8.24 Review


Credit to leiCa for the screenshot.

“Ka lālā kaukonakona haki ‘ole I ka pā a ka makani Kona.” – McGarrett joins Junior and his SEAL Team on a high risk covert mission to capture an elusive target who is holding his mentor, Joe White (Terry O’Quinn), hostage. Also, Gerard Hirsch (Willie Garson) and Kamekona help Grover and Tani on a murder case involving masterpieces stolen by the Nazis during WWII and Tani makes a shocking discovery, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. 

(“Ka lālā kaukonakona haki ‘ole I ka pā a ka makani Kona.” is Hawaiian for “The Tough Branch that Does Not Break in the Kona Gale.”)

Series Star Alex O’Loughlin Has the ‘Story By’ Credit for the Episode

Sorry for the delay of the review for this fabulous episode. But I have three sick cats at home and simply didn’t have any spare time to post this thing.

I won’t even add that much to what Cokie has written, because, honestly, her review is pretty much perfect and says it all. 😉

So, let’s see what she has to say.

I honestly don’t know where to begin. I guess the best beginning is with a big Mahalo to Alex O’Loughlin who pitched the story. When I think of 5-0, I want a story line that holds my interest, one that doesn’t make a mockery of the characters, one that shows the characters’ strengths and has them act like adults.

This show fulfilled all of those ticks. And more. So, thank you, Alex!

Yes, a big thank you to the man. Finally another SEAL story, and one that focused on Steve. We rarely had that this season.

I love in the opening that they showed Steve (and Freddie) making sugar cookies on the beach with Joe as their instructor. That was in 2000, but we know from past episodes that Joe and Steve have had a relationship long before that. Even with all the more recent problems with their relationship, there was no hesitation on his part to go help Joe.

Steve has known Uncle Joe since he’s been a kid. I loved his line that Joe had been the father when his father couldn’t be. That showed how deep their relationship goes, no matter what happened with his mother and Joe’s involvement in all that.

So, back up… I’m getting ahead of myself.

Love the entire opening scene. One of the best. Ever. Steve in the back yard grilling steaks. Steve and Eddie is always a win-win. I liked Noelani admitting she used Eddie as a wingman and loved Steve knowing she had an ulterior motive for wanting Eddie. That was just a cute little scene.


I have to confess, I couldn’t even get past the first five minutes. How absolutely fantastic were those scenes. I loved it, and think they were one of the best, if not the best opening.

Then we get to Junior and Steve. Wow. You could see Steve’s sadness in the fact that Junior was leaving. I felt so sorry for him when he said he had never had his own place and then that sad smile when he said “that’s good” to Junior. Loved the fact that Junior picked up right away on the cue and backed off a bit on the new apartment. That is a friend. All through the show, we saw how much Junior respects Steve.

That’s what I’ve been saying since the beginning. Finally someone who does respect Steve, as a person and as an officer. And someone who actually shows it.

Another instance of the respect Junior has for Steve is in the phone call which was totally against all regulations. But he knew that Steve would need to know, even knowing he could be discharged. But like he said, he was hoping he had a pretty cool job to fall back onto. When Steve wove a tale explaining how he knew about the Op, Junior stepped up and admitted what he had done.

That was a great scene too. Junior was not going to let Steve take the blame. Well done, Junior.

Steve knew what buttons to push for Commander Park and it got him a place on Junior’s SEAL team.  Because there was no option that he wasn’t going to be there.


Nigerian Coast


Yowza!!! I really can’t think of how I want to describe my thoughts when I saw that.

No words. No words.

When they were walking through Nigeria, I loved Steve and Junior’s comments to each other. Steve thanking Junior for the call and explaining how Joe was part of his non-related family. Junior understood that… I think he feels Steve is the same for him. And he knows that 5-0 is also his family that isn’t blood. I also liked that Steve wants to help Junior look for a pet-friendly apartment so that Eddie can visit. That was another good scene.

Then we get our first flashback. What a great scene this was and gave us a glimpse of Steve and Joe in 2002. So, apparently, Steve was shot while still in the air, hit a tree and broke his leg when he fell. At least that’s what I understood. Comms were useless and there was no backup. I loved Steve’s comment when Joe wouldn’t leave him. “There’s something wrong with you, Joe White.”

Later in the show Steve’s leg was splinted. 🙂

Out of the four SEALs on the ground, I know someone else was in charge of the Op, but Steve was the one who made the decision to stop the firefight and he’s the one who initiated it. I LOVED the scene where he had his arms up, holding the rifle with his handgun behind the rifle. What a great scene.

YES! That was an awesome scene. It seemed that one of the other guys was in charge, but Steve was still the highest ranking officer. So, technically he was their boss after all.

And then we watch Steve get shot at the same time he shoots the pirate. When he gets up I love the ragged breathing. That had to hurt.

He was equally great back in season 7 when he got shot and played dead. Oh, that was so great. One of the best season 7 episodes.

What did the guy say?  I know the SEAL called him a crazy Frogman.  🙂

SEAL: You kidding me? You wore your plates for this one?

STEVE: Yeah, I know myself. I make bad decisions sometimes.

SEAL: You are one crazy frogman.

In the second flashback, we see Joe using Catherine as a means to keep Steve focused while he cleans his shoulder. Love that he asked, “What’s the deal there?” Even back in 2002, Joe knew of the attraction between the two of them even though they hadn’t gone out on an “official” date. Everyone sees the magnetism the two of them had and still have.

Well, not everyone, but most everyone.  🙂

LOL, yeah, everyone with half a brain and a heart.


I love that even with a broken leg, Steve told Joe “I can still run faster than you.”

So, Joe “hid” Steve and covered him with rocks. Why did they have to cut the scene where Steve pulled the handgun? Was it on Joe, the guys chasing him, or was he delirious? Inquiring minds want to know. Well… I want to know; others may not care.

I do care, and I want to know. 🙂

Back to present, Junior asked about the special forces men who were killed. Steve assured him they would “bring them home”. And I have no doubt whatsoever that they did just that.

Once they realized the Reaper Op was going south, Steve was NOT leaving there without Joe. I loved Junior telling him they “were not cops today. We are SEALs. You’re not my boss, so I’m coming ‘wich’chu’.” And so he did.

They said Joe had been ‘taken’ last year, so that was at least five months ago. I guess he and Steve don’t keep in touch that often because he had no idea Joe was missing. Thought that was sort of odd.

I wondered about that when Junior told him about Joe.

They got Joe and had to hide. Of course, Steve was the last man out in the open, only going into the bunker once the others were safe.

And the final flashback… “Joe, there’s 20 of them and 2 of us. We’re gonna be dead in a couple of minutes.” Loved that line. Steve was about at the end of the rope at that time. But Joe wasn’t ready to let him off the hook. He wanted some promises from his younger friend.


We learn that it was Joe’s prodding to finally get Steve to ask out Catherine. Thank you, Joe White!

And he asked Steve to visit his  Dad. Another great idea.

Back in the bunker, I loved when Steve thanked Junior for showing up on his doorstep. This duo has been good for both of them. Love Joe’s “hug it out, guys” comment and his “in moments like this, I like to say ‘try not to miss’.” Cute.

“Thank you for that pearl of wisdom, Joe. Follow me.”

And they all go through to the door into a blaze of glory.

But in the hospital (in Germany, right leiCa??? 🙂 ) we learned that Steve did indeed ask Catherine out his first day back. And he got to spend time with his Dad. “More than saving my life, thank you for that,” was a wonderful quote.

Once back home, Steve, Junior and Eddie finally got their steaks.

So, once again, thank you Alex O’Loughlin for this wonderful story.

Oh, and there were a couple of other storylines, too. Tani found a gun in Adam’s kitchen drawer. Yeah, that’s where I keep mine, too…

Hirsch and Kamekona also solved a case. Honestly, it didn’t annoy me. I was fine with all of it. Grover and Tani were good in it and I liked her sarcasm in this one. It wasn’t over the top and was fairly funny.

Honestly, I liked that part of the show too. It was witty, funny, and didn’t annoy me at all. There simply wasn’t an annoying minute in this episode. Wonder why.

I give it best of the season.

Absolutely agree. Full Eddie barks and a tail wig for good measure.

And again, a big shout out to leiCa for her fabulous screenshots. Thanks for joining us and sharing such wonderful pics and witty captions for all of us to enjoy.












19 thoughts on “8.24 Review

  1. This was a good episode. Eddie was adorable, as usual. Any time we get to see him with Steve, is a huge bonus. The secondary story with Hirsch, Grover, and Tani, was unnecessary. I find the Hirsch character incredible annoying. An expanded Joe, Steve, and Junior story would have been epic.
    Good story idea from Alex. Now we know how great he is behind the scenes, as well as in front. I hope Alex will do more directing also, next season.

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  2. 824 was as close to perfect as anything created by the human hands of a script writer can be. And we got Steve feeding Eddie steak. Things started off good and only got better and better.

    This was classic H50- the kind of episode from the good old days, before the nasty arguments and stupid restaurant stories became an every week occurrence. The love and compassion that Steve and Joe show each other and the fact that they have now included Junior in the tight circle that brothers-in-combat share, was realistic and heart warming.

    And I am so very happy that Joe White ships McRoll. Even though he was trying to distract Steve from his pain and danger, the writer had no such problem choosing this subject. It was not baseball, not some movie or new advanced weapon the writer chose to include in the episode. It was about a woman Steve was thinking about often enough so that Joe (not to mention his best friend Freddie) noticed. Joe White could have talked about a hundred other things but he chose Cath. That was no accident. It was a carefully planned reference. Here comes S9!.

    And on another endgame issue, isn’t about time we ended the game of the idiotic restaurant story and chip in for a new set of golf clubs for Steve to use for stress relief? Where is Rachel when we need her?

    I hope your kitties are feeling better.

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  3. Thank you very much for your review ladies, much appreciated given the current circumstances.

    I can’t even stress enough how much I loved this episode! For me this was the best this season and will rank high up there in my overall favorite ones.

    I’m surprised the secondary story didn’t bother me at all. For the first time I laughed about Hirsch (not in a bad way :)) and even enjoyed the others, too. Yes, of course I can never get enough of Steve but I think this other SL was needed to balance out the episode.

    Alex was on top of his game in this one. Given this was actually the last episode they filmed (as they switched production of episode 24 and 25 again), it felt like Alex gave his “A” performance once more. to finish on a high note. Yes, he dyed his air again to look younger in the flashbacks, but that’s not all. He came across as so motivated. Alex said before that he trained with the SEALs on quite a few occasions and loves to get “things right”. The Steve we got to see in 8.25, the SEAL Steve, was a different one then the 5-0 Steve: more determined, more driven. Did you notice even his movements were different then when he executes a raid with 5-0? I was completely in awe.

    I loved the opening scenes just like you. It made me sad to see the look on Steve’s face when he talked to Noelani and then to Junior. Noelani getting ready for a date and Junior ready to move out, leaving him alone once more (hm, where is that casual GF again?:))
    There were so many scenes and references that just struck me: the Cath mentions and Steve’s promise and smiles, being comfortable around Junior and thanking him for showing up on his doorstep, wanting to hang out at Junior’s possible new place with him and Eddie, being genuinely happy for Noleani (and seeing that look on his face, knowing he wants to feel excited again, too…) etc. …

    I had to laugh out loud when I read -again- how this episode sealed the “closure” and the Cath mentions only served the purpose of pointing out that they were friends, nothing more. Yeah right… 😉

    I was happy that the writers (who knows how much Alex contributed over all) decided to give us a glimpse of the past, showing us how long Steve and Cath have known each other and what big of a part Joe indeed has in Steve’s life.

    What a great team Steve and Junior are, they trusted each other with their lives out there. Loved how Junior wouldn’t take a no from Steve and join him to rescue Joe. Glad there wasn’t someone who would only rant (as an excuse for worry) but never actually understand what kind of a deep bond those men out there share.

    This was top entertainment, McG at his best with a great dose of Junior and Joe.
    More please!!

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    1. You are absolutely right! 5-0 Steve and SEAL Steve are different.
      5-0 Steve is more like “I know my team is good, but I am the one with the most intense training. I am the one to keep everyone safe”. SEAL Steve is “WE will get the job done and “WE” will take care of each other. They work as one determined ‘organism’. But of course in this case he took the risk, because for him it was all about saving a friend, not the reaper mission.

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  4. Thank you ladies for this awesome review of a fabulous episode. You wrote it perfectly (as usual) what i felt when i watched it. It made me write a few words about it, like the old days.

    Alex born to be a storyteller. And this season we have the prove again. Imagining a storyline, asking for a new character, directing a episode or showing his acting skills, allied with the commitment for the show after 8 seasons like day one, the respect for colleagues, crew, guests stars, locals and fans makes him a top professional and a very well deserved Nº1 in any call sheet.

    8.24 was by far the best episode of the season. I loved everything. Watching Steve in Navy SEAL mode again, the relationship with Junior, the return of Joe, the glimpse of Eddie and the mention of Catherine, made this episode be so special for me. The enthusiasm and feelings of the firsts seasons that made me a fan came back because of this story and awesome performances of all. I even liked the second story – humor without misogyny, bitterness or at expense of someone. This is the type of storyline that I enjoy watching, so please give us more like this.

    Thank you Alex for your dedication, effort, work ethic and talent in front and behind the camera, that exalted a season of cast changes and boring stories.

    PS. I hope the kitties are feeling better.

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  5. Okay, I will admit that I don’t like Hirsch and I find him difficult to watch. But I could ignore him hiding under the bed as long as my favorite SEAL was showing how awesome he was. I so agree with Cokie and Sam’s review and how spot on they were with this episode. The best ever…..well I find it difficult to knock “If Perhaps” off the block but that is debatable. Steve as a SEAL once again and Junior living up to the code was perfect. I absolutely did not miss a certain negative character at all. I can’t imagine what he could have contributed to the episode that would have been positive.

    Sam, I so hope your kitties are doing better. I know how it is when you have a pet feeling bad. No idea how you deal with three.

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  6. I concur that this was one of the better episodes in some time. You all covered most everything but I will repeat again, the Cath mentions were a great surprise in an already good ep. Just one tiny thing.. anyone besides me think maybe they went a little too grinch like with the facial paint?

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  7. Probably the best episode not just of season 8. But of that of the whole series
    Finally a SEAL story. And really never let Steve be told no. As he never takes no for an answer no matter what.
    Guess Steve is either in the Reserves still or he would had not been able to go on the trip with Junior
    Joe is like a surrogate father to Steve remember when he and John were estranged before his father was murdered?
    And really Joe getting Steve to really date Catherine. Wow that is something I did not know
    Junior and Steve really are like the new Joe and Steve. Junior had no family like Steve only had his sister to begin with in the series.
    Lou saved the Hirsch story IMHO. Really the guy I love as he is the second in command if you ask me.
    Wished the episode was all SEAL IMHO!

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  8. YES!!! Best episode of the season and in my top 4 of the show. Thank you Sam and Cokie for your review.☺ I agree with you both 100%.
    A few of my thoughts,
    I LOVED the sense of Brotherhood. Three generations of SEALs fighting together was really cool. I LOVED all the “little” moments, facial expressions, the way certain words were said, that made this episode incredible. CATH! Tons of great lines. I do wish we could have seen what happened when they exited the tunnel. This episode has left me VERY excited for S9. Here’s hoping the writers can make a whole season like this!😊

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  9. A few days ago I watched this episode the third time. The first time on the big screen and the first time with hubby.
    After the episode ended he looked at me and said: “WOW.” That was all. But let me tell you one thing: Hubby is from the North and this, this WOW, was an emotional outbreak!!! And that says it all.
    Later on he said that these kind of episodes only work because O’Loughlin can do everything. He can be funny, he can be ironic, he can be sad, he can suffer, he can show how awesome “we” dog persons are (oh Hubby!) and he is a freaking SEAL. He becomes this SEAL in a blink of an eye.
    That’s what a pretty good actor does. He does not pretend to be xyz, he IS xyz.
    Needless to say how much I love this episode. It is one of the best ever, it doesn’t top Ina Paha, but it comes close.
    And this storyline by Alex showed us another thing. It revealed that, if Alex thinks about the show, he does not think about restauRANTS. He does not think about Steve’s friendship with Danny. No. He thinks about who this character, who Steve really is. He thinks about the essence of the show, the essence of the SEAL, his life, his past, his bonds, his motivation. He thinks about untold stories, that desperately need to be told, grabbed from the shelf. Steve’s character was built long before 5-0. I know a lot people think (or want to think…) that coming back to Hawaii and with 5-0 fhas inally given Steve friendship and family. That is utter nonsense. People who want to think that know nothing about brotherhood. And what being a SEAL is all about.
    So that being said I am 100% sure that Joe would not have given up on any other SEAL too. He would have saved an unknown SEAL/soldier/civilian too. And so would Steve. That’s what they do.

    This episode gave us all that Steve is: a wonderful friend, someone who cares, a friend-maker all around, a supporter, a fighter, and a freaking badass. He does not need a big mouth, he knows what he is capable of and that is enough. He is no show off. He is a badass who fights to save lives, not to defend his ego.
    And btw he looks pretty awesome even covered in Hulkpoo.

    I didn’t mind the secondary story, it was the first time I really liked Hirsch. He is a good guy. But I would have liked this episode even more if we just had the SEAL storyline. Or at least a little bit less of the other one. I was really disappointed that they cut the scene where Steve was shooting with Joe’s gun at whoever it was. A shame.

    For me (I’ve already seen 8.25-Dannoyance at it’s ‘best’ and it makes me cringe, I don’t want to see this crap any longer) this was the season finale. They shot this episode last anyway, for the same reason as last season. And last season 7.24 was better than the finale.

    But I am looking forward to Steve’s fun with flags. For reasons. 😉

    May the Eddie barks and Eddie’s tail wagging never end. Hooyah!

    (And now I am looking for my other half of the brain. I am not optimistic…) ➡ gneeheeheehee! 😉
    But look what I found: ❤

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    1. Perfectly said leiCa!!!

      “He doesn’t think about restauRANTS.”
      Yes, yes and YES!! Best line!
      That’s the Steve most of us (and I am VERY sure about that fact) want to see! Large and in charge, leaving no man behind, caring, sharing – a brother, an honorary son.

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    2. If I was on Twitter I would start a #killtherestaurant but since I am not I will settle for praying tonight is the beginning of the end. One season of this BS is enough.

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    3. Standing O for leiCa! And share a bit of it with your hubs, ok?

      Everything you said resonates with me. About Alex and his relationship with Show and McG. About McG being a fully formed, beloved, social, and discerning person long before he quit his SEAL *family* and returned to Hawaii. About Alex’s acting abilities. And about how THIS should be what 5-0 strives for every week. Not restauRANTS, and not a tiny ranting hand-waving (cos that’s the best acting he can muster) trollish man-child and a poisonous relationship.

      H50 reboot coulda been a classic. Sadly it’s just a shadow of the classic, but Alex often does his damnedest to raise its level. I figure he must get mighty tired fighting the cheap suits and pencil-pushers that write Show…but he elevates what they give him and sometimes wins.

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  10. Awesome episode and equally awesome review. So often your reviews rather than the episode are the highlight. Not much more needs to be said other than I trust we will get our “what happened with the missing scenes?” filler this summer from the best fan fic writers on the internet.
    I hope after last week that the finale tonight is not a disappointment.

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