A connection has been building between two television crime dramas this season. Now the teams of detectives from Hawaii and California will join forces on a single case in the upcoming May sweeps.

Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS LA fans are in store for another crossover episode this season.

Called a “double episode crossover,” it begins on a Monday on Hawaii Five-0 and concludes on NCIS LA the next evening. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam Hanna (LL COOL J) visit Hawaii to help solve a case involving an outbreak of a deadly virus that may be used as a murder weapon. Then McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny Williams (Scott Caan) return to Los Angeles with them to track down who might want to buy the virus.

TV Guide Magazine quotes Hawaii Five-0 (H50) show runner Peter Lenkov as saying the crossover expands H50’s universe, and “we’re interested in exploring the relationship between McGarrett and Hanna, both SEALs with a little history.” That history may interest more Hawaii viewers, as well. I mentioned the project to a couple waiting for food with me in a local sushi shop last night. The woman is an avid NCIS fan but hasn’t watched Hawaii Five-0. She thought the focus on SEAL activity would interest members of the military living in the islands.

This isn’t the first cooperation between the two teams of television crime fighters. Earlier this season, NCIS LA Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) visited Hawaii to help McGarrett and Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) on a case with her lip-reading skills. Although that was billed as a crossover, Ruah was on screen for just one scene that seemed to last only a few seconds. But the thread continued. More recently on NCIS LA, Miguel Ferrer guest starred as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger. Granger was disliked by all the team. As an aside, he mentioned to Kensi that he knows of her recent visit to Hawaii and of her search for information about her father.Scene from a Hawai Five-0 episode earlier this season. NCIS LA Special Agent Kensi Blye visits McGarret and Joe White.

Just as Ferrer’s Granger brought friction to NCIS LA, Tom Sizemore was a polarizing figure when he guest starred on Hawaii Five-0 as Internal Affairs Capt. Vince Fryer. At first, he seemed intent on driving Kono (Grace Park) off the police force. More recently, he worked with McGarrett and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) on a case. His presence may be changing into a recurring role, as this week he Tweeted: “@tomsizemore:Just heard I’m doing another H50 in Feb … very cool … looking forward to some Hawaii sand.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. So how does this work then, do both series play the same episode? Or do you have to watch both NCIS and Hawaii Five-0 to get the full picture?

  2. It is a different part of the episode on each program. The executive producers say each would make sense on its own, but if you watch both you get the complete story.

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