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S10E01 - Up the rebels (Stephen Boyd, Elayne Heilveil)
S10E02 - You don't see many pirates these days (Rossano Brazzi, Mark Lenard)
S10E03 - The cop on the cover (Jean Simmons, Henry Darrow)
S10E04 - The friends of Joey Kalima (John Rubinstein, Elaine Giftos, Alan Oppenheimer)
S10E05 - Descent of the torches (George DiCenzo, Geraldine Page, Lou Richards)
S10E06 - The ninth step (Gil Gerard)
S10E07 - Shake hands with the man on the moon (Allan Miller)
S10E08 - Deadly doubles (Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson)
S10E09 - Deep cover (Geoffrey Lewis, Maud Adams, Dale Robinette)
S10E10 - Tsunami (Leigh McCloskey)
S10E11 - East Wind, Ill Wind (Bo Brundin, Sian Barbara Allen, Marisa Pavan)
S10E12 - Tread the king's shadow (Michael Mullins, Dierdre Berthrong, James B. Sikking, John Marley)
S10E13 - The big aloha (Lara Parker, Cal Bellini, Eleanor Parker)
S10E14 - A Short Walk On The Longshore (Sharon Farrell, Milton Selzer, Michael Conrad)
S10E15 - The silk trap (David Birney, Soon-Tek Oh)
S10E16 - Head to head (George Grizzard, Charles Cioffi)
S10E17 - Tall on the wave (Lisa Eilbacher)
S10E18 - Angel in blue (Vic Tayback, Carol Lynley)
S10E19 - When does a war end? (David Dukes, Anne Francis)
S10E20 - Invitation to murder (Helen Funai)
S10E21 - Frozen assets (Peter Lawford, Mildred Natwick)
S10E22 - My friend, the enemy (Luciana Paluzzi)
S10E23 - A stranger in his grave (Andrew Prine, Laraine Stephens, John Hillerman)
S10E24 - A death in the family (Manu Tupou, Reni Santoni)
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The numbering system follows that in Karen Rhodes' Booking Hawaii Five-O. It also uses Season/Episode numbers, i.e., S01E01 = Season One, Episode One.
An Irish terrorist pretending to be a priest in Hawaii engineers the hijacking of technologically-advanced explosives from a military facility with the objective of smuggling them to Northern Ireland.
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The tenth season opener is a good "contemporary issues" show dealing with the theft of plastic explosives destined for a splinter group in Northern Ireland. According to military bigshot Commander Sprague, a small amount of these perfect weapons for "urban warfare" which is no larger than a tape cassette, can destroy half a city block. Belfast-born Stephen Boyd, best-known for his performance as Messala in the 1959 film Ben-Hur, gives a convincing performance as Sean Rourke, disguised as Father Daniel Costigan. Costigan's cover in Hawaii is visiting Catholic charitable organizations including St. Clare's (spelled alternatively in the subtitles as St. Claire's) Orphanage. Elayne Heilveil is radical groupie Casey Fogarty whose mainland industrialist father is known for his support of radical causes. Danno says she was featured on the cover of "Newsworld" magazine after her involvement running medicine to the Indians during the siege at Wounded Knee in 1973. The naïve Fogarty, who brings Costigan an attaché case filled with cash, soon develops a sexual interest in him after they meet at the Halona Point lookout, wanting to run away with the rebel "priest" and assist his cause. Costigan is both charming and very nasty. He tracks down one of the Hawaiian co-conspirators, James Ryan, who owned the boat used at the beginning of the show to ferry the bad guys after they had grabbed the explosives from the military men. Ryan, who lives at 2957 Kalakaua Avenue, is freaking out, hiding at the Sea Crest Bungalow Court where the phone number is 555-2399. Costigan shows up asking for donations to St. Claire's and shoots Ryan dead. (Why Ryan would let Costigan in his room after recognizing Costigan's Irish accent is a mystery.) Costigan also takes care of Foley, the local man in charge of the theft, who suddenly wants more money, delivering a package which contains not only money, but also explosives to Foley in a shack out in the sticks. I don't understand why Costigan decides to smuggle the explosives disguised as "toys" via ship (The Halls of Tara, which looks more like an oversized tug) out of Hawaii to West Africa via Cape Horn, after which they will be flown to Ireland by chartered plane. I'm sure there would have been a more creative ways to smuggle the goods by plane going directly (and much quicker) to Ireland. This show ends with a "moralistic comment" by McGarrett which we will be hearing more of during this season and all the way to the end of the series. This is probably as a result of various people putting heat on the producers because of violence on TV, with the idea that the show should be more socially relevant and morally responsible. McGarrett ends by saying "God help the children [of Ireland]." There is a good score by Morton Stevens, containing many motives which will be heard in later shows.
- Che Fong appears to analyze scraps of paper which were burned almost beyond recognition. These scraps were recovered from Ryan's house where Ryan's well-stacked girl friend had tried to destroy them. This is Harry Endo's last appearance as Che Fong.
- McGarrett quote: "I want a list of all ships bound for Europe in the next ten days." When Costigan tells McGarrett "I do God's work," McGarrett replies, "I do police work."
- On the Star-Advertiser front page is a story about the missing Ryan with a headline in an Arial Bold-like type: "Fishing Boat Capt. Sought by Police." The other headlines on the page are in a typical newspaper font like Bodoni. The story under this headline is the usual bogus text which begins "The facts regarding the situation remain the same, state the authorities." Another issue of the newspaper has an which article trumpets Fogarty's arrival: "Casey Fogarty, Daughter of Boston Industrialist, Visits Honolulu." The author of this story is "Hazel Masselin."
- Foley uses a peculiar expression to Ryan: "I wouldn't give an aku head for your life." The subtitles translate this as "a nakoo head" (thanks to Rick for the correction).
- The Governor gives McGarrett "emergency search and seizure powers" to check all ships leaving the islands.
- When Costigan arrives at Foley's apartment, he is driving a maroon-colored Mustang. But in a subsequent scene when Costigan goes to the docks to talk to Captain Watson (John Stalker) of The Halls of Tara, Costigan is driving a blue Pinto and followed by Foley in this Mustang. Later, when he delivers the explosive package to Foley, Costigan is driving a white Ford Econoline (license number 1B-4159) which was driven by Foley at the beginning of the show.
- The opening credits say the script is by Robert James, presumably Robert Janes who wrote over a dozen of the shows of the final three seasons.
- At the beginning of the show, the bad guys throw canisters of knock-out gas at the soldiers who faint dead away, but when the bad guys (who are wearing wet suits and face masks) arrive on the scene shortly after to heist the goods, they aren't wearing any gas masks. Also note that the helicopter bringing the explosives flies right over the bad guys who are hiding behind the rocks with their rubber dinghy, but presumably do not see them (thanks to Jeff). After the bad guys make their getaway, a black soldier wearing camouflage watches their boat. His point of view is from behind the boat, but when he looks at the boat with binoculars, he sees the number on its side (HA 6492C).
- When Casey suggests Costigan's phone could be bugged, he says "And a leprechaun could be eating a pineapple." McGarrett also makes a clever Irish comment when he says the idea of Irish terrorists in Hawaii is like "shamrocks among the sugar cane."
- Why do the bad guys come all the way to Hawaii to get explosives? Was Hawaii associated with this kind of testing? Maybe because it is "out of the way" and easier to grab stuff there, as opposed to a top-secret military reservation on the Nevada or Utah desert? (Of course, there is another question -- how do the clever bad guys know exactly where the explosives they are interested in are going to be used on some specific day?)
- Duke tails Costigan in the usual obvious Five-O manner.
- Stephen Boyd died of a heart attack on June 2, 1977, three months before this show was broadcast.
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A wealthy shipping magnate enlists the aid of Five-O and the Coast Guard when one of his freighters is hijacked on the high seas.
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Rossano Brazzi stars as Greek shipping magnate Zeno Stavrik, whose ship, the Aldebaran, is hijacked under questionable circumstances. Almost as soon as this happens, McGarrett gets a call from Jonathan Kaye (Bill Edwards) telling him to find the ship, but not giving any information as to why this is so important the case requires federal intervention. Later, Kaye tells McGarrett that the ship was carrying "highly sophisticated military equipment" in the form of "lightweight anti-tank missiles," and that Starvik's ships "have made these clandestine deliveries before." Now if these shipments are destined for the United States, one wonders why the military or whatever government department was concerned wouldn't just use some military transport, rather than relying on some private company where such a shipment would have considerable risk. Stavrik tells McGarrett that he was aware the ships were carrying this hardware, and that it was discharged at "Port Sienyu," located in some mysterious country where the political situation is very unstable. If so, we have to ask again why is Jonathan Kaye so concerned to the extent of wanting assurance that the hijacked ship was scuttled after evidence to that effect is found (but the evidence is bogus, as Charlie (Josie Over), the lab technician determines). It sounds as if the missiles are at the bottom of the ocean, Kaye can breathe a sigh of relief since no one will ever find them. Eventually it is revealed that Stavrik is double-dealing, pretending to lose his cargo while he is hiring several "pirates" (led by Conroy Baylor (Bruce Wilson), the former first mate of the Aldebaran) to seize the ship and off-load the missile components which are then to be sold to a mysterious foreign government. Their representative, Joseph, compliments Stavrik, saying he is clever for selling his cargoes twice and then collecting insurance on the vessel. The last part of the show has new dimensions in Five-O time compression. First, during a meeting to determine where the hijacked Aldebaran might be hidden, Danno has a McGarrett-like brainstorm, pointing out some obscure cove on a map of Maui as "a hot spot" which is the most likely place (which, of course, it is). Then the Five-O team gets to Maui in record time -- normally about 40 minutes by plane, not including time to get to the airport in Honolulu and also to get from the airport in Maui to this out-of-the-way cove. McGarrett at least has the use of a Coast Guard helicopter to get him from the cove to the airport, where there is an interesting stunt with Stavrik's tank-like Lincoln Continental as McGarrett leaps out of its way in the nick of time. Five-O stock actors in the show include Josie Over as Charlie the lab assistant, Joe Moore as Stavrik's assistant Stefan and Sam Sanford as Greasy, the ship's cook. John Fitzgibbon plays the role of Markle, one of the pirates, in a hammy fashion and Mark Lenard is Lieutenant Commander Hawkins in the last of his four Five-O appearances. A good score by Bruce Broughton.
- McGarrett comments that trying to find this ship on the high seas is like "looking for a contact lens in the Hula Bowl" (it sounds more like "the hula hall").
- Despite the fact the name of the Aldebaran is seen on the rear of the ship near the beginning of the show, it is misspelled "Alderbaron" throughout the DVD in the subtitles. When McGarrett interviews two of the crewmen from the hijacked ship, one of them named Arfie is identified in the subtitles as speaking, but it actually Greasy, the ship's cook.
- When two crewmen from the ship are set adrift with the wounded Captain Covalt (Nelson Dick Fair), they plea for information about where they are located. But later it turns out that there was an emergency locator beacon in the life raft, the presence of which is never explained. Joey, another crewman who tries to escape after the pirates take over the ship by diving into the water and is shot dead by Merkle, is played by stuntman Beau Van den Ecker.
- When McGarrett springs the title of the episode on Danno, the latter replies in a Long John Silver voice, "Aye, Steve," one of many lame attempts at humor between the two which will be featured this season.
- Stavrik offers McGarrett some wine during a meeting, to which the Five-O boss says, "No thanks. I never use it." McGarrett grills Stavrik during their meeting with a cool smirk on his face which shows that he knows exactly what is going on with the duplicitous magnate. Stavrik has a very peculiar line to try and explain what is going on, saying "That's why the United States ships very sensitive cargo my line," which doesn't make any sense.
- The date 6-9-77 is seen on a $1.5 million bank certificate drawn on the First World Bank (cheque #1474) for "Banco de Swiss."
- Stavrik makes a call to McGarrett from his private plane when he is bound for Honolulu. He tells McGarrett he is staying at the Hawaiian Regency Hotel, but it is really the Hawaiian Regent. Stavrik is seen smoking on the plane and later when he meets the pirates in a motel room (room #208).
- The Ford Bronco (license number 3B 4743) used in a couple of ninth season episodes makes an appearance here, running into some bushes.
- When the hijackers arrive at a town on Maui, the photography looks like a stock shot taken several years before.
- At the beginning of the show, McGarrett's is seen casually dressed wearing a pink shirt when he's working on his boat. He says this is the "first day off I've had in three months", and comments, "When they make an eight day week, someone will figure out a nine-day work schedule." He uses the expression "Whaddya got?" three times -- once to Chin Ho, once to Charlie ("What have we got?") and Danno.
- Charlie the lab assistant says the bogus debris from the scuttled ship included traces of "trinitrolin" which McGarrett identifies as TNT ... which is actually trinitrotoluene.
- The "bookem" is "All right, gentlemen [said to some HPD cops], book him. Murder one."
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A woman magazine writer becomes McGarrett's nagging, omnipresent critic as he investigates a puzzling kidnapping case.
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In this story, one of the few Five-O episodes written by a woman (actually co-written by two women), Jean Simmons guest stars as Terri O'Brien, a pain-in-the-ass reporter from News World ("the new 'in' magazine" -- mentioned in "Up The Rebels" as well) doing a feature story on Five-O.
McGarrett allows Terri to interview him and follow him around only after the Governor orders him to do so. The Governor tells McGarrett, "I'm not asking you to pose for a centerfold!" He says, "You Irish are all alike -- hotheads!" and that McGarrett should "cool off and settle down" after McGarrett raises his voice.
Terri's access to Five-O is all-encompassing -- she sits in the office as McGarrett, Danno and Duke discuss a kidnapping that Five-O is investigating and sticks her nose into various other matters.
When Terri asks Danno how to describe McGarrett, Danno says he is "dedicated, honest, intuitive, tough, daring and eminently fair." She wonders if he is the "John Wayne of Waikiki." McGarrett tells Terri he thinks the Hawaiian people are "being terribly exploited." She needles him about rumours that he may be the next Governor, and says he is rated one of Hawaii's most eligible three bachelors, known for his gourmet cooking, playing guitar and painting (three things associated with Jack Lord). She says he presents a "very sexy image" to women. Interestingly, O'Brien refers to McGarrett as a "true Renaissance man," a term which was also applied to Lord.
When she starts to ask why there are no women in Five-O, McGarrett says, "Okay, honey, that's enough," explaining that adding untrained people to the team could interfere with Five-O's effectiveness. There is more sexist sparring in the Five-O office when McGarrett says that Terri is "operating on female intuition," to which she replies, "I didn't know intuition had a gender." Frustrated by her constant meddling, McGarrett later refers to her as a "second rate Lois Lane" and calls her "Ms." O'Brien (which the subtitles translate as "Miss").
Moe Keale has a major part in this show as bus driver Joe Moala who is also an ex-convict. He is suspected of involvement with the kidnapping after Stuart Longworth (Henry Darrow), father of the two kidnapped kids, leaves a package containing $50,000 in ransom money (and -- as revealed later -- microfilm for his design of a breeder nuclear reactor) on Moala's bus.
Moala keeps staring at Longworth while he is driving and later says that Longworth drew attention to himself because he was wearing a suit ("Nice suits stand out like a sore thumb on my run.") as well as the fact that he took the bus for only one stop.
As Longworth gets off, Kia Chieu (Josie Over) moves from the back of the bus to the seat he formerly occupied to grab the package which is underneath it. Moala notices her as well. It's surprising that Longworth doesn't recognize her, since she is a receptionist in the front office at the ESSTR Corporation where he works. Chieu actually stands up to move to the seat as Longworth is moving towards the back door of the bus and walks behind him as Longworth exits.
The key to a bus station locker containing the ransom is later found at Moala's house. It seems far-fetched that Chieu and her boyfriend went to all the trouble to track down who was the driver of that particular bus so they could plant the key in his home dresser drawer and draw attention away from themselves. They hardly seem like "sophisticated criminals" who provoke Longworth to refer to the "insidious terror these people make me feel."
Moala fakes a heart attack as he is about to be taken to jail and later escapes, which leads to a dramatic confrontation where McGarrett pleads with Moala to give himself up, because he is convinced of Moala's innocence. In McGarrett's office, Moala convincingly recalls the events with Longworth and Chieu on his bus and later identifies Chieu from Longworth's company's personnel photos.
Having finished her story on Five-O, Terri manages to track down Chieu because she wants to ask her about the huge glasses she wears. Terri is recognized by Chieu from when she visited Longworth's office and then tied up by Chieu and her boyfriend. When McGarrett rescues Terri in the nick of time, he takes advantage of her tied-up and gagged state to give her a stern lecture about interfering with his investigation.
At the finale, to "eat crow," Terri brings a gourmet meal to the Five-O office late at night, and the teetotaler McGarrett is seen pouring champagne into two glasses, something which I don't think has been seen since the pilot episode.
This episode is OK, but both McGarrett and Terri are two strong-willed people engaged in a battle of wits which tends to become kind of tiresome after a while. Terri is a lot like McGarrett, because she has a brainstorm when she hears Moala mention the oversized glasses that Chieu was wearing which Terri herself saw on Chieu at Longworth's company when she went there to interview him. She convinces the receptionist at the company to give her the home address of Chieu who has just started her vacation, intending to go Hong Kong to sell the microfilm to the highest bidder!
The music by Richard Markowitz, the only score he did for the series, is nothing special; that accompanying the first pre-commercial wave is pretty boring!
- Governor, I have never questioned, uh, an order or a request that you've made of me, but I must ask you to seriously reconsider this one ... you'll have to accept my judgment on this one.
- To Lani: Ask Duke to join us please.
- To Duke: Is Che going over the van? … Move on anything you find there. See if you can come up with why that van was parked there.
- Be there when and if they use it [the search warrant at Moala's], Danno.
- Danno, I need some answers. Do you think that key could have been planted? Why would the kidnappers bother with a frame? And why would they give away $50,000?
- To Danno: Put Duke and Chin on it [having the Longworth kids listen to the Moalas' voices] right away.
- Danno, I'd like you to run out to ESSTR Corporation, find out just what Stuart Longworth does to earn that kind of money.
- Now, what have we got here anyway, Danno?
- Get out an APB immediately. Squeeze anything you can out of his wife, relatives, neighbors, anybody. Moala's a desperate man. Now, he's liable to do anything. Mark him armed and dangerous, but I want him alive.
- Moala? This is McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0. We know you're on the boat. Come out with your hands up.
- Danno, come with me. Moala, you're covered. Look up the channel behind you. Throw your gun down and come out.
- Now, come on, Joe. I wanna get the facts for you, but you've gotta help me. Give me the gun. Trust me, please. Come on, give me the gun. Give me the gun.
- To Danno: You take the front, I'll go around the back. Give me a count of about ten All right, let's go.
- Danno, see that the lady gets home.
- This is the last episode directed by Paul Stanley, who did 19 shows in total. Gerry Day, who co-wrote the teleplay for this episode, also wrote the script for S10E22, "My Friend, the Enemy," another show this season about a reporter getting involved with Five-O's investigation of a kidnapping.
- There is a lot of background noise at the beginning where Longworth takes the call regarding his kids, when McGarrett and Terri are driving and when McGarrett is interviewing Longworth at his house.
- Che Fong is referred to as going over the van where Longworth's two children were tied up, captive, prior to being found by the cops, but Che is not seen.
- When Chieu and Jackson are first seen together, Chieu seems to have a grocery store bag containing some Lay's potato chips.
- Moala drives the Alapai Street bus route, though the sign on the side of the bus by the door says "King Street." The fare is 25 cents. At the place where Longworth boards the bus, in the background is the Alena Floral Boutique.
- Bad words! Longworth's wife (Jo Pruden) at the beginning, when referring to her children, says "They can bloody well do without the van for a week or two." Later, McGarrett, hearing that Moala has escaped, exclaims "What the hell do you mean?"
- As McGarrett and Terri leave Longworth's place, it is raining, and McGarrett has an umbrella.
- Lani, the Five-O receptionist, is played by Connie Kissinger.
- Jack Lord is seen flexing his hands several times during the show.
- The key to the coin locker containing the ransom money doesn't seem to have anything on it identifying the location. I'm sure there are dozens of coin lockers in Honolulu!
- When the Longworth kids are being grilled by Chin Ho, he is asking them if they heard any unusual noises during their kidnapping when they were blindfolded. Elaine blurts out, "You [her brother] had the quad turned up so loud, you can't hear anything else anyway." Presumably "quad" refers to an 8-track quadraphonic tape deck, but does this mean that Jackson left this playing loudly while they were being driven around?
- The "bookem" is "Okay, book them both. Kidnapping and extortion."
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McGarrett gets involved in a Honolulu Police Department Internal Affairs case involving a young officer, a friend of his, who is accused of dereliction of duty.
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McGarrett goes to bat for the title character, played by John Rubinstein, a rookie cop and friend who is suspended from the force and persecuted in a heavy-handed fashion by Bernie Fryer (Alan Oppenheimer) from HPD Internal Affairs after Joey's "Uncle" Keoki (Kwan Hi Lim) is nabbed bookmaking at a luau where Joey is present but unaware of the illegal activity. Some of the interaction between McGarrett and "Fearless Fryer" is quite delightful, especially when Fryer tries to butter him up saying "You do your job better than any man I've ever seen." Jimmy Borges is Marco, owner of a record store on Pahoa Street where the bald Seth Sakai as Batai and Kimo Kahoano as Reed are tunnelling into the bank next door through the basement. Marco is the one who arranged for Keoki to get busted after getting stiffed on a couple of bets. He does this via Teo Rodriguez (Al Lopaka), a police informer, paying him $50 to spill the beans to the cops. Later, Teo is wandering around the back of the store and figures out what is going on with the tunnel. He gets bonked on the head by Batai and his body is dumped in some obscure location where, of course, it is found later. The story is OK up until near the end, with lots of local color in the form of Joey’s relatives, plus Elaine Giftos in the most babely of her Five-O appearances as Joey's wife Lily. Then it gets dumb. After being accused by Fryer, Joey is basically screwed, especially because Teo, the only guy who could clear him, is knocked off. Then Joey visits Marco's record shop with McGarrett, who notices the lava dust from the basement digging which is a “big clue.” After they leave the shop, there are the usual brainstorms from McGarrett, and on their way back, Joey suddenly sees an exhaust fan on the roof which Marco installed a few days earlier to disperse the lava dust. McGarrett and Joey go up on to the roof ... but how do they do this? Don't they have to go through Marco's store to get to the roof? But Marco is not there, he is in the bank next door via the tunnel with the other two guys, despite the fact McGarrett and Joey just talked to him minutes before. Following this, McGarrett and Joey are seen walking around in the back of store and snooping in the trap door which leads to the bank. Did Marco just leave the front door open or something? McGarrett must be fit to be tied, getting his fancy suit all covered with lava dust by having to crawl through the tunnel! At the end, Marco and his two co-conspirators are arrested, and Joey is cleared when Fryer has a change of heart because of Joey's solving the case or something and the three-man review board commend Joey for his “performance in the last few days.” But Joey didn't solve the case at all, unless Marco confessed to the cops about how he got Teo to blab on Keoki, resulting in Joey’s suspension, etc., etc.!
- Joey's "Mama's" hair at the party is kind of weird ... she looks like she is bald! Later when she testifies for him before the Internal Affairs review board, her hair looks more normal.
- McGarrett has a good line to lab technician Charlie (the sexy Lydia Lei Kayahara): "If women are so smart, why do they dance backwards?" Does the lab have a predeliction for hiring women named "Charlie"? (Josie Over was Charlie in the previous show.)
- There is some Canadian content -- Joey went to the Olympics in Canada (presumably in 1976) as a welterweight boxer.
- At the end when McGarrett calls for backup to deal with the bank robbery, he can be seen dialling "911," which is followed by stock shots of cop cars.
- Chin Ho smokes his pipe when grilling some dame.
- I like the way the policemen's wives sit transfixed (read: drooling) when McGarrett addresses them during the family orientation series meeting at the beginning.
- In one scene in the record shop, there is an ad for Zenith stereos behind Marco.
- The phone number 944-1212 appears on a poster at the police station; it looks like some kind of Crimestoppers line.
- McGarrett uses the expression "calabash" twice, a Hawaiian term for a male friend of the family so close that he is considered family (usually applied to an "uncle").
- There are some changes in the music in this episode on the DVDs. In the original TV broadcast at the beginning of the show, Marco is playing a recording of I Wish That I Had Loved You Better, a song popularized by Eddy Arnold (but not sung by him here as far as I can determine). It sounds like a couple of lines from the song are played over and over while the scene changes to the digging in the basement. On the DVDs, there is some low-key country and western tune; the only lyrics I can make out are "I went looking for answers..." I can't identify either the song or the singer. In the original TV broadcast, Marco and Joey talk about country music, and after saying "Some of the lyrics are pure poetry," Joey continues, in a section that is cut out of the DVD: "Look, there's one song ... uh ... [sings] Things were so clear when my life stretched out before me, like a long, long Texas Road ... Isn't that beautiful?" Marco replies, "Joey, what do I know about Texas roads ... this is Hawaii." Following this, the dialog continues as on the DVD: "Marco, have you ever listened to Waylon Jennings or Willie Nelson?" This song that Joey is singing is Long, Long Texas Road, written by Roy Drusky. The lyrics to that song actually go "When the day stretched out before me like a long, long Texas road." After Joey leaves the record store and goes to his car, you can hear him singing the (incorrect) lines again in the original TV broadcast. On the DVDs, you can see him moving his mouth, but the sound has been removed.
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Five-O seeks the killer of an archaeologist who may have died because he violated the lost grave of King Kamehameha.
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In one of the series' most Hawaiian episodes, Five-O is called upon to investigate the murder of Charles Underwood (John Hunt), an English archaeologist excavating near King Kamehameha's grave on the Big Island. The script by Alvin Sapinsley, who wrote Skinhead, the Vashon trilogy, One Big Happy Family and Bones of Contention, among others, is intelligent, and combined with some big-scale scenic photography, provides a much different atmosphere than we are used to on Oahu. Geraldine Page plays Philomena Underwood, the dead man's sister and fellow archaeologist. Both she and her brother, whose work is compared to that of the pioneering Leakys in Africa, are very "British," complaining that someone in a "bizarre costume from the past" was harassing Charles. Philomena even refers to radio as "wireless." McGarrett, acting on orders of the Governor, is up against a wall of superstitution and suspicion among locals who feel that the Underwoods are getting too close to what is considered sacred territory, even though their digging is nowhere near the actual gravesite. Professor Kalei (George DiCenzo) from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii attempts to make sense of it all to McGarrett, who also has Duke trying to investigate touchy material. (The title of the episode comes from a book that Kalei has written.) McGarrett talks to himself while he is analyzing several lengthy Hawaiian names to find the name of the murder suspect. It seems kind of far-fetched how he can get extract Kalei's name from "Kanekaliikuulei." (The other names are Kamakuikahulewa, Koamokumokuoheeia and Kumulukelale.) The ending leaves us wondering who did it.
- There is an unusual amount of background noise in the episode produced by the surf and wind.
- McGarrett gets ferried around to and from the archaeological excavation site.in the default Five-O police helicopter, number N9014F, here disguised as a copter for the Hilo Police. His main base in Hilo is the Naniloa Surf Hotel. The music accompanying an establishing shot for this place on the DVD at one point sounds like someone screwed up with the audio (this problem doesn't exist on a TV dub I have from several years back).
- When Kalei's research assistant George Atkins (Lou Richards) leaves his friend Eddie (Lee Lambert) in the entrance to what may be Kamehameka's tomb, why does it take him several hours to bring help (by which time the Eddie is dead with his head bashed in, just like Charles Underwood)?
- Quotes from Professor Kalei: "Hawaiians take their oaths seriously." "Truth is always the victor."
- A Hilo police Bronco has the license number H-38085.
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The search for two fugitives who were involved in an armored track robbery is complicated by the return of the disgraced Honolulu cop whose drunken behavior seemingly permitted the robbery.
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Gil Gerard gives a very good performance as Marty Cobb, a former HPD cop who screwed up 18 months before during an armored car robbery because of problems with alcohol and was dismissed from the force. Unfortunately, his performance is sabotaged by a mediocre script. Cobb was actually slipped a Mickey Finn by his girl friend at the time, Marvis Tracy (Lynne Ellen Hollinger), which kept him from setting up a roadblock that had some connection to the robbery (exactly what this connection is is never stated). A crook named Vic Salazar (Emilio Delgado -- yes, Luis on Sesame Street), a friend of Mavis, was also involved as was Sakai (Seth Sakai). At the beginning of the show, their co-conspirator Harry Cagel or Kegel (Five-O stuntman Chuck Couch), an employee of Flynn's, the same armored car company, who rigged the truck from the robbery so the exhaust fumes would go into its air conditioning system, absconds with the proceeds from the robbery which he has been keeping in a safe in the wall of his apartment. When he tries to escape from Salazar and Sakai, he drives the wrong way on to a freeway exit ramp, his car flips over, and both he and the money burn up. Salazar and Sakai are so obsessed with fleecing Flynn's again that they take a room across the street from its offices. I don't understand why the two of them are shown driving before Sakai infiltrates the place dressed as a welder while the other employees grab a bite to eat from a lunch wagon. Where do the two of them live -- right across the street! Sakai sneaks around the side of the building from the rear and manages to elude a guard. Then he sneaks inside and fixes the exhaust on another truck like the previous one. He does this in record time, and then presumably leaves the building and no one notices. At the end, Cobb wants to help McGarrett, and, distracting one of Flynn's employees, jumps into this particular truck that Duke was going to drive and pretend to pass out, hoping that Salazar and Sakai will follow him. When Cobb drives past Sakai and Salazar, why don't they recognize him, especially since he is not wearing one of the armored car company employee uniforms?
- The title of the episode comes from an Alcoholics Anonymous recovery program, the ninth of twelve steps being "Make direct amends to ... people [that you had harmed through your drinking] wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others." The Hawaii Kai Branch of A.A. has the phone number of 555-2499. When McGarrett shows up at this A.A. center, and shows his business card to some representative named Charlie, the card is upside down.
- Cobb gets motivated to return to Hawaii after he sees an item on the news in San Francisco where he lives about Harry's fatal crash. Why would this be an item on the news on the mainland, with specific details including Harry's name? Speaking of Harry, why would there be a safe in the wall of his apartment, which looks very low-budget, almost like a motel.. Five-O says he lived "like a hermit," didn't have a phone, and cooked his food on a hot plate -- it's not like he was living in the lap of luxury.
- Harry makes inquiries as to where Salizar lives at the Blaisdell Hotel, located at 1154 Fort Street (still there today). When he finally tracks down Salazar with the help of lei saleswoman Melia, played by Elissa Dulce Hoopai, some other guy is pretending to be Salazar, and the two of them almost immediately overpower Marty, who offers little resistance -- surprising, since he used to be a cop. There is a great freeze-frame at the end of act two which catches Cobb spitting up whiskey that Salazar and his pal are forcing down Marty's throat. There is a very interesting shot with a moving camera when Cobb wakes up in an alley drunk later. The shot starts at a booze bottle in a garbage can and then pans over to where Marty is lying in the gutter.
- Mavis Tracy formerly lived at 1625 Loana.
- McGarrett misprounounces the word "autopsy" with the emphasis on the second syllable. He also has an attack of "suppose," and manages to figure out that Harry flipping his car was not an accident, and had some connection to other people who pulled off the robbery with him 18 months before.
- When McGarrett forces Marty to take a shower outdoors by his beachfront house, he almost manages to avoid getting his suit wet. In this scene, we see a bit of the old "McGarrett fire" as he harangues Marty about telling him the truth.
- When McGarrett and Duke are talking at the armored car company prior to Marty taking the truck, Cobb can hear every word even though they are standing several feet away from him. McGarrett's car is parked inside the armored car warehouse rather than in the parking lot outside for some reason.
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McGarrett has to crack the façade of a U.S. astronaut turned real estate huckster to solve the murder of a crusading investigative reporter.
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John David Knight (David Palmer), an investigative reporter working on a story about sleazy real estate developer Frank Devlin (Alan Miller), is blown up by a couple of Devlin's thugs just as he is about to reveal some shady dealings of Devlin back on the mainland. Devlin is in Hawaii now, opening a project called Moonstone Ranch Estates, and has hired Richard Royce (James Wainwright), a washed-up Apollo astronaut to help him promote it. Royce looks very old in comparison to Devlin, but Wainwright was born in 1938, whereas Miller was born in 1929! (The Apollo program ran from 1961 to 1975. Two of its most famous astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were born in 1930.) Royce has a girl friend Chris Harmon (Christina Hart), who McGarrett describes as young-looking enough to be Royce's daughter (Hart was born in 1949). Kwan Hi Lim plays Ramos, an old cowboy who owns a ranch that Devlin is interested in purchasing. When Devlin's goons murder the old man, Royce, who has taken a fancy to him, is seriously shaken up and figuring out Devlin's complicity in the murder, attempts to get back at him, first by asking for more money and then making a tape of a conversation with Devlin which he intends to take to McGarrett. Royce gets a pretty brutal lambasting from not only McGarrett who calls him "pathetic," saying that Devlin is using him, but also a reality check from Chris, who says he is a "freak" and a "robot." (Chris has been working with Devlin behind the scenes to keep the "Commander" in line.) Royce finally gets enough guts to get his self-respect back at the end. He beats the crap out of Devlin's goons, then throws the developer into a swimming pool and is just about to shoot him, when Five-O appears on the scene, giving McGarrett an excuse for a big speech, saying things like "For God's sake, pick up the pieces." The show would have been much better if Wainwright had not played the role in such a laid-back fashion, but what really kills it is the music by John Cacavas, which is really awful, constantly making banal "heroic" statements which fall totally flat.
- Watch the way McGarrett gives the newspaper with the article by Knight in it to Danno at the beginning of the show -- he practically throws the newspaper over the top of his Grand Brougham!
- There are continuity errors when Royce tapes the conversation with Devlin. The conversation originally goes like this:
Royce: I know why you had John Knight killed.
Devlin: Well, if you were sitting on evidence, that makes you an accomplice."
But when Royce plays back the tape in his car a few minutes later (of course, the tape stops exactly where he wants it to), the conversation goes like this:
Royce: I know why you had him killed.
Devlin: Well, if you've been sitting on some evidence, it makes you an accomplice."
- McGarrett quote: "Death is always upsetting, especially when a good man is taken before his time." Devlin gives McGarrett a good quote, too: "You would made a hell of a king."
- When Royce pulls on a new shirt in front of his girlfriend, he says it "could shock a guy into male menopause."
- The "book 'em" is "Danno, book him. Two counts murder one."
- TV announcer Bob Sevey, identified in the credits as Bob Sevney, plays Stan Richmond, a fellow astronaut of Royce's who lives in Hawaii. Richmond meets McGarrett on the Falls of Clyde, the four-masted sailing ship anchored near the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
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A tennis star decides to defect during a match in Honolulu at the same time as a staff member of the Eastern European team is murdered, which threatens to ignite into an international incident.
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A so-so episode about international intrigue at a Honolulu tennis tournament with one of the visiting Russian players, Peter Valchek (Kurt Russell) getting involved in murder and diamond smuggling, while his American counterpart Brent Saunders (Tim Matheson) tries to help Valchek's teammate Katrina Bukowski (Carole Tru Foster) defect. This show is sort of OK if you ignore one big problem, the fact that the Russian characters speak English to each other when there is no need to. For example, Sergei Borzov (Stefan Gierasch), the shifty "cultural liaison" from the local Russian consulate, addresses the defected and in-hiding Katrina on TV in English even though her mother appears and makes a tear-stained plea in Russian. But that's the way things were done "in the old days," not like current shows like Lost which make use of subtitles. The writing in this show is sloppy. Valchek is threatened by Denisovich (Peter Boen), a Russian security officer, about diamonds he brought with him from Amsterdam. Valchek then murders Denisovich, clubbing him with a wrench. Shortly after, Katrina escapes through a skylight in the stadium locker room by climbing up on some shelving. Denisovich's body is found in the shower and the shelving is not there only a few minutes later when Katrina's "matron," who was outside, returns to the room. It is an interesting coincidence that Valchek drags the body into the shower at the exact moment this other action is happening. Was dumping the body in that location part of Peter's plan, and did he know about the exact time of Katrina's defection in advance? It certainly looks like the opportunistic Valchek is trying to set up Saunders as the fall guy for the murder. Later when Valchek meets with a local businessman, ostensibly about the diamonds, the man gives him a suitcase of money and says he wants Peter to make a deposit in a Swiss bank account. The diamonds are nowhere to be seen. This businessman's name is "Mr. Funai," same as actress Helen, who will appear in the show "Invitation to Murder" later this season. Near the end, McGarrett and Borzov play a game of cat and mouse over the phone, with Borzov saying that Valchek is in the consulate while he is actually sitting right in front of McGarrett in the Five-O office. For an all-knowing "member of the intelligence community," one would expect Borzov to be a little more savvy about Valchek's whereabouts. The big "aha" which seals the case against Valchek is the fact that he left footprints in the shower room from two tennis shoes which looked the same on the top, but had different treads on the bottom (talk about a desperate plot device). At the end, there is a scene in front of "The Eastern European Consulates," with Katrina unable to decide whether she wants to return to Russia via Borzov or stay in the USA. When Borzov steps outside of the consulate grounds, McGarrett arrests him for falsifying a phony confession from Valchek. I can imagine Jonathan Kaye will have an aneurysm trying to sort this all out diplomatically.
- During the opening, the Governor describes Katrina as a "pretty girl." You really have to wonder why McGarrett is spending his time at this tennis tournament at all, unless the Governor needs protection or he was just lonely.
- This is the second show this season which mentions the 1976 Montreal Olympics when McGarrett talks about a diver who tried to defect.
- Valchek refers to Denisovich as "coach," but he is actually a "trusted security man."
- Les Keiter appears as an announcer at the tennis tournament. Lydia Lei Kayahara is Charlie the lab assistant once again.
- When Saunders asks McGarrett if he would like a drink, McGarrett replies, "No thanks, I never use it."
- Borzov tells Katrina over the phone that if she doesn't co-operate, she will let her lover Saunders "hang." Presumably he means this figuratively, since there was no capital punishment in Hawaii.
- Danno gets to interview some babe who is a member of the American tennis team at poolside. Duke is seen briefly in the Five-O offices helping out with the investigation.
- A unnamed taxi is seen with the phone number 732-5577 on its roof. A Manoa Cab is also seen.
- Use of another McGarrett stock phrase: "May I remind you that this is a murder investigation."
- The exteriors of the Hotel Makani Kai and Hawaiian Regent are both seen.
- When McGarrett is talking to Valchek in the stadium, he shows Valchek his Five-O badge, and then keeps holding on to it, rather than putting it back in his jacket.
- A television reporter on the scene at the show's end refers to "embassy row," but there are no embassies, only consulates.
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A U.S. Navy submarine officer is murdered on a Hawaiian beach at about the same time that a nearby mystery submarine is detected, heightening McGarrett's suspicions.
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The very hot Maud Adams (check the bikini in the opening scenes) plays Maria Noble, the boss of a subversive operation where a Russian double named Michael Trikonis infiltrates a top-secret defense project connected with an anti-missile system as David Harner, a Navy man, both parts played by Dale Robinette. (The show is filmed with the co-operation of both the Navy and Defense Department.) At the beginning of the show, Trikonis comes ashore outfitted in Scuba equipment and starts faking the bends, which gets him admitted to a naval hospital where there is a decompression chamber -- the only one on the islands, something the writer might have mentioned earlier on in the show, rather than making us wait almost 20 minutes to find this out. When he goes into his act, it's surprising that none of the many swimmers on the beach realize Trikonis only started doing this when he came out of the surf, and not before. The plot is moderately interesting for at least three acts, though some details make me wonder, like the exact duplicate of Harner's hospital room which is created in an out-of-the-way house. When Maria knocks off Harner's pal Dominic Rizzo (Joe Moore) at the beginning, she shoots him point blank, but when her stooges pick Rizzo up, there isn't a single drop of blood on his shirt. Later, the stooges have no problem dressing up as orderlies and joining the disguised-as-a-nurse Maria in the hospital where they not only knock Harner out with some drugs, but remove him from the building and substitute Trikonis in his bed without anyone noticing a thing. At the end of act three, Trikonis -- who has been subbing for Harner during various top-secret naval training exercises, and whose "services are no longer required" -- is injected with sodium pentothal, usually known as a "truth serum". Following this, Harner, who has been kept doped up for most of the episode, is "programmed" by the bad guys and returned to duty in scenes which stretch credibility. The main reason this is done is to help cover up the fact that Trikonis' dental work consisted of stainless steel fillings revealing his Commie origins. Harner goes through yet more training exercises, and in the final scene drives zombie-like to the beach where he is to join Maria and her co-conspirators on board a Soviet sub. This doesn't make sense -- would Harner know as much as Trikonis assimilated during the exercises, especially since Trikonis is shot dead shortly after?
- In this show, McGarrett is identifed as having "a Naval top secret clearance," aside from being a commander in the Naval Reserve. In order to wear his dress uniform and avoid suspicion while he investigates, he is placed on "drill status" by Commander Chris Nolan, played by Geoffrey Lewis, a well-known character actor seen over the years in several movies with Clint Eastwood.
- Sometimes Maud Adams' character has a slight accent, other times she has no accent at all.
- There is a scene which drives me nuts where McGarrett is watching Harner in a car mirror -- I'm sure there is something wrong about the angle of this scene!
- The music by Ernest Gold, who wrote the score for several big movies including "Exodus," is nothing special. This is the first of two scores by this composer.
- Quote from Admiral Dunn (Jeff Kennedy) talking to McGarrett near the beginning: "The arms race today is really a computer race."
- When Trikonis pulls up to the hideout in act three, he opens the door of his Ford Pinto and some beeping noise goes off inside, until he eventually shuts the door. Usually this sound is typical of leaving the keys in the ignition in the car. But it looks like he takes the keys and puts them on the dashboard.
- This is the second show this season where "lava sand" provides an important clue, the other being #218, The Friends of Joey Kalima. The lab technician who figures this out is "Iolani," played by Lydia Jade.
- The "bookem" is "All right, Danno, book her. Murder one, three counts."
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Students engineer a phony tidal wave alert to cover up their heist of millions of dollars worth of jewellery.
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Clever students with 130-plus IQs known as "The Brain Trust" who live in a hippie commune-style house engineer a hoax about an impending tidal wave to cover up their robbery of a jewellery store in a plot which has just a few similarities to #26, Forty Feet High, and It Kills. As part of their scheme, they steal a Pacific Ambulance at the beginning of the show and run over an ambulance attendant played uncredited by stuntman Chuck Couch while making their getaway. This causes friction between one of their members, Kenji Tatsumo (Ron Nakahara) and the group's leaders, Ted Bonner (Leigh McCloskey) and Shirley Collins (Ayn Ruymen). Collins looks very similar to Charles Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, and is described by Tatsumo as a "thrill crazy chick." When Tatsumo announces he is pulling out of the plan and drives to the Iolani Palace to spill the beans to Five-O, Collins follows him and shoots him dead, right on the palace's front steps. Collins gives a few hints that she is sexually excited by pulling one over on the people of Honolulu on such a grand scale, something the screenwriter might have pursued more fully. As part of their plan, the two Brain Trust leaders enter the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office where the Tsunami Warning Center is located and force Ron Bradford (Sid Clute) to send out a bogus alert via telex. It will take about two hours for the military to confirm that an earthquake, with resulting tsunami, is really happening, which is just enough time for the other members of the group to pull off the robbery. When the sirens go off for people to get to higher ground, Five-O is ordered by the Governor to help out. This seems unusual -- surely there would be more "professional" people connected with civil defense who would be dealing with stuff like this. As part of a live TV broadcast, McGarrett joins tidal-wave-ologist Dr. Dimitri Sartain (Lyle Bettger), who gives an unconvincing demonstration of the effects of a tsunami using the metal tray from a paint roller. Historical footage is shown of the tidal wave which levelled Hilo in 1960, said to have happened in 1958. McGarrett acts like he is in charge, addressing the TV audience, and Chin Ho and Duke are seen manning the phones nearby in a scene that looks like a charity telethon. The students break into the jewellery store as planned, though you have to wonder why they chose only this one jewellery store, and how did they know in advance that this store had $6 million worth of jewellery for the taking. As part of their scheme, some of the Brain Trust pretend they are cops arresting their members who broke into the store, so the real cops who respond to the jewellery store's alarm won't get suspicious. This demonstrates that they are not only geniuses in geophysics, but also in auto body work, because they manage to paint some car so it looks exactly like an HPD cruiser (even Duke remarks on this). The way McGarrett and Danno put two and two together near the story's end to determine that the Brain Trust is behind the hoax is far too easy, and the closing scene has the typical later season peters-out kind of resolution, despite a few moments in the students' house where McGarrett's blood pressure rises a bit. There are some unanswered questions at the end of the show. For example, where did the students expect to fence all the jewellery? And could the population of Honolulu really have been evacuated (to the extent that there was no one seen driving on local roads) in less than two hours?
- McGarrett asks Five-O to "check every militant organization on the [university] campus" to find information on Tatsumo. The Brain Trust acts quickly to plant things in Tatsumo's room like a heavy-duty rifle plus various literature connected with terrorist groups to divert Five-O away from any connection to Tatsumo's murder. Che Fong is mentioned (but not seen) in relation to checking the rifle for clues.
- When Danno shows up at the Brain Trust pad to grill the students about Tatsumo's murder, Adrienne, one of them, smiles at Danno and says "You can arrest me any time."
- The civil defense trucks appear broadcasting in multiple languages, including English, Hawaiian and Japanese.
- When people in Kapiolani Park seen from above via a helicopter are freaking out while evacuating, the footage comes from #132, Anybody Can Build a Bomb.
- If you compare the Iolani Palace parking lot behind Collins in the closeup when she shoots Tatsumo, it does not seem to match the previous shot.
- In the command center after the alert is sent out, McGarrett is briefly seen on a TV set where his image is the video that is actually being broadcast, not the usual technique of matting footage into the picture tube area on the monitor.
- The "bookem" is "Book them, murder one, all of them."
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An exiled foreign leader dies in a swimming mishap that looks accidental, but the dead man's widow is convinced it was murder.
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This episode, directed by Reza Badiyi, begins very similarly to "Deep Cover," with a woman trying to get people's attention on a beach over something happening in the water which turns out to be part of a "big conspiracy." This time, what's happening is the murder by drowning of Salgi Sandanarik, a Nobel Prize candidate who spoke out against human rights abuses in his unnamed home country where he was briefly political leader, and now is in exile in Hawaii. A mute woman and friend of his, Kati Parisa (the emaciated-looking Sian Barbara Allen), is a witness to his murder. Kati was tortured by the head of the country's secret police, the dreaded Zadak (Bo Brundin), currently in Hawaii under the alias of "Derek Hoffman," trying to make sure that Sandanarik's message doesn't get delivered to the upcoming Pacific Conference of Human Rights. Brundin's character has a very peculiar accent which sounds Irish. Sandanarik's widow, played by the attractive Marisa Pavan, speaks French. Her character is the sister of Generalissimo Samacara, the current strongman in charge of the country, which adds to the suspense of the episode. Although she attends the funeral and is obviously sympathetic to her husband's cause, some things she says make one wonder if she really is playing both sides of the fence. About Kati, she wonders if she is a witness to her husband's murder or an accomplice. One also wonders why McGarrett trusts her so much to give her information about Kati and another of Sandanarik's pals, Charlie Davilo (Michael Durrell), who has possession of a dossier outlining the abuses back home. McGarrett has a neat scene when he confronts manicurist Helen Macy (Mary-Angela) who was the woman responsible for Sandanarik's "drowning" at the beginning of the show -- but he tells her his office is in the "Ilolani Palace"! Overall, this is one of the better episodes of this season (and there are not many in this category).
- It's seen raining during Sandanarik's funeral, so much so that the the camera lens gets wet. The windows of McGarrett's Mercury are soaked when seen from the inside, but a view from the outside shows the windows to be completely dry. As McGarrett and Danno arrive at the funeral, McGarrett has his hand on Danno's shoulders.
- Jonathan Kaye, who appears briefly to discuss the international implications of Sandanarik's death, is played by Bill Edwards. Kaye tells McGarrett "His widow came to visit you claiming it was a political assassination," but this is not correct. McGarrett went to see her. McGarrett then remarks "I've told no one of her visit."
- A Manoa Cab is seen with the ubiquitous phone number 732-5577 on its side.
- Don Ray's score has its good points, especially a scene where McGarrett confronts would-be assassins in the hospital. The photography of this show is above-average as well.
- A nice touch where Macy is shot outside her house which is on a dead end street.
- There are a couple of scenes where McGarrett and Danno are driving which look like process shots (of the kind used in the "new" Five-O)!
- Che Fong is mentioned (but not seen) as having checked some Scuba air tanks which belonged to Pete Colby (John Allen), Macy's partner in knocking off Sandanarik.
- When McGarrett is getting his manicure done, we get a brief glance at Jack Lord's hairy hands.
- There is a "bookem" when Davilo is leaving Leahi Hospital where he has been staying after being beaten up by some thugs. McGarrett takes his place in a wheelchair in order to capture the thugs who have followed Davilo there. McGarrett says "Book them both, suspicion of murder." A Pacific Ambulance takes Davilo from the hospital to the conference.
- The "bookem" is "Okay, book them, both of them."
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At the Governor's order, McGarrett becomes the watchdog for a love triangle involving a young couple and the girl's father who detests her Hawaiian boyfriend because of his "lowborn" origin.
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McGarrett is enlisted to track down Debbie (Deirdre Berthrong), the daughter of the Governor's friend, shipping magnate George Cameron (James B. Sikking). Debbie has been "kidnapped" by a "Kanaka with brown skin," David Kaluna (the David Cassidy-like Michael Mullins), whose mother Sarah (Emma Veary) just happens to be McGarrett's office cleaning lady. McGarrett tells the Governor in no uncertain terms (especially for a later-season episode) he doesn't like being used in this manner, saying that if David went to the snobby Punahou School or belonged to some local country club, Cameron wouldn't be so concerned. The Governor replies, "Nobody's accusing Mr. Cameron of bigotry." Cameron comments to McGarrett that he has "done more for these natives than you or the Governor." (Cameron incorrectly calls the Governor "Phil" during this exchange, by the way.) After Cameron leaves, McGarrett refers to Cameron as "moneybags" and "arrogant." The Governor says McGarrett is "out of line" when McGarrett objects to being his flunky (click on the plot link above for more details) and suggests that the case is "political dynamite," harking back to "the Martin case" forty years before which involved a girl from a prominent family and an island boy. (The reference here is more likely to the notorious Massie Case, where a young Navy wife was gang-raped by several young Hawaiian men.) Debbie, who is not only in love with David, but pregnant by him, escapes from her father who is about to ship her off to a convent school in Switzerland and runs away to the Big Island with her boyfriend. The two of them attempt to start a new life there with the help of David's fisherman Uncle Noah (John Marley). There is a lot of mumbo-jumbo about David's Hawaiian heritage whenever he and his uncle sail past the City of Refuge (Pu'uhonua o Honaunau), a place were those who broke Kapu (taboo) in olden times could be pardoned. The ending is terrible -- after a dramatic confrontation with the young lovers who are now married, Debbie's father just wanders off while McGarrett and Danno utter banalities about how he will feel better when he sees his grandchild! The music by John Cacavas is mind-bogglingly bad -- a sappy main theme for the two young lovers reminiscent of The Carpenters' "Close To You" and some grunting chant-like sounds trying to evoke images of Hawaiian history. This episode would get a much higher rating if the music was better!
- In order to get married, wouldn't Debbie, who is only 16, need her father's permission? (A web site suggests the age of consent for Hawaii is currently 18.)
- Close examination of the pumps at the gas station where David works (one of his two jobs) reveals a promotion for a "Free Big Mac Sandwich at McDonald's in Hawaii."
- Before she runs away with David, Debbie makes an appointment at the Mission Clinic on 246 Pauahi Street, Honolulu 96813. She is using the pseudonym "Jane Thompson," age 18, who lives at 142 Seaside Avenue, Honolulu. The appointment is for 7/17/77.
- It takes almost a minute and a half before the titles appear at the beginning of Act One.
- Cameron's private detective Fletcher (Robert Harker) traces a phone call, completing the operation in about 30 seconds. Compare this with the numerous times when McGarrett gets a call in the office which he wants Danno or someone to trace and they can't do it in a couple of minutes.
- Kwan Hi Lim plays Dr. Kubota, an abortionist.
- Cameron flies to the big island in one of his company's helicopters, but it is a stock Five-O copter with the number N9014F, flown by Bill Lacy, who is seen ferrying McGarrett around in other episodes.
- When David and his uncle capture a huge fish, it is auctioned off on the docks, with the auctioneer referring to it as "sashimi and all that stuff."
- The Naniloa Surf Hotel gets credit at the end, but is referred to in the show itself as just the "Surf Hotel."
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A young doctor is suspected in the murder of an elderly surgeon.
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This episode starts out promisingly. An elderly over-the-hill doctor, Gideon Webb, a legend in his own time described as "haole hao" (iron man), is found shot to death in the ocean. Suspicion falls on John Palahana (Cal Bellini), a younger doctor who was in the process of reporting Webb to his hospital's medical board for negligence which resulted in the death of a patient. There are complications with the doctor's neighbor, Constance Kincaid, played by Eleanor Parker, whose movie career began in the early 1940s. Constance owns a ranch somewhere out in the sticks on Oahu (exactly where is never said), a large concern which raises cattle and also has sugar and pineapple operations. This ranch is located on the waterfront next door to Webb's property, and is so large it has its own hospital, where both Palahana and Webb work. Kincaid is being pressured to donate some of her property to create a public park, and her son-in-law Kelly Trahune (John Reilly) is in league with Paul Weaver (Carleton Smith), who wants to make a multi-million dollar development on adjacent land. There is plenty of local color in the show, ranging from Palahana's mother, played by Irmgard Aluli, who uses expressions like "Maika'i" (good) when talking to her son, the singing of "The Hukilau Song" and Webb's burial on his own property which is where the episode gets its title from. Other examples of local color are specious. For example, when McGarrett grills Palahana on the beach over his involvement with the murder, the younger doctor tells McGarrett, "You're barking up the wrong palm." Julie Kincaid Trahune, Kelly's wife and Constance's daughter, played by the Toni Tenille-like Lara Parker, who also starred in the twelfth season all-time bomb episode A Bird in Hand, uses the expression "Are you out of your coconut?" When Constance tells Palahana to watch his mouth regarding the accusations against Webb at the beginning of the show, he tells her "I am not one of your paniolos [cowboys] any longer," referring to his humble beginnings working on her ranch. The show goes seriously downhill when it ventures off in several directions with too many red herrings. The night before he died, Webb had a mysterious meeting with Julie. He also had a peculiar accounting system where he kept entries in a bankbook for "services rendered" and "services received." Webb found out about the development plans of Trahune (exactly how is not explained), and Trahune arranged with Weaver to knock off Webb with Palahana's shotgun. Trahune is connected to a Hong Kong corporation which wanted to invest in his and Weaver's project after Chin Ho does some sleuthing in Hong Kong, following an ex-HPD private investigator. The investigator is found murdered, but Chin Ho knows an informer who can make the necessary connections to convict Trahune. Adding to the already-thick plot is the fact that Palahana and Julie "did it" when they were younger, and their love child Kai has been raised by one of the ranch hands on the sly without either John or Constance knowing. This past relationship boils to the surface with John and Julie having a loud argument which is interrupted by McGarrett. It turns out that Webb covered up Julie's pregnancy and the birth of Kai, and also falsified the medical report to avoid a scandal after Constance's husband committed suicide by saying that the husband died while cleaning the gun. So it turns out that the saintly Doctor Webb was a hero with "feet of clay," as McGarrett tells the Governor at the beginning of the show. By the time we get to the end, there is far too much information to absorb, and especially considering how bland the villains Terhune and Weaver are, we really don't care much about the peccadillos of these rich folks. The ending, with Terhune trying to anger a temperamental horse to kill Constance, who he has knocked unconscious, and Julie telling McGarrett that it is time to 'fess up about Kai, is majorly disappointing.
- McGarrett quote to the Governor, a pal of Kincaid's, who is asking him to investigate the murder: "I only know one way to handle a murder case, and discretion and diplomacy may not be part of it."
- This is the second episode in a row where the word "pregnant" is heard.
- Parker does a good job playing a Big White Momma type. She accuses McGarrett of being "a bleeding heart liberal" who believes the Hawaiians were exploited by the missionaries, describing the local people as "childlike," and telling McGarrett that she and her ancestors going back several generations have done a lot to improve the lives of the Hawaiian people who worked for her family.
- Trying to track down the shotgun that killed Webb, McGarrett picks up a bunch of shells from the area where Constance is practising her skeet shooting on the beach. Later in the Five-O office, McGarrett throws a bag containing these shells at Duke for him to take to the lab. McGarrett throws the bag fairly low, but Duke catches it as if it were flying high up in the air. Duke tells McGarrett that another shell that was found on the beach was fired by Palahana's gun. You have to listen carefully in this sequence to hear Duke say, as he shows McGarrett this recently-acquired evidence, that the shells in the bag will not be necessary: "This [the subtitles say "the"] shell we found on the beach [using metal detectors mentioned earlier] are [sic] a perfect match for the gun owned by Doctor Palahana."
- In this episode, Constance addresses the Governor as "Philip," suggesting that writer Gerry Day did not check the back story too carefully where the Governor was correctly identified as Paul Jameson. In the first season episode 24 Karat Kill, Richard Denning made a one-shot appearance as U.S. Treasury Agent Philip Grey.
- Karen Rhodes points out in her book on Hawaii Five-O that in the scene where McGarrett talks to Palahana on the beach, the doctor has just come ashore after surfing. But if you look at the ocean behind him, there is no surf! McGarrett wears a dark blue suit when he talks to Palahana, but in the next scene, assuming it takes place shortly after, McGarrett visits Constance and is wearing a light blue suit.
- The stock music is eminently forgettable. There is a shot of the Iolani Palace window where the Five-O office is located; this shot is overexposed and out of focus.
- Yankee Chang plays Mrs. Kincaid's servant Akino.
- Che Fong is sorely missed in this episode. Surely he could have tested Palahana's gun to determine that it was recently fired!
- The music has been changed in two places compared to the original TV broadcasts. I have uploaded brief clips, taken from an old TV dub and the DVDs themselves. The first clip is after Palahana has a fight with Constance and comes out of the house to where people are dancing. There are two guys playing guitars and another playing a bass fiddle, and in the TV version, that's the music you hear. In the DVD version, there is what sounds like a Hawaiian version of "Happy Birthday to You," played by a steel guitar and flute alternating the melody accompanying the dance. The second clip takes place at the funeral of Gideon Webb. In the TV version, Palahana's mother sings the song Hawai`i Aloha, described on a WWW site as "one of the many songs composed by the Reverend Lorenzo Lyons, known as Makua Laiana, who had a church for many years at Waimea, Hawai`i. He died in 1886 [!]." So you would suspect this song is in the public domain. But in the DVD version, it is cut out!E Hawai‘i, e ku‘u one hanau e Ku‘u home kulaiwi nei ‘Oli no au i na pono lani e E Hawai‘i, aloha eIn the TV version, you hear and see the Palahana's mother singing the song and there is a closeup of her as Akino behind her pulls out a hanky and wipes away a tear. But in the DVD version, this shot of Akino is eliminated and there is no closeup of the mother. The music has been replaced by some generic Five-O music.
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McGarrett goes undercover in the guise of a merchant seaman to find the killer of a labor-union reformer.
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Anton Krebs (Rod Aiu), a longshormen's union president candidate who is making a lot of noise about corruption on the docks involving the theft of liquor, cigarettes, cosmetics and drugs, is knocked off at the beginning of the show after being interviewed by Les Keiter for KGMB news.
McGarrett shows up shortly after wearing cool Felix Leiter-style sunglasses. He seems very edgy, because when he orders Chin Ho and Duke to get on the case in a big way, checking "Hotel Street, bars, betting joints, every place where longshoremen hang out," Chin replies, "That sounds like a week's work to me." Normally, McGarrett would come back with some snappy response, but this time there is nothing.
The Governor is under a lot of heat from the current longshoreman's president Jackson Croft (Jim Demarest) who threatens to shut down the port with a strike if Krebs' killer isn't found, because his reputation is being smeared and the outcome of the upcoming election is in doubt, suggesting that Krebs was not the only other candidate.
Duke and Chin hang out at some of Honolulu's sleazier spots to get information. (A strip club advertises "Live on Stage: Act of Love" on its marquee.) Chin visits a bar where Melveen Leed makes her first appearance as the smart-talking Sally, and Duke tries to get some information from a hooker who he says he knows has been hustling since she was twelve.
Shortly after, McGarrett fakes leaving town, ostensibly for some "family business" in San Francisco, talking about his plans to Danno in a loud voice at the airport. You have to wonder why, since no one seems to be listening. He soon reappears in the low-rent part of town in disguise as "Riley," sporting a wig and moustache and looking like John Beck, star of "Nightmare in Blue." (One wonders how he can keep the wig and moustache on, considering what happens next.)
McGarrett drinks in this show, which he never does in "real life," and stuffs money down the cleavage of Darlene (Kathy Paulo), a B-girl. His comment to her that he wants nine dollars in change suggests he is kind of cheap with his tip, which is probably only ten dollars.
One major problem with McGarrett's "underground" performance in this show is that, aside from the opening scenes where he fights off Beau Van Den Ecker as "The Knife" and then gets drunk with the one-armed Arthur (Michael Conrad), he questions and lectures people just like a cop, rather than playing a character like he did in "The Ways of Love."
It's also hard to believe that Arthur is the point man for all of the thefts being committed on the waterfront. Through Arthur, McGarrett tracks down Frankie Demara (Sharon Farrell), Krebs' mistress, who has turned into a dope fiend. As he is about to enter Demara's opium den in some ramshackle building, McGarrett is stonewalled by a couple of thugs. He suddenly opens up a door behind him, either trying to escape or distract the thugs, and the place erupts in a full-scale police raid that he had nothing to do with.
While trying to escape during the ensuing chaos with Frankie, McGarrett in his Riley persona slugs Danno, nearly breaking his hand. As a result of the raid, McGarrett and Frankie are booked into jail where McGarrett proposes a far-fetched theory to Danno that Frankie tipped off the cops, resulting in the raid, and also got involved with opium so she would be assured of being locked up away from people who were after her because of her association with Krebs.
After being released from jail, Frankie wants to go back to McGarrett's place where she tells him "we'll make it and then we'll sleep." As he tucks her into bed there, she grabs his hand and pulls it in front of her, seemingly grasping her boob.
Script-wise, the remainder of the show goes downhill rapidly. McGarrett is kidnapped by Arthur and a couple of thugs who take him to a shack in some location like Sand Island, because they finally figured out who he really is and were just using him to locate Krebs' girl friend. McGarrett is soon joined there by Frankie, also grabbed by some other thugs from her room.
Then Nick Gentry (Al Avalon), the big boss who is behind all the corruption on the docks, finally shows up. Gentry, an insignificant character, spends a couple of minutes arguing with Arthur about wasting the two hostages, while McGarrett tries to convince Arthur not to co-operate.
As a punk named "Korean" in the end credits and played by Reggie ("Reginald") Ho slaps McGarrett in the face, Frankie grabs Korean and pushes him across the room. Grabbing his gun which has fallen to the floor, she shoots both Korean and Gentry and in turn is shot by Gentry himself. Arthur suddenly becomes McGarrett's friend, freeing him from the ropes binding his wrists, and McGarrett holds Frankie as she expires, saying "She's gone."
What a dumb ending! At least you can say that Farrell gives an exceptional performance under the circumstances.
- The guy who knocks off Krebs at the beginning of the show is the incredibly ugly guy who accompanies Keene Curtis' character at the beginning of #143, Killer at Sea.
- Several cases of Valium are seen in a truck, part of an about-to-be-stolen shipment.
- Milton Seltzer has a near-cameo appearance in this show as Ghoriades, a dentist who is in league with the federal types who enlisted McGarrett to go undercover.
- The second and final score by Ernest Gold is not particularly memorable, but has a few interesting moments other than the awful underscore at the beginning of the show.
- "The Knife" is hardly the stupidest name in this show -- Al Waterson plays someone called "Hawaiian" (duh!).
- The strip club with a flashing arc above the entrace at the end of the ramp and Saturday Night Fever-like lights under the floor looks very similar to the one seen in the eleventh season episode "The Execution File."
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A young politician who is considered prime presidential material is being blackmailed in an effort to force him to abandon an explosive congressional investigation that he is directing.
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Congressman John Richard Carr (David Birney), a "knight in shining armor" who might have a "crack at the White House" in 1984 according to the Governor, is caught in a web of sexual intrigue at a Honolulu beauty contest where he is one of the judges. Why he would even get involved with something like this in the first place is a very good question. He gets hot pants for 19-year-old Miss Malaysia, Jane Kuan (Carmella Letman), and when the two of them are fooling around, he is being filmed and photographed through a one-way mirror disguised as a picture on the room of the hotel room where he meets her. The mastermind behind this blackmail is the Singapore-based "journalist" David Chung (Soon-Teck Oh), who wants Carr to lay off his Washington investigation of Wing Tai Lee, a Malay businessman who is suspected of bribery. Kuan is somehow involved in this plot, and knocks Carr out with some sedative in his drink, but shortly after this, two of Chung's goons toss her off the hotel balcony. The boss of the beauty contest, Andrea King (Shannon Wilcox), is a total bitch. When McGarrett encounters her after Jane's death, he makes a big deal of addressing her as "Ms." (prior to this, he even tells Danno to avoid the term "Miss" when talking to King). King tells McGarrett to "stop being patronizing and tell me what's being done," and later criticizes him for his attitude saying "You're one of those people who think beauty contests are a joke, aren't you?" McGarrett replies, "I didn't mean to be condescending; I was just using a term women [sic] libbers seem to prefer." The motivation for this remark is peculiar -- does McGarrett think that the beauty contest is like a meat market? There is no indication to suggest that King is a "women's libber." I think McGarrett tries to cover up the fact that he has put his foot in his mouth big time, and only makes things worse! Overall, I don't understand why McGarrett acts like such a pussy when he is dealing with King. When he tries to talk to her later, she starts nagging him that "You and your people are disrupting our entire pageant." McGarrett gives her his stock line about how he is conducting a murder investigation, and that he has an obligation to clear up what happened. She replies that she has an "equal obligation to the other contestants." Finally she shuts up. For much of the episode, McGarrett carries on like he is sleepwalking. He finally shows some of the old fire when he drags Chung into his office and brings Carr in to identify Chung as the man who is blackmailing him (asking "Is this he?"). But Carr won't say anything because Chung's goons have kidnapped his wife Kathleen (Penny Kunard) who showed up in Honolulu after she was sent some revealing photos of her husband with Kuan. McGarrett, oblivious to the kidnap scenario, slams the door to his office very loudly, goes ballistic and starts yelling until Carr tells him what is happening. King is later tracked down to hanging out in the same Washington circles as Carr as well as Wing Tai Lee, and she is determined to be in cahoots with Chung. Five-O traces a call from her to the motel where Carr's wife is being held captive, and McGarrett manages to save the day, far too quickly, considering that Carr is about to hold a tell-all press conference. This show has a lot of potential, encompassing such trendy topics as beauty pageants, sexism, international relations, hanky-panky with government types and inter-racial sex. With a bit of tightening up of the script as well as better characterization and acting, it could have been a much better episode.
- McGarrett quote to Carr: "I make it my business to know about a lot of things."
- Doug Mossman appears as Jimmy Keno, the host of the beauty pageant, which takes place in the Honolulu Concert Hall. One of the twelve finalists has a banner across her swimsuit which says "Miss Philipines." There are reportedly 82 "Pacific beauties" in the contest, but assuming only one per country, that number seems very high.
- The Governor tells McGarrett that Carr can "give Teddy [Kennedy] a run for it [the presidency] in 1984." The Governor was a bit off, because Kennedy came in second to Jimmy Carter at the 1980 Democratic convention. He didn't run in 1984 at all.
- Chung awakens Carr from his drugged stupor to tell him to watch the TV news for footage of Kuan's death. Chung must have some inside scoop that the footage will be shown, not to mention the exact time it will appear in the newscast.
- There is some "Oriental" sounding tune over the beauty pageant orchestra's stock material as Carr gets the eye from Jane during the pageant. The music by Cacavas is OK with some sleazy saxophone passages, though the ending with its piano melody is banal.
- McGarrett mispronounces the word "autopsy" with the emphasis on the second syllable again. He also examines a piece of negative film of the encounter between Carr and Kuan, which is actually a positive.
- The Australian contestant in the pageant gives a performance of Meditation, a song popularized by Frank Sinatra.
- Jonathan Kaye in this show is played by Lyle Bettger. McGarrett contacts Kaye over the possible "international consequences" of Kuan's death.
- Carr meets with the blackmailing Chung in Kapiolani Park just west of the War Memorial Natatorium. Chin Ho and Duke's efforts to tail the two of them, sneaking around behind walls like characters in a Pink Panther cartoon, are laughable. Carr later complains to McGarrett that this tailing was "an invasion of privacy ... I know the law." I don't think so!
- Near the end, Chin and Duke park in one of the hotel parking lot's entrances in a manner which would probably get them a ticket.
- When he talks to Carr in his hotel room near the end of the show, McGarrett dispenses some moralistic blather about Carr's dilemma.
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In pursuing a big time drug dealer suspected of murdering an HPD officer, McGarrett finds himself in bitter conflict with a federal agent.
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Despite the fact that McGarrett delivers most of his dialogue in a hush-hush manner, this is not a bad episode. Once again the top cop has to deal with a Fed, specifically justice department agent Al Marsh. He is played by George Grizzard, giving a sympathetic performance as a "little guy" who has been overlooked for promotions and other advancements, even though he has been with the department for over 20 years. Marsh is watching over Jack Fabian (Charles Cioffi), a protected witness "under a grant of immunity," who spilled the beans on some major crime figures on the mainland several years before. Fabian is currently involved in a drug pushing investigation in Hawaii. After he fatally wounds Barney Kamala (Ernest Chan), an undercover cop working with Five-O at the beginning of the show, presumably because he thinks he can literally get away with murder as a result of his federal co-operation, McGarrett is at his wit's end to try and arrest Fabian, who is essentially a "non-person." At one point, Duke and Chin are tailing Eddie Rizzo (John Russo), a gangster friend of Fabian -- as usual, much too closely. When they first start out, they are parked the wrong way on the wrong side of the street. During the pursuit, Rizzo makes a right hand turn according to Chin, but when you see their car following in Rizzo's mirror, they are making a left hand turn (I think)! They are temporarily held up by a moving van from Y. Higa Trucking Service (a real business). After Rizzo has a heart attack while driving, Duke looks in the gangster's wrecked car (license number 3E-1201) and gets showered by a fire hydrant. He finds the gun that Fabian used to kill Barney earlier in the show -- but how does he get the gun out of the car without it getting soaked with water and ruining the fingerprints? Chin later refers to some drugs as "the stuff that dreams are made of." Fabian's girl friend Luana Watkins (Joanne Nail) has a flower shop which is located at 3046 Monsarrat Ave., with the correct ZIP code 96815. Beau Van Den Ecker is the nasty but well-tanned hitman Harry Sunday who tries to knock off Luana.
- Danno (or his double) has some energetic stunts, leaping over a picnic table and running along the top of parked cars.
- Lyle Bettger is Jonathan Kaye, who tells McGarrett there's nothing that he can do to help him with his case. Kaye says, "Don't take on the government -- you can't win."
- McGarrett says "Easy, easy...," twice to the widow of the murdered cop, four times to the shot Marsh.
- Ed Fernandez is Doctor Fremont and Electra Gailas (Gailes in the credits) Fair is Dr. Strauss who gets very cranky when McGarrett takes too long interviewing Luana in the hospital.
- When Harry Sunday arrives at the airport, he puts some stuff in a locker, including what looks like a car rental agreement. It is for a yellow Volvo, but he drives a typical Ford product around Honolulu.
- At around 17:20-17:50 on the DVD (and an earlier TV print I have), there is some kind of weird honeycomb-like filter on the main camera used as Steve and Danno pull up to the apartment where they think they will find Fabian. This filter is also seen later as McGarrett and Danno enter the flower shop (around 34:06 on the DVD). At the end of the show, when Duke is watching McGarrett and Fabian "duke" it out in a rubber dingy, there is an inexplicable very close freeze-frame of Duke's face similar to the shot used for Herman Wedeyemer in the main credits. Thanks to GK for pointing these out.
- Duke and Chin might have avoided getting held up by the moving truck if they had a siren in their car!
- There are some interesting camera angles looking up from the floor when McGarrett and Danno first meet Marsh. The main titles don't start until about 1:20 after the beginning of the first act, and then are interspersed with dialogue.
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McGarrett and Danno are enmeshed with a pair of frightened surfers, one of whom was responsible for the death of a girl, and the other is suspected of it.
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Danno, wearing a tank top as well as hideous blue bell bottom pants and high-heeled shoes, is the judge at the Sandy Beach Pro-Am Surfing Classic, where the top prize is $5,000. McGarrett, whose participation in this episode is rather peripheral, cautions Danno to "judge the surfers, not the bikinis." One of the contestants and a friend of Danno's, Ben "Ricochet" Hanakea (Kimo Kahoano) becomes a suspect in the death of his girlfriend Lorca Davidson (Valerie Charles) after the two have a heated argument. Ben, who Danno describes as a "hothead," is referred to by competing surfer Gavin McNabb (David M. Young) as a "no-neck gorilla," a "Kanaka," and a "coconut chaser." The last of these expressions has crucial plot significance when it reminds Lorca's friend and fellow waitress Elaine Sebastian (Lisa Eilbacher) of something she heard on the phone. Gavin and Lorca were previously a number, and when he tries to get their romance back on track, she rebuffs him, uttering the rather unusual expression "Your macho is bleeding." This leads to a fight, with Lorca slipping off a cliff and falling to her death on the rocks below. Ben becomes the number one suspect in Lorca's murder, especially after Gavin plants his shirt that Lorca ripped before she fell in Ben's garbage can. Ben flees into the backwoods of Oahu with the help of a couple of pals and manages to lay low. Both Danno and McGarrett abuse the bitchy assistant D.A. Sunada (Luella Costello), making sure they refer to her as "Ms.," Danno in a very sarcastic fashion. She argues with Danno who speaks up on behalf of Ben, and McGarrett says that Danno should really be removed from the case because of his personal involvement. Interestingly, when Sunada first appears, her dress is similar to that of a Japanese schoolgirl. There are some continuity problems when Danno is chasing Ben by car through a forest near the beach trying to persuade him to give up. Near the end of the chase, Williams' car flies up the air and down into the sand on the beach, revealing major frontal damage (but if you see the car in a shot before it hits the beach, the damage was already there). In the next shot, the front is not only undamaged, but the car seems to be a different model. Just before this, Ben's friends drive Danno off the road, and between two different shots of their car is another which seems to go back into time. The ending is stupid. Ben manages to escape from jail (seriously!) and makes his way to the beach where the surfing competition is being held. Then he swims out to where Gavin is located and the two of them fight. Gavin swims to shore and goes to his place (very close by, I suspect) where Elaine just happens to be snooping in his room to find a picture that proves he and Lorca had a relationship. When Gavin suddenly enters the room, Elaine stabs him with some fishing spear-like device and he pursues her, down exactly the same path above the cliffs where Lorca met her death. Elaine slips and is about to also fall over the edge, and Gavin is going to offer no help because he knows Elaine went to Five-O. Just at this moment, McGarrett and Duke suddenly appear out of nowhere, having managed to figure out exactly where Gavin and Elaine could be found. (This is the second time within a short time frame that Five-O seems to have developed ESP-like powers ... how did they know the escaping Ben would go to the beach to get his revenge on Gavin?) Elaine is not in any danger of falling off the cliff when seen from above, though the camera angle from below suggests things are a little more perilous. The last scene, with McGarrett and Danno saying they'll put in a good word for Ben at the police academy where he wants to be a member of the force (despite his recent lack of co-operation and a past record!) is very sucky, accompanied by some sentimental-sounding music. The stock music accompanying the surfing action is appropriate. There is one interesting cue featuring tuba and muted French horns.
- There's a funny scene where Danno speaks pidgin to two smart-ass friends of Ben.
- Near the beginning Moe "Truck" Keale appears as the pimp-like Charlie (looking very much like his character Wunton in #127, Tricks are Not Treats), who's into "dope, prostitution and shakedowns." Why the scene with this character is in the show at all is a mystery -- perhaps to give McGarrett more screen time or give McGarrett a good excuse to ridicule Charlie about his wardrobe ... which is pretty funny considering some of McGarrett's wardrobe choices.
- When Elaine looks at the surfers through a seemingly powerful telescope near the end of the show, the view is further away than McGarrett's binoculars. On the other hand, McGarrett's binocular view of the surfers is very close up, just like the camera filming the scene in the water.
- I find it strange that when Gavin and two other surfers are discussing his ex-girlfriend Lorca in a bar after her death, no one seems to say anything about the fact that she is dead ... surely this would have been major news!
- Charlie, the lab technician, is played by Lydia Lei Kayahara, who has difficulty not breaking into laughter when she, Danno and McGarrett are discussing different fragrances of surfboard wax.
- Doc Bergmann is spoken to on the phone, but not seen.
- The license plate 3B-4743 is viewed on a Ford Bronco again.
- Ben's mother at one point is heard saying she made lau-lau, which is meat like pork or chicken wrapped in banana or another leaf & steamed.
- Puddles from a rainstorm are seen on the ground in one scene.
- When Ben takes a letter off a public bulletin board outside the Waimanalo Snack Bar that Danno left trying to convince Ben to give himself up, a woman walks by him. A few moments later, Ben rips up the letter, and the same woman walks by him again in the same direction.
- The "bookem" is "Book him, Duke"!
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An undercover woman cop not from Oahu, used during an investigation despite McGarrett's objections, becomes involved with a young man connected to the case.
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At the beginning of the show, a water skier in Honolulu Harbor loses her grip, and as she swims back to her friends' boat, beating what are odds of several thousand to one, she encounters a body floating in the water and screams loudly. The body just happens to be Bradley, a friend of McGarrett's and an HPD cop who was working undercover with Five-O to help crack a dope-smuggling ring run by "Surfer" (Nephi Hannemann) who McGarrett calls "slimy." Bradley's murder prompts McGarrett to get seriously distraught, uttering words to the effect "I got him killed, Danno," which will be heard again soon in the season's final episode. In order to continue the investigation but without using a cop from Oahu, McGarrett flies to Maui where he asks the local chief for a volunteer. When that person is Bates, specifically Valerie Bates (Carol Lynley), McGarrett starts stammering things like, "The case is much too heavy for a lady." She points out that she is more than qualified for the job, saying "I am a damn good cop," and adding, "A woman may be the head of Hawaii Five-O some day." McGarrett, hard-pressed to overcome a serious case of sexism, finally relents. Bates hangs out on the beach at Waikiki and hooks up with Kimo Hameo (Enrique Novi), who works for local mob boss Martin Lynch (Vic Tayback) and Surfer, who are in charge of the incoming $25 million heroin shipment that Bradley was tracking. Bates becomes Kimo's friend almost immediately, and Danno says "She's playing him like a ukulele." Alas, this is far from the truth, as Lynley gives an extremely mediocre performance. The major problem is the role calls for an actress who is playing a policewoman who is also acting the part of a small time crook, and Lynley fails on both levels, acting (literally) in a totally disinterested manner. The script does not help, especially when Bates gets all preachy and tries to get Kimo to abandon his life of crime, saying things like "people will get hurt and the children..." Bates manages to infiltrate Lynch's crowd to the point where she is sunning herself beside his pool and becomes so friendly with Kimo that she meets his mother. Kimo tells Bates that his mother thinks she is okay "for a haole." Although Kimo is part of Lynch's gang because he owes Lynch money, he is also going to smuggle some of the heroin (too much for Hawaii alone) to the mainland in hollowed-out Tiki gods carved by his Uncle Kale. When Bates' cover is almost revealed, Kimo doesn't spill the beans, which leads to a discussion between the two of them with very loud voices on the beach not far from Lynch's house about the fact that she is a cop. There is obvious tailing at the end with McGarrett following Lynch's gang in a helicopter (number N9014F) after the heroin is picked up. Although Bates is supposedly an expert in martial arts, when she fights with Surfer near the end, she is no match for him at all. Lynley almost engenders some sympathy in the last scenes as she sheds a tear over the shot and dying Kimo's body, but it is hard for viewers to respond in kind, considering what a disappointment the rest of her performance is. The episode is directed by Alan Reisner, who did some of the series' best, including Hookman, Skinhead, and Man in a Steel Frame. The writer, Irv Pearlberg, gave us The Bells Toll At Noon!
- Al Eben as Doc Bergman is no more. He has been replaced by another guy played by Douglas E. Barden who is identified in the DVD subtitles as "Bergman." The lighting in the coroner's office is a very peculiar green.
- Because the heroin shipment expected soon on Oahu could arrive on any one of several ships coming from Hong Kong, McGarrett says he wants to check "Anything that floats."
- Chin Ho does obvious surveillance across the street from Lynch's house in a "Matzo Cable TV" truck (is this some kind of in-joke?).
- Doug Mossman plays Jimmy Akana, a reporter from Channel 9 in Honolulu.
- Watch the ash on Lynley's cigarette in the bar scene where she first meets Kimo -- it looks like she is smoking pretty fast.
- Surfer refers to Kimo as "Kimo Sabe" and Kimo refers to himself as a "dumb Kanaka."
- The music, mostly using strings and brass, is by Morton Stevens, surprising for such a run-of-the-mill episode. There are a few echoes of "Hookman."
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A young man bombs companies owned by a Japanese-American who he feels was responsible for his father's suffering in a prison camp during the Second World War.
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An execrable show, my nomination for worst episode of all, replacing "A Bird In Hand...," which has not been revised to reflect this yet. Willy Barker (David Dukes) is seeking revenge on Honolulu businessman Yuhio Muromoto (Bennett Ohta), who he feels was responsible for torturing his father to death in 1942 in a Japanese prison camp (shades of #56, The Reunion). At the same time he is bombing companies owned by the "responsible businessman" Muromoto, Barker becomes friendly with the tycoon's daughter Nancy (Donna Benz) who teaches an adult education photography class where he is a student. One wonders why she would even have the remotest interest in him, since he is a creep who drives a taxi for a living and she is a hot-looking high-class society "babe"! Despite knowing him for only a couple of weeks, she actually tells him during an intimate moment "I really like you and I want to share with you." When McGarrett goes to the Japanese consul to snoop into Muromoto's wartime records, Sakata (Tommy Fujiwara) says that when Tokyo was firebombed, "tons of records were destroyed." (This was not the case in the earlier episodes Samurai and The Reunion.) Dukes' acting is unbelievably bad -- whenever he telephones threats to Muromoto, he breaks out in a sweat and acts all twitchy -- but he is joined in the bad acting department by Anne Francis, who plays Alicia Wade, Muromoto's secretary of twelve years, as well as Barbara Kelly as Mrs. Allen, Barker's gum-chewing, slutty landlady. Barker lures the very gullible Nancy to an abandoned building out in the sticks and calls her father (there is a phone in this building?). Barker, who is a Class A nutjob, briefly morphs into his father tied up to a pole in the prison camp in a scene that has to be seen to be believed. Muromoto soon arrives on the scene, and then suddenly Alicia appears out of nowhere, assuming an evil bitch persona and ranting that Muromoto led her on ("I was good enough to make love to"), then decided to marry a woman named Sumiko who is supposed to be arriving from Japan soon. The big question is -- how did she and Barker know each other to plot this scheme in the first place? (Alicia found a picture in a book about the war where one of the characters resembled Muromoto, which she then gave to Barker with a signed inscription -- "May our hunt be successful.") McGarrett and Danno follow Muromoto with the help of a helicopter which can see Muromoto's rear license plate (D1803A) that is conveniently bent upwards. As Danno and Steve approach the building in their car, of course no one can hear them, and McGarrett "just happens to have" some wire cutters in the trunk which enable the Five-O duo to easily enter the "compound" from behind the building where Muromoto and his daughter are tied up. (It looks like it would actually take quite a while to cut through this fence.) Then there "just happens to be" a box of hand grenades nearby and McGarrett gets Danno to explode one as a distraction. The final scenes are appalling -- the "programmed" Barker, in combat gear, instead of bayonetting Muromoto, goes into a crouch which looks like he has diarrhea. I wish he would have stabbed Francis, whose wretched performance is reminiscent of a bad high school drama production. But we're not over yet -- there is McGarrett's final big speech to reporter Joe Boyd (Joshua Bryant) who has been dogging him throughout the case: "It's not the real story ... the real story is about people who can't let go of hate and what hate does to them and others ... When do all wars end? When people stop hating and start loving." Bryant asks: "You think that'll ever happen?" to which McGarrett replies, "It better ... oh God, it better." Augh! What crap! At least the music by Cacavas is much better than usual for this composer, but not enough to save this train wreck of a show..
- As a result of the explosion on the dock at the beginning of the show, some worker in an "office overlooking the pier" is supposedly injured, but there doesn't seem to be a building that close to the hut that explodes, the flying debris doesn't go very far, and the explosion does not seem so violent that it would blow out windows.
- When Barker is phoning Muromoto, he says "I want you to sweat," which is pretty funny, considering Dukes' character is almost drowning in perspiration.
- Barker is seen at the grave of Charles Mitchell (1919-1977), a former uncle-like friend who was a P.O.W. held captive with his father in Muromoto's camp. Based on the street sign for 1100 Spencer Street which is seen just prior to this sequence, this graveyard is the Makiki Cemetery, which accounts for the fact that almost all of the other tombstones near Mitchell's ironically are for Japanese people!
- At Barker's place, which is full of Japanese wartime memorabilia, McGarrett is too clever as he figures out immediately that Barker is trying to avenge his father's death.
- Chin Ho goes to San Francisco, where the cops raid a warehouse owned by some arms dealers who "just happened" to keep records (pretty dumb!) which establishes the connection between "Uncle Charlie" and the grenades and land mines that Barker was using in his bombing.
- When we are introduced to "Honolulu's leading investigative reporter" Boyd early in the show, Danno drives him to the Japanese consulate to meet McGarrett, who is having lunch there (and using chopsticks). Then McGarrett offers to give Boyd a ride somewhere. Doesn't Boyd have his own car? When Boyd tells McGarrett in the Five-O office later, "There's a story here," McGarrett replies "I'm not in the 'the story business,' I'm in the crime-solving business."
- Muromoto tells his butler Henry (William Valentine) exactly where he is going before he leaves after Barker phones him about his kidnapped daughter. As well, Henry knows Muromoto's license plate number. What a great servant! In addition to this, the school where Nancy taught her class knows she was going with Barker to the windward side of the island.
- The view from inside Muromoto's car does not match the exterior shots as he drives down the hill outside the property where his daughter is being held captive.
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McGarrett is caught up in a series of puzzling murders immediately following the death of a famed artist.
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This show is "different," with an Agatha Christie-like plot, but it gets pretty boring at times. Jack Lord seems to be delivering a lot of his lines in slow motion, sort of like a plumber who is dragging out a job to make more money! In this show, once again McGarrett gets involved in the affairs of rich people, but this time it's not at the request of the Governor but instead the lawyer for the Barlow family, Malcolm Rhodes, played by Lyle Bettger, who has three different roles this season including Jonathan Kaye. The autocratic patriarch of the family, Addison Barlow, a well-known local artist, passed away recently, and the money from his estate is not to be distributed until a year after Rhodes reads the will. The way the will is worded has nasty comments about all the beneficiaries, guaranteeing they will try and knock each other off to increase their share of the money. They start dropping off as soon as the will is read, with Addison's sister Laura keeling over, the victim of poison. It's handy that McGarrett is present while this is going on, but he doesn't have an explanation for being there, even when grilled by Addison's brother-in-law and Laura's husband David Thorpe (Anthony Caruso). Next to go is Lawrence (Francis Kamahele), Addison's young son by his young-looking wife Riah (Helen Funai). Lawrence is a heavy gambler and sells his father's paintings to the swishy art dealer Benileha (Sidney Lassick). Then he substitutes forgeries done by his cousin Carolyn (Valerie Charles), another artist in the family who committed suicide at the beginning of the show after she thought she was infected with some Parkinson's-like disease. Lawrence is tailed in an absurdly close manner by Danno and Chin Ho, and goes to the house of his sister Eugenie (Christina Kokubo) to switch his car for her Jaguar XKE. After this, while attempting to get away from the Five-O duo, he drives his car off a cliff. The continuity in this sequence is extremely bad. First, he is seen driving down a single-lane middle-of-nowhere road which is very narrow, but then it turns into two lanes with a white line in the center and there are cars that Lawrence has to avoid, whereas a few seconds before there were none. As the car plunges over the cliff, it is obvious that there is no one in the driver's seat, but when Danno and Chin check the car at the bottom, Danno looks inside and says "He's dead." When Danno gets to the car, there is a bunch of grass from the hillside sticking up out of the bottom, but when the car is seen in a long shot after it stops rolling down the hill, as well as in post-crash scene photos, this clump of grass is not there. It turns out the car's steering wheel was tampered with, making McGarrett surmise that someone wanted to knock off Eugenie (who was estranged from her father), not Lawrence. But wasn't the real reason that Lawrence died was because he was trying to outrun Danno and Chin who were tailing him? McGarrett is totally stumped by who is behind the rash of poisonings and other clever ways of eliminating people, even stopping his car while driving with Danno to have a "philosophical moment," gazing at the view near the spot where Lawrence met his death. Finally McGarrett realizes at the end (BIG SPOILER COMING) that it was Addison Barlow himself who plotted the complicated demise of his relatives, all of whom he detested. The classical-sounding score in this show is by Walter Scharf, and it is both sparse and strange compared to typical Five-O music.
- McGarrett speaks French briefly to Addison Barlow's brother Thomas (Eduard Franz). Thomas wears a hearing aid in his right ear.
- The hill that Carolyn drives up at the beginning of the show is the same one where Cal Bellini holds a policewoman hostage in the twelfth season episode Voice of Terror.
- The actor playing Lawrence, Francis Kamahele, gets relatively small billing in the credits compared to the actors playing the other family members.
- When he talks to Eugenie after Lawrence's death, McGarrett suddenly pulls the fact out of nowhere that they know Lawrence had a business exchanging forgeries for his father's original paintings which he sold to Benileha. When Eugenie asks how McGarrett knew this, he replies, "We found out about it."
- McGarrett quote: "We're dealing with mass murder."
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A woman mystery writer examines strange occurrences in experiments happening at a cryogenics institute.
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This episode, directed by Five-O title designer Reza Badiyi, introduces the "old biddy" Millicent Shand (Mildred Natwick), author of 34 Hercule Poirot-like mystery novels. A childhood pal of the Governor's (she calls him "Sonny"), she is investigating a fishy cryogenics organization run by Kenneth Kirk (Peter Lawford) where one of her friends, the terminally ill Elizabeth Hubbard, died under mysterious circumstances as she was thinking of leaving the outfit. The Kirk Foundation is like a retirement home where people with terminal illnesses live out their final days in deluxe accommodation, including gourmet meals, and when they die, their bodies are frozen, to be brought back to life later when advances in medicine can deal with their conditions. Typically, these people leave large amounts of money to the foundation to take care of maintaining their bodies in a frozen state. After listening to Mildred's suspicions in the Governor's office, McGarrett approaches Kirk, telling him some outright falsehoods, including one that Elizabeth's lawyer contacted Five-O about her death, requesting an autopsy. When McGarrett talks to Kwan (Kwan Hi Lim), someone connected with the Attorney-General's office (or is he supposed to be the Attorney General himself?), he is told that an autopsy is out of the question, because it would interfere with the cryogenics process, and the case might eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to Kwan, there are numerous Five-O stock 5-0 actors -- Lou Richards, Tommy Fujiwara, Jimmy Borges, Daniel Taba and Winston Char (who plays "Dr. Char"). John Fitzgibbon is Kirk's oily assistant Norman Pryce. The episode is pretty good, with the exception of a sequence where Danno and Duke disguised as power company repairman infiltrate the foundation to spy on the resusciation of a frozen corpse for Mildred's benefit. They walk into the amphitheater-like thawing room as the procedure is taking place and no one pays the slightest attention to them. Exactly where they are standing at the top of room is difficult to figure out, because in long shots and when the camera pans, you can't see them anywhere. I suspect they are up on the left, but if they are, you would think that Pryce would see them since he is looking at Millicent who is on his right. There are also continuity problems with some of the people in the audience on the left side. What is even more peculiar is what created the power failure that brought Danno and Duke there in the first place and how they were capable of "fixing" it. After they return to the Five-O office, McGarrett is incredulous over the things they saw: "What have you two been smoking? You're out of your gourds!" John Cacavas' use of English-sounding music to accompany Millicent, including a harpsichord, is appropriate, as is the creepy background he provides when she tours the body room. The first "wave" before a commercial does not have ominous music!
- Mildred Natwick appeared with James MacArthur's mother Helen Hayes in a five-episode NBC Wednesday Night Mystery Movie series The Snoop Sisters, about two elderly mystery writers turned private eyes, which ran from 1972 to 1974. This episode has a lot in common with Retire in Sunny Hawaii -- Forever, the eighth season show where Helen Hayes played Danno's Aunt Clara.
- At the 1999 Five-O reunion, Fred Ball, who plays James Royce, frozen six years previously after coming down with Hodgkin's disease and who is resuscitated in this episode, told me that the "thawing out room" in the cryogenics foundation was one of the most expensive sets ever created for the show. It was built in the relatively small Five-O studio where the reunion was held. Ball told me that he was lying in his "coffin" and everyone on the crew went to lunch. He was afraid to open the coffin lest he ruin a take, but finally poked his head out to find that everyone had left him! Ball confirmed my suspicions that Lawford was drunk, saying that the actor was so sloshed that he kept blowing his lines. (In the opening scenes with Millicent, he looks like he might stumble into her as they are walking.) According to a tell-all book about Lawford, the actor ran up quite a large bill at the Honolulu hotel where he was staying above his normal room and board. When the hotel tried to get CBS to pay this bill, they refused. Only after a lot of heated discussion was the bill settled, and Lawford never worked for another CBS series.
- The date of January 1978 is seen on the capsule containing Mildred's friend Elizabeth.
- There are several lame puns in this episode to do with cold and freezing.
- The color in the print used for the tenth season DVD box set for this episode is kind of grubby looking. The last shot of act one has a yellowish tinge, but that is also present in a TV dub that I have which dates back several years. The lighting in scene where McGarrett talks to the daughter of another victim of Kirk's foundation leaves a lot to be desired.
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An international news reporter whose unwillingness to reveal her source for an impending kidnapping creates an international incident involving the Middle East.
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Luciana Paluzzi stars as Liana Labella ("the beautiful"), an Italian scandal-mongering journalist probably based on Oriana Fallaci, who discovers a plot to kidnap the wife of Middle Eastern prince and "divine ruler" Rashid (Aharon Ipalé) who is visiting Hawaii. The kidnapping itself is handled in a dumb fashion. Paul Roberts (Bruce Wilson), one of the bad guys, is supposed to take Rashid's wife, the Princess Amina (Darrah Lau) from her yacht to the Governor's garden party in a Four Star Limousine. (The actual chauffeur was murdered and dumped in the harbor.) But instead, he drives her to some out-of-the-way location above Honolulu on a dead end street. There his co-conspirator Derek Franklin (Geoffrey Heise), a European racing driver working in cahoots with the prince's first wife Jemilla (Kathryn Leigh Scott), is redirecting traffic. (It turns out that Franklin is the current boy friend of Jemilla, who was "scorned" by the prince since she couldn't produce an heir to the throne.) The setup for the kidnapping is silly. First, a woman named Eleanor, who was seen on a yacht near the prince's at the beginning of the show, drives near the kidnapping scene with a friend but is turned away by Franklin, who is acting like a traffic cop. Eleanor is also going to the governor's garden party via this peculiar route, but her presence in this scene is necssary only so Five-O can later get her to help create a police sketch of Franklin. Soon after, at the the dead end, Roberts pretends there is something wrong with the limousine's engine, just as Franklin drives up and Roberts says words to the effect, "Oh, this gentleman can help us or give us a push." (A push to where? They are at the end of a dead-end street!) You would suspect the princess's bodyguard Ali would figure things out long before this, but he is clueless, and also ends up murdered. Labella seems to have free run of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin office and darkroom, despite the fact she is a visiting journalist and no one pays much attention to her when she enters the building. The Star-Bulletin seems like kind of a Mickey Mouse operation, since the sports editor, classified ads department and city desk are all in the same area. This allows Roberts to try and get film identifying him as one of the kidnappers by coming to the paper, placing a classified, and then, totally oblivious to everyone in the room, walking into a nearby darkroom, where he threatens Labella with a gun! Duke just happens to be nearby and hears her screaming. He gets a faceful of photographic chemicals thanks to Roberts as he enters the darkroom. When Duke returns to the Five-O office later, relatively unscathed, McGarrett is very sympathetic. The episode see-saws back and forth between comic and serious, with uneven results.When Danno meets McGarrett returning from a police chiefs' conference at the beginning of the show, he talks about seeing Labella on "the Mike Douglas show" and then says she covers "all the beautiful ... uh ... people ... in the ... in the ... beautiful places." This stumbling over his words is probably because Danno has hot pants for Labella. McGarrett scowls, telling Danno "get back to the facts before your libido is excited." Later, when Labella meets Danno, she refers to him as a "handsome young man." McGarrett warns Danno about mixing business with pleasure and Danno replies, "You know me, Steve." McGarrett counters, "That's exactly why I mentioned it." This show features a female judge who McGarrett bribes with a bag of doughnuts. McGarrett reveals his sexist side while verbally sparring with Labella, muttering "Women!" after she calls the Five-O team stupid. She goes on, "Do you still deny that you invaded me?" He says, "I beg your pardon?" She replies, "My room ... my room...," referring to Five-O's snooping there. (Her choice of the word "invaded" which causes McGarrett to do a double-take is peculiar, considering she uses a lot of other hip lingo that one would not expect from a "foreign" journalist.) At the end, McGarrett invites Labella to dinner. She says, "I behaved like an idiot." McGarrett responds, "Never argue with a lady." If a bit more care had been taken with the kidnapping sequence, this would be a top-notch episode, because in addition to the various issues dealing with sexism, there are others concerning freedom of the press, the "no shield law," and a reporter's right to protect their sources.
- Labella's rented car, a Toyota Corolla (a cheaper car than one you would expect her to drive), has a strange license number -- B-335.
- Close examination of Duke dialling up "central dispatch" from a pay phone reveals their number to be 734-4536.
- McGarrett is seen in the usual helicopter with number N9014F, trying to locate the missing limousine with Princess Amina.
- The above-average score by Fred Steiner (credited as both composer and conductor) uses mandolins to produce an Italianate flavour.
- When Labella's source for the kidnapping tip, Garden Court Hotel waiter Pete Kalua (Terry Plunkett), phones Five-O after Labella urges him to do so, he identifies Bruce Wilson's character as "Robert Paul," not "Paul Roberts," the name used in the end credits.
- A big clue as to who the kidnappers are is when Franklin uses the term "kilometer" to Eleanor rather than "miles,": referring to the distance up the road where a bogus accident has taken place. Labella later tries to impart this information to Danno, but he is too busy and/or overcome by his lusts for her to pay any attention.
- McGarrett quote: "On the double, optimum effort." At the end of the show, McGarrett reveals to Labella that he can speak Italian because "I grew up with Italians. I still make the best lasagna and cacciatore in Hawaii."
- The grammar in the subtitles on the DVD set is sloppy as in this line from Franklin to Roberts: "It would be in our best interest if you'd get the picture before she realizes it's value." However, the color of this episode, compared to other shows in the DVD set, is pretty good.
- Chin Ho is only seen in a brief clip probably taken from another episode, where he is holding the microphone over his mouth as he drives, obscuring the actual words that he is saying. The Five-O receptionist Lani (Claudia Lowndes) is identified in the end credits, but she is barely seen in the background of the Five-O office a couple of times..
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The discovery of the body of a wealthy horse breeder in a cane field startles his wife who had him buried four months earlier.
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Aside from the presence of the sexy Laraine Stephens as Katie Kealoha, this episode involving land speculation and switched bodies is dull and complicated and not helped by Andrew Prine's whiny, ineffectual performance as the bad guy, Richard Chadway. Katie owns a large ranch somewhere on Oahu, similar to Constance Kincaid in this season's The Big Aloha. She inherited this property, which includes thoroughbred horses, after her husband Frank was killed in an auto accident several months earlier. Her new boyfriend Chadway's past is mostly a blank, but this is intentional, since it turns out at the end he is actually a U.S. Treasury Agent named Sloan investigating money laundering who turned to the "dark side." Katie's foreman Eddie Clark (Ted Markland), who has only been with her a few months, is also another character about whom we know little, though he is also in on the crooked action. Wheeler-dealer Nelson Bodine, who drives a car even bigger than McGarrett's and is also one of the suspects, is played by John Hillerman in an oily fashion. He has been put up to fleecing Katie out of her ranch by Sloan who knew all the angles to do this, acting in a near-anonymous fashion and only contacting him by mail and phone. The burned body of Katie's husband Frank is discovered by accident at the beginning of the show, and things get soon get very complicated -- as McGarrett says, "You can't tell the players without a score card." It is interesting that Katie was able to identify Frank's body from possessions like his watch, ring and belt buckle when it was not her husband at all, but some other guy named Crayton involved in all the shady dealings with Bodine and Sloan/Chadway who was much older and much heavier than Frank. When Bodine pays Katie for her ranch with cash (a suitcase containing $3.5 million), meeting her in the middle of nowhere, you have to wonder why Katie doesn't immediately put two and two together. How is she supposed to deposit all that money in the bank without arousing any suspicion? McGarrett is far too clever in this show, connecting a call with Jonathan Kaye about the missing Sloan to the case with Katie and her dead husband. Not only is there a McGarrett moment of "maybe ... maybe," but another of "suppose" where he figures out that Chadway is really Sloan. There are several instances of lame humor in this show. There is the usual exchange when Danno tells McGarrett about the number of dentists that he and the other Five-O guys are going to have to check out. During this investigation, Danno fakes having a toothache when he barges into a dentist's office in front of the waiting patients. Later, McGarrett makes a bet with Danno that a suspect will be identified by the coroner, a bet which McGarrett loses. And McGarrett takes a glass and knife from a restaurant where he has met Chadway to check for fingerprints and his waitress (Laura Sode, later the Five-O receptionist) wonders if he has some kind of unusual fetish. Back at the office, McGarrett makes a big deal out of paying the restaurant for these items to Lani, the current receptionist. The music in this episode is stock, and not particularly well chosen, such as in the scene near the beginning where Bodine meets Senator Balford (Ed Sheehan). The misuse of music in this scene is nothing compared to the motivation as to why Balford's wife suddenly gets hot pants for Bodine. Is this an attempt to make Hillerman's character out to be a stud or something? Later Bodine is having some babe in a bikini named Coco give him a massage by walking on his back as he lays on a massage table outside his beachfront house!
- This is the final appearance of Jonathan Kaye in the show, played by Lyle Bettger. The coroner, identified in the end credits as "Dr. Choi," is played by Winston Char.
- During the investigation interviewing dentists, Duke is seen talking to one of them, who knows nothing. When Duke leaves the office, you can see the doctor's name -- Dr. Westman -- on the door (a peculiar name, considering the doctor is Asian). But in the scene immediately following where Danno, presumably at another dentist's office, pretends to have a toothache, he bypasses the other patients and walks right into the exact same office of ... Dr. Westman!
- Bodine's secretary Alice (Barbara Bingham), described by her boss as "a dumb broad," takes envelopes to and from the Waialae-Kahala postal station (ZIP code 96816) where items are exchanged in postal boxes, particularly #10282.
- McGarrett is told that the FBI "telexed" a photo of Crayton (the guy in Frank's grave), but telex is a transmission method which is strictly text-based. They probably mean "photofaxed."
- When McGarrett talks to Dr. Morrison (George Herman), one of the people investing in Bodine's scheme to buy Katie's ranch, he comes out with the stock line "You have right to remain silent," though he hasn't charged Morrison with anything.
- An aerial shot of McGarrett driving in his car shows the 4-door Mercury Park Lane, which he hasn't driven for some time. The ending has McGarrett in the Grand Brougham running the plane with the fleeing Chadway, Clark and Katie off the runway on her ranch.
- The "bookem" for this episode is actually "Danno, book him."
- The last shot of the show seems to be in slow motion. McGarrett is holding on to Katie VERY tightly!
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Chin Ho Kelly, a long time member of the Five-O team, is caught in the middle of an undercover operation and murdered.
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Chin Ho meets an ignominious end in this episode, getting shot dead while he is taking part in an operation in Chinatown. Chin is the only operative that Five-O has working, which is surprising because he is "one of the state's top law-enforcement officers" whose face should be very familiar to local crooks after working for Five-O for at least ten years. Pretending to be the nephew of a pool hall owner, Chin says he is originally from San Francisco, but his cover is blown almost immediately when he is grabbed by two punks and taken to visit enforcer Jimmy Rego (Reni Santoni). Chin's body is dumped in front of the Iolani palace as two tourists watch in horror. McGarrett cries in the corner as he talks about Chin's death.and says, "I shouldn't have let him go undercover ... he was too well-known." Danno replies with, "You know how suspicious those Chinese merchants are." Chin's daughter Suzy (Jean Marie Hon) arrives from San Francisco and we learn that Chin's wife died some time before. There is no mention of Suzy's other brothers and sisters who are shown in the earlier episode Cry, Lie. McGarrett tells Suzy -- whom he addresses as "honey" at one point -- that the Five-O team is "the only family I know." One wonders why McGarrett has to explain to Suzy that Caucasians in Hawaii are called "haoles" -- surely she would know this! Suzy's character development leaves a lot to be desired. Manu Tupou gives a classy performance as Cappy Pahoa, godfather of the kumu (Hawaiian mafia) who is equally perturbed by Chin's murder. His right-hand man, Billy Swan (Vic Malo), will appear in future episodes when the kumu boss is Tony Aleka (Ross Martin). Pahoa's daughter Kini is played by Elissa Dulce Hoopai in one of her more dramatic Five-O performances. Kini is a former school chum of Suzy, and Rego's girl friend. When hanging out with the two of them, Suzy gets to snoop around Rego's hotel room, almost getting herself in trouble. (How she knows that Rego is connected with her father's murder is not established until late in the show.) At one point, she puts herself in extreme danger by leaping from one hotel balcony to another to break into Rego's room from outside and get the murder weapon which she then takes to McGarrett. (A defense attorney would have a field day with the chain of evidence in this case, considering Suzie doesn't work for Five-O.) When McGarrett confronts Rego in his office, he tells Jimmy in a classic exchange, "Don't you ever call me 'cop'. The name is McGarrett and the title is 'Mister'." (Click here to hear this clip.) McGarrett's final words to Pahoa are, "One day we'll meet again," which unfortunately never happens. When he finally confronts the weasel-like Rego at the end, after beating the crap out of him and threatening him with a gun, McGarrett says, "I want to book this one ... I think that Chin would have liked that."
- McGarrett busts Pahoa at a cockfight (attention, SPCA!) to enlist his cooperation in getting Rego.
- McGarrett at one point uses the expression "diabolic."
- The opening scenes are letterboxed. One of them shows a brothel in a hotel room. When the madam is busted by Duke and some HPD cops, she reads the arrest warrant with words like "soliciting" and "prostitution" aloud incredulously.
- Why does McGarrett drag Suzy along to the final confrontation and then tell her to sit in the car?
- The music is by Walter Scharf and is pretty good, except for the very end of the show.
- According to Rego, the price of marijuana in New York City is $2,000 a pound.
- Quote from Rego, who is Hawaiian-born: "If I had to trust someone, he wouldn't be a haole."
- When Pahoa meets Rego at the latter's hotel, the ground on the hotel terrace is soaked with puddles of water.
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