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Hawaii Five-0: Olelo Pa'a (The Promise)

The Episode Serves as a Prequel to the Series’ Pilot

Jimmy Buffett Returns as Frank Bama and Terry O’Quinn Returns as Joe White

“Olelo Pa’a” – When McGarrett and Catherine cross into North Korea to retrieve the remains of a fallen friend, he recounts his last deadly mission there.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x20
Airdate: Monday April 15th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Apr 22, 2013
UK (sky 1) May 19, 2013
ZA (M-Net) Nov 07, 2013
NZ (TV3) Jun 01, 2014

  • Currently 6.5/10
6.5/10 (8 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Alan Ritchson
As Freddie Hart
Jimmy Buffett
As Frank Bama
Terry O'Quinn
As Joe White
Erick Dallas
As Flight Operator
Harold Sue
As Happy
John Quincy Adams
As Freddie's Father
Kai Duvall
As Seal Student
Kimmy Kaaihue
As Freddie's Mother
Larry Wegger
As Vice Admiral
Rick Yune
As Han Ji Woon
Robert Picardo
As CIA Man
Steven Matsuno
As NK Colonel
Vince Shin
As Combatant

James Marsters
As Victor Hesse (Was shown in a picture)
Norman Reedus
As Anton Hesse (Featured in a Flashback from the Pilot)
Main Cast
Alex O'Loughlin
As Steve McGarrett
Scott Caan
As Danny "Danno" Williams
Daniel Dae Kim
As Chin Ho Kelly
Grace Park
As Kona "Kono" Kalakaua
Masi Oka
As Dr. Max Bergman
Michelle Borth
As Catherine Rollins


The episode begins on the border of North and South Korea. An exchange takes place, where Steve exchanges two convicts with North Korea, in return for the remains of someone whose identity is not yet disclosed. Cut to December 2000, where Steve is undergoing training at the Naval Special Warfare Center in California. Their instructor, Joe White, picks on Freddie Hart, and tells him that he does not have what it takes to be a Navy Seal. Freddie tells Joe that he is determined to serve his country. It is clearly visible that he is finding it difficult to cope with the rigorous training. ..

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Other Episode Crew

DeveloperRoberto Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Peter M. Lenkov
Executive ProducerAlex Kurtzman  |  Peter M. Lenkov  |  Roberto Orci  |  Len Wiseman
Co-Executive ProducerJeffrey Downer  |  Bryan Spicer  |  Stephanie Sengupta
ProducerBill Haynes (1)
Co-ProducerKyle Harimoto  |  Peter Tassler  |  Eric Guggenheim
Consulting ProducerKen Solarz  |  Michele Fazekas  |  Tara Butters
Associate ProducerLarry Goldstein  |  Angela Laprete
Production DesignerKeith Neely
EditorRoderick Davis (1)
CastingJennifer Cooper (1)  |  Rachel W. Sutton
Unit Production ManagerJeffrey Downer  |  Craig Cannold
First Assistant DirectorMichael Zimbrich
Second Assistant DirectorCarla Bowen
MusicBrian Tyler (2)  |  Keith Power
Music EditorGary Krause
Music SupervisorLiza Richardson
Set DecoratorJulieann Getman
Location ManagerJim Triplett
Transportation CoordinatorJohn Reed
Property MasterJane Gulick
Construction CoordinatorKevin Wenger
Script SupervisorBrenda Lopez
Production CoordinatorLisa Lee Mitchell
Assistant EditorJohn Pensky
Post Production SupervisorDrew Ysais
Supervising Sound EditorKelly Cabral
Re-Recording MixerAdam Jenkins  |  Andy D'Addario
Director of PhotographyJames L. Carter
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Cadiente
Art DirectorScott Meehan
Sound MixerRobert Janiger
Executive Story EditorDavid Wolkove  |  Joe Halpin
Costume SupervisorAnthony Scarano  |  Michelle Moder
Makeup Department Head Jeff Dawn
Production AccountantWilliam Chico Powell
Chief Lighting TechnicianNewton Termeer
AssistantRyan Mannix
Casting AssociateLindsay Jameyson
Special Effects CoordinatorArchie Ahuna  |  John C. Hartigan
Hair Department HeadRita Troy
Supervising EditorMaja Vrvilo
First Company GripAne Tranetzki
Hawaii CastingRachel W. Sutton
Theme Song ComposerMorton Stevens
Based On The Series Created ByLeonard Freeman (1)
Theme Song Arranged ByBrian Tyler (2)
Warning: Hawaii Five-0 season 3 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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