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S02E01 - A Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead! (Harry Guardino, Barbara Luna, Loretta Swit, James Hong)
S02E02 - To Hell with Babe Ruth (Mark Lenard, Will Kuluva)
S02E03 - Forty Feet High and It Kills! (Khigh Dhiegh, Will Geer, Sabrina Scharf)
S02E04 - Just Lucky, I Guess (John Randolph, Albert Paulsen, Ann Helm)
S02E05 - Savage Sunday (Henry Silva, Julie Gregg)
S02E06 - A Bullet for McGarrett (Khigh Dhiegh, Eric Braeden, Marianne McAndrew, Sheila Larkin)
S02E07 - Sweet Terror (Theodore Bikel, Linda Marsh, Soon-Tek Oh, Philip Ahn)
S02E08 - King Kamehameha Blues (Brandon de Wilde)
S02E09 - Singapore File (Marj Dusay)
S02E10 - All the King's Horses (Jason Evers, James Gregory, Keye Luke)
S02E11 - Leopard on the Rock (Titos Vandis, Paul Stevens)
S02E12 - The Devil and Mr. Frog (Frank Marth, Melody Patterson, James Hong)
S02E13 - The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild! (Beverlee McKinsey, Kaz Garas, Lani Kai)
S02E14 - Which Way Did They Go? (William Windom, Jackie Coogan)
S02E15 - Blind Tiger (Marion Ross)
S02E16 - Bored She Hung Herself (William Smithers, Don Quine)
S02E17 - Run, Johnny, Run (Nephi Hanneman, Christopher Walken)
S02E18 - Killer Bee (David Arkin)
S02E19 - The One with the Gun (John Colicos, Julie Gregg, Jack Soo)
S02E20 - Cry, Lie (Martin Sheen)
S02E21 - Most Likely to Murder (Tom Skerritt, Sam Melville)
S02E22 - Nightmare Road (Charles Aidman)
S02E23 & S02E24 - Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (Ed Flanders, Loretta Swit)
S02E25 - Kiss the Queen Goodbye (Joanne Linville)
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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.
Danno goes undercover to investigate why prostitutes involved with a scam to receive G.I. benefits after the death of their bogus husbands are winding up dead.
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Army Sergeant Simms (Harry Guardino), bar owner Betsy (Barbara Nichols) and municipal employee James Watanu (James Hong) all participate in a scam forging marriage certificates so local bar girls who work for Betsy will receive G.I. benefits after soldiers who are their bogus husbands are killed in Vietnam. But Simms, who was the mastermind behind the scheme, later murders the women, motivated by feelings for his soldier brother who died in Nam after an encounter with a gold-digging prostitute. Anna Stockton Shroeder (Loretta Swit) is the most recent victim in the teaser.
After Anna's death, McGarrett grills Betsy, who knows him well. He lights her cigarette and says "I need some answers, Betsy baby." In the Five-O office, McGarrett uses his transparent board. In addition to Anna's name, there are the names of two previous victims -- Mary Apu Anderson and Sheila Gordon McKay.
Because it looks like Yoko Collins (Barbara Luna), another of Betsy's girls, is withholding information about her former roommate Anna, Danno goes undercover as a G.I. named Danny Carson. He drinks heavily with Yoko and she takes him home to her apartment where they quite likely "do it." Danno seems to get into his role in a big way, judging by the hangover he has in McGarrett's office the next morning.
Luna gets my nomination as Top Five-O Guest Star Babe -- she is totally hot! When the two of them are frolicking on the beach later, she tells Danno, "Don't expect me to act like Miss All-American choir girl from Nebraska ... or wherever it is you're from." Danno gives her several big kisses. When she gets fed up with Danno pestering her with questions that are cop-like, she says, "You had me feeling like I was 16 all over again." Luna in a bathing suit is sexy, but even more so later on with her clothes on as she taunts Simms: "I think I'm in the mood for a screwdriver."
After Kono goes to the Bureau of Records at City Hall where Watanu works and inquires about Anna, Watanu, who gulps medication for a heart condition, starts to freak out. He goes to see Betsy, who calls Simms, saying she doesn't want to have anything more to do with his scheme. Simms later picks up Watanu outside Betsy's, and the camera is at weird angles. He drives Watanu out to a location near Diamond Head which will appear in more than one episode later in both the old and new series. When the nervous Watanu starts to show the signs of a heart attack, Simms takes his medicine and throws it away, leaving Watanu by the side of the road to die.
Later, McGarrett confronts Sims about Watanu's death with a piece of tire tread. As evidence, this piece of tread makes no sense whatsoever. If such a large piece of tread came off the tire from the Jeep, which Sims "signed out at the motor pool," and "was found ... less than 100 feet from the dead man," then Sims could not have driven the car. The Jeep did not have dual rear tires like used on heavy-duty commercial trucks. How McGarrett connects the tread to the Jeep is not made clear. Maybe he is just bluffing? This sequence would have made more sense if Five-O had matched an impression from near Watanu's body to the Jeep's tire.
Simms reveals himself to be a pretty nasty guy when McGarrett is questioning him. He denies any connection with Watanu, saying "I don't have any Jap friends, Mr. McGarrett." Simms subsequently refers to Watanu as "This Jap ... excuse me, this Japanese gentleman...." McGarrett spars verbally with Simms around a pool table in a classic scene which is very interestingly photographed.
Because Danno's undercover work is a flop because he is too pressing and persistent with his questions to Yoko, McGarrett meets with her, asking her to help them catch Simms. She initially tells him to get lost, but then changes her mind. Subsequently, she meets with Simms at the bar, telling him she wants to "make a little deal": "I know how it worked. Anna told me all about it." When Simms tells her that he can't do the scam because he lost his "contact at city hall," Yoko says, "You don't need a contact ... and it's one less pocket to feed." She shows Simms a marriage license, saying she is "married, all nice and legal," but to a soldier who died in action. ("My hero husband went off and got himself killed and didn't leave me any insurance. Now for some girls that would be a terrible thing but for me, it's a real tragedy.") Five-O obviously had this bogus license created in co-operation with the records bureau at City Hall and the Army, who could provide the name of a soldier who was killed. All that Simms has to do is create the paperwork for the insurance.
Simms does the paperwork, and Yoko gets the money. She picks it up at the American Security Bank and arranges for Simms to come to her apartment to get it. He is supposed to take his share and give Yoko her cut, but he angrily tells her how his brother died for "trash like her" and forces Yoko to leave with him, intending to kill her like the other women.
The cops are waiting for Sims outside. Their blasting of him is unusually violent. Aside from the fact there is no blood anywhere, there are continuity problems with this scene as pointed out by "Betty Boop": "Looks like they had to re-shoot the last scene where Sgt. Simms gets shot (to put it lightly) for whatever reason, and there wasn't time for a change of clothes. His uniform is soaked before ever hitting the pavement. Then, in the scene where he is lying on the ground, his uniform is drier than when he was standing."
There is "crappy rock music" heard during scenes at Betsy's bar, including some featuring a Jimmy Smith-like organ solo. The very effective score for this episode won Morton Stevens an Emmy as did his score for #121, "Hookman" (the only two Emmys which Five-O ever won). The score is both "composed and conducted" by Stevens, according to the end credits.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
When Sims and Watanu arrive near the Diamond Head tunnel, Watanu tells Sims that he won't spill the beans. Watanu starts to feel pains in his chest and Sims takes his prescription bottle and throws it away, saying, "Oh, a thousand pardons. Here, let me help you find your pills." The expression "A thousand pardons" sounds like something you would hear in a movie about stereotypical Asians like Charlie Chan; as such, this has racist connotations, considering Sims called Watanu a "Jap" when McGarrett was talking to him earlier.
- Kono? Go down to city hall, Bureau of Records. Find out when these girls were married.
- Chin, I'd like you to check this out at Schofield. Here's a list of widows. I wanna know when their husbands were killed, if the wife was the beneficiary in each case and the date the GI insurance was paid.
- [to Yoko] I need your help to trap a killer, a combat-trained killer who will kill again if he isn't stopped.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us as we begin our new season with "A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead!" A devil loose on the rock. Five-0's job: Find him.
Sims: "You're absolutely right, McGarrett. I could've killed her." McGarrett: "I think you did kill her, sergeant." Sims: "That's gonna take an awful lot of proving, cop."
Jack Lord: Harry Guardino in the performance of his career as the half-mad Sergeant Simms.
Jack Lord: In her purse, a receipt for $10,000 worth of GI insurance. But the money is missing. (Shot of Anna's body from teaser.)
Jack Lord: Barbara Luna, a brilliant performance as Yoko, girl of the streets.
Yoko: "You had me feeling like I was 16 all over again. Anything you wanted, I would have done. "Anything." Danno: "Except tell me the truth." Yoko: "Every second you spent with me was a lie. You're a lie!"
Jack Lord: Next week, a new season and exciting drama. Be here. Aloha.
- As McGarrett drives up to Betsy's club, you can see the used car lot and U-Drive business of sometime Five-O character actor Lippy Espinda in the background -- thanks to Mike Granieri for pointing this out. According to the name in the parking spaces beside the bar, they are reserved for Charlie's Taxi. There is a sign seen as Watanu leaves Betsy's saying "Rag Doll Supper Club." Is that the name for Betsy's club, or the place next door?
- When McGarrett lights Betsy's cigarette (which is a pink cigarette), does he use his own lighter or one which is on the bar? Probably the latter, considering McGarrett developed a serious dislike of smoking in later seasons. When he is haranguing Sims in his office later, it looks like McGarrett puts something on Sims' desk. What this is is a mystery, since McGarrett wasn't holding anything prior to this.
- Careful examination reveals some continuity problems with sand on Yoko's shoulder in the scene with her and Danno on the beach.
- A good McGarrett quote to Simms: "Death always bugs me." When Yoko tells McGarrett to get lost, he says "Okay, honey."
- In the scene at Betsy's where Anna pours from a bottle of champagne, the shot, including the camera angle up through the table top looking at the champagne glass, is the same as a shot at the end of the pilot episode "Cocoon."
- The episodic promo for this show on the second season DVD set ends with "New Season Next Week," suggesting that it was shown at the end of a rerun of an episode from the previous season during the summer of 1969. These promos are all approximately one minute long. The one for this show gives away the shoot-out at the conclusion!
- At the end of the show, Chin Ho is shown monitoring a reel-to-reel tape recorder which is bugging Simms' confrontation with Yoko. But if you look at the reels, the tape is moving from right to left. I originally thought this whole scene was flopped (reversed), but it is possible this tape recorder could record in both directions. But even so, why would the tape which is recording be almost at the end of the reel?
- McGarrett tells Jenny, the Five-O secretary, to bring Danno a black coffee to help relieve his hangover, but she is not seen.
- Anna and Yoko's apartment is #218.
- As McGarrett leaves Betsy's place, he reverses his car, and when he stops it, there is a brake-like squealing noise, no doubt thanks to someone a little too overenthusiastic in the sound effects department.
- Simms smokes during the show.
- When Anna goes to and from Betsy's at the beginning of the show, she takes a Gray Line Taxi.
- When McGarrett talks to Yoko about Mary Apu Anderson, one of the other murdered women, he says her name is "Maria."
- In the room with the pool table, there is a blackboard on the wall where it says "Attention! Soldier -- lights out 2100, police area 0600. Sgt. Sakamoto. Turn out lights before leaving."
- "Watanu" is a bogus-sounding Japanese name.
Score by Morton Stevens (winner of Emmy Award).
Click on the numbers at the beginning of each line to hear music cues from this episode. The two times following are when the cue appears in the show and the length of the cue.
(#1, 0:00, 1:19) Opening wave, Anna arrives at Betsy's with her insurance payout.
(#2, 2:03, 0:28) Sims slaps Betsy, then drives over her with his car; leads to main titles (not included).
(#3, 3:31, 0:23) Five-O arrives at the scene where Anna's body is found.
(#4, 4:23, 0:29) McGarrett grills Betsy about her "girls."
(#5, 6:50, 1:50) McGarrett goes to Anna's where her roommate Yoko has just come home.
(#6, 11:39, 3:01) Danno hustles Yoko at Betsy's place.
(#7, 16:24, 0:44) At Yoko's place, she asks Danno if she can trust him.
(#8, 19:40, 1:21) Kono and Chin Ho go to City Hall and Simms' office respectively.
(#9, 25:10, 1:57) Watanu is freaking out at Betsy's; leads directly into next cue.
(#10, 27:07, 1:16) Sims takes Watanu for "a ride."
(#11, 29:15, 1:41) Sims throws Watanu's medicine away; Watanu dies of a heart attack.
(#12, 38:35, 1:55) Sims and McGarrett verbally spar around a pool table.
(#13, 41:28, 1:45) Sims comes to Betsy's to talk to Yoko about a "deal."
(#14, 43:56, 2:41) Yoko co-operates with Five-O to catch Sims.
(#15, 48:59, 1:20) As he leaves with Yoko, Sims is shot dead by Five-O and HPD.
A Japanese saboteur who has been confined to a mental hospital since just before Pearl Harbor escapes and seeks to complete his mission after 28 years to detonate a bomb which will cause havoc.
This show is bad, one of the worst. Amazingly, it is directed by Nicholas Colasanto, who helmed the previous episode, one of the best, particularly of this season, though that one was actually done after "Babe Ruth" in production order.
The main problem is actor Mark Lenard who plays the lead guest role of Yoshio Nagata who has escaped from a mental hospital after being held there for 28 years since Pearl Harbor. This is a part which no doubt would have been difficult to cast, since the actor would have had to be (a) Asian/Japanese, (b) in his late 40's or early 50's, (c) agile (capable of ninja-like moves) and (d) convincing in spouting a lot of anti-American, nationalistic-Japanese rhetoric. Unfortunately, the number of Asian or Japanese actors in 1969 who could have fit the bill age-wise was very limited, as can be seen by the producers' desire to employ Ricardo Montalban as a Japanese in season one's "Samurai."
Although a look at Lenard's IMDb page reveals he had a certain penchant for playing "ethnic" parts on shows like Mission: Impossible, and also played Spock's father Sarek and a Romulan Commander on the original Star Trek -- roles that would be the ultimate in "alien"! -- his attempts to play Nagata are ridiculous, with jerky movements, hideous orange makeup including "slanted eyes" (in some shots he looks more like a burn victim) and a terrible accent (even my Japanese wife had difficulty understanding him when he spoke Japanese).
Lenard is not alone in the bad choice of actors for this show, though. He pales in comparison (no pun intended) beside Will Kuluva, another "ethnic role specialist" who plays Yuko Takuma, the Japanese owner of a clock shop. Kuluva already appeared in Asian guise as Philip Lo in season one's "By The Numbers," an equally wretched performance. In "Babe Ruth," Kuluva doesn't seem to have any Asian makeup at all, similar to David Opatoshu, who played the well-disguised Shen Yu-Lan in the first season's "Face of The Dragon" and then returned in the fourth season's "A Matter of Mutual Concern" with no makeup.
At the beginning of the show, Nagata, wearing a Ninja costume, scales a fence and breaks into a warehouse where he steals eight sticks of dynamite along with fuse and blasting caps. Considering he has been in the mental hospital for years, it is a good question where he got this costume, along with the other clothesthat he wears during the show, including a suit. Nagata seems to be biting a strap to keep the pointy Ninja hood on his head. A guard who interrupts Nagata is played by Five-O stuntman Beau Van den Ecker. He has his throat slit by a shuriken, a "throwing star" that Nagata hurls at him. During this opening sequence, we hear the "bonging bell" noise which will be featured with a lot of other musical "orientalisms" in the show's score, which is by Harry Geller.
Five-O and McGarrett are soon on the scene, but they and the coroner (Robert Brilliande) are totally clueless about what is going on, especially what is the shuriken, which they find stuck in a wall. It isn't until they attend a martial arts class led by Jerry Minobe (Tommy Fujiwara, in his first appearance on the show) that they find out what a shuriken -- which Minobe pronounces "shuriking -- is. At the martial arts studio, Minobe is seen having a match with Chuck Couch, another of the Five-O stunt team.
Nagata is next seen on the streets of Honolulu. He steals a car where someone has left the keys in the ignition. He uses karate moves to deal with a cop named Naaleu (Vincent E. Eder) who tries to stop him as he is driving the car back and forth, smashing into the vehicles in front and behind him to get out of the parking space. Once on the street, Nagata drives to a house where he presumably once lived, which is all boarded up now. There is a secret room in this house which contains some memorabilia from years ago.
Thanks to a report from the mental hospital, Five-O soon knows that Nagata fits the description of the "kook" who punched out the cop.
Driving very badly, Nagata goes to the clock shop owned by Takuma, who is not there. There is a woman in the shop (Virginia Wing), who Nagata thinks is his wife Komiko. Actually, she is his daughter Heather by Komiko, who has passed away. Nagata starts screaming at her in English and Japanese, and she screams back at him, including "Wakarima...," meaning "Wakarimasen," or "I don't understand." Lenard's pronunciation of his few Japanese expressions which mean "You're so beautiful," "Help me," and "Please, let's go together," are horrible. Nagata pulls a knife and forces Heather to leave with him.
At the hospital, McGarrett and Kono talk to Dr. Lukens (Bruce Wilson), who tells them that Nagata was confined there for 28 years, admitted December 6, 1941, when he was brought in in a catatonic state. Nagata is descibed as "Acutely psychotic, paranoid, amnesiac ... likelihood of recovery, very slight ... no relatives, friends, nothing ... totally passive with the patients and the other staff."
Five-O goes to the clock shop, where Heather has been reported missing. Takuma, who says he is her uncle, cannot explain why she disappeared, though when McGarrett connects Heather with her abductor by name, Takuma is incredulous, saying that Yoshio was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. (It is not mentioned how Takuma knows this or came up with this idea.) Takuma tells McGarrett that Nagata is Heather's father (does this mean that Takuma is his brother?). When questioned by McGarrett for further information, Takuma suggests Nagata might go to the boarded-up house which is "across the Pali on the Windward side."
Meanwhile, Nagata has taken Heather to this house where he has her tied up and he is connecting the sticks of dynamite he stole to the mechanism from a clock that he took from Takuma's store. Heather keeps telling him that he is mistaken as to her identity, and he keeps yelling at her, quoting Robert Louis Stevenson and Japanese proverbs as well as referring to "Jesus of Nazareth." He tells her "We will abolish all political parties and restore imperial rule. The words of Jimmu will be the new order in Southeast Asia. Eight corners under one roof." The last sentence is a line from World War II Japanese propaganda, something originally said by Jimmu, the first emperor of Japan, who supposedly lived between 711 and 585 B.C.
McGarrett, Danno and Chin arrive at the house, but Nagata, again wearing his Ninja outfit and carrying two close-combat sword-like weapons known as sai as well as the bomb he has put together, has already left with his daughter. On the wall, they find written "To Hell With Babe Ruth." Prefacing what he says with an "Oh, my God," McGarrett tells Danno, "On the morning of December 7, when the Zeros came in over Pearl, their pilots screamed in their radios: 'To hell with Babe Ruth.' Then they dropped the bombs."
McGarrett checks a map Nagata left behind, which shows Pearl Harbor. To see this, Chin Ho lights a candle which fills the already-bright room with yet more illumination. Having figured out Nagata's plan, McGarrett tells Danno to alert the military to monitor all civilian military installations, saying there are "less than 15 hours to tora, tora [sic]."
For some reason, Danno goes to the clock shop, where he finds Takuma has attempted to commit harakiri. Takuma is rushed to hospital, where he is not expected to survive. With McGarrett at his beside, Takuma confesses: "My death now is an anachronism. I was trying to rid myself of a ghost. A ghost from out of the past. Nagata was a reminder of all that I had despised in myself, all that I had forced to the darkest part of my mind. When you told me about him, I could not cope with the memories. You see, I too was a Black Dragon. Time can erase the evil of war, but not the evil of personal deeds. It lingers on, eating away. I wanted to take my life honorably. I've been a fool and a coward. I do not deserve to lie with my ancestors." When McGarrett asks what Nagata's mission was to be, Takuma can only utter "Pearl..." before he dies.
Back at the Five-O office, McGarrett, Danno and Kono talk to Captain Barnes (Phil Bolten). He tells them, "Nagata was known to ONI [Office of Naval Intelligence], as well as the FBI and G-2 [the military intelligence staff of a United States Army unit], as a super agent." He confirms that Nagata was a "specialist in sabotage," and the Black Dragons were "a strong-armed gang of political malcontents" who were committed to die trying. McGarrett says this group's "fifth-column activities amounted to pretty much of a bust." Barnes tells him that "not a single act of sabotage was committed by any resident of Hawaii," to which McGarrett replies, "Before, during and after the attack on Pearl, the Nisei were 100 percent loyal." (The Black Dragon Society, or Kokuryūkai, actually existed -- it was a prominent paramilitary ultranationalist right-wing group in Japan which expanded its activities around the world in the 1930s.)
All this is nice, but they still don't know what Nagata's target is, though McGarrett guesses that he is after something "vitally strategic." They get a call from Chin Ho who has been examining Nagata's map with Yankee Chang (uncredited), and rush over to another office where arrows seem to be indicating a control tower. But McGarrett, knowing "Japanese high command battle psychology: expose the obvious, then do the reverse," says that the tanks at the Sand Hill oil depot on the other side of the arrows, which are full of gasoline, are where they will find Nagata.
Early the next morning, McGarrett summons a team of army men using high-powered microphones to listen in the area of the oil depot tanks, which is located on a huge property which "goes on forever." The idea is that they will pick up the sound of the clock in Nagata's bomb ticking (seriously). Nagata is on top of one of the storage tanks with Heather as hostage.
This part of this show is stupid. How they can hear the ticking with the din of traffic in the background, not to mention the clump-clump of army boots on the metal walkways, is unbelievable. When they do hear the ticking, the microphone seems to be beside the concrete base of the oil tank, not the tank itself. As well, the microphones can't pick up the loud conversation of Heather and her father.
Nagata is finally located, and McGarrett and Danno engage in a tense standoff with him. Nagata is expecting the Japanese planes to come at 7:55, but at that time four American jets fly above and then head away, with him denouncing them as "traitors." A sudden rush by both Five-O men knocks Nagata over and McGarrett grabs the bomb, which he disables with his fingernail clipper. Its not-particularly-loud ticking noise, which comes from the battery-powered clock, suddenly stops.
To the end, Nagata cannot escape the delusion that his daughter is his wife, saying, "We shall be as white swans, Komiko, you and I, together on the shore beyond" as the show closes.
There are some interesting parallels between this show and the third episode of Hawaiian Eye (a precursor to Five-O by about 10 years -- in fact, the earlier episode was broadcast almost exactly 10 years before). The Hawaiian Eye show, written by Steven Ritch, is entitled "Second Day of Infamy," and it seems impossible to believe that Anthony Lawrence, who wrote "Babe Ruth," was not aware of it.
Yatto Mitsuki, a Japanese officer, was part of an espionage team which landed in Hawaii before Pearl Harbor. After a confrontation with the local authorities at the time, he received a head wound which resulted in amnesia. He has been confined to the Oahu Mental Hospital ever since, and when he escapes at the beginning of the show, Hawaiian Eye (a Honolulu detective agency) is hired to find him.
Mitsuki doesn't know that the war is over, and when he sees the the Pacific fleet is no longer in Pearl Harbor, he wants to warn the Japanese authorities, figuring he will be handsomely rewarded. He tries to track down his former contacts, but is unsuccessful, except for his old girl friend Sumiko Natago (played by Miiko Taka, whose main claim to fame was as the love interest of Marlon Brando's character in the movie Sayonara). Stealing some dynamite from a construction site, Mitsuki tries to blow up a fuel depot, but is stopped in the nick of time.
One big difference with this earlier show is the lead is actually played by a Japanese character actor -- Yuki Shimoda, who does a very good job. Five-O regular Doug Mossman also appears in this episode as Marty, the security guard at the Hawaiian Eye office (a recurring part).
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
McGarrett's claim that the pilots attacking Pearl Harbor used the episode's title on their radios is highly debatable. A New York Times article from March 3, 1944, over two years after Pearl Harbor, says "Staff Sgt. Jeremiah A. O'Leary, a Marine Corps combat correspondent, reports that Japanese troops charged the Marine lines here shouting the strange Japanese battle cry: 'To hell with Babe Ruth!' The charge was scored as an error. Thirty Japanese were struck out for good." There is no mention anywhere that I can find that this phrase was used on December 7, 1941. When told about this incident, Babe Ruth was not polite.
- McGarrett to Kono: Get an imprint of it [Nagata's footprint] anyway.
- To Chin Ho: See what the lab boys come up with [regarding a fragment of Nagata's costume which tore off on the barbed wire].
- To Danno: [G]et a cablegram off [subtitles say "up"] to Osaka police, and a sample [of the cloth]. See if they can come up with the manufacturer. Tell them we need help, anything. Anything they can come up with, and urgent.
- To Jenny: Get a full description from Officer Naaleu, and get out an APB immediately.
- At the hospital: Doctor, may we see those other records you mentioned?
- To Takuma: May we see in the backroom?
- To Danno: Put a priority-one call in to Admiral David Foster. Tell the admiral to order an immediate red alert. All civilian military installations. Move.
- Put me through to Army Ordnance. Quickly, operator, priority one. Yeah. This is McGarrett, Five-O. It's absolutely urgent that I contact General Sloane immediately. Yes, I know exactly what time it is. Well, then call him at home and wake him up, but get him.
- [To assembled military personnel at the tank depot] Now, the area's about 1000 yards square. We gotta cover it carefully, but quickly. I want the whole area quiet enough to hear a pin drop. That's why we got those bullcock mikes. We gotta pick up the ticking of that bomb. Now, before we move out, no shooting, that's an order. One stray bullet in this area can do the same damage as Nagata's bomb. Is that understood? Absolutely no shooting. Okay, sergeant, evacuate the whole area. Personnel, civilians, out. Turn off all the equipment, anything that makes noise. We got less than two hours. Now move.
- There is no promo for this episode on the second season DVD set. Whether one actually exists is not known.
- On the boxes of dynamite in the warehouse is written "FIFTY POUNDS NET WT SEMI-GELATIN 45%. 1¼” X 8” CARTRIDGE. EXPLOSIVE. HANDLE WITH CARE."
- When Nagata is stealing the car, driving it back and forth to push the cars in front and behind out of the way, there seems to be hardly any space between his car and the other two. But in a shot taken from above once he drives away, there seems to be quite a large amount of space.
- Jack Lord's hair looks like it is tinged with red when he is talking to Dr. Lukens.
- This is one of the few Five-O shows (the only one?) with references to Christmas. Before Nagata steals the car, he passes a Hawaiian Santa on the street. After Danno and McGarrett examine the shuriken at the warehouse, which Danno says reminds him of "something off the top of a Christmas tree," they remark respectively, "'Tis the season to be jolly," and "Peace on Earth. Goodwill to men." Later, Kono remarks, " If that kook blows Sand Hill [the oil tank farm], it's Mele Kalikimaka [Merry Christmas] to all."
- A clock which Nagata knocks over on his way out of the store is a Westclox Big Ben model.
- The real-life Chief Dan of the Honolulu Police Department is referred to, but the subtitles say that his name is "Chief Den."
- Jenny, the Five-O receptionist, is played by Patricia Tuscano, a tall blonde-haired woman. In the next show, she will be played by Peggy Ryan, the first of her many appearances on the show as this character.
- Danny Kamekona (uncredited) plays the doctor attending to Takuma at the hospital.
- Fred Helfing has tracked down several locations used in the show (the next five items).
- Kapiolani Appliances & Furniture, the store behind the place where Lenard has the hassle with the car he is stealing, was at 1440 Kapiolani Boulevard. There's still a utility box on the lawn in front of the building. You can see a similar one in the overhead shot in the show. The corner to the right of this is where Lenard and Santa Claus pass each other on the street. On the other side of the corner there is now a Kentucky Fried Chicken where the Chevron gas station was. The building directly to the left of the KFC is similar to the one in the episode where the two pass each other. You can see the HVAC units on both. But the main feature is the wall in the back of that building. It zig zags down to the right. You can see that in both.
- Nagata's boarded-up house is near 509 Prospect Street, which is on the southern flank of the Punchbowl Crater. The house from 50 years ago is no longer there.
- Takuma's clock shop is near a building with a revolving restaurant on the top. This is the Ala Moana Building at 1441 Kapiolani Boulevard. The restaurant, called La Ronde, was the first revolving restaurant in the United States. On the 23rd floor of the building, it was built in 1961, and closed in the mid-1990s. According to Wikipedia, the premises were then converted to office space and the floor was welded into place. The appliance store is directly across the street from this building. It is quite likely the crew was filming the overhead shot above from that location.
- The clock shop was in the 1300 block of Kapiolani Boulevard. When Lenard gets out of the car in front of it, there's a building in the background across the street. On the facade of the building are numerous small squares. To see this, turn around completely when viewing the first link in this paragraph. The clock shop is/was a casino now (the Google image is from 2011). The Butterfly Karaoke next door is the building with the brown fence around it in the episode.
- The storage tank used by Nagata, marked by a red "X" in the picture, is off of North Nimitz Highway in the Honolulu Harbor area. The walkways connecting the tanks seem to have changed in the last 50 years, or else the show filmed in such a way so that it looked like the tanks were connected.
Wo Fat engineers a false tsunami warning in order to kidnap one of "the free world's ten greatest minds" in the field of genetics. Wo intends the man to head up the new Institute for Genetic Engineering in Peking.
Wo Fat is back for the first time since the pilot episode and he has a dastardly plan in the works. Four of his minions break into the Makaha Valley Weather Tracking Station, which is a very large building, much larger than you might expect just to accommodate meteorologists. These four men are identified in the end credits as First to Fourth Chinese -- Winston Char, Gary Ah Vah, Milton Mau and Bill Fong respectively -- though Number One's name in the show is Ling Po and he has the code name of "Sino-One."
After knocking out and/or chloroforming armed men from Hayes Guard Service who are providing security for this place (not very well), Wo's number one man manufactures a bogus tsunami warning which is sent by telex to all the appropriate recipients.
The purpose of this warning is to disrupt a seminar of genetic scientists being held at the beachfront villa known as The Anderson Estate (Robin's Nest on Magnum, P.I.) at 41-505 Kalanianaole Highway, a location to be featured on several episodes of Classic Five-O.
At the beginning of the show, McGarrett shows up at this place for some unspecified reason, where he greets John Padway (Bill Bigelow), who he knows from their time together in the military in Korea. Padway, who is in charge of security for this gathering, describes the participants as "the free world's ten greatest minds on the subject of genetic engineering."
McGarrett is amused to hear the conversation between the American Harold Lochner (Will Geer) and Dr. Crighton (Wright Esser) from the U.K., as Lochner abuses his fellow scientist, "a fuddy-duddy Englishman" and "a classic example of inadaptability in hormones," for presenting a paper which was like "science fiction."
McGarrett is particularly interested in Victoria Lochner, assistant to her professor father (the stunningly attractive Sabrina Scharf). McGarrett manages to convince her to come with him to a beach on Magic Island where they watch people surfing. He leeringly asks Victoria, "Teach me about genetic engineering," but all she can say is, "I take all his notes. I just don't understand them. I can tell you this, though, that it's the science of expediting the process of evolution by stepping up the favorable mutations … My father's discovered a process which is really secret. In fact, according to him, revolutionary. He's scheduled to deliver a series of papers on it this afternoon."
Their flirty chit-chat is interrupted by a call from Five-O headquarters which has been made aware of the tsunami, with the big wave predicted to arrive in a mere 35 minutes. Victoria and McGarrett head back to the Five-O office. It doesn't take long to determine that the tsunami is a hoax. Chin Ho and Kono go to the weather station where they find the security guards who were overpowered.
At the villa, Padway is busy evacuating everyone. Knowing exactly which roads the scientists will be driven down in their Cadillac limousines, Wo's four men, pretending to be from Civil Defense, set up a roadblock and grab Lochner, who is taken to a room on the docks. When he wakes up from a chloroform-induced sleep, the frazzled-looking Lochner is amused by Wo's grandiose plan to install him as director at the Institute for Genetic Engineering in Peking. Lochner calls Wo "a maniac" and "Mr. Fat," the latter causing Wo to flinch. The wily Lochner tells Wo that it is unlikely his plan will succeed because he is a diabetic who constantly needs insulin. He only has one bottle of the drug on him, which he smashes on the floor under his shoe.
Wo is not fazed by this, sending Ling Po to the villa to grab several bottles of this drug which Lochner had stashed in his room's refrigerator. Danno and Chin Ho also arrive at the villa, acting on a tip from Victoria, and Ling Po is shot as he escapes. Driving erratically back towards the docks, Ling Po stops to phone Wo to say that his mission was not successful. He collapses in the phone booth. Taken to the hospital, all he can tell McGarrett, who visits him there, is that "Wo Fat will kill you." McGarrett defines who Wo is to Victoria: "He's a red Chinese agent. He's in charge of the entire Pacific-Asiatic theater."
After Wo hears about what has happened to Ling Po, Lochner ridicules him, saying "You'd make a very poor poker player, Mr. Wo Fat." When Wo says that McGarrett is the one who foiled his scheme, Lochner says "May his dominant genes replicate." Wo says it should be easy to get more insulin, but the plot thickens as Lochner tells him that "The problem is to get me the right type of insulin. You see, I require a very special sort. Any other sort would affect me just like so much water."
Pretending to give up, Wo finally tells Lochner, "I want to save you. Tell me the kind of insulin you need. You're too great a man to die needlessly. You're free to go. You may leave whenever you like." But Lochner cannot move without his medicine. Surprisingly, after playing mind games with Wo, Lochner gives in and tells him since he has been in Hawaii he got the drug at the Tane Seto Pharmacy.
Wo's number two stooge goes to this pharmacy which is at Campbell and Mooheau Street in the "Japanese section" of town, even though the owner speaks Chinese, and gets enough insulin to keep Lochner alive on the trip to Peking.
Acting on yet a further tip from Victoria, Five-O has already got this pharmacy staked out, and after Number Two picks up the insulin, they are involved in an elaborate pursuit of him as he returns to the docks. McGarrett directs people involved in this chase using his transparent map in the office, but eventually he jumps in a car with Victoria as the stooge reaches his destination.
Lochner is injected with the correct insulin and thinks that he is free to go, but in a severely weakened state, he is again knocked out with chloroform. Arriving at the docks, McGarrett confronts Wo just as Lochner is being loaded on to a ship destined for China in a large wooden box. In a very classic scene, Wo and McGarrett exchange quips (for example, McGarrett tells Wo, "Someone handed you the wrong fortune cookie"), the final deal being Wo will be free to leave if Lochner is released -- which, of course happens.
Victoria is overjoyed to see her father again, and Wo is off to China on the ship, soon to be in Hawaii again (much sooner than we might think -- only 3 episodes from now).
Aside from a couple of minor goofs discussed below in the trivia section, this is an outstanding show in every way. I don't completely understand why Victoria suddenly freaks out when she thinks McGarrett wants to know details about where her father got his insulin, however. She tells him, "I see your cop mind at work. Your nice cop mind. National security above all else, huh? Better dead than red? ... You can't find my father, and you don't dare let him get off the island alive. So you've only got one alternative: Cut off his insulin supply." She seems to be saying that McGarrett would let her father die for the sake of catching Wo Fat, but he straightens her out pretty quick. This won't be the first time that someone misunderstands how McGarrett works!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Pretty straightforward, it refers to the potential height of the phony tsunami which Wo Fat has gotten his men to warn the public about via the weather station's network.
- [B]ring in extra personnel, phones, whatever we need to turn the palace into a tsunami central headquarters. Contact the HPD, coordinate with them and the military. Ask them to bring in all off-duty personnel, and contact Padway, tell him to get those scientists off the beach. Then flash a red alert. I'm on my way.
- Jenny, Danny and Chin are with Padway. Get them for me, right away.
- [S]et up a stakeout [for Number Two]. No interference. Let him walk away with the stuff.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week for "Forty Feet High and It Kills!" A chiller.
Ling Po: "This is Sino-One. The objective is secured."
Wo Fat: "Transmit the warning in exactly 11 minutes."
Jack Lord: Khigh Dhiegh in the compelling role of a master spy.
Harold Lochner: "How long will it take us to get to Peking? I'd be dead on arrival. Dead tomorrow morning."
Jack Lord: Will Geer, an outstanding performance as the scientist whose brain is the prize.
Jack Lord: Sabrina Scharf, the daughter whose love threatened her father's life.
Victoria Lochner: "I see your cop mind at work, your nice cop mind. Better dead than red?
Danno to Ling Po: "Hold it! Police!"
Jack Lord: Next week: "Forty Feet High and It Kills!" Be here. Aloha.
- When Lochner gets out of the limousine leaving the villa when it is stopped at the roadblock, Ling Po addresses him as Lochner, but Lochner says he is Crighton from England. Lochner actually has a name tag with a picture of himself on his lapel, but when he gets out of the car, he covers this up with one of his hands. It is very possible that Ling Po has already seen this! Wing Po then looks at a picture which one of the other men has of Lochner to confirm his identity. When he returns to Lochner, Lochner has removed this picture ID, even though there was another of Wo's men standing right behind him. The safety pin holding this ID can be seen on Lochner's lapel numerous times throughout the rest of the show.
- After Lochner is kidnapped, we see shots of Five-O freaking out in their office and then McGarrett talks to Victoria. Following this, there is a brief shot of a box being lifted by a crane, the implication being that Lochner is in this box, though we don't actually see it being moved on to the ship that will take him to China. Then there is another brief shot of a warehouse on the docks. I assumed that Lochner was in the box, but later on, Wo Fat gets a call from one of his minions, and I thought he and Lochner were on board the ship at that point, so I thought it odd that there would be a phone on the ship. But later, we see that Lochner is not on the ship, he is in a room on the docks, where there is a phone. At the end of the show, Lochner is put in a box, which makes it difficult for McGarrett to track him down when he comes to the warehouse. (Surely they are not going to keep Lochner in this box all the way to Peking, are they?) When Wo Fat makes his "deal" with McGarrett for safe passage out of the country in exchange for giving up Lochner, we see Wo signalling the guys in the crane to bring the box, which is being lifted up to the ship by the crane, back to the dock. But prior to this when Wo and McGarrett come out of the warehouse, we can see that this is virtually the same shot of the warehouse as before, based on the angle of the shadows and the fact that some guy is standing beside a forklift several feet away in the same place! (In this second shot, you can see McGarrett and Wo Fat just inside the door.)
- At the beginning of the show, the four Chinese agents come out of the Diamond Head tunnel, which is at the opposite end of the tunnel from where Watanu had the heart attack in "A Thousand Pardons."
- When Chin Ho captures Ling Po, why does he have to use a dime for the phone to call an ambulance? (Someone suggested this was because in Honolulu at that time you needed a dime to get a dial tone ... not very practical in an emergency! Chin dials five numbers, by the way.)
- Mooheau Street, which is in the same area as Campbell, doesn't actually cross it.
- If Wo wants to find out the brand of insulin and where Lochner got it, why doesn't he just check the label of the insulin bottle that Lochner smashed? (Lochner does smash it very well, though.)
- Herman ("Duke") Wedemeyer appears uncredited very briefly as a police dispatcher. Bill Bigelow is listed in the credits as "William F. Bigelow II." One of the guards overpowered at the beginning of the show is stunt man Chuck Couch.
- The car driven from the pharmacy by Wo's second agent has plate number 6942 according to Chin Ho -- but when the license is actually seen, it is IB-9694.
- The very first shot in the show is surf coming towards the camera, which has been seen before in the first part of the two-part pilot "Cocoon," as well as in season one's "Up Tight."
- McGarrett refers to the May 23, 1960 tidal wave which seriously damaged Hilo on the Big Island. This is quite historically correct. That tidal wave was 35 feet high and killed 61 people. An earlier tsunami which struck Hilo on April 1, 1946 was 50 feet high and killed 159.
- McGarrett tells Victoria that Oahu is "40 miles wide, 65 miles long."
- This is the first show featuring Peggy Ryan as Jenny, the Five-O receptionist.
- When Lochner is being held in the room on the docks, you can see a box of Sunkist grapefruit in the background.
- While surveilling Number Two at the Chinese pharmacy, Chin Ho is reading a Chinese magazine.
- When McGarrett first sees Victoria, described by Padway as her father's "assistant," McGarrett says that she is "prettier than mine."
- When Victoria tells McGarrett where the pharmacy dispensing her father's insulin is located, he says, "Good girl."
- After finding out about the approaching tsunami, McGarrett and Victoria get from the beach to the office in about 16 minutes.
- Wo Fat smokes a cigar.
- Great photography in this episode, where there are a lot of close-ups of the characters.
John Randolph plays Marty Sloane, a hardware salesman from Sacramento who is attending a convention in Honolulu. He befriends Angela Carlson (Elaine Joyce), a hooker, and goes with her back to her apartment. He is nervous about "doing it" with her, but before he can get any action, they are interrupted by local gangster and Angela's pimp, Charley Bombay (Albert Paulsen). Bombay wants his "merchandise" from Angela, which we later find out is 2 pounds of heroin. Angela gives Sloane a key and he hides on the terrace of her apartment, only to watch horrified as Bombay throws Angela off the balcony when she refuses to cough up information about the dope.
When the cops and Five-O come to Angela's apartment, McGarrett finds a whiskey glass on the terrace which Sloane was holding. They get the fingerprints from the glass sent to Washington.
Figuring that because Angela was a high-priced hooker living in a $550-a-month apartment and a junkie to boot she has some connection to Bombay, McGarrett goes to visit him, but ends up listening to the usual clichés about how Bombay is "a respectable businessman." After listening to this, McGarrett says he will be back "and the charge is murder one."
Though we don't find out specifically how Sloane is identified from his fingerprints and how they figure out where he is in Honolulu at the time, McGarrett and Danno go to a meeting of the hardware salesmen where Sloane has just been chosen "Man of the Year" for his "hard work and ethical practices." When Sloane sees the two men standing at the back of the hall, he immediately knows that they have come to see him. Sloane leaves with McGarrett and Danno.
Back at the Five-O office, McGarrett starts to work on getting Sloane to help ID Bombay as Angela's killer, telling him that Angela was only 18 years old, which is almost the same age as Sloane's daughter. Sloane, however, has too many issues to deal with such as the relationship with his wife and daughter and his reputation in his community back home as well as with his fellow salesmen.
Sloane does give McGarrett the key which Angela gave him. Danno and Kono go to the Honolulu Airport where they use it to open a locker which contains a plush toy. Inside the doll is 2 pounds of uncut heroin valued at around a quarter of a million dollars.
McGarrett enlists the help of Ann Helm, a policewoman identified only as Joyce, to pretend to be Angela's sister from the mainland, also named Joyce. Memorizing her back story is a complicated task, but Joyce goes to see Bombay and tells him that she has the heroin, which she found via the key to the locker which was included in her late sister's personal effects. After playing "let's make a deal" with Bombay, a price of $100,000 for the drugs is established.
Bombay is still after Sloane, and sends a couple of his hoods after him. When Sloane, thoroughly plastered with his conventioneer friends, wants to get some fresh air, the two thugs follow him and attempt to run him over in the hotel's garage. They also attempt to kill him with a shotgun, but miss.
Sloane rushes to the Five-O office, saying he wants protection, but McGarrett says, "That's very funny, Mr. Sloane. We protect two million a year like you. You come and you go. You play games in that 100 square blocks called Waikiki. Pretty stupid games. Things you wouldn't be caught dead doing back home. But still we protect you. We bust our guts to protect you. But when we need your help, it's a different story, isn't it?" Considering how freaked out Sloane is, McGarrett shows him a picture of Bombay, once again pleading for his co-operation, but Sloane will still not budge.
Meanwhile, Helm is set to meet Bombay at the Ala Moana Mall, but instead he sends a Shoe Shine Man (Robert Costa), a junkie who escorts Helm to meet Bombay, who grabs the bag containing the doll and jumps into a waiting car. However, the place is surrounded by cops and members of Five-O, who shoot at the car and put it completely out of order. Bombay flees from the mall across a busy street to the harbor, where he throws the doll containing the drugs into the water.
Arrested and taken back to the Five-O office, they have nothing on him. Sloane is paraded into the room where McGarrett calls Bombay "a narcotics peddler and a murderer." Bombay in turn refers to Sloane as a "jerk," a "joker" and "Mr. Punk." McGarrett once again asks Sloane once again to identify Bombay as the killer, and once again he refuses. McGarrett has a major attack of speechifying, and Sloane finally cracks, saying "He did it."
Bombay is taken away to be booked for Murder One, threatening to "get" Sloane, who says "I guess I showed him I wasn't a lousy little hardware salesman."
McGarrett, on the other hand, cannot shut up, continuing with his epic speech which even quotes John Donne: ""Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind." Puh-leeze!
When I previously reviewed this show about 20 years ago, I gave it a high rating, and the acting by John Randolph as Sloane and Ann Helm as Joyce the policewoman is very good. I am less enthusiastic about the Ecuadorian-born Paulsen now. He yells his way through much of the part, though his character is admittedly very nasty. McGarrett also raises his voice in several places in this episode as well, particularly trying to get Sloane to identify Bombay.
There were some other things about the show that bothered me this time around:
- THE HEROIN:
As Angela is entertaining Sloane at the beginning of the show, Bombay shows up at her room. She sees Bombay through the door peephole and is upset. She gives Sloane the key, which is taped under a table, for the locker at the airport which contains heroin in a doll. She tells Sloane to go and hide on the terrace, then lets in Bombay with his two thugs. The dialogue between her and Bombay goes back and forth between him wanting his "merchandise" while getting more and more threatening, and her not knowing what he is talking about and then telling him she doesn't have it. Finally, saying "What you haven't got is a pretty face anymore," and calling her a "silly broad," he throws her off the balcony.
The question here is, why did Angela have the heroin? Was she a courier for Bombay? If so, why is she hesitant about giving it to him? Considering what a nasty guy Bombay is, why would she try and double-cross him? This is not a big deal, but there could have been some explanation as to why Angela had the heroin in the first place.
Actually, in his office, McGarrett tells us what to think about this issue, answering my questions, albeit in a speculative way: "Maybe she stole it from Bombay? Maybe somebody gave it to her to push? Whatever, that's not the point. The fact is, she had it. Bombay knew she had it. And he wound up killing her for it."
This whole business reminds me a lot of the classic thriller film Wait Until Dark where a doll containing heroin also caused a lot of trouble!
- THE WAITER TIPSTER:
Using Sloane's fingerprints, he is identified, perhaps through his military records. With this information, Five-O manages to track him down, maybe combined with information that Chin Ho gets from Lester the doorman (Sam Peters) at Angela's hotel, that Sloane was "in the hardware line." This hotel is the Ilikai Yacht Harbor Tower (thanks to Virginia), which is interesting, because the hardware convention is also at the Ilikai (we see the front entrance to the hotel with a banner advertising the convention). I don't think viewers would realize that Angela's room was also really in the Ilikai; I think the intention was to suggest it was at some other location. Using the same hotel was probably done just for the convenience of filming.
Probably not the next day, because it might take a while to ID the fingerprints, Sloane is seen at a lunch-like meeting for hardware dealers attending the convention (this is not all of the dealers, who number about 1,500 in total). The meeting is chaired by a guy named Willie (Herb Vigran). Sloane seems stunned after what happened at Angela's apartment, but manages to recover when Willie announces that that evening Sloane will be named Man of the Year. Sloane suddenly reverts to a shocked look when he sees McGarrett and Danno at the back of the room. At this point he doesn't know who they are -- they could be mobsters connected to Bombay for all he knows.
For some reason, Sloane leaves the raucous meeting and approaches the two from Five-O, saying "You wanna see me?" He leaves with them to go to the Five-O office. They walk past the Canoe House restaurant (which was in the Ilikai, no longer there) and you can see in the distance a red-jacketed waiter making a phone call, quite a distance from where the three of them heading towards the escalator.
This waiter is phoning Bombay to tell him that Five-O left with Sloane, telling him Sloane's name and somehow knowing that Sloane was on the terrace when Angela was murdered. Of course, Bombay is furious, lambasting his men for not checking the place thoroughly.
This doesn't make any sense. While there were two waiters in the room with the salesmen, I don't think one of them is the guy making the phone call, aside from the fact there is no way one of those waiters could have gotten to the phone ahead of McGarrett, Danno and Sloane leaving the building.
How would this waiter know all these details? Even if the waiter had talked to Lester the doorman, who knew that Sloane may have been the last person to see Angela alive, how would the waiter know that Sloane witnessed the murder? Maybe either he or Bombay were just guessing as to the significance of Sloane leaving with Five-O, but this really stretches things. This brings up the trope of "Honolulu was really not such a large town in the late 1960s." Did the waiter hear something from the hotel telephone operator who took Sloane's abandoned request to contact the police regarding the killing (assuming that Sloane was also staying at the Ilikai) ... but this is also speculation!
This would have been handled better if Sloane, who obviously had to leave Angela's apartment sometime after Bombay and his men turned the place upside down (and why hadn't they checked the terrace as well?), had been seen by the waiter or someone from the hotel who had gossiped to the waiter later. Unfortunately, the teaser ends with a freeze-frame of Sloane, hiding on the terrace (where he is not particularly well-hidden), looking distraught, and the first scene after the main titles is of Five-O arriving at the hotel.
- THE TELEPHONE CONFIRMATION:
When Joyce the policewoman (who is not actually identified as a "policewoman" until late in the show by Bombay in McGarrett's office) goes to Bombay's, pretending to be Angela's sister Joyce, Bombay wants her to phone the Kaiolu Motel where she is staying and confirm that she made a call to New Jersey, which she told him she did to determine the price of the heroin which she found in her "sister's" airport locker.
Bombay asks "Allen," someone in his front office, no doubt, to get the motel on the line, and then says to Joyce "Tell him who you are, and ask him to give you time and charges on your call to New Jersey." Joyce phones the place and identifies herself -- she is staying in room 617. "I want time and charges on a call to Jersey City."
But then we cut to somewhere, I don't think at the motel, where Kono is sitting with a woman who appears to be a telephone company operator (not a "him" at the motel as Bombay mentioned). Bombay takes the phone so he can hear what is said. This operator woman says "Time and charges on long-distance call from room 617 to Jersey City, New Jersey. Four minutes, $12.80 plus tax." (This seems like an exhorbitant amount, though hotels are notorious for jacking up long-distance charges.)
Bombay hangs up the phone, and Joyce asks him, "Are you satisfied?" Bombay replies, "That you made a call to Jersey City, yes." Joyce says, "Well, anything else you wanna know about me, why don't you ask me?"
Suddenly Bombay gets a call, and it is the same operator, telling him "Ready on your call to New Jersey." Obviously someone set up this call, and it seems strange that Bombay doesn't recognize the same operator's voice -- or is she the only operator (at the phone company?) who deals with calls to the Mainland?
Anyway, Bombay tells Joyce "I got friends in New Jersey too. And maybe they know something about you that I don't know. Or maybe they don't know you at all, baby." Then he talks to some guy named "Lou," saying "Listen. I wanna find out something, Lou."
We never find out what happens with this conversation to confirm that Joyce's back story checks out. There is no indication that she gets knocked off, so maybe "Lou" has to take some time to investigate her.
- THE FINALE:
At the mall, the Shoe Shine Man walks with Joyce to the top level of the mall. McGarrett and Danno are not that far behind them, and when Joyce finally meets Bombay, he quite likely could see the two of them. McGarrett warns everyone that Bombay has to have the heroin in his possession before they bust him, so we know that Joyce's bag does contain the doll with the heroin in it.
Bombay grabs the bag and attempts to escape in his car, but it is stopped and Bombay runs away on foot. He escapes to a nearby marina, where he takes the doll out of the bag and throws it into the water. Seemingly, no one bothers to recover it, because at McGarrett's office, he ridicules Five-O's attempts to press charges against him, saying, "Is there an ordinance about throwing dolls in the ocean?"
Sloane is brought into the office and once again McGarrett tries to get Sloane to ID Bombay as the killer. McGarrett comes out with an incredible speech as Bombay is sitting there: "Please, Mr. Sloane, listen. We can put him away for the rest of his life if the charge is murder. Now, will you please help us? Do you think you're protecting yourself, your way of life, the people you love? There is no way you can stay uninvolved. No way. Look at him. He's a cancer that feeds on society. And you're part of that society. Do you think you can close your eyes to what he is and to what he does? You think you can tune up the music and drown out the cries of help from his victims? Kids like your daughter. He hooks girls on dope and gets them into prostitution to feed the habit. He's a procurer, a dope peddler and a murderer. Now, look. Are you gonna let him walk out of here?"
I would like to know whether the whole case against Bombay could be thrown out of court because of McGarrett's persistence in haranguing Sloane to ID a killer who is sitting right in front of both of them. A good lawyer would have a field day dealing with the way McGarrett needled Sloane, trying to break down his resistance to identifying Bombay as the murderer. Danno is a witness to this entire conversation so I don't think McGarrett could get away with something!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
At the beginning of the show when Marty Sloane is in having a drink with hooker Angela Carlson in her room, the dialogue goes like this:
Sloane: You know something? You could be a model, or anything. How come you...? Never mind.
Angela: So go ahead and ask it. How'd a nice girl like me, et cetera, et cetera?
Sloane: Oh, it's none of my business.
Angela: Well, Mr. Sloane, I was just lucky, I guess. That's a joke. And you're supposed to laugh.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week for "Just Lucky, I Guess." A drama of today. A drama for all time. Albert Paulsen in a role you'll remember, as the deadly Charley Bombay.
Bombay: "What you haven't got is a pretty face anymore."
Jack Lord: John Randolph as Marty Sloane. His heart on his sleeve, a gun at his head.
McGarrett: "Now, what will your wife, your kids, your business associates think about you being up in that room with an 18-year-old girl?" Sloane: "Just a year older than my Gladys."
Jack Lord: Anne Helm, as the policewoman who goes undercover to kill or be killed.
Bombay: "Now, everything go as we say, count 100 G's. You cross me, and you'll count yourself dead."
Jack Lord: Next week: "Just Lucky, I Guess." Be here. Aloha.
- When he is with Angela at the beginning of the show, Sloane is nervously playing around with ice cubes from her bar, saying "I was just admiring your ice cubes." Later when Joyce meets with Bombay in his office, Bombay pours himself a drink and plays around with the ice cubes in it using his fingers, maybe to make her nervous.
- A kilogram of heroin goes for $250,000, which is somewhat less than in "Six Kilos," where the price was around $650,000.
- During the final confrontation with Bombay in McGarrett's office, the microphone is very visible on the rear wall.
- The quote from John Donne at the end of the show is from his Meditation XVII, which also includes the famous expressions "for whom the bell tolls" and "no man is an island.")
- When he is prepping Joyce for her undercover role, McGarrett plays an LP in his office which supposedly is the "one and only record" Joyce made as a singer. All we hear from this LP is "Tomorrow never comes." Joyce was a member of AVGA -- American Guild of Variety Artists.
- Smoking includes Joyce (cigarette at McGarrett's desk [!] and elsewhere), Chin Ho (pipe), Sloane (cigarette, rather nervously as if he usually does not smoke, but he takes it out of a pack), and cigars (Willie and other conventioneers).
A guerrilla force breaks into an Oahu armory and steals weapons which they intend to ship to their home country to aid revolutionary forces there. Five-O has their hands full when the wounded leader of this group is spirited out of the hospital and the Consul from their country tells McGarrett that they shouldn't pursue him, but just let him die.
This show, the first directed by Reza S. Badiyi who designed the main title, begins after some establishing shots to show that it is Sunday, and contrary to what people may think, members of the Five-O team have the day off. Danno and Kono are taking surfboards off their car at the beach where Kono is abused by a patrol cop about his weight.
Soon after this, the scene changes to the 72nd Battalion Armory where revolutionaries led by Elpidio Acuna (Henry Silva) are breaking in to steal weapons, including M14 rifles. The mediocre security at this place is once again provided by Hayes Guard Service -- in fact, Beau Van den Ecker risen from the dead in "Babe Ruth" -- and he is quickly overpowered and knocked out.
Exactly where Alcuna and his followers come from is a good question. Their country, which is never named, is 3,500 miles away from Hawaii. 3,500 miles to the east would be somewhere in or close to Mexico, and these people look to be Latin American, judging by their appearance and unsteady accents. It is unlikely they have spent the last 5 years in the jungles of some place in the other direction like Mota Lava or Bougainville islands (both about 3250 miles away), the isolated Pitcairn Island (3510), the Philippines (5445) or Papua New Guinea (4485).
Why they have come all the way to Hawaii to steal armaments is another mystery. Not to make any parallels with Pearl Harbor, but is the security around armories in Hawaii less tight than in their own country?
Quite likely this has something to do with the presence in Hawaii of Manuel "Manny" Morales (Edward Colmans), who runs the Morales Delivery Service (MDS) trucking company. Elipidio's father died in Morales' arms during the last revolution in their country, and he died saving Morales' life. In other words, Morales is a patriot with strong ties to "the motherland."
Along with Acuna are his wife Marla (Julie Gregg), who, unknown to him so far, is pregnant with his child, Ramon (Tom Nardini), Jose (Gary Camara) and Carlos (Daws Dawson). All of them except Morales are wearing military outfits, which look very well-worn and sweat-stained, so they probably didn't pick them up at the local revolutionary clothing shop.
There is a lot of stuff to steal in the armory, far more than I think they can load into their truck before the guard suddenly comes back to life and pulls an alarm which lets off a siren outside that a couple of cops passing by just happen to hear. (This time the guard is shot, though not killed.) The truck, which is now fully loaded, leaves quickly through a fence while Acuna stays behind shooting at these cops plus others who show up. The men from Five-O hasten to the armory along with McGarrett, who is casually dressed in white.
Acuna is barricaded behind what looks like a metal table wedged into the armory door and showers the forces outside with gunfire. Tear gas is fired inside, but Colonel Sasaki (Ed Fernandez) says this is pointless, since there are 2,000 gas masks inside the building, one of which Acuna will surely find (and he does). McGarrett dons a mask himself and goes through the roof of the building while the forces outside let loose with a barrage designed to cover the sound of him breaking a skylight. Acuna sees him anyway, and shoots at McGarrett as he drops to the floor, missing him. McGarrett eventually confronts Acuna and plugs him in the leg, ending the standoff. At this point, I don't know what is the point of the gas masks, since there seems to be hardly any tear gas in the building.
Acuna is taken to the hospital, where he is kept under guard. When McGarrett goes to see him, he shows McGarrett where he has been "whipped, burned, stabbed and shot." In other words, he's not going to tell McGarrett anything. Telling him he has "committed a crime," McGarrett says, "I promise you'll never leave Hawaii with the arms you stole. I'm gonna close this island tight as a rock, and I'm gonna hunt the people who came with you."
At Morales' company an military olive drab paint-like coating is washed off the white truck they used, and the rifles are placed via secret doors in shipping boxes labelled "farm machinery" which have already been cleared by customs. Two of Acuna's men go to the hospital where they knock out the guard and take their leader out of the place in a laundry basket. When the furious McGarrett shows up, a doctor (John Stalker) tells him "The minute he left this bed, he laid his life on the line ... He moves that leg, he tears the suture," the likely result being "gangrene, and the possibility of general blood poisoning." The doctor gives Acuna 24 hours to live, if that.
With the rifles loaded in a truck along with Acunan and his wife, Morales and the others head to the docks, only to be confronted by a strike. Rather than draw attention to themselves, they return to the depot.
The doctor gives a press conference to let Acuna know that his hours are numbered. Knowing this, Vallios, the consul from Acuna's country, played by Wright Esser, the nasty captain from the pilot episode and Dr. Crighton from only two episodes before this one, comes to McGarrett's office to tell him to forget about pursuing "mad dog" Acuna, just to let him die. In the first of more than one such speech to the representative of some "foreign" government telling him how to do his job, McGarrett tells the Consul, "We have laws here, sir, not dictators. Law. That word, the difference between your police and ours, the difference between your government and mine. It boils down to this, Mr. Consul. In this country, Acuna is entitled to a trial. And he's gonna get it unless he dies before I get to him. And if he does die, it won't be because I stopped looking for him." When he met with McGarrett, Alcuna described Vallios as a "pig, servant to the dictator who bleeds the people of my country to death."
Meanwhile, Morales, back at the depot, wants to call a doctor to tend to his leader's condition. Acuna tells Ramon -- who would kill his own father or mother for the success of the raid -- to shoot Morales if he picks up the phone, but this is interrupted by a call from the docks saying that the strike is over.
Checking a tread mark left at the armory against the inventory of local tire companies, the truck used by the revolutionaries at the armory is narrowed down to one of four businesses with a possible connection to Acuna's country: "Managos Produce Company, Heurta Meat and Poultry, Morales Delivery Service and Siempras Express Delivery."
HPD is alerted to keep an eye out for trucks from any of these outfits on the move that evening, and sure enough, Morales' van, finally going to the docks, is spotted and pursued. Confronted with a roadblock, Morales runs the truck into a phone booth, and the men in the cab are busted. Acuna in the back along with his wife starts shooting, seemingly through the metal rear door, which would result in bullets richocheting around inside. He tells Marla that they will die together, but when she tells him she is going to have his baby (he replies, "A son?"), saying "If he cannot have a father, in the name of God let him have a mother," Acuna surrenders.
When Marla says to McGarrett, "Thank you for not killing him," he replies, "The decision was easy -- we don't like to kill." Acuna and Marla leave in the ambulance.
The music by Don Ray (his first score for the show) is disappointing. You would expect it to be tense and militaristic, and at the beginning of the show it starts out in that direction, but then it becomes very cheerful. In fact, this same perky music is used at the end of "Bored She Hung Herself" as the lead character frolics in the surf. This "perky" theme is heard several times throughout "Savage Sunday," including during the final police chase to the docks.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
The show takes place on Sunday, and contrasts peaceful scenes at its beginning of people on their day off and going to church with the revolutionaries' leader engaged in a violent and bloody confrontation.
- Kono, get me a coil of rope, a carbine and a gas mask.
- Danno, I want you down here. … [A]s soon as you see me up there, I want every man with a weapon firing. Keep it up for at least 30 seconds.
- There's a watchman inside. He's wounded. Get him.
- Nurse. See if the watchman is in any shape to be questioned.
- To Danno: Cross-check with H.P.D. [after checking alien registration files on naturalized citizens]. Question anybody from his country with a record of criminal activities. Anybody.
- To Kono: Check all truck-rental outfits.
- To Chin Ho: Now check on warehouses, garages, anyplace they use trucks. (Chin: Big job, boss.) Well, those rifles, launchers, grenades, ammo, small arms, that's big too, so run, brother.
- To Chin Ho: Take Kono and check them [tire retailers]. Get a list of buyers. I want any names of Acuna's countrymen. If any.
- Double every stakeout. Any place Acuna might try to reach under cover of night. Airfields, marinas, docks, anything.
- To Vallios: I want Acuna as badly as you do, more. I want him for entering Hawaii illegally. I want him for a raid on the armory and for theft. I want him for armed assault against the watchman and an H.P.D. Officer. But I want him alive.
- To Chin Ho: Give the names to H.P.D. Any one of those four outfits roll a truck, stop and search. Chin, you and Kono take the first two names. You find the arms and ammo, let me know. You find the truck missing, let me know. Danno, we'll take the others. Let's go.
- To Central Dispatch: You better get an ambulance and some fire equipment.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week for "Savage Sunday." as Five-0 tracks a daring band of foreign raiders. The price they pay: Death.
McGarrett: Danno, as soon as you see me up there, I want every man with a weapon firing. Keep it up for at least 30 seconds.
Acuna: I have nothing to tell you. - Oh, I think you have. I've been told that before. Take a good look. Whipped. Burned. Stabbed.
Jack Lord: Henry Silva, an outstanding performance in the role of Acuna, leader of the raiders. Julie Gregg is Marla, the woman who loved him.
Marla: I'm going to have a baby, your baby. If he cannot have a father, in the name of God let him have a mother.
Danno: Fire at will.
Jack Lord: Next: "Savage Sunday." A day you'll remember. Be here. Aloha.
- At the beginning of the show, to emphasize the fact that it is Sunday, there is a shot, later to become a stock shot, of people going to a church: Kawaiaha'o Church at 957 Punchbowl Street, close to the Iolani Palace. A cop car, #130, is seen turning in front of the church. This car is then seen driving through Waikiki where there is a concrete structure in the background. Thanks to Fred Helfing for IDing these two locations.
- Officer Cooper, who makes fun of Kono's weight, is played by Frank Atienza, who is later Danno's friend Chinough Olena who gets killed in S05E04, "Pig in a Blanket."
- When the armory guard is lying on the ground, the camera shot makes it look like he looks up at Marla, who is on his right, and then continues to turn his head in that direction to see the alarm which is behind him on his left. But if he really twisted his head like this, it would be really obvious to Marla, because he would have to move the rest of his body as well.
- Kono is later abused about his girth by both Danno and Chin Ho in the Five-O office in a scene which is not particularly amusing.
- The Honolulu Advertiser with the headline "Guerrilla Chieftain Captured at Armory" has a subhead on the article "Barlow Nixed for Police Post." Other headlines on the page are "Moon Orbit Today for Apollo 10," "Nixon, Thieu Face Moment of Truth," "ILWU Oppo[ses?] Official Resi[??]," and "First Lady 2 Nights..."
- When McGarrett first meets Alcuna in his hospital room, he misprounounces his name "El-pe-dido."
- McGarrett uses his transparent map. The word KOOLAU is featured prominently in large capital letters. This refers to the Koolau Range, mountains paralleling for 37 miles the eastern coast of Oahu.
- McGarrett asks Chin Ho for an estimate of how far the revolutionaries have gotten and Chin says, "I haven't got my abacus with me."
- A phone number on one of Morales' trucks has only 6 digits: 898571. The GVW of the truck is 5250.
- One of the revolutionaries is seen painting a truck white outside Morales', but it was not the truck used at the armory. It strikes me that it would take a pretty long time to clean the olive coating off the other truck; even the top of the truck is colored olive.
- A City and County Ambulance takes Alcuna to the hospital at the end of the show.
- Bad DVD subtitles: Central Dispatch says Morales' truck is "sighted at Alumonia and Board, moving west on Alumonia," really meaning "Ala Moana." Fred suggests that "Board" refers to "Ward."
A psychology professor trained by Wo Fat hypnotically programs a policewoman to murder McGarrett.
This is the first science-fiction-tinged episode of Five-O. It is written by Anthony Lawrence, who penned the execrable "To Hell With Babe Ruth." Fortunately, Lawrence went on to write episodes which were much better than that one or this one: "Death with Father," "To Kill or Be Killed" and "Three Dead Cows at Makapuu."
Just like Lawrence seemed in "Babe Ruth" to be heavily influenced by an episode of Hawaiian Eye which dealt with a Japanese soldier escaping from a mental hospital to exact revenge that he hadn't carried out in December, 1941 (see my review of "Babe"), "A Bullet for McGarrett" seems to be influenced by the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate, which starred Khigh Dhiegh as Dr. Yen Lo of the Pavlov Institute in Moscow, a sinister Asian in charge of brainwashing American soldiers during the Korean War. (Khigh Dhiegh is briefly in this episode of Five-O. The film also stars other Five-O actors James Gregory, Henry Silva (as a Korean!), and Albert Paulsen.)
The main guest star in "A Bullet" is Eric Braeden, in his first of three roles on Five-O. He plays psychology professor Paul Farrar, who is teaching at the Pacific Cultural Institute, the educational institution already seen in season one's "Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember."
As the show begins, Farrar's class for the day is wrapping up after a lecture. Karen Adamson (Sheila Larkin), one of his students, is leaving, and Richard Han (Winston Char, uncredited), with whom she has had a relationship in the past, wants to get together with her again. When she says she is "busy," he tells her, "I think you're prejudiced." She tells him, "Only against boorish, arrogant people." Han replies, "Stubborn, these Chinese, but hardly boorish and arrogant."
Before Karen leaves, Farrar tells her he couldn't help overhearing their conversation: "You put him down rather hard, didn't you?" Karen says she can't stand Richard and doesn't know why she went out with him. Farrar asks if she is under some kind of strain, to which she replies, "I'm in love with you." She seems confused that she said this.
Soon after, Han is seen outside at the institute's swimming pool. Karen follows him there in a zombie-like fashion and, pulling out a gun which someone left for her in her locker, shoots Han as he jumps backward off the diving board, killing him. She seems very agitated before and after doing this.
Five-O is soon to show up at the scene. They find some clues as to what happened -- face powder spilled on the cement near the edge of the pool from when Karen dropped her purse on the ground and Karen's library card which was floating in the pool and is now at the bottom. It is recovered by an uncredited swimmer.
Both of these clues are sloppily handled by the show.
The face powder was originally a certain distance from the edge of the pool and a white line along the edge of the pool. But this is not the same as when McGarrett and the others check it out. The powder is in a different place, and the white line is not beside the powder at all. The powder is beside another line which is not white. As well, there is another "white line" which is at 90 degrees to this second line close to where the powder is now that was not seen before.
As far as the library card is concerned, if you look at some piece of paper, supposedly this card, that Che Fong (Danny Kamekona) is seen "restoring" and he and Chin Ho are examining under a microscope, it is not like her library card which is what we see when we cut to McGarrett holding the card -- or is that just information about her library account and perhaps the two things are not related? At least there is some explanation as to how the card got into the pool, because it is windy around the time Karen drops her purse. (And no, the wind did not blow the face powder; if so, there would still be some at its original location.)
Back at the office, Danno already knows that Han was "a brilliant, young Chinese Maoist radical who's involved in a Commie spy ring." They have been keeping their eyes on him for over a month.
On the other hand, according to McGarrett, Karen was "20 years old, Caucasian, psychology major with excellent grades, cheerleader, sorority queen [who c]ame to the islands three years ago with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Adamson of Detroit, Michigan. Parents died. Boating accident three years ago. Lives alone in an apartment on Keoi [?] in Waikiki." Not exactly a professional assassin, though Chin Ho says there is a Chinese saying: "They that shows [sic] no evil will be suspected of none." McGarrett tells him, "Not so far as Five-O is concerned."
Danno goes to the school and talks to Farrar, who says that Han was "a brilliant student" who was "a Maoist, but ... a dove among hawks" and who "was liked by almost everyone." When Danno wonders if Han dated much, Farrar says, "I teach psychology, not sex education." Danno asks if Han specifically took Karen out. Farrar says he saw them together, but can't understand why she should be considered a suspect in his murder.
After this meeting, Danno goes to Karen's locker which he breaks into, presumably without a warrant! He takes some of the face powder out of her compact from her purse, spilling it all over the front of the locker before closing it, duh! The powder is then forwarded to the lab who proves that it is the same as that recovered at the swimming pool.
Now knowing this connection, McGarrett and Danno go to Karen's apartment. Just before they arrive, she gets a phone call. When she answers it, all she hears is this high-pitched goopy New Age music like you might hear on the original Star Trek. Grabbing the gun she used to kill Han, she runs out the back door of her place, which Danno neglected to cover, and into the middle of the street where she runs into a truck driven by Five-O stuntman Beau Van den Ecker and seriously injured.
This "accident" is not well staged. The truck driver has a lot of time to stop as he is approaching Karen on the street, especially as he just came around a corner. Still, he runs in to her, a rather nasty collision, and suddenly there is lots of blood on Karen's right side on her blouse and her leg, which doesn't make any sense.
Karen is rushed to the hospital, but she dies on the way there after babbling incoherently to McGarrett, who is in the ambulance with her: "Mama. Mama. Oh, no. No. Oh, why'd you have to die. No, please don't. Don't let him hit me, Paul. I hate him. I hate him. Oh, no. Please, stop him, Paul. Stop. Don't hit me, Paul. Please. He's not my daddy. He's not... He's not... Paul... Dr. Farrar. Oh, God, where are you? Mama. Mama. Ma... Mama."
To help them investigate further, Five-O enlists the help of another policewoman, and another one named Joyce, this time Bennett, the attractive Marianne McAndrew. Danno is once again concerned that taking on this assignment might be more than a policewoman can handle, but Joyce, who majored in psychology, tells the Five-O team, "I'm fascinated by the idea of going back to school." She is given the usual back story and winds up in Farrar's class, where she comes across as a keener.
Before they can get too involved with each other, Farrar goes to the lookout near the Punchbowl Cemetery where he meets with Wo Fat, who puts in a cameo appearance for about 3 minutes and 20 seconds, suggesting that Khigh Dhiegh was sticking around in Hawaii after his previous role this season in "Forty Feet High And It Kills!" which was filmed only two shows before this one in production order.
It turns out that Wo trained Farrar in hypnotic techniques when the latter was a prisoner of war for three years after he was captured in North Korea. Wo already knows, via his "informants," that Joyce is a policewoman. He also knows that Farrar, his "most brilliant student" and "disciple," can turn Joyce into "a bullet for McGarrett," to eliminate "an enemy whose relentlessness is a constant threat."
Farrar and Joyce hang out eating lunch on campus, and soon end up in a soft-focus scene on the beach where Farrar has her listening to yet more of the goopy music, which she says makes her think of "men on the moon." Played by what looks like a cassette recorder on a blue base that looks like a flying saucer, this music is backed up by some booze which is laced with drugs.
Incredulously, Joyce asks Farrar if he ever took Karen Adamson out, which seems very odd, unless she has been gossiping with the other students. Considering Danno already tried to connect Karen with Farrar when he talked to him, this would be a big clue that Joyce was a cop, aside from the fact that he already knows this!
Farrar starts to probe Joyce's past, asking her questions, particularly about her relationship with a crude man her mother almost married after the death of her father. This man was a drunk who beat her mother up. Whether this is part of the back story which Five-O concocted for Joyce is a good question. Farrar starts to give her the usual "you are getting sleepy" suggestions to put her into a hypnotic trance, showing her a picture of McGarrett and describing him as "the man who hurt your mother, the man you hate."
Meanwhile, Five-O have traced the gun which Karen owned back to Farrar and realize that Joyce is in danger. McGarrett goes to her place where Joyce acts towards him in a hostile manner after he tells her she is off the case, calling him "dangerous" and slapping him in the face. She says, "I know we were wrong in suspecting [Farrar] of being implicated in any crime." Similar to some of the brainwashed characters in The Manchurian Candidate who suddenly return to near-normal even while under extreme stress, Joyce suddenly apologizes to him, saying "I'll lock my door so Svengali won't get me."
McGarrett consults with a Dr. Abrahams (Al Eben, later "Doc" Bergman), staff psychiatrist at Inland Hospital, wondering if someone can be hypnotized to kill. This is a debatable subject, as many web pages will tell you. Abrahamson tells McGarrett this is highly unlikely, though a person who is regressed through hypnotism might be able to get back to a source of the problem that still hangs on from childhood. He says that considering a child's sense of right and wrong is quite different from an adult's, a hypnotist might drag up some childhood traumatic situation and re-create it for the adult, causing them to transfer their hostility to someone the hypnotist tells them is the same one who was the cause of their pain originally. Which is exactly the technique Farrar is using on Joyce, and it seems what he also used on Karen.
After McGarrett leaves, Farrar phones Joyce, once again playing the music over the phone and tells her to come to his office. Subsequently, she goes there and phones McGarrett, sounding like she needs help before she abruptly hangs up the phone. McGarrett goes to meet Joyce, but Farrar has programmed her "to kill the man who is trying to kill your mother." Joyce shoots McGarrett point-blank but he is still strong enough to fight Farrar who is nearby. Considering much of the subsequent action takes place in near-darkness, Joyce takes another shot at McGarrett, but hits Farrar instead, killing him. The tense soundtrack music by Shores is suddenly replaced by the New Age stuff, though whether this is appearing on the soundtrack or emanating from Farrar's tape recorder is not easy to determine.
McGarrett, though seriously wounded and bleeding a lot, manages to calm Joyce down. Fortunately she has run out of bullets. The two of them leave together. It is quite likely that Joyce is going to need some serious therapy to get her back to normal from Farrar "walking around in her mind."
So what is wrong with this episode? Basically, the whole business with hypnotizing people with weird music is stupid. I don't believe it, and the way the music is employed as a "trigger" is inconsistent. (It is also used to get the assassins programmed to receiving this "trigger.") Karen is not "told" to do anything, she just runs away, even though it is unlikely that Farrar would have known that the "big bad wolves" [McGarrett and Danno] were soon to be at her door. And she isn't "triggered" at all prior to shooting Han that we see. Joyce is triggered to kill McGarrett at the end of the show, on the other hand.
There are plenty of parallels to The Manchurian Candidate, a film which has some serious issues with its script, as Roger Ebert pointed out in his review of the film, even though he still gave it four stars and declared it was a "Great Movie." In that film at the beginning, the brainwashing or programming has already been set up (seemingly in the space of only three days), so we don't have to think about whatever technique was employed to get the army men ready.
The scene near the beginning of that film featuring Khigh Dhiegh as the evil programmer from Moscow demonstrating what he has done to the men is brilliant, with the perspective switching from him speaking to a medical theater filled with Russian, Chinese and North Korean Commies to a ladies' garden club discussing hydrangeas and, in the case of the platoon's one black soldier, a black ladies' garden club.
Various web pages suggest that someone can be programmed to commit a crime if that person is a psychopath who would already be predisposed to using violence or murder towards someone else. Neither Karen nor Joyce fall into this category. (Were they the only people who Farrar ever gave his treatment to?)
In the show, Dr. Abrahams tells McGarrett that it is possible to program someone who was treated badly in their childhood to take revenge on a substitute for the person who wronged them back then. There is a suggestion that both Karen and Joyce were treated badly, maybe even abused, when they were children, so they would be more predisposed to fall under Farrar's spell.
At the end of the novel of The Manchurian Candidate, the programmed protagonist, Raymond Shaw, ends up commiting incest with his mother, which is something that obviously could not have been put on screen in 1962, though there is a scene with the mother (played by Angela Lansbury, who was only three years older than her "son," Laurence Harvey!) where she gives him a deep kiss. I have not read this book, by the way, only seen the film.
Quite frankly, I'm amazed I even gave this Five-O show 2 stars!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Wo Fat explains to Farrar that he will transform policewoman Joyce Bennett "into a bullet for McGarrett," in other words, an assassin.
- Check the high board, Danno. See if it's wet.
- To swimmer: There's something in the water down there. Can you get it for me, please?
- To the Five-O team: Find out what classes they had together. Talk to her teachers, fellow students, friends. Put together a complete dossier. Give me something more concrete to hold her on.
- Contact Joyce. I want her off the case right now.
- Jenny, get me Dr. Abrahams. Staff psychiatrist. Island Hospital. Right away.
- To Joyce: You're not to see Farrar under any circumstances. Now, that's an order.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week as Five-0 is pitted against a mind capable of turning human beings into human weapons.
Farrar: Hypnosis is not an exact science.
Wo Fat: When you were a prisoner of war, you were trained by me.
Farrar: You're going to be in Peking.
Jack Lord: Eric Braeden. He sold his soul.
Wo Fat: While you, Dr. Farrar, transform Miss Bennett into a bullet for McGarrett.
Jack Lord: Khigh Dhiegh. He bought it.
Karen Adamson: Mama.
Jack Lord: Sheila Larken as the girl whose mission was murder. Her own.
McGarrett: You're off the case.
Joyce Bennett: Taking me off? Why?
McGarrett: We think Farrar may have hypnotized Karen Adamson into killing Han.
Jack Lord: Marianne McAndrew, in the memorable performance of a woman programmed to kill.
McGarrett: Put it down, Joyce.
Joyce Bennett: No, don't.
Jack Lord: Next week: "A Bullet for McGarrett." Be here. Aloha.
- Fred Helfing has tracked down some locations used in this show. Karen Adamson's apartment is at 711 Kamuela Avenue. This is what it looks like today. When Karen comes running out of the building, pursued by McGarrett and Danno, she heads up Kamuela to Kapahulu Avenue, where you can see the truck turning (intersection seen today). She gets hit by the truck in front of some see-through concrete bricks (seen today). The ambulance taking Karen's body turns left on Kapahulu (seen today). You can see the truck that hit her right beside it and on the right is the Bank of Hawaii which is a newer building than the one which can be seen in the photo above where the truck is turning. Later on, when McGarrett goes to the campus to meet Joyce, he is seen standing in front of Bingham Hall at Punahou School. This is what it looks like today.
- According to McGarrett, Farrar has taught Oriental psychology and has written books on hypnotism and mesmerism. After he joined the UN forces in the Korean action, he was captured by North Korea, where he spent three years as a prisoner of war during which he was tutored by Wo Fat. But what country was he with in the "UN forces"? According to various web pages, if this is Germany, there were no Germans fighting against North Korea!
- Marianne McAndrew, who also plays a role in season three's "The Late John Louisiana," was married to Stewart Moss, who played Ned Horvath in the first season's "Not That Much Different." When Moss passed away in 2017, they had been married almost 50 years. McAndrew's character in the show is supposed to be 26 years old; she was this age when the show was broadcast.
- Sheila Larken (Karen Adamson) has been most recently seen as mother of FBI agent Dana Scully on The X-Files. Michael Leong plays an attendant in the Physicians Ambulance taking Karen to the hospital, uncredited. Danny Kamekona is again Che Fong, the last time this character will be seen until the role is assumed by Harry Endo for the first of 114 appearances in S02E15, "Blind Tiger."
- Adamson lives at 2972 Kalakaua Ave. and has a phone number of 923-9052 according to her library card.
- McGarrett addresses Joyce as "honey" three times. He uses the expression "Easy" (especially near the end of the show) 14 times!
- It's interesting that Adamson can kill Han jumping off a diving board with a single shot, but Joyce, a policewoman, only wounds McGarrett who is standing right in front of her.
- When being prepared for her undercover role, Joyce tells McGarrett, "Only one thing bothers me ... I don't have a thing to wear [as a university student]," which produces chuckles from Chin and Danno.
- Doctor Abrahams smokes a pipe.
This show has an interesting premise similar to #46-#47, Three Dead Cows at Makapuu. Theodore Bikel as the ultra-terrorist Professor Erich Stoss (a.k.a. "The Beast") wants to wipe out the Hawaiian sugar cane industry (41.6% of the world's supply, according to Leonard Burleson from the Department of Agriculture, played by Bill Bigelow) with a fungus so countries will have to buy their sugar from a certain "island" (Cuba, which is never specifically mentioned). However, Stoss is just too bland a villain for someone with a heavy-handed nickname conjuring up images of terrorists like Carlos and Nazi sadists. As well, there are annoying gaps in plot logic. For example, at the beginning, why does McGarrett suspect the woman that intelligence agent Bridger (Dick Cook) sketched on the plane has any relation to the conspiracy? Bridger is known to be a "weekend artist." The woman, Mariana de Nava (Linda Marsh) does turn out to be involved, but this is just a coincidence. When Stoss murders Bridger by stabbing him through the back of the airplane seat, Bridger reacts by noticeably moving up and then back into his seat. There is seemingly no one sitting beside him (if there was, they surely would have noticed this). But after the plane lands, a woman comes out of the next seat and leaves the plane. Interestingly, this assassination had a parallel in real life several years later when Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was killed by poison dart filled with ricin and fired from an umbrella in London in 1978. Bridger writes on a stewardess's notepad and Stoss drops some cigar ash on it to reveal the deep indentations in the next sheet of paper. But Bridger is hardly pushing down when we see him writing. The doctor's explanation later as to why Bridger made no noise when he was stabbed is totally incomprehensible. Stoss freaks when a servant tries to touch his briefcase containing various toxic substances. If Stoss was so concerned, why did he set the briefcase down in the first place? Later Danno is seen doing surveillance, and you can see Danno's face in the mirror on his car door, which probably means he has a nice view of the camera in the rear seat of the car! Stoss provides a good laugh when he complains, "There used to be a day when they made cars large enough so a man could get in and out with ease." We're talking about a 1969-style car here! Chin Ho also provides some comic relief. When Chin comes up with solutions during a Five-O rap session, Kono says, "Give that man a free foo yong." Chin laughs, saying, "Haole food." Kono responds, "Not exclusively, brother!" When Chin is checking out airports, he blabs in his native tongue to Galem Kam who says, "Sorry, I don't speak Chinese." When Kam shows Chin his crop-duster that he was going to convert into a playhouse for his kids, he says, "Nice plane, eh, honorable cop?" When Stoss is about to split at the end, leaving Lao (Soon-Tek Oh) behind, he tells the complaining Lao, "I would expect a little more fatalism from a man of your race," then suggests that because Lao is Asian he can "fade into the local population." There's a stock shot of McGarrett arriving at the hospital, and the scenes of burning cane field are probably from #12, Pray Love, Remember... A sign on the wall of the Chinese herbalist shop says "POSITIVELY NO STEALING."
- This is the second show in a row where a woman runs into a moving vehicle.
- When Stoss's henchwoman Marianna de Nava (Linda Marsh) goes to the Chinese herbalist's in downtown Honolulu, watch just before she gets out of the cab. There is some tall woman walking down the street behind an Asian woman who looks like de Nava's double!
- There is a scene where McGarrett and Danno meet with Hendricks, some CIA-type bigshot at the County Morgue. Is this the only scene at the morgue in the series?
- During the teaser, Stoss is seen smoking a cigar on the plane. UGH!
- Like McGarrett, Stoss has his own transparent map which is used to plot where the deadly fungus will be introduced to kill the sugar cane.
- At the end, Stoss stabs McGarrett with his special umbrella. But McGarrett doesn't seem to be worried that there was poison on the umbrella's blade. Wouldn't someone as evil as Stoss have this device armed with poison all the time?
College kids steal the revered cloak of King Kamehameha for kicks.
Four students decide to steal the cloak of King Kamehameha in the Bishop Museum because they have nothing else to do. These "young people" are Michael Fox-style young people, considering the actors ranged in age from 22 to 27 years old.
The "big brains" of the group is Arnold Potter III (Brandon ("Shane") De Wilde), the "muscle" is Johnny Kalama (Vince Eder, last seen as a cop in "To Hell With Babe Ruth"), the "monkey" (athletic one) is Eddie (Randall Kim, looking younger than in his previous appearances; this is his last on Five-O) and Diana Cole (Jennifer Leak) is ... well, McGarrett later can't come up with a description for her; she is Arnie's girl friend.
As the show begins, Eddie climbs up to the roof just after the museum's closing time when lots of people are around the outside of the place and drops a cat in a sling through a skylight to determine how long it will take cops to respond to an alarm triggered from a carpet near the cloak where Eddie has dropped some catnip. (Obviously the catnip is not sufficiently heavy to activate the alarm.)
The time for the cops to arrive is 64 seconds -- but this is during the daytime, not during the nighttime, which is when the cape will be stolen. Five-O also shows up. McGarrett tells Kono, who captures the cat, which is named "Sam", to take the feline down to headquarters: "Tell him his rights and give him some milk and catnip." The expression "book him" regarding the cat is heard twice, once from McGarrett to Danno, once from Chin Ho to Kono.
The next evening, the foursome return. Both Eddie and Johnny climb up to the roof. After rappelling down through the skylight, they assemble a tripod made of pipes, and using a long pole on it, Eddie floats out over the carpet near the mannequin wearing the cloak and grabs it without touching the floor with its alarm.
The cape is not offered for ransom, despite the Governor saying he will give the thieves amnesty over McGarrett's objections. Little kids are seen on a TV show hosted by "Papa Aku" offering pennies from their piggy banks to pay the non-existent ransom.
The break in the case occurs when HPD officer Larry Kai (Barton McCollough) remembers catching Arnie and Jennifer necking outside the museum as the big steal was going on. In particular, he remembers Arnie's car, "a yellow sports job, foreign type" with a university parking sticker (number 9748) on the window.
McGarrett figures out quick enough who these "kids" are, and when he goes to their hangout with a search warrant, he is abused, particularly by Arnie, who has previously described him as "Mr. Cop -- from the mainland to Tokyo." Arnie starts making ridiculous accusations of "police brutality" despite the fact there has been nothing of the sort. McGarrett responds, "I'm shaking all over." Diana says of McGarrett: "I love the way he asks all those cute questions." Arnie sings "Aloha Oink" to the tune of "Aloha Oe" as McGarrett is leaving.
Kono, who was searching for the cape with Danno at the hangout, puts a bug in Johnny's ear because of their mutual Hawaiian heritage since Johnny is the only Hawaiian member of the team. Soon, Johnny starts to get antsy about keeping the cape considering they have proved their point that they "knocked the establishment on their status quo."
When the other three decide to get rid of the cloak by throwing it in the harbor, Johnny goes to the Five-O offices and spills the beans. McGarrett hastens to the Ala Wai Yacht Basin where Arnie, Eddie and Diana prepare to go out on Arnie's father's yacht. McGarrett leaps on to the boat and there are some tense moments as Arnie attacks him with a grappling hook. Fortunately, McGarrett prevails and the trio are busted. No amnesty for them!
This is not a particularly interesting episode because the motives for the young thieves are entirely selfish, not connected with some radical cause, and their justification for stealing the cape becomes tiresome.
As well, there are some issues with time frames.
During the night heist, Arnie tells Eddie and Johnny that they have "3 minutes" (without specifying exactly what this covers). It takes them just over four minutes to get to the roof where they open the skylight. The time they go down from the skylight, steal the cloak and return to the skylight (minus the time the cop catches Arnie and Jennifer making out) takes 8:37, and it's another 52 seconds to get back to the ground. Earlier, Arnie said "Every section of the museum gets covered [by the guards] every four and a half minutes."
The athleticism of Johnny and Eddie is questionable, considering they climb up a brick-like face at the museum, then a ledge and finally a drain pipe before getting to the roof. There is never any mention of these two having special abilities in this regard which is like free climbing that people do on sheer cliffs.
The music by jazz musician Mundell Lowe (his only Five-O score) is all over the map, including a sitar, some other plucked instrument I can't recognize (a banjo?), big band sounds, and weird rock music plus some familiar cues from earlier in the series.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
The people of Hawaii will be "blue" if the cape is not returned or destroyed.
- Check exterior doors and windows.
- Take him [the cat] downtown and book him for trespassing. Tell him his rights and give him some milk and catnip.
- Dan, it [the cloak] was tied just about here. Make sure you get a reading in this area.
- Give me some up-shots below the priest.
- Get me a reading on it [scratches on the marble], Charley. [Charley is played by Danny Kamekona.]
- [McGarrett goes on TV] By authority of the governor of the state of Hawaii, I've been instructed to offer any and all persons involved in this theft complete amnesty. Return the Kamehameha cloak immediately and the state guarantees that no charges will be pressed against you. [Further conditions follow.]
This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next week for "King Kamehameha Blues." The most daring theft ever staged. The prize: The history of Hawaii itself. In their hands, ten centuries of culture.
Eddie: We've just pulled off the biggest robbery these islands have ever seen, right?
Jack Lord: In their hearts, hate.
Arnie: Hey, look, we just knocked the establishment right on their status quo.
Jack Lord: Brandon De Wilde, as the crown prince of evil.
McGarrett: I don't deal in amnesty, I don't think it works. I think it's a license to steal.
Arnie: Hey, your search warrant says "search," McGarrett. You did that and you didn't come up with anything. See you around, huh?
Jack Lord: Next week: "King Kamehameha Blues. " A caper that shook a state. Be here. Aloha.
- There is gimmicky editing between McGarrett's discussion with the museum director and a rap session at the students' pad.
- Randall Kim is given less significant billing than the other three students.
- There is a plaque on the skylight on the roof of the museum. It possibly says DETECTION SYSTEM BY PACIFIC ALARMS. The plaque seen at the beginning of the show when Eddie is testing with the cat doesn't seem to be the same one when Danno inspects the skylight after the robbery, based on the letters which we can see. As well, at the beginning of the show and Eddie hotwires the alarm, he moves the wire to his right where there is a pipe in the background. The plaque is not there, but it is a few seconds later.
- Eddie forgets to remove the hotwire he does after the robbery. This hotwiring doesn't seem as if it should be effective, because Eddie doesn't scrape the plastic off the wire when he reconnects it. And the tape he puts on it makes it very obvious that someone had cut the wire!
- When Diana is playing around some kids at the beginning of the show on the museum lawn, it looks like she is grabbing a little girl's hair. Later on the lawn, there are several scenes where you can see Diana's underpants.
- Arnie's nickname for Johnny is "Hula."
- There is an funny scene at the beach when McGarrett and Danno are watching the four thieves from a distance. Danno, who is wearing his suit, is taking pictures of a hot babe in a white bikini, but he says very loudly (so she could probably hear) "I just wish I had some film." Turns out this babe is a sergeant at HPD!
- The Bishop Museum gets thanked in the final credits.
One of my favorite episodes. McGarrett gets a call from a witness in Singapore, Nicole Wylie (Marj Dusay), who has had a change of heart about testifying against the Hawaiian gangster Revasco. McGarrett flies to Singapore and escorts her home, overcoming various odds on the way. The "teaser" for the show is one of the best -- it really keeps us guessing as to what is going on. When McGarrett first meets Nicole, she tells him that she "had to make a living" in Singapore. McGarrett grabs her arms, wanting to check her out for needle marks. He asks, "What about behind the knees?" and she replies, "Check 'em out, cop!" She later tells him, "Whatever you may be, you are not a gentleman." The excellent score by Stevens includes several motifs which will be heard numerous times in future episodes, such as the "memories theme" when McGarrett turns out the light on the boat. When McGarrett and Nicole as "Mr. and Mrs. Henry Collins" get close, he says, "Another time, another place, Nicole." She says, "I forgot you're on duty." When Chin is about to leave for the Philippines to help McGarrett, he says he will bring back Revasco's head on a plate, which is rather odd, since isn't Revasco already in Hawaii? The film climaxes when McGarrett and Nicole arrive at a Philippine shrine which is actually the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu. During a gun battle with various thugs, McGarrett fires at least 8 shots. (Incidentally, his hair is pretty messed up by this point!) The show jumps to a post-trial scene, where McGarrett is seeing Nicole off at the Honolulu airport, telling her "Aloha, pretty girl." McGarrett lathers up for shaving without using any water during one scene. A Capitol LP (same label as the Five-O soundtrack) is seen briefly.
McGarrett is disturbed by the efforts of an ambitious lawyer to dredge up the past of a criminal from the mainland who has turned his life around since he moved to Hawaii.
This is a slam-bang show, with not a second to spare.
It opens with a process server (Pitt Herbert) trying to deliver a subpoena to Mike Finney (James Gregory), a former enforcer from Saint Louis who served time for his crimes and who has been running a wholesale flower business in Hawaii for the last nine years. Finney gets his "main man" Rudy (Charles Gilbert) to sic German shepherds whose names are Lobo and Bruiser on the guy.
We cut to poolside at a house where McGarrett is having his palm read by some babe, who he offers to take dining and dancing. McGarrett meets Charles Irwin (Jason Evers), an oily lawyer who has big ambitions about becoming attorney general of Hawaii or even governor, and who is the one who tried to have Finney subpoenaed. He also meets Joe Fletcher (Lyle Bettger), Irwin's equally oily investigator.
McGarrett already did his own investigation on Finney, and determined that he has been a clean-living fellow since he came to the islands, but Irwin will have none of this. Suddenly an assassin nearby takes half a dozen shots at people around the pool, including Irwin, intentionally missing all of them. McGarrett tries to follow this killer, who escapes.
And this is only the teaser!
McGarrett goes to the governor's office, where he meets Senator John Oishi (Keye Luke), the chairman of the state labor committee investigating possible infiltration of criminals into unions. Irwin is the chief counsel for this inquiry.
McGarret goes to visit Finney, to serve him with his subpoena personally on the Governor's orders. Finney is leery of the upcoming hearings because of his past, saying "It'd be the same thing all over again. The good guys against the bad guys. They're going to put me in the hot seat and they'll murder me."
After Irwin calls a news conference and divulges information about Finney which the press gobbles up, McGarrett meets with Oishi to express his concerns, saying Irwin's "tactics stink, and so does his purpose." McGarrett tells Oishi Finney's only crime as of now is that he was once a big name in the rackets. When Oishi says that Finney "still lives like a king off money that came from crime," McGarrett straightens him out, saying "Finney came to these islands flat broke, but he had guts and an idea and he hit the jackpot. Now, he's made big money here, but he made it straight." Referring to how perception of people with an unsavory past can last for years, Oishi points out to McGarrett "In 1941, I was also imprisoned. Interned by the government as an enemy alien. I was a Jap for five years, an Oriental for another ten. Now I'm an American, but it was a long time before people stopped looking at me as if I were still the enemy."
Soon after this, Oishi meets with Irwin, telling him he doesn't appreciate the latter's grandstanding and turning the investigation into a witch-hunt, emphasizing Finney is not on trial. Irwin tells Oishi that he has "names, dates, places of meetings [Finney]'s had with well-known union leaders. The whole package. He's nailed." Oishi replies, "I don't want him nailed, Mr. Irwin. I only want sufficient fact to show he has done something illegal." Irwin later confides to Fletcher and Senator Colt (Jim Demarest) that Oishi is "an old lady." Colt says he has to avoid upsetting "a lot of Japanese voters in my constituency."
Irwin is convinced that because of McGarrett's attitude towards Finney, he is on the take. Fletcher goes to the Five-O offices where McGarrett asks him "How much did you pay ... to stage that phony hit on Irwin?" When McGarrett starts to tape their conversation, Fletcher freaks out, and tries to flee. McGarrett grabs him and pulls a small tape recorder from Fletcher's own pocket. When Danno comes into the office after Fletcher is gone, McGarrett says "Open the windows, Danno. It's rank in here."
Another hitman from the mainland (Nicholas Benedict), hired by some of Finney's old mainland pals who think he "might sing a little," goes to Finney's office where Fletcher sneaks in and starts to leave evidence suggesting McGarrett is on the take. Thinking he is Finney, the killer knocks off Fletcher using a high-powered shotgun.
Danno hustles Finney's daughter Judith (Karen Huston), who he met when he went to Finney's place with McGarrett earlier. He tells her she is under protective custody, but she says she is leaving on a vacation at noon that day. He father picks her up from the school where she teaches handicapped children, and Danno follows them. But the hitman who killed Fletcher is after them and he shoots Rudy dead. Danno is delegated to get Judith on the plane.
Meanwhile, the man who pulled off the bogus assassination attempt earlier and was identified by a woman from mug books as Vince Watson (Morgan Sha'an), a private investigator whose license was revoked and a former bail bondsman for Joe Fletcher, is grabbed by cops on the mainland where he fled earlier and brought back to the Five-O offices. McGarrett tells him, "We've got the weapon you fired, we've got a description of the car you used, and we got a witness who saw you running from the scene of the crime. An eyewitness."
At the courthouse in a hearing room, the inquiry soon takes place, and Irwin peppers Finney with questions about his past, including people he knew back on the mainland, as well as a recent meeting with a syndicate gunman regarding a job to murder a local union head who fought Finney's control to take over his union.
McGarrett interrupts the proceedings to give them details of Watson's confession, that Watson was paid by Fletcher to stage the phony assassination attempt, which was Irwin's idea. After examining the paper, Oishi tells Irwin, "You will get a copy of it, because it will be used as evidence against you. I'm talking about a disbarment proceeding, Mr. Irwin, and possible criminal prosecution."
Unfortunately, the nasty hitman who killed Fletcher and Rudy is present in the hearing room and shoots Finney fatally in the back. McGarrett races after him and kills him on the courthouse steps.
Overall, a top-notch episode with excellent acting by all concerned, which shows another side of McGarrett, that he wants to give someone who has "paid his dues" a second chance.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
"All the king's horses" comes from the nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty: "All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again." Finney uses this expression twice in the show. First, when he meets with McGarrett and Danno: "All the king's horses and all the king's men can't help Mike Finney," and at the end of the show when he expires: "All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put Mike Finney..."
- Check out a private investigator named J. Fletcher.
- Call him [Finney], Danno. See if he's home. Tell him I'd like to see him sometime today.
- I want Watson. No APB, no noise, don't tip our hand, just get him.
- Have L.A.P.D. run an R&I [Records & Identification -- to catch Watson]. Put out an APB from Seattle to San Diego.
- Start with the airport arrivals, then check the cabbies, car rentals, hotels [for the hitman]. Ask Chief Dan for some extra manpower. Turn this rock inside out if you have to, but find him.
- [To Chin] Keep after the hit man.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week for "All the King's Horses." The action-packed story of a man who could not outrun his past.
McGarrett: You know exactly how a tape can be edited. How a nice, innocent proposition can be twisted around so a tape can be used to hang somebody in public.
Fletcher: Look, McGarrett, you can't do...
Jack Lord: James Gregory is Mike Finney, a man denied a second chance.
Finney: If I don't answer them, take the fifth, they're going to say I'm guilty. If I do answer them, but I won't talk about my friends, they're going to hold me in contempt. Lock me up, throw away the key.
Jack Lord: Next: "All the King's Horses." Be here. Aloha.
- McGarrett defines Five-O's role when he tells Irwin: "Five-O's job is the investigation of crime in the state. Governor of Hawaii says so."
- When the palm-reader tells McGarrett "You're good for another 30 years," she was pretty accurate, considering Jack Lord passed away in 1998. McGarrett calls her "honey."
- After Watson shoots at people at the party, he must run very fast, because when McGarrett goes to the beach, there is no one to be seen for a huge expanse in both directions. It also seems strange that no fingerprints are found on the rifle Watson is using, because he was not wearing gloves when he was firing it.
- There is mention of real-life HPD chief Dan.
- After Kinney is shot, McGarrett says "easy" three times.
- Irwin smokes.
- Finney tells McGarrett "Don't bull me."
- Watson's mug shot number is Z20313.
- Just before Rudy is killed, these things that look like wires are seen on his door of the car. I think these are squibs, designed to give the impression of bullets hitting the door, though this effect was never used.
- As McGarrett and the Governor talk on the balcony, there is some mysterious smoke behind the Governor at one point.
- When McGarrett figures out that Watson the assassin worked for Fletcher, McGarrett says "Ah so."
McGarrett has his hands full when a brutal dictator's plane is diverted to Hawaii as part of an assassination conspiracy. It seems odd that the plane is flying to Geneva from Asia, though -- wouldn't it just go east? The dictator, Utomo Jhakal (Jackal?), played by Titos Vandis, wants to personally interrogate one of his countrymen who tried to ram the plane with a gasoline truck as the plane lands. (Beau Vanden Ecker (uncredited) is the driver that the truck is taken away from.) McGarrett gives Jhakal a few pointers in the way the American legal system works. This causes Consul Koryo from Jhakal's country (Paul Stevens) to tell McGarrett, "I consider this very unprofessional." The weary McGarrett replies, "And I consider it a lot of work!" Jhakal is known by some as "savior of Asia", by others as "an Asiatic Hitler." Kono comments, "Fidel Castro would be more popular in Miami." The cockpit scenes in the landing plane are very realistic, though the pilots' dialog sounds looped. The opening teaser is long. McGarrett doesn't take any crap from Koryo, whom he suspects of complicity in a plot against Jhakal along with former ruler of the country Akhbar Savang (Joe de Santis), who is currently a professor in Hawaii. Savang's daughter Banu (Cynthia Hull) tries to shoot Jhakal, and almost plugs Kono, who is standing in for the dictator. Some interesting camera work in this show -- as Kono leaves the airport in Jhakal's limo, the camera rotates 360 degrees. I wonder why there are no guards outside Jhakal's hotel since McGarrett is being so "cautious." A nice helicopter shot of the Five-O team on the way to the climactic confrontation. Hawaiian Airlines gets a credit at the end.
An excellent episode full of snappy dialogue, with McGarrett trying to track down the kidnapper of a young boy named Scotty (played by Geoffrey Thorpe, son of Location Casting Director Ted, later guitarist with the metal group Vicious Rumours) who escapes to freedom during the teaser. The boy's father, Gainham (William Zuckert) looks very old, and the kid's mother is nowhere to be seen. At the beginning when McGarrett and Gainham are driving there is interesting camera work with two cameras in the back of the moving car and odd camera angles as the Five-O crew approaches the cabin where the boy was held hostage. The kid reveals his escape strategy to Danno: "I had to go [to the bathroom]." Danno remarks, "Pretty clever, Scotty." James Hong gives a delightfully oily performance as the money launderer Tot Kee, who is unusually friendly with his blond receptionist Missy (Melody Patterson, Mrs. James MacArthur at the time). McGarrett yucks it up in his office with Kee as well as three other cash converters. One of them, Mr. Ming (Galen Kam -- identified in the credits as "Garoyan") is too fat to sit on his chair. Near the end the Five-O crew are seen tailing the main suspect Gibbons (Frank Marth). Chin Ho dons a frog mask (seems like police harrassment in a major way), Kono is seen stuffing his face with food, and Danno sneaks behind a forklift and then climbs up into the rafters in a deserted warehouse to overhear when Gibbons is making a crucial phone call. This last incident is kind of dumb, since it's hard to see how the cautious Gibbons missed seeing Danno climbing up the support beam. Che Fong is mentioned in this show, but not seen.
- Gainham to McGarrett: "I hope they [the kidnappers] burn in hell."
A woman and two men play a "sick game" where points are collected for crimes committed and the prize is the woman herself.
Jo Louise Mailer (Beverlee McKinsey) and her two boyfriends -- Craig Howard (Kaz Garas), her former fiancé from Dallas, and Billy Hona (Lani Kai), a Hawaiian beach-boy type -- have an "insane game" involving a deck of playing cards. The idea is to choose a card from the deck while looking at the face side. On the design side are instructions to do something to achieve points. The suitor who ends up with the most points will get Jo Louise as a prize. She tells them "It's a terrible shame there can be only one winner ... but then, I'm only one girl."
As the show begins, Five-O are called to the 19th Quartermaster Ballation where a Jeep has been torched and a crowd of spectators has gathered. Jo Louise, who is a hot blonde bitch, also shows up there. Prior to taking a picture, she bats her eyelashes at McGarrett, calling him "Sergeant." He tells her "Mister will do."
Back at the Five-O office, the team discuss a report from HPD about an "epidemic of fun and games" which has taken place recently including a police car being stolen and a rare 100-year-old royal palm tree being sawed down. They speculate that the Jeep fire is one of this series of pranks.
On her yacht "Daddy's Girl" while sipping champagne, Jo Louise tells her two friends that Billy, who set the Jeep on fire, is now 20 points ahead in the game. Craig draws another card, good for 150 points if he sinks a boat. After he does this, Jo Louise takes another picture, and a witness report of this makes its way back to McGarrett, who connects the dots with his encounter of her earlier.
A sketch is made by the police artist Charlie and distributed, which results in Jo Louise getting picked up. Slouching in McGarrett's office, she says she was recently hanging out with Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Danno tells her to cut the crap, but she coos, "I like that ... it's so hairy-chested!" When she tells McGarrett, "My, what big teeth you have," he says "Save it for your memoirs, honey." McGarrett refers to her as "angel face" and later "Lucrezia Borgia."
Jo Louise is soon released by her father's lawyer Harlan Davis (Philip Bolton), who shows up with a writ of habeas corpus. Davis tells McGarrett that his client's father is "a very wealthy and influential man, friend of numerous important citizens both here and in Washington." McGarrett says, "You left out his birthday, his shoe size and his personal fortune."
After she leaves, Kono tails Jo Louise, but, driving her Corvette at a very high speed, she soon loses him. Later, he finds her car in front of a camera store, where she dropped off some film for prints, which McGarrett soon shows up to examine. They contain shots of the trio's recent exploits.
Meanwhile, Billy, now behind in the game, has drawn the king from the deck which will give him 300 points for a kidnapping. He finds some down-and-out bum (Eddie Firestone), who he gives the nickname of "Stumbles" and tricks the guy into getting into the trunk of his car.
Back at his office, McGarrett has to contend with Jo Louise's Texas-accented father, Royce Ellington Mailer, on his way to a trip to Manila, who tells McGarrett that he doesn't like the way his daughter is being treated. Like D.J. Georgiade, Bobby George's rich-guy father in "Tiger by the Tail," he figures he can just write a check to cover the damage his daughter has done, but McGarrett tells him "Not this time and not in this state." McGarrett manages to convince him to butt out and let Jo Louise face the consequences for her actions, which is surprising.
Billy returns to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor where Jo Louise's boat is anchored and shows off his captive Stumbles to her and Craig. Now that Craig is very far behind in points, he goes for broke, choosing the Joker from the pack. The prize for this is 500 points ... for murder. Craig picks up Stumbles, who has just left the trio, and takes him back to Jo Louise's place.
McGarrett and Danno arrive at the yacht harbor where they grab Jo Louise and Billy, who were just about to go after Craig because Billy didn't want him to carry out his final task. Back at Five-O, both Billy and Jo Louise are grilled, but neither of them is talking. Jo Louise in particular keeps showering McGarrett with sarcasm. McGarrett tells them they can go for lack of evidence, but only after getting Chin Ho to put a tracking device on their rented car. Jo Louise tells McGarrett, "Somebody bend the points on your little old badge?"
Danno and McGarrett follow the two of them with some difficulty with a GPS-like flashing light on their dashboard back to Jo Louise's, where Craig is just about to force Stumbles into the swimming pool where he will likely drown. Billy and Craig fight, and Billy is fatally shot. McGarrett and Danno take charge and both Jo Louise and Craig are busted. Stumbles is so rattled by what has happened that he throws the whiskey bottle from his pocket into the ocean.
This episode has a major sexual component, but also has a lot of racist abuse. Billy calls Craig "haole" four times, ridiculing his virility. On the other hand, Craig refers to Billy as "a blackie" and "Black Beauty." Jo Louise, who acts like a referee between the two men, says, "Billy's not black ... he's sort of a ... what are you, Billy? Brown?" Craig also refers to Billy as "hired help" and "boy," telling him, "Even if you won and she was crazy enough to marry you, her father would cut her off without any inheritance." Craig sings a fragment of "Old Man River" from the musical "Show Boat," famous for being sung by the black baritone Paul Robeson -- "tote that barge" -- as Billy carries a kayak. Jo Louise later tells Billy he's "a born pineapple picker" with no ambition.
While Jo Louise is supposed to be 25 years old, she looks older, more like the 35 years old the actress actually was. Whether this makes her more like a cougar than the young Heather Locklear, who would have been ideal to play this role more recently, is debatable.
I had a lot of trouble with the sequence in this episode where Billy brings Stumbles back to the Ala Wai Harbor, because I was looking at the layout of the streets upside-down. After I got this straightened out, there is still a big question as to how McGarrett and Danno suddenly appear out of nowhere and cut Billy and Jo Louise off just as they are about to follow Craig who has left with Stumbles, intending to kill him. One might also ask why McGarrett and Danno showed up there in the first place.
When we saw Craig back up in his Fiat to pick up Stumbles, there was a white car behind them, not McGarrett's. There is only a 4-5 second window from the time Billy backs up in the Cadillac and starts to leave and McGarrett shows up, and I doubt if he and Danno were doing surveillance on them prior to this from nearby. If so, why didn't McGarrett take off after Craig?
There is yet another question in the next scene where Billy and Jo Louise have been taken to the Five-O offices. While Jo Louise is being grilled, Danno pulls out the deck of cards and starts rattling off the different categories of "points" that have been used already, showing the cards to her, trying to make her crack. So where did he get these cards from? Likely from her purse, but there are issues as to whether you need a warrant or something similar to do this, unless there is suspicion that the purse contains a weapon. There are plenty of web pages where this kind of potentially illegal action by cops is discussed.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
The Joker in the pack of cards used for the game is the deadliest challenge.
- Stay on top of it [the investigation into the Jeep fire], Danno.
- Kono, get with Che Fong. See if he can find any prints on the boat after it's raised.
- Get a copy [of the sketch of Jo Louise] to every H.P.D. Officer, bars, hotels, all the swinging joints.
- Kono? Miss Mailer just left with her attorney. Dog her. I wanna know where she goes, what she does - and who's with her when she does it.
- I'll need the negatives. We'll want to make our own blow-ups.
- [to Danno] Call Chin. Ask him to check every car rental agency in town. If she rents one, she'll have to identify herself with a driver's license.
- [to Jo Louise's father] You get your lawyer off my back and you keep him off. And don't try to pull any strings if I tag her. You understand that? … I'm asking you to stand aside. Before it's too late.
- [to Jo Louise] You and a couple of your friends have been playing some kind of sick game. I wanna know the rules.
- Danno, better get an ambulance over here.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week for "The Joker is Wild, Man, Wild."
Stumbles: No, please. No, please. No, I can't swim.
Jack Lord: A deadly game played with three jokers, and it leads to murder.
McGarrett: You and a couple of your friends have been playing some kind of sick game. I wanna know the rules.
Jo Louise Mailer: I still haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about.
Danno: Steal car, 50 points. Saw down tree, 75 points. Hundred twenty-five for burning a jeep. Hundred fifty, sinking a boat. Kidnapped, three hundred...
McGarrett: And the kill card: Joker, 500 points. How far has the game gone, honey?
Jack Lord: Next week, "The Joker is Wild, Man, Wild." Be here. Aloha.
- Near the end of the show when Billy and Jo Louise are being grilled in the Five-O office, Chin Ho tells McGarrett "Jackpot -- Billy Hona's prints match the set on the bottle." I didn't understand what the hell he was talking about, thinking he was referring to the bottle of wine that Billy used to bribe Stumbles. But what he means was the bottle used for the Molotov cocktail which torched the Jeep at the beginning of the show, duh! ("Yeah. Jeep was burned by a Molotov cocktail. Che Fong found the remains of the bottle with a set of prints. We photofaxed a copy to Washington.")
- There is a scene of gawking tourists with Yankee Chang appearing uncredited as their guide outside the Iolani Palace -- this is lifted from the original two-hour version of the pilot episode "Cocoon."
- McGarrett 's transparent board with a map of Honolulu in his office is used.
- In a long shot, McGarrett drives from right to left in the shade along the Ali Wai Canal. He is also seen driving from right to left in this area from outside his car door, but the background is not the canal. A cop car turns right in front of church seen in "Savage Sunday," but it is not the same shot, and also drives in front of the concrete structure in Waikiki like in that episode. The cop car that picks up Jo Louise outside the bank in Kaimuki is #129 (the one in the previous episode was #130).
- The stock score uses the "Front Street" cue from the Five-O soundtrack LP multiple times.
- Aside from Jenny, there are two women seen in the outer office, one of whom is the babe soon to be seen at McGarrett's birthday party in "Blind Tiger."
- When she is in the camera shop, Jo Louise uses the alias of Bonnie Parker (as in Bonnie and Clyde), purring to the owner who helps her escape from Kono through the back door of the place, "Men like you make a girl feel so safe."
- At the beginning of the show, three fire engines are seen leaving their hall, responding to the Jeep fire, but later when we see them, there are only two, not including the hook and ladder truck which was the last one in the procession.
- Billy smokes.
- The name of Jo Louise's father, Royce Ellington Mailer, who is probably an oil magnate, is similar to oil billionaire John Ellington in the twelfth season's mediocre episode "School for Assassins."
William Windom is Connors, a career criminal who pulls off the robbery of a currency exchange (Deak & Co. -- a real name) while duping McGarrett and the Five-O crew to think that the caper will be at a bank across the street. Years before, Connors pulled off a similar robbery in Pittsburgh and when he arrived in Hawaii, he was McGarrett's "first big arrest." Philip Pine plays Toshi Nomuru, boss of the exchange -- his Asian makeup is ghastly. (It's more likely his name would be "Nomura"; in fact, both McGarrett and Jenny say "Nomura" at least once.) Harry Endo, soon to be Che Fong, plays Kaspar, the bank president, complete with a Che Fong-like pointer! (Maybe "Kaspar" is his first name, since McGarrett calls him "Mr. Kiyoki" when McGarrett meets him (sleeping!) in his office.) Connors says that "all cops are boobs" and when confronted by a frustrated McGarrett says "you could use a bit more of the aloha spirit." McGarrett tells Connors he will put him away so long that "10 years will seem like a coffee break." The robbery gets nasty when Nomuru's wife is taken hostage and raped (the coroner says she was "criminally assaulted") and then murdered by one of Connors' two associates. When Connors knocks off both his pals, their car is later fished out of the drink by a crane. This entire sequence is lifted from #7, The Ways of Love, with some subtle editing. Pay attention when Nomuru and Connors are approaching the currency exchange parking lot -- they are driving the wrong way down a one-way street. When Danno is sitting at a bank desk, waiting for the robbers who never show up, a sign in front of him suggests the rate for Japanese yen is 370 to the dollar. How times have changed! Danno persists in using the 1940's slang expression "gunsel" ("gunman"). Connors is tracked down using a trace on a pay phone number -- 287-1299. After McGarrett uses his phone at one point, he hangs up and it falls out of its cradle. The ending, with McGarrett making a trip to Hong Kong, is a bit too fast. The final scene, supposedly taking place in a Hong Kong currency exchange, has some bad editing. As Connors is seen talking to the owner, behind him are ads promoting the use of ZIP codes -- this whole scene is "flopped" (everything is reversed). Then in a subsequent shot, where Connors has turned at a 90 degree angle, the same background is seen with everything correct (and one side of Connors' collar higher, the opposite of the previous shot). A poster for U.S. Savings Stamps is also seen (it looks like this was filmed in a sub-post office.) One scene with McGarrett arriving at the palace and running up the steps is from the beginning of #22, Six Kilos. Jackie Coogan makes a brief appearance as the informer Jerry Howe, who dies during the teaser.
- McGarrett quote: "I want this island locked, sealed tight by 10 o'clock in the morning."
- More McGarrett expressions: "What've we got?" twice; to the coroner: "English spoken here, Doc."
- The safe in Kiyoki/Kaspar's bank is opened by a "computer signal."
- A copy of The Honolulu Advertiser is seen. The headline reads "Nomuru Robbery Ends in Shootout," but the two columns under this have sub-headlines of "Asian Arms Buildup" and "Lava Roars Towards Sea -- Then Halts."
- The name of the Hong Kong currency exchange, L. Atsukema Company, sounds similar to Matsukino, the name of the bad guy in #11, Deathwatch, played by James Shigeta.
McGarrett is temporarily blinded after a bomb is planted in his car. In the hospital, he butts heads with a nurse who has been assigned to look after him.
This episode starts with a look at "McGarrett the Human Being," as the top cop arrives at Five-O headquarters and is met by an empty building ... until he goes into his office where everyone is waiting for him with a surprise birthday party. Not only is the team there, but also the Governor and Jenny (who, only having made a couple of appearances, already reminds me already of Lucy Moran, the receptionist on Twin Peaks) plus the uncredited front-office babe who we saw in "The Joker's Wild."
McGarrett gets several presents, including a Hawaiian dictionary. Before he unwraps it, he asks, "It won't explode, will it?" This line has ominous foreshadowing to what will happen in future episodes, not to mention this one very soon.
Outside, a young kid named Poto (Remi Abellira, in his first of 8 appearances on the show) is cleaning the windshield of McGarrett's car. A guy with Coke-bottle lenses (Robert Edwards), shows up to "fix McGarrett's car," telling the kid "A car has to run real well for a man like Mr. McGarrett." We see him putting some sticks of dynamite in the engine area.
After the party, McGarrett puts his presents in his car. When he shuts the car door as he is about to go back to pick up one of the gifts that he dropped, the car explodes, knocking him down. Danno rushes back to help him, and McGarrett says he can't see anything.
McGarrett is rushed to the hospital in stock shots of a City and County ambulance seen in previous shows like "The Big Kahuna." Pending some X-rays, he is pre-diagnosed by a doctor (Tommy Fujiwara, uncredited) as having "Presumable traumatic injury. Slight edema present. No fracture or flesh wound apparent. And some burns." McGarrett can see light, but no details.
Che Fong (Harry Endo, his first appearance in this role) goes over the remains of the car multiple times, but can't find anything out of the ordinary, but one of his assistants produces a piece of metal tubing which doesn't seem to be connected with the car. Che Fong's explanation as to how this might have triggered a blasting cap connected to sticks of dynamite is not entirely convincing.
Danno returns to the hospital to update McGarrett on this discovery, but the guy who planted the bomb is also snooping around the hospital. Dr. Rackman (Bob Gleason) tells McGarrett he has "a slight hemorrhaging in the occipital region, enough to affect the optic nerves." When prompted for "straight answers," the doctor says, "You could regain your vision perfectly, you could regain a part of your vision, or you might not regain your vision at all. The fact that you can perceive light at this point is a very hopeful sign."
McGarrett tells the doctor he is fed up with the never-ending series of tests, saying he doesn't want to sit around "with a tin cup and dark glasses." He wants to put on his clothes and leave, but nurse Edith Lavallo (Marion Ross), who has been assigned to look after him, tells him to get the clothes himself, and to call his office by himself using the phone beside his bed, saying, "Mr. McGarrett can't accept the reality of his situation." He calls her "Florence Nightingale."
After he blunders through the hospital corridor, McGarrett ends up in a visiting area with recovering patients, where he falls down. Realizing that his stubborness is not going to pay off, he tells Lavallo to take him back to his room. Mr. Coke Bottle Lenses is sitting close to where McGarrett fell.
Jenny comes to the hospital to help McGarrett catch up on his correspondence. He is still fighting Lavallo, refusing to use a guide so he can sign letters in the correct place. The Governor also shows up. He tells McGarrett, "You can't run [Five-O] now, Steve. Not until you get well. [Y]ou've got to cooperate with the doctors. I'm simply not giving you any choice." McGarrett says yes, and when Lavallo returns to the room, he agrees to work with her to recover.
Meanwhile, the team is rounding up people who have good reason to knock off McGarrett. A guy named Sam Lee (Bunny Kahanamoku) is dragged into the office because he paid some associate a thousand bucks recently. (It is interesting that 1969 Five-O can get access to this guy's bank account records so quickly.) Lee tells Danno this was to Leo Mahani "to find out who hit your boss." Lee wanted to take personally care of this person because of potential attention towards himself and his bookmaking operations that would result because of the bombing.
Lavallo walks with McGarrett through the hospital as he relies on his other senses to determine what is around him. After they finish, she tells him "Both memory and perception improving."
Danno and Chin Ho go to visit Roger Matheson, a young guy who McGarrett caught beating a tourist senseless to the point where the man ended up in a coma. Roger has an iron-clad alibi for the time of the bombing, though, because Joshua Frank, his probation officer, was visiting his mother and himself and stayed for dinner, talking about a vocation for him in the field of landscape gardening. As they leave, the camera zooms in on a picture of Roger's father. He is the guy who dynamited McGarrett's car.
At the hospital, Kono reports that all Five-O's searching for potential bombers has been fruitless. McGarrett suddenly remembers the kid named Poto who was cleaning his windshield. Poto later looks through some mug books, but cannot find the suspect. Che Fong reports to McGarrett that the piece of tubing they discovered is "used for the torque rod that runs down the steering shaft of the Westphalian Oberland car."
The Five-O team and Poto go to the only dealership in town that deals with this make of car, which is a bogus name (a license plate frame on a car being repaired there says "Volkswagen Pacific" and the cars there are mostly Volkswagens and Porches). The kid recognizes Masterson from a picture on a bulletin board. When Danno breaks into Masterson's locker (again, without a warrant) there is a picture of McGarrett on the inside of the door, the same one that Farrar used in "A Bullet for McGarrett" when he was hypnotizing policewoman Joyce. Danno also finds tubes like the one used to make the bomb.
Back at the hospital, Lavallo and McGarrett are in the therapy room, learning how to judge distances and walk with a cane, when Matheson creates a distraction with another bomb in a stairwell nearby, which causes McGarrett's police bodyguard to temporarily abandon him. Matheson makes his way to the therapy room, where he confronts McGarrett with a pistol that has a silencer.
Rather than just shoot McGarrett dead, he goes into a rant about how McGarrett is a cop who wants to send his kid away for five to ten years and ruin his life with "no college, no future, no decent job." Lavallo turns out the lights, and McGarrett, using his new-found "senses," manages to disarm Matheson and end up with him on the floor just as the boys from Five-O arrive. Danno says, "I think I gave you guys a bum steer; I said McGarrett needed help."
The rest of the show is spent with McGarrett eventually regaining his sight. At the end, before he leaves the hospital, he wants to "see" Lavallo, but she avoids him, saying "these hospital relationships don't seem as important after you're home." As he walks down the hallway, he goes right by her in a touching scene where she turns away, looking as if she regrets not saying anything further to him.
This show basically has two components: the attempted murder of McGarrett and Five-O's efforts to track down his assassin, and McGarrett's recovery from blindness in the hospital and his relationship with nurse Lovallo.
There is a serious question about why Masterson gets his nose so out of joint over his son Roger's "first offense," which would likely have been regarded as a felony, since beating a tourist senseless would have been considered a serious crime. Trying to determine how the case would have been handled in Hawaii in the late 1960s, however, is a difficult task. This offense only took place a month before the show, according to Danno, and Roger is currently dealing with his probation officer, which suggests that he may have pled guilty and gotten a suspended sentence for the crime. But it also suggests that the crime worked its way through the justice system pretty quickly! I don't think that Roger was a juvenile when the crime took place, which could have affected the way he was dealt with by the court.
Where Matheson got the dynamite to make his bombs is another good question. I'm surprised that Five-O doesn't try to track down where he got the dynamite like was done in "Strangers In Our Own Land." You would expect the sale and use of dynamite to be pretty strictly regulated.
I also don't understand how the bomb in the engine goes off, because the mechanism as described by Che Fong suggests that a pin will be pulled out of the tube, releasing a spring which hits a blasting cap which then triggers the explosive. This bomb, unlike the one in the hospital, which is much easier to explain, I don't think is connected to the door of the car which is what activates the bomb when McGarrett closes it after putting his presents in the front seat.
The clash between McGarrett and Lovallo is the much more interesting section of the show, being the result of them having very similar personalities. I first thought that Lovallo was being pretty harsh the way she treated McGarrett when he tried to get out of the hospital and go back to headquarters, but nurse Janet Feinberg (Suzan Carney), who he encounters near the end of the show, also had a "my way or the highway" attitude: "I will not have my patients walking barefoot. Now, put your slippers on."
Both McGarrett and Lovallo are highly motivated individuals who want to do the best job possible. It's only after the Governor "orders" McGarrett that he can't run the department and has to co-operate with the doctors that McGarrett does so. He has an about-face, realizing that working with the doctors and learning "ways of getting on in this condition" is more likely to get him released sooner, having regained his vision or not. He even gets to the point where he is flirting with Lovallo over her use of cologne.
Would the two of them have had some kind of a relationship after McGarrett recovered? Unlikely, no more so than McGarrett would have had a relationship with some woman he had met in the course of his daily routine.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Because of the explosion, McGarrett is "blind"; according to m-w.com, a "tiger," aside from the animal, can also be "a fierce, daring, or aggressive person or quality" or "someone or something (such as a situation) that is formidable or impossible to control."
- [To Poto] Make sure the whole windshield's done this time, not just the driver's side.
- [Danno is reading McGarrett's mind in the hospital] We'll proceed as follows. Number one, search Five-0 files for all people who might have a possible motive in wanting to kill you. Two, check criminal records of hoods who have used explosives on jobs. Three, set up a security system. The theory that whoever made the first hit might try again.
- [To Dr. Rackman} I'd like some straight answers, doctor.
- Will somebody kindly give me my clothes? ... Could somebody call my office and tell them I want a car? ... [on the phone] I want a car down in front of the hospital right away. Never mind what the doctor said. Just make sure the car's there.
- Nurse Lavallo. Take me back to my room.
- [On the phone in the hospital] Wll you tell them to have a progress report ready because I'm gonna start asking questions.
- Jenny, can I have the letter to H.P.D? … Just get me the memo from FBI ... The FBI memo. It goes with the letter, special delivery.
- Nurse Lavallo. I understand there are things to learn. Ways of getting on in this condition. I wanna start learning now. Right now.
- All right, Kono, I want a report on what's happening.
- [To Kono] You get over there, and you look for a scrawny little runt. Pake [this means "Chinese"] Hawaiian kid about 10 years old. Name is Poto. He cleans windshields for two bits a throw. He cleaned mine yesterday afternoon.
- Stop by the office [of the car dealership]. Take the kid with you. Take a good look around and see if you spot anything, huh?
- [At the end of the show to Lovallo] I wanna see you before I go.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next week for "Blind Tiger."
Jenny: You're 21 today. Twenty-one today. You've got the key to the door. Never been 21 before
Various: Happy birthday. Happy birthday.
Danno: Steve. Dropped one.
Danno: What is it?
McGarrett: I can't see.
McGarrett: What kind of a security system?
Danno: Two uniformed policemen at each entrance. One in your room, one outside the door.
McGarrett: Why not the National Guard?
Danno: We could have two divisions. The killer would still have an edge. He knows who he's after.
Danno: Got some news. It was dynamite and they found the triggering device.
Masterson: I'm sorry, McGarrett. I have to protect my kid.
Lavallo: Drop, Steve! I've put out the lights. You're equal, Steve.
Jack Lord: Next week, "Blind Tiger." Be here. Aloha.
- The Hawaiian birthday song being sung at the beginning has the lyrics Hau‘oli lā hānau, but Jenny interjects another song into the middle of this: "You're 21 today, twenty-one today. You've got the key to the door, never been 21 before." This second song was written by Alec Kendal in 1911. What it means: it was traditional in England for the older son or daughter upon reaching 21 to receive a key to the front door of their parents' home, if they were at that time still living there.
- During the party, a parcel slips on the floor, and, according to the subtitles, Jenny says, "Oh damn," but this is barely audible on the soundtrack. McGarrett also says "damn" when he is trying unsuccessfully to leave the hospital later and runs into a nurse's desk, also not heard.
- "We searched through your Navy and civil-service records and found two different versions of your age. Now, it's true, these versions were only one year apart. So in the interest of honesty and integrity we decided to combine them for the proper number of candles on your cake." The total number of candles is 70. This confusion over McGarrett's age sounds suspiciously like that of Jack Lord himself as witnessed when Lord was called to testify in court. A comment at IMDb suggests the math here doesn't work out, but it would if the ages were 34.5 and 35.5 ... but it is a stretch to think McGarrett is 35!
- The same crudely-made sign in the hospital with visiting hour information that was previously seen in "Savage Sunday" is in this episode at the end of the first act.
- When McGarrett arrives at the office at the beginning of the show, he wonders "Everybody take off at six?" Outside when he entered the building it was sunny. But in the next scene outside when Masterson is putting the bomb in the car, it seems very dark. After this, back in the office during the party, it is sunny outside. At the end, when McGarrett leaves, going down the palace steps, it is dark again. As he leaves, he tells the people with him "You guys are crazy to spend so much," which suggests he looked at the presents, but they all seem to be still wrapped (noticed by me during my 2018 re-viewing; noticed by A. Fuentes back in 1998!).
- Various people are paged in the hospital, but some subtitles are wrong. Dr. Freeman (an in-joke for series creator Leonard) is "Dr. Freedman," and Dr. Chopra is "Dr. Chowfrow."
- The book that Masterson's son Roger is reading is Imaginative Small Gardens by Nancy Grasby (thanks to my brother). Neither of the actors playing the son or his mother are credited.
- McGarrett's room in the hospital is 409. When he phones the Five-O office, the number is 732-5577.
- Nurse Feinberg's name is likely an in-joke referring to actor Ron from season one. When McGarrett sees her, thinking she is Lovallo, the bonging bell noise is heard.
- When McGarrett gets his clothes from the closet, trying to leave, assuming the blue suit is the one he was wearing during the explosion, it seems to be in pretty clean condition. During this sequence, we can see that Jack Lord shaved his underarm hair. Anda Thomas e-mailed me, wondering if there was some taboo about underarm hair on TV like happened with belly-buttons, but we have seen underarm hair previously in other episodes.
- Many years ago, a guy named Mike e-mailed me, saying "I'm the shorter guy near the end of the episode, my friend Jim and I are orderlies in the hospital and we walk down the corridor, I very dramatically look at my watch, and we get blown up!" (Strictly speaking, they don't.)
- Edith Lavallo's full name is sort of similar to that of a very famous British nurse, Edith Cavill.
When a young woman whose boyfriend is into New Age pursuits like hanging himself from the neck is herself found dead, Five-O has to determine if this was a suicide or murder.
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Don Miles (Don Quine) is a New Age hippie type who is into chanting "Hare Krishna," eating natural foods and engaging in other pursuits like hanging by the neck from the ceiling. His girl friend Wanda (Pamela Murphy) says that Don's lifestyle is driving her crazy. When Wanda is found hanging and dead in their beachfront pad shortly after, McGarrett is on the case. At first it looks like a suicide, but the coroner, played by casting director Ted Thorpe, says "It's possible she was assaulted," adding, "The victim was already dead when she was hung."
Wanda's father, psychiatrist Warren Parker (William Smithers), seems very chummy in a creepy manner to Wanda at the beginning of the show when he tries to dry her off with a towel. He obviously has a good practice, because he is later seen driving a Jaguar XKE.
Herman ("Duke") Wedemeyer appears at the crime scene as Lieutenant Grayson. When he shows some drugs he finds in Don's pad to McGarrett, the Five-O boss comments "Let the good times roll!"
The 13-year-old next door neighbor kid Hank Weatherly (Joel Berliner), who found Wanda hanging, is precocious, full of hip sayings like "Wanda was getting bagged all the time" and "outta sight". He describes Don as "a health freak ... he doesn't believe in dropping anything unless it's organic." The boy's father Charles (Eugene McDunnah) was worried his son would turn into a "dope fiend" because of his association with Don.
When Wanda's father gets heavy with McGarrett, McGarrett says problems he was having with his daughter were due to the "generation gap." Parker's response is to threaten to get McGarrett fired!
After a lot of detective work, including assistance from Che Fong, Weatherly is revealed as the real killer, in a scene which is kind of cringeworthy. He tells McGarrett and Danno Wanda "was making a big play for me ... she kept leading me on, then she turned me down."
This episode has never been seen on TV since the original broadcast. According to the late Mrs. Rose Freeman, wife of the series' creator Leonard, speaking to fans at the 1996 Five-O convention in Burbank, CA, some viewer tried the hanging technique used by Don at the beginning of the show at home and died.
This was confirmed by an e-mail exchange I had later with Joel Berliner, who played Hank, the neighbor's son. He wrote to me: "Somewhere in America, someone hanged themselves after watching the show. Their parents sued CBS, and shelving the episode was part of the settlement. The first [and only] broadcast in January 1970 was the first time Hawaii 5-0 cracked the top 10 in TV ratings. I was 12, and I was dismayed when it didn't rerun that summer."
For people trying to collect a complete set of episodes, the DVD release of season two does not contain this episode. There are bootleg copies of it floating around; some of them look like they were projected on a wall and filmed with a camcorder (not recommended if you are an epileptic because of the strobe-like flickering).
In 2010, a new bootleg copy of this episode surfaced. Interestingly, there are two cards for Viacom at the end as follows: #1 and #2. According to Wikipedia, Viacom was founded May 3, 1971. But Bored was originally aired on January 7, 1970, over a year before. So you have to wonder when did this controversy over the show which resulted in it being banned arise ... assuming that these end cards (which suggest the print was going to be used for syndication) are really supposed to be there and weren't just edited on from another print.
This new bootleg of the episode is better quality than the first one, having been telecined from the same original 16mm print. There is still a considerable amount of dirt and other damage to the print, however, and the audio is only in one of the two channels. The print is kind of faded, but later someone did color correction to it, which did not result in a huge improvement.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?:
The title of this episode does not make any sense. Wanda is hardly "bored"! Note there is no comma after the first word.
If you have any ideas about the title, please post in the Discussion Forum (no login/password required)!
- Joel Berliner ("Hank") has some reminiscences of working on the show.
- Near the beginning of the show, Wanda's body is taken away in a Physicians Ambulance. Her corpse is not covered with a sheet, which means that when McGarrett looks in the ambulance window, he can identify her (leaving the dead body uncovered in this manner is not standard procedure -- as the ambulance drives down the street, people could see Wanda's exposed body).
- Although Weatherly's alibi about the time he left his office falls apart when McGarrett and Danno point out inconsistencies between it and what the security guard at Weatherly's company said, the other big "clue" that Weatherly murdered Wanda is fragments of cashmere found under Wanda's fingernails, from when she struggled with her killer. Weatherly owns several cashmere sweaters, but how does anyone know this? Despite the mediocre quality of the bootleg prints, it does not look like Weatherly is wearing a cashmere sweater when he is being interviewed by Five-O early on in the show. He certainly doesn't bring up the fact that he owns several cashmere sweaters.
- When Weatherly makes his big confession to Five-O, his wife Paula (Patricia Herman) is nowhere to be seen.
- Don and Wanda are hardly "hippies," but the usual Five-O version of what a "hippie" was like. Don's hanging technique has nothing to do with yoga or anything similar that I can find; it seems much more related to autoerotic asphyxiation.
- Don's writer friend Boswell, who provides Don with an alibi for the time of Wanda's death, seems to be hardly the "freak" as described by Parker or the "way-out guy" as described by Hank, though he does act in a very "swishy" manner. This actor is uncredited and was rumoured to be played by director of this episode, John Newland. The late James MacArthur identified Newland when shown a picture of him taken from the show, but two other people I asked about this said that this was not Newland. If you look at pictures of Newland and the other actor, it is obvious that it is not.
- Here are some screen captures from the episode: #1; #2; #3.
- There were rumours that this episode was included in the "complete" Five-O released on DVD in December, 2013. This is not true and was confirmed by the tvshowsondvd.com WWW site. It was also suggested in the Wikipedia article about Five-O that it was included in the Region 4 Australian release of the fourth season. The contents of the set as listed by Australian sellers on Ebay suggested that it was included, but this sounded very similar to information regarding the contents for this set which appeared before it was released in North America, and we found out later that was not true. Fan David Farley contacted me regarding these claims: "I went on Ebay Australia www.ebay.com.au. I emailed two sellers of the Australian R4 release and asked them if there was a disclaimer about a missing episode on the back. Both wrote back to me and said the disclaimer was there. In fact, it matched our R1 release word for word. I was 99% sure Wikipedia was wrong and as far as I'm concerned, this confirms it."
- According to an executive at CBS Home Entertainment who I spoke to in late 2011, this episode will not be seeing the light of day officially on DVD -- ever. There are "legal" issues connected with this episode. He didn't know specifically what these issues are, but every time he tried to get it released on DVD, the CBS "legal" department had a say in the matter (i.e., NO).
- This episode seems to get fans in a tizzy, because they start talking about "freedom of speech" and similar issues, saying things like "There are things much worse on TV these days, so why doesn't CBS release the show now?" These people really don't get it (not even considering the fact that this episode is actually pretty crappy). Based on what we do know, as related by Mrs. Freeman, Joel Berliner and the CBS person above, the scenario is that the upset relatives of the person who reportedly killed themselves contacted CBS and threatened to sue them. In order to avoid litigation, CBS made a deal with the relatives that this episode would NEVER, EVER be seen again. Now, if this show was to be included in a DVD set, this would violate the agreement that CBS made, thus opening them to being sued by the surviving relatives of the person. What is so difficult for people to understand here? If you really want to get a copy of this episode, there are ways to do this. The show was on YouTube for a while, but was taken down because someone like CBS or Viacom complained. It occasionally reappears there. I'm sure it's available via torrents and so forth, but I have never investigated this. End of rant.
AWOL sailor John Mala (Nephi Hanneman) seemingly kills Fred Waters (Beau van de Ecker), an MP who is trying to bust him, but McGarrett, who helped Mala in the past, refuses to accept this as an "open and shut case." Christopher Walken gives an above-average performance in an early starring role as Walt Kramer, the shot MP's buddy. There is racial tension in this show. McGarrett has to calm things down between the navy and the local community. When sailors bust heads while searching for the escaped Mala, McGarrett tells their commander, "Your boys almost started a riot ... a race riot," and suggests the navy better watch it when "pushing 'my people' around." Later, Kramer tells McGarrett, "You appointed yourself Big White Daddy to John Mala," and later says "You're trying to get your Kanaka boy off the hook." There's a comic scene when Kono and Chin Ho are trying to figure out the trajectory of the fatal bullet, which took a path similar to the "magic bullet" from the JFK assassination. Kono points his gun at Chin who freaks out, asking if the gun is loaded. Kono replies, "Sure it's loaded!" There is effective hand-held camera work during a knock-down fight between McGarrett and Mala. McGarrett spends the last part of the show looking very bruised. Overall, an excellent episode.
- A good line from Kono: "A Hawaiian in trouble will never trust a haole."
- The memories theme is heard twice during the show, along with music from "Bored She Hung Herself" and "A Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead!"
- A closeup shows that Jack Lord had very hairy hands! As well, Lord's hair looks very reddish in a couple of shots. The stuntman who subs for McGarrett during the fight with Mala has curly hair.
- At one point, the DVD subtitles translate "Kimo" as "Kemo."
- When McGarrett and Kramer are driving in the jeep, there is a shadow on the front of the car -- from the camera?
- Yes, Al Michaels, the sports broadcaster, has a part in this episode.
Psychiatric technician George Loomis (David Arkin) is intentionally driving his fellow Vietnam vet Ted Frazer (Jeff Pomerantz) crazy, since the latter is the only witness to Loomis massacring his platoon during combat action. Before he joined the U.S. Army, Frazer kidnapped a young boy, and was subsequently institutionalized for a couple of years until pronounced "cured," after which he enlisted. Loomis is making Frazer think he is repeating his crime by kidnapping young boys, as well as keeping Frazer constantly doped up and haranguing him about his mother (Doreen Lang). At one point, Loomis even mutilates himself to make Frazer think that he attacked him. Frazer's mother is probably the most dysfunctional parent in all of Five-O, totally estranged from her son because of his past, even to the point of changing her name from Frazer to Watson. When asked by McGarrett if she has any pictures of her son, she says she has "lots of them ... all ugly." Later, George tries to reconcile with his mother at his father's grave and when he hugs her, she pushes him away, saying "Don't paw me." Loomis's boss at the veterans' hospital, Dr. Wong (Chapman Lam), spouts off an amazing amount of medical mumbo-jumbo to McGarrett and Danno with phrases like "acute psychotic breakdown," "traumatic war neurosis," "schizophrenic reaction of the chronic undifferentiated type," and "state of catatonic stupor," among others. McGarrett sends the Five-O team out to investigate, telling Kono to "check every pharmacy on the island" for chloroform, used by Loomis to kidnap the children (according to Danno, you can buy this without a prescription -- though one wonders why, since it doesn't seem to have had any "household" uses). When McGarrett encounters George in the hospital at the end of the show, after having had a brainstorm about George's complicity in Frazer's breakdown, he tries to prod Loomis into confessing by yelling, "What did you do to earn those medals, George? Did you make a sweep of some gook-infested hill" while the Asian Dr. Wong is standing right beside the two of them. George falls over a wheelchair being pushed by a nurse while he is trying to escape, after which McGarrett further harangues George in a flashback-like sequence where Jack Lord appears in military uniform, similar to season one's King of the Hill where he was also trying to "talk down" a military man with serious problems.
- According to three people I asked, the consensus is that it was highly unlikely that Frazer would have been really able to sign up for the U.S. Army considering his past, especially the very serious felony of kidnapping. However, Frazer probably lied through his teeth because he was trying to escape from his toxic mother.
- The mother lives in a huge house which seems far beyond her means. I think the only reason this house was used was for its large low-ceilinged cupboard where McGarrett and Danno examine Frazer's footlocker.
- Although the end credits name the characters as George Loomis and Ted Frazer (this spelling is also used in the subtitles), the last names of the characters are pronounced "Loman" and "Frazette" throughout the show.
- After Frazer's mother shows up at the Five-O office with the first ransom note, George shows Ted a photo in the newspaper which was taken in the outer Five-O office with Kono behind the mother. I think it is highly unlikely that McGarrett would have tolerated this kind of paparazzi-like photography, and I am surprised that the mother didn't mention it to McGarrett during their conversation.
- McGarrett asks Chin Ho: "How are your corns?" to which Chin replies, "Killing me, boss."
- Doug Mossman appears as Keoki Daniels, a cop. Jenny tells McGarrett "Will you take a call from Keoko?", which the subtitles spell "Keokee." McGarrett calls him by his correct name during their phone conversation.
- Of the two families whose sons are kidnapped, the white Emory family is fully mentioned in the end credits, but the Chinese Wing family is totally ignored. Both of these families have speaking parts.
- The goopy hypnosis music from A Bullet for McGarrett is heard near the beginning of the show.
- A 1958 Eastwood (compare to "Underwood") standard typewriter is used to type the "kidnap" letters which are sent to Frazer's mother as part of Loomis's elaborate plot. The Five-O team get into Loomis's room (seemingly without a warrant) to compare the notes to the typewriter which Loomis owns.
- Stock shots of McGarrett's car driving from left to right, viewed from a balcony as well as the car turning quickly around a corner.
- George e-mailed me some interesting trivia: "At approx. 14:40 in Killer Bee you'll see Jack Lord/Steve McGarrett in his 1968 Black Mercury. The footage shows him in profile through the driver's door and you'll see he's wearing an Omega Speedmaster Moon watch on his left wrist. This would have been quite an expensive prop to keep around on set so it seems fair enough to assume it's Jack Lord's personal watch. Perhaps he wore it to work that day and didn't want to leave it lying around?"
John Colicos plays Lorenzo Corman, a mainland man with a criminal past attempting to track down who murdered his brother Peter (Steve Logan) during a rigged poker game. Julie Gregg, who appeared earlier in the season in #28, Savage Sunday, is Peter's wife Maggie, who withholds evidence from McGarrett that her dying husband whispered to her on his death bed. Colicos' performance is unusually menacing -- when he grills George Byas (Mitch Mitchell), one of the poker players, about the chain of events which led up to his brother's death, Byas' hands are shaking. The guy who did it was Sam Quong, played by Jack Soo of Barney Miller fame in a laid-back manner. Quong is left-handed (this is the deathbed confession), but he is seen holding his cigar with his right hand as well as a TV remote control, and also pours a drink with his right hand. It's almost as if Soo kept forgetting how his character should act ... but this was before VCRs and DVDs when you could check this sort of thing easily! Tom Fujiwara appears as the sleazy private investigator S.K. Shogi, who runs a "Detection and Protection Agency." He is seen in a van at the beginning spying on the poker players from outside the house with surveillance equipment. Whether this equipment transmits information to the van in a "wireless" fashion is not explained. Kwan Hi Lim is seen briefly, uncredited, as a private detective who is suspected of involvement in the murder of Peter, and Josie Over, looking very hot, is the bar hostess Lilo whom McGarrett predictably sends Danno to check out. Another player making an uncredited appearance is Kimo Kahoano. He plays a swimmer who, along with his girl friend, finds Peter's body at the beginning of the show after hearing shots. (The girlfriend's scream is very loud and leads into the main titles.)
- McGarrett uses his transparent board.
- The "memories" theme is heard when Julie tells Lorenzo that her husband told her about her brother-in-law's past, which included being a mob enforcer who was convicted of second degree murder over 20 years before. This suggests a big gap in age between Lorenzo and Peter, who was only 26 years old when he was killed.
- The "bonging bell" sound is heard, but not accompanied by the usual music.
- When Shogi leaves the scene of the poker game after Peter is murdered, you can see whatever was written on the back of the van has been covered with paper that looks taped to the door.
- There is some brief humor when Kono tells McGarrett, "I wish I was as slim as those leads," and McGarrett replies, "Maybe you will be by the time you run 'em down." Chin Ho then points to Kono's stomach and says "You pack egg foo yong there," producing big smiles from McGarrett and Danno.
- At the beginning, McGarrett is in such a hurry to get to the crime scene that his car almost runs into an ambulance which is also speeding down the highway.
- Shogi's camera inside the house where the poker game is going on is hardly "sophisticated" ... and how can it see what is happening in the room through the air conditioner grill?
- Peter's car, seen at the beginning, is a white Mustang.
- Lilo's phone number, on a matchbook taken from the crime scene, is 361-2801.
- Emma Veary (also uncredited) plays the secretary of one of the poker players.
- McGarrett pronounces Shogi's name correctly the first time he says it, but later prounounces it "Sho-gee."
One of the late Kam Fong's favorite episodes, where Chin Ho is accused of taking bribes by a sleazy dope pusher named Jerry Amura (Derek Mau). This show reveals "the human side of Chin," giving us glimpses into his private life. He has 8 kids, is about 5'10" and weighs between 200 and 230 pounds. At the entrance to his driveway is a Chinese pagoda, and his house number is 812. He's been a cop for 22 years, has 4 commendations and 2 citations for bravery. He likes to attend the fights on Tuesday night, go bowling, and also go to church. Four of his kids are shown watching cartoons on TV, while his son Tim (Leighton Lee) is hogging the telephone. McGarrett reveals his feelings for the Five-O crew, saying to Chin, "I love you like a brother and that goes for every other man on this staff." When Kono is upset because Chin turns in his badge, McGarrett says, "Kono, if I didn't love you, I'd punch you right in the mouth," saying "Crying about it doesn't help anything." (Chin is really sweating during his grilling by McGarrett.) When the Governor tells McGarrett he's turning the investigation of Chin over to the Attorney-General, McGarrett remarks, "Would you like to start digging up my back yard?" Mrs. Chin Ho Kelly is Evelyn Carlson. Martin Sheen, who is full of non-stop energy, guest stars as the sleazy lawyer Eddie Calhao who is the mastermind responsible for the bribe setup. He is working in cahoots with Brocar Realty boss Karl Brohme (Larry Ronson). Calhao tells Brohme, who he considers old-fashioned, "You gotta learn to use the media." We never really find out what is behind this big scheme that Calhao has hatched or what it is leading to. Chin is being bribed, but so what? Calhao says something like "this project will end when McGarrett is indicted." There is no revenge angle against McGarrett or Five-O for any reason that I can determine, though admittedly, Brohme is a crook who probably has a bug up his ass courtesy of McGarrett. He is hardly as bad as big-time crooks who appeared on the show like Honore Vashon. At the end of the show, McGarrett "takes the law into his own hands" to get the case against Chin resolved. Danno goes to Brohme's place to throw a bunch of accusations at him, and McGarrett sidles up to Calhao while the latter is having lunch to smugly tell him that Brohme is using him. You would think that the two crooks would quickly be in touch with each other about these developments, but there is no indication that they were. Then McGarrett gets Danno and Kono to scare the crap out of Calhao. At night time, the two of them, wearing heavy trench coats (rather ridiculous in Hawaii) shoot at Calhao and pursue him into a building under construction. This proactive approach works very well, since Calhao, freaking out, runs to McGarrett, who just happens to show up on the scene with some cops from HPD, begging for help. He is taken away to spill the beans on Brohme. Obviously a source of inspiration for the new Five-O.
- The scene where a hitman blasts Austin Summers (George Petrie), the bank manager who had second thoughts about working with Calhao and Brohme, is taken in part from episode #33, All the King's Horses, and the sequence where Danno drives down Kaalawai Place is also taken from an earlier show. A sign indicating the 270 block of Kaalawai and Diamond Head Road is seen.
- First Five-O appearance by Glenn ("John Manicote") Cannon who plays lie detector technician Ken Stone.
- McGarrett utters the popular phrase "ain't no big thing" during the opening scene, and addresses Doug Mossman as "Yuki" (Mossman's character is identified as Keoki in the end credits.) McGarrett also says that Chin drives a "beat-up old car." It looks to be in relatively good condition to me!
- I don't understand why Chin goes rushing out to meet a man "with information" ... is he so emotionally overwrought that he can't see this is a setup? Although it is very dark, it looks like Chin is near the entrance to a tunnel.
- The front page of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (a bogus name at the time of filming which became reality many years later when the two newspapers merged), in addition to the headling "Five-O Accused of Bribe Taking" has several other headlines, all connected with government issues: "Compromise Housing Bill Sent to President for OK," "House Plans Program to Fight Crime," "School Board to Reconsider Teacher Hiring," "Solons Revise Welfare Legislation," and "More Rigid Rules Sought in Fight to Clean City Parks."
- A checking account (#5-2081) where Chin Ho was depositing the bibes was opened at the 5th Charter Bank, Kahala Branch, in the name of John Lee Sung.
- The music is stock, including some passages from A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead.
A powerhouse episode, with Tom Skerritt as Lew Morgan, a cop whose wife Marjorie is murdered. Danno is a long-time friend of both, as far back as high school, and events test Danno's loyalty to Lew and Five-O. Lew considers himself to be a loser for not getting promoted upwards at HPD, and also because (as we find out) he couldn't keep his wife from getting interested in other men. Danno gets very emotional during this show -- one of James MacArthur's best performances. We get to see inside Danno's apartment, where he has a bar. He says he will make Lew a "wild Spanish omelet," and drinks a beer. When Danno issues an APB after Gary Oliver (Sam Melville), the main suspect in Marjorie's murder, escapes, the footage of the cop car approaching the Royal Hawaiian Bank is from #36, The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild! -- you can even see Beverlee McKinsey coming out of the building! The scene where a cop car enters a street and backs up and another where a cop car rounds a corner by a church are also cribbed from #36. When hot babe and Oliver's former girlfriend Gloria Warren (Linda Ryan) visits the Five-O office, McGarrett tells his receptionist "Thank you, Jenny," meaning "Get lost!" Gloria gets flirty with McGarrett, and on the way out gives her phone number to Jenny -- 737-7913. When Warren leaves, Kono is salivating, and he tells the curious McGarrett he was "just watching for the mailman." Later Gloria is seen running around in a slip and necking heavily with Oliver (there is a freeze frame during their kiss). Another witness, Mrs. Shivley (Alice Lemon) comes to the Five-O office where she tells Chin Ho, "You don't look Irish!" This is an unusually tense show, no doubt thanks to the large number of closeups as well as hand-held camera work and unusual camera angles at the beginning. The tragic ending (it was Lew who murdered his wife) has the focus on Danno instead of McGarrett for a change. The music suffers a momentary lapse (rather banal under the circumstances) into the usual big climax as the final act comes to a close.
- Chin Ho smokes a pipe in McGarrett's office -- compare this with episode #175, The Defector, where such pollution is a no-no.
- Arthur Hee appears uncredited as a servant, Lanikai is Lonnie (it sounds like "Lonnie Kaikili"), one of Lew's wife's boyfriends. He drives a Mustang with license number W-3470.
- The "memories" musical theme is used effectively.
- McGarrett is seen wearing his mysterious shoulder holster (no idea how this stays on!).
- A stock shot with the Park Lane driving from left to right in front of a balcony is seen.
Charles Aidman gives a deadpan performance as Royce, a research scientist whose specialty is "hydraulics and chemical detection" who's set up by revolutionaries from some mysterious country and convinced to leave Hawaii with them by submarine. Royce has developed a device which can detect metal in water called NOSE (Nautical Observation of Submerged Enemy). McGarrett finds himself again competing with federal agents under the direction of the pushy Merrill Carson (Fred Beir). Carson's men punch out Kono who's on surveillance (we learn Kono's last name in this scene from his business card -- Kalakaua -- which also has the Five-O office number: 732-5577). Kono later appears in the Five-O office with a bandage on his hair (ouch!). Kono says "It hurts only when I think about it. I think about it a lot." McGarrett expresses his disgust to Carson over this incident, saying "Just remember, this is Hawaii, the fiftieth state ... it is not Cuba, or the Dominican Republic or Vietnam or Laos ... you dig?" When Royce phones Five-O, McGarrett tells Danno to trace the call without putting the call on hold, and Danno gives the phone company instructions in a loud and obvious voice. (The pay phone number -- 287-1299 -- is the same used in episode #37.) McGarrett is far too clever in this episode. He figures out that a gun used to set up Royce with a phony shooting at the beginning of the show was held by a pair of pliers, and also locates where Royce is being held based on the sound of a pile driver in the background noise during Royce's phone call. There are some serious continuity problems as the Five-O team attempt to follow the revolutionaries on the way to the submarine. McGarrett radios to Chin Ho, and the call is taken by Kono, who not only has no bandage on his hair, but wears a darker suit (he was wearing a light grey one in the office) and seems to be answering with Chin Ho's voice. (Furthermore, Kono answers McGarrett by saying, "Got it, Steve." Kono would be more likely to address McGarrett as "Boss.") In the next scene at the beach, Kono again has no bandage, and is wearing the light grey suit again. The "memories" theme is heard at the end after Royce fishes his murdered girl friend (the attractive Pilar Seurat) out of the ocean. There's a few laughs earlier on when Chin Ho asks McGarrett what "cherchez la femme" means. We also learn that Danno made jewellery when he was a kid. Daniel Kamekona, who usually plays cops, appears unbilled as one of the revolutionaries. When Seurat's character, Theresa Dietrich, receives a letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, it is signed by "James Heinz" -- an in-joke referring to the episode's associate producer. This letter is addressed to her at 2120 Kaneheohe Drive, not a real address.
- A copy of The Honolulu Advertiser with a story about Royce's disappearance is seen during a meeting with the Five-O team in McGarrett's office. The headline and sub-head are both in lower case type (no capital letters at all): "famous scientist missing ... disappearance is believed linked to murder." The accompanying story is made up of bits and pieces of miscellaneous news items. It starts: "Several members of the youth advisory group who assembled here from all over the country..."
- McGarrett uses a blackboard in his office. Written on the board are some facts about Dr. Royce: "Born July 27, 1929, widowed, 1 daughter, does not drink, does not smoke."
- When McGarrett slows the speed of the tape recorder to determine the origin of the knocking noise heard during his conversation with Royce, the reels are turning at exactly the same speed as when the noise was heard in its "normal" state a few seconds earlier. (I like the way when someone rewinds a tape like this, it always stops at exactly the right place.)
- The first shot of the submarine which will take Royce away to a foreign land is obviously a miniature; the later shots are of a real submarine.
An outstanding show with a very serious "contemporary" theme. Ed Flanders is Dr. Alexander Kline, a microbiologist who developed a "biological mutation hostile to all forms of life on earth" while working at Fort Detrick, a U.S. Army installation well known for biomedical research and development. Horrified by his discovery, Flanders disappears, only to resurface in Hawaii where he intends to unleash this deadly substance and wipe out all life on Hawaii (meaning Oahu) as a protest against the evils of biological warfare and show that "the world is on the brink of a terrible catastrophe." Federal bigshot Jonathan Kaye (Joseph Sirola) is quick to arrive on the scene, saying that such weapons are a "necessary deterrent power." In response to this, McGarrett says, "You people frighten me." Kaye is accompanied by Dr. A.L. Benjamin (Dana Elcar), chief of operations at Fort Detrick. The Army is also involved, much to McGarrett's distaste. Colonel Sindell (H.M. Wynant) says of Kline, "he's a criminal, more perverted and dangerous than Hitler." The script is by Anthony Lawrence, based on a story by executive producer Leonard Freeman and makes reference to actual events, including anthrax experiments with sheep on Gruinard Island in Scotland in 1942, which caused the island to be quarantined for over 40 years; the "Dugway sheep incident," where six thousand sheep near the Army's Proving Ground at Dugway, Utah were killed by nerve gas in 1968; and an incident where Okinawan children suffered skin burns when swimming south of an Army ordinance camp in 1968. (The last two are referred to in a Life magazine article of August 22, 1969.) There is also talk of various real plague-like diseases including Q fever, Rift Valley fever and glanders and a device called a "Firefly detector," which is used to detect life forms in outer space. Loretta Swit gives a touching performance as Wanda Russell, a phone operator who picks up "strays," including Dr. Kline. She lives in an apartment building at 2466 Waimea Drive which is seen in other episodes, and her room contains hippie-like posters. Karl Swenson is Abel Morgan, a blind (or near-blind) sculptor who knows Kline (this relationship is never explained) and presumably created the scrimshaw made from a whale's tooth which Kline was using as a paperweight at his work that McGarrett uses to connect the dots. The scene where Dr. Malden (Ken Drake) tries a last-ditch attempt to coax information out of Kline with sodium pentothal and regression therapy is pretty creepy. The score is attributed to Shores, but contains several stock sequences, including the "memories" theme which is heard several times. Kline's toxic substance in a test tube is accompanied by a weird electronic sound when it is seen leaking.
- Yankee Chang appears as Dr. Soong, the boss of the Advanced Research Laboratory in Honolulu where Kline joins the staff. Casting director Ted Thorpe plays a doctor who tries unsuccessfully to figure out what happened to the animals of the title, who are found at the beginning of the show.
- Kline tries to dial 737-7914, but is unsuccessful. He calls the operator for assistance and gets Wanda by coincidence. He is calling from 731-5577.
- The surfer who takes the toxic vial from under the pier where Kline hid it has a banner on the wall of his shack which reads "Love is your own thing." There is no reason suggested why the surfer took the vial -- perhaps he thought it was drugs or something?
- McGarrett snaps his fingers several times.
This final season two episode, like the last one for season one, is a big disappointment. The chemistry between the two lead characters -- sometime jewel thief Camilla Carver (a.k.a. Janet Kingston, played by Joanne Linville, the quack doctor from season one) and the swishy Michael Olson (Christopher Cary, who is highly reminiscent of another English actor, Michael York) -- is peculiar, to say the least. Michael sees a former Hollywood movie idol, Thurman Elliott (George Gaynes) steal a bracelet at a party prior to the show. Carver uses this information to blackmail Elliott into taking her to a reception where a priceless emerald called The Queen of Polynesia is to be handed over from the family that owns it to the state of Hawaii. During the ceremony surrounding the emerald, there is a lot of Hawaiian color and patter. There is also a lot of blather from the Governor, who is hosting the event. His speech goes on in the background for over four minutes while various behind-the-scenes activities are followed. The governor makes reference to "golden, friendly, proud people [i.e., native Hawaiians]," not too many of whom are in attendance at the gathering, which takes place at the Makaha Inn. You have to wonder how much of a big deal security over this jewel is (the Governor says "people are coming from all over the world" to see the "most valuable gemstone in the island"). Not only Five-O is in attendance, but also 122 members of the Honolulu Police Department. The theft of the emerald is supposed to be a near-perfect crime, and it works much better than one might expect. Carver hands a poisoned rose to the girl wearing the jewel as part of a historical re-enactment, and then does a slight-of-hand number to replace it with a fake after the girl faints. But why does no one get suspicious when Carver is the only person suddenly getting up out of her seat to give the girl a flower as well as the first person who rushes up to aid the girl when she collapses? There are a lot of assumptions here that everything will work like clockwork: that the girl will prick her finger on the rose, that no one will see Carver pulling the switch, and that crowds surrounding the fainting girl will keep Five-O from seeing what is going on. Everything does go like clockwork, but after Michael escapes in a policeman's uniform, he is pursued by McGarrett by helicopter and is captured. The Five-O team are nattily attired in servants' uniforms (McGarrett in a red jacket, Danno in blue like a waiter, Kono and Chin in white). The ending is lame, not helped by the fact that the girl playing Elliott's granddaughter Amanda (Druanne Setlow), who is taking part in the ceremonies and forced to participate in the theft, gives an uncomfortable performance. (The relationship of the financially destitute Gaynes with his granddaughter is also peculiar -- where are the girl's parents?) One positive thing about the show: the brilliant color of the outdoor photography at the Makaha Inn. As well, this is the first episode where a musical theme (sung here by some children dressed in hula outfits, though the children are actually not singing) is introduced that will be heard numerous times in other episodes. I have tried to determine if this is an actual Hawaiian melody, and the general consensus seems to be that it is not, and the tune was created specifically for the show.
- There is a stock shot of McGarrett and Danno running down the Iolani Palace steps at the beginning of the show, and others of them driving in Honolulu which alternate between a two-door and four-door model car. Some of the music accompanying this sequence is "The Chase," from the last cut on the Five-O soundtrack album.
- When Kono and Chin are in their servants' getup, I wonder why people are always making fun of Kono's weight -- Chin sports much more girth!
- The pan shot of New York City at the beginning is very grainy.
- The president of the Hawaiian Cultural Society, introduced to McGarrett at the beginning, has the name of Kimo Kahoano, same as the actor who appeared in several episodes starting with The Hostage in season seven. (Both McGarrett and the Governor pronounce his name "Kahono" -- is this correct? The curator of the Bishop Museum is named Yung Sei, spelled John Sey in the DVD subtitles.
- The Governor makes reference to a "Samuel King," who was a previous Governor of Hawaii in real life.
- When Carver and Michael are taken away at the end of the show, the cops are using what looks like a purple muscle car, not a typical HPD squad car.
- Gaines appeared in the fictional film Broadway Orchids in 1937. When he tries to pawn the stolen bracelet at the beginning of the show (the owner of the pawnshop is played by George Herman), the writing on the wall behind the counter is in Chinese.
- According to William Miller, "the helicopter in this episode crashed less than four months after the show was filmed. N1450W had an engine failure. No one was killed but the aircraft was destroyed."
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