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


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

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



S03E01 - And A Time To Die... (Khigh Dhiegh, Gerald S. O'Loughlin)
S03E02 - Trouble In Mind (Nancy Wilson, Milton Selzer, Harry Guardino)
S03E03 - The Second Shot (John Marley, Eric Braeden)
S03E04 - Time And Memories (Diana Muldaur, Martin Sheen, Edward Andrews)
S03E05 - The Guarnerius Caper (Albert Paulsen, Anthony James, Kenneth O'Brien, Ed Flanders)
S03E06 - The Ransom (Andrew Duggan, Peter Bonerz)
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, John Lupton, Dub Taylor)
S03E22 - The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney (Mark Jenkins, Hope Summers)
S03E23 & S03E24 - The Grandstand Play (Pernell Roberts, Elliott Street)

Previous Season (Two) • Next Season (Four)

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

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

49. (S03E01) And A Time To Die... ★★★

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


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


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!


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..."



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.




51. (S03E03) The Second Shot ★★★

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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."



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.




52. (S03E04) Time and Memories ★★★

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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.




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.


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."


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.


54. (S03E06) The Ransom ★★★½

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.


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!


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.


55. (S03E07) Force of Waves ★★½

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.


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.



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.


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).



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

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


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


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.


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



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

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

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

Julie Grant: You don't know him.

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

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

Pierson: I'm sorry, baby.

Grant: Nicky. No.

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




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.


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:



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.


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.


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.


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.



61. (S03E13) The Payoff ★★★½

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Jase Gorman: Madge got everything. Every dime.

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

Gorman: Madge.

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

Madge: I'll drink to that.

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

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

Danno: Dead?

McGarrett: Yeah.

Danno: Did you get anything out of him?

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

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

McGarrett: Hold it!

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




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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

McGarrett: And what if I can't?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barney Banyan: All right, everybody freeze.

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




63. (S03E15) Paniolo ★★★

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

Hody Linquist: You already did.

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

McGarrett: Why did you lie, Mrs. Owens?

Dorothy: He's my father.

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

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




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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

Edmund Putney: All right, drop those guns.

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




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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Danno ends up hanging out at a location outside of town with several hippie types. His cover is almost blown when one of them named Kit (Paul Mickelsen – uncredited) recognizes him as having visited the draft resisters' office as a cop where he talked to Heller earlier. In fact, Kit gave Danno a dirty face when he was there. Mickelsen has what he describes as "the famous line (at least to my kids) of 'He's fuzz man, fuzz!'," which he says to Matthews, their leader, just as this country hideout is suddenly raided by the cops and military types. As they are escaping, Danno grabs the arm of Matthews in a cop-like move as they run outside the place, then lets go.

Matthews was played by Honolulu journalist Dave Donnelly, sporting a beard and sunglasses. He e-mailed me several years ago, saying, "The scene was filmed in a shack in Kalama Valley which today is a thriving community, Hawaii Kai, complete with golf course."

Chin Ho has a good line in McGarrett's office earlier as the facts of the case become more and more prevalent: "How do you like them pineapples?" There is some interesting trivia behind this comment, according to Mickelsen: "The 'nice pineapples' line was a result of an extra who was one of the hippies at the house. She was braless, wearing a see through blouse and had a body that demanded attention. The cast and crew were very entertained by her running from the house, so much so that about 15 takes ensued, most with no film in the camera."

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Note, this does not jibe with the production date for this show being in the third season.)


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

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

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

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

Matthews: Fuzz after you already?

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

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

Matthews: The fuzz. Let's split.

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



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

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

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


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.


68. (S03E20) The Gunrunner ★★½

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


After a munitions dealer makes a deal with revolutionaries to kidnap his wife so the government the separatists are fighting against will compensate him for her death, his plot backfires after Five-O figures out what is going on.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of course, all the above is true!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

McGarrett: Who you dealing with?

Ben Cunningham: I can't tell you that.

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

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

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

Claire Cunningham: Ben?

Ben: Claire, are you all right?

Claire: Help me, please.

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




69. (S03E21) Dear Enemy  DANNO, BOOK HIM 

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

McGarrett: Is that when you hit her?

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

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

Flora Whiting: Stop it, stop it!

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

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

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




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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marty: He'll come in.

Chin Ho: And what then?

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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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