Hawaii Five-O (1968-80) -- Season 3 Episode Reviews


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CLASSIC FIVE-O (1968-1980):
| Pilot Movie (Episode "0") | 1st Season (Episodes 1-23) | 2nd Season (Episodes 24-48) | 4th Season (Episodes 73-96) | 5th Season (Episodes 97-120) | 6th Season (Episodes 121-144) | 7th Season (Episodes 145-168) | 8th Season (Episodes 169-191) | 9th Season (Episodes 192-214) | 10th Season (Episodes 215-238) | 11th Season (Episodes 239-259) | 12th Season (Episodes 260-278) | 13th Season |

NEW FIVE-0 (2010-?):
| 1st Season | 2nd Season | 3rd Season | 4th Season | 5th Season | 6th Season | 7th Season | 8th Season | 9th Season | "Next" Season |



S03E01 - And A Time To Die... (Khigh Dhiegh, Gerald S. O'Loughlin)
S03E02 - Trouble In Mind (Nancy Wilson, Milton Selzer, Harry Guardino)
S03E03 - The Second Shot (John Marley, Eric Braeden)
S03E04 - Time And Memories (Diana Muldaur, Martin Sheen, Edward Andrews)
S03E05 - The Guarnerius Caper (Albert Paulsen, Anthony James, Kenneth O'Brien, Ed Flanders)
S03E06 - The Ransom (Andrew Duggan, Peter Bonerz, Ron Hayes)
S03E07 - Force of Waves (John Vernon, Linda Marsh)
S03E08 - The Reunion (Simon Oakland, Joe Maross, Barry Atwater, Teru Shimada)
S03E09 - The Late John Louisiana (Don Stroud, Marianne McAndrew, Alfred Ryder)
S03E10 - The Last Eden (Ray Danton, Paul Stevens)
S03E11 - Over Fifty? Steal (Hume Cronyn)
S03E12 - Beautiful Screamer (Lloyd Bochner, Laraine Stephens, Anne Archer)
S03E13 - The Payoff (Albert Salmi, Joyce Van Patten, Madlyn Rhue)
S03E14 - The Double Wall (Monte Markham, William Schallert, Joan van Ark, Sorrell Booke)
S03E15 - Paniolo (Frank Silvera, Royal Dano)
S03E16 - Ten Thousand Diamonds And A Heart (Tim O'Connor, Paul Stewart)
S03E17 - To Kill Or Be Killed (John Anderson, Michael Anderson)
S03E18 & S03E19 - F.O.B. Honolulu (Khigh Dhiegh, Sabrina Scharf, Roger C. Carmel)
S03E20 - The Gunrunner (Paul Burke)
S03E21 - Dear Enemy (Vera Miles, Gary Collins, John Lupton, Dub Taylor)
S03E22 - The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney (Mark Jenkins, Hope Summers)
S03E23 & S03E24 - The Grandstand Play (Pernell Roberts, Elliott Street)

Previous Season (Two) • Next Season (Four)

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.

★★★★ = One of the very best episodes, a must-see.
★★★ = Better than average, worthy of attention.
★★ = Average, perhaps with a few moments of interest.
= Below average, a show to avoid.

49. (S03E01) “And A Time To Die...” ★★½

Original air date: 9/16/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Charles Dubin; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Ken Pettus; Music: Richard Shores
Timings: Teaser: 3:46; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 8:02; Act Two: 10:43; Act Three: 13:39; Act Four: 12:38; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:41.


Five-O must overcome hassles from U.S. federal agents and move swiftly to stop a threat by Wo Fat against the kidnapped daughter of a surgeon who is to operate on a wounded undercover operative.


McGarrett is very annoyed in this show. When he shows up at a crime scene where an "intelligence" agent has been shot, he is stonewalled by a security guard. McGarrett knows where to find the man in charge, Sam Kavanaugh (Gerald S. O'Loughlin, who was seen in season one's "The Box" and "Six Kilos"). McGarrett tells him,"Since you're still a little new out here, Mr. Kavanaugh, maybe nobody has told you ... [t]hat not even United States intelligence can cover up a shoot-out and tell me it's none of my business."

The crime in question is the attempted assassination of Kyle Shepard (Chuck Couch), a British subject, and freelance newspaper reporter who has "spent the last ten years in Red China." According to Kavanaugh, "He dug us up a map showing the exact location of every missile silo Red China has built or is planning on building."

The assassination has been orchestrated by Wo Fat, who gets his stooge Chung (Danny Kamekona) to kill Shepard using a high-powered rifle from a room up in the Hilton Hotel Rainbow Tower. Shepard had arrived at Honolulu Airport and is ferried by helicopter to the Ala Wai Heliport near the Tower. This whole procedure seems very peculiar, however. Why didn't they just pick up Shepard at the airport and take him to the intelligence office, wherever that might be? Of course, then the show would likely be a lot shorter.

When Shepard gets off the helicopter, he freaks out and starts running, which ruins Chung's aim. What is supposed to be a fatal shot is off, the result being Shepard ends up in the Honolulu General Hospital in a coma. It is suspected that "while the bullet didn't actually penetrate the skull, it did crease it, causing a severe lineal fracture, possibly resulting in a brain contusion, which is causing intracranial hemorrhaging." This is not the first time one of Wo's henchmen bungles an assassination in the series, by the way. In S05E05, "The Jinn Who Clears The Way," Carl Tu (also played by Danny Kamekona) is equally inept.

As far as Kavanaugh is concerned, it is critical that Shepard survive, because the map of the missile silos is "memorized ... all in his head." Knowing ahead of time that Dr. David Forbes (Donald Moffat), "the top neurosurgeon in Hawaii," will likely be the one to perform the very delicate operation to bring Shepard back to consciousness, Wo kidnaps Forbes' young daughter Ellen (Sherry Plep), who is taking a sailing lesson, and then gets the doctor to return home at the beckoning of his wife Janet (Linda Ryan) to face a very stern demand from Wo: "I want Mr. Shepard dead. If Mr. Shepard dies without regaining consciousness, your child will be returned to you, unharmed. On the other hand, if you don't agree with the terms, won't pay the ransom so to speak, well, then..."

The doctor and his wife are appalled, but Wo tells them, "I'm not interested in winning your approval, doctor -- only your co-operation. I'm just as much a victim of this situation as you, your husband and the child. … Mr. Shepard is not to regain consciousness. … I would genuinely hate to harm your child. But more important, in my profession, a man cannot afford a credibility gap. He must keep his promises if he wants anybody to believe his threats."

Kavanaugh checks with Jonathan Kaye in Washington, who orders the operation on Shepard to proceed. McGarrett reconstructs what happened when Shepard arrived by helicopter, that he "panicked" when he saw someone who he recognized as a Red Agent who had betrayed him. (This is the usual McGarrett brainstorm, trying to deal with this rationally is difficult.) When McGarrett suggests this is Ralston (Norman Dupont), one of the men on Kavanaugh's team who was "working both sides of the street," Kavanaugh tells him, "You've really gone into orbit, haven't you, McGarrett?"

Kavanaugh warms to McGarrett's suggestion when faced with a process of elimination as to who knows what is going on in the hospital and could be feeding information back to Wo (who was obviously identified for McGarrett by Dr. Forbes). Kavanaugh says he will put Ralston "on ice," but McGarrett says to let him loose, and maybe he will provide a lead to Forbes' kidnapped daughter. Kavanaugh tells Ralston to keep his eye on Tyler, another member of their staff.

Danno and Kono tail Ralston when he leaves the hospital and from a distance see him making an operator-assisted call at a public telephone. They speculate that this is long distance, but Kono investigates and finds there is no record of this at the phone company. The clever McGarrett then suggests that the call was to "a mobile unit or a marine call to a boat."

This, of course, is true. On a yacht, Wo is holed up with Chung as well as Oren (the Elvis Presley-imitator-like Nick Nickolas, who was seen at the beginning of the show tipping off Wo that Shepard had left Honolulu Airport by helicopter). We get a brief glimpse of Wo's "human side" when he reminisces about an incident which presumably happened during the Chinese Revolution. He plays chess with the doctor's daughter, saying "I knew a little girl once," and nearly lapses into sentimentality when he describes how this little girl was killed. He goes on, "So few women play chess ... they seem to have no grasp for it." He says, almost with some bitterness, "I don't always enjoy [winning]."

Forbes operates on Shepard, who dies, but not because of anything the doctor did. Kavanaugh wants to pretend that Shepard lived and is now "talking his head off," and he will get news of this to Wo Fat through Ralston. About the doctor's daughter's fate, Kavanaugh is cold-blooded, saying, "There's not one chance in a thousand that child is still alive," .

McGarrett gets a message that the phone company checked their records again, which reveals that Ralston's call was made "to a boat owned by the Island Marine Sales and Rental Company ... called the Sea Gypsy."

McGarrett asks for a couple of additional hours (equivalent to how long the operation would have taken if Shepard survived). When Kavanaugh says no, McGarrett tells him, "If you feed Wo Fat the word that Shepard talked, I'm gonna feed him the word that you lied. And if you don't think I will, you just try me." McGarrett gets his two hours.

Armed with a picture of the Sea Gypsy (where he got this from is a good question), McGarrett and Danno scour the local marinas by helicopter trying to find it. He has until 5 p.m. before the deadline runs out, and we see time ticking down to 4:25, 4:44, 4:52 and 4:58. Of course, they manage to locate the boat in time, but not before 5:00 rolls around and Kavanagh tells Ralston that Shepard survived.

Ralston passes along the word to Wo about Shepard and Wo leaves, instructing Chung and Bates to take care of the child. Kavanaugh and Forbes are driven to the marina by Chin Ho almost immediately as Wo is chauffeured away to go back to China to deal with the silos because of the information to be revealed by the supposedly now-recovered Shepard.

Overall, the acting for this show has been very good, and the script up to this point has made sense. Unfortunately, there is a totally stupid ending.

With the 5 p.m. deadline well passed (probably several minutes more) and no consideration for whether Forbes' daughter is going to be killed immediately, McGarrett and Danno, who were only seconds before flying over the yacht, as well as Kono, all appear on a Coast Guard patrol boat beside it, dressed in well-fitting Coast Guard uniforms, as if there was some floating Coast Guard haberdashery nearby, pretending to be "examining vessels to determine compliance with federal boating laws." Lucky for them, the kid is still alive, and Chung hides with her on the yacht, which is quickly uncovered, and Chung is taken out of action. Ellen is rescued and reunited with her father.

There is kind of a lame, feel-good ending with Kavanaugh telling McGarrett, "Maybe we can get along together from now on," to which McGarrett responds, "Yeah. Yeah, I'd like that."


It is taken from a Biblical quotation (Ecclesiastes chapter 3) which begins "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die..."



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This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for "And a Time to Die..." Battling Five-O: A pair of challenging adversaries.

McGarrett: What about the guy who shot Shepard?

Kavanagh: What about him?

McGarrett: It's Five-0's job to find him.

Kavanagh: Be my guest.

McGarrett: You're not interested?

Kavanagh: Let me put it this way: No.

Jack Lord: Gerald O'Loughlin, U.S. Intelligence chief determined to freeze Five-0 out of the case. Khigh Dhiegh, returning as Wo Fat, Red China's master spy.

Wo Fat: If Mr. Shepard dies without regaining consciousness, your child will be returned to you unharmed.

Dr. Forbes: I can't, I can't!

Jack Lord: At stake, the operating-table murder of a top U.S. Spy as ransom for a child's life. Plus, a race against time: The ground-and-air search for Wo Fat and the innocent kidnap victim. Next: "And a Time to Die..." Be here. Aloha.


Thanks to Bobbi for help with the Casualty Lists in this season. Where someone is injured seriously and they are not confirmed dead, a "best guess" may be made that they died from their injuries.



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50. (S03E02) “Trouble In Mind” ★★★  BOOK HIM (4) 

Original air date: 9/23/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Danny Arnold; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Mel Goldberg & Sascha Gilien; Music: Morton Stevens
Timings: Teaser: 7:02; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 7:19; Act Two: 13:44; Act Three: 10:33; Act Four: 9:48; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:18.


Five-O attempts to track down a strain of heroin contaminated with arsenic as singer Eadie Jordan becomes more and more desperate to feed her addiction.


This is an above-average episode with singer Nancy Wilson guest starring as Eadie Jordan, who is scheduled to give a jazz concert at the Waikiki Shell. Her pianist and friend Mike Martin (Harry Guardino) is a former drug addict who served 6 months for possession and use of heroin on the mainland.

At the beginning of the show, the two of them are seen jamming at a Honolulu jazz club named Kiley's where they have come to see Rags (Robert Gibbons), an old friend from Chicago. Kono performs a one-man raid on the place, frisking Harry Partch (Dave Burton), a known dope dealer who complains about being forced to strip in the washroom.

After Martin and Eadie leave the club, they pass Kono at high speed, forcing him off the road. When Kono follows them and pulls them over and then checks their car, almost finding some heroin which Hank, the drummer in the club, slipped to Mike earlier, Martin hits Kono on the head with a rock. The next day, Kono tells Danno he feels "lousy."

When subsequently grilled by McGarrett, Martin gives an excuse that, despite the fact Kono identified himself as a cop, Mike says that he didn't know that Kono was police, and instead was threatened by a "big guy." McGarrett doesn't seem to be as concerned about the damage to one of his men as when Chin Ho was bonked on the head in S01E06, "24 Karat Kill."

Hank the drummer is played by series composer Morton Stevens. He becomes the victim of the arsenic-contaminated heroin he is using that has already taken the lives of five other people on Oahu: a seaman, a prostitute, a shoe salesman, an ex-pug and a 17-year-old girl, a high-school dropout.

Because he is a big fan of Eadie's, McGarrett is much kinder towards her than he probably should be, basically warning her about the poisoned dope, since he thinks that the one who is looking to buy it is Martin. But it is Eadie herself who is the junkie, and she is becoming more and more unhinged as rehearsals for concert proceed.

Martin wants her to get off the stuff, but after she insists that she only needs it "one more time" to get her through the concert scheduled for the next evening, he goes in search of drugs, having little luck until some old Chinese man (uncredited actor) gives him Harry Partch's address.

Martin arrives at this place just as McGarrett and Chin bust Partch for possession, though his heroin later turns out to be just cut with milk sugar. A very creepy scene follows where a young kid who claims to be a heroin addict (Remi Abellira) offers to sell Mike some smack, which later also turns out to be cut with sugar. When Mike berates the kid for his habit, the kid says he is talking "fuzz jive." Abellira was about 13 years old when this show was made; he looks much younger.

Danno and Kono suddenly show up at the boy's place. Martin is busted and thrown in jail, but after McGarrett goes to see him, the top cop finally clues in that Mike is clean and it is Eadie who needs the dope. In desperation, she has gone to the fleabag apartment of Ron (Milton Selzer), a former bass player who is the one supplying his "friends" with smack. The desperate Eadie visited the jazz club earlier where Rags gave her Ron's address.

McGarrett and Martin, acting on a tip from Rags, go to Ron's, where the sugar that is mixed with the heroin is found to be mixed up with Toxa-Quick rat poison which has accidentally leaked into the sugar's container. Eadie and Ron did drugs together, but Ron, a former addict, only took some speed. Eadie has left; Ron says she has gone to a "rehearsal."

The two men head to the empty Shell, but it is too late. Eadie, who is there, suffers convulsions just as they arrive and dies a painful death.

The script for this show, for the most part, is pretty good and the acting from all concerned, especially the principals, is excellent. The score is by Morton Stevens, and I would suspect that so are the arrangements for Wilson. Stevens had plenty of experience in this regard as the arranger and musical director for such stars as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. There are also some creepy musical moments when Martin buys dope from the kid and when he and McGarrett arrive at Ron's place near the end of the show.

There is one big question, though. Ron's supply of dope, the poisoned stuff, was for his "friends," so who gave or sold Hank the drummer the drugs which killed him and which also narrowly missed killing Eadie at the beginning of the show? (Mike tells McGarrett he bought heroin from Hank for her which Kono found in their car before he was knocked out.) It is suspected that the pusher was Partch, who was in the club when Kono frisked him at the beginning of the show. But after Che Fong analyzed the drugs seized from Partch's place, Che says they were "strictly bottom of the barrel, thinned down like I've never seen [with] the usual milk sugar." Most likely the bad drugs were from Ron, who was seen hanging around the club at the beginning of the show. But if the heroin containing rat poison were only for Ron's "friends," how did the five people who died get hold of it? It's not like they were all jazz fans who were hanging out at Ron's place.


"Trouble in Mind," a vaudeville blues-style song written by jazz pianist Richard M. Jones and first recorded in 1924, is one of the songs which Eadie sings in the show. There are different versions of the lyrics, which, according to Wikipedia, deal with suicide. The ones heard in the show are: "I'm gonna lay / Lay my head / On some lonesome railroad line / Let the 2: 19 train / Ease my worried mind / Trouble in mind / Up here / My poor heart is beating slow / Never had no trouble / In my life before / No, no, no."



Click here to see the promo.

Eadie Jordan: I'd like to get there, but I'd like to get there in one piece.

Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for "Trouble In Mind."

Eadie (sung): Trouble in mind, up here.

Jack Lord: Guest star Nancy Wilson, a joy to the ear and the eye, as Eadie Jordan. Harry Guardino returns to Five-O and rewards us with another knife-edge performance. Five-O races death to find a batch of heroin laced with arsenic.

Eadie: What do you want me to do, say Mike's a junkie? Mike slugged your cop because there was a bag of heroin under the dashboard? Forget it.

Jack Lord: Next: "Trouble in Mind." Be here. Aloha.




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51. (S03E03) “The Second Shot” ★★★

Original air date: 9/30/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Eric Bercovici; Music: Richard Shores
Timings: Teaser: 5:31; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 11:20; Act Two: 11:25; Act Three: 8:20; Act Four: 12:15; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:43.


Five-O must thwart an elaborate assassination attempt on the life of a self-exiled Greek politician.


John Marley is Dr. Gregorios Lemira, a former physician and parliamentary deputy from Greece, who is living in exile in Hawaii. This reflects true events of the time, because from 1967 to 1974, Greece was ruled by far-right military juntas who feared the country would be taken over by leftists and communists. Lemira is described by Samuel Hammock from the US State Department (Walter Brooke) as "the symbol of freedom that all the opposition parties have clustered around." Lemira has been holed up for four months in a fortress-like estate surrounded by bodyguards and armed men with dogs, which is about as far away from his homeland as possible. (This location is the Anderson Estate, well-known for its use on Magnum, P.I. and other Five-O episodes like "Forty Feet High And It Kills.")

Lemira is not popular back in Greece, because a Greek Colonel (Henry Woltag) and doctor (Wright Esser) are seen in Athens planning his assassination. Eric Braeden is to impersonate Klaus Marburg, correspondent for Tage (meaning "Day"), "probably the most influential news magazine in West Germany," according to the Governor. Marburg, who wrote unsympathetic articles about Lemira in the magazine, will journey to Hawaii to interview him. A professional hit man named Achmet Schwed (identified in the end credits only as "Dark Man" (Ronald Kent)) will precede him there.

When Marburg arrives at the Honolulu Airport, Schwed shoots Marburg in his chest in a very precise manner which does not kill him, and causes the least damage possible. The whole point of this is to ingratiate Marburg with Lemira, which is exactly what happens. Lemira convinces Marburg to stay at his well-guarded compound, where he hangs out with not only Lemira but Lemira's niece Anna (Charlene Polite). Lemira ironically tells one of his personal guards, who is worried about Marburg's presence, "This man was almost murdered coming here to see me. What better credentials could he have?"

McGarrett is puzzled by aspects of the hit on Marburg, and isn't happy when Marburg becomes Lemira's guest. Considering Schwed missed Marburg's heart by only a fraction of an inch as planned, McGarrett is suspicious, saying "Pros don't get paid for missing." Other things also don't add up, such as the fact that the bullet was some custom-made job which went right through Marburg. The fancy rifle that Schwed used is later found in a locker (#472) at the airport in a manner which is much too obvious. McGarrett says everything that has happened with Marburg "just doesn't sit right."

After Schwed tries to shoot Marburg and Anna outside the hospital where Marburg is being taken for an X-ray, Schwed is killed by McGarrett after Marburg recognizes him, making Schwed's role in this conspiracy a suicide mission. However, Schwed, when he was getting an X-ray taken himself in the hospital prior to this, has left a gun under a table in the X-ray room which Marburg picks up, intending to use it to kill Lemira.

Unfortunately, handling a gun is Marburg's downfall, because after Schwed was shot, Marburg picked up Schwed's gun from the ground and gave it to McGarrett. Sending the prints to Interpol not only confirmed Schwed's identity, but confirmed that "Marburg" was an imposter.

As the show reaches its conclusion, Marburg manages to convince Lemira to get a "change of scenery" on a nearby beach where he draws the doctor out of sight of his two bodyguards Andreas (Nick Georgiade) and Paulos (Antonios Karidimas) over their objections. Marburg is just about to shoot Lemira point-blank when he himself is shot by McGarrett who, amazingly, has managed to figure out exactly where the two of them are alone on the beach. McGarrett is using the high-powered rifle which was recovered from the airport locker.

Where Marburg gets his gun during this scene is a good question, considering it is not a small gun and it has a silencer. It is not in his right front pocket, because he puts his hand in that pocket at one point. He doesn't have a right rear pocket. So it must be tucked in behind his belt in the back, where it seems odd that neither of the two guards noticed it.

The music is by Shores. It contains some interesting electronic-like sounds reminiscent of the composer's dopey hypnotic music in "A Bullet For McGarrett." Some of the orchestration of the "normal" music in the episode suggests the bouzouki, a Greek plucked stringed instrument similar to a mandolin.


A killer named Marburg is part of an intricate plan where he is targeted by a sharpshooter named Schwed to give the appearance of being the object of a professional hit in order to ingratiate himself with Gregorios Lemira, an exiled Greek politician living in Hawaii. In the episode promo, Jack Lord describes Lemira as "target for the second shot," but in the show, McGarrett wonders why Schwed didn't "get off a second shot at the airport."



Click here to see the promo.

Greek Colonel: Can you hit it? Can you?

Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for "The Second Shot," by Eric Bercovici. Eric Braeden is Klaus Marburg, an assassin who risks his own life.

McGarrett: Is he still alive?

Dr. Chen: By about an eighth of an inch.

McGarrett: What do you mean?

Dr. Chen: That much lower, and right through the heart.

Andreas: I can't leave you alone with...

Lemira: With Marburg? Don't be a fool.

Andreas: I'm sorry.

Lemira: What kind of an idiot are you? This man was almost murdered coming here to see me.

Jack Lord: John Marley is Dr. Lemira, exiled Greek patriot, target for the second shot.

Marburg: McGarrett, that man.

Jack Lord: All obstacles are out of the way for the recovered assassin. Next: "The Second Shot." Will it be fired? Be here. Aloha.




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52. (S03E04) “Time and Memories” ★★★

Original air date: 10/7/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: John Moxey; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Jerry Ludwig; Music: Harry Geller
Timings: Teaser: 2:21; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 11:49; Act Two: 7:33; Act Three: 16:20; Act Four: 10:48; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:43.


McGarrett becomes personally involved in a murder case when a former girl friend of his becomes the prime suspect.


This murder mystery featuring Diana Muldaur as Cathy Wallis, an old girl friend of McGarrett's, is, for the most part, cleverly written, but it falls down badly at the end with a large goof. There is an effective near-symphonic musical score by Harry Geller which is not what we usually expect to hear on the show as well as above-average acting by all concerned.

Cathy is in Honolulu with her lawyer husband Frank, who is on business. She calls McGarrett at 3:00 in the morning as she is walking on the beach, having left her rental house which she returned to after having a very public fight with Frank at a party earlier. Leaving the house around midnight, Cathy just misses Frank when he also returns there, having been driven home by Roswell Borden (Edward Andrews), one of his clients and the host of the party, who did not come into the house.

Cathy's call brings on the first of several flashbacks to when she and McGarrett were a "number" years before when she literally picked him up on the street while driving to the Arizona Memorial. McGarrett was wearing his Navy outfit at the time. Neither of the two look a day younger.

Cathy returns to the house, but finds Frank dead on the floor. He is first thought to be the victim of a robber who was surprised in the act. But as Five-O investigates, it seems more and more like Cathy is the one who killed her husband, especially after hearing that their marriage was rocky, aside from the argument they just had at the party where she slapped him. Frank died of multiple contusions from a blunt object.

Considering there was a time frame of around two and a half hours when Cathy might have killed Frank, evidence suggesting she is involved is uncovered on the nearby beach, like her wrap containing her husband's blood, as well as a hairdryer with her fingerprints all over it which contains samples of Frank's hair and scalp tissue.

McGarrett, who did not realize that Cathy had married Wallis, is often totally tongue-tied when questioning her during the show. Saying this is "no ordinary case, not for you," Danno gingerly suggests that McGarrett should withdraw and let the other members of the Five-O team handle the investigation, a suggestion which McGarrett ignores.

Borden also falls under suspicion, because Frank was going to make a proxy vote against him in the upcoming election of directors for Borden's company, Aurora Enterprises, which would have put him out of a job. After Frank's death, McGarrett catches Borden snooping around the rental house looking for this proxy to destroy it, but after he is hauled down to the Five-O office, Borden is eliminated as a suspect after he tells McGarrett, "If I had did all of that [the complicated plan surrounding Frank's death] to get that proxy, do you think I would have walked out of there that night without it?"

Much against his revived feelings for Cathy while confronted with what seems like a rock-solid case, McGarrett eventually arrests her for murder, but then Cathy begins to suspect that her stepdaughter Joan (Kathy Cannon) had something to do with it.

Joan was also at the party and witnessed the fight between her parents. She received a call at the party from her fiancé Arthur Dixon (Martin Sheen) seemingly calling on the "tie line" from her father's legal office in San Francisco which a trace later reveals started at 12:22 a.m. and ended 15 minutes later.

Joan was in love with Arthur, a partner in her father's legal firm, but both Frank and Cathy were opposed to the idea of the two of them getting married. Arthur was in fact giving notice to leave the company after his boss gave him an ultimatum over this matter.

After the call from Arthur, Joan went to the rental house to talk to her father about "the marriage idea," but she chickened out when she got to the front door and went back to the party. Her arrival and departure were witnessed by Ramiro (Jose Mordeno), the houseboy from the place next door, confusing Joan with Cathy herself.

As Cathy languishes in jail, McGarrett has a brainstorm when listening to something that was taped during a visit to his office by Arthur and Joan. Joan said, "I remember I said to Arthur, 'This must be costing a fortune, this call [that Joan received during the party], across the Pacific and all.' But he said that he was on the tie line from the office."

McGarrett tells Chin Ho to get the phone company to check for calls, without mentioning any further details. The actual definition of "tie line" is somewhat vague: a telephone line between two private branch exchanges or private exchanges that may or may not pass through a main exchange.

What happened with Arthur was like this: Unknown to anyone, Dixon was in Honolulu on the evening of the murder. He arrived at 10 p.m. He killed Frank, then returned to the airport where he placed a call from a pay phone there to San Francisco which was then rerouted back to Honolulu via this tie line to Joan at the party. (It is interesting that Arthur knew that she was at the party.) With only minutes to spare, Dixon boarded the 12:45 a.m. flight back to San Francisco.

The next day, after the murder, Arthur showed up at Honolulu Airport again where he met Joan, who was accompanied there by McGarrett.

There is only one problem. To demonstrate how this tie line business works, McGarrett phones Frank's office in San Francisco, which has the phone number WAymont 2-3299 and asks to use the line to call Dixon's Honolulu hotel room. The number there is 734-2211, suite 53, where Danno just happens to be visiting Dixon under some bogus pretext. McGarrett puts Joan on the phone, and when Dixon answers it, his "foolproof alibi" is exposed. Danno busts him and Arthur says, "I was so close. I guess I wanted it all."

However, the problem is, the phone number 922-3299 (WA meaning "92") is the same phone number as the pay phone at the airport that Dixon used to call Joan at the party via the tie line! It is highly unlikely that these two phone numbers in different exchanges in different states would be exactly the same.

Kono and Chin Ho tracked down the phone at the airport after their investigation with the phone company, and Dixon was also noticed by an observant airline stewardess (Kathleen O'Rourke), who saw that he returned to San Francisco only a couple of hours after arriving in Honolulu.

The dialogue at the end of the show is kind of dopey as McGarrett says goodbye to Cathy at the airport, calling her "pretty girl." He holds her hand and they gaze into each others' eyes as the camera gets closer to each of them in successive shots. While you think that he might kiss her goodbye, finally, he just tells her "Aloha, Cathy."


Where the meaning of the title seems to be pretty obvious, this section is eliminated.



Click here to see the promo.

This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for "Time and Memories," a baffling Five-O murder mystery.

Cathy Wallis: Steve, Frank was a very difficult man to live with.

Jack Lord: Diana Muldaur as Cathy Wallis, a woman out of McGarrett's past ... and now, prime suspect in her husband's murder.

McGarrett: Freeze. What are you looking for, Mr. Borden?

Jack Lord: Edward Andrews as Roswell Borden. Is he the murderer? Or is it...?

Danno: There's no doubt about it. Mrs. Wallis' fingerprints were on it. You've got enough to charge her. Charge her and book her.

Cathy: You killed him, not me.

Jack Lord: Or is Cathy Wallis' stepdaughter guilty?

Cathy: What happened that night, Joan?

Jack Lord: Next: "Time and Memories." Be here. Aloha.




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53. (S03E05) “The Guarnerius Caper” ★★★½

Original air date: 10/14/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Tony Leader; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Ken Pettus; Music: Don B. Ray [and Johannes Brahms]
Timings: Teaser: 6:33; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 8:32; Act Two: 10:59; Act Three: 11:41; Act Four: 11:06; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:43.


The disappearance of a priceless violin belonging to a Russian musician threatens to explode into an international incident.


The teaser from this show is a study in contrasts.

It begins with Soviet violinist Dmitri Rostov (Ed Flanders) playing an arrangement of the final movement from Brahms' Violin Concerto accompanied by a piano before a small audience invited by industrialist Jared Gifford (Larry Ronson), head of the committee sponsoring a concert which Rostov will give on Saturday, July 29th at the Waikiki Shell.

This is interspersed with shots of two hyperactive white trash morons, Hutch (Anthony James) and Norman Dekoven a.k.a. Duke (Kenneth O'Brien), who are creating havoc on the streets of Honolulu, slapping a woman on the ass, pushing people off the sidewalk, stealing another woman's purse and jumping on the hood of a car which almost runs them over. The "crappy rock music" accompanying their antics is totally erratic, sounding improvised.

After Rostov finishes his recital, a boorish member of the audience, Babbitt (Jim Demarest) asks him how much his violin is worth: "How much do you suppose you could get for it? Fifty thousand? Seventy-five? Hundred thousand?" Rostov is at a loss for words, commenting, "It would be impossible to say."

Following Rostov meeting with other members of the audience, his KGB-like "handler" Josef Sarpa (Albert Paulsen) takes the violin and puts it in the trunk of Gifford's Lincoln Continental which has been loaned to the two Russians and which is parked in the basement of the building. Hutch and Deke are watching this, though not paying attention specifically to the violin. Hutch hotwires the car, which is not locked, and they take it to Sherwood Forest, another name for Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, where one finds stripped cars and appliances.

The theft of the car is soon discovered, and Five-O is quick to respond, especially since the Governor is freaking out. He is getting major pressure from the U.S. State Department, that "the Russians ... obviously see an excuse to embarrass this country in the eyes of the world. Washington's even worried that Moscow may use this incident as an excuse to cancel the cultural exchange program." Sarpa has contacted the Soviet Embassy in Washington who leak the story to the Associated Press with the angle that "the violin was stolen by American fascists as an act of political vengeance against the Soviet Union." (McGarrett comments, "They never change their tune, do they?")

When Sarpa tells Rostov to cancel his concert, scheduled for the following evening, Rostov replies, "I will not be party to turning this unfortunate business into an ugly political issue." Sarpa coldly tells him, "Very well, Rostov. I cannot force you to cancel the concert, but I caution you to be prepared to explain your lack of cooperation when we return home."

At Sherwood Forest, Tojo ([Gary] Ah Vah), an acquaintance of Hutch and Deke, shows up, saying about the car, "Who did you lift this from, some undertaker?" Popping the trunk, they find the violin, and Hutch and Deke use it like a baseball bat, trying to hit a beer bottle which they find on the ground. Fortunately, the violin does not make contact. Five-O has Chin Ho flying over the area in a helicopter, and when the three see this, they split.

Dropped off by Tojo in their part of town, Hutch and Deke wonder if they can get some cash for the "fiddle." Hutch remembers there is a blind "old coot" violinist named Gino Mazzini (Wright Esser, sporting heavy "old man" makeup) who gives music lessons who might give them a few bucks for it. When they take it to Mazzini's, he realizes that this is a quality instrument, and pays them $15, which is all the money he has. (I don't know how he knows he has $15 in his pocket, since he is blind.)

Later, Hutch hears a broadcast on the radio that, of course, is exactly what he and Deke need to hear to advance the plot, which says, "The violin, considered a national treasure of the Soviet Union, was reportedly insured for a quarter of a million dollars against theft or damage during the month-long goodwill concert tour of the United States by the Russian violinist." Hutch says that "The Russkie fiddler" is "offering 10 thou for it and no questions asked." He tells Deke and Tojo, "if that Russkie wants that fiddle that bad, then why don't we stick him good? I mean really shaft him. Like ask for 30 thou, that's 10 apiece."

They return to Mazzini's place and steal the violin back, with Hutch murdering the old man, stabbing him in the back. Luanna (Susan Stewart) the woman who lives across the hall from Mazzini, who got her to confirm it was a Guarnerius as per the label inside, discovers his body and calls Five-O.

McGarrett cautions Sarpa, who is offering the ransom for the violin, "If you arrange to meet [Mazzini’s killers] alone, you could end up in a basket," but Sarpa tells him, "Our offer for the return of the violin stands, Mr. McGarrett. I shall take immediate steps to see you do nothing to compromise it." When McGarrett appeals to the Governor for help, he is told, "Rostov and Sarpa are not to be kept under surveillance. You're to stay as far away from them as you can get ... You're not to do anything, one thing, to jeopardize Rostov's chances of recovering his violin." McGarrett is frustrated: "What about jeopardizing our case against Mazzini's killers? ... The Guarnerius is the only link we have. If we don't nail them with the violin, we may not have a chance to prove anything." All the Governor can say is, "Then that's how it will have to be. If anything happens to Rostov's violin, Washington's going to come looking for scalps. And there won't be a thing I can do for you when they start to lift yours."

Sarpa is contacted by the three men and he gets the Embassy to wire him the money. Despite what the Governor told him, McGarrett asks Rostov for his help to establish a connection between the stolen violin and the killers. Rostov tells him, "I am not a political man. I am a musician. My music is the only thing in the world that matters to me. I detest men like Sarpa, but they are the kind I must live with, must go home to. The kind who can tell me where and when and what I can play. " But he changes his mind after McGarrett tells him, "I want Mazzini's killers so badly that I'm willing to put my neck on the chopping block" and says, "If there's any heat, any heat at all, I give you my word, I'll take it."

Sarpa goes by taxi to meet the violin-nappers in Sherwood Forest, but he uses the cab's radio to contact Rostov and tells him to also come there, where he orders Rostov to deliver the money, with the implication that if anyone gets killed during the exchange, it will be Rostov. Rostov is fatalistic, saying, "I should be the one to run the risk of reclaiming it. And then too if I'm killed, there would be that much more propaganda value than if something happened to you, huh?"

McGarrett has been tailing Sarpa after Rostov told him the location of the Bank of Hawaii where the money was wired and at Sherwood Forest, sneaks up behind the three men as Rostov gives them the money, hoping to get his violin back, though Hutch starts to pull the strings off the instrument. McGarrett knocks Tojo out, shoots Deke dead with blood squirting out his back, and wounds Hutch in the leg. Hutch throws the violin into a field nearby, but aside from the broken strings, it is "not harmed," according to Rostov.

This show is interesting the way it depicts the "minder" Sarpa, who is not specifically connected with the KGB, but described by Rostov as "a highly trained intelligence agent." Albert Paulsen as Sarpa, with his mysterious Eastern European accent (though he was actually born in Ecuador) gives a very nasty performance, a big contrast to Ed Flanders' Rostov, who is very submissive by comparison.

During the Cold War, supervision of Soviet classical and other musical artists like this was very typical when they toured outside their home country. Exactly how Ken Pettus, the writer for this show, picked up on this is a good question, because this almost ventures into "sensitive issue" territory.

To compare with real life, one web page talks about the famous Soviet pianist Emil Gilels, whose life was constantly interfered with by Soviet bureaucracy: "It is clear the regime's paranoia was making his life miserable -- there are many accounts of him being humiliated by the intrusive KGB agents who accompanied him on tours abroad." There are rumours that Gilels, who died in 1985, was murdered as a result of a botched injection at an exclusive yet substandard Kremlin hospital.



This is Jack Lord inviting you to join us next for "The Guarnerius Caper."

Hutch: All right, man. Watch the world-champion home-run hitter hit the world-champion home run. Come on, man.

Dmitri Rostov: My Guarnerius is one of only very few left in the world. I call it mine, but I do not think of it as such. Find it, Mr. McGarrett. Bring it back.

Gino Mazzini: Hello, operator. Please give me the police. Hello, is this the police? Who is it?

McGarrett: Those men have killed once, they'll kill again. Now, if you arrange to meet them alone, you could end up in a basket.

McGarrett (later): Drop the gun. Drop it!

Jack Lord: Next, "Guarnerius." Be there. Aloha.


Death: In Mazzini's apartment, Hutch stabs the old man in the back.
Death: Deke is shot by McGarrett and blood squirts out his back; assuming dead because he doesn't move.
Injury: Hutch is shot by McGarrett in the leg.



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54. (S03E06) “The Ransom” ★★★

Original air date: 10/14/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Eric Bercovici & Jerry Ludwig; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 2:42; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 14:13; Act Two: 8:16; Act Three: 8:50; Act Four: 14:51; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:44.


Efforts by Five-O to rescue an abducted young boy backfire when Kono becomes a prisoner of the kidnappers.


This show about a kidnapping has parallels to S02E12, "The Devil And Mr. Frog" (DMF).

A young boy, Timmy Blake, is abducted, this time for $250,000 ransom (previous show, $300,000, equivalent to around $2 million today). The boy is played by Geoffrey Thorpe, who also played the kidnap victim in the second season episode. Timmy's father Nelson (Lloyd Gough, around 63 years old when the show was filmed) looks very old (as did the father in DMF, William Zuckert (54)) and the mother is nowhere to be seen.

As in DMF, we aren't given any details about what the father does for a living. Blake lives in a nice property with a security-controlled gate, but not secure enough to prevent the three kidnappers – Obie O'Brien (Andrew Duggan), Roy (Ron Hayes) and Earl (Peter Bonerz) -- from easily getting through it. Blake must be in a profession which makes a lot of money, because at the beginning of the show, he tells McGarrett "I've handled bigger deals before," and of the ransom amount, "two hundred and fifty thousand dollars means nothing to me."

Five-O is tipped off about what is going on when Honolulu Savings and Trust notifies them that Blake withdrew $250,000 cash that morning "in 10s and 20s, unmarked, unconsecutively numbered." Blake is very annoyed about this invasion of his privacy, telling McGarrett, "If anything goes wrong, if you interfere and harm comes to Timmy, I'll hold you personally responsible." McGarrett unsuccessfully harangues the father with the usual mantra about how "kidnapping is a crime, whether you report it or not," and how Blake should not attempt to deal with this himself, despite whatever the kidnappers threatened.

The money drop is arranged (and overheard by a quickly-arranged wiretap which "the attorney general was very upset about") for Sea Life Park. Blake goes there along with, unknown to him, the entire Five-O team including McGarrett and Danno, which is kind of dumb, since it is quite likely Blake would recognize the two of them who came to his place earlier that day. At the park, Blake ends up sitting between kidnapper Roy and Chin Ho prior to leaving an attaché case with the cash by a public phone.

Unfortunately, some good Samaritan picks up the case and returns it to Blake, who drops it on the ground and all the money falls out, the bills looking like play money. Kono, seeing suspicious activity with the kidnappers trying to flee, attempts to stop them, but they force him into their van, which is driven to the out-of-the-way location where Timmy is being held.

There, Kono is tied up, but he manages to help Timmy escape through the ceiling of the room, which seems to be in a bunker of some kind. In fact, it later appears outside to be the same bunker used in episodes like "To Hell With Babe Ruth." The grill in the ceiling that Timmy pries open looks like it is very high up, and it seems unlikely that the kid would reach it, even by standing on Kono's head.

Of course, the kidnappers are not happy after Timmy escapes, and Roy beats Kono, who is sweating something fierce because of the heat in his prison room, very badly. At least Kono lets fly with a good head butt while fighting back.

Timmy, dressed in his pyjamas from when he was kidnapped, runs away and is found sleeping beside Makapu‘u Road by a delivery truck driver. This narrow street seems to be more like a driveway; I first thought that this was the road which led up the hill to the kidnappers' hideout!

Things are starting to unravel for Roy and Earl, who are both concerned because Kono saw their faces, unlike that of Obie, who later tells them he had "everything designed right, except McGarrett." Roy sarcastically tells Obie to his face: "The old pro with the perfect plans. Foolproof. 'Enough money for the rest of our lives'." Obie later tells the two of them about McGarrett: "We've got him psyched."

After McGarrett sees a Polaroid picture of the badly-beaten Kono sent to the Five-O office, he turns around, withdrawing by the window of his room like he did in "Once Upon A Time" (and later, "A Death In The Family") and is very upset, vowing to get the kidnappers, in an intense scene: "Danno, I swear, that if they kill that big Hawaiian, I'm gonna get them. No matter where they go, no matter how long it takes, I'm gonna get them." (This outburst seems rather ironic considering what happened to the "big Hawaiian" at the end of season four, where he was fired from the show, something which was reportedly influenced by Jack Lord's behind-the-scenes manoeuvering.)

Blake says that Kono wouldn't be in a pickle if McGarrett had listened to him earlier when he told Five-O not to interfere. But because Blake is overjoyed to have Timmy back, he offers to pay the ransom for Kono.

Knowing that the kidnappers will contact him on a pay phone with the number 732-9196, McGarrett has contacted Chief Special Agent Memms of the phone company who arranges for Chin Ho to work with Harris (Winston Char) in tracing the call he will soon receive. (This will become a stock sequence used in other shows.) McGarrett first tells kidnapper Roy that he is not paying any money unless he talks to Kono first, and when he finally talks to him, with Chin and Harris tracing the call, Kono drags out the conversation as long as possible, despite the fact that Roy punches him even more and clubs him with the phone receiver.

The second money drop to be done by Blake takes place in the Oahu Cemetery on Nuuano, where there is a military funeral taking place. When he leaves the attaché case there, it looks like another Samaritan tries to give it back to him, but it is actually Obie, dressed up in a major's uniform (thanks to Bobbi), who switches the money from the case into another bag right in front of Blake. After Obie splits, Blake yells to Danno nearby. Danno plugs Obie dead, which is unfortunate, because that also kills off a potential lead to find Kono (shades of the new Five-0).

However, the call tracing at the phone company has been successful to a marine gas station where Roy and Earl are working and where Kono is now being kept in a coffin-like box that doesn't seem to have any purpose other than hiding kidnap victims. McGarrett, looking like a geeky Sunday afternoon boater, borrows a motorboat and pulls up to get some fuel, but when he says he is a cop, Earl showers him with Kraig Royal (leaded) gasoline. Despite this, McGarrett is able to knock off Earl, who is fleeing in the boat very far away. Close by, Roy tries to kill Kono, but McGarrett shoots him dead as well.

Kono, whose face resembles raw hamburger meat, is taken away in an ambulance, but not before McGarrett asks him, "How do you feel, you big Kanaka?" Kono can barely reply, "Starved." McGarrett tells Kono he is "gonna be okay."

The stock score for the show is a real compendium of well-known themes and motifs. There are odd camera angles when Roy beats Kono at the hideout as well as at Sea Life Park.

At the 1996 Five-O convention, Zoulou (Kono) said that during the final scene, it was him -- not a stunt man -- in the box suspended above the ocean. If someone had screwed up and the box fallen into the water, Zoulou would have drowned!



Injury: Kono is gut punched and hit in the back so the kidnappers can take him.
Injury: Kono is beaten by Roy at hideout.
Injury: Kono kicks Roy when he fights back.
Injury: Roy beats Kono with the phone when he refuses to speak to McGarrett.
Death: Obie is shot by Danno in Oahu Cemetery.
Injury: McGarrett has gasoline (leaded) sprayed in his face.
Death: Earl is shot by McGarrett when trying to flee in boat.
Death: Roy is shot by McGarrett when trying to shoot Kono.



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55. (S03E07) “Force of Waves” ★★

Original air date: 10/28/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Krasny; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Mark Rodgers & Eric Bercovici (teleplay), Mark Rodgers (story); Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 3:43; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 13:06; Act Two: 9:53; Act Three: 11:09; Act Four: 10:00; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 49:44.


Five-O investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman in a boat explosion.


When Clark Sloan (Thomas Norton), a ruthless businessman, wants to talk to McGarrett during a yacht club party about something to do with "gambling," the two of them board a tender to go out to Sloan's boat. On the way there, there is an explosion which kills Sloan and seriously injures McGarrett, who winds up incapacitated for a while with a concussion and a broken hand.

There are plenty of suspects for Danno, who is now in charge, to consider, among them Sloan's young wife Maria (Linda Marsh), who only married him five weeks before in Las Vegas and Maria's ex-husband Neal Porter (James Daris), who had introduced her to Sloan while they were still married.

Before he was killed, the wealthy Sloan -- with nudging from his new wife, no doubt -- promised Neal $10,000 in cash to help clean up his gambling debts. Neal, with the help of both Maria and her (and her late husband's) lawyer Richard Fairbirne (Dewey Martin), breaks into Sloan's office to get into the safe where there is not only money but a letter from Maria renouncing any claims to his estate for five years which she obviously wants destroyed, since she stands to inherit about $7 million despite their short marriage. Unfortunately, Neal gets caught in the act.

After Danno finds Maria hiding in Neal's car as Neal tries to escape from Sloan's office building, he hauls her back to the office where he starts grilling her. Fairbirne, who quickly shows up, tells her to keep her mouth shut. Danno later turns the tables on Fairbirne when he proves that the lawyer had given a piece of paper with the safe's combination to Porter; Danno busts Fairbirne for "conspiracy to defraud, accomplice to breaking and entering, just for openers," sarcastically adding, "Wanna call a good lawyer?" (Nothing seemingly comes of this in the show, though.)

McGarrett is far too clever in this episode. He becomes very suspicious of Cal Anderson (John Vernon), a local handyman who is helping him work on a dilapidated boat which some "old Chinese gentleman" who McGarrett had helped out once had left him in his will. (Danno and Chin Ho ridicule this boat when they see it.) It turns out that Cal's father left his mother for a younger woman years before and the mother later turned up dead. (This was all related by Cal to McGarrett, apparently.)

McGarrett researches a similar case on Maui in 1967 where a man with a new, young wife similar to Sloan was also blown up in an explosion. And there was yet another case like this near Singapore in 1966. Cal was in the vicinity of all three explosions, a very far-fetched coincidence. Cal seems to be very forgetful about not only a speeding ticket that he recently received (verified by HPD Officer John Onoe (William Keoho), who gave it to him) but particularly the fact that he was on Maui when the explosion there took place.

McGarrett and Danno talk to Dr. Landis (Grace Albertson) at the Oahu State Hospital, who confirms McGarrett's suspicions that Cal is likely schizophrenic and motivated by being abandoned by his father in a sequence full of psychological mumbo-jumbo which rivals season two's "Killer Bee."

If one can buy this clap-trap, then the episode is enjoyable, despite red herrings all over the place, such as Porter getting all nervous about climbing up a boat's mast at the beginning of the show. There is plenty of snappy dialogue from Danno who turns up the heat during the investigation. He is very adept at getting Maria to answer his questions, especially when Fairbirne is cautioning her not to do so as per her legal rights. As well, he overcomes Fairbirne's do-everything-by-the-book attitude like when he makes the lawyer open Sloan's safe after saying "I will get a court order and we'll all sit here for as long as it takes."

As Cal, Vernon, a veteran of Canadian TV and frequent portrayer of film heavies, gives a relatively subdued performance and the nighttime photography near the end of the show is outstanding.

McGarrett seems to be taking a pretty big chance during his final conversation with Cal, where he is dropping all sorts of hints about Cal's involvement in the three explosions, especially considering Cal's supposedly precarious mental condition. Cal finally snaps and attacks McGarrett, who is pretty agile during their fight despite his injured hand. Fortunately, the other members of Five-O are nearby to help out.


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Maria Sloan: Clark!

Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord inviting you to join us next for "Force of Waves."

Danno: Take it easy, Steve. You're gonna be all right.

McGarrett: Who pulled me out, Danno?

Danno: Cal.

McGarrett: Thanks, kiddo.

Cal Anderson: Anytime.

McGarrett: How's Sloan?

Danno: Dead.

Maria: Whatever you may think, I loved my husband. I never would've done anything to hurt him.

Jack Lord: Five-0 pursues a trail of robbery and conspiracy to uncover a schizoid murderer.

Neal Porter: But Maria didn't kill anybody. She couldn't...

Danno: Maybe you did it for her.

Porter: No, you're crazy!

Jack Lord: Next, "Force of Waves." Be here. Aloha.




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56. (S03E08) “The Reunion” ★★½

Original air date: 11/4/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Paul Playdon; Music: George Romanis
Timings: Teaser: 2:06; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 10:12; Act Two: 12:23; Act Three: 13:21; Act Four: 10:38; End Credits: 0:55; Total Time: 50:43.


A Japanese businessman is accused by three former prisoners of war of being the officer responsible for torturing them during World War II.


Hatsuo Shigato (Teru Shimada), president of Teletex Corporation, a Japanese computer research company, is in Honolulu for business. At the house (110 Wahani Drive) where he is staying, he receives several photos taken the previous day during a Trade Winds sightseeing tour showing him in the crosshairs of a rifle. Ordered by the Governor to handle the case and give Shigato "VIP treatment," Five-O begins their investigation.

When Shigato insists on going to the Ilikai Hotel for a business meeting to discuss a loan for his failing company over McGarrett's objections, his car explodes from a bomb and Shigato is almost trapped in the car by the seat belt which has been tampered with.

The scene switches to the Ilikai, where the 15th Airborne Division is having a reunion on the Luahala Terrace. As Danno escorts Shigato into the hotel, one of the men from this group, Frank Epstein (Simon Oakland) is convinced Shigato is Kim Rashiri, brutal commandant of the Lo Tang prison, a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines during World War II. Epstein, who is crippled, attacks Shigato with his crutches.

There are two other men from the veterans who also encountered the sadistic Rashiri in the camp during the war also at the gathering in addition to Epstein, who hoped to be a football player, and had one of his legs cut off: Mitch Bradley (Joe Maross) and Michael Holt (Barry Atwater). Bradley, who had a "brilliant mind" and it sounds like was destined to be an architect, was tortured by Rashiri which left him devastated, ending up as the owner of a gas station. Holt, on the other hand, collaborated with Rashiri, giving him part of a secret code which the three men had memorized. This has not endeared Holt, a business executive from the mainland who owns multiple corporations, to the other two.

When brought to confront Shigato by Five-O, Epstein can't understand why McGarrett can't believe his claim that the two men are the same person. Shigato denies that this is the case. Bradley is very edgy, and only admits they are the same after considerable pressure. Holt, on the other hand, says, "There is a slight resemblance. Very slight. But there's no way he can be Rashiri. Rashiri's dead. He committed suicide." The hotheaded Epstein flies off the handle, saying that this is because "[Holt] spilled his guts to save his lousy life. Rashiri didn't even have to lay a finger on him."

As the story develops, it turns out that Shigato is Rashiri, setting up the three vets in an elaborate scheme ... a bit too elaborate for one man, though Shigato is revealed to be a very slippery character in his interviews with McGarrett. McGarrett knows from his "cop instinct" that "something's strange" about this case.

The plot is interesting with several red herrings, but becomes illogical when Shigato's hired gun, Charlie Llacuna (Daws Dawson), a local "paid killer," not only manages to put darkroom equipment in Bradley's hotel room closet to give the impression that it was Bradley who took the threatening pictures which were sent to Shigato earlier, but also shoots Holt, who is talking to Shigato on a bridge connected with the hotel, from Bradley's balcony as Holt is telling Shigato (who he knows is Rashiri) that "I own you and your Teletex Corporation. I don't want you dead. I wanna see you bleed. I wanna see you broken and crawling in the gutter."

Llacuna then slips inside Bradley's room, places the rifle in a rack in front of the seemingly catatonic soldier, somehow getting Bradley's fingerprints all over it, and finally escapes, perhaps via the balcony.

All of this happens almost instantaneously as Kono breaks into the room after the fatal shot killing Holt is fired. After Holt later dies, Bradley is charged with first degree murder.

Shigato, who rigged his own car with the bomb earlier, soon kills Llacuna -- who also took and sent the threatening pictures -- with another explosive device which narrowly misses blowing up McGarrett and Danno.

Shigato lures Epstein to the house where he is staying where he tells the anguished vet that Holt had made his life a living hell by rising to a position of prominence in the business world and driving his company to near-bankruptcy.

Fortunately, McGarrett, who arrives on the scene with Danno, is able to convince Epstein, who has gotten hold of Shigato's gun, not to kill his former tormenter despite Shigato haranguing Epstein, blaming the vet for making him lose face during the war and turning into a "coward."

Directed by Michael O'Herlihy, this episode's photography uses some weird camera angles, and has an O.K. score by George Romanis, one of three he did for the show. But there are some questions as to how Shigato could have pulled off such an elaborate scheme.

For example, it is obvious that Shigato intended to kill Holt (via Llacuna) because of the financial sword which was held over his head, but did Shigato know that the three veterans would all be at the reunion and he intended to deal with all three of them?



This is Jack Lord inviting you to join us next for "Reunion." Who is this man Shigato? Innocent Japanese businessman, or Rashiri, brutal commandant of the infamous Lo Tang prison camp of World War II?

Frank Epstein: Rashiri! Rashiri. Rashiri. Rashiri.

Epstein (later): I fingered a Japanese war criminal and all you can do is play twenty questions. That guy's Rashiri.

Hatsuo Shigato: Mr. McGarrett.

Mitch Bradley: It's him. It's Rashiri.

Michael Holt: There is a slight resemblance. Very slight. But there's no way he can be Rashiri. Rashiri's dead. He committed suicide.

Bradley: You can't be 100 percent sure. He could be the wrong man. Holt said he could…

Epstein: Holt said? All Holt knew was how to spill his guts to save his own rotten life.

Jack Lord: Next, "Reunion." Be there. Aloha.




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57. (S03E09) “The Late John Louisiana” ★★★★

Original air date: 11/11/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Jerry Ludwig & Eric Bercovici (teleplay), Lionel E. Siegel (story); Music: Don B. Ray
Timings: Teaser: 3:11; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 12:26; Act Two: 10:32; Act Three: 11:12; Act Four: 11:28; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:40.


A contract killer's past catches up with him when he is ordered to kill a woman he was supposed to murder but instead fell in love with.


Two years before the show, John Louisiana (Walter P. Young, Sr.), the title character, cleaned up in a backroom gambling den. This did not endear him to the owner of the place, Harry Quon (Alfred Ryder), later described by McGarrett as connected with "gambling, prostitution, smack, shakedowns." For his luck, Louisiana ended up getting stabbed to death in the back by Quon as two of Quon's thugs -- Charlie Cayliss (Al Harrington, pre-Five-O team) and Tigner (John LaBrecque) -- held him down. Working for Quon, Julie Grant (Marianne McAndrew), dressed in a geisha costume and acting as a waitress, witnessed this murder and fled the scene. (In a dream sequence recalling this in the present later, Julie runs into the camera's fish-eye lens, as does Tigner, who is pursuing her.)

Quon sent his stone-cold killer Nick Pierson (Don Stroud) after Julie, and he found her on Maui. However, he didn't knock her off, but fell in love with her and murdered some other woman who physically resembled Julie. That woman's body was found by the cops.

As the show begins in the present, Tigner is at Kahului Airport on Maui where he sees Pierson met by Julie as he arrives on Aloha Airlines from Honolulu. Whether Tigner was intentionally following either of the couple or this was just a coincidence is not specified. That evening, Tigner tracks the couple down to the place where they have been living as "Mr. and Mrs. Hollander." Pierson sees Tigner snooping around and shoots him dead in their yard. Seeing his body, Julie tells Nick, "They found me."

The next day, their next-door neighbor Mrs. Pruitt (Hilo Hattie) calls the cops when she thinks that Mrs. Hollander, who was supposed to visit her for coffee, has been kidnapped. Nothing is mentioned about the sound of Pierson's gun the night before, which was very loud. Mrs. Pruitt tells McGarrett and Danno who have arrived, likely because of the Tigner connection, that "Mr. Hollander ... works in Honolulu" and his wife "never goes anywhere. She said she didn't like to leave Maui ever. You know, Maui nō ka ‘oi ['Maui is the best']." (McGarrett smiles.)

The Maui coroner (Kwan Hi Lim) has dug up Tigner's body from where it was buried in the front yard, but there are no prints anywhere in the house or on Pierson's Mustang. Danno suggests they get Che Fong to check out the place, and when he arrives, he finds ONE fingerprint -- which he says "looks like a lady's thumbprint." (This is baloney, it was not possible to determine gender from a fingerprint for about another 40 years, and that was not based on appearance.)

Meanwhile, Nick and Julie flee to Honolulu, where she sublets an apartment in the same building as him. When McGarrett returns to Honolulu, he goes to see Quon, telling him, "I'm gonna get you. Two years ago, when John Louisiana got hit ... I almost had you then." Quon tells him, "You know the old saying. Almost don't count." When McGarrett mentions that Tigner was just found dead, Quon plays dumb.

Summoned to Quon's place, Pierson is contracted to find out who "nailed" Tigner on Maui and then take care of them. Nick soon reports back: "Tigner was fooling around with some broad on Maui. Her husband wasn't around much. I guess the husband came home early one night, goodbye, Tigner." But Quon doesn't buy this explanation. He wants Nick to eliminate loose ends, because someone may be trying to muscle in on his business and maybe even knock him off. Quon shows Nick a letter that he received (which was actually mailed to him by Pierson): "Tigner was just to tell you that we're moving into the action."

Five-O is stumped by the "Hollanders": "They sure didn't want anybody to know who they are." This changes when a report from the FBI is received that identifies the one print from Maui as that of Julie. The ID of her body two years ago was made by an aunt based on Julie's wristwatch, but the body itself was too decomposed.

When McGarrett returns to Maui with Danno again, he runs into Pierson at the airport. Nick is there with Charlie on Quon's orders to further investigate what happened to whoever knocked off Tigner. McGarrett and Nick have a terse conversation. Danno later comments on Nick's reaction when McGarrett mentioned Julie. When the two of them go to see Mrs. Pruitt again, she identifies photos of Julie and Nick as "Mr. and Mrs. Hollander": "I never saw two people so much in love."

Pierson is starting to get edgy, and he tells Julie that they should go away, presumably to the Mainland. She could leave on a plane that evening, and he will follow in a couple of days. But she says she's not going anywhere without him. Hoping it will convince her to leave, Nick tells her everything -- that Quon sent him to Maui to kill her, how he murdered a look-alike to produce "a body," and how everybody believed that he had fulfilled his contract. Interestingly, Julie is not horrified, as we might expect. She puts her head on Pierson's shoulder, saying "It's going to be all right, Nicky. I'm never going to leave you."

McGarrett returns to Honolulu again, and goes to Pierson's apartment building. The landlord tells him that a young woman rented a room recently, and when the landlord opens the door, McGarrett finds Julie. As they leave the building, Charlie just happens to pull up outside and sees the two of them. When Nick goes to report to Quon, Charlie has obviously spilled the beans. Pierson is told he has to take care of Julie for good now: "You didn't kill her before, so you're gonna kill her now ... because that's the only way you are going to go on living." There is a big problem, however, because Julie is at the cop shop being grilled, but not saying anything, despite McGarrett showing Julie some photos of Nick's "handiwork," and even when McGarrett drags Quon down to the station to confront her.

As Danno escorts Julie in the police station soon after this, she is grabbed by Nick, who is disguised as a cop. When they attempt to escape, Charlie pops up in the back seat of Nick's car. They all take a trip to the usual middle of nowhere location where Charlie orders Nick to finally kill Julie. Nick shoots Charlie dead, but is himself seriously wounded by Charlie. He and Julie drive away towards a radar station, again in the middle of nowhere, pursued by McGarrett and Danno who have incongruously brought Quon along with them. Nick finally cannot go any further, and he dies at the side of the road. When McGarrett asks Julie is she is willing to testify against Quon, she nods, and he tells Quon, "The party is over."

This is a fantastic episode, definitely in my top five. In this show we have two people who are probably the most intensely in love in the entire series. Both Don Stroud and Marianne McAndrew are perfect in their roles, as is Alfred Ryder, who identifies himself as being "a poor hapa-haole saloonkeeper," hapa-haole meaning any person of mixed ethnic heritage, regardless of the specific mixture. McAndrew, who previously appeared in the mediocre "A Bullet for McGarrett" in season two, is gorgeous!

The color photography in the show is outstanding, especially during the teaser. The score is attributed to Ray, despite the presence multiple times of the "memories" theme and the bonging bell sound, both of which are associated with Morton Stevens.


The murder of John Louisiana set the events in the show in motion two years ago. When Harry Quon finally tells Nick Pierson that he knows the deception that Nick has been playing by not killing Julie Grant, Quon says that Julie "won't testify ... for the late John Louisiana."



This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "The Late John Louisiana." Marianne McAndrew as Julie, a girl trying to outrun the nightmare of her past.

Nick Pierson: It's only a dream, honey. There's nothing to worry about.

Jack Lord: Don Stroud as Nick, the man who would help her, love her.

Julie Grant: You don't know him.

McGarrett: I know Nick Pierson very well, Julie. He's Harry Quon's top trigger boy, and he's good at it.

Charlie Cayliss: Take the gun out. Nice and slow. You know what to do. Just pull the trigger. Do it now, baby.

Pierson: I'm sorry, baby.

Grant: Nicky. No.

Jack Lord: Next: "The Late John Louisiana." Be here. Aloha.




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58. (S03E10) “The Last Eden” ★★½  BOOK HIM   BOOK THEM 

Original air date: 11/18/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Jerry Ludwig & Eric Bercovici; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 4:19; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 12:24; Act Two: 8:45; Act Three: 9:37; Act Four: 13:47; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:45.


Businessmen who have a solution to Oahu's sewage problem attempt to frame a nightclub star who is outspoken against pollution after a disposal plant is demolished in an explosion.


Ray Danton stars as singer Jimmy Nuanu who performs at the Canoe House in the Ilikai Hotel, often haranguing the audience with ecological issues. Despite his feelings for the environment, the outspoken Jimmy, described by McGarrett as a "hotheaded Hawaiian," is apparently well-to-do, since he drives a white Rolls-Royce.

Jimmy is set up as a patsy by a company headed by sleazy entrepreneur Walter Colfax (Paul Stevens), who wants to get control over the disposal of the island's garbage (seemingly a euphemism for "sewage" ... see below). Colfax gets help in this frame-up from Jimmy's pal Eddie Kamoko (Tom Fujiwara) in exchange for paying off $10,000 that Eddie owes to the Syndicate for gambling debts, though this is not explained very well.

Near the end of the show, McGarrett speculates that Eddie brought the seemingly very drunk Jimmy close to a local sewage disposal plant and left him almost passed out next to his car. The plant was totally destroyed in an explosion which not only caused $2 million in damage but also the death of a night watchman. Replacing this plant has been a subject of debate in the Hawaiian legislature for some time, but all this has resulted in is "surveys and double talk" according to Colfax. (The special effects for the explosion, using miniatures, are not bad.)

n the trunk of Jimmy's car some detonator caps were later found, and, as well, Jimmy had experience in dealing with explosives when he was in the army in Korea. The presence of some tire tracks that don't match Jimmy's car at the scene, discovered by Che Fong, however, raises some questions.

This show has an interesting premise, which was kind of ahead of its time, but there are quite a few issues.

It begins with Jimmy beating the crap out of a heckling patron named Zane (Robert Luck), who actually works for Colfax. This seems kind of odd, even though when interviewed by McGarrett later, Jimmy says he doesn't know Colfax. Colfax does greet Jimmy by name at the show's end where the singer goes to the developer's office to avenge the death of Eddie, who was getting too close to blabbing about how he set up his friend. As well, during the initial altercation with Zane, both Colfax and his stooge Sutton (Steve Merrick) are seen close by.

After this dust-up outside the Canoe House, Jimmy specifically says that he has to do a "second show," and he is seen sitting in his dressing room talking to his son Joey (Dan Jacques Kaleikini) and Kamoko. Eddie presumably spikes Jimmy's drink so Jimmy can be later planted at the site of the explosion, but the scene cuts directly to Jimmy stumbling around his car, incapacitated by the knockout drops (or whatever). If he did a second show, would the knockout drops have taken so long to take effect?

Colfax says that "16 million [the DVD subtitles translate this as billion] gallons of garbage go into the ocean every day," but he really means "sewage." Colfax's company has developed some process which will remove 90% of the impurities before the sewage is discharged into the ocean. When McGarrett grills Colfax in his office, he knows that a lot of small competing corporations were forced into bankruptcy or compelled to merge with Colfax's company on their terms, thus leaving Colfax's company as a monopoly dealing with the Hawaiian government who have been humming and hawing about dealing with the "pollution" issue for "years."

Bruce Wilson plays Captain Lyons, formerly a demolitions expert from the British Royal Navy who now runs a charter fishing business. While McGarrett asks his team to make inquiries of "other places using explosives on these islands," how does Five-O know that Lyons had experience with explosives, specifically tetrytol (a real product, a mixture of tetryl and TNT), which was used to blow up the sewage plant? Did Lyons have to register as a munitions expert or something when he came to the islands?

When Lyons is interviewed at Five-O, McGarrett tells Lyons that he knows the captain started out on a three-day charter recently (the boat was hired by a Colfax executive), but then checked in to Honolulu the next day (i.e., he was only gone for one day). Isn't there something inherently suspicious about this? The charter was supposed to be to Hanalei Bay on Kauai, but the logs for the harbormaster there do not match what Lyons reported (he went to the Nawiliwili on Kauai instead). This information is used to prove -- not in a very convincing way -- that Lyons was involved with the destruction of the sewage plant. These facts are sprung on Lyons, a slippery character, at the end of the show, when he is busted for the explosion along with Army Sergeant Dobbs (Robert Harker) who stole the tetrytol from a barracks (the same one seen at the beginning of S02E02, "To Hell With Babe Ruth").

When McGarrett asks Jimmy if he has ever heard of Colfax, Jimmy denies this. But even Professor Hale (Richard Morrison), who is an expert on ecology interviewed in McGarrett's office, knows that if anyone wants to make money out of the situation treating the sewage, it is Colfax. Does it make sense that Jimmy would not know about him? Hale has a rather cynical view: "Greed and money ... that's what ecology's all about."

At the show's finale, Jimmy goes to Colfax's office with a gun, but he is punched out and going to be "taken care of." Five-O arrive quickly and a gun battle ensues in the building's garage. After a bizarre chase up a down escalator, Jimmy grabs Colfax and almost pushes him over a railing several stories up, similar to what happened to Eddie.

McGarrett persuades Jimmy to let the law takes its course, and Jimmy, who earlier on told McGarrett "We Hawaiians always trusted you because you were always on our side," ends the show philosophically, saying, "You saved my life. But as far as the islands are concerned, nothing's really changed, has it? I mean, who's gonna save everybody else's life?"



Jimmy Nuanu's friend Eddie Kamoko tells him: "You gotta shoot your big mouth off about how this [Hawaii] being the last Eden and how everything is getting ruined."


Crowd Members: Come on. Come on!

Walter Colfax: That is a violent man.

Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "The Last Eden."

McGarrett: I guess a lot of people remember how you felt about that plant. Okay, okay, so I shoot my mouth off once or twice in the club. I always do. Maybe a saloon isn't the best place to talk about ecology, but it's the only place I got.

Jack Lord: Ray Danton as Jimmy Nuanu, a man who cares about his people and his birthplace, Hawaii.

Danno: In the Royal Navy, did you ever work with tetrytol?

Lyons: Oh, yes. Tricky stuff. But it certainly did the job.

Danno: It certainly did, last night.

Jack Lord: Next: "The Last Eden." Be here. Aloha.




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59. (S03E11) “Over Fifty? Steal!” ★★★½

Original air date: 11/4/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Bob Sweeney; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: E. Arthur Kean; Music: Morton Stevens
Timings: Teaser: 4:07; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 11:24; Act Two: 6:59; Act Three: 12:33; Act Four: 13:33; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:30.


An aggrieved senior who is a master burglar plays cat and mouse with Five-O in a series of publicity-grabbing thefts.


This is considered by many to be a classic show, and on IMDb is currently the highest-rated episode by users, though the Vashon Trilogy is edging towards it as I am writing this (September 2019).

Hume Cronyn stars as Lewis Avery Filer, a former insurance investigator who plays a game of cat-and-mouse with McGarrett and Five-O, using disguises and trickery during his robberies which net him over $200,000. He leaves Monopoly cards where he commits crimes to further taunt his pursuers. (Parker Brothers, the creators of Monopoly, get a credit at the end of the show.) After robbing a jewellry store at the beginning of the episode, he says "I've got two more jobs scheduled. Just two. Then I retire for good."

McGarrett, the Five-O team and even the Governor have a good laugh at Filer's smart-aleckiness, but they draw on a wide variety of resources to crack the case, one they haven't had anything like in years, according to McGarrett. This includes Che Fong's forensics plus computer analysis and even an opinion from psychiatrist Wally Emerson (John Hunt) who says that Filer is likely suffering from some kind of an identity crisis: "He has to label every crime. He behaves like a guy who has been kicked around all his life. Trodden on, shoved aside. And now, he's kicking back."

McGarrett points out patterns in computer printouts which Danno is "going blind" reading: "First hit, almost a year ago. Hundred and fifty, 250, 350, a couple of thousand here. The robberies are in groups of three. Then he lays off for two months. [Then he] sets up the next three. All the places he hit are commercial establishments. All insured."

Five-O determines that Filer was fired from his job at Island Home and Life around the time that he turned 50 and was having to contend with large hospital bills for his wife, who passed away from a heart condition. His company was taken over by a conglomerate named Mid-Pacific Industries (MPI), and he is only striking back at places that are connected to them.

At an extraordinary press conference, ordered by the Governor because MPI have "done a great deal for this island," Perstin Franklin (Les Keiter), one of their executives, tells reporters, "Every firm struck by this thief does business with us. We either insure it, own it outright, or we participate in some way in its profits." Filer himself interrupts this press conference, daring McGarrett in front of the assembled press to book him, which McGarrett has so far been reluctant to do without hard evidence, or he will sue the Five-O chief personally for libel.

Even more unusual than this press conference is the scene which follows in McGarrett's office, where Filer and McGarrett engage in a battle of wits. McGarrett tells Filer: "You wanna force me into court before I have a case. That way you can get an acquittal and live for the rest of your life on what you've stolen, with the blessings of the court. No chance. I'll book you when I have a case." Filer responds by saying, "You know, McGarrett, you're too smart to be a cop." McGarrett comes back with, "And you're too smart to be a thief. That's the one thing I regret about you, Mr. Filer. You are a thief." While they are talking, McGarrett suddenly grabs one of Filer's shoes and scrapes a soil sample from it. Given the lack of a warrant, I doubt if this evidence could be used. McGarrett says, "I'll apologize in court."

The clincher in the case is when McGarrett has a brainstorm remembering a previous similar case. He checks out one of the cars that Filer was using and discovers mileage information in an odometer-like device called a Hubodometer in one of the car's hubcaps which enables him to figure out where Filer is hiding the proceeds of his robberies. That such a gizmo even existed was news to me, and while this is sort of convincing, I seriously doubt that most people would be aware of such a thing.

The location where Filer has buried the money is Paradise Park, which features various varieties of flora and fauna which Che Fong has already identified. Filer is pretending to be someone working for the Water and Power Department, and takes a golf cart-like vehicle quite a ways into the park. McGarrett, who is hot on Filer's trail, can seemingly get to the location inside the park's "jungle" very quickly and surprise Filer when he is digging up the loot.

The episode is relatively light-hearted and, atypically, no one is the victim of violence; Filer treats some of his victims in a very "gentlemanly" way. As well, the show deals with issues of age discrimination which are still around today. The best part of the show is the jaunty music by Morton Stevens, who exceeded himself in writing a theme for Filer featuring a harpsichord which goes through several amusing variations.




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60. (S03E12) “Beautiful Screamer” ★★★½

Original air date: 12/2/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Paul Playdon; Music: George Romanis
Timings: Teaser: 4:25; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 12:29; Act Two: 8:45; Act Three: 13:54; Act Four: 9:20; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:45.


A strangler writes poetry by Byron in lipstick on the legs of two victims he murdered, one of whom is Danno's girl friend.


Walter Gregson (Lloyd Bochner) is a self-made man who owns a construction company. According to his banker Brewster (Richard Gossett), who is pretty blabby without a subpoena when he visits the Five-O offices, Gregson, who is worth about $1.5 million, has overextended himself with loans totalling some $2 million. To cover himself, he has put up collateral in the form of stock from the inheritance of his wife Sally (Laraine Stephens). During a wedding rehearsal for some friends of theirs at the beginning of the show, we see that relations between Gregson and his wife are far from amicable. In fact, they are chilly, and the wife wants a divorce, telling her husband by the time she gets home that day, she wants him to have totally cleared out of their house.

A desperate man, Gregson has formulated a complicated plan to kill his wife and inherit her fortune and thus solve his financial dilemma. Thinking in advance to throw the cops off the track by confusing them, he murders two of his wife's friends, Linda Marsh (Valerie Holmes) and Jane Michaels (Anne Archer). Sally and these two women were part a group of five life-long girl friends, neglected by rich parents. The girls called themselves "The Orphans." Their finishing school teacher, Miss Hawthorne, used to read them a poem by Byron called The Giaour. After murdering the two women, Gregson writes lines from this poem on their legs with lipstick.

This just demonstrates how stupid he is, because this would make it more likely that there was some connection between the two women and his wife, if he managed to knock her off as well -- which he does not. Gregson further demonstrates his stupidity, because he strangles Linda on a tennis court at the Makaha Inn where she is taking lessons, and Jane in the office at this resort where she is involved with a charity auction for the Junior Blind, both locations where he could have been interrupted at any time.

There is a major complication with Five-O during this investigation, because Jane was Danno's girl friend which produces a heart-rending reaction from him when he finds out she is dead. McGarrett wants Danno to take time off, but Danno refuses, saying "I've gotta work on this case." The investigation leads him to Pete King, who works washing dishes in the Makaha Inn, but also is a painter, some of whose works were featured at the auction. Having Danno talk to King, who had received a few hundred dollars cash from Jane to help him out, is a very bad idea, because Danno attacks King violently when he says that he and Jane had a "good relationship" and Danno should not "make it dirty ... Maybe you don't care, but don't smear mud on her." As Chin Ho and Kono leap on to Danno to stop him, everything goes into slow motion.

Back at the office, Danno offers to resign, but McGarrett says no, just to take some vacation time (but Danno again doesn't do this). Shortly after, King comes to Danno's place to apologize, because he didn't realize that Danno and Jane were close. King is instrumental in letting Danno know about the Byron poem and Miss Hawthorne, which moves the case towards resolution, along with Che Fong's finding that the writing on the women's legs resembles that of Gregson, despite the fact that "it's difficult to make identification on this ... because it's lipstick on skin."

At the end of the show, Gregson's wife Sally is taking some blind kids to various places on the island as part of her volunteer work. Meanwhile, Gregson, disguising himself as one of his construction workers, sneaks out of his portable office at a work site and follows her. He knocks out a cop who has been assigned to protect Sally, and he and his wife plus the kids eventually end up at Hanauma Bay.

Danno arrives there soon and finds Gregson has gotten his wife away from the kids and is trying to strangle her like the other two women and throw her off a cliff. For some reason, Sally does not just run away in the opposite direction. A melodramatic fight ensues, with Gregson flying over the edge and hanging on by his fingertips. Danno pulls him back up. The end of the show has McGarrett radioing Danno to make sure he is OK, and as the end credit rolls, the focus is on Danno for a change.

Considering this is the major "Danno has a life" episode of the series, James MacArthur does an exceptionally good acting job. The way they figure out that Gregson was not at the wedding rehearsal at the beginning of the show by the way that times on a clock on the wall do not add up should not be thought about too hard, though.

The score is another stock music mish-mash with themes coming from all over the place, especially the series' first episode, "Full Fathom Five." There are also excerpts from the "memories" theme and the bonging bell sound, among many other cues.


This is a pun on the title of the famous 19th century parlor song Beautiful Dreamer written by Stephen Foster. Both Linda and Jane attempt to scream when they are being strangled. Sally, Gregson's wife, screams very loudly, because he doesn't have his hand over her mouth.



This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "Beautiful Screamer."

McGarrett: "Except the sinning sisters' shame." Plural. Could be a pattern killing.

Danno: As far as the preliminary report shows, it happened very quickly.

Jane Michaels: How can you be so detached?

Danno: Look, I knew Linda, and I liked Linda. It's my job to find out who killed her.

Jane: I'm sorry, darling.

Jack Lord: A psychotic murderer finds his second victim. And a bereaved cop turns avenger.

Pete King: Man, she's dead. Maybe you don't care, but don't smear mud on her.

McGarrett: I don't want your resignation, Danno.

Danno: Steve, I almost killed that kid.

Walter Gregson: Nobody can hear you, darling.

Sally Gregson: Walter, please.

Jack Lord: Next: "Beautiful Screamer." Be here. Aloha.




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61. (S03E13) “The Payoff” ★★★½

Original air date: 12/9/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: John Moxey; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Ken Pettus; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 6:50; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 9:53; Act Two: 13:55; Act Three: 10:08; Act Four: 8:03; End Credits: 0:52; Total Time: 50:40.


After two people involved in a mainland kidnapping for ransom several years ago attempt to frame one of their accomplices, Five-O races to capture the entire gang when two more of them show up to take revenge for being screwed out of the money.


Six years before this episode, a gang of five people kidnapped the son of Washington state's Governor Bannister for ransom (the son died during the kidnapping): Vince Ryan (Albert Salmi), Madge (Madlyn Rhue), Jase Gorman (Warren Vanders), Toomey Walsh (Paul Carr) and Lew Kelso (Richard Brady, Vincent from "The Singapore File"). Jase and Madge, who was Jase's girl friend at the time, wanted to double cross the other gang members, but Jase was played for a patsy by Madge, who ran off with Vince and the money, which totalled $500,000.

Following this, Jase returned to his home state of Hawaii, where he had been jailed for manslaughter in the early 1960s. Given a pardon after three years for saving the life of a prison guard during a hostage situation, Jase had moved to Seattle as soon as he was released.

Before this show begins, Vince and Madge are visiting Hawaii, preferring "a nice warm part of the world" to Seattle which is having "a bad winter." Vince recognizes Jase on the street and decides to frame him to make it look like Jase was the one who double-crossed everyone.

At the beginning of the show, Vince tracks Jase down to his flophouse room. He shoots Jase and leaves a bunch of the ransom money stuffed in Jase's mattress. Although Jase is bleeding from somewhere in several scenes after this and it appears he has lost "a lot of blood" from its appearance on the floor of his room, it is not very convincing when he is shot, since there is little blood on and no damage to Jase's shirt, despite being shot at almost point-blank range.

Vince doesn't stick around to make sure that Jase is dead, which is unfortunate for him, because the wounded Jase manages to make his way to the house of his girlfriend Lila Daniels (Joyce Van Patten). From there, Jase phones Walsh and Kelso, still in Seattle, and lets them know what Vince has done.

The two men waste no time in coming to Hawaii to take care of "some unfinished business." They know where Vince is likely hanging out, since he "always liked to keep in touch" and recently sent them a postcard of the Hawaiian Village Hotel where he and Madge are staying which dissolves into the actual building.

Five-O gets interested in all of this in several ways. The first is because after Jase was shot, he attempted to call Five-O from the pay phone in his building, but abandoned the call after McGarrett answered. Then he tried to call Seattle long distance to talk to Toomey, but abandoned that call as well when his landlord Bemis (Robert Edwards) got too nosy. Finally, the money which Vince stuffed in the mattress contained silver certificates which were part of the ransom money from the kidnapping six years before. I'm quite surprised that neither Vince nor Madge were aware of the status of these certificates which were similar to regular bills in design. They were discontinued in 1964 but redeemable in silver coins or raw silver bullion up to 1968. They are still legal tender today. Danno comes up with a lengthy list of the ransom bills including those from the mattress.

The finale of the show is like a well-oiled machine. Walsh and Kelso arrive at the hotel and register under the names of A. Morgan and M. Hollister. They phone Vince, who is surprised about them being in Hawaii, to have a drink, which motivates Vince and Madge to split as fast as possible. Walsh and Kelso go up to Vince's floor, but a family using the elevator while changing rooms delays things. Madge scoops up all the cash and puts it in a suitcase and leaves her room just as the two men from Seattle show up in the hallway. She shoots at them and goes back into her room. Meanwhile, Five-O has arrived at the hotel, having been tipped off that someone tried to spend silver certificates in the place's gift shop. Five-O arrives on Vince's floor and a gun battle ensues with Vince shot, Walsh and Kelso busted, and Madge discovered whimpering in her room clutching the cash which has spilled out of the suitcase.

There is excellent acting in this show from the relatively large cast, even in the minor roles like Bemis the landlord and Oliver (Alan Naluai), the bartender at the place where Lila works. The script by Ken Pettus is very tight, with not a syllable wasted. The photography is also excellent, especially the color, as well a couple of interesting shots, one when the Five-O team enters Jase's room and the camera is above and the previously-mentioned one with the dissolving postcard.



Jase Gorman: Madge got everything. Every dime.

Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for "The Payoff."

Gorman: Madge.

Vince Ryan: They're gonna find his body, they're gonna discover the money in the room, and they're gonna think that that's all that's left of the Bannister dough.

Madge: I'll drink to that.

Gorman: Toomey, I want you to hit him hard. Hit him real good.

Jack Lord: A dying man's revenge sends Five-0 on a trail of terror and murder.

Danno: Dead?

McGarrett: Yeah.

Danno: Did you get anything out of him?

McGarrett: Not much. But I have a feeling that, unless we move fast, we're going to have a couple more murders on our hands.

Ryan: If Toomey's telling the truth, no sweat. If he's looking for trouble, let's see that he finds it.

McGarrett: Hold it!

Jack Lord: Next, "The Payoff." Be here. Aloha.




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62. (S03E14) “The Double Wall” ★★★½  BOOK HIM, DANNO 

Original air date: 12/16/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Jerry Ludwig & Eric Bercovici; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 4:32; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 10:41; Act Two: 12:58; Act Three: 10:34; Act Four: 10:07; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:44.


When a real estate developer convicted of murdering his partner three years before and sentenced to life in prison hears a dying fellow convict confess to the murder, he takes the prison doctor hostage and demands McGarrett reopen the case and prove his innocence.

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Three years before the show, Harry Kellam (Monte Markham) was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his partner, Tom Chaney. Both men were real estate developers, and their business prospered until financial troubles developed, with Chaney reportedly using company funds to pay off his gambling debts.

Kellam is now in Oahu State Prison where he is working as an orderly in the infirmary. When hitman Frank Ritchie (Morgan Sha'an) is seriously stabbed in an altercation in the prison yard, he is brought there. Before he croaks, Kellam is shocked to hear Ritchie admit that he was the one who killed Chaney. Because there are no witnesses to this confession, Kellam becomes more and more agitated, grabbing a shotgun from Bates, one of the guards (Al Harrington, who appeared in the previous prison episode "The Box" as a convict). He then takes the prison doctor Sam Berman (Sorrell Booke) hostage and tapes the gun to the doctor's neck, requesting to see McGarrett, who he considers "the smartest cop on this rock." McGarrett comes to the prison and meets with Kellam who tells him to reopen the case and exonerate him, or the doctor will die.

With the clock ticking and Kellam in bad shape because he has been awake for almost two days, McGarrett has no time to waste. He goes to visit Kellam's lawyer Craig Wilkie (William Schallert), who has little to offer but mentions Ted Cowan, who witnessed the murder and "looked like Harry's salvation for a while, but at the trial, his testimony was of no value." Wilkie is immediately depicted as a very fishy character, and when McGarrett leaves his office, starts to make some phone calls.

Barney Banyan, a "torpedo" who was an associate of Ritchie, is hauled into the Five-O office, but he just gives McGarrett some mouth, telling him to "get off my back." Danno is investigating what happened to Kellam and Chaney's assets and controlling interests after their company went into receivership, but the trail is mired in a bunch of legalese in different jurisdictions.

Subsequent scenes with Wilkie suggest that he was seriously involved in getting Kellam sent to jail, though we don't find out to what extent for a while. He talks to Bedford (Peter Whitney), who has a connection to Banyan and assures him that Cowan, who apparently knows more than was heard in court, will not say anything because he will be charged with perjury. There are alternating scenes with Kellam and Dr. Berman at the prison where things are becoming more desperate as the sleep-deprived Kellam is on the verge of passing out.

McGarrett goes to see Cowan, who says he "didn't see anything," and the car that drove away from the murder scene "was too far away for me to see much." He recalls finding Chaney's body, saying, "You read about things happening ... Terrible things. But you never think it will happen to you."

McGarrett erupts in a huge speech to Cowan: "Violence is frightening, Mr. Cowan. It frightens all of us even if we deal with it every day. But it's nothing to be ashamed of if you feel fear. There's a man in prison who says he doesn't belong there. That he was framed. If an innocent man is imprisoned, Mr. Cowan, it has something to do with all of us, particularly if we can help. If you know anything about the Chaney case that you haven't told already for whatever reason, now is the time to speak up. I don't have much time. Neither do those two men at the prison. I don't have anything to tell you. Just think about Kellam. If he is innocent, just think what he's been through already. Look, for God's sake, don't be sorry. You can't appease violence and brutality. Either you take a stand against it and fight it, or it'll kill you. Now, think about it. Think about it while there's still time. Four hours have elapsed since convict Harry Kellam took Dr. Sam Berman hostage in the prison hospital. Dr. Samuel T. Berman, a dedicated physician, whose life is now in the hands of a desperate man already convicted of one murder."

At the prison, the stern warden (R.G. Armstrong) says if Kellam tries to make a break for it using the doctor as a shield, the guards have orders to "shoot to kill." Kellam is fading fast, and the doctor is desperate to keep him awake and talking. Eventually Kellam passes out and the doctor, having convinced Kellam to remove the tape holding the gun to his neck, manages to cut the gun completely loose. However, the doctor does not leave Kellam alone in the room, but stays there, obviously believing in Kellam's innocence, a nice touch.

Pieces solving the case to vindicate Kellam are falling into place, with McGarrett going to visit Man Fook-Low (Arthur Hee), a gambler who was connected with Chaney. The two of them have a beating-around-the-bush philosophical discussion which reveals that Chaney made more money than he lost. An accountant named Rycourt (Bill Bigelow wearing a wig) tells McGarrett that the books for the Kellam-Chaney land development company were intentionally cooked to make it look like the business was the victim of "a massive embezzlement," which was totally untrue. And Danno finally tracks down who benefited from the dissolution of the company: "[He u]sed every legal trick in the book. Interlocking corporations, withholding companies, the whole bag. The one who picked up all the marbles when Kellam and Chaney went out of business was Wilkie."

McGarrett's rant to Cowan has finally sunk in, and Cowan phones Wilkie that he wants to set things straight. Wilkie tells Cowan to come to his office, but on the way there, Wilkie is shot dead by Banyan. When McGarrett goes to see Cowan's wife Freda (Joan Van Ark), she tells him that she knows what her husband really saw when Chaney was killed, but her testimony is useless, since it is all hearsay. One thing is certain, Wilkie frightened Cowan into not telling the truth about what happened.

Freda later goes to Wilkie's office and threatens to shoot him with a revolver, but she is overpowered by Banyan and Bedford, who intend to shut her up. Banyan tells Wilkie, "No extra charge. Knocking off Tom Chaney and her husband, that cost you, so this one's free." McGarrett and Danno arrive just in the nick of time. Bedford is wounded and Wilkie shoots the armed Banyan dead, thinking that will earn him brownie points with McGarrett.

Telling Wilkie "no deals," McGarrett tells him "I'll listen to [Freda] and so will the judge and jury," because, as she says, "I just heard it all." The charge against Wilkie is murder one.

Returning to the prison, McGarrett wakes up the sleeping Kellam, telling him "It's all over now … all over."

This is an excellent episode, with Monte Markham's best performance of his four in the series (two of those -- "Here Today … Gone Tonight" and "School for Assassins" – have terrible scripts). Sorrell Booke, pre-Dukes of Hazzard, is also noteworthy. In fact, all of the acting is well above average.

One thing that bothers me is the way that Cowan is killed by Banyan. As he approaches an intersection (see More Trivia section below for more details), there is only one car beside Cowan, a Volkswagen bug. Another car, which looks like a blue Datsun, passes him on his left before this, but if Cowan was shot from someone in this car (and he is fatally shot in his left temple), then it is unlikely he would have stopped behind the white car in front of him, he would have just run into it.The only other explanation is that Banyan is on the other side of the intersection somewhere, perhaps with a silencer. But then how would Banyan have known the exact route that Cowan was taking to Wilkie's office?

However, whatever explanation you come up with for Cowan's death, at least it is not totally implausible.


Bobbi suggests "because Kellam was wrongly convicted, he's behind the physical prison wall and the "double wall' can be considered the frame-up by his sleazy lawyer" or "the double wall can be thought of as the doctor's office and he would have to get through both walls of the prison [not to mention the outside wall] or 'the double wall."



This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for "The Double Wall."

Harry Kellam: I'm in here for something I didn't do, and you're gonna clear me.

McGarrett: And what if I can't?

Kellam: I got nothing to lose, McGarrett. I don't know how long I can hold up, but that's how long you got, you and the doc.

Jack Lord: In a race against the clock, Five-O digs into a three-year-old murder case.

McGarrett: Now, there was a witness, a man by the name of Cowan.

Craig Wilkie: Ted Cowan. His testimony was of no value. You see, Cowan didn't really see anything until it was all over.

Ted Cowan: I'm sorry, Mr. McGarrett, but I...

McGarrett: You can't appease violence and brutality. Either you take a stand against it and fight it, or it'll kill you.

Barney Banyan: All right, everybody freeze.

Jack Lord: Next, "The Double Wall." Be here. Aloha.




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63. (S03E15) “Paniolo” ★★★

Original air date: 12/30/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Ed Adamson; Music: Don B. Ray
Timings: Teaser: 4:19; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 11:38; Act Two: 7:30; Act Three: 8:20; Act Four: 17:06; End Credits: 0:55; Total Time: 50:47.


A old cowboy rancher and his connection to the death of a real estate agent brings Five-O to the island of Maui.


In this slow-paced episode, the title of which is the Hawaiian word for "cowboy," Maui cattleman Frank Kuakua, whose land has been his family's for multiple generations, is up against developers who want to buy his property. His hired hand Hody Lindquist (Royal Dano) dealt with similar encroachments in Texas and Wyoming before he moved to Hawaii.

One persistent developer is Lester Cronin (Bill Bigelow), who purchased an IOU for money that Frank borrowed from local bar owner Harry Pawai (Robert Luck). Cronin threatens Frank, saying with this IOU, which demonstrates Frank's inability to pay off his debts, he can "get a lien and a public auction."

When Lester gets a bit too pushy, Frank says "Don't you 'bruddah' me" and shoves him backwards, causing Lester to strike his head on a tree, killing him. This is totally unrealistic, unless Lester is suffering from some pre-existing condition which the fall might have exacerbated. Nothing like this is mentioned by the Maui coroner Dr. Woodrow (Albert Harris) later.

Ironically, Lester was just indicted by a grand jury on the mainland for fraud and bribery, which requires his extradition. This prompts Five-O to try and track him down on Maui. After his death, Lester was propped up in his rented car which was pushed over a cliff by Frank. Danno, who is scouring the island in a helicopter, manages to locate the wrecked vehicle. An autopsy reveals slivers of wood in Cronin's head wound where he struck his head on the tree and Five-O steps up the investigation.

After disposing of Lester's body, Frank goes to Honolulu to visit his daughter to give himself an alibi. He is estranged from his daughter Dorothy Owens (Marilyn Chris) because she "married a haole" who later deserted her. Frank does bond with his grandson Bud (George "Keoki" Awai), talking of hanging out at ka palekana wahi (the "safe place") on his ranch.

After he returns to Maui, Frank talks to Five-O, telling them that he wasn't present around the time Lester died and Hody also has excuses. When they get back to Honolulu, McGarrett and Danno interview Dorothy, whose alibi story does not match her employment records at the Ilikai Hotel coffee shop where she worked on the day her father was supposedly visiting. Her son, who overheard the conversation with his grandfather when he was there, confirms this.

Knowing that the jig is up, Frank mounts his favorite horse which he has been riding for 17 years and heads off into the back country of Maui. Jack Lord, who played a rodeo rider in his previous series Stoney Burke, gets a chance to ride a horse along with a posse of local men including tracker Charlie Latea (stuntman Beau Van Den Ecker). Danno helps to track with the helicopter and he is finally cornered soon after he puts his trusty horse, who has fallen lame, out of its misery.

McGarrett tries to reason with Frank, but Frank shoots him in the arm, prompting the posse to fire back, killing Frank, despite McGarrett telling the men earlier that he wanted him taken alive.

Overall, this episode is good, having the same theme as season one's "Strangers In Our Own Land," where the people of Hawaii are being exploited in the name of progress. But the presence of Bill Bigelow as the sleazy real estate developer Cronin is not believable, because this actor is far too "nice" a guy.

The final big confrontation, despite the aspect of Frank dying from "suicide by cop" is also hard to take, because McGarrett's pleading speech, not helped by the very haole outfit including a colorful neckerchief that he is wearing, almost comes across as patronizing, when he says stuff like "I'm not speaking to you as a cop. I'm not just looking to take you in. I understand how it is with you. I understand how it is with your people. Now, I know it's your land. I feel ashamed of what's being done here in the name of progress, but we can't turn back the clock." Considering how wired up Frank is, even having hallucinated about hanging out with his grandson the night before, there is probably no easy solution to resolving this case.

Although he does mention Frank's daughter and grandson as "reasons to live," McGarrett doesn't say anything at all about the fact that Cronin's death would likely be classified as an accident, which seems kind of important in the scheme of things, other than "I can promise you a fair trial and a recommendation for leniency."

There are no complaints about Frank Silvera's acting in the role of Kuakua. Silvera was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and spent much of his film career playing "foreigners," including the occasional South Seas role like in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) where he played the obligatory native who just happens to speak English for the convenience of the story. Five-O's "Paniolo" was one of his last acting jobs -- he died on June 11, 1970, over 6 months before the episode aired.


"Paniolo" is the Hawaiian word for "cowboy." According to Karen Rhodes' book, "Since most of the original cowboys on Hawaiian soil were Mexican immigrants who spoke Spanish, the word originated in the Hawaiian pronunciation of "Español."



This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for "Paniolo."

Dorothy Owens: The handwriting is on the wall. How can you turn your back on it?

Frank Kuakua: I'm fighting for my land. I was born there. They're gonna have to kill me to get my land away from me.

Frank: Tell him get in his car and drive out of here, or I'll kill him.

Hody Linquist: You already did.

Jack Lord: Frank Silvera, brilliant as Frank Kuakua, a man trying to hold back time with murder.

McGarrett: Why did you lie, Mrs. Owens?

Dorothy: He's my father.

Hody: They'll hunt you down. What you got with you, two days' food and an old cutting horse? Frank.

Jack Lord: Next, "Paniolo." Be here. Aloha.




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64. (S03E16) “Ten Thousand Diamonds And A Heart” ★★★

Original air date: 1/6/71 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: E. Arthur Kean; Music: Ray
Timings: Teaser: 3:55; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 9:49; Act Two: 11:42; Act Three: 11:57; Act Four: 11:28; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:43.


An electronics genius is sprung from police custody by a wealthy gangster to mastermind a $10 million robbery of the Honolulu Diamond Exchange.


Master criminal Sheldon Orwell (Tim O'Connor), described by McGarrett as an "electronic genius" and "expert on burglar alarms, chemistry, explosives [and] police techniques" is in court as a witness to a prison killing. As he leaves the building, likely returning to jail since he is handcuffed and accompanied by policemen, he is sprung from the cops' protection by three men -- Murray (Ward Bensen), a driver (Beau Van Den Ecker, uncredited) and Sturgis (uncredited actor) -- who throw smoke bombs into the vicinity of the cops' car. As Orwell is hustled away from the confusion, Sturgis is shot dead as several other cops quickly come out of the building holding rifles.

Presumably clued in on why he has been kidnapped during the drive, Orwell is taken to the roof of a parking garage near the J.H. Schnack Building at 922 Maunakea St. where he meets Willard Lennox (Paul Stewart), later described by Chin Ho as a "dinosaur ... who goes back to Capone" who lives "like a baron over on Maui [with] cars, airplanes [and] the big estate." Lennox is not happy that grabbing Orwell didn't go off problem-free, and he shoots both Murray and the driver dead, saying, "I never spent a day in jail myself. Maybe now you know why."

Lennox tells Orwell, "From now on I own you," but Orwell replies, "You don't own me, and I don't own you. We just need each other. Ten million dollars' worth," setting up the adversarial relationship between the two men that is one of the highlights of this episode.

Shortly after this, Orwell and members of a team that Lennox has assembled to steal $10 million worth of jewels from the Honolulu Diamond Exchange meet for a brainstorming session at an apartment that Lennox uses as a "love nest." When Lennox finds out that Orwell has a heart condition, he wonders if the plan is going to work. Orwell tells him, "You're just the banker, I'm the one with the brain." Members of the team include:

In this episode Che Fong works overtime helping Five-O.

A cigar ash that Lennox dropped on Murray's jacket in the opening scene where Murray was killed gives Che problems, and he has to send the ash to Washington, where it is identified as coming a specific brand of cigars -- Kamal from Turkey, which is linked to a store in the Kahala mall where one of the customers is Roxie Newton, who is buying the cigars for her boyfriend, Lennox. This to me is far-fetched, because while it is possible to identify the brand of cigars through trace metals in the soil where the tobacco is grown, I doubt if this kind of forensic technology was available in the early 1970s. (McGarrett comments "Either she's got a boyfriend or women's liberation is working overtime.")

In the dead Murray's cerumen (ear wax), Che finds traces of marble dust. This later connects Murray to Orwell and Lennox, because in the same building where Lennox's girl friend Newton lives (the above-mentioned "love nest," tracked down by Five-O via the cigar connection), there is a sculptor named Zeibach and the dust from his projects is a major annoyance.

In Newton's apartment, Che also finds hair samples which are from Newton, Orwell and Lennox which even identify the sex of the person they came from, which is very far-fetched. This is possible with DNA analysis, but that did not happen until the 1980s.

Another major clue relates to the gun used by Lennox at the beginning of the show to knock off the two men. Ballistics records show that it is a Luger nicknamed "Brunnhilde" used in at least four killings over the last 10 years which has a connection to Lennox (exactly how is not specified).

Meanwhile, Lennox's team manages to construct a plan which will overcome the obstacles the well-fortified diamond exchange puts in their way.

Using an ID card which looks totally phony, Potter gains access to the electrical room on the same floor as the exchange. He taps into the closed circuit TV camera and, using a small VCR, records stock footage of activity in the exchange room. Later this will be played back for the benefit of the guard in the building's lobby to make him think that nothing unusual is happening upstairs.

Because there is only one elevator which goes directly to the exchange, and any attempt to rob the place will cause it to be locked up, Putney and Potter have to rappel down one of the other two elevator shafts, a drop of about 200 feet, which gives the overweight Putney something to get concerned about. He is told to get "out on the Pali" and get some practice.

Five-O accumulates a lot of clues as to what might happen with the big caper, but they don't know exactly which of several possible locations will be the one that Lennox and Orwell hit. Finally, the big day comes, and everything goes off like clockwork as far as the robber is concerned ... almost too well.

Using some thylacine stearate (a bogus drug) which he obtained at a medical supply house which is supposed to produce conditions similar to having a heart attack, Orwell causes a major distraction in one of the other two elevators in the exchange building. Harding and Meade quickly show up with their ambulance to help him, and all of them, including Lennox, who is pretending to be Orwell's "friend," go into the elevator and the doors are closed. Having robbed the place upstairs, Potter and Putney rappel down into the car, and put on ambulance attendant uniforms. When everything is ready, the elevator doors are opened, and the supposedly near-death Orwell is driven away.

Only problem is, Orwell, who has a history of heart issues which required him to use nitroglycerin, seems to be really having a heart attack as the ambulance goes to a pre-arranged location where the team will switch cars and head to a plane waiting to take them to the mainland and then Brazil. But Orwell is just pretending, and switches the bag containing the diamonds from the robbery with another containing what look like a bunch of plastic beads.

The team abandons the ambulance and gets in the other car, supposedly leaving Orwell to die, and they are nabbed by McGarrett thanks to help from an HPD helicopter who has been following them. Their car has two tires shot out; Lennox and the others are in a daze when they are arrested.

Orwell thinks he has the last laugh, getting to a boat in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor from which he intends to sail away to a nice retirement. (Earlier on, Orwell was identified as someone who crossed the Atlantic alone in a 21-foot boat "just to prove a point.") Unknown to him, Five-O is aware of this "option" and Danno, who is at the marina, alerts McGarrett who soon shows up to the dismay of the incredulous Orwell.

This show has a very tight script which requires attention. The first time I re-watched it in 2019, I found quite a few things which were odd, but a subsequent viewing answered a lot of questions about things which I had misinterpreted or overlooked.

For example, the scale model of the exchange and the building lobby looks like it is one piece, but it is actually two pieces, one for each location, which are placed together.

The cigar ash is found on what looks like a piece of plaid cloth, and Murray's jacket is more of a solid color. But in a closeup, you can see the plaid design.

However, there are still some things that left me scratching my head:

Aside from this, though, the show is enjoyable for the way the case is solved by Five-O and Che Fong and the conflict between Orwell and Lennox, especially Orwell, who knows he is the best at what he does. Stewart, a veteran character actor whose career began in the 40's with films like Citizen Kane, gives a great performance as the irascible Lennox.


Ten thousand diamonds = the booty from the robbery; a heart = Orwell's "thumper."



This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for "Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart. " A mastermind thief in league with a cold-blooded killer.

McGarrett: Sheldon Orwell. Expert on burglar alarms, chemistry, explosives, police techniques. And now he's out there somewhere planning a big one. Object: The most daring caper ever staged. The prize: 10 million dollars in jewels.

Harding: You really think there's a way in?

Sheldon Orwell: There's always a way in. Getting out again is the problem.

McGarrett: Here's a list of the 18 most likely targets. Start calling them now. They're to call us back every ten minutes.

Edmund Putney: All right, drop those guns.

Jack Lord: Next, "Ten thousand Diamonds and a Heart." Be here. Aloha.




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65. (S03E17) “To Kill Or Be Killed” ★★★★

Original air date: 1/13/71 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Anthony Lawrence; Music: Don B. Ray
Timings: Teaser: 1:40; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 15:51; Act Two: 8:51; Act Three: 8:05; Act Four: 14:26; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:45.


Five-O meets resistance from Army intelligence after a Vietnam combat hero is found dead under mysterious circumstances.


A very short yet effective teaser kicks off this episode, which ranks with the best of them for its fourth act, one of the most emotionally intense and gruelling of the entire series.

Five-O investigates the suspicious death of Vietnam war hero Lieutenant Jack Rigney (Peter Jason), who fell six stories from his apartment balcony. His father is an old-school soldier, Brigadier General Earl Rigney (John Anderson), whose other son Michael (Michael Anderson, Jr.) is thinking of skipping the country to avoid the draft.

Michael, who is supposed to report for military service the following Monday, visits the offices of the Hawaii Committee to Aid Draft Resistance, where Al "Doc" Eben is Max Heller, a counsellor. Heller peppers Michael with questions the draft board might ask him, but Michael says "I'll never get past the shanghai brigade. It's Canada or jail." ("Shanghai" refers to the way that men were gathered to sail ships in the 19th century, even if that meant resorting to kidnapping by physical force or with the help of liquor or drugs.)

Posters like "War is not healthy for children and other living things," "What we are saying is give peace a chance in 1970," "Fight for peace," "Thou shalt not kill," and "What if they gave a war and nobody came" are seen.

When Michael visits an underground newspaper and tells one of the hippie-like workers there he is going to flee to Canada, he is cautioned: "Don't get the idea that Trudeau-turf is a pacifist's Eden." (Pierre Trudeau, the father of Justin Trudeau, was the prime minister of Canada in the early 1970s.)

To help solve the case, the clean-cut Danno goes underground as a potential deserter, not very convincingly. When McGarrett grills Danno about his beliefs, Danno replies, "Like I'm splitting for Canada ... you know, Trudeau-turf, where it's cold and it snows eight months of the year ... and if I never feel the heat again, or hear the buzzing of flies, smell the stench of rotting bodies, it'll be too soon -- dig?" McGarrett says, "Danno, you should pass easily."

Anne James (Brooks Almy), the sister of one deserter who's already in Canada, supposedly an old friend of Danno, tells him, "Don't tell me you're gonna be inducted ... you look too old to be a draftee." But Danno is not supposed to be a new recruit; instead, he is someone who has already been to Vietnam and now wants out.

His back story says he graduated from the University of Hawaii in June of the previous year and enlisted in the army in April of the current year. Now he is on R&R in Hawaii with six days left, then he has to return to combat. He is currently AWOL. This would probably make him about 23 or 24 years old, whereas James MacArthur was around 33 at the time the show was broadcast.

In the scene with Ann, MacArthur seems to be forgetting his lines: "Yeah, but, uh, [pause] Canada's [a very long pause] opening up to all kinds of protestors." At least he doesn't mention Trudeau again (twice is more than enough).

Danno ends up at a hideout outside of town with several draft-dodging hippie types. His cover is almost blown when one of them named Kit (Paul Mickelsen, uncredited) recognizes him as having visited the resisters' office as a cop where he talked to Heller earlier. In fact, Kit scowled at Danno when he was there. In e-mail to me many years ago, Mickelsen said his fondest memory of the show was "the famous line (at least to my kids) of 'He's fuzz man, fuzz!'," which he says to Matthews, their leader, just as the hideaway is suddenly raided by the cops and military types. As they are escaping, Danno grabs the arm of Matthews in a cop-like move as they run outside the place, then lets go.

Matthews was played by Honolulu journalist Dave Donnelly, sporting a beard and sunglasses and spouting New Age dialogue like "Sure you kids don't want some soup? It's really groovy. Meat, bananas and a little Asiatic ginseng. Guaranteed to blow your stomach ... Did you ever wonder why bananas grow here and not in Alaska? It's because they contain one part sodium to every 850 parts potassium." He contacted me in the late nineties, saying, "The scene was filmed in a shack in Kalama Valley which today is a thriving community, Hawaii Kai, complete with golf course."

Chin Ho has a good line in McGarrett's office earlier as the facts of the case become more and more prevalent: "How do you like them pineapples?" There is some interesting trivia behind this comment, according to Mickelsen: "The 'nice pineapples' line was a result of an extra who was one of the hippies at the house. She was braless, wearing a see through blouse and had a body that demanded attention. The cast and crew were very entertained by her running from the house, so much so that about 15 takes ensued, most with no film in the camera." (This scene does not seem to have made it into the final print.)

As he tries to find out whether Jack Rigney was killed (Michael, who took his brother's gun, is suspected) or he killed himself, McGarrett finds himself stonewalled by the military, who tell him, "Cool your investigation." His response: "I'm not about to be pressured into cooling any or all of my investigation in this case. I work for the State of Hawaii, not the federal government."

Glenn Cannon plays Colonel Franklin, who throws obstacles in McGarrett's path. Finally, General Rigney gets on the phone (202-545-6700) to Jonathan Kay [sic in the credits] (not identified by name in the show, but played by Robert Dixon) in Washington to complain about the "electronic eavesdropping" in his son's apartment "like he was some Commie spy."

The final scene, where the surveillance tape made of Jack's final moments with Michael first telling his brother to get help and Jack leaping from the balcony after Michael leaves is finally played while his mother, father, brother, Colonel Franklin, and Michael's girl friend Gail Howard (Joy Bang) along with McGarrett and Danno listen, is outstanding -- this should get five stars out of four!

Jack's death is revealed to be suicide, a reaction to his having participated in a My Lai-like massacre under orders: "We didn't care what we killed ... peasants ... gooks ... anything. We only cared about our body count, about our high-kill ratio." When the General tries to reconcile with his remaining son, Michael says "It's not over, I've made my decision. I'll have to go to jail." The father says, "Then I've got two dead sons."

The score by music supervisor Don B. Ray introduces us to the "military theme," which will make repeat appearances in future episodes. There are also variations on the "memories" theme.

Michael Anderson, in an interview posted elsewhere on the site, said of this episode, "That never aired when it was supposed to. Jack told me later that the network had decided it was -- I don’t know, I was never given the whole, exact story -- but it was very sensitive. The military didn’t like the idea that we would do a movie on draft dodging in the first place. Or that -- I think somebody felt it was sensitive. I think somebody leaned on somebody at CBS. I don’t know, but that’s what I think … I think that somebody felt they had gone too far. I know that first episode [I did] never aired until later. Many years later, in fact. The reason I know this is that I never got a residual for it! … [It] was ‘69 I did it ... I think Jack liked the idea that they were doing something cutting-edge, taking on difficult issues, and stuff. 

(Note, this does not jibe with the production date for this show being in the third season. "To Kill Or Be Killed" was twelfth in production order for the season, but it was eventually broadcast as the 17th show.)


When he is talking to Danno, Max Heller, the counsellor with the draft resisters, says "It isn't easy for a 20-year-old to decide between going to jail, leaving his country, to kill or to be killed."



This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "To Kill or Be Killed."

McGarrett: Apparently your son fell, or was pushed, from the window of his apartment.

Brigadier General Earl Rigney: It just doesn't make sense. Two years. Dak To, Ben Cat, a hundred hot spots. He lived through them, to come home to this...

Michael Rigney: We can't leave on a regular airline.

Matthews: Fuzz after you already?

Michael: They're not after me for draft evasion.

General Rigney: Franklin, I'm not ordering you as a superior officer, I'm begging you as the father of two sons. Please let me hear that tape.

Matthews: The fuzz. Let's split.

Jack Lord: Next: "Kill or Be Killed." Right here. Aloha.




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66 & 67. (S03E18 & S03E19) “F.O.B. Honolulu” ★★½

Original air date: 1/27/71 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Jerry Ludwig & Eric Bercovici; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 4:48; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 7:28; Act Two: 13:16; Act Three: 8:04; Act Four: 15:14; End Credits: 0:55; Total Time: 50:44.

Original air date: 2/3/71-- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael O'Herlihy; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Eric Bercovici & Jerry Ludwig; Music: Don B. Ray
Timings: Teaser: 5:32; Main Titles: 0:59; Act One: 12:15; Act Two: 11:18; Act Three: 11:29; Act Four: 7:47; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:14.


Counterfeit plates for U.S. twenty-dollar bills which will create havoc in the world of finance are sought by various international agents as Five-O must deal with murder, treason and double cross, some of which involves a former friend of McGarrett.


"Economic warfare" is the theme of this two-parter.

The Chinese, emulating the Nazis during World War II who duplicated English currency to the extent that it would have thoroughly disrupted the worldwide financial system (it did not, since their plot failed), have produced a set of $20 dollar plates which are so perfect that even David Carter of the US Treasury Department (Howard Gottschalk) says they match the "minute difference between the vertical lines and the horizontal lines" behind Andrew Jackson's portrait, "72 eighty-eight hundreths of an inch, compared to 70 eighty-eight hundreths of an inch for the horizontal lines."

These plates were stolen in Nanking and have left a disturbing trail of death across Asia. Commander Ron Nicholson from US Army intelligence (John McMartin), an old pal of McGarrett, has been assigned to track these plates down. Jonathan Kaye (Joseph Sirola) has arrived from Washington to announce the US government will pay a $1 million ransom for the plates. He says "The future of the free world depends on what we do here in Hawaii within the next 24 hours.

Of course, other countries are also interested in the plates. The intrigue begins in Honolulu when Corporal Robert L. Kurtz (Tim Tindall) is found murdered by two Asian assassins in the Ilikai elevator. Kurtz appears to be returning from Saigon on R&R, but there is no such record of anyone by this name in Army records. Kurtz is actually Leo Price, wanted by Interpol for murder. A Buddha that "Kurtz" was bringing home contained what seemed to be the plates, but it turns out they are blank. When his killers take these plates to Wo Fat, who is holed up in some installation on top of a mountain nearby, he is furious. (One wonders why Wo's hangout is so secret; it's not that far from downtown Honolulu!).

In addition to Wo Fat, obviously representing China in the bidding war for the plates to get them back, the other major player is the Russian Mikhail Ivanovich Toptygin (Roger Carmel), known as Misha. There is also Nicole Fleming (Sabrina Scharf), described by Nicholson as "Born in Manchukuo, mother, Russian, father, British businessman, supposedly. Too many aliases to trace. Speaks five languages with absolute fluency. Interpol has a file linking her to everything from espionage to blackmail. Make no mistake, she's as deadly as she is female."

Fleming shows up to claim the "personal effects" of her "brother" Kurtz/Price, who she was working with, wearing a mourning black cap and veils, but McGarrett almost immediately addresses her by her real name. She says she has nothing to hide and gives him the key to her room at the Kahala (suite 84). Five-O searches through the place but they indeed find nothing.

Fleming's other partner with Price is the "little ferret of a man," Anthony Cameron Madrid (Monty Landis) who is also nearby. Wo Fat, who contracted the three of them to deliver the plates, is not happy, despite Madrid's claim that "Price double-crossed me in Penang." Madrid is just an pouty irritation throughout the show, and it's unfortunate that Wo doesn't knock him off during their first encounter, despite Madrid claiming that "We know they're [the plates] due to arrive here."

Fleming spends much of her time in the show sitting around the pool at her hotel while being surveilled by Kono and Beau Van Den Ecker. Considering she is wearing a bikini, it is easy to forgive some of the plot stupidities which ensue. Madrid tries to suck up to her after his rejection by Wo, but she tells him if Wo doesn't need him any more, then neither does she.

Five-O is kind of short on coming up with clues until Lieutenant Hinano from Army intelligence tells them he's "picked up some signals that don't fit into the FCC ham-operator's schedule" that just happen to be emanating from Wo Fat's hideout. This gives McGarrett and Danno an excuse to fly over the place and drill the henchman there (Wo having fled the scene) with machine gun fire.

One of these stooges attempts to burn incriminating evidence before he is killed, but Danno manages to recover a tiny piece of reel-to-reel tape from a garbage can which was set on fire. Despite being recorded at a speed which makes it sound like The Chipmunks, Five-O manages to decipher this at TV station KGMB where they have had similar technical help before. All that is on this tape, which is only a few seconds long, is some Chinese dialog which is the letters "ZIL MA," translated by Chin Ho.

This is where the show gets kind of stupid, because using this tiny fragment of dialog, taken from a tape which is either 1200 or 1800 feet long, Five-O can begin to crack the case, figuring out that the plates are arriving on a ship the BRAZIL MARU. When they go to investigate, they find the plates were obtained from a crew member, "Zagor, the third engineer," who was murdered by McGarrett's pal Nicholson! DUH! This bit of detective work hearkens back to the pilot, where the name of another ship, the S.S. ARCTURUS, was determined by examining scraps of paper taken from a burned notebook.

It turns out that Nicholson is in cahoots with Fleming. He contacts Jonathan Kaye and says he wants $2 million for the plates plus amnesty. Of course, this just ups the amount the Russians and Wo Fat are willing to pay, to $2.5 million and $3 million respectively. Fleming meets Nicholson on some deserted beach where he has parked a rented camping car, and between smooches talks about how she wants "to be somebody" and the two of them will run away together. When she mentions the amounts the Russians and Wo have offered to pay, presumably with her as a broker, Nicholson gets a bit nervous. Moments later, she shoots him dead, with four shots to the abdomen.

Nicholson had only one of the two plates on him, but he told her the other one is "safe and sound just the way we set it up." At Fleming's hotel room, Toptygin finds an impression in a notepad which looks like a map, which he later turns over to Five-O, after McGarrett meets with him saying "You can't win, but you don't have to lose," considering Wo is going to get the plates and because earlier he was rebuffed by Wo when offering to team up with him. McGarrett can compare this map to the transparent one in his office, and using mileage statistics from Nicholson's camping car and the fact that his shoes contained tar from a road which was being repaired, they narrow down the location of the other plate to the Byodo-In Temple.

Fleming meets with Wo, but only gives him one of the plates and instructions on where to find the second one. He doesn't trust her, and insists that she accompany him to the temple where there doesn't seem to be anyone around, and we hear the familiar "bonging bell" sound. When they get there, they find the weaselly Madrid, who has been rebuffed by both of them. In a confrontation accompanied by music from the end of "A Thousand Pardons," Wo gets shot, but when Five-O shows up seconds later, he is nowhere to be seen. There is a considerable amount of blood lost from Wo, and Fleming is busted.

The plates are returned to Kaye, who doesn't even tell McGarrett "thank you"!


According to one WWW page, F.O.B. stands for “free on board” or “freight on board” and is a designation that is used to indicate when liability and ownership of goods is transferred from a seller to a buyer. "Free on board" indicates whether the seller or the buyer is liable for goods that are damaged or destroyed during shipping. When used with an identified physical location, the designation determines which party has responsibility for the payment of the freight charges and at what point title for the shipment passes from the seller to the buyer. In international shipping, for example, “FOB [name of originating port]” means that the seller (consignor) is responsible for transportation of the goods to the port of shipment and the cost of loading. The buyer (consignee) pays the costs of ocean freight, insurance, unloading, and transportation from the arrival port to the final destination. The seller passes the risk to the buyer when the goods are loaded at the originating port.





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68. (S03E20) “The Gunrunner” ★★½

Original air date: 2/10/71-- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Tony Leader; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: James D. Buchanan & Ronald Austin; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 3:57; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 12:06; Act Two: 8:43; Act Three: 9:01; Act Four: 15:02; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:41.


After a munitions dealer makes a deal with revolutionaries to kidnap his wife so the government the separatists are fighting against will compensate him for her death, his plot backfires.


This show is sort of OK, but if you think hard about it, there are quite a few questions. I think the creators of this show started to write themselves into a corner at more than one point, or maybe the script was just too long for an hour, and stuff started getting left on the floor.

Claire Cunningham (Marian McCargo), the wife of arms dealer Ben (Paul Burke) is kidnapped by separatist revolutionaries from the island of Arasunda. Cunningham had negotiated a shipment of arms and munitions to the Republic of Malanesia, the country from which Arasunda is trying to separate. The kidnappers want this shipment diverted from its intended destination to them.

Cunningham is having major money problems, primarily because of a recent Central American deal where the transaction went sideways and everything was confiscated, so anything interfering with his business, aside from damaging his reputation, could push him over the edge financially, according to his friend Hank Merrill (George Murdock).

After the abduction of Claire, one of the kidnappers is found dead on the lawn outside Cunningham's place, seemingly killed by a bullet from Cunningham's rifle. He was twenty-five-year-old Kemal Rojani, who arrived in Hawaii three weeks ago from Arasunda.

McGarrett goes to see Sangree, the obsequious Malanesian Consul in Honolulu (Arthur Batanides), who says that Lieutenant Emir Kanjil (Daws Dawson), an agent of the Arasunda Separatist Party who has also come to Honolulu, is the leader of a group trying to secure arms for an illegal uprising. Rojani was a member of Kanjil's group.

The kidnappers' van is located in the middle of nowhere after it broke down with transmission problems, and traces of blood inside are noted. The van belongs to a man named Bajano, a resident alien in the export/import business who originally was from Arasunda, but has been in Hawaii for 10 years. Bajano is played by Philip Pine, who had experience in S02E14, "Which Way Did They Go," playing another "Asian" (as in this episode, not particularly well).

McGarrett goes to see Bajano, who says his "cousin," who was Rojani, the dead man on the lawn, used the van, after threatening him at gunpoint, as well as his family back in Arasunda, who "would be considered the family of a traitor." Bajano tells McGarrett, "I'm not political, Mr. McGarrett. I'm a businessman."

The kidnappers phone Cunningham at home. Their conversation is recorded on a wiretap which McGarrett has set up. They want the shipment to leave as expected the next day, but when it gets to Hong Kong, it will be redirected to the revolutionaries in Arasunda. Cunningham tells them, "I can't do that. The weapons are sold. I have a contract [with the Malanesians]." The kidnappers reply, "You have a contract, with a corrupt government of traitors and exploiters. You will arrange to deliver the shipment as instructed. That is the only way you will see your wife again."

Cunningham goes to see McGarrett, who insists that the guns not be redirected to the revolutionaries. McGarrett wants more time, and Cunningham gets another 36 hours from the consul, whose country needs the armaments desperately. When he goes to the consulate, Cunningham tells the people there about the threat against his wife. They offer him $500,000 more if the guns will leave Honolulu that day: "You will receive payment the moment the airplane leaves Honolulu airport."

There is a mole in the consulate who, as soon as Cunningham leaves, calls Kanjil and blabs about this deal which has just been made. Five-O has figured out where the guns are being stored -- at Pier 39. The separatists quickly go to the pier and attempt to stop the guns from leaving to the airport, but there are only three of them and despite knocking off the people driving one of the trucks, there are a lot of well-armed men working in the warehouse there, as well as Cunningham, who is also armed. All three separatists, including Kanjil, are killed. McGarrett, who shows up at the pier with other members of the Five-O team, tries to get information about where Claire Cunningham is being held before Kanjil kicks the bucket, but learns nothing.

McGarrett pays a visit to the HPD forensics lab, where Doc (Robert Costa) has some interesting news: the blood in the van, suspected of being that of Claire, was AB negative, whereas her blood type is actually O. AB negative matches the blood type of Bajano's cousin, who was killed on the lawn. McGarrett speculates, "He was found on the lawn. He never got back to the van. So the bleeding had to take place on the way to the kidnapping." When Doc says, "Why would they take a wounded man on an operation like that? It's crazy," McGarrett replies, "They didn't. They didn't take a wounded man. They took a dead man." WHAT?!? #1.

McGarrett goes to talk to Merrill, who says he never actually saw Cunningham shoot the cousin. Merrill also identifies Bajano as the middleman between Cunningham and the separatists "when they first tried to make a deal for the guns." In other words, Kanjil tried to get the guns through Bajano, which failed because the asking price was too high. Finally, Danno finds out that everything Bajano told them about the cousin was a lie; Bajano also has no living relatives on Arasunda and was once indicted for smuggling.

McGarrett then has a huge brainstorm to Danno: "I think Bajano has Mrs. Cunningham. And I think he took her with the help and connivance of her own husband. Cunningham had his own wife kidnapped? That's the way I see it. I think he set us up from the very outset. Even the phone calls. He knew that we'd tap the line if he didn't cooperate. He had Hank there to support his story. But the dead man was killed by Cunningham's gun. Hours before the kidnapping. And that's what ties Bajano and Cunningham together. Well, you can forget self-defense. That's conspiracy and murder one. Right. And we're gonna get Mr. Cunningham on exactly those charges after we find his wife." WHAT?!? #2.

Of course, all the above is true!

Cunningham phones Bajano at his hideout and says to let his wife go: "All you have to do is let her think she escaped. Once she gets home safe, my lawyer said he's sure he can get the guns released [McGarrett had the guns confiscated after the shootout as evidence], but it's gotta be done now."

Bajano says, "When you have paid the agreed $50,000, then we will let your wife go." (Huh? When was this amount "agreed" on? WHAT?!? #3.)

When Cunningham says, "I don't get a penny until the guns are shipped," Bajano replies, "I suggest you ask the Malanesian consulate to advance you the money.Tell them $50,000 now and you can ship them the arms. They are reasonable gentlemen. Also, they need the guns very badly."

While all this is going on, Claire tries to escape, but when Bajano and his two stooges investigate and catch her in the act, she sees their faces, so they realize they will have to kill her.

Cunningham goes to the consulate and gets the $50,000. McGarrett goes to the consulate and has harsh words with the consul, who wants to keep his mouth shut about what is happening. McGarrett threatens to make a huge stink about all this in "the international press." The consul tells McGarrett that the $50,000 they just gave Cunningham was "an advance." (Does this mean he would get the other $450,000 to compensate him for his wife as well?)

When Cunningham gets to the hideout, Bajano says he told the wife (who he intends to kill anyway) that he is her husband's employee. Cunningham tells her, "I had to do it this way to make an extra half a million dollars." What a sleazebag! But Bajano is equally sleazy, having murdered the man described as his cousin seemingly just for the sake of getting the $50,000 -- which is to be used for what purpose? Who was this guy? A martyr for the cause?

After Cunningham and Bajano squabble over the money, Cunningham is shot dead by one of the stooges. Five-O shows up, there is a gun battle. Bajano and this stooge are shot dead; the other stooge is captured by Chin and Kono.

It is possible that this show was inspired by real events.

According to Wikipedia: On July 4, 1957, U.S. rifle manufacturer Fairchild ArmaLite sold a five-year manufacturing license for the AR-10 to the Dutch arms manufacturer, Artillerie Inrichtingen (A.I.). With its large factory and production facilities, A.I. could produce the ArmaLite rifle in the large quantities that Fairchild expected would be forthcoming. (The guns in the show are identified as AR-10s, and they come from Holland.)

In 1957 Samuel Cummings, "a famous international arms dealer," secured a order of 7,500 AR-10 rifles from Nicaragua, with an initial delivery of 1,000 rifles to be delivered before January 1958. The order was contingent on a successful completion of a 7,500-round endurance test.

With the AR-10 in short supply, Cummings left his personal demonstrator rifle with Nicaragua's chief military commander, General Anastasio Somoza, who would personally conduct the endurance test trial. While General Somoza was firing this rifle for the trial, the bolt lug over the ejector sheared off and flew past Somoza's head. The general angrily returned Cumming's AR-10 and canceled the entire Nicaraguan order. The remaining rifles were inspected and refitted as necessary with new parts to prevent reoccurrence of the bolt lug failure, but the Nicaraguan order was lost for good.

In the show, according to Merrill, Cunningham (note the similarity of the name to "Cummings") "made a deal in Central America six months ago. It went sour. Everything was confiscated. It nearly wiped him out." As well, Cunningham is dealing with a Dutch arms manufacturer; Hank is talking to a guy at the company named VanDroot.



This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "The Gunrunner."

McGarrett: Who you dealing with?

Ben Cunningham: I can't tell you that.

McGarrett: Mr. Cunningham, do you want your wife back alive or not?

McGarrett: There's a cache of arms someplace on these islands, and I wanna know where they are before Cunningham panics and starts bargaining with those people.

Jack Lord: A daring band of foreign raiders challenges Five-O. The prize they seek: A shipment of weapons. The hostage: A kidnapped wife.

Claire Cunningham: Ben?

Ben: Claire, are you all right?

Claire: Help me, please.

Jack Lord: Next: "The Gunrunner." Be here. Aloha.




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69. (S03E21) “Dear Enemy”  DANNO, BOOK HIM 

Original air date: 2/17/71-- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Murray Golden; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Jackson Gillis; Music: Richard Shores
Timings: Teaser: 3:08; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 12:55; Act Two: 11:42; Act Three: 7:36; Act Four: 13:30; End Credits: 0:54; Total Time: 50:43.


A woman fakes evidence to link two murders in an attempt to trick McGarrett into reinvestigating the homicide charge for which her husband was convicted.


This is more of a plot anal-ysis, which hopefully will help others to understand this talky and confusing story. Aside from the usual quality production values and excellent photography, about the only thing worth watching is guest star Vera Miles, but even her presence isn't enough to raise the rating from one star.

Ray Tobias (the very irritating Dub Taylor) returns from Australia, where he has been living for a year after leaving Hawaii. Described as "unreliable and opportunistic," he was formerly the manager of an apartment house where Betty Anders, the mistress of Fred Whiting (John Lipton), an aspiring politician, was murdered. Tobias makes a phone call, which we later discover was to lawyer Henry Lockman (Gary Collins).

After Tobias spends some time in the Pantheon Bar where the bartender is Lippy Espinda and Tobias runs up a hefty tab, he goes to the docks to meet someone (presumably Lockman), but he trips on a broken step, is knocked unconscious in the fall, and then murdered by drowning. McGarrett of course is suspicious, but Che Fong says there is nothing fishy about Tobias' end.

McGarrett meets with state senator Amos Bolin (William O'Donnell), a friend of Whiting's, after the newspapers run muckracking stories trying to connect the murdered Tobias with the sensational trial after Anders' murder, which resulted in Whiting being convicted. Bolin says that there is no connection at all, because Tobias was an "inconsequential witness." While Tobias -- who was on the witness stand for only a few minutes -- saw Whiting and Anders going into her apartment on occasion, he was not present when the murder took place.

Lockman, Whiting's tax counsellor, political advisor and business partner, co-owned Anders' apartment building with Whiting, and is now backing Bolin in the upcoming senatorial elections.

McGarrett gets a call from Lockman to meet with Whiting's wife Flora (Vera Miles) who everyone thought was in a hospital on the mainland after having a nervous breakdown. She has returned to Hawaii ostensibly to meet with Tobias, having received a letter from him saying that he had information about other people seen with Anders which could clear her husband. However, when McGarrett asks to see the letter, she says it was lost in the hospital on the mainland.

Flora says when she returned to Hawaii a few days before, she went to the beach house where she and her husband formerly lived and went into her husband's room where she found a broken cuff link under a piece of furniture, which she gives to McGarrett. It turns out that a cuff link which was found under Anders' murdered body and traced back to her husband was a vital piece of evidence which helped to convict him. According to McGarrett, that cuff link is in "the attorney general's files."

There was another cuff link which the police subpoenaed from Flora to compare to the one under the body ... which was returned to her and is now in her safety deposit box. When McGarrett asks to have this cuff link, Flora says that she will go to the bank with Lockman to get it.

McGarrett meets with Whiting, who is in Oahu State Prison. Whiting says he left his job at the university to run for the state legislature. He says he met Betty when she walked into his office "by mistake." Whiting says that when he got home to the beach house on the night when Betty was murdered (he and Betty had a fight prior to this, but he swears he did not kill her), he noticed that one of his cuff links was missing. Whiting says Betty threatened to expose their relationship, but he was primarily concerned with confessing everything to his wife.

After this, Flora meets with McGarrett in his office, and she has suddenly got one page of Tobias' missing letter, but not another which gives more details about why Tobias wanted to meet her in Hawaii. When questioned about the second page, Flora can't remember what was on it, then says that it was of such a sensitive nature that Tobias had to come to Hawaii to talk to her about it.

While she is talking with McGarrett, Danno comes in with the other part of the broken cuff link that the cops have just found after a search in Whiting's beach house room (strange that no one found it a year before!). Flora tells McGarrett "You thought the broken link was the one I had in the safety deposit box."

Five-O later tracks down an associate of a jeweller who made the original cufflinks named Bill Makoto (Ah Vah), and in a surprise confrontation with him in McGarrett's office, Flora admits that she had the duplicate (broken) cuff link made up and planted the evidence to try and spring her husband from jail. McGarrett is very annoyed, saying that Flora will likely be charged with manufacturing evidence, among other things. He sends Flora back to her hotel room to be put under a doctor's care.

Following this, Lockman is in the outer Five-O office and overhears Danno saying in a really obvious way that Five-O is closing in on the person who broke into the flophouse room where Tobias was staying and ransacked the place earlier (it was Lockman). Lockman actually lifts up the phone to hear Danno talking to Kono!

At Flora's hotel room, Lockman drugs her drink. He tells her that he broke into Tobias' room because he wanted "her story to look better." He also admits that he set up her husband with Betty and walked in on Betty after she had the fight with Flora's husband. When Betty said that she was going to expose Lockman, he had to kill her. Lockman is just about to dump Flora's near-comatose body over the hotel room's balcony when McGarrett and Danno burst in.

I swore I would not watch this episode again, having just rearranged the original review which was one long paragraph into a bunch of shorter paragraphs.

But, of course, I could not resist watching and soon grabbed my clipboard I use to take notes.

While the show started out OK, it didn't take long for things to get complicated.

Tobias is supposed to meet someone at Pier 5A after his evening of heavy drinking. Rather than just stay on the dock by this warehouse, he goes down these steps, one of which is rotten, and he trips and falls on the floating dock. Someone unseen hits him on the back of his head and then holds him underwater, drowning him. First, I'm surprised that Che Fong never saw a bruise on the back of Tobias' head, and secondly, how does Che know that Tobias' blood type, found on the dock, is type AB? It would take at least 20 or 30 minutes to identify this in a lab, aside from the time it took to transport the sample to the lab. Whether Tobias would fall down in such a way that only his head was under water (you can see the typical crime lab outline of his body on the dock) is debatable, because probably the lower half of his body would have to be on the dock, if he completely didn't slip into the water.

Later, Danno manages to figure out that a phone call that Tobias made from a pay phone at the dock after he got off the boat from Australia was made to Lockman's office. This is very suspect -- did the phone company at the time have the ability to track calls in such a precise manner? Perhaps they are just bluffing when they confront Lockman with this fact later, because Lockman doesn't dispute it.

Lockman manages to figure out where the flophouse Tobias was staying in is located. How did he do this? Did Tobias tell him where it was during their phone conversation? Tobias isn't even using his real name to stay at the place. He is "Stanley Jefferson." When Lockman goes and tosses the place, he knocks out the woman caretaker. But after Five-O gets a call from her and goes there, how do they connect the place with Tobias? Didn't Lockman take Tobias's passport which he found? (Lockman seems quite surprised to see this.) When Kono gets there, he knows that Tobias was using the room, but says that it just contains "dirty laundry."

One of the major problems with the script has to do with cufflinks which were evidence that was used to send Fred Whiting to jail a year before, after his mistress Betty Anders was found murdered.

When McGarrett goes to visit Flora Whiting, Fred's wife, who has returned to Hawaii after spending time in a hospital on the mainland because she could not deal with her husband going to jail, among other things, she gives him a piece of a cufflink which is broken. She says she found this when she "moved a piece of furniture" at the beach house owned by her and her husband when she visited the place a couple of days before (on "Wednesday").

After Anders' murder over a year ago, a cufflink was found under her body at the beach house, which connected Fred to the murder for which he was convicted and went to jail. Back then, Fred Whiting had "lost [the cufflink] days before." According to Lockman, the couple's lawyer, that cufflink is likely "in the attorney general's files" (which it is). The matching link from the pair was subpoenaed for evidence in the trial and was returned to Flora later. She says it is now in her safety deposit box (which it seemingly was, she gives it to McGarrett later). The other part of the broken cufflink is located in Whiting's beach house room after another sweep of the place. It seems very odd that this was not found there before.

Later it is revealed that "four days ago," Flora went to Makoto, who created the original custom-made cufflinks, and got him to make another one in the same style. So what was the point of this? Did she find the broken cufflink after when she went to the beach house? Or did she break this new cufflink and leave part of it at the beach house where it would be found later and then give the other part to McGarrett? The whole business with the cufflinks is VERY confusing.

At the end of the show, Flora is taken back to her hotel room after freaking out in McGarrett's office. Her doctor, Wurderman (Bob Gleason), gives her a sedative and she goes to sleep. Lockman goes to the room after the doctor and Chin Ho leave and lets himself in with Flora's keys which she gave him earlier. Flora is awakened by a ringing phone (which is McGarrett phoning; Lockman does not answer it). Lockman offers to give her some more medication, but Flora wants a drink; this is a very bad idea to mix these two things. In addition to giving her a pill, Lockman dumps more of the medicine into the drink, unseen by her (I think).

On the verge of passing out, Flora suddenly starts blabbing away, asking Lockman if he ransacked Tobias' room (does she know about this?) and killed Tobias. She also knows that the doctor didn't let Lockman into the room, despite being asleep when Lockman entered. She knows more plot details as well, like the fact Tobias knew Lockman killed Anders, who then "blamed it" (???) on her husband. Lockman starts blabbing away too, telling how he set up her husband with Anders. (The explanation for what happened, like most of this, is not particularly clear.) But he really doesn't care, because he intends to dump Flora's nearly-comatose body over the balcony to the street below.

In the nick of time, McGarrett and Danno show up and stop him from doing this, but then McGarrett says, "We found out who rented the green sedan [seen leaving Tobias' motel after the room was tossed]. But you had to stop her from telling us you took the car, didn't you, Lockman? You borrowed it to get to Tobias' motel and ransack his room." Who is "her" that he borrowed the car from?

There are a lot more unanswered questions when this show is over, like why did Lockman set up his friend Whiting in the first place? And what will happen to Whiting now? Will he be released from jail? Unlikely, considering that Lockman is a sleazy lawyer who will probably find further ways to obstruct justice. He will no doubt say that when he was trying to dump Flora's body over the balcony that he was just taking her outside for some fresh air. And her testimony about anything that he confessed just before this is unreliable because of the stupor-like state she was in from the medication and booze!


When Flora Whiting first meets McGarrett in the show, she says, "I greet the enemy." McGarrett says, "The enemy?" to which she replies, "Oh, yes, of course. But thank you for coming so quickly. " Later, McGarrett tells Flora, "I'm a cop. I work on facts. Doesn't make any difference now what anybody thought, myself included. You see, Mrs. Whiting, I am not the enemy." At the end of the show, when everything is resolved, Flora calls McGarrett "My dear enemy," and hugs him.



This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for "Dear Enemy."

Senator Amos Bolin: That is yellow journalism. Trying to link that Tobias character with a trial that was over and done with a year ago. I want you to get all the facts on this case.

McGarrett: We're already on the case, senator. And I can appreciate the agonies you've been through. Emotional and political.

McGarrett: A man is in jail who may be innocent. Last night, another murder may have been committed.

Bill Makoto: I don't know anything about any murder.

McGarrett: Is that when you hit her?

Fred Whiting: Betty and I did fight, but I didn't kill her.

Jack Lord: John Lupton is Fred Whiting, convicted murderer. Was he framed?

Flora Whiting: Stop it, stop it!

McGarrett: Why don't you admit it? You were lying.

Flora: I had to. I had to make you find the truth.

Jack Lord: Vera Miles is Flora Whiting, a wife fighting for a husband's innocence and his life. Next: "Dear Enemy."




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70. (S03E22) “The Bomber And Mrs. Moroney” ★★½

Original air date: 2/24/71-- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Eric Bercovici & Jerry Ludwig; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 3:54; Main Titles: 1:00; Act One: 11:33; Act Two: 11:11; Act Three: 10:20; Act Four: 11:51; End Credits: 0:57; Total Time: 50:46.


When Marty Collins comes to the Five-O office to avenge his brother's killing by Danno and finds Danno is not there, he takes people hostage.


This episode would have been a lot better if it weren't for one huge goof. The brother of Thad Vaughn, who Danno accidentally killed in S01E05, "....And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin," takes people hostage in the Five-O offices, demanding that Danno show up so he can avenge Thad's death. But in this show, Thad's name has been changed to Joey Collins, and his brother, the hostage taker, is Marty Collins (played by Mark Jenkins)!

There are various hostage taking complications such as one might expect. The people in the office who are rounded up are Jenny, a cop named Officer Kyle (Vernie Hoke), Chin Ho and an elderly woman Chin is interviewing, Minnie Leona Moroney (Hope Summers). Danno is out of the building, but soon shows up, despite Kono trying to get more time by saying that Danno is returning from Maui and won't be back for a couple of hours.

McGarrett is out of town in Chicago, and offers advice to Danno, Kono and others on the phone. The time difference between the two cities is 5 hours, suggesting that Chicago is currently on Central Daylight Time.

Marty was serving a prison term for armed robbery, with a sentence of two-to-ten years. Having become an "ideal prisoner," he was released on parole only five days before, yet he has already assembled an arsenal of weapons: a gun, several sticks of dynamite and a grenade which is blue in color and looks like it is made out of plastic. Marty says that he picked up knowledge on how to assemble all of this stuff in prison, "practical electronics."

Some of the dynamite and the grenade are put on the door to McGarrett's office after everyone is forced inside there. To further emphasize he means business, Marty makes Kyle go out on to the palace balcony, where he shoots him in the back, causing him to fall to the ground below. A report from the hospital later says that Kyle will survive.

What's going on in the office can be monitored through the phone system, because Chin Ho took the phone on McGarrett's desk off the hook and dialed through to the information desk in the Palace before he was blinded from the flash of Marty's gun during an altercation after Kyle was shot.

Mrs. Moroney, who came to the Five-O office to complain that her children want her to come back to Wisconsin because she is too old to be on her own, is the loose cannon among the hostages. She is a "take no crap" kind of old biddy who does not hesitate in speaking her mind to Marty. Although he is very agitated, Marty does not just shoot her, instead telling her that she is "nasty." Minnie seems to have the attitude that "if you shoot me, it doesn't matter, because I am old," and Marty is equally determined to blow himself up with the others if he doesn't get what he wants.

Having arrived, Danno takes charge of the situation in a manner similar to S01E10, "Yesterday Died And Tomorrow Won't Be Born," where McGarrett was out of action after a failed assassination attempt. HPD SWAT team members are shown running up the inside stairs of the real Iolani Palace, but they are prevented from storming the office because Marty has rigged the door from the inside with explosives.

A sharpshooter named Olena (Roland Naauao) is stationed 214 yards across the street, but he can't get a clear shot because Marty rarely approaches a window and if he does, there is usually someone else in the way. Olena is not the same actor playing the character with this name, a close friend of Danno, who appears in S05E04, "Pig in a Blanket." There he is played by Frank Atienza, who has already been seen in S02E05, Savage Sunday, as Cooper.

Danno is run off his feet, taking charge both in the Palace and also across the street, conferring with Olena and other cops. To me, rushing back and forth seems not like a particularly good move, because Marty could look out the window and see this activity. Danno tries to get to McGarrett's office through the air conditioning system, but it is too narrow.

With time running out, Danno finally surrenders, going into the office where Marty puts on a vest containing some of the dynamite and activates a timer on a detonator also on the vest which is set to go off in half an hour. Of course, Marty does not just shoot Danno, though we have already seen Danno getting shot three times in a dream-like sequence in Marty's mind.

Danno tells Marty that the killing of Joey (Thad) was an accident, and he "grieved" for his brother, which doesn't evoke any sympathy. Excerpts from the season one episode are seen, showing the chase which led up to Danno firing through the door of Thad's apartment and fatally wounding him, as well as the discussion that Danno and McGarrett had afterwards about how police work was "a stinking job."

Prompted by Minnie telling Marty that he is "a common hooligan" and "a little coward," Danno taunts Marty big time, saying his brother was "yellow and snivelling" and "a no-good punk," daring Marty to shoot him dead while looking him in the eye, while at the same time maneuvering Marty to appear in Olena's sights.

Olena finally takes Marty out, but the timer on the dynamite is still ticking. Through the door, Danno takes nail-biting instructions from the HPD bomb expert Mossman (Doug Mossman). (Danno will later show expertise as someone dealing with bombs in S05E12, "The Clock Struck Twelve.") Though the time frame for the detonator to go off seems to have been exceeded, Danno manages to take care of things using a knife which he just happens to have on him and some wire from the telephone which Marty tore out of the wall, though further details like how the grenade and dynamite on the door are dealt with are not shown.

Considering McGarrett is only seen in the show for just over 4 minutes, he almost has the last word, though Danno at the end tells Minnie "I don't think anyone [like her relatives trying to get her to come home] can force you to do anything you don't want to." As Jenny gives Danno a hug, the phone rings and she answers it. In other words, it's "back to business as usual," a nice touch.

It's too bad that the IDs of the two brothers were screwed up, because otherwise this could have been a top episode, despite the contrived finale with the deactivating of the bomb. James MacArthur gives an excellent performance to rival the one he gave earlier this season in "Beautiful Screamer," especially from about 31:30 where Marty's identity and reason for the hostage taking are finally revealed. Aside from the big goof, the episode is well-written and well-acted by others as well.



This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney."

Kono: He's still up there with a gun.

Marty Collins: Okay, now go out on the balcony. All the way to the rail.

Jack Lord: A psychotic killer takes over Five-0's headquarters.

Minnie Moroney: Young man, if you think you can scare me with a little gun like that at my age, you'd better think again.

Jack Lord: Hope Summers, brilliant as Minnie Leona Moroney.

Chin Ho: What makes you so sure Danno will walk right in here when he gets back?

Marty: He'll come in.

Chin Ho: And what then?

Danno: What else can I do? He set a deadline and we know he means what he says. There's no other way.

McGarrett: You walk in there, Danno, odds are that you'll never walk out.

Danno: If you were in my place, what would you do?

Marty: This is a main event. It's 20 pounds of high explosives and there is no way to shut it off now.

Jack Lord: Next: "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney." Be here. Aloha.




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71 & 72. (S03E23 & S03E24) “The Grandstand Play” ★★★★

Original air date: 3/3/71-- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writer: Adrian Spies; Music: Stock
Timings: Teaser: 4:51; Main Titles: 0:58; Act One: 12:22; Act Two: 12:08; Act Three: 8:39; Act Four: 10:51; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:42.

Original air date: 3/10/71-- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Paul Stanley; Producer: Robert Stambler; Writers: Adrian Spies, Eric Bercovici and Jerry Ludwig (teleplay), Adrian Spies (story); Music: Richard Shores
Timings: Teaser: 9:03; Main Titles: 1:00; Act One: 8:29; Act Two: 8:03; Act Three: 10:37; Act Four: 12:37; End Credits: 0:53; Total Time: 50:42.


When the developmentally challenged son of a professional baseball player witnesses a murder at the ballpark, he is reluctant to tell his father or the authorities.


A surprisingly good episode, with Pernell Roberts playing baseball player Lon Phillips who abandons the big leagues to bring his "slow" son Gary (Elliot Street, in the first of two "developmentally challenged" Five-O roles) to supposedly safer Hawaii. The "memories" theme makes an appearance when the two engage in arm-wrestling, and Lon says "we're gonna make it here." A shot of people playing tennis is taken from Beautiful Screamer. A newspaper headline -- "woman socialite slain at stadium" -- is in lower case letters as are the subheadings (rather unusual style). One of the murder witnesses, a hot dog vendor is said to notice "good-looking chicks." In one scene, McGarrett enters his car through the passenger side and slides over to the steering wheel. A stock shot of the palace is rather scratchy. When the bad guy, Lou Horton (Don Chastain), visits Lon's apartment, Ed Fernandez as the apartment manager appears and asks if he can be of assistance. Horton asks for "Mr. Johnson," and Fernandez says there is no one by that name staying there. But later when Fernandez meets Lon, he addresses him as "Mr. Johnson," presumably trying to be funny or something. A good fight at the end. The music for part one is stock, part two is Richard Shores.



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