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Victor Rawlins (Kevin McCarthy), whose real name is Reese, along with his "sister" (who is really his wife) Nora (Louise Troy), toasts Anne Hayes (Jane Thorpe) on their pending marriage on Rawlins' yacht, the Aloha Baby (the yacht's real name is the Golden Marlin). Unknown to Anne, they have poisoned her drink, which causes her to drop dead. Victor says of Anne, "it took her long enough." Nora tries to wrest Anne's wedding ring from her finger, but Victor removes it and throws it in the water, saying he doesn't want to "die on the word of some blabbermouth jeweler" (though there is no capital punishment in Hawaii). After describing what they have done as a "successful, proven operation," Rawlins takes Ann's body, puts it in a steel drum and dumps it overboard. As it sinks in the ocean, he recites a modified version of Ariel's Song from Shakespeare's The Tempest (see the original below):
Full fathom five the widow lies,
And of her bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were her eyes.
Nothing of her now doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring her knell:
Hark! now I hear them -- Ding-dong, bell.
There is a meeting in McGarrett's office regarding a woman named Martha Finch (Arlene McQuade) who is missing. Finch's attorney Tyler Skaggs (Philip Pine), who is present, immediately starts to nag McGarrett, saying "I suggest you stop talking and start looking" because so far there has been "a lot of hustle, bustle and dust," but no results finding his client. McGarrett tells Skaggs, "When somebody vanishes as completely as this for this length of time, either Martha Finch wanted to disappear or she's dead."
At the Honolulu Airport after bidding farewell to Nora, Reese takes a flight to the mainland where he will board a cruise ship back to Hawaii.
McGarrett goes to talk to the Governor, who is eating papaya under a tree near the Iolani Palace. McGarrett tells him that while searching for Martha Finch, they have uncovered information about 10 other missing women: "[A]lways between 30 and 50. Always widowed or single, traveling alone. Return reservations always canceled. Never any close relatives that miss them too soon." In addition to none of them ever returning home, "[T]here's not a shred of physical evidence [that anything happened to them]. No unidentified bodies, no clothing left behind, no valuables reported missing."
The Governor is concerned about the effect this news might have on the tourism industry and the "Two million guests a year [who] pass through here."
McGarrett takes Skaggs to a hippie hangout on the beach where they find Martha Finch living with some guy named Pepito, who is playing the guitar. Tyler wants Finch to sign some papers relating to oil leases, but she tells him to get lost and, exasperated, finally fires him. She says, "This hippie scene may not be the answer, but it's taught me one thing: I can do what I want." She gets Danno to drive her to an appointment with her psychiatrist. (Martha gets in Danno's car via the driver's side.)
Later at headquarters, Danno tells McGarrett about a recent case of another missing woman he has uncovered: Ann Hayes. McGarrett says there is something fishy, because there is "one common link in every case ... [where] the women came over by ship, first class, San Francisco to Hawaii. Ten times, 11 now, he's been on the ship that brought them over." That link is Victor Reese/Rawlins.
McGarrett wants Danno on the next ship coming from San Francisco, which leaves the day after tomorrow. He also wants HPD Bunco Squad policewoman Joyce Weber (Patricia Smith) to act as bait. This doesn't suit Danno well, but when he says "I don't like it," McGarrett tells him, "Nobody asked you."
Documents and a comprehensive back story for Weber's character, Helen May Carlson, a widow from Portland whose husband left her a lot of money, is quickly prepared by Danno and McGarrett quizzes Joyce on her way to grab a plane to the mainland the next day. She goofs up when McGarrett calls her by her real name and she replies to him. He cautions her this kind of mistake could get her killed.
On board the ship back to Hawaii, Reese takes an interest in Joyce when he finds out the circumstances surrounding her widowhood from a Mrs. Willoughby (June Dayton).
Danno, who is also on the ship, cautions Joyce that Reese is a very dangerous individual. Reese breaks into Joyce's stateroom and takes her key, which he later uses as an excuse to give back to her, pretending that he found it after she lost it somewhere. As Reese talks to Joyce, Danno goes into Reese's stateroom and finds several things of interest: a gun, a pill, later analyzed by the ship's pharmacy and determined to be the poison aconite (a real poison), and a laundry mark on one of Reese's shirts.
Danno transmits information back to Five-O and the gun and laundry mark are used to help positively identify Reese.
By the time the ship arrives in Honolulu, Reese and Joyce are very close friends, and he introduces her to his "sister."
McGarrett meets with Joyce, offering to take her off the case, but she says that she wants to put an end to the career of Reese and Nora, who she calls "slimy parasites."
Despite a looming confrontation between Joyce and Reese, there is still no solid evidence connecting him to the disappearance of the 11 women.
Reese takes Joyce to a plot of land where he proposes to build a "honeymoon house" for the two of them. He gives her some complicated story about how money he had to buy the land is tied up in legal manoeuvers. Joyce offers to lend him $30,000 which she has brought to Hawaii.
When Joyce delivers the cash, Reese wants to celebrate with a cruise on his yacht. No one knows where this boat is located, but thanks to some intense police work by Five-O and HPD, it is tracked down at the last minute to the Kahana Bay Marina.
Reese tries to get Joyce to drink poisoned champagne, but she drops the glass, saying she is nervous. Reese is not happy with this, and bluntly tells Joyce that they intend to kill her.
McGarrett and Danno are hiding in a boat nearby, where they hear Reese, via a bug planted on Joyce, admit to the killing of the other women. This is captured on a reel-to-reel tape. They then speed towards the dock, McGarrett ordering Reese via a bullhorn to surrender. Reese attempts to escape, but Kono and cops from HPD show up on shore and there is a gun battle. Reese is fatally shot and falls into the harbor.
Much to Danno's relief, Joyce is safe and Nora is busted and taken away.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Described by Nora to Victor as "our poem," as mentioned above, it is taken from the first line of Arial's song from Shakespeare's The Tempest with the sex changed to "her" from "him". This is Shakespeare's original:
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them -- Ding-dong, bell.
This show was actually the second one filmed (Samurai, now the fourth, was the first).
A serial killer as well as a con artist, Victor Reese is charming but deadly. His wife Nora shows some cleavage in the opening scene, and the music by Morton Stevens is dissonant.
McGarrett grabs his secretary May (Maggi Parker) on the way into his office during his first appearance. He addresses her as "love," and gets her to bring him coffee. The appearance of Tyler Skaggs is a good excuse to introduce the members of the Five-O team: Danny ("Danno") Williams, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua.
Peggy Ryan, later McGarrett's secretary Jenny, is named Milly and works for the Governor. When the Governor meets McGarrett, he is just sitting under a tree eating his lunch -- obviously there are no security issues. There are some interesting camera angles during the discussion between McGarrett and the Governor.
Five-O's search for the first woman suspected of disappearing, Martha Finch, is a red herring, since she went to live with a bunch of hippies on the beach. McGarrett, along her lawyer Skaggs, checks out this "subculture"; he finds Skaggs' reaction to it amusing. As he leaves Skaggs, McGarrett tells him "Peace, brother."
There is tension between McGarrett and Danno when Danny objects to using policewoman Joyce Weber as bait for Reese's schemes. When McGarrett asks Danno to manufacture some bogus I.D. for Joyce, Danno replies, "Forgery was my best subject."
The ending of the show where Reese tells Joyce that he and Nora are going to kill her is kind of matter-of-fact; you would expect that Reese would continue to be charming, because while Nora says she wants to leave, she hasn't tried to escape off the boat.
When Reese is shot at the end of the show, there are some continuity issues regarding the dock. As well, the "Aloha Baby" sign which covers up the name of Reese's boat, Grand Marlin, is seen floating in the water at the end of the show near the place where Kono pronounces Reese dead. Considering it was seen on Reese's boat only a few seconds before, it is not logical that it could detach itself and float some distance away in a few seconds.
Despite these goofs, this is a good show, with the kind-of-disturbing plot regarding Reese and his wife Nora integrated well into the Hawaiian setting.
- At the beginning of the show, asking his team "What have we got?" regarding Martha Finch, McGarrett inquires if they have investigated her banking contract, car rentals, guided tour outfits, a driver's license, withholding from the Internal Revenue, hotel security officers, the Visitors Bureau sheet, and utilities. When he hears she cashed $5,000 in traveller's checks, McGarrett says, "Let's look for a lady with a big purse, huh?"
- McGarrett continues regarding Finch: "[D]istribute [photos] through all the regular channels. Make sure we're covered interisland. Kono, Chin, take some of those 8-by-10s. Make sure that every hotel doorman and maitre d' in town get one. Check with the public service directors of the various radio and television stations. See if we can get some spot announcements. Danno, feed this whole thing into the computer and see if you can come up with anything like it. Run out any similarities on missing women and where they were found."
- To Danno: "Make up a complete cover history for [Joyce] with documents to prove it."
Score by Morton Stevens.
Click on the green dots to hear music from this episode. The two bracketed times are when the cue appears in the show and the length of the cue.
(#1, 0:00, 0:15) First appearance of Reese and his yacht.
(#2, 1:17, 3:15 plus main titles) Ann is poisoned; her body is put in a barrel and dumped overboard; Reese recites from Shakespeare.
(#3, 5:29, 0:25) Introduction to the Five-O team in McGarrett's office; Tyler Skaggs.
(#4, 10:51, 0:42) McGarrett meets with the Governor.
(#5, 13:25, 0:08) "Wave" at end of Act One.
(#6, 14:05, 3:53) Guitar music played by Pepito at the hippie compound.
(#7, 23:07, 0:25) Joyce leaves for the airport in a cab after McGarrett has been prepping her.
(#8, 25:20, 0:36) Reese has his eyes on Joyce; "Wave" at end of Act Two.
(#9, 25:58, 4:28) Reese snoops in Joyce's room; Danno cautions Joyce; Reese becomes chummy with Joyce; Danno snoops in Reese's room.
(#10, 31:31, 2:47) A brass band plays as he cruise ship arrives in Honolulu; Joyce and Reese disembark; Danno meets McGarrett.
(#11, 37:08, 0:19) McGarrett leaves after meeting Joyce in her room; "Wave" at end of Act Three.
(#12, 41:20, 0:57) Reese makes plans with Joyce for a "honeymoon house."
(#13, 44:23, 1:12) An intense police search for Reese's yacht begins.
(#14, 46:33, 0:26) Danno and McGarrett ride in a helicopter during the search for the boat.
(#15, 48:14, 2:17) Reese and Nora try to kill Joyce; Reese is killed in a gun battle on the dock.
- The bogus name for Reese's yacht the Golden Marlin, "Aloha Baby," which is affixed over the real name with a plastic-like sign, is ironic, considering what happens to his victims. Near the beginning of the show at the airport as Reese is leaving for the mainland, he says "Aloha, baby" to Nora.
- About a minute and a half into the episode, where Anne dies from the effect of the poison, there is a shot from the side as Reese leans over to keep her from hitting the deck. Behind him, as the boat -- which is supposedly out in the ocean -- goes up and down, there is this thing that looks like a parking meter. It is not attached to the boat, because if it was, it would go up and down with the boat, but it is fixed in place -- like something at a dock, where this scene was likely being filmed, unlike the other scenes during the teaser out in the ocean. (See photo by clicking here.)
- The steel drum that Victor uses at the beginning of the show is green when it is first seen, but when thrown into the ocean it is more of a blue color. Where does he keep this drum on his boat? And how does he tighten the lid on this? Don't you need some kind of special tool to do this? (He does not using anything like this, it's just like he screws the lid on.)
- In his earliest scenes in the show, you can see that Jack Lord is sweating in McGarrett's office. Philip Pine's character Skaggs is sweating so much he keeps mopping his face.
- Danno smokes in McGarrett's office; Joyce smokes on the cruise ship.
- The camera mounted on the front of a car as McGarrett and Skaggs go to the hippie compound is kind of shaky. Is this a process shot?
- The words "MARY JANE" can be seen scrawled on a piece of plywood at the hippie compound. The back of a supposedly nude woman is seen as some artist is painting her portrait. He has only completed the part of her body above her boobs.
- When McGarrett is driving Joyce to her airport cab (phone number 941-5055), watch the cars and scenery behind them. There are some continuity problems. Joyce is taken to the airport in a Trade Wind Taxi, phone number 941-5055.
- Information from the cruise line about the ship sailing from San Francisco in two days has the following people listed under "R":
Randolph, Miss Susan (code number LA 413)
Rattis, Mr. and Mrs. Jules (SF 523)
Rauch, Mr. and Mrs. David (SF 489)
Rausin, Mr. Gene (LA 495)
Rawnche [Raunchy?], Miss Nancy Suellen (LA 502)
Rawlins, Mr. Victor (SF 732)
Reyburn, Mr. and Mrs. Omar (LA 126)
Ryson, Miss June Ellenor (SF 329)
There are also four "Qs" in the list, which I think statistically would be very unusual.
- The cruise ship is the SS President Wilson, run by American President Lines (thanks to Fred).
- On the cruise ship, Danno snoops in Reese's stateroom and makes note of a Chinese laundry mark. He sends this back to the Five-O office in Honolulu, but how would he do this? Did they have fax-like capability and the ability to transmit over thousands of miles of ocean on ships of the era (especially what is essentially a picture)? In Reese's room, Danno also finds a small bottle containing an aconite pill. It looks like there is only one pill in the bottle, which Danno takes. Wouldn't this cause Reese to be suspicious?
- When Danno meets McGarrett at the cruise ship dock, he says "that [bright Hawaiian] shirt's blinding me!" McGarrett is also wearing cool sunglasses as part of his tourist persona.
- A "computer" is used by Danno to correlate information on the missing women.
- During a flight over the harbour, James MacArthur is seen sitting in the door of the helicopter (number N8544F) -- no need for a stunt man or a projected backdrop.
- Chin Ho says "some of my best ancestors are Chinese" and "Confucius once said -- we got a winner, boss!" Chin talks Chinese to his Uncle Chan who works at a laundry. Chin also tails people in a very obvious fashion, establishing a trope that will be seen in many future episodes.
- Herman (later "Duke" Lukela) Wedemeyer makes a brief appearance as "Lt. Balta."
- McGarrett says "good girl" to Joyce twice and when she leaves him says "go with God."
- Kono uses the Hawaiian word "lepo," which means "dirt."
- Reese tells Joyce they are going to celebrate with a "sunset cruise," but it is not sunset at the end of the show.
- Bad DVD subtitles: "You're a rich hau'oli [haole] lady." When Chin radios to the office that he is tailing Reese, the subtitles refer to Reese's car as the "Same green convertible," but it is red in color.
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Land Commissioner Nathan Manu (Lord Kaulili) returns to Honolulu from the Mainland. At the airport, he is helped with his suitcase by a local boy, who tells him "Us Hawaiians gotta stick together." Just before his taxi is about to leave, someone else passes Manu an attaché case through the open window of the cab. A few seconds later, the case explodes, killing him.
Five-O is quick to arrive on the scene. Danno has met a woman named Grace Willis (Jeanne Bates) who has been filming with an 8mm movie camera. She tells them she saw the man who passed Manu the case and describes him. This man is the last thing she filmed.
Later at the Five-O office, the team watches the film which has been quickly developed. It shows the guy who is suspected of being Manu's murderer. Kono describes him as "one dumb Hawaiian." Copies of his picture from the film will be made and distributed.
McGarrett goes to see the Governor, who says that Manu was "a warm, gentle human being, a man who devoted his life to the welfare of these islands and their people." He continues: "Not only was Nathan Manu one of Hawaii's finest citizens, he was also a close, personal friend. I want you to pull out all the stops on this one." McGarrett says it is strange that the Governor was the only person who knew Manu was returning on an earlier flight than expected for an "urgent meeting."
McGarrett goes to visit Manu's wife Kiana (Ann Barton). She didn't know her husband was returning early to Hawaii, and doesn't know of a reason why anyone would want to kill him. She says her husband phoned her a few days before; the call was of a personal nature.
They are interrupted by her husband's best friend Benny Kalua (Simon Oakland) and his daughter Leilani (Mary Liana Petranek) who offer their sympathies. When Manu's wife and Leilani go into the house, Benny tells McGarrett "You find whoever killed Nate. You find him, and when you do, don't arrest him. Don't put him in jail. You pin a medal on him." Shocked by what he has heard, McGarrett asks Kalua to elaborate.
Benny tells him, "Look, McGarrett, down there. Hotels, beaches, shops, tourists, glamour. Money. Nate and I were born right there in Waikiki. When we were kids, there were a lot of Hawaiians there. Most of the places where the hotels are now, that was a big swamp with ducks. Nate and I played there, chasing the ducks and laughing all over the place. That was the Nate I loved. He was like my brother. There's an old Hawaiian saying, McGarrett: 'And one day, we shall be strangers in our own land.' Nate loved the land until a few years ago, then he changed. All of a sudden, he was all for those high-rise buildings, and housing projects, condominiums, freeways. Never mind the Hawaiian and the land. Build the lousy cement and steel all the way up into the sky. Block out the sky and the mountains. Nate was all for that. He called that 'progress.' That side of Nate, I hated. The funny thing is, I wanna go to that place where he's laying. I wanna go to my best friend. I wanna yell at him: 'You turned against your people, against the land, like a traitor.' And at the same time, I wanna grab him in my arms, and I wanna say his name over and over. 'Nate... My friend, Nate.'"
Shown the picture of Manu's killer, Kalua doesn't recognize him, Benny also says that Manu didn't contact him to say that he was coming home early.
As he is leaving, McGarrett gets a call from Danno at Five-O headquarters that someone named Lester Willighby (Milton Selzer) has come in and confessed to the murder.
When he returns to his office, McGarrett and Danno grill Willighby, who claims to be a hitman for the mainland mob who was hired because Manu owed $75,000 in gambling debts. Willighby wants "protection" because he fears a "double cross." But everything he says is a lie. Willighby is an attention-seeker, formerly a bookkeeper for a department store who wants people to notice him. He is taken away, possibly to Queen's Hospital, Psychiatric Ward.
The boy at the airport, whose name is Tommy Kapali, has been tracked down through his high school records. McGarrett goes to the house where Tommy's mother (Hilo Hattie) lives. Tommy is not there. His mother tells McGarrett that she hasn't seen Tommy for about a year. She describes her son as "a good boy and a good soldier," but he has been "sick in the head long time now." After McGarrett tells her that he just wants to ask Tommy some questions, the mother tells him that her son is working on a big construction job by Pearl City.
McGarrett goes to the low-cost housing Hawaii Hou Condominiums construction site and tries to talk to the boss there whose name is Saunders (Milton Hibdon). He is not particularly co-operative, saying that he fired Tommy a couple of weeks ago because he was a "troublemaker" who was "always shooting his mouth off." He refers McGarrett to the company's head office.
McGarrett goes to the office and talks to the site's developer, whose name is David Milner (Paul Kent). Milner gives McGarrett Tommy's address. He says that he knew Manu, and suggests that Tommy killed him because Tommy "was telling the other workmen 'we were destroying the land, not building it,' and even claimed 'the land belonged to them'." Milner goes on: "I've run into his kind before … You've gotta stop treating these Hawaiians like children. You've got to use the land, make it work for them. Provide them with jobs. I've never seen a race of people die out anywhere, when they had good jobs or money in the bank."
When McGarrett and HPD go to Tommy's place, they find him swinging from a rope, as if he committed suicide.
Danno has been checking the method used to rig the bomb in the attaché case which killed Manu. Danno figures that Tommy got the explosives from an ordnance office on one of the nearby military bases. But when McGarrett goes back to the construction site, Saunders finds that three sticks of dynamite are missing.
Back at the office, Kono's investigation says that Tommy served in Vietnam three months with a bomb-disposal unit. He shipped home, and was discharged under a Section 8: mentally disturbed. McGarrett says that the facts in this case are too pat: "All the pieces go together. You could put a ribbon around this one and mail it in."
The team look at the filmed footage from Grace Willis again. McGarrett notices that the time Tommy was at the airport was 4:15, which doesn't make sense, since Manu's flight returned at 7:30 a.m. McGarrett says that Tommy has been set up as a patsy.
McGarrett calls the HPD evidence room, wanting them to hold on to Willis's camera, but she already picked it up. It turns out that there's no record of a Grace Willis anywhere on Oahu and her address is an empty lot. Chin Ho brings McGarrett some paperwork which reveals why Manu was on the mainland.
McGarrett gets a visit from Kalua's daughter Leilani. After reading a newspaper article which said that Tommy was Manu's killer, she says that Tommy could not have murdered Manu, that he "wouldn't hurt anybody." He was her boyfriend.
McGarrett goes to a nightclub run by Benny which caters to tourists featuring native musicians and dancers. McGarrett confronts Benny, saying he lied when he told him earlier that he didn't know Tommy. Benny says he withheld this information because he wanted to keep his daughter out of the limelight. McGarrett says that he's going to find out who killed Manu. He also says that Manu went to San Diego for a checkup and discovered that he had terminal cancer.
McGarrett, Kono and the receptionist May pull an all-nighter on a weekend evening trying to put the pieces together. The next morning, Danno finds that a fingerprint that Willis left on the property room receipt belongs to an Anne Wilson who lives at 122 Kaalawai Place. When he goes there, he finds some guy, one of Kalua's employees, attempting to strangle Wilson. Danno follows him outside and there is a brief skirmish and the guy is shot.
McGarrett talks to Wilson, who sounds like she is Kalua's mistress. She says that Kalua used her to help frame Tommy. Tommy was the one who phoned Manu on the mainland and found out he was coming home early. Danno says the shot guy admits planting the bomb at the airport. Wilson says that Benny is going to kill Milner at the development site.
Five-O hurries to the site, where Benny has Milner at gunpoint. Milner says, "Killing me isn't gonna stop those bulldozers. Not any more than killing Nathan Manu will stop them." Benny says, "I didn't kill him, you did. You and the others that are changing this island into a concrete jungle." He knocks out Milner and starts to use a bulldozer to bury him with dirt, but Five-O arrives and McGarrett wounds Benny, causing the bulldozer to turn in a different direction. Benny drives into the shack with the dynamite, which explodes, killing him.
The show ends with Kono looking out over the site, saying the title of the episode.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
When he first meets with McGarrett, Benny Kalua says, "There's an old Hawaiian saying, McGarrett: 'And one day, we shall be strangers in our own land'." At the end of the show, Kono repeats this expression: "One day, we'll be strangers in our own land." A Google search of this phrase turns up various instances of it relating to Hawaii (and other jurisdictions), but there is no clear indication of where the phrase originated.
This episode is topical, dealing with Hawaiian nationalism and the way its natives have been exploited in the name of progress.
The show begins with one of my favorite special effects of the whole series -- the bomb blast in the taxi at the airport which wipes out Land Commissioner Nathan Manu. Manu's death brings forth a lot of questions, none of which are as disturbing as the comment from his friend Benny Kalua suggesting that whoever killed Manu was doing Hawaii a favor, because Manu had betrayed his people by being in league with developers.
Tommy Kapali, the prime suspect in Manu's killing, is tracked down quickly. There is a touching scene where McGarrett interrogates Tommy's mother, played by iconic Hawaiian Hilo Hattie.
Complications arise with Lester Willighby, a "little man" trying to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the bombing. I found this red herring to be a distraction, unlike the red herring in the previous episode, Full Fathom Five connected with the woman who fled to the hippie compound which led to the Five-O team uncovering almost a dozen women who had been murdered.
Despite Milton Selzer's acting as Willighby, which is very good, the nearly 7 minutes for this tangent could have been put to better use improving the script which goes downhill near the end of the show with the suggestion of a conspiracy involving Kalua which is never fully explained.
Benny may have been a manipulative person (despite Simon Oakland's relatively laid-back performance compared to his others on Five-O), but there are too many questions about his big scheme to knock off Manu.
For example, did he have something against Tommy, who we find out was his daughter's boyfriend? How would Kalua know that Tommy had mental problems (exactly what these problems were is never specified) and also had experience with explosives in Vietnam which just happens to fit into Benny's plan (or maybe became the basis for his plan)? It seems that while Tommy was at the airport, and the color of his shirt matches the guy who slipped Manu the attaché case with the bomb, at the end of the show, we are told that Benny's employee who tries to strangle Grace Willis "admitted planting the bomb at the airport."
The business with Grace filming Tommy in the airport makes no sense at all. This took place at 4:15 as per McGarrett's perceptive glance at the clock on the wall during the second viewing of her film. It doesn't say whether this was the same morning that Manu returned at 7:30 a.m., i.e., 4:15 a.m. that day. I highly doubt this. It was likely at 4:15 p.m. some afternoon prior to this, so Grace was just pretending that Tommy appearing at the end of the film had only been captured a few minutes before the explosion.
How did they set this up so that Tommy would be at the airport and just happened to be in the film that Grace was making? They obviously didn't tell Tommy "We want you to be at the airport today so we can film you being a patsy in our elaborate set-up"!
There are also questions about the call to Manu which reveals he is coming home early. It is suggested in Grace's dialogue that it was Tommy phoning Manu, but this doesn't make sense. She is babbling away, almost having been killed, and there is this big suspense as to "who is she talking about"? Manu wouldn't know Tommy, and wouldn't Manu think there was something peculiar about a phone call from some guy he didn't know?
On the other hand, why would Benny phone Manu? This suggests that they were indeed pretty close friends, though why would Benny be phoning Manu at all? If Manu came home on the expected flight on the expected day at the expected time, would an attempt still have been made on his life? There is a record, aside from the four calls between Manu and his wife, that one call was made to Manu on the mainland from a "public telephone." There is no investigation by Five-O to determine that this phone was located somewhere where either Tommy or Benny had close access to it.
There are also questions about the message the Governor received from Manu: "Arriving Flight 623, Saturday morning. Important I meet with you on urgent matter." This message was hand-delivered to the Governor's desk so that not even his secretary had seen it: "It was left on my desk, unopened." Did Benny somehow sneak into the Governor's office and leave it there?
Grace's relationship to Benny suggests she was his mistress, but what was she going to get out of this? I am sure that the guy who tries to knock her off was the same employee of Benny's who was at the club when McGarrett visited the place earlier and who gives McGarrett a peculiar look like "What the heck is he doing here?" As far as I am concerned, Grace knew far too much about everything. I'm surprised she stayed alive as long as she did!
What makes me laugh is that Benny is a hypocrite because he totally hated Manu for betraying the people of Hawaii by siding with developers in destroying the land, etc., yet Benny runs some nightclub which is aimed at the tourist trade, i.e., also corrupting the "purity" of Hawaii by encouraging people (who are like "foreigners in our land") to come there, for hotels to be built to accommodate them, and so forth.
The one saving grace for the show is its photography, with outstanding color throughout. The sequence on the DVDs where Danno drives to Grace's house is amazing for its sharpness and clarity and a process shot is not being used -- in other words, the camera is mounted either on the front of the car or in the back seat.
The score by Morton Stevens is also very good. There is a simple theme featuring a recorder near the beginning of the show as Kalua tells McGarrett about when he and Manu were kids which might be described as a "childhood memories" theme. This theme appears briefly at the end of the show as well.
- To Kono: [Is Tommy a] High-school graduate maybe? Check it out.
- Check with the San Diego Police. See if they come up with anything on Commissioner Manu while he was there.
- I wanna know about the bomb, what it was made of and how it was triggered.
- Have Kono check Tommy Kapali's Army record. Find out if he worked with ordnance, demolition, any place where he might have handled explosives.
- Get me the evidence clerk at H.P.D. [Later, to the clerk] I want a hold put on that camera we picked up at the airport until I get there.
Score by Morton Stevens.
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(#1, 0:00, 0:23, plus main titles) A huge blast kills Land Commissioner Nathan Manu in his taxi at the airport.
(#2, 2:39, 0:22) Manu's body is taken away in an ambulance; McGarrett shows up.
(#3, 8:19, 0:14) McGarrett goes to visit Manu's wife.
(#4, 10:26, 2:45) Benny remembers life with Manu, his childhood friend.
(#5, 14:33, 0:20) McGarrett returns to the office after hearing Willighby confessed to Manu's murder; "Wave" at end of Act One.
(#6, 20:55, 1:24) Willighby is taken away from the office, saying "For once in my life, I wanted people to notice me."
(#7, 25:11, 1:13) McGarrett talks to Tommy's mother, trying to find out where her son is.
(#8, 30:44, 1:08) Radio music heard playing as McGarrett finds Tommy hanging, seemingly having committed suicide (Operation Smash from soundtrack LP); "Wave" at end of Act Two.
(#9, 38:07, 1:20) Hawaiian music is heard during a floor show at Benny's club.
(#10, 40:32, 0:33) McGarrett tells Benny that Manu was suffering from terminal cancer; "Wave" at end of Act Three.
(#11, 42:50, 2:33) Danno goes to Grace Willis's place to find some guy trying to kill her; a shoot-out follows.
(#12, 46:38, 1:22) Benny attempts to run over Milner with a bulldozer after knocking him out.
(#13, 49:52, 0:22) Kono says the title as he looks out over the condominium development.
- One of the late Zoulou's favorite shows.
- Danno is seen smoking in McGarrett's office near the beginning of the show, as is another guy, presumably from HPD, who is identified as "Lieutenant." Danno also wears cool sunglasses during the investigation at the airport. Willighby is smoking a cigar when he is in the office.
- Stunt man Beau Van Den Ecker is the guy who rushes quickly with an HPD cop, both carrying fire extinguishers, to spray the inside of the taxi after the bomb blast. The cab is a Hawaii Cab, number 4189, with a phone number 923-8796 on the back. Manu's body is taken away in a City and County Ambulance.
- The crowd which gathers immediately after the explosion has virtually the same people in the same places watching after Manu's body is taken away.
- McGarrett kisses his secretary May (Maggi Parker) on his way into the office. May seems to function as a den mother, producing coffee and food for the Five-O crew at a moment's notice. Later, McGarrett tells her, "Thanks, love, what would we do without you?" She points out that they have been there all night, and it is now Sunday morning.
- A July 1968 date is seen on a calendar for Miyasaki Produce Ltd., a wholesale dealer in "Fresh Island Fruits and Vegetables," with a phone number of 561-081.
- Chin Ho mispronounces "La Jolla" to McGarrett's amusement. This is also the episode where Chin swipes a hard-boiled egg off McGarrett's desk which May gave her boss for "brunch."
- McGarrett uses freeze-frame on the movie projector, a technique which will show up in later episodes, along with slow-motion and "sharpening" the picture. Chin Ho is the audio-visual guy in the office. The final shot taken by "Grace Willis" at the airport which shows Tommy Kapali does not make sense, because it is a frontal shot, and by the time McGarrett tells Chin to freeze the projector Tommy would be out of the frame on the right.
- When Danno goes to see Grace Willis, he turns at the corner of 3810 Diamond Head Road and 122 Kaalawai Place, a real street corner.
- When Kalua gets on the bulldozer at the end and drives towards Milner to run him over, the distance between the two of them is much further than in the previous scene where Kalua knocked Milner senseless, producing a bloody gash on Milner's forehead.
- At the end, watch Kono's hair as he utters the title while gazing over Milner's housing development -- it's blowing in the wind one second, slicked back in the next shot, and then blowing in the wind again.
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After singer Bobby George (Sal Mineo) ends a set at the Swinger nightclub, two women (Carol Ann Leslie and Janice Teramae) follow him backstage to get his autograph. Two armed men masked with nylon stockings over their heads -- Jerry Parks (Sam Melville) and Allen Brent (Ion Berger) -- grab Bobby and hustle him out of the place past a dishwasher (Francis Dawson), who is punched out, and a chef (Moki Palacio) who comes after them with a butcher knife. They drive away in Bobby's car.
Five-O and HPD under Lieutenant Jasper (Clif Eblen) soon arrive at the club. McGarrett grills Ted Harmon (Robert Luck), the manager, who says that Bobby "didn't draw the crowds ... he was a flop." McGarrett wonders if Bobby owed money to anyone or was a gambler or drug user, all of which Harmon denies.
McGarrett and Danno go to Bobby's apartment where they meet Carol (Heidi Vaughn), Bobby's girl friend. She is incredulous that anyone would want to kidnap him. Danno finds an envelope from D.J. Georgiade (Harold J. Stone), a well-known hotel magnate. Carol says that Bobby told her he changed his name from Georgiade to George and that D.J. was his father, which she did not believe at the time.
Bobby's kidnapping is breaking news on KGMB which makes the connection between Bobby and his father, "the owner of the big Georgiade hotel chain," who is on his way to the islands. At their hideout, the two kidnappers are watching this broadcast with Bobby. Parks describes Bobby as a "star," adding "There won't be a club or a TV show anywhere that won't be begging you to sign."
The three men all laugh, and we realize that the kidnapping has been nothing other than a publicity stunt.
Bobby's father arrives the next day at the Honolulu airport on a United Airlines flight. Despite McGarrett cautioning him not to say anything to the press, Georgiade tells reporters that he means to "rectify this situation" with the help of Peter Taylor (Richard Gossett), head of his company's security forces. He offers a $5,000 reward for information relating to the kidnapping with "no questions asked" and a "complete guarantee of secrecy."
At the office of the Hawaiian Attorney General (Morgan White), Giorgiade lambastes local efforts to find his son, saying that they consist of "red tape, silence, [and] platitudes." McGarrett tells him "The greatest enemy your son has right now is you," adding "we will find him, unless you blow it by offering to exchange a bag full of money for a bullet in his head." As McGarrett is called away, the Attorney General tells Georgiade "In McGarrett, you've got the best. Believe me, the best."
At the Five-O offices, the team listens to a reel-to-reel tape which Carol found in her mailbox. On this tape, Bobby tells her to get his father to come to Hawaii. There is a mention of "money." Bobby is worried that he will be killed. McGarrett tells Danno to take the tape to TV station KGMB and get Charlie Grey (Dave Donnelly) to analyze it.
Back at the kidnappers' hideout, Parks sadistically threatens Bobby with a knife as a joke.
McGarrett and Danno go to KGMB. Danno has already identified the local store where the tape was purchased as Beatty's. On an oscilloscope-like device, Charlie shows them that there is a 'high frequency signal coming from the microphone, the mike cable, or some kind of interference from the set itself." Danno takes a call from Beatty's, who says that Bobby bought a lot of that particular brand of tape.
Bobby's father goes on KGMB, addressing the kidnappers: "I mean to cooperate with you as fully as I can ... I will pay you anything you ask. Anything for the release of my son."
At their hideout, Parks asks Bobby "How much do you figure you're worth to your old man?" Bobby says he just wants to get the hoax over with and to leave. But Parks has other ideas; he wants to go through with the kidnapping for real and get ransom money. When Bobby realizes what is going through Parks' mind, he attempts to escape, but is pursued and captured.
At KGMB, Charlie demonstrates to McGarrett and Danno that the tape Carol received from Bobby was recorded on the same machine as one of the other tapes recovered from Bobby's apartment.
When McGarrett tells Georgiade that the kidnapping was just a publicity stunt, the father admits he is estranged from his son, but he takes care of him financially. McGarrett says "You don't know him any better than I do and I don't know him at all." Georgiade offers to pay for all the police work which has been done so far, but McGarrett tells him, "No chance."
Meanwhile, the case is getting nowhere as far as leads are concerned. A second tape is received by Georgiade, who brings it to the Five-O offices. On this tape, Bobby says, "Dad, they're gonna kill me if you don't give them half a million. They heard you on TV, ou said you'd pay anything." He tells his father the money has to be produced within 24 hours.
McGarrett goes to meet a couple of "swingers" on the beach (Karol Kai and Susan Kay Logan). They are close friends with not only Bobby, but also Parks and Brent, who they recently drove to the airport to fly to Los Angeles. At their hideout, Parks and Brent talk about flying back to L.A. using the same phony names they used to return to the islands prior to the kidnapping. When Brent asks Parks if Bobby will spill the beans to the cops after they leave, Parks says not if they kill him. Brent is not happy about this scenario.
Further analysis of the tape at KGMB reveals a Hawaiian song in the background as well as the sound of an airplane. Using these two clues and checking with local radio stations and local airports, as well using as the transparent board with a map in McGarrett's office enables the team to narrow down the area where Bobby is likely being held to the Wahiawa District, but it is still a very large area.
There is no idea as to how Parks and Brent could have returned to Hawaii from the mainland, though McGarrett is suspicious that they left town just to set up an alibi. McGarrett is clever, though, surmising that whoever mailed the tapes was using the bus, since the two men's cars are sitting unmoved in their garages. McGarrett gets Bobby's father to make another plea on TV to the kidnappers, saying that the part of the second tape with instructions about where to deliver the money was damaged. Of course, Parks and Brent see this news flash.
With seemingly unlimited police resources, some of Jasper's men ride buses, where they encounter Brent taking the Waipahu bus on his way to mail another tape. McGarrett quickly shows up and convinces Brent to reveal the location of the hideout, where Parks has second thoughts about shooting Bobby and instead tries to make him overdose on a bunch of pills. At the last moment, McGarrett and Danno show up and Parks is shot dead.
Now that he is rescued, Bobby tells McGarrett he is sorry. McGarrett responds, "You hotshots are always sorry when the damage is done." He pushes Bobby in the direction of his father, who is standing nearby, and the two men reconcile.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
According to The Free Dictionary: "Tiger by the tail: to have become associated with something powerful and potentially dangerous; to have a very difficult problem to solve."
This is a very good show, with excellent performances, especially by Sal Mineo, Harold J. Stone and Sam Melville. Parks, Melville's character, who hopes to be Bobby's manager after the kidnapping stunt blows over (before he thinks seriously about the ransom money), is an interesting mixture of edginess and sadism. And, of course, there are some great scenes of the non-nonsense McGarrett telling Bobby's "Mr. Moneybags" father that his approach to solving the kidnapping is all wrong.
The plot moves in a lot of directions through problem-solving connected with what could be described as "geeky" methods -- for example, the business with the reel-to-reel tapes and the sounds of Hawaiian music and the plane in conjunction with the transparent map board. This is similar to later episodes where a not-particularly-sharp picture can be "enhanced" to the point where fine detail can be detected. The average viewer probably wouldn't know a lot about reel-to-reel tapes or the kind of triangulation used to track down the location of the kidnappers' hideout.
McGarrett is clever, a bit too much, when he and Danno have a brainstorm after being confronted with the evidence that the same machine was used to record tapes found at Bobby's place and the first kidnap tape. Danno suggests that Bobby never went back to his place after he was nabbed, and that the first message was recorded before the kidnapping, which McGarrett says right away was "one big fat hoax" as the camera closes in on his face with each word.
I don't think so. After all, the tape recorder is obviously at the hideout later, why couldn't it have been taken there from the beginning?
The photography throughout, with lots of closeups and some hand-held work and shots in mirrors (DOP is Frank Phillips), is very interesting.
- Referring to the first ransom tape: "Kono … See if you can find anybody who saw this being put in the mailbox. Danno, take this tape over to KGMB-TV to Charlie. I want to know everything about it. Who made it. Who sells it. I want a full audio test made. Every noise, breath and background sound they can bring up, huh?"
- Regarding reel-to-reel tapes sold by Beatty's: "I want a complete list."
- After there are no leads as to Bobby's whereabouts: "Okay, we go again. Right from the top. Retrace every step. Recheck every lead. Anyone who ever knew Bobby George … including the ones we missed at Carol's. I want this rock turned inside out. We got to find that kid."
- Ordering Chin to track down Parks and Brent: "I want a complete rundown on cars, rentals, stolen cars, leases, anything at all in the way of transportation for those two."
- Tracking down clues heard on the second tape: "Kono, hit every disc jockey on the island. Ask them to check their station logs. I wanna know exactly what time that song went on the air. Danno, that plane we heard was a prop job. Check on all the islands. I want flight plans and times every propeller plane was in the air."
Score by Morton Stevens.
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(#1, 0:00, 0:53) Ain't No Big Thing (Kui Lee), sung by Bobby as the show begins.
(#2, 1:12, 1:05) Background music from the house band heard during Bobby's kidnapping.
(#3, 5:17, 0:21) McGarrett and Danno go to Bobby's apartment.
(#4, 9:37, 0:22) End of Act 1 including "Wave." Bobby's kidnapping is revealed as a publicity stunt.
(#5, 13:18, 0:26) McGarrett leaves Attorney-General's office; A-G tells Giorgiade McGarrett is "the best"; the first kidnap tape is played at the
(#6, 14:57, 0:24) Parks jokingly threatens Bobby with a knife to his throat.
(#7, 23:08, 2:11) End of Act 2 including "Wave." Parks and Brent realize how much money can be made; Bobby tries to escape; he is pursued
(#8, 25:56, 0:13) Charlie at KGMB compares two tapes, one of which has Bobby singing Ain't No Big Thing.
(#9, 27:52, 0:33) McGarrett won't call off the investigation; Brent mails the second tape.
(#10, 31:20, 1:37) McGarrett and Chin have "a date with a couple of swingers" on the beach. ("Operation Smash" from the soundtrack album.)
(#11, 34:35, 1:19) End of Act 3 including "Wave." Parks tells Brent that Bobby must be killed.
(#12, 36:33, 1:09) A "Hawaiian standard" song is heard on the tape.
(#13, 40:51, 0:34) Five-O's investigation expands.
(#14, 44:22, 2:12) Brent makes another tape with Bobby; McGarrett and Danno wait with the father; Brent goes to mail the remade tape.
(#15, 48:14, 0:53) Parks tries to make Bobby swallow pills; McGarrett and Danno show up; Parks is shot and seriously wounded.
(#16, 49:41, 0:36) Bobby reconciles with his father.
- Journalist Dave ("David L.") Donnelly (1937-2004), who wrote on happenings in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for years, plays the sound technician Charlie who analyzes the ransom tapes. His scenes were filmed in the KGMB-TV studios, the CBS outlet, in Honolulu. Donnelly e-mailed me in 1997: "Since I was playing Checkers in the KGMB kiddies show, Checkers and Pogo, both stars were in that episode because Morgan White, who played the Attorney General, was Pogo on the show." In this episode, KGMB is identified as being channel nine.
- The way the reel-to-reel tapes are identified is far-fetched; the first tape is tracked down by its "serial number." I own several such tapes which do have numbers like serial numbers on their boxes, but I don't think there is a unique number for each tape; it's just a product identification number. Reel-to-reel tapes were very popular among hi-fi enthusiasts for years prior to 1971, when quality audio cassettes were introduced. When McGarrett and Danno are in Bobby's apartment near the beginning of the show, McGarrett picks up some boxes of these tapes.
- The show is full of hip lingo. After he interviews the two women on the beach who are friends of Bobby's (calling one of them "honey"), they comment, "Dig?" and "Groovy," eyeing him as he leaves. The expressions "blowing your mind" and "blew my mind" are heard. Parks calls Brent and Bobby "baby" 15 times.
- A real government public service announcement for anti-littering with the motto "Keep America Beautiful" is seen on TV. It says: " Litter isn't carried by insects, it doesn't fall from the atmosphere. Every litter bit hurts you. Carry a litter bag in your car or boat. Save your trash for the nearest litter basket. Keep your home beautiful. Keep America beautiful."
- "Operation Smash" from the soundtrack album is heard coming out of a radio when McGarrett is interviewing the two girls on the beach. The song Bobby is singing before he is kidnapped is "Ain't No Big Thing" by Kui Lee. Later, when Chin Ho tells Kono, "Gonna be a long night, brother," Kono replies, "Ain't no big thing." Another perhaps unintentional song reference is when Parks and Brent are talking about killing Bobby and Parks says "You can't have one without the other," as in the song "Love and Marriage."
- One of the two babes on the beach who McGarrett questions is Karol -- later Carole -- Kai, more recently an entertainer in Hawaii.
- At the beginning of the show when Bobby returns to the stage at the club to acknowledge the applause, he trips on the step. This looks like a mistake which was left in. After the kidnapping, Harmon, the manager of the club, says that Bobby was "a flop," which does not jibe with the announcer on KGMB describing Bobby as a "popular young singer." As well, the audience at Bobby's show is not exactly sparse.
- As Bobby is being driven away at the beginning of the show, a sign on a restaurant behind the car advertises "pig feet soup."
- The DVD subtitles say Charlie's last name is Greg, rather than Grey. As well, Makapuʻu Point is spelled "Mokapu" Point. The tape store, presumably "Beatty's," is "Beaty's."
- There is a question as to whether Jasper is HPD or FBI. He tells McGarrett at one point it doesn't matter if the kidnapping is a publicity stunt, "it's still a kidnap in our books," which is a very FBI-like line. But when McGarrett tells Kono to "Alert the FBI," Jasper is sitting right in the room, and Kono leaves!
- The fares on a bus which Brent takes are 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for students. How the cops who bust Brent on the bus can contact McGarrett so quickly is a good question.
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The show opens in Japan (as a picture of Mount Fuji with "Japan" superimposed on it tells us). Two men who we will later discover to be assassins are praying at a temple.
The next scene is in Hawaii (another superimposition over the Aloha Tower). Leonard Tokura (Ricardo Montalban) arrives in his Rolls-Royce for a court hearing. A reporter for TV station KGMB (Bob Sevey) asks Tokura what does he think about the Attorney-General's charge that he is head of organized crime in Hawaii. Tokura brushes this off, saying that he is "the head of Tokura Imports, a legitimate business."
Suddenly, one of the two assassins we saw in the opening rushes through the crowd and shoots Tokura point-blank. The killer is himself shot dead by Tokura's men. Tokura drops to the floor, but because he is wearing a bulletproof vest, he gets up and continues into the courtroom, saying "I mustn't keep the Crime Commission waiting."
The man asking Tokura questions in court is the Hawaiian Attorney General Walter Stewart (Morgan White) himself. But after the first thing that Stewart "propounds," Tokura invokes the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.
McGarrett has a "surprise witness" in the form of Mary Travers (Karen Norris), a former bookkeeper at Tokura's company, ready to testify, but Danno says there is something wrong with her: "She was fine all morning, till about a half an hour ago." Mary tells the two of them that she is ready to go on the stand. When Stewart starts asking her questions about "a set of books, secret books, which revealed your employer's interest in such things as narcotics, prostitution... [at this point Stewart is told to stop leading the witness]," Mary, who has become more and more agitated, drops dead.
At the Five-O offices the next day, McGarrett tears a strip off Danno, telling him, "It was your job to protect her, to keep her alive. Your job. I put you in charge." Danno yells back at his boss, "You want me to say I blew it? All right, I blew it, I blew it. Look, Steve, I was with her every second. When I wasn't there, Chin Ho or Kono was. Nothing, nobody got close to her. The food she ate, one of us tasted it first. If she wanted a candy bar out of a machine, I took the first bite."
Details about Tokura's assassin are sketchy. Chin Ho produces the gun that he used and also what looks like a Japanese ceremonial knife.
Tokura, who was born in San Francisco, has lived in Hawaii for years, currently with his jet-setting daughter Deedee. After a meeting with the Governor, McGarrett goes to see Tokura and shows him the knife, saying "Samurai, ancient order of Japanese knighthood, fanatic principles of honor. The code of Bushido." (This is the beginning of misuse of the term "bushido" in the show; see the review below.) McGarrett offers to provide Tokura with protection against future assassination attempts, but Tokura just brushes this off. When Deedee (Carolyn Barrett) shows up, there is a certain attraction between her and McGarrett and Tokura wonders if McGarrett has "pressing affairs elsewhere." McGarrett leaves.
McGarrett and Danno visit the medical examiner's office where a doctor (Newell Tarrant) tells them that Mary Travers was killed by some "procnine" (a bogus poison) in her lipstick.
Tokura and Deedee go to some engagement. The second assassin is waiting for them there. He runs toward Tokura, clutching a grenade, but one of Tokura's bodyguards grabs the guy as the grenade explodes, presumably killing them both.
Shortly after this, Deedee tells her father to contact McGarrett, who soon shows up at their place. Deedee tells McGarrett if he doesn't provide protection she will shoot her father herself and end the waiting. Her father keeps telling her to be quiet. McGarrett thanks Tokura for predicting how Mary killed herself when he suggested she was poisoned during McGarrett's previous visit. Deedee tells McGarrett that if he wants to arrest her father, he will have to keep him alive.
When Deedee leaves, McGarrett grills Tokura, who says that he has no idea why someone in Japan wants him dead, and that he has never been in Japan. Tokura runs through his history in Hawaii, including being forced into an internment camp after Pearl Harbor because he was "a Jap." He escaped and went to Molokai, where he stayed in a cave until the end of the war. After this, McGarrett says, he started Tokura Imports which had business in "refugees, women, drugs and gambling." Tokura tells him "You never give up, do you?"
Just at this moment, some guy with a long-range rifle takes a shot at Tokura from the boundary of his property. McGarrett and Tokura's bodyguards start shooting back at him. Suddenly, Tokura yells for help as two more men grab him. They shoot at McGarrett. When McGarrett comes back to where he was talking to Tokura, he finds Tokura's body with the face blown off. Deedee appears and freaks out.
As Tokura's body is taken away, his ring slips off his finger, which makes McGarrett suspicious because when he was alive, his ring fit so tight he couldn't even twist it. "Tokura dead, they move the body and it slides off."
Tokura's mug shots and fingerprints are telephotoed to Tokyo police, who report back that the prints match "S. Yamashito, lieutenant, Imperial Navy. Served on board kamikaze submarine, Pearl Harbor, 1942. Killed in action."
McGarrett goes to see a friend of his at the local Navy base who is a Chief Petty Officer (Ed Sheehan). His friend remembers that a couple of years ago, a two-man Japanese submarine like this was discovered off Molokai and there was the remains of one body still inside.
Armed with this information, McGarrett goes to see Deedee. He tells her that he thinks that her father is still alive, that he was a Japanese naval officer, and the body in their house was someone else's. McGarrett continues, telling her that her father met someone named Tokura hiding from Japanese internment in a cave on Molokai and assumed his identity.
Deedee tells McGarrett that his theory is "sick." She says "My father loved me," but McGarrett replies, "Sure he did. But he loved himself more." Deedee says "whatever" (twice). But when McGarrett then asks her "Would you bet a million dollars that I'm wrong about your father?" She says "Yes, Mr. McGarrett, yes."
McGarrett convinces Deedee to motivate her father to come out of hiding by giving a million dollars in his memory to the local university. Shortly after this, she appears on TV making such a donation.
Not surprisingly, Tokura contacts her soon and the two of them meet in a Japanese movie theater. Tokura tells his daughter that her gift to the college was "foolish" and he wants her to cancel the check. Then he wants her to buy a ticket to Geneva where he will eventually meet her. Deedee is disturbed by her father's deception, but not as much as Tokura is when he realizes that McGarrett has used his daughter to lay a trap for him. HPD cops are in the theater and take Tokura into custody.
At the docks, Tokura is going to be deported. The only charge which they can make stick against him is that of "illegal entry," and two immigration officials are present to make sure he gets on a boat. But there are two suspicious guys at the top of the gangplank which cause Tokura to hesitate boarding since he thinks they are "bushido." He pleads with McGarrett not to make him leave, saying he will give him "anything you want. The books, the entire operation." When McGarrett says no dice, Tokura finally admits that he killed Mary Travers. The two men from the boat, who are actually HPD cops, arrest Tokura and he is taken away.
Kono tells McGarrett "Beautiful snooker." Danno adds "Remind me never to bet against you." McGarrett ends the show by saying "Confession is good for the soul."
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
From Wikipedia: The samurai were Japanese warriors. They were members of the important military class before Japanese society changed in 1868. From m-w.com: a military retainer of a Japanese daimyo [one of the great lords who were vassals of the shogun ] practicing the code of conduct of Bushido; the warrior aristocracy of Japan.
The word "samurai" is heard in the film only four times. During his first visit to Tokura's place and after Tokura's men kill two local hoods, McGarrett shows him the knife which the first assassin had. McGarrett says "Those two gambling goons your boys knocked off, they didn't write the contract on you outside the hearing room. This was responsible [shows him the knife]. Samurai, ancient order of Japanese knighthood, fanatic principles of honor. The code of Bushido." (Yes, it is a code!) Later, Tokura later tells McGarrett "[I]f you have paid more than $2.95 for that poor imitation samurai knife, you were shamelessly cheated." The word "samurai" is only used two more times in the show, once when Chin Ho says he doesn't understand "this samurai jazz" and at the end, when McG gives Tokura a wrapped-up parting gift which he says "might even be a samurai knife."
This was the first Five-O show produced, but not the first one shown. This no doubt accounts for the word "Hawaii" flashed during the teaser where the Aloha Tower is seen.
Montalban, who played a Japanese kabuki actor named Nakamura in the 1957 film Sayonara, gives a bizarre performance which is suitably dramatic, and his repartee with McGarrett is delightful. (According to Montalban's autobiography, he actually went to Japan in advance of acting in this movie and did some research as to how someone like this would comport themselves.) However, Montalban's "yellowface" makeup is silly and his mannerisms are annoying, including the way he smokes a cigarette like Arte Johnson's Laugh-In character.
In fact, Tokura's mannerisms should give McGarrett a big clue that something is wrong. Tokura has this sort-of-Japanese accent. This is likely due to the fact that Tokura really is Japanese. He is "S. Yamashito," who abandoned the midget submarine he was piloting around the Hawaiian Islands during World War II and hid in a cave on Molokai. Tokura assumed the identity of the real Tokura who was also hiding in the caves to escape those who wanted to intern him after the Pearl Harbor attack. Presumably Tokura killed the real Tokura, though, as McGarrett says to Deedee, "What happened to him [the real Tokura] is anybody's guess." McGarrett then tells her "After the war, your father came to back to Honolulu." It seems very likely if he mingled in the same circles as the real Tokura that someone might have realized that he was not the same person -- but, of course, no one did. According to Tokura's back story, he was born in San Francisco ("on Fillmore Street") and came to the islands in 1939. Even if he had Japanese parents, one would suspect that he did not affect Japanese mannerisms and have a Japanese accent.
What is even more annoying than Montalban, though, is the continued misuse of the word "bushido," which the dictionary defines as "a feudal-military Japanese code of chivalry valuing honor above life." McGarrett refers correctly to the "code of bushido" once, but then shows Tokura a knife, commenting "it makes it easier for a bushido to gut himself when he fails on a mission." McGarrett and others keep using the word "bushido" referring to a person or persons. Other misapplied remarks include "Another Bushido comes, and another and another, till the mission's accomplished," "I'm about to order a medal for the next bushido who comes to chop you down," "I have never known a Bushido" (said by Tokura), "Why does the bushido want you dead?", "the Bushido picked it [the story of the discovered submarine] up," "The bushido put him on their death list – why?," and "What about them?" When the men grab Tokura prior to blowing off "his" face with the shotgun, he screams "Bushido!" to McGarrett, who is trying unsuccessfully to protect him, meaning "that's who these men are!"
The business with some guy who looks like Tokura getting shot in the face so they think it is him, is far too contrived. McGarrett is there as a witness, which was likely part of the whole scheme as he suggests later, but how could they guarantee that McGarrett would just happen to be far enough away from the scene where the guy got shot in the face and he couldn't see the real (well, sort of) Tokura being spirited away by his bodyguards or whoever else he arranged to make him "disappear"? Or maybe the guy was already shot in the face and they just dragged his body out to the scene where Tokura was grabbed?
One wonders why these guys suddenly decide to show up in Honolulu and knock off Tokura. Were these two connected with the Japanese military (thus the "samurai" connection, which is not developed properly in favor of "bushido") and were ordered to carry out their mission because of the "dishonour" committed when Yamashito abandoned his post during the war? It seems very unlikely that modern-day samurai (or right-wing types) in Japan would get so worked up over a "dishonorable" situation like this, but who knows?
Maybe the two men are connected with the yakuza (the Japanese organized crime syndicate), who we often see as default villains on the "new" Hawaii Five-0, though I don't know if the term "yakuza" was that well known in 1968. There is no suggestion that Tokura's crime activities in Hawaii were any threat to criminals in Japan, though. The word "samurai" referring to either Tokura or the guys coming after him in this situation might have opened up a whole other can of worms.
There is a tense scene between McGarrett and Danno at the beginning of the show, when Danno is taken to task in a major way for failing to prevent Tokura from knocking off Mary Travers. But McGarrett is kind of dumb himself later. Why doesn't he do a more thorough investigation on the fingerprints from the supposedly dead Tokura which he sends to Japan? There are actually three sets of fingerprints involved here: the ones from Tokura which they have on file from his local criminal record, since Tokura says that he has been charged several times for everything from "everything from double-parking to fixed cockfights" (these prints are presumably the ones that were sent to Japan, since they prove Tokura's real identity); the ones from the dead Tokura (possibly one of the mobster's loyal henchmen who would sacrifice his own life for his boss -- which could have been used to compare to the ones from Tokura on file before sending anything to Japan); and the ones from the real Tokura (the internment escapee, who may have been fingerprinted before or after Pearl Harbor).
As part of the trap to catch Tokura at the end, Tokura meets Deedee in a movie theatre which has a poster for "Revenge of the Pearl Divers" outside. Considering it is unlikely that the high-rolling Deedee would have gone to a movie, this confrontation should have happened somewhere else, like maybe a mall or a restaurant or some other place where she would be more likely to hang out. The movie shown in the theatre is unbelievably simplistic, with no dialogue at all and banal music. The screen dimensions, in fact, suggest a 16mm film. When Tokura is talking to Deedee in the theatre, you would expect that people would keep shushing them, because they are speaking very loudly, but no one says anything. And how did Tokura know that Deedee would be at this movie theatre at a certain time on a certain day?
On the positive side, this episode has an outstanding score by Morton Stevens, including the first appearance of the "bonging bell" noise to be heard in many more episodes. The color photography is also a plus, as is the set decoration, especially at Tokura's palatial mansion, which used the estate of Henry J. Kaiser, the shipbuilding and aluminum magnate, a fact that gets a mention in the end credits.
One of my favorite parts of this show is at the beginning, where the second assassin, the guy with the moustache, looks at the scene where his pal screwed up his attempt on Tokura, and he bares his teeth just as Morton Stevens does this little "zing" in the music -- too cool! Bob Sevey's interview with Tokura during this scene seems pretty awkward, on the other hand, which is weird, because he was a real newsman in Honolulu for many years.
- Let's do a rundown on friend Tokura, huh?
- Did you check Tokura's story? What about internment records? How about trips to Japan? Check, check and double check.
- I want Tokura's mug shots and prints telephotoed to Tokyo police. And send a set to the FBI. Ask them to check for an alias.
Score by Morton Stevens.
(#1, 0:00, 1:54) Scenes in Japan and Hawaii (Aloha Tower); Tokura arrives at the court building.
(#2, 3:05, 0:20, plus main titles) Tokura is still alive; the second assassin is not happy.
(#3, 4:25, 0:17) Tokura in court; he swears to tell the truth.
(#4, 11:55, 1:25) Tokura's men murder some local gangsters; McGarrett goes to see the Governor.
(#5, 15:05, 1:35) McGarrett goes to Tokura's place.
(#6, 20:55, 0:18) Tokura tells McGarrett to get lost after he gives Deedee "the eye"; "Wave" at end of Act One.
(#7, 22:01, 1:05) Seond assassin tries to kill Tokura with a grenade; he blows himself up with a bodyguard.
(#8, 26:24, 1:56) Guy with rifle takes shot at Tokura; Tokura is seemingly killed; "Wave" at end of Act Two.
(#9, 28:17, 1:53) "Tokura's" body is taken away; the investigation continues.
(#10, 32:14, 1:01) McGarrett goes to Navy base to run some questions by an old friend.
(#11, 42:50, 37:34, 0:17) Deedee agress to make a bet with McGarrett that her father is still alive.
(#12, 37:53, 0:12) Deedee donates a million dollars to the university in memory of her father.
(#13, 38:56, 1:01) McGarrett and Chin Ho discuss the case.
(#14, 41:18, 5:04) Deedee meets her father in a movie theater; they talk; he is arrested.
(#15, 47:44, 2:33) Tokura resists leaving Hawaii; he confesses to killing Mary Travers and is taken away.
- McGarrett defines Five-O in this episode: "We're state police. Five-O operates with the local police on all seven islands." According to Wikipedia, there are actually eight main Hawaiian islands: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaiʻi.
- The Governor tells McGarrett: "Steve, you and Five-0 have done a superb job for this state. And I'm on record. One of the smartest moves I've made during my tenure as governor is to select you as head of our state police unit.
- During the opening courtroom scene, the Attorney General refers to Tokura as "Tokuru" a couple of times, then continues with the correct pronunciation. This scene is supposedly taking place in the Aliiolani Hale (home to the Hawaii State Supreme Court), across from the Iolani Palace. During the hearing, aside from the time frame Mary Travers worked for Tokura (January to July 1967), there is a reference to specific dates: April 3 and 7, 1967.
- McGarrett's receptionist, May (Maggi Parker), addresses him as "Mr. McGarrett" and "boss."
- The second assassin with the grenade attempts to kill Tokura at the entrance to the Hilton Lagoon Apartments.
- McGarrett wonders if the poison in Travers' lipstick which killed her is "tridectine." The doctor at the ME's office says no, it is a "procnine derivative." Danno says that they got the lipstick "in her desk in Tokura's office," but this doesn't make sense because Mary hasn't worked there for several months.
- When McGarrett is travelling to visit Tokura, his car is seen from above and there are no trees on the driver's side of the car. When the car is seen in closeup, there is plenty of foliage on the driver's side. As McGarrett pulls up to the driveway of Tokura's estate (which is presumably the last house on the cul-de-sac since there are no other driveways between McGarrett's moving car and the end of the road), there are also trees on the driver's side, whereas there are no trees there when the last house and its driveway are seen from above. But the Kaiser house is actually not at the end of the road. You can see the property's swimming pool in the shot taken from above, and this house is several houses from the end. So when McGarrett is seen driving, he has actually passed this house. (Thanks to Rick for pointing this out.)
- Tokura's reaction to McGarrett giving his daughter "the eye" is priceless, as if he could kill McGarrett right then and there. Later, Tokura tells his daughter, "Why don't you get some sun, you've been looking rather pale these days." This is a pretty funny line, considering Montalban's makeup.
- McGarrett meets up with his old Navy buddy near the USS Blueback, the last non-nuclear submarine to join the United States Navy.
- In McGarrett's office during the investigation, Kono incongruously discusses trying to teach a woman the hula -- presumably for some local color. McGarrett later fingers his guitar which is on his desk. After McGarrett and Danno have their screaming match, McGarrett apologizes and pats Danno on the shoulder. As the camera moves, there is a shadow on Danno, like a microphone boom.
- The first assassin uses an 8mm Nambu, a semi-automatic pistol used by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy during the First and Second World Wars. This helps bolster the idea that the assasination attempt may have been because of Tokura/Yamashito's besmirched military record.
- As Deedee and McGarrett watch a news report of her giving the million dollars to the university on TV, Deedee has some kind of remote control device in her hand.
- When Tokura's goons drive away quickly after killing the enforcers at the beginning of the show, you can see the marquee of a porno movie theatre. The two films playing in this "ADULTS ONLY" theater begin with the words PASSION and NAKED.
- In Act Four, McGarrett answers the phone in his office. When he picks it up, it is still ringing.
- At the end, McGarrett tells Tokura "Aloha, baby," an expression used in the season opener Full Fathom Five. In trying to give Tokura a good reason to stick around, McGarrett correctly tells him that there is no capital punishment in Hawaii.
- The ship that they are trying to put Tokura on at the end is flying the flag of Taiwan.
- The woman who plays Deedee, Carolyn Barrett, had a relatively short acting career in only four productions from 1968 to 1971, and later became Marlon Brando's personal assistant from 1976 to 2001. Her daughter Petra, who she had with author screenwriter and director James Clavell, was adopted by Brando. But when Brando died in 2004, he disinherited Petra and left her nothing in his will.
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Danno pursues 18-year-old Thad Vaughan on foot through the streets of Honolulu. Vaughan (James Lloyd Land) fires a shot at Danno, then goes into his fleabag apartment building. Danno follows him as other residents of the place run out. When Thad will not open his door, Danno fires a shot through the lock, which fatally wounds Vaughan. Danno kicks the door in. Vaughan says a few words, then expires. Unseen by Danno, Thad's girl friend Ann (Charlotte Considine) picks up Vaughan's gun and leaves the building through a back entrance.
McGarrett and HPD cops are on the scene investigating the shooting, along with Nat Schneider (Jeff Kennedy), who seems to be connected with HPD. This is the first time that Danno has killed someone as a cop, though he was off duty at the time, and we later find out he had a couple of beers. Danno doesn't understand how he shot Vaughan through the door. He saw Vaughan trying to break into a car earlier and pursued him with the intention of making an arrest.
The apartment has signs of drug use -- a marijuana roach -- as well as evidence of someone else living there, quite likely a young blonde woman. The cops cannot find the gun anywhere.
On the beach near the Ilikai Hotel, Ann is distraught.
McGarrett tries to get Danno to remember what happened, saying "A cop pulls his gun, he better remember every single detail. There's always trouble when you pull a gun, more if you fire it. You hit somebody, and you're up to your hip pockets in it. And if a cop kills somebody, every single fact better jibe or he gets nailed to the wall. He's guilty until he proves himself innocent. Now, that's backwards, ugly and unfair, but that's the way it is. Now, we gotta know everything there is to know right now."
Even when the two of them retrace Danno's steps at the parking lot where Vaughan was trying to break into the car and back at the apartment, Danno's mind is a blank. But McGarrett demonstrates to Danno that someone could have taken Thad's gun from the floor when he was not looking after the shooting.
Ann is still on the beach. When some drunk approaches her, trying to pick her up, she threatens to shoot him with the gun. The guy leaves.
The next morning, Che Fong (Edward Tom) digs a bullet out of a wall near Vaughan's building.
Ann goes to visit Big Chicken (Gavin McLeod), her pusher. Ann wants some dope, but Chicken won't give it to her, since she has no money. After she pleads with him, he says he will stake her out for a couple of days until he gets back from a trip to Maui. Chicken tells her that she needs to find another boyfriend.
At the Five-O office, McGarrett and Danno watch Fred Vox (Joe Rose) deliver a commentary on TV. Vox says that unlike an average citizen under similar circumstances, Danno, who was drunk when he shot Vaughan and cannot identify the car Vaughan was breaking into or produce the gun he was using, is walking the streets, "still loose with his license to kill."
Walter Stewart, the Attorney-General (Morgan White), calls McGarrett, saying that Vox is coming to interview him soon and it would really help if they can locate Vaughan's gun. As he leaves, Danno tells McGarrett "It's a stinking job." His boss replies, "Who told you it was anything else?"
McGarrett sends Chin and Kono out to try and find witnesses to what happened. Kono talks to Frieda (Kukhie Kuns), who works in a massage parlor, suggesting she make up a story to back up Danno, but she declines. Chin interviews a Mr. Wang (Arthur Kee), who Vaughan bumped into when he was running away from Danno, but Vaughan didn't have his gun out at the time.
Schneider shows up at the Five-O office to tell McGarrett the grand jury indicted Danno on a charge of first-degree murder. Danno goes to police headquarters to turn himself in, including being fingerprinted.
McGarrett is outraged by the situation with Danno. He goes to see the Attorney General, who tells him to "sit down and cool off." Stewart tells McGarrett that with no evidence of a gun and information about the car that Vaughan was breaking into, and with only Danno's word as defense, he will "go to jail for the rest of his life." As McGarrett is leaving in a huff, Stewart tells him, "You know he's not guilty, I know he's not guilty. But if I were Danny's attorney, I'd want him right where he is, in a cell. And I'd do everything possible to delay that preliminary hearing until you find that gun and develop that chain of evidence which puts the gun in the room with the boy at the time he was shot. Now, you do that, and Danny's off the hook. Steve, there's only one person who could do anything about it. You."
McGarrett returns to his office where Kono tells him that HPD had 37 sets of Vaughan's prints taken from cars he was breaking into, plus a store name from Philadelphia in his shoes. Big Chicken's fingerprints were also found in Vaughan's room. McGarrett speculates that while Thad had no needle marks on him, it is quite likely that the "wahine" living in the room with him is a dope addict. In fact, Kono says "With Big Chicken in the game, ain't much doubt somebody is, but it wasn't the boy."
McGarrett goes to the Hubba Hubba Club where he talks to Bonita (Ann McCormack), one of the strippers, who is a friend of Chicken's. She tells him where Chicken hangs out.
Kono goes to the jail to deliver some Chinese food to Danno. While he is there, Schneider drops by to say they found Thad's gun. Che Fong does a comparison test, and it is the same one that fired the bullet they recovered from near Vaughan's place. But there is no link between it and Thad.
Schneider got the gun via a low level criminal named Al Drucker who obtained it from some punk named Tommy Tommy (Alan Naluai). McGarrett and Kono go to see Tommy Tommy on the beach where he is hanging out with his gang and peddling a stolen car stereo. After he calls McGarrett "Mr. Fuzz" and gives him some mouth, Tommy Tommy is seriously roughed up, and McGarrett convinces him to admit that he got the gun for three dollars from "a blond chick" named Ann who was a junkie.
When McGarrett returns to his office, he finds Big Chicken waiting for him there.
Chicken doesn't want to admit that he knows Ann, because he is a three time loser and associating with her could put him back in jail. Aaying "I'm gonna tell you because the law is cool," he gives McGarrett a favor "as a good citizen," that Ann is at the "little jungle, Maggie's pad." McGarrett finds Chicken loathsome, telling him "I'm gonna nail you." Chicken leaves, saying "Never, Mr. McGarrett, no chance you'll ever. No way. Peace."
McGarrett goes to Maggie's, where Ann hides in the attic and he has to deal with two wacked-out hippie types. Maggie persuades Ann to surrender. Ann is taken to the hospital to dry out, where she admits that she witnessed the shooting of Thad and then she took the gun and ran away with it. Later she sold it because she needed the money.
Ann says she made Chad steal, and Big Chicken taught him what to do: "Chicken would tell me what he wanted Thad to steal and who to deliver it to. Thad would give me the money, I'd give it to Chicken. He'd tell me where to pick up my stuff. Once Thad got going good, Chicken never wanted to see him at all. Thad only took what Chicken wanted him to. Cameras. Parts for cars. Now he's dead." To reward him, Chicken gave Thad a surfboard which the cops saw earlier at Vaughan's place. McGarrett tells her that Big Chicken killed Thad, not her. "He sank the hook in you and he killed Thad."
McGarrett goes to Chicken's place and roughs him up. Chicken protests his innocence, saying there is nothing in his place that could tie him to any crime. But McGarrett says there is a stolen carburetor in the refrigerator at Vaughan's place and Ann will testify that he ordered it stolen. They also talked to the man that Thad was supposed to deliver the carburetor to who swore that he ordered it from Chicken. McGarrett says "It ain't no big thing, brother."
McGarrett goes to the jail and gets Danno released. Danno says "I'm glad that's over."
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
This is a good question! E-mail me if you have any ideas!
Ringfire suggests "I always just assumed this title had something to do with flower power and the hippies in the show."
Jeanine says, "I agree that it speaks of the hippie scene that is part of the show. Daisies are a symbol of innocence and purity. While Thad certainly was not innocent since he had been stealing car parts, he was pure in the sense that he was clean of all drugs and not polluting his body. And even though it is Thad who is dead (thus needing a coffin), this episode deals with Danno losing a big piece of his 'innocence' as he (a young cop) deals with his first kill."
In the previous four episodes for this season, there have been villains ranging from very good (Victor Reese in Full Fathom Five and Sam Meville in Tiger By The Tail) to laid-back (Simon Oakland in Strangers In Our Own Land) to one with some good points but verging on ridiculous (Ricardo Montalban in Samurai).
With this episode, the show finally gets its groove on, not only with Gavin McLeod's sweaty dope dealer Big Chicken, a bad guy destined for the Five-O Villain Hall of Fame who we will meet again soon in the prison drama The Box, but iconic scene after iconic scene involving the Five-O team and particularly McGarrett.
Jack Lord shines as the "cop who cares," not only for criminals' victims like the heroin-addicted Ann, who McGarrett just happens to need information from, but for his own men like Danno, tormented by his first "kill" as a cop. Kono and Chin Ho exceed themselves in helping to track down information.
McGarrett is tenacious in dealing with Nat Schneider who, as someone seemingly from HPD Internal Affairs, is trying to make sure all the loose ends are tied up and more so with the by-the-book common-sense Attorney General who the hotheaded McGarrett has a screaming match with over Danno's fate.
What is so cool about this show is that we know that McGarrett will triumph in the end. There are two particularly memorable scenes.
The first is where the low-level criminal Tommy Tommy gets the kick-ass treatment when McGarrett and Kono exercise some martial arts-like moves on him and his gang. Some of the dialogue like "I'm gonna tell you something, punk, and I'm just gonna say it once" makes you wonder if Five-O had an influence on Clint Eastwood's character Dirty Harry.
The second is in the hippie pad where sitar music is playing in the background and its owner, Maggie, has a peace sign on her chest. The way McGarrett deals with two dopers, one of whom has this devillish look like Charles Manson and makes a crazy rant, then retreats into the background, and the other threatens McGarrett with a chain, is hilarious. McGarrett tells this second guy "Unless you wanna swallow that chain, you'd better sit down. Dig?" The guy complies, saying, "Fuzz really bug me."
McGarrett will let no stone be unturned in bringing the slimy Big Chicken, who we can tell he totally hates, to justice. At the end Chicken lets loose with a scream like some wounded animal when he tries to escape after McGarrett tells him that "It's enough to close that iron door on you forever when you've been down three times before."
I especially like the final scene where McGarrett and Danno "come into the light" as Morton Stevens' music swells in the background.
Everything about this first four-star episode -- not just the script and the acting, but the direction, the photography, the music, the minor characters and the "filmed entirely on location in Hawaii" ambience -- puts it into the pantheon of "great."
- [To Schneider] Take his [Danno's] statement. [When Schneider says he will do this later, McGarrett says he wants it taken right now, while it is fresh.]
- We need it [detials of what happened from Danno] now, Danno, right now ... Now, we gotta know everything there is to know right now. [later] All right, review, Danny, review. Think it through ... Come through the door, Danny, walk through your story.
- [To Kono] Tomorrow morning at sunup, I want you to cover Hotel and Pauahi Streets. I want at least two witnesses who saw that boy fire at Danny. [To Chin Ho] Give Kono a hand. See if you can come up with something on that girl, huh?
- [To Chin] Get a full statement [from Mr. Wang].
- I want the name as soon as it comes off the wire [after a request for information about Chad is sent to Pennsylvania, where he is from].
- Get a statewide pickup out on him [Big Chicken] right away.
- [To Bonita, the stripper] I'd like to ask him [Chicken] a question.
- Take him [Tommy Tommy] down to Identification. Start him through the mug files.
Score by Morton Stevens.
(#1, 0:00, 1:48) Danno chases Thad through downtown Honolulu streets.
(#2, 2:39, 0:35, plus main titles) Thad is killed by Danno's shot through the door of his room; Ann takes the gun and sneaks away.
(#3, 10:21, 0:19) The cops cannot find Danno's gun; "Wave" at end of Act One.
(#4, 10:42, 0:06) Beginning of Act Two.
(#5, 13:40, 1:22) Ann threatens some guy with the gun; a bullet from the gun is found; Ann visits Big Chicken.
(#6, 19:02, 1:58) Danno tells McGarrett he has a "stinking job"; Kono visits Frieda.
(#7, 22:24, 1:53) Danno is indicted by the grand jury for first-degree murder.
(#8, 24:19, 0:03) Beginning of Act Three.
(#9, 27:29, 1:35) McGarrett talks to Bonita, one of the peelers at the Club Hubba Hubba who knows Big Chicken.
(#10, 31:06, 1:15) McGarrett and Kono tackle some punks on the beach including Tommy Tommy.
(#11, 34:03, 0:26) Big Chicken comes to McGarrett's office; "Wave" at end of Act Three.
(#12, 34:30, 0:08) Beginning of Act Four.
(#13, 38:42, 3:07) McGarrett searches for Ann in a hippie pad.
(#14, 43:22, 1:12) McGarrett interrogates Ann in the hospital.
(#15, 49:24, 1:05) Big Chicken is busted; Danno is freed from jail.
- Danno fires his gun through the lock which fatally wounds Thad. When Thad is on the floor, we can see the wound on his lower left back and the bullet seems to have gone through him and emerged in his stomach area (or vice versa). But a big question is: where was Thad standing when the bullet hit him? Was he crouching behind the door listening for Danno outside?
- There is confusion about the chain of evidence with the gun. Ann sold it to Tommy Tommy for $3, who then "gave" it to Al Drucker. When the gun is being test-fired, McGarrett asks Chin if he "picked it up on" Drucker. Chin says Drucker "thought he'd try one armed robbery, a liquor store." But then Chin says "Nat got the gun from a big Hawaiian kid named Tommy Tommy."
- At the beginning, where Danno and Thad are running down the streets, you can see the shadows behind them from lighting used by the camera crew.
- Danno smokes after the shooting.
- This is the first episode starring character actor and Five-O stock company player Danny Kamekona. He is Sergeant Ishi, seen at the beginning of the show.
- According to Karen Rhodes' Booking Five-O, Fred Vox, who makes a commentary about Danno on the TV news, actually had a show on KIKU in Honolulu called "Gripe Box."
- At the massage parlor, there is a sign: "WANTED – No Experience Necessary! We will teach you all you need to know. See Frieda between 8:00 AM and 2;00 PM."
- As Chin is talking to Wang in a pool hall (in Chinese), you can see the marquee of a movie theatre in the background, which is showing Free Love and The Beast That Kills Women. According to one WWW site, the latter film, from 1965, is described thus: "Panic and fear strike the hearts of the terrorised sun-kissed nudist girls of a once peaceful nudist resort in sun-bleached Miami, when a mysterious, yet menacing intruder [a guy dressed in a gorilla suit] manages to find his way in the camp."
- The Club Hubba Hubba was an actual strip club at 25 N. Hotel Street from the late 1940s until 1997, when it was closed.
- Tommy Tommy is trying to peddle a stolen car stereo to Randall Kim (uncredited), who will appear in three later episodes. According to Denise Maraschin and Ilene Baxley, quoting a casting sheet for the episode, the pre-Harry Endo Che Fong in this show is played by the uncredited Edward Tom.
- When he's interviewing the 17-year-old Ann in the hospital, McGarrett confirms that she's been "apprised of [her] constitutional rights."
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Mei-Ling Wan (Lorna Ho), a young woman with a 10-month-old baby, buys a fish at the Oahu Market for $3. When she gets home, she starts to cut it open, but finds a gold bar inside. She is annoyed, saying "Fresh from the docks!" An Asian guy sneaks in through her back door. He has a switchblade, which he flicks open. She screams. Her baby is crying. The guy takes the gold bar, presumably after he kills her (there is no blood all over the place like we get with the "new" Five-Zero).
HPD and Five-O including Steve McGarrett are at the murder scene. U.S. Treasury agent Philip Grey (Richard Denning!) arrives, wondering if traces of gold HPD has found on the woman's kitchen knife are connected to "a big size chunk" of a shipment of millions of dollars worth of illegal gold heading to Hawaii from Japan. Grey says, "We'll just have to continue the 24-hour alert on anything and everything moving in or out of the island."
At a meeting later in the Five-O office, McGarrett orders his men to find out who killed Mei-Ling. HPD's Howard Kealoha (Doug Mossman) says they lifted a print from the front door frame belonging to "Kim-Tung Chang, male, Chinese, 31. Weight, 210. Height, 6-foot-1. Four arrests, no conviction. All for gambling."
Johnny Fargo (Kaz Garas) is seen taking part in a back room crap game. He kisses some blonde dame with him for luck. When the cops and Five-O raid the place a few minutes after this while looking for Chang, he is not there, and neither is Fargo.
Chang's body is subsequently fished out of the harbor. McGarrett talks to Al (Mark LeBuse), owner of a cocktail bar on the docks. Al says that Chang, "a born loser" who worked the aku boats came into his place a lot, usually broke. Al has a cheque that he recently cashed for Chang still in the register, which shows that Chang worked for Fargo.
McGarrett and Kealoha go to see the medical examiner who says he found flecks of gold under Chang's fingernails during his autopsy.
McGarrett pays a visit to Fargo, who is unloading fish from his boat on the docks. Fargo says that Chang, a "beach bum," worked for him "a couple of days ago" as well as occasionally in the past.
After McGarrett leaves, lawyer Paul Dennison (Paul Richards), shows up at the dock and also talks to Fargo, who he tells "My people are worried about you." Fargo says that Dennison should thank him for the way he took care of Chang. Dennison warns Johnny: "That temper of yours. That could get you into trouble."
Chin Ho, who is doing surveillance at the docks, follows Dennison.
Fargo is seen on his boat out in the ocean with his men stuffing gold bars into fish which are tagged by clipping one of their tail fins. Later, at a fish processing factory, the bars are removed and tallied up by Fargo.
McGarrett gets a call that Chin Ho is in the hospital with a fractured skull. Chin says that he followed Dennison, who met with Wong Tou, local gambling syndicate boss. While Chin was watching them, he was punched out and later dumped in an alley.
McGarrett goes to Dennison's office, where the lawyer plays dumb. McGarrett writes Chin's name on Dennison's desk blotter and tells him "If he doesn't come out of this a whole man, nothing will save you." When Dennison says, "Why would one of your men be following me?" McGarrett replies, "When I get the answer, don't be surprised if you're in jail for the rest of your life."
At the Five-O office, Kono fills McGarrett in on Dennison: "Sharp operator. Walks a tight line, leaning on the shady side. Defends pushers, prostitutes, bagman for the number boys. Principal client, gambling syndicate." Including Wong Tou.
Danno has the dope on Fargo: "Ex-GI, dishonorable discharge, crooked gambling. Spent three years in Tokyo, black-market operations. Big man with the ladies. Came here one year ago. Started tuna fishing two months later."
McGarrett recaps: "Gambling syndicate's got big money to invest. Best buy in today's market is gold. Treasury tells us there's a big shipment of yellow stuff headed this way from Japan. Okay. Who's got contacts in Japan? Who's got the facilities for smuggling it in? Who could act as a middleman between Dennison and Wong Tou? And who did Kim-Tung Chang, the flecks of gold under his nail, who did he work for?" Danno replies, "Johnny Fargo. The word from the dock says that Johnny's been bragging he's gonna have his first million before he's 30."
McGarrett and Grey decide to trap Fargo, offering him a million dollars for his gold, by using an undercover agent named Andrea Clair Dupre (Marj Dusay) who is "made-to-order for a lover boy like Fargo." Johnny shows up at her hotel room, saying "I was playing five card stud. Somebody slipped me a sixth card," meaning her business card. She offers to buy his gold, but only after beating him down in price from $45 an ounce to $37.25, which is just above the going rate of $35.
After Fargo leaves, McGarrett, who has been in adjoining rooms with Grey and two other agents, tells Grey that he wants to get more than just Fargo who is "small fry." He will get word to Dennison via the grape vine that Fargo is trying to cross him and Wong Tou. Word gets through to Dennison quickly. He tells Wong Tou (Richard Loo) that Fargo is "gonna steal the gold and sell it to someone else." Wong Tou replies, "Then I see no advantage in letting him live."
Fargo is seen piloting his boat to a buoy where a sack containing the next shipment of gold bars is tied to the bottom.
At the hospital, Chin Ho undergoes surgery and the operation is successful.
Fargo calls Dupre, who meets him at a pre-arranged location near the Ulu Mau Village. Her case containing the money has a tracking device in it. Dennison and Wong Tou are following the two of them. McGarrett, Danno and Kono are also following, along with several cops in cars. Fargo drives into a parking garage and he switches with Dupre to another car parked in the street below. Dennison and Wong Tou follow them; they are busted by Five-O as they try to leave. Danno tells Dennison that in the cannery that he and Wong Tou own, the cops found a "room full of gold." (This raid was thanks to a search warranty from the Attorney General.) Danno says, "If I were you, Mr. Dennison, I'd find myself a real good lawyer."
Fargo drives with Dupre to a dock where his boat is anchored. There Fargo shows her the gold, but he pulls out a gun. Dupre shows him the money, and he orders into the ship's hold. Fargo leaves the ship just as McGarrett drives up nearby. After trying unsucessfully to escape, Fargo makes a run for his boat, but is shot by McGarrett and falls into the harbor.
After Dupre gets out of the hold, McGarrett says "I wonder how far he would have gotten with a million dollars worth of phony money" as the wind blows the bills into the harbor.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
This refers to murder of the woman at the beginning of the show over the gold bar. When Fargo meets with Dupre, he says this gold is "24-karat, mint pure."
This show has a major continuity error: Richard Denning, who played the Governor in three of the first five episodes of this season, appears in this show as U.S. Treasury agent Philip Grey!
There is no logical explanation for this. I assume that some other actor was supposed to play this part and was unavailable at the very last minute. During Grey's opening scenes, McGarrett keeps repeating his name -- as if he is trying to convince us that it really isn't the Governor. As well, Denning is wearing sunglasses when we first see him, as if the producers don't want us to recognize him easily. Or (this is my idea) maybe the show's producers thought that Five-O wasn't going to be successful, and they didn't care who played this part? After all, there are numerous other examples of actors and not just local stock characters playing multiple parts in seasons of Five-O, sometimes even in one show after another where they appeared.
Aside from this blunder, it's an OK show. When the woman buys the fish (a kind of tuna called bonito) at the beginning, and considering she is very picky, why doesn't she realize how heavy the fish is, considering it contains the gold bar? I like the parallels when she gets knocked off -- her knife, the killer's knife; her screaming, her baby screaming.
This show has an iconic sequence of McGarrett driving away from the Iolani Palace and through Honolulu which contains footage taken from the pilot episode with accompanying score by Stevens. When we first see McGarrett before he gets in his car, he is wearing a blue suit and the car is 2-door. In the next shot, his suit is black and in subsequent shots it might be blue -- it could be the lighting in the car. From that point on, he is driving a 4-door car. In the medical examiner's office, McGarrett is wearing a grey suit, but when he goes to see Fargo on the docks, it is the blue suit again.
When McGarrett first comes to this dock, the pavement behind him is all wet, like it has been raining. When he talks to Fargo a few seconds later, the dock is totally dry. After McGarrett leaves, Dennison shows up, the dock is still dry, but as the lawyer leaves, there are signs of moisture all over the place.
Doug Mossman plays Lieutenant Howard Kealoha, who deals with McGarrett in a blunt, no-nonsense way. Kono helps break down the door to the gambling den, sort of like a human bulldozer. When McGarrett busts into Dennison's office, he tells the secretary, "Stay out of this, honey."
McGarrett says "no dames, please" when Grey suggests using Dupre in the sting against Fargo, perhaps because he remembers what happened with Joyce in the pilot episode. Grey says if the million dollars they are going to lose in this operation gets lost, they'll take it out of McGarrett's salary. McGarrett replies: "What's a couple of hundred years of peanut butter sandwiches?"
McGarrett directs his receptionist May's attention to the coffee machine when he enters the office. She hands the coffee to Kono who is the next person going in there. When Danno phones the office to relay the good news about Chin's recovery, he seems very chummy with May, telling her "You're beautiful."
The way that Fargo hooks up with Dupre is very contrived. Some guy Fargo is gambling with gives him her business card. This would require a complicated setup with someone from Treasury. And why would this person give Fargo the card in the first place? It's not like Fargo would tell this guy "I have some hot gold to get rid of, can you recommend someone?" (And Dupre just happens to have arrived in town the morning that Fargo meets her.) Fargo tries to get fresh with the sexy Dupre, saying "Perfect, baby, perfect." She replies, "Act your age."
At the end of the show during the tailing of Dupre's and Dennison's cars, the same scene with the cops in car nine is used twice, and the same scene with car twelve is used four times! Car twelve has a really obvious antenna on top of it, which might tip off bad guys that it is a cop car. (As well, there is a switch on the handle of Dupre's case with the money for the tracking device which looks suspicious as well.) When Fargo and Dupre go into the parking garage, which looks like it is under construction, how do Dennison and Wong Tou know that is where they have gone? It's not like the two bad guys are within sighting distance of the car in front of them at that point. They are about 20 seconds behind them and have to turn a corner to see the entrance to the garage.
At the end, Fargo ends up shot and in the drink, similar to Kevin McCarthy's character in Full Fathom Five.
This is the first show in which McGarrett utters the familiar expression "Book him, Danno," when he and Williams overtake Dennison and Wong Tou inside the garage.
- Danno, you work with Treasury. Anything they come up with, you feed to us. We'll do the same thing. Chin Ho, I want to know all about the family. Brothers, uncles, aunts, nephews, everybody. I want to know everything.
- [To Al] I want to know about Kim-Tung Chang.
- I agree [that Fargo will take the deal that Dupre is offering him], but I want more. Fargo's small fry. I want Dennison, Wong Tou, all of them.
Score by Morton Stevens.
MUSIC ENTRIES FOR THIS SHOW WILL BE DELAYED, THERE ARE SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH THE MUSIC CUES ON THE DVD.
- Listen to the sound at the beginning of this show on the DVDs. It is really cranked up. When McGarrett and Grey are talking, they are almost drowned out by the sound of the wind rustling through the foliage in the background. It stays at this level until Kono appears in McGarrett's office. Then the sound drops down, but problems persist beyond that.
- Look carefully at the guy who jumps from Johnny Fargo's boat to dive and get the gold under the buoy -- it's Beau Van Der Ecker.
- When Fargo forces Andrea into the hold of the boat near the end, a gust of wind blows up her very short skirt.
- Why can't anyone drive in this episode without squealing tires?
- Check McGarrett's artsy-fartsy reflection in the mirror when he is talking to the medical examiner.
- McGarrett visits Chin in the hospital and addresses him as "Fatso." McGarrett's reaction to Chin getting injured becomes kind of extreme.
- Fargo's boat is named Alika, which is the name of the gangster played by Ross Martin in the final two seasons.
- The Oahu Market is located (still) at the corner of Kekaulike Street and North King Street. Two of the merchants seen in the show are Ishimoto Fish Market in stall 14 and the Naka Meat Market in stall 43, phone number 587240.
- One of the men at the gambling den is Walter P. Young, who has been confused at IMDb with another actor named Walter Yong. See the review below for Not That Much Different for more details. Edward Tom, who played Chin Ho uncredited in the previous show, in this episode is "Tom," a lab technician seen at the murder scene at the beginning of the episode (also uncredited).
- When McGarrett goes into Al's bar, he asks for water to drink. Al says "You don't care if my wife and three kids starve, do you?" But Al is single, according to McGarrett.
During the opening chase, which inexplicably takes place in the middle of nowhere on a narrow one-lane road, you can see the shadow of the crew filming as the two cars rush between two low hills -- my favorite Five-O boo-boo! Check the speedometer on the car driven by Dan Larsen (Don Knight, in his first Five-O appearance) -- it goes up to 180 miles an hour (290 kilometres per hour for metric types). This car (license number D8-5382) is later fished out of the drink, a sequence which will be used in episodes #37, Which Way Did They Go? and #87, Bait Once, Bait Twice. When Celeste Caro (Josie Over) jumps out of the car, the camera looks sped up. This episode also features my favorite "underground" performance by McGarrett, who travels to California to become a cellmate with Caro's former partner Dave Barca (James Patterson). Jack Lord is convincing as convict Steve Crowley, wearing cool sunglasses and spouting phrases like "What a burn!" and "Groovy!" His prison number -- 18790 -- is the same as Barca's! During their escape, McGarrett manufactures the bogus mimeographed military flight orders rather quickly. Robert Costa is X-ray technician Jimmy, Edward Fernandez plays the Consul. McGarrett says "Easy..." once at the end after he shoots Barca. Morton Stevens' music is modernistic -- a bit of the music from the pilot episode is heard. A good McGarrett quote early on: "Some of our best work is luck." When McGarrett/Crowley and Barca are on their way to the temple near the end of the show, the scenery behind the car looks like a projected backdrop. At the 1999 Five-O reunion, Ed Fernandez told me he originally worked for the phone company (he had some kind of military connection in this regard) and one of his friends told him about the casting call for Five-O back in 1968. When he phoned them up, the person asked, "Are you a haole?" (maybe because of Ed's name) ... they were trying to hire local people. While he delivered one of his lines in this show, a car sped away, showering him with gravel from the tires which caused him to lose his place. Jack Lord came over, grabbed Ed by the shoulder and said, "Concentration ... that's what it's all about ... concentration!" Ed said this was pretty scary, since he had never acted before, but later he and Lord became good friends.
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This show features Tommy Sands -- like Sal Mineo, another teen idol. He plays Joey Rand, a lounge singer and compulsive gambler with a shady past who owes over $200,000 to a gambling syndicate on the mainland. Rand is hoping to get a lucrative record contract, but to try and pay off his debt, he resorts to cat burglary, dropping down from the top of hotels and entering guests' rooms via the balcony. He gets tips about who to rob from his girl friend, travel agent Valerie Michaels (Sandra Smith). The opening sequence by Morton Stevens with a plucked bass is very reminiscent of "Fallout" by Henry Mancini which began every episode of Peter Gunn. We don't really figure out what is Rand's problem until well into the episode. When Valerie's roommate Sarah (Linda Citron) is given some of Rand's stolen jewellery to deliver to a local "distributor" who will ship it to the mainland, she figures out what's in the package and meets a nasty end at the hand of sinister thug Nimo Linkoa (Clayton Naluai) in a stairwell at the Honolulu airport. McGarrett and Kono later tackle Linkoa and some other punks in a bar. An old Chinese man (Arthur Trask) who witnessed Sarah's murder is hesitant to identify Linkoa in a police lineup, even with Chin Ho's help. McGarrett tells Chin to let the old man go, saying "Maybe he'll develop a public conscience." McGarrett puts the heat on Valerie to co-operate, but she keeps avoiding getting involved until the end of the show when Rand's dresser Paul Oliwa (Bob Random), commiting a burglary to give Rand an alibi, is fatally shot by the room's guest and manages to make his way to Valerie's place where he expires. Despite all the vocalizing by Sands, there is still a reasonable amount of story in this episode.
- Rand sings five songs. The first is in the teaser, the second in the first act, and the other three in the fourth act:
These songs represent about 12.7% of the show's total time.
- It Only Takes a Moment (Jerry Herman, from the musical Hello Dolly) 1:14
- This Land is Your Land (Woodie Guthrie) 1:03
- Goin' Out of My Head (Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein) 1:29
- Ain’t No Big Thing (Kuiokalani Lee) 0:20 & 0:13
- I'll Remember You (Kui Lee) 0:47 & 1:23
- The pianist in Sands' combo looks suspiciously like series composer Morton Stevens.
- Sands refers to Valerie as a "dumb broad" and uses the expression "baby" 17 times.
- As Danno and Kono tail Linkoa and turn a corner, you can see the shadow of the camera on the front of the car. After Linkoa is shot dead by McGarrett, his body is taken away in a City and County Ambulance. During this sequence, the Five-O theme is heard on plucked bass.
- Valerie smokes after McGarrett tells her that Sarah was murdered.
- A sign is seen for KDI's Hula Room, which offers "Family Dinner.".
Another excellent show, starring Johnny ("Rifleman") Crawford as a G.I. drawn into a mob power struggle. The Governor tells McGarrett he must "do something about Hotel Street," to which McGarrett replies: "The merchants retailing drugs, sex and gambling might march on the palace." Randall Kim as John Lo tells Crawford's soldier friend: "I hear a lot of G.I.s talking ... they say one gook [pronounced to rhyme with "look," not "duke"] looks like another. Must be the same with you, huh? I look like 'some other gook'." After McGarrett leaves his office, it looks like the same shot when he drove past the fountain in episode #7. Herman Wedemeyer appears as Lt. George Balta. When Chin tells McGarrett, "There must be a thousand places a guy could hide out," McGarrett replies, "You've got a thousand relatives ... use them!" A newspaper headline reads "Isle GOP prepares for Agnew campaign visit." McGarrett tells Danno during a discussion about the mobsters: "When you're number two, you try a little harder." When McGarrett grills Irene (Anne Helm), he tells her: "You're an attractive woman, Irene -- do you know what you'll look like when you get out of prison in twenty to thirty years?" The very white Will Kuluva plays "big brother" Philip Lo in this episode -- his makeup is hideous, and looks like the Asian equivalent of "blackface." (Randall Kim was born in 1943, so he was around 25 in 1968. Kuluva was born in 1917!) I am almost tempted to drop this episode's 4-star rating because of Kuluva's performance, but the sight of Ann Helm in a bikini is enough to raise it back up. Pete Ackles reports a goof: "Crawford wears a PFC [private first class] stripe and is referred to as such during the show. However, in the credits at the end his character is listed as a corporal (2 stripes)."And Robert McDonald, who lived in Hawaii during the period of the series, writes: "The flea-bag hotel [in this episode] was actually on Maunakea Street, which is just off of Hotel Street in the red light district. At the beginning of the show, the R&R bus appears to be traveling from the airport to Ft DeRussy in Waikiki (heading east), while the background footage looks like the bus is actually traveling west, either on Kalakaua Ave near Kapiolani park, or west along Ala Moana Blvd near Ala Moana Beach park."
A dynamite episode, with John Larch as Joseph Trinian reappearing after fifteen years to drill McGarrett while the latter is jogging on the beach. (The kid in the surf that McGarrett picks up must run to the waves pretty quickly, since he is not seen in the opening shots taken of McGarrett jogging from far away.) There is plenty of effective hand-held camera work in the first part of the show, especially shots in the car from the driver's point of view which makes you wonder how the shots were made. When we finally see Larch's face, it's one of Five-O's most chilling moments! In this episode, Doug Mossman plays cop George Leoloha who talks about "a kid hopped up to the gills with speed." Al Eben (later "Doc") is here with a moustache as Dr. Cohen. When Chin Ho asks some hot-rodding punks for information, one of them, M.K. (Lanikai) calls him a "venerable pain in the ancestor." Chin Ho's attempts to rough up M.K. are laughable.
McGarrett has to guard a mob underboss (Nehemiah Persoff, in the first of several such roles) who is going to testify and help convict his former superior, Joe Matsukino (James Shigeta). (The name "Matsukino" sounds made-up.) When the prosecutor's pregnant wife sits shocked by her husband's demise at the beginning of the show, McGarrett comforts her, saying "What can I say, hon ... what can I say." McGarrett later refers to a nurse as "honey" and his secretary as "love." Randall Kim, who appeared only two episodes earlier as John Lo, plays Oscar, a pickpocket. McGarrett is disgusted by Persoff's mocking attitude, screaming "Shut up!" at him. The headline in the newspaper at the end -- Headline Trial Witness Dies -- has no relation to any of the stories in the paper. The subhead on the same article is "Senate Nixes Registration." Too bad Shigeta couldn't have played Ricardo Montalban's role in Samurai.
An Indonesian student is murdered at the Pacific Cultural Institute, an international college whose exteriors look suspiciously like the Byodo-In Temple near Heeia on Oahu. (Perhaps this is modelled on the Polynesian Cultural Center in the north of Oahu?) Number one suspect, thanks to some damning circumstantial evidence, is John Hays (Denny Miller), the woman's boyfriend. Despite the fact that his staff think it's an open and shut case, McGarrett thinks there is something "fishy" going on (a bad pun for those who have seen the episode). Ron Feinberg gives a sympathetic performance as the "developmentally challenged" Benny Apa. Obviously the SPCA had nothing to do with the show, which features a cock fight. While working on the case, Danno is bossy, telling Kono "Don't look at me ... get him [McG] a bucket." At one point, Danno tells McGarrett "Peace and joy, strong brother," and the two make the peace sign at each other. Kono says he has size 13 shoes, "dainty little feet." Daniel Kamekona plays Che Fong. The little boy who dumps sand on Hays' face at the beach is Geoffrey Thorpe, son of location casting director Ted Thorpe. Robert McDonald reports that the haole man who buys the koi fish from Benny is played by Jim Demarest, who replaced Dave Donnelly as Mr. Checkers on the "Checkers and Pogo" show (see #3). Ron Feinberg regarded this show as a major stepping stone in his career (see the report of Mahalo Con).
This episode, about medal-winning Marine John Auston (Yaphet Kotto) who freaks out in the hospital, shoots Danno and hinders attempts to rescue both of them because he considers everyone "the enemy," shows McGarrett in an incredibly upset frame of mind. McGarrett just about rushes down the hall single-handed to rescue Danno and has to be restrained by Doug Mossman (as Lt. George Kealoha) who tells him to "settle down, cool off" and Chin Ho ("It won't help Danny blowing your cool"). McGarrett yells at Mossman, "Why haven't you ... you go down and get him!" McGarrett and Castle Memorial Hospital chief Doctor Hanson (Jeff Corey) engage in a screaming match at one point. One of McGarrett's reaction shots during this exchange is not what we might expect. There is some interesting hand-held camera work as McGarrett is quizzed by the media at the beginning of the show. A shot with Hansen coming into the hallway past some cops is repeated twice. The music is by Harry Geller, the first score not done by Stevens. We learn some trivia about Danno during this show: he is a "local boy," born in Hawaii, went to the University of Hawaii for one year (psychology major), then moved to the mainland (University of California at Berkeley) where he majored in police science. We also learn that Five-O sponsors a kids' baseball team! There are some racial overtones to this episode which are not developed very well. Near the end of the show, Kotto mutters deliriously, talking to the "Sarge" (Danny): "You didn't even fight ... you ran cause you didn't wanna owe this black man nothing. He didn't even give me the chance to hear him say, 'John O, call me nigger'!"
Ed Flanders stars as speed-dispensing Timothy Leary-like chemistry professor David Stone who spouts hippie platitudes about love and peace like "laughter should be beautiful." (The significance of his name -- Stone -- is not to be underestimated.) After Danno fails to save Eadie Hastings, one of Stone's "children," from jumping off a cliff high above the ocean at the beginning of the show, McGarrett tells him, "You're up pretty tight, Danno." McGarrett visits Eadie's best friend Donna Wales (Brenda Scott), who is another one of Stone's followers. She lives in an expensive-looking oceanfront house with a swimming pool and no sign of her parents anywhere. As she comes out of the pool, her bathing suit top almost slips off. She has major attitude problems, calling McGarrett "fuzz" and referring to police brutality and harassment. As he leaves, McGarrett says "That's pretty cool, baby, pretty cool." Later when McGarrett confronts Stone at the latter's hangout in the middle of nowhere, McGarrett uses the expression "turning on and tuning out." Stone tries to weasel out of his involvement in Eadie's death by telling McGarrett "The stinking, rotten society ... your establishment killed her." In order to infiltrate the world of the guru Stone's followers, Danny becomes an unconvincing surfer/hippie type, using phrases like "Sure, baby, let's let it happen!" and befriends Donna. Unfortunately, Donna's friend Zero (Gray Gleason) was interrogated by Danno earlier and recognizes him at Donna's place without telling her. He spills the beans to Stone, who takes his revenge by doping up Donna and leaving her to trip out by herself. She takes a drug-crazed ride on her motorbike and luckily avoids serious injury, ending up in a hospital ward for "acid heads and speed trippers." In the hospital, Donna encounters her friend Rachel whose brains have been fried by drugs and sees the wickedness of Stone's ways, offering to help Five-O. Around this time, however, Eadie's father (Liam Hastings), who is very "up tight" about his daughter's death, tracks down Stone and forces him to swallow four pills like those he gave Eadie. Stone protests, saying that more than one pill is too much! As a result, Stone wanders hallucinating (nicely depicted with hand-held camera) through Honolulu to Donna's house and eventually ends up on the same cliff where Eadie committed suicide at the beginning of the episode. McGarrett and Danno show up this time and grab Stone before he jumps off. The episode ends with a great iconic shot of McGarrett.
- The music covers a wide range of moods. It is by Stevens according to the end credits, but film music critic Jon Burlingame, in the liner notes to the Film Score Monthly reissue of the Five-O soundtrack, says that three members of The Ventures (who had a famous cover version of the main theme) perform the very modern sounding music (especially in the cut "Beach Trip"). In total, all or part of five cuts on the soundtrack are from this show.
- Some of the hallucinations in this show seem very similar to those suffered by Yaphet Kotto in the previous episode.
- McGarrett tells Danno and Chin Ho to "check [Eadie's] friends, acquaintances, boy friends ... anybody who ever knew her. And check out every name in [her address book] upside down and sideways." Kono is not seen in this show.
- Considering Eadie was only 18, her parents look very old.
- Both at the beginning and end of the show when Danno and, latterly, Danno and McGarrett drive up to the cliff area, they are driving on the left side of the highway.
- Danno is seen smoking and offers Donna a cigarette when she is in the hospital ward.
In this generally serious episode McGarrett has to track down the source of an outbreak of bubonic plague. Some humour is provided in the scene where Kono, Danny and Chin Ho all get inoculations. Kono needles Chin (no pun intended): "He worries a lot when he breaks open a fortune cookie." McGarrett leers at the cool blond doctor Alexandra played by Nancy Kovak. When she aks him, "Have you looked in the mirror lately?" he replies "Only when I shave, and I do that running." Chin Ho and Danno are seen checking out plague-infested sites wearing silver uniforms like firemen. David Opatoshu does an Alec Guinness playing the Asian patriarch Shen Yu-Lan (badly -- but not as bad as in #83, A Matter of Mutual Concern). The score by Richard Shores is weird at times, featuring what sounds like a theremin. Soon Taik Oh appears as a Red Chinese defector, Yankee Chang plays a tour bus commentator in the opening sequence at Hanauma Bay.
McGarrett offers himself as a hostage in this tense prison drama featuring Gavin MacLeod in a return appearance as "Big Chicken" (see episode #5). The song Chicken sings in the shower at the beginning is "Ain't no big thing," heard performed by Sal Mineo in #3, Tiger by the Tail and Tommy Sands in #8, No Blue Skies. The touristy shots of Hawaii at the very beginning are presumably just to set the scene, since virtually everything else in this episode could have taken place on the mainland. (The shot with a catamaran and a rainbow looks suspiciously like one from the film Blue Hawaii.) MacLeod's scenery-chewing performance is particularly oily, with sexual overtones. Of McGarrett, he says "I hate his livin' insides." McGarrett calls him a "slimy dope pusher," an "animal," and "a vulture." Al ("Ben") Harrington is Toshi, one of the convicts, and R.G. Armstrong is the stern warden, Captain Wade. Ted Nobriga appears unbilled as one of the guards. There are appearances by real life journalists: Dave Donnelly as Dave, who harangues Danno about freedom of the press; Eddie Sherman, who wrote a three-dot column for the Honolulu Advertiser, as Sherm; Wes Young who, according to Dave Donnelly, was the police reporter for the Star-Bulletin at the time that show was filmed and who went on to become the longtime spokesman for HPD after leaving the paper; and Bert Darr who Dave reports "was the guy who singlehandedly put out the TV Week section of the Sunday paper. He's retired now and lives in Las Vegas, and now and then drops me a line about Hawaii ties there." When hostage taker Carl "Charlie" Swanson (Gerald S. O'Loughlin) lists his demands for prison reform for McGarrett, he refers to "the homosexuals, these old smart ones, they don't do anything to keep them away from these young kids that just have come in for their first stretch." (Pretty rank stuff for 1969!) I like the way the demands are printed in the newspaper in the space of about an hour. Swanson is one of the major characters of Six Kilos (episode #22), which was actually filmed first. In that episode, he is seriously wounded at the end!
This is the show of "changing suits". In the opening scenes, McGarrett is wearing a dark blue suit, but when he comes out of the building with Danno, the color has changed to light blue. At the beginning of act one, the color is back to dark blue. Near the end, before McGarrett and Danno head to the killer's apartment to discuss the blood stains, McGarrett is wearing a light blue suit. When they arrive at the apartment, the suit is grey! That aside, this is an interesting episode where Five-O must track down a psycho killer (McGarrett: "All killers are psychotic."), revealed to be one of two cousins who stand to receive a large inheritance in the form of a Hawaiian corporation. The bad cousin knocks off various company employees to distract attention from his real purpose, murdering his aunt (owner of the company) and the "good" cousin, played by Farley Granger. Prior to killing to Auntie, he studies an anatomy book to determine how to stab himself seriously but not fatally, making a mark on his stomach with a felt pen. Why this pen mark isn't discovered at the hospital when they are sewing him up is a good question. The score at the beginning (Stevens is credited with "Music Supervision") is weird, sounding like a theremin or some other electronic instrument associated with "scary movies." Later it uses a harpsichord. Danno says "nice looking gal" when McGarrett shows him the picture of the first murder victim. The aunt's "living will" is preserved on a cassette tape recorder -- of course the "bad" cousin doesn't get what he wants, which motivates his further revenge, chloroforming Granger and planting his body in a car in the garage to make it look like Granger committed the murders and then took his own life. When McGarrett and Danno arrive at the house, they hear the car still running in the garage, and McGarrett orders Central Dispatch to generate a high-frequency sound via the two-way radio in his car to "unlock" the door -- this is pretty far-fetched. The ambulance shot is taken from King of the Hill. Why is McGarrett's car hood full of crap after he parks in front of the garage door after rescuing Granger from the carbon monoxide-filled garage? It wasn't when he drove up! A very long "final act" in this show -- over 19 and a half minutes.
A very good show, with McGarrett trying to find who killed the boxer son of Phil Kalama (Frank de Kova), a cop from Maui. As McGarrett arrives near the beginning of the show after Joey is brutally beaten to death by some thugs, you can see the windshield wipers on McGarrett's car are on, even though it is not obviously raining. Later, when Danno comes up with some ideas on the case, McGarrett says: "You'll make a good cop one of these days, Danno." Interesting camera angles in this show, many looking up at the characters. Kalama refers to his son's girl friend Lois Walker (Jean Hale) as a "cheap little tramp" when she can't provide info about the killing, which she witnessed. Hale wears a visually stunning pink outfit at one point. McGarrett later tells her, "Nothing rocks me any more, honey." Kono's car really smokes when he blasts off in pursuit of a false alarm that Kalama calls in -- but this radio call is not logical. Why would Kalama's car have a radio in it? He is a visiting cop from Maui and it is not suggested that he is taking care of any police business while in Oahu which would require him to borrow a car from HPD. In this show, McGarrett at the end says, "Book 'em, Chin."
The best "human side of McGarrett" show and one of the best "contemporary issues" episodes. (This does not mean that it's my personal favorite, though -- see #192 and #121.) Ironically, not that much of it takes place in Hawaii! McGarrett journeys to Los Angeles where he takes on Dr. C.L. Fremont (Joanne Linville), a "blood-sucking" quack "naturologist" ("one who heals by helping nature") who is treating his cancer-stricken nephew. McGarrett comes under attack from his sister, Mary Ann Whalen (Nancy Malone) who thinks that Fremont is beyond criticism. McGarrett tells his sister that Fremont "couldn't cure a ham." The scene where Fremont tries to seduce McGarrett, who has come to serve her with a summons, is creepy -- Fremont takes off her lab coat, trying to make herself more sexy. When she calls McGarrett "attractive", and tells him "I need a man in my life again," he says "I'd rather take up housekeeping with a cobra." Fremont gives McGarrett a big sob story about her past, and McGarrett says he finds this fascinating, "like watching an auto wreck." After McGarrett's nephew dies, he cries copious amounts of tears in his Five-O office, saying to Danno, "Who the hell made me Big Daddy to the world?" Back in L.A., McGarrett does research in the hall of records, flirting with one of the employees, who he calls "chickie baby." (The December, 1968 date is visible on some of the death certificates he is checking.) The final courtroom sequence, with William Schallert as Fremont's oily attorney, has a conclusion worthy of Perry Mason. (Fremont's taking over the courtroom to demonstrate her computer is unconventional.) The music by Harry Geller is first class. Not much humour in this show, though the opening scene where McGarrett tells Chin Ho to sub for him making a speech is good. McGarrett tells Chin the speech will be on "law and order" and Chin replies, "For or against?" We also learn McGarrett's badge serial number -- 22082 -- and his address which is 404 Piikoi Street.
After student peace protestor Julian Scott is shot and killed during an anti-war demonstration while a foreign general plants a wreath in a park opposite the War Memorial Natatorium, McGarrett meets with Julian's college friends in his office. Jackie Ito (Linda Ansai) says coming there makes them "sick." McGarrett lays on a heavy speech in reply, bringing up the names of JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King and Gandhi. He later tells Carole Matthews (Jadeen Vaughn), who apologizes for the way the others have treated him, "I abhor violence in any form.... I'm a peace officer. Euphemism? Maybe. But I maybe want peace more than anything else in the world." These students, who publish a magazine called "Peace," are more palatable than most Five-O radicals, though some of them are kind of preppy. One of them, Manning West (Dennis Cooney) owns a snazzy red sports car. Most of the actors playing the peaceniks were around 30 years old when the episode was filmed, and it shows.
Lannie May Devereaux (Anne Prentiss), Julian's old girl friend, is a suspect in the shooting because she once legally owned a .38 revolver, same calibre as the gun responsible for Julian's death. When McGarrett later asks West about Lannie at the magazine's print shop, he says she was a "cheap little thing, certainly not one of us." (This kind of very sexist remark would not go unnoticed in a typical underground publication office of the period like this, trust me.) West asks McGarrett if he has a "built-in immunity to rejection." Ned Horvath (Stewart Moss), another one of the "workers" on the magazine, tells McGarrett: "We've got nothing against you personally, it's just what you represent that bugs us."
The Five-O team busts into Lannie's place where she has hooked up with a wanted felon from the mainland named Victor Collins, who is shot dead during the confrontation. Lannie tells McGarrett she "knew [Julian] loved someone else." McGarrett later says to Danno his "cop instinct" tells him that Lannie didn't kill Julian. Some of the editing after the shootout is bizarre. Danno and Kono are crouching down, then are suddenly standing up, and Chin Ho later appears out of nowhere with Lannie.
There are hints of homosexuality between West and Julian when Ned confronts West with a letter the latter wrote to Julian. West responds, saying that "this isn't evidence of much except my affection for him," adding later, "You hated Julian, I loved him." He holds Julian's letter up to his face as if he is kissing or smelling it.
West is caught snooping in Julian's desk (actually a small filing cabinet) by Horvath. West later gets the muscular Paul Brechtman (Lee Paul) to break into Horvath's locker with a crowbar where they find a .38 caliber revolver, presumably the same gun used to kill Julian. The gun is in the pocket of Ned's jacket. Manning's explanation for why he thought the gun was there doesn't make any sense, that he previously "caught a glimpse of metal when the locker was open." How could he get a glimpse of metal if the gun was in the jacket?
West convinces the others to put Horvath on trial for being Julian's killer, but the other members of the co-operative balk at West's heavy-handed accusations, suggesting that it would be better if they took what they know to McGarrett. West is not finished with Ned, however. At gunpoint, he later forces Horvath to drive him out to the middle of nowhere near the ocean and tries to force Horvath to commit suicide, so it will look like he was responsible for Julian's death after confessing that he -- Manning -- killed Julian.
McGarrett and Danno show up just as West knocks out the uncooperative Horvath, and there is an exciting -- and very dangerous-looking as far as the stunt men are concerned -- chase across some lava beds. West shoots 8 times at McGarrett who is pursuing him, despite the fact that his gun only holds 6 bullets. After he is taken down by McGarrett, West tries to justify what he has done, saying words to the effect that he wanted to knock off Julian because he was jealous of his power in the group, that Julian had "used all of us," and that by shooting Julian, Manning would become greater than Julian.
Manning is one confused guy, not helped by the script which gets more confusing as it goes on. West throws out the obscure term "magnicide" (spelled "magnacide" in the subtitles) to try and justify what he has done. According to a WWW definition, magnicide is "when a government or a government entity has someone they believe to be a threat assassinated in order to eliminate the perceived threat." McGarrett definies it as "the killing of a great person." Manning was also likely jealous of the fact that Julian was hanging out with the attractive Carole -- so maybe he felt betrayed sexually as well (perhaps Julian was bisexual, but this is really anal-yzing (no pun intended) to an extreme extent). There is also the suggestion that Manning tried to kill Julian three years before -- when Julian was involved with Lannie Devereaux.
West tells McGarrett that he "found Lannie's gun where Julian had hidden it," but doesn't offer any explanation as to how it ended up in Horvath's locker. Presumably he planted it there as part of his scheme to make it look like Ned was Julian's killer.
There are some banal comments by McGarrett at the end.
I suspect that the sexual relationship angle in this show was originally played up more, and the bigwigs at CBS told the production team to "dial it back." In the episode "The Box" earlier this season there is a reference to "homosexuals" in prison which was probably pretty rank enough for the era when Five-O was broadcast. As it is, the story is a mess, especially with the constant references to who had the murder weapon at various times.
- McGarrett is seen playing guitar in his office.
- The security for the general at the beginning of the show leaves a lot to be desired. There are several cops present at the demonstration, along with some suit who looks like he works for the State Department, but they don't seem to be taking their jobs particularly seriously. After Julian is shot, the only one who is really freaking out is McGarrett.
- According to Carl Walter, the "snazzy red sports car" seen in this episode is a Toyota 2000GT. "Less than 60 ever made it to the USA, and it cost big bucks when new. Today they sell in the $150,000-$300,000 range and are highly collectible. By far the rarest and most valuable car that ever appeared in the series." The car's license plate number is D8-5382.
- Lee Paul, who plays Paul Brechtman, is "Skinhead" in episode #90. Brechtman wants to tell McGarrett that "things are not what they seem" in connection with Julian's shooting, but can't do this in front of his friends. When he calls McGarrett anonymously, it's pretty obvious from the closeup of the actor's lips speaking into the phone that it is Brechtman.
- IMDB has mixed up two Five-O character actors, Walter Yong and Walter P. Young. The first actor was named Walter Yong. He appeared in The Child Stealers (Boat Owner), McGarrett is Missing (Storekeeper) and Anatomy of a Bribe (Joe Kimura). The second actor was named Walter P. Young, Senior. He appeared in this episode (General) and The Late John Louisiana (the title character). You can see pictures of both these actors here in the order mentioned in the previous two sentences. IMDB has combined these two actors into one listing: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2045865/.
- Two of the close shots of Manning shooting at McGarrett on the lava beds are exactly the same.
- At the end of the show, West, who thinks he is dying, tells McGarrett, "Better to command in Hell than to serve in Heaven," a variant on a line from John Milton's Paradise Lost: "Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven."
- During his pursuit of Horvath and West near the end of the show, McGarrett grabs for his car door to close it and misses.
- Daniel Kamekona is listed in the end credits as Che Fong, but does not appear in the show.
- If you look quickly on the back cover of Peace magazine, you will see what looks like a typical Coca-Cola Christmas ad featuring Santa Claus.
- A great McGarrett quote: "Nobody is loved by everybody."
For some inexplicable reason, this show was like a "lost episode" when Five-O was shown in the 1990s. It was almost as legendary as Bored She Hung Herself, the (in)famous banned episode from the second season. I recall that Six Kilos was not available in the major syndication package for the show or some similar issue. When Five-O was broadcast on KVOS-TV in Bellingham, WA (the station where I watched most of the episodes) it was skipped during the first showing of the first season that I saw. After the series finished (it did not go to the final two seasons), they started broadcasting again from the beginning. The series was about to be terminated at the end of the first season of this second go-around, and at the very end, Six Kilos was unexpectedly shown, and luckily I had my VCR running.
The quality of the print of Six Kilos in the DVD box set is different than the other shows, as if it it wasn’t remastered to the same extent, or maybe an original print of this show did not exist. Overall, it has a washed-out quality to it. The direction by Seymour Robbie is also kind of different compared to other episodes.
The show begins when safecracking expert John Warnash (a.k.a. Harry K. Brown -- played by Edward L. Dew) disembarks from a plane at Honolulu Airport. As he walks to the terminal, he is hustling some woman. After being paged, he receives an envelope which contains the key to an airport locker. Danno and Chin Ho are standing around looking very stunned. Brown opens the locker which contains a roll of bills and a reservation for the Maunaloa Hotel on the Big Island. Chin approaches and pulls out his badge. Chin is kicked to the floor by Brown, who whips out a gun. Danno pulls out his gun and shoots Brown dead.
At the Five-O office, after a brief discussion, McGarrett takes over the persona of Brown, identified as one of the world’s top safecrackers who "never made a hit under $500,000." Why McGarrett does this is never specified, though whatever Brown was involved in must be a big deal, because later the Governor is shown to be concerned about it as is some other mysterious government official named Frank Wayne (Robert Errecarte). McGarrett says he "cracked a few safes for naval intelligence" which presumably qualifies him to be an expert in this field.
McGarrett flies to Hilo, where there are several babes hanging around the hotel. He asks the desk clerk, "How's the action around this place?" After entering his hotel room, he finds a bug in the chandelier. Carl Swanson (Gerald S. O'Loughlin), the "expert electrician" of the caper, comes to the room with a gun and asks to see Brown's identifying tattoo on his arm which McGarrett has fortunately duplicated – hopefully not for real. Eventually, Swanson takes McGarrett to an expensive-looking oceanfront house which is later determined to be rented by a guy in Tokyo named Hiro Tagati. There McGarrett meets two more of his partners in crime, André Maurac (Than Wyenn), in charge of "torch, X-ray and saw" and Margi Carstairs (Antoinette Bower). McGarrett wants to know about "The Man" who is behind the operation but "The Man" is nowhere to be seen, and issues instructions on a reel-to-reel tape. Margi tells the others that she works for Quon Ling, who has diplomatic immunity. Their take will be a million bucks, split four ways.
Later, McGarrett spies an envelope on a table and picks it up, which causes Swanson to freak out and punch him. The envelope contains a tape and blueprints for Quon Ling's ship the Anitya, where a safe to be cracked is located. The foursome go to a dock to check out the ship offshore. It is described as "the size of a coast guard cutter." There is a lei seller at this dock, which is rather odd, since it doesn’t seem particularly busy, as well as Kono in a taxi. Kono takes McGarrett to a tennis game where he liases briefly with Danno.
At the Mauna Loa Hotel, McGarrett meets this bearded guy (Ken Hiller) who has a leather bracelet containing the nitro that Brown is to use for blowing the safe. Just as Beardo turns this over to McGarrett, Brad Warren (Milton Hibbon), a hotel security officer, arrives on the scene and blows McGarrett’s cover! McGarrett threatens to detonate the nitro and Beardo is nabbed by Kono as he tries to escape.
Back at the house, McGarrett shares a drink with Margi, who asks whether she can trust him. She gets philosophical, talking about how ordinary people can become monsters. McGarrett says, "Come on, baby, we were talking moonlight and orchids, remember?"
After receiving more taped instructions, McGarrett figures out that the prize in the safe is six kilos of uncut heroin, worth $40 million bucks. (It can’t be gold, which is worth a piddling $35 an ounce.) Margi attends a party on Quon Ling's boat, and Swanson arrives as a refrigerator repairman working for the "Muana Loa Refrigeration Service." The others swim to the boat for some distance and punch out the guards, who don't seem very attentive. Neither are the party-goers who are all over the outside of the boat. Margi knocks out Quon Ling with a Mickey Finn, and André locates the safe in Quon’s room with a strange detector and cuts a panel out of the wall. (How did Quon Ling get access to the safe then?) As Swanson is on his way to the electrical room, some punk attacks him, and his watch is busted, which interferes with his plans to throw the main power switch on the boat at a specific time to help the others escape. Swanson throws the switch and everything is in chaos. Fortunately the foursome all escape, diving into the drink with the bags of heroin.
At the finale, back at the house, a tape from "The Man" says the payoff money is in a stone lantern, but when André and Swanson check it out, it's empty. Margi unexpectedly shoots both of them, but she hesitates to blast McGarrett. Fortunately for McGarrett, Danno. Kono and some other cop appear with guns drawn. McGarrett monkeys around with the tape recorder, making it play back at a faster speed, revealing that "The Man" is actually Margi (the slowed-down voice did sound effeminate). McGarrett tells Chin to "book her."
- After Warnash/Brown is shot dead at the beginning of the show, Danno looks at the stuff from the locker. There is a registration card from the Maunaloa Hotel, which is filled out with Warnash’s address (his real address): 12 Sunview Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri. But why would this card be there, especially since it includes his signature? This is the card you would normally fill out when signing in to the hotel. There are actually two cards used during this sequence, but you have to look fast. The first one has a serial number of 0559, the second one has a number of 0623 and is seen just before the "wave" before the main title. This second card has the writing on it in a totally different style from the first.
- There is a bug in the chandelier in McGarrett’s hotel room in Hilo. He only uses this room for a few seconds before he is spirited away by Swanson. According to the tape he hears at the beachfront house, "The Man" knows what he said to Swanson in this room. But the Governor later says that he also "overheard" this conversation, meaning that Five-O or some other agency must have had their own bug in the room as well.
- There are several scenes in this show, like the view of the beachfront houses from offshore and the park where McGarrett meets Danno at the tennis match which look very much like they are on Oahu.
- Swanson is one of the major characters of the earlier episode #16, The Box, the tense hostage drama, where his name is changed to "Charlie," though presumably he is the same character and he recovered from his gunshot wounds. Six Kilos was actually filmed first.
- When the reel-to-reel tape recorder with instructions from "The Man" is being used, the message is usually somewhere in the middle of the tape. The final scenes with this machine show the tape to be in pretty bad condition. Not only that, the recorder keeps changing its position from horizontal to vertical in just about every succeeding shot! When McGarrett changes the pitch of the machine, it looks as if it this isn’t accomplished by the simple flipping of a switch, more like this is some kind of variable-pitch recorder, which is unusual.
- Danno snoops on McGarrett and his pals at the beachfront house from a boat offshore using a camera with a high-powered lens. When he takes pictures, the angle is totally wrong -- how can he photograph their faces when they are facing away from the water?
- During the heist, everyone synchronizes their watches, but the revolving second hands on all of the watches are in almost the same position.
- Danno says that Swanson’s prints were "radiophotoed" to Washington.
- Good McGarrett quote (as Brown) to Margi: "I only believe in what I can hold in my hands, baby."
- McGarrett also tells Kono to "book him."
- The music by Stevens is mostly recycled from other shows. During the party on the boat, "crappy rock music" is heard.
When watching this show in 2013, I disliked it less than the last time I reviewed it, which was about 15 years before. But there are still some serious logic issues. Sam Kalakua (John Marley) is a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, so high up in the hierarchy of things that he is known as "the anointed one." He is also a close personal friend of the Governor and a distant uncle of Kono. (Danno remarks that Kono is "nine-tenths Hawaiian, one-tenth cop.") Sam's nephew George (Robert Colbert) and George's very white wife Eleanor (Sally Kellerman) are trying to make it look like Sam is losing his mind so they can have him committed and sell his highly-valued 10-acre property to a sleazy real estate mogul named Glazer (Peter Leeds). They enlist the help of doped-up movie auteur Alistair Kemp (Jerry Cox) to create images of Pele, goddess of fire which are projected on a screen in Sam's front yard to freak the old man out. This is totally unrealistic. For example, how do they project the image on this screen and how do they power the projector that shows the movie, considering that Sam's property is a "haunted house in the middle of a jungle" where Sam is seen wandering around at night with a kerosene lantern -- in other words, he doesn't even have electricity. Sam fires at the screen with a rifle and also throws a lamp at it. The lamp has been filled with explosives by the conspirators and blows up. George and Eleanor also slip some hallucinogenic drugs into Sam's food to further confuse him. As a result of his crazy behavior, Sam is said to be a threat to his neighbors -- but they don't live anywhere close to him. The filmmaker Kemp, whose production company is called "Theater of Madness," is stereotypically nutty, as are the merry band of hippies helping him make some artsy-fartsy movie. When Danno grills Kemp, he asks him: "What are you on, Kemp? Pills? Acid?" and talks about "psychedelic effects." Kemp just laughs at him. When Kemp is about to crack, Danno says there "might be some sweat forming inside that acid head." Later, in his production office, Kemp finds Danno snooping in some of his film cans and says "What are you, some kind of klepto?" (At least Danno has a warrant.) McGarrett examines the film using a freeze-frame technique which would probably cause the film to melt in the projector similar to that in episodes #2 and #136, Banzai Pipeline. Pele in Kemp's film is played by Eleanor. I don't know how McGarrett can recognize her, considering she is heavily disguised and made up -- I sure couldn't! At the end, Sam, who has become suicidal, heads to the Pali. Of course, McGarrett and Danno know exactly where the high cliffs Sam is going to jump off there are located, and so does Eleanor who appears in her Pele getup. (On his way there, McGarrett is driving on the wrong side of the road.) The ending is stupid -- Eleanor steps a few feet behind Sam, who is about to walk face-forward off the cliff edge. But when McGarrett and Danno appear, she is seemingly between Sam and the edge, and suddenly falls over in a spectacular fashion. The music in this episode by Stevens uses synthesizer noises to suggest the supernatural, as well as gamelan-like sounds and the familiar bonging bell.
- I don't know what the title of this episode is referring to. When McGarrett and Kono first visit Sam, a kahuna (Hawaiian priest) is seen leaving the place. Or does it somehow refer to Sam himself?
- The doctor who examines Sam is Robert Costa.
- The shot of Danno and McGarrett coming out of their office is the same as the one in episode #17.
- When he is attending the psychiatric hearing for Sam and helps to get Sam off, McGarrett uses the expression "no big thing." McGarrett is seen wearing his mysterious shoulder holster which has no visible means of support in this episode.
- The lamp that Sam throws that explodes was loaded with "Chinese New Year's stuff" (explosives), according to Chin. But how did George and Eleanor know that Sam would throw exactly that lamp?
This consists of the original pilot edited into two 1-hour episodes which were shown at the end of season one. The production number is 1310-1729-1383 for each of both parts. According to some CBS episode listing I have, the production numbers for parts one and two as separate episodes are supposedly 1331/6824 and 1331/6825 respectively. These two numbers (the last part of each) are the same as in the CBS syndication bible. This information is for "international syndication only." There is nothing about the original pilot in this listing at all; the CBS bible explains how the two-hour shows are numbered. There is a lengthy "previously on" segment at the beginning of part two which is about 6:54 in length. The end credits for this two-part version are in the usual font used for the first season on, superimposed over the blue light on the back of the motorcycle. The actors' credits reflect who is in the part, i.e., Leslie Nielsen is only in the first part, James Gregory and Lew Ayres are only in the second part. The production credits like music, editor, etc. are the same for both parts.
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