Casting the son of a son of a sailor as Frank Bama — a grizzled Vietnam-era helicopter pilot who airlifted Danno and the Five-0 squad into North Korea to rescue an imprisoned McGarrett — could've turned out to be the worst kind of cheeseball-in-paradise stunt. But Buffett held his own opposite old pros Terry O'Quinn (as McGarrett's mentor) and David Keith (as a Navy SEAL) and brought a welcome change of attitude to the often-humorless reboot.
Mr. Margaritaville fired off a clever inside joke after Scott Caan's Danno declined his offer of liquor: "I'm more of a margarita man." Replied Bama, "Can't say I blame ya." Turns out CBS was doing a favor to more than just Buffett's "Parrothead" fans when they booked 'im.
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