The Friday, November 8 episode is called "Ka 'i'o" -- Hawaiian for "DNA" -- with the CIA informing McGarrett that his mother has gone rogue on her undercover mission and may have killed her partner. So Steve goes solo to bring her home and prove her innocence.
Executive producer Peter M. Lenkov had teased that the "brilliant" episode would be one to watch:
Peter Lenkov also broke out a swanky packet of special Hawaii Five-0 tissues to make the point that the McGarrett mother/son episode would be a tearjerker:
The promo for Season 10, Episode 7, was pretty intense, including Doris McGarrett aiming a gun at her own son:
The great Christine Lahti has been in nine previous episodes of Hawaii Five-0 from 2012 to 2016, playing McGarrett's mom, aka CIA agent "Shelburne."
This is star Alex O'Loughlin's third time directing a Hawaii Five-0 episode -- after Season 8's "E Ho'Oko Kuleana"/"To Do One's Duty" in 2018, and Season 9's "E'ao lu'au a kualima"/"Offer Young Taro Leaves To" earlier in 2019. He has a story by credit for Season 8, Episode 24, but this is his first time as the sole credited writer, which is pretty exciting.
Back in 2018, Alex O'Loughlin talked to EW about his directorial debut, saying the most difficult part was that his extra duties as director prevented him from spending as much time as he wanted prepping as an actor. Usually, he said, he studied every beat of a scene and put hours of homework into it before stepping on set.
That was then, though, and I have no doubt he learned a lot in the next two directing trips -- especially since he's so heavily involved in the new one. But even after just getting his feet wet with that directorial debut, he knew he had the directing bug:
After Alex O'Loughlin's "Ka 'i'o," Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 continues with "Ne'e aku, ne'e mai ke one o Punahoa"/"That way and this way shifts the sand of Punahoa" on Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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