Hawaii Five-0

Season 3 Episode 20

Olelo Pa'a

32
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2013 on CBS
7.5
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Steve reflects back on his last mission in North Korea as he and Catherine recover the remains of fallen soldier.

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  • probably the most boring and stupidity riddled episode to date

    5.0
    Probably the most boring and stupidity riddled episode to date. 3 years ago, Steve was on ops in Korea when his friend was shot and killed in a war situation, now after 3 years, the USA government decide to trade some Korean prisoners for the body, (sure, they'd really do that) only it turns out the random corpse in the box isn't Steve's mate. Now Steve could go through diplomatic channels and get the body that way, or he could risk the life of his girlfriend and both could go off alone to Korea on an illegal mission to dig up the body, which of course is still where he last saw it. Steve clearly rates dead bodies over the live girlfriend so he choses to go to Korea with her.moreless
  • Boring and clich

    1.0
    The entire situation is ridiculous and in this second Korea episode we don't even have the team coming to the rescue to save the day. (and The episode remains unconvincing and biased. I'm hopelessly trying to find some good points but coming up empty. I mostly agree with rlovelock83, they don't even try to make it believable : after their capture, the body is unheard of until they land back in Hawaii. I didn't tackle the issue of where they put the "wrong" body and all the other practical issues...moreless
  • Hawaii Five-2?

    4.0
    I don't like the episodes that switch from being a cop show to a Military show.

    I missed the interaction between the four regulars - Danny, Chin and Kono were barely on screen as Steve paired up with Catherine for this mission, much like when he spent a fair bit of last season going off with Joe while the rest of the team worked some nondescript case without him.

    I liked Catherine a lot before she became a regular but the writers can't seem to decide if she's a GI Jane or a lovesick teen - the actress deserves better and I just feel the Five-O work best as a team of four.

    I like this show and want it to be successful but it needs to get back to it's roots,imo, and the writers need to focus on creating interesting crimes for the team to solve -with the exception of a few episodes, the writing in general this season hasn't been very sharp.moreless
  • Emotional

    7.0
    I have such a hard time rating this. I loved the emotional fluency shown by McGarrett in the ep, I loved the depth of the bond between the SEALs, and the training scenes. The brazen invasion of North Korea not so much, the ridiculous gun battle, really? And what the heck is up with implying a Navy Intelligence Officer has training even close to that of any Special Forces? I'm not buying the Superwoman image that the writers are selling this season. Please give Catherine better writing, being invincible is not doing the character any favors. Heck give all the actors better writing. Alex showed he can act in this episode, I cried.moreless
  • I CALL BULL!!! WORST EPISODE OF ANYTHING EVER.

    1.0
    Okay... I have watched this show from the beginning, I would describe it as my guilty pleasure as it is neither well written nor produced and only occasionally provides anything that isn't completely predictable or eye rolling. But I think this season will be my last! I've been sick the last few days and so I've flown through episodes 12-20 to catch up after I lost interest after the first dozen, but this episode REALLY annoyed me and here's why....



    I completely agree with @Slugsie that this entire mission to go back into North Korea (AGAIN?!?! Are the writers really that hard up for material that we need TWO episodes about McGarrett doing illegal missions into North Korea???) was irresponsible at best, but lets just pretend that its totally acceptable...



    McGarrett and his girlfriend (come stroll into North Korea, the most heavily protected border on the planet, using a drug running trail that conveniently brings them to the field where he parachuted into three years earlier... and BAM, they're back at the camp (which seems to serve no purpose and yet remains as it did three years ago. McGarrett immediately recognizes ONE of like 50 koreans that were shooting at him three years ago and SOMEHOW manages to outrun his car, which is already a couple hundred yards away to cut it off and take the guy hostage... then does the same thing again to tackle the guy after recovering from the car crash! Is McGarrett Superman now?? Can he really run faster than a speeding bullet??



    So he walks the guy aimlessly into the woods, where he remembers which bush McGarretts buddy was buried under 3 years earlier, and begins to dig him up WITH A STICK!!!! Arms, legs, torso, the whole thing is magically uncovered so that we can see the terrible wounds he suffered. (Aside: I expected we would find out he had actually survived the attack and was held and tortured, but not on American prime time TV! He had to have been mutilated Then he starts YELLING at the guy, like he's not worried anyone will discover them now (They are in NORTH KOREA!!!)



    They are then captured after managing to kill just two guards and upon being brought to the camp have their handcuffs removed!??!?! Stoked to see the bad guy from possibly the worst Bond movie here, good to see he's still getting work. An overly long, drawn out fire fight commences, the boss is shot (like ten times???) and we flash back to their heroic escape three years earlier.



    Now, here's the moment where I HAD TO SIGN UP FOR THIS SITE JUST SO I COULD VOICE MY ANGER!!



    McGarrett and his girlfriend run off, with still dozens of guards shooting at them, WITHOUT the body they came to recover and we cut to the funeral where they are burying the body that they left in the freaking mud!!!!!



    I'm sorry, but anyone who was able to watch this episode without noticing all of the insulting plot holes should be ashamed of yourselves. It's no wonder Americans are so blind to the real world around them when they are able to swallow this garbage and come back next week wanting more.... I hope to god there is no Season 4.





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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

Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly

Grace Park

Grace Park

Police Officer Kono Kalakaua

Masi Oka

Masi Oka

Dr. Max Bergman

Michelle Borth

Michelle Borth

Lieutenant Catherine 'Cat' Rollins

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett

Frank Bama

Guest Star

Alan Ritchson

Alan Ritchson

Freddie Hart

Guest Star

Rick Yune

Rick Yune

Han Ji-Woon

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Lieutenant Commander Joe White

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