Hawaii Five-O (1968-80) -- Season 7 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.
145. The Young Assassins ★★★½
Original air date: 9/10/74

The opening of this show is not a good promotion for the Hawaiian tourist industry -- a middle-aged guy gets drilled on the beach by one of the "People's Attack Group," right through his surfboard. The members of this revolutionary group are typically full of B.S., coming out with banalities like "You are we. We are power. The power to be." Scott Marlowe plays their leader, Richard Stanwood (also known as "Army"), who considers himself the "colonel" of the group. Rather than coming from a background which includes political science at a university and/or contact with left-thinking groups, he is a hard-time criminal who escaped from Joliet and has offenses like "manslaughter, robbery, narcotics, rioting and rape" on his rap sheet. His fresh-faced followers are described as "campus radicals" and "dopers." I'd like to know how the P.A.G. figures out where Danno and professor Kurt Metzger (Wright Esser) are eating lunch so they can kidnap them. One of the professor's newspaper articles about the recent terrorist phenomenon starts out with a paragraph about the murder of a Brooklyn racketeer, but the second paragraph talks about Honolulu Mayor Alcada being opposed to a city employees' competency test. Metzger's driver's license, which is sent to McGarrett by the kidnappers, is number 547 10 8522 and he lives at 9568 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu 96815. He is 5'7". weighs 170 pounds and was born 02/8/18. When gas station attendant George (Yankee Chang, uncredited) is filling up one of the P.A.G. women's cars (license number 5A-7819), note the gas pump. One side has a phony brand name of "Star Gasoline" pasted on it, but if you look quickly, you can see "J.C. Penney Gasoline." the real name, on the side nearest her car. The woman is followed by Nick (Danny Kamekona), and telephones Stanwood, saying she was getting "negative vibrations" from George. Following a chase by Nick, her car blows up violently in flames when she runs into a trailer pulling a bulldozer. In response to this, Metzger is murdered by the P.A.G. and his body is dumped at the Governor's residence, which has the street number 4659. McGarrett screams "Never!" when Manicote asks if the Governor should give into to the terrorists. The civil defense trucks make an appearance to do triangulation on the terrorists' mobile radio. Using citizens' band channel 8 from inside their moving Econoline, Stanwood uses the phrase "'D' as in "Dudley Do-Right" when talking to the Governor, obviously a snide crack at McGarrett. The ending of the film where McGarrett rescues Danno in the nick of the time is about as close as we'll ever get to seeing some "male bonding" between these two. There's no more Executive Producer credit for Leonard Freeman at the end of episodes, since he died earlier that year (1974).

MORE TRIVIA:

  • The license number of Danno's car, which McGarrett recognizes when Five-O go to the P.A.G.'s hideout, is X-9404.
  • Despite their radical rhetoric, the P.A.G. celebrate the murder of the tourist by having a beer, which is some generic movie brand that looks similar to Budweiser.
  • Danno gets a call on a phone which has the numbers 732-5577 and 732-5578. Che phones McGarrett on a special batphone which is 555-9821.
  • Stuntman Chuck Couch is the cop who spots two of the P.A.G. members (including Donald Roessler Jr. as the car driver) who are about to wreak havoc in one of the local malls.
  • McGarrett says he wants pictures of the P.A.G. members sent to a wide variety of locations, including "head shops."

146. A Hawaiian Nightmare ★★
Original air date: 9/17/74

Bernard Brown (James Olson), a professor and expert in geothermal dynamics working for the Consol Oil Corporation on the Big Island, plants a detonator and explosives in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. He then threatens to cause an eruption which will result in lava pouring all over Hilo unless the Governor comes up with half a million bucks ransom to help pay off Brown's debts. The Governor just happens to be visiting Kona. He's staying first at the Kona Surf, then at the Naniloa Surf. The "psychotically desperate" Brown lives in a fancy house with a Mercedes convertible and a shrill blonde wife Doris (Sheree North), who is fed up with his get-rich-quick lifestyle. When Vince Bonner (Felice Orlandi), a bagman for loan sharks, shows up at their house, she sees Bonner as her ticket away from her husband (there is a suggestion that they "do it"). Danno is suddenly a munitions expert, telling how an explosion can be made by combining thanatine nitrate fertilizer with diesel fuel and dynamite (shades of Oklahoma City). Brown has to bite his tongue as he listens to this explanation, since this is exactly what he has done. The ending of this show is stupid. Bonner and Doris make their way to the drop-off point for the ransom money, but neither McGarrett, Brown nor Danno (who is observing from a helicopter) see their car. After McGarrett leaves the money in an attaché case, Bonner fatally shoots Brown in the back and Bonner and Doris attempt to flee, but Danno gets the helicopter to ram head-on into Vince (literally). Why doesn't Danno shoot at Vince on the ground? Or, for that matter, why doesn't Vince shoot at the helicopter? I'm surprised that the helicopter doesn't decapitate him! The "gimmick" in this show is the remote control used to stop the timer on the detonator -- McGarrett has a brainstorm about this when using the remote on a TV in his hotel room. He rushes back to Brown's house where he tossed the remote from the garage door into the Mercedes when Chin and he were previously at Brown's house trying to find him. But Brown was shown starting the timer with another remote which was in his yellow Mazda pickup (license number 1H-7851). Why would the supposedly clever Brown use the remote control for his garage door in this manner, and why would he leave one of these remotes in the car outside his garage? McGarrett is taking an awful big chance assuming that both of these remotes are able to stop the explosion (and of course the one he grabs from the Mercedes does).

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  • Seth Sakai appears as volcano expert Dr. Rogers.
  • McGarrett wears a Vulcain Cricket watch; Brown wears a Lucerne Automatic watch.
  • There is an above-average score by Morton Stevens which ranges from low brass to dissonant woodwind writing.
  • In Brown's garage is a box from Hilo Soda Works; this company's phone number is 835-1616.
  • Brown's salary is $40,000 a year, according to his boss.
  • It is seen raining heavily at the beginning and end of the show.

147. I'll Kill 'Em Again ★★★★
Original air date: 9/24/74

Danny Goldman stars as Eddie Josephs, perhaps Five-O's creepiest killer. He is described by English-accented psychiatrist Dr. Judith Patrick (Linda Ann Ryan) as a "desperate paranoid schizophrenic" whose victims are "agents for his delusions." Eddie kills people in a manner duplicating cases solved years before by Five-O as written up in a local magazine while taunting "Mister" McGarrett with postcards and phone calls. At one point he refers to McGarrett as "Super-Cop." The mail service must be pretty quick, since McGarrett gets Eddie's cards almost immediately. When asked by his boss, bookstore owner "Mister" Harry Beecham (Ivor Francis) if the reason he is acting weird is because he is on drugs, Eddie yells: "Drugs? Only filth and scum put rotten things in their bodies! That what you think I am, Harry? Scum?" Chin Ho says of Eddie: "He chooses victims like you pick out meat at the supermarket." McGarrett wants a list of all the stores handling the brand of knife, known as "Genoa," which Eddie used on his first victim in the show. Eddie listens to classical music like Mozart (second movement of the Sonata No. 5 in G, K.189h) and the slow movement of Beethoven's "Pathétique" sonata. Eddie's final attempt at crime is to try and duplicate the murder of a prostitute which happened on July 15, 1968. When caught in the act by McGarrett, he screams "You can't win!" and dives out the window to commit suicide.

MORE TRIVIA:

  • The sequence in a hospital room where nurses and interns try to revive a cop that Eddie shot is lifted from season five's Pig in a Blanket (#100), including Seth Sakai (unbilled) as the doctor in charge. The hospital staff who rush into the room at the beginning with the equipment are nowhere to be seen as the attempts at revival proceed. When McGarrett pulls up to the hospital to check on the shot cop, a closeup of the Park Lane suggests that it is in serious need of a trip to the car wash! (The workaholic McGarrett has no time, I am sure...) At the hospital, Winston Char is Doctor Ying, but in Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb (only two shows later), Char plays Dr. Leonard, mentioned in this show by Che Fong as a graphologist at the University of Hawaii.
  • Dr. Oseransky is paged by the hospital switchboard operator, a reference to Five-O Unit Production Manager Bernard.
  • Galem Kam is pawnshop owner Wan Soo, and Lippy Espinda is seen in a magazine photo as Bernie Fortuna, a wino. Joe Geremia is a security guard at the yacht club.
  • Eddie's car has the unusual license number C-178.
  • When the Five-O team arrives at the hooker's low-budget hotel, you can see crowds on the street in the background watching the filming.
  • Harry Geller's imaginative and dissonant score contains Bernard Herrmann-like ostinatos and a harpsichord.
  • Che Fong gets impressions of Harry's shoes from the scene where a wino is left murdered, similar to the Bernie Fortuna slaying, saying "They match the walking picture found nearby." A 1972 silver dollar is seen, placed on the wino's face.
  • When Eddie leaves the store angrily after finding Mr. Beecham has hired Sheila Young (Lydia Kayahara) to take his place, one of the books at the top of the rack on the right of the screen is Bashful Billionaire, a biography of Howard Hughes by Albert B. Gerber.
  • At the end of the show when Five-O arrives at Eddie's room, McGarrett says "Five-O ... open up." But it sounds like this line has been dubbed with another actor's voice. When Five-0 pulls up to the Empire Hotel, where the murder of the prostitute took place years before, McGarrett brakes his car and swerves so hard, he almost drives over the sidewalk. They break in to the hooker's room, catching Eddie in the act of strangling her. They pull him off her, but the hooker tries to get free and attack Eddie, saying "You bastard!" (at least according to the subtitles on the season seven DVD). This is pretty rank language for 1974 TV and predates the much more obvious use of this word by McGarrett in season eleven's Number One With A Bullet (#250/251).

148. Steal Now -- Pay Later ★★½
Original air date: 10/1/74

Ray Danton is the slimy Ron Colby, a "jobber" who provides local merchants with merchandise ... all of which is stolen. Almost everywhere he is seen, Colby is accompanied by some hot-looking woman. Five-O gets suspicious when a federal agent who's investigating Colby's operation on the mainland is murdered and stuffed in a fridge (serial number XN53921) that is later fished out of Honolulu harbour. (The agent's body seems to be in pretty good shape after all that it's gone through.) Larry Swift (Casey Kasem), buyer for a local department store, gets involved with Colby and purchases several of the fridges that were in the same shipment. Swift's Uncle Charlie (Jacques Aubuchon) buys swimwear from Colby and when he realizes what he has gotten into, tries to escape from Five-O, driving off a dock. Swift later co-operates with Five-O to entrap Colby and the thugs who are working for him, which include Nephi Hannemann as Puni and Dennis Chun (Kam Fong's son) as a punk. Colby uses some kind of a special phone into which he inserts pre-programmed punch cards to dial numbers. I wonder what the advantage of these cards is, since he still has to look up the "subject" on the top of the card.

MORE TRIVIA:

  • Is Larry Wilcox, Mike from the Young Assassins, the red-jacketed waiter in the restaurant at the beginning of this show?
  • McGarrett wants "every store in Hawaii that handles appliances checked for these serial numbers [of the fridges]."
  • Colby's car's license number is 5F-2794, Uncle Charlie's phone number is 786-2300.
  • Danno is reading Retailers Weekly when he is watching Colby in a bar schmoozing with some of his clients, prior to bringing him in for questioning.
  • There is a detailed chart of goods, warehouses and dates drawn up on McGarrett's blackboard as Five-O analyzes the case.
  • Asiam Air Cargo trucks are used to transport goods near the end of the show. The company signs are made out of paper and stuck to the side of the trucks, rather than being painted on.
  • At the end, when McGarrett confronts Colby with a tape of his "confession," the tape is rewound awful quickly. Could this recording be used as evidence on court?

149. Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb? ★★
Original air date: 10/8/74

William Windom is Senator Harlan Henderson, suffering from a multiple personality order which makes him want to kill himself. Instead, at the beginning of the show, the bomb he plants in his car unintentionally blows up his secretary Midge Evans (Lynne Ellen Hollinger). Melody Patterson (Mrs. James MacArthur at the time of filming) is the Senator's daughter Kathy, Seth Sakai appears as Seth Sakai, a mobster, and Beau Van Den Ecker is Sakai's thug Nick Landis whose 2-door Lincoln (a tank as big as McGarrett's Mercury Marquis) also "blows up real good" when it runs off the road and down a cliff (a stock shot from the fourth season's opener). Landis' car is pursued by a cop played by Chuck Couch (uncredited), so this is a case of one Five-O stuntman chasing another. When McGarrett is grilling Sakai about Landis, he refers to him as "Lanos" and says the car was a "2-door Ford." McGarrett has a brainstorm about the senator's condition ("Suppose ... just suppose..."), and when Danno is skeptical, McGarrett exclaims, "I know it sounds far-fetched, but it's a possibility!" McGarrett's theory is reinforced by Dr. Judith Patrick (Linda Ann Ryan, see also #147), here identified as "Five-O's consulting psychiatrist." She provides McGarrett with a lot of medical gibberish when explaining Henderson's "self-ego conflict." At the finale, Henderson takes the outdoor elevator at the Ilikai Hotel, which stops close to the top for no logical reason (it's not as if Five-O intentionally stopped it). He then pushes the "Emergency Stop" button, which causes an alarm to ring. From the hotel roof, McGarrett descends to the top of the elevator to convince Henderson to give up the bomb he is carrying in a radio. The long shots of McGarrett are obviously a stunt man. Electra Gailas Fair as a woman in the elevator with Henderson comes forth with a particularly loud scream when she hears about the bomb. Geoffrey Thorpe, who played kidnap victims in #35, The Devil and Mr. Frog and #54, The Ransom, appears briefly uncredited in a flashback scene as the young Henderson.

Margaret Dukore, who played "Anita Richfield," the mental patient with two different personalities, and became a published novelist (Margaret Mitchell Dukore) sent along some interesting comments on her role in this show: "My screaming (greasy hair) shot was the first shot of the episode [to be filmed], so they could send it back to the mainland to be processed, so it would come back before they shot the scene where Jack Lord says something like, "Amazing ... two different personalities!" He felt that his reading would ring truer if he actually saw the footage. I was thrilled with this, because the scene where I'm "normal" was the last shot of the episode, so -- because I was in SAG -- they had to pay me for the entire week. I didn't live far from the studio, so I went down there every day (with a doggie bag ... I was poor then) for lunch. Finally, they had shot every scene but that one, and the screaming film hadn't come back from the mainland, so they made me stand behind the camera and scream for I don't know how many takes, so Jack Lord could get, "Amazing ... two different personalities!" with the correct sincerity. (It was hard for Jim MacArthur and me to keep from laughing.)" When I asked her if the "insanity" scene was scripted, she replied: "My crazy screen scripted? Yes, and no. I believe the script said something like 'She has an insane screaming fit and says something about 'The Resurrection'.'"

MORE TRIVIA:

  • The Senator's house number is 4959. The secretary's body is taken away in the coroner's station wagon which has a huge dent on the side.
  • When McGarrett wants Che Fong to compare the sound of two tapes featuring what he figures are both Henderson's voice, he mispronounces the word "case-sette."
  • Henderson drives a black Mercedes convertible, license number 2F-2754. Near the end, Henderson parks his car and puts money in a parking meter, which is numbered 044. Obviously he is oblivious to wanting to kill himself if he puts money in the meter!
  • Winston C.S. Char is Dr. Phillip Leonard from the criminology department at the University of Hawaii. He uses graphology (the study and analysis of handwriting) to make some observations about Henderson's assassin (which turns out to be Henderson himself). I am skeptical that a criminology department would be interested in this kind of analysis, since graphology is regarded by many as a "pseudoscience."
  • There are some continuity problems with the position of the stopped elevator. In some shots, the top of the elevator lines up with the bottom floor of the restaurant level on top of the hotel; in others, it is lined up two floors below that.
  • The score by Jerold Immel has some interesting moments, with some electronic sounds as a member of the HPD bomb squad defuses a suitcase full of dynamite.
  • Marc Singer plays Randy Stelf, Henderson's son-in-law. He is supposedly estranged from his wife, Henderson's daughter, who still lives with her father. If so, what is Stelf doing running around in his pyjamas with his wife and father-in-law when the cops are called to the senator's house after a bomb threat?
  • During a conversation with Che Fong in the lab, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen briefly on the wall (thanks to Keith Bailey for this observation).
  • Why is it that when McGarrett wants to trace a call (like when Henderson calls, threatening himself with his other personality), Danno (or whoever), using another phone, always tells the operator to do this with a voice that is so loud the person talking to McGarrett can quite likely hear the call is being traced?

150. Right Grave, Wrong Body ★★★
Original air date: 10/15/74

William Watson appears as the very nasty Hobart, who is robbing liquor stores using a gun lost by cop Dean Lyman (Charles Cioffi) three years before. Hobart, recently returned to Hawaii from a prison term on the mainland, will stop at nothing, even murder, to achieve his ends. Lyman wants to recover the weapon, since he used it to knock off a bank robber five years before, taking $250,000 in loot from the robber for himself. The body of this robber, which Lyman buried in a grave, has recently been discovered by workers at a cemetery which is having its coffins dug up, perhaps to be relocated. The bullet from the skull of the bank robber's corpse matches up to bullets recovered from Hobart's robberies, so Lyman realizes that if the cops recover the gun, they can match him up to the murder of the robber. This show makes a lot of use of the Identi-Kit to help victims of Hobart reconstruct a picture of his face. The kit is used so much, it almost seems like a case of product placement. After Lyman, a good cop and a friend of McGarrett, has a run-in with Hobart, he is asked if he recognizes pictures that witnesses have constructed, but he can't make up his mind. When he does say that the picture looks like Hobart, he makes minor changes in the picture to try and throw Five-O off the track -- but all the pictures are practically the same and Lyman's changes are miniscule. Lyman has an Asian wife, played by Josie Over. Troubled by recent events, he tells her everything that happened, showing her the $250,000 which he has kept in his tool box. Che Fong is very busy in this show, not only making the comparison between the bullets used by Lyman's gun, but also managing to reconstruct an HPD badge number from the gun handle after a chip of it is broken off during one of the liquor store robberies.

MORE TRIVIA:

  • Most of the story takes place in Chinatown -- there are plenty of glimpses of businesses there as well as some seedy-looking back alleys. On a couple of occasions when Five-O is on the scene, the crowd watching the filming in the background is visible.
  • A bum, one of Lyman's stoolies, refers to Hobart's prostitute girl friend Kelly Mitsui (Carole Kai), saying "There's this 'ho,' she works out of the Glade."
  • When Lippy Espinda, playing Cas Eva, another bum and informer, walks by a porno theatre, a poster in the background says one of the films showing is "Dick and I." As far as the second film is concerned, all that can be seen is the word "banana"!
  • A taxi has a crudely-written roof sign with the phone number 538-9678.
  • When Hobart buys beer in a liquor store run by Terry Plunkett, the price of a six-pack is $1.75.
  • When Danno is looking at a list of cops, trying to track down the badge number from the gun handle, the list actually contains the names of Five-O staff members, including what seem to be their home addresses and phone numbers! Among the names on the lengthy list are Coye Vanover, Chuck Couch, Dick Kindelon and Keester Sweeney.

151. We Hang Our Own ★★★★
Original air date: 10/22/74

Leslie Nielsen stars as Colonel Farraday, owner of a 200,000-acre ranch on the Big Island, who takes the law into his own hands when his son and successor is found dead. Presumably this show was filmed at the 135,000-acre Parker Ranch, though this is not identified in the end credits. Bruce Boxleitner, flashing his teeth, appears briefly as Cam, the murdered son. Why he's called Cam when he's identified in court as "Kenneth Andrew Faraday" is a mystery. Cam has returned to "take over," though there is no indication that the Colonel is incapable of running the ranch by himself. Cam gets seriously beaten up by the the husband of his former girl friend Carmen (Elissa Dulce) before she can tell him that she is now married. Then his snivelling brother Jay (Perry King) does him in to make it look like her husband Larry Kahela (Gerald Waialae) was responsible for Cam's murder. When Danno gets news of Cam's death, he says it is on the "inter-island poop sheet." After the husband is kidnapped by the Colonel's men so they can dish out their own brand of "justice" (especially after a preliminary hearing, the result of which is that Kahela is to be tried only for manslaughter, rather than murder) Nielsen as the Colonel is a fearsome adversary for McGarrett, who comes out with the usual speeches about how no one has the right to take the law into their own hands. Considering how much rain is seen this show, I don't know how Che Fong gets blood and a fingerprint off the rock used as the murder weapon. Richard Shores supplies an expansive score which blends the Five-O theme with elements of country and western music (including even a few Morricone-like spaghetti western touches).

MORE TRIVIA:

  • The fingerprints from the rock are run through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database. The fact that this produces results for Jay suggests that Jay has had trouble with the law in the past.
  • There are two "bookems" at the end of the show, one for Jay (murder) and the other for the Colonel (kidnapping).
  • The history of the Farraday ranch as related by the Colonel to McGarrett has parallels with those for the Parker Ranch, which began as a result of King Kamehameha bestowing various privileges on the English sailor John Parker in the early nineteenth century.

152. The Two-Faced Corpse ★★★
Original air date: 10/29/74

Local businessman Howard Crystal is shot dead at the beginning of the show under mysterious circumstances. Although he is murdered in the middle of nowhere, a kid finds his body relatively quickly. Crystal is played by Jack Lord's stunt double, John Nordlum -- it sounds like Nordlum's voice is dubbed for his few brief lines. Alan Fudge soon appears as FBI agent Paul Hamilton, yet another fed who tussles with McGarrett over jurisdiction since Crystal was actually a syndicate informer named Julio Bocher (mug shot #890028) living in Hawaii as a protected witness. Jessica Walter is Crystal's wife Carla. She seems unmoved by her husband's passing, and as she grabs a drink, she says, "Howard always said after the second drink, I got less sexy and more verbal than any woman he ever knew." She asks McGarrett, "You over-controlled?" to which he replies, "Yeah, most of the time." McGarrett is suspicious of Howard's business partner Jack Houston (Sam Elliott) and so is Hamilton, who says that adultery "to these people ... is a status symbol." Abe Vigoda plays Abe Kemper, a retired gangland figure who refuses to deal with Chin and Ben, calling them "punks" and threatening to set his huge dog on them. Five-O wants to pick Kemper's brains to see if the mob was involved with knocking off Crystal. Later, Kemper has more "respect" to McGarrett, telling him "you suffer from terminal honesty." During the investigation, Che Fong discusses anabolic steroids (which the muscle-building Crystal was taking), saying "they can affect your sex life." (Perhaps this is why Crystal's wife tells McGarrett "There was nothing [i.e., no sex] between Howard and me for almost a year.") The way Five-O determines Crystal's real identity is to send a picture of a football team found at his house to NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and NAPL (no idea what this stands for) in Washington, D.C. As well, Danno is told to get a list of all the semipro clubs from the 'sports annual'" (sounds like a very large task). The fact that someone in Washington can identify Bocher from the photo (of the Utica Grizzlies, by the way) suggests that the FBI didn't do a very good job at making their protected witness totally anonymous!

MORE TRIVIA:

  • We learn that Ben played football after the Korean War.
  • Keith Bailey writes about this episode: "At the end of this episode, Steve is shot in the arm. After arresting the shooter, he is bandaged by a doctor. But the doctor bandages his arm without taking off Steve's shirt! And the bandage is wrapped around Steve's shirt! How will Steve be able to take off his shirt when he showers or undresses for bed? Actually, considering what a workaholic he is, he probably doesn't do any of those."
  • That McGarrett is a workaholic can be attested to in one scene in the Five-O office. McGarrett asks Danno "Where's Jenny?" and Danno replies, "It's after eight, Steve."
  • In one scene where Danny and Chin are driving, Chin is talking, but his lips aren't moving.
  • When Ben and Nick (Danny Kamekona) are tailing Carla, Ben says, "Keep your eyes on the lady." Nick replies, "I can't keep 'em off her."
  • While McGarrett is shown playing golf with Honolulu mayor Frank Fasi (uncredited), he has a brainstorm while on the course, and leaves the other players in the lurch.
  • Near the end, when two cops are tailing Houston as part of an entrapment scheme, Carla tells him, "Forget the macho."
  • When McGarrett grills Kemper about "the syndicate," Kemper says there is a rock group called "The Syndicate" on Marathon Records.
  • Houston is seen driving the same Mercedes convertible used several times this season (license number 2F-4323).
  • The FBI is referred to as "super-fuzz."
  • Stock shots of McGarrett going up the Iolani Palace steps to his office.

153. How to Steal a Masterpiece ★★★★
Original air date: 11/12/74 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

Luther Adler (seen previously as Vashon the Patriarch) stars as cantankerous art collector Charles Ogdon who is being scammed by a pair of appraisers, Jacob Durkin (George Voskovec) and Sills Anderson (George Herman). When a Gauguin disappears despite an elaborate alarm system, Five-O is called in. As Danno talks to Durkin there is a peculiar slip of the tongue when Danno says Ogdon "gives [a painting] away or has it stolen" when discussing the tax status of Ogden's art. Danno quickly corrects himself when Durkin looks disturbed by the suggestion that the theft was arranged. (Personally I find it difficult to believe that Durkin and Anderson are capable of the athletic stunts during the opening theft, not to mention cold-blooded murder later. There is no indication of any co-conspirators.) When Danno asks Ogdon's grandson Jeff Koestler (Michael Anderson Jr.) if someone signed for the house's electrical system that Five-O is taking away to examine, Jeff says, referring to Chin Ho, "Yeah, your friend Charlie Chan took care of them." Danno is at a loss for words. Jeff also refers to Chin as "Sherlock." Later when the Five-O team is talking about possible suspects, it's pointed out that Jeff's mother is working on her sixth husband. Danno says of Jeff, "He might get a little confused around Father's Day." Doug Mossman appears out of nowhere near the end as Frank (presumably Kamana). McGarrett picks the brains of airhead Honolulu Star-Bulletin art reporter Evvy Bernstein (Danielle -- yes, her real name) regarding Durkin's past activities. He gives her a kiss as he leaves her. Earlier on, when Evvy interviews him, McGarrett gives her a hilarious response describing Five-O's typical procedure in high-falutin' language which is way over her head. As she looks at him with goo-goo eyes, McGarrett says "good girl." Morton Stevens provides an outstanding score (often sounding like Bernard Herrmann) which contains two extended sequences. The first, during the opening scenes, is nearly three minutes long and the accompaniment for Ogdon leading Five-O on a wild goose chase goes on for almost four and a half. (During the latter, after Ogdon's car turns at a scenic viewpoint, the camera shadow can be seen on the front of Danno's car -- thanks to Keith Bailey.) The episode is directed by Jack Lord. The ending of this episode is my nominee for the saddest Five-O episode ending ... guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes!

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154. A Gun for McGarrett ★★★
Original air date: 11/26/74

As the show begins, McGarrett gets a plaque from the "International Montaigne Society" which blows up spectacularly (this season has a high quotient of explosions), putting him in the hospital -- but not for long. After the bomb goes off, McGarrett is on fire in one shot and in the next, he isn't. His office is repaired quickly. S.N. Savage a.k.a. Dempster (Ivor Barry), the mastermind behind the assassination, is described by McGarrett when they meet face-to-face as "kingpin of all of London's gambling, prostitution and dope." Savage hopes to get rid of McGarrett to ingratiate himself with several local mob bosses, and then take 35% of any new "enterprises" that are set up. He has a very fancy map of Oahu complete with plastic overlay. Marni Howard (Carol White) gives Five-O a call after she is threatened by Savage's goon Tony (John A. Gracciano), saying she wants to co-operate with the cops. McGarrett gets chummy with her, telling her "I admire you," much to Danno's amusement at the end of their first meeting. She kids with McGarrett about his middle name supposedly being Aloysius and the fact that he is a Capricorn, describing him as "a robot who lives and breathes police work." She seduces McGarrett into taking her out to dinner, and he ends their evening out with "Good night, pretty girl," giving her a kiss. But surprise, surprise ... Marni is really in cahoots with Savage! (You would think McGarrett would clue in, based on the fact that both she and Savage have English accents.) She lures McGarrett back to her place on the pretext that someone is lurking outside, and she tries to kill him. Fortunately, McGarrett was able to get the gunshop owner who sold her the pistol to give her some blanks. McGarrett tells her: "You're in a lot of trouble, honey." She is more than happy to co-operate in putting Savage and his pals away. At the end, there are two "bookems," one for Marni, the other for Savage and the local hoods.

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155. Welcome to Our Branch Office ★★★
Original air date: 12/3/74

This episode is amusing if you don't think about it too hard. Con artists Jeffrey Bowman (Cameron Mitchell) and Stash (Frank Gorshin) construct an exact duplicate of the Five-O office and then shake down local businessmen for money with a cast of characters who look similar to the Five-O crew. (Thorwald Boie plays McGarrett's double, Bernard C.K. Ching is Chin Ho and Ralph P. Hanalei is Ben. Danny's look-alike is played by James MacArthur, except in the final scene where he is played by Lowell Larson, a University of Hawaii engineering student (thanks to Karen Rhodes for this tip). When I asked MacArthur at Mahalo Con if his double's voice was dubbed, he said it was, but couldn't recall who did it. MacArthur admitted that he does a "mean imitation of Mickey Mouse," though.) The first victim of the scam, building contractor Herman Walker (John N. Stalker), wears what looks like a hearing aid. When he is shot at, he rushes into his house and holds the telephone very strangely against his chest like a defibrillator. The bogus Danno, when interviewing Walker in a squeaky, obviously dubbed voice, refers to Walker's hometown of Seattle as a "nice city ... clean." Despite playing Five-O team member Frank Kamana in numerous episodes this season, Doug Mossman plays nightclub owner Al Shatner, a "male Caucasian" who is 6 feet 4 inches tall (Mossman is about this height). Mossman's car, a yellow Mercedes convertible (license number 2F-4323) looks like the one driven by William Windom in #149. Con man Mitchell, who has been very careful about just everything, at the end stumbles into a pile of luggage at the airport. Back at the real Five-O office, the real Five-O characters grill him in the bogus crew's voices. Mitchell finally gives up, and tells McGarrett: "Book me." Too bad Gorshin, well-known for his impressions, didn't get to use any of these talents in this show. Jimmy Borges appears briefly as a reporter. The score by Bruce Broughton is interesting.

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156. Presenting...in the Center Ring...Murder ★★★
Original air date: 12/10/74

In this episode, Wo Fat shows up to arrange the assassination of the Chinese foreign minister Ling (Norman F.C. Tan), referred to by Wo as "a foolish dove." Ling is visiting Hawaii with his grandson, who takes an interest in the circus which is also in town. This is first time we have seen Wo since #101, "The Jinn Who Clears the Way," in season five. There is an interesting tracking shot at the beginning of the show as McGarrett walks past members of Five-O, cops, and various government big shots, including Jonathan Kaye, who is on hand for high-level talks with the Chinese minister. Seth Sakai plays Rikoto, the bike shop owner who designs a bike with a gun in its seat based on plans supplied by Wo. The speed with which the aerialist Rinaldo brothers (Richard Yniguez and Corey Rand) master the use of this weapon is amazing. Wo has the two brothers under his thumb, threatening their relatives back in Cuba. Danno later grills the brothers in a pretty brutal way, pointing out that they have an "H-1 immigration permit." (The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States which allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.) James Hong plays the slimy translator Soong Chien who is in cahoots with Wo, and Robert Nelson plays Wo's main man, identified in the credits as "Chong", rather than the usual "Assassin #1." There is far too much focus on the circus performers during the last part of the show.

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  • There is music editing in the DVD release of this episode. According to Jeff, the instrumental "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" music in the beginning of the circus scene in Act IV has been replaced with generic circus music on the DVD. The 2 versions sync up again with the same music as the circus act continues, then they have more instrumental music replacement on the DVD in the final part of the circus act right before the normal dramatic score kicks in with Wo Fat pointing out the Reynaldos and their gun on the high wire.
  • The waiter who attempts to strangle Chin Ho during the practice security run at the beginning of the show is stunt man Chuck Couch.
  • There is a continuity blunder at the beginning. When the visiting Chinese dignitaries' plane -- United Airlines, of course -- touches down on the runway, the word "UNITED" is in capital letters. But in the next scene, when the plane is showing taxiing, "United" is in upper and lower case. Then, as the ground crew directs the plane, we're back to "UNITED" again. And, as the dignitaries disembark, the letters read "United."
  • Among the songs heard at the circus are "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" and "Sing," originally heard on Sesame Street and later popularized by The Carpenters.
  • I like the way McGarrett cuts off Chien when he starts to translate some response of the minister, saying "I know what he said."
  • The little boy in the bike shop who gets patted on the head by Wo Fat is Eric Ryan, son of Linda Ryan, who appeared in several episodes.
  • According to a poster, the "International 3-Ring Circus" is presented by E.K. Fernandez and Ralph Yempuku, two real promoters who brought such entertainment to Hawaii in the 1960s.
  • Other members of the Five-O stock troup who appear are Joe Geremia as Mitch Allen, circus foreman, Luella Costello as Janet Wong, who tries to give a bouquet containing a bomb to the minister at the beginning of the show, Bernard Ching as Chin Ho's "aide" during the security run, Hans Strasser as circus lion tamer Zoltan, and Mitch Mitchell as the U.S. interpreter.
  • Jonathan Kaye describes Ling as a "dictator," but wouldn't this expression be reserved for the premier or leader of China, not the foreign minister?
  • The "bookem" at the end is "Book them [Chong and Chien] both, conspiracy to assassinate."

157. Hara-Kiri: Murder ★★
Original air date: 12/31/74

Mitsuru Matsukata, head of the Honolulu branch of the Nippon International Bank of Tokyo and a descendant of samurai, commits hara-kiri under suspicious circumatances at the Byodo-In Temple. As Five-O investigates, they encounter an old college friend of his, Ramon Borelle, played by the well-known black actor Ossie Davis. Borelle's name (pronounced "Borelli") sounds Italian. I seriously don't understand why Borelle insinuates himself into the story, since he was merely Matsukata's friend and is currently a university professor with an "international reputation" in banking matters. When McGarrett shows up at the bank to talk to the new manager, Andrew Shibata (John Fujioka), Borelle is sitting right beside him. Admittedly Borelle provides some information about Matsukata's past, though nothing that Shibata probably doesn't know as well. Borelle's presence should make McGarrett very suspicious, especially since he doesn't give any details about why he is there. At this point, we (and Shibata) don't know that Borelle is the bad guy. Later he kidnaps Shibata's wife Helen (Marika Yamato) in order to get Shibata to give him codes that are used for transferring money, so Borelle can siphon funds to his "Afro-American Trading Company." This outfit receives hundreds of thousands of dollars through phony money transfers that are being sent via a wiretap in the same building as the bank. There is a "gimmick" as revealed by Che Fong, where a microphone was planted under the safe in the bank by Borelle's henchman so they could open the safe and get the codes. (Matsukata discovered this, which is one of the reason he was killed in a manner suggesting suicide.) This microphone supposedly allows someone listening to figure out the safe's combination. I couldn't see how this is done, because when Danno tries listening in, the clicking noises from turning the safe's dial come a mile a minute. McGarrett also has a brainstorm when he realizes that some phony wire transfers have incorrect dates. At the end of the show, McGarrett is in his office and although everyone else saves Shibata and his wife from being murdered, McGarrett's mug is the last thing we see!

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  • A stock shot of an ambulance at the beginning comes from #13, King of the Hill.
  • Lynne Ellen Hollinger plays Matsukata's secretary, who is in league with Borelle. Daniel Kamekona appears briefly as police officer Nick.
  • While they are discussing the case, Danno, Chin and Ben all eat hot dogs.
  • In the episodic promo for the show on the DVD, McGarrett mispronounces "hara-kiri" as "hara-kari" twice. Also on the DVD, when McGarrett pronounces the Japanese consul's name as "Hata," the subtitles read "Hatti." There is another goof when Shibata is explaining the banking codes to McGarrett. Shibata says the first code is "957," but the subtitle reads "975." Borelle's co-conspirator Walter Hutchins (Nelson D. Fair) mispronounces Matsukata's name as "Matsukatu."
  • Although Matsukata is supposedly dead when the priest finds him, the banker's body moves slightly.

158. Bones of Contention ★★★
Original air date: 1/7/75

This is an interesting show which plays around with historical events. In November 1941, the remains of Peking Man, fossils over half a million years old discovered in the 1920s in China, were sent to the United States for safekeeping. These remains in real life vanished en route and remain unrecovered to this day. According to the show, they ended up in Hawaii just prior to Pearl Harbor. Anthropology professor Dobbs Burke (Keene Curtis) from Wessex College in Boston is in Hawaii, working for the Red Chinese government and with the blessing of the U.S. State Department, to make a deal for the fossils. Vic Tayback plays Raymond Parmel, who was in the platoom of soldiers that escorted the remains back to Oahu and knows where they are located. More recently, Parmel served time in San Quentin and told his roommate Herbert Southwood (an uncredited actor) the location of the bones. When Southwood got out before Parmel, he contacted Burke (one wonders how he knew that Burke was the person to get in touch with). Parmel, somehow realizing that he was double-crossed, broke out of prison, made his way to Hawaii and murdered Southwood before the deal could be finalized. Five-O's search for the fossils in a military warehouse is fruitless, producing instead the body of a soldier named E.A. Crowe formerly in Parmel's outfit who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. McGarrett has the body in Crowe's grave exhumed, assuming it is Peking Man, but Parmel has switched the headstones with those of F.H. Heller (1920-1945), a soldier whose decorations reveal he took part in the Korean War (this does not make sense, considering the date of his death on the headstone). This blunder produces a bad reaction from veterans' relatives who are worried that McGarrett is going to dig up every grave in the cemetery. Jonathan Kaye (Bill Edwards) makes an appearance near the end, emphasizing the importance of finding the remains because of the thaw in American-Chinese relations. McGarrett says, "I don't give a damn about Communist China." Thanks to some fancy work using a metal detector and Che Fong's expertise, the remains are located before McGarrett has to give in to the scheming Parmel's demands for $80,000 and a pardon. There is a "cute" ending, with McGarrett and Danno speculating that this is perhaps the oldest missing-person case of all time.

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  • Kwan Hi Lim plays the oily "entrepreneur" (pronounced "entrepren-you're") Mauro Sunyako who conducts his business -- including pandering and forgery -- at the Oceania Floating Restaurant. Unbelievably, he is the uncle of Southwood, seemingly oblivious to the fact that his nephew has been murdered recently. Sunyako hires a young woman (JoAnne Somerville, played by Jana Lindan) who poses as Crowe's daughter who wants to take his remains to the mainland. Joe Moore appears as the administrator of the military cemetery.
  • Near the end of the show, McGarrett and the Professor are staking out the restaurant and McGarrett asks "Is that Parmel?" when he is seen in the distance. The professor says yes, but how does he know this? Parmel has never told the professor his name. On the other hand, McGarrett has Parmel's military record and San Quentin rap sheet, so he should know what Parmel looks like already.
  • When Heller's grave marker is first seen briefly, it is shown "flopped," a reversed image with all the letters backwards.
  • Doug Mossman as Frank Kemana joins Five-O for the investigation.
  • A variant on the marimba theme is introduced, using a piano instead of marimba. The "military theme" is also heard.
  • McGarrett takes only sugar in his coffee. McGarrett quote: "I like to read."
  • Jonathan Kaye's Washington, D.C. phone number is (202) 655-4000.
  • When McGarrett arrives at Burke's hotel, it's a stock shot.
  • As Parmel is taken away, McGarrett says "Book him, Chin."
  • Danno travels all the way to Paris Island, S.C. to interview Sgt.-Major Joseph Danvers (Joseph Monteleone), a soldier who was in Parmel's squad transporting the remains. For all the information that Danno gets, surely a phone call would have sufficed!
  • Parmel tells Professor Burke that he wants $80,000 for the bones and if he doesn't get the money they will be cremated in the Westlands Society Crematorium in Long Beach, Califronia. Because of the way the plot resolves, this is not followed up, but one wonders why Parmel would send the professor on a wild-goose chase like this? To take the money and then bugger off before the Professor could realize he had been duped?
  • Like Ring of Life, this show is about an Asian government searching for priceless artifacts from their past and willing to pay any price to recover those artifacts.

159. Computer Killer ★★★
Original air date: 1/14/75

"Computer freak" Charles Aarons (Jeff David) uses a laptop in his car with an acoustic coupler (a modem) in this show, which features interesting use of "early" computer technology. It's obvious the speed of the modem is very slow judging by the way data appears on Aarons' monitors. Aarons, who lives at #534-27 Oneno Place (phone number KL5-4983, mobile phone 555-2199, office phone 923-6291, license number 7E-7610), is a "Consultant, Computer Systems" (according to his business card) who works for World Business Machines ("A Multinational Company") where Honolulu journalist Dave ("David Lee") Donnelly plays Kinsell, Aarons' co-worker. Aarons has a "Classified By-pass Code Book" which allows him to access many Honolulu businesses' computers. A lot of the the secret telephone numbers in this book start with "555" or "KL5", but many of the numbers, including the Department of Motor Vehicles are "real" phone numbers (note the duplication with some of the numbers):

Dept. of Auditoriums ........................... 555-9821
Dept. of Budget ................................ 555-7665
Dept. of Building .............................. KL5-4647
Dept. of Civil Service ......................... 555-5221
Dept. of Corporate Counsel ..................... 287-1299
Dept. of Data Systems .......................... 277-9277
Dept. of Finance ............................... 355-1499
Dept. of Health ................................ 786-2300
Dept. of Motor Vehicles ........................ 932-6291
Dept. of Public Works .......................... 522-0699
Dept. of Recreation ............................ 589-0599
Dept. of Transportation ........................ 794-5799

G.B.D. Elec. Serv. ............................. 555-5858
Gadson Dept. Stores ............................ 555-5221
Galaxy Boiler Chem. ............................ KL5-4647
Gascher & Co. .................................. KL5-9090
Gavin & Gavin .................................. KL5-5666
Gazebo Shops ................................... 555-6613
Global Airlines ................................ 277-9277
Gold Electronics ............................... 786-2300
Grady Bros. A/ctnts. ........................... 287-1299
Green Dart Del. Serv. .......................... 552-0699
Griffield Med. Supls. .......................... 794-5999

Honolulu Board of Water ........................ KL5-4983
Honolulu Electrical Code ....................... KL5-4983
Honolulu Fire Department ....................... 555-7936
Honolulu Information Office .................... 277-9277
Honolulu International Center .................. 555-8357
Honolulu Police Code ........................... 955-3500
Honolulu Police Department ..................... 355-1499
Honolulu Police Department ..................... 955-8111 (a second listing)
Honolulu Police Department Computer Division ... 786-2310
Honolulu Social Services ....................... 555-5858

Makiya Gen. Repairs ............................ KL5-5666
March & Olson Inc. ............................. KL5-6980
Marshall of Honolulu ........................... 589-8599
Mason Dept. Store .............................. 589-0599
Matsuki Hotels Inc. ............................ KL5-5666
McCrea Construction ............................ 555-8786
Meutirian Dem. Co. ............................. 355-1499
Mike of Oahu ................................... 277-9277
Moala Chem. Corp. .............................. 555-8543
Molina, James & Assoc. ......................... 794-5709

Aarons uses some of his book's numbers to change databanked phone company information for William Allen Curtis (Norman E. Dupont) after Curtis' next door neighbor's wife Maureen Tillis (Ava Lyn Readdy) is murdered by her husband during a violent argument. Aaron makes it look like Curtis was having an affair with the woman. Her husband is arrested and his rich father, Hugh Tilles (Robert F. Simon) agrees to pay Aarons' fee of $500,000 to ensure his son gets off with a verdict of innocent in court. As part of his scheming, Aarons knocks off small-time criminal Timothy J. Palmer (address 824 Maakapu, DOB 5/15/37, with crimes on his rap sheet including forcible entry, theft, assault with a firearm -- a total of 10 arrests and 4 convictions). Aarons, who doesn't believe in credit cards, pays cash for a bracelet at the Mason Department Store (address 4 Kalapal, phone 589-0599), manipulates the store's database to make it look like Maureen Tillis bought it before she was killed, then plants this bracelet in Palmer's house. Then Aarons murders another woman and leaves sunglasses with Palmer's fingerprints at the scene so Five-O thinks that Palmer murdered both women. Then Aarons buys a ticket to Los Angeles and changes the name to Thomas L. Pittman, one of Palmer's known aliases so it seems that Palmer left town. Danno, Chin and Doug Mossman are assigned to check the passenger list on this plane for suspicious characters. There are plenty of them:

Foxton, Mr. & Mrs. N. (Try to Die on Time)
Lukela, Mr. & Mrs. D. (!!!!)
Bromley, Dr. (Try to Die on Time, John Stalker character)
Suyama, Mr. & Mrs. P. (Try to Die on Time, Yankee Chang, his name is "Suyam")
Miss Hill (Try to Die on Time)
Rowan, Miss Betty (Murder is a Taxing Affair)
Rowan, Mr. Will (Murder is a Taxing Affair)
Saunders, Mrs. Alma (Murder is a Taxing Affair, stewardess)
Bishop, Dr. Angela (shrink, Draw Me a Killer)
Lott, Mr. John G. (murdered lawyer, Draw Me a Killer)
Palmer, Mr. Lowell (Draw Me a Killer, he draws Judy Moon comic strip)
Gish, Mr. Arthur (Draw Me a Killer, presumably the lead character)
Klepper, Mr. & Mrs. Otis (The Sunday Torch, Lyle Bettger/Jo Pruden)
Stokely, Mr. & Mrs. Ray (Michael Anderson Jr., The Sunday Torch)
Darston, Mr. & Mrs. Harley (Tricks are not Treats, where it's spelled "Dartson")
Gelding, Mr. J. Paul (Tricks are not Treats, presumably "J. Paul")
Privit, Mr. & Mrs. J. (Jeremy Privit, Why Wait Till Uncle Kevin Dies)
Ambrose, Miss (Why Wait..., presumably the busty babe interviewed by Danno)
Cutler, Mr. Calvin (Why Wait...)
Stoner, Mr. & Mrs. Curt (Hookman himself)
Stoner, Miss (Hookman relative?)
Brown, Miss T. (Teresa, Charter for Death)
Stack, Mr. Harry (taxi driver in Charter for Death, thanks to Inglewolf)
Pittman, Mr. Thomas L. (Palmer's alias)
Webber, Mr. & Mrs. H. (Flash of Color, Flash of Death)
Willis, Mr. Jake (Flash of Color, Flash of Death)
Taylor, Mrs. Maxine (The Finishing Touch)
Cargill, Mr. N. (The Finishing Touch)
Rojas, Mr. & Mrs. C. (A Bullet for El Diablo)
Salazar, Miss Rita (A Bullet for El Diablo)
Ramos, Miss Maria (A Bullet for El Diablo)
Haig, Dr. E. (Lew Ayres, Anybody Can Build a Bomb)

Aarons is very quickly rounded up by Five-O at the show's end and a deal is obviously made because he will testify against Tillis' son (and father too). McGarrett's final speech in the courtroom is surprising -- obviously the judge is tolerant of such outbursts. One WWW page has a comment that this episode may show the first ever portable computer or data terminal on a TV show. The interesting score by Don Ray sounds like computer music but becomes normal as the show draws to a close. Virtually all evidence in this show is computer-related.

MORE TRIVIA (sheesh, how could there be any more?):

  • Aarons uses an ADDS Envoy computer in his car and at home; at home he also has a Lockheed computer. At work behind him are several Control Data 9433 Disc Storage Drives.
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles is listed as 932-6291 in the code book, but when Aarons calls the mobile operator for this number, he asks for 923-6291. The phone that answers his call has the number of 555-2368. There is a large sign on the room at the back of the DMV which reads "Computor Programmers" (perhaps spell checkers had not been invented yet?).
  • According to his drivers' license, Curtis lives at #3-2400 Moala Plaza, has grey hair, blue eyes, his date of birth is 4/12/37, his height is 6 feet and he weighs 180 pounds. His car has the license plate of 4F-5742 and his Social Security number is 545-66-9314.
  • Aarons shows the senior Tillis a list of some phone numbers: K55-912 [sic] in Waimanalo; 355-1499 in Honolulu; 227-9277 in Pearl City; and 794-5799 in San Francisco, along with the usual 555 and KL5 numbers.
  • Maureen Tillis' account at the Mason Department Store (#9086752) shows purchases made on 4/9/74, 4/18/74, 4/27/74 for a pants suit, shoes, perfume, a lamp and linens. Aarons adds the bracelet on 4/30/74 (she is murdered on May 1, 1974). The secret code number for the department store is the same as their normal phone number as seen on the bracelet's invoice.
  • Harry Endo's daughter Leslie appears in this episode as "Employee" (presumably of the bank).
  • McGarrett refers to Palmer as an "experienced ganef," a word meaning "thief" in Yiddish.
  • When McGarrett and Danno are talking to Aarons' boss at World Business Machines, the man's voice sounds dubbed, unlike those of McGarrett and Danno, who are very raspy by comparison.
  • Tilles' bank account at Oahu National Bank is #33564.
  • Why does McGarrett kick the door in at Palmer's house? Maybe it is open!
  • Danno eats a hot dog, which seems to be the meal of choice for Five-O employees this season.
  • When Dupont is sworn in in court, the bailiff says "repeat after me," but Dupont just replies to what the bailiff says with "I do."

160. A Woman's Work is With a Gun ★★★
Original air date: 1/21/75

This story has an interesting concept with Thelma and Louise overtones -- three women desperately in need of money who met during "rap sessions" at the Oahu Women's Center decide to rob tourist buses. Dina Hale (Patricia Hindy), a strung-out junkie at the beginning, knocks off "James J." Borges, playing drug pusher Lou Chang. After this her appearance changes for the better and her drug habit is only mentioned briefly. The other two women are fairly middle-class: Fay Scott (Patrecia Wynand, whose accent seems to flip-flop between American and English) is a divorced mother with a son who needs an operation, and Maggie Hudson (Dale Morse) suffers with a couch potato husband (Eugene Roche) who looks much older than her and treats her terribly. When she doesn't make his dinner, he complains "You've been forgetting an awful lot lately since you've been going to them bull sessions with those dames," and goes on: "You go to one more of those hen parties, I'll give you something to bellyache about." After Maggie is killed during one of the robberies, Roche is hardly sympathetic: "I worked my butt off ten hours a day for that broad but it wasn't enough for her." He says his wife was "yakking all day with a bunch of broads about how tough their life was." The case is cracked by Che Fong, who "computer enhances" some pictures of the women which some elderly tourist snaps. But when Che says "pictures are made up of a composition of small spots or dots called 'reseau marks'," this is totally bogus. This does not apply to pictures taken by a camera. The only kind of pictures made up of "dots" are those which are screened for use in a newspaper. Using some equally unorthodox procedure, Che also manages to blow up a picture of foliage and enhance it so that Fay can be seen in the background as the driver of the getaway car. To track down the computer-enhanced car, the Five-O team has to check out the driver's licenses of women who are the owners of 1964 Ford Comets. The numbers on the licenses are all the same: 546 10 8740. They finally track down Fay, who lives at 891 Hikani Walk in Honolulu. She has brown hair, weighs 128 pounds, is 5'6", blue eyes and was born on 9/5/37. Desperate to get away from Dina as the robberies become more and more violent, Fay tries to get Maggie's husband to kill Dina, promising him lots of money. He goes to Dina's place and lets himself in with a key -- but whose key is this? Dina catches him, and knocks him out after he confesses he was a gun for hire. Dina races to Fay's place in her Econoline, only to be captured by Five-O. The show closes with McGarrett telling Danno to "read them their rights [!!!], then book them ... murder two counts for this one." The score by Broughton -- featuring what sound like muted trumpets electronically amplified -- is excellent.

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  • There is a good exchange between Che Fong and McGarrett. Che: "Are you sitting down"? McGarrett: "It's kind of hard to drive standing up."
  • Doug Mossman plays Frank Kamana.
  • At the beginning of the show, the Five-O crew says that McGarrett took the day off, but only after serious prodding by the Governor.
  • The buses which are robbed are not typical city tour buses like Grey Line, but "The Bus" public transportation with "Charter" signs on the front. Maybe Grey Line didn't want to provide buses for fear of negative publicity?
  • The first robbery takes place in Sherwood Forest (also known as Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area), a location used in The Guarnerius Caper.

161. Small Witness, Large Crime ★★
Original air date: 1/28/75

At the beginning of the show, Chun Hong, head of the Sino-Hawaii Trust Company, is knocked off by an assassin (John Kerry) using a long-range rifle from a tower on Sand Island aiming at Hong on the deck of a yacht returning to Honolulu. The sniper -- who is never named in the show, but appears in the end credits as Dix Kercheval -- must have excellent eyesight, since his long-range rifle has no crosshairs. Considering how professional the sniper is, one would expect him to be at the tower well ahead of the yacht. Instead, he drives up just as the yacht is passing in front of a large freighter opposite the tower, and the position of the yacht relative to the freighter has a few continuity problems. As well, the fact that a 747 takes off from Honolulu airport at exactly the same time that the shot is fired, covering the sound of the rifle, seems too much of a coincidence (Kercheval looks at his watch as this happens, suggesting that he was expecting the plane's departure at this time.) Joshua N. Farin does a very good job as Moki, the kid who is sitting on the tower steps as the shot is fired. McGarrett later takes the kid into custody for his own protection, but Moki is sprung from jail by public defender Frances Chai (France Nuyen) who doesn't know the story behind the scenes. Nuyen's part in this show is much too brief. As well, she comes across as kind of whiny. She is friends with Arnold Hubbard, (Bert Convy), McGarrett's handball partner, who was also Chun Hong's executive assistant. There are suggestions early on that Hong was involved with stolen securities and other financial monkey business, but it becomes obvious to McGarrett that it wasn't Hong who was doing the dirty work, but Hubbard, who got involved with a "professional robbery ring" from the mainland who arranged for Hong's murder when it was learned Hong was returning to Hawaii from the voyage he was taking to the South Seas on the yacht. The end of the show is a bit too cute.

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  • McGarrett outlines Five-O's mission when he says: "We're state police -- we deal with organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type."
  • The tires of Chai's Mustang squeal when she brakes on sand near the end of the show.
  • Tommy Fujiwara appears as a nervous informer who wants to trade information for consideration regarding getting busted for "one lousy joint." Ted Nobriga plays Judge Keona. Wright Esser, who appeared as a boat captain in the pilot episode, is again a skipper in this show. The HPD computer technician seen in several episodes is finally identified in the end credits as played by Walter Yoshimitsu.
  • A Western Union International teletype is shown.
  • The long shot near the end where the cops arrive on Sand Island with the harbour in the background is exactly the same as one near the beginning of the episode.
  • The theme by Harry Geller for Moki played by what sounds like a recorder becomes kind of cloying after a while.
  • McGarrett handles the milk bottle that Moki dropped on the tower steps when he was fleeing Kercheval, then says "Dust this, Danno"!
  • The sniper never speaks throughout the entire show. Moki is also silent, and only says "Papa" when he meets his estranged father at the end.

162. Ring of Life ★★★
Original air date: 2/4/75

Motivated by a million dollar reward posted by the Indian government for the return of the Kashmiri Ring of Life, a set of historic figurines of "immense cultural significance," Colin Nichols (Don Knight) arrives in Hawaii. He is a nasty piece of business, resorting to torturing a local antiquities dealer Avery Marsh (Don David Lev) with a cigar before shooting him in his attempt to locate the missing fifth and final piece. With the help of Interpol, Five-O is able to make the connection between Marsh's murder and that of art dealers in other cities who also had some connection with the Ring. At one point McGarrett says: "There's more to this bag of snakes [cobras?] than meets the eye." William Prince plays Willard Coleman, director of the Museum of Asian Art, who has the fifth piece locked in the museum safe. Coleman has to listen to McGarrett's stern admonition against dealing in antiquities which have been plundered from archaeological sites. (McGarrett really pushes the envelope with this speech.) The resident expert at the museum is Dr. Sheila Cramer (Penelope Windust). Windust, who achieved fame as a Broadway actress around the time of the show, unfortunately doesn't do much with her part (which is not very well written). Both Coleman and Cramer are up to their necks in intrigue over the Ring. The East Indian actors portraying the consulate and receptionist are amateurish. English actor Harvey Jason as Ram Bushan, Indian government representative who arrives in Honolulu to take receipt of the complete set of figurines, seems more "East Indian" than they are. At the end of the show, Bushan meets Cramer at "Hanauma Point." This fictional location is not located near Hanauma Bay as one might expect, but somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, highly reminiscent of the beginning of Don Knight's first Five-O appearance in The Ways of Love. I'm surprised that the taxi driver would take Bushan to such an isolated location which has a road barely wide enough to accommodate one car.

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  • The title of the episode comes out of the background (the only one to do so in the show's entire run).
  • The above-average soundtrack by George Romanis features a sitar and flexatone to provide "exotic" flavor.
  • Nichols stays in room 253 of the Ilikai Hotel.
  • Ben Clark (John Chappell), a chunky "boxman" (safe cracker) that Nichols hires from the mainland, arrives at the Ilikai in a Bernie's Cab without the usual colored sign on the roof. On his way to Nichols' room, Clark walks past the Maiko Japanese Steak House, presumably in the Ilikai. The interaction between Nichols and Clark, who is all business (Nichols specifically asked for someone who didn't talk much) is amusing.
  • Dr. Cramer drives a Mustang convertible, license number 5F-2560. Nichols' rented car has the license 3f-458.
  • During his first visit to the Asian Art Museum, Nichols cuts a wire which is presumably connected with security; but how can he be sure that this is the only alarm? Considering it takes a couple of days for Clark to show up, isn't there a chance that someone would notice that this alarm was not functioning in the interim?
  • A couple of real phone numbers are seen outside Cramer's house: 922-1956 for the Hawaiian Housing Corporation Ltd. and 923-981[?] for a real estate company.

163. A Study in Rage ★½
Original air date: 2/11/75

This episode is the stinker of the season. Richard Hatch's portrayal of tennis pro Mike Anapo/Opana is lame, not helped by a script which doesn't provide any back story on what makes him tick, other than a predisposition to a certain "stalker" mentality (no pun intended ... read on). Mike is supposed to be a "half and half" native boy, helped by a coating of orange makeup and not helped by an accent that wanders all over the place. He drives a cool Red Mustang, though (license number 7B-2827). Months before, Mike fell in love with a woman visiting from the mainland -- Glynis Martin (Gretchen Corbett), and in order to get her to return, murders her father who is recently in Hawaii on a combined business and vacation trip. He also strangles his psychiatrist, Arthur Spear (John Stalker) and murders his doctor who sent him to the shrink, William Chow (Mel Chow) because both of them can connect him to the crime. The poison Mike uses to dispatch Chow is "variathon phosphate" (VHP), which affects the body like nerve gas. (Why doesn't Five-O make any effort to determine where Mike obtained this chemical?) The Five-O crew analyzes the symbolism of a weird painting Spear made inspired by Mike's case in a manner which is straight out of university English 100 classes. When Glynis returns to Honolulu (staying at the Ilikai) to deal with her late father's affairs, Mike is watching her through binoculars as Danno meets her at the airport. The binocular angle is all wrong, showing them from ground level, whereas Mike is up on an airport balcony. As part of the investigation, Frank Kamana interviews Mike's former girl friend Connie Honaka (Josie Over), who says about Mike "Nobody ever really wanted him." Her father is played by Ted Nobriga (uncredited). McGarrett knows much far too much in this episode, especially when he just happens to be at the tennis courts and talking to Kamana on the phone about Mike's "real" name (Anapo) and notices in a mirror the reverse reflection of his "new" name, Opana on a sign nearby (resulting in the usual McGarrett brainstorm). The ending, with Mike taking Glynis to the dream home that he has built for both of them at 2037 Inakoie Ridge Road with an incredible view of Honolulu, verges on being embarrassing, and Five-O's lobbing of tear gas into the house with McGarrett and Danno rushing in wearing gas masks is overkill to the point of being ridiculous. The episode gets 1 and a half stars for some nice scenery (including Gretchen Corbett) and some real Hawaiian acting by Alan Naluai as Charlie Moka, Mike's roommate, but that's about it.

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  • Doctor Spear is shown using a Panasonic cassette recorder with a C-90 TDK tape. If you look carefully at the controls for the tape recorder, all the commands like Eject, Fast Forward, etc. are upside down (though the eject button at least is in the right place, relative to the command). This is odd, since the cassette itself is on what appears to be the top of the recorder. Was this recorder supposed to be used in a vertical position?
  • Mike's file number in Spear's filing system is #19543. There is another code number connected with him which is WK-42-74, that Spear writes on the painting that he makes inspired by Mike's case.
  • Che Fong analyzes fibers found in Spear's neck which Che says were made by "steer gut" used to string tennis rackets. He shows a sample of this, which looks like blue wire. But Mike strangles Spear with what looks like white rope. When Danno looks through the microscope to see samples of this "steer gut," what he sees is the same as in the season's final episode, when the same view is of transplanted hair from one of the characters.
  • Stock shot of driving downtown.
  • Terry Godwin tracked down Anapo's dream house in this episode -- he says it is located at 2037 Ainakoa Ave., Honolulu (see Google maps).

164. And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon ★★★
Original air date: 2/18/75

With the word "horse" in the title, of course the show is about heroin! To bypass a clampdown on "coke, hash and horse" coming into Hawaii, skydiver Kevin Caulder (Bruce Boxleitner) teams up with pilot Bernie Ross (Ed Flanders) to snag heroin which has been dropped from a freighter in the ocean off Oahu. From Ross's low-flying plane, Caulder uses a grappling hook to grab the drugs which are in a water-tight container floating in the drink, then jumps back to earth on the way home with his prize, avoiding any suspicion when Ross returns to Dillingham Field. The beginning of the show features a stereotypical black dope dealer with a big floppy hat and equally huge platform shoes. When itchy addict Mark Traynor (E.H. Marc Baxley) can't get a fix, he tries to call McGarrett (dialling 732-5577), only to be shot dead in the phone booth. Traynor was living next door to Caulder and his girl friend Laurie Benedict (the very sexy Jo Ann Harris) in their motel and was friends with the two. Unknown to Caulder, Ross also has the hots for Laurie, who doesn't seem to own a bra. (Flanders was about 15 years older than Harris when the show was filmed.) Ross, described by McGarrett as a "do-anything-for-a-buck smuggler," is really sweating when Danno and Frank grill him. McGarrett figures out what is going on with a brainstorm when he connects Laurie to Caulder to Ross from their past history on the mainland. The photography for this show, especially the flying and skydiving sequences, is exceptional. Bruce Boxleitner flashes his teeth far too much.

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  • There is mention of NCIC (National Crime Information Center), a data base for criminal records, warrants, stolen property, missing persons, etc. only available to law enforcement agencies.
  • The date -- September, 1974 -- is seen on a calendar in the offices of Trans-Ocean Lines. John Hollander (Robert Harker) who works there, and is in the thick with the mob, since his ships are delivering the junk, looks like he could be the brother of Governor Paul Jameson.
  • This show has shots of McGarrett both going up and down the stairs in the Iolani Palace to the Five-O offices.
  • The phone connection, as always, is bad when McGarrett talks to Interpol.
  • When Chin Ho spies on Ross at the airport, the binocular angle is improbable -- in one case, it looks like Chin is a few feet away, and the view is like that taken with a fish-eye lens.
  • The scene with McGarrett's helicopter taking off is reused from #101, The Jinn Who Clears The Way.
  • When Ross lands at an airport, you can see the head of the real pilot in the seat beside him just sticking up above the base of the window.
  • At the end, McGarrett says "The goods is in my possession."
  • Galen Kam is the manager at Caulder's motel where Chin Ho buys a Diamond Head Cola from a pop machine. Bob Sevey, usually a newsman, works for the Federal Aviation Agency in this show.
  • There are stock shots of cop cars.
  • The very ugly actor who appeared in Killer at Sea is in this show. He works for Hollander and chauffeurs Detroit mob boss Rick Corso (Robert Sandla) from the airport to Hollander's office.

165. Hit Gun for Sale ★★★
Original air date: 2/25/75

This show features teen idols Sal Mineo and Tommy Sands -- both of whom appeared as lounge singers in the first season -- as junior mobsters in the company of syndicate boss Louis Cordell (Nehemiah Persoff). Mineo plays Eddie Cordell, Louis' nephew. Production values and a well-paced script take the forefront over the story, which is about a potential power struggle between the "just visiting" Cordell and two local gangs headed by Yuki Honomora (Seth Sakai) and Benny Furtado (Jerry Waialae). At the beginning, Benson, a hitman, suffers a heart attack on the plane going to Honolulu. The photography is interesting where the camera is on the gurney with Benson's body moving through the hospital. McGarrett later says of Benson: "He died a natural death -- isn't that ironical?" Doug Mossman as Frank Kamana tails Mineo and Sands in the usual obvious Five-O manner into a porno theatre. There he watches them equally obviously with a night vision style of telescope as they meet with Wanaka (Rudolfo Aquino), one of Furtado's lieutenants. Some of the music accompanying the porno film is the same piece heard sung by children in season two's Kiss the Queen Goodbye. Other parts of the soundtrack are very banal. Chin Ho later follows Furtado, whose car blows up spectacularly. (We should be suspicious that something is about to happen to this car, considering it has no license plates on the front.) Chin tells McGarrett "the street was deserted, that's why I had to hang back [!!] as far as I did." A photofax is seen receiving a photo of the replacement hitman, the blonde-haired Willie Norvic (Les Freed), who is involved in the interesting twist at the end of the show. McGarrett and Danno have some tense moments as they are trying to make sure that Norvic doesn't complete his mission.

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  • There are plenty of stock shots of cop cars, an ambulance, McGarrett driving past the Dillingham Fountain and United Airlines flights arriving.
  • A couple of local businesses are seen near the porno theater: New Cafe Dalisay and Loo-Chow (the latter located at 1161 Maunakea Street).
  • McGarrett meets with Manicote to discuss electronic surveillance on Honomura's and Furtado's offices, which are later bugged. But McGarrett refers to "wiretaps," which means listening in on telephone conversations.
  • When McGarrett and Danno get into the elevator near the end of the show, the Japanese sign on the wall tells about a guided night tour, including an adult movie and a drive to enjoy the spectacular view from Tantalus Mountain.
  • As Duke rushes down the Iolani Palace steps, music is briefly heard which usually accompanies military scenes.
  • Cordell offers McGarrett a brandy, and McGarrett replies, "Never use it."
  • When McGarrett arrives at Furtado's blown up car, it looks like McGarrett is entering the driveway of someone's house. But the car blew up on the street at an intersection.
  • Mineo's character describes the local gangsters as "Primo Warriors" and "gavoons" (allegedly Brooklynese for a knucklehead).
  • After Furtado's death, McGarrett screams at Wanaka: "You listen to me, punk!"
  • Harry Logan (Pat Patterson), a contact for Five-O in Washington, D.C., is black.
  • Why does Norvic fall off the roof when he is shot by McGarrett and Danno? Would the force of the bullets be that strong?
  • The car that Chin Ho uses for tailing has the license number of 5F-2561; a car that Kamana uses for the same purpose has plates with 5F-2570.
  • Although a sign in the porno theater says No Smoking, Eddie Cordell is seen smoking anyway.

166. The Hostage ★★★
Original air date: 3/11/75 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

A very tense show where McGarrett has to battle formidable odds to resolve a hostage situation. Jesse Cooper (Dane Clark), an aggrieved veteran with "emotional and family problems," takes a young girl, Ruth Martin (Linda Purl), hostage after an attempt to see his former Army CO fails. Captain Grover (the gravelly-voiced Scott Brady), an old school HPD cop with 23 years experience, mocks McGarrett's "group therapy" attempts to communicate with Jesse and tells the kidnapped girl's mother (Joan K. Young) that Jesse "has a record of sex offences" (which is untrue) and warns that her daughter may be raped. The mother asks McGarrett, "You don't think she's been molested?" Grover later admits he got a "bum report." Jesse's former commander Colonel Chadway (Morgan Sha'an) is co-operative with McGarrett, but has previously been unsympathetic to Jesse, who was trying to mooch money off him. The situation outside the apartment building starts to turn into a circus, with KGMB TV showing up along with Jesse's estranged wife and a platitude-spouting preacher. Then there is a would-be cop, Richard Holden (James Kahoano, Jr.) who keeps trying to act as a volunteer hostage. Dennis Chun, Kam Fong's son, plays Officer Wade, who gets shot near the beginning of the show. Stuntman Chuck Couch is Officer Pearson, who dangles from a rope on the side of the building after Jesse shoots at him. The dialogue when McGarrett is reading off the information that Chadway supplied regarding Jesse's military history, trying to ingratiate himself with Jesse, is kind of banal.

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167. Diary of a Gun ★★★
Original air date: 3/18/75

This is first of two shows with a gun-control theme (McGarrett: "Handguns kill 20,000 people every year in America.") -- see also #266 -- Use a Gun, Go to Hell. It tells of the progress of a Saturday night special through various hands. A teenage punk hanging out with his pals on Sand Island shoots some guy out driving with his family when the guy asks for directions. When the cops suddenly appear (odd that they were so close by, considering the punk and his friends were "out in the sticks" relatively speaking), the kid takes off and dumps the gun in a mailbox, where it is found by postal worker Michael Briggs (Ramon Bieri). Briggs has an unfaithful wife whose boyfriend, Chet Farrel, has a 555-8243 phone number and lives at the Palm Gardens Hotel. Briggs checks out this address, and shoots both his wife and boyfriend dead. On the way home, Briggs throws the gun out of his car on to the street, where it is found by a little boy, who later shoots himself. Before McGarrett can recover the gun, it is grabbed by Eddie Larkin (Richard Morrison), the cash-strapped janitor in the building where the boy and his mother live. Eddie attempts to sell the gun to a thug, Frito (stunt man Beau Vanden Ecker, in perhaps his greatest Five-O role), but, of course, Frito shoots Eddie dead and then uses the gun during a robbery spree, before he is eventually grabbed by the cops after a chase on what looks like a freeway under construction. Tommy Fujiwara gets to play bad guy Joe Rubato (nice musical name), the importer of the guns; Rene Abillera is one of the punk kids at the beginning of the show.

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168. 6,000 Deadly Tickets ★★★
Original air date: 3/25/75

The subject matter of this episode is unusual -- McGarrett has to track down an operation peddling black market airline tickets which is run by Win Low (Kwan Hi Lim, who gets feature billing for a change). Bill Edwards is Simpson, the boss of a travel agency who is hesitant to help McGarrett because of threats by Low's thugs and Tommy Fujiwara is Shige Yagamato, who works for another travel agency which is also under pressure from Low. The way a major clue to the identity of Low's enforcer Fred Burke (Jack Hogan) is uncovered by Che Fong is gimmicky. At the beginning of the show, Simpson's employee Marvin Wilson is on his way to the bank with the day's deposits when he is shot by Burke. Wilson grabs at Burke as Burke is attempting to take the money and fragments of Burke's hair end up under the fatally wounded Wilson's fingernails. Che uses a scanning electron microscope to discover that Burke had a hair implant which Ben then tracks down locally. This is the last show for Ben, by the way ... though this was actually the seventh show filmed this season. Beau Van Den Ecker is the security guard accompanying Wilson to the bank -- and Beau is fatally shot as well.

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  • Look closely at the job application form which Low asks Yagamoto to fill out -- although it has Moana Cab Company printed at the top, it looks more like a form for employment on Five-O with lines to fill in like "Have you worked in a studio?", "Which studio?" and "Union Member Now?" and reference to Local #1714.
  • The window sign in Japanese that Yagamoto walks past at one point says "Japanese food."
  • There is an incredible explosion when the travel agency where Yagamoto works is bombed, killing his co-worker Ollie Harris (Vernon Hayes), who was threatening to spill the beans to the cops over Low's racket.
  • When Danno and federal investigator Harry Rosen (Jack Kosslyn) set up a scam to buy tickets, it takes them about a minute and 55 seconds to trace the call.
  • When Rosen goes to make a contact on Tantalus Mountain, Danno and some Asian woman (presumably a police officer) are sitting in a car doing surveillance.
  • There is a large banner on a building seen in one scene with the words "STAR TREK" on it. There is no explanation as to its significance.
  • McGarrett drives the Park Lane with the usual license number F6-3958 in this episode, even though in the previous shows he was driving the Mercury Grand Brougham. At the end of the show when the cops are pursuing Burke, who is trying to escape in a boat down the Ala Wai Canal, McGarrett's car slides all over the grass at one point.


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