"Touch of Death"
Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles crossover event
Callen, Sam, Chin, and Danny recognize Prodeman outside the motel room in the second part of the crossover.
Also known asPa Make Loa
Written byMichele Fazekas & Tara Butters & R. Scott Gemmill
Part 1: Hawaii Five-0
Episode title"Pa Make Loa"
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 21
Directed byBryan Spicer
Production code221
Original air dateApril 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)
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Part 2: NCIS: Los Angeles
Episode title"Touch of Death"
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 21
Directed byTony Wharmby
Production code321
Original air dateMay 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)
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"Patriot Acts"
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"Neighborhood Watch"
NCIS: Los Angeles (season 3)
List of NCIS: Los Angeles episodes
Crossover chronology
Preceded by"Ka Hakaka Maika'i"
Followed by"True Colors (NCIS: LA)"
"Flashlight (Hawaii Five-0)"

"Touch of Death" is a two-part crossover event between Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles that aired on CBS. The event began on April 30, 2012, with the Hawaii Five-0 episode "Pa Make Loa" which is Hawaiian for "Touch of Death."[1] It continued on May 1, 2012, with the NCIS: Los Angeles episode "Touch of Death".[2] Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Chris O'Donnell, and LL Cool J appeared in both parts of the event as Danny Williams, Chin Ho Kelly, G. Callen, and Sam Hanna, respectively.[3] The episodes both received mostly positive ratings and received high viewing figures in multiple countries.

Cast and characters

Main articles: List of Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV series) characters and List of NCIS: Los Angeles characters

Main

The following contains a list of actors receiving main billing in the crossover event:[4][5]

Actor Character Episode
Hawaii Five-0 NCIS: Los Angeles
Alex O'Loughlin Steve McGarrett Main[a] Does not appear
Scott Caan Danny Williams Main Guest
Daniel Dae Kim Chin Ho Kelly Main Guest
Grace Park Kono Kalakaua Main Un-credited
archive footage.
Masi Oka Max Bergman Main Does not appear
Chris O'Donnell G. Callen Guest Main
LL Cool J Sam Hanna Guest Main
Linda Hunt Henrietta "Hetty" Lange Does not appear Main
Daniela Ruah Kensi Blye Does not appear[b] Main
Eric Christian Olsen Marty Deeks Does not appear Main
Barrett Foa Eric Beale Does not appear Main
Renée Felice Smith Nell Jones Does not appear Main

Guests

The following contains a list of notable guests appearing in the crossover event:[4][5]

Actor Character Episode
Hawaii Five-0 NCIS: Los Angeles
Taylor Wily Kamekona Guest Does not appear
Brian Yang Charlie Fong Guest Does not appear
Craig Robert Young Dracul Comescu Guest Does not appear[c]
Rob Benedict Jarrod Prodeman Un-credited photographs Guest
Helen Eigenberg Rachel Holden Does not appear Guest

Plot

Part 1: "Pa Make Loa"

The episode opens with Bryan Palmer attempting to enter his ex-wife's house. The woman calls 911 and informs them of the situation. The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) arrive and confront the man who drops dead. When Chin, Danny, and Kono arrive they are updated on the case and told that the man dropped dead of smallpox. Max informs them that he obtained the virus by injection. Kono finds a connection to Ken Tanner, a pharmaceutical trial manager. Chin and Danny examine Ken's home and find him dead in his car, crime scene techs examine the car and find fingerprints belonging to Dracul Comescu.

Danny finds out that Dracul is on the watchlist of the NCIS task force of special projects in Los Angeles. He calls Special Agents G. Callen and Sam Hanna who travel to Hawaii to assist in the case. Chin looks through Ken's financials and finds that he purchased medical supplies and had them delivered to a warehouse on Sand Island. Chin, Danny, Callen, and Sam all go to investigate and end up in a car chase with Dracul, however, they find that Dracul escaped. The four return to the warehouse and find a makeshift medical quarantine station with three dead victims murdered. The team finds several vials of the smallpox virus but also finds that several vials are missing. Chin and Danny interrogate Dracul's driver and are informed that Dracul took nine vials of the virus with him and plans on selling them at the International Market Place.

Callen locates Dracul and begins chasing him; upon confrontation Dracul pulls a vial from his pocket and is shot dead by Callen. The team recovers all nine vivals of smallpox and hand it off to the Center for Disease Control. At Kamekona's shrimp truck Chin, Danny, Callen, and Sam enjoy shrimp; however, Danny receives a call from Kono who tells him that the vials recovered did not contain smallpox. Kono deducts that Dracul was crossed by his partner Doctor Jarrod Prodeman, and finds that he bought a ticket to Los Angeles. The other four head to Honolulu International Airport and find out that Jarrod traded tickets with another person so that Jarrod could take an earlier flight. Sam calls the NCIS office in Los Angeles and find that the plane Jarrod was on already landed an hour earlier.

Part 2: "Touch of Death"

As the plane begins to land in Los Angeles flight attendants grow suspicious when a passenger has not exited the bathroom. Upon opening the bathroom door they find the passenger dead of smallpox. Meanwhile, Callen, Sam, Chin, and Danny fly to Los Angeles to assist in finishing the case. Kensi and Deeks head to the airport and begin looking for Prodeman. Video surveillance however, showed that Prodeman already left the airport via taxi cab. The taxi cab company revealed that Prodeman was dropped off at a hotel. When Callen, Sam, Chin, and Danny search the room they find it empty. Afterwards, they find Prodeman outside and capture him. Upon interrogation Prodeman gives them the name Doctor Rachel Holden and says she was paying him off.

Kensi and Deeks search Holden's office and find her computer's hard drive, when they search it they find that she plans on infecting a group of people to reduce the earth's population because she believes it has grown too large. They also go through Holden's financials and find she purchased t-shirts to give away at a multi-national school festival. Putting the pieces together they find that she infected the t-shirts with smallpox.

Callen, Sam, Chin, and Danny head to the festival and find Holden. She attempts to drive away but they shoot out her tire and arrest her. In the process, they recover all missing vials of smallpox. Chin and Danny head back to Hawaii.

Production

Crossovers are not easy to pull off when you're working in the same town, and when you've got the other show being shot a five-hour flight away, it's particularly challenging.

— Shane Brennan, NCIS: L.A. creator, [6]

Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles were previously set in the same universe when Daniela Ruah appeared as a guest star on Hawaii Five-0.[7][8] On January 11, 2012 it was announced that CBS would be airing a two-part crossover event between Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles in May.[9] Initially Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J were set to appear in Hawaii Five-0 while Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan were set to appear in NCIS: Los Angeles[10][11] However, on March 2, 2012, prior to the crossover's filming CBS announced that O'Loughlin would miss shooting some episodes of Hawaii Five-0 to seek drug treatment related to pain management medication prescribed after a shoulder injury.[12][13] Due to this he was replaced by other Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim for the crossover event.[14][15] The second part of the crossover was the first to be filmed, at the time of filming the second part Hawaii Five-0 script was yet to be handed out.[16]

Reception

Critical response

Jim Garner with TV Fanatic who reviewed the first part of the crossover said "it was a lot of fun having Hanna and Callen from NCIS: Los Angeles visit the Five-0" and gave the episode an editorial rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.[17] Carla Day also with TV Fanatic who reviewed the second part said ""Touch of Death" worked well, but the crossover was a bit of a mess. Even though they were tracking the same smallpox, the cases were very different. Back in Hawaii, it was all about Comescu, but then it took an odd shift from Jarrod Prodeman selling to Dr. Holden in Los Angeles" and gave the episode an editorial rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.[18]

Viewing figures

United States

In the United States the first part of the crossover was watched live by 10.91 million viewers.[19] Within seven days, by digital streaming, DVR recording, and other means of delayed viewing the episode was watched by an additional 3.5 million for a final total of 14.33 million viewers.[20] The second part was watched live by 15.21 million viewers which ranked second in viewers for the night and fifth in the week.[21] Within seven days it was viewed by an additional 3.3 million for a final total of 18.52 million viewers.[20]

Canada

In Canada the first part of the crossover was watched by 1.967 million viewers while the second was watched by 2.206 million, they ranked fourth and ninth for the week, respectively.[22]

Australia

In Australia the first part of the crossover was watched by 0.295 million viewers while the second part was watched by 0.389 million.[23]

Notes

  1. ^ Despite being credited Alex O'Loughlin did not appear in the episode
  2. ^ Although not appearing in the crossover event Daniela Ruah previously appeared as a guest star in a previous crossover event with Hawaii Five-0, the event is mentioned in the second part of the crossover.
  3. ^ Although not appearing in the crossover event Craig Robert Young previously appeared as a recurring character in NCIS: Los Angeles

References

  1. ^ "IN THE FIRST EPISODE OF A TWO-NIGHT CROSSOVER EVENT WITH "NCIS: LOS ANGELES," SAM AND CALLEN TEAM UP WITH DANNY AND CHIN HO IN HAWAII TO TRACK DOWN A SUSPECT WHO IS THREATENING TO RELEASE A DEADLY VIRUS INTO THE POPULATION, ON "HAWAII FIVE-0," MONDAY, APRIL 30". CBS Press Express. April 10, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "IN THE CONCLUSION OF A TWO-NIGHT "HAWAII FIVE-0" AND "NCIS: LOS ANGELES" CROSSOVER EVENT, CALLEN, SAM, DANNY AND CHIN HO TRAVEL TO THE MAINLAND ON THE HEELS OF A SUSPECT CARRYING A DEADLY VIRUS, ON "NCIS: LOS ANGELES," TUESDAY, MAY 1". CBS Press Express. April 10, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "NCIS: LA/ Hawaii Five-0 Crossover Event!". CBS. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
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  16. ^ Willman, Chris (April 23, 2012). "On the Set: NCIS: Los Angeles Hits the Beach For a Hawaii Five-0 Crossover". Yahoo! Entertainment. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  17. ^ Garner, Jim (May 1, 2012). "Hawaii Five-0 Review: Welcome Hanna and Callen". TV Fanatic. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Day, Carla (May 2, 2012). "NCIS: Los Angeles Review: The Four Angels". TV Fanatic. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  19. ^ TV by the Numbers (May 8, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Bones', 'How I Met Your Mother, '2 Broke Girls', 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Up; 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  20. ^ a b TV by the Numbers (May 21, 2012). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Modern Family' Leads Ratings and Viewership Gains, 'The Secret Circle' Tops Percentage Increases". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 11, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  21. ^ TV by the Numbers (May 8, 2012). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'American Idol', 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'NCIS' Top Week 33 Viewing". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
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  23. ^ Knox, David (May 8, 2012). "2.3m watch dynamite performances on The Voice". TV Tonight. Retrieved June 19, 2019.