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6 McDanno episodes to get you ready for season 5 of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Season 4 of Hawaii Five-0 was full of ups and downs. Catherine (Michelle Borth) was part of the team, but Kono (Grace Park) was MIA for a much of the season. Danny (Scott Caan) was in and out. Lou Grover (Chi McBride), a Honolulu Police Department SWAT captain, was introduced, and so was Chin’s (Daniel Dae Kim) old high school buddy Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia). Then Catherine left Steve (Alex O’Loughlin)—and the show—and Lou joined the team. Kono came back, and Jerry is sticking around.

All of this back-and-forth is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But throughout all of these changes, there’s always been one constant for this show, and that’s the importance of TV’s favorite bromance, McDanno. The Steve/Danny relationship has always been the rock of the show, and if the first-look clip of Friday’s premiere is any indication, that relationship is not going anywhere anytime soon.

McDanno TherapyAs part of a mandated psychological review, Steve and Danny are headed to therapy—together. And it is just as glorious as one would imagine when reading that sentence. They get to vent their issues (why must Steve always drive Danny’s car?), and they even find the one thing they agree on: Their team is ohana.

We have a little time to wait before the therapy sessions (and the rest of the season) begin, so to tide you over in the meantime, here are six of the best McDanno-heavy episodes from the past four seasons.

“Pilot,” season 1, episode 1

Our boys meet for the first time when Steve forces Danny to join his newly formed (and yet-unnamed) task force. Punches are thrown, shots are fired (literally and figuratively), and nothing would be the same after Steve uttered “Book ’em, Danno” for the first time.

“Mana’O,” season 1, episode 8

Danny’s old partner at HPD, Meka, is murdered and accused of being a dirty cop. Steve and Danny’s partnership grows deeper when Steve trusts Danny’s instincts and helps to prove Meka’s innocence. The guys prove that they trust each other on and off the clock. And when the whole Five-0 team shows up to Meka’s funeral in their dress blues, you are hit with some serious ohana feels.

“Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau,” season 1, episode 23

As made obvious from the remainder of this list, the boys are at their best when one (or both) of them is in mortal danger. Danny is accidentally poisoned while working a case, and the rest of the team races to find out how to save him before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Danny’s daughter, Grace (Teilor Grubbs), spends some time with Uncle Steve while Danno is in the hospital. The Five-0 team saves the day, Danny recovers, and the partners share a grateful, if slightly awkward, hug.

“Ki’ilu,” season 2, episode 10

Steve heads to North Korea—yes, that part of Korea—to help Jenna (Larisa Oleynik) rescue her fiancé. Unsurprisingly, Steve gets captured. Danny and the rest of the team have to save their fearless leader before they are captured too. The look on Steve’s face, post-torture and -trauma, when he sees Danny came for him—and Danny’s look of relief upon finding Steve—is all you really need to see to understand their relationship.

“I Ka Wa Mamua,” season 3, episode 6

In arguably one of the best episodes of the series, Danny is trapped in the sights of a bomb. And since Steve and Danny have to do everything together, Steve stands right beside him and makes Danny tell him stories of the good ol’ days back in Jersey. There are tears and totally sincere hugs and hysterical, verge-of-death laughter. It’s Hawaii Five-0 and McDanno at their best.

“Ku I Ka Pili Koko,” season 4, episode 19

If this were a Friends episode, it would be “The One Where They Say ‘I Love You.’” Steve and Danny are trapped together in a building collapse. Things are looking grim for the partners. Danny is rocking a pretty serious internal injury and his convenient claustrophobia is hitting him hard. Steve MacGyvers a pipe bomb to free them, and there are more hugs and crying; legitimate “I love yous” are exchanged. Shippers around the world (yours truly included) rejoiced, and the McDanno relationship continues to thrive.

Tune in for all the shrinks, shoot-outs, and sunshine on Hawaii Five-0’s season premiere on September 26.

Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9/8C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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