Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 Premiere Recap: In the Line of Fire

TVLine | 9/29/2017 | Matt Webb Mitovich
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CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 with its Season 8 premiere explained away two major absences, eased in a new (if reluctant) recruit and even made time for a wildfire of epic proportions.

On the heels of a summer full of news stories about the long-running drama’s cast shake-up, we very quickly were introduced to Tani Rey (played by new series regular Meaghan Rath), a hotel lifeguard who had been an extremely promising cadet at the police academy… until she cheated on her written exam and punched/broke a TO’s nose. Steve and Danny invite her to hang up her two-piece and help them track a hacker nicknamed Mizchief — and in the course of doing so, reveal that Chin Ho Kelly has moved to San Francisco to head up a mainland version of the task force — but Tani repeatedly and politely declines.

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The hacker in question (remarkably) easily plugs into the security system at the prison where elite arsonist Duclair had been cooling his heels, allowing the firebug to simply walk out. Duclair, the team later learns, got sprung to help some dope dealers exact revenge on the arsonist who unwittingly torched their supply — only to have Duclair them immolate them afterwards. Meanwhile, Mizchief is revealed to be Aaron Wright, brother of the similarly talented Ian Wright (who years ago kidnapped Grover’s daughter and was eventually pout down by Wo Fat). Turns out that Tani knew exactly who Mizchief was when first asked, which McGarrett & Co. glean upon bumping into her at the hacker’s hideaway, where they interrupt Duclair from roasting another associate. Duclair, alas, gets away, and sets out to lay flame to the entire island, starting with a massive wildfire.

With Tani bolstering their ranks, McGarrett, Danny and Grover head into the crackling forest,...
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