Any loyal Hawaii Five-O fan had to feel satisfied, even in the first 15 minutes of this week’s Season 4 premiere episode, “Aloga ke kahi I ke kahi” (We need each other), as flashbacks from last season fused with the present. Lt. Commander McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) is put in the position of protecting nemesis, Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in order to save both their lives and get the answers he so desperately seeks. He beats down blow torchers, taking them into custody for interrogation, discovering they are part of an elite terrorist group, the NLM. Danny (Scott Caan) is feeling personally divided about his feelings for Gabby, despite the fact that she returned suitcase in hand to him. Kono (Grace Park) seems at peace with Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) adrift on a boat, but are his tears of grief for his brother’s death true? Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Dr. Max Bergman are minding their own business around headquarters, but not for long.
A demon of a damsel delivery girl conspires with partners to open fire at headquarters, all part of the terrorist takeover. While Steve is trying to keep his criminal breathing long enough to break him for information the call comes that he is the nephew of El Condor (Nestor Serrano), the most elite of terrorists. Chin Ho makes stealthy moves to maintain cover at headquarters, spying on the captors in every way possible, as they shoot up the team’s “super table,” with all of its touchscreen capabilities to capture a criminal. His mayday call to Steve is all in vain, with communication cut. S.W.A.T. Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) doesn’t pussyfoot around in making a plan to put these captors in their place, but it seems blood is already about to be shed, machine guns pointed, particularly by Ernesto (Henry Ian Cusick) and pleas to spare life abounding. Danny chooses to have a heart-to-heart with Steve about Gabby just as Steve is pumping away with CPR on his perp, but as usual, McGarrett gets his job done, and the threats of shooting are ceased, as he delivers the chosen man, still breathing, downstairs, along with himself, Danny, and Chin Ho, but it doesn’t take long for the man he worked so hard to save to be shot. Captain Grover goes into stripper mode to get a better look inside, but by the time his team is poised for action, Danny and Steve walk out with their terrorists in tow, ready to load on the truck.
Catherine (Michelle Borth) makes her way to headquarters, after being alerted to the crisis, but she is intercepted by more than her radiator issues, as a call comes from her captor that Steve will never see her again unless the prisoners are released. In a delectable and memorable “cargument,” Danny does his best to dissuade Steve from taking this action, but his emotions are revved up, remembering his father’s past, and he cannot hear reason. He intercepts Captain Grover and the caravan, and in one man takedown, orders them out, along with their criminal cargo. Steve calls to Catherine in the encampment, and she comes to him, and they share a passionate embrace, as Danny playfully says he will “wait in the van.” Chin Ho goes commando as the released evildoers try to pump him full of full of bullets, showing his tougher side, while McGarrett gets the proper chewing out from Grover, but his payback has to be put on pause with the wicked terrorists on the loose. While Danny, Catherine, and Chin take on the contingent, making sure of their deceased state, Steve and Condor have a stadium shootout of their own, and Steve manages a helicopter heist beyond human abilities, like every Hawaii Five-O follower adores, still managing to land, as Danny greets him with an “all in a day’s work” demeanor, and Catherine offers to buy the round of beers in lieu of doing the paperwork. Chin calls Kono to tell her that her cover has been compromised by the computer information breach, and she and Adam have to leave.
McGarrett pays a visit to Wo Fat aboard his departing plane, still demanding why to know why his mother would owe him any act of apology. “Perhaps for killing my father,” is the response, as Steve bangs his enemy’s head against the bars, purposefully taking the blood as a DNA sample, asking Max to perform the tests to determine their kinship. Are these dedicated enemies brothers?