Hawaii Five-O (1968-80) -- Season 9 Episode Reviews


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CLASSIC FIVE-O (1968-1980):
| Pilot Movie (Episode "0") | 1st Season (Episodes 1-23) | 2nd Season (Episodes 24-48) | 3rd Season (Episodes 49-72) | 4th Season (Episodes 73-96) | 5th Season (Episodes 97-120) | 6th Season (Episodes 121-144) | 7th Season (Episodes 145-168) | 8th Season (Episodes 169-191) | 10th Season (Episodes 215-238) | 11th Season (Episodes 239-259) | 12th Season (Episodes 260-278) | 13th Season |

NEW FIVE-0 (2010-?):
| 1st Season | 2nd Season | 3rd Season | 4th Season | 5th Season | 6th Season | 7th Season | 8th Season | 9th Season | "Next" Season |



S09E01 - Nine Dragons (Khigh Dhiegh, David Tomlinson, Michael Anderson, Jr., Dina Merrill)
S09E02 - Assault on the palace (Clu Gulager)
S09E03 - Oldest Profession -- Latest Price (Elaine Joyce, Ned Beatty)
S09E04 - Man on fire (Pat Hingle, John Hillerman, Alan Fudge)
S09E05 - Tour de Force--Killer Aboard (Cliff Gorman, Amanda McBroom)
S09E06 - The last of the great paperhangers (Kevin McCarthy, Elaine Giftos, Antony Ponzini)
S09E07 - Heads, you're dead (Paul Kaslo, John Lisbon Wood, Lou Richards)
S09E08 - Let death do us part (Zohra Lampert, Jack Kelly, Lyle Bettger)
S09E09 - Double exposure (Meg Foster, Thayer David, George Wyner)
S09E10 - Yes, my deadly daughter (Clyde Kusatsu, Irene Ya-Ling Sun)
S09E11 - Target--a cop (Don Stroud, Gerald McRaney)
S09E12 - The bells toll at noon (Rich Little, Don Knight, Milton Selzer, Mel Ferrer)
S09E13 - Man in a steel frame (Camilla Sparv, Jonathan Goldsmith)
S09E14 - Ready ... Aim... (France Nuyen, Manu Tupou, Edward James Olmos)
S09E15 - Elegy in a rain forest (William Watson)
S09E16 - Dealer's choice--blackmail (John Ritter, Nehemiah Persoff, Amanda McBroom)
S09E17 - A Capitol crime (Barnard Hughes, Dick Davalos, Sharon Farrell)
S09E18 - To die in paradise (Pamela Franklin, Christopher Connelly)
S09E19 - Blood money is hard to wash (Dane Clark, Jo Anne Worley)
S09E20 - To kill a mind (Pat Hingle, Mel Ferrer)
S09E21 - Requiem for a saddle bronc rider (George DiCenzo)
S09E22 - See how she runs (Jessica Harper, Biff McGuire, Paul Shenar)
S09E23 - Practical jokes can kill you (Lee Purcell, Allan Rich)

Previous Season (Eight) • Next Season (Ten)

The numbering system follows that in Karen Rhodes' Booking Hawaii Five-O. It also uses Season/Episode numbers, i.e., S01E01 = Season One, Episode One.

★★★★ = 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.
192. Nine Dragons ★★★★
Original air date: 9/30/76

My favorite Five-O episode. In this ninth season opener, Five-O is seen moving out of the Iolani Palace, which, in real life, was undergoing renovations connected with the American bicentennial. Five-O's offices were moved across the street to the Territorial Building. This new location actually contained the sound stages which were used for filming office interiors for the show, plus other sets. In this two-hour episode, McGarrett is in charge of supervising a deadly toxin which has been shipped to the University of Hawaii for biomedical research. There is a very strict procedure surrounding the labs where this research is taking place. At the beginning of the show, McGarrett delivers the toxin to the university with a huge police escort. He engages in some sexist sparring with Dean of Students Dr. Barbara Dalton (Dina Merrill), described later as a "champion of minority rights." When she scoffs at the excessive security over the toxin, McGarrett tells her, "You're very pretty, and I'm sure you know a lot about chemistry." Of course, where there is a deadly toxin available for the taking, Wo Fat cannot be far away, and the mastermind makes an appearance about 13 and a half minutes into the show in the guise of Professor T.L. Shang, a "teacher, author, [and] philosopher" who is visiting the University, along with his usual retinue of henchmen, including Mr. Chong (Robert Nelson). Professor Po Ling (Yankee Chang), an old colleague of Shang's from the early 1950s who also teaches at the University of Hawaii, realizes that something is fishy, and when he confronts "Shang" later, he is murdered and his car pushed off a cliff, resulting in the usual stock explosion from #73, Highest Castle, Deepest Grave. (The location where this is done is "in the middle of nowhere," which should arouse suspicion ... but Shang/Wo later suggests that Po Ling was an outspoken critic of the Communist regime, and may have been killed by undercover Chinese agents.) All of HPD must be trying to track down Po Ling's killer, because when Dr. Dalton and Wo Fat enter the top secret lab with her key (which he surreptitiously duplicates), there are seemingly no cops guarding the opposite room which contains the toxin, contrary to McGarrett's directive that the "armed guard" is supposed to be there "24 hours a day ... the door will be kept locked. There will be no admittance to anyone without exception." Wo's stooges introduce gas into the bunsen burner line identified on the cannister as "V9" and "freon" in subsequent conversations. When McGarrett gets a call from his counterpart in Hong Kong, Inspector Blake (David Tomlinson) that the real T.L. Shang has been found murdered, he rushes to the lab, but is too late, since Wo's men have already absconded with the toxin. There is plenty of of gore when the campus security guards are shot during the theft. McGarrett gives an unintentional clue to the identity of the mastermind when he tells central dispatch "full red alert." In Hong Kong, McGarrett is kidnapped by bogus cops, and taken to Wo Fat's hideout where he is horribly tortured by "behavior modification through stress." McGarrett escapes from Wo's men after making a Korean War-style confession denouncing the American government and manages to make his way back to police headquarters, where he is joined by Danno and Chin Ho, who have arrived from the mainland. The local cops and McGarrett are very quick to find the film developing lab which worked on the footage of McGarrett confessing. One of the highlights of this show is the outstanding score by Morton Stevens, especially in the scenes where McGarrett is tortured. A harpsichord melody near the beginning suggests John Barry's music to the James Bond film From Russia with Love.


193. Assault on the Palace ★★½
Original air date: 10/7/76

During the annual King Kamehameha Day parade in Honolulu, Arthur Lambert (Clu Gulager), curator of The Museum of the Pacific, stages a "historical re-enactment" of an attempted military takeover known as the Wilcox Rebellion of 1889, which is actually a coverup for a bank robbery. In order to achieve his ends, Lambert murders Professor Robert Kalani (Robert Costa, identified in the end credits as "Prof. Chang"), an expert on Hawaiian history who has seen the scenario for the re-enactment, and knows that during the original event, the soldiers went nowhere near a bank. Kalani is beaten with a shovel, and then buried alive. To get into the bank vault, Lambert uses the services of Thomas Horton (Michael McGuire), the "best bank mechanic in the business," who just got out of prison. Billy Roessler plays Taxi Joe Malua, who drives the costumed bank robbers in a Cadillac limousine (his taxi company has the stock phone number 732-5577). The parade is a good excuse for lots of stock footage with colorful photography. In fact, there seems to be a preponderance of green in the color spectrum of this show, especially in McGarrett's office, almost as if the set decorator got a good deal on green paint from a local store. After the robbery, McGarrett is very angry, saying "I want every book you can find on the subject [of the Wilcox raid] and I want them now." The costumed soldiers that Malua picks up who are not bank robbers are taken into a typical "middle of nowhere" location which seems very far away from downtown Honolulu and locked up in some building. After he finds a map at Malua's place which reveals the route the robbers are to take, McGarrett, driving with Chin and Danno in the Grand Marquis, spends what must be a long time to get to this hideout. Once he frees the men, he rushes back downtown with Danno, seemingly abandoning Chin and the men! The ending of this show is lame, with McGarrett confronting Lambert and dropping various hints that he knows someone from the museum is involved in the robbery and that the proceeds are hidden somewhere on the premises. Lambert suddenly pulls out a gun (why didn't he use the gun to kill Kalani?) and attempts to escape, but is almost immediately captured. At the end, McGarrett says "Book 'em" twice, the second time adding "Danno." Bruce Broughton's score -- one of the good things about this show -- uses a lot of menacing low brass and woodwinds.


  • McGarrett gets kissed by a policewoman who puts a lei around his neck and when his men laugh, he says, "What's so funny ... never saw a lei before?"
  • "Kului Ridge" in the DVD subtitles is spelled "Kuliouou" and Kalani's name is misspelled "Kolani" throughout. The discovery of Kalani's body produces the usual woman's scream.
  • On a wall at the Honolulu Police Department is a sign saying "Suspicious? Call 944-1212" (presumably a number for the local equivalent of Crimestoppers). At the beginning of the show, Lambert throws a piece of paper at Horton with the phone number 555-6465 (a pay phone) on it.
  • Horton identifies the bank vault as a "Carter-Wesson" model from 1912.
  • It takes over 17 minutes before we find out that Lambert is curator of the museum.
  • McGarrett is seen in his office late at night (after 2 a.m.!), wearing a red jacket, where he is typing up a report on the Wilcox raid (he types very fast). He dictates a memo into a tape recorder, expecting the Five-O team to discuss the report with him during a meeting the following morning at 9:00 a.m.

194. Oldest Profession -- Latest Price ★★★
Original air date: 10/14/76

In this "contemporary issues" show, guest star Ned Beatty is Keith Caldwell, a nasty local thug who is "tight with syndicate muscle," extorting money from prostitutes. He works for Matthew Pendleton, a gangster formerly from Detroit into "numbers, dope [and] extortion," who is played by Robert Whittans in a bigger-than-normal role. Caldwell uses a variety of M.O.s to make the women pay up to $3,000 each in protection money: drowning, blugeoning and using a remote-controlled bomb. Blonde-haired Cory (Elaine Joyce) is one of the few hookers totally opposed to paying Caldwell, and even visits McGarrett on his yacht to discuss what to do. McGarrett tells her "No deal ... tradeouts aren't my style." Cory's former boss, Charlene Jenkins (Kelly Bishop) runs a massage parlor where Caldwell brutally murders one of the employees. (The basic charge for a massage is $100.) When Cory visits Charlene and suggests they call the cops, Charlene says, "You think the cops are gonna treat us like we raise pineapples or something?" McGarrett has a brainstorm that whoever blew up the hooker at the beginning of the show was making a call from a phone near her hotel, and, not surprisingly, this is what happened ... and Frank of Frank's Fotos (Kimo Kahoano) just happened to take a picture of Caldwell as he was using the phone. At the end of the show, there is a wild car chase, with McGarrett driving his Mercury Grand Brougham like it was on a racing course. When he follows Caldwell's car over sand and grass, you can still hear McGarrett's tires squealing. If you look closely at the driver of Caldwell's car, it is obviously not him. I like the way Danno jumps into the car on the run as they are pursuing Caldwell. The music by Morton Stevens is very good, including a couple of lounge music-like sequences heard in the background.


  • Pacific Ambulances are seen twice during the show.
  • At the beginning of the show, when Duke says he's heard much higher prices for a single trick than the quoted $200, McGarrett asks how does he know. Duke says, "Chin told me." Chin Ho is totally nonplussed by this comment.
  • McGarrett calls Cory "honey" twice. Jack Lord was seriously in need of a haircut for this show. Too bad Robert Whittans had a different role than a barber!
  • When Danno shoots at the fleeing Caldwell's car, a hubcap goes flying off. But the hubcap has a red center, similar to the tires on McGarrett's car, not like those on Caldwell's.
  • The "Kilauea Apartments" are translated as "Killowaya" in the DVD subtitles.
  • While Cory is talking to McGarrett on his yacht, the wind is totally blowing her hair, but his hair hardly budges.
  • Kelly Bishop's first TV role.
  • Elaine Joyce also played a hooker in the season two show Just Lucky, I Guess.

195. Man on Fire ★★½
Original air date: 10/21/76

After five radiation-contaminated bodies are found inside an active volcano on the Big Island, Doc Bergman enlists the assistance of the obnoxious Dr. Grant Ormsbee (Pat Hingle), who McGarrett previously tangled with in #175, The Defector. Ormsbee wonders why he has been called in, saying this is "a matter better suited to the infantile trappings of a police mentality." As he enters the morgue, McGarrett is describing Ormsbee as "a pain... [one suspects he wants to say "in the ass"]." Despite their serious personality conflicts, McGarrett goes over Ormsbee's head and gets the Navy to force the physicist to work with Five-O. When he discovers the dead men came into contact with plutonium, Ormsbee describes the element as "one of the most dangerous and volatile elements known to science," saying that it can produce "internal bleeding, nausea, vomiting. Any contact ... can be fatal" (Compare this to episode #132!). The bad guys, Donald Blair (John Hillerman) and the South African Piet de Groot (Alan Fudge), are producing nuclear warheads in the basement of their company, the Medical Components Division of Unified Resources Ltd., and planning to sell them to mercenary groups like fanatic anti-black elements in Rhodesia and, conversely, terrorist organizations like the "Pan-African Strike Force." This basement is supposedly beneath Diamond Head (where I thought there was a top-secret U.S. military facility). To get into the basement, Blair has to enter via a locked vault door in his office, then go behind some metal cabinets and down an elevator. One wonders what entrance do all the other people working in the basement use? When one of the Unified Resources workers, the pregnant Leila Kapehala (Lynn Howell Morse), accidentally gets sick from leaking radiation, she visits her doctor who tells her "The baby may have to be aborted." She is later shot dead to silence her and all the letters and memorabilia relating to her ex-boyfriend, a physicist from her company and father of her child, who also died because of radiation, are removed from her mother's house. The is some interesting photography near the opening where the Five-O team and photographs of the five dead men on McGarrett's blackboard are in a tight closeup with the camera and the men moving around each other (this shot goes on for almost two minutes). Much of the repartee between McGarrett and Ormsbee is quite delightful, and when he later gets kidnapped by Blair and de Groot to complete the work that Leila's boyfriend couldn't finish, Ormsbee doles out arrogant abuse to the two bad guys as well. Unfortunately, the ending of this show is totally ridiculous. McGarrett rushes into Blair's company with a huge gun and figures out where the secret entrance to the basement is in Blair's office. Danno goes through what looks like a typical military door, presumably somewhere near Diamond Head, and comes up through a metal door in the basement floor of the company. Blair and de Groot, cornered by Five-O, roll metal cannisters filled with plutonium down an incline at McGarrett and Danno after Ormsbee says "three or more of the cannisters have to nest in order to trigger radiation." This whole scene is laughable, though if it is scientifically possible, I would certainly like to hear from someone about it.


  • One of the corpses, Rene LaSerre, looks suspiciously like Five-O director Alan Reisner -- but not in the later-received picture from Interpol!
  • When Ormsbee brings a cigar into McGarrett's office, he is offered an ashtray to put it out.
  • Blair has a good quote: "Luck is a function of good systems analysis."
  • The "trombone interval" theme is heard when Ormsbee is in his lab. The lighting during this scene, where he is confronted by de Groot, is interesting.
  • When Kapehala gets someone from personnel to phone Blair earlier on to check on the now-dead father of her baby, Blair's attractive secretary Janice (Ann Ramos) listens for about three seconds, then spends nine seconds relating the conversation, concluding "They were apparently involved and now she's hapai," a pidgin word meaning "with child." Later when he is talking to Leila's supervisor, Blair says, "I know Leila's pregnant, that's her private affair -- no pun intended."
  • This is the first Five-O show for Pauly Gardner, a hot blonde playing Peg Wilson, one of the volcanologists who discovers the bodies at the beginning of the show. When her professor cautions her about breathing in any of the noxious volcanic gases, she giggles that it "might give us a terrific high."
  • The front page of the Honolulu Advertiser is shown with a headline that is not only using capital letters correctly, but in all red type: "Five Bodies Found in Volcano."
  • Is it possible to say that radiation poisoning was caused by some specific element? Again, help is needed from scientific types!
  • As a condition of working for Blair and de Groot, Ormsbee wants a box of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars (an actual brand), stressing that he wants them from Cuba, not some Philippine imitation. When de Groot doesn't know what this is, Ormsbee calls him a "moron." Considering the embargo on Cuban goods began in the early 1960s, this must have been a difficult request to fulfill.
  • Blair talks to McGarrett about Leila, who is not in the office because she is off sick, suggesting that she is somewhere goofing around at a picnic or surfing: "You know these people [suggesting lazy Hawaiians]," to which McGarrett replies, "Yes, perhaps a lot better than you do." Blair sort of apologizes for what he said: "Look, I didn't mean that to sound..."

196. Tour de Force -- Killer Aboard ★★★
Original air date: 10/28/76

At the beginning of the show, a mysterious CIA type is found dead on a plane sitting in "the last seat by the window on the right hand side" according to the stewardess. But he is on the left side of the plane, if you are facing towards the front. Of course, the stewardess (Susie Burke) screams when she realizes the guy is dead. McGarrett is alert to the case by Danno while his car is being washed by some kids for a charity Benefit Alumni Fund. After pumping Jonathan Kaye (Bill Edwards) for information, McGarrett determines the murder is connected with an assassination attempt to be made at a top-secret meeting in Honolulu of six OPEC ministers in the Ilikai Hotel, which gets a credit at the end for "production assistance." Cliff Gorman plays Raymond, a.k.a. Robert Huston, the nasty assassin, who stabs the Ilikai Hotel's public relations director Julia Lewis (Udana Power) to death in Paradise Park (but where is the blood?) when she won't reveal info about the OPEC summit. Interesting that they end up at this location, since they were headed for "Ala Moana" -- both the park and shopping center with this name are about 3 blocks from the hotel. Later on in the show, there is a shot of the torch lighting ceremony at the Ilikai which takes place every evening. Chin Ho drags one of the tour passengers who is a suspect in the stabbing named Vaughn (Boris Aplon) to the Five-O office where he addresses McGarrett as "pal." McGarrett says, "Don't call me pal." Vaughan offers "that fat dame sitting next to me" as an alibi. When they let him go back to his golf game, Vaughan says, "I was on the fourteenth hole when Charlie Chan there picked me up." McGarrett says, "Let Charlie Chan there know where you can be reached in case we want to talk to you again." After he goes, McGarrett says to Chin: "It looks like we're back to 'go', Charlie." When Danno cannot complete his interviewing of passengers from the plane regarding the stabbed CIA man, McGarrett decides to send Sandi Welles (Amanda McBroom) posing as a tour guide along with the passengers to Maui to keep an eye on them. While they are there, she develops a romantic attraction to Huston. McGarrett and Danno don't pay any attention to her when she and Huston get off the plane as they return to Honolulu, perhaps because they are too preoccupied with the OPEC ministers' plane which arrives shortly after. A Saudi official gives McGarrett a lot of mouth about security, but McGarrett says as long as they are in his jurisdiction, he is in charge, and if they don't like it, they can leave. Sandi and Huston take a Bernie's Cab (phone number 732-5577) to the Ilikai where he ties her up in a broom closet with a towel for a gag. When Huston gets shot at the end (in the nick of time), he plunges from the hotel balcony in the usual stock shot. Only one slight problem: when we see Huston about to break into the OPEC ministers' room, it's on the 24th floor, and the man who is shot falls from the 18th floor. It's obviously a stunt man on the Ilikai balcony prior to this, especially since he has curly hair and a different hairline than Gorman! The stunt work is spectacular.


Dave Watson from Canada sent me the following pictures which were taken behind the scenes while this episode was being filmed: #1. Dave with Kam Fong. #2. Kam Fong ready for his scene. #3. Jack Lord's trailer with Five-O license plate. #4. Jack Lord prepares to sign autographs. #5. Herman Wedemeyer. #6. Episode guest star Cliff Gorman. #7. Closeup of James MacArthur. #8. Another closeup of James MacArthur.

197. The Last of the Great Paperhangers ★★★
Original air date: 11/4/76

Kevin McCarthy, who starred in Five-O's first episode, returns as Hunter R. Hickey, a master forger ("paperhanger"), recently released from Leavenworth, where he was sent several years before after testimony from McGarrett. He forges McGarrett's signature on a requisition form for $14,302 of furniture, and then masterminds the theft of $200,000 of U.S. Navy payroll money using a forged government check. When the papers report on corruption in the Five-O office about how McGarrett spent the money on the furniture which never was delivered, McGarrett comments, "From a newspaper columnist and they're talking about corruption? That's funny." McGarrett's signature is obtained via a kid who gets him to sign a copy of Honolulu Magazine with his picture on the cover. The kid then turns over the magazine to Hickey's assistant Janice Lockman (Elaine Giftos). When the magazine arrives in Hickey's hands later so the forger can practice his penmanship and add the signature to the requisition form, it has a signature using a much thicker pen than the one McGarrett used while signing. Chin Ho and Duke are assigned to engage in the usual obvious tailing, following Hickey around town. When Janice switches places with Hickey, leaving him to pull off the payroll scam, can't Chin and Duke see that it's a woman? Overall, this is a light-hearted episode, with McCarthy playing a most charming crook. The score by Broughton, which is top-notch, sounds a lot like Morton Stevens!


  • At the beginning of the show, Hickey leaves a Hawaiian doll in the office via his safecracking associate Mack (Anthony Ponzini). The significance of this doll is never explained.
  • When Hickey sets up a dummy bank account for the Pacific Equipment Company which is involved with the furniture scam, he goes to the Hawaii National Bank. But a close look at the account registration form shows that it is for the Crocker National Bank and the section where Hickey signs as "Abner Hobson" is actually pasted on to the form over a section of terms and conditions concerning the account.
  • Hickey is annoyed about a story planted in the Honolulu Advertiser with a headline "Five-O Seeks Master Forger." Only the first paragraph makes sense in relation to the headline.
  • McGarrett describes one of his brainstorms as "a wild hunch ... or wistful thinking."
  • It's amazing that Chin Ho finds the kid involved with the magazine signature just based on the fact that he is a little leaguer wearing a ball cap.
  • McGarrett is seen coming out of a Waikiki Rotary Club luncheon where he was the guest speaker. It looks like he is walking down the steps with the Governor, but the Governor doesn't say anything.
  • Elaine Giftos is over 30 years younger (born 1945) than Kevin McCarthy (born 1914, still alive and active in films in 2010!). Mack was played by Anthony Ponzini (born 1933, passed away in 2002).
  • Hickey stays at the Ilikai Hotel.
  • McGarrett's final words to Danno are actually "Danno, book 'em."

198. Heads, You're Dead ★★★
Original air date: 11/11/76

In this show, filmed with the assistance of the Coast Guard, Five-O investigates the hijacking of yachts which are then used to transport heroin from Asia to the Hawaiian islands. All the yachts' owners and crews are murdered. Amanda McBroom reappears as Sandi Welles. She is partnered with Danno, who looks silly wearing an undercover outfit consisting of "hip" clothing: bell-bottom pants, a tank top and a conch shell necklace (and Sandi tells him so). When she is separated from Danno, Sandi ends up kidnapped by the white trash hijacking gang, which includes Paul Koslo as Charlie Turner, the boss, and John Lisbon Wood as "Bama" Melton, an inbred character with bad teeth and a backwoods accent. She gets tied up with a towel in her mouth, same as in Tour de Force -- Killer Aboard earlier this season. When the yacht is at sea, she and three crewmen are thrown into the drink and given a life raft with two holes punctured in it. As a shark approaches the raft, Sandy says "I sure hope he hasn't seen that movie," referring to Jaws. There is plenty of high seas action, with Jack Hogan as Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Frank Brannen. The ending, with McGarrett promising to replace Sandy's police badge (which she threw away earlier to avoid detection) is sucky.


  • When McGarrett finds the yacht where the parents of Lou Richards' character are dead, he cautions the Coast Guard men not to touch anything. But he picked up the ship's radio to make a call! The blood of the murdered skipper on the deck looks phony, a bit too red. This boat is located on the North Shore of Oahu, at a place which is pronounced "Koala Bay," but spelled "Kawela Bay" in the DVD subtitles. Later McGarrett pronounces "Kawela Bay" correctly.
  • Chin Ho brings an elderly Chinese man (Yan Hoon Chang) to McGarrett's office who unknowingly helped the bad guys to escape from the North Shore. Chin tells McGarrett: "All Caucasians look alike to him." The old man gets a kick out of sitting in McGarrett's chair.
  • The Hong Kong cops trace a call to a Hawaiian pay phone: 555-8986.
  • In one scene when the three bad guys are relaxing on the boat, it looks like there is someone else's shadow in the picture.
  • Stock shots of cop cars are seen setting up a roadblock near a freeway entrance. There is also a lot of stock footage of the yacht race at the beginning of the show.
  • Sandi's address is 137 Kapaloa Street.
  • Charlie tells McGarrett to "go to hell" near the end of the show.
  • Peter Harris recalls that this episode may be based on a true story: "I read a Reader's Digest article circa 1973 where the boat-jackers didn't kill anybody, although they DID flip a dime to see if they would. The story was entitled 'A Dime of Pure Gold,' since the boat-jackers tossed it into the life raft for the victims to carry. The victims had water and several flares to signal passers-by, but they were far to the south of Hawaii (most trade routes are far to the north), and they were scared to death. I think the boat-jackers were arrested shortly after the rescue and sent up the river -- just not for murder. The article would have been condensed from another publication. The boat-jackers would have had a legitimate case (morally, anyway) to be portrayed in fiction as the gang who killed the entire crew before sailing, punctured a hole in the life raft, and blew away a Coast Guard desk gunner (yes, Paul Koslo's character did all of this before another gunner cut him in half with an assault rifle). But it was definitely a torn-from-the-headlines story."

199. Let Death do Us Part
Original air date: 11/18/76
Timings: Teaser: 0:33; Main Titles: 0:57; Act One: 10:44; Act Two: 11:52; Act Three: 16:02; Act Four: 8:54; End Credits: 0:41; Total Time: 49:43.

This show is very complicated. Jim Spier (Jack Kelly), in jail for murdering Helen Newhall, an older, wealthy widow who became his wife, escapes from the Halawa Correctional Facility where he was a model prisoner who refused parole twice because he wants to prove his innocence. He breaks into the filing cabinet of Karl Norton (Lyle Bettger), the detective (now retired) who was responsible for his conviction and steals paperwork related to the case, later claiming that the "fink egomaniac" Norton conspired to frame him. Spier also harasses his wife's daughter, Anita Newhall (Zohra Lampert), a woman described as "one flaky lady," who is into New Age activities like communicating with the dead via an Ouija board. When Danno says of the spiritualistically-inclined Anita after he gets nowhere interviewing her, "I couldn't connect with her astral plane," McGarrett suggests, on his way to see her: "Maybe my kharma is more in tune." Anita hires Norton to guard her estate, and when Norton confronts Spier at her house, she surprisingly shoots Norton dead and then blames it on Spier when Five-O shows up later. A mysterious "other woman" named Edna Kentner is also involved. Looking for clues about Kentner, Danno interviews a stewardess (Valli Hanley) on the ramp which leads from the Ilikai Hotel to the beach. The flight attendant recalls not only that Kentner (or someone fitting her description) left Hawaii the day after Helen was murdered, but she also recommended the woman see a dentist friend of hers in San Francisco for some problems she was having with her teeth. Does this make sense, considering how long Spier was in jail (for murder!)? The stewardess suggests that she was interviewed by the police about the case years before, but Norton says that Kentner, Spier's alibi for where he was at the time of the murder, was never located. Spier finally gives himself up to Chin Ho and Duke, and in the Five-O office, tells McGarrett that he and Helen had an "arrangement," which resulted in him having one-night stands with other women because "the physical thing [with Helen] didn't work out." The finale of this show requires a lot of attention. "Edna Kentner" returns to Anita's house, and is discovered to be none other than Helen, her mother, who had a "traumatic loss of memory" after she returned home and caught Spier and the real Edna having sex (she says she confronted Edna "naked" in her bathroom). Helen attacked Edna, who fell in the bathtub, striking her head. Possibly Edna was still alive, but Anita went to the bathroom and finished her off, then arranged for her mother to move to San Francisco under an alias. One wonders where was Spier while all this was going on? McGarrett books both women at the end for conspiracy. The music by Broughton is very modern-sounding, especially the final "confession" music.


  • When Spier goes over the chain-link fence at the beginning of the show, he could probably go through the large gap in the gate near him. The fence looks like it is going to collapse!
  • Chin Ho says "Charlie Chan knows all," referring to himself when he figures out an important clue.
  • McGarrett is annoyed, saying "I want this case cleaned up." He tells the Five-O team to "check every beauty parlor in the state" to find Claudine Hessler (Linda Ryan), a beautician friend of Spier's. The Five-O office number of 732-5577 is on a "wanted" poster for Hessler.
  • McGarrett mispronounces "alias" as "a-less" .
  • Very interesting lighting in the scene where Anita shoots Norton.
  • I like the way the Five-O crew stiff Manicote for the tab at lunch!

200. Double Exposure ★★★½
Original air date: 12/2/76

Like #83, A Matter of Mutual Concern, this show is totally off the wall. This was done intentionally, according to the late Seth Sakai, to whom I spoke at the 1999 Five-O Reunion. The director, Sutton Roley, told Sakai that the plot of the show was clichéd and ridiculous, so they made the two villains as wacky as possible to compensate. This was the first time that Sakai shaved his head for a part, and he wears a huge gold earring to boot. Sakai plays Vincent Kauoli, a mobster "returning from the dead" to Oahu. He soon finds himself locked in a bitter power struggle with another mob boss, Doyle Weston (Thayer David), complicated by wavering loyalties from two double-crossing (but well-dressed) thugs, Allen Sherick and Angelo Okima (George Wyner and John Gracciano respectively). Weston is a real piece of work -- a crippled and hypochondriac Japanophile (into "gambling, prostitution, drugs, porno") who wears kabuki-like makeup, has an opium den in his house, eats baby food and listens to the sound of a koto. (David was only about 45 when this episode was filmed, he looks much older.) In addition to all this, Danno is portrayed as a real hustler on his days off, getting to know former actress, now photographer Ann Waring (Meg Foster) very well in only a couple of hours. The two of them are seen having a picnic, where Danno gives her a couple of deep kisses. Danno must have love on the brain, because he tells a hotel clerk not to touch a pair of sunglasses in Ann's mailbox, but when he finds Ann missing from her room (#759), he doesn't hesitate to pick up her phone, thus ruining any potential fingerprints on it. McGarrett abuses Danno for taking a personal call from Ann in his office, saying "Isn't that sweet?" Beau Vanden Ecker as punk Sammy Nolo has a cool stunt, flying up onto the hood of a car, breaking its windshield and then falling into a canal. According to Five-O stuntman John Thorp, the breaking glass was likely produced by putting explosive charges around the windshield which were activated by the driver when Vanden Ecker hit the window. This could have been one of the top episodes -- the acting, photography, editing and music (Broughton) are all outstanding. Unfortunately, the ending is appallingly stupid. McGarrett suddenly appears out of nowhere in a helicopter and drills everyone in sight with a machine gun as the Five-O team and HPD are forced to drop their weapons while trying to rescue Ann at Kauoli's place. As well, Danno, who threw his gun on the ground, suddenly pulls another one out of a holster!


  • The photography is especially noteworthy in this episode. There are plenty of closeup shots of the lead actors' faces, plus some jerky hand-held camera at the beginning as Sherrick and Okima drive their huge car through thick brush in pursuit of some guy they are trying to run over. Danny Kamekona as Captain Tanaka, the skipper of the yacht that brought Kauoli back to Hawaii, is subject to an intense interrogation in McGarrett's office with odd angles and film noir-like lighting.
  • Waring drives a Porsche, license number 2B-2814.
  • Sherrick has a great line when he tells Weston: "Like Mack the Knife, 'old Vince is back in town'." So does Kauoli, when he tells Weston how he is getting rid of the latter's men: "I'm having them dumped in the nearest sewer."
  • Although ridiculous, the stunts with McGarrett (or Jack Lord's double) hanging on to the helicopter while shooting at the car containing Kauoli, Sherrick and Okima below, are pretty spectacular.
  • When the car flies over the cliff near the end and bursts into flames, some of this sequence is re-used in the Jack Lord production M Station Hawaii, which was filmed post-Five-O.

201. Yes, My Deadly Daughter ★★½
Original air date: 12/16/76 --

Kwan Hi Lim has a major role in this show as the gangster Chang Liu, with Irene Yah-Ling Sun playing Lee Mei, his duplicitous daughter who totally sucks up to her father in a pouty manner. She arranges for her boyfriend Jerry Quan (Clyde Kusatsu), leader of the Wo Chings, "one of the most powerful street gangs in Honolulu," to steal four million dollars of her father's laundered money and later has Jerry cold-bloodedly murdered by her father's "main man" Varna (Paul Hecht). Although McGarrett for the most part is just going through the motions in this show, he busts into Chang's office saying "I don't like waiting rooms, I have a busy schedule." He does this with such rapidity that he probably overheard Chang telling Varna "I give you twenty-four hours to find the money." Chin Ho is very energetic in this episode, running after a gang member, screaming at some punks in the police lockup, and capturing Varna at the end. Duke (or his stunt double) has to jump out of the way to escape being run over by Lee Mei's car. At the show's finale, when Varna forces Lee Mei to show him where the money is hidden, she says that they can't get to the money before it's dark (how far away can the money be from Honolulu?), and that she has "arranged to stay [overnight] with a friend -- someone we can trust". This seems like a plot device to give Che Fong time to reconstruct pieces of a map that Lee Mei burned that shows the location of the cash. Lee Mei says that the two of them can "stay together tonight" at her friend's place. After the two of them arrive at the water tower where the money is hidden, presumably the next day, her father suddenly appears out of nowhere, having been tipped off by Varna. But how could her father know its location and beat her to it? Did she tell Varna where the money was while they were staying at the "friend's" the night before and Varna passed the information along to his boss? Even Five-O and the cops have to follow the two of them because they don't know where the money is! At the end, Lee Mei is as slimy as her father, telling him the only reason she wanted to steal his money was to show him what she could do, that she was sick of being "treated like some sort of ornament." In the previous show, McGarrett appeared in a helicopter at the end. In this one, McGarrett also makes an appearance in a helicopter (number N96[or 8]14F)at the end, directing his crew from above with a megaphone, but there is also a helicopter at the beginning of the show, bringing Chang's financial wizard Ray Vincent (Carl Botefuhr) back to Hawaii with the laundered cash. In the previous show, the gangster played by Seth Sakai in the previous show was named Vincent Kauoli.


202. Target -- A Cop ★★★½
Original air date: 12/23/76

Nathan Purdy (Don Stroud), who was paralyzed by a rookie cop's bullet during a robbery but is pretending to be a wounded veteran, monitors police incidents around Honolulu with a scanner. Later he calls in similar incidents to the dispatch number and shoots the cops in revenge when they show up. McGarrett says that Purdy has "turned cop killing into a science." While Purdy is not a nice guy, perhaps Five-O was unintentionally making a positive statement about handicapped people, because Purdy can certainly get around even though he is disabled (and despite, one would suspect, the lack of handicapped facilities in 1970's Hawaii). Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, he plays basketball, so well he is featured in the local papers and is described by his ex-Marine doper friend Tim Ryder (Gerald McRaney) as "Jerry Lucas on wheels." Purdy also manages to get around in his car. However, when Danno and Chin Ho are checking files with the "iron brain" and come across Purdy's name as a suspect, they note he is a paraplegic and say "It can't be him." McGarrett quotes Outwitted, a poem by Edwin (McGarrett says "Edward") Markham which inspires him to set a trap for Purdy. Two cops rig a stereo in an apartment to play loud music so multiple complaint calls can be made to get Purdy's attention. When McGarrett and Danno go to this location, and one of the cops inside addresses them as "sweets" when they knock on the door, thinking it is some next-door stewardesses. McGarrett says to Danno, "Sweets? He must mean you." In the apartment, the telephone is hung up with the receiver backwards. When Ryder gets nabbed by the cops after he flips his car, the cops are convinced that he is the sniper, especially when there is lots of evidence to connect him to the crimes including Purdy's high-powered rifle which Ryder stole by mistake out of Purdy's trunk, thinking -- because of its case -- that it was a guitar. McGarrett is skeptical, saying that he "can't accept the fact that junkie could shoot that well." Police Captain Sakai (Seth Sakai) calls off the stakeout. Then Purdy phones in a complaint about a blaring stereo coming from a car in a parking garage in the same building. McGarrett has a brainstorm that this may be the real sniper and he and Danno show up at the scene both wearing HPD cops' uniforms. When McGarrett looks around the garage, he first looks at some white convertible, whereas the noise is actually coming from a dark car like a Mustang with a sunroof. After an encounter with Purdy, who almost shoots him, McGarrett suddenly flashes on the tire tracks made by Purdy's wheelchair, remembering there were similar tracks at one of the shooting scenes. Purdy is shot dead, and when Danno feels Purdy's neck for a pulse and finds none, he says "Pau," meaning "finished." The subtitles just translate this as "Oh."


  • The scene where Ryder flips his 1968 Mercury Cougar on the freeway exit is used again in #220, The Ninth Step. The license number on the car is 5B-8000.
  • Although Seth Sakai is addressed by McGarrett as "Captain Sakai" and refers to himself with this name, in the end credits he is "Captain Charles." Sakai told me at the 1999 Five-O Reunion that Jack Lord was responsible for this name change. Sakai's character's name is misspelled "Sukai" throughout the DVD subtitles. The subtitles also goof up when the Central Dispatch operator (Jo Pruden) says "Suspect proceeding mauka [meaning "toward the mountains"] on Punchbowl," translating this word as "Malga" (!).
  • At one point, you can see the crack in Don Stroud's ass when he falls out of his wheelchair.
  • Bernard Ching is Officer Ichiro and Terry Plunkett plays Oni, the owner of a pawnshop ("oni" means "devil" in Japanese).
  • Mrs. Pelcher (silent screen actress Dorothy Mackaill), an old lady who lives at 2809 Lanikai, insists she be called "Ms." rather than "Mrs." when talking to one of two cops who Purdy shoots in her front yard. Ms. Pelcher's dog's name is "Stonewall." Aside from some TV appearances in 1953, this was Mackaill's first TV or film appearance since 1937.
  • There are at least two scenes where the Honolulu streets are seen soaking wet from rain.
  • McGarrett quote: "The hearts and minds of the criminal community do not change overnight." Another one, said to the two cops who are setting up the loud stereo so bogus complaints can be generated: "I have absolute faith in your ability to create a disturbance."
  • One of the cops rigging the setup, a blonde guy, is named MacDougall, presumably the same character as in #176, Sing a Song of Suspense, played by Shelley Novack.
  • When Purdy asks Ryder if he is still using heroin, Ryder says that he is now on "meth" -- referring to methadone.
  • The word "duff" (meaning "ass") is heard during the show.
  • Purdy keeps a list of potential police calls to follow up on, including peeping tom, noisy hi-fi, baby crying, Pelcher (referring to Mrs. above; part of her street address, 29, is visible), skateboarders."

203. The Bells Toll at Noon ★★★★
Original air date: 1/6/77 --

An outstanding episode, with Rich Little playing himself as Johnny Kling, a former drug addict who is obsessed with old movies and who does impressions of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, W.C. Fields and Humphrey Bogart. When Makame Maile, a young girl he was in love with, dies from a drug overdose, he seeks revenge on the three people who sold, distributed and imported the heroin. Charlie Hazard is the dealer. He is shot dead on the steps of a church (similar to Cagney in The Roaring Twenties) as he is about to meet with Father Neill (Mel Ferrer in a cameo, prior to a starring role eight episodes later in #211, To Kill a Mind). Milton Selzer is James Kellman, the distributor. He is shot through the stomach, then bandaged like a mummy and made to fall, like Cagney again, through the door of a motel closet, similar to the finale of The Public Enemy. The "wave" after Kellman hits the floor is accompanied by the sounds of a 78 RPM record which has been playing "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" -- just like in the original movie -- clicking repeatedly as the music ends -- creepy! For his grand finale, Kling kidnaps the importer, Paul Thayler (Don Knight, in a relatively restrained performance) and takes him to the top of a storage tank in an oil refinery, similar to the end of the Cagney film White Heat. McGarrett manages to figure out this climactic scenario with the help of a movie projectionist, played by Kwan Hi Lim, at a theater which shows old films where Kling was a regular customer. Rushing to the scene of a local refinery, they persuade Kling to give up, after which he does a dance like Cagney from Yankee Doodle Dandy. The musical score by Stevens is one of his very best, suggesting right from the beginning that something is not right, with a sinuous clarinet theme over unsettling strings.

The episode is "suggested by a story by James Breig," the only episode with such a credit.

James Brieg explains: "I am the editor of a Catholic newspaper in Albany, NY. It's called The Evangelist. But I also write a weekly syndicated TV column for several Catholic newspapers around the country. I was also a huge 'Hawaii Five-O' fan. So I wrote a column about the show and how great Jack Lord was. Somehow, he saw the column and dropped me a note of thanks. Seeing an opportunity, I wrote back and asked for a telephone interview, which he granted -- perhaps because he was pleased with my column but also perhaps because he was from New York State (he asked about the condition of the Hudson River) and was raised a Catholic.

During the phone interview, I asked the cliché question: 'What's the most difficult part of doing a weekly series?' He said, 'Coming up with good scripts.'

Seeing another opportunity, I decided to write a script, which turned into 'Bells.' I sent it to him and soon got a call from the producer saying they would like to buy the story. Of course, I was excited that it had been considered good enough to actually use. (By the way, I wrote it with Frank Gorshin in mind; he had been on the show a couple of times.)

My script was rewritten; I don't think an original word of mine remains. But the essential story and outline of scenes is the same as my original, and the characters are my invention. The plot line -- someone who can't carry out his crimes unless he is imitating famous movie gangsters -- was later lifted for a theatrical movie, which didn't do very well (I forget its title).

I was thrilled when the episode finally aired. All of my relatives and co-workers tuned in; I didn't have a VCR at that time. But later, when the episode ran in syndication and I had a VCR, I taped it and still have a copy.

I tried to sell them another script, but they didn't bite. So that was the end of my Hollywood career. But out of it I got a letter from Jack Lord, a phone conversation with him, a story on TV and a check.

When he died, all of these memories came back to me. Jack Lord was the target of lots of comedians, but I found him to be very cooperative and pleasant. He certainly didn't have to read my submission, much less direct it himself. It remains a high point of my life."


204. Man in a Steel Frame ★★★★
Original air date: 1/13/77

This is the best episode showing that "McGarrett has a life." He's seen with his foreign-accented girlfriend Cathi Ryan (Camilla Sparv), who is a dress designer (like Jack Lord's real-life wife, Marie). The two of them are seen flirting at a fashion show, playing tennis and relaxing on McGarrett's yacht. Most of Cathi's appearances in this show are in flashbacks, however, since she gets knocked off four minutes into the show and McGarrett is set up in a very professional way to make it look like he did it. There is major inattention given to potential fingerprints after this happens, not only by McGarrett, who picks up the phone, but also Detective Chick Matsuda (Terry Plunkett). When the phone and his car radio do not work, McGarrett has to drive to a phone booth at the Makai Pier to make the call (see To Kill a Mind, later in this season, as well as M Station Hawaii). The articles in the newspaper with the large headline about McGarrett being arrested for murder as usual have nothing to do with the subject, but at least the headlines are in World War II-style capitals for a change. It's touching the way that the Five-O staff chip in to post McGarrett's bail. When McGarrett gets too involved in his own case later, there is some major screaming between McGarrett, Danno and Manicote in the latter's office. The Five-O boss threatens gangster Sam Wailua (Alan Naluai) physically and otherwise in the Five-O office, so seriously that Wailua spills the beans on where Malcolm Vaughn (Jonathan Goldsmith), the pro who killed Cathi and set up McGarrett is hiding on Maui. There's a cool fight in the surf at the end as McGarrett beats the shit out of Vaughn, punching him at least 7 times in the face, and there is no swelling music (or any music at all) as the final act comes to a close. The music by Ray is a peculiar mixture of banal and weird.


  • The bad guy, Jonathan Goldsmith, is more recently known for appearing in Dos Equis beer television commercials as "The Most Interesting Man in the World."
  • When McGarrett is trying to call the operator after he recovers from being knocked unconscious, there is a shadow of some crew member or equipment on the lamp in front of him.
  • The DVD subtitles identify Plunkett's character as "Chit" Matsuda, through his name is actually "Chick." (The end credits just list him as "Lt. Matsuda.")
  • Che Fong's hair is somewhat longer and greyer than in the previous season. Danny Kamekona is the grey-haired prison mastermind Charlie Ing. Elissa Dulce Hoopai appears as "Nali," girlfriend of the hitman Vaughn, in a non-speaking role for about 30 seconds, though she gets credit at the end. Fred Ball is a clerk at the Ilikai Hotel.
  • McGarrett to Cathi: "Some cops are 'super' when you get to know them." He tells Wailua: "I don't make deals."
  • The subtitles translate the word "paniolo" ("cowboy" in Hawaiian) as "Boni Oro" (!!) and later as "Paniola."
  • Because McGarrett does not know what the killer looked like, whenever Vaughn is seen in flashbacks, his face is covered with mask-like material.
  • If you look carefully behind McGarrett in the passenger seat at approximately 36:16 and after on the DVD set as he and Danno are driving, you can see a man's head in the back seat (maybe the sound technician for the scene?). Thanks to Robert Ryan for pointing this out.

205. Ready... Aim... ★★
Original air date: 1/20/77 --

In sort of a twist to the usual white-guys-playing-Asians, this episode features the very Hawaiian Manu Tupou playing a Japanese police lieutenant named Kimo Nahashi. He is friends with a woman named Iso Taguchi (France Nuyen) who works in a Honolulu Japanese restaurant/"tea house" called the Nuuanu Onsen ("onsen" is the Japanese word for "hot springs"). Nahashi met Iso in Japan, and he has sent her, a naturalized American citizen, to Honolulu to help him with his investigation of a racket smuggling handguns to Japan, where gun control laws are very strict. (McGarrett makes some peculiar remark, wondering if Nahashi would be in Hawaii if the gun laws in the USA were stricter. Nahashi replies to McGarrett: "I didn't say that, you did.") It is never made clear why Iso is particularly qualified to help Nahashi with his investigation. Does she have some special expertise to track down the stolen guns? How is it that she takes a job at the Onsen where one of the chefs, Nick Tanaki, is involved with the gun running that is controlled by a big boss named Morrison (Roger Perry) and his slimy underling Benny "Dancer" Dansero (Edward James Olmos)? There is a very peculiar scene after Nahashi escapes from the hospital where he is taken after he suffers head injuries when his car is driven off the road by Dancer's hired gun, Robert Makala (Jimmy Borges). Iso drives out to the middle of nowhere in her Ford Pinto (license number W-220) to meet Nahashi, but before he can get in her car, Five-O suddenly shows up and whisks him away to their office to be interrogated by McGarrett. Iso is sitting there in her car, mere feet away, watching all this (there is no one else nearby), and nobody bothers to connect her to what is going on or question her? Huh? As well, one wonders how Five-O knew that Nahashi was at this location in the first place. (The scene looks like it is on Sand Island, by the way, and in the background is a tower highly reminiscent of one used by a sniper in an earlier episode which featured Nuyen -- #161, Small Witness, Large Crime.)


206. Elegy in a Rain Forest ★★★★
Original air date: 1/27/77 --
Opening Credits -- End Credits

William Watson gives his best Five-O performance in this near-perfect episode as the very nasty Marcus Lucien, who escapes while being transported to prison to serve a sentence for multiple rape/murders. He escapes into the mountains where Attorney-General Manicote's daughter Karen (Laurie Prange) just happens to be on a field trip where she has gotten lost and is under the care of a mute "nature boy" David (Edward Gallardo). Lucien, known as a "butcher" who killed six girls, is totally psycho -- when he comes upon a hippie pad, he tells the two occupants, "Hey, you're under arrest," and laughs ... then becomes deadly serious, saying "Let's have a party." (He murders both of them.) He forces David and Karen to lead him across the mountains, leering at her and licking his lips as he tells her "We wouldn't want him [David] lookin' on when we get to know each other, would you?" When he confronts McGarrett, Lucien again flip-flops between lunatic babbling and seriousness. McGarrett wears a straw hat throughout much of this episode. Beau Vanden Ecker appears briefly as Lucien's karate-chopping associate Homer Womano. The only thing that bugs me about this show is Manicote suddenly whipping out a gun to shoot Lucien near the end. The guy is Attorney-General, for gosh sakes! (McGarrett manages to miraculously find his own gun which Lucien forced him to throw over a cliff.) Bruce Broughton's score is excellent and the photography, much of it hand-held, is well-suited to the mountainous locations.


207. Dealer's Choice -- Blackmail ★★★
Original air date: 2/3/77

John Ritter guests stars as Mike Welles, brother of officer Sandi (Amanda McBroom). While escaping from an illegal gambling den after the cops raid it, Mike witnesses the hit-and-run killing of a policeman by casino boss Victor Palua (Nehemiah Persoff), noting the license number of Palua's car, which is 6B-4913. McGarrett is very touched by the death of the cop, Sgt. George Tatupu (Ernest Chan), who he has known for over 20 years. Mike uses the incident for blackmail purposes, because he is up to his eyeballs in debt from gambling, owing $10,000 that the menacing Willy Vance (John Duke Russo) is coming to collect. Several characters are seen saying the name of Palua's travel agency (a front for his gambling interests), Surf and Sand International, but their words don't match their lips. They are actually saying "Sand and Surf International," which conflicted with some real company (thanks to Karen Rhodes for this). When McGarrett talks about interviewing the old "madam" Margie Clayton (Jorie Remus) who is now a real estate agent, Danno and Duke both chuckle. Danno says: "Want to see Marj alone, Steve?" Jed Rucker, Mike's boss and Sandy's boyfriend, owner of Pan-Island Tours where Mike works as a guide, is played by Joe Moore, currently a popular news announcer on KHON-TV in Honolulu. This is the last appearance of Sandi Wells. Too bad she couldn't have returned in the twelfth season!


  • McGarrett gives Sandi words of wisdom regarding Mike's addiction: "Gambling is a disease, just as chronic as alcoholism, and the only way to heal it is through professional help."
  • Sandi's badge number is 244.
  • Parking in a garage managed by Robert Luck costs 45 cents per half hour. A can of pop from an ice cream truck is 25 cents.
  • McGarrett is seen dictating a letter to Brian Sleven, Royal Hong Kong Police Commissioner.
  • Prior to arriving at the airport where he is supposed to give Mike more blackmail money, Palua is seen driving on a typical "middle of nowhere" road which can only accommodate one car.

208. A Capitol Crime ★★★
Original air date: 2/17/77 --

McGarrett has his hands full in this show. First, Jimmy Borges' stage show at the Palm Plaza Hotel is taken over by an aggrieved senior citizen, 71-year-old Clinton Palmer (Bernard Hughes), who has a bomb attached to his body. He threatens to blow up several people, including Borges, if the Governor (identified by Palmer as "Paul Jameson") doesn't respond to his concerns about being evicted from his home which is on the grounds of a new youth center development. When he finally gets this situation defused, there is another problem. Mary Beth Rogers makes her way to the stage on the pretext of being Palmer's daughter, and demands her boyfriend George Hawley (Dick Davalos), a big time criminal being expedited to the mainland, be freed immediately. McGarrett tells the Governor, "This is not my day." Borges, introduced as the "crown prince of tranquility," gives a very good performance as an entertainer, which is what he is in real life. Sharon Farrell is off-the-wall as Hawley's desperate girlfriend. The stage show is colorful, both on and off stage, with closeups of tourists in the audience.


209. To Die in Paradise ½ STAR
Original air date: 2/24/77 --

Dennis (Christopher Connelly) and Quincy (Stephen Young), two "irrational and unpredictable" amateur kidnappers nab singer Bobbie Jo Bell, a.k.a. "The Southern Belle" (British actress Pamela Franklin) to extort half a million dollars from her manager Stanley Ducco (Tommy Leonetti). The two of them are seeking revenge after Ducco had them investigated on the mainland for making bootleg cassette tapes, which led to a prison term for both. The two of them flee with Bobbie Joe to Kauai, where their boat is destroyed shortly after they land. The scenery in this show is nice, though one wonders if it's really "Kauai," after seeing a shot of a lake which was seen in #206, Elegy in a Rain Forest only three shows earlier. McGarrett describes the kidnappers' plan as "feeble-minded," something that could be said of this story in a major way. On the one hand, the two kidnappers are morons; on the other, Bobbie Jo lacks the verve of Lois Nettleton's singer in #176, Sing a Song of Suspense. Basically, we don't care about these characters. Kauai is depicted as Eden-like, where hippies and nature types grow vegetables and shun things like cigarettes and meat. But the small, rustic-looking Yang Store, where Quincy phones Ducco (who has since arrived in Oahu with the cash) and buys supplies, seems more well-stocked than Wal-Mart, selling everything from backpacks and shoes to groceries, bullets and cone sushi (two for 50 cents). As well, the three "tenderfeet" traipse through forests and climb up the side of steep cliffs (where a highway is supposedly located just on the other side) without major problems and without even a change of clothes (they abandon Bobbie Jo's suitcases on the beach where they arrived). Since Bobbie Jo is a singer, she has to sing a song, accompanying herself on a ukulele which she finds at some shack where the three hang out. The song, which can give the classically bad one in #176 a run for the money, is awful. The resident Kauai hippies -- Bible Jim (Lee Jay Lambert), his flute-playing "partner" Amanda (Mary Taylor) and "organic man" Colin Lamb (Kevin Coates) are all pretty corny. Because Danno "used to surf over there [Kauai]" he is dispatched to investigate, backpacking into the wilderness with a walkie-talkie which only produces static. He manages pretty quickly to determine exactly where the kidnappers and their victim are holed up.


210. Blood Money is Hard to Wash ★★★
Original air date: 3/3/77 - -

"Medium weight syndicate figure" Victor Jovanko (Dane Clark) visits Hawaii to investigate investment opportunities for his money laundering rackets. This show is full of sarcastic lines. At the beginning, a football team owner tells Jovanko "I'd rather have cancer than sell my team to you." When Danno drops in on the two of them, he refers to Five-O as "department of laundry inspection." Victor later describes Hawaii as "Cleveland with coconuts," and says of McGarrett: "What do you want to bet he makes 'Pig of the Month'?" He also refers to McGarrett as "Scoutmaster, Troop Five-O ... from Sunny Goodge Street." Jovanko's brother on the mainland, Albert, is played by John Duke Russo, who must have broken a record with his performance this season of three different characters not played by members of the Five-O stock company. After Victor tries to bribe Chin Ho with $25,000 slipped into his bag at the supermarket, McGarrett donates the money to a local charity. When a thank-you present arrives from the charity, I'm surprised McGarrett isn't suspicious. Of course, it contains a bomb! The scene where McGarrett rolls over the desk after the bomb goes off looks like an out-take from "A Gun for McGarrett." When Chin Ho, who's injured in the explosion, complains of hospital food, McGarrett says, "Tell him we'll try to have some eggroll sent in." Danno says that Chin prefers manapua (Cantonese barbecue pork buns). In desperation, Victor modifies his appearance and manages to get into Queen's Hospital by passing out on the street because he didn't take insulin for his diabetes. Once inside, he sets a fire in a garbage can -- but why do both cops guarding McGarrett's room leave their post when the alarm bells go off? This is stupid. The frustrated Victor is caught in the act of drilling a dummy in McGarrett's room shortly after. Turns out his MedicAlert bracelet for his diabetes tipped off everyone to his true identity! DUH! Jo Anne Worley does a great job playing Victor's wife Anna.


211. To Kill a Mind ★★½
Original air date: 3/17/77 --

When what look like pieces of a Russian submarine that sank off Oahu a year before suddenly turn up on a beach, the cantankerous Dr. Grant Ormsbee (Pat Hingle) is back on the scene in the second show featuring him this season. Why he shows up is not explained -- for example, did either McGarrett or the Navy request his presence? Ormsbee is much less confrontational with McGarrett than in his previous two appearances -- by comparison, the two are almost like good buddies at times. At one point, McGarrett threatens to go over Ormsbee's head with some Navy bigshot to get his way, and Ormsbee retaliates that he has already beaten McGarrett to the punch, saying "I only talk to God." (This is reminiscent of a line in the Five-O pilot Cocoon, where the Andrew Duggan character says "Everyone knows that Steve McGarrett only takes orders from the governor and God.") Of course, McGarrett, being smart, is very suspicious that the bits and pieces of the sub have turned up now, and suspects that if one component is used to extract some data which has kept Ormsbee stymied for months, it will not reveal the information, but erase it. Laura Campbell plays Dr. Margaret Hammond, an oceanographer with high-level security clearance whose geeky surfer brother David is captured by some mysterious international types led by Emil Radick (Mel Ferrer) to persuade her to spy on Ormsbee's top-secret work. Similar to other late-season shows, things start to get dumb near the end. Although Ormsbee is going to start testing the equipment in three hours, Margaret still has time to be taken to see her kidnapped brother and then McGarrett has time to interview her and engage in a gun battle with two of Radick's stooges. Margaret manages to figure out where she was taken blindfolded to talk to Radick because as a scientist, her work "involves plotting directions." Ormsbee dissolves some styrofoam from one of the submarine components with what looks like acid, revealing a small "bug" which supposedly was going to destroy the data. (Earlier on, Ormsbee said that if they didn't try and extract the data as soon as possible, it would "deteriorate.") Huh? At the finale, Ormsbee heroically rushes to the crime scene with Margaret, perhaps trying to make McGarrett forget that McGarrett was right about the "bug". The stock score uses music from Double Exposure (Broughton) and Nine Dragons (Stevens).


212. Requiem for a Saddle Bronc Rider ★★½
Original air date: 3/24/77 --

The setting of this show -- a rodeo based near Waimanalo, about half an hour from Honolulu -- is interesting, but the episode itself is kind of low-key. Susie Wainane (Victoria Racimo), daughter of an HPD cop that McGarrett knew, returns to the Islands from the mainland after a phone conversation with her brother Billy is abruptly cut off. McGarrett helps her after it appears Billy has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. McGarrett seems to be in a big hurry in one scene where he asks a group of cops assembled in his office, "Any questions, gentlemen?" without waiting for a response. In another scene, he hangs up the phone before Danno replies "Got it, Steve." There is sloppy editing near the beginning. In one shot, Danno is looking at Steve and in the following shot his head is down, reading a folder. When Chin Ho takes a bus ride to grill the driver about Billy's girlfriend, he is standing in front of the "line" despite a sign right above his head which warns people about doing this. Susie disappears for most of the fourth act, then suddenly reappears at the very end. It turns out that Billy's death was an accident, when he was gored by Crazy Luke, a nasty rodeo bull during a drunken party prior to him getting married. But then Len Jessup, the "main man" among the rodeo cowboys, decided to dump Billy's body off a cliff, which led to further complications with Billy's girl friend Lani Kapalii (Leinaala Heine), who was raped, murdered, and thrown off the cliff with Billy. At the end, Possum the rodeo clown (Rod Aiu) releases Crazy Luke who gores Jessup to death, and then comments "He needed dyin'."


213. See How She Runs ★★★
Original air date: 3/31/77 --

Jessica Harper plays the 17-year-old "teenybopper" Sunny Mandell, who is framed for murder by Todd Daniels (Paul Shenar) to get back at her father, L.A. cop Babe Mandell (Biff McGuire, playing another uptight dad like he did in Murder -- Eyes Only) because years before, Babe was involved in a bust which resulted in the death of Daniels' brother. Looking at least 15 years older than Sunny, Daniels becomes her lover and the two of them run away to Hawaii. Lynne Hollinger plays Daniels' blonde girlfriend Liana Meyers. She picks up an 49-year-old accountant from the mainland in a Honolulu bar and takes him to a motel where he is shot with a gun that is later placed in Sunny's hand. Kwan Hi Lim is a peeping tom named Maiki who spies on people with binoculars as they go into the motel across the street from his house where the frameup is committed. When he goes to the Five-O offices to fulfill his civic responsibility after the murder is discovered, Maiki tells McGarrett he thought the people were going to have a "swap meet." He says this is his "hobby," to which McGarett comments as Maiki and his embarrassed wife leave, "It's a great hobby." Sunny escapes from Daniels and Meyers, and crashes at the War Memorial Natatorium. There she meets a young Asian guy named Cloud who is connected with a cult called "The Reborn" led by Osiris (Steve Carlson), a Christ-like guru who spouts stereotypical New Age philosophical mumbo-jumbo like "Process is what life is." Sunny is mesmerized by Osiris's blathering, saying she wants to stay with the cult. Osiris says "Welcome to tomorrow." He gives her the name Willow. (Later he asks her: "You're not weeping, are you, Willow?" -- gag!) Other names of commune members include Rainbow, Phoenix, Karma, Rhyme, Cassiopeia and Aquarius. Sunny's father Babe arrives in Honolulu, where he hooks up with McGarrett who knows him from before. Babe is a tough, no-nonsense cop who tells McGarrett, "You still look like a guy who gets about 45 minutes of sleep a night." McGarrett replies that Babe "still resemble[s] the classic Lombroso criminal type" (referring to a theory of inherited). Babe is constantly on the phone with his office back on the mainland, and has even brought a scanner along with him. McGarrett once again solves the case with a brainstorm, realizing that of 64 potential suspects from people in Babe's past, including "murderers, burglars, pushers and rapists," Daniels and Meyers were the most likely suspects because "who would make a more dedicated partner than a lover?" The final exchange between Babe and McGarrett is a classic. Babe: "For God's sakes, McGarrett, do you always have to act like a cop!" McGarrett: "Coming from you, Babe, that's pretty funny."


214. Practical Jokes Can Kill You ★★★
Original air date: 5/5/77 --
Plot -- Opening Credits -- End Credits

Lee Purcell, who starred in #187, Turkey Shoot at Makapuu, returns as Molly Taggart, who is now co-owner of a hang-gliding and windsurfing store with her boyfriend Todd Seymour (Charles Frank). Chuck-Chuck Akamine, one of the punks in Turkey Shoot, also returns using the name Chanell Akamine as the horny creep Joko who wants to take Molly to the "Volcanic Rock" concert. Joko's partner Abilleno is John Duke Russo who played the goon Willy Vance in #207, Dealer's Choice -- Blackmail only seven episodes earlier. Todd's hotshot hang-gliding pranks, such as stealing the 170-year-old cape of King Kamehameha from an exhibition in a penthouse, catch the attention of Joko and Abilleno who are trying to steal M16 rifles from local armories so their boss, Lou Marvin (Allan Rich) can sell them to liberation fronts and underground groups at a huge profit. After Molly is kidnapped by the bad guys, Todd has no choice but to take part in their plan to land on the roof of an armory, overpower the guard and open the gate. To try and determine the location of the armory, the civil defense trucks do their triangulation number until the transmitter falls out of Todd's hang-glider and is run over by the bad guys' car. The grid that the trucks are covering is near downtown Honolulu -- not near Makapuu Point where the armory is supposedly located. Much of the action takes place on typical out-of-the-way roads which are only wide enough for one car. At the end Rich and his co-conspirators approach the Makapuu armory in a massive red Lincoln Continental. No subtlety with these guys, trying to sneak up undetected!



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