I've recognized guest-starring parts by James Caan (whose son Scott is a Five-0 regular), Ed Asner and Christine Lahti (playing Steve McGarrett's mother), among others.
James Caan and Asner brought a lot to their parts, and I especially enjoyed the banter between the Caans, the real-life father and son. I was a little irritated when the show's bosses killed off Asner's character.
There was a raggedy old woman in one episode, and I suddenly recognized her as the once-stunningly beautiful Lee Meriwether, the most beautiful of the three women who played Catwoman on the old "Batman" TV show. She was unrecognizable until she grinned. That hasn't changed.
When I was trying to remember the actress who played McGarrett's mom, I kept thinking of Christine, but I couldn't come up with a last name. So I googled "McGarrett's mom Hawaii 5-0" and got Christine Lahti.
I also recognized the man who played McGarrett's dad. William Sadler played the criminal Gino Fish in Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone TV movie series.
Today, I recognized Peter Weller, who once played Buckaroo Banzai and Robocop in movies. On H50, he played a killer who had lost his hands and was wearing prosthetics. That seemed ironic because of his Robocop role.
I was happy when the Wo Fat story line ended, though. It quickly got old for me. Now, if we could only get rid of the mother story line (although I like Lahti).
NOTE: I just saw a Texas Ranger on H50 who looks a lot like one of the goofy brothers on the TV show "Wings." He did a wonderful job in that 5-0 role.
I also saw an episode with Carol Burnett playing McGarrett's Aunt Deb.
NOTE: I just watched a 5-0 episode in which McGarrett and Danno use a helicopter to drop an atomic bomb in the ocean off Hawaii. There's no concern about radiation other than Kamekona saying that no one will be eating fish for awhile. And there apparently was no tsunami from the blast. My other problem with the episode is this: Could a helicopter outrun the blast from an atomic bomb? No. It's not the Starship Enterprise.
Overall, it was the weakest episode I've seen, and I think it ended a season.
NOTE: They've made two cast changes.
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