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Trivia / Hawaii Five-0

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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Danno, responding to an offer of whiskey from a helicopter pilot played by Jimmy Buffett: "I'm more of a margarita guy myself."
    • Undercover, dressed up as players at an illegal casino, Danno asks Steve, "How come I look like a waiter and you look like James Bond?" Alex O'Loughlin was considered for James Bond before losing out on the part to Daniel Craig while Scott Caan has been put into a waiter's uniform more often than not in Ocean's Eleven and the sequels.
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    • Max begins an episode talking about the plausibility of time-travel. In another episode, he asks an ICE agent (played by Greg Grunberg) if they've met before. Both were on Heroes.
    • Danno, played by Scott Caan, refers to a suspect, played by his father James Caan, as "old man."
    • In one episode, Steve opens a fridge to find it filled with bottles of blood. Danny jokes that it is for vampires.
    • John Locke is pals with Jin again.
    • Peter Weller guest stars in the episode "Hookman" as a sniper with prosthetic hands.
    • When Dante Basco plays a criminal, his Weapon of Choice is a flamethrower. He provided the voice of two firebenders.
    • Meeting a cop from San Francisco, Jerry remarks "more than one person escaped from Alcatraz," which is funnier considering Jorge Garcia's role on the Alcatraz show.
    • Aunt Deb spent the majority of her life in Los Angeles and is a talented singer, just like her actress, Carol Burnett.
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    • Chin and Jerry reveal they know each other by mentioning they attended band camp together which was awful because they “felt like they were on a desert island all summer.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Lou Grover grew up in Chicago, as did his actor Chi McBride.
  • California Doubling:
    • With the exception of the aerial footage over Osaka, the scenes in "Ua Hapa" where Steve looks for Wo Fat in Japan were actually filmed in downtown Honolulu. You could even see the Top of Waikiki through Wo Fat's hotel window.
    • Averted in Season 4 when Kono was searching for Adam, eventually finding him in Vancouver. Grace Park had small parts in (or outright missed) several episodes due to her maternity leave, but filmed a few scenes in her hometown of Vancouver before returning to Hawaii to resume her role full-time.
  • Defictionalization: A throwaway reference to "Kukui High School" in the pilot has led to fans creating a whole backstory for an otherwise fictional school, complete with logo wear. In Hawaii, high schools are a big deal.
  • Fake American:
    • Alex O'Loughlin. When in character as Steve McGarrett, he sounds just like an American; when out of character (such as when being interviewed or doing promotional appearances) his Australian accent is unmistakable. Yet again, Steve's American accent is almost too pretty to be real.
    • Also, Korean-Canadian Grace Park as Kono. But do know that Grace also has American citizenship, since the Canadian government does allow dual citizenship. So it may not be totally true.
    • Tony Curran as a Boston-born Irish mob hitman in "Ike Maka".
  • Fake Brit: Australian actress Clare van der Boom as Danny's British-born ex-wife Rachel.
  • Playing Against Type: Coach Tanaka as a Filipino terrorist.
  • Real-Life Relative:
  • What Could Have Been: Reportedly James McArthur (the original show's Danny) was set to play Danny's father in the remake when he unexpectedly died. The role was actually Mamo Kahike, which was eventually played by Al Harrington (making him the first regular from the original show to appear).


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