Hawaii Five-0 Review: Unlikely Saviors

Hawaii Five-0

Ka Pohaku Kihi Pa’a” — When Five-0’s sketchy confidential informant is accused of murder, McGarrett asks his old friend Odell Martin to defend him, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua, Will Yun Lee as Flippa, Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and Chi McBride as Lou Grover Photo: /CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

This week’s Hawaii Five-0 brings back two fan favorites for an odd, yet very entertaining hour of television. Trial antics, unlikely alliances, and if that’s not enough to keep you watching, the hour also had Ziggy Marley. Let’s recap.


McGarrett asks his barber Odell Martin (guest star Michael Imperioli) to defend Sang Men. It’s an absolutely ludicrous idea, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Sang Men was trying to help 5-0 nab a human trafficker they couldn’t identify. He was supposed to set up a meeting with the partner he first worked with, but by the time Men showed up to the meet, his contact was dead. Immediately afterward the police showed up, and without any corroborating witnesses, it looks like Men is going down for this.


As creepy as Sang Men is, Odell agrees to take the case. Odell enlists the help of Bones (guest star Ziggy Marley), a friend of his who is not in the country legally and who knows a bit about the human trafficking going on on the island.


At the same time Max finds the body of a woman killed in the last 72 hours who was shot with the same gun that Sang Men is being framed with. That makes 5-0 and Odell’s .job that much harder. Bones’s contact gives them the name of a trafficker named Graham Clark. He is confirmed to be the one framing Sang Men, but they need more evidence. In the meantime Odell holds a Mock Trial to prepare Sang Men’s defense. It starts out comically, but it is quickly apparent that their trial is going to be an uphill battle. It’s so stressful that Odell has trouble walking into the courtroom. One of the reasons Odell never wanted to go back to practicing law was that he didn’t want to be reminded of bad memories with his own attorney father. McGarrett asks Odell to do what he has to do to set an innocent man free.


5-0 does their best on the stand to help Sang Men, but there’s little they can do without irrefutable proof that he didn’t do it. They have no choice but to put Sang Men on the stand, which they originally wanted to avoid at all costs because it makes him vulnerable to the prosecution. Odell is lost about what to do, until he notices that Sang Men can’t see well. Suddenly he has found his golden goose.


Through a series of questions to 5-0 Odell is able to prove that since Sang Men’s vision is so impaired, he could not have possibly committed the murder he is accused of since forensics showed that the victim was shot from a distance. Odell wins the case and Sang Men is set free. Proving that the 5-0 Ohana is pretty extensive and welcoming nowadays.


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