Hawaii Five-0

Season 1 Episode 17

Powa Maka Moana

8
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2011 on CBS
7.7
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The team must deal with pirates who've taken a pleasure cruise full of spring breakers for ransom, as well as their worried parents.

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  • Hawai 5-0

    10
    So good...
  • A group of teens on spring break are taken hostage when pirates raid the teens' party boat. The kidnappers soon contact the teens' wealthy families with ransom demands. Five-0 goes into action.moreless

    7.0
    "Powa Maka Moana" is one of the better episodes of season one. The episode certainly does it's job in terms of delivering suspense, clever plot twists and action. This episode did get off to a rocky start. As I watched the scene of Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan pushing the car I asked myself two questions: "Did McGarrett ever hear of a tow truck?" and "Is this scene really necessary?". The miscast Nick Lachey is another liability. Try as I might, I could not take him seriously in his role. The episode does redeem itself with a terrific rescue sequence.moreless
  • I have to admit to a cringe when I saw the trailers..

    8.5
    Lachey and Minillo? I thought I must have eaten some bad beef or something.



    But nope. There they were. Though it wasn't actually as bad as I thought it might be. While there, Lachey largely had his face under a balaclava, and Minillo was, thankfully, in briefly at the start and out in handcuffs at the end. Fitting, somehow.



    But the story line was a decent offering of a parent's worst spring break nightmare. And I doubt it would top any kid's "to do" list either.



    I felt badly for the parent's of the kid who died; they would never stop regretting their decision though I would imagine in reality its a damned if you do-damned if you don't kind of thing.



    At any rate, you have to be up pretty early (and be a better actor!) to fool McGarrett. He saw through the plotter' scheme, managed to save the day, and by all appearances, was able to recycle several old Honolulu phone books and yellow pages while he was at it.



    Nice day's work, Steve...moreless
Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O'Loughlin

Lieutenant Commander Steven J. 'Steve' McGarrett

Grace Park

Grace Park

Police Officer Kono Kalakaua

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Police Officer Chin Ho Kelly

Scott Caan

Scott Caan

Detective Danny 'Danno' Williams

Vanessa Minnillo

Vanessa Minnillo

Susan

Guest Star

Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey

Tyler

Guest Star

Christian George

Christian George

Pirate #1

Guest Star

Taylor Wily

Taylor Wily

Kamekona

Recurring Role

Dennis Chun

Dennis Chun

Sergeant Duke Lukela

Recurring Role

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    • (Pushing the car up a hill, Steve is steering)
      Danny: Alright, right here.
      Steve: No, no the shoulders to thin, another twenty feet and were good.
      Danny: Another twenty feet, I'm gonna be in traction.
      Steve: What, do you want to steer?
      Danny: Huh? (stops pushing the car) Do I want to steer? No, I don't want to steer. I want to continue to push this three-ton hunk of metal up a hill in ninety-five degree weather! That's what I want to do. No, I don't want to steer. Yes, I'll steer, thank you.

    • Danny: When did you start jogging?
      Kamekona: I'm training, brah.
      Danny: Did he just say he's in a training bra?

    • Steve: (Sees Danny bent over) What are you doing?
      Danny: Buying a car. What's it look like I'm doing?
      Steve: It looks like you're doing downward dog, but I know you don't do yoga.
      Danny: I'm stretching because my back hurts. Do you know why my back hurts?
      Steve: No. Why does your back hurt?
      Danny: Because I spent the morning pushing a car down the Pali highway.
      Steve: Ah. Where I come from that's called good exercise.
      Danny: Where is that, Krpyton? Where I come from, that's called a worker's comp settlement.

    • Danny: Nine miles. Ninemiles. Nine miles.You've been working on your dad's old wrecksix months and you get nine miles out of it, I'm very impressed.
      Steve: This is a c car and c cars are tempermental.
      Danny: Tempermental?
      Steve: Just like you.

    • (Big Lono is refusing to open the door)
      Danny: How about you open it or I'll come over there and break your face.
      Big Lono: You got some kind of learning disability? Read my lips, you, me we're done talking.
      Danny: Is that right. (Steve walks up)
      Big Lono: Look, you seem to be the more rational of the two.
      Danny: Him…. (chuckling)
      Big Lono: (continues) So, I'll say this one more time, I can't help you. I'm sorry.
      Steve: You have five seconds to open the door.
      Big Lono: Or what?
      Steve: One.
      Big Lono: Whatcha gonna do?
      Steve: Two.
      Big Lono: My cousins a lawyer.
      Steve: Three.
      Big Lono: So, I know my rights.
      Steve: Four.
      Big Lono: You can't come in here without a warrant.
      Steve: Five.
      Danny: Time's up.
      Steve: Are you going to open the door?
      Big Lono: Not a chance.
      Steve: I'll be back.
      Danny: "I'll be back"? (to Big Lono) He's done a lot better, trust me. (to Steve) That's all you can come up with is "I'll be back"?
      Steve: That's all you can come up with is "I'll be back?" (goes outside)
      Danny: (to Big Lono) You see what you did? I don't know what he's gonna do. But if I were you: I'd run out the back, side, roof - go! (Steve comes back in) A grenade? He has a grenade. Why do you have a grenade? He's got a grenade. You see this? He's not bluffing? He will pull the pin and blow everybody up. Will you trust me, please?
      Big Lono: That thing's not even real.
      Steve: You gonna open the door?
      Big Lono: No way.
      Steve: Okay. (Steve and Danny run outside as the grenade goes off)
      Danny: Come one what is the matter with you. You need help. I'll pay for it.

    • (Pointing to cameras in the bar)
      Chin: Those work?
      Moku: Yeah, boss put them in last year to make sure we carded everyone.
      Kono: You didn't card my cousin.
      Moku: Yeah, man about that…….
      Chin:Yeah, yeah, yeah, at least you didn't call me her father.

    • Kono: Four year college tution $200,000. Books and supplies $50,000. Room and board 25,000. Passing out with two cocktail olives up you nose...
      Chin: Priceless.

    • Kono: What are the real chances of getting these kids back alive?
      Steve: When my father was kidnapped, I knew from prior experience that no matter what move I made on that day, the results would not be good, okay? In these situations they rarely are... We're gonna change that. We're gonna get these kids back. We're gonna get them back alive!

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