8.23 Set Review


Ka Hana a ka mākua, o ka hana no ia a keiki

McGarrett and Five-0 take on the mob when a former boss is killed and Junior’s friend Cammy Lin (Cindy Chu) is on the run after witnessing the hit, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Will Sasso guest stars as Eddie’s veterinarian.

CBS translated Ka Hana a ka mākua, o ka hana no ia a keiki to What Parents Do, Children Will Do

Before we give you our review mixed with a wonderful experience, I like to give kind of an editorial upfront.

This “review” will be a bit different in that we (as in Sam, Cokie, McBear and Lou) were present for part of the filming.

There is also another thing in that this review will be different. We, as in Cokie and Sam, totally disagree on the episode, and on posting our experience of the filming. I (Sam) am against sharing our day on the set. Why do you ask?

Simple, because I don’t want to share my wonderful day with some of the people out there. With some of THE nastiest people I have ever encountered. Why should I even give them the light of day by sharing this wonderful experience? So that they can tell us again we are stalkers, we are harassing people, that we hate some people?

Even going as far as to threatening someone’s life. And hoping for them to die a slow death. What kind of dark soul wishes for something like that? How horrible must your life be.

How can you even look in the mirror in the morning, and actually like what you see? You might think all you do and say on the internet is not really you; it is just your anonymous internet persona. You are wrong. All your hatred and nastiness reflects on you as a person. On you as a human being.

Your constantly passive aggressive behavior is disgusting. And instead of writing about the show, you write about people watching the show.

Why? Why is other people’s opinion so important to you that you have to rant and rave about them constantly? How does that improve your enjoyment of the show?

I don’t use the hashtag for the blog, I don’t advertise. But still you come here and feel the need to ‘discuss’ your findings behind our backs. In your little circle of haters. How pathetic.

Those people, and you know who you are, should be ashamed of themselves. What a bunch of hateful, nasty human beings.

Cokie, if you don’t want to post this part, I will just write: reasons censored by Cokie. 😉

No, it needs to be said. I, unfortunately did not know all this who-ha going on which is probably good because I would have jumped in with both feet and said some things I shouldn’t have said to people I have NO desire to know.

LOL, that is why I didn’t say anything during our trip. No need for you to get bent out of shape over some deranged people.

OK, now with that out of the way, let’s see what kind of compromise we came to. I am willing to post part of the day, but will not give a full report. And I will keep many very personal pictures we took permanently off the internet.

Let me back up just a little bit. On Sunday, we were downtown walking, taking pictures of Ali Iolani Hale, King Kamehameha, the governor’s mansion and other buildings we have seen on the show.

And of course, we did some research for the one or other story that is in the works. What kind of fun to actually be ‘there’ instead of looking at it on pictures. One thing I found most interesting was the scale of the actual locations. They are all so darn small. By far not like they appear on the show. It is really amazing what a camera angle can do.

We began walking toward Chinatown, which is practically around the corner and spied this road sign.


We both stopped in our tracks when we realized what this meant. And we also knew exactly what our plans were for Tuesday morning!

And so our wonderful experience begun. One we didn’t expect, one we didn’t seek out. We came by it by pure luck.

We arrived that morning and parked in the Walmart parking lot. On the weekend the lot had free parking… this plays a key role in a note later in the day…

Oh, yeah, just rub it in. 😉

We made it the block or so to the street where filming had set up and stood on the corner of the sidewalk. A young man who was keeping cars from traveling down that particular street (even with barricades, people still tried to drive down it), told us that if we wanted to watch filming, we could see better from the other side of the street, about half way down the block.

Then he said something that totally blew our minds. “If you want you can go over the set, but if they tell you to move, you need to get out of the way.” He then pointed to a guy down the street who would be happy to answer all our questions.

We moved where he said and were very close to the Camaro parked on the street. There were tents and equipment all over the streets and sidewalk and at the time we didn’t know where the filming would be.

We were right there on the set, and everyone was extremely nice and greeted us friendly. What a nice bunch of people working there. We spent time there and watched the rehearsals, until it was time to clear the space and move to our designated place at the corner. So that we wouldn’t be ‘in’ the shots. 

We didn’t know who would be in the scene. It could have been any of the regular stars or it could have only been a scene with extras or guest stars. We had huge sighs of relief when we saw that black Camaro on the street. While it would have been great to see the silver Silverado, we were reasonably sure who would be driving that Camaro!

We crossed the street and as we passed, I trailed my hand across the back of the Camaro. Just to say that I touched it.  🙂

Harassing the car, I see. 😉

Yes, totally.  I have no shame.

There was a man and woman from Australia standing with us and we all followed the second person to another vantage point on the other side of the street near an alley next to O’Toole’s Bar. You might recognize this as the location of Billy’s wake a few seasons ago.

The person who escorted us across the street kept coming back to us and talking.

Yes, also a super nice guy who answered all our questions. Really amazing that they took the time to actually interact with us like that.

I told him that I have been on sets in Los Angeles, watched different filmings and that it was always a very different experience to what happened here on the set in Hawaii. He explained that they really appreciate people coming from all over the world to the middle of the Pacific, willing to spend a bit of time with them. After all, the fans are the ones keeping them on the air.

He then moved on to the “rules” to follow: (1) no taking pictures during filming, but when they yelled “cut” we could snap away.  (2) Absolute silence during filming… some people have NO idea what ‘silence’ means!  (3) No moving  from where they asked us to stand.  (4) Absolute no attacking the actors. He said you would be surprised how some people rush right up to the actors. About three weeks prior, there was a woman who ran right up to them before anyone could stop her.

Our crew member was really nice. He has been working there for a couple of years and came originally from Texas. He said the actors were really nice and sometimes they come over and talk to the fans, depending on what their schedules are and how tight the shoot is.

Anyway, at one point, Scott Caan looked over at us on the sidelines and Sam said, “Cokie, he’s looking right at you.” Well, yeah, he was, I think and then he started walking diagonally across the street in our direction.

Sam mumbled, “wrong guy’s coming,” and I remember repeating like a mantra, “Nonononononono…”  Not that I would not have said ‘hello’ to him, but I had no idea what I would want to say other than that! But we let out our breath when he turned into the alley by O’Toole’s and used his phone.

Well, that isn’t really how it happened, and he did not only use his phone, but that is for us to know. 😉

You know, there are just people in the world I have no desire to meet. I would have politely said hello, but other than that I wouldn’t know even one question I would want to ask. Or have any kind of conversation really.

Like with all people I wish him lots of happiness, love and laughter in his life. But I have zero interest in him.

OK, back to filming.

The first “scene” we watched was Steve and Danny “arriving” across from O’Tooles and parking on the street. In actuality, they walked from under the tent, got in the car and Steve drove all of ten feet into the designated parking pace. That was the one scene, they only had to film once.

Yeah, it was over before you even knew it.

The scene where Steve and Danny are talking over top of the car was done six times, I think.

I think it was even more than that.

From our vantage point, we could see Steve with Danny standing facing the car. Steve was very animated in some of the takes and at one point, he hit the top of the car, but they didn’t use that take.

It was amazing to watch Alex vary the scene with every take. Every take was different, some with more emotion, some with less. Some seemed angry, some just annoyed, others just indifferent. Unfortunately that could not be said about his counterpart.

They filmed a scene eight times of mourners walking across the street, coming to the wake while Steve and Danny crossed the street. After three times with Steve and Danny walking toward the bar, they filmed the extras several times getting out of a car and walking diagonally across the street. Most all of that was cut out.

It is really unbelievable how many hours they are filming, and only a fraction, or none at all ends up in the episode. This filming the scene over and over again felt like it took forever, and in the episode, well, if you blinked you would have missed it.

At one point, someone asked who was across the street in a window. The crew member laughed and said “you’ll see”. It was actually the two guys taking photos of Steve and Danny as they entered the bar.

From our vantage point it was difficult to see what was going on at the door of the bar, but we did get a glimpse of Steve pushing his way inside. As if anyone was going to keep him out when he wanted to get in there.


They had a limo positioned in the alley near us and after lunch were going to use it for scenes with extras, but that wasn’t in the episode at all.  Around lunch time, Alex and Scott got into a white van and they drove away, so it was time for us to leave as well. The crew member said they would reconvene after lunch but all scenes would be inside the bar.

But we were welcome to come back and watch. Well, honestly, it was a great experience, can hardly be topped, but we were not there to spend a whole day watching people work. We were there for seeing the wonders of Hawaii. And there was so much more to see, so we opted out on coming back.

While we were standing there, other people wandered in and out wanting to know what was going on.  One woman was on her lunch break and had the loudest mouth possible. She was on her phone telling people in her office that she couldn’t get back just then because she couldn’t cross the street because of filming. That was a total lie… all she had to do was cross at the crosswalk, or for that matter, walk half a block down the street and cross over. But she kept calling people, telling them where she was and the crew member had to tell her several times to keep quiet because they were filming.

I really don’t get people. Seriously.

Three younger men walked up and one of them got his phone out and told wife/girlfriend/ acquaintance where he was and was “ordered” to get pictures of Alex and Scott. He then proceeded to laugh and talk loudly to his friends and was told to keep it down. He kept filming when they asked him not to and finally he went across the street to get a better vantage point. Other crew members went there and asked him not to film during filming and he ignored everyone. Finally a crew member stood in between him and the scene and all he did was raise his phone higher to get a better view. A police officer was there and I was so hoping they would make him erase it, but that didn’t happen.

No, that did not happen, but at least he left after the officer told him to leave the premises. What an ass. And you know, I don’t even know if his behavior is more disgusting, or all the people on twitter and Instagram who retweeted his footage without even thinking. I hate this kind of behavior, it gives fans a bad name. And it spoils the fun for others.

We found it later that day posted on the internet. And, more about this person in a future post!

I unfollowed everyone who posted it. I hate spoilers like that. BTS pics are fine, but actual footage I want to see in the episode, and not before that. And I think it’s disrespectful to post it when it is so clear that neither the network, nor the producer want it to be shown. During the filming of the last episodes some of the regular posters of footage went way too far, in my opinion. THAT is bordering on stalking.

Anyway, on with our partial report.

One other person showed up for a while. He was what appeared to be an older, homeless gentlemen who wasn’t quite all there. He kept half-way talking to himself, talking to us about Vietnam, the army and assorted other things. He asked what we were watching and kept trying to go down the sidewalk where filming was taking place. The crew told him he had to wait where he was. He kept getting louder and finally, I put my finger to my lips and said “shhh”. He looked at me, pointed to himself and said, “I am a man,” then pointed to me and said, “you are woman. You don’t tell me what to do.”

So there!  He finally wandered off down the side street.

It was actually a really sad experience. That poor man obviously was not in his right mind. I’m pretty sure he was a vet without getting the help he needed.

The other thing we saw was when our crew guy met up with a car and a man handed him several thick manila envelopes. On the front in bold letters was written 8.25. He kept hold of them and said he was toast if they got lost. We asked if that was the new script and he agreed that it was, they would start filming soon. I took a picture of the envelopes, but it must not have taken because I can’t find it anywhere.  Maybe it self-destructed.

LOL, yeah, that must be it. Our ‘tour-guy’ guarded those scripts with his life. I wonder what would happen if one of those scrips actually got lost.

So, that was part of our first fan-girl sighting. More to come later…

Now, on to the rest of the episode.   We are a divisive duo on this as well… 🙂  I (Cokie) thought that while the episode wasn’t exciting, it was a decent show. While Sam can give her true feelings <stand back>, I don’t think she liked it much at all.  🙂

Well, it was another meh episode for me. With some of THE dumbest scenes ever. Like the fight. Ugh.

No, I didn’t like the fight.  But I did like the comments from the grandfather.  He summed up my thoughts exactly.  Once the mouth is opened… 🙂

But what I took from this episode is that SC really is slowly, but surely written out of the show. Now even saying that he can’t do his job. Remember the scene where he couldn’t even be bothered to read the reports because he has kids? Two questions. Where the hell is their mother? And if you can’t do your job, quit, darn it.

I have to be honest; I loved the scene at the vet.  Yes, it was silly.  No, it wasn’t really plausible, but it made me smile.  Steve and Eddie are perfect together.  And it gave me another line I really liked.  It had to do with a golf club… 🙂

I didn’t like the personal connection to the case by Junior. There was no need for it. I also didn’t like him working the case without informing Steve. That simply didn’t fit his character he has shown so far.

And I specially didn’t like the scenes at the railway, the shootout. Where the hell was back up? Why were they there all alone? Made no sense.

What confused me there is that I thought Junior had his phone and said he was going to call it in.  There was no reason the others didn’t come in with guns blazing to help them.

My niece was watching with me. She had never seen it before; she’s 16. One of her comments had me laughing out loud. “I hope that mumbling guy gets beaten up. What an ass.” ROFL. Good girl.

And that pretty much wraps my review.

31 thoughts on “8.23 Set Review

  1. There’re some nasty people and some good, just try to be with the good ones and ignore the others.
    How I wish I would have been there and see Alex, you were really lucky.

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  2. Thank you for sharing and for the reminder about video clips of filming. I usually don’t get much from them, but I needed the reminder to not support unauthorized filming. I have decreased my following of the hashtag but every once in awhile notice the “shade” thrown in ya’lls direction. I have always tried to celebrate the common likes of the show and offer opinions when I disagree, but I can’t do that in some places.
    I don’t have the energy to try to keep up with who belongs to which parts of the fandom.
    I don’t know how someone could criticize this set visit when we see pictures of these guys off set. Finding out where your fave tv show is being filmed is being a fangirl. Seeking out a celebrity’s fave hangout would be stalking.
    The episode was okay. I have enjoyed the more aggressive Junior but wasn’t sure what to make of his going out on his own. Steve may need to remind him that as a part of law enforcement he can’t pursue personal vendettas. (cause no one on the show has done that before). I really enjoyed Steve and Eddie at the beginning and the silliness of the vet visit. I would have had to remind the vet that a pre-med student has not necessarily learned anything to enable him to evaluate a human’s health. I took enough classes to qualify as pre-med, i just didn’t use it to go to med school. I guess I could use it as an excuse to ask Steve to lift his shirt though……hmmm. I mean, I could pretend to know what his pulse should be. sorry, seems I’ve gotten a bit off topic.
    Congrats on getting the bonus sightseeing opportunity. It is neat to learn about the crew member (assume that would be a general name for anyone working around set) being so welcoming and helpful. I doubt I would have the nerve to approach the area for fear of being scuttled away.
    I look forward to the future posts you foreshadowed in this one.

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  3. I am so sorry that a bunch of submoronic, hate obsessed, misogynistic superfans tried to spoil your happy visit. . That’s the downside of your experience but the upside is that they did not succeed . There is no need for you to use the tag or self promote. The queen of shameless self promotion has that gig tied up. She needs it. You don’t.

    The show was, with a few exceptions, meh minus.

    The fight scene was pure fan service and stupid and I do feel sorry for the McDannos. The show threw them a shirtless Danny party and millions of viewers didn’t show up. Every time they expect a McDanno moment they are screwed. Danny just can’t do BAMF.

    Now let me explain that. This episode was the SERIES low. I do not believe that the good weather was a factor in the embarrassing numbers. But this was their mantra. Unfortunately for them, they are the same mini-minds that blamed Michelle for a slight fallout of viewers numbers when 820 aired. The fact that part of the show was preempted by a report on bombing strikes in Syria went over their heads. Many people simply headed for cable news channels for more information.

    And these fans claim that numbers don’t lie. Well. they sure don’t. If 820 was gold, then 823 was just rusty metal. And I say rusty because the lack of enthusiasm of one of the cast members is a drag on the enjoyment the average Friday night viewer has a right to expect. It has become apparent that when someone is unhappy at work, it is noticeable by even the most casual fan. The character has had his part reduced so much that he has become irrelevant. There are any number of great actors who can be brought on board to pick up the slack. Let Danny ride off into the sunset with Rachel and let them be happy together.

    So what really has the biggest influence on dwindling viewer numbers? It is probably just end of season fatigue since many shows experienced falling stats.

    Now, I understand your not wanting to share some precious memories with the fandom at large. There is no reason why you should. But you seemed to have a wonderful time and met some really great people, so on the happiness scale you are clearly a winner.

    (I was looking forward to seeing and hearing from McBear and Cap’t Lou.)

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  4. Wished that all people that worked in the entertainment industry were nice. As all shows could take an advice or two to treat and respect their fans like Five 0.
    And really think that glad all of you made it on the set. As really makes me want to be there but no money LOL
    But love Steve aka Alex in the blue. As really blue sets him apart.
    Wished to had seen Eddie and Captain Lou too
    But thanks for such as so much the great reports and blog you all put time and effort into. As really been here for three and a half years. And hopefully counting.
    Yeah that one jerk that was told not to talk loudly as not to take pictures. Really he thought the rules applied to everybody except him. Go figure. As really he could had ruined that experience for all of the fans.
    Thanks again and keep up the good work.

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  5. I gotta admit I long ago blocked all the fandom dickheads, so who all y’all got bullshit from I dunno, but there’s a plenty of em and I’m sorry they were stalking y’all in Hawaii, whether in life or on twitter. Y’all enjoy Show, you make cool sites and posts and pics and fics for all of us…you deserved a vacay without the fandom jealousy and otherwise creeper bs. But there’s no low too low for some, so sorry for the irk they caused.

    I’m delighted y’all had such a lovely time. No one deserved it more.

    And thanks for sharing here, even tho you know the creeper jealous trolls will be reading, tweeting, and silently wishing all your fun had been their own. #losers And I think the bears should post something. I’d like to hear their POV. Seriously. Let the bears speak! 😉

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  6. I am sorry that you have to put up with some very nasty fans. Sam you had the last laugh you went to Hawaii and saw Five 0 being filming and on the set and got photo’s. Loved your take about being on set and watching the filming and how nice the crew were. Loved all your photo’s of Alex did you manage to speak to him.

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  7. It was in the beginning of March early in the morning. Hooray and up she rises… and hubby said: It’s vibrating (WE WERE IN THE KITCHEN, YOU…!!!) and was giving me my phone. You know my phone is not allowed to make any sound before 8 a.m.
    I took it and saw a pic of stupid doves! Doves! I thought “they have to be kidding me”. But then I scrolled down. Wooooooot!!!!
    I was smiling a wonderful smile because I was so happy for you two. But hubby said that he didn’t need to ask what happened because I was grinning like an idiot who just, right at that moment, lost the remaining few of brain cells. He calls it my baby animal stare, what is a good thing in my eyes because everyone who does not look at baby animals this way is a freaking mass murderer.
    I was so excited!

    What a wonderful experience.

    After some time I read the ‘#h50’ hashtag, what I normally no longer do, but I thought, well maybe I spot Sam and Cokie on some BTS pics in the background, who knows.
    Oh boy. What a disgusting bunch of jealous nasty human beings. Unbelievable. You have to imagine: Someone of these people talks about going to Hawaii and LA to try to meet the guys – at their homes!!! And no one of these superfans tells her to f/ck off. But you are the stalkers, harassers… right.

    So I get why you, Sam, don’t want to share your wonderful day(s) with these people. It is the right thing to do, but that’s the exact reason that it is NOT the right thing to do. LOL. Don’t let them win. Throw it in their faces. Make them even more jealous.

    Your description of the filming, the different takes, is exactly what all the people I know who have been as lucky as you and got the opportunity to be on set told me. Everyone of them. Alex’s v.o.e. are impressive. And they weren’t solely Alex-fans, go figure.

    Some words about the episode. I just watched yesterday, so I had seen pics and sneak peeks, because I am weak. So the epi was better than I thought it would be, not good, but not that bad. I absolutely loved the scene at the vets. Yep, unrealistic, but just let’s think about that: Even the vet likes Steve, cares about him (like everyone does), and even the vet wants him to be healthy. And then there was Eddie! And Steve’s Eddie-face. Eddie-face is eddiective. But then the door opened… Iron 5 anyone?

    Loved the throat punch, it is Steve’s way to make an entrance. And the Steve and Jin scenes were just brilliant. Jin had the best line about D ever! Ever ever! If the writers are aware of this, why don’t they make the character more bearable? I don’t get it.

    The fight? Well, I am not into ego-fighters with their shoes on not caring about Wing Chun rules. That was so utterly ridiculous and by no means badass, I cringed.

    On to McSEAL!!! I am excited!!!

    On to McFlag-spotting! So excited too!

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  8. I’m sorry you had to deal with pathetic people who have nothing better to do than hate. Some people really just need to grow up.
    Thank you so much for sharing part of your set experience with us! I always assumed the crew wouldn’t necessarily like fans watching the filming, glad to see I was wrong.😉
    “Wrong guy’s coming” 😶 With my luck he would have come over and started up a conversation, I would have one question for him though… “Do you know where Alex is?” 😉
    The episode was okay, we got some great quotes from it.
    Hmmmmmm, Steve wants to use a five-iron on Danny, maybe my idea for 9.1 is a possibility.😉
    Junior has been back on the island for less than a year and we’ve already met 2 people from his past. He must of had a lot more friends growing up than Steve did.
    I’m starting to get tired of a certain line being used. Steve needs to take better care of his body, are you kidding me? The man is a SEAL who is in EXCELLENT shape and who has survived multiple life threatening injuries and illnesses. I’d say he needs to keep doing what he’s doing. Maybe take his shirt off alittle more, but hey that’s just me.😉
    Thank you both again!!!! Looking forward to tonights episode!!!!

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    • Now I am curious. What’s your idea about 9.01 that involves an iron 5?
      And yes to this stupid “Steve has to take care”, for goodness sake, did they look at him? He is by far the fittest of them all. He swims, he runs, he surfs… we have seen that. And he is living healthy.

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      • ☺I’m hoping that in 9.01 Dannoying FINALLY pushes Steve to far and Steve kicks his ASS! Danny will do what he does best, whine and complain and try to get charges brought against Steve, but EVERYONE on Oahu will side with Steve. Even Rachel, Grace, Charlie, and Melissa.
        Granted it would not be a fair fight, but I’m okay with that. I’d even pay to see it!😉
        The five-iron might come in handy during the ass whoppin’.😂

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  9. Thanks for the insight on the filming. It is amazing how many people believe the rules don’t apply to them. Since I don’t follow the blogs of any super fans I had no idea they got so nasty. They really do need to get a life.

    As for the episode, it was okay. I feel that the fight was put in to play to SC fans and feed the actor’s ego. That is just my personal opinion. I am not sure why Junior and Tani didn’t include the team at the end unless the writers felt they have to make the newbies look capable of handling things on their own. I loved Steve and Eddie together but not sure what the vet was thinking. He gave no indication of why Steve coughed and that is what started that business and then proceeded to express his opinion on stress relief when that had nothing to do with the cough. Steve sure seems to let just anyone play doctor with him. First Danny and now this guy. Can I work in a random store and give the man a checkup???? Please? I’m sure he would agree. I hope more on this episode is coming our way. Also I approve of all the demanding research you did on your trip.

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  10. I was wonderfully thrilled and happy when I found out you were both on your way to Hawaii! I know how special it is to meet up with fandom friends – and then you two go an take it to another level! Ahhh those first pics you posted en route when my ears perked up and I thought — THEY’RE GOING TO HAWAII!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and then I read that nasty troglodyte’s tweet about how you guys shouldn’t be allowed to visit Hawaii because you don’t like Scott. And then I heard the story from another friend who said one of them (the one who might be prone to rabies) wished for her to “never wake up” and that they then tweeted that they were surprised that she didn’t poison Scott’s dog after she posted a picture of the lovely day of filming she saw. Yup – that’s the level of “wonderful, positive, REAL fans” they are. NOT. What they are is a nasty group of people who think THEY are the be-all end-all gold star of fandom. They truly believe that they are the protectors of fandom – lambasting anyone they think isn’t following their posting of pictures “rules” (which seem to me like they just get pissy because someone posted pictures before they did) – and yet they don’t realize what they are posting is something that was taken against the ACTUAL rules/wishes of the crew and actors. They don’t like that we see their true nature, and occasionally call them on it. Hypocrites. I’m glad you aren’t posting any more pictures of your experiences on set. They can stew in their nasty. You bask in the wonderful, you two!

    As for the episode, I thought it was just OK. Junior meets more people from his past than Steve has in 8 years – which is disappointing. Its like they are telling all of the stories we wanted to see for Steve, but through Junior. I liked that he was in a cold, steely rage when he ripped the bad guy out of the car – the look on Steve’s face was great – he’s not used to seeing that behavior from anyone but himself, LOL.

    I loved the scenes with McG and Mr. Leung – except that the case was basically solved by Mr Leung telling the whole thing to Steve. There was no detective work, no problem solving, just a data dump from a crime lord to McG. Lazy.

    I liked that Junior figured out where Cammie was hiding out – but how did the bad guys figure that out? Lucky guess?


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    • A couple of them may have rabies. Not sure which one you mean–so many of them to choose from in the truly nasty faction of the fandom they represent. (But a Beatles song did come to mind when I read what you wrote–maybe I’m wrong).

      But on a brighter note, if their fave does not sign on for S9 because the Network won’t agree to an even further reduced schedule, his fans are threatening to leave the fandom and won’t watch the show because their McDanno fantasy is dead (it was never alive in the first place). I hope they are not reading this because I don’t want to have to explain to them about Santa, too. So it is a win-win situation for us. Either we see him even less as an occasional guest or we see him not at all. And we NEVER have to hear from them again.

      i am still waiting for official confirmation that AOL has signed on for S9 because he seemed to want to negotiate in good faith and that makes me confident he will reach an agreement.

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  11. Sam and Cookie, thanks so much for your set visit report/mini episode review.
    Loved hearing about your adventure again.
    I have a whole lot to add about filming and visiting set experiences as I was lucky in that respect, too. You had invited me to share some of my experiences as a guest author on this blog and I declined -though honored by the offer- because like you I felt reluctant. I, too thought not much good could come out of such a post as some people might think they’d have to add their comments on their social media: lecturing that we might have intruded (though we didn’t and were way more respectful than other spectators), gleeful jealousy over the fact that we even got to meet Alex, and so on…
    Nevertheless one post I decided to do (just one single picture of Scott’s dog Dottie) backfired and I was the one receiving the rudest name-calling and threats by some very well known people in this fandom, once word spread among them that I am favoring Catherine (though I never said anything against Scott on my timeline). That’s just how they are.
    I bow my head that you decided not only to share your adventure but also had the courage to speak out what many think: tell those always knowing best (but actually never having been to a set) how the 5-0 crew rolls and what they give you if you behave respectful, what some awful people do to get attention – yet some “fans” are so greedy for pics (and the likes after they posted them!!) that they don’t even think for a second how these pics/videos were taken and how many rules broken to obtain them….
    I am so done with some people in this fandom: the ones who know it all, post every pic, promote their review bc it’s the only opinion that counts and those who love to tell us what not to do yet that is exactly what they do all the time.
    Sometimes I feel this is a competition or an election campaign: the fight for our “candidate”, the ones each side likes best. While for some it is simply showing who they like and wish to see (again), for others it is a life consuming hobby, taking on dangerous turns when stupidities, insults and even threats are thrown around.

    That being said, the episode was absolutely meeeehhhhh….
    I am with you Sam. That fight was ridiculous to say the least. Scott has a black belt in BJJ wich I have the highest respect for! So here I was thinking we would see a little bit of his skills. What we did get to see had me shaking me head in disbelief – a shoe clad guy, wildly waving his arms and throwing two punches – and that had earned him respect? Oh puhleeeeez…. Dear writers – what was that supposed to be? Of course, it was probably a contract thing again that Scott didn’t do more. But they have stunt guys for that! Why do I even bother…
    Hub’s observation: Danny is on his way out of 5-0 (and he is a neutral viewer!). He might be on to something.

    Everyone is telling Steve that the restaurant is a stupid idea, a stress magnet etc. etc. – will he listen, or better are there writers listening to themselves? One can hope.

    I was doing a happy dance when you told me you’d go to Hawaii’i. Extremely pleased how wonderful your stay turned out to be! 🙂

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    • I think it will be quite funny if they have the restaurant as end game which will make the McDanno fans happy but there is a party going on and it turns out to be either Steve and Catherine engagement or Wedding reception at the restaurant then all the fans will be happy or will they.

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      • LOL – well, that would jive with any other time they get overly excited about what they envision in their heads to be a Great McDanno episode – and it never meets their expectations… maybe because that’s just not what the characters are on the show.


    • I get that Scott is a black belt in BJJ, but Danny isn’t, as far as we know. I think it would have been strange for him to suddenly exhibit martial arts skills.

      And I was very happy that you shared your filming experience with friends! 😉

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    • “…a shoe clad guy, wildly waving his arms and throwing two punches – and that had earned him respect?”
      Perfectly said, Sunny!
      Although I never thought we got to see something of S’s BJJ (he’s a brown belt, though), because that would have been even more unrealistic coming from a ‘instead of fighting lying in a fetal position’ Danny (his words in S4), I at least thought we would see him getting some punches. His opponent was a skilled fighter, with a better range, so please… But maybe that was just my wishful thinking because I am really fed up with this character.

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      • He’s been a black belt for quite a while.
        Not that I really wanted to see his skills, but to add some moves (which a detective could very well be capable of) would’ve been way more realistic. But then again, so be it. Like you, I simply don’t care anymore.

        8.24 can’t come fast enough!


  12. I’m very happy that you had a wonderful day on set. Watching live the filming of a show that you like with one of your favorite actors must be an awesome experience. Even the interaction with a crew member is great. If i was there i would have the same reaction about “the wrong guy is coming”. I really hope that you had the chance to meet the “right guy”. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    On other hand i’m very upset about the description of the behaviour of some people that self-called biggest H50 fans. In the past when i had the time, energy and fun to comment the episodes, i always said that we can love the show for different reasons, characters, stories and it’s okay. So if you come to read this passion and honest fansite, please think and remember this:

    “The right to be respected is won by respecting others” – Vasyl Sukhomlynsky
    “Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it” – R.G. Risch
    “You should show some respect for what other people see and feel, even though it be the exact opposite of what you see and feel” – Luigi Pirandello
    “Respecting others’ opinions doesn’t mean being untrue to our own” – P. M. Forni
    “Diversity is the art of thinking independently together” – Malcolm Forbes
    “Society is unity in diversity” – George Herbert Mead

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