HAWAII FIVE-0 1.19 Review

Cosplayers, yakuza and 'Spectacucon' up the 5-0 team's nerd cred.

Hilary Rothingby Hilary Rothing

HAWAII FIVE-0 1.19 Review

Episode Title: "Ne Me’e Laua Na Paio"

Writer: J.R. Orci & David Wolkove

Director: Matt Earl Beesley


The team is called in to investigate the death of a "Spectacucon" attendee after he was pushed out a hotel room balcony. Meanwhile, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) finds a CIA agent by the name of Jenna Kaye (Laris Oleynik), waiting for him inside his office. She demands McGarrett turn over all the files on his father to the CIA. He agrees to get them to her by the end of the day while using the time to run a background check on Kaye. He learns that she’s actually just a low-level analyst. 

After confronting her at her hotel room, Kaye fesses up to going rogue. At 5-0 HQ, she reveals her quest to take down Wo Fat, the man responsible for her fiance’s death. McGarrett then sets up a meeting with Kaye the following night at a local restaurant to discuss their plan of action.

Kono (Grace Park) and Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) learn that the murder victim was pushed out of someone else’s room leading them to a thief known as "Johnny D." The room the victim fell out of was booked under Johnny’s name, with a stolen credit card. After tracking Johnny (James Ransone) down, McGarrett and Danno (Scott Caan) find a snow globe containing a memory card, among his loot. The card contains a video of a local businessman, Richard Davis (D.B. Sweeney) having sex with a girl who went missing and turned up dead a while back. The team deduces that the killer went looking for Johnny to retrieve the memory card, but found the cosplayer, drunk and trying to get into the wrong room, and assumed he was Johnny.

At first, it looks like Davis is the killer. But after questioning him, they piece together that his wife, Anne (Perrey Reeves), paid her personal trainer to go after Johnny. She admits to making the video without her husband’s knowledge and killing the young girl in a rage with a baseball bat.

As McGarrett waits for Jenna at the restaurant, Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) shows up and the two have a tense conversation. Wo Fat issues a warning to McGarrett about digging into his family history and McGarrett promises to take him down, for good.


I knew "Na Me’e Laua Na Paio" (which means "Heroes and Villains") was going to be a choice episode of "Hawaii Five-0" when I learned that it would feature an event called "Spectacucon." That plus guest appearances from "it" bad guy, D.B. Sweeney, Ziggy Sobotka and that chick from the "The Secret World of Alex Mack," made for a great return episode of "H5-0."

The case of the week, involving the unfortunate death of a cosplaying con attendee, was as tangled as ever, but made for more than the usual busy work for Kelly and Kono. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wanted to know what Kono’s racy text to Johnny D. read. 

And the scene where Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are in the cosplayer’s hotel room felt really meta. But maybe that’s just because I’ve been one too many comic-con panels with these two.

The shot of the "Usagi Yojimbo" book in the murdered cosplayer’s hotel room was another nice touch. Poor kid had good taste in comics, even if he did insist on dressing up like "H5-0’s" version of "Kick-Ass."

As for McGarrett’s new BFF, Jenna Kaye, I’m really digging this character.  She’s quirky and fun to watch, (the scene where she sticks her gum under the table was so random, it was that much funnier). The fact that McGarrett trusts her so easily is a bit concerning but I think however this plays out, it’ll be an interesting story arc for McGarrett (sans inevitable hook-up).

The closing scene between McGarrett and Wo Fat left me with a nice chill. And McGarrett’s "Scarface" reference? Can this guy be anymore badass? 

Crave Online Rating: 9 out of 10.