From 1980 to 2009 Hawaii has been host to the NFL’s Pro Bowl. In recent times the Aloha State hosted the American football all-star event once again from 2011 to 2013. Back in 1978 Tampa hosted the Pro Bowl. On Monday night the “Hawaii Five-0” task force got a chance to attend the game at Aloha Stadium. Viewers in Tampa Bay with Bright House Networks watched it on WTSP, channel 10.
The Pro Bowl was a subplot to an executive combat tactical retreat gone awry, like in a murder. In the beginning of “Pa’ani” (The Game” in Hawaiian) McGarrett and Danno get their coveted tickets on the AFC’s 50-yard line from Kamekona. He’s Five-0’s informant who owns a shrimp food truck.
During their investigation of this murder victim, we see a number of guest stars that included: musician Pat Monahan of “Train” who played a CEO, Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, and Larry Manetti from the 1980s “Magnum P.I.” Manetti plays a lounge singer recalling his glory days opening up one time for Sinatra to anyone who’ll listen.
Sadly, McGarrett and Danno had to bow out of going to the Pro Bowl. Instead, Kono and Catherine, McGarett’s main squeeze, are front and center with the AFC sideline on national television. Danno missed his glorious opportunity to meet Payton Manning. Not all was lost since Danno got an autographed ball from Manning himself.