Season 1, Episode 1
Air date September 20, 2010
Written by Alex Kurtzman (story)
Roberto Orci (story)
Peter M. Lenkov (story/teleplay)
Directed by Len Wiseman
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Pilot is the first ever episode and the Season 1 premiere of the 2010 remake of Hawaii Five-0. The episode aired on Monday, September 20, 2010, exactly 42 years to the day from the premiere of the original show, September 20, 1968.


When his father is murdered, Commander Steve McGarrett arrives home in Hawaii and finds himself dealing with his past. The Governor of Hawaii requests Steve to lead a special task force. Steve turns the offer down but when he meets the man in charge, Detective Danny Williams, Steve changes his mind so that he can find his father's killer himself and as such, a new task force is born, one that isn't afraid to bend the rules, especially when it comes to dealing with criminals...


Commander Steve McGarrett is on a mission to South Korea, escorting arms dealer Anton Hesse with Anton taunting Steve.

As that happens, Steve receives a phone call from Anton's brother, Victor Hesse who has Steve's estranged father, John McGarrett hostage.

After Steve and Victor exchange some insults, the convoy that Steve and Anton are in ends up attacked by various men who are presumably trying to free Anton.

Steve fights back, successfully eliminating some of the invaders but when Anton escapes and gets a gun, Steve is forced to shoot Anton, the gunshots killing Anton.

Victor then rings back and after learning of Anton's death, shoots John dead in revenge as a horrified Steve listens on with Steve yelling "NO!".

Some time later, Steve returns home to Hawaii and meets Governor Pat Jameson who promises him payback for his father's death. She also offers Steve the opportunity to become the leader of a new task force, one that will clean up the criminal underworld in the state.

Steve refuses, choosing to head to his father's home which has become a crime scene.

While there, Steve comes across some evidence including a boot print and a space where a computer could have been. In the garage, Steve finds the Champ box and also a tape recording where John expresses regret at the fact that he can no longer trust his fellow Honolulu Police Department colleagues.


Steve in a stand-off with Detective Sergeant Danny Williams.

As Steve attempts to take the "Champ" box, the lead detective on the case, Detective Sergeant Danny Williams with both men engaging in a stand-off.

Although he and Danny are hostile to each other at first, Steve sees an opportunity and contacts Jameson, informing her that he has accepted her offer.

After taking an oath, Steve becomes the new leader of the unnamed Task Force with a reluctant Danny becoming Steve's partner.

The two men then confront Fred Doran at a hut with Doran fleeing after his girlfriend, Jaycee alerts Doran to Steve and Danny's presence.

As such, Doran flees with Steve in hot pursuit.

Steve attempts to talk to Doran but Doran attempts a weapon at Steve and before Doran can do anything, he is shot and killed by Danny.

A while later, the two men get into an argument and Steve manages to get Danny in an armlock. However when Steve relents and lets Danny go, a furious Danny punches Steve in the mouth while stating,"You're right. I don't like you" which leaves Steve stunned and also muttering, "Son of a....".

The two men later discuss things with Danny revealing that he came to Hawaii after his ex-wife and his young daughter moved there.

Danny also expresses a strong dislike for Hawaii, calling it a "pineapple infested Hell hole".

A while later, Steve and Danny meet Chin Ho Kelly who John McGarrett and who left the HPD in disgrace after being accused of corruption with Steve offering a chance to join the new task force.

Chin then takes them to meet Kamekona Tupuola who is Chin's friend and also a former police informant who is also currently the owner of a shave ice business.

Kamekona gives Chin information with Chin revealing that the snakehead leader is Sang Min. Danny suggests putting someone in undercover but Chin states that they're on an island where everyone knows everyone and that they've got to think outside the box.

At the beach, Chin introduces Steve and Danny to Chin's cousin, Kono Kalakaua who was once a surfing champion until she blew out her knee. Chin also states that Kono is also a police academy trainee and that she'll be graduating from the Academy in a week but due to the fact that she's related to Chin, no-one will trust Kono either.

A while later, Kono enters the meeting, posing as a Chinese immigrant while Steve, Danny and Chin monitor things thanks to up-to-date laser audio surveillance.

Unfortunately, Kono's cover is blown when Sang Min's mole in HPD reveals that Kono is a cop. The group storm the warehouse with all four taking down the henchmen and arresting Sang Min.

In a talk with Sang Min, Steve reveals that if Sang Min doesn't co-operate with them, then Steve will make sure that Sang Min's wife and young son back to Rwanda which is where Sang Min's wife is originally from. If that happens, then Sang Min's young son will eventually become a solider with the Hulu military but if Sang Min works with them, then Sang Min's family can stay.

Seizing the opportunity, Sang Min informs the team that Victor Hesse is leaving on a Chinese freighter.

With that, Steve and Danny race to the docks to stop the ship from leaving.

As they sweep into the docks, Victor Hesse and his men fight back. While Danny ducks for cover and dispatches Victor's goons, Steve and Victor engage in hand-to-hand combat with both men being evenly matched.

Just as Victor is about to prevail, Steve grabs his gun and shoots Victor, the impact sending Victor crashing into the sea.

At the team's headquarters, the new task force of Steve, Danny, Chin and Kono are all beginning to settle in but they cannot settle on a name to call themselves.


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  • The Mercury in McGarrett's father's garage used to belong to Jack Lord who played Detective Captain Steve McGarrett. Lord gave the car to John Boley Nordlum (Lord's stunt double) after the series ended.
  • The song playing when Steve arrives at Danny's apartment is the Black Keys- Sinister Kid.
  • This is the only episode of Hawaii Five-0 series where Danny is seen driving a Ford Mustang GT 5.0.


Steve McGarrett: You don't even know me.
Governor Jameson: I know your résumé. Annapolis, five years Naval Intelligence, six years with the SEALs. Your superiors say that you are the best that they have ever seen.
Steve McGarrett: I've been tracking Victor Hesse for five years; if he was bold enough to surface, I promise you, he already has an exit strategy planned and he knows I know it. Which means, I can barely afford the hour it's going to take to bury my father, let alone stand here talking to you. Excuse me.
Governor Jameson: I can help you find the son of a bitch! With full immunity and means. Your task force will have blanket authority to go after guys like Hesse and get them the hell of my island. Your rules, my backing, no red tape.

Danny Williams: Leave the box or get arrested.
(Puts the box down)
Danny Williams: Thank you.
Steve McGarrett: Don't thank me yet.
Danny Williams: What are you doing?
Steve McGarrett: Yeah, Governor Jameson, please. Tell her it's Steve McGarrett.
Governor Jameson: Governor Jameson here. What can I do for you?
Danny Williams: Are you kidding me!
Steve McGarrett: Governor, I'll take the job. No, let's just say I found something that changed my mind. No, immediately. I'll transfer to the reserves and I'll run your task force.
Governor Jameson: Raise your hand... I, Stephen J.
Steve McGarrett: I, Stephen J. McGarrett, do solemnly declare upon my honor and conscience that I will act at all times to the best of my ability and knowledge in a manner befitting an officer of the law. Thank you, governor... Now it's MY crime scene.

Steve McGarrett: How's the arm?
Danny Williams: Lets just not talk.
Steve McGarrett: Like right now? Or ever again?

Danny Williams: Your apology is noted, the acceptance is pending.
Steve McGarrett: You let me know now.

Sang Min: I'm gonna sue you for entrapment. And when I'm done collecting, I'm gonna find that little hottie you sent in here, and this time, I'm gonna be less of a gentleman.
(Hit him across the face)
Chin Ho Kelly: Sorry, boss.
Steve McGarrett: I didn't see anything.
Sang Min: You didn't see anything? Son of a bitch hit me.
Steve McGarrett: You wanna file a report, you'll need a witness. Do you wanna file a report?
Sang Min: I wanna go to jail now.
Steve McGarrett: Where is he? Where's Hesse? What about your wife and kid? You know where they are? I do.
She's getting her nails done on Kalakaua Avenue. And your boy is at his private school in Diamond Head. Wonder what he's gonna think when he finds out Daddy takes kids just like him and puts them on the street to be pumped full of black tar heroin then sold to strangers like animals. You're going to jail. That part's not up for negotiation. Your family? Is about to lose a husband and a father. In my eyes, now they're your victims too. The trouble is the law doesn't see it that way. Your wife? She's from Rwanda, she'll be sent back, they both will. If they're lucky, they'll make it to a refugee camp. And your son? Seven's old enough to hold a gun for the Hutu militia... I can prevent all that.


Series RegularsEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Lieutenant Commander
Steve McGarrett
Alex O'Loughlin A Navy SEAL and the leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force for Governor Pat Jameson.
Danny Williams
Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and also Steve's partner.
Chin Ho Kelly
Daniel Dae Kim Member of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force who rejoins HPD after Five-0 is dismantled following Jameson's murder.
Kono Kalakaua
Grace Park Ex-pro surfer and youngest member of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force who recently graduated from the Academy, and Chin's cousin.

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Governor Pat Jameson Jean Smart The Governor who forms the unnamed Task Force with Steve McGarrett as the leader.
Sang Min Will Yun Lee A criminal and human trafficker.
Anton Hesse Norman Reedus A Northern-Irish born criminal and arms dealer. Breaks free when helicopters attack the Navy guarding him. Is later shot by Steve McGarrett when Anton attempts to fight back, dying seconds later. His death prompts Anton's brother, Victor to kill Steve's estranged father, John in revenge.
Victor Hesse James Marsters An arms dealer who is also Aton's brother. In revenge for Steve killing Anton, Victor shoots Steve's father, John.
John McGarrett William Sadler Steve's father who Victor Hesse kills in revenge for John's son, Steve killing Victor's brother, Anton.
Grace Williams Teilor Grubbs Danny Williams's young daughter.
Kamekona Tupuola Teila Tuli A confidential informant and an associate of the unnamed Task Force.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Allison Chu A smuggled woman originally from China. A young girl who appears in the episode.
Jaycee Meagen Hensley Fred Doran's girlfriend.
Jovan Eteinne Thomas McCurdy A man who appears in the episode.
Fred Doran Jonathan Clarke Sypert A person of interest in John McGarrett's death, he takes a young girl hostage and attempts to kill Steve, only to shot from behind by Danny which leaves Steve dismayed.

Related PagesEdit

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