Hawaii Five-0

Season 1 Episode 3

Malama Ka Aina

7
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2010 on CBS
8.0
out of 10
User Rating
301 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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Five-0 discovers a connection between Samoan gangs and a mainland mob after an escalating gang war wreaks havoc during a local high school football game.

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  • McGarrett and his team decide to take a break and enjoy a high school football game. That break is short lived as gunfire erupts on the field. The team soon discovers the shooting is linked to war between two rival gangs.moreless

    6.5
    I did like this episode. However the problem I have with it is a problem I saw from the very start of the series. This episode is too bogged down with cliche and old formulaic plot devices. I hope that this will not become a regular staple of the series because it will seriously hurt the show in the long run. The plot device involving the undercover police officer who does not trust his cousin is one such plot device. We have seen that before. Another is Scott Caan's speech at the end of the episode. Possible trouble in paradise.moreless
  • So that's where Five-0 came from...

    8.5
    ...and these are the little tid bits, released at regular intervals over the first few episodes that make most of the characters and the way they go through "life", seem credible.



    Some nice insights into McGarrett's background and upbringing: indeed he was held as a child and indeed his father was proud of him. Chin is and will remain an outcast in his own family for some time due to a code of honour that mystifies most of us. However, steps in the right direction were taken tonight and I'm sure his situation will be rectified. Danny is a good guy who is motivated by the right things for the right reasons in all aspects of his life, and he actually does have a good friend in McGarrett. A friend who knows some really good people who can make some really good things happen! Perhaps he can also make some really good things happen for Chin...? How they deal with Kono's character continues to disappoint me. Barely there in any significant way and objectified when she is there. I hope they're paying Grace Park well for this one...so far that's all she's got from it. However, the story line and the presentation was all pretty pro, in the classic Five-0 tradition, and that makes me very happy indeed!moreless
  • And I had such high hopes....

    6.5
    If you read my review to the last episode, you will know that I really loved the pilot episode of Hawaii Five-O. I felt let down with last week's episode, and unfortunately, this one can join that list as well. I had such high hopes for the series, but it seems to be turning into just another one of those good cop bad cop type of shows. There are a few good scenes: McGarrett and Danny tormenting a mob member with sharks, and the pre-titles football shootout was fairly intense. But the rest of the episode lacked: Chin Ho and Kona's undercover cop cousin was not only a poor actor, but his outcome was incredibly predictable right down to (spoiler alert!) Chin Ho saving him at the end. Speaking of the ending, have we ever seen such an anti-climax? There are literally seven or eight thugs standing guard at the finale and the Five-0 team drops them like nothing. We don't even meet the main bad guy until the very end, and by then he's shotgun chow. I realize the team is good at what they do, but adding just a bit of suspense to an action scene would add a level of excitement! I still like Danny and McGarret's interactions, but the rest of the cast and episode was lacking. The pilot was a vacation for the brain, but these last two episodes have almost been insultingly stupid. The action is still slick for the most part, but just a bit of suspense would be greatly appreciated!moreless
  • The rivalries and ambitions get ugly at a football game- and the team happens to be in attendance.

    9.0
    As much as I liked the pilot, this could end up being my favorite. It was a little predictable, especially toward the end, but it was an enjoyable episode. I liked the scenes with Danny and Grace, and him reacting to his ex-wife and her attorney (the ringtones still make me laugh). It was refreshing to see part of the episode devoted to Chin's family issues and his past- I hope we get to see that resolved soon (there's only so long that it can be dragged out). So far the writing is fresh and interesting, and the characters are slowly being developed (but not too slowly).moreless
  • Good case, but I prefer the last one.

    9.5
    This show has gtten off to a terrific start, and it continues to impreess. This episode was about a couple of rival gangs on th island starting something of a gang war. The situation was intense, and the case was fairly suspenseful.



    Th one criticaism I have of this case is the fact that it didn't seem to creative. This type of case has been done many times on other crime shows, so it wasn't that innovative, if you ask me.



    I did, however, really enjoy the case! The action was there, and there was a few interesting scnes. PLEASE Stop With The Abuse OF Police Powers!!!



    Anyhways, a good episode. I would recommend it, but I still prefer its predecessor. Good stff!moreless
Scott Caan

Scott Caan

Detective Danny 'Danno' Williams

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Police Officer Chin Ho Kelly

Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O'Loughlin

Lieutenant Commander Steven J. 'Steve' McGarrett

Grace Park

Grace Park

Police Officer Kono Kalakaua

Sidney Liufau

Sidney Liufau

Sid

Guest Star

James Russo

James Russo

Frank Salvo

Guest Star

Max Casella

Max Casella

Joey

Guest Star

Jean Smart

Jean Smart

Governor Pat Jameson

Recurring Role

Teilor Grubbs

Teilor Grubbs

Grace Williams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Kahuku High School, located in the town of Kahuku on North Shore, where the football game in the opening of the episode was being played, does have an outstanding varsity football team, but they are the Red Raiders, not the Kings.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Steve: Let me ask you something. How far deep did you have to dig? I mean how much of your soul did you lose by actually appreciating me?
      Danny: I'm still measuring.
      Steve: Right. Maybe you're not as alone as you think, Danno.

    • Steve: Law enforcement is Chin's family business. So when he lost his badge, he lost his family. If he wants to wear a badge, he has to be able to deal with things like this.
      Danny: You weren't held as a baby, were you?
      Steve It's called tough love.

    • Danny: Let me break it down for you, okay? Kids with guns kill innocent people and cops!
      Steve: Right.
      Danny: Now that kid, maybe he's going to finish a math assignment. More likely, he's looking for another gun so he can shoot someone. Why? Because you conveniently decided to forget the law!
      Steve: He's angry because someone killed a member of his family today and he feels if he doesn't do something about it, nobody will. So let's prove him wrong. Come on, we've got a job to do.
      Danny: There's something wrong with you, you know that, right?

    • Steve: You know when I was a kid, this island seemed like the safest place on earth.
      Danny: That's the great thing about being a kid, you don't know any better.
      Steve: You could leave your door unlocked, no one would bother you. And if people had a beef, they'd settle it with their fists, not guns.
      Danny: Back home, you win a fight, you go home and lock the door twice because you know someone's coming after you with a gun.
      Steve: God.
      Danny: Think maybe Hawaii's catching up with the times.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The title of this episode "Malama Ka Aina" is Hawaiian for "Respect the Land."

    • The polynesian warrior, in black, green and white face-paint, and armed with a spear seen at the opening of the football game is Viliami Fehoko, better known as the University of Hawaii mascot "Vili the Warrior".

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 4, 2010 on Global
      Poland: February 9, 2011 on Universal Channel
      Australia: February 13, 2011 on TEN
      United Kingdom: February 13, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Finland: February 16, 2011 on Nelonen
      Croatia: March 14, 2011 on RTL TV
      Germany: March 20, 2011 on SAT 1
      Sweden: June 2, 2011 on TV4/TV4 HD
      Slovakia: September 7, 2011 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 8, 2011 on Prima

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Válka gangů (War of Gangs)

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