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The first two-hour one-part show since the pilot and first extended episode since season four's The Ninety-Second War (not counting the Vashon shows) kicks off season eight with McGarrett returning to naval reserve duty where he helps investigate a mysterious letterbombing. There are implications both military and civilian, so McGarrett does double duty, pulling in the resources of Five-O to help him. The opening fifteen minutes of this show are absolutely incredible as far as production values are concerned with locations at Pearl Harbor, plus ships on the high seas, and military airplanes and helicopters landing and taking off (the show was filmed with the co-operation of the U.S. Navy and Department of Defence). There are no models or projected backdrops -- this is all the real McCoy, making this show look like it cost millions of dollars to produce. There are plenty of red herrings in this show to keep McGarrett guessing. Of course, the bad guy is Wo Fat, not seen as much as we might like. Donna Mills gives an exceptional performance as the efficient and icy Ensign Marcia Bissell, one of the suspects, described as a "bright lady" with a very high I.Q. Her father Sam (Biff McGuire) is also under suspicion, having been discharged from the military (honorably, though some conditions applied at the time) and also having been involved with underwater demolition. McGarrett has a brainstorm and comes up with some far-fetched idea (which really is far-fetched) that another one of the suspects, Lieutenant Woodrow Waldon (David Birney) was narco-hypnotized when he went to a clinic on the mainland where his wife was in a coma after an automobile accident. (The clinic is actually a front for Wo Fat's espionage.) Wo's assistant is Mr. Chong (Rob Nelson) who was arrested in #156, Presenting...in the Center Ring...Murder. Presumably he got out of jail on some technicality? Wo lounges on some Boeing hydrofoil which was actually operated by Seaflite Inc. in Honolulu between 1975 and 1978. At the end there is an exciting chase as the hydrofoil attempts to presumably escape to international waters, but it is stopped by Danno who is shooting at it from a helicopter. Wo is not present when McGarrett arrives, much to his disgust. Instead, there is some bald guy who looks like Wo from the back. When McGarrett brings this guy out from the cabin, the DVD subtitles translate what he says as "Goddamn it," but he is actually saying "Get out, damn it." (Thanks to Thomas Parnell for this info.)
- There is an interesting scene where Danno is hypnotized and shoots McGarrett with an unloaded gun to prove that such a technique could actually work. Prior to this, when Danno suggests that people can't be hypnotized to do things against their will, Dr. Bickman (Ray Reinhardt) says "You'd be surprised what is and what isn't 'against your will'." Does this mean that Danno really hates his boss?
- During the opening funeral sequence there are some unusual camera angles.
- How does McGarrett track down the victim of the letter bomb to a previous stay at a particular motel in Costa Mesa, CA? Was there only one motel in town? Mention is made of two San Diego phone numbers -- 235-3022 and 689-2631.
- Very interesting lighting when McGarrett visits the Pendler Medical Clinic to see Waldron's comatose wife. When he enters her room, McGarrett is half in the light, while Dr. Pendler (Morgan Sha'an) is completely in the dark.
- A calendar in a flower shop connected with smuggling microfilm is for the Nippon Theatre (note non-American spelling). The calendar month displayed is June, 1975.
- McGarrett must be pretty confident that when he throws the letter bomb intended for him through the window that it will break the window!
- Sam Bissell supposedly left the military after 21 years, but a look at his discharge paperwork suggests that his date of separation was November 26, 1945, making about 31 years. According to this paperwork, he was born April 1, 1913, is 5'9", weighs 210 lbs. and enlisted January 30, 1940. His address was 1024 5th St., Santa Monica, CA and he was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There is also a reference to the city of Mount Rainier, Maryland (which exists). During World War II, Bissell was in Company D of the 424th Infantry Regiment.
- When McGarrett is playing back some tape recordings of Waldron, as usual the tape stops and starts at exactly the correct place each time.
- Wo Fat supposedly escaped by being the taxi driver which took Mr. Chong to the hydrofoil (taxi's license is 9F-3043), but if you look carefully at the driver as it approaches the gangplank, it is not Khigh Diegh. Mr. Chong smokes, by the way, so he must be bad!
Charles Cioffi is Charlie Bombay, presumably the same character as Charley Bombay, played by Albert Paulsen in season two's Just Lucky, I Guess. Bombay escapes from Oahu State Prison, travelling inside a Matson container which has some light seeping in it, only to be recaptured by McGarrett on the big island. McGarrett then transports Bombay back to Oahu on a small police plane like a Cessna, but the plane (number N29162) crashes during a terrific storm. (Not much time is spent by the pilot trying to deal with the engine failure which causes the plane to go down.) The injured McGarrett is in a no-nonsense mood, warning Bombay at one point, "I'll blow your brains out." Unfortunately, he eventually loses control of Bombay, who intends to use McGarrett as a hostage in his escape from justice. This show is pretty good, but Cioffi lacks something in terms of menace as well as swagger, considering what a "big boss" he is. Bruce Broughton provides an excellent score similar to the one for season nine's Double Exposure with lots of low brass and harp.
- Several geographical details for the north end of the big island are correct, such as Upolu Point, Kohala Forest Preserve, and and Waipio Valley.
- McGarrett tells Bombay "No deal, no way" during their escape. At the end, McGarrett, referring to Bombay's double-crossing associates who show up to knock off their boss, tells the local cops: "Book them all, murder one."
- Several stock Five-O actors appear, including Bernard Ching, Jo Pruden, Mitch Mitchell, Robert Luck and Terry Plunkett as well as Jack Hogan playing Coast Guard Commander Dumarest. Donna Ornellas is the babely Luana.
- When McGarrett arrests Bombay near the beginning, Moe Keale is one of the cops.
- Chin Ho drives very fast in this show.
- At the finale, McGarrett gives the Hawaiian "high sign."
- McGarrett is seen sailing a Hobie Cat type of sailboat with someone else on board at the beginning of the show where Chin Ho comes to bring him the news about Bombay's escape (thanks to Bruce Merkley for this info). Dan Stomierosky points out that this sequence is exactly the same (except for the dialogue) as the one at the beginning of Elegy in a Rain Forest.
Directed by Michael O'Herlihy, this episode stars his brother Dan as the ruthless, experienced British MI6 agent Harry Wells, who is pursuing Lord Danby (Murray Matheson), another agent trying to sell secrets to the Chinese. Danby's wife is played by Juliet Mills, who was almost 30 years younger than Matheson, and looks it. Danby fakes his own death by drowning, but neither McGarrett or Wells are buying this. Wells describes McGarrett as having a "lean and hungry look," a line taken from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, and spoken by the title character about Cassius, one of the conspirators plotting to knock him off. The Five-O team's tailing of various characters leaves a lot to be desired, even more so than usual. Duke loses Wells twice, while Chin Ho, following Danby by car, is far too close, and even walks too close behind him at one point. Despite an admonition from McGarrett -- "Don't let Danby know you're on his tail" -- Danno pursues Danby from the air in a police helicopter (number N9014F), which seems very obvious, at least based on the point-of-view shots supposedly taken from inside it. When it arrives at the "Kyoto Temple" where Danby is to meet his Chinese contact, the helicopter touches down only a short distance away from him and suddenly he realizes he has been followed. At the end, Danby steals a power boat from the beach at Waikiki, as do McGarrett and Danno and no one bats an eyelash!
- In a newspaper McGarrett inspects, only the first paragraph of the story about the guy murdered near the show's beginning makes any sense. Same thing later with another paper reporting on Lord Danby's "disappearance."
- Danby goes to the building which houses the Wo Fat Chop Suey restaurant.
- Chin Ho tells McGarrett, "Don't end up in a cement eggroll" to which McGarrett replies: "Don't be impertinent, Chin."
- When Duke tails Lady Danby, a Hawaiian song is heard in the background, the same one as sung by children in #48, Kiss the Queen Goodbye.
- There is a stock shot of McGarrett turning sharply into a hotel driveway, but he is driving the Park Lane. Late he is seen driving the Mercury Grand Brougham.
- There are several good quotes from McGarrett in this show: "No one is above the law in Hawaii." "This case is a grab bag of facts and suppositions." "As a police officer, we never accept chestfuls [of tea]."
- Lynne Kimoto appears briefly as a receptionist.
- The music is attributed to Don Ray, but there are several cues which are obviously by Broughton. The "marimba theme" is heard near the beginning.
- Jonathan Kaye (Bill Edwards) tells McGarrett: "London is bugging the hell out of us."
Susan Dey plays Susan Bradshaw, a money-runner for Las Vegas gangsters. She delivers suitcases of cash on a regular basis to Curt Anderson (Todd Armstrong). When she tells him she overheard people in Vegas talking about him skimming money, the two of them argue and she unintentionally shoots him, setting her up for an escape not only from Five-O, but also two hitmen who show up suddenly and unexpectedly: Wally Hatch (Andrew Prine, who plays his character as a total prick) and his partner Kimo Yoshihara (Jake Hoopai, who Hatch refers to as "Kimo Sabe"). Both of these thugs have to answer to Charles Brolin, played by the bearded Robert Witthans, who usually appeared on the show as clean-cut. When he encounters McGarrett, Brolin refers to the top cop as "master of the oblique." McGarrett knows too much in this episode. He asks the Five-O team to check all incoming flights for the hitmen. A previous show said there were around 200 flights a day! There is interesting stunt work when "McGarrett" drops from a helicopter to a boat during the final pursuit. The music in this show is kind of schizophrenic. Sometimes it has an interesting, creepy-sounding electronic quality, but in other places, it is very banal, especially the scene in the surfboard manufacturing shop and later where there is a love theme developed for Bradshaw and Jeff Heywood (Marc Singer), a friend of her brother who is also connected with the local surfboard industry. Dey does an excellent job portraying the nervous, edgy quality of her character.
- When Yoshihara pursues Bradshaw at the beginning of the show, they are going the wrong way down a one-way street.
- Danno talks to an L.A. cop, and asks "How's the smog?" He winces at the reply.
- Heywood drives a green Ford Bronco with license number D-86-A, suggesting it is not registered as a normal car.
- The green Mercury Brougham with license number 4F-5742 used by Hatch and Yoshihara was seen two episodes earlier in McGarrett is Missing.
- When Bradshaw checks the airport bus schedule on the window of a gas station, you can see a date: "Timetable as of 9/2/74."
- At the end of the show, McGarrett tells Duke to "book her."
George "Sulu" Takei stars as Nathaniel Blake, a cop who goes undercover to infiltrate the "Camponesian Liberation Front" after it's determined that there will soon be an assassination attempt in Hawaii using a SAM (surface-to-air missile). Although this radical group consists of people opposed to the exiled ruler of this Asian country who will touch down in Honolulu on his way home, why are almost all of them white? At the beginning of the show, the man Takei later impersonates, Timor Ambok (also played by Takei), tries to grab a cab outside the airport, rather than at a taxi stand as would be expected ... but then, he is supposed to be kind of clueless, having never been far away from home (Seattle, WA) before. After he gets hit by a car, Ambok is taken to a hospital where one of the nurses in charge of his care is Elissa Dulce. She gets thrown across the room by Ambok when she tries to prevent him from looking in his suitcase to find the missile component that he was couriering to Honolulu. "Danno" has a couple of incredible stunts at the end when he jumps from a police car into the van containing John Colicos as Thorncrest, leader of the Liberation Front, and then falls out of the van onto the airport tarmac while wrestling with Thorncrest. When Thorncrest is shooting at the plane, with Danno driving along side of him, the bazooka-like missile launcher is horizontal to the ground, i.e., aimed at Danno, rather than the plane.
- At one point when McGarrett and Pete Masters, who works for Intelligence Division (of what?), Weapons and Explosives, are talking, their dialog overlaps. Masters is played by Lou Frizzell.
- McGarrett uses a magnifying glass to examine some writing on Ambok's missile component.
- Masters suggests that incoming luggage be examined for missile parts, and McGarrett says they will need "the co-operation of the FAA." But at the time the show was made, weren't people's bags already being examined before they boarded the plane to Hawaii?
- The special effects of Takei's helicopter exploding are crappy, as are those of the cops shooting flares to distract the heat-seeking missile. As well, when the "Hilo airport" blows up, it looks rather low budget.
- Chin Ho uses the moniker of "Mr. Iolani" while he is surveilling people at the Ilikai Hotel.
- There is mention of using a "telfax" to send fingerprints to the mailand for identification. McGarrett addresses the female suspect whose prints are being sent as "honey." She freaks out when she realizes that Five-O has removed the cyanide pill from her jacket. She has a record for "bombing, arson, gunrunning ... All for radical causes."
- McGarrett snaps his fingers several times in this episode.
- Doc is heard on the phone giving McGarrett his post-mortem on Ambok, who committed suicide in the hospital.
- The name of the scheme to shoot down the Camponesian leader's plane is "Operation Turkey Shoot." An episode later in the season is "Turkey Shoot at Makapuu Point."
A continuation of the Vashon shows (see #105-107), directed by Charles Dubin, who also did the previous episodes. At the beginning of this show, there is a lengthy flashback (almost 6 minutes long) to the first two shows of the trilogy. After serving only a few years of his 10-year sentence, crime boss Honoré Vashon tries for parole, but is cruelly disappointed when McGarrett appears at the hearing and offers lots of evidence to make sure the parole board does not take this request seriously. Prior to this, McGarrett tells Danno that the "still dangerous" Vashon is controlling activities ranging from "heroin to prostitution and the smuggling of aliens" from his prison cell. The frustrated and increasingly psychotic Vashon later takes several members of a legislative committee visiting the prison hostage with the intention of swapping their presence for McGarrett's. The prisoners serve sushi to the visiting dignitaries (is this the first mention of sushi on TV?) plus rumaki, an appetizer made of chicken liver, bacon, water chestnut, soy sauce and brown sugar. It's odd that no one notices Vashon sneaking into the group of food servers, because in one of the previous episodes, the prison warden said words to the effect that "everyone knows Vashon." There is interesting camera work focusing on McGarrett and then Vashon as McGarrett enters the parole hearing. The Governor is in the credits, but he isn't in this episode. McGarrett has a phone conversation with the governor when he is racing to the prison in his Mercury Grand Brougham. Note that when the car is seen from a distance, McGarrett is still talking to the governor, but he is no longer on the car's two-way radio. Both of his hands are on the steering wheel. When McGarrett gets taken hostage, he taps out the word "VENT" in Morse Code on the microphone attached to the wire under his jacket. (One wonders why the prisoners including the wily Vashon aren't smart enough to check McGarrett for a wire when he shows up.) Then when he is talking to Vashon, he uses the phrase "It's over my head." Is he trying to drop another clue about the vent to Danno, who is listening outside? The wrap-up after McGarrett is freed is pretty banal, with the top cop saying "It's good to be alive, Danno."
- Honoré Vashon was convicted on March 17, 1972.
- In the previous shows, Chris Vashon was 21 years old. In this episode, his father says that he was nineteen.
- Stuntman Beau Van Den Ecker is the referee in the prison baseball game at the beginning of the show who starts a riot by punching an arguing player in the stomach.
- One of the prisoners is seen wearing a wide-brimmed hat similar to the one Jack Lord wore in part three of the trilogy.
- Seth Sakai plays Saito, one of Vashon's henchmen. Joe Geremia is a prison guard and Danny Kamekona plays Nick, one of the leaders of the SWAT team that shows up to help rescue McGarrett.
- Vashon the Patriarch's name is revealed to be Dominick Jean-Louis Vashon.
- There are some bad words heard in this show. McGarrett to Danno: "I'm sure as hell going to try [to stop Vashon's release]." Tasai to Vashon: "What the hell are you talkin' about?" Danno (outside): "What the hell is he talking about?"
Soon-Teck Oh plays the title character, Chaing Li, a Red Chinese agent chosen for his resemblance to an old pal of Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Grant Ormsbee (Pat Hingle), who is involved with top-secret missile tests off Oahu. Coming ashore in a rubber raft, Chaing knocks off Lew Kameka (Robert Lee), the one-man welcoming committee sent to meet him, and shoots himself to make it look like he was fighting back in self-defense. After McGarret throws Chaing in jail after he confesses to the killing, the arrogant and loud-mouthed Ormsbee is a real challenge for McGarrett to deal with, especially when he denounces McGarrett right in the Five-O front office for "fascist tactics." During this screaming match, McGarrett gives it right back to Ormsbee, calling him "crude" as well as pompous and bad mannered. McGarrett also freaks when Ormsbee wants to light up a cigar, saying "I don't permit smoking in this office, Doctor. It's my air space, I don't want to pollute it." At their first meeting, Ormsbee tells McGarrett, "I detest arrogance," but when he is in a slightly better mood, Ormsbee refers to McGarrett as a "hard-nosed, bullheaded type" to his face. Along with more finger-snapping, and a lack of government-documented fingerprints for Chaing, which is strange, considering he worked on top-secret projects with Ormsbee years before, McGarrett has another brainstorm, saying "I think our defector friend is an imposter." At the end of the show, McGarrett and crew do a switcheroo type pursuit when Chaing forces Ormsbee to drive him to his co-conspirators' hangout with an information-filled capsule from a missile test. Five-O suddenly bursting into the hideout seems rather reckless, but not as much as when McGarrett picks up and sniffs the cyanide capsule that Chaing uses to commit suicide.
- At the beginning, Chaing tells the dead Kameka he is "quite professional," but he takes Kameka's gun and puts it in Kameka's hand without wiping off his own fingerprints.
- There are stock defence shots of a Polaris missile launching. The sequence where a trained seal dives underwater to get missile components, filmed for the show, looks kind of crude, suggesting it was made with 16mm equipment.
- Why is it that someone always finds dead bodies in Five-O, even though they are in the middle of nowhere (like Kameka's)?
- Chaing calls 555-7670, the number for the flower shop where the leader of the co-conspirators, Carol (Mary Ann Chinn), works.
- Cyanide as a method of suicide was featured only two shows earlier in Death's Name is SAM.
During a party, Julene Balli (Karen Ericson), a singer whose career is stalled, plunges to her death from an upper-story balcony (seemingly at the Ilikai) when she and her manager Koko Apaleka (Tommy Atkins) argue, and he belts her one after she scratches his face. When Julene finally lets go of the balcony railing, she actually falls sideways. This confrontation is witnessed by Apaleka's most successful singer client, the popular Chelsea Merriman (Lois Nettleton), who just happens to be in the next room. Chelsea decides to go into hiding when she figures out that Apaleka knows that she knows, but she is picked up as she flees to the airport by one of Koko's rivals and taken to the Five-O offices. McGarrett puts her in the hospital, supposedly suffering from nervous exhaustion, but this is a ruse to get Koko to try and knock her off via one of his goons (which of course happens). McGarrett then shacks her up at his beach front pad, and eventually Koko himself shows up, and is nabbed. This episode features HPD Officer Oliver MacDougall (Shelly Novack), who looks more like a blonde surfer type. He is pressed into being Chelsea's bodyguard while she is at McGarrett's place. During the interviews following Balli's death, McDougall comments about dope smokers: "Some of those people left the party awfully fast because they were either carrying hash or pot." When asked by McGarrett to explain further, he says: "They get brown stains on their fingers from biting down on short roaches." There are vague hints of a romantic relationship between McGarrett and Chelsea when she is staying at his place, but the two of them spend more time talking about McGarrett's diet. He tells her, "I'm one of those nuts who eats dates, figs, wheat germ and yogurt." When she offers to cook him breakfast, he suggests a "mushroom omelet sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese," with "some whole-wheat bread, toasted, with seedless black raspberry jam," emphasizing the jam has to be "seedless." Obviously, these are ingredients that are already in the cupboards and refrigerator.
- The lyrics to the song that Chelsea sings at the beginning of the show are unbelievably awful. They sound like a parody of a Joni Mitchell-like folk song. This song goes on for far too long. Aside from this, Nettleton's performance isn't bad -- she captures the bubbly quality of her character very well.
- A good line from Danno after interviewing guests from the party regarding Balli's death: "I don't know what they were drinking last night, but it wasn't truth serum."
- Chelsea's mother, living in California, is played by Jean Tarrant, who often appeared during the series as a doctor or psychiatrist. Nettleton's seven-year-old daughter, who lives with her grandmother, is obnoxious. Jimmy Borges is Walter Mapu, one of Koko's associates. Arthur Meskil, the ugly-faced actor from Killer at Sea, appears briefly as one of the men who kidnap Chelsea. Chuck Chuck Akamine is a cabbie interviewed by Chin Ho.
- Koko's thug Pete Hoveland, faking illness in the hospital while waiting for an opportunity to knock off Chelsea, refers to his nurse (a Hawaiian woman) as "a brass-headed bimbo." He says the rate for staying in the hospital is $85 a day.
James MacArthur's real-life adoptive mother, Helen Hayes, gives a delightful performance as Danno's Aunt Clara who comes to Hawaii for a visit but ends up helping Five-O investigate a scam fleecing senior citizens out of money in expired bank accounts. The way she keeps interrupting Five-O, who are in the midst of an important criminal investigation, is pretty funny. James MacArthur has fun playing with Hayes -- you can almost see him biting his tongue, thinking of telling the other actors: "Hey -- this is my mom." Ellen Sutherland (Lynne Ellen Hollinger), who works at the Hawaii Records Building, is in league with Charles Durning as Haven, whose Golden Age Retirement Home is a front for the scam. Havens enlists the help of his elderly "guests" to pretend to be people with expired accounts, something which -- surprisingly -- these old folks are only too glad to do. Ian Wolfe (born in 1900 in the show, 1896 in real life) appears as Edgar P. Miller, who meets Aunt Clara on the plane. When Miller returns to Hawaii after many years, not knowing that his bank account has been terminated, he becomes a victim of the scammers, who knock him off. Sutherland closes Mr. Miller's account, and stamps a date -- Sept. 26, 1975 -- on the his file. This provides a major clue to Danno and Chin Ho that something is fishy, since Miller died (murdered by a couple of Havens' muscle men) on September 27, the next day. With the help of a bank president, McGarrett fakes an expired account and Aunt Clara, who was formerly an actress ("Improvisation is second gear to me"), pretends to be Esther Bracken, a woman whose characteristics closely match the owner of the account. Considering she has only been in Havens' home for a few days, it's equally surprising that Aunt Clara jumps at the chance to help him with his "fundraising project" to claim $100,000 from an expired account. Of course, she says that there will be "something in it for me." Didn't anyone ever refuse to help Havens with his dirty work?
- When Aunt Clara takes a taxi, it has the phone number 555-2099 on its roof. Mr. Miller places a phone call to Aunt Clara at the Rainbow Towers (555-4956) and, after he is knocked off, a bogus "Mr. Miller" from the retirement home who takes his place phones from the room to Havens (555-3770).
- Miller lives at 42 Brandon, Minneapolis and his hotel room in the Makai Lagoon Hotel in Honolulu is 2504.
- Esther Bracken's phony Social Security Number is 565-46-3038.
- Notice when Aunt Clara is coming out of the Records Building, the nurse has to manipulate her wheelchair down two steps. No handicapped ramps!
- Aunt Clara drops names of some people from the theater world such as David Belasco and William Gilette who I suspect Hayes may have encountered in real life. Danno describes his aunt as "a regular Sarah Bernhardt."
- Jack Lord manages a big smile at the end.
This episode features Jack Cassidy as Orrin Morwood, a high school vice-principal and boys' counsellor who is involved with helping "underprivileged kids." He is also smuggling and pushing drugs via at least one of his students, the blonde-haired Jimmy Scott (Darby Hinton). Morwood arranges for Scott to get a job on the fishing boat of Rafael Orduno (Nephi Hanneman), who has been involved with drugs in the past. There is no explanation as to how Morwood knows Orduno -- was Orduno also one of his students? As the show begins, Orduno, Scott and two others are in the waters off Honolulu hooking up with a scuba-diving crewman from a foreign ship who is bringing "several million dollars worth of heroin" (according to McGarrett) and "over a million dollars [worth]", according to Morwood. When Orduno shoots the crewman in the head after the drugs are delivered, Scott freaks out. (The scuba diver is totally stupid -- when he sees the gun, why doesn't he just dive under the boat?) Morwood regrets getting Scott the job, and buys him a ticket to get out of town for a couple of weeks. But Scott is hounded by Five-O and himself ends up dead on the beach (far above the tide line, as far as I can determine) after he takes shelter on Orduno's boat. Scott is described by Five-O as a "former student" of Morwood who also has a record for drug possession. It is not clear whether Scott is still a student. According to his roomate, Scott has worked for Orduno for a year ... but then the roomate says Morwood found Scott a job working with Orduno only "since school is out." Morwood is investigated by Five-O, who determine that his salary is $14,000 a year. But Morwood has taken a dozen trips to Hong Kong and Singapore in the last 16 months, which Morwood explains by saying he knows a lot about raw silk and is an agent for local garment companies. (Would a vice principal be capable of so much moonlighting?) Although Jack Cassidy's performance as Morwood is cold and sinister, especially when telling Orduno to terminate Scott, there are a lot of unanswered questions. If Morwood is involved with smuggling huge amounts of drugs, where is he selling them? Just through his students? This is strictly nickel and dime business. There is no suggestion at all that Morwood is involved with any local drug lords or gangsters, for example. The relationship between Morwood and Jimmy also makes me wonder, especially since Jimmy hardly looks down and out like an "underprivileged" kid. When told about Jimmy's death by McGarrett, Morwood says "James was as much my son as if I was being his own natural father." Later, Jimmy's girlfriend Nani (Lydia Lei Kayahara) describes Morwood as "the only person who cares more about Jimmy than me," and says "Morwood was like a father to [Jimmy]." When McGarrett grills her in a brutal way, forcing coffee down her throat and making her walk around her room after she reacts to Jimmy's death by overdosing with drugs that she got from Jimmy/Morwood, she tells McGarrett that Jimmy "just wanted to please Mr. Morwood" when McGarrett asks her if Jimmy was the "campus pusher." In the scene when Morwood gives Jimmy the airline ticket, Morwood adjusts Jimmy's collar and lays his hands on Jimmy's shoulder, which is creepy. Are we to think there is some kind of sexual element to their relationship? Although Five-O pushed the limit in many ways, perhaps this kind of implication was too much for TV in 1975. The finale of the show, where Morwood and Orduno steal the sub, after forcing its pilot to give them a crash course in its operation, is far too contrived, despite some exciting photography as Five-O and the Coast Guard pursue the submarine which is trying to grab the heroin that Orduno dumped overboard near the beginning of the show.
- McGarrett in this episode is in his worst "do this, do that" mode, ordering the other Five-O members around.
- This episode starts out saying "The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the United States Coast Guard.".
- The body of the scuba-diving drug courier is taken away in a Physicians Ambulance.
- McGarrett quote to Orduno: "I don't deal in phony charges and you know it."
- Jimmy refers to a job in a cannery where the salary is "$2.80 an hour," the implication being that this is a mediocre wage.
- Although the music is credited to Ray, near the end are some excerpts from Bruce Broughton's score for McGarrett is Missing.
- Near the end, Morwood says to Orduno as they are under attack from above by the Coast Guard, "You know the charges we're facing?" I felt like saying, "Yes, percussion charges!"
- Morwood uses some bad words referring to the submarine: "If this bloody thing will move a little faster."
Simon Oakland plays Jose Mendoza, owner of several waterfront warehouses who is concerned about a string of robberies plaguing both his and others' businesses. It turns out Mendoza is the big brains behind the thefts, robbing himself to avoid suspicion. When McGarrett figures this out with the usual brainstorm, there is such quick finger-snapping (at least a dozen snaps) that it is almost impossible to keep count. As usual, Oakland rants and raves a lot, especially during his meeting with McGarrett and the Governor, where he accuses McGarrett of spouting "police platitudes.". Later on, McGarrett finally has enough of this bluster when Mendoza threatens to go to the Governor, telling him in a classic comment, "Go to the governor, go to the president. I don't give a damn!" Mendoza's daughter, the top-heavy but very young looking Elena (Kathy Beller, who was around nineteen when she filmed the show) is dating local boy Tommy Lin (Richard Hatch, identified in the end credits as just "Tommy" and "Tommy Lynd" in the DVD subtitles). Tommy is involved in the warehouse thefts and brings the thrill-seeking Elena along to watch. Tommy Fujiwara plays Danno's friend Luis Kimura, who is murdered by one of Mendoza's henchmen, Harry Opala (Ric Marlow) when he comes upon a warehouse being robbed. During the resulting shootout, Tommy gets plugged in the stomach by Kimura, and is put into a Matson container (MATS 18766) along with Elena by Opala and Zeno Kahana (Alan Naluai). They are driven out into the middle of nowhere and left to die, along with some sub-standard, leaking barrels of methylene parathyrite which are in danger of exploding.because of the temperature inside the container.
- David "Lippy" Espinda as pawnshop owner H. Kaneho has a touching scene when Danno comes to redeem a ticket (#8518) of the now-deceased Kimura.
- When Opala and Kohana are escaping from a motorcycle cop, the action seems sped up. Of course, when their car plunges onto some rocks near Makapuu Beach Park, it explodes.
- There are continuity problems with what's behind McGarrett's car when he is trying to find the truck with the container near the end.
- McGarrett is seen sparring in a boxing ring near the beginning of the show. His partner is sometime Five-O stuntman Chuck Couch.
- The stock music has several cues recognizable as those of Broughton's.
- Mendoza refers to Tommy as "trash." Interestingly, the name of Rick Marlow's character, "Opala," is the Hawaiian word for "garbage."
- Kimura's license is 7F-7129. His body is removed in a Physician's Ambulance. At the end of the show, an American Ambulance takes away the wounded Tommy.
- Tommy tells Elena: "Your father's got you wrapped up special delivery for some Punahou dudes, all money and class." Punahou School is described by one web site as "an elite, pretentious, private, college preparatory school located in Honolulu." (President Obama attended this school.)
- Opala says to Hatch that he will meet him at "Phoebe's," presumably the same dive frequented by low-lifes in Tricks Are Not Treats.
- There is an interesting camera shot where Kahana calls to Tommy outside a warehouse being robbed -- Kahana is seen only in the outside mirror of the truck.
- After Kimura flattens the tires on the truck being used by Opala and Kahana during their final caper, Opala jumps into the container truck which they then use for their escape. Does it make sense that the keys would be left sitting in this truck, even though it is parked behind a locked gate?
- McGarrett quote: "We don't guess, Mendoza. We deal with facts."
James Olson is Travis Marshall, a muckraking author and lawyer who says he appeared on several major talk shows including "Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin." Marshall digs up an unmarked Honolulu grave to expose Five-O's incompetence during their investigation into the disappearance of the rich Henderson family's son Brian seven years before. The script by Bud Freeman is not only very funny at times, but also structured in such a way that you don't know what is really going on until the end, when several plot issues are finally revealed and summed up. Eileen Heckart plays Agatha Henderson, who looked after her grandson Brian with her husband after Brian's parents were killed in an accident. She is a formidable opponent for McGarrett, who reopens the investigation into Brian's death after Marshall's archaeological work exposes Brian's skull with a bullet hole in it. It turns out that Brian knocked up Maru, the 15-year-old daughter of the family servant Koji. Maru is played in the show, aged 22, by Elissa (Dulce) Hoopai. According to Brian at the time, Maru seduced him. On the other hand, Mrs. Henderson tells McGarrett that the troubled Brian "raped that little girl." When Brian's grandfather found out, the two argued violently, ending with the grandfather killing Brian, presumably because of the shame to the family. The excellent score by Morton Stevens sounds at times like Bernard Herrmann and adds to the sense of unease; the color photography is also outstanding. The episode is directed by Jack Lord.
- When McGarrett confronts Marshall to tell everything he knows about the reopened murdered investigation, Marshall invokes lawyer-client privilege. McGarrett denounces this as a "cheap shyster trick," saying "You're not licensed to practice law in this state. Therefore, there is no lawyer-client relationship." Strictly speaking, this is not correct at all. However, Marshall's relationship with Mrs. Henderson (his "client") is one where she is basically paying him to keep his mouth shut during investigations for his next book, not act as her lawyer.
- McGarrett is pretty rude. When Chin Ho says he is reading one of Marshall's books, McGarrett asks him: "Can you read English, Chin?" Chin replies: "Only when it's translated into Chinese." Later, Chin Ho gets back at him when McGarrett comes out with a clever saying, "Poor man's felony is a rich man's prank." Chin says this would "make a nice bumper sticker." (Touché, Chin!)
- Chin has a good pun when he and Danno are in the cemetery and the Henderson's aged servant Koji shows up. When Danno wonders why, Chin says, "Maybe he digs graves."
- While the Five-O team are looking at some old pictures taken during the investigation, Chin says, "Who's the chick?" Danno replies she was considered "the sexiest number in town."
- McGarrett tells Marshall: "Writers never make me insecure ... So many good books have been written in prison." Marshall tells McGarrett that "kooks" often call him up wanting to share secrets ... "and more," giving McGarrett a kinky grin.
- There is a reference to "MacDougall from H.P.D." -- presumably the Shelly Novack character from Sing a Song of Suspense.
- During the main titles there is an inexplicable freeze-frame.
- Moe Keale plays Mrs. Henderson's servant/chauffeur Kono, who is always snooping around in the background.
- McGarrett addresses Maru as "honey."
- The "bookem" is not for the end of the show (which is left open-ended), but for the scene where Maru's husband Paul Kanahele (Jerry Waialae) is arrested on suspicion of murder after Marshall is found dead. Waialae also played Elissa's husband (a different character) in a previous show where she appeared, season seven's We Hang Our Own. And to top this off, Elissa appeared in the eleventh season show A Distant Thunder, where one of the stars was James Olsen, from this episode as well.
A good "contemporary issues" show where three well-known collegiate football players rape bar waitress Lani Okano (Beverly Kushida). One of the players, Alex Scofield (Adam Arkin, son of Alan) is the son of a U.S. senator; the other two are Bink Avery (Richard Masur) and Kim Hughes (Lance Hool). Some of this show is difficult to watch, even more so than the other episode which deals with rape, Nightmare in Blue. It begins with the three getting very drunk in the Makai Lagoon Club where Masur boasts about avoiding getting caught with a marijuana joint because he swallowed it. After the rape, which takes place on a beach, Hughes gets stabbed with a screwdriver as he helps Lani into her car. Scofield's father, a shining star in Washington, sends Hal Zimmerman (Michael Collins), a lawyer/spin-doctor to deal with the situation. Zimmerman's solution is to hire some local to take the rap for the stabbing for $5,000. When Lani subsequently tells McGarrett about the rape, things get complicated. Lani's father, played by Seth Sakai, is unsympathetic to her situation and overly concerned about what "people will think," saying that he "can't go to work" and her mother "can't walk down the street." When her father forces her go to the police station with him to get her to recant her statement, the cop asks her if she really wants to do this, and Sakai's character says, "What are you asking her for? I'm her father." Her mother, on the other hand, tells Lani she is "still the same as you always were." McGarrett gets very emotional in a speech about crooked politicians, saying "politics is a dirty business." Kushida's performance is excellent.
- McGarrett describes the case as "a tough one" where there is "no syndicate, no mainland connections, no masterminds."
- Zimmerman knows about Five-O, specifically McGarrett, and McGarrett knows about him as well, even though there is nothing to establish these references.
- When they interview people working at the Makai Lagoon Club, Danno shows pictures of the three football players in their uniform to Lani. Scofield's jersey has the number 69 (!), but later when the same photo is seen on the board in McGarrett's office, it has the number "88."
- Terry Plunkett is the manager of the Lagoon Club. Winston Char is Malano, who brokers the services of David Matsui (Les Fong) to say he did the stabbing, as part of the elaborate scheme by Zimmerman.
- When Hughes is recovering in the hospital from his stab wound, an IV bottle hooked up to him contains some red liquid which looks like Kool-Aid.
- Bruce Broughton's terse score is very good, but not the typical "sound" of this composer.
- As Matsui is escaping from the cops, the camera pans up to show some older Asian guy wearing no shirt -- his body is covered with tattoos.
- Zimmerman refers to the Makai Lagoon Club as the "Zanza Bar.". According to Karen Rhodes' book on Five-O, Zanza Bar was the original name for the location.
- A newspaper with a large headline "Big Three Accused of Rape," has an unrelated sub-head on the article: "Youth Council Divides Job."
- Considering how sleazy Zimmerman is, Five-O should have difficulty proving the "chain of evidence" (pun intended) with regard to Avery's choker which is found on the beach where he lost it during the rape, and it was subsequently found by some old beachcomber with a metal detector.
- Does it make sense that Lani's father would keep a gun in the house? Also -- when she goes to confront the football players, how does she know where they live?
Ed Asner plays the sleazy business tycoon August March, who made his fortune selling tractors, cultivators and earth movers. He is involved smuggling Asian art objects into Hawaii. March fabricates a frameup using a tiny collectible miniature sculpture called a netsuke which McGarrett bought in Japan in 1951 during the Korean conflict to make it seem as if the item was stolen recently from a museum in Japan. March spares no expense to pull off this frameup, flying in two experts from Japan, one of whom is Professor Masaaki (John Fujioka). McGarrett's netsuke, along with others and related Japanese artwork, including inro (crafted boxes) and ojime (sliding beads on cords used to hold the boxes together), are on display at the Museum of Oriental Art in Honolulu. The boss of this museum, Gustave Lupin (Richard McKenzie), is a very nervous individual, especially when he realizes what a scandal there is going to be over McGarrett's item. He is also a dope addict. Since the stolen netsuke is worth thousands of dollars, the whole case becomes a huge flap in the local press (much bigger than one might expect) and it ends up before the grand jury, with McGarrett indicted for possession of stolen property. Asner's performance is extremely oily, as is that of Kwan Hi Lim as his deadpan henchman Suzari. This episode seems to be a serious case of much ado about nothing, though, and is almost like a prelude for the later seasons where Five-O was obsessed with the follies of rich people.
- Kwan's character drives a huge Cadillac Eldorado, license number 2E-3140.
- March describes McGarrett to Suzari as an "interfering and irritating quidnunc of a cop." "Quidnunc" means "a person who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip."
- Danno and Duke meet Malinda Grant, mistress of Kim Chung Lo, a local diplomat who is also involved in smuggling art works, outside the War Memorial Natatorium. They are shown having lunch with her in a restaurant nearby -- but was there a restaurant nearby at the time of filming?
- There is a long exposition at the beginning when McGarrett and Danno are walking.
- At the end of a conversation between Suzari and March at March's house, it looks like Suzari is eating a piece of sushi.
- The score by Harry Geller, featuring a harpsichord, is interesting.
At the beginning of the show, Brad Stevens (Kario Salem) breaks into a laboratory and steals deadly nerve gas, one drop of which on skin will "cause death in seconds." To do this, he climbs on to a construction crane and lowers himself by rope to the top of the building containing the lab, then goes down through an vent into the lab where the TZ-40 gas is stored not in a safe, but in a locked but unalarmed glass case, like you would expect in a department store! You have to wonder how he escapes from the building -- does he climb back up the rope to the crane? Later, during a university class where Danno is a guest speaker, Stevens quizzes Danno briefly about circumstantial evidence. Stevens blames Danno for getting his father kicked off the police force years before because of allegations of corruption, including taking payoffs. He concocts an elaborate frame involving the informer who, with Danno, ended his father's career. To do this, he kills the informer, Harry Oakland (George Herman), with Danno's service revolver which he stole from a trunk at Danno's place and makes a plane reservation in Danno's name for the mainland, then arranges for Danno to be caught at the airport as if he was trying to escape. (I am not making this up.) Danno later figures out what's going on when he flashes back to Stevens' question in the class in a black and white sequence when Stevens phones Five-O. All this is being played out as some "royal family" from an unnamed country is being shown the attractions of Honolulu, including the Byodo-In Temple. (The flag of this country is a black cross on a red background, simiilar to Norway.) Considering the level of threat to this family, the police protection at the temple -- two motorcycle policemen and one squad car -- is insignificant (though McGarrett has sent the real family to Maui and the "royal party" is all made up of cops). Throughout the show, Stevens keeps schizophrenically talking to his dead father, and portraying various states of anguish with his mouth open which become very tiresome. I wonder why Stevens has to climb on the roof of the temple at the finale when he is threatening the royal family with the nerve gas -- maybe he just likes high places? Fortunately, Danno -- taking a huge risk -- talks him out of his scheme, as two policemen dressed in hazmat uniforms help to defuse the situation.
- As Stevens is on the crane and breaking into the lab, there is a very long musical sequence (score by Don Ray), just over 6 minutes long.
- It takes just over a minute and a half for Chin Ho to have a call traced that Stevens makes to the Five-O office.
- Chin refers to the fleabag apartment where Oakland lives as a "pleasure palace." Galen Kam is the manager of this dump.
- Stevens drives a red sports car, license number 68-3535.
- When he is brought back to the Five-O office after being picked up at the airport, Danno says "Steve, what the hell is going on?" Manicote suggests that Danno will have to be indicted -- just like McGarrett in Wooden Model of a Rat!
- Stock shot of the police radio handset on a dashboard.
As in #126, Murder is a Taxing Affair, Don Porter again plays a sleazebag. This time he is lawyer Alex Kelsey, who defended Minoru Tahashi after World War II for charges of treason. More recently Kelsey taken to consorting with killers and syndicate bosses and engaging in "legal acrobatics," according to McGarrett. At the beginning of the show, Kelsey goes to visit Tahashi (played now at around age 80 by C.K. Huang) in order to get a key to a safety deposit box which may contain information about gold bullion stashed during World War Two. Once he leaves, Kelsey locks the old man in his room and pours kerosene out of a lamp (which falls apart!) to set a fire which incinerates his client. Kelsey is in cahoots with local mobster Din Lee (Moe ("Truck") Keale, in a major role) who will fence the gold. The two of them play golf on a hillside above Honolulu with a spectacular view. Tahashi's son Kazuo (Mako) arrives shortly after and tells McGarrett he has suspicions that his father was murdered. Two of Lee's goons, Regan (Bob Apisa) and Strang (Joe Kuon), follow Kazuo around town. So does Chin Ho, who seems to be having a bad horoscope day. First, Kazuo gives him a hard time for tailing in the usual obvious manner, telling Chin exactly where he is going to be going later. Then the two thugs flatten Chin's tire. At the end Chin walks right in front of Kazuo who is about to shoot at the cops, and tries to fight Kazuo, not a good idea, since he is a karate expert who already threw Kelsey out of his top-floor office and murdered Kim Matsu (Haunani Minn), a woman who worked for his father. Fortunately, Kazuo is shot by Commander Reginald Blackwell (Lew Ayres), a former Naval intelligence investigator who considered his father to be the leader of the local Japanese espionage ring in the early 1940s, but was never able to make a charge stick. After the war, Blackwell became friends with the Senior Tahashi, and it turns out the gold bullion ended up funding local charitable organizations like a senior citizens' home. The ending is kind of sucky.
- Tahashi Senior lived at 107 Pepeekeo Street, and was born in 1896. One of his former addresses was 1408 Gulick Avenue. His safety deposit box at the Tokyo International Bank (formerly known as the Tokyo Imperial Bank prior to World War II) is number 17.
- Stock shots of firemen and an ambulance are seen.
- Commander Blackwell speaks Japanese at Tahashi's funeral to Kazuo: "I'm so sorry this happened."
- After they bust into the pad where Din Lee's two thugs are hiding out, Duke finds "ammo" and "some pot," among other things. When they are driving earlier, Regan and Strang are accompanied by cheap-sounding music (the score is credited to Ray). Their car license number is 9F-2161.
- Arte McCollough plays a cop named Tolaka who tackles one of Din Lee's boys in a manner much better than Chin Ho deals with Kazuo.
- When Din Lee shows up at the Five-O office to complain about being a suspect in the murders of the old man and Kim Matsu as well as Kelsey, he says to McGarrett, "You can book me for criminal conspiracy, but that's all." McGarrett is only too glad to oblige, telling Lee, "Thanks for the charge."
- At the end of the show, Jack Lord cracks a big smile. The "book 'em" is directed at Chin Ho.
After McGarrett is wounded while guarding protected witness Billy Madrid (Henry Darrow), HPD officer Sandi Welles (Amanda McBroom in her first appearance) is assigned to be his driver. When McGarrett balks at this, she points out a regulation that says "sex shall not be a barrier to any police assignment." Madrid is supposed to spill the beans on Kum Chi (Jimmy Borges), involved with "gambling, prostitution and dope" as well as murder, but when they actually get to court, Madrid does a flip-flop, a part of a scam arranged with Kum Chi to get the gangster off the hook and exempt him from further prosecution under the double jeopardy clause of the US Constitution. When McGarrett drops in for a visit at the Kum Chi Amusement Corp. (737 Kapuhulu Street -- with a temperature of 83 degrees outside) Chi asks "Who's the dame out there?", referring to Sandi. McGarrett tells him, "The dame's a highly qualified police woman." Madrid also refers to Sandy as a "dame." A couple of scenes near the end do not make much sense. After Madrid recants his confession, he still seems pretty chummy with McGarrett when he leaves the safe house where he has been hidden. One would expect McGarrett would figure out what was going on, especially since in court Madrid accused McGarrett of threatening him, which was not true. Secondly, Sandi goes sort of undercover when Darrow meets his former wife Madeleine in a bar after the trial, and Sandi is there, pretending to be drunk and making comments about what a great job Darrow did in his court appearance to get Kum Chi free. This is totally unprofessional conduct for a police officer to make these kinds of remarks (not to mention hanging out in a sleazy bar!) -- especially considering how "by the book" Sandi has been previously. At the end, McGarrett really has to eat it after he unjustly accuses Sandi of trying to intimidate Madrid by blowing up his car.
- Joe Geremia plays one of Kum Chi's thugs, identified in the credits as "1st Hoodlum"; a second thug is an uncredited Beau Vanden Ecker. Don Over reprises his role as a stern judge, Lynne Ellen Hollinger is Madrid's wife Madeleine.
- There are several closeup shots of rotating tires, including those on McGarrett's Grand Brougham. Two huge tank-like cars suffer serious damage in this show -- the first flips over when it's being chased by McGarrett and Welles; the second one, Madrid's car, mentioned above, is blown up. The first of these two incidents takes place at a familiar location, the one where James Hong was murdered in season two's opener.
- The first act is very long -- 19:30 -- while the second is very short -- 4:40.
- Is Billy Madrid any relation to Tony in #66-67, F.O.B. Honolulu?
- When Kum Chi is booked, his mug shot number is A371326.
- Five-O uses two cops from the mainland to hang around Madrid, acting like hitmen who are keeping an eye on him, in a manner similar to that used in The Two-Faced Corpse.
Alan Arbus plays Vince Maynard, the top inspector for the Bureau of Building and Safety, who is involved in taking kickbacks from contractors trying to cut costs. One project he is involved with, the Global Trade Center, burns to the ground because of substandard materials, resulting in injury and death. This prompts Maynard to send the contractor involved, Marty Rogers (Robert Hogan), into hiding. Maynard then murders Joe Kimura (Walter Yong), a long-time inspector whose signature was forged on the papers which approved the work, trying to make it look like Kimura committed suicide over the fire. He clubs Kimura, dumps booze all over his body and throws him off the upper story of an unfinished building. McGarrett finds this very odd, remarking "Drinkers don't pour booze on their clothes, they pour it in their mouths." Che Fong is also able to show that Kimura's signature on the documents is a cut-and-paste job, though the means by which this is demonstrated is not very convincing. McGarrett uses a contractor friend to try and get Maynard to incriminate himself, but the inspector is too clever. He ends up screaming at McGarrett in the Five-O office that he intends to sue for entrapment and defamation. Maynard makes plans to leave the islands, but instead, he forces Rogers at gunpoint to go to some location where a mega-project hotel that he was involved with years before was supposed to be built, but building inspectors put the kibosh on it. Maynard acts as if he is having a total nervous breakdown at the end -- his transition to lunatic-like babbling is diametrically opposed to the cool and calculating character he has been up to that point.
- An aerial shot of a fire at the beginning of this episode is the same as the one of Mr. Tahashi's house ablaze in Legacy of Terror, only two episodes earlier.
- When McGarrett goes to interview Rogers' wife, he is seen wearing cowboy boots.
- 732-5577, usually the Five-O phone number, is used for the beach house near Kahuku Point where Rogers is hiding out.
- There are stock shots of cop cars.
- Just before Maynard and Kimura go up an elevator prior to Kimura getting knocked off, there is an inexplicable shot of some workman punching a time clock. Kimura's Social Security number, shown on his ID after his death, is 546-10-8740.
- A police helicopter, number N8585F, is seen searching for Maynard.
- If Maynard resigns at the end of the show, why does he take a "company car" from the bureau to the house where he has hidden Rogers?
At the beginning of the show when stewardess Sheila Romney (Susie Burke) has car trouble, why doesn't she honk her horn at her friends in front of her? Or why don't the friends notice that she is not following? (She is driving a Porsche, license number IN-8813.) She leaves her car alone for a few minutes, and two psycho types, Blooey (Billy Roessler) and Tonker (Chuck-Chuck Akamine), show up and start to strip it for parts. When she tells them to get lost, Blooey pursues (and eventually murders) her. Most of this is witnessed by Sheila's friend Molly Taggart (Lee Purcell), who is hang-gliding above. Car parts dealer Oscar Lang (Kenneth O'Brien) wonders about Blooey, who is constantly wearing huge moronic red headphones with a radio inside: Oscar asks: "What's he high on?", commenting "Nobody's that happy." When they figure out that Molly witnessed the events prior to Sheila's murder, Blooey and Tonker return to the hang-gliding hill where they shoot Molly's brother Draper (Lou Richards) who they mistake for her when he is flying. (Richards must have studied flashing his teeth with Bruce Boxleitner.) After Molly breaks down when she sees Draper's body, a radio reporter hassles her with questions. Following this there is a broadcast which claims she described the killers as "a couple of locals in a light blue van," but she never said this to them! (The blue van is a Chevrolet, license number AOB-307.) The ending of the show is kind of lame, though Jack Lord does come up with another smile. In addition to breaktaking photography, some of which is done from a camera in the hang-glider above the pilot, there is an excellent score by Morton Stevens -- click here to hear a couple of excerpts.
- When Blooey gets out of the dune buggy prior to checking out what he thinks is Molly hang gliding, he is not wearing the red headphones, but he is in the next shot when Tonker talks to a blonde-haired bystander. John Thorp plays the bystander, but he is also is the stuntman who plays Draper (and Molly) while hang gliding, so he is in effect watching himself.
- After Oscar is grilled by Five-O, he rushes to a bar where Chin Ho, undercover, is sitting beside him. How did Chin know that Oscar would be there? In the bar in the background, you can hear the Hawaiian song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye.
- When Draper is shot by Blooey, there are no crosshairs on the rifle scope.
- Oscar comments on Blooey's headphones again when he encounters him a second time: "Doesn't he ever take those things off?" Tonker says, "Nah, his brains might fall out," to which Oscar replies, "You mean he has some?"
- Joe Moore is seen reading the news on KGMB.
- The "bookem" by McGarrett for Tonker is directed at HPD officers.
- When Molly escapes from Danno, who is "protecting" her, you can see that it has been raining heavily.
Sleazy land developer Sam Patton (Richard Kiley) introduces harmful insect larva of the sugarcane root borer (Emmalocera depressella, not native to Hawaii) into the sugar cane crop on the ranch of Kate Holbrook (Carol Vogel). He wants her to sell the place to him for peanuts so he can develop a $30 million resort village. When Australian entomologist Dr. Weatherby (Bruce Wilson, in a very brief appearance) discovers this, he is murdered by Holbrook's plantation manager Chadwick (Paul Shenar). Chadwick is in league with Patton, along with broker Vadney, played by Robert Witthans, sporting both a beard and a hair dye job, who represents investors from the mainland. The killing is witnessed by Juan Gomez (identified in the end credits as "Jose Gomez," played by Reggie Ho) who is later murdered by Chadwick. When Gomez's body is discovered, his driver's license, number 346 10 8740, shows he lives at 733 Waipahu Ave., Waipahu, HI 96797 and is 5'8", weighing 125 pounds. This show has an interesting premise, but it is full of annoying inconsistencies and continuity problems. For example:
- Why is Weatherby investigating the larvae at the exact place where they were placed by Patton, out of a quarter of a million acres where sugar cane is planted on Oahu?
- When Chadwick finds Weatherby snooping around and uncovering the bugs, telling him he is on private property, Weatherby says that "I was told no one would mind if I poked around here a little," but neither Chadwick nor Holbrook gave him permission to do this.
- After Chadwick bashes in Weatherby's head with a rock, he puts Weatherby's body in the station wagon that the scientist was using (license number 9F-3043), and drives it to Kalani Point, which is supposedly 15 miles away from the plantation. But when Five-O finds the car and body (as usual, in the middle of nowhere), it looks like it is still on the plantation. Kalani Point sounds like Kalanai Point, which is in the northeast part of Oahu.
- Weatherby was staying at the Ilikai, but when Five-O checks out his room after he is murdered, the place outside is more like an apartment building, not the iconic hotel.
- When Five-O is trying to retrace Weatherby's route prior to his murder, McGarrett is pointing at a map, identifying certain places, but the map has nothing to do with these locations.
- In the finale, McGarrett and Danno are seen chasing Patton first in a Mercury Park Lane like that used in early episodes of the show, then in the tank-like Mercury Grand Brougham, and then again in the Park Lane. Terrible! As well, Chin Ho is tailing Patton from the air in a helicopter which is very obvious -- doesn't Five-O consider that Patton might hear the sound of the copter?
- When McGarrett and Danno observe where Patton stopped to check out the larvae in the sugar cane field, they pull out a map and McGarrett radios to the Five-O team waiting to torch the fields that they are in "Section K-23." But how can they tell this? There are no identifying signs or anything, they are again "in the middle of nowhere"!
- A bogus newspaper article planted by Dr. Amanda Maitland from the Experimental Station (Josie Over) to get the attention of Patton with the headline of "Sugar Crop Safe" and a sub-heading of "Threat from Borer Moth Ends," has a first paragraph about the threat of insect infestation, but this paragraph doesn't end. The second paragraph is about some government conference which has nothing to do with the first, and a block of the text is repeated. Over does a good job portraying Dr. Maitland.
- McGarrett gets Kate to confront Vadney, telling him that she doesn't want to sell her property, while McGarrett is listening in the next room. She describes the broker to his face as "a Grade A number one fink." Following this, Vadney is pulled over by Danno, who runs his car off the road on a busy street. Don't the Five-O cars have sirens?
- When Chadwick is murdered by Patton's goons, his car with his body in it is driven off a cliff at the Malahani Quarry, a spectacular plunge. Interestingly, the car does not blow up when it hits the bottom.
- The music by Jerrold Immel contains some up-tempo arrangements of the Five-O theme as well as a weird electronic buzzing sound (like the noise of bugs, appropriately). The chase at the end is accompanied by a very long musical cue -- over 6 and a half minutes.
- When Danno is talking to McGarrett on the phone, he mentions a time frame as between "11 and 12 a.m. yesterday," meaning "12 noon."
- The name of the larva is misspelled "Emmalocera depressla" on a bulletin sent out to plantation workers.
- Holbrook smokes once, something rarely seen on Five-O.
The son of a leading Japanese industrialist named Byong Sunahara (whose first name is totally un-Japanese) is kidnapped and held for ransom underwater in a specially-constructed capsule. Although the ransom money is supposed to be used to fund experiments by oceanography professor Philip Tolvar (Liam Sullivan), it is actually going to end up in the hands of the Japanese Red Army, one of whose members, Asuko Sunada (Suesie Elene) has infiltrated the kidnappers' group. Unlike the typical fictional Five-O radicals, this was an actual terrorist organization which was very active world-wide through the 1970s. One of the other kidnappers is Paul Colburn (Bruce Boxleitner, who shows his teeth less than normal in his final Five-O appearance). He meets an untimely end when he comes to the attention of the cops, and Asuko murders him in cold blood when she is finished with his services. (Elene does an excellent job portraying her character as sweet to Paul one moment, a cold-hearted, ruthless bitch the next.) During the investigation McGarrett tells Chin Ho to "check with the tropical fish places around the island" to find stores selling lion fish, used to make a chloroform-like knockout poison, and Danno to "check the local dive shops" to find the special tanks used to keep the kidnap victim alive underwater. Near the end of the show, Danno does some interesting driving where he and Chin are blocked in by construction crews and they get around this by going through a ditch in their Park Lane. As well, they later drive up a ramp where the road underneath is loose gravel, causing their car as well as an HPD car following them to careen all over the place. When the Coast Guard is looking for the kidnappers, they have some special detection device which can supposedly hear a diver's heart beat under water. It's hard to imagine how this is possible over the sound of the ship's engine. The speed with which the tactical squad arrives at the airport at the end is a bit quick. Like in Death's Name is SAM, the show ends with this squad doing stuff with planes, in this case shooting at the kidnappers as they are taking off. The special effects for the resulting explosion are very bad.
- Asuko's first name gives different characters pronunciation problems.
- There are international implications to the abduction as evidenced by McGarrett's phone call to Jonathan Kaye. McGarrett calls Kaye "sir" at one point, rather odd considering their rather chummy relationship in earlier shows.
- The civil defense trucks make an appearance to do their usual triangulation number on radio signals.
- The board in McGarrett's office has a detailed map of the Honolulu area on it. Dan Stomierosky points out: "McGarrett has to draw an eight mile radius circle on the map from Sand Island. He winds up with a circle that's a mile or so radius at best. If you look at a map, an eight mile radius circle from Sand Island would cover a third of Oahu!"
- Robert Costa is an aquarium owner and Beau Vanden Ecker makes a very brief appearance as a diver near the end.
- The Honolulu police band is shown at one point to be on frequency 123.1, the emergency channel is 121.5.
- Sam Sanford, who in real life was the "morning man" on radio station KHON (also known as KPOI), plays a radio talk show host who gets the kidnappers' messages.
- McGarrett is told by the HPD operations center that the kidnappers are located on Kenhi Street, but he then sends a radio message that they are on Kenhi Road.
- It is not really obvious at the end how the kidnapped kid is extracted from the capsule ... or how he is put into the capsule at the beginning of his ordeal, for that matter.
- Music is by Broughton and very good, despite a couple of cues which are not by him.
Kimo Kahoano (who does not get featured billing in the end credits) plays Ben Tanaka, leader of the ecology group Earth People United that is concerned about the "continuous rape of our land by developers." Vincent Rhoads (David Huddleston), described as "a big WASP" by his daughter Julie, who is Tanaka's girl friend (played by Janit Baldwin), is living on the high hog, but is actually broke. Rhoads conspires to kidnap the wife of his neighbor Del Wingfield (James Karen) and make it look like Tanaka committed the crime because money that Rhoads borrowed to invest in one of Wingfield's high-rise hotels is coming due. The two guys who Rhoads hires to do the kidnapping are Kekoa (an unshaven Danny Kamekona) and the libidinous Molony (the Bruce Dern-like Dennis Redfield). Molony, who has two murder raps on the mainland, wants to rape Wingfield's wife Lisa (Alba Francesca), who he drools over, describing her as a "foxy chick" and telling her "I'm irresistible." When McGarrett talks to Julie, trying to get her to help him find her boyfriend, she suggests that the reason McGarrett tracked her down was because he knows young people "like to get it on." McGarrett gives her a big pitch to convince her to help him, saying "I care about human life, believe it or not." The girl tells him to "go to hell," and calls him a "lousy cop." McGarrett responds, "I'm not a lousy cop, I'm a good cop." At the end, when Julie overhears her father talking to Molony about the kidnapping, she calls McGarrett, who is actually next door at Wingfield's house. McGarrett rushes off with Five-O and HPD men to follow her father. But no mention is made of poor Duke, who was surveilling Rhoads' house and, unknown to McGarrett, got knocked out by Molony!
- When Tanaka's hippie-style Volkswagen van (license number 65-813) is located after the kidnapping, Danno tells McGarrett: "Find out if Mrs. Wingfield owns an Indian-type headband." McGarrett then turns to Wingfield and says, "Mr. Wingfield, does your wife own a turquoise headband?"
- Chin Ho has a special pair of glasses with a beeper tracking device installed which is supposed to help him follow the attaché case full of the ransom money which is put into a locker at the Waikiki Bus Terminal by Wingfield. One wonders why this is necessary, since the place is crawling with undercover cops. Rhoads, posing as a maintenance man, takes the money out of the locker (#186) via a false bottom. There is an ad for a tour of the Polynesian Cultural Centre in the bus terminal, which costs $23.00.
- The music is by Ray; it employs some electronic-like sounds. At the out-of-the-way hideout where Kekoa and Molony keep Mrs. Wingfield hidden, there is crappy rock music playing on a radio. The trombone interval theme is heard briefly during the show.
- Che Fong has help trying to identify Rhoads' disguised voice from a phone tap by Professor Sellers (Jan Shapiro). The professor says that the voice has traces of a southwestern U.S. accent (Rhoads is from Oklahoma).
- At the beginning of the show when Lisa Wingfield is kidnapped, there are a couple of extreme closeups of her eyes as she reacts.
- The pay phone that Rhoads uses to call Wingfield has a number of 555-3631. Considering how much trouble Wingfield takes to disguise his voice over the phone, he doesn't make any effort at all at the kidnap hideout, where he talks to Kekoa and Moloney (and Lisa can hear what is going on in the next room without any problem). As well, near the end, Moloney addresses Rhoads by name, though Moloney intends to knock off Lisa because she has seen his face (and he ends up killing Rhoads).
- Rhoads drives a Lincoln Continental. The license plate, with number 9F-569, is not fastened on to the car properly when it's seen at the end of the show.
Tommy Sands plays a serious role where he doesn't get to sing: Edward Ross, director of the co-educational Makama Youth Rehabilitation Home for wayward kids. In this capacity, he is also liaison for the home with HPD's juvenile division. His rich aunt, Elizabeth Rollins, patroness of the institution, is Barbara Baxley, who appeared as the matriarch of the serial-killer family in #124, One Big Happy Family. Two kids from the home, Joey Cooper (Gregory Enton) and Jimmy Luka (Rene Abillera) are under Ross's thumb, ripping off dental supply houses for gold which is melted down and sold to Harry Lio (Harry Chang), well known to the cops for "peddling drugs and prostitutes." McGarrett uses Louie Pakoa (Rudy Ramos), a young-looking undercover cop to infiltrate the home, using the alias of Louie Keoki. When Pakoa first meets with McGarrett, he says "Ciao, baby," as he is about to leave. McGarrett gives him a stern lecture, saying ""My name is Steve or McGarrett, or Mr. McGarrett, take your pick. So let's cut this 'Ciao, baby' juvenile jive." McGarrett meets with Rollins (a "friend of the Governor") on more than one occasion to let her know about his suspicions that someone from the home is involved with the gold thefts, but relations between the two become strained to the point where Rollins breaks off their friendship. One would expect some kind of reconciliation between the two at the end of the show after Ross is arrested, but this does not happen. It turns out that McGarrett suspected everyone except her nephew, so perhaps this is just as well.
- During the first robbery seen during the show at the Kanoni Dental Supply, Cooper and Luka spray fire extinguisher foam into an alarm bell to keep it from being heard, a technique also used in How to Steal a Masterpiece. Stuntman Chuck Couch is a guard who gets shot during this robbery. Later, it is reported that the guard remembered two numbers from the van that was used, "29." Although Five-O manages to track down 26 vans using these numbers, they must have some super power to do so, because the actual plate number on the van was 91-288. .
- 30 pounds of gold (approximately 437.5 troy ounces), stolen in one of the robberies, is worth $60,000, or about $137 a Troy ounce. The price was in this neighborhood in late 1975. Danno says the price of gold "dropped over $30 an ounce in the last two years." Ths price actually dropped $30 an ounce in one month around September 1975, probably around the time the show was filmed.
- Tommy Fujiwara plays John Manoa, administrator of the home, formerly known as Fred Napa, an ex-con, who is suspected by McGarrett of being behind the gold thefts. Chuck-Chuck Akamine is Gary, one of the boys at the home. Ed Fernandez is seen very briefly as Yoshi, a detective. Arthur Meskil (uncredited) is the go-between who takes the stolen gold and delivers it to a metallurgist guy who melts it down.
- Jack Lord gets confused when Che Fong identifies a sandal print from the Kanoni robbery. The sandal belongs to Joey Cooper, but McGarrett says "That puts Joey Koa at the scene." He probably confused Cooper with Vinnie Koa, who is connected with Fujiwara's character John Manoa.
- In an HPD mug shot, Harry Lio's number is 32446.
- The music by Ray consists mostly of cheap-sounding funk and watered-down Tijuana brass.
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