La O Na Makuahine
(Mother's Day)
Season 3, Episode 1
La O Na Makuahine
Air date September 24, 2012
Written by Peter M. Lenkov
Directed by Bryan Spicer
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La O Na Makuahine (Mother's Day) is the premiere of Season 3 in the remake version of Hawaii Five-0

It is also the first episode to have Michelle Borth's character of Catherine Rollins in the opening credits and as such, Borth becomes a member of the main cast and also a series regular.


While Steve struggles to digest the shocking news that his mother who supposedly died in a car bombing some twenty years ago is the mysterious Shelburne, Chin is on the warpath, seeking revenge for his wife's death, forcing the team into a final showdown against Frank Delano and Delano's own crew.



Steve with his supposedly dead mother, Doris.

In Japan, Steve McGarrett struggles to come to terms with the revelation that Shelburne is his supposedly dead mother, Doris McGarrett with Doris revealing that she was a secret agent tasked with eliminating Wo Fat's father and that Doris subsequently faked her own death to protect her family although Steve later angrily tells his mother that Wo Fat had John McGarrett killed anyway.

As the two talk, back in Hawaii, Kono Kalakaua is pulled to safety by her boyfriend, Adam Noshimuri, Adam having been alerted to the situation by Chin.

As that happens, Chin attempts to save his wife, Dr. Malia Waincroft but she ultimately succumbs to her injuries and dies, leaving Chin greatly devastated.

Frank Delano who Chin was blackmailed into signing out of prison also helps break Wo Fat out of prison.

Steve and Doris return to Hawaii with Danny Williams arriving to meet them at the airport with Danny informing them that Wo Fat has escaped and also that Malia has died.

In the morgue, the H50 team regroup and attempt to come to terms with recent events.

Fearing for his mother's safety, Steve has Doris placed under the protection of Steve's girlfriend, Catherine Rollins.

Delano and Wo Fat meet with Delano asking Wo Fat to help him smuggle drugs out of Hawaii. In exchange for that, Delano will give Wo Fat Shelburne's location.

The H50 team soon discover that Delano and his crew are posing as cleaners to help repair the damaged Honolulu Police Department Headquarters and furthermore, the group have also killed five innocent workers so that they could claim the dead men's identities and sneak into the HPD Headquarters, undetected.

Despite their best efforts, Delano's team are caught in a traffic jam just as the H50 team arrive, triggering an intense gunfight that sees Kono shoot Devon Akina, the man who dumped her into the ocean while Steve and Danny dispatch the others as Chin heads straight for Delano.

Akina uses his last breath to reveal that Wo Fat knows where Doris is before he dies seconds later.

Chin eventually catches up with Delano and consumed by revenge, Chin kills Delano in cold blood, ultimately avenging Malia.

Wo Fat escapes after Doris fires three shots.

Steve sends Doris away from the island to protect her from Wo Fat, but as her plane departs, Danny shows up and reveals that she fired the three shots into the ground, making Steve wonder why she apparently let Wo Fat escape.

Notes Edit

  • First time in the rebooted series that Chin Ho kills a suspect in cold blood.
  • The scene where a helicopter uses a grappling hook (by lifting the armored car where Wo Fat is in transit to a U.S. Marshals aircraft) and dropping it in the ocean) along with deep sea divers armed with spear guns could be deemed as homage to the James Bond franchise - the plot was similar to the films Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Licence To Kill using the deep sea as part of the plot.
  • McGarrett's love interest who served on the U.S.S. Enterprise becomes part of the main cast as a member of the U.S. Naval Intelligence. The real-life Enterprise is scheduled for decommissioning.


Quotes Edit

Danny Williams: On the phone you said you were bringing Shelburne back.
Steve McGarrett: Yeah, this is Shelburne.
Doris McGarrett: You can call me "Mom". At least someone should.
Danny Williams: Mom? Whose mom?
Steve McGarrett: That would be mine.
Doris McGarrett: (Introducing herself to Danny) Doris McGarrett.
Danny Williams: Danny Williams. You know, for a woman who died in a car bomb 20 years ago, you are remarkably well put together.
Steve McGarrett: Son of a bitch. He wants a full inquiry into the Delano release.
Doris McGarrett: Stephen.
Steve McGarrett: I'm sorry
Danny Williams: Oh, yeah, watch your mouth, Stephen.
Doris McGarrett: That goes for you, too, smart-ass.

Trivia Edit


Main Edit

Name Portrayed by Role
Steve McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin Former Navy SEAL and leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Danny Williams Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and Steve's partner.
Chin Ho Kelly Daniel Dae Kim Former Detective for HPD and member of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Kono Kalakaua Grace Park Youngest member Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and Chin's cousin.
Dr. Max Bergman Masi Oka Chief Medical Examiner for the Hawaii Five-0 team.
Catherine Rollins Michelle Borth A Navy Lieutenant and Steve McGarrett's on-off girlfriend.

Recurring/Guest StarringEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Doris McGarrett Christine Lahti Former CSI agent, and Steve McGarrett's mother
Dr. Malia Waincroft Reiko Aylesworth Chin's wife and a doctor who dies from injuries sustained from being attacked by Frank Delano's men.
Wo Fat Mark Dacascos A crime boss targeting Shelburne who is Steve's mother, Doris.
Adam Noshimuri Ian Anthony Dale Kono Kalakaua's boyfriend and former head of the Yakuza.
Kamekona Tupuola Taylor Wily An associate of the H50 team, and owner of The Shrimp Truck.
Sgt. Duke Lukela Dennis Chun Sergeant with the Honolulu Police Department.
Frank Delano William Baldwin A corrupt cop who wants revenge against H50. Dies after being shot dead by Chin in revenge for Delano's men killing Chin's wife, Malia.
Devon Akina Karl Herlinger Nicknamed "Toothpick", he's the man responsible for dumping Kono into the ocean. During the gunfight, Kono fatally shoots him with Akina telling her that Wo Fat is after Shelburne- Steve's mother, Doris.


Name Portrayed by Role
Sergeant Moore Kimo Moore A man who appears in the episode.
Maria Gold Danielle Delaunay A woman who appears in the episode.
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