Hawaii Five-0 Executive Producer Talks Terry O’Quinn’s Return, Reveals Another Famous Face Is Coming Back

Terry O’Quinn is going back to The Islands to reprise his role as Joe White on “Hawaii Five-0” shortly, and the first episode he’ll pop up in, in 2013, heads back in time, and features another familiar face in the H50 family tree.

“[Terry’s] in episode 320,” Executive Producer Peter Lenkov told AccessHollywood.com recently, during a chat to promote last night’s viewer-voted episode. “So it’s not that far off and what’s interesting is Jimmy Buffett’s going to be in that episode also.”

The upcoming episode (the cast is currently filming 316) should be a treat for fans – not only because of the return of the Parrothead leader as the hippie, black ops helicopter pilot Frank, but because it returns to the initial drama that the show kicked off with when it first launched on CBS in 2010.

“It’s this prequel episode to the pilot, so you’re gonna see Terry as McGarrett’s commanding officer in the SEALS, having sent them on… the mission that McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) was on when we saw him at the beginning,” Lenkov said. “That’s the mission that Terry sent him on to get Hesse in North Korea, so we’re sort of telling a lot of mythology, a lot of backstory.”

Hesse killed McGarrett’s dad, and Lenkov hinted that the SEAL’s late father could be around.

“Yes, but not in a conventional way,” he said. “There’s definitely going to be a mention of his dad. But it’s really about… the 16 hours that lead up to the pilot and flashbacks to his days as a SEAL, with Terry being his CO (commanding officer).”

Jimmy, however, won’t be in flashbacks.

“He’s gonna be a part of sort of the present day story,” Lenkov said.

In related H50 news, Michelle Borth’s character, Catherine, is being called back to active duty, but fans shouldn’t worry she’ll disappear at sea.

“She’s goes back to active duty, but we definitely find ways to keep her in the mix,” he said. “And, you know, McGarrett has a lot of pull with the Navy, so there’s ways that he’s going to be able to get her to assist him.”

“Hawaii Five-0” airs Mondays at 10 PM on CBS.

-- Jolie Lash

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