Hawaii Five-O (1968-80) -- Season 5 Episode Reviews

INCLUDING ODDITIES, GOOFS AND TRIVIA

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RATINGS:
★★★★ = One of the very best episodes, a must-see.
★★★ = Better than average, worthy of attention.
★★ = Average, perhaps with a few moments of interest.
= Below average, a show to avoid.
97. Death is a Company Policy ★★½
Original air date: 9/12/72 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

There are good things about this episode, but the script (by Jerome Coopersmith!) is not one of them.

At the beginning, local criminal kingpin Piro Manoa (Michael Ansara), who Five-O have been after for six or seven years, knocks off his old friend Johnny Resko (Harry Williams). Two days later, Resko has some of his pals send a "voice from the dead" letter to McGarrett which tells of three things that can be used against Manoa, connected with the 1968 murder of Anna Royoto: 1) the gun used to kill her, now in the safe at Resko's apartment; 2) a tape, in the attic of Resko's brother's beach house, where Royoto begs Manoa not to kill her over $60,000 she owed him; and the name of a witness to the murder, Sylvia Chang, who was hiding in the next room when the murder took place.

When Five-O go to investigate all three of these things, they are stymied: Resko's place has been trashed and the safe emptied; the brother's beach house has been torched; and Sylvia Chang is found dead, hanging from the ceiling in her apartment. Because the contents of Resko's letter were divulged only in front of Five-O and Manicote's staff, it is obvious that someone from those two outfits spilled the beans.

Duke, who has been liaising with Five-O, at least with the name of "Duke", only for some shows in the previous season, gets the finger pointed at him as the one who leaked the information. But he is never specifically accused of this!

Instead, he is dragged into some mess of financial impropriety to do with dealings in Sand 'n Surf Condominiums Inc., where he is alleged to have invested $80,000 (400 shares at $200 each) three years before when the company was set up. Dividends from this investment were received by Duke who deposited them in an account with the Outer Islands Federal Bank and then transferred the money to another account in the specific amount of $19,200 on August 11, 1972. There are questions about where Duke would have gotten the $80,000 which he invested with Sand 'n Surf. He says that he took out a second mortgage on his house a couple of years before to help his niece set up a business, but never specifically says that the amount was $80,000. In fact, he says "Where would I get money like that [meaning $80,000]?"

Now this business with Duke, which is very shaky, as McGarrett demonstrates when he has a brainstorm and basically figures out what is really happening, is designed to deflect investigation from Chris Lahani (George Chakiris), assistant to Manicote, who was the one passing the information from Resko's letter via Runny Grose (Richard Morrison), a low-level stoolie working for Manoa. It seems very peculiar that Manoa would use the services of Grose, who hung out with Angela Carroll (Jo Pruden), a hooker who lives in a low-rent apartment. After Grose disappears (murdered by Manoa), Carroll flees to the mainland, because Grose told her "things when the lights were out." We later find out, according to Manoa, that Carroll was also murdered, though Five-O sets up a scam with a woman being kept under witness protection in an apartment building. Lahani tries to talk to her, but fails, but not before he sees her, and then compares her with a photo taken with Grose that is in HPD's "iron brain." (Is this woman the same actress, Jo Pruden? Was Carroll really not killed in Los Angeles?)

Lahani's education at Harvard had been paid for by the mysterious Swiss-based company called Bryce-Halsey which is the major shareholder in the Sand 'n Surf Condos, where Duke invested. It is supposedly an underworld über-organization that Manoa works for.

After Five-O and Manicote's office investigate each other's team, with the result that Duke is the most likely suspect, Manicote tells McGarrett that he has never had such a strong case. But what can he prove? He cannot prove a connection between Bryce-Halsey and Duke (i.e., they gave him money) because the company's information is hidden behind privacy information in Switzerland. Duke seemingly did get a lot of money to invest, but it's never clearly revealed where this money came from. And where is the evidence that Duke passed the information from Resko's letter along to Manoa somehow?

In fact, the whole business about making Lahani a plant in the DA's office and then setting up a frame for Duke ("a key officer") three years in advance of minor waves being made with Manoa seems like overkill. Manoa seems to be a very low-budget kind of operative, as can be seen by the ease with which he is disposed of at the end of the show. Even if all the three things in Resko's letter were not dead ends, they would only result in Manoa being convicted of murder and not necessarily reveal any of his other criminal activities or his connection with Bryce-Halsey.

It seems that Miss Simpson (Laraine Stephens), the very sexy but bitchy accountant who detests Manoa, is a lot more in charge of things than Manoa himself. Though Manoa tells Grose, in front of Simpson (!), that she only audits his finances twice a year, she obviously has her finger in more pies than this. As Grose looks on, she gives Manoa a cable, presumably from Bruce-Halsey, which says that Grose's services should no longer be required, which Manoa reads out to Grose. Shortly after this, the stoolie is knocked off, dumped in the ocean in a barrel like Resko was.

At the end of the show, Simpson contacts Bryce-Halsey by sending a cablegram to them in Zurich, and then presumably calls up the local affiliate of the company to take care of both Manoa and Lahani, who are meeting in an out-of-the-way place high up in the local mountains. It is very unlikely that the cablegram would have reached the Swiss office, who would have then sent instructions to the locals.

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98. Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain ★★★
Original air date: 9/19/72 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

Ricardo Montalban makes up for his bizarre performance as a Japanese crime lord in season one's Samurai with his portrayal in this episode of the hotheaded Spanish racing car driver Alex Pareno, who arrives on Oahu with the intention of breaking the hill-climb speed record on Tantalus Mountain (elevation 2,013 feet, above Honolulu) of four minutes and 26 seconds. This course is described as "five miles of uphill treachery."

Pareno is accompanied by his fiancé Angela Sordi (Diana Muldaur) and son Niki (Michael Margotta). Together, the three of them comprise a very disfunctional family. Niki, child of Pareno's first wife Felicia, caused trouble when he was at a school in England, and both Pareno and Angela have reputations as hell-raisers in the past. As well, Angela is being blackmailed by Frank Brill (Steve Merrick), a small-time hood who has some "pictures" of her from when the two of them were lovers years before.

Near the beginning of the show, Pareno's long-time mechanic Dmitri is murdered, and his yellow DeTomaso Pantera race car is tampered with, leading to the death of another mechanic when testing the vehicle. Despite this, Pareno refuses to accept McGarrett's offer of police protection, which frustrates Five-O, along with the fact that Pareno has some kind of diplomatic status which has brought a man named Saunders (Wendell Martin) from the State Department to Hawaii.

Muldaur gives a very edgy performance as Angela, who doesn't want Pareno -- or McGarrett -- to know what is going on with Brill's blackmail plot. Niki, on the other hand, is aware of this, and when Angela tells him to keep quiet, he says "Why don't you try and persuade me?", with a suggestion of asking for sexual favors from his stepmother-to-be.

Who done it becomes more obvious as suspects are eliminated. Turns out Niki is the one who murdered Dmitri, planted the wrench used to do this in Brill's car and tampered with his father's yellow Pantera, all because of the way his father treated his mother. Pareno catches Niki in the act meddling with his red replacement Pantera near the end of the show. Niki is taken away screaming by Five-O and Angela leaves, but Pareno still attempts to break the record on Tantalus, though I can't find indication anywhere in real life that this kind of challenge really existed and and it was one which would attract a world-class racing driver!

The music is by Pete Rugolo (his only score for the series). It is not bad, considering it is different than most of this season's episodes which rely on stock Five-O music, but far too often just putters along in the background without supplying any dramatic tension.

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99. You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich, but It Helps ★★
Original air date: 9/26/72 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

There is lots of technology in this show, about an über-organization called Veritex which identifies rich men coming to Hawaii through personal and financial reports, then blackmails them with the help of local prostitutes (some of whom are very hot looking). Veritex, described by Danno as committing "murder and blackmail on a massive scale," is powerful to the point of unbelievability, yet their Hawaiian "board of directors" is a pretty dull bunch, headed by William Speer (Ric Marlow, who sports a hideous haircut and lacks a certain omnipresence). Tommy Fujiwara, who plays their front man Larry Toba, is far too laid back. Veritex uses telex machines in combination with satellites (the terms Telstar and Intelsat 4 are thrown around). McGarrett gets a court order to "tap" into the telexes after telling his crew to track down every company which uses this form of communication on the island, which strikes District Attorney John Manicote as innovative. A Sony video machine with a camera and large reels like a tape recorder is also seen (the jury is out on whether this actually is a video machine, or just a reel-to-reel tape recorder disguised as one); as well, Duke is seen receiving a photo via what looks like a fax machine.. The star of the show is William Shatner, who hams his way through his role as Texas private investigator Sam Tolliver, who visits Hawaii to help his friend Wallace Shuster (Bill Edwards) get free of Veritex's insidous blackmail scheme, but ends up wanting to get in on the operation himself. Shatner seems to be having a good time, overpronouncing words like "bid-ness," "po-lice," "dee-liver" and "dee-vorce" with a thick accent. The script -- which leaves a lot to be desired -- wraps up things too quickly at the end. Tolliver's family are being held captive back in Texas by associates of Speer, but once the bad guys are captured, McGarrett merely throws the matter over to the Texas cops to deal with and the show ends! A "real" phone number -- 808-589-0589 -- is used. McGarrett and Tolliver meet only at the end and are never seen in the same shot. I wonder if the fact that Jack Lord was under consideration for the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek (until he asked for too much control and money) resulted in some kind of ill feelings between himself and Shatner?

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100. Pig in a Blanket ★★★★
Original air date: 10/3/72 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

A great performance by James MacArthur (to rival the one he gave in #60, Beautiful Screamer) in this episode where Danno, distraught by the loss of Chinough Olena, a cop friend who once saved his life, is perceived as being trigger-happy again (see #5, ....And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin). John Rubinstein is the brother of the boy shot by Danno, spouting anti-cop clichés at McGarrett and Danno like "gestapo" and "stormtrooper." There is a stock shot of the ambulance arriving at the hospital. During an impromptu press conference during Olena's funeral, McGarrett says that Danno has been a policeman for 10 years. There's a funny scene where Chin Ho is rummaging through a Goodwill box for evidence, to the amusement of people in the neighborhood, especially when he pulls out a brassiere. When Chin identifies himself as a cop, one kid says, "You're sure not Robin Hood!" (This kid is played, uncredited, by Joel Berliner, who was Hank in Bored She Hung Herself.) Seth Sakai gets to spout a lot of medical terminology as Dr. Natanoa, and Lynne Kimoto appears very briefly as Nurse Tofu [sic!].

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101. The Jinn Who Clears The Way ★★★½
Original air date: 10/10/72 --
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Things don't seem to be going well for Wo Fat, who is assisted by the "bungling" Carl Tu (Danny Kamekona) and falling into disfavor with Peking as a result. Still, Wo manages to get hold of the prototype for an ICBM guidance device, which brings the stern Jonathan Kaye (Joe Sirola), identified as "Chief of Special Operations, Pentagon," and other military and security big shots to Hawaii. McGarrett meets with Kaye in a top-secret defense installation in Diamond Head crater, arriving by helicopter. When he departs, they are too cheap to film the helicopter taking off -- instead, they just run the arrival sequence backwards. Wo Fat gets Chow Lee (the tall henchman played by Robert Nelson, identified in the credits as "Assassin I") and Carl Tu to respectively murder Chin Ho's uncle and cousin George to make Chin's other cousin Tom Wong (Soon-Taik Oh), described as a "Maoist," head of the family and clinch his loyalty. Tom breaks down when McGarrett reveals Wo's insidious plot to him. When a piece of a rare African violet becomes a clue, McGarrett tells the Five-O men to check with "the garden society ... nurseries, garden supply dealers." The final confrontation between McGarrett, Wo Fat and Jonathan Kaye in the Five-O office is a classic, with Wo getting off the hook in exchange for a U-2 pilot downed in China. Wo really rubs it in McGarrett's face prior to leaving for the airport, including a Chinese-sounding proverb: "Every man's plans and designs are born of imperfect minds." At the end, it looks like McGarrett throws Wo Fat's phony passport on his desk. Unfortunately (especially since I have perpetuated this idea for many years on my WWW pages), this is not correct. If you freeze-frame the sequence of events very carefully, you can see that McGarrett actually throws a small black book which was on the right side of the desk. The passport stays where McGarrett dropped it on his desk prior to Jonathan Kaye entering the room. Thanks to John Seeder who pointed this out (a very long time ago!).

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102. Fools Die Twice ★★½
Original air date: 10/17/72 --
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Army computer maintenance man Jack Gulley (Clu Gulager, giving a very "twitchy" performance) kidnaps Dr. Frank Clapton (Albert Harris), the military base's top code programmer and tries to sell him to the government making the highest bid, first setting up three friends to pull off a payroll heist to distract the attention of Five-O and the military cops. During the terrific gun battle during the robbery, someone is seen walking behind the action without the slightest concern. As well, none of the military or cop cars between the robbers inside the building and the military types and Five-O hiding behind them and firing back sustain the slightest amount of damage. This show uses the background noise from a "heavy duty compressor pump" as an audio clue, similar to the "pile driver" sound of episode #45, Nightmare Road. Several stock music cues are used -- the military theme, violin themes (two of them), and "trombone interval" theme. There's also a stock shot of ambulances driving on the freeway and the cop car from the first season titles. Jonathan Kaye is played for the first time by Bill Edwards. Note that Edwards is seen in sort of a silhouette profile, perhaps to disguise (not very well) the fact that in the previous episode, this character was played by Joseph Sirola! Wright Esser, Interpol boss Karl Albrecht in #88-89, The 90 Second War, is diamond merchant Vandervort. Ted Nobriga appears briefly as a surgeon. Michael Conrad, playing Kira Johnson, head of the team of robbers who gets seriously shot during the attempted robbery, looks like Frankenstein's monster when he escapes from the hospital and finds his way to Gulley's girlfriend's apartment. As he walks, the camera takes on weird angles, as it does when Johnson unsuccessfully attempts to escape from the army base near the beginning of the show. Gulley's girl friend's phone number is 589-0599, by the way. And speaking of phone numbers, we get a close peek at the "batphone" on McGarrett's desk which has the number 311-555-2368, where "311" was sometimes used as a fictitious area code in "former times," according to Wikipedia. The pushbuttons range from 2368 to 2379, with 2373 being red in color. Gulley phones on local 2371. The way Danno makes a connection between Gulley and his hideout near the show's end is highly improbable. After getting a "suppressor" to isolate the pumping noise taped during Gulley's phone calls (this device has to be flown in from the mainland at top speed), they feed Gulley's name into the ubiquitous computer along with the sites where such pumps are being used. Since Gulley's name produces no results, Danno enters "anyone with the same initials -- J.G. -- located anywhere near one of those pumps," which produces two results, including a "J. Grover on a navy surplus minesweeper on Sand Island." What does this mean? That Gulley lives on the minesweeper or owns it? None of this makes sense, especially considering the care that Gulley took to get diamonds for the ransom of Clapton, even using a dog that he called using a high-pitched whistle to transport the loot!


103. Chain of Events ★★★
Original air date: 10/24/72--
Opening Credits -- End Credits

A pretty rank "contemporary issues show." At the beginning we are kept in the dark until one of the characters (William Valentine as Jacob Kalima) is murdered. Danno finally reveals Kalima's occupation as the camera moves in for a closeup: "He tracked down venereal disease." One of the people Kalima meets with before his death, Linda Rynak (Gaye Nelson), is supposedly an 18-year-old high school student, but she looks more like 14. Linda gets infected from having sex with her clean-cut boyfriend Walter Clyman (Dirk Benedict). Then Linda "does it" with upcoming politician James Trevor Warren (Linden Chiles), while working as a volunteer on his senatorial campaign. Described as "one man in a generation," Warren spouts Kennedy-like rhetoric (with a Kennedy-like accent) to an assembly of students. After Linda is also found murdered, her father (Lou Frizzel, giving an excellent performance) says a "crazy, doped-up hippie" must have done it. Rynak flies off the handle, beating Walter to a pulp with the help of a friend, and then tries to shoot Warren after he finds some pictures in Linda's scrapbook of the two of them with suggestive messages. (Linda's father says that Warren and her must have had "sex like animals.") McGarrett arrives on the scene to save Warren and take him to the Five-O office ... but hold on, it's only the end of Act Three! The plot thickens as Warren's estranged wife is understandably upset at getting infected, hissing to her husband's campaign workers over the phone: "He gave me [long pause] syphilis." The true killer of Kalima and Linda is finally revealed to be Warren's secretary Jean Holland (Mary Frann), who says of Linda: "Beneath all that innocence, filth ... disease." During the investigation, McGarrett tells Danno to check every car at Linda's school. While Danno and Ben are interviewing Sophie Norris (Ellen Blake), one of the people in the chain of disease, they hardly make any effort to keep the proceedings confidential! Stock laboratory shots to do with V.D. are seen. The "violin" theme is heard several times as part of the score by Don Ray, as well as a "tinkly" theme which suggests Linda's innocence. There are several instances of outstanding use of color in this show: McGarrett stands in front of a colored print while interviewing Linda's mother, the color of the cover of Linda's scrapbook, the wardrobe of Warren's wife prior to her leaving him, among others.

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104. Journey out of Limbo ★★★
Original air date: 10/31/72 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

Danno is out horseback riding on his day off and stumbles across several conspirators planning the assassination of a Chinese dignitary soon to visit the island who just happens to be the central focus of the episode. Not only that, he is pursued by the bad guys, who shoot his horse which falls. Danno then struggles through the underbrush and comes out on a cliff where he jumps from a considerable height into the back of a dump truck filled with sand and gives himself a brain concussion, causing him to forget almost everything that has happened for the last few hours. The whole business of jumping into the truck is far-fetched -- even if one of the Five-O stuntmen tried this, they would ask for premium pay! The dignitary, Lin Mai-Lu (Philip Ahn) is Minister of Commerce with the Chinese government, and friends with Norton Hummel (Keenan Wynn) from the end of World War II. The mysterious ex-military man Hummel lives in a palatial estate, and is the brains behind the assassination attempt, motivated by the death of his soldier son Warren on November 11, 1950 in Korea. Aside from a lot of artsy camera angles and flashbacks, the show has a look at improving American-Chinese relations of the period -- when Duke says only twenty years before the Chinese were regarded as enemies, McGarrett says, "The world turns, Duke.". As well, the way the Five-O team and Che Fong work together with the dazed Danno to reconstruct what happened prior to Danno ending up in the dump truck is interesting. There is an above-average score by Richard Shores. The ending, where a radio-controlled boat full of dynamite is supposed to blow up the yacht where Hummel and the Chinese politico are cruising Honolulu harbour, does not make sense. Was the intention to blow up or seriously injure Hummel as well, thus resulting in bad publicity for the American government? There are weird camera angles during the explosion at the end as everyone hits the desk.

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105. "V" for Vashon: the Son ★★★★
Original air date: 11/14/72 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

In this first act of the Vashon trilogy (the series' only three-parter, if you don't include the eighth-season sequel #174, The Case Against McGarrett) begins with Chris Vashon, son of Hawaiian crime boss Honore (Harold Gould), robbing the Hawaiian Regent Hotel, which his family has "an interest" in, with two pals, because he wants his "old man to flip his wig." Chris, who is 21 years old and drives a white Mercedes, is played by Robert Drivas, who was born in 1938, therefore around 31-32 when the episode was filmed. Terry Plunkett is one of the hotel maintenance staff who is victimized by the robbers. The desk clerk (Dick Fair) ends up with a "V" imprinted on his face from Chris's ring, a tradition which dates back many years to when the Vashon family began its reign of crime in Hawaii. When confronted by his father (after a visit from McGarrett), Chris denounces his dad as "the hypocrite of all time," asking how can his father complain when he had his fingers in every crime imaginable in the past. Honore rushes off to see his father, Dominick ("Nick") Vashon, played by Luther Adler, who wonders why Chris does not respect Honore, to which Honore comments that "times have changed." McGarrett tries unsuccessfully to make a case against Chris for the robberies, but Vashon's oily lawyer Tosaki, played by Kwan Hi Lim, pays off various people who could testify against Chris in court. (Tosaki is presumably the same unscrupulous lawyer who harassed the rape victim in #90, Skinhead.) There is some interesting photography which changes the focus between characters in the foreground and background in this episode, and also freeze frames of McGarrett and Chris. McGarrett snoops on Chris Vashon with bugs in his car, telephone, apartment and house, some of the results of which go directly to the speakerphone on McGarrett's desk! The climax of the episode takes place at the Kalakaua Hotel (Note: same name as the departed Kono). McGarrett drills Chris when he catches Chris in the act of attempting another robbery. At one point, McGarrett mouths the word "Halt," but the sound of the music covers this up. (The episodic promo on the DVD set shows a slightly different version of the shooting.) Chris makes it home, bleeding, but expires in front of his house. There is a classic confrontation when his father then tells McGarrett "My son is dead ... dead, and you killed him." McGarrett replies: "No, Vashon, no ... I shot him ... you killed him ... you and his grandfather, a long time ago."

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106. "V" for Vashon: the Father ★★★★
Original air date: 11/21/72 --
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In this episode, part two of the Vashon Trilogy, Honore Vashon (Harold Gould) seeks vengeance for what he perceives as his son Chris's murder by McGarrett. After Chris's funeral, his father Dominick arranges for a photo of a fake tombstone at the cemetery with McGarrett's name (and the date -- 1972) on it to be sent to Five-O. Chris's tombstone says "Murdered ... but Avenged." (The Vashon family memorial already has one name on it already -- Anna, "Beloved Wife and Mother," presumably Dominick's wife. It looks like she died in 1964 or 1967.) Danno refers to Honore as the "big daddy of all organized crime in these islands"; McGarrett calls the Vashon empire a "family cesspool." McGarrett taps into Honore's conversations using both phone taps and radar-like surveillance equipment and makes both Vashon son and father think that he has bugged their houses (how the cops would do this is not clear -- surely the two senior Vashons would be very wary of this!). When the surveillance team are following Honore with binoculars on one occasion, the results are at the wrong angle; when Honore is looking at the team across the water from his house, again with binoculars, the results are much too close. Later, McGarrett's Park Lane car blows up in spectacular fashion, killing a towtruck driver played by stuntman Chuck Couch. Soon after, the bomber, Peter Makros, is found dead. His Social Security card has the number 547-10-8522 and was issued on 2/14/62. As Honore and his father Dominick (Luther Adler) walk on the beach, trying to avoid the surveillance team, the old man refers to McGarrett as "Cochon!" ("Pig!"). They contact an old friend of theirs who recommends an Australian hitman, Dylan Hayward (Don Knight, in his second Five-O performance). The stock shots of Hayward's United Airlines plane arriving at the Honolulu Airport are the same as in #99, You Don't Have To Kill To Get Rich, But It Helps. Fortunately, Five-O foils Hayward's elaborate plan to assassinate McGarrett and Hayward testifies against Honore in court, sending the crime boss to jail. At the end of the episode, Dominick hugs his son and whispers "My turn!"

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In December 2011, Canadian fan Dave Watson visited the address of McGarrett's apartment in this episode. Click here to see some pictures.

107. "V" for Vashon: the Patriarch ★★★★
Original air date: 11/28/72 --
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In this final episode of the Vashon Trilogy, it's up to the paterfamilias of the crime dynasty, Dominick Vashon (Luther Adler), to deal with McGarrett. He enlists the help of Freddy Sullivan (Robert Luck), a recently-released con that McGarrett put in the slammer for "pushing junk to high school kids," to try to assassinate the top cop again. Sullivan attempts this in the basement parking lot of the Ilikai Hotel, and the gun conveniently disappears in the elevator where Sullivan is hiding and falls after McGarrett fires back (one wonders how Vashon Sr. and his henchmen could have anticipated that McGarrett couldn't get into the elevator when this happens). Five-O later proves, with the help of Beau Van Den Ecker playing an agile cop, that someone hiding in the ceiling of the elevator could have removed the gun and made sure that Sullivan was dead. Since no weapon is found, McGarrett is charged with second degree murder. The only witness to the shooting, lawyer Harvey Mathieson Drew (John Stalker) has second thoughts on in court about what happened after District Attorney John Manicote demolishes his testimony. After McGarrett is found guilty and waiting for his appeal, he gets moved into a house seemingly owned by Doc, and shows up wearing a ridiculous white suit and wide-brimmed hat which makes him look like Liberace. (In the beginning of this scene, Al Eben as Doc is having difficulty not to laugh; Glen Cannon as Manicote also seems to be snickering.) In the context of the episode this costume makes no sense. McGarrett should be wearing jeans and a sweat shirt when he goes into hiding, not some obvious outfit which is like wearing a sign saying "I'm McGarrett -- shoot me!" McGarrett directs the Five-O team to investigate further, and they dig up dirt on Drew, using a court order, snooping in Drew's appointment books, phone messages, bills and cancelled checks. (According to a lawyer friend, none of this violates lawyer-client confidentiality. He comments: "What is subject to the privilege is the lawyer's working file itself and any notes or records of communications between the client to the lawyer and lawyer to the client.") It turns out that Drew, described as "the most respected attorney in Honolulu," is being blackmailed by the elder Vashon because of his homosexual relationship with a young male lover, Bobby Raisbeck (John Beatty). In a confrontation in Manicote's office, Raisbeck tells Drew, "You're getting what's coming to you, you old queen." The final scene is a shocker, where the elder Vashon pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head as McGarrett is about to arrest him.

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108. The Clock Struck Twelve ★★★
Original air date: 12/5/72 -- --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

There is a very cool opening sequence to this show -- but one wonders why absolutely no one sees or makes a fuss about the cops planting the phony bombs! I especially like the "frozen tableau" in the Five-O office, which ends with McGarrett saying the word "Boom!" In this show, seven native Hawaiians are jailed, charged with arson, rape and murder after they attack a "damn hippie commune" of "longhaired freaks," saying "They wanna turn Hawaii into one big drug scene." Their arrest results in protests outside the Judiciary Building, including several very straight-looking middle-aged white men walking around with the protestors. A group of Hawaiian nationalists, headed by Abraham Meleha (Manu Tupou) sends letters threatening to blow up the courthouse if the seven are not freed, signed with the Hawaiian state motto: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono ("The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness"). McGarrett has stern words to the "radical seven" outside their jail cell, telling them that "nobody is above the law." (When a woman they seriously injured dies in the hospital, the "memories" theme is heard. Prior to her expiry, McGarrett speaks to her, saying "Hi, honey.") Danno has some tense moments after two bombs are discovered in the building, despite Five-O's efforts to prevent this from happening. McGarrett orders Five-O to check "hardware stores and other suppliers" for wire and clocks -- all in the middle of the night. As well, the all-knowing HPD computer is used to track down the manufacturer of some dynamite sticks which contain the code "86 F 94." (I wonder why the "digital battery-operated clock" used as a trigger device for Meleha's bombs ticks!) Meleha suggests to one of his co-conspirators that the government will "hang our blood brothers," despite the fact that there was no capital punishment in Hawaii at the time. Meleha watches cops and their efforts to deal with the bombs from outside on the roof of the building next door to the courthouse. No one can see him despite the fact he is climbing up to a higher level to get a rifle which he has stashed away, as well as leaning over the edge of the roof in full view of the cops below. Meleha meets a nasty end when McGarrett spots him from a helicopter, then pulls out a huge rifle which looks like a machine gun and shoots him dead. The music, attributed to Ray, is mostly stock, but it works well in the context of the show.

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109. I'm a Family Crook -- Don't Shoot ★★★★
Original air date: 12/19/72

This episode is priceless, and should be in any fan's top ten. The script by Jerome Coopersmith, direction by Bob Sweeney and the score by Morton Stevens are all outstanding, as are the photography and the acting by the family of scammers who get into hot water after stealing an attaché case full of money from the local mob's bagman: Andy Griffith as Arnold Lovejoy, Joyce Van Patten as his wife Rhoda and Kimberly Louis as their precocious daughter Melissa. There are some great sequences: McGarrett arrives at the home of gangster Charlie Walters (Bob Basso) and pushes Walters' goon Willie (Nick Nickolas) out of the way as he enters; Walters' thugs blast a door to pieces with their guns, and then Willie breaks it down anyway; Walters shoots the bagman, Frank Bitrell (Bryan da Silva), and when Willie asks, "Suppose he was telling us the truth?" Walters says, "I made a terrible mistake"; and the scene at the beginning where a guy gets brass knuckles in the face. Harold Sakata ("Oddjob" from Goldfinger), Seth Sakai as Shibata, wearing a pimp-like hat, and Moe Keale (uncredited) are three low-level gangsters who want to muscle in on Walters' action. The ending of this film where Ben flashes his badge to the Lovejoy family is hilarious.

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  • When Lovejoy imitates a cop, he has badge number 795.
  • Kwan Hi Lim appears as the boat captain Quan.
  • A real street corner is shown -- Waialae Ave. (3640 block) and Kokohead Avenue (1200 block). Several Honolulu businesses are seen, including Far East Chop Suey (with phone numbers of 732-9216 and 734-3060) and the Mitsuwa Kamaboko (Japanese fishcake) Factory Ltd. at 151 Ahui Street. The latter's sign has 5-digit phone numbers, possibly because this building had not been used for several years. The sign from this latter company says that they make chikuwa, age, uzumaki, kushi, yokan and kanten in addition to kamaboko.
  • It takes 5 minutes and 16 seconds after the beginning of the first act before the main titles finally appear.
  • Some license numbers seen during the show: 3E-3193 (a taxi with the 732-5577 phone number on top); 9C-3322 (Shibata's Lincoln Continental); and 2E-2557 (Walters' limo).
  • A local newspaper with the headline "Mob Figure Slain" has the accompanying article made up random lines of text.
  • When George Herman as "The Doctor" is testing the money that the Lovejoys return to Walters, it looks like he is using the same chemicals in bottles with blue caps that Norman Cargill uses in the sixth season episode #131, The Finishing Touch.
  • At one point Melissa says she wants to go to a "GP" movie ... According to an explanation by Motion Picture Association of America boss Jack Valenti: "[O]n November 1, 1968, we announced the birth of the new voluntary film rating system of the motion picture industry.... The initial design called for four rating categories: G for General Audiences, all ages admitted; M for mature audiences -- parental guidance suggested, but all ages admitted; R for Restricted, children under 16 would not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian; (later raised to under 17 years of age, (and varies in some jurisdictions)); X for no one under 17 admitted ... We found early on that the M category (M meaning "Mature") was regarded by most parents as a sterner rating than the R category. To remedy this misconception, we changed the name from M to GP (meaning General audiences, Parental guidance suggested). A year later we revised the name to its current label, 'PG: Parental Guidance Suggested.'"

110. The Child Stealers ★★★½
Original air date: 1/2/73

The first Five-O appearance by Richard Hatch ("Richard Lawrence Hatch" in the credits) is by far the best of his three. He plays an egomaniacal character named Gar who teams up with Nina (Meg Foster) to kidnap children and sell them to the High View Children's Home, a California adoption agency, via the equally sleazy lawyer Eugene Goodman (Richard Anderson), all to make money to buy a boat and "be free." Both of them are living with no apparent means of support; Gar at one point says, "having a kid around for one night gets to be a drag." At the beginning of the show, Gar ditches his car (license number E-4978) by the airport and wipes it clean of fingerprints. But he forgets to wipe the passenger side lock and window handle (when he rolls the window, nothing seems to happen). As Gar takes a cab to the airport, his voice is looped with someone's other than Hatch's. When Gar and Nina deliver a child to Goodman, the lawyer wonders about them and their friends: "Haven't you people ever heard of The Pill?" When the kidnapped child's parents broadcast an emotional appeal on TV several days later, of course Gar and Nina are watching! McGarrett compares the most recent kidnapping to a previous case, and wants Danno to check hospitals for footprints and fingerprints of both missing children. Then he wants the Five-O team to "get in touch with every state adoption agency in the country ... Check the identities of every Hawaiian infant born within the last six months who's been adopted anywhere." McGarrett is very stern throughout the show. Che Fong determines that the forged birth certificates were from the same printing company producing a business card for Gregory Ray, Insurance Agent at 3045 Pualei Circle, Honolulu (923-1256). (I don't follow the logic of this.) The printing company is called Speedoprint and the owner is Moe Keale playing "Keale" (identified in the end credits as "Alton"). Chin Ho smokes his pipe. The highlight of this show is where one of the kidnapped kids slobbers all over the arm of Meg Foster. There's another funny scene where Ben fingerprints a screaming child. The trombone interval theme is heard.


111. Thanks for the Honeymoon ★★★
Original air date: 1/9/73

Patty Duke plays against type in portraying Toni, a tough broad being held in Honolulu jail described by McGarrett as "a pathological liar" and Manicote as "a monster." In jail, she makes a deal with McGarrett to testify against local "king of narcotics and vice" Manola (the very un-Hawaiian and hairy-chested Lane Bradford) in exchange for getting married to her boyfriend Marty Walker (Larry Kert) and having a 24-hour honeymoon, all under McGarrett's protective custody. Some time before Toni witnessed Manola knocking off Delgado (Kenneth Ing), another local gangster, and pushing Delgado's car over the edge of a mountain cliff. (Toni says that Manola went "ape [shit].") She tells McGarrett that he gets "right to the mother-lovin' [another substitute expression] point." When McGarrett and Manicote go out in the jail hallway to discuss the deal, it's quite likely Toni can hear every word they are saying. Toni uses the word "pregnant" (which she is). She describes herself and Marty as "like virgins." McGarrett gets romantic with old flame Margo Cooper (Carol Lawrence), a newspaperwoman who is covering Toni and Marty's wedding and honeymoon so they can "pick up a few bucks" from her pictures. McGarrett gives Margo a deep kiss as the "memories" theme is heard and the two later neck on a couch, including some heavy smooching. Margo, who has had a variety of jobs since she left McGarrett, including working on an underground newspaper in Chicago, still thinks her old flame will abandon his "28-hour-a-day" lifestyle and marry her. Of their past relationship, Margo says "we had something special going," and refers to McGarrett and herself as "consenting adults." George Herman is Dr. Harlow who designs a gizmo which releases cyanide into Toni and Marty's room. The efficacy of the gizmo is checked with a couple of mice which are quickly killed (attention, SPCA!). When Toni and Marty are about to eat their fancy dinner from the wagon containing the gizmo, Toni ironically says, "Our last supper."

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  • The place where Manola murders Delgado ("near Diamond Head Tunnel") is the location James Hong got knocked off in #24, A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead.
  • Larry Kert & Carol Lawrence originated the roles of Tony & Maria in West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. Interestingly, Kert played Tony, which is the same name as his wife in this show.
  • Graffiti is seen on some rocks: "Down with pushers. Legalize pot."
  • The honeymoon is supposed to be at the Kahala, but McGarrett changes the location at the last minute to Del Webb's Kuilima Resort & Country Club, known today as the Turtle Bay Resort. Toni and Marty are flown there in an HPD helicopter, number N8585F.
  • When Manola's hired killer Vincent (Richard Collier) registers at the resort, he says that he left Waikiki because it was "crawling with hippies."
  • Quote from McGarrett to Manola: "Death always bothers me." Manoa arrives at the Iolani Palace in a white Cadillac.

112. The Listener ★★★
Original air date: 1/16/73

A diabolical psycho who is also an electronics genius with an IQ of 170 calling himself Cerberus (Greg Mullavey) bugs the office (suite #802), home and car (red Cadillac, license #28-402) of psychiatrist Eric Fowler (Robert Foxworth), who once turned down Cerberus as a poor treatment risk. (The name Cerberus comes from Greek and Roman mythology, and is the name given to a multi-headed dog guarding the gates of hell.) In his heavy breathing voice, Cerberus speaks of "dirty little perversions" and asks Fowler how it feels "to be licking the boots of a full-blown psycho." Interestingly, we don't see all of Cerberus's face until well into the episode. Cerberus is a very nasty character. He phones Bobby, a young patient of Fowler's, and plays back a tape where the doctor was talking to Bobby's mother about her son's condition -- glioma, a fatal form of brain tumour. He phones another patient, a woman artist who is distraught over the fact she let her baby daughter accidentally die and harasses the woman to the point where she leaps from her apartment balcony, committing suicide. And Cerberus threatens to play back tapes of Fowler and a woman he had an affair with for the doctor and his now-reconciled wife. Che Fong is very busy during this show, investigating the wide variety of bugs that Cerberus has planted, even one in Fowler's jacket. When they try to capture Cerberus, Che uses a black box with an antenna on top and headphones, tracking a bug of his own in the bag containing blackmail money Cerberus is demanding from Fowler. We also get a look at Che Fong's lab, where there are several direct link "batphones" on the wall. One is for HPD Liaison, one for the phone company, another for the FCC and yet another for McGarrett's office. To try and scam Cerberus, Danno and Fowler swap clothes at one point. How they do this is difficult to explain, since James MacArthur is three inches shorter than Robert Foxworth. As usual, Five-O was years ahead of its time -- Cerberus the psycho works for the Post Office (he was Fowler's building mailman)!

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  • Fowler's phone number is 555-6321, a pay phone that Cerberus uses at the Kahala Mall is 768-3200. The Oahu Health Club has two phone numbers: 786-2300 and 589-0599.
  • McGarrett uses his transparent map to try and determine the range of Cerberus's listening devices.
  • Stock shots of cop cars are seen.

113. Here Today ... Gone Tonight
Original air date: 1/23/73

This episode is dumb. This is surprising, considering it was written by Jerome Coopersmith and directed by Michael O'Herlihy, who were responsible for some of Five-O's best shows (including Nine Dragons, where the two of them also worked together). I can't help but feeling something went seriously wrong between the show's conception and its release. The show revolves around Barry Dean (Monte Markham), vice-president of Fleming Industries, some über-organization which controls over two hundred corporations worldwide. Dean's boss, Peter Fleming, is hyper-paranoid in a manner similar to Howard Hughes, and his office is on the top of a building with extremely elaborate security precautions for anyone who wants to visit (including Doug Mossman as one of the guards). Fleming's attractive wife June (Madlyn Rhue) can reportedly come and go at any time she pleases, though. At a party hosted by the Governor where Dean is escorting June (though he is not seen together with her), Dean approaches McGarrett and says he wants to spill lots of dirt about his boss and the company, including "embezzlement, stock fraud, tax evasion and bribery of public officials." But Dean wants to meet with McGarrett on his own terms, which involves going into hiding until his boss is arrested. The Governor refuses to let McGarrett participate in this, and Danno goes in McGarrett's place via helicopter to Dean's secret hideout on Maui. While Danno is there, Dean has an attack of angina (which he also had when he met McGarrett at the party) and is unavailable for around half an hour. During this time frame, Dean seemingly arrives at Fleming's place back in Honolulu, passes the security inspection, and once inside, shoots his boss dead! McGarrett is totally puzzled after the murder is discovered, since there is incontrovertible proof (like being in Danno's presence on Maui) that Dean was nowhere near the scene of the crime. Che Fong even analyzes Dean's voice via some computer-like gizmo to determine that the voice on a tape recording that Danno made on Maui is one and the same as Dean's. It turns out that Dean has hot pants for Fleming's wife, and the two of them plotted the murder, intending to get together after living apart for several months. Only with the help of insurance investigator Bella Morgan (Sandra Smith), who is concerned about the $5 million life insurance settlement over the murdered Fleming, does Five-O manage to figure out what is going on by tricking Fleming's wife in what seems like a classic case of entrapment. So why is this episode so dumb? Well, it turns out that Danno really didn't fly to Maui at all. He was really ferried around Oahu to Dean's hideout (an exact double of a similar house in Maui -- the Oahu one was later destroyed) which was within 10 minutes of Fleming's place. Though Danno says he recognized things on the ground while he was going to Maui, these were really lights that Dean had put there (like on the ground!). I'm not making this up! To prove this could have happened, Danno goes into a device that looks like a flight simulator operated by Che Fong inside a pitch-black hangar with lights on the floor arranged like familiar landmarks. There might have been some credence to this wacky science-fiction-like scheme if it was dark when Danno was flown to Maui, but it was not. When he takes off at 8:00 p.m. and arrives on Maui, it is still light out, so there is no way that Danno could not have recognized what was on the ground, unless he was under the influence of something. Add to this the serious continuity blunder later when Danno has a flashback to his flight and it is pitch black outside! What really drops this episode to its one star rating is the utter improbability of Dean's plan. Considering how very careful Dean is in planning this elaborate caper, even to the extent of creating a "double" persona at the beginning of the show, there are far too many people involved in the scheme, people who might talk later -- the guy who arranges for the original contact with Dean in hiding, Nathaniel -- Dean's bodyguard/medical attendant, the pilot, the people who built and demolished the duplicate house and created the light show on the ground, etc., etc. I am reminded of the remark by U.S. serial killer Pee Wee Gaskins in his autobiography, words to the effect: "If you don't want to get caught, don't tell people where the bodies are buried." As well, where on Oahu could Dean construct the house which is only ten minutes from Fleming's place where a helicopter could land without attracting attention? When Danno says of the scheme, "I fell for it," I felt like yelling back at the TV, "I didn't!"

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  • When Dean sticks his identity card in the reader at the entrance to his boss's lair, it reveals he lives at 124 Kahala Avenue, is 6 feet tall, 35 years old, weighs 185 pounds, has blue eyes and blond hair.
  • Dean is seen drinking in a bar at the beginning of the show while trying to set up a "double" alibi. The glass containing his drink has the logo for Sheraton Hotels.
  • While Five-O is considering the possibility that Dean had a double, McGarrett mentions that Wo Fat has two doubles.
  • Danno's helicopter takes off from the Ala Wai Heliport (see #49), which is located near the Ilikai Hotel, not on the Fort Ruger Military Reservation, as depicted on a map which Dean gives Five-O.
  • When McGarrett introduces insurance investigator Bella Morgan to Chin Ho, he remarks, "She's very bright as you can see, so be careful."
  • There is another big continuity glitch connected with Danno's flight to Maui. He doesn't take the tape recorder with him that he later uses at Dean's place -- the pilot seemingly gives this to him inside Dean's house after they arrive. When Danno arrives back in Honolulu, he doesn't have either the tape recorder or the box of paperwork and other goodies about Fleming Industries that he gets from Dean that he later brings to the Five-O office..
  • McGarrett has a brainstorm about "doubles" when some guy mistakes McGarrett's car for his own in a parking lot. As well, he sees a building being demolished (like Dean's Oahu hangout), though whether McGarrett actually sees this or is just imagining it is difficult to determine.
  • To add to the dumbness of this show -- they use the same helicopter to retrace Danno's first flight (see helicopter registration number) and add new clean white H.P.D. and Police stickers on the sides of the helicopter (thanks to Charles for pointing this out).
  • While the score for the episode is attributed to Don Ray, when Danno turns on Dean's hi-fi to listen to music while Dean is being attended to by Nathaniel upstairs (NOT), the music is from Highest Castle, Deepest Grave by Morton Stevens (thanks to Sylvia Gurinsky for pointing this out).
  • The final act is only 5 minutes long.

BAD WORDS:

  • Fleming's wife to Bella Morgan: "The hell with what you know."

114. The Odd Lot Caper ★★
Original air date: 1/30/73

Richard Basehart plays Donald Murdock, a wheelchair-bound developer who arranges for $40 million in untraceable negotiable securities to be stolen to help finance his latest venture. His "main man" is Laughlin, played by Ron Hayes. At the beginning of the show, Laughlin and Martin Johnson (John Farlas) are trying to disable an alarm system when they are surprised by a security guard. Laughlin knocks out the guard, killing him instantly! Laughlin's associates include Jersey Frazer (Morgan Sha'an) driving a car with license number 3E-3640, Nephi Hanneman as Yoko (usually a woman's name), license number 2E-5373 and Daws Dawson as Linc (4E-5594). Several stock shots of cop cars are seen. Danny Kamekona appears briefly at the beginning as computer expert Stan Cooper who is murdered so the gang can get their own tech whiz into the securities company managed by Bill Bigelow. Cooper is described as an "indiscriminate swinger" who took advantage of women by buying stocks on their behalf and pocketing the profits. The "odd lot" of the title refers to less than 100 shares of a stock or less than 10 shares of a very thinly traded stock. Although the financial mumbo-jumbo in the show is not particularly easy to follow, the denouement where the wily Murdock gets nabbed is quite delightful.

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  • McGarrett tells Ben to "check all freight terminals and the post office."
  • Murdock sarcastically refers to himself as a "cripple" at one point.
  • A couple of shots near the beginning of the show are out of focus, surprising considering Five-O's usually crisp photography.
  • At a meeting of the gang, Jersey Frazer uses the expression, "Will you knock off that Army chicken?" ... presumably meaning "chicken shit."
  • Murdock says "The police are sitting on their keisters."
  • When Frazer gets in a cab, the cab starts moving away before his foot is inside and the door is closed!
  • There is a scene in the episodic promo for the show on the DVD which shows a different angle of Murdock giving orders to the gang. A telephone is seen with the number 808-287-1299.
  • The trombone interval theme is heard.

115. Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die ★★★
Original air date: 2/6/73

A complicated but interesting show focusing on international intrigue by the writer/director team of Jerome Coopersmith and Michael O'Herlihy. Nehemiah Persoff plays the title character, formerly a memory expert named Otto Steiner, who was recruited for espionage by East German intelligence and employed as a courier who transported documents in his head. Winkler escaped to the West around 1966 and is now living a life running a souvenir shop in Hawaii. He freaks out when he is stopped by a local TV station for a "man in the street" interview regarding the construction of some local superhighway and assaults the announcer, which brings him to the attention of HPD and Five-O. (Why he would be so paranoid, considering it is unlikely this broadcast would be for anything other than local consumption, is difficult to understand.) Winkler gives Five-O a story about how his name is Albert Hoffman (same name as the guy who discovered LSD!), who has been living in Hawaii in protective custody after witnessing a mob murder in Philadelphia years before (but this is just a story that Winkler made up, based on a newspaper article he read). Possibly because of his TV appearance, Winkler is later visited in his shop by a man named Reeves (Malachi Throne) who is the former East German spy Paul Helperin. Helperin murders an associate right in front of Winkler to blackmail Winkler into impersonating himself (there is some physical resemblance between the two). He does this in order to draw the former head of Soviet intelligence Roglov (Mark Lenard) out of hiding, since Roglov is the only person who can positively identify Helperin for Five-O. When Winkler visits Five-O again, he is told that fingerprints for Albert Hoffman do not match his own, and then Winkler gives the story about how he is Helperin. McGarrett is in Washington, D.C. for the first part of the show, and he travels to Denver -- where Roglov, who defected to the U.S. years before, is also in protective custody -- to convince Roglov to come to Hawaii to identify "Helperin" (Winkler). After arriving, Roglov encounters Winkler at some top-secret meeting place on Oahu and quickly determines that this man is not Helperin, because the real Helperin would know certain details which led to the betrayal of Roglov's young wife many years before. Winkler finally confesses that he is not Helperin, and the entire operation was a scam to arrange for Roglov to come to Hawaii to be assassinated by the real Helperin. Five-O fakes Roglov's death, which later causes the real Helperin to kidnap Winkler and take him to a rifle range where a couple of Helperin's pals shoot at Winkler to make him reveal Five-O's plans. However, Five-O and Roglov show up and the jig is up for Helperin, who is taken into custody.

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  • When Duke is on the phone at the beginning of the show, it looks like he has seriously chapped lips or a cold sore!
  • The all-knowing HPD computer, which can even determine if people have a library card, is used to try and figure out who Winkler is. The IBM brand name is seen, it is quite possibly on an IBM 2401 magnetic tape unit.
  • On the DVD, there is some print damage seen near the beginning of the show when Duke is on the phone. This does not appear on a syndicated TV print which I have seen.
  • At the secret meeting place which is used for "special security cases" according to Danno, two guys who look like they work for valet parking (rather than cops) open the doors of the truck which transports Winkler. This vehicle, which has license number 5E-485, is an International Harvester Travelall, by the way -- sort of an early SUV. The same truck is used to bring Roglov from the airport.
  • The security at this meeting place is obviously not that great, because Winkler signals some person who is at the top of a nearby hill who responds by flashing a mirror!
  • Stock shots of cop cars are seen; the trombone interval theme is heard.
  • Mark Lenard makes up for his embarrassing performance in #25, To Hell With Babe Ruth, with his performance as the stern Roglov.
  • At the beginning of the show, McGarrett visits Bill Druthers (Bill Edwards), a Jonathan Kaye-like bigshot in Washington, and snow can be seen falling outside Druthers' window.
  • When McGarrett and Roglov shoot questions at Winkler who is taking a lie detector test, the frequency of the questions seems highly unorthodox.
  • At the rifle range, the only people present are Halperin and his two sharpshooting pals. Is the place closed for business?
  • When chasing the car containing the kidnapped Winkler, McGarrett's car has little flags on the radio antenna. This is because when Chin Ho and McGarrett were doing surveillance outside Winkler's store, they were parked in a car lot where all of the cars had these little flags (thanks to Colby May for clearing this up).

116. Little Girl Blue ★★½
Original air date: 2/13/73

People who watch this show soon after #78, ...And I Want Some Candy and a Gun that Shoots, will blink twice at some of the footage. Major chunks of this episode about two kidnappers -- Luther Shepp (Ron Feinberg) and Frank Denton (Jackie Coogan) -- who hold cops at bay from a bunker above the highway are taken directly from the previous one. The reason for this (told to me by star Feinberg) was the previous episode was too violent to rebroadcast, but producer Leonard Freeman wanted to reuse some of the material, so this new show was virtually written around this footage for Feinberg. (Ironically, this episode was also considered too violent to broadcast, according to one report I heard.) In #78, two cops come to the aid of a woman whose tires are shot out by a crazed marksman. One of the cops, Tom Ewa (Arte McCullough), who was shot in #78, returns to the scene and is shot while climbing the hill to the bunker. He falls down the cliff to the road where he stumbles to the side of the car where he was lying in #78 with Beau van den Ecker. (The second shot cop in #116 is Asian.) Other re-used footage includes:
-- a cop car has its flashing light shot out
-- a cop car has its tires flattened
-- McGarrett drives to the scene beside backed-up traffic accompanied by an ambulance
-- McGarrett gets out of his car\
-- in a scene which is not exactly the same (but almost like an outtake), McGarrett orders Danno to get a helicopter because "we're gonna need some eyes"
-- cops getting dressed in protective gear
-- cops move behind a moving car as a shield (the car has the same license number)
-- cops in protective gear run across the road to help their injured buddies
-- they put the wounded cops in their car (seen through shot-out window)
-- Danno says the chopper is on the way
-- McGarrett speaks to the shot Tommy Ewa, Danno examines the dead second cop, same ambulance attendants as previous show
-- McGarrett speaks to Duke, takes bullhorn
-- the helicopter arrives, McGarrett tells Danno to stay out of the range of the rifle
-- shot from the helicopter of the bunker, Danno says the "roof juts out quite a ways"
-- stock shots of the HPD computer
-- a shot flying over cars backed up on the highway
-- the HPD communications van arrives, McGarrett opens the door (in #78 Kono is seen inside, the editing in #116 cleverly replaces him with another cop)
-- near the end of the show, the helicopter drops tear gas on the bunker (several shots)
-- McGarrett, wearing a bulletproof vest, leads a squadron of cops to the foot of the hill
-- a scene of the cops climbing the hillside (Kono is edited out of this scene again)
There's yet another reference to a different earlier show. In #12, Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember, Ron ("Ronald" in #116) Feinberg, playing the developmentally challenged Benny Apa (his character in #116 is a brain-damaged Korean war veteran) has a big secret not revealed until the show's end: he didn't have a driver's license. Feinberg's character in #116, Luther, kills the Asian cop at the beginning because he doesn't have a driver's license as well. As in the previous sniper show, the assault on the bunker is total overkill. Nina Foch appears as Marion Scott, grandmother of the kidnapped girl, who tells McGarrett that "Debbie was born out of wedlock."

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  • The trombone interval theme is heard; there are allusions to the military theme at the end.
  • Jimmy Borges appears near the beginning driving a sports car with license number E-102 as a witness who alerts the cops to Shepp and Denton climbing up the hillside to the bunker.
  • This episode really needs some references to the time, because one event happens almost immediately after the other. For example, Che Fong rushes to the house where the child was kidnapped (as reported by Ben to McGarrett via radio). Che is quickly back at the lab to check out the ransom note which McGarrett got from Marion Scott (which itself is rushed to Che). Che determines not only the magazine the cut-out letters came from, but also who were the subscribers to the magazine on Oahu, one of whom is Eadie Scott (Tisha Sterling), Marion's daughter. Marion is brought to the foot of the bunker by a helicopter and what seems like only minutes later (but probably a time frame much longer than that), Eadie is brought from Maui -- in the same helicopter, by the way (number N9014F).
  • McGarrett says that Luther killed two police officers, but there is only one dead cop -- the one strangled by Luther at the beginning of the show. This is a reference to the previous show that wasn't checked for continuity. There is no indication that Officer Ewa (Artie McCollough), who is wounded trying to get to Luther, has died.
  • The ransom note is sent to Marion Scott at her address of 1654 Palama Street, Kahuku 96781.
  • The "bookem" at the end is "Danno, read Mrs. Scott her rights and book her."
  • McGarrett really beats around the bush when he is trying to make Eadie admit to some complicity in the kidnapping of her daughter because of the connection with the magazine.

117. Percentage ★★
Original air date: 2/20/73

A complicated and talky show. Sam Green (Milton Selzer) is a travel agent who takes gambling junkets to cities like Seoul, Korea and Las Vegas. During one of these jaunts, an obsessive gambler, Bill Howard (Mitch Mitchell) runs up a huge tab, and only after Sam personally vouches for him with the casino boss Kuang (Seth Sakai) is Howard allowed to place his bet. Unfortunately, he loses again. Green formerly worked for the oily "investment dealer" Yoshigo (Kwan Hi Lim), his competition in the junket business. At the beginning of the show, Sam's partner James O'Hara (John Howard) is beaten to death by two of Yoshigo's goons, the Wolfman Jack-like Nick Hansen (Edward Shonk) and Lepe Gordon (Derek Mau). The plot thickens when Yoshigo's accountant Herman Stein (Leonard Stone) wants a bigger share of the action which Yoshigo promised him months before. Sam gets the money he owes to Kuang from another gambler, Walter Sinclair (Douglas Kennedy), whose wife Valerie (Carole Kai) is having an affair with Howard, who Sinclair wants dead. Green and Sinclair work together to knock off Howard, whose body is thrown over the side of the building by Sinclair. A woman utters a particularly loud scream as she sees the body falling. After Five-O determines that Howard was clubbed to death with some Hawaiian artifact in Howard's apartment, McGarrett asks to see suspect's Sinclair's hands. Sinclair says he didn't know McGarrett went in for palm reading. McGarrett replies: "I have all sorts of interesting hobbies." We are kept guessing up to the end as to who really committed the murder and why.

MORE TRIVIA:

  • At the beginning of the show, a Physician's [sic] Ambulance is seen, but it's identified by a magnetic stick-on sign on its rear door.
  • A stock shot depicting Seoul, Korea is actually a Chinese city, presumably Hong Kong. However, in the gambling den, a sign on the blackjack table is written in English and Korean.
  • The trombone interval theme is heard at the beginning, and there are allusions to the "memories" theme at the end.
  • Chin Ho is seen in a full-length coat, though it doesn't seem particularly cold. Galen Kam is the manager of the building where Howard lives.
  • When Howard's body falls, it looks like it comes from the top of the building, not the top floor that we can see (but then Howard's apartment was the penthouse). There is a shot cutting away from the falling body, but when the camera returns to the side of the building, the body has not fallen a couple of floors as one might expect, but it is in virtually the same position it was before the cut-away shot.
  • Jack Lord's hairy hand is seen in a closeup when he grabs Milton Selzer's hand prior to examining it for a cut produced by the artifact used to kill Howard.
  • The "bookem" is "Ben, book Sam, murder one."

118. Engaged to be Buried ★★★★
Original air date: 2/27/73

One of the late Kam Fong's favorite episodes, and perhaps his most dramatic performance, as Chin Ho has to face the fact that his daughter Alia (Irene Tsu) is involved with Rono Vidalgo (Erik Estrada), a punk whose father Shako (Simon Oakland) is boss of a local vending machine racket. Interestingly, Shako is in a wheelchair with a cop's bullet in his spine, only four shows after The Odd Lot Caper, also starring a major character in a wheelchair. Chin Ho is shocked when he sees a surveillance photo of Rono and his daughter in the Five-O office. He freaks out totally when he confronts one of Shako's goons Bertie Paipo (Donald Roessler) in the office later. McGarrett is off the island for much of the show, testifying at an Anti-Crime Commission in Washington, D.C. Aside from the central issue of why would Alia get involved with a character like Rono in the first place, this is an outstanding show.

MORE TRIVIA:

  • At the beginning of the show, a display of Lay's Potato Chips is seen behind Yankee Chang, playing pool hall owner Harold Hanolo.
  • When an undercover cop takes pictures of Rono and Alia, the "frozen snapshot" of Rono's car is totally wrong, since the cop is parked to the left front of Rono's Cadillac (license number 5B-7032), but the picture is from the left rear, several feet away.
  • An invoice taken from Shako's Star Island Company is for an order of "boxes of dynamite fuse" for the Stonehurst Construction Company, 28000 Kilho Blvd., Honolulu 96816. The date and certain other information on this invoice is scribbled. Another dynamite-related invoice later in the show is for the Bellina Construction Company, 14321 Pali Highway, with the same ZIP code. Both of these addresses are bogus.
  • A car wired with a bomb that Bertie parks early in the show has an unusual license number -- 7B-60.
  • When Chin Ho raids Shako's company, Shako calls him "Pork Chop." He also tells Chin to "Go to hell." A calendar featuring Richard Nixon is seen on the wall behind Shako.
  • Bowling alley owner Stanley Carson (Charles Quinlivan), who stands up to Shako's threats, is a retired Chicago cop. His card showing that he is retired is signed by J. Heinz, an in-joke referring to the show's associate producer James.
  • When Alia gets into Rono's airplane after their first trip to visit Rono's priest friend Father Jack (Bob Turnbull), the wind blows up her dress so you can see her underpants.
  • McGarrett tells Bertie: "I don't make deals."

119. The Diamond That Nobody Stole ★★
Original air date: 3/6/73

This show is the source of the shot of Ben jumping over the fence in the main titles. It's a disappointing episode, mainly because of the lack of character development of and between the two leads, the "international trade broker"/counter-intelligence agent Djebara (Eric Braeden, in his last Five-O appearance) and "one of the last of the royal families of Indochina," Madame Souvang (Beulah Quo, whose accent is very hokey). I suspect some of the plot got left on the cutting room floor -- which would account for the fact that Che Fong is in the end credits, though he isn't seen in the show. Up to a point, the plot is not bad and there are the usual good production values. During a routine burglary, a roll of film containing the schematics for a Polaris missile is stolen from Djebara's safe by cat burglar Sammy York. The theft is traced back to Djebara when a pendant which was also stolen is uncovered during a routine check of a sleazy pawnshop by Five-O. Prior to its theft, Djebara was trying to sell the film to the Russians, whose representative is played by John Stalker. But Djebara also has to answer to some "boss" above, whose hoods threaten Djebara unsuccessfully after York's theft disrupts Djebara's plans. Djebara manages to get the film back from York, though it is not clear how he figures out who York is and where the flophouse where he lives is located (York was supposed to meet Djebara after a deadline of 72 hours for Djebara to come up with $50,000 to get the film back, but there is no mention of this, and it's unlikely their meeting would take place at York's room, where Djebara takes the film and murders York.) Djebara then seemingly tries to sell the film to the Chinese, represented by Bernard Ching (uncredited), but gets killed by an assassin right in the Ala Moana shopping centren (or is Ching the bagman for the Russians?). At the end of the show, Madame Souvang takes the film to Stalker, who makes the final payment. It turns out that Souvang somehow got the film after Djebara recovered it from York, switched it with blank film, and arranged to have Djebara knocked off because he betrayed her cause and was acting on his own like a mercenary. Huh? What does this mean -- that Souvang knew about the film all along, and Djebara was trying to raise the money from the Russians on her behalf so she could be restored to her imperial glory in her home country?

MORE TRIVIA:

  • Madame Souvang has a very short memory, because despite the fact that she met McGarrett -- identified by Djebara as a "business associate" -- at her house, she does not recognize him at the end when he captures her, saying, "Do I know you?"
  • When McGarrett meets Djebara's young daughter, he says "Hi, honey."
  • There is a stock shot of driving in downtown Honolulu and the violin theme is heard a couple of times as well as the fade-in/fade out trumpets theme.
  • Djebara's house is at 2861 Manoa Road.
  • Pawnbroker Willard Allen's (Melvin Cobb) house number is 4105 and although his shop looks like it's on Hotel Street, he lives in a pretty classy neighborhood (the house seems familiar from a previous show). The pawnshop is located near the Risque Theater which advertises on its marquee: "Naked - No Biz Like Show Biz." One of the items for sale in the pawnshop is the Somerset LP record Music to Strip By, performed by "Bald" Bill Hagan And His Trocaderons. Danno says to Allen: "I want to see receipts on everything you've got in here, including dust."
  • Djebara's station wagon has an unusual license number -- 3A-82.
  • A good quote from McGarrett regarding a crook who has arthritis: "He couldn't open a can of cat food."
  • McGarrett snaps his fingers eight times in one scene!
  • When he and Danno find the body of cat burglar York (a pretty agile old geezer, judging from his work at the show's beginning), there is a very subtle change in focus between the two when Danno is on the phone trying to call the lab. McGarrett promptly whips out his magnifying glass for the second time to check out the contact print hidden in York's phone's mouthpiece. There is what looks like a calendar with a picture of Richard Nixon in York's room.
  • To bypass the alarm system connected to Djebara's safe, York injects C.P. Ballard's Triple Distilled Mercury, produced by Quicksilver Products Inc. of San Francisco and Los Angeles, into the lock.
  • Bernie's Cab has the ubiquitous 732-5577 phone number.
  • When McGarrett and Chin Ho are on the radio in their cars, their lips sometimes don't match what they're saying.
  • A sign in Japanese in the Ala Moana Shopping Center at the end says, "Don't hesitate to speak casual Japanese" (it's hard to translate).
  • The "bookem" for this show is "Book her, Danno, murder one and espionage."

120. Jury of One ★★★
Original air date: 3/13/73

In this show that gives interesting insights into what goes on in the jury room during deliberations, some guy named Curt Lucas is on trial. He is a clean-cut, respectable-looking fellow with a lawyer, Edward Binns (Evan Mills), who can give Manicote a run for the money. It is never specifically said what Lucas's racket is, other than a brief suggestion that some people working for him sold drugs to the son of one of the jury members. A "petty thief and stool pigeon" named Artie Boland (Arthur Malet), who looks like a total bum and has a very peculiar English-verging-on-Cockney accent, tips off McGarrett that the trial will result in a hung jury because of tampering with one of the male jury members. As a result, McGarrett has to conduct an investigation under a tight deadline imposed by the stern Judge Phillips (Don "Lance" Over, giving an excellent performance). McGarrett even has time to make a quick trip to Maui to determine that a senator's wife that one of the jury members was having an affair with had no connection to the trial. Bill Bigelow is the bailiff George Watkins, who is involved in passing messages to the sequestered Clifford Sprague (Ray Butenika), whose child has been kidnapped by one of Lucas's business associates, Lew Foss (Robert Sandla, giving a sleazy performance). Considering where Sprague's daughter is being held and various other factors, it is amazing that Five-O manages to resolve their investigation in such a short time. There are no featured players in the cast at the end; all the credits are in the smaller type usually used for secondary players.

MORE TRIVIA:

  • When Sprague is confronted in the jury room by one of the female jury members who wants him to give reasons why he won't vote "guilty," he says to her, "Don't tell me a male chauvinist pig hater like you believes in women's intuition."
  • Duke is seen working at a desk in the front Five-O office.
  • Galen Kam and Terry Plunkett are among the jury members. Plunkett's character, Grady Jenkins, has a heart attack in the judge's office. Che Fong uses chemical means -- hydrochloric acid and potassium thiocynanate (a real chemical, but perhaps not used for this purpose) -- to determine that an I.O.U. in Jenkins' possession is genuine.
  • Five-O comes up with a list of phone numbers of potential suspects who are holding Sprague's child. Note they all have real-looking phone numbers. "Geller" looks like an in-joke referring to sometime Five-O composer Harry.
    Newton ............... 949-2320
    Barnes ............... 988-6041
    Hoshida .............. 247-3316
    McCulloch ............ 946-9454
    Geller ............... 537-8490
    Swanson .............. 247-3139
    Harkness ............. 946-6835
    
  • Che Fong, identified as working for the "Hawaii Five-O crime laboratory," testifies in court.
  • As McGarrett meets Duke on the steps of the Iolani Palace, he puts his hand on Duke's shoulder as they walk and then pats him on the back as they part.
  • There are stock shots of driving and ambulances.

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