Love you, bro

McGar­rett and Danno’s ban­ter­ing buddy-cop re­la­tion­ship gives us “the feels” in Hawaii Five-0.

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Hawaii Five-0 Sea­son 7 Tues­days M-Net (*101) 19:30

We en­joy ex­plo­sions and near-death ex­pe­ri­ences as much as the next per­son, but with­out a heart, an ac­tion-based se­ries is as good as dead. Hawaii Five- 0’s (2010- cur­rent) heart is the bro-show with McGar­rett (Alex O’Lough­lin) and Danno (Scott Caan). Sea­son 7 has seen the back­slap­ping, shoul­der-mas­sag­ing, ban­ter­ing (rather than bick­er­ing) re­turn in full force after few tetchier sea­sons. It’s deeply re­lat­able to any­one whose friends are their fam­ily and it is that emo­tional ground­ing that helps the show’s dar­ing dan­ger feel real.

WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

Danno is ea­ger to in­tro­duce his sis­ter

Brid­get (Missy Pere­grym, Andy in Rookie Blue, 2010cur­rent) to his best mate when she vis­its on Tues­day 1 Au­gust. McGar­rett thanks Brid­get for send-ing him and Danno cook­ies while they were re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal in the sea­son 6 fi­nale (in Novem­ber 2016) – you know, when Danno gave McGar­rett part of his liver. “These guys are blood brothers, but now lit­er­ally they are,” quips se­ries cre­ator Peter M Lenkov. Later in the episode, their col­league Kono (Grace Park) smiles when she sees Danno lead­ing McGar­rett around with a hand on his lower back. It looks pretty nor­mal to her, even though Danno is ac­tu­ally us­ing the ges­ture to ex­plain to McGar­rett why he thinks some guy was creep­ing on his sis­ter.

BEST MATES

The guys’ phys­i­cal close­ness is en­joy­able to watch be­cause it’s an ex­pres­sion of a very real de­vo­tion. Draw­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing with Scott, Alex ex­plains, “It’s nice to work with your mate. Work be­comes less painful. I think that our dy­namic is im­por­tant. It’s part of what makes this ap­peal­ing. I love see­ing what our dy­namic adds.” Whether that dy­namic brings out their in­fa­mous car gu­ments or Danno draw­ing a heart in the air and point­ing at McGar­rett (in sea­son 1, 2011), we’re just glad to be along for the ride.

Danno (left) and McGar­rett don’t al­ways agree on ev­ery­thing. The ma­cho men share a ten­der mo­ment.

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