Wow. 20! That’s cool. The two that come to mind that I don’t even have to think about are the pilot and the Pearl Harbor episode. 1:06 too (Graham Wilson episode). I’ll have to review the episode blurbs to see if any others make it to my flawless list.

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  5. very difficult. I had three top contenders and then four others that I had to pare down to two. Not an easy task so I just thought of the scenes I liked best from them and chose based on those scenes – not the entire episode. This is harder than it should be!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I think I am probably more easily pleased than many of you. If I get my Alex/Steve fix I can forgive many faults. It probably would have been a shorter list for me to name the episodes I really disliked. I always watch an episode more than once because I miss things in the first viewing and I find some part of everyone that I can enjoy…..although there isn’t much of that Christmas epi or the low grade Hangover one that I could like. It was really fun to look back at the season though and thanks for the reminders of some I hadn’t remembered as well. I have them all on DVR and will keep them there until the DVD release in the fall. Then I erase and start over with the new season. Naturally some don’t get played as much as others unless I need some reference for a story I may be writing.

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    • I have many episodes (not this season though) that I have watched countless times. This season I have three eps I watched once, and won’t do so again. And I have a few I have watched a couple of times, and only three that fall in the first category. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Well, I know I’m not that easy to please. For me, there must be more than a damn attractive man, who also can act the sh/t our of anything, and some nice scenes to please me. I will enjoy watching said man, but I will still complain loudly about what annoyed me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Simply because there is SO much potential, so much talent all around, and they are wasting it. With stupid plot holes the size of Texas, with annoying and untalented guest ‘stars’ and other sh/t I don’t even want to think about. That just makes me mad.

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      • i just feel sorry for said attractive/talented man when he ends up being handed less than stellar stuff to work with. He did awesome with the few amazing opportunities given, and made something out of all the other stuff too. You are right that there is a lot of potential on this show. The actors are much more talented than those on some of my other favorite shows (that have been on the air longer, and are now also suffering from terrible writing).
        They could stand to pare down the guest star thing; the actors don’t need to be bolstered by other stars. The occasional guest appearances can turn out quite well – Michael Imperioli working with Alex was gold, but the three morons thrown at us during that hangover episode – yuck.

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  7. Ah well. I’ve done it. Voted only for 4. I didn’t have to think about those four! My favorites, no doubt, watched them way more than once. But a fifth one? Phew… I have a few in mind, but there was always something that doesn’t make them as awesome. Hmmm… this weekend I’m having a 5-0 marathon with a friend. Maybe I can convince her to watch those episodes honorary mentioned ๐Ÿ˜‰ and not the obvious choices. If I can make up my mind I’ll vote for one single episode again.
    So two episode didn’t get any vote till now? Wonder which…. NOT. (I hope.)

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    • It is usually sometime (early?) in July.
      They have approx., 5-6 episodes filmed when season begins.
      Does anyone know how many episodes were ordered for S6?
      Can’t find the info anywhere.

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      • Well I’m just going to think the good thoughts that everyone involved in putting together the S6 storylines will use common sense, really pay attention to what worked and what didn’t, and come up with S6 episodes that make the pain of S5 a distant memory.

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        • I agree. They seemed to give up on S5. I wonder if they thought S5 was the end? And that’s why we got all those episodes about each character in depth?

          Seems only the fans believed in S6.

          It occurred to me that there may have been 2 endings written and filmed for the finale. Why else not see the wedding but have the first scene for S6 filmed now? Maybe they only got the go ahead sometime in April. Could be that Doris and Joe’s story was resolved by a telephone call but that was never used in the finale. I’m so confused and could be totally wrong. Probably wrong.

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          • Yeah, I wondered if they had a couple different plans for the finale as well. I wasn’t thinking of Joe or Doris so much as wondering if they had pondered picking someone off at the wedding. My only thought for Doris was my elation that she WASN’T part of the season finale. Honest to goodness, I don’t know what John McGarrett was thinking when he married her. Sounds mean, but I’m being honest. Thankfully Steve took after his Dad.

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            • Well, John and Joe were good friends. Maybe Joe was reported missing when he was in the Navy and Doris was pregnant with Steve and John married her? Is this any more far fetched than introducing Charlie being Danny’s son after three years? My theory is stupid but considering what has gone on before………………… Poor Steve, if is this is where they are going. His personal life is one big mess already.

              BTW, Sam and Cokie, I know we are off topic. I will now hide in the corner and be quiet. – – Sorry- sorry-sorry.

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              • Don’t be sorry at all please. You can discuss here off topic. That is perfectly fine. Besides, the topic is still H50, so no problem.
                I think it’s great if people engage in a discussion, and if this blog can be a platform for that… be my guest. ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • I don’t think you’re off base. I like Joe. He genuinely has an interest in Steve (but I don’t trust him). But the one thing they’ve never ever touched (unless they did during several of the season 5 episodes I didn’t see) was how in the heck could Joe have the nerve to be in touch with and seemingly be hiding Doris all that time, KNOWING that John was putting his neck on the line all those years with an investigation into her death.

                I guess we all define friendship according to our own standards, but on the one hand we are told that he and John were good friends and Joe even relates stories of John to Steve, but all this underlying hoopla doesn’t say “friendship” to me but ultimate betrayal. And unfortunately, in all the flashbacks with John, there’s never any reference to Joe, but I wonder if he was suspicious. To me John is the unsung hero of Five-0–he’s relegated to a superficial story, kept in the background for the most part, but who he was as a person and the legacy he left (not just in the awesome Steve McGarrett! ๐Ÿ˜Ž overshadows everything else.

                I think it would be cool to see a flashback episode of John doing a case with George Rigby–the cop mentioned in the Pearl Harbor episode that took the notes that led to the solution of the missing samurai sword.

                But I better stop thinking so much about Five-0 and get back to my studying. Darn that Steve McGarrett and Five-0! They just keep taking over my brain…. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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                • Although on Rigby I’d have to figure out the math on that–I think his daughter in the Pearl Harbor ep said he died in the early 90’s, so they may or may not have had the potential to cross paths as officers depending on when John McGarrett became a cop in Hawaii. Hmm…..

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          • I don’t typically pay attention to the credits and who wrote what episode–if I had the time and energy, I’d go back and see who wrote the pilot, 1:06, the Pearl Harbor ep, the roller derby ep and some others and put them on the front lines of the writing team for S6. Hopefully these were not some of the writers in the driver’s seat for S5–if so, they need to take a little siesta.

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            • I think the only writers left from season 1, are Peter Lenkov (the show runner) and David Wolkove. Some left after the first season, but most of them changed with the start of Season 4.
              Peter wrote most of the “special” episode like the pilot and 4:10 (Pearl Harbor) and while the they are good, they really do not define the rest of all the show, because they are normally great as stand alone episodes.
              I just think the present writers should draw up a bio of each of their main characters and write towards that and create stories and arcs around that.

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              • I’m sure the writers are good writers, they certainly studied and learned how to write. They just don’t know the characters they are writing for. And I think that is a major flaw. I guess it is not easy to write with such a huge writing team. And I truly hope someone will have an eye on what the individual writer does in season 6, so that the episodes actually fit into the development of the characters.

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  8. I managed to pick 5, I coulda picked 1 other but I think the ones I settled for had the best scenes. I did enjoy this season but for a few of the episodes I felt like they tried to put too much in it. My favs were of course the ones centred around Steve ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Glad you ‘got’ them. Seems to me that are people out there who want to create drama out of something that is just not there. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      The point of these ‘titles’ is to get the gist of the episode in one sentence. And I think they do just that.

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      • They get that info across both perfectly and with humor. There is a humor-challenged segment of the fandom who may not have gotten the funny. That segment finds humor in harassing other fans and actresses… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • I hope this is not going to go the ugly route of the bullies coming out to play. I’m more than tired of the hypocrites who call themselves “fans” but haven’t discovered that all that bile causes wrinkles, brown spots and cellulite on the thighs.

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        • Nah, don’t worry, this is a drama free zone. Anyone not playing nice in our sandbox will be banned. ๐Ÿ˜‰
          All opinions are welcomed here, but nastiness and ‘hate’ isn’t.
          And drama-queens we really don’t need… or want here.
          All is good. No worries.

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  9. This has absolutely nothing to do with the S5 voting, but various lines from Hawaii Five-0 episodes have been sticking in my brain this week. Today it’s Kono’s “Nothing says I love you like drug-store candy.” ROTFL!!!!!!!

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  10. Yeah, I know, I’m off topic again (I’m as good at staying on topic as Danny is at being quiet. LOL!)

    But I get daily quotes by email and guess who today’s quote was from? And, like the character he plays, offers words of wisdom:

    “There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.” — Daniel Dae Kim

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  11. I just realized I misread the original post. I was sitting here thinking “Gee whiz, the first of June has come and gone and no poll results.” But then when I re-read I realized you said END of June.

    I went to watch the last episode of S5 again on the CBS website but they’ve shut it down now to where you have to pay to watch. When I shell out it will be for the DVD release, not the CBS website.

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  12. I think I may have voted twice. Deliberately the first time and the second due to age related short term memory loss. Sorry. Hope that didn’t screw things up.

    For me, Season Five was okay but most of it was not particularly memorable. However, there were a few standouts. The 100th most definitely, 5:19, 24 and 25 to be sure, but also the film noir episode with William Forsythe. As a fan of the show, I am willing to overlook the implausible plot holes in some of the stories, after all I am not expecting Masterpiece Theatre (and H50 is usually much more fun anyhow) but I wish the writers would be more consistent. They gave us a great 100th episode and another with the wonderful Carol Burnett, and then hand out the dreadful Christmas story or worse, the three drunk door knobs. Hopefully, if there is a new crop of writers on board for Season Six, we may see an improvement with no Elvis impersonators and as little Jerry as possible (the latter might be asking too much but I am going to remain optimistic). Definitely we need a little more Steve and a lot less Jerry. I do hope they bring back Odell and William Forsythe again, especially Odell, and, it may just be me, but does anyone else think that Chi McBride’s character doesn’t quite fit in. He is a wonderful actor but somehow, for me, he seems out of place as a member of the team. I liked him better when he was the SWAT Captain.

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    • “three drunk door knobs” ROTFL!!!! Good one. You’re not alone on Mr. McBride. I like his character just fine, but I don’t think making him a part of Five-0 was the best choice. Like you, I thought he was better as the leader of SWAT. He could most certainly still be a regular cast member as SWAT captain. But I don’t feel strongly about it, more indifferent. Lord knows they have made MUCH worse casting decisions (such as season 2 with Weston).

      I don’t dislike Jerry like most seem to. Yes, it’s certainly possible for them to over-use him, but I think one of the great strengths of Five-0 has been their creating a family of secondary characters. Look how Jerry has grown since first meeting Steve and Five-0. He started out as a guy who hid in his basement and didn’t use the phone, and now he gets out in the world and takes a more active part. I think that’s a nice roll-out of his character.

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  13. Olรก, gosto muito do seu site. Visito-o com frequรชncia. Vou rever os episรณdios para poder votar em consciรชncia. Embora nรฃo tenhas dรบvidas em relaรงรฃo a trรชs. Gosto muito de a ler!

    Bing-Translater: Hello, I really like your site. Visit it often. I will review episodes to be able to vote in good conscience. Although I don’t have doubts about the three. I love to read!

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  14. Oh! You are absolutely right, Jerry’s character has grown over the past season. I guess I was allowing my own prejudice to get in the way. Definitely he is okay in smaller doses but he just seemed to be overly prominent in Season Five. In hindsight, is it possible that the producers were using him to compensate for the frequent absences of Scott Caan? Just a thought.

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    • And in fairness, I didn’t watch the bulk of Season 5 because I just couldn’t stomach it, so my sense of Jerry comes mainly from his introduction in Season 4 and his appearances during that season. And the only episode of season 5 of any relevance to me and that I can recall is his short-appearance in episode 25 hanging out with Max at the wedding location.

      Too much screen time by any of the secondaries would be overkill. I love Kamekona, but I wouldn’t want to see an entire episode of him. The only exception I can think of is that I would like to see an episode that involves Duke more. I always felt he should get a little more screen time at least once.

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      • I also preferred Grover as SWAT. I really like his character but I believe he would have been more interesting if he and McGarrett developed their relationship from one of antagonism, to one of grudging respect and finally friendship. Then each of them could retain a separate identity as the head of a specialized unit. I think resolving conflicts about who was stepping on whose toes would have made each character grow, given us a few laughs and made for better and more original plot lines.

        As for Jerry, I have my own theory. When Catherine left, there was a hole in the fabric of H50.
        They needed a patch to replace not only her but also Danno’s absence and Kono’s reduced appearances. Enter Jerry, the new M.E,, Kamekona, Flippa, Duke, Amber and Ellie We then
        had the second half of Danno and Kono.

        As a full time cast addition, Grover replaced Catherine. It was a shame that it took three very limited and rarely seen part time women to satisfy what the PTB thought was what those of us who lamented the lack of a full time powerful woman on H50 really wanted. They saw our lips move but couldn’t hear us at all.

        They could have easily added a mature woman as a profiler on loan from the HPD or FBI. Of course, had they thought of a profiler, it would have been a man who was given one of those hundreds of badges in the box from Steve’s desk and a big gun. If it was a woman, they would have found a way to kill her.

        I hope that Catherine stays next season.

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        • UGH! Don’t say ‘profiler’. That gives me nightmares about the blight on season 2. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

          I hope Catherine stays next season too. I may watch for Steve, but as a person who doesn’t typically have a lot of respect for most women characters on TV, she stands head and shoulders above the rest in the Five-0 universe (again, no offense Kono. I likes ya, but Catherine’s got you beat in story possibilities because of her diverse background).

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          • Do you mean Lori? Lori Weston was supposed to be a profiler but we never saw her actually do it. The PTB have no idea what a profiler does or they would not have tried to make us believe she was one, Or a martial arts expert either, who lost her last boyfriend because she started to beat him in the ring–or that she was a Shot Putter in HS? Have those writers ever seen one? They could break all the typewriters in the writers room with just a stare. They tried to give that character every attribute they could think of except one we might actually believe.

            Sometimes I feel as though many of the writers have very little experience with real life which shows in the scripts. I can excuse ignorance but not the initiative to do some fact checking. That’s just lazy.

            Maybe they should smash one less car and use that money to pay someone to do continuity and quality control. Lots of smart people are looking for jobs.

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            • LOL – poor Lori. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She was supposed to be this awesome ‘spy’ sent by Denning, but was really not capable of doing much of anything. One of the worst written characters that come to mind. To be fair, the IDEA of Lori was a good one, but the execution of her character and maybe even casting the right actress for the part was a disaster.

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          • I have a problem with most all female characters, no matter what the show. They are mostly poorly written. But to be honest I don’t care much about a female character on a show unless she is a strong person, able to play on the same level with the boys.
            All those female detectives out there only make me laugh. Not many come to mind that I can take seriously. Catherine is one of the exceptions. She is an awesome character all on her own. And that is what I really like about her. AND the fact that Steve loves her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • …he would have been more interesting if he and McGarrett developed their relationship from one of antagonism, to one of grudging respect and finally friendship…
          Actually, I think they did that. They first pretty much hated each other (4.01 and 4.07), then they both earned the respect of the other (4.08), and after that they did develop a great friendship and trust. I think this is a relationship where the writers did everything right.
          Would Grover have been better as a SWAT captain? I guess there are a lot of different opinions about it out there, and I don’t think one is better or more right than the other.
          I love Grover, have from the minute I saw him. I think he and Steve are awesome together, I just wish they would use the gold they have with these two.
          For me, Grover is the best addition to the show they ever came up with. Chi McBride is an actor who knows his sh/t, and his character has many interesting sides to him. I’m really looking forward to see him working with the team even more in season 6.

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          • True, McG should be allowed to have a grown up friend who doesn’t make light of his problems but just listens instead, Grover fits the role perfectly.

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        • LOL – hundreds of badges? Steve gave out two of them. One to Grover and one to Catherine. Lori was forced onto him, he never gave her a badge.
          All the other, mostly unimportant characters, don’t have a badge. Even though I really fear Jerry will get one at some point. If that happens… I think I will go on strike then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  15. Make room for me on that picket line. Jerry getting a badge would really be too far beyond reality. Pua with a badge …the thought just ruined my Sunday morning coffee. I don’t think I could watch the show again if that ever happened.

    As for poor Lori, I felt sorry for the actress who played her. She was never given anything worthwhile to work with and although the thought of a female nemesis butting heads with McGarrett would have been interesting, she seemed to spend most of her time standing around looking pretty. A total waste of time and talent. I understand she went on to another show and did quite well. Good for her.

    I certainly agree with your comment about female detectives on TV these days. I can only think of one or two who stand out. On one prominent show the woman even wears six inch stilettos on the job. I like that particular show very much but I always have to laugh when I see her strutting around in high heels. So much for realism. We need Catherine back, soon. She is a standout.

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