EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Hawaii Five-0' fall finale recap: Mele Kalikimaka

Season 5 | Episode 9 | “Ke Koho Mamao Aku” | Aired Dec 12, 2014

It’s the annual Hawaii Five-0 Christmas episode, and this one takes place … on Mars? An astronaut is repairing a malfunctioning rover when a cowboy comes stumbling from the distance and dies. So, not Mars then.

Danny, Grover and Max fly to the crime scene (literally—on a helicopter). “Mars” is actually a site used for training simulations. When they arrive, the local ME, Sanjeet Dhawan, is already on site. Max knows him because they did their residency together, and there is some serious tension. Sanjeet demands that he be involved in the case, and Danny, who enjoys conflict, agrees.

Max and Sanjeet continue to step on each other’s toes back at the morgue. Max realizes that the victim ingested poison, and Sanjeet huffs around. Danny wants to know what happened between Max and Sanjeet, but Max will only say that it was about a girl.

Five-0 investigates the death of a cowboy at a rodeoMax also tells the team that their victim was probably a bull rider, so they head to the nearest rodeo and meet up with Kono. They speak to the organizer, Al Mokua. He identifies their victim as Keone Maka, and he thinks Luke Pakele, another rider whom Keone got fired, may have killed him.

When Danny and Kono go to Luke’s house, he bolts. But luckily Kono tackles and hogties him. (Because we are adhering to a theme and cuffs are far too easy.) Luke says he didn’t kill Keone. He just ran because he is dealing steroids.

Danny then gets a call from Grover. Keone’s house has been tossed, and it happened after the murder. And when Grover is searching for the source of the poison, he finds a vial of blood hidden in the fridge. Whatever is going on, it’s not about steroids.

Back at the lab, Sanjeet and Max are still at odds. When Sanjeet brings up “Janice,” Max EXPLODES. Max says Sanjeet had no right to her, but Sanjeet accuses Max of pitting all their friends against him. Who in the heck is Janice?

Besides a rare Max story, this episode also gives us a nice Danny-Kono scene. Danny doesn’t think Grace believes in Santa anymore (which is understandable, considering she’s like 12), and he’s worried that Christmas is going to be different. Kono says it will be better.

But Christmas chats are interrupted by an update from Chin back at HQ. In the days leading up to his death, Keone had been making frequent calls to a horse trainer from L.A. named Jeff Harrison. His prize horse disappeared years ago without a trace. Now Harrison is in Hawaii.

When Kono and Danny arrive at his hotel, he’s foaming at the mouth. He’s been poisoned just like Keone. Danny and Kono race him to the hospital. They make it in time, but the doctors need to know the poison. Max and Sanjeet scour the hotel room, and Sanjeet finds a water bottle that smells of liquid nicotine. That’s their poison. Harrison survives, and Max apologizes to Sanjeet. Consider the hatchet buried.

Grover finds out that the blood from the fridge is horse blood. Danny suggests sending it to the American Thoroughbred Association, since they keep blood samples from all professional race horses. The blood comes back to Urban Myth—Harrison’s missing horse.

They track the horse to a stud farm owned by Mokua, the rodeo organizer. He left with the horse and rented a backhoe. He’s going to kill Urban Myth and get rid of the evidence. The team arrives in time to save the horse and arrest Mokua. Keone had recognized Urban Myth and was going to turn in Mokua, so he was trying to cover his tracks.

With the case solved, the team is ready to head home, but Sanjeet drives up. He thanks Max for his help and returns Janice: a Star Trek action figure. They nerd out and make up, and Danny rolls his eyes and walks away.

In the McDanno subplot this week, Steve and Danny go together to pick out a tree. Yes, you read that correctly. Fanfic writers rejoice! Anyway, Danny is complaining about the lack of trees and Steve is being sensible and telling him that it’s two days before Christmas and they live on a tropical island. And since fake trees are out of the question, the partners are scouring tree lots.

Steve and Danny pick out a tree

Danny finds the perfect tree, but it’s out of his price range. Steve has a better idea (Danny, run now), and they arrive in a forest with a chainsaw (Danny, this is your chance—go!), to cut down a tree from a protected forest preserve (DANIEL, WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?).

Steve says that Gracie has to have a real tree for Christmas, and this is their only option. Danny is hesitant, but Steve is Steve, and Ke$ha is yelling “Timber!” Next thing we know, the boys are driving away, a beautiful (illegal) tree on the roof of the car, and cargument in full swing. Steve has tainted Christmas. Danny can’t believe he is the accomplice to a crime. (Danny has apparently forgotten he murdered a guy five episodes ago.)

Later that day, our old friend Pua from HPD is looking for Steve and Danny. He asks Chin to have the partners get in touch ASAP. Pua goes to Danny’s house in the meantime and examines his car. He finds some sap on the roof and takes a sample. Back at the forest preserve, Pua interviews a witness who identifies photos of Danny and Steve. Uh-oh.

Once the case is over, gathers at Danny’s to decorate the tree and celebrate the holidays. Pua stops over with a citation for Danny. The fine is $1,200 and he has to confiscate their tree. But it’s Christmas Eve! After a serious guilt trip, Pua agrees to hang out for a bit. He can always come back tomorrow.

Hawaii Five-0 Christmas

And that’s it for 2014, folks! Enjoy your holidays, and I’ll see you in Hawaii in 2015!

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

You May Like