'Five-0' Scene Spotting: Doping, thieving, lunatic triathletes

Monday, November 22, 2010

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The Five-0 squad tracks a band of high-stakes thieves who happen to be doping triathletes. Neil Jacobs/CBS

The Koko Crater Classic Triathlon — no where near Koko Crater. An armored truck heist purportedly on Kalia Road in Waikiki was, in fact, next to the parking structure at Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. A humdinger of locales when the Five-0 squad splits up to take out four triathletes who just stole millions worth of diamonds. These and other geographic malapropisms as we fly through another episode. At least we know it ends well: Pork chop at Side Street Inn is on Danno!

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Lovely shots of kiteboarding in Kailua Bay, above, and road biking by what looked like the Ko Olina Resort. We soar across coastal Waialae onto Diamond Head, then to the Bayer Estate where McGarrett is doing a home improvement project. The drama of the episode gets under way when an armored car is stolen in Waikiki (played by the Blaisdell Center's parking lot).

McGarrett and Kono go after the drowned armored car in Honolulu Harbor, across from Aloha Tower. Quick pans of the Hawaii Medical Center and "Five-0 HQ" Aliiolani Hale. McDanno makes an arrest of a person of interest on the Ward Centers side of Ala Moana Beach Park, a guy who was pulled into the heist when he answered a job on "Gavin's List." (The poor writers. One of these days they can use the real names of things without fear of legal consequence. Though, likely not.)

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Our boys drive Ala Moana Boulevard, above, as they head back to Hawaii Medical Center (it's in the other direction, we'll let it slide). At the center, the hospital room quickly morphs into the stairwell and elevator of the Honolulu Advertiser Building as McGarrett tries to chase down a perp disguised as a doctor there to eliminate the surviving guard from the heist.

Then we get several scenes at Magic Island, above, a spit of land jutting out from Ala Moana Beach Park. McGarrett and Danno interrogate a doping supplier of the triathletes/thieves they're tracking at a makeshift gym next to the mouth of the Ala Wai Boat Harbor on the diamondhead side of the park. Usually you just see brides and grooms snapping pictures there: Perfect angle for Diamond Head and the Waikiki coastline.

Off to Danno's ex-wife's house in Kahala, where they're staking out the triathletes at the house next door. Kono and Chin Ho follow their SUV from there along Kalakaua Avenue and Waikiki at night. Picture of the Diamond Head Lighthouse at night with Waikiki in the background. (Cue "Honolulu City Lights" by the Beamer Brothers," go listen.)

Then onto the triathlon, the "Koko Crater Classic." Koko Crater is about 10 miles from where they were actually filming: Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island. It looked from the overhead shot of the swimmers that they took some footage from the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, which happens every Labor Day over at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki, but they staged most of what aired and, perhaps, even those shots. Lotta swimmers!

As the competitors jump onto their bikes, they're suddenly in Chinatown about two miles west of there. At one point they're biking past O'Toole's Irish Pub, left, which is across the street from Honolulu Harbor where they found the armored car.

Here's where it got interesting, geographically speaking. Kono spotted the perps on bikes from, not Chinatown, but from the roof of The Advertiser building, exiting Kawaiahao Plaza. In a truly amazing feat, Kono took hers down there, Chin Ho got one snaking between the Advertiser printing facility, Danno I think took out his in Chinatown and McGarrett tackled and kung fu-ed his man at Ala Moana Beach Park. It was Hollywoodism at its finest.

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The Quotable Danno

  • "I've been calling you like you owe me money."
  • "No, you go ahead with your pants, I'll be here with a dry towel."
  • "One-hundred fifty people die every year from falling coconuts. It's a fact, I read it online.
  • "Don't give me that look. I need some privacy."
  • "Steve the Science Guy is back."
  • "No, I don't have anything in the 7 seconds that I've been in here."

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