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S04E01 - Highest Castle, Deepest Grave (Herbert Lom, Jeff Corey, France Nuyen)
S04E02 - No Bottles ... No Cans ... No People (Henry Darrow, Ron Feinberg)
S04E03 - Wednesday, Ladies Free (Monte Markham, Soon-Taik Oh, Marie Windsor)
S04E04 - 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu (Buddy Ebsen, David Canary)
S04E05 - Two Doves and Mr. Heron (Vic Morrow, John Ritter)
S04E06 - ... And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots (Michael Burns, Annette O'Toole)
S04E07 - Air Cargo -- Dial For Murder (Don Chastain, Marion Ross, Barney Phillips, James Hong)
S04E08 - For A Million ... Why Not? (Robert Fields, Sam Melville)
S04E09 - The Burning Ice (Jackie Cooper, Lou Antonio)
S04E10 - Rest in Peace, Somebody (Norm Alden)
S04E11 - A Matter of Mutual Concern (David Opatoshu, Manu Tupou)
S04E12 - Nine, Ten -- You're Dead (Moses Gunn, Albert Paulsen)
S04E13 - Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise? (Nephi Hannemann)
S04E14 - Odd Man In (Hume Cronyn)
S04E15 - Bait Once, Bait Twice (James Olson, Loretta Swit, Malachi Throne)
S04E16 & S04E17 - The Ninety-Second War, Part I and II (Tim O'Connor, Donald Pleasance, Dana Wynter, Khigh Dhiegh)
S04E18 - Skinhead (Lee Paul)
S04E19 - While You're At It, Bring in the Moon (Barry Sullivan, Ed Flanders, H.M. Winant, Milton Selzer)
S04E20 - Cloth of Gold (Jason Evers, Ray Danton, Jay Robinson)
S04E21 - Good Night, Baby -- Time to Die! (Beth Brickell, William Watson)
S04E22 - Didn't We Meet at a Murder? (Joanna Barnes, Simon Oakland)
S04E23 - Follow the White Brick Road (Mark Jenkins, David Birney, David Doyle)
S04E24 - R&R&R (Alan Vint, Richard LePore, James Davidson)
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The numbering system follows that in Karen Rhodes' Booking Hawaii Five-O. It also uses Season/Episode numbers, i.e., S01E01 = Season One, Episode One.
A ten-year-old missing persons case is reopened when an anthropological dig reveals the bodies of a man and a woman.
Click here to read Full Plot. Thanks to Bobbi for her help with the plots in this season!
As Karen Rhodes suggests in her book about Five-O, there are more than a few similarities between this show and the classic film noir Laura, where Dana Andrews plays a cop who becomes obsessed by the portrait of a woman.
Among them is the score by Morton Stevens, which has a lyrical theme connected with the alluring full-size painting of philanthropic industrialist Mondrago's deceased wife. This theme appears in various guises, much like David Raksin's classic tune that weaves its way through the Otto Preminger movie from 1945.
Herbert Lom plays industrialist and rich guy Mondrago, a man who doesn't like to be pushed around and admires McGarrett for standing up to him. McGarrett goes to visit Mondrago after bones from Anton Parker, Mondrago's "top man," who disappeared 10 years before, are found in a cave by some anthropology students along with the skeleton of a woman.
McGarrett is attracted to Mondrago's daughter Sirone, played by the gorgeous France Nuyen. There is a large painting of a woman in the entrance hallway to Mondrago's place which resembles both Sirone and her mother.
McGarrett becomes suspicious that the woman's body in the cave was that of Mondrago's wife, who supposedly died of an aneurysm, but before she passed away seemed to be having an affair with Parker. When the body of the wife is exhumed from a grave on Mondrago's property, it shows signs of a fractured arm, which does not correspond to the wife's body, which was fracture-free, like the bones of the woman in the cave.
McGarrett and Chin Ho go to visit Dr. Herbert Ventnor (Bill Edwards, later Jonathan Kaye), who was treating the wife prior to her death. Ventnor slips away from the two and, grabbing some medical records, attempts to flee, ending up burned alive along with the records when he drives his car over a cliff and it explodes.
McGarrett also goes to visit Andrew Duncan, the artist who made the life-size portrait of Mondrago's wife in 1951. The eccentric Duncan, who says "I live in squalor," tells McGarrett that Mrs. Mondrago "cast her spell on everyone" and that if he wants to "tarnish her name," he should "get lost." McGarrett brings up the issue of the affair with Parker, and Duncan says, "She wasn't one of your country-club broads with a cocktail in one hand and a motel key in another. She was something different." McGarrett goes away after Duncan tells him to "leave things alone," yelling "Spoiler … defamer … centurion!" at McGarrett as he is on his way out.
Later, Mondrago pays Duncan a large sum of money ($50,000) to keep his mouth shut, since he was a witness to events surrounding the wife's death and gets his servant Akea (Wilfred "Moe" Keale, in his first role on the show) to blow up Duncan's place to make it look like the artist was killed.
This explosion is the show's only major failing. When McGarrett leaves Duncan's, it's about a minute and 10 seconds before the place is consumed by fire. Considering he would be at least half a mile away if he was driving at 30 miles an hour (probably not this slow), it's unlikely that McGarrett would hear the explosion, which seems to be very loud. This would be more convincing if McGarrett had seen a column of smoke rising from the house, rather than the point of view of the burning house on the beach.
Mondrago eventually comes to the Five-O office and confesses that yes, he was the one who killed his wife and Parker when he discovered their affair and got Akea to take the bodies to the cave. He then substituted another woman's body for that of his wife to be buried in the coffin; this woman had been brought by Mondrago with others to Honolulu after a tidal wave on Molokai and had died at Ventnor's clinic. Despite what Mondrago says, McGarrett feels that "Something's wrong," specifically the fact that when surprised by Mondrago, Parker didn't run out of the house, but seemingly just stuck around to get shot after Mondrago went to his study to get his gun.
Returning to Mondrago's place, McGarrett has to contend with Akea who tries to keep him from entering, but is dispatched with a karate chop. Inside, McGarrett encounters Sirone coming down the stairway with a gun. She is upset because she thinks McGarrett made her father take the fall for her mother's death, whereas the young Sirone was the one who actually killed both Parker and her mother. She shoots and wounds McGarrett, then tells him "I killed my mother," describing her as "dirty."
These events have all been hushed up by her father for the last 10 years, and Sirone has been receiving psychiatric care which was also hidden from public view. (We have had a glimpse of some signs of her mental instability in a scene between Sirone and her father earlier.) Mondrago is freed, since his crime was only "one of concealment," which McGarrett feels "the courts will understand." Mondrago tells McGarrett, "I hope you'll forgive me if I don't say thanks."
Overall, despite the one flaw mentioned above, this is an outstanding episode with an especially good script and powerhouse acting by Herbert Lom, France Nuyen and Jeff Corey as well as Jack Lord
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
"Highest castle" suggests how successful and rich Mondrago is, but "deepest grave," on the other hand, suggests how secrets from his family's past have been buried (the bodies in the cave and the "replacement" body for his wife's in her coffin on his property), out of sight, out of mind.
- Danno, I want the missing-persons records searched for two people who vanished about ten years ago. A man and a woman. Age of man, approximately 40.
- What have you got, Danno?
- To Ventnor: May we see Mrs. Mondrago's medical file? ... May we see the file, doctor?
- To Chin Ho: Get Central Dispatch.
- To Dispatch: Get me a readout, please. Intercept and notify.
- Danno, while I'm heading in, call the DA's office. Get an exhumation order for Mrs. Mondrago's grave.
- To Danno: Get H.P.D. to assign as many men as possible to this case. I want all records searched going back ten years, missing persons, immigrations, steamship, airlines, hospitals, anything you can think of. Somewhere, someplace, a woman disappeared and I wanna know who she is.
- Kono, oblige the gentleman [take Mondrago's fingerprints].
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.
Death: Dr. Ventnor dies after his car plunges off cliff and explodes.
Injury: Akea is knocked unconscious after McGarrett gives him a karate chop.
Injury: McGarrett is shot in the arm by Sirone.
- There is no promo for this episode on the fourth season DVD set. Whether one exists is not known.
- When presumed-to-be-dead-but-not Duncan returns to Mondrago's house and gets paid off, how does Sirone know he received money? She is standing at the top of the stairs when the transaction took place and Duncan tucks the money into an inside coat pocket before she sees him as he is leaving.
- Just before the bones are discovered at the "dig" which begins the show, one of the university students comments there is a small statue-like icon which "looks like an ‘aumakua," representing a family god, which was probably placed there by Akea.
- There are several stock shots in the show of police cars and HPD's "iron brain" as well as the exploding car of Ventnor which will be seen again. There are also two shots of the area at the outer end of the Diamond Head tunnel.
- McGarrett appears in a cool Hawaiian shirt during the teaser.
- There is consecutive dialogue in the background during the credits at the beginning of the show as McGarrett is on his way to Mondrago's place.
- The Five-O main theme appears in a different arrangement for the first time. When McGarrett arrives at Mondrago's place, Morton Stevens' theme written for the show is heard played in the background on a piano, but there is no indication as to who is playing it.
- Herman "Duke" Wedemeyer is the judge at the exhumation inquiry. Well-known character actor William "Bill" Quinn plays Mondrago's lawyer Shawn. Shawn tells McGarrett, "You spoke of the relationship between Parker and Mrs. Mondrago and the affair they had," trying to trip him up, but McGarrett quite correctly replies, "Where on Earth did you get that 'fact'? I never called it a fact. It was an evaluation."
- When McGarrett rewinds the tape with Mondrago's confession, it stops, as usual, at exactly the place where McGarrett wants to start listening.
- A copy of the Honolulu Advertiser shows a headline -- "moon landing still in doubt" -- which is in lower case type. There is also a subhead under this article: "hinges on firing of rocket" (thanks to Bobbi).
- Why is the exhumation done at night?
- Ventnor's office is in the Queen Emma Clinics, supposedly on Hunakai Street.
- Including the bullet that wounds McGarrett, Sirone fires her revolver eight times.
- A Hawaiian Airlines plane is briefly scene as McGarrett goes to the big island to track down Duncan.
- Sirone figures out that McGarrett is a Capricorn: "The uphill fighter, overcomes all obstacles." Her father is a Leo: "He's a king. Powerful, vain, egotistical. But a good king." Sirone herself is a Scorpio, born November 4th.
Score by Morton Stevens.
Click on the numbers at the beginning of each line to hear music cues from this episode. The two times following are when the cue appears in the show and the length of the cue.
(#1, 1:50, 0:36) Anthropology students find bones, professor talks to McGarrett.
(#2, 2:59, 1:00) Music leads into main titles (new arrangement).
(#3, 4.02, 2:27) McGarrett drives to Mondrago's, he sees the painting.
(#4, 10:12, 0:13) McGarrett returns to office; Danno brings him up to date on the case.
(#5, 12:59, 3:12) Dr. Ventnor flees, McGarrett orders an all-point bulletin from Dispatch.
(#6, 16:55, 0:34) McGarrett returns to Mondrago's with more questions.
(#7, 18:34, 0:38) As he is about to leave, Sirone wants to talk to McGarrett.
(#8, 19:40, 1:49) McGarrett goes to Duncan's place.
(#9, 25:44, 2:02) McGarrett leaves Duncan's; Akea shows up to make Duncan "disappear."
(#10, 27:49, 0:10) The hearing for an exhumation order for Mondrago's wife's body is held.
(#11, 29:15, 0:38) The order is granted; the exhumation takes place.
(#12, 31:10, 0:35) McGarrett has a flashback to when Sirone's mother and Parker were shot.
(#13, 34:21, 0:26) Sirone freaks out; her father comforts her.
(#14, 35:21, 0:11) McGarrett orders Mondrago's arrest.
(#15, 35:34, 0:08) Details of the woman whose body was substituted for Mondrago's wife are discussed.
(#16, 39:27, 0:31) McGarrett flies to the Big Island where Duncan has been located.
(#17, 42:27, 1:09) McGarrett talks to Danno about the portrait; he returns to Mondrago's.
(#18, 44:30, 3:45) McGarrett encounters Sirone, who wounds him and shoots the picture of her mother.
(#19, 49:22, 0:42) Finale, Mondrago is released from jail.
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A local hoodlum tries to eliminate the competition and open the way for a mainland crime syndicate to operate in Hawaii.
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Henry Darrow is the smirking gangster Johnny Oporta, who wants to become the Mob's man in Hawaii, in charge of various rackets like prostitution, gambling, narcotics, loan sharking and protection.
As the show begins, Oporta, ostensibly the director of a local public relations company, is escorting a "negotiator" from the mainland named Larry (Jack Kosslyn) to the airport, assuring him that in six days or less everything will be "sewed up nice and tight." It sounds like Oporta has tried and failed to pull this off before. Larry tells him, "You must forgive our impatience, but when there are millions at stake, there's no margin for error," suggesting this is Johnny's last chance.
Oporta's way of dealing with those who would interfere with his plans is to have them knocked off by his two thugs Ray (Al Harrington) and Ozzie (Charles Bent), and then have their bodies burned in the incinerator at the local waste treatment facility. At this location, Furtado (Ron Feinberg) is in charge of processing the trash from dumpsters where these two goons disposed of the bodies.
Two pimps, one named Phil Hurley (Derek Mau, uncredited) and the other Peter Yano (Danny Kaleikini), both get this treatment. In fact, the dumpsters containing their bodies are taken on different days from the same alley and dumped into a garbage truck with exactly the same garbage and the same traffic driving on the street behind!
The situation with Oporta is potentially so serious that McGarrett gets a visit from a Fed, Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Benson (Tom Palmer), who warns him that an investigation reveals the mob feels the time is ripe for Hawaii, "the crossroads of the Pacific, the Waikiki District in particular … a hundred square blocks [where] every year, a million and a half tourists stream in and out." Benson knows that Oporta has a deadline to meet, but McGarrett is also familiar with Oporta, who he goes to visit.
Oporta's office is in the Queen Emma Building. Busting his way into the inner office in his usual manner, bypassing the receptionist, McGarrett tells Oporta that "from now on, I'm squeezing you so hard that it's all gonna crack open. And when it does, you won't have anything or anybody to peddle." As McGarrett leaves, Oporta sarcastically tells him to "stop by any time."
After Yano is murdered, his girl friend Sally Hodges (Beth Brickell), who was also the number one girl in his "stable" and knows how Oporta threatened Yano, gets in touch with McGarrett. He tells her that he can't bust Oporta without hard evidence. She starts yelling at him things like "You're acting like it's a big mystery [that] Peter's dead and we both know Johnny Oporta's the reason why."
Sally takes matters into her own hands, first sending a letter to McGarrett, care of his office at the Iolani Palace. In this letter, she writes, "I've got a gun and I'm going to see Johnny Oporta. Everybody knows the truth about what happened to Peter, but nobody will do anything about it, so I'm going to. If I don't come back, this will tell you where to look."
Sally confronts Oporta with a gun in his parking garage, but the sweet-talking Oporta manages to disarm her and she gets shot dead. Later when McGarrett shows her letter to Oporta, his reply is "A crank letter doesn't prove anything, not by itself."
Realizing he has a problem over and above his usual routine in getting rid of Sally's body, Oporta contacts Furtado, offering him $7,500 to take care of things. Furtado is reluctant to do this because of the risk he took arranging it so Yano's body would only be partially burned so that others in the local criminal community would have fear stricken into their hearts. Furtado finally relents when Oporta promises him this will really be the last time he uses Furtado's services.
Although Sally's body is incinerated, Five-O gets a break when Che Fong recovers a surgical pin made of solid steel implanted after her left forearm was fractured in an automobile accident three years before. This was found in a bucket of items that the incinerator could not destroy, combed from the ashes by Spooner ("Lippy" Espinda), one of the people at the garbage plant who rakes through the rubbish trying to recover things that the employees can sell for scrap metal. McGarrett calls this pin his corpus delicti.
In addition, Furtado's house is raided by members of the Five-O team to see if they can dig up anything, even though none of the plant's employees have any unusual activity in their bank accounts. Danno finds $27,500 hidden under the back seat of an old car that Furtado is restoring in his garage.
When McGarrett goes to Furtado's work place, there is a fight between the two of them. Charlie, one of the other employees, tries to intervene and instead falls into the flaming incinerator pit. (Maybe he was also on the take, because it seems to be me that if there was a body in the garbage dumped into the incinerator, it would be difficult to guarantee that it would be completely hidden.)
Furtado is busted, as is Oporta along with his two thugs when he meets the returning negotiator Larry at the airport, finally thinking he is going to be crowned king of the local rackets.
This show is well-directed by Michael O'Herlihy and has an above-average script and interesting photography like the use of a wide-angle lens in the limousine at the beginning as well as other scenes. Henry Darrow as Oporta with his smug attitude thinks he is getting under McGarrett's skin, but the top cop meets the challenge. (Darrow seems to be channeling Kirk Douglas for much of the episode.) The score by Stevens is very good, including the sound of a bonging bell, not the usual one which changes pitch when it is lowered into water. The bell is combined with a creepy synthesizer-like sound when garbage is being dumped into a truck or placed into the furnace at the plant by Furtado.
The beginning of the show is kind of confusing, however, because the Cadillac limo containing Oporta and Larry is seen driving behind the iconic tower at the Honolulu airport as if it were leaving the place. This is followed by the two men in one of the Wiki-Wiki buses used to transport people at the airport between terminals. They seem to be sitting in the back seat of the first of two buses which are the same but are coupled together, sort of like two diesel engines on a train. To those of us unfamiliar with how transportation at the airport works, there could probably be some better editing in this scene or an explanation.
- I want an ID, Doc, and I want it fast.
- Kono, that's what I want. Anything connecting Johnny Oporta and Peter Yano.
- To Chin and Kono: Circulate a description of [Peter Yano's money] clip.
Peter Yano: I'm not in Johnny's way.
Ray: He says you are.
Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "No Bottles, No Cans, No People."
Governor: Oh, hello, Steve.
McGarrett: I came straight over, sir.
David Benson: Prostitution. That always opens the door for the rest.
McGarrett: And everything comes in after it. Organized gambling, narcotics, loan sharks, protection. The works.
Sally Hodges: Goodbye, Johnny.
Jack Lord: Next, "No Bottles." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Phil Hurley punched out by Ray and Ozzie, put into dumpster and taken to incinerator by garbage truck later.
Death: Peter Yano shot by Ray in back alley, put into dumpster and taken to incinerator by garbage truck later.
Death: Sally Hodges shot when overpowered by Johnny.
Death: Charlie falls into incinerator as he tries to attack McGarrett with rake.
- When McGarrett meets the Governor at the airport before going to see Benson, who seemingly never gets off his plane, there are two guys standing behind the Governor. The mysterious Asian one was previously seen in "The Singapore Fire" taking shots at McGarrett in the Philippines! I don't know who these two are, maybe they are the Governor's bodyguards?
- According to star Ron Feinberg at the 1996 Mahalo Con convention, the business of people getting incinerated in this episode was based on an actual case in Honolulu.
- Sally affixes a claret 8 cent Eisenhower stamp to her letter. This stamp was issued after the US Postal Service increased the first class letter rate from 6 to 8 cents in 1971. When McGarrett reads the letter in his office later, the stamp has changed to a blue-grey color. The postal code on the envelope is 96813, which is the correct ZIP code for the Iolani Palace.
- The stock shot of McGarrett in a blue suit running down the steps of the palace by tourists is used after the main titles. There is another stock shot following this where McGarrett drives from left to right over this bridge-like structure, passing a pickup truck and another truck hauling a construction crane.
- At the beginning of the show, Al Harrington as Ray walks out of an alley past a hooker. In the background it says "Dolphin Club Only." He passes under a sign which reads "Fair Employment Agency, 2nd Floor, Room 209." He then goes into a bar where Terry Plunkett is the bartender. Later, Plunkett is really sweating when McGarrett is grilling him.
- The attorney general Benson looks exactly like the actor playing Victor in "The Singapore File" from the rear, but it is not the same man.
- The Queen Emma Building, site of Oporta's office, is located at 1270 Queen Emma Street. For years, this was regarded by many people in real life as one of the ugliest structures in Honolulu.
- The actors playing Furtado's wife and son are both uncredited; the son is played by Remi Abellira.
- McGarrett snaps his fingers once.
- Oporta has a phone in his car.
- How does Furtado know exactly which load of garbage dumped from a certain garbage truck contains a body?
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As a strangler murders women, leaving each wearing a blonde wig and their faces garishly made up, a private detective with an interest in the case keeps interfering with the investigation.
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A psycho is knocking off women by strangling them, then dressing them up like a "painted doll," according to Kono, or "a hooker" according to McGarrett. A blonde wig is placed on their heads, and lipstick and other makeup is applied, including a mole on their right cheeks.
After the latest and fifth victim, a 31-year-old single nurse named Angela Waring, is discovered, Five-O is on the scene and so is a private detective named Jerry Rhodes (Monte Markham), who has an interest in the case, because his wife Mary was the third victim of the psycho.
McGarrett begrudgingly lets Rhodes view the murder scene, even though he suspects that Jerry only wants to follow the killer's trail with the intention of tracking him down and murdering him in revenge because of his wife. Rhodes says he won't do that because is not "not stupid," and "killing him won't bring Mary back."
McGarrett is going up the wall, because he can't figure out who the killer might be. Doctor Holmby (Danny Kamekona) has some ideas: "Perfectionist, consistent, homicidal brilliance. I would say chances are he lives alone. A single man without much use for women." When McGarrett asks, "Homosexual?", the doctor says, "Possibly, but not necessarily. We know he never assaults them. He could be impotent based on any number of things. Possibly an experience of rejection. Could be any woman in his life. Mother, girlfriend, prostitute. Whoever she was, she sent him into a rage that triggered his psychosis. But his attempts at revenge were blocked. Consequently, he takes it out on other women, kills them and remakes their identity."
Rhodes checks out the bar scene, where he encounters a prostitute named Sheila (Marjorie Battles). Why he thinks she can provide him with any information is not obvious, but back at her place, he threatens to expose the fact that she is a junkie unless she helps him track down the woman that the psycho is making all his victims look like. Sheila finally tells him the woman's name is Cathy Fields, formerly Haines.
Chin Ho visits Gloria (film noir and B movie actress Marie Windsor), operator of an escort service, but she doesn't give him any leads. However, Gloria goes to see Cathy to plead with her to talk to the cops, because doing so will save her life and "maybe a lot of others." Danno digs up some dirt on Rhodes' wife from a taxi driver named Tome Yoshiko (Kwan Hi Lim). Turns out that Mary was a swinger who hung out with a guy named Raymond Crenshaw (Eugene McDunnah, uncredited). But when McGarrett goes to talk to Crenshaw, he has an iron-clad alibi for the night of Mary's murder.
McGarrett goes to see Rhodes about his wife's affair with Crenshaw, wanting to know why Rhodes is obsessed with finding her killer, inasmuch as his wife was fooling around with someone else. Rhodes tells him that the two of them had a huge fight, after which they realized that maybe there was hope for their relationhip after all. McGarrett tells Jerry not to expect any more favors because he withheld information, that he is now "off the case."
Working on his own, Rhodes phones Cathy (Sheilah Wells), who left the "business" some time ago, and is living a relatively respectable life as a housewife who is four months pregnant. Rhodes threatens to tell Cathy's husband, army Captain Henry ("Hank") Fields (Norman Dupont) about her past unless she can provide him with her "little black book" which listed her clients. Cathy tells him she no longer has it, she gave it to another hooker named Susan Watkins.
Rhodes finds the book at Watkins' place and calls some of the customers, telling them that "Cathy's back [and] wants to talk ... about old times." One of these men, Vic Tanaka, returns the call and Rhodes, pretending to be Cathy's "manager," sets up an appointment at her place the next day.
After a sixth woman is found murdered, McGarrett dragoons the Five-O team to an all-night brainstorming session to try and crack the case. Using a large map which shows where the victims lived and the knowledge that some of them had connections with a certain part of town and the killer likely had access to their keys, they focus on a car wash. Visiting the place, the manager Frank (Robert Luck) tells them that Tanaka was one of the employees who worked there part-time on Wednesday, when it was free for ladies to get their cars washed.
Five-O doesn't find Tanaka at his house, but they do find equipment to duplicate keys from impressions made in molding compound as well as wigs, mannequin heads and makeup. They also find a piece of paper with Cathy's address written on it, as well as Rhodes' phone number, though you have to wonder why this would be discarded in the garbage can and Tanaka would not have taken it with him.
Tanaka arrives at Cathy's place where she is shocked to see him. She tries to escape and he attacks her. But Rhodes is also there, and shoots Tanaka dead. When Five-O shows up, Rhodes acts like he is a hero because he saved Cathy's life.
But there is a big twist ending. McGarrett tells Rhodes that they know his wife never got her car washed, because she didn't know how to drive and instead "took taxis all over town." When McGarrett accuses Rhodes of killing his wife, suggesting a copycat crime and that their marriage was on the rocks, rather than keep his mouth shut, Rhodes blabs away, incriminating himself! Rhodes thinks he is going to get away with "premeditated manslaughter," for which the penalty is 10 years, but McGarrett has him booked for first degree murder.
This episode is interesting, one of several this season where the writers really seemed to be pushing the envelope as to what they could get away with. The score by Richard Shores is creepy, employing some instrument which sounds like a synthesizer. The production team sort of overdoes atmosphere at the beginning, however. When Tanaka is making up the face of Angela Waring, his first victim in the show, a green light keeps flashing in her room from outside, which is peculiar, considering she lives in an apartment building, not a 1940's type hotel.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
The common thread in all the murders is that the women all patronized the car wash, where ladies got their car washed for free on Wednesdays and Vic Tanaka took advantage of this to make impressions of their house keys when they turned the keys over to him. There is no mention of whether there was a pattern of the murders being on Wednesdays or shortly thereafter, though.
- (Danno: "Pull in the psychos again?") Yeah, again. And check for people in the cosmetics business. Beautician, hairdresser, somebody like that. Same as before.
- To Jerry: I saw what happened in there and I made a decision. I don't want you around this one. … If you have to bleed, bleed in private. I don't wanna watch it. Until this guy is caught, I don't wanna see you anymore.
- To Danno: [R]un off a couple hundred of these [artist's composite of the victims]. Chin, you and Kono cover the prostitute angle. Danno, contact H.P.D., detail as many men as you need. Stake out the places where the women wear heavy paint. Nightclubs, nudie joints, pick-up bars.
- What have you got, Danno?
- I'll find him, Jerry. You're off the case. No special privileges, no police information, nothing. And this time I mean it, buddy … [Y]ou conned me once, you don't con me twice. I know exactly what you want. If I had any doubts about it, I don't have them anymore. You wanna find this guy and you wanna kill him. And I'm not gonna let you.
- To Danno: I want every particle of dust, every piece of paper in her desk, contents of her pocketbook, everything. Then I wanna know everything about the girl. Then get me the information on the other five and a couple of gallons of coffee. And don't make any plans for tonight or tomorrow, because we're not gonna leave the office until something breaks.
- Kono, start reading the files. One by one, item by item. Don't leave anything out.
- Danno, give it to me again for this area, huh?
- To Danno: I wanna know everything about this quadrant. Every shop, every business, any place that a woman could conceivably go.
- Come on, Frank, think. There's got to be somebody who's been here six months. Just one guy. There has to be.
- Don't take any chances with this one. Danny and I will hit the front, you and Chin hit the back. Let's go.
- I want this place searched to the floorboards.
This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "Wednesday, Ladies Free."
McGarrett: Who's number five?
Danno: Angela Waring.Single, age 31.
Kono: Really weird, the way he makes each one look the same.
McGarrett: Then we know two things about how the killer gets in. One, that it's impossible. Two, that he does it.
Sheila: You wanna play doubles?
Jerry Rhodes: How well do you play?
Sheila: Try me.
Jack Lord: Guest star, Monte Markham, in a brilliant performance.
Cathy Fields: No, no, there is no black book. I ... I burned it a long time ago.
Rhodes: I've gotta find him.
McGarrett: I'll find him, Jerry. I'll find him. You're off the case.
Jack Lord: A man with a personal vendetta races Five-0 to find a psychotic killer. "Ladies Free." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Angela Waring, "victim number five," is strangled by Vic Tanaka.
Death: Victim "F" (i.e., number six) is strangled by Tanaka.
Injury: Tanaka tries to kill Cathy Fields by strangling her.
Death: Tanaka is shot three times by Jerry Rhodes.
- Although he has kind of a major part in the show, Soon Taik Oh is in the "supporting characters" section of the end credits.
- Sheila refers to the "coconut wireless," meaning the Hawaiian equivalent to "word of mouth on the street."
- As McGarrett and Danno interview taxi driver Tome Yoshiko, there is a crowd on the street behind them watching the filming. There is a similar crowd at the beginning of the show in the doorway of Angela Watkins' apartment building, located at 1909 Ala Wai Blvd. (thanks to Fred) and at the end of the show outside Cathy's house.
- There is a stock shot when McGarrett arrives at HPD. Inside, he walks past an anti-drug poster which reads "Don't get trapped," showing an addict freaking out inside a hypodermic needle.
- Jerry's phone number is 287-1299.
- Around 45:55 of the DVD, when Tanaka is trying to murder Cathy, the camera is at a peculiar angle. For a couple of seconds, you can see what looks like the cameraman's fingers in the shot. One wonders why McGarrett never smelled the smoke from Cathy's address book which Rhodes burned at her house after killing Tanaka. It is interesting the way the burning book falls on the camera.
- Danno is told to "Book him ... murder one," but "Danno" is not said by McGarrett.
- In the episode promo, prior to Waring's murder, there is some loud trilling in the score which is not heard in the show itself.
- According to Doc (who is not seen in the episode), Waring was "not sexually assaulted."
- In the bar where Rhodes meets Sheila, there is an ad for Kirin Beer on the wall. Rhodes is playing a Flash-O-Matic bowling game in this bar. Sheila asks him "You wanna play doubles?", suggesting a three-way sexual encounter. Country and western style music is heard in the background.
- The name of the taxi driver Tome Yoshiko is peculiar. Yoshiko is typically a Japanese woman's name. If this name was said in Japanese, the family name would be first -- "Tome" (this name also has feminine connotations). When Yoshiko is telling McGarrett about Crenshaw, he says "He's a big kamaina [someone who currently lives in Hawaii, as well as people who once lived there but have moved away] family on the island," but the subtitles instead say "He comes from a big family on the island."
- The car wash in the show is advertised on a sign as the King Street Car Wash ($1.75), but Danno later says it is "Frank's Car Wash and Filling Station."
- The first victim in the show was 32-year-old Madeline Gold, whose father was Ernest Gold, same name as the Academy-award winning film composer ("Exodus") who wrote the scores for two episodes of the show, "A Short Walk on the Longshore" and "Deep Cover."
- Susan Watkins, who has the "black book," lives at 297 Wanema Street.
- When McGarrett and Danno are going through the car wash in McGarrett's car, McGarrett demonstrates how a key could be duplicated. He has a key with the owner's name in a leather thingie attached to the key: Mrs. Emily Chang, 511 School Rd., Honolulu. There is no special significance to this person's name, though!
- The cop who tries to prevent Rhodes from accompanying McGarrett to Waring's murder scene is named "Keoni."
- Tanaka is originally seen through kind of a haze at 14:41. He is seen at work, taking victim #6's car at 22:54, phoned by Jerry at 30:27, returns the call at 33:14 and IDd by Frank, the boss at work, at 39:29.
- Tanaka has a an answering service to take his calls. This seems kind of extravagant. What does Tanaka do for a living other than his one day a week at the car wash?
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A clever college professor plots an elaborate scheme to cash $750,000 worth of stolen travelers checks in Hawaii, with the majority of the money ending up in the hands of the Mob.
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Buddy Ebsen stars as Professor Ambrose Pierce, an academic with a phenomenal memory who "can memorize three decks of cards" and who "developed a system [which] almost broke the bank in Vegas." Because of his talents, he approaches the Mob with an elaborate money-making scheme involving traveler's checks.
At the beginning of the show, two of the mobsters, George (David Canary) and Terry Whitman Doran (Charles Bollig, identified in the credits as "Soldier") steal cheques from a World Wide Traveler's Checks armored truck in Colorado after blowing it up with a bazooka.
The next scene finds Pierce, George, Doran and over 100 people at the San Francisco airport waiting to board a flight to Hawaii. This gang is travelling under the guise of the Faculty Discount Travel Club, with each of the members having assumed the identity of some real-life academic. (It is actually not made clear in the show where this gang came from.) Their mission is to spend the checks in Hawaii for relatively insignificant amounts and return the change to the Mob via Pierce, no doubt making some kind of small commission for themselves -- and I'm sure that Pierce will be well paid for his "services."
During the flight to Honolulu, one of the participants named Whitney Davis (Glenn Cannon, uncredited!) starts to act in a very disoriented manner, incoherently babbling details about the check-cashing scam. Despite Pierce's efforts to shut Davis up or pass off his condition as not that serious, Davis is taken to hospital when they land. His symptoms are diagnosed as Ménière's Syndrome, a condition of the inner ear which results in vertigo, perhaps caused by a tumor. But before Davis can be treated, he is shot dead by Doran, pretending to be a lab technician in the hospital, using a gun with a silencer.
It is later discovered that Whitney Davis, age 40 and unmarried, an economics instructor at Pacific Western College, is "away on summer vacation." Based on his fingerprints, the now-dead "Davis" is actually Floyd F.X. O'Neal, alias Foxy Neal, alias Francis Rogers, alias Harpy Wilton, hometown, Chicago, with five arrests and three convictions for embezzlement, bunco and fraud.
After the robbery in Colorado, news reached the Honolulu branch of World Wide Traveler's Checks quickly, and the boss there, Frank Okawa (Tom Fujiwara), asked his secretary Luana Mowalai (Lani Kim) to send out a bulletin to all local merchants with a list of the serial numbers. Before she could do this, however, she was murdered by some goon hired by the Mob as part of the scheme who was hiding in their office. He left a memo for Okawa suggesting that Luana did send out the information.
After Davis's being ID'd as a crook, McGarrett is suspicious that other members of the teachers' tour are crooks, maybe even Pierce himself. He arranges for a local professor, Elias Jordan (Bill Edwards), who knows Pierce, to come to Pierce's hotel room. But Jordan really does know Pierce, so McGarrett is left with egg on his face.
When he finds out that Davis and Luana are both dead, Pierce wants to call off the scheme because they have already collected $517,428, but the menacing George convinces him otherwise. The jig is finally up when Galen Kam, a restaurant cashier, notices that two checks cashed by two seemingly unrelated customers have sequential serial numbers (500046 and 500047). McGarrett, referring to the whole scheme as a "crazy jigsaw puzzle," has a brainstorm and figures out what is going on, complete with flashbacks.
If you think hard about this episode, some things relating to the checks are kind of far-fetched:
- At the beginning of the show, George and Doran take out the armored truck in Colorado with a bazooka, which results in the two drivers "burned up like a piece of toast," according to Chin Ho later. If the conflagration is so intense, how do the checks survive the fire? And why are these two guys pussy-footing around, closing their car door quietly and so forth, if they are going to produce an incredible explosion a few minutes later? (They are in the middle of nowhere, not in a populated area.)
- There is a question as to how much physical space does $750,000 of traveler's checks take up. When George and Doran give Pierce the money as they board the plane at the San Francisco airport, it is in four rather small bags. $1,000 traveler's checks are available, but according to one WWW site, if these were purchased through American Express (and in the show, the company is Worldwide Traveler's Checks) these would only be available to American Express cardholders. $100 and $500 are also available, but might raise suspicion or stores might not be willing to accept these for some small-priced item. In a fast montage of spending in the show, most of the checks are for $20. There is only $100 check seen (with a serial number of 700001) and a few each for $10 and $50.
- When Pierce is seen doling out packages of checks to some of the gang, he is giving each of them $7,500. There are 119 crooks, based on the number that boards the plane at the end of the show. (McGarrett comes up with a number of 150 for no reason that I can determine.) Each gang member has to spend all of this amount in a period of two days. Considering the gang is only in Hawaii for 48 hours, this works out to about $150 an hour (not including time to sleep), and the idea is to buy things which are as inexpensive as possible, so the change left over will total a lot. If the average transaction was $100, that would be a total of 7500 transactions in two days (an average of 63 transactions per gang member or over 30 per day!), but that would assume using at least $100 checks, which would produce no change. It is no wonder that two cheques with one serial number after the other turn up in the restaurant. Surely there is a limit to the number of establishments in Honolulu where this money can be spent. And what about all the stuff that people are buying? Will they bring that home with them on the plane?
- Considering there are 119 people in the gang, how many times have we seen a "gang" of people on Five-O, consisting of some small number like three or four people, and even they can't get along? What are the chances that 119 people can get along, even if they are highly motivated by their "job" (i.e., someone will have second thoughts, someone will fink on the others, etc.)? Pretty darn small, I think! And how did the Mob come up with this large group of people if that was indeed what was done, and these people were really not teachers who just wanted to make a few bucks over their regular salary? They seem much chummier than a bunch of crooks would be! Where the gang originated is never stated in the show; McGarrett is just speculating when he says that they are all crooks. The only one whose identity as a crook is established in the show is Floyd F.X. O'Neal.
Despite the head-scratching issues like the above, the show is not bad, and McGarrett's final words to the planeload of crooks are a classic, concluding with the line "Aloha, suckers." The effect of this is like sitting through an opera with an incomprehensible plot, waiting for that incredible final aria!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
I'm not sure about this, the flight distance between San Francisco and Honolulu is 2395 miles!
- What have we got, Chin?
- Danno, I want every lab technician, every intern assembled for identification. Anybody who wears a white coat.
- Chin, go through the mug books with Miss Higgins slowly and carefully.
- Danno, I want a detailed check of the victim through mainland police and all federal agencies. Everything you can get on him. I want the works. And make sure a set of his prints go to CII in Sacramento.
- To Pierce: Would you tell us all you can about Mr. Davis, please? Anything that might have a bearing on the case. His friends, rivalries, enemies, women. Was he a gambler? Did he use drugs? Any information at all.
- To Pierce: May I have a list of your club members with the hotels they're staying in in Hawaii, and also their permanent home addresses?
- To Kono: Get over to World Wide right away. See what you can find.
- Chin, get on the horn to every radio and television station. I want those check numbers broadcast all over these islands.
Death (x2): Armored car drivers transporting travelers checks are "burnt like a couple pieces of toast," the result of George and Terry Whitman Doran firing a bazooka into their truck.
Injury: "Whitney Davis"/Floyd F.X. O’Neill becomes delirious on airplane flying to Honolulu.
Death: "Davis"/O’Neill is shot by Doran in the hospital.
Death: Luana Mawalai killed by thug, stuffed in trash can.
- There is no promo for this episode on the fourth season DVD set. Whether one exists is not known.
- While the show starts in Colorado, if you look carefully at the car which approaches the screen (the first shot in the show), the camera focuses on the license plate, which says "Hawaii" with a number J5-298. A few seconds later, there is another shot which shows the same plate, now from Colorado, with number 5H-8629. The scene with the truck and explosion appears to be filmed outside the Diamond Head Tunnel in Honolulu.
- Pierce is so smart that when the gang members phone him to tell him how much their "take" is after cashing the checks, he figures out the ongoing total in his head without writing it down.
- Winston Char is one of the two Physician's Ambulance attendants meeting the plane.
- The scene where a cop car passes people going to church is a stock shot from S02E05, "Savage Sunday." Because it is Sunday in the show, the Five-O investigators are all dressed casually, even McGarrett. Shots of the ambulance travelling are also stock.
- Referring to the stolen checks, McGarrett says that "fencing this stuff is like trying to sell hot badges at a policeman's picnic."
- The Honolulu office of WORLD WIDE TRAVELER'S CHECK S CO (this is what appears on their letterhead) is at 103 N. King Street, Honolulu 96817.
- An April 1971 calendar is seen on the wall behind Kam Fong in one scene.
- Among the places where the crooks cash checks are Liberty House, The Pieces of Eight, Attic Bar, The Grog 'n Sirloin, McInerny, Conrad Jewelers, Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shop, Anderson's Camera House, Fisherman's Wharf, Tahitian Lanai and The Chart House, most of which no longer exist.
- When Okawa is brought to Five-O headquarters in a cop car, he is first seen sitting alone on the left in the rear seat. In subsequent shots he is in the middle, the left, middle, left and finally as they arrive at the palace there are two people in the back seat!
- Galen Kam's boss is Mr. Chang (Yankee Chang, uncredited), who he tells "She's a groovy chick but she's got all these hairy hangups," referring to some woman he knows. He goes on: "I mean, she laid that new one on me just yesterday. "No beach time," she says. Until she can fit into a size 16 bathing suit.
- Doran's name in the credits as "Soldier" refers to McGarrett's comment that he is a "syndicate soldier."
- There are some minor discrepancies between the subtitles and what is said. The subs say that "Mr. Davis was shot dead last night," but McGarrett says he was "shot to death." The subs refer to the "Kaili Hilton Hotel," but McGarrett says "Kahala Hilton Hotel."
- When McGarrett gets Pierce's professor friend Jordan to come up to the hotel room, he says that it is room 234, but the room number on the phone in Pierce's room is 259. In the middle of the finger wheel along with the room number, it says "Someone's hoping you'll call long distance" (thanks to Bobbi).
- A pay phone is seen with the number of 819-855.
- The flight to Hawaii is United Airlines (natch) number 181 which leaves San Francisco at 3:30 in the afternoon. The plane arrives in Hawaii at 7:15 p.m. local time.
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A tourist declines to press charges and takes the law into his own hands after being robbed of his wallet which contains a key to a storage locker containing a stolen $250,000.
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Self-styled "hippie freak" Ryan Moore (John Ritter) makes money begging from people in a Honolulu park by the beach. A white-haired lady that he tries to charm in the opening scene is played, uncredited, by Peggy Oumansky, who also appeared in S03E18/19, "F.O.B. Honolulu."
When Moore spots Edward Heron (Vic Morrow), a typical tourist, "pale white, first time in the sun, cigar tilted at an I've-got-plenty-of-bread angle," he gets his girlfriend Cleo Michaels (Dianne Hull) to approach him, but she is unsuccessful in getting any money, despite saying "you remind me of my father," which Moore figures will make Heron "wanna give [her] some advice as he's shelling out."
The obnoxious Moore then ups the pitch with Heron, who pulls a fiver out of his pocket and says "there's more where this came from." Heron starts touching Moore's face and saying "Why don't you talk for a minute?", suggesting he will pay for a homosexual tryst. At this point, Cleo intervenes, and Moore grabs a two by four from a nearby garbage can and uses it to bonk Heron on the head. As Heron lies on the ground unconscious (no one nearby seeing what is transpiring), Moore steals his wallet, later commenting in a swishy voice, "He deserved it, the closet queen."
In the wallet is a key for a coin locker which Moore tracks down to the airport. It contains an attaché case, and when Moore he takes it back to the candle shop where he lives, he discovers that it contains a lot of money. Realizing he has hit the jackpot, Moore, spouting various hippie clichés about the "plastic establishment" and so forth, wants Cleo to run away with him to Hong Kong and India. Cleo isn't too enthusiastic about this, saying "It isn't right … there's a principle." Moore tells her, "Come on, Cleo, no middle-class morality."
After Heron wakes up in the hospital missing his wallet and not wishing to co-operate with Chin Ho who is asking questions, he leaves the place without paying the bill. Because of his suspicious behavior and thanks to a fingerprint that he left in the hospital room, Heron is soon identified. His name is actually Ernest Hampton and he is wanted by San Francisco police because he embezzled $250,000 from an employee insurance fund for a chain grocery firm.
Heron manages to track down Moore through some guy outside the International Marketplace. When goes inside the candle shop, a woman there named Brenda (Kerry Sherman), who bears a strong resemblance to Cleo, is lying in a heroin-induced stupor. Thinking she is Cleo, Heron slaps her around, just at the moment she dies from an overdose. Freaking out, Heron picks up a lit candle and throws it into a corner. Whether he did this intentionally or just wants to get rid of light in the room is a good question. In any case, this causes the place to burn down. As the flames engulf the candle shop, the irony of a poster on the wall --"Today is the first day of the rest of your life" -- is not lost.
When Brenda's charred body is found in the aftermath, this gets Five-O's major attention. Danno is also interested, because he too is looking for Cleo, who has run away to Hawaii. She is the daughter of his former rooming house landlady in Berkeley. Danno has already gotten Dave Capps (Norman Reyes), the HPD officer in charge of runaways, to give finding a Cleo a high priority and dropped off a photo of Cleo at a young people's center run by a priest, identified only as "Father K" (Robert Witthans). Danno is relieved when Doc Bergman assures him that the burned-up girl was not Cleo.
Because "some kids" identified Hampton as leaving the candle shop where he was "looking for a guy with an old top hat [Moore]" and that the kids also said that Moore and Cleo lived there (which causes Danno to perk up), McGarrett has a brainstorm, which he sums up by saying that Moore and Cleo "have something that [Hampton] wants and we know what that could be."
Meanwhile, Hampton continues his quest, inquiring in a hippie bar where "crappy rock music" is playing as to Moore's whereabouts, describing Moore's "costume": "He wears a black top hat and he has … a jacket." The barman says, "Isn't there anything unusual about him?" and offers Hampton some licorice-flavored cigarette papers for "rolling your own." Shortly after, Trinity (Brooks Almy), a woman in the bar who overheard this conversation, tells Hampton that she is a friend of Cleo, who earlier on said that she and Moore were both going to be "leaving Hawaii, probably tonight," and Hampton can probably find both of them at the airport. Trinity later tells Danno the same thing at the church drop-in center.
Unfortunately, from this point to the end, the show gets kind of stupid.
Cleo and Moore arrive at the airport, along with Hampton and Five-O. Cleo is still of a different mind about whether or not to leave the islands, and when Moore goes to get a snack for the trip, Cleo, looking distraught, for some unknown reason takes an elevator up to a higher level in the airport and Hampton follows her. Once she leaves the elevator, Hampton grabs her and has Moore paged, saying if he doesn't get the money back, Cleo will be killed. I don't understand how Hampton can keep her under control if they are still in a public area where there is a phone.
Moore then decides to leave Hawaii without Cleo, but when he tries to get on the plane, he is grabbed by Five-O. How would they know who he is, because he is not wearing his stock costume? McGarrett quickly gets Moore's co-operation, telling him, "You got any money in that bag, baby, you're hung for 20 years, you dig?" Told where Hampton is holding Cleo, McGarrett says, "Chin, contact the chief of airport maintenance. Tell him I want a layout of that whole area." But there is only a 20 minute time frame before Cleo will be dead and the clock is already running!
Moore is supposed to meet Hampton at some "old airport building on the other side of the field" and he now goes there as part of McGarrett's plan. But how did Hampton find this building? Was he surveying the airport on his own earlier? This building seems to be really far away from the terminal, especially if the tower which we can see in the distance is the iconic airport tower.
Hampton launches into a lengthy rant, telling how upset he is that Moore and Cleo interfered with his scheme: "Two years of planning. Fourteen years of work. Do you understand the meaning of the word 'work'? Skimming the insurance fund, frightened every day that they'll catch me. Detesting my job and living with a woman who hated me. Fourteen years. And you want me to throw it away to let you go? … I'm gonna kill you. Both of you … I've never killed anything before. But I've got to do it. I've got to, don't you see? There's too much at stake. No loose ends, no loose ends. It's clean. But if they catch me, they'll put me in prison for the rest of my life."
Without any explanation, McGarrett, Danno and Kono are seen running under the runway in a tunnel to the building where the hostages are being held, only to find that at one point it is completely blocked. A guy from the airport accompanying them explains: "A couple of years ago, we started to demolish this section. We were gonna clear it for a runway, but then the plan was dropped … There's 20, 30 feet of this." This is particularly dumb, and sounds like the show was running a bit short, so they added in this extra material. The three Five-O men rush back in time to the tunnel entrance, wherever that is, and then somehow sneak up on Hampton and his two hostages through the back door of the building. When Hampton, who has a gun, tries to escape, he is wounded by McGarrett.
Cleo is now confronted with the truth about her boyfriend, that he is a total jerk, and Danno is relieved that she has finally been found. The show manages to end without being too syrupy, despite Cleo's quote from Siddhartha Gautama: "If you speak and act with pure thought, happiness follows you like a shadow." Cleo tells Danno that she doesn't want to come home just yet.
The music is credited to Ray, though it contains a lot of familiar cues like the violin and trombone interval themes, the crappy rock music (not the usual tracks) and some weird electronic sounds heard when the Brenda ODs. Ritter plays the part of the obnoxious Moore very well, and the show has some nice photography in the candle shop which has stained-glass walls. Because this is the original Five-O which avoided using process shots, there is a very interesting sequence, filmed with three cameras, where Moore and Cleo are driving in his jeep down a Honolulu street.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
A dove is often associated with the concept of peace and pacifism (qualities also associated with hippies); the heron, on the other hand, is a bird which, according to Wikipedia, utilizes techniques which could be called sneaky to grab its food, employing feeding behaviours such as foot stirring and probing, flapping its wings and attracting its prey by using bait. I don't know if the people who made up the title for the show intended this kind of symbolism, though.
- To Che Fong: When you get back to the lab, be sure you check the suspect's clothes for traces of Diatomaceae.
- To Kono: What about the FBI kickback on Sweeny, did you get it? How about Sergeant Komura? Any evidence of arson in that wharf fire?
- Danno, on the Lorry case, be sure you check our own index system against all pawnbroker pledges, purchases. We don't wanna miss the obvious.
- On the phone: Do me a favor, will you? See that no one touches anything in that room until I have a chance to get our lab boys over there.
- To Chin Ho: If you've got a gut instinct about this, take Che over there, dust that man's room for prints, see what you can come up with.
- To Kono: Tell the chief we still need more HPD men on that.
- Get an artist to go over this. See if you can come up with the face you saw in the hospital, then distribute it to hotels, shops, cabbies, all down the line. We're looking for a quarter of a million in cash, gentlemen.
- To Chin and Kono: Check every hot forger you can drag out from under the rocks ... we'll check every available means of leaving the islands.
- To Chin: Have Che go over this [the burned attaché case]. See what he can tell from the ashes.
- Danno, cover the jungle area for Heron and the two kids.
- I wanna know where that girl is, Moore, and I wanna know now ... Quit stalling. We know all about you and Cleo. Now, where is she? ... You got any money in that bag, baby, you're hung for 20 years, you dig? Now where's the girl?
- Chin, contact the chief of airport maintenance. Tell him I want a layout of that whole area.
- Kono, cover him that way.
- Heron, freeze.
Injury: Edward Heron/Ernest Hampton hit in head by Ryan Moore.
Death: Brenda dies of heroin overdose.
Injury: Heron shot in leg by McGarrett.
- There is no promo for this episode on the fourth season DVD set. Whether one exists is not known.
- Kerry Sherman plays Brenda, the girl who dies of a heroin overdose. She has a credit at the end of the show, which is odd, considering she has no lines other than a couple of groans and most of the time, her character is not even conscious. Her parents were Peggy Ryan, who played Jenny, the secretary, on the show and Ray McDonald. Ryan was later married to Eddie Sherman, the journalist.
- At the beginning of the episode, there is a lot of Stephen Spielberg-movie-like blather with the members of the team, discussing some other case they are investigating, including lines like "Check the suspect's clothes for traces of diatomaceae."
- A scene where the cop car turns left by the First Hawaiian Bank is taken from S02E13, "The Joker’s Wild, Man, Wild!". There is another stock shot when McGarrett's car pulls up to HPD headquarters -- except McGarrett is in the car in a blue suit, and the person actually arriving at HPD is Danno, who is wearing an olive suit.
- At HPD headquarters, there is an anti-drug poster saying "Drugs -- the latest fashion for swingers" with "for swingers" in the middle of a noose. At the church drop-in the words to the children's bedtime prayer "Now I lay me down to sleep" are on a poster on the wall.
- This is the first Five-O episode for actor Robert Witthans.
- Chin says "Yo" to McGarrett at one point, and Jenny refers to the boss as "Chief."
- At the beginning of the show, John Ritter looks very sunburned. In the final scene, Cleo's hair keeps blowing in her mouth.
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A psychotic sniper endangers the lives of motorists as he fires at cars from a hillside bunker overlooking a major highway.
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Wacked-out Vietnam vet and ace marksman William T. ("Billy") Shem Jr. (Michael Burns) buys a rifle, signing the registration papers as "George C. Patton" (pretty dumb of the clerk not to catch on to this). He then chooses a spot up on a hill in an old bunker and proceeds to shoot out the tires of a woman's car. When she hails two cops, Shem shoots both of them, which promptly brings out not only McGarrett and Five-O but seemingly much of HPD. Beau Van Den Ecker appears as Ryder, the cop who dies instantly. His face is hardly seen, but he rates a credit at the end! The position of the woman behind Ryder suggests that she should also be shot, but she disappears, never to appear again. Though both cops drop beside her car, after the main titles they are back beside their own car. The view through Shem's scope seems wrong (as usual), as do numerous other angles from his point of view and that of the police throughout the show. Herman Wedemeyer appears in uniform as Duke, but his last name is Kanaha instead of Lukela. Shem's car license -- IB-1113 -- is easily seen by Danno in a helicopter. As Shem adjusts his radio to listen to crappy rock music, he is singing the theme from the Howdy Doody Show. McGarrett freaks out when Shem's shrink, Dr. Fernando (William Croarkin), tries to explain his patient's "unstable personality" as motivated by "guilt over an incestuous drive towards a mother, sometimes a sister." McGarrett screams: "What's the reality of it?" Shem's mother is flown in by plane and/or helicopter from Maui in record time. Played by Jeanne Cooper, she is an utter bitch who describes Oahu as a "pesthole" and Shem's wife (Annette O'Toole) as a "tramp." The final assault on Shem is total overkill -- compare this to later situations where McGarrett employs a negotiatory as opposed to confrontational approach. Interesting camera work in this episode. The teaser and first act are quite long compared to normal. One scene where the helicopter with Danno in it takes off is used twice. When the copter arrives with Dr. Fernando, if you look carefully, you will notice only two people in the cockpit. The passenger is wearing a sport shirt, but when Danno gets out of the cockpit in the next scene (with Dr. Fernando), he is wearing a suit. See also #116, where much of the footage from this show is re-used. There is a big goof in the teaser, pointed out by Dr. Phil in the Guestbook. After the scene where the cops move into position crouching behind the police cars, there is a shot looking down from the mountain where you can see McGarrett and Duke standing beside McGarrett's car (which can be glimpsed beside the moving cop cars a few seconds earlier). But after the show's main title, McGarrett and Danno drive up to the scene with sirens blaring, accompanying an ambulance.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Death: Officer Ryder sniped by Bill Shem.
Injury: Officer Tommy Ewa sniped in shoulder by Shem.
Injury: Paul, HPD officer on vacation, shot by Shem. He is alive when taken away by ambulance.
Death: Paul dies en route to hospital.
Injury: Danno sniped in shoulder by Shem.
Death: Shem shot dead by Danno
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Employees of an air cargo company conspire to steal expensive shipments including some drugs which results in a woman's death.
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Jerry Turner (Ward Benson), is murdered while investigating a theft racket while working undercover for Asiam Air Cargo at the Honolulu airport. He is crushed by a heavy load on a forklift which is triggered by John Malcolm (Bill Bigelow).
Five-O is soon on the scene, conferring with Arnold Cook (Barney Phillips), airport security boss. (Cook's actual job is never defined in the show. At the beginning of the episode, Turner leaves him a message at the "Airport security message center." McGarrett tells Cook that he "gave Jerry his first job." Cook says he wanted to call the cops regarding the theft ring, but "front office said it would kill business." Cook describes Jerry as "my undercover man." Cook later provides Five-O with "that personnel file you were after. Who's who in Air Cargo from director to janitor.")
When questioned by McGarrett, John Malcolm has little to say. The same can be said of his co-workers, who either don't know anything or are afraid of being labelled as snitches.
Eric Ling (James Hong), cargo systems engineer and troubleshooter for Asiam, tells McGarrett that it is unlikely this was a case of homicide, instead just an industrial accident. But when Ling meets soon afterwards with Hal Sullivan (Don Chastain), director of the company, he knows exactly what is going on and says he wants out: "I never bargained for murder." Sullivan tells him, "Whatever became of our inscrutable Oriental?" Ling calls Sullivan "stupid," but the response is "Sometimes killing is necessary." Sullivan tells Ling he can go, that he is "free as a bird," but shortly after, Ling is garroted and sent to Tokyo in what looks like a refrigerated shipment of food.
Oahu Hospital is particularly concerned about a late-arriving shipment of "a new drug" glucagon, needed to keep Joanna Grayson (Sheri Rice), one of their patients suffering from cardiac shock, alive. Grayson's husband Fred (Michael Strong) is particularly concerned about his wife's deteriorating condition.
When Anita Putnam (Marion Ross), one of Asiam's customer service reps, notices that the glucagon, which actually has arrived, has a value of $130,000, she redirects it to the company's will-call warehouse, where it will be likely sold to the highest bidder and the shipper will launch an insurance claim for lost goods.
The Five-O team investigate several angles connected with the case. Chin Ho finds a telephone answering machine used by the thieves in a fleabag hotel above a herbal shop in Chinatown. Danno interviews Sullivan, who is very oily. He tells Danno "I'm in the charm business. I massage and caress customers till they purr. I send the wives on island junkets and I get girls for the daddies."
After Anita's name is found in Turner's case notebook, Kono discovers that Anita's daughter is a dope fiend, sniffing coke and taking LSD, and her mother has spent a lot of money getting her out of jail and receiving treatment, reflected by increased deposits from the theft gang in Anita's bank account for her co-operation.
When McGarrett visits Anita, he makes her an offer that she can't refuse, with the result that Anita reports a shipment of expensive jade from Fred Grayson prepared at Five-O's request to test the "system" which is worth almost $250,000. Only problem is, Grayson has put a bomb into the package to take revenge because his wife just passed away before an expedited second shipment of glucagon arrived.
The jade shipment is diverted from its destination by John Malcolm and taken to the will-call warehouse as per the usual procedure, and when someone picks it up, McGarrett and Danno tail them to Sullivan's place. Having been alerted to the bomb in the package, McGarrett rushes in and throws the package over a nearby cliff where it explodes.
Sullivan tells McGarrett he has no case, since the evidence was destroyed, but McGarrett tells him that when the perhaps-already-arrested Malcolm is busted, he will be "glad to trade his life for yours."
This episode has its good points, but Chastain's performance as the villain is ineffectual and Marion Ross, who was outstanding as Nurse Lovallo in S02E15, "Blind Tiger," annoyingly primps her hair every time we see her and only really comes to life in her big confrontation with McGarrett, where she is sweating something fierce.
It doesn't make sense to me where Fred Grayson gets the dynamite for his bomb from and how he could do this. When his secretary Corinne Wilson (Patricia Herman) finds the packaging from this explosive in a garbage can, it looks like it came from a department store! And why does Grayson use real jade which is worth a fortune in the package?
The score is by Richard Shores and contains some synthesizer-like sounds typical of the composer as well as the "memories" theme, heard a couple of times, and the "trombone interval" theme.
- Chin. APili 79247. Check it out.
- To Chin: Ask Danno to check the contents of Jerry's locker, trace his last movements, who he talked to, where he went and so forth.
- To Arnold Cook: I'd like to see the cargo crew.
- To the crew: Gentlemen, if this was an accident, there'll be no trouble for anybody. But we need your help, please. Did anyone leave that load up on the hoist? Now, think back. Did anyone see it up there? (No response) All right, thank you. That's all for now. Let Mr. Cook know where you'll be. We may wanna talk with you later.
- Kono, this is your bible. Put together a boiler room with H.P.D. Everybody on this list gets a thorough going-over. Who's in debt, whose wife is sick, who's losing his shirt gambling, who's stashing a chick, the usual. Those bloodsuckers who run that cargo ring find out who's vulnerable and uses them.
- Chin, be at the airport tomorrow. A woman's life depends on this shipment.
- To Anita: What was the new number?
- Mr. Grayson, we'd like you to prepare a shipment of rare jade. Insure it heavily. The amount has to be large enough so that the head man won't trust anybody else to dispose of it.
- To Grayson: Help us produce some hard evidence. And whoever runs that ring will be behind bars, I promise you.
Death: Jerry Turner killed by John Malcolm when forklift dumps load onto him.
Death: Eric Ling killed by garrotting, shoved into refrigerated container and flown to Tokyo.
Death: Joanna Grayson dies from illness after shipment of glucagon is stolen.
- Bill Bigelow as John Malcolm must have been annoyed after this episode aired. Although his role is fairly prominent, he gets no credit at the end, unlike Sheri Rice as Joanna Grayson, who doesn't have a single line! Malcolm wears a watch with a gold band on his right wrist, suggesting he is left-handed.
- Turner's body is taken away from the airport at the beginning of the show in a Physicians Ambulance. As it leaves, it is running its siren, which doesn't make sense, since Turner is dead.
- At the beginning of the show, McGarrett and Malcolm both refer to the "heist" on the forklift where the boxes that killed Turner came from, but the subtitles say "hoist."
- Cargo seen at the airport includes products made by Ford-Philco (a color TV), Sanyo and Century Strand. Pan Am airplanes are also seen.
- Cook says Turner was given a phone number "in case something went wrong" of APili 79247 (why the use of word prefixes?), but later when Putnam is being grilled by McGarrett, she recalls it as 79277. Another phone number -- KAwena 20699 -- is mentioned. The phone number for the Aloha Hotel has only 6 numbers: 589850.
- When Joanna Grayson dies and a sheet is pulled over her face, just before it covers her, you can see her eyelids move.
- There's a stock shot of Tokyo airport (complete with what looks like a demonstration of some kind), but in the following scene where airport employees (one of them white) find Eric Ling's frozen body, this is obviously not in Japan.
- James MacArthur seems to be having memory problems in the sequence after Ling's body is returned to Hawaii: "Chalk up another murder for the [pause] ring … He died about [pause] eight hours of [pause] ... uh ... before he [pause] turned up in Tokyo." A few moments later he continues: "If the Tokyo police hadn't checked with ... uh … the ... Interpol, we'd still be looking for him."
- Chin Ho makes inquiries of Kim Wong (Myrtle Hilo), who runs the Lee Wing Yuen Company herbal shop, and she tells him, "You sound as if you just came off the boat." She also runs the Aloha Hotel next door. In the entrance to the herbal shop, there are ads for Kool and Viceroy cigarettes. In the background is Nina's Café which served Filipino food. Kim received a cheque from Alvin C. Jones (whose voice is heard on the gang's answering machine in the show), #125 for $65.00, drawn on the Central Pacific Bank and dated 7/12/71. When he first comes in the herb store, Kim tells Chin "We have special today on lop chong," which is a kind of Chinese sausage.
- Chin comes forth with a Chinese proverb in a discussion with McGarrett. It means " If greed were a fever, all the world would be ill." McGarrett tells him, "Speak for yourself, Chin."
- For his participation in the theft scheme, Ling received payments totaling $280,000. He put this money in multiple safety deposit boxes under his own name, as well as the pseudonyms of Eric Corwin and Edmund Martin. Paperwork for one of these boxes shows the date 10 July 1971, whereas that for the third box shows the rental charge is $8.60 for one year. The date on that one's paperwork is 7-14-71.
- There's a classic quote from Che Fong to McGarrett in the show when McGarrett figures out how to take messages off the answering machine used by the gang which are then deleted automatically and replace them later: "Very clever ... and you're not even Chinese!"
- McGarrett himself comes across with a snappy quote from Thoreau's Walden when testing some answering machines in Che Fong's lab: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer."
- I like the way Hunter's scream at the beginning leads into the main titles.
- When Putnam wants to co-operate under certain conditions, McGarrett tells her "No deals!"
- There is a stock shot of McGarrett pulling up to HPD headquarters.
- The first shipment of glucagon was sent by Fred Grayson of Sade Imports-Exports, Honolulu (this does not make sense) to Art Kamani, Lahina, Maui (ditto). It is in a box which is 21 x 14 x inches in size and weighs 25 pounds. The second shipment is from Henshaw (an in-joke referring to set decorator Buck) Pharmaceutical, 1345 Wilshire, Los Angeles to the Oahu Hospital, 3675 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu 96816. The airbills for both of these have the same number at the top: 1833 3770.
- The crudely-made visiting hours sign from other episodes is seen in this show outside the Oahu Hospital
- When Anita makes her final phone call to the phone number with the recorder, she says "Anita, Asiam," suggesting that there is more than one company involved in the scam. The shipment of jade is supposed to go to Art Kahami, Lahaina, Maui.
- A street name, possibly Wainama Road, is spelled "Wynama Road" in the subtitles.
- There is no episode promo for this show in the fourth season DVD set.
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While McGarrett is at a trial on the Big Island, Danno leads the investigation of a robbery of $6 million being transferred between bank branches.
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Sam Melville stars as Hawkins, mastermind behind a bank robbery. He is an aggrieved Vietnam veteran with a huge chip on his shoulder, angry that when he returned home with "a wound in the gut," he was "called a monster by some long-haired creep with a beard." He says "We'll set things right in this country. We're gonna stop them from burying us with peace and poetry and pot." It sounds like he wants to take his share of the heist and use it to set up a right-wing organization which will take care of them uppity hippie types.
His gang includes Ray Galvin (Robert Fields), a dance instructor who masquerades in the show as a cop, Carol Lindsey (Leigh Christian), a hot, tall, skinny blonde who works in the bank and is pals with Galvin, Fred Noonan (Al Harrington), an ex-con bank robber who is the group's muscle, and Blumberg (Jack Kruschen), the motormouthed office manager of Tiki Gods Company, which is used as a front to ship the stolen money to the mainland. Noonan works at this company; whether Hawkins also works there is hard to determine. He seems to use its office as a place where he can feed his goldfish which are in a large bottle, drink Miller beer (a real beer, not some typical bogus-brand TV beer) and prepare rifle cartridges to have armor-piercing qualities.
At the beginning of the show, the gang makes an attempt to rob a bank, hoping to get the six million dollars in the vault at its 4634 Kilauea Avenue location. In Google maps today, this is still the address of a branch of the Bank of Hawaii, though it looks much different than in the show. Galvin pretends to have an anxiety attack, and the gang leaves without completing their job. I really don't understand what is the point of this sequence.
Later, Hawkins and Noonan pay a visit to a print shop, where the owner, Carlson, has created a bogus invoice, number 1409, to be used in connection with shipping the money from Oahu to the mainland. The invoices show Tiki Gods' address as 15 Kakaako Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96802 and are dated August 23, 1971. Glenn Cannon appears briefly as Carlson, who is shot dead by Hawkins.
After the failed robbery, the manager of the bank, Harvey Shaw (Wendell Martin), decides to spread the cash reserves between different branches, having been freaked out by the attempt to steal it all from the one -- his -- branch, and arranges for the Isle-Pac Armored Car Service to handle the job. Their truck, via a narrow road, eventually ends up at what looks like the Diamond Head tunnel where Hawkins' gang stages a bogus accident to confront the truck using a Volkswagen van rented from Beachboy Camper Rentals.
Two of the truck's guards are shot dead, one in a very gory manner, and a third one is disabled by pouring what looks like acid through the roof of the truck, which produces a poisonous gas. Fleeing with the truck to some out-of-the-way location, the gang loads not only the money, but also the armored car in a Seatrain container, which is then loaded on a ship for the mainland.
In this episode, McGarrett is on the Big Island testifying at the trial of Johnny Oporta (see S04E02, "No Bottles ... No Cans ... No People," earlier this season). This trial has had a change of venue from Honolulu. McGarrett keeps up with the investigation by phone. The quality of the calls is terrible and Danno has to strain to hear what his boss is saying. Was the inter-island phone system in Hawaii really that bad? Usually calls to the mainland or overseas suffer from these problems. At one point, McGarrett wants to return to Honolulu, but the judge in the trial (Donald Over) forbids him to leave Hilo.
The way Five-O gets a major clue in the case is far-fetched. When Carlson is shot, the hot metal type he used to create the invoice which is no longer in a frame falls all over the floor. This type is then sent to the lab, who have to check each individual letter to see if the ink on that letter is fresh and was just used to create something which was connected with Carlson's murder.
Che Fong is not in the show, but in the forensics lab, Seth Sakai and some other guy are seen working on this project. When Kono asks when he will be finished, Sakai says in Japanese "So kantana dekiru monka," which he says means "don't hold your breath" (it actually translates as "this job is not easy to finish"). In the next show, Che Fong does the same in Chinese.
I used to work in a printing shop (though not one with hot metal) in the 1970s, and this whole business seems highly unrealistic. How could they tell the difference between ink from the day before and from a week before, if the latter (or even the former) still existed on the metal type? As well, the letter "O" which Sakai identifies, is a totally different type than the one in the logo at the top of the invoices.
Nevertheless, after examining this evidence, Sakai comes up with eight letters with black ink and 4 numbers with red ink (1, 4, 0 and 9) which suggest an invoice. He tells Kono that "using the eighth factorial formula," there are around 40,000 possible combinations of the letters. He is quite correct, the actual figure is 40,320. Later, at the Five-O offices, Danno has a McGarrett-like brainstorm that the letters spell TIKI GODS. Inasmuch as they had they questioned Noonan at this company earlier, they go to check it out again, not the first time that someone is under suspicion by Five-O because they have a criminal record!
At the company, Danno gets the boss Hanley (Harry Williams) to check invoices with the four numbers and they determine that something is fishy, because one invoice with the number 1409 has been revised from a local delivery address to another one on the mainland, and the weight of the shipment was considerably more than it should have been.
The container with the armored car arrives at its destination, Oakland (which probably took 5 or 6 days), and the gang members, all having gone to different cities in the States, assemble there in a warehouse on the docks where the container, its needle-in-a-haystack location amongst all those on the ship having been easily determined, is driven on a truck by Noonan and the armored car is unloaded. Although no one seems to have been following the truck with the container, only moments after Hawkins prepares to blow open the back door of the armored car, Danno and a bunch of very heavily-armed cops are outside.
Despite the fact that the nitro has been handled with kid gloves for the last couple of minutes, Hawkins goes outside and throws it up in the air and when it hits the ground, it explodes near the cops. Prior to this inside, Noonan looks like he was running to the driver's side of the armored car. The camera has already zoomed in on a bunch of boxes which are in a doorway leading to outside, and suddenly the armored car, which is now driven by Hawkins, comes barrelling through these boxes.
The cops blast the truck and Hawkins is wounded. There is no sign of where Noonan is. The truck runs into some car and bursts into flame and Hawkins (and presumably Noonan) are roasted alive.
Soon after this, Danno talks to McGarrett, who has complimented Danno on his good work while he has been absent. He reports that Oporta was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, with the resulting likely life in prison with no possibility of parole.
I found this episode, the theme of which seems to be "normal people get together to pull off some big caper," to be kind of dull, not helped by the fact that Fields, who is first in the list of the guest stars in the end credits, is not a particularly exciting actor. Melville's part is not particularly well developed either.
There are quite a few questions. For example, why does the gang transport not only the money to the mainland, but also the armored truck that the money came in? I know they have to dispose of the truck, but why don't they just put the money in some containers of tiki merchandise being shipped? The fact that the truck weighs more than the merchandise the container supposedly contains is a big clue which helps to lead to the gang's downfall.
How do they know the exact route that the truck will take from the bank to its branches (maybe determining this is the job of Carol, their "girl on the inside")?
And finally, the amount of money given to some of the gang members (a million each) seems far out of proportion to their participation in the scheme. The six million is divided up into a million each for Galvin, Noonan, and Blumberg (!) with the remaining three million going to Hawkins. Lindsey puts the squeeze on Galvin, her boyfriend, for a million when he tries to dump her, since she is only getting $50,000. She tells him she wants a full share, adding that her lawyer has a letter "just in case something violent happens to me." When Galvin brings this up with Hawkins, Galvin is convinced at gunpoint to split his share with his girl friend.
The music is stock, and contains the marimba and trombone interval themes.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
When they find out the money is being split up between banks and moved the next day, and Melville says that their plan will finally be put into action, Blumberg tells the gang, "You mean the whole plan just the way we discussed it?" Hawkins tells him, "Including your part of the plan, Mr. Blumberg, if you have no objections." Blumberg tells him, "My objections I can live with. For a million dollars, why not?" At the end of the show after McGarrett compliments Danno that he did "a good job on this one," Danno, without having heard the earlier comment, replies, "Well, for $184.50 a week take-home ... why not?"
- To Danno, from Hilo on the phone: I'd alert every bank on Oahu ... Have you tried checking the ex-cons with bank M.O.'s?
- Let me know if he comes up with anything [regarding the type from the printer's], will you?
- To the judge in Hilo: I just wanna go back to Honolulu for one night ... I'm talking about three murders. Three murders and $6 million stolen. Now, my men are out now searching every inch of that island for that armored truck. If I could just go back to Honolulu for one night.
Carol Lindsey: Moving the money tomorrow at 3:30.
Hawkins: That means tomorrow's D-day.
Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "For a Million, Why Not."
Carlson: Three perfect duplicates.
Hawkins: It's a beautiful job.
Carlson: Got the money?
Hawkins: Yeah. And I'm keeping it.
McGarrett: Have you checked everything inside and out?
Danno: Everywhere. Inside, outside, upside down.
McGarrett: And there was no trace?
Danno: Not a trace, Steve. No tracks, no truck … and no $6 million.
Jack Lord: Next, "For a Million, Why Not." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Carlson is shot three times by Hawkins.
Death (x2): Armored truck guards in the front, driver and shotgun, are shot by Hawkins.
Death: Guard in back of truck assumed dead due to poisoning from gas produced by some kind of acid (hydrochloric?). Gang never removes this guy from the armored car when it is transported to "Oakland" (gross).
Injury (x2): Fred Noonan picks a fight with guy working on truck –- they exchange punches.
Death (x2): Hawkins and Noonan are killed by police and armored car crash in Oakland.
- In the bank is a large display sign which says "Happy Anniversary Hawaii Statehood." This is actually a promotion for the bank offering customers checks which feature pictures of Hawaiian scenery. This promotional sign has been seen in another episode, actually.
- In the office at Tiki Gods there is a poster advertising the Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina, a tourist attraction railroad on Maui. The exact same poster is in Danno's office at Five-O headquarters! A Crimestoppers-type poster saying "Lend us your eyes and ears" is also seen behind Danno with the phone number 944-1212.
- The trailer used to take the container to Seatrain in Honolulu has a large number on the back under the doors -- 070783. So does the trailer which picks up the container in "Oakland," duh!
- A calendar for July and August 1971 is seen behind Blumberg in the Tiki Gods office.
- A good quote from Danno after he is told the HPD computer, which has produced 120 pages of anagrammed letters for TIKI GODS, each page containing 200 solutions: "I thought the computer was a policeman's best friend." While Sakai previously figured out that there were 40,320 possible combinations of the letters, 120 pages times 200 solutions per page is only 24,000 in total.
- The badge number on the hat of the HPD policeman uniform that Galvin rented from a costume agency is 791.
- When he is freaking out during the failed robbery at the beginning of the show, Galvin pulls off his mask, exposing his face., but none of the nine bank employees who witnessed this are asked to help make an artist's sketch of him.
- The name of Carol's lawyer is spelled "Schikata" in the the subtitles; based on what she says, it would more likely be spelled "Shikato."
- The "armored car" used in this episode was made by Divco; these models were typically used for delivering milk.
- At the beginning, there is a gap of about two minutes between the end of the title and the first production credit.
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A doctor becomes a suspect in the murder of his wife when McGarrett finds holes in the confessed killer's story.
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Dr. Alexander Southmore (Jackie Cooper) wants to knock off his wife Melissa (Linda Ryan), with whom he has a "strained relationship." So he hires David Harper (Lou Antonio), a man with leukemia, to murder her and take the rap. Harper also has a son in a private school for retarded children, to which the doctor makes a large contribution ($75,000) via Harper so the son will be looked after indefinitely. But when Harper has to perform the deed, he can't go through with it, so the doctor does it himself, though Harper flees with the wife's jewelery, to make it look like a robbery. Then the doctor rebores the gun he uses so it can't be tracked back to him -- or so he thinks. McGarrett has another brainstorm after spending a lot of time trying to figure out this case, especially since Harper had no history of violence, and in fact was a conscientious objector who said he would never kill anyone when he was called up for military service. At the end of the show, Kono goes to the doctor's house in disguise as a phone company repairman to get evidence. But he was seen at the beginning of the investigation digging a bullet out of the garage wall. Though the doctor is probably not home, isn't there a risk that someone like the servant who shows him around would recognize him? Not only that, Kono takes some filings from the doctor's workbench (the evidence) so Che Fong can prove with spectrographic analysis that the murder weapon was rebored. Wouldn't Kono need a warrant to do this? At the end, the doctor wants to talk to his lawyer. Too bad McGarrett didn't check the doctor's bank records to prove that $75,000 was recently withdrawn! As well, McGarrett should have been suspicious when Southmore described the fleeing Harper's car (license number 7C-9955) as "an older, inexpensive car" (it looks like a Dodge model from the 1950's). Considering the doctor seems to have a hobby of restoring antique cars, one would expect that he would be familiar with "older" models. The score by Ray features numerous stock musical motifs, all of which are integrated into the story very well, including the "memories" theme when Harper dies in the hospital. (He is transported there by a City and County Ambulance.) Loretta Leversee does a good job as Harper's anguished wife Harriet. The music at the very end of the show does not end on the note we expect!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Death: Melissa Southmore shot twice during ‘robbery.’
Injury: David Harper collapses when being booked.
Death: David dies at the hospital (never know WHICH hospital) while his wife is talking to him. Doctor says, “He’s dead,” then explains terminal condition.
- It's seen raining several times during the show.
- A good quote from McGarrett: "The obvious always bothers me."
- Some of the action takes place at Sea Life Park, where Harper arrives to sell the stolen jewellery to Charlie Ling (Tom Fujiwara). Five-O is waiting for Harper. The kids' song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye is heard in the background.
- Act two is very long -- over 21 minutes.
- McGarrett and Chin Ho dine on saimin, described by Chin as "Japanese chicken noodle soup." Chin says he got this food from a restaurant owned by his uncle, who is Chinese in a Japanese neighborhood. He says his uncle is "passing," which gets a chuckle out of McGarrett.
- Che Fong tells Kono in Chinese: "Don't hold your breath." (Compare to Seth Sakai saying the same thing in Japanese to Kono in the previous episode.)
- A real-looking phone number -- 946-2115 -- is mentioned when Kono goes to Southmore's house as the phone repairman.
- McGarrett is seen passing Southmore a glass of booze while he is interviewing the doctor at his house shortly after the murder.
- The Asian woman who plays Betty Viati, the doctor's mistress, a nurse in his office, does not get a credit at the end of the show, even though she has a speaking part. Betty tells Southmore that he should take some time off and let "Dr. Berdahl" take his calls, but this doctor's name is not seen on the sign at the front of the clinic where Southmore works.
- The makeup artists for this show should have gotten a prize, because Antonio really looks near death for most of the episode.
- McGarrett is seen working late in his office, using his reel-to-reel Uher tape recorder.
- There are two "bookems" during the show. The first is when Chin books Harper, the second when Danno books the doctor at the end.
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McGarrett receives calls from a man threatening to kill somebody important in 48 hours, as well as a clue to the identity of the victim.
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Norm Alden plays Bill Cameron, a cop who was kicked out of H.P.D. after brutally treating suspects. Figuring McGarrett -- who recommended he be dismissed -- was responsible for him losing his job, Cameron plots to kill the Governor, knowing that this will lead to McGarrett's downfall. He taunts McGarrett in a sinister fashion over the phone and through letters planted with the other Five-O team members. Cameron is not seen until 20 minutes into the show -- and then only partially. Cameron is very clever, but doesn't rattle McGarrett as you would expect. He slips up near the end, calling McGarrett a "tin idol," a term he used at the end of the hearing which resulted in his dismissal. Of course, McGarrett has a brainstorm connecting the dots! Journalist Eddie Sherman appears as himself and helps McGarrett figure out some of the clues which Cameron keeps dropping. McGarrett isn't totally smart during the episode, though. He is kind of dumb in a couple of scenes. First, he opens his desk drawer at Cameron's request and second, he has Danno open his (Danno's) car trunk to reveal a fish inside. He should have called the bomb squad in both cases. The music is by Ray and includes some electronic-sounding passages. The children's song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye is heard as a float passes during the King Kamehameha Day parade that the Governor attends near the end of the show, during which the assassination attempt by Cameron takes place. The Governor is unharmed, thanks to the bulletproof vest that McGarrett forced him to wear; Kono, on the other hand, suffers undetermined, but presumably minor, injuries. One thing bothers me about this episode and prevents it from getting a four-star rating. When McGarrett can't "get it" as to who Cameron wants to knock off (the Governor), the disgraced ex-cop pokes a hole in a tin (looks like a gallon) of paint, slops it all over McGarrett's desk, and then makes a trail of paint which goes all the way from McGarrett's office, down two flights of stairs, and from the Iolani Palace over to the Governor's office where he splashes yet more paint on the door. This is a long way in real life! I seriously doubt there would be enough paint to last for this entire distance.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Death: HPD Officer ("Eagle Two") stabbed in back by Bill Cameron. May be just injury, outcome unknown.
Injury: Governor shot by Cameron, but wearing protective vest.
Injury: Kono shot by Cameron.
Death: Cameron shot five times (!!) by Danno.
- Chin Ho's house is different than the one seen in #43, Cry Lie, where he has a long driveway and a pagoda at the entrance. In this episode, Chin's garage is right on the street. Chin is very pissed because Cameron is harassing his wife.
- Danny Kamekona is called Dr. Rosenstadt in the end credits, but he is referred to as "Dr. Kamekona" in the show itself. His character refers to "Joe Doaks," which sounds like a bogus name along the lines of "Joe Blow," but is perhaps a reference to a famous ventriloquist's dummy with this name.
- The governor's limousine's license plate is number one (1), and his residence is Washington Place. When told by McGarrett that Cameron was "first in marksmanship" at the police academy, the Governor replies, "That's not a comforting thought."
- A real-looking phone number -- 732-2144 -- is seen on the business card of Joe Mona, the blind owner of a key shop. Mona, played by Clarence Aina, has a touching scene with Danno.
- On his desk, Eddie Sherman has a promotional cup for the Blake Edwards-directed film The Great Race. On the wall behind him is a framed copy of a newspaper from the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.
- There is some product placement in this show: Polaroid pictures (the ones Cameron sends McGarrett), a box of Chevron motor oil and another of Pennzoil in Chin Ho's garage where there are also three boxes of "Cherry Cola."
- When Cameron tricks McGarrett into going to the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting room where no one is present, he calls McGarrett on the phone in the room, which has the number 808-794-5799. The phone has several extensions, which look like 1551 (this is the one Cameron calls on), 1562, 1607, 3598 and 22 (?).
- A Trade Wind Tours bus is seen in front of the Iolani palace. The voice of Yankee Chang, playing the bus driver, is heard, though Chang is not seen.
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McGarrett fears a gangland war is about to break out when it seems a mainland syndicate is trying to take over criminal operations.
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This show, where McGarrett has to deal with conflicts between four ethnic gangs, is the ultimate in Race-o-rama! Things start off at the beach, where a visiting gangster from Miami is found dead after being staked below the tide line. When his body is brought to shore, McGarrett notices the guy's left hand little finger has been chopped off (this is depicted in nauseating detail both then and later in a photo blow-up). The Five-O team bust up a pool game (a front for a gambling operation) run by the Samoan Tasi (Manu Tupou). Referring to Chin Ho, Tasi says, "I know my rights, and one of them is not to be felt by this fat-handed Oriental." Danno comments, "All men are brothers," and Chin frisks Tasi, saying "He's clean." Tasi comments, "Not any longer!" As they leave the pool hall, Danno comments, "In case you hadn't noticed, one of you sank the cueball." Things take a turn for the worse with the appearance of David Opatoshu as gang boss Li Wing. Unlike in episode #15 where Opatoshu, also doing a Peter Sellers and pretending to be Chinese, was given some moderately passable makeup, here he has no makeup at all, aside from his white hair. Trying to accept this guy as Asian really pushes "suspension of disbelief" into another galaxy! The other two bosses are Seth Sakai playing Afuso and Marc Marno as the Korean Kim Lo Lang. When Tasi is brought to the Five-O office and McGarrett suggests he will contact the other three bosses, Tasi says "I'll not go visit that stupid Jap, or that powdery Chinaman, or the Gook slob." McGarrett says "Wait a minute ... this is Hawaii, U.S.A. It's time for your English lesson. Repeat slowly after me -- Japanese, Chinese, Korean." Tasi turns and says, "You know what you can do with your English lesson, McGarrett," and gives McGarrett the raspberry! After Tasi leaves, Kono comments, "Are those lizard shoes he wears, or does he go barefooted?" McGarrett and Kono then drop in on Li Wing. At the front gate, Kono tells the guard, "Lock up those dogs ... if they bite me, they're gonna get rabies!" Li Wing's nephew Lai Po (Michael Leong) gives McGarrett a lot of mouth, saying that his uncle "doesn't know anything ... he just told you that four times. Is there a prize for five times, Mr. McGarrett? If not, get off his back!" McGarrett refers to the local gangs as "bush leaguers" compared with the Miami mob whose man was knocked off. During a meeting of the gangs, Kim Lo calls Lai Po "second banana" and remarks to Afuso, "I bet you even put water in your saké." He later calls Afuso, "Sukiyaki." Tasi tells the assembled that he "doesn't dirty his mouth lying to cruds and foreigners." Afuso throws up his hands saying "Twenty-four hours from now we'll be street fighting with [Miami mob boss] Uncle's soldiers and I'm in the middle of inventory!" Danno is sent to Miami, and when he calls McGarrett, as usual the phone connection is terrible. The Miami gang sends a thug who looks like an Elvis impersonator (Nick Nickolas) to Honolulu. McGarrett and Chin Ho meet him at the airport, engaging in various banter with him about his constitutional rights. When the thug heads back to his plane accompanied by Chin, he says "Aloha to you, pal, and ram it!" McGarrett muses: "Someone is trying to run Five-O up a palm tree." There's a great chase with the cops and Tasi swerving dangerously in their boat-like cars around the docks. When he's caught, Tasi says to McGarrett, "Speedometer goes to 120 ... couldn't get it past 90." McGarrett replies, "Tell Ralph Nader." The plot comes down to a confrontation at Li Wing's place with the Korean ready to drill the old man in bed. McGarrett appears suddenly and plugs Kim Lo. As the Korean gangster expires, he mutters "You lousy Chink!" McGarrett whips out a ticket to Taiwan for Li Wing. Incidentally, the chopped finger at the beginning is described as a "Samoan custom," but this is also a common practice with the Japanese Yakuza (Mafia) as well.
Death: Francis J. “French” McCoy found tied to tide line with left pinkie chopped off.
Death: J. Afuso stabbed in back by Tasi.
Death: Kim Lo Lang shot by McGarrett when he moves in to kill Li Wing.
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A syndicate boss seeks revenge when his light-heavyweight boxer's hand is smashed by a punchy ex-fighter.
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Moses Gunn gives an excellent performance as Willy Stone, an over-the-hill boxer who smashes the hand of Robby Davis (Henry Porter), a young contender, to keep him from ruining his life in the ring. Matty Edmonds (Albert Paulsen), the mob boss who owns a piece of the action, soon arrives from the mainland and is determined to find Stone, who is in hiding. Paulsen is his usual sinister and nasty self, but his accent is distracting. When McGarrett asks why he came to Hawaii, Edmonds says for "some sun and some broads." On the lam, Stone visits Mama (Mama Luna), a restaurant owner, and begs her for some food. She is about to give him some white bread when he says, "Whole wheat ... white bread ain't no good." Later, Chin interrogates Mama, who he suspects is hiding Stone, and she says to him "What's the rap? Selling salami without a license?" McGarrett calls Mae (Lynn Hamilton), a nightclub hostess, "honey." Seth Sakai appears as Dr. Fukata, harshly abused by Edmonds as a "quack," Lippy Espinda is a janitor and Robert Costa is Davis's manager, Phelps. Another show no doubt not popular with the SPCA -- a cockfight is seen. When Edmonds and the young blonde-haired hitman are tracking down Stone, they are driving a Mercedes, which seems unusual for what is probably a rental car. There is a closeup of the phone number on McGarrett's office phone: 311-555-2368, a totally bogus number. According to Wikipedia: "311" was sometimes used as a fictitious area code in Bell System advertisements depicting telephones; often the phone in the advertisement would bear the specific number "Area Code 311 555-2368." Five-O receives some mug shots with descriptions from the Detroit police as part of their plan to identify the hitman coming from the mainland to knock off Willy Stone. One of these mug shots, seen only for a fraction of a second, has a description identifying the tough-looking guy in the picture as a woman!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Injury: Robby Davis hand crushed/broken by Willy Stone.
Injury: Cal Phelps slapped by Matty Edmonds.
Injury: McGarrett punched by Willy.
Injury: Edmonds punches Willy.
Death: Edmonds shot twice by hit man.
Death?: Hit man shot by Five-O and HPD? Two shots heard inside auditorium before Five-O bursts in to find Willy and a dead Edmonds.
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McGarrett searches for an ecology fanatic whose pranks are harmless until he threatens the lives of those he feels are the cause of the islands' pollution.
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This show, with an ecological theme, starts out with Five-O being summoned to investigate the capping of an incinerator chimney which is spewing pollution (a "smudge pot," as Kono says). McGarrett thinks this may just be a prank, though he wonders how someone could haul the aluminum cover, eight feet in diameter and weighing 125 pounds, up the ladder on the side of the chimney, which is 146 feet tall. A note is left behind from "Kaili Moku," the Hawaiian god of battle, saying "Kaili has risen," or as the Bishop Museum curator (played by Ed Fernandez) says, "Long live Hawaii." The note comes attached to a wooden carving inside a gourd decorated with the feathers of the white tern. The museum's resident ornithologist, Miss Weston (Maura McGiveney) says that this "most ethereal of all our birds" is almost extinct on Rabbit Island, with "only two nests left." This doesn't seem to be correct, since current reports suggest that this species is thriving. As she leaves, McGarrett leers at her, saying "One of these days, I might take up bird watching." She leers back at him, "When you do, let me know." Another anti-pollution stunt follows shortly after, with an Oahu Refuse garbage truck dumping its load in front of the state Capitol building. This prompts McGarrett to visit the offices of the Environmental Defense League, an organization which has about 1,200 members. Its spokesman, Clyde Finley (Fred Ball), seems relatively mild-mannered, but he gets annoyed when McGarrett needles him, uttering the episode's title as he looks over the Honolulu skyline with its high rises and pollution. The protests by Kaili get more serious when a crop-dusting plane is shot down with the pilot receiving serious injuries. But the pilot tells McGarrett that whoever shot him down took risks by removing him from the crashed plane. Finley, who has already given McGarrett a list of his organization's members, shows up at the Five-O office with 57 more names of people who have attended the group's recent meetings. The Five-O team immediately start investigating these people. Among them is a gas station owner named Klosmosky (Herb Jeffries), in business since 1939, who has a Remington shotgun in his office. He rants "What the Japs did to this place ain't nothin' to what the Haoles and Chinks are doin' to it since." An employee at the station is played by Dennis Chun, Kam Fong's son (and Duke Lukela on the reincarnation of Five-O) in his first and uncredited role on the show. Chin Ho grills a skinny university student who is doing a yoga headstand while sitar music plays. Another suspect is a high school shop teacher and football coach Akua Nolo, played by Nephi Hanneman, who admits to sending letters and petitions to Congressmen about environmental issues. Kono tells him that "Kaili" had better turn himself in soon or he is going to see "a bunch of prison.” The publicity over the investigation brings a hippie nutbar named Kaili Kong (Don Lev) to the Five-O offices. He wants to nominate McGarrett for "pig of the week." As he is escorted out, McGarrett tells Jenny he could use “a seven-day examination in the state rubber room." McGarrett visits TV station KGMB, where a discussion of pollution between local bigwig developers and Senator Robert Patterson (Fred Titcomb) is underway. (One of these guys, Edgar Hackbart, played by Mitch Mitchell, smokes.) Kaili, who is watching this show, puts the participants on a death list, with the result McGarrett puts them all under protective custody. Despite this, the slimy Lai Han (Richard Morrison), who McGarrett says has “syndicate connections,” is knocked off as he sleeps in his well guarded house, after the killer swims four miles through treacherous tides to access the place via the beach. Five-O determines that Nolo, the shop teacher, is most likely the environmental crusader, but lacking enough evidence, they convince Senator Patterson, who has been fighting for ecological causes, to be the bait for a trap. The senator goes on TV and calls Kaili “the worst form of pollution” because his efforts are causing people to turn against the senator's efforts. In a suspenseful finale, Five-O tails the senator out to the middle of nowhere where he is going to dedicate a new sugar plant. Predictably, Nolo/Kaili is waiting for him, but when confronted by Five-O, he flees into a nearby cane field. Despite Kono pleading with him in Hawaiian to give himself up, Nolo sets the field on fire and commits suicide. There is a nice balance between investigating inside and outside the Five-O office (the latter with those great non-process driving shots), topical subject matter, and a LOT of local actors. There are no "featured players" in the end credits, all the names are in the smaller print usually reserved for the "supporting cast." And Kono gets plenty to do.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Injury: Crop duster pilot shot by Akua Nolo and plane crashes into cane field.
Injury: Hotchkins “suffers a coronary” upon seeing Kaili’s Death List.
Death: Lai Han’s neck broken by Nolo.
Injury: Officer Watanbe knocked out by Nolo.
Injury: Senator Patterson run off road and shot at by Nolo.
Death: Nolo commits suicide by setting cane field ablaze.
- I have some issues with Hanneman being Kaili. While he is supposed to be an all-around athlete type, he doesn't seem capable of hauling the heavy lid up to the top of the incinerator smokestack.
- The HPD's mobile crime lab truck is seen when Che Fong is at the incinerator site examining the cover. When he sees how the chimney was covered up with the metal lid, Chin Ho says, "A guy [who did] that can go bear-hunting with chopsticks.”
- Richard Morrison, who plays the Asian Lai Han (not particularly well), appeared in the previous season's episode The Last Eden, also an ecologically-themed show. There he played a (white) professor.
- Senator Patterson's license plate is 1A-45.
- There are numerous stock sequences: McGarrett runs down the steps of the palace by tourists, McGarrett walks across the Governor's courtyard, various shots of cops driving around. The violin theme is heard as the Kaili approaches Lai Han's room.
- There is a peculiar insert shot of Kono as Danno arrives and starts talking to McGarrett at the incinerator.
- As the Senator attends a meeting at the Ilikai Hotel, there are a lot of people sitting around watching the filming.
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Lewis Avery Filer from "Over Fifty? Steal!" escapes from prison after devising to steal $4 million from drug smugglers.
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A disappointing follow-up to #59, Over Fifty? Steal! with Hume Cronyn reprising his role as Lewis Avery Filer, master of disguise. Unlike the previous show, where Cronyn's character was charming, in this one the obligatory description is "annoying" (with the exception of the end where he plays a drunken old woman) and his moves and changes of character are unrealistic. The opening sequence, where Filer escapes from Oahu State Prison, is ridiculous. First he steals a picture off his cell wall of well-known criminal Elmo Zigler, who just happens to look like himself. One wonders why the picture was on the wall in the first place -- was Zigler the boyfriend of Filer's cellmate? He opens two locks with a spoon and escapes into a room opposite a guard's station (narrowly missing the guard, who he has temporarily distracted, while making a lot of noise) where he makes a phone call in a very loud voice, using some gizmo that he has constructed to dial out. There are stock shots of McGarrett arriving at the prison. Warden Challis is played by Richard Morrison, who was an Asian in the previous show. Filer/Zigler then does business with Goro Shibata (Jiro Tamiya, who gives a good performance, though his voice is reportedly dubbed by Paul Frees -- too bad he couldn't play some of the Asian parts taken by white guys in previous episodes). One of Shibata's "twin" bodyguards is Wilfred "Moe" Keale. The scene where Filer threatens Shibata with the bodyguards, captive in an elevator, with "ultrasonic" noise is also pretty dumb (though it is true that ultrasonic noise can kill someone) and the ending is disappointing. Music by Morton Stevens from the previous Filer episode is reused as is a shot of the Five-O team running down the palace steps (see #61). There is a scene in Shibata's office where the twins are up against the wall, but when the camera views the room from behind Shibata's desk as Filer inspects a lamp the twins are standing beside for bugs, the duo are nowhere to be seen (it might be the camera angle). When the Five-O crew is at the yacht harbor keeping their eye on Filer, the quality of the print on the Paramount DVD set is very grainy.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
None!!! (The third time that’s happened – the first was S02E08 – The King Kamehameha Blues, the second Over Fifty? Steal!).
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A woman is forced to act like she is going to commit suicide so her fiancé who is under protective custody will come out of hiding and expose himself to assassination.
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This show is pretty good up to the last 6 minutes, when everything is resolved far too abruptly.
It opens with a professional hitman arriving at the Ilikai Hotel on a bicycle, suggesting again the show was ahead of its time in touching on ecological issues, just like in episodes S03E10, "The Last Eden" and the recently-seen S04E13, "Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?" The name of the hitman, played by Ric Marlow, who co-wrote the muchly-recorded song "A Taste of Honey," is Johnny Froman, identified as "The Pro" in the credits. He locks his bicycle by putting a padlock on the chain. Froman goes to a room in the hotel which has been pre-booked and takes a long time to set up a tripod on which he mounts a high-powered rifle.
Across the way in another part of the Ilikai, a woman (Loretta Swit) comes out of her room on the 18th floor and stands precariously on the edge of the narrow ledge where there is no balcony. McGarrett just happens to be getting his haircut by a woman in a barber shop nearby, and he rushes up to what he assumes to be a jumper's room where he tries to talk her into coming inside. She ignores him. Danny Kamekona as psychiatrist Dr. Kamekona also appears, offering McGarrett some tips on how to win the woman's confidence.
From his vantage point, Froman gets the woman in the crosshairs of his rifle, then McGarrett. This is quite clever -- we don't know who he has been sent to kill. Meanwhile, inside the woman's room, McGarrett, Kamekona and various cops all speak to each other sometimes very loudly and I'm sure the woman can hear them outside.
TV station KGMB sets up live coverage in front of the hotel within minutes hosted by Bob Sevey and he asks if anyone knows who the woman is. At the same time, local gambling kingpin Barry Bonamo (Malachi Throne) is watching this broadcast, making crass comments to his lawyer Bart Mariss (James Olson), like "That same girl could walk nude down Kalakaua Avenue, and hardly anyone would give her a second glance." Mariss is due shortly in court, and reminds Bonamo that in a couple of days he will have to deal with a "grisly spectacle" when a grand jury featuring a "strong and hostile witness" will be deciding Bonamo's fate.
While the woman's face as seen on TV from the angle viewed from the street is not what you would expect, some guy named Soong recognizes her and calls a special hotline which Five-O has set up at 277-2977. Danno goes to see Soong, making you wonder how many minutes this takes while the woman is freaking out everyone, still standing in the corner of the ledge outside the room. Soong says the woman and her fiancé came to his jewelry shop a couple of weeks ago to choose rings for their upcoming wedding. He gives Danno their names: Betty Landers (Swit) and Howard Miller (Norman DuPont).
Danno relays this information to McGarrett and in the next scene, after talking to Betty, who says that she won't come in unless Miller is brought to the room to talk to her, McGarrett leaves the hotel with Landers still on the ledge and Kamekona watching things. McGarrett goes to the company (identified as a "dress business") where Miller is the boss and Landers is the designer, which Betty presumably told him about. Like the jewellry store, is this other company also within a few blocks of the Ilikai?
McGarrett finds out that Miller hasn't been in the office for 5 days, but has recently been in touch with District Attorney John Manicote (Glenn Cannon, in his first of 29 appearances in this role). Miller is being held in isolation at HPD headquarters, because he is the "strong and hostile witness" in the case against Bonamo.
McGarrett makes a huge blunder that you can see coming a mile away, taking Miller out of custody over Manicote's strong objection that going to the hotel could be "very dangerous." McGarrett stupidly tells Manicote while Miller is standing right next to them, "Hold me responsible ... unless Mr. Miller doesn't give a damn about what happens to his girl, in which case, he can just sit here, nice and secure." Very un-McGarrett-like!
Under guard, Miller is driven to the hotel room where he tearfully tells Landers he loves her and will explain everything, like why he has been missing in action for the last few days. She is edging her way back along the ledge towards the room when Froman shoots Miller dead as he appears in the window to grab Betty's hand. Miller plunges 18 stories as Betty screams.
Later at the DA's office, Manicote tells McGarrett, "A year and a half of hard work got shot down with [Miller]. A year and a half of trying to get that guy Bonamo." McGarrett has been coming forth with a lot of cover-your-ass lines since Miller's death, finally telling Manicote, "I'll give you Barry Bonamo. On a plate. But not for gambling. Murder. Murder one."
McGarrett goes to see Betty, who has been taken to "Keiser's Hospital" (according to the subtitles, more likely one run by the Kaiser organization) and is under guard. McGarrett, not knowing what is going on, accuses Betty of being "an accessory to murder"! She tells him that her five-year-old daughter Suzie was kidnapped, forcing her into the elaborate ruse to act as bait to spring Miller from jail and have him brought to the hotel because someone "just wanted to talk to him."
Back at his waterfront estate, Bonamo is getting a massage from a couple of bimbos when he is interrupted by Mariss, who relays the message that the grand jury hearing has been cancelled because of Miller's death. Bonamo tells Mariss he is "truly sorry he's dead" and that "[Miller] was worth more to me alive," because he had run up a huge amount of gambling debts which he had made an arrangement to pay off. Mariss becomes agitated because he knows McGarrett is "on the warpath" for his boss's hide, but Bonamo swears to Mariss that "as heaven is my witness," he had nothing to do with Miller's murder.
Shortly after this, a car is dredged out of the ocean which contains not only Froman's body, but also a substantial amount of cash. Based on these two things, McGarrett orders Bonamo to be brought to the Five-O offices. He soon arrives there, accompanied by Mariss who complains about the "manhandling" of his client. Bonamo, on the other hand, doesn't seem too worried. McGarrett presents evidence for what should be an open and shut case:
- From McGarrett: Froman was found with the money in a car belonging to Bonamo, which Bonamo claims was stolen. (McGarrett says this is "Bull.") Two witnesses who saw Froman leaving room 453 at the Ilikai seconds after the murder have identified the body.
- From Che Fong: Che tells the assembled that matches in the room from where Froman fired the fatal shot had earwax on them. (Froman was smoking while waiting for Miller to show up.) Che says this "matched the earwax found in the deceased" (!!!).
- From Doc Bergman: Doc says that "Froman was dead or unconscious before the car even went in the water." Also, "There was a bruise on the back of his head. Evidence of severe concussion." Plus "Further, no signs of drowning. No foam in the nose and mouth. No bluish tinge in skin color. No lividity in neck or face."
- Finally, Danno says that the attaché case in the car had Bonamo's fingerprints all over it. Che backs this up, saying that "The money was water-soaked, but we were able to raise prints on more than half the bills [which totalled $10,000]. Mostly Mr. Bonamo's"
McGarrett orders Bonamo to be booked, but Bonamo protests, saying "I didn't do it. It's a frame." Mariss is so annoyed about being deceived by his client that he makes a big deal out of resigning on the spot and tells Bonamo to "get a new lawyer." Bonamo tries to make McGarrett believe that he had no motive for killing Miller, since Miller was paying off his debt, but McGarrett refuses to believe this. Bonamo tells McGarrett "if there's one guy in this town who should know a frame when he sees it, it's you," but McGarrett is disgusted, and says "Book him" again.
However, after Bonamo leaves, there is a disgreement between Chin Ho, who says of Bonamo "what an actor" who should "play King Lear," and Danno, who says "What if he's not acting? The evidence. It's almost too good. Mostly, if Bonamo wanted to hit the hit man, why would he plant $10,000 on him with his fingerprints all over it?" McGarrett stares philosophically out the window.
The next scene has Bonamo, now in jail, calling Mariss about a hand-delivered letter with proof that he had no motif to kill Froman. Bariss tells Bonamo to give this to his next attorney, but eventually relents and picks up the letter.
The next scene shows Mariss showing up at Betty Landers' place, also a very nice house which is on the edge of the ocean above some cliffs. Betty tells Marliss that she has access to a document that can exonerate Bonamo -- Miller's will, wherein Miller "signed over a quarter ownership of his company to Barry Bonamo," presumably to pay off his further debts, with a clause in it, that on Howard's death, Barry Bonamo's percentage goes down from 25 to 5." (This does not make sense, because then there is no way that Bonamo would get 25%. There is no provision mentioned that would invalidate the first condition if Miller didn't die of natural causes, for example, he was murdered, and then Bonamo would get less.)
When Mariss wonders why Betty wants to exonerate Bonamo, she tells him to "Think of me as a poor widow. And I'm not even that. I'm left bereaved and with no security. I could bear up much better with $200,000. In cash, of course." (Also makes no sense, if she is so poor, why is she living in such a fancy house?)
She continues: "Mr. Mariss, I've been through hell. Somebody's gonna pay for that. Lost the man I love, my child was kidnapped and her life threatened. I was terrified out of my mind."
Mariss replies, "What are you crying about? Your child was returned safe, unhurt." (This is the first we have heard of this.) Betty suddenly realizes that Mariss is the one who was the mastermind behind everything: "It was you. You called me. You kidnapped Susan. It was you. You had Howard murdered."
For a lawyer, Mariss suddenly acts pretty stupid, looking like a kid caught with his finger in the cookie jar, saying, "Incredible. The best frame in the world. Barry's half million a year. It would have been mine. I blew it."
Mariss attempts to throw Betty over the railing of her balcony to the rocks below, but, of course, McGarrett and Danno are nearby and stop this. Whether they heard everything and are going to be able to make a case against Mariss is yet another good question, along with whether McGarrett, Betty or Bonamo himself were the ones who dreamt up this instance of "second bait."
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Bait once = the scam with Betty on the ledge; Bait twice = the scam where Betty exposes Mariss as the villain of the piece.
- To Betty: Let's take it nice and easy, miss. I'm here to help you. We don't want you to die. My name is McGarrett. Would you tell me your name?
- To Betty: Will you tell me your name, please?
- To a cop: KGMB has a mobile unit down there, Bob. See if he's doing a live telecast. Tell him to get a close shot of the girl. Ask anybody who recognizes her to call this number right away. Tell us her name if they can. [This is what appears in the subtitles; McGarrett actually says this for the first two sentences: "KGMB has a mobile unit down there, Bob Sevey is doing a live telecast.]
- Miss Nakano, until Mr. Miller disappeared, were there any calls that he made repeatedly? To the same person, I mean? … What about Miss Landers? Did he call her often?
- Danno, you lead the way. Kono, you come with me and Mr. Miller. Chin, you take up the rear. Three cars, pretty tight. Keep your eyes peeled. This gentleman is hot. No sirens, don't exceed the legal limit, and we stop for all red lights. Okay, let's go.
- To Miller: Okay, now you've got to talk to her from over here. Flatten yourself up. No quick moves. You've gotta make her come to you, you understand? So I'll have a chance to grab her from over there.
- Art. Anything? Maybe you'd better check the back stairs.
- Get Che up here. He's not gonna find anything, but get him started anyway. Vacuums. I want every piece of lint.
- To two tourists: Would you tell everything you can to this officer, please?
- Kono, take over. That guy's long since gone, but just in case, after you put out a description, file everybody out of this building one at a time. Maybe they can spot him for you.
- To Chin Ho: I want her in a private room. Tell H.P.D. I want an officer on the door. Three shifts, around the clock. Nobody in or out unless they check with us.
- To a cop: Tell him [Manicote] I'm on my way.
- To Betty: I'm sorry to do this to you, but I need some answers.
- To Danno: Bring him [Bonamo] in.
Johnny Froman ("The Pro"): Here she comes. Right on time.
Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "Bait Once, Bait Twice." Five-O encounters death and terror 18 stories up.
Manicote: What shall I say, Steve? A mistake in judgment.
McGarrett: Look, don't tell me I made a mistake. I'll tell you. I blew it, top to bottom. Somebody counted on me to deliver the body and I did.
Barry Bonamo: McGarrett, I didn't do it.
McGarrett: Can you refute the evidence?
Bonamo: No, but I didn't do it. It's a frame.
McGarrett: Frame. I was waiting for that golden word. Book him. Murder one.
Froman: Right on the money.
Jack Lord: Next, "Bait Once." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Howard Miller is assassinated by Johnny Froman.
Death: Froman is killed, presumably by Bart Mariss.
Injury: Betty Landers is roughed up by Mariss as he tries to throw her off house deck to the cliffs and ocean below.
- Froman hooks up a microphone to the mouthpiece and a speaker to the earpiece of the phone in his hotel room so he can talk to someone (whose voice we can recognize on second viewing as Mariss's). He connects clips to specific wires in the earpiece, but in the mouthpiece, it looks like he just stuffs the clips in there without actually connecting them to anything. He dials the number of someone (Mariss), but we don't hear a dial tone or the sound of the phone ringing at the other end.
- The floor where Betty is going to jump is correctly identified as the 18th floor. The penthouse in the Ilikai is on the 26th floor, and Betty's floor is 8 below that. There is
a shotwhen Froman is looking across to the Ilikai from his room at around 5:41 (he is holding the curtain open) and you cannot see Betty, who came out on the ledge about 2 minutes before this. This shot is repeated at around 22:44.
- We see a shot of Betty's foot which is hanging over the ledge, which is not that narrow; she is barefoot. Later when she starts to come inside, she is wearing pantyhose.
- When McGarrett inquires of a cop whether the fire department is going to use a net to catch Betty if she jumps, the cop tells him, "Fire chief says 18 stories is too chancy." But we see the firemen deploying a net below anyway.
- In the episode promo, there is a shot of Froman supposedly looking through the sights of his gun at Betty, but there are no crosshairs in the shot, unlike in the show itself just before the main titles, where shots with both Betty and McGarrett have crosshairs. In the promo, Froman says "here she comes, right on time" as he is looking through the scope of the rifle and the camera pans to his face, but his mouth is not moving, because this line actually is from later in the show.
- McGarrett arriving at the hospital to talk to Betty is stock footage and inside, Dr. Freeman is paged.
- After Miller is identified, Kono calls McGarrett to say: "I just left Miller's apartment. He hasn't been there in four days. I found a picture of him, and had H.P.D. Run off a batch for the blue-and-white cars." How long does it take to do all this? At this point, how long has Betty been on the ledge?
- In the room where Miller has being held in the jail at HPD headquarters, there is a poster on the wall which says "When flower children go to pot, they become blooming idiots!" which features a dopey-looking cartoon flower in a pot. There is a second poster saying "Pot luck!" with a picture of a cartoon car which has run into a telephone pole.
- The scenes where a white car is hoisted out of the water with a crane "at Hamanalu Bay" is similar to others in S01E07, "The Ways of Love" and S02E14, "Which Way Did They Go?" If so, you have to wonder what kind of a gangster Bonamo is, because this car, later proven to be his, is not exactly a recent model in spanking new condition. To repeat a question from the review of the second of the two episodes above, you also have to question who tipped Five-O off that the car was at this location?
- A Physician's Ambulance takes Miller's body away.
- The score is by Ray. The bonging bell sound is heard near the end of the show during the big revelation about Mariss.
- Bonamo's name is similar to the well-known powdered cleanser Bon Ami.
- While the emergency number of 277-2977 sounds like it could be a real number, the one for the D.A.'s office is 555-9100, a fake.
- McGarrett uses the somewhat antiquated slang expression "gunsel," referring to Marlow's character, meaning "a criminal carrying a gun."
- Karen Rhodes spells the hitman's name as "Froman" in her book, but the subtitles on the season 4
DVD setspell it as "Frohman" throughout. On copies of the shows from Amazon and CBSallaccess.ca, they are "Froman." I am using the latter.
- There is a lot of dirt and minor damage on the print near the beginning of the show, which can be seen on the DVDs.
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McGarrett is framed as a thief by Wo Fat, who needs 90 seconds to carry out a plot against a U.S. missile tracking base.
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This two-part episode begins with the workaholic McGarrett leaving his office around midnight. A few hours later, he is found, seemingly seriously injured, in a flipped-upside-down white car (license number N-7323). Beside him is the dead gangster Benny Jalor and an attaché case full of money. The car is righted by a tow truck and the Honolulu fire department. Unresponsive to feeling in most of his body, McGarrett is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes a barrage of tests. Nothing is found to be causing his paralysis, and he soon returns to normal. In the attaché case along with $20,000 there is a book with codes. They turn out to refer to a Swiss bank account (number 550-Z-695)which contains over two million dollars. McGarrett soon figures out this is an elaborate frame designed to disgrace him, and only one man has the capability of orchestrating such a scheme: Wo Fat. After discussion with the Governor, McGarrett leaves town, ostensibly with a one-way ticket to Switzerland, saying "Millionaires have a way of avoiding such discomforts" when grilled by reporters wondering if he will be charged with some offense. In Switzerland, McGarrett (or so it seems) picks up the contents of the bank account, but this is actually a double played by a British double agent, Luther Hallbrook (Jack Lord, voiced by Paul Frees). He encounters McGarrett on his way out of the bank and is shot by a security guard. Before he dies, his girlfriend Claudine (Dana Wynter, in a too-brief appearance) shows up and tells McGarrett that she knows all about how Wo Fat was connected to Hallbrook, how he deposited the money in the Swiss bank pretending to be McGarrett and then went into hiding after avoiding an assassination attempt by Wo's hired killers. Knowing that McGarrett would come to pick up the money and Wo's entire scheme connected with this, Hallbrook then went to the bank to withdraw the two million.
The production values of this first part are high, especially the beginning eleven minutes of the show with its night time photography. (This is where the shot of Danno looking through the broken car window from the main titles comes from.) The procedure in the hospital, giving McGarrett a spinal tap and other tests, is very elaborate. Considering there is little wrong with him, it is likely that he was given some kind of drug to knock him out and make him seem paralyzed. But how did the people who staged the accident know that McGarrett would survive to the extent that he did? (And how did they know that Jalor would die?) The whole frame-up with Hallbrook seems far too complicated, considering what will come in part two of the show. Did Hallbrook really know what would happen years ahead, including McGarrett coming to Switzerland to withdraw the money? Would Wo Fat really have clued him in on every detail of his scheme? Also, doesn't it seem peculiar that McGarrett would leave town for Switzerland to pick up the money and make this all very public? If some crook tried to do such a number, I'm sure that McGarrett would have some very stern words for the crook about leaving town! Wo Fat watches McGarrett on TV as he is pursued by reporters on his way to the airport. Is this something that Wo expected, that McGarrett's greed for the $2.2 million would overcome his responsibilities as a policeman?
The second part of this show drops in quality considerably. Everything is really dragged out, something which could also be said for much of the first half. The episode would probably have been better as a one or one-and-a-half part show. Jonathan Kaye (Tim O'Connor) barks a lot of orders and there is a largely unnecessary reappearance by Soviet Colonel Mischa Toptegan (Roger C. Carmel, see S03E18 & S03E19), who is now buddy-buddy with the Americans and allowed access to a lot of things that one would suspect are top secret. Donald Pleasance gives a bug-eyed performance as the scientist and double agent Vogler.
This part of the show is very claustrophobic, taking place mostly indoors (only 3:22 is outside). Much of it takes place in a fictional military bunker under Diamond Head Crater, and there are several shots of people going into and out of an elevator with automatic doors where people-movers like golf carts are parked. This becomes almost comical.
There is a meeting of various national security big shots at the beginning of the show:
- Jonathan Kaye, whose first name on his nameplate is misspelled "Jonothon."
- McGarrett, who has a sign "Houston" in front of him.
- Walter Carter (Tom Norton), representing the CIA.
- Martin [last name undecipherable] from NATO, played by Morgan Sha'an (uncredited).
- Leonard Michal, played by Bill Winkleman.
- Robert Lewin from Vandenberg (Air Force Base?), uncredited actor.
- Governor Paul Jameson, whose last name is misspelled "Jamieson." This is the first time in the show where the Governor's name is revealed.
- Lieutenant Commander George Smallitt (Robert Witthans).
- General Lewis Cardell (Les Keiter, usually seen as a TV announcer on the show). In front of him is a sign which reads "FBI."
- Karl Albrecht (Wright Esser) from Interpol.
- Jereme Alba (State Department?), uncredited actor.
The meaning of the title's "90 seconds" is finally explained. It refers to the time during which a missile tracking system based in Hawaii will be disabled to allow the Chinese to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear device without being detected. The man in charge of turning off the system is the man who designed it, Hans Vogler, an ex-German scientist who was captured and brainwashed by the Russians after World War II. Vogler is under the thumb of Wo Fat, who tortured his asthmatic daughter Lisa with pollen when he was working at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and then got him sent to the Pacific Missile Tracking Center in Hawaii. More recently, Vogler's daughter has been kidnapped to get him to co-operate.
The complexity of the elaborate frame-up of McGarrett seen in part one and abuse of Vogler's daughter really turns into a whole lot of nothing (or a whole lot of 90 seconds). There is little suspense in the show, other than near the end. Vogler is starting to freak out and almost plugs cards into the computer which will jump the gun disabling it until Danno puts a gun to his head. Kaye's attitude that it is worth sacrificing Vogler's daughter to save thousands of other children is very similar to a third season episode of the new Five-O where some CIA bigwig tells them that avoiding an attack on San Francisco is more important than saving the life of the son of a terrorist who is responsible for the attack. Maybe the writers for the new show got some of their inspiration from this episode, along with the lack of plot logic typical of many of the new show's episodes?
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?To come...
McGARRETT WANTS:To come...
Death: Benny Jalor killed in car crash.
Injury: McGarrett involved in car crash, found to be paralyzed via drugs.
Injury: Luther Hallbrook shot by bank guard, transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Death: Hallbrook dies of injuries.
Injury: Dr. Hans Vogler collapses when he realizes he caused his daughter’s asthma attacks.
- There is no promo for this episode on the fourth season DVD set. Whether one exists is not known. This two-parter is split between two DVDs in the set.
- The way the flipped car is righted is brutal, with little concern as to whether McGarrett has any spinal injuries (he does not, but we don't find this out until later). It would make more sense if the tow truck people had chains on both sides of the car to turn it over slowly. I'm surprised that they don't use the Jaws of Life, used to extract people from crashed cars, which was first used around 10 years before this show was filmed. The firemen are seen using a heavy-duty carborundum saw to cut through the roof of the righted car.
- When Che Fong opens the attaché case, blood is seen on some of the bills inside. How did it get there?
- McGarrett is taken from the accident scene in a Physicians Ambulance. Later when it is seen travelling down a Honolulu street, it has turned into a City and County Ambulance.
- Bob Nelson is Wo Fat's "main man" Chow Lee, identified in the credits as "Assassin #1." Herman Wedemeyer is at the crash scene playing Officer Ishi. Terry Plunkett is also seen at the beginning.
- McGarrett (actually Hallbrook) deposited the money in the bank on August 18, 1968, when the real McGarrett was in Switzerland to attend a conference, according to Interpol's Karl Albrecht (Wright Esser).
- The Governor's unseen secretary is "May." Is she the same woman who worked for McGarrett in early episodes of the show?
- The way Chow Lee can see McGarrett departing on the plane from a phone booth at the Honolulu airport which is sticking up in the middle of nowhere is peculiar. Despite the fact this booth is high up, like on the roof, he still has time to rush to the tarmac and board the plane at the last minute.
- After Hallbrook dies, Claudine walks out of his hospital room and no one makes any attempt to stop her, which is odd, considering what she knows.
- Does Wo Fat come all the way to Hawaii from the Philippines in the tiny submarine? As it gets close to land, it seems to dock up with some kind of flatbed, which is not explained.
- The music by Stevens is pretty good in this first half, less so in the second. As McGarrett flies to Switzerland from Los Angeles and shortly thereafter, Joe Ross points out that the music heard in the background is virtually the same as Morton Stevens' theme to Police Woman, which did not air until September, 1974.
- The teaser for part two consists of a rehash of what happened in the first part.
- The name of the black guard at the beginning of part two is Heath.
- Toptegan asks for tea in a glass. It takes only 26 seconds to produce this, though two people go into and out of the ubiquitous elevator to get it.
- When Wo Fat asks Vogler the name of a co-worker used as an alibi, Wo repeats it as "Yamato," but when he phones a hospital to check on this person, Wo says "Yamoto."
- There is Bernard Herrmann-like music during Vogler's interrogation by McGarrett. Vogler has been injected with some drug like sodium pentothal to make him talk freely.
- The significance of how Vogler was treated by the Russians after the war escapes me, except maybe to establish the fact that he can be easily manipulated, as he was by Wo Fat.
- Why is Jack Lord as McGarrett wearing a crash helmet when he arrives in the helicopter at the beginning of part two? There doesn't seem to be a communications radio in the helmet. Is this to disguise the fact that it isn't Lord (who disliked flying according to one of the pilots who worked on the show)?
- After the Americans launch a missile to track the Chinese ICBM's progress, data is reported as coming from Jodrell Bank -- but that is at the University of Manchester in England! As well, Wo Fat seems to be watching some kind of rotating radar installation via a periscope, but surely it cannot be inside the mini-submarine. Is this radar device in Hawaii? If so, how could it keep track of the ICBM which is thousands of miles away?
- At the 1999 Five-O reunion, Robert Witthans told me that playing Lieutenant Commander George Smallitt, in this episode, he had to introduce Steve McGarrett and said "I'd like you to meet Steve McQueen" instead of "McGarrett" to the assembled brass. The whole room broke up in hysterical laughter, even Jack Lord who was normally a no-nonsense type of guy.
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After a young woman is raped in a parking lot and a soldier is arrested and tried for the crime, McGarrett begins to suspect the soldier didn't do it.
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This is one of the ranker Five-O shows in terms of subject matter. Lee Paul stars as Mitch Kenner, a huge skinhead soldier (he makes even Kono look puny). This is quite a change from episode #21, where he played a peacenik! At the beginning, the camera focuses on the bums of women dancing in the nightclub. Mitch approaches Nora Kayama (Miko Mayama) and tries to pick her up, asking her, "White meat too rich for your blood?". When she rebuffs him, he calls her a "lousy gook broad." In the parking lot, he rips her clothes off. McGarrett asks the doctor "Was she raped" and asks Nora, "Did you resist him, did you fight?" When Danno talks to McGarrett, a poster is visible behind him showing a Honolulu police badge with "Peace Symbol" underneath. McGarrett punches the table, saying of the rapist, "He's turned animal, he's gone rabid!" Nora freaks out when identifying Mitch in the lineup. McGarrett screams at the sleazy nightclub owner (played by Robert Luck) who is trying to avoid telling the truth. He says that the cops are going to put the heat on the place, watching for when "some pothead lights a joint up in the can." When the skinhead says "What are you so upset about -- she's not even white," Kono freaks out and attacks Mitch -- McGarrett has to restrain Kono. The way the computer tracks down a gas station attendant named Chris is far-fetched. Yankee Chang portrays the judge (an excellent performance), and Kwan Hi Lim plays perhaps his most oily Five-O role -- the lawyer Tosaki who confronts Nora with embarrassing questions about her sexual past, saying the defendant "extolled his own virility," and refers to "an act of intimacy" and her "physical relationship" with her boyfriend, among other things. The judge cautions Tosaki: "You're on thin ice." John Manicote is the Assistant D.A. McGarrett says "I'm getting some strange vibes" over the case and gets the Five-O team to dig up evidence that reveals that Mitch is impotent, having "ruptured his posterior urethra" in a car accident some time before on the mainland. (He was subsequently under the care of a Toronto doctor.) Gas station attendant Luke (Murray MacLeod) is revealed as the actual rapist, having stepped in after Mitch beat Nora senseless. When charged by McGarrett, Luke says "It's bull, I tell you, it's bull." Mitch reveals his shame at the end, saying he didn't want the guys in the barracks to think that he "wasn't a man any more." As the "military theme" plays in the background, McGarrett, in disgust, says "You don't have a clue [as to what 'man' means]." The framing of Kenner at the show's end is interesting, with him sitting alone on a chair.
Injury: Mitch Kenner chokes Nora Kayama inside the bar.
Injury: Kenner pushes Luke Leonard onto bar floor.
Injury: Nora beaten by Kenner when he follows her outside. Leonard rapes her.
Injury: Kenner’s chest scratched when Nora fights back.
Injury: Kenner threatens Leonard with wire around his neck.
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An eccentric billionaire suspected of killing one of his business associates is afraid to leave his antiseptic yacht and clear himself of the crime.
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On his way with Danno and Chin Ho to investigate a murder at the estate of Morgan Hilliard (Barry Sullivan), McGarrett is kidnapped by six of Hilliard's men and taken to a yacht off Oahu to meet the eccentric billionaire.
Hilliard is obviously based on Howard Hughes. He has an "aversion to human contact" and is totally paranoid about germs. When McGarrett arrives at the yacht, he has to pass through a spray which is a "decontamination procedure." He says "What the hell is that?" The pill-popping Hilliard is also "in touch with cosmic forces" like auras. He is seen using some gizmo on his arm which "draws the harmful energy from your body and enforces the good."
Of course, McGarrett is annoyed at being summoned in this manner and tells Hilliard so. But Hilliard says that the reason he is floating on the ocean is because back at his place, three of his associates were trying to frame him for the murder of a fourth, Dewey Felton, who he had just fired, and were conspiring to create a case to take him to court on grounds of emotional instability. He calls these men "Judases" because he was offering them 49 percent of a steam car he was developing, but they are primarily interested in the court battle over his empire which has two and a half billion dollars at stake. McGarrett describes this as a "good motive for murder."
With the help of Che Fong, Five-O comes up with a scenario which had Hilliard shoot at the three men, killing Felton, after they presented him with a summons. Hilliard subsequently fled from the scene to the safety of the harbor. However, the descriptions of the associates – Byers (Ed Flanders), Otis Mims (H.M. Wynant) and Victor Tabernash (Milton Selzer) – as to what happened with the shooting are very sketchy, like whether they saw Hilliard actually fire the gun, considering he had just gone into a sauna with ultraviolet lights and antiseptic sprays where it was impossible to see inside because of fog-like mist. There are also questions arising from a reel-to-reel tape recording which was being made of the four men's meeting with Hilliard as well.
McGarrett manages to convince Mims and Tabernash to undergo a polygraph, not to be used in court, but just to satisfy his curiosity. Mims looks like he passes it, but Tabernash is so nervous, the needles are flying all over the place. Byers refuses to take the test, but admits, "I was wrong about Hilliard. I didn't see a gun in his hand, or anything else. Perhaps I just wanted to see one."
The local press has a field day with Five-O's seeming ineptness at solving the case, which McGarrett says "looks great in the paper but flops in court." A large crowd of reporters follows McGarrett around everywhere and articles in the local papers have headlines like "McGarrett Misses Key Investigation – WHY?" There are even suggestions from the press that McGarrett meeting Hilliard on the yacht was to discuss a deal with McGarrett becoming the next Governor of Hawaii.
Over Hilliard's objections, McGarrett manages to convince him to return to the scene of the crime, where he and the associates try to recreate what happened. Hilliard agrees with McGarrett that there is something peculiar about the first of the seven shots that were fired and recorded on the tape. The first bullet is subsequently dug out of the roof above the sauna, whereas the other six were all recovered earlier from around the swimming pool where the confrontation took place. McGarrett and Danno work backwards to find a place near the estate where it looks like a long-distance rifle was used in the shooting.
McGarrett suddenly has a brainstorm that whoever is involved with the shooting is an "engineer." This description apparently fits Byers, though we have never been told that up to this point. With "six phone calls and some international police work" highly reminiscent of the Five-O reboot, McGarrett learns that the rifle involved in the shooting was delivered to Byers two months before after he sent $200,000 from a Swiss bank account to a German arms company specializing in custom-made weapons which can shoot a .45 slug "at least 250 yards with absolute accuracy."
McGarrett goes to visit Byers, and as he sits down to talk to him, Byers tells him that the rifle, which is nearby, is aimed at McGarrett's head, and can be fired using the remote control which Byers has in his hand. A tense staring contest between the two men goes on for several seconds, but when Byers is distracted by an approaching helicopter which will take him to the airport to escape the islands, McGarrett leaps forward and overpowers him.
On a basic level, this episode makes sense, but there are a lot of questions regarding Byers and his motivation which are left unanswered. There is snappy dialogue between McGarrett and Hilliard, though the billionaire could have been made even more wacky.
- To Hillyard's employees, in McGarrett's office: I want you to hear this tape again. It's the first shot I'm interested in. That thump. It's different from the others. Listen.
- Hilliard, this is McGarrett. I'm going to the Attorney General to get a warrant for your arrest. Now, you can sit on that yacht of yours as long as you wish, but it won't get that steam car built and it won't get you off the hook. You've gotta show up and face indictment, cooperate, understand? Just like any other suspect. If you're clean, you can beat the charges. If you don't show up, we're gonna come and get you. And then we'll all know who killed Felton.
This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "While You're at lt, Bring in the Moon. "
Che Fong: Forty-five, looks like.
Danno: If you wanna kill somebody, that's the way to do it.
Morgan Hilliard: And there's a court battle shaping up with two and a half billion dollars at stake. That's billion.
McGarrett: Good motive for murder.
Ordway: And you've never seen these shells before?
Otis Mims: No, never. I don't like guns of any kind.
Byers: I wouldn't risk my share of perdition on that thing. I know my rights.
McGarrett: That polygraph won't buy it and I won't buy it.
Victor Tabernash: Believe me...
McGarrett: I don't believe you. You're fooling no one with this sweaty charade. You're only burying yourself.
Tabernash: It's that damn machine.
McGarrett: Is it the machine?
Garland: Is that loaded?
McGarrett: What do you think?
Jack Lord: Next, "Bring in the Moon." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Dewey Felton shot at Morgan Hilliard’s estate (shooting not seen by us, body is visible at beginning of the show).
- The opening titles are over freeze-frames.
- At the beginning of the show, one of Hilliard's men phones McGarrett in the office just as he is leaving and then hangs up. Jenny says, "Operator, were we cut off?" Since the guy calling is probably using a car phone, it is possible that an operator is involved. Surely calls to Five-O don't have to go through some other operator connected with the Iolani Palace before they get to the office!
- Why isn't McGarrett's car parked in the usual place in front of the palace? In order to get to it, he has to go around the side of the building, where he is confronted by Hilliard's men.
- The reel-to-reel recorder seen poolside at Hilliard's place is a Kudelski Nagra model IIIa. This particular Kudelski machine stopped being produced around 1967, which was before the show began. I suspect that it was used to record the audio of the show during filming in the first few seasons (a typical use for this model), but it was upgraded by something else, so when this show was made, probably in 1971, they still had it sitting around, so they decided to use it as a prop in the show. The other recorder seen on McGarrett's desk is a Uher, I don't know what model this was.
- When McGarrett tells Chin Ho he needs the crucial seventh bullet found, Chin says, "Now that's persistence." McGarrett replies, "And the murder weapon -- that's Chinese persistence!" When McGarrett asks why the killer was using a silencer, Chin replies, "Maybe the guy hates noise." McGarrett laughs.
- Duke is played by "Harry" Wedemeyer.
- At the end of the show, why can't the approaching helicopter see Danno, Kono and Chin Ho on the beach?
- Back on shore, Hilliard has a spy named Craig Custer (William Mount) following McGarrett around. At one point, he is hiding behind some bushes near the beach by Hilliard's estate and using a directional microphone as Five-O and Che Fong are talking. I don't see how this can pick up their dialogue considering how noisy the wind is. He is using a Pax Integrated Circuit Recorder, which looks like it has a cassette tape in it and says to transmit his report to Hilliard using "UHF channel 406" (I think this is not possible). Custer is hiding behind a hedge and using binoculars, but he doesn't seem to be looking through the hedge. McGarrett later corners this guy and sends Hilliard a message via this recorder that he is going to the Hawaiian Attorney General to get a warrant for Hilliard's arrest.
- McGarrett gives Hilliard the shaka sign at the end of the show.
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Three partners in a sleazy real estate corporation become victims of poison from a toxic sea snail.
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In this very Hawaiian episode, three wheeler-dealer real estate salesmen, partners in Hawaiian Palm Estates, all die horrible, mysterious deaths. The "weapon" turns out to be a venomous species of sea snail with the same name as the show's title.
The first to go is Ralph Mingo during his birthday party in the teaser, which is taking place at the oft-used location, the Anderson Estate. Mingo is played by Jay Robinson, who portrayed the emperor Caligula in the 1950s films The Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators in a histrionically swishy fashion. Considering he is only on screen for just over three minutes, Robinson makes the most of his brief part, collapsing and dying while making horrible choking sounds.
When Five-O shows up to investigate Mingo's death, Danno describes the attendees at the party to McGarrett as "con men, grifters, pimps, assorted playmates." McGarrett gets no co-operation from the crowd and a bunch of mouth from Mingo's surviving partners, the arrogant stud Fred Akamai Loy (Ray Danton) and the shifty Wallis (Jason Evers) when he asks them "Who gets Mingo's piece of your real estate shill game?" McGarrett says that people were "swindled" by the threesome's sale of "phony real estate lots" like "a quarter acre of lava rock."
When Danno looks around the house, he is curious as to why there is a video recorder and camera in a bedroom. Wallis describes this equipment as a "sales tool," eventually being truthful when he says, "It's like sports … some like to play and some like to watch." The recorder was used by Mingo, who was "kind of like a spectator, if you know what I mean." When Wallis asks Danno if he would like to see "some really beautiful scenery," he hesitates, saying, "You'd probably have me pinched for pornography."
Doc Bergman has to work hard to determine the cause of death. All he originally manages to determine is that whatever killed Mingo was an "ammonium compound" of some kind. Danno and Kono later get some big clues regarding the Cloth of Gold at Sea Life Park from Dr. Pell (John Hunt), who tells them that it injects poison through needles which are "only five-one-thousandths of an inch in diameter."
At the three salesmen's house during the investigation, Kono keeps staring at a tank containing a Cloth of Gold as well as some fish which it has killed. Danno asks him if there is some "deep Hawaiian symbolism" involved. When he sees Kono studying the fish, Wallis calls him a "big kahuna" and says, "You're crazy out of your kanaka head."
Soon enough, both Akamai and Wallis are also murdered with the mollusc. The killer is revealed to be Jack Manoa (William Valentine), houseboy to the three. Manoa seems to be a step up from a typical butler type. When Akamai went out on his yacht, Manoa also came along, and, in fact, saved Akamai when he got into trouble while spearfishing.
Manoa's triple murder is an act of revenge because the salesmen were responsible for the death of his 16-year-old daughter Tia. They corrupted her with drugs ("a hundred-and-fifty-a-day habit") and filmed her making porno with the camera and recorder. She died from infectious hepatitis, thanks to a dirty needle. As Manoa poisons Wallis, the last of his victims, he tells him that "your filth became her filth," adding, "Isn't it fitting that the three of you should die from a needle?"
This show features outstanding color photography and there are a lot of interesting touches.
Danno has a couple of great sarcastic lines, like when Akamai tells him, "Listen, cop, I don't like you here. You're busting up my party." (Akamai has two "broads," Donna (Cathy Musket) and Eadie (Shannan Kincaid), one on each arm.) When he continues, "I'm going fishing. You wanna ask me any more questions, you gotta come in the water," Danno tells him, "Hey, Akamai, I can think of at least a dozen things I'd rather do than babysit you."
McGarrett is understandably frustrated trying to figure out what killed the three men, and a bit "touchy." Considering how much work Danno and Kono do in this show, it's annoying to see McGarrett get most of the action at the end, when he and Kono board the harbor police boat Sea Venture and pursue Manoa as he heads towards the Big Island. (The HPD boat leaves from Makai Pier, later featured in the post-Five-O Jack Lord-directed pilot "M Station Hawaii," thanks to Fred.)
William Valentine gives a very good performance as the aggrieved father in the first of his seven roles on the show. (The next one, venereal disease investigator Jacob Kalema in season five's "Chain of Events," is also connected with sleazy subject matter.) The editing in the sequence where Manoa poisons Wallis, which is intercut with Chin Ho talking to Danno, is very interesting, as is the finale where Danno in a helicopter is helping McGarrett catch Manoa, who has fled in Akamai's sailboat.
However, I think it would have been more effective if we had not seen the Cloth of Gold which Manoa had under the tray of food he was taking to Wallis' room, basically previewing the fact that was the killer!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Cloth of Gold is the name of the poisonous sea snail which produces four deaths in the show.
- Better get started inside, Danno.
- To Danno: See if there's a typewriter inside, will you?
- To the crowd at Mingo's party: Will you kindly arrange yourselves just as you were earlier when Mingo was opening his presents. Exactly as you were earlier.
- To the crowd: All right, folks, will you just sit down now please? Just sit back.
- To the crowd: All right, folks. Let's wrap it up ... All right, go home. The party's over. And no sudden departures from this rock.
- Chin, what about the staff? Give me the book. (After Chin gives details) Go farther … If Chang is such a good cook, how come he can't hold a job? Manoa's daughter, what did she die of? Any details on that? How come the wife of a successful fisherman has to work as a domestic? That's what I mean.
- Danno, get me some answers. What kills people and fish and lives in the sea?
- Manoa, this is Five-O, you're under arrest. Come about.
Mingo (reading note with his present): "Happy birthday, pilau kane, Mingo. It is your last."
Wallis: What is it?
Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next for: "Cloth of Gold."
Doc Bergman: He did not die of a disease of the nervous system. And he did not die of cerebrovascular accident.
Danno: He is dead.
Bergman: Oh, yes, quite. He suffocated.
Wallis (to Akamai): Maybe you wrote that note to clear yourself of suspicion, huh? How do I know you didn't?
Akamai: You don't.
McGarrett (to Manoa): This is Five-0, you're under arrest. Come about. Come about.
Jack Lord: Next, "Cloth of Gold." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Ralph Mingo collapses at his birthday party and dies from the effects of the Cloth of Gold's poison.
Death: Fred Akamai Loy is poisoned in his bed.
Death: Wallis is poisoned in his room by Manoa.
Death: Manoa commits suicide (poison/drowning) before McGarrett can arrest him.
- One of the late Zoulou's favorite episodes.
- The toxic Cloth of Gold actually exists, though one web site I located with information about it suggests it is indigenous to Australia. A similar mollusc does not have instant fatal results as portrayed in the show -- it reportedly takes up to five hours to kill someone. There is no antivenin available for someone who has been poisoned. Dr. Pell describes it by a Latin name Darioconus textile Linnaeus which is sort of a mishmash of words connected with this animal.
- As the people at Mingo's party try to recreate the scene surrounding his death, Wallis says "There was a little box, the one that had the note in it," which also contained the Cloth of Gold, but the note was not in the box but taped to the top of it.
- A couple of dates are seen -- the tag on Mingo's toe in the morgue says 8/3/71 and a threatening card says Akamai's birth date is July 6, 1929 and that he will die on September 10th. Assuming the "8" in the first date means August, does that suggest there is a month between Mingo's murder and the scene with the card? I think that these two events are supposed to be taking place pretty close to each other.
- The card with Mingo's birthday present containing the Cloth of Gold (which we never actually see) reads "Happy birthday, pilau kane, Mingo. It is your last." Akamai is hesitant to translate the Hawaiian phrase, eventually saying it means "filthy scum." But Google Translate says it means "stupid husband." When Manoa is poisoning Wallis, he refers to his daughter's hilahila, which means "shame." The word akamai in Hawaiian means "wisdom," by the way. Akamai refers to himself as kane nui, which means "great man."
- When Wallis, freaking over the death of his two associates, wants to leave the islands, Danno tells him this is a not a good idea, saying, "What would a grand jury say? Three little Indians, two are gone. Leaving the third one rich...." referring to the children's counting rhyme.
- The musical score by Don Ray has numerous instances of the bonging bell noise.
- Mingo's body is taken away in a City and County ambulance.
- When Doc Bergman gives McGarrett some medical mumbo-jumbo ("We took some spectrophotometer readings. The alkaloid we found in Mingo's blood. No wonder we couldn't break it down. It never did show up in the routine blood tests. Anyway, it's an alkaloid of quaternary ammonium compounds, consisting of N-methylpyridinium…"), McGarrett tells him, "Doc, English, please."
- The Bell helicopter that Danno uses near the end of the show, number N74119, appeared in other episodes, including "...And I Want Some Candy And A Gun That Shoots," "Odd Man In," "Death Is A Company Policy," "'V' For Vashon: The Father," and "Little Girl Blue."
- One of the musical cues just before the end is the same as the cue which usually accompanies the wave before a commercial break.
- As Wallis calls Five-O at the end of Act One, there is a freeze frame.
- The name of Akamai's boat, Torea, is displayed on a sign near the front of it when he and Manoa are skin-diving, but at the end of the show, this name is not seen.
- Yankee Chang plays Chang Lu, the cook, uncredited.
- Kyo Sasaki, the maid (uncredited actress), comes out with a horrible scream when she finds Akamai's body.
- There are so many complaints about the real estate dealings of the three partners, that McGarrett says "We may have to run a computer on them."
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McGarrett sets up an elaborate police protective system around a young woman to capture her former boyfriend who has escaped from prison.
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The menacing William Watson plays L.B. Barker, who escapes from jail and threatens his former girlfriend, Carol Rhodes (Beth Brickell). McGarrett arrives at her hotel room and has the place surrounded with cops. When Carol offers McGarrett a drink and he refuses, she says, "I just can't imagine a guy with a name like McGarrett not having one drink." She also talks about her relationship with Alfred Townsend, an older man, which led to jealousy from Barker some years back: "It wasn't sex, he didn't use me like everybody else ... it was just kindness." We learn that McGarrett was appointed to Five-O in 1959 when Hawaii achieved statehood and that in 1968, suffering from major burnout, he took a vacation in Switzerland. Carol, a ditzy blonde, becomes more fragmented as time goes on, yet when Barker appears, she suddenly becomes very lucid. In order to get to her apartment, Barker seemingly has to crawl vertically up a heating vent for several stories and then rappel down the side of the building and no one notices him, though cops are everywhere. One wonders if these scenes are just figments of Carol's imagination, since it turns out that Barker's appearance is all part of a scam engineered by McGarrett and the D.A. to make Carol confess to a murder which Barker supposedly committed several years ago and there is a scene which suggests that Barker has been co-operatively sitting in a room under the supervision of HPD cops prior to arriving at Carol's room. McGarrett gets the whole thing on tape on his "case-sette" tape recorder. I imagine, as Carol suggests, the lawyers are going to have a field day with this case. This is pretty much a three-person show -- there are no "supporting players" in the credits. No doubt Jack Lord's theatrical experience served him well in this show, since it is almost like a filmed stage play.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
Death: Wayne McCabe killed by L.B. Barker after jewel heist.
Death: Alfred Townsend shot. Barker went to prison because of Townsend’s death.
Injury: McGarrett hit over the head by Barker.
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Three people with something to hide in their pasts are blackmailed to participate in an intricate plot involving the murder of a Chicago mobster.
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On the surface, this episode seems clever. An interesting but convoluted scheme is set up to commit what could be a perfect crime supported by perfect alibis. But if you think hard about it, the plot logic for most of the show doesn't make sense, and verges on being stupid.
Some people in Hawaii led by a shady character named Chang (Kwan Hi Lim) figure out that a store which is in a run down part of town is next door to a branch of the Hawaiian Fourth Federal Bank, and that they can tunnel through the wall between the buildings to break into the vault and steal money. Because the owner of the store died recently and it was put up for sale by the heirs, Chang and his cohorts bid on it.
However, a "big syndicate man" from Chicago named Maurice Mauritany connected with gambling, narcotics and extortion (Simon Oakland, in a relatively restrained performance) found out about this offer and put in his own bid. It is not said anywhere how Mauritany knew about the criminal potential connected with this store's location.
After Chang's group withdrew their offer, Mauritany, described as a "grim Neanderthal," comes to Hawaii to deal with things personally. There is nothing said about how Chang's group knew in advance that Mauritany was coming to Hawaii on some specific date.
McGarrett goes to the airport to give Mauritany the "Unwelcome Wagon" treatment, but cannot stop him from pursuing his interests. McGarrett tells him, "One slip, one shtick, and you're going to feel like Kilauea [the most active volcano on the big island of Hawaii] went off right under those 60-dollar shoes."
Despite "everything falling apart" in the deteriorated building connected with Chang's group, it is currently used as a carpet store, which seems to be a thriving business. After one of the employees, a forklift operator named Charlie Saunders (uncredited actor), who is an "ex-warrant officer, military intelligence and ex-private detective," finds three individuals, all of whom have something "bad" in their lives that they can be blackmailed over, Chang himself tracks down these three, who are:
- TV repairman Clem Brown (Morgan Upton). He abandoned a wounded superior officer who was chasing him when he tried to go AWOL during a military conflict (probably in Vietnam or Korea) and left the man to die. Clem, who is in the army reserves now, is paranoid about being court-martialled. Brown tells his wife Doris (Josie Over): "Somebody knows. They know everything."
- Frank Wellman (Bill Edwards, later Jonathan Kaye), a "a one-man welcoming committee" from the Honolulu Business Council, who is secretly a "homosexual [and] transvestite ... Classic subject for blackmail."
- Bonnie Soames (Joanna Barnes), a blonde "about 40," whose young stud, ex-"towel boy" boyfriend, Rick Marlow (John Hansen) killed her husband a couple of years before by tampering with his car. A witness to this changed his testimony after Soames paid the person off, so the murder charge was dropped.
OK, so think about this. How could Charlie possibly assemble this team, considering how diverse their "transgressions" are? It's not like ex-private eyes have access to some kind of newsletter which lists people like this who could be blackmailed to do your bidding for something illegal.
Not only is this trio diverse, but there are complicated "back-story" issues with all three.
- Soames was flown to Los Angeles, ostensibly to investigate a film career for Rick. On the plane coming back from there, she moves to sit beside Mauritany after pretending to have trouble with her headphones, in an empty seat that he paid for because of security issues. (He has two bodyguards sitting in the seats behind him.) Soon after he lands, Soames and Mauritany end up at his hotel having drinks.
- We see Brown in Mauritany's room fixing the TV set which was broken. ("I got a contract with the hotel.") He was notified about this prior to Mauritany checking in: "That's hotel policy."
- Wellman's organization responds to lists from the Real Estate Board concerning businessmen who are buying property in Honolulu and "setting up shop in Hawaii" to welcome them to the islands. (This connection with the Real Estate Board is verified by Five-O during the show.) Wellman sent Mauritany a present of champagne and other things.
All three of them end up in Mauritany's room at the same time, and they all shoot him with guns which have the bores scraped with a "high-speed reaming tool" which removes all the lands and grooves and that have special silencers that keep their shell casings from falling on the floor. Once the murder is over, all three leave quickly so it is unlikely they were there during the killing, based on the approximate time of death later determined by the coroner. All three are tracked down by their fingerprints they left in the place (How? From driver's licenses?) and interviewed by Five-O and their alibis all mesh perfectly with each other's.
McGarrett and Chin check out the carpet store, Lanai Carpet Co., because of the connection between Wellman and Chang through the Real Estate and Honolulu Business Councils. They encounter Charlie working there. He was convicted two years ago of bribery and conspiracy to obstruct justice and McGarrett recognizes him because he "put him away."
After this, Chin is delegated to do surveillance on the store from across the street, and when Chin spies Wellman showing up to receive an envelope, he immediate alerts the office.
Danno drives quickly to Wellman's place. He confronts Wellman on the street outside the building, uttering the usual Five-O threat of seizing something (the envelope) for which a warrant would normally be required by saying "If you want a warrant, I'll get you one." Wellman escapes from Danno and rushes to his apartment, but then jumps from the balcony, committing suicide. The contents of the envelope, several pictures of women, are found partially burned in his bathroom sink. When McGarrett sees a bunch of similar photos of women on the wall, he tells Danno, "These beautiful friends of Wellman's ... They're men." Danno looks dumbfounded.
(Does this make sense? Why would Chang be giving Wellman the photos in the envelope? Hadn't Wellman "finished his job"? Or was this all part of the big scheme, to get Wellman to kill himself?)
The improbabilities up to this point are matched only by how McGarrett and the Five-O team have a huge brainstorm connecting all the dots, specifically Saunders and Chang's criminal relationship.
Here is the actual dialog:
McGarrett: Try this on for size, gentlemen. Suppose, just suppose, that Charlie Saunders and this Chinese guy with glasses are tied together in some racket. Now, Mauritany wants to take it over, so they decide to have him knocked off. They blackmail three people into killing him. Pick it apart.
Chin Ho: First pick, if they were going to knock off a syndicate man, why not hire professional guns? Why amateurs?
McGarrett: A syndicate man and his bodyguard could spot a professional hit man a mile away. An amateur has a much better chance.
Chin Ho: Okay, why three amateurs instead of one?
Danno: They alibi each other.
McGarrett: Right. Worked out to the last detail.
Kono: But why did Charlie and the Chinese guy want to knock off that syndicate cat? What's the racket they're trying to protect?
McGarrett: Good question, Kono. Everything we saw down at that plant seemed straight enough.
Danno: Maybe there's something's special about the building? Mauritany tried to buy it out from under them.
McGarrett: Yeah, maybe. Call the county clerk. See if the plans for that building are on file. If they are, get them up here along with a county engineer. Chin, back to the carpet factory.
Chin Ho: Okay.
McGarrett: Kono... Clem Brown, Bonnie Soames and her boyfriend. Dig deeper. If our blackmail theory is right, what are they hiding?
The brainstorm continues after a County Engineer named Paul (John Alexis Howard, uncredited) brings plans and maps of the carpet store and surrounding area to the Five-O offices. When Paul says the word "bank" in the list of nearby buildings, McGarrett suddenly perks up:
McGarrett: How stupid can we be?
Danno: A tunnel.
McGarrett: It's got to be, look at the location. First step, you buy the carpet company then put in your own men and start digging.
Danno: Tunnel's half dug when a guy named Mauritany finds out and wants in.
McGarrett: He bids for the building... Now the building is old and run down, so you can't outbid him without tipping your hand.
Kono: So you gotta make a hit.
McGarrett: Yeah. Charlie comes up with three people to pull the trigger. People that Mauritany would never suspect.
In other words, just by guessing, they have figured out everything exactly as it has transpired so far! From this point on, the story sort of makes sense ... with the emphasis on "sort of."
The surveilling Chin witnesses Brown showing up at the carpet store in his TV repair truck. Clem has been persuaded by the threat of further blackmail to remove money from the bank theft (which is happening RIGHT NOW). However, when he is been nabbed by tons of H.P.D. cops who have been chasing him in a variety of stock shots after being alerted by Chin, the boxes with the "money" are found to contain dirt from tunnelling into the bank.
We cut back to the bank where Chang, Charlie and a couple of other guys (one of whom is the "mysterious Asian guy" from "The Singapore File" and other episodes) are nabbed red-handed when they go into the vault because McGarrett and Danno are already inside it waiting to greet them. (Has there been a delay from the time the robbers gave Clem the boxes of dirt until then?) McGarrett has a pretty bad pun as he confronts the bad guys: "Using Clem and his truck was a smart diversion, Charlie, but there was a hole in your plan." DUH!
The ending at the airport, where McGarrett busts Soames and her boyfriend who are attempting to flee to Singapore by plane (the latter for his participation in the murder of her husband) is kind of lame. First, how does McGarrett know that that is where they are going? Finally, we don't see the actual confrontation and arrest, just a long shot of McGarrett putting them in his car with a voice-over from him. (Rick goes in via the driver's side door and slides over on the front seat.)
One thing I will grant this show, it is well done from a production point of view, ignoring the fact the writer, Jerome Coopersmith (one of the best!) seemed to be "trying out something new." There is some interesting editing in the scene where Mauritany gets knocked off and also where the three killers are grilled in the Five-O offices. Even the main titles get a different treatment, with the first three words of the title appearing one at a time, then all together, and then the whole title on two lines. There are also some envelope-pushing moments with the revelation about Wellman's sexual life and the inter-racial marriage of Clem and his Asian wife Doris.
The score, attributed to Ray, is another mishmash of familiar motifs including the "memories," "violin" and "trombone interval" themes. The first time we hear the "memories" theme, it is inserted rather jarringly into the scene where Brown and his wife Doris are eating lunch in their shop.
- To Danno: Let's run out to the airport. The man comes to Hawaii, he should have a welcoming committee.
- Come on, Chin, let's go [to see Soames].
- Mrs. Soames, either you'll talk to us now, or we'll take you in as a material witness.
- To Chin Ho: Tell Danno to let Brown and Wellman go.
- To everyone: See what you can dig up on Mr. Chang. And I want a surveillance of that carpet company, 24 hours a day. I wanna know who goes in, who goes out, time of every delivery and shipment, license number of every vehicle that moves.
- To Chin: Okay, you stay there and keep your eyes open.
- Danno, you head for Wellman's house, he lives at 1561 Kanunu Street …. I want Wellman picked up and I want that envelope.
- Pick it apart [McGarrett's theory about how Charlie was involved)
- Call the county clerk. See if the plans for that building are on file. If they are, get them up here along with a county engineer.
- Chin, back to the carpet factory.
- Kono ... Clem Brown, Bonnie Soames and her boyfriend. Dig deeper. If our blackmail theory is right, what are they hiding?
- Paul, take another look at that building. This time, with a microscope. There's gotta be something we've overlooked.
- Call Central Dispatch. IU want every squad car in the area to... [interrupted by phone call]
- Chin, stay with him [Clem]. Don't lose him.
- To Chin: I'm going to switch you over to Central. Give them the description and put out a red-alert pickup.
Chang: Take a look at that face. That is the man you're gonna kill.
Jack Lord: This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for: "Didn't We Meet At A Murder?"
Che Fong: Nine mm, short. No ballistic markings on any of them.
Chin Ho: Well, then that's our three suspects out.
Danno: 1561 Kanunu Street.
Danno: Rich, successful man about town. Why?
McGarrett: Answer's right there, Danno. Staring at you from the wall. These beautiful friends of Wellman's... They're men.
Jack Lord: Next, "Murder." Be here. Aloha.
Death: Martin Mauritany is shot three times by Frank Wellman, Clem Brown and Bonnie Soames.
Death: Wellman commits suicide.
- At the end of the second act, Clem meets Chang at some location on a cliff above the ocean. Chang takes all the guns from the murder and puts them in a case which contains photos of all three killers -- Brown, Wellman and Soames! He then throws this case into the water below -- but what if someone finds this? I don't think the actor who delivers the guns to Chang is Morgan Upton, by the way -- notice he never turns so that you can see his face.
- The shot of Wellman plunging from his apartment building is taken from S04E15, "Bait Once, Bait Twice." (Wellman's suicide in the episode promo is a completely different shot, by the way.) When his death is written up in the newspaper -- "Wellman suicide: civic leader's death remains unexplained" -- the headlines on the page, aside from his name, have lower case type and the text of the article about him is totally bogus. But there is a real UPI story next to this about Nicolette Milnes Walker, the first woman who crossed the Atlantic Ocean solo. This story originally appeared in newspapers on August 12, 1971.
- A still of Chin Ho doing surveillance on top of the building holding a walkie-talkie will be used in subsequent seasons in the main titles. His vantage position overlooks the corner of Makaloa and Sheridan Streets. The building where Chin is standing is still in Google Maps today. See these links (then and now). When Brown leaves after picking up the dirt, Chin sends the message "He made a right turn on Makaloa then Ever [sic - "Ewa"] on Piikoi," but this is not correct. He would have gone straight to get to Piikoi and then turned. Whether Chin can see this intersection by just turning around is a good question.
- When Chin reports the license number of Wellman's green Mercedes, he first says "5J5-298," then repeats it as the correct number which is just "J5-298." During one of his conversations with McGarrett, Kam Fong's voice sounds weird. It is likely looped because of noise from the wind, but sounds like it is "stretched" to fill a certain time frame as well.
- Clem runs his TV repair business out of UCR TV and Appliances. Above the front door of this store is a sign which reads "New 8 Track Stereo Tape Cartridge Here Now; Closing Out Prices On All 1966 [sic] TV's and Appliances." The front window has pictures of credit cards the store accepts as well as logos for companies like RCA and Zenith, plus a poster for what looks like a religious revival meeting which takes place in the Kalani High School Gymnasium ("Seats Free - No Collection") on Sunday, 3 p.m., August 22 (1971). Inside the store on the wall in frames are a Certificate of Accomplishment/Award of Merit connected with Clem, as well as another certificate for his Honorable Discharge from military service. Is the latter something you would display in a place like this?
- At the airport, a Rolls Royce limousine, license number 5A-6228, is seen. Another limousine, a black Cadillac, is seen driving in front of the terminal. This sequence is taken from S04E02, "No Bottles ... No Cans ... No People." In that show, this had nothing to do with the plot; in this one, it seems to be the car that ferries Mauritany to his hotel in Honolulu. On the other hand, the Rolls is seen driving away from him!
- As McGarrett, Chin and Kono leave Che Fong's lab to go to Soames' place, they pass a blackboard which contains some kind of chemistry-related information: TEST (CH3OH) -- Menthanol [sic] / Analytical Reagent / As (CH3)2CO [??]) Acidity / Alkalinity (NH3)
- In Wellman's apartment, as McGarrett is looking around before he sees the pictures of the "women," in the bathroom he observes colorful, dainty containers perhaps containing toiletries and others like perfume bottles as well as a small white Greek- or Roman-looking statue. There is also a framed engraving on the wall depicting a full-frontal nude man from antiquity, with the implication that these are things that would be owned by a gay man. There is also a copy of the September 1970 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine on the table in front of the "women's" pictures.
- The shot of McGarrett driving up a ramp to the building where Mauritany was killed is the same as a shot at the beginning of S04E03, "Wednesday, Ladies Free" at the beginning of the first act (thanks to Fred).
- A closeup of McGarrett's phone shows the usual 732-5577 phone number, with extensions from 2368 to 2379. McGarrett talks to Chin on extension 2369, and Danno (presumably in his office nearby) on 2376. Extension 2374 is red in color.
- When Clem tells Doris about the second instance of blackmail, they are in bed together. She is wearing a lot of lipstick. Doris tells him, "Clem, you've got a family to protect," but no family (i.e., children) is seen during the show. She continues, "You've got us to protect. You do what they want you to do.
- The Hawaiian word "ewa" (meaning leeward or westward) appears as "Ever" twice) in the subtitles.
- When Soames listens to music on the airplane at the beginning, she says, "I dialed Streisand, I get Stravinsky."
- McGarrett tells Danno to give Clem and Wellman something to read in the office where they are being questioned while he goes and talks to Soames. Danno replies, "What? The new pension plan?"
- McGarrett tells Kono to "put your ear to the coconut wireless" (a local expression for "the grape vine").
- Prior to the murder, Clem tells Mauritany that he is turning on the TV because he wants "the tubes to warm up." But wouldn't this be a transistorized TV?
- Soames' boyfriend's name is similar in sound to Ric Marlow, who appeared in five episodes of the series.
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Danno goes undercover to flush out a drug ring operating from a vessel in the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
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The show begins with Albert R. Woodley (Stephen Matthews), a US Navy sailor, delivering a kilo of heroin ("10,000 jolts") to the White Horse Tattoo Parlor in Honolulu, after evading a couple of Navy men who are pursuing him. This place is run by John Surigao (Moki Palacio). Soon after Woodley leaves, he drops dead on the street.
Before the main credits, there is a screenful of text saying "The producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Department of Defence and the United States Navy." One wonders why they were co-operative, since the show is about sailors smuggling smack into Hawaii!
Perhaps the show was intended to encourage drug addicted members of the military to apply to the Drug Exemption Program which was introduced with Department of Defense Directive
1300 11, dated October 23, 1970. It "authorizes the military departments, on a trial basis, to establish amnesty programs for drug users who voluntarily seek help. Such members will receive medical assistance and be exempted from punitive actions for drug use under UCMJ [the Uniform Code of Military Justice] and, if rehabilitation and restoration to full duty is not indicated, will be considered for discharge under honorable conditions." One wonders, though, whether sailors would see this public service announcement aimed at them either while they were serving in Vietnam or on their way back to the States.
At a meeting in the Governor's office, McGarrett tells his boss, "We think another kilo might be coming in" on the USS John Haskell which leaves Subic Bay in the Philippines the next morning after a tour with the Seventh Fleet. "John Haskell" were the last words uttered by Woodley before he expired. Also at this meeting is Admiral Sample, played by real-life Admiral Joseph McGoldrick, who says, "The Navy has the same problems that you have, governor. Some of our men face bigger risks from drugs than they do from bullets."
In his usual capacity as a "young man" capable of looking like he could be in the military, Danno takes a fast plane to Subic and goes undercover on board the Haskell posing as an assistant to the Chief Hospital Corpsman Franklyn (Charles Gilbert) to try and figure out how the heroin is being smuggled. Danno has no luck in finding "H" anywhere. He tells Franklyn, "we haven't even turned up a joint of marijuana so far."
Danno encounters one sailor who got addicted to heroin in Nam, Petty Officer Second Class Arte Salton (Mark Jenkins of season three's "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney"). The increasingly nervous and twitchy Salton is desperate to get a fix, having already arranged to buy eight "dime bags" from Damage Controlman Third Class Dillon (David Birney). Danno is successful in getting Salton to seriously consider the Exemption Program, but when Salton goes to see Dillon for a refund of the money he has already put down, Dillon convinces him to forego waiting another four days until the ship reaches Pearl Harbor.
Back in Hawaii, Che Fong is feeling the pressure to come up with answers based on "scrapings off Woodley's shoes, pocket lint, hair, clothing, hat," anything. He finds a "granular chemical compound" under the fingernails of Woodley's right hand which he determines, with the help of four lab assistants, to be "potassium chlorinate," a non-existent chemical compound, later modified to "potassium bicarbonate," really used as a suppression agent in dry chemical fire extinguishers. Of course, McGarrett knows exactly what this is, what they "used to call Purple-K in the Navy."
Soon after this, seemingly not willing to let Danno deal with things on the Haskell by himself, McGarrett shows up on a tug (a real tug, USS Wahpeton (YTM-757)) and transfers to the Haskell, even though the Haskell is still two days away from Oahu. This does not make any sense -- surely he would have arrived on a ship larger than this. The sequence where he transfers from the tug to the Haskell goes on for almost 3 and a half minutes, obviously taking advantage of the "co-operation" of the Navy.
The captain of the Haskell has the crew "run a test exercise" involving a man overboard (actually a dummy) to keep them distracted while Danno and others check out all the fire extinguishers on the ship to find where the heroin is hidden. Danno eventually locates it, but puts it back, and after the ship returns to port, a closed-circuit TV camera is quickly set up to monitor the particular extinguisher which contained the heroin. A workman identified in the credits only as "Hard Hat" (David Doyle, of Charlie's Angels fame) comes on board to retrieve the dope, but he is nabbed by McGarrett and the others, and forced to continue with the "drop," which is further surveilled.
Dillon picks up the drugs from a coin locker outside the Maluhia Service Club at Fort DeRussey and takes them to Surigao's place, where the two men are busted by Five-O. Unfortunately, Salton, who was found comatose after he went back on the drugs at Dillon's insistence, never recovered and died. McGarrett is disgusted at Surigao and Dillon's collusion, throwing a bundle of bills from Surigao's safe on a table.
Overall, this episode is not bad and generally has good intentions. But there are some annoyances.
The first one has to do with why Woodley died. After trying to determine the cause, Doc Bergman gives McGarrett the usual medical mumbo-jumbo, much more than usual, which has the top cop getting very exasperated. Bergman says Woodley was poisoned with "aconitine" (a real substance), an alkaloid toxin produced by a plant known by other names like monkshood. He says "Ten milligrams, less than a single drop, could cause death inside an hour." Virtually everything from Surigao's shop is examined by the lab, and nothing like this is found. It would have made sense if Woodley just died from a heroin overdose, but why would Surigao have let this happen, like giving him a free sample? It is not mentioned if Woodley was causing any problems. Killing him off like this would be about as stupid as fentanyl dealers killing off their customers more recently.
There are also questions about the voyage from the Philippines to Hawaii. At the beginning of the show, it is said that it takes 15 days. After we see Danno on the ship, a crew member says it will be another 4 days to get to Pearl Harbor, but only a few minutes later, someone else says it will take 6 days. As mentioned above, McGarrett does not join the ship until only 2 days are left.
The cameras set up to observe the business with the fire extinguisher seem to be installed and connected with great speed, even though this would likely require a lot of complicated wiring, and when Danno and Franklyn are watching a monitor, a look at the back of it suggests that it isn't even connected to the camera! When Doyle actually removes the heroin, the camera is at an improbable angle looking at him close-up from below.
The score is by Don Ray and has numerous instances of military-sounding motifs, as well as the "trombone interval theme." The music at the beginning of Act 2, where Salton tries desperately to find even a few grains of heroin in his "fixings," is very weird.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
The title is a pun on the line and song from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, "follow the yellow brick road." Dorothy and her friends follow this road to the Emerald City where she will confront the wizard and ask him to return her to Kansas. In the context of the story, it refers to "a course of action that a person takes believing that it will lead to good things." In this Five-O episode, "white brick" refers to heroin with the suggestion that it will also lead "to good things."
- What killed him, Doc?
- To Doc: If there's anything we can do at Five-O or the county coroner's, let us know, huh?
- Danno, put Kono on it. Every [tattoo] artist has a signature. I wanna know who left that one on the kid.
- Okay, Kono. I wanna know his [Suriago's] bank account, friends, where he goes, what he eats for breakfast, the works.
- Doc, please now, spare me the historical moments, will you?
- Chin, impound everything at that tattoo shop of Surigao's. Dyes, needles, the works. And get them over to the lab. This is a wild hunch, but I want Doc to check it out.
- Danno, get the back.
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for: "Follow The White Brick Road."
Danno: You're hooked.
Arte Salton: I'm just chipping a little, that's all.
Danno: Salton, you're an addict. You wanna start stealing and dealing and wind up in the junkyard? Or do you wanna try to quit it now, with help?
Jack Lord: From Saigon to Hawaii, Five-O and the Navy trail a kilo of heroin.
Dillon: Sweat it out? Man, you're not gonna sweat out four minutes, much less four days.
Chin Ho: Steve?
McGarrett: I see him.
McGarrett (later): Five-O. Now, talk fast. Who's the dealer?
Hard Hat: I don't know.
Jack Lord: Next, "White Brick Road." Be here. Aloha.
Injury: Two undercover navy men are put out of action after Albert R. Woodley throws garbage cans at them.
Death: Woodley dies from being poisoned with aconitine (how this happened is a mystery).
Injury: Arthur Salton is found comatose after heroin overdose.
Death: Salton dies from overdose.
- In the opening teaser for the episode, a sailor is shown going to make a heroin drop-off at the White Horse Tattoo Parlor. He arrives at the tattoo parlor to make his delivery in a Bernie's Cab, license number 8C-6310. This cab and scene are the same as when David Birney, pursued by McGarrett and Danno in a white Mustang, makes his heroin delivery at the same location at the close of the show, but shot from a different angle. You can see the white Mustang, with McGarrett in the passenger seat, make the hard left turn in the teaser. The person in the cab in the teaser is intentionally hard to see. You even have the same vehicles behind the Mustang in the teaser as in the closing scene: a beat-up brown pickup truck and a green car off to the pickup's right. As well, on the street corner you can see a guy in a blue shirt and a man with a little kid. Thanks to Mark Lewonczyk for pointing this out.
- There are weird camera angles at the beginning of the show when Woodley is under the influence as well as after Salton tells Danno to just wait a few minutes before he makes up his mind about entering the program, but actually goes to see Dillon.
- The combination on Surigao's safe, as far as we can see, includes the numbers 8-2-28.
- The ship the John Haskell is actually played by the USS Whipple (FF-1062). When the ship arrives at Pearl Harbor, two other ships are seen: USS Charles Berry (DE-1035) and USS Rathburne (FF-1057).
- Surigao says he smokes "Philippine cigarettes," but he is seen smoking a pipe. Does this mean he takes the cigarettes and extracts the tobacco from them into the pipe? There is a suggestion that Philippine cigarettes are very cheap.
- I don't think the irony of Surigao's place of business being named the "White Horse Tattoo Parlor" is lost on anyone.
- Near the end of the show, McGarrett and Danno are seen in civilian clothes while driving the white Mustang.
- A friend of mine whose husband was in the military for several years says the length of haircuts for the enlisted men in this episode leaves a lot to be desired.
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A killer targets wives of army men who have come to Hawaii to meet their husbands on furlough.
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Ella Syzmanski (Robyn Millan) shows up in Hawaii to be with her Army sergeant husband August ("Augie") (Anthony Aiello). He has been delayed for a couple of days before arriving on R&R from duty in Vietnam. As she is taking a shower in her hotel room, she is brutally murdered by an intruder.
Doc Bergman knows the murder weapon was a bayonet, based on four years of experience in the medical corps. McGarrett is joined in his investigation by Army Provost Marshal Colonel Ken Hart (Richard LePore).
When McGarrett meets Ella's husband as he gets off the plane, he pushes things a bit too much when he asks if Augie's wife was "very lonely," which almost results in a punch in the face. A subsequent check by both Hart and Danno reveals that Augie and Ella were "very married."
McGarrett wants to talk to Syzmanski's commanding officer, Captain Dan Nicols (James Davidson). It turns out he is also due on R&R shortly. Nichols' wife Leslee (Jackie Russell), who has flown in to meet him, is greeted at the airport by "Jake Wheeler," an army sergeant, who takes her on the "scenic route, part of the officers' wives welcome tour," including to a viewpoint in an out-of-the-way location. Wheeler stabs her (we do not see him doing this) and pushes her off the cliff.
Her body is discovered quickly enough, and McGarrett recognizes the killer's "signature," the stabbing below the sternum. The car Wheeler was driving ("hot-wired, stolen from the headquarters parking lot at Fort Shafter") and the second-hand uniform he was wearing are also located by an HPD cop named T. Horner, abandoned outside Punchbowl Fender Works at 3427 Waialae Ave., a business still in existence in 2019.
Che Fong gets some ideas about Wheeler's identity from the uniform, and Kono, Danno and Chin Ho track down further clues about him and Leslee Nichols at the airport. Nichols arrives and McGarrett doesn't waste any time asking him who would want to kill him or his wife. Figuring out it is too much of a coincidence that two wives of men in the same company have been murdered, McGarrett asks Hart for records of every man in that company: "Could be somebody is using R&R for revenge."
We finally figure out who "Wheeler" is when he goes to a Marine recruiting office located near Kaimuki Sundries (another business still around today, almost across the street from Punchbowl Fender Works). Ralston talks to a sergeant named Philippo (Philip Heron) about his pending application to the Marines. Philippo tells him that a computer spit him out, revealing his real name to be "Thomas Robert Ralston." The recruiter tells him "the Marine Corps doesn't need used meat with a phony name," and recommends that he join the Foreign Legion instead. Outside the office, Ralston rants at people on the sidewalk, showing them his Distinguished Service Cross that he got for "meritoriously wasting a bunch of Charlies."
Back at Five-O headquarters, McGarrett, Hart, Nichols and Syzmanski are studying the records of officers in Nichols' company. Ralston was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Nichols' recommendation because "he closed down a VC mortar squad all by himself." He asked for transfer out of the company because he had "gone as high as he could" as far as his rank was concerned. Two months ago, Ralston received a medical discharge in Colorado.
Meanwhile, Ralston, pretending to be Nichols, sends a Western Union telegram to Amy Carter (Marie Cheatham) wife of another former fellow officer, Lt. Dennis Carter, who we saw at the beginning of the show, played by Richard Kelton. He is not expected to come to Hawaii for another month, but the telegram says that he is due for five days of R&R, arriving the next day, and his wife should come to Hawaii immediately. However, after Carter's wife leaves Florida, a Army man comes to her house to tell her mother that the lieutenant has been killed in action.
Alerted to this, Five-O gets busy, with only a few hours before Amy Carter arrives. A police artist's sketch of Ralston is produced with the help of the agent from the telegraph office (Moki Palacio). Information about Ralston's discharge reveals it was because of a Section Eight, meaning he was judged unfit for medical service because he was "paranoid, aggressive-defensive," and had "tendencies to violence." Szyzmanski reveals that on one occasion, Ralston flipped out, demonstrating crazy behavior. McGarrett lays hard into Nichols, who says that he didn't take action after this outburst, and when Ralston wanted to apply for OCS, neither Ralston nor Carter would recommend him for this.
Nichols says, "I made an error in judgment," to which McGarrett snaps, "An error in judgment? I'd say you were more interested in keeping your sharp outfit looking sharp. The guy needed a head doctor and you give him a transfer. And you pass that off as an error in judgment?" Nichols counters with, "That's what it was, McGarrett. And I've paid for it."
Amy Carter arrives in Honolulu, and McGarrett, Hart and a policewoman named Cathy Miller (Genevieve Nelson) board the plane. Miller is going to pretend to be Carter when she disembarks. Only problem is, Ralston knows what Carter's wife looks like, so he knows something is up when he sees her after paging her in the airport.
Policewoman Miller is taken to Fort DeRussy, but McGarrett suddenly has a brainstorm on the way there when he realizes that Ralston has probably seen a picture that Cathy mentioned in the plane, part of her husband's possessions, that "has been around the world with him."
Returning to the plane, McGarrett finds Hart knocked out and Ralston holding Cathy hostage. McGarrett taunts Ralston, who attacks him with the bayonet, which McGarrett grabs, seriously cutting his left hand. McGarrett pulls out his gun with the other hand and shoots Ralston dead.
From the perspective of "don't think about it too hard," this show is not bad, but there are several issues.
The first has to do with "What is 'OCS'?" which is part of an important plot point in the show.
OCS stands for "Officer Candidate School." Completing OCS is one of several ways of becoming a U.S. Army commissioned officer.
Platoon sergeant Ralston saved everyone's lives by closing down a VC mortar squad by himself. Nichols recommended him for the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross), after which Ralston requested a transfer, because, as Nichols says, "He'd gone as high as he could in my company. He deserved more rank."
This transfer was granted, according to Nichols, because Rolston "wanted it" and "it was better for discipline." After Ralston got the DSC, he "began coming on kind of strong," which culminated in an incident when he was ordered to turn out the lights in his bunker and refused, and when ordered to do so by Lieutenant Carter, he picked up a rifle and shot out the lights. He then hit Szymanski, but because it was not possible to prove 100% that he did this on purpose, the incident was not reported to Nichols, who says that even if he knew Ralston was guilty, "How do I bring charges against a guy I put in for the DSC?"
Two months prior to the date of the show, Ralston "really flipped out" and received a medical discharge in Colorado. According to a psychiatrist's report, Ralston said, "I was regular Army, headed for the high cotton, wanted to put in for OCS, but they [Nichols, Szymanski and Carter] wouldn't recommend me and that tore it, really tore it."
The plan of revenge against the three who Ralston figures messed up his future is complicated.
First, he has to get information on when the men are coming back to Hawaii for R&R. Hart says "There are orders posted in hallways and offices, and a phone call or two would get [a] flight number." Considering Hawaii was the number one choice for married soldiers to get together with their wives during Vietnam R&R, you have to wonder how many people would be on these lists, and how detailed they would be, even down to giving Ralston the exact address of Carter's wife to send the telegram to, for example. The staff car which Ralston stole was from the Fort Shafter parking lot, suggesting a lack of security.
Ralston also gets a sergeant's uniform to spoof Nichols' wife, including a name tag, though this could be purchased through a store selling used uniforms. After he abandons this uniform with the staff car and Mrs. Nichols' luggage, he then gets another uniform, that of a captain, to pretend that he is Nichols when sending the telegram.
Though motivated by his psychotic hatred for the three men, Ralston comes across a kind of a dim bulb, a Southern "farm boy," who Szymanski refers to as "Tommy Bob." The fact that Ralston tries to join the Marines, not expecting them to connect him to his army career, is a dumb move, because this would not get him closer to OCS; he would have to start at the bottom and work his way up through the ranks just like he would with the army.
The ending of the show doesn't make any sense to me. Colonel Hart is on the plane with Carter's widow Amy, and is supposed to be taking care of her until she can return on the next flight. Ralston comes up the boarding stairs and into the plane, but surely Hart would recognize him and then take action! Instead of stabbing Hart with his bayonet, Ralston knocks him out, which is not his normal M.O.; Ralston doesn't seem like someone who prefers hand-to-hand combat.
Rather than just kill Amy right off the bat, Ralston takes her hostage with a blade to her throat when McGarrett, being clever, returns to the plane, realizing that something is screwy. I think Ralston was surprised by McGarrett's sudden entry into the plane, actually. Ralston seems to being trying to hide with Amy in the plane's galley, perhaps having heard McGarrett clumping up the boarding stairs. McGarrett grabbing the bayonet is one of those can't-forget-scenes from the series!
WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?
R&R is military slang for "rest and recuperation," "rest and relaxation," or "rest and recreation." The third "R" in this show's title means "Revenge."
- Che, what have you got?
- To Syzmanski: I'll have to ask you some questions, sergeant. I've gotta get some leads, try to figure out who did it.
- Jenny, get everyone in here who has a report, please.
- Ken [Hart], if I wanted to talk to Syzmanski's commanding officer, how do I go about it?
- To Danno: We'll need some casts and some samples.
- Danno, get a description of Mrs. Dennis Carter from Colonel Hart's office and find a policewoman to match.
- Chin, check ITT, RCA, Global and Western Union. I wanna know who sent that phony message to Mrs. Carter in Lynville. And, Chin, take a police artist to the telegraph office with you.
- To Hart: Could you restrict the news of Lieutenant Carter's death?
This is Jack Lord inviting you to be with us next for: "R&R&R."
McGarrett: Soon as you can, tell me something, will you?
Doc Bergman: I can tell you something right now, about the murder weapon. A bayonet.
Che Fong: About 5 foot 9 inches, 150 to 155 pounds.
David Ralston: You fools know what that is? That's a genuine hero medal.
Capt. Dan Nichols: Okay. I made an error in judgment.
McGarrett: An error in judgment? I'd say you were more interested in keeping your sharp outfit looking sharp. The guy needed a head doctor and you give him a transfer. And you pass that off as an error in judgment?
Kono: A bunch of blood on these leaves.
Chin Ho: A man and a woman's footprints go to the edge of the cliff. Only his come back.
Jack Lord: Next, "R&R." [sic] Be here. Aloha.
Death: Ella Syzmanski stabbed in shower by Ralston.
Death: Leslee Nichols stabbed and shoved off cliff by Ralston.
Death: Lt. Dennis Carter killed in combat around the time his wife is en route to Honolulu (not seen by us).
Injury: Colonel Hart knocked unconscious by Ralston on plane.
Injury: McGarrett grabs Ralston’s bayonet, cutting his hand (OW!!).
Death: Ralston shot twice by McGarrett.
- This is the second military-themed show in a row. Moki Palacio, who appeared as a dope pusher in the previous show, "Follow The White Brick Road," is seen as the telegraph clerk. When Five-O tries to nab Ralston at the airport, Chin Ho seems to be standing in front of the same sign with Japanese characters as he was in previous show, except in that episode the sign was in a hotel.
- This is the last broadcast show featuring Zulu as Kono, who speaks Japanese to a souvenir vendor. He has a good line to McGarrett: "I got a photogenic memory," which McGarrett corrects to "photographic."
- When Ella Szymanski is stabbed, there is no blood. When her husband hears about her fate, he says "Oh, Jesus" to McGarrett.
- There are stock shots of McGarrett running down the Palace steps past tourists and driving past the Dillingham Fountain, as well as a Five-O car driving off into the distance.
- Both the violin, memories and military themes are heard.
- At the beginning of the show, Nichols says, "Did you tell them dirty old dinks [meaning Vietnamese] about our boy Syzmanski?" Later on, Ralston tells the Marine recruiter, "Shove it, Tinker Bell."
- Danno interviews a woman about the murdered soldiers' wives. She is standing in front of a sign aimed at tourists that says "Have some pineapple juice, compliments of the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation."
- McGarrett's hair gets blown around by the wind in a couple of scenes.
- Amy Carter's home town is Lynville, Florida. There is actually a similar-sounding town, but its name is spelled Lynnville. The one in the show has a population of 10,562 and is on Florida highway 41A.
- Amy's mother (Maude Demerast) tells the soldier bringing the bad news about her son-in-law that her daughter is "going to have three weeks of R and R in Honolulu," but the bogus telegram that Ralston sent her says they will only have five days. According to Wikipedia, R&R in Hawaii during the Vietnam War was typically for seven days because of the greater distance, as opposed to other locations like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lampur, Penang, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo, which only had five days.
- The subtitles misspell "Kimo" (seemingly some airport employee) as "Kemo."
- In addition to United Airlines planes, two planes from Northwest Orient are seen during the show.
- McGarrett tells Syzmanski "easy" twice.
- When the police artist's sketch of Ralston is finished, the telegraph agent says "Perfect, perfect," which echoes was Ralston said when he was sending the telegram: "Perfect, pluperfect."
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