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

INCLUDING ODDITIES, GOOFS AND TRIVIA

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SEASON THREE - QUICK INDEX

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)
S03E07 - Force of Waves (John Vernon, Linda Marsh)
S03E08 - The Reunion (Simon Oakland, Joe Maross)
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, Linda Marsh)
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)
S03E22 - The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney (Mark Jenkins, Hope Summers)
S03E23 & S03E24 - The Grandstand Play (Pernell Roberts, Elliott Street)

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The numbering system follows that in Karen Rhodes' Booking Hawaii Five-O. It also uses Season/Episode numbers, i.e., S01E01 = Season One, Episode One.


RATINGS:
★★★★ = 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... ★★★˝

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.

QUICK PLOT:

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.

REVIEW:

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 Shepard 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 Ellen (Sherry Plep), the 9-year-old daughter of the "top neurosurgeon in Hawaii," Dr. David Forbes (Donald Moffat), in an effort to get the doctor not to save Shepard's life. When Wo confronts the doctor and his wife Janet (Linda Ryan) in their apartment which contains several objects of Oriental art, he 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 Shepard survives.

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, a pushy "fed" who tries to stonewall McGarrett's every move. Of course McGarrett 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. The time frame for Shepard's operation is two hours, and Kavanaugh, against McGarrett's wishes, passes information to Ralston that Shepard has survived the operation (not true, he actually died). They locate the yacht at the very last moment (less than 10 minutes of the two hours to go), but within what seem like mere minutes, McGarrett, Danno and Kono all appear on a Coast Guard patrol boat beside the yacht, dressed in well-fitting Coast Guard uniforms!

WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?

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..."

McGARRETT WANTS:

EPISODE PROMO:

This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for "And a Time to Die..." Battling Five-0: 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.

CASUALTY LIST:

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 ★★★★

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.

QUICK PLOT:

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.

REVIEW:

Nancy Wilson gives an outstanding performance as singer Eadie Jordan who has not only a concert to perform at the Waikiki Shell, but a serious heroin problem. Trouble is, there's a batch of smack laced with arsenic circulating around Oahu killing people.

Series and main theme composer Morton Stevens plays Hank, a drummer who dies from using the poisoned dope. 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. 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.

Wilson 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.

In this excerpt, by the way, before she starts singing, Eadie is holding sheet music with her right hand and snapping fingers of her left hand. In the next shot, she is holding a microphone with her right hand. Then, in the next shot, she is holding the mike with her right hand and the sheet music with her left hand.

Harry Guardino is Mike, Eadie's manager/arranger/pianist. 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 and tries to sell Mike some dope. 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.

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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.

QUICK PLOT:

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

REVIEW:

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.

WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?

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."

McGARRETT WANTS:

EPISODE 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.

QUICK PLOT:

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

REVIEW:

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."

McGARRETT WANTS:

EPISODE 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 ★★★

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.

REVIEW:

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."

CASUALTY LIST:

Death: Hutch and Deke stab Gino Mazzini in his apartment.
Death: Deke shot by McGarrett, assuming dead because he doesn't move.
Injury: Hutch 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.

REVIEW:

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!

CASUALTY LIST:

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.

REVIEW:

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.

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56. (S03E08) The Reunion ★★★

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.

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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).

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57. (S03E09) The Late John Louisiana ★★★˝

Original air date: 11/11/70 -- Opening Credits -- End Credits
Director: Michael 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.

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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.

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58. (S03E10) The Last Eden ★★  BOOK ʻEM 

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.

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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:

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59. (S03E11) Over Fifty? Steal! ★★★★

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.

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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.

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60. (S03E12) Beautiful Screamer ★★★★

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.

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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.

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61. The Payoff ★★★˝
Original air date: 12/9/70 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

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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.

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62. The Double Wall ★★★
Original air date: 12/16/70 --
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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.

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63. Paniolo ★★★
Original air date: 12/30/70

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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.

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    Death: Lester Cronin is pushed backwards by Frank Kuakua, striking his head on a tree. Hody Linquist confirms that Lester is dead.
    Death: Frank shoots his horse.
    Injury: McGarrett gets shot in the arm by Frank.
    Death: Frank is shot dead by the posse.

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  • 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.

64. Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart ★★★˝
Original air date: 1/6/71

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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.

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    Injury (x2): HPD officers escorting Sheldon Orwell from court hit in head with saps.
    Death: Sturgis shot by HPD officer who runs out of courthouse. He is taken to the hospital but "never made it into surgery."
    Death (x2): Murray and the driver are shot by Willard Lennox.
    Injury: Orwell takes drug to give heart attack symptoms; Lennox tells McGarrett he is dead.

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  • 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.

65. To Kill or Be Killed ★★★★
Original air date: 1/13/71

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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."

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66 & 67. F.O.B. Honolulu ★★★˝
Original air date: 1/27/71 & 2/3/71

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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.

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    Death: Lance Corporal Kurtz/Leo Price shot in head in Ilikai Hotel elevator by Wo Fat's men.
    Death (x3): Wo Fat's men shot by Danno from second helicopter.
    Death: Wo Fat's man shot at top of tower by McGarrett from helicopter.
    Death: Wo Fat's man shot by McGarrett inside building after he starts fire.
    Injury: Carter hit in head in police laboratory to steal the bill.
    Death: 3rd Engineer Zagore shot by Commander Ron Nicholson.
    Death: Nicholson shot four times by Nicole.
    Death: Wo Fat's guard, accompanying him and Nicole to the temple, killed by Madrid and put into koi pond.
    Injury: Wo Fat shot by Madrid but all that's left is a blood trail at the temple.
    Death: Madrid shot by McGarrett and falls from bridge.

68. The Gunrunner ★★★
Original air date: 2/10/71

REVIEW:

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."

CASUALTY LIST:

    Injury: Claire Cunningham chloroformed when she is kidnapped.
    Injury: Hank hit in the head with sap by one of the kidnappers.
    Death: One of the kidnappers dead (??) in Ben Cunningham's yard.
    Injury: Guard patrolling grounds with dog hit from behind. "Killed the dog."
    Death (x2): Driver and ‘shotgun' of first truck loaded with guns shot by revolutionary.
    Death: Revolutionary by crane shot by Ben.
    Death: "1st Separatist" shot by men behind trucks who loaded guns.
    Injury: Ben and Danno shove each other as Ben tries to get close to Kanjil.
    Death: Kanjil shot by Ben. Injured at first but dies after talking to McGarrett.
    Death: Ben shot by "1st Kidnapper"
    Death: "1st Kidnapper" shot by Danno.
    Death: Bajano shot by McGarrett.

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  • 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.

69. Dear Enemy
Original air date: 2/17/71 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

REVIEW:

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!

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70. The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney ★★★
Original air date: 2/24/71 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

REVIEW:

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.

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71 & 72. The Grandstand Play ★★★★
Original air date: 3/3/71 & 3/10/71

REVIEW:

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.

CASUALTY LIST:

    Death: Emily Workman strangled under ballpark grandstand by Lou Horton.
    Death: Lester Workman strangled by Lou Horton.
    Injury: Horton attempts to strangle Gary under the bleachers before McGarrett and Danno arrive.
    Injury: Horton punches McGarrett at start of fistfight even to the point of strangulation.
    Injury: McGarrett throws Horton into metal wall during fistfight. Later, Horton is punched multiple times before being subdued.

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