Hawaii Five-0

Season 1 Episode 15

Kai e'e

7
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 2011 on CBS
7.9
out of 10
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236 votes
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Episode Summary

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Five-0 must find the missing head of the Tsunami Warning Center just as the island is about to be assaulted by a major tsunami.

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  • The team works to find a missing the head of the Tsunami Warning Center who's missing while under threat of a tsunami.

    10
    This episode started out cute and funny- with Kono trying to teach Danny how to surf. While Scott Caan already knows how, his character wants to learn because Grace wants to. But the lesson gets cut short when the tsunami warning siren blares. The team finds out that the head of the Tsunami Warning Center has gone missing. The interaction between McGarrett and Danno continues to be enjoyable, and the story was quite well-written. Though one point troubles me a bit- they left it wide open with that woman on the boat. I would've liked to see a bit more closure on that. The episode was nicely done, as usual. But my favorite- Danny and Grace. Especially Grace hanging out with Kamokona. Overall- fantastic episode with a surprise ending!!moreless
  • 1/23

    6.5
    Just like CBS did with The Mentalist two years ago, CBS is trying to help establish its freshman hit as a bonified star by having an episode after the AFC Championship. I tuned into Hawaii Five O for the first time here tonight, so I guess that it worked.



    The show followed the NCIS trend of starting with a comedy segment, having the case of the week introduced, and then slowly getting more serious about it while making some jokes along the way. The formula works for NCIS and it worked for this crop of characters as well.



    Where I think the show went wrong was by having the tsunami not be real. If you are trying to hook in first time viewers you do that by having a huge special effects thing like a tsunami destroying Hawaii. Missed opportunity there.



    But the show was not that bad. Can't say I'll become a regular viewer, but CBS did a good job with this episode.moreless
  • DE JA VU

    6.0
    It's because this episode follows a plot from an episode, Tsunami of the original show wherein a group of students take over a weather station and force the person there to announce a Tsunami is coming and when everyone has left they pull a robbery which is similar to what happened here. And also while in the end McGarrett and his team caught the ones behind it--the coast guard. But when the leader said he was being cast aside with no pension and he said that the Government owes him. McGarrett then told him that he took an oath to protect and serve, he's not owed anything. Big words. I wonder hoe he would feel if it ever happens to him. The man is owed something but not what he did.moreless
  • "Fourty Feet High, and it Kills"...

    8.0
    ...minus Wo Fat. An offering similar to one from the original series in which distraction was the key element behind the non-event, though this iteration was updated with fancy technology and and MUCH better B roll!



    The story idea itself was not new to me so it was not what caught my attention this time out. This time it was the little details that will definitely show up in later episodes. Like:



    Where did that money that Five 0 "borrowed" come from to fill in the gaping whole that the team was certain it would have to pay for? The Gov? One of the "bad cops" who needs this case to stay cold? Wo Fat? Is it possible that Wo Fat had something to do with this episode as well?



    And of course, isn't it just fitting that Dano's daughter can out-poker her babysitters?



    Yep. It s the 'hooks' in this series that count...moreless
  • PERFECT!!

    10
    A word I have never used in my reviews to describe my impressions upon finishing an episode of any program. Perfect. How ironic that now it seems the only one fit for my feelings on "Kai e'e", after I lambasted the show's writing staff last week and predicted it bound for a fate such as being relegated to the late Saturday afternoon lineup on the Sci-Fi channel. This is one of those great moments in television when a writing staff and an ensemble cast become a singular entity that propels drama into the escapism that it should always be. From scene one we're focused on the characters and the curvy plot of this forty-three minute mini-epic, as the opening fade might have some fans speculating (again) on what future there might be for an angle between Kono and Danno. The idea is cut short, however, as the island's tsunami warning system comes to life and clears the sands a la "Jaws", only with Grace Park sizzling in a bikini. Danno's "What the hell does that mean?" comes right on schedule to explain the specifics of Hawaiian life to the uninitiated and we're off.



    One of the principal successes of "H50"'s creative team is their ability to never really resolve certain elements plot-wise from one episode to another and keep them on the shelf for later use. In this episode you will see this type of dramatic irony in full swing after one of the biggest plot twists of the season that ends with a hook that is even sharper than the twist was clever. By far this is the singular best offering that this series has produced in its short life and contrary to my fears last week, I am much more optimistic (as I was in the beginning) that we've got a winner on our hands. And on top of everything, the line is back. At least for now. Awesome.moreless
Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O'Loughlin

Lieutenant Commander Steven J. 'Steve' McGarrett

Scott Caan

Scott Caan

Detective Danny 'Danno' Williams

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Police Officer Chin Ho Kelly

Grace Park

Grace Park

Police Officer Kono Kalakaua

Joel David Moore

Joel David Moore

Deputy Director Sheldon Tunney

Guest Star

Brian Goodman

Brian Goodman

Commander Sam Hale

Guest Star

Jojo

Jojo

Courtney Russell

Guest Star

Teilor Grubbs

Teilor Grubbs

Grace Williams

Recurring Role

Taylor Wily

Taylor Wily

Kamekona

Recurring Role

Michelle Borth

Michelle Borth

Lieutenant Catherine 'Cat' Rollins

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Danny: If I'm going to die on this island which I never should've come to in the first place, your face is not the last face I want to see, you understand that? Respectfully, of course.
      Steve: I know you like it here.
      Danny: I like... here? Incorrect! You are incorrect, my friend!
      Steve: Then why the board, huh? Did hell freeze over? Did I actually miss you trying to get up on that thing?

    •  Danny: We go bust these guys, HPD does an inventory on that money. They are gonna see that ten million is missing. 
      Kono: It doesn't ncessarily trace back to us.
      Steve: We asked the governor to borrow ten million and she turned us down. As soon as the HPD tells her how much exactly is missing, she'll put it all together. But what's the alternative?
      Danny: We could let them go. Get a clean slate. But I'd never look at my daughter's face again... Let's go.

    • Danny: It's uh, gonna be your last chance to say it. Come on.
      Steve: Book 'em, Danno.

    • Commander Hale: Coast Guard tracked that drug deal for six months. It was supposed to be our take down. But then HPD swooped in and took the credit. Now I'm being pushed out before my twenty. No pension. No benefits. My country owes me.
      Steve: Hey, let's clear things right now. You swore to defend and support this country no matter the cost. She doesn't owe you anything.

    • Catherine: (Answering her phone) What do you need?
      Steve: Why can't I just be calling to say "Hello?"
      Catherine: Theoretically it's possible, sure. But you never have before and it's an odd time to start.
      Steve: That's a fair point.

    • Chin: You know what they say about coincideces?
      Danny: I don't.
      Chin: They usually take a lot of planning.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The title of this episode, "Kai e'e" is Hawaiian for "Tidal Wave".

    • This episode aired after the AFC Championship game and aired on a Sunday night, instead of Monday night.

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 23, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 8, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: May 8, 2011 on TEN
      Germany: August 25, 2011 on SAT 1
      Sweden: August 31, 2011 on TV4/TV4 HD
      Slovakia: November 23, 2011 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: December 1, 2011 on Prima
      Finland: July 7, 2012 on Nelonen

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Tsunami

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