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An excellent episode starring Khigh Dhiegh as Wo Fat. Shepard (Chuck Couch), an agent working for "United States Intelligence" and carrying sensitive information, most of which is in his head, returns to Hawaii to meet with his boss Sam Kavanaugh (Gerald S. O'Loughlin, who starred in two episodes in season one). Upon arrival, Shepard recognizes another agent, Glenn Ralston (Norman duPont), who he realizes has betrayed him. Wo Fat is nearby, supervising an attempt to assassinate Shephard from a room high up in the Rainbow Towers by his hired gun Chung (Danny Kamekona). But the shooting is bungled, and Shepard ends up in the hospital, hovering between life and death. Wo kidnaps the 9-year-old daughter of the "top neurosurgeon in Hawaii," Dr. Forbes (Donald Moffat), in an effort to get the doctor not to save Shepard's life. When Wo confronts the doctor and his wife in their apartment (which seems to contain several objects of Oriental art), Wo says, "I'm not interested in winning your approval, doctor -- only your co-operation. I'm just as much a victim of this situation ... I would genuinely hate to harm your child," insisting that his own credibility is at stake if he doesn't carry out the plan as ordered. On the yacht where the kidnapped girl is being held, we get a brief glimpse of Wo's "human side" when he reminisces about an incident which presumably happened during the Chinese revolution. Wo plays chess with the doctor's daughter, saying "I knew a little girl once," and nearly lapses into sentimentality when he describes how the 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]." McGarrett is very tense during this episode, especially having to deal with Kavanaugh, who tries to stonewall McGarrett's every move. Of course he has a brainstorm when he realizes that Ralston, who has been tailed too closely by Danno and Kono, used a public phone to call "a mobile unit or [make] a marine call to a boat." There is a huge "WTF" moment at the end of this show. Dressed in their normal attire, McGarrett and Danno are searching in a police helicopter, scouring the local marinas trying to track down the boat where Wo Fat is hiding. They locate it at the very last moment, but within what seem like mere minutes, McGarrett, Danno and Kono all appear on a Coast Guard patrol boat beside Wo's yacht, dressed in well-fitting Coast Guard uniforms!
- The pay phone Ralston uses to tip off Wo Fat has the number 819-855.
- The helicopter used at the beginning to transport Shepard from the airport to the Ala Wai Heliport by the Ilikai Hotel is the same one used at the end by McGarrett to search for Wo's hideway -- number N9016F (a Hughes 500 helicopter).
- Why does the security guard at the heliport salute both Kavanaugh and McGarrett? There are the sounds of tires squealing as cars brake and speed away (on gravel!) from this location.
- One of the views of Chung's rifle scope at the beginning of the show is totally wrong -- it's from ground level instead of up in the Rainbow Tower, from where Chung is aiming.
- I'd like to know where McGarrett quickly gets the pictures of the boat where the doctor's daughter is being held.
- Washington big shot Jonathan Kaye is described as "Chief of the Pacific Area."
- A good Wo Fat line: "You're being deliberately obtuse, doctor." Kavanaugh has one too: "You've really gone into orbit, McGarrett."
Singer Nancy Wilson gives an outstanding performance as singer Eadie Jordan who has not only a concert to perform, but a serious heroin addiction problem. Trouble is, there's a batch of smack laced with arsenic circulating around Oahu. Series and main theme composer Morton Stevens plays Hank, a drummer who dies from using the poisoned dope in a scene at the beginning. (When McGarrett looks at a file after Hank's death, in addition to the drummer's photo, there is some paperwork which is supposedly his musicians' union contract -- but close examination reveals it to be concerned with oil drilling rights!) The jazzy score is by Stevens, and I would suspect that so are the arrangements for Wilson. She sings part of at least four different songs -- Stormy Monday, Honeysuckle Rose, the title tune, and Spinning Wheel. Honeysuckle Rose is not included in the Season 3 DVD box set, probably because of music rights. From the time McGarrett leaves his office at the beginning of the show to when Wilson says "Maybe it's me..." is cut out (approximately 24 seconds). Click here to see the missing material. Harry Guardino plays Mike, Eadie's manager/arranger/accompanist. There is some inter-racial embracing between the two which probably raised eyebrows way back then, plus a disturbing scene with a very young kid (Remi Abellira) who claims to be a heroin addict. When Guardino berates the kid for his habit, the kid says Guardino is talking "fuzz jive." This show has McGarrett referring to cassette tapes (which he pronounces "case-sette"), as opposed to the reel-to-reel variety.
John Marley plays Dr. Gregorios Lemira, "symbol of freedom for the opposition parties" in Greece who is living in exile in Hawaii, holed up for several months in a fortress-like estate surrounded by bodyguards and armed guards with dogs. (One has to wonder why he chose a location so far away from his homeland.) Someone in Greece plainly doesn't like Lemira, because Eric Braeden is sent to Hawaii, impersonating Klaus Marburg, a reporter from the German magazine Tage (which means "Day" -- "the most influential newsmagazine in West Germany," according to the Governor) who wants to interview the doctor. In reality, Braeden is a trained killer who is himself shot at the Honolulu airport by another assassin (Ronald Kent, "Dark Man" in the credits, but whose Interpol rap sheet identifies him as Ahmed Schwed), as part of a complicated scenario to sympathetically ingratiate himself with the doctor. Considering Schwed missed Braeden's heart by only a fraction of an inch, McGarrett is suspicious, saying "Pros [professional killers] 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 Braeden, and Schwed's fancy rifle is later found in a locker (#472) at the airport in a manner which is much too obvious. After Schwed tries to shoot at Braeden and Lemira's niece Anna (Charlene Polite) at the hospital where Braeden is being taken for a checkup, federal agent Samuel Hammock (Walter Brooke) suggests Schwed "decided to strike whenever he could," not having access to Lemira himself. (Schwed is shot dead by McGarrett, making his role a real suicide mission.) Although the machinations of Braeden's scheme are interesting, things fall apart badly at the end when McGarrett saves the day, managing somehow to figure out exactly where Braeden and Lemira are alone on a very long deserted beach, and shooting Braeden dead just as the assassin is about to silence the doctor. At least McGarrett's blood pressure doesn't get out of control because of fed Hammock's presence, unlike it did two episodes earlier with Kavanaugh. The music is by Shores and contains some interesting electronic-like sounds, even suggesting the bouzouki, a Greek stringed instrument similar to a mandolin.
- After he is shot, Braeden's character is taken away from the Honolulu Airport in a Physician's Ambulance, license number 3C-2606. When he talks later to McGarrett in the hospital, Braeden remarks: "When it comes to Dr. Lemira, they send only the very, very best," making a play on the famous expression for Hallmark Cards.
- McGarrett is seen driving on the wrong side of the road in a scene lifted from the previous episode which starred Marley, #23, The Big Kahuna.
- When McGarrett tells Chin Ho to find the bullet which went through Marburg, Chin protests, "How come I always get stuck with these jobs?" McGarrett replies, "Because you're good at it."
- McGarrett wears some cool sunglasses near the beginning of the second act.
- A phone at Lemira's house has the number 287-1299. Considering the obsessive security in the house, one wonders how Braeden can use a phone in the house where he is recovering from his wound to pass a message to Schwed, his outside contact.
- We get a quick closeup of McGarrett's desk phone, which has two vertical rows of extensions, both on the right side. The left row of numbers go from local 22 to 26, with "Hold" on the bottom; the right row goes from 27 to 31 with what looks like "Conf. Call" on the bottom. Interestingly, when McGarrett calls Lemira to warn him that Braeden is not who he seems to be, McGarrett punches seven buttons (as if dialing a local number) on the right side of the phone, but the actual keypad for dialing is on the left side of the phone. Anna's voice is heard by Danno and Chin Ho on the speaker.
- When Schwed's rifle is found in the locker, McGarrett is annoyed that some airport employee touched it. But then McGarrett touches it himself, and so does Kono.
- McGarrett's car makes screeching noises as it brakes on dirt by the beach.
- Writer Eric Bercovici is mentioned by Jack Lord in the episodic promo for this episode on the DVD, something unusual.
- Near the end of the show, you would think that the pistol with silencer that Braeden has in his pocket would be noticed by the two bodyguards ... Braeden even has his hands in his pockets as he and Lemira are walking on the beach.
An old girl friend of McGarrett, Cathy Wallis (Diana Muldaur) is the number one suspect in the murder of her lawyer husband Frank, especially considering the two quarrelled at a party shortly before Frank was found dead. There are numerous flashbacks of McGarrett's past relationship with Cathy, though neither of the two look a day younger. McGarrett is so emotionally wrapped up in the case that at times he has difficulty speaking. 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 rejects. Another suspect is Frank's business partner Roswell Borden (Edward Andrews), whose company was in trouble and who was in danger of losing his job if Frank voted against him by proxy at an upcoming board of directors meeting. Cathy thinks that her stepdaughter Joan (Kathy Cannon) committed the murder because Frank wanted Cathy's boyfriend, Arthur Dixon (Martin Sheen) to dump her, otherwise get fired from their legal practice, where Frank had taken the younger man under his wing. Frank also threatened Cathy with cutting her off from her large inheritance. It turns out the real killer is Dixon, who nearly pulls off a perfect crime by using the company's "tie line" from Frank's San Francisco office. Dixon is able to give the impression that he was on the mainland, while he is really knocking off Frank and then taking a plane back to California, returning the next day to Hawaii. This episode has above-average acting by everyone, an interesting score by Harry Geller, and outstanding color photography. Unfortunately, there are serious issues with the time of the murder. Borden says that he drove Frank home from the party "about midnight." Joan says that Dixon called her "a little after 12," and McGarrett says Five-O checked and determined that this conversation started at 12:22 and lasted for 15 minutes, ending at 12:37. Dixon had arrived from the mainland that evening by a plane which left San Francisco at 10 p.m. which theoretically would have arrived in Honolulu around 11:30 p.m. This means that Dixon would have had to (a) drive from the airport to Frank's beach house (very close to the airport?) in less than half an hour, (b) knock off Frank around midnight (how would he know that Frank would be there?), (c) bury both the murder weapon (a hair dryer, which he used to club Frank) and Cathy's wrap which got blood on it during the murder on the beach near their house, then (d) make it back to the airport where he called using the tie-line at 12:22 (from a pay phone in the airport -- 922-3299) and (e) get on the plane back to the mainland at 12:37 p.m. with only 7 minutes to spare before the plane left at 12:45 a.m. As well, from what I can determine, a tie line was only used between two offices in geographically separated cities and could not be used to make calls "outside the loop" as Dixon did to Joan when she was at the party where she witnessed her parents fighting.
- When Dixon returns to Hawaii the day after committing the murder and greets Joan, he says "It's all right, baby," but his mouth isn't moving. (The voice doesn't sound like Sheen's.)
- At one point McGarrett plays his guitar.
- There is mention of a couple of "real" phone numbers -- 734-2211, suite 53 (Dixon's Honolulu hotel room) and WAymont 2-3299 (Frank's San Francisco office).
- Kathy Cannon (later Katherine), Muldaur's daughter, plays an old girl friend of Danno in the eleventh season episode A Long Time Ago.
- Dolphins are seen jumping in a pool, but they are not at Sea Life Park, but seemingly in a pool at some hotel in Honolulu.
- McGarrett uses a Uher Report reel-to-reel tape recorder in his office to record Joan's statement, but when he turns the machine off, notice that the entire image is flopped -- the push buttons are on the left and the name of the machine is on the right, reversed. As usual, McGarrett rewinds the tape and it stops at exactly the place he wants to hear each time.
- Cathy was born around 1940, making her theoretically somewhat younger than McGarrett.
This show features two creepy white trash criminals who seem to be hopped up on drugs -- Bruce Dern look-alike Anthony James as Hutch and Kenneth O'Brien as Deke. They steal a car containing the priceless Guarnerius violin of Russian virtuoso Dmitri Rostov (Ed Flanders) shortly after he gives a recital for various Honolulu socialites where he plays the last movement of Brahms' violin concerto accompanied by a pianist. This causes an anonymous source at the Soviet embassy in Washington to say via the press that the violin "was stolen by American fascists as an act of political vengeance against the Soviet Union." McGarrett responds to this, saying, "They never change their tune, do they?" Because of pressure by the State Department, the Governor is freaking in a major way, sternly telling McGarrett to watch his P's and Q's. Rostov is guarded by KGB-type intelligence agent Josef Sarpa (Albert Paulsen) who resists any co-operation with McGarrett. The two crooks sell the violin for peanuts to Gino Mazzini, a blind violin teacher played by Wright Esser (who sports heavy "old man" makeup). When they find out its true value, they return to Mazzini's apartment and steal it back after murdering him. At the end, Sarpa coldly orders Rostov to pay the ransom money, knowing full well that Rostov will be executed by the violin-nappers. Fortunately, McGarrett sneaks up from behind and all is well (despite the violin being thrown into a field). I would like to see the follow-up to this show and witness the political heat which ensues! McGarrett has a great line, telling the Five-O team, "I want the prints of anyone who touched that car [containing the violin] since it left Detroit."
- The teaser is fairly long before the main titles kick in -- about 7 and a half minutes.
- A real phone number -- 732-5577 -- is seen on the side of the truck owned by "Ikeda Pool Service" and driven by Hutch and Deke's friend Tojo (Ah Vah). This number is used numerous times throughout the series.
- When Hutch and Deke are on the beach, their radio is playing the selection "Operation Smash" from the Five-O soundtrack album.
- Why doesn't Sarpa recognize McGarrett driving by the ransom site near the end of the show? It's not like there are a lot of cars on the road. This site, which is full of stripped cars and other junk, is supposedly in Sherwood Forest, another name for Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.
- This is the first show featuring Honolulu used car dealer "Lippy" Espinda, identified in the credits along with his first name of David. He plays a taxi driver for Bernie's Cabs.
- Sarpa is contacted by Hutch and Deke via a pay phone at the corner of Kanaina (3700 block) and Monsarrat (3100 block). This is an actual location, though it is unlikely the Dairy Queen seen at the corner of this five-way intersection is still there.
- Near the beginning of the show, McGarrett's hair has a reddish tinge to it!
- The man who has arranged Rostov's concert, Jared Gifford (Larry Ronson), addresses Rostov as "maestro." This is a term normally used for conductors, not soloists.
- Notice there are two closeup shots of the violinist's fingers which seem to be playing very accurately. Either Ed Flanders did a very good job or they hired some actual violinist to perform in these shots.
As in #35, The Devil and Mr. Frog, a young boy, Timmy Blake, is kidnapped, this time for $250,000 ransom. The boy is played by Geoffrey Thorpe, who played the kidnap victim in the previous episode as well. Timmy's father Nelson (Lloyd Gough, around 63 years old when the show was filmed) looks very old (as did the father in the previous show) and the mother is nowhere to be seen. McGarrett hassles the father more than one would expect with the usual lines about how the police should be involved, despite whatever the kidnappers threatened. The money drop at Sea Life Park is disrupted by some good Samaritan and when the kidnappers try to escape, Kono gets captured by them. Imprisoned with Timmy, Kono, who is sweating something fierce, helps the kid to break out of the jail-like cell where they are being held, but this doesn't endear Kono to the nasty kidnappers (played by Andrew Duggan, Ron Hayes and Peter Bonerz). Hayes as Roy beats Kono up very badly (there are odd camera angles when Hayes beats Kono at the hideout as well as at Sea Life Park). At least Kono lets fly with a good head butt while fighting back. When McGarrett sees pictures of the badly beaten Kono, who becomes the object of the ransom, McGarrett is very upset -- vowing to get the kidnappers -- in one of his most intense moments of the entire series. (There is a certain irony comparing this to what happened later in real life when Jack Lord had a major hand in getting Kono fired at the end of the fourth season.) Prior to a second money drop, when Duggan's character is shot dead, Kono is transported from the kidnappers' hideout to another location on the waterfront. McGarrett pretends to be a boater who needs assistance, but he gets sprayed with gasoline while fighting with Bonerz' character. Despite this, he saves Kono in the nick of time, asking him, "How do you feel, you big Kanaka?" Kono can barely reply, "Starved." At the 1996 Five-O convention, Zoulou said that during this final scene, it was him -- not a stunt man -- in the coffin-like box suspended above the ocean. If someone had screwed up and the box fallen into the water, Zoulou would have drowned!
- The mini tape recorder used by the kidnappers seemingly can record at half speed so when the tape is played back at normal speed, the voice is distorted. This recorder uses small reels (about 3" in size). They use this machine to record messages which are played over the phone to Blake. One of the tapes is sent to Five-O with instructions for ransoming Kono. This tape is on a small reel, and when Danno goes to put it on McGarrett's tape recorder, he removes a large reel from the right, and then takes the large empty reel on the left as if to place it on the right. But in the next shot, the small reel is on the right, and the large reel is on the left. When McGarrett turns off the machine after they listen to the tape, there are two large reels on the machine, possibly BASF tape, with the tape about halfway through on each.
- McGarrett must be counting on the kidnappers being very stupid, because when they call him on a pay phone at the corner of 1145 12th at Waialae in Kaimuki that has the number 732-9196 at a prearranged time, he wants to speak to Kono to confirm that he is alive. The kidnappers then call McGarrett back on this pay phone from their waterfront hideout where Kono is being held. Chin Ho and Winston Char trace the kidnappers' call location from inside the phone company in what will become a stock sequence. At least they get it traced, just after the kidnappers hang up. The kidnappers' waterfront hideout is in Kaneohe. McGarrett also tells the kidnappers that Blake will go to the cemetery and will deliver the money only when it's confirmed that Kono is OK. Obviously there will have to be some way McGarrett communicates with Blake (via Danno, who drives Blake there, unknown to the kidnappers) ... meaning there will be cops at the cemetery, contrary to the kidnappers' instructions!
- The song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye is heard in the background at Sea Life Park. McGarrett, Kono and Chin Ho wear Hawaiian shirts while the Five-O team are doing surveillance on the money drop.
- The kidnappers use a Polaroid camera to send pictures of their victims to the father and Five-O.
- In the scene where McGarrett is looking at Kono's picture, you can briefly see the shadow of the microphone on the wall behind Danno.
- A copy of the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper has various headlines, as usual with lower case type: "cease-fire violation seen," "missiles at Suez," "school, housing bills vetoed," and "pay hikes fall short of request."
- Doug Mossman appears briefly, uncredited, as a cop near the end.
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. But 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). Before he was killed, 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 obvioulsly wants destroyed, since she stands to inherit about $7 million after their short marriage. Unfortunately, Neal gets caught in the act.
McGarrett is far too clever in this show. He recalls a previous case on Maui in 1967 where a man with a new, young wife was also blown up in an explosion. And later, another similar case near Singapore in 1966 pops up. McGarrett becomes very suspicious of Cal Anderson (John Vernon), a local handyman who is helping him work on a piece-of-junk boat which Danno and Chin Ho ridicule when they see it. It turns out that Cal, whose father left his mother for a younger woman years before and the mother later turned up dead, was in the vicinity of all three explosions, a far-fetched coincidence. Cal seems to be very forgetful about not only a speeding ticket that he recently received (verified by HPD Officer 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.
If one can buy this explanation, then the episode is enjoyable, and full of snappy dialogue from Danno who turns up the heat during the investigation. Danno is very adept at getting Maria to overcome her resistance to talk, 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 precarious mental condition. Cal finally snaps and attacks McGarrett, who is pretty agile during their fight despite his injuries. Fortunately, the other members of Five-O are nearby to help out.
- To try and rattle Cal, McGarrett leaves a copy of the speeding ticket which he received on Cal's workbench. The number for this ticket is 5977. But later, when there is a closeup of the ticket which Cal crumples in his hand, the number is 5979. It was issued on June 1, 1970, with an expected court date of July 20. The license number of Cal's MG sports car on the ticket is 4C1953. Cal was driving 85 miles an hour, 35 over the legal limit on the Lunelilo Freeway.
- The special effects for the boat explosion are much better than normal. McGarrett is taken away in a City and County Ambulance.
- Good quote from McGarrett to Danno, after the latter does some above-average investigating: "You're a pretty good cop."
- Sloan's ex-wife Grace (Ann McCormack), who returns to Hawaii for the funeral, doesn't seem terribly shaken up by her former husband's demise: "Ex-wives don't have to mourn." Their son, Clark Sloan Jr., is played, uncredited, by Joel Berliner in a very brief scene. (Berliner played Hank in the banned second-season episode Bored She Hung Herself.)
- "Dr. Freeman" is paged in the hospital, though the DVD subtitles say "Dr. Freedland."
- McGarrett says he checked on some telephone calls made by Cal at the yacht club around the time of the explosion. Would this have been possible in Honolulu for local calls?
- Carole Kai plays a nurse who wants McGarrett to use a wheelchair as he prepares to leave the hospital.
- In Sloan's safe, there are several $1,000 bills, which were discontinued in 1969 (but still legal currency).
- The combination to Sloan's safe is 38-12-57. Danno says that the lab compared the handwriting of these numbers with a writ of habeas corpus which Fairbirne filed (was this also hand-written?) on April 16th, 1967. Danno doesn't go into details about this writ.
- A Uher tape recorder, model Report 4000-S, is seen recording the conversation as Danno asks Neal questions.
A Japanese computer research company executive named Hatsuo Shigato (Teru Shimada) who lives in the Philippines, visiting Honolulu on a business trip, is seemingly photographed by Mitch Bradley (Joe Maross) while on a Tradewind Tours bus tour of the island. Bradley is taking part in a 15th Airborne Reunion at the Ilikai Hotel with two other vets -- Frank Epstein (Simon Oakland) and Michael Holt (Barry Atwater). Shigato receives photos with himself looking like he is in the crosshairs of a rifle, and Five-O gets involved. Despite McGarrett's warnings, Shigato goes to the Ilikai for a meeting to discuss a loan for his failing company. While there, he is recognized by Epstein as the sadistic Kim Rashiri, commandant of the Lo Tang prison camp in the Philippines where the three men were tortured during World War II. As the story develops, it turns out that Shigato is the bad guy, 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), not only manages to put darkroom equipment in Bradley's hotel room, but also shoots Holt (who is talking to Shigato) from Bradley's balcony. Then Llacuna slips inside Bradley's room, places the rifle in a rack in front of the seemingly catatonic soldier (and somehow gets 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 is fired. Shigato, who has already rigged his own car with a bomb to make it look like one of the vets was targeting him, kills Llacuna -- who took and sent the threatening pictures -- with another explosive device. He then lures Epstein to his waterfront home where he tells the anguished vet, who he crippled during the war, 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. Directed by Michael O'Herlihy, this episode's photography uses a lot of weird camera angles, and has an effective score by George Romanis (one of only three he did for the show).
- Despite the title being listed on the DVD case as "Reunion," and Jack Lord saying this is the title in the episodic promo, the actual title as seen in the main credits is "The Reunion."
- After Holt is shot, the way he falls is not logical, especially considering he is fatally wounded. At the show's beginning, the camera angles of some of the photos of Shigato should give us a clue that it is not Bradley who was taking them.
- Jack Lord's hair has kind of a reddish tinge in this show, and in several shots, he is filmed in soft-focus. When McGarrett and Danno are thrown back by the explosion in front of Llacuna's house, it is obvious that it is two stunt men, especially in the case of MacArthur. The stunt man's hair is totally different than MacArthur's curly locks.
- When Epstein takes Llacuna's call at the Ilikai's outdoor bar, the children's song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye is heard in the background.
- While he is doing surveillance, Chin Ho picks up a copy of This Week magazine.
- As in episode #4, Samurai, the word "bushido" (Japanese samurai code of chivalry) is misused. Holt says of Rashiri, "He was a bushido."
- One of the tourists at the beginning of the show takes a picture with a Canon FT QL camera.
- Llacuna has what looks like a "real" phone number -- 277-9277.
- In a shot seen when McGarrett and Danno are on their way to Llacuna's place, the right side of McGarrett's car seems unusually dirty.
- McGarrett describes Shigato as a "precisionist."
- While Teru Shimada is a major character in the show with a lot of screen time, his name appears in the supporting player credits in smaller type.
Two years before this show, John Louisana is brutally murdered after a poker game by two thugs in the employ of Harry Quon (Alfred Ryder): Tigner (John LaBrecque) and Charlie Cayliss (Al Harrington). A witness to the murder, cocktail waitress Julie Grant (Marianne McAndrew), escapes to Maui, where she is tracked down by Quon's "number one boy," Nick Pierson (Don Stroud). When Pierson finds Grant, he falls in love with her, and murders some other woman to make it look like he has completed his contract. Pierson and Grant have been living on Maui ever since, pretending to be husband and wife under the name of Hollander. When Tigner finds and tracks down Grant, totally by coincidence, Pierson kills him, and Pierson flees with Grant. The matter is brought to Five-O's attention after the Hollanders' neighbor, Mrs. Pruitt (Hilo Hattie) realizes they have gone. This is an excellent episode, with Stroud portraying the cold, vicious killer Pierson whose dilemma becomes even more complicated when Quon asks him to finish the job that Tigner started, not knowing that the object of Tigner's attention was Grant. Based on their terse encounter at the Maui airport, Pierson is one of the few Five-O villains who can totally stand up to McGarrett. The color photography in the show is outstanding, especially during the teaser. As well, the murder of the title character is depicted in an interestingly photographed flashback using a fish-eye lens, with Julie dressed in a geisha costume. McAndrew, who previously appeared in A Bullet for McGarrett in season two, is gorgeous! Ryder plays the Fu Manchu-moustached Asian Quon, who is into "gambling, prostitution, smack, shakedowns" according to McGarrett, and is just passable in this role because of his grubby demeanor. The score, which includes the "memories" theme and the bonging bell sound, is attributed to Ray.
- When Pierson and Grant get to Honolulu, Pierson gets Grant to sub-let the apartment (#512) next to his (#510) in the Pagoda Terrace. Pierson says her apartment is "right across the hall from mine," but it is actually the next one to the right of his.
- Pierson springs Grant from the Honolulu police station in a daring move. But Cayliss is hiding in the back seat of the car, and he forces them to drive to the usual "middle of nowhere" location. Pierson manages to kill Cayliss but is himself fatally wounded, and he continues driving with Grant to a radar station (again in the middle of nowhere). As McGarrett pursues them (for some reason, he has taken Quon -- who Julie refused to identify at the police station -- along with him), McGarrett is seen driving in the middle of nowhere (a narrow, one-lane road), then on a two-lane highway, and again on the one-lane road.
- It would have been more interesting if Pierson's first meeting with Quon was a surprise prior to a pre-commercial wave.
- A copy of the Honolulu Advertiser has the usual headlines in lower case type: "police probe killing on Maui" and "body found in Kihei backyard; tie to Oahu syndicate seen." Other headlines on the page include "Nixon assures NATO" and "Cambodia, Saigon air accord."
- Kono uses the expression "gunsel," referring to Pierson.
- I like the fly on the dead Tigner's face near the beginning! Kwan Hi Lim plays the Maui coroner. There is also mention of Maui police Chief Kubota, who is referred to (or seen) in other episodes.
- Pierson's phone has the number 555-9834.
- The house on Maui where the "Hollanders" live doesn't seem to have a driveway, but a gate in the fence which opens up to admit a car. As Pierson brings Julie home during one of his visits, a bag of groceries shows a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes in a variety pack.
This show stars Ray Danton as outspoken Hawaiian singer Jimmy Nuanu who performs at the Canoe House in the Ilikai Hotel, often haranguing the audience with ecological issues. Jimmy is apparently well-to-do, since he drives a Rolls-Royce. On the walls of his dressing room are posters for Arthur Lyman and Beverlee & Sidro with the Sneakers (actual 1970's performers on the Waikiki strip). Jimmy is set up as a patsy by a consortium 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 Eddie's gambling debts. When he is questioned by McGarrett as the most likely suspect in the demolition of a sewage plant which leaves one of its employees dead, Jimmy tells McGarrett: "We Hawaiians always trusted you because you were always on our side." (The special effects for this explosion, using miniatures, are not bad.) Richard Morrison, who plays Professor Hale, says "Greed and money ... that's what ecology's all about" when interviewed in McGarrett's office. This show has an interesting premise, but there are a lot of annoying problems. For example:
- What is the significance of the fact that the heckling patron that Jimmy beats up at the beginning of the show is Zane, one of Colfax's employees (other than the fact the producers were too cheap to hire another actor to play this part)?
- After this altercation, Jimmy specifically says that he has to do a "second show," and he is seen sitting in his dressing room talking to his son and Kamoko (during which time Kamoko 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 has developed some process which will remove 90% of the impurities before the sewage is discharged into the ocean. By getting the plant blown up, Colfax is trying to put pressure on the Hawaiian government who have been humming and hawing about dealing with the "garbage" issue for some time.
- Bruce Wilson plays Captain Lyons, formerly a demolitions expert from the British Royal Navy who now runs a charter fishing business. 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 Hawaii?
- 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.
- When McGarrett asks Jimmy if he has ever heard of Colfax, Jimmy says no. But even Professor Hale 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?
- At the finale, Jimmy pursues Colfax up a down escalator which seems peculiar, since the up escalator is right beside it, and functioning correctly. This is just dumb!
- After Kamoko is thrown out of his apartment window and killed, there is a hair in the picture when the Beacon Ambulance team prepares to transport his body.
- McGarrett refers to Jimmy as "a hot-headed Hawaiian." During the investigation, McGarrett encounters a blonde bimbo who offers him her services for free. McGarrett's response: "It's never free, honey." During the show, McGarrett refuses a drink twice.
- During the teaser, Jimmy utters the popular phrase "Ain't no big t'ing" (speaking, not singing, it) and Eddie says the title of the episode when talking to Jimmy.
- This show was co-written by Jerry Ludwig and Eric Bercovici, who wrote over a dozen Five-O episodes in total. Prior to this episode, which aired on November 18, 1970, they had written a Mission: Impossible episode called Butterfly (broadcast October 30th of that year) which starred Khigh Dhiegh as well as other actors who appeared on Five-O such as James Shigeta and Helen Funai. Two of the characters in the Five-O show are named Phelps (played by Mitch Mitchel [sic]) and Briggs (played by Wallace Landford), the same as the "bosses" of Mission: Impossible.
- The kids' chorus from Kiss The Queen Goodbye is heard in the background at the beginning of the show .
- On the main floor board which lists information about the Colfax Corporation, two of the company employees are identified as David Sutt and Seward Roll, perhaps an in-joke relating to Sutton Roley, who directed some shows starting at #200, Double Exposure?
Hume Cronyn stars in this classic episode as insurance investigator and master of disguise Lewis Avery Filer, a man, according to McGarrett with "a sense of humor" plus "savvy." Filer engages in an amusing cat-and-mouse game with McGarrett and the Five-O team while robbing commercial establishments like jewellery stores and money exchanges, raking in over $220,000. Filer leaves Monopoly cards like "Get out of jail" everywhere (Parker Brothers, creator of the game, gets a credit in the end titles.) The script is witty as is the musical score, one of Morton Stevens' best, featuring a harpsichord and some interesting variations on the Five-O theme. The show starts out with a goof, though -- when Filer locks the employees of Kam's Jewelery in their storage room, the door locks from the outside. (The owner of the store is played by Galen Kam.) Five-O uses the HPD computer to help track Filer down, and Che Fong manages to extract an amazing amount of information from the air filter in Filer's car, including seed, soil, grass, animal hair, feathers, pollen, wheat chaff and fuel oil burned by ships! McGarrett even enlists the help of a shrink, Wally Emerson (John Hunt), to figure out what makes Filer tick (it turns out he has "identity" issues). The Governor visits the Five-O office to view a video tape recorded by a surveillance camera in a bank where Filer pulled yet another caper (the tape provides considerable amusement, not caused by Filer's "oriental" makeup job). McGarrett arranges a press conference with Perstin Franklin, the boss of an island conglomerate (played by Les Keiter) which bought out Filer's company, resulting in his dismissal (one of the reasons for his stealing spree). Filer shows up and confronts McGarrett, threatening to sue him. This leads to an interesting further meeting between the two in McGarrett's office, where McGarrett tells Filer he wants to make a case against him which is based on evidence, not suppositions. The big clue that leads to Filer's arrest is provided by a Hubodometer, an odometer-like device in the hubcap of one of the cars that Filer rents -- though these devices are more typically found on the wheels of semi-trailers and buses.
- McGarrett gets a parcel from Filer returning some jewellery that was stolen. But McGarrett opens the package in a rather cavalier fashion, obviously not concerned that it might contain a bomb!
- McGarrett is seen putting Visine-like drops in his eyes after pulling an all-nighter.
- A good quote from Filer to McGarrett: "You're too smart to be a cop." A frustrated Chin Ho asks: "Is this guy a thief or a committee?"
- One of Filer's robberies is at Rupert and Whitmore Importer, located at 1420 Ala Moana. The elderly proprietor of this place is played by Filer himself.
- The reels on the video tape machine used to view Filer's robbery are turning at a rather fast speed.
- Filer makes his getaway from Five-O and cops who are tailing him in a Mach I Ford Mustang (license N3-625).
- McGarrett scrapes a soil sample from Filer's shoe, grabbing the shoe from him suddenly. Given the lack of a warrant, I doubt if this evidence could be used.
- There is no episodic promo for this show on the DVDs.
- In August of 2015, Chad Engler contacted me regarding the Hubodometer featured in this episode. He told me that his family's company made this device. He wrote: "They used an Engler Hubodometer, made by Engler Instruments from the 1940’s to the 1980’s when it was sold. These are odometers usually used on trucks and trailers. They simply can’t be tampered with or broken. The company used to have a contest where people could hit them with sledge hammers and they never broke. In college I challenged my whole dorm floor to break one. 30 people taking turns with hammers, throwing it from the 4th floor onto a paved driveway, it never broke. Inside it is insidiously simple. There is no cable or anything like you would expect with an odometer." When I asked him for more details, he elaborated: "The gauge inside of the acrylic case can rotate but doesn’t because it has a lead weight that keeps it upright. So, the wheel and tire rotate but the gauge doesn’t. Each hubodometer is geared for a particular tire diameter, using little gears translates each rotation into the right amount of distance. These things would go for millions of miles. Others were made to count acres for farming, or anything like that. This shows the inside. Here you can see the lead weight, crescent shaped. Here’s the company."
Danno's girlfriend Jane Michaels (Anne Archer), along with one of her friends, Linda Marsh (Valerie Holmes) is killed as part of a complicated plot by Walter Gregson (Lloyd Bochner) to murder his own wife Sally (Laraine Stephens). The resulting reaction from Danno, who is on the case, is unreal -- and produces James MacArthur's most emotional performance and one of his best of the entire series. The ambitious Gregson strangles the other two women in what is described by McGarrett as a "pattern killing" to distract attention from the planned murder of his rich wife, who he has depended on to finance his construction business and who has been recently talking about a divorce. Gregson is a very sloppy killer, committing murders where a witness could walk into the scene at a moment's notice. There is a peculiar scene, also handled very sloppily by Gregson, where he locks himself in his construction trailer, then sneaks out a hole in the floor. No one sees him do this, including the workers who later say they were sitting right by the trailer's front door which is not that far away from where Gregson makes his escape. In fact, Gregson sneaks towards the front of the trailer when he leaves. Gregson trails his wife as she takes some blind kids to a viewpoint at Hanauma Bay as part of her volunteer work. (Was Five-O again being ahead of its time in terms of dealing with handicapped issues?) When he finally encounters Sally, Gregson lures her conveniently over to the steep cliff nearby. Unlike the other two women, she puts up a good fight, but you have to wonder why she doesn't just run in the other direction. Fortunately, Danno arrives in time to save the day. The focus is on Danno at the end, rather than McGarrett, for a change.
- The shot of the radio in Danno's car near the end is the same as the one seen earlier in the car of HPD cop Fujimara, who is supposed to be protecting Sally, but is shot by Gregson. It's also seen in #56, The Reunion.
- The "memories" theme is heard briefly when Danno comforts Jane near the beginning of the show and later when she meets him at the Five-O office. The "bonging bell" sound is also heard.
- The tennis courts seen at the beginning of the show are supposedly at the Makaha Inn, featured in season two's finale, Kiss the Queen Goodbye.
- A pop machine on the tennis courts features orange juice and guava nectar, plus one other drink.
- Two ambulance services are used in the show. A Beacon Ambulance takes away Jane's body, while and City and County Ambulance is used for Fujiwara.
- Gregson writes slight variations from a poem by Byron called The Giaour on the bodies of the women he murders, as part of his scheme. McGarrett quickly figures out where the first of these quotes comes from (in pre-Google days!). The two murdered women were friends with Gregson's wife, and all three were taught this poem at a finishing school where they met years before. How Gregson himself knows about this poem is a mystery.
- After Linda is murdered, Danno tells his girlfriend, "She wasn't assaulted sexually."
- The blind kids, all standing in front of a wall at Hanauma Bay, suddenly jump around in unison as Danno's car squeals up beside them -- a cute moment.
- The show has some interesting photography and editing the way the two murders are intercut with other activities going on at the same time; also, when Danno attacks Pete King (Michael Medeiros), a possible suspect for his girl friend's murder, the action, including Kono jumping in to the fray to stop Danno, is slowed down just before a wave. There is also an interesting variation on the sequence where McGarrett runs down the Iolani Palace steps. This time, there is a helicopter shot (it looks too high for a crane) which goes up very high above the palace as McGarrett drives away.
- Three checks written to Pete King by Anne are seen. They have dates of 8-1-70, 8-31-70 and 10-1-70.
- The shot where Gregson gets out of his truck to look at his wife as she buys ice cream cones for the blind kids at some pullout on the highway is flopped later (horizontally reversed) at the Hanauma Bay parking lot. If you look carefully, you can see the license number of 50-143 is backwards, and the steering wheel is now on the right side of the truck. As well, the rocks in the background are the same. This second shot does not make sense, because as Sally parks her car, you can see her husband's truck far behind her in the parking lot with the wooden frame in the back. The truck is parked at 180 degrees to her car, so Gregson would not have been able to look at her car from the front of his truck like the shot suggests.
Several years before this episode, a gang of five people kidnapped the son of the governor of the state of Washington for ransom (the son died during the kidnapping): Vince Ryan (Albert Salmi), Madge (Madlyn Rhue), Jace Gorman (Warren Vanders), Toomey Walsh (Paul Carr) and Lew Kelso (Richard Brady). Jace and Madge, who was his girl friend at the time, wanted to double cross the other gang members, but Jace was played for a patsy by Madge, who ran off with Vince (and the money). Following this, Jace returned to his home state of Hawaii. Just before this show begins, Vince and Madge are visiting Hawaii and Vincent recognizes Jace on the street. Vince decides to frame Jace to make it look like Jace was the one who double-crossed everyone. At the beginning of the show, Vince shoots Jace in his flophouse room and leaves a bunch of the ransom money stuffed in Jace's mattress. Vince doesn't stick around to make sure that Jace is dead, which is unfortunate for him, because the wounded Jace manages to make his way to the house owned by his girl friend Lila Daniels (Joyce Van Patten). From there, Jace phones Toomey and Lew, still in Seattle, and lets them know what Vince has done. There is excellent acting in this show, even in the minor roles like Jace's slum landlord Bemis, played by Robert Edwards. The script by Ken Pettus is very tight, with not a syllable wasted. The photography is also excellent, especially the color. There are a couple of interesting shots, one when the Five-O team enters Jace's room (the camera is above), the other when a postcard of the Hawaiian Village Hotel dissolves into the actual building.
- Although there is supposed to be "blood all over the front of [Jace's] shirt" after he is shot, according to Bemis, and McGarrett says Jace "lost a lot of blood" after seeing it all over the floor of Jace's room, there is little blood on Jace's shirt for most of the show, which is surprising considering he is shot at point-blank range.
- During the investigation, Danno asks if Lila is a "B-girl."
- McGarrett tells Kono to "get on the phone to every bank in Oahu." Kono looks pretty annoyed in this show -- not surprising, considering McGarrett is constantly barking "do this/do that" to him and Chin Ho. Kono has only a few lines, one of which -- "On my way, Steve" -- is said in kind of a high-pitched voice. At least Kono gets to break down a door.
- I like the bobble-head Asian dolls by Lila's phone.
- In Jace's apartment, there is a bottle of some rotgut identified as "Pebble Ames."
- The ransom money was in the form of silver certificates, no longer in use as U.S. currency since 1964. This money is an important clue that Five-O uses to track down Vince and Madge. One bill is shown with the serial number A11956964A.
- Jace's mug shot has the number A21403. It was taken on 9-28-60.
- Toomey and Kelso are able to track down Vince via the postcard from the Hawaiian Village Hotel, which has the address of 1136 Ala Wai. This is close to the actual address, which is 2005 Kalia Road. When Toomey and Kelso check in, they use the pseudonyms of A. Morgan and M. Hollister from 1046 Green Valley Circle, Seattle. The date they register is 9/18/70.
- There is a stock shot of the Five-O team running down the Iolani Palace steps.
- Jace's body is removed in a City and County Ambulance.
Monte Markham plays Harry Kellem, a real estate developer who's in the penitentiary for the murder of his partner Tom Cheney three years before. When Kellem hears Frank Ritchie (Morgan Sha'an), a stabbed and dying convict in the prison hospital, confess to the murder with no other witnesses in the room, Kellem freaks out and takes Dr. Sam Berman (Sorrell Booke) hostage and calls for McGarrett to reopen the investigation. R.G. Armstrong is still the tough prison warden, but Al "Ben" Harrington, who was a prisoner in The Box (#16), has moved up in the world -- here he plays Bates, a guard. McGarrett, described by Kellem as "the smartest cop on this rock," has a race against time to investigate. Among those he grills for information are Kellem's slimy lawyer Craig Wilkie (William Schallert) and Man Fook-Low (stock player Arthur Hee), who offers some philosophical speculation on Kellem's partner Cheney's gambling habits. Bill Bigelow, listed as William Bigelow II in the credits and wearing a wig, appears almost unrecognizable as Rycourt, an auditor, who determines that the books for Kellem and Cheney's former company were cooked in a way to make it look like they lost money but they actually didn't. Danno tracks down a paper trail connected with the company which leads back to Wilkie, who not only profited when the company fell on hard times, but also coached Ted Cowan (Richard Roat), the only witness to Cheney's murder, to perjure himself. Mills Watson is the very slimy thug Barney Banyon in Wilkie's employ who gives McGarrett a lot of mouth -- and also knocks off Cowan, who decides to change his testimony. Joan Van Ark plays Cowan's wife Freda, who takes matters into her own hands at the end of the show. Her appearance is all too brief.
- McGarrett's arrival at the prison and walk through the yard are taken from previous prison episodes. Bob Sevey and KGMB are on the scene live, covering the hostage drama.
- Terry Plunkett is HPD Officer Spivack, who interviewed Cowan shortly after the murder. I think Plunkett lost a bit of weight after this appearance! When Danno leaves him, the subtitles say he says "Thanks, sarge," but Danno actually says "Thanks, Terry."
- Cowan's body is taken away in a City and County Ambulance.
A touching story on the issue of long-time Hawaiian residents' land being taken away from them by land developers, directed by Michael O'Herlihy. Frank Silvera plays Frank Kuakua, a Maui cowboy who fears the loss of his ranch to the crooked real estate agent Lester Cronin (Bill Bigelow, bald in this episode). When Cronin gets threatening, Kuakua says "Don't you 'bruddah' me", and pushes him backwards, causing Cronin to hit his head on a tree, killing him (it doesn't seem that hard of a push!) Jack Lord finally gets to ride a horse as McGarrett and a posse pursue Frank into the mountains -- though what's with McGarrett's fruity hat and ascot? Their tracker, Charlie, is Beau Van Den Ecker, the Five-O stuntman who directed some episodes in the later seasons, including the wretched twelfth season A Bird in Hand.... When McGarrett tries to talk Frank into surrendering, he goes into his "cop who cares" persona, saying things like "I feel ashamed of what's being done here in the name of progress." There is lots of helicopter action in this show. In one scene, the helicopter parks dangerously on a hill at an angle and Danno leaps out and then back in. Star Frank 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). This episode of Five-O was his last acting job -- he died on June 11, 1970, over 6 months before the episode aired.
- One sequence after Frank shoots his horse and another after the posse finds the dead horse, where McGarrett makes a face and looks up at the sky, are exactly the same. On the DVD set, after McGarrett tells the posse he wants Frank brought in alive, the audio cuts out for several seconds as the posse rides off. One of the other cowboys' voices from the posse sounds like it is looped with that of another actor like Moe Keale.
- How can Frank can go to Oahu to visit his daughter Dorothy (Marilyn Chris) in Honolulu, since he tells her he is very short of money. Furthermore, when he later tells McGarrett he was visiting her, why doesn't Five-O just check the airline passenger list for confirmation?
- When Dorothy, who works at the coffee shop in the Ilikai Hotel, phones Frank in Maui from Honolulu, she only dials seven numbers.
- When Frank arrives at his daughter's house, the music accompanying what sounds like a cop show on TV in the background is the same as the perky music heard at the end of Bored She Hung Herself. Later, when Danno goes to Harry's Corral, a bar operated by Harry Pawai (Robert Luck), the music heard in the background is the familiar children's chorus from Kiss the Queen Goodbye. As well, the "memories" theme is heard in the bar later when Frank's pal Hody Linquist (Royal Dano) talks to Pawai.
- Several phrases of Hawaiian dialogue in the show do not appear in the DVD subtitles, whereas most individual words do.
- When Danno is at the airport expecting to see Cronin returning to Oahu, the plane is an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-200 "Funbird," number N73712.
- Frank puts the dead Cronin in his car (license number 4B-8579) and pushes the car over a cliff. The music accompanying this is usually heard during the pre-commercial "wave."
- While in Maui, Danno stays at the Sonesta Beach Hotel in Kaanapali. The helicopter he is seen in several times during the episode has the number N9018F.
Master criminal Sheldon Orwell (Tim O'Connor), described by McGarrett as an "expert on burglar alarms, chemistry, explosives [and] police techniques" is sprung from jail by Willard Lennox (Paul Stewart), a "dinosaur" from the age of Capone, who lives like a baron on Maui. The object of this exercise is a raid on the Honolulu Diamond Exchange, which also involves participation from electronics genius Grant Potter (Norman DuPont), two ambulance drivers, and Edmund Putney (Logan Ramsey), an "inside man." This is one of the best shows to demonstrate the "Five-O process" as bits and pieces of information are correlated to determine what Orwell and Lennox are up to. Chin Ho tracks down the chemical phosphorus pentoxide, used in the smoke bombs which cover Orwell's escape at the beginning of the show, Che Fong analyzes some cigar ash to determine it is from a Turkish brand called Kamal, and Danno gets news of thylacine stearate, a drug simulating a heart attack, which is purchased by Orwell, who has a history of heart problems for which he has to take nitroglycerine pills. Che Fong also finds some marble dust in the earwax of one of the men that Lennox knocks off after springing Orwell, plus some hair samples. Stewart, whose career began in the 40's with films like Citizen Kane, gives a great performance.
- At the beginning, when Lennox meets Orwell on the top of a parking garage, in the background you can see the J.H. Schnack Building at 922 Maunakea St., which still exists today. Orwell is driving a white Rolls-Royce convertible.
- Is Beau Van Den Ecker the driver of the getaway car who is shot by Lennox?
- In the opening scene, Orwell has the chain connecting his handcuffs separated in the middle with a heavy duty cutter. But a few seconds later he gets out of the car with no handcuffs. If he had a key, why didn't he just use that in the first place?
- The brand of cigars whose ash Che Fong traces is sold to a woman, Roxie Newton (Lennox's girl friend) through a local smoke shop. McGarrett quips, "Either she's got a boyfriend or women's liberation is working overtime."
- The access card that Potter uses to gain access to the diamond exchange is peculiar -- on the bottom line are three entries for Room, Rate and Clerk.
- When Orwell fakes his heart attack and is taken inside the diamond exchange elevator, why do they close the doors (aside from allowing Potter and Putney to rappel down inside the elevator shaft into the car)? All four men then don ambulance attendant uniforms, which is double the number of attendants who went into the elevator in the first place. Didn't anyone consider this might seem odd when they finally emerge?
- The ambulance used to transport Orwell is from the Clark Ambulance Company -- but one of the shots of it fleeing the robbery is from King of the Hill, and is a City and County Ambulance. Lennox later refers to the ambulance as a "meat wagon."
- A small video tape machine is used to make the diamond exchange guard think that previously taped shots of the exchange are what's currently happening on the top floor where the exchange is located.
- Michael Morgan, who plays the Exchange Room Guard, appeared in the previous episode as Maui Police Chief Ben Kubota.
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 gruelling of the entire series. The score by music supervisor Don B. Ray introduces us to the "military theme," which will make numerous appearances in future shows. There are also variations on the "memories" theme. Five-O investigates the suspicious death of Vietnam war hero Jack Rigney (Peter Jason), who fell several stories from his apartment balcony. His father is the straight-laced World War II veteran Brigadier General Earl Rigney (John Anderson) whose other son Michael (Michael Anderson, Jr.) is thinking of skipping the country to avoid the draft. Michael visits the offices of the Hawaii Committee to Aid Draft Resistance, where Al "Doc" Eben is Max Heller, a counsellor. Posters like "War is not healthy for children and other living things" are seen in abundance. 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." To help solve the case, Danno goes underground as a potential deserter, not very convincingly. Ann (Brooks Almy), the sister of one deserter who's already in Canada tells him, "Don't tell me you're going to be inducted ... you look too old to be a draftee." 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." In the scene with Ann, James MacArthur seems to be forgetting his lines: "Yeah, but, uh, [pause] Canada's [a very long pause] opening up [pause] to all kinds of protestors." When Danno is later busted with several hippie types, he grabs the arm of Matthews, their leader, in a cop-like move as they run outside their house, then lets go. Matthews was played by journalist Dave Donnelly, sporting a beard and sunglasses. He writes: "The scene was filmed in a shack in Kalama Valley which today is a thriving community, Hawaii Kai, complete with golf course." There is a good quote from Chin Ho in McGarrett's office: "How you like them pineapples?" (Some interesting trivia behind this line, sent to me by one of the actors in the show: 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.) 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 Col. Franklin, who throws more obstacles in McGarrett's path. Finally, General Rigney gets on the phone (202-545-6700) to Jonathan Kay (not identified by name, but played by Robert Dixon!) in Washington. The final scene where a tape (Sony reel-to-reel) made of Jack's final moments is played while his family, Col. Franklin, Michael's girl friend Gail Howard (Joy Bang, who looks about 14), McGarrett and Danno listen, is outstanding -- this should get five stars out of four! Jack's death is revealed as a suicide, a reaction to his having participated in a My Lai-like massacre: "We didn't care what we killed ... peasants ... gooks ... anything. We only cared about our body count, about our high kill ratio."
Wo Fat, the Soviet Mischa Toptegan (Roger C. Carmel) and Nicole Fleming (Sabrina Scharf), "as deadly as she is female," converge on Hawaii to place bids on $20 US bill printing plates which are in the possession of McGarrett's former Navy pal, Commander Nicholson (John McMartin). As expected, Federal bigshot Jonathan Kay (the stern Joseph Sirola), shows up to harass McGarrett and make sure the free world will survive this insidious "economic warfare." There's an exciting helicopter battle on top of a mountain at Wo Fat's secret hideout (one wonders why it is so secret, it's not that far from downtown Honolulu!). The "military theme" makes an appearance at the beginning of part two, with further development at Nicholson's trailer after he is assassinated. Interestingly, part one's music credit says "Theme by Morton Stevens", which suggests stock music, but part two is scored by Ray. The continuity of the scene where Nicholson is shot is not that great ... he seems to jump back several feet to collapse in the water. McGarrett misprounounces the name of the Byodo-In Temple featured in the show's climax as "Bye-oh-do-in" rather than "Be-o-do-in". The interchanges between the various bidders as well as with McGarrett throughout the show are quite delightful. The finale is disappointing, however, with Wo Fat seriously wounded, yet escaping to live another day. (What's the significance of the spider web that the camera focuses on?) A taxi is seen with the stock phone number 732-5577.
Claire Cunningham (Marian McCargo), the wife of arms dealer Ben (Paul Burke) is kidnapped by separatist revolutionaries from the island of Arasunda. They want a shipment of guns diverted from their intended destination, the Republic of Malanesia (shades of "Savage Sunday"). But Cunningham actually arranged for his wife to be kidnapped because he was having serious financial problems, gambling that the Malanesian Consul in Honolulu (Arthur Batanides) would cough up more money to compensate him for her loss. Luckily, the Consul gives Cunningham $500,000 to get him to forget about his wife and make sure that the guns will be delivered to their intended destination, his government.
There is a spy in the Consul's office who tips off the kidnappers where the guns are being stored -- at Pier 39. The separatists promptly go to the pier and attempt to seize the guns, despite the fact there are only three of them and there are a lot of well-armed guys working in the warehouse there, presumably connected with the Consul. The separatists are all killed. Again, Cunningham is lucky. What would have happened if the separatists actually got control of the guns? Did Cunningham expect their plot would fail?
The separatists are in league with local "businessman" Bajano, who is very sleazy. He doesn't seem overly concerned about the fact that the three men were shot dead at the pier. He is played by Philip Pine, who had experience in #37, Which Way Did They Go, playing another "Asian" (as in this episode, not particularly well). Bajano is primarily interested in getting $50,000 from Cunningham for helping him arrange the kidnapping. (Yet more luck for Cunningham in that the amount the Consul gave him was more than he had to pay Bajano.)
Bajano has had contact with McGarrett, because it was his van that was used when the separatists (which include his "cousin") grabbed Claire. The van is located by Kono in the middle of nowhere after it broke down with transmission problems. McGarrett tells the Five-O team to "check all shipping companies, air freight cargo lines, everything..." to find the guns.
McGarrett has a major brainstorm in the final act after he talks with "Doc," who works in the HPD forensic lab, played by Robert Costa. After Claire was kidnapped, a body of one of the separatists was found on the lawn, supposedly shot by Cunningham. But this guy was already dead prior to the kidnapping, because traces of his blood were found in the kidnappers' van. According to McGarrett, he was shot with Cunningham's gun hours before, and then dumped on the lawn as part of the elaborate plot. It isn't specifically said if Cunningham shot him, but one wonders who this dead guy was? A martyr for the cause?
Alas, Cunningham's luck runs out at the end of the show. He arrives at Bajano's hideout with the $50,000 payoff, but his wife, in trying to escape shortly before, has seen the kidnappers faces, so they are going to knock her off after they get the money. In attempting to save her, Cunningham takes a fatal slug, just as Five-O and HPD break in to the hideout and subdue Bajano and his cohorts.
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 his associate Hank Merrill (George Murdock), 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."
- Robert Luck is seen on a photo as one of the revolutionary suspects, and Beau Van Den Ecker plays "1st Separatist," on screen for about 15 seconds. Daniel Kamekona is a slimy general from Malanesia wearing sunglasses.
- There are several stock shots: above the Iolani Palace as Five-O cars pull out onto the street, McGarrett running up the palace steps, Winston Char and Kam Fong tracing a phone call.
- Why the guns are at the pier is difficult to understand. At the airport, Kono talks to Kwan Him Lim who plays a shipping clerk. He tells Kono that the guns have arrived from Holland and have gone to the pier. But then they are going to be brought back to the airport almost immediately to be shipped on another plane!
- When McGarrett visits Doc, he is wearing a grey suit. In the next scene he is going up the Iolani Palace steps in a blue suit.
- During a chase near the end, where Five-O is following Cunningham around Honolulu to be led to the hideout where Claire is being held, Kono radios to McGarrett, but his voice seems altered. During this chase, McGarrett and Danno are using a map. Why? Don't they know their own town?
- When the Malanesian Consul General is abusing McGarrett for his interference in the country's internal affairs, you can see him literally spitting at McGarrett. McGarrett threatens to make a big noise in the newspapers about what has happened, and the Consul says that Cunningham was only given $50,000, not $500,000!
- Cars from Five-O and HPD approaching Bajano's hideout, which is in the middle of nowhere, are very noisy on the gravel.
- The marimba theme is heard multiple times in this show.
This is more of a plot anal-ysis, which hopefully will help others to understand this talky and confusing story. 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 (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. He makes a phone call (which we later discover was to lawyer Henry Lockman (Gary Collins)). After spending some time in the Pantheon Bar where the bartender is Lippy Espinda and running up a hefty tab, Tobias goes to the docks to meet 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 Amons Bolin, 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 the 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, and in a surprise confrontation 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. There are a lot of unanswered questions when this show is over. Like why did Lockman set up his friend 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 and will probably find further ways to obstruct justice!
- There are some good quotes from McGarrett: "My job is to dig out the truth ... wherever it lies, wherever it's buried"; "Check every hotel, motel and flophouse in the city"; "You've gotta be a lawyer to be a cop today, Danno."
- Some of the minor character names in the end titles are arranged like the guest stars.
- The shot where McGarrett arrives and enters the prison is cribbed from the first season episode, The Box.
- The song heard at the pier at the beginning is also heard in Kiss the Queen Goodbye.
- McGarrett and Danno get to Flora's apartment very fast at the end of the show after getting no response from phoning her.
- Danno shows McGarrett a photocopy of a check from Lockman made out to Tobias drawn on the Central Pacific Bank. Danno says the check was made out "a year ago," but it is dated October 8, 1960.
- The prison shirt worn by Whiting has the number 18790. This is the same number on the California prison shirts worn by McGarrett and Barca in first season episode, The Ways of Love!
- The Honolulu Advertiser with a date which seems like Tuesday, October 13, 1970 is seen.
- The rent for Tobias' flophouse room is 50 cents a day.
- On the phone that Lockman uses to snoop on Danno's conversation in the middle of the rotary dial where the phone number should be, it says "Someone's Hoping You'll Call Long Distance." The phone has a hold button, plus four numbers: 732-5577, 732-5589, 732-5579 and 732-5500, and one other button.
- As Lockman leaves the Five-O office after listening to the call, there is some weird electronic-sounding music.
In this follow-up to #5, And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin, Marty Collins (Mark Jenkins), brother of Joey, whom Danno accidentally killed in the earlier episode, is released on parole from prison. Only one slight problem -- in #5, the brother was named Thad Vaughn! R.G. Armstrong is no longer the prison warden. The opening stock shot, taken from high above, shows McGarrett running down the Palace steps and getting in his car, but McGarrett is in Chicago during this show. Danno is in charge when Marty takes Chin Ho, Jenny, the old lady of the title (Hope Summers) and a cop hostage with guns and bombs in McGarrett's office. This episode is well-written and acted. The ending, where Doug Mossman (as Mossman, a bomb disposal expert) instructs Danno in how to deactivate dynamite attached to the dead Marty is kind of contrived. This show contains a couple of flashbacks to the earlier episode. There are also some scenes filmed in the entrance and on the stairway of the Iolani Palace.
- The shot near the beginning showing three men walking across the prison yard is from the first season episode "The Box."
- When Chin Ho surreptitiously turns on the phone so that people outside can hear what is going on, he dials the reception desk in the Palace. The phone number is 555-2368, extension 15.
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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