Hawaii Five-0: Season 1, Episode 17

Powa Maka Moana (14 Feb. 2011)

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Five-0 searches for a group of Spring Breakers who are being held for ransom by a group of pirates.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan (as Vanessa Minnillo)
Captain Chris
Morris Brown
Rebecca Brown
Pirate #1
Moku the Bartender
Dennis Chun ...
Ed Dearmore ...
Tow Truck Driver


An apparently haphazard group of Springbreaker's rented boat and its captain seem the latest victims of a wave of pirate attacks, which only a female crew member survives, apparently hidden, while a pirate's corpse is left behind. However huge collective ransom is demanded for the youngsters. The team finds the corpse was actually killed before the attack and the earlier, bloodless pirate raids's gang has an alibi. One hostage is slaughtered after his father tries to pay an advance against police advice. The murderous captors demand the surviving crew-girl delivers the full ransom. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


The Mercury Marquis that McGarrett and Danno are pushing is the same car that Jack Lord had during the later seasons of the original Hawaii Five-O which later ended up in the possession of John Boley Nordlum (Lord's stunt double in the original series) after the series ended in 1980. See more »


When the woman is walking into the building carrying the ransom bag, she is using both hands, but in the thermo image she is holding the bag with one hand and swinging the other arm. See more »


Steve McGarrett: As soon as we know something significant, you will be the first to know. You have my word.
Morris Brown: So what you're really saying is that you - you don't know anything.
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Hawaii 5-0 Theme
Written by Morton Stevens
Performed by Brian Tyler
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Red meat television.
7 March 2011 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

Red meat television! After years of (sitcoms) politically correct t v shows, and the anti T V violence crowd blaming peoples actions on T V, video games etc action shows are back. For the red meat audience. Car chases, fights, gun battles etc all back in an hour show. I am waiting for the t v critics to demonize five-o like they did with C S I. If one watches the show they see a good script, strong acting, and that the detectives use logic and reasoning to solve their cases. Of course the show is hyped an leaves out a lot of the mundane police work, and the action is over the top for dramatic purposes, but Five 0 is still a good show. I like how the police break down who robbed the boat in this show by using technology. Of course there has to be a plot twist to keep the audience interested in the script and then the case ends in a dramatic conclusion. I give this episode an 8 out 10!

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