Sounds like actress Larisa Oleynik may not be long for Hawaii Five-0. After being touted at the end of last season as a possible fifth member of the team, Larisa’s role has been majorly downgraded as new regular characters, including Terry O’Quinn (Lt. Joe White) and Lauren German (Lori), pick up the slack.
Now executive producer Peter Lenkov tells me an upcoming story arc will spell an end to Larisa’s tech-savvy character, Jenna Kaye, who (and this is me talking here) never quite clicked. “We’re wrapping up the Jenna story,” Lenkov says matter-of-factly. “She’s going to disappear from her life for a little bit and then come back into it in Episode 10 (likely airing November 21) for a very big story that’s going to be very McGarrett/Wo-Fat-centric. It has to do with the origins of McGarrett and takes us back to North Korea where we started in the pilot.”
Hawaii Five-0 has proven itself fearless when it comes to killing off prominent characters. The first season finale saw recurring players Jean Smart (Gov. Jameson) and Kelly Hu (Laura Hills) both offed in shocking story twists.
Prior to Hawaii Five-0, Larisa’s biggest roles were on The Secret World of Alex Mack and Third Rock from the Sun.