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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 - The Ninety-Second War, Part 1 (Dana Wynter, Khigh Dhiegh)
S04E17 - The Ninety-Second War, Part 2 (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.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- There is no episode promo for this show in the DVD set.
- 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.
A local hoodlum tries to eliminate the competition and open the way for a mainland crime syndicate to operate in Hawaii.
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.
- Circulate a description of [Peter Yano's money] clip.
Peter Yaho: 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 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?
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.
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.
- (In response to 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.
- [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.
- 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?
- 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 bheind 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?
This show turns out to be a lot more complicated than when I originally viewed it. Buddy Ebsen stars as Professor Ambrose Pierce, an academic with a phenomenal memory who almost broke the bank in Las Vegas. He comes up with an elaborate money-making scheme involving a gang of crooks and traveler's checks. In order to realize this, he needs the co-operation of organized crime, who will steal the cheques and supply him with the gang of over 100 people who will spend the checks in Hawaii for relatively insignificant amounts and return the change to him, presumably making some kind of commission for themselves. 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 the cheques from a World Wide Traveler's Checks armored truck in Colorado after blowing it up with a bazooka. The next scene finds Pierce and the gang about to board the plane for Hawaii under the guise of the Faculty Discount Travel Club, with each of the gang members having assumed the identity of some real-life academic. During the flight to Honolulu, one of the crooks named Whitney Davis (Glenn Cannon in his second Five-O appearance) starts to act in a very disoriented manner, incoherently babbling details about the check-cashing scam. Despite Pierce's efforts, Davis is taken to hospital when they land. Davis's 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 murdered in the hospital by Doran with a silencer. News of the check robbery reaches Honolulu quickly, and the boss of the local branch of World Wide Traveler's Checks, Frank Okawa (Tom Fujiwara), asks his secretary Luana (Lani Kim) to send out a bulletin to all local merchants with a list of the serial numbers. Before she can do this, however, she is murdered by a goon hired by the mob as part of the scheme, and a memo is left for Okawa suggesting that she did send out the memo. After Davis is identified as a crook by the name of Floyd F.X. O'Neill, in trouble on the mainland for embezzlement, bunco and fraud, McGarrett is suspicious that other members of the teachers' tour are crooks, maybe even Pierce himself. He arranges for a local professor, Elias Jordan, 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, 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. 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 of the logic relating to the checks is very far-fetched:
- At the beginning of the show, George and Doran take out the armored truck carrying the traveler's checks with a bazooka, which results in the two drivers "burned up like a piece of toast," according to Chin Ho later. How do the checks survive the fire? Why are these two goons pussy-footing around, closing their car door quietly and so forth, if they are going to produce an incredible explosion a few minutes later? And then there is the question of how much physical space does $750,000 of traveler's checks take up?
- When Pierce is seen doling out the checks to some of the gang, he is giving each of them $7,500. There are 119 crooks, so that works out to an average of about $6300. Each gang member has to spend all of this amount in a period of two days, and the majority of the checks seen as people pay for things are $20 denominations. 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. At an average of $100 per transaction, that works out to a total of 7500 transactions in two days. 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.
- 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!
Despite all this, McGarrett's final speech to the plane load of crooks is an all-time classic, concluding with the line "Aloha, suckers." The effect of this is like sitting through an opera with an incomprehensible plot, waiting for an incredible final aria! There is an interesting score by Richard Shores to boot, and Judi Meredith playing Nurse Patricia Higgins is very hot!
Death (x2): Armored car drivers “…burnt like a couple pieces of toast” transporting travelers checks by George and Terry Whitman Doran firing bazooka.
Injury: Luana Mawalai locked inside basement utility room by group’s thug.
Injury: “Whitney Davis”/Floyd F.X. O’Neill becomes delirious on airplane flying to Honolulu.
Death: “Davis”/O’Neill shot by Doran in the hospital!
Death: Luana killed by group’s thug, stuffed in trash can.
- The show starts in Colorado. But 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.
- After Davis's murder by Doran, who was posing as a hospital attendant, McGarrett says "I want every lab technician, every intern assembled for identification, anybody who wears a white coat." He later asks Danno to send Davis's prints to "CII" in Sacramento, which stands for "criminal identification and information."
- Why does Doran shoot Davis? Why doesn't he just poison him, for example? Since the attending nurse Higgins recognizes him as being from "serology" (the department that handles blood and bodily fluids), this would be relatively easy to do.
- 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 total without writing it down.
- Winston Char is one of the two Physician's Ambulance attendants meeting the plane.
- A scene where a cop car passes people going to church is a stock shot from #36. Following this, the Five-O team are investigating and all of them dressed casually, even McGarrett.
- 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 Jewlers, 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.
- Doran's name in the credits as "Soldier" refers to McGarrett's comment that he is a "syndicate soldier."
- There is no episodic promo for this show in the DVD set.
In addition to running a candle shop, self-styled "hippie freak" Ryan Moore (John Ritter) makes money by begging from tourists in a park by the beach. When he tries to hustle Edward Heron (Vic Morrow) for cash, he has no luck. Instead, Heron starts to feel Ryan up, suggesting he will part with some of his money for a homosexual tryst. At this point, Ryan's girl friend Cleo Michaels (Dianne Hull) intervenes, and Ryan bonks Heron on the head with a two by four and 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 Ryan tracks down to discover that it contains an attache case with $250,000 that Heron embezzled from an employee insurance fund on the mainland. Realizing he has hit the jackpot, Ryan, spouting various hippie clichés about "middle class morality" and the "plastic establishment," convinces Cleo to run away with him to Hong Kong and India. After waking up in the hospital without his wallet and not wishing to co-operate with Chin Ho, who is asking questions, Heron manages to find the candle shop, where some woman is lying in a drug-induced stupor. He slaps her around, just at the moment she dies from an overdose. Freaking out, Heron burns the place down, which gets Five-O's major attention. (It just so happens that Danno is also looking for Cleo, who has run away to Hawaii She is the daughter of his rooming house landlady in Berkeley.) Continuing his quest to find Ryan, Heron inquires in a hippie bar as to his whereabouts, listing off various peculiar elements of Ryan's "costume." The barman says "Isn't there anything unusual about him?" and offers Heron some licorice-flavored cigarette papers for "rolling your own." Both Five-O and Heron figure that Ryan and Cleo are going to split town, and they track them down to the airport. Heron grabs Cleo and pages Ryan, telling him to bring the money or he will kill Cleo. After Heron takes Cleo to some isolated building seemingly far away from the main terminal, Ryan decides to leave without her. McGarrett foils his plan, making Ryan act as a decoy while he and Danno rush under the runway in a tunnel to the isolated building, only to find that near the end it is blocked. Five-O manages to rush back in time to the tunnel entrance and then somehow sneak up on Heron and his two hostages through the back of his hideout. When Heron, who now has a gun, tries to escape, he is wounded by McGarrett. Cleo is confronted with the truth about her boyfriend, but 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." The music is credited to Ray, though it contains a lot of familiar cues like the violin and trombone interval themes, some crappy rock music (not the usual tracks) and some weird electronic sounds heard when the woman ODs. Ritter plays the part of the obnoxious Ryan very well, and the show has some nice photography in the candle shop and tracking Ryan's jeep as he drives down the street in Honolulu.
Injury: Edward Heron/Ernest Hampton hit in head by Ryan Moore.
Death: Brenda dies of heroin overdose.
Injury: Cleo Michaels held/kidnapped by Heron.
Injury: Ryan shoved into room by Heron as Five-O moves in.
Injury: Heron shot in leg by McGarrett.
- Heron's real name is Ernest Hampton.
- At the beginning, McGarrett engages in 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." Later, suspecting that Heron wants to get a passport to flee to the Far East, McGarrett tells his men to "check every hot forger you can drag out from under the rocks," and "check every available means of leaving the islands."
- The old white-haired lady that Ryan tries to hustle for money in the opening scene is played, uncredited, by Peggy Oumansky, who also appeared in #66-67, F.O.B. Honolulu and Retire in Sunny Hawaii ... Forever.
- A scene where the cop car turns left by the First Hawaiian Bank is taken from #36. 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 wears his olive suit.
- As the flames engulf the candle shop, soon to burn up the overdosed woman's body, the irony of a poster on the wall --"Today is the first day of the rest of your life" -- is not lost.
- Chin says "Yo" to McGarrett at one point, and Jenny refers to him 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.
- There is no episodic promo for this show in the DVD set of the fourth season.
- How does Heron know the location of the hideout at the airport?
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.
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
Employees of an air cargo company conspire to steal expensive shipments including some drugs which result in a woman's death.
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.
- Ask Danno to check the contents of Jerry's locker, trace his last movements, who he talked to, where he went and so forth.
- I'd like to see the cargo 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) z 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.
In this episode, McGarrett is on the Big Island testifying at the trial of Johnny Oporta (see #74, No Bottles ... No Cans ... No People). Sam Melville stars as Hawkins, mastermind behind the robbery of six million dollars being transferred from one bank to another. Hawkins is an aggrieved Vietnam veteran, angry that when he returned home after being wounded in action, 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," though this angle is not really developed. His gang includes Ray Galvin (Robert Fields), a dance instructor who masquerades as a cop, Carol Lindsey (Leigh Christian), a hot, tall skinny blonde who works in the bank, Fred Noonan (Al Harrington), an ex-bank robber who is the group's muscle, and Blumberg (Jack Kruschen), office manager of Tiki Gods Company, which is used as a front to ship the stolen money to the mainland. At the beginning of the show, the gang stages a robbery of the bank's main location at 4634 Kilauea Avenue (this is still the actual address of a branch of the Bank of Hawaii). Galvin pretends to have an anxiety attack, and the gang leaves without completing their job. When McGarrett hears about this from Danno, he says to "alert every bank on Oahu." Later, Hawkins and Noonan pay a visit to Carlson's Printing, who have created a bogus invoice, number 1409, to be used in connection with the robbery. 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 robbery and taking Danno's advice, the bank decides to spread their cash reserves between their different branches and arranges for the Isle-Pac Armored Car Service to handle the job. This truck travels down some middle-of-nowhere roads and eventually ends up at what looks like the "Hookman" tunnel where the 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 the other is knocked out by pouring what looks like acid through the roof of the truck. Fleeing with the truck to some other out-of-the-way location, the gang loads not only the money, but the truck in a Sealand container, which is then loaded on a ship for the mainland. The way Danno figures out the bogus invoicing scheme at the end is a bit quick for my taste. He arrives in Oakland, destination of the truck/money, and after a violent battle on the docks, Hawkins is killed and the rest of the gang arrested. This episode leaves a lot to be desired. 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 leads to the gang's downfall. How do they know the exact route that the truck will take from the bank to its branches? 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, since she isn't getting cut of the take at all, but Hawkins convinces Galvin to split his share with her.)
Injury?: Galvin fakes heart/anxiety attack during dry run of robbery.
Death: Carlson shot three times by Hawkins.
Death (x2): Armored truck guards in the front, driver and shotgun, shot by Hawkins (and Noonan?).
Death: Guard in back of truck assumed dead due to poisoning by hydrochloric(?) acid. Gang never removes this guy for transport to “Oakland.”
Injury (x2)?: Fred Noonan picks a fight with guy working on truck – they exchange punches.
Death (x2): Hawkins and Noonan killed by police and armored car crash in Oakland. Based on dialogue from Danno, “Tracked the gang to Oakland…Two tried to run for it, they didn’t make it.”
- In the bank is a large poster which says "Happy Anniversary Hawaii Statehood." In the office at Tiki Gods there is another poster advertising the Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina. The same poster is in Danno's office at Five-O headquarters! A Crimestoppers-type poster is also seen behind Danno with the phone number 944-1212.
- The truck used to take the container to Sealand has a large number on the back under the doors -- 070783. So does the truck which picks up the container in "Oakland"!
- Seth Sakai is seen as a lab assistant who utters "don't hold your breath" to Kono in Japanese (see the next show, where Che Fong does the same in Chinese). After examining evidence from the printing shop, he comes up with eight letters taken from the hot metal type thrown on the floor (which eventually spell TIKI GODS) that have fresh ink on them. He says that "using the eighth factorial formula," there are around 40,000 possible combinations of these letters. He is quite correct, the actual figure is 40,320. This scene, where Sakai and the other guy are looking for individual letters from the print shop which have fresh ink on them, is hard to believe. 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?
- August 1971 calendars are seen during the show.
- When McGarrett talks to Danno on the phone, the connection is terrible ... was the long-distance system in Hawaii really that bad? Usually calls to the mainland or overseas suffer from these problems.
- Danno's take-home pay is said to be $184.50 during the final phone conversation with McGarrett.
- A good quote from McGarrett: "I thought the computer was a policeman's best friend."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
None!!! (Only the second time that’s happened – the first was S02E08 – The King Kamehameha Blues).
When hitman Ric Marlow (character's real name Johnny Froman, identified as "The Pro" in the credits) locks his bicycle at the beginning, he just puts a padlock on the chain! The footage showing the outside of the apartment where he sets up his rifle with a tripod is scratchy and there is damage on the print in other scenes too (this extends to the season 4 DVD release). When Loretta Swit as Betty appears on the 18th storey ledge of the Ilikai Hotel, McGarrett rushes to her aid from his barber shop, where he is getting his hair cut by a woman, and Danny Kamekona as the obligatory shrink Dr. Kamekona shows up soon after. But when McGarrett later goes to search for her boyfriend who turns out to be a protected witness, he seemingly leaves her standing on the ledge! This show introduces us to District Attorney John Manicote, played by Glenn Cannon. McGarrett admits to Manicote, "I blew it!" after the boyfriend is shot and falls from the 18th floor in a scene which will be used as a stock shot in several episodes. A poster on the wall in the city jail says "When flower children go to pot, they become blooming idiots!" There is stock footage of McGarrett arriving at the hospital, and Dr. Freeman is paged. The scene where a white car is hoisted out of the water with a crane looks suspiciously like one from (#7), The Ways of Love and (#37), Which Way Did They Go? If so, you have to wonder what kind of a gangster Barry Bonamo (Malachi Throne) is, because his car is not exactly a recent model in spanking new condition. (The name of this character is very similar to the well-known polishing cleanser and powder, Bon Ami.) The ending, with the slimy lawyer Mariss (James Olson) revealed as the bad guy, is too abrupt. The Five-O emergency number is 277-2977 (ostensibly a real number), but the D.A.'s office is 555-9100. McGarrett uses the expression "professional gunsel," referring to Marlow's character.
Death: Howard Miller assassinated by Johnny Forman.
Death: Forman killed by Bart Mariss.
Injury: Betty Landers roughed up by Mariss as he tries to throw her off deck.
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?
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: Lisa Vogler has multiple hospitalizations due to asthma attacks.
Injury: Dr. Hans Vogler collapses when he realizes he caused his daughter’s asthma attacks.
- This two-parter is split between two DVDs in the box 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 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. Most recently, Vogler's daughter has been kidnapped to get him to co-operate.
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 episodes 66-67), 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 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 show where some CIA bigwig tells Five-0 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?
- The teaser for this episode consists of a rehash of what happened in the first part.
- The name of the black guard at the beginning of the show 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? 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 the 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.
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.
An eccentric billionaire suspected of killing one of his business associates is afraid to leave his antiseptic yacht and clear himself of the crime.
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.
- 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.
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?
- Will you kindly arrange yourselves just as you were earlier when Mingo was opening his presents. Exactly as you were earlier.
- All right, folks, will you just sit down now please? Just sit back.
- 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."
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.
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.
This show has an interesting, though relatively complicated plot. Chang (Kwan Hi Lim) owns a carpet store which is in a run-down part of Honolulu. Chang and an ex-private investigator named Charlie who was in jail for bribery and obstruction of justice, and who now works in Chang's warehouse, decide to tunnel into the Hawaiian Fourth Federal Bank located next door. (Charlie is played by an uncredited actor, I think this is Herb Jeffries, who plays the gas station owner in Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise.) Somehow, a Chicago mobster named Martin Mauritany (Simon Oakland, giving a relatively restrained performance) finds out about this and tries to buy the building. Chang, drawing on Charlie's P.I. experience, finds three people with something shady in their life who can be blackmailed into murdering Mauritany when he comes to Honolulu:
- Frank Wellman (Bill Edwards, later Jonathan Kaye), boss of the Honolulu Business Council, who is secretly a homosexual and transvestite
- Bonnie Soames (Joanna Barnes), a middle-aged blonde dame, whose young stud boyfriend, Rick (John Hansen) killed her husband a couple of years before by tampering with his car. A witness to this changed his testimony, so the murder charge was dropped.
- 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). Clem, who is in the army reserves now, is paranoid about being court-martialled.
Bonnie befriends Mauritany on a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii and gets invited to his hotel room for drinks, where Clem is fixing the TV set and Wellman shows up to welcome the mobster to town after hearing from the local real estate board about his interest in buying the carpet store. All three of them shoot Mauritany with guns supplied by Chang which are equipped with fancy plastic silencers and depart. When they are picked up by Five-O, they all alibi each other, and there are no distinctive markings on any of the bullets because the guns have all been bored out. The show, helped by some fancy editing techniques, is quite interesting in the way it reveals how Five-O eventually figures out what is happening, though McGarrett is far too smart, connecting all of the dots near the end. 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 (Josie Over). After McGarrett looks at pictures of various women on Wellman's wall and tells Danno that these women are men, Danno looks dumbfounded. On the other hand, there are some serious questions like how does Mauritany know that the carpet store is located next door to the bank or about the tunnelling into the bank, to the extent that he is interested in buying the place.
Death: Martin Mauritany shot three times by Frank Wellman, Clem Brown and Bonnie Soames. Masterminded by Chang.
Death: Wellman commits suicide after Danno asks for the envelope he has.
- Mauritany is described by Bonnie as a "grim Neanderthal." According to McGarrett he is into gambling, narcotics and extortion. McGarrett gives Mauritany the Unwelcome Wagon treatment when he arrives at the Honolulu airport.
- The main titles are presented one word at a time for the first three words.
- McGarrett tells Kono to "put your ear to the coconut wireless" (local expression for "the grape vine").
- 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 the killers -- Clem, Wellman and Bonnie! He then throws this case into the water below -- but what if someone finds this?
- The "memories" theme is heard a couple of times, once as Clem eats lunch with Doris. When the two are seen in bed later, Doris is wearing lots of lipstick. The music is attributed to Ray, but most of it is stock themes.
- When Wellman commits suicide after he realizes his secret is about to be exposed, he plunges to his death from his apartment building. The shot of him falling is taken from #87, Bait Once, Bait Twice. When Wellman's death is written up in the newspaper -- "civic leader's death remains unexplained" -- the headlines have lower case type and the text of the article 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.
- When Bonnie listens to music on the airplane at the beginning, she says, "I dialed Streisand, I get Stravinsky."
- Chin Ho is seen doing surveillance on top of a building with a walkie-talkie -- a shot from this 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 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.
- McGarrett tells Danno to give Clem and Wellman something to read in the office while he goes and talks to Soames. Danno replies, "What? The new pension plan?"
- 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?
- 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."
- At the airport, a Rolls Royce limousine, license number 5A-6228, is seen.
- 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.
- There are numerous stock shots of cop cars near the end of the show.
This episode starts with a credit 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 heroin into Hawaii! Maybe the show was intended as a large-scale public service announcement, since at the beginning of the show, Admiral Sample says, "Some of our men face bigger risks from drugs than they do from bullets." (He's played by real-life Admiral Joseph McGoldrick.) Danno goes undercover on board a Navy ship posing as a doctor to try and track down the heroin. Ironically, it ends up at the White Horse Tattoo Parlor in Honolulu where Moki Palacio is the distributor of the dope. There are weird camera angles at the beginning of the show when a sailor is under the influence. When David Doyle (of Charlie's Angels fame) as "Hard Hat" goes on board the ship to pick up the heroin near the end of the show, there is a camera watching his every move (both Danno in the captain's quarters and Kono and McGarrett in a truck on the docks are watching the results on monitors). But when Doyle actually removes the heroin, the camera is at an improbable angle looking at him close-up from below. Doyle is very sweaty when he is confronted by Five-O. Near the end of the show, McGarrett and Danno are seen in civilian clothes driving a white Mustang. The "military theme" is heard briefly during the score by Ray. Che Fong at one point is shown having four men assist him to come up with some clues for McGarrett. A friend 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.
Death: Albert R. Woodley poisoned by John Suriago.
Injury: Art Salton found comatose after heroin over-dose.
Death: Salton dies from over-dose.
- 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.
A killer targets wives of army men who have come to Hawaii to meet their husbands on furlough.
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, if I wanted to talk to Syzmanski's commanding officer, how do I go about it?
- 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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