Five-O Oddities, Goofs, Trivia -- Part 2

This is a list of trivia, oddities and mistakes I've jotted down over the years while watching Hawaii Five-O. Much of this information may not be considered "politically correct" today -- there are plenty of "bad" words in here which may upset the sensitive, so if you might freak out, then read no further! Plenty of spoilers too! Copyright ©1994-1995 by Mike Quigley. No reproduction of any kind without permission.


SEASON FIVE

97 Death is a Company Policy
Tons of trivia in this show as the computer is used to investigate various members of the 5-O team to make sure they are "clean." McGarrett is a Capricorn. Duke was born June 19, 1926. Al Harrington is said to be "Polynesian."
98 Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain
Features the car on fire in the main titles.
99 You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich, but It Helps
Show with William Shatner features a videotape machine and also satellite technology.
100 Pig in a Blanket
Show about death of a cop focuses on gun control issues.
102 Fools Die Twice
During a terrific gun battle near the beginning of the show, people are walking behind without the slightest concern. This show uses pile driver noise as an audio clue, which also appears in another episode.
103 Chain of Events
V.D. investigation show, uses stock lab shots.
104 Journey out of Limbo
Interesting angle on American-Chinese relations. Why don't they ask the owner of the riding stables more questions about what Danno was doing there? Good music by Shores, but the plot is rather ridiculous. Weird camera angles during the explosion at the end.
105-107 "V" for Vashon
During the final show, a senator is being blackmailed. His young male lover refers to him as "you old queen." Kwan Hi Lim plays a very oily lawyer during this series.
109 I'm a Family Crook -- Don't Shoot
Stars Harold Sakata (of Goldfinger fame). The ending of this film where Ben flashes his badge to the crook family is hilarious.
110 The Child Stealers
The highlight of this show is where the kid slobbers all over the arm of Meg Foster. A funny scene where Ben fingerprints a screaming kid.
111 Thanks for the Honeymoon
Patty Duke uses the word "pregnant" during this show. McGarrett gets romantic with an old flame.
113 Here Today, Gone Tonight
Wo Fat is claimed to have two doubles. The logic of how Danno gets in the helicopter and then is tricked seems very peculiar.
115 Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die
A very good show focusing on international intrigue. Mark Lenard redeems himself in this show.
116 Little Girl Blue
Duke's rank is Sergeant.
117 Percentage
Douglas Kennedy in this show was Fleming in "Here Today, Gone Tonight." He also appears as the foreman in Jury of One (#120). Kwan Hi Lum appears as the oily Yoshigo. Seth Sakai plays Kuang.
118 Engaged to be Buried
Chin Ho Kelly freaks out in this show, which is somewhat out of character, when he confronts a punk in McGarrett's office.
119 The Diamond That Nobody Stole
This is the source of the opening shot with Ben jumping over the fence.
SEASON SIX

121 Hookman
An outstanding score by Morton Stevens. Hookman is one of the nastiest of Five-O's villains, played by real-life handless detective Jay J. Armes. My second-favorite Five-O episode.
122 Draw Me a Killer
Elliot Street as Arthur is one of 5-0's creepiest villains. He plays a "schizo" who is obsessed with Judy Moon, a comic strip heroine. Arthur goes around knocking off people in real life similar to those threatening Judy in the daily papers. At the beginning of the show, McGarrett visits Mrs. Royce, widow of one of Arthur's victims. She is a middle-aged bag with a blond-haired beach boy stud lying in a hammock beside her. When he gets up to leave, she says "Go back to improving your mind, Bunny." After listening to her sarcastic abuse, McG says "Thank you for your courtesy." The soundtrack has a thumping heartbeat-like noise whenever Arthur encounters any characters like those in the comics. McG asks Che about a book the latter is writing: "Famous Cases Five-O Never Solved." After he has a brainstorm in the barber shop and realizes the "gimmick" behind the killings, McG phones up Eddie Sherman to get back issues of the Judy Moon comic strip from the newspaper. Jean Tarrant as Dr. Bishop says the "paranoid schizophrenic" Arthur has "never been able to make it with a real live girl." Danno tells a terrible joke at one point. This show uses a shot of garbage being dumped take from "No Bottles...No Cans...No People." There is a sign with info about an "on-line police information system" at one point ... presumably this is not referring to computers! I like the end: Arthur shoots six times, then McGarrett plugs him in the leg!
123 Charter for Death
Generally speaking, a well-written episode dealing with the threat of bubonic plague.There seem to be an unusually large number of rats on the contaminated boat. McGarrett has to spend most of the show in an isolation ward. When Danno asks Che Fong "How's your French?," Che replies, "About as good as your Chinese." The bad guys make a reservation on United Airlines, flight 14. The Governor, in quarantining the island, uses the big word "zoonosis" to describe the plague (this word is quite correct, by the way). The Manoa Cab Company has a "real" phone number: 732-5577. One character uses the expression "lying son of a b" (cutting off at the last minute) in this show. Another character is seen hanging around an "all-night grind house."
124 One Big Happy Family
A very creepy episode about a white trash family of serial killers who arrive in Hawaii after reportedly murdering 125 people and stealing $40,000 during the last three years on the mainland. Their M.O. is to get mundane jobs, then later murder their new bosses and rob the money on hand. In addition to Oahu, this show also features action on Hawaii and Maui. The score by Stevens is a mix of country music with a sinister violin solo reminiscent of Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat (where it is associated with the devil). Bo Hopkins, Slim Pickens, Barbara Baxley, Robyn Millan and Lynette Kim play their parts to perfection. Millan as Hopkins' slutty wife Rosalie (her libidinous father-in-law Pickens refers to her as "nudie girl") asks the thuggish owner of a hairdressing salon, "Wanna try me?" and he replies "You know I do, baby" and "You're coolsville, baby." Hopkins later convinces her to become a hooker and there is talk of her going to a motel with this middle-aged tourist (they later murder the tourist and his wife). Five-O character player William Bigelow as Nomana (is he supposed to be Oriental?) tells McGarrett this family is "not normal people." McGarrett looks appalled at the end when matriarch Baxley tells him: "They wasn't kin ... they was all strangers ... it don't count with strangers.... It ain't stealing when they was dead first."
125 The Sunday Torch
Kwan Hi Lim, who gets larger credit than usual at the end, plays a fire investigator named Marty Portobas who carries a gun in one scene. He says he thinks the firebug may be "sexually confused" -- "the fire or thinking about it can give them the only sexual satisfaction than can achieve." There are plenty of stock shots of fires in this episode. How can guard at the pharmaceutical company hear the noise the firebug makes inside the warehouse, since it seems pretty noisy outside? This episode falls down badly when considering the method by which the bad guys choose someone with a history of pyromania to act as a patsy. Did they really expect some "pyro" to consistently show up at the fires they set (and so they can film him)? Did they have access to the former fire fan's medical records? Even McGarrett needs a court order to look at them! The ending, where McGarrett plots an elaborate ruse for the real firebug (as he is on the way to the airport!) gives new dimensions to the phrase "time-compression."
126 Murder is a Taxing Affair
As the Iolani Palace Irregulars' episode guide says: "We knew it all the time: the IRS man is rotten!" IRS investigator Don Porter grabs $600,000 from a guy he is tailing, but the money goes astray. When he's being tailed by McGarrett, how much closer can McG and Danno get, judging by Porter's mirror? It looks like they are on Porter's rear bumper! McGarrett wears a weird hat when he corners Porter at the end ... how can Porter be heard over the noise of the helicopter?
127 Tricks Are Not Treats
The Superfly-like black pimps, referred to by mob boss Lolo (Gregory Sierra) as "pimples"), are too stereotypical for words. Near the place where the pimps hang out is a restaurant called "Bob's Place -- Soul Food." The number one pimp, Harley Dartson (Glynn Turman) seems to have a happy family life -- his blonde wife acts as his answering service. When told about the hitman coming to get him, Lolo says "They care enough to send the very best." When Duke calls McGarrett, he says "The 'hos' are back on the stroll." McGarrett tells Lolo: "I'm trying to save your slimy life." Near the beginning there's a rear shot of a topless dancer. Seth Sakai appears as Kuji; Pat Morita is Phoebe, the bartender; and Wilfred (later Mo) Keale appears as Wunton. The music by George Romanis is sleazy.
128 Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies?
Various stock shots are used for people having accidents: guy plunges from building in a suicide, car blows up (from the main titles) and guy gets run over (from "The Jinn Who Clears the Way"). William Bigelow, the bald guy, plays Charles, who gets blown up in a boat explosion (the special effects leave a bit to be desired here).
129 Flash of Color, Flash of Death
Stars the very sexy E. Lynne Kimoto as Miyoshi. A good line from Duke in this show as he is examining a stuffed animal in Miyoshi's apartment: "Dames keep more junk!"
130 A Bullet for El Diablo
McGarrett should listen to the Governor at the beginning of the show who gives the plot away when he says "We've got a double problem." When the duplicate daughter goes off the hotel balcony with a rope, how come no one, including people in the swimming pool below, sees her? The way McGarrett figures out this case is just too easy.
131 The Finishing Touch
A cop is supposedly guarding Norman Cargill while he examines bonds (actually he is forging new ones). The cop is sitting in an office at a desk behind Cargill, reading a book. In one scene, the cop seems to have vanished. This show features use of a videotape machine. First Five-O score by Bruce Broughton, who went on to score Silverado, among other things.
132 Anybody Can Build a Bomb
This show is unbelievable ... the bad guys send the governor a sample of plutonium and he handles it!!! Uranium 238 is shown kept in tanks like propane, while Polonium 210 is in acetylene tanks.
133 Try to Die on Time
Why are all the cops dressed so informally at the beginning of the show (even McGarrett)? Just because it is in the middle of the night? Interesting photography switches in focus from McGarrett to Ben in one scene. Chin seems quite involved with this case. Use of a "photofax" to send pix of a bad guy.
134 The $100,000 Nickel
Although this coin is in near-mint shape, what kind of shape is it in after all that it goes through -- being put in a coin box, being dropped on the street, etc., etc..
135 The Flip Side is Death
The case could have been solved when the cop was checking the 8-track tapes in the pineapple truck. One of them is Santana's Abraxas with a "Walker Music Company" sticker on it, suggesting a bootleg! The Five-O computer in this show is referred to as an "Iron Brain." The music is supposedly by Ray, but it reuses some of the Hookman music (by Stevens). A couple of shots are repeated -- the closeup of the hands stuffing the money in the 8-track cartridges and a scene with a black cop car racing past a roadblock.
136 Banzai Pipeline
An interesting idea, but credibility is stretched by some of the "camera techniques." Perry King is shown on the beach filming surfers at the beginning ... how can he take a shot of them from the side while they are riding the wave? Why does King pan up to the sky and then over to the beach (where the killer is hiding)? Seems a little artsy-fartsy. And the way that McGarrett zooms in with the projector to isolate the killer in the picture is totally bogus. -- the quality of the image remains sharp. If he really did this, the film would probaby melt in the projector! One of the gangsters refers to the unknown King who saw the murder at the beginning as "some little puker up there having his own dope party." There is a picture of President Nixon on the wall in the photo studio. The babe-a-licious Elissa Dulce as Leila, petite girlfriend of menacing thug Koa (Rudy Diaz), tells McGarrett: "Let's cut the bull!" A rather primitive credit card approval machine is shown. When McGarrett arrives and finds the two wounded surfers on the beach, he tells Danno: "Get an ambulance and HPD backup -- they've been shot!" (I was saying, "Oh, really?") A car rolls over and bursts into flames at the end. The Governor is credited, but was invisible in the show I watched.
137 One More Every Minute
A rather mundane episode -- the only interest is in seeing Doug Mossman playing a bad guy.
138 Secret Witness
At the beginning of the show can Mark Jenkins can really keep up with the car driven by the hitman, Bo Lansing? Lansing, played by Mark Gordon, is one of Five-O's very nastiest villains -- at the end, he puts a gun to a baby's head! He must have good eyesight, he can see the name on a guy's mailbox from at least 6 floors up. (The guy's phone number is a 555- phone number, by the way). Mark Lenard does a good job playing a mob boss. When he reaches for the suitcase that McGarrett is trying to entrap him with, the music is momentarily reminiscent of Star Trek where Lenard, among other things, played Spock's father! The ending of the show, where Lansing drills Jenkins, makes me wonder why Jenkins doesn't die immediately -- the effect of the scene is not helped by the total lack of blood.
139 Death with Father
Directed by Jack Lord, this episode features a dissonant score by Stevens (plus a bit of his "Hookman" music) and some weird camera angles. There's a reference to "Doctor Freeman" in the hospital, no doubt an in-joke referring to the series' creator. Kwan Hi Lim plays a slimy druglord (I love the way he smokes, sort of upside-down) as does Seth Sakai. Duke unchararacteristically freaks out at one point. When Ben tails a guy in this episode, it is a bit obvious, in the best Five-O manner. There's a reference by Danny to "[qual]ludes." When Danny is accompanying the OD'd woman to the hospital in the ambulance, there is a strange insert edit. The ending of this episode is very disturbing. Peter Strauss turns on the propane tank while talking to Andrew Duggan prior to igniting it and the latter does nothing about it ... does he have a death wish?
140 Murder with a Golden Touch
Stars "John Mamo" who bears a strange resemblance to well-known character actor John Fujioka (see #157 -- "Harakiri: Murder"). Why does Joe Quillian want the boxes containing the gold to get "a good drenching" when it is transferred from his boat to the salvage ship? There seem to be several extra people on both boats when the gold is being dumped ... this increases the chance of the scheme getting known! Also, why did Kayata let the boyfriend have access to the gold if he suspected he was rotten? Reuses "The Finishing Touch" music by Broughton -- credited to Don B. Ray.
141 Nightmare in Blue
One of the best "contemporary issue" shows with an effective dissonant score by Ray. The villainous cop, Walter Stark (John Beck) is very creepy and nasty. McGarrett is extremely sympathetic to the rape victim despite the husband (Alan Fudge) who tries to prevent McG's access to her and trots out the usual cliches like "a woman gets raped ... she's asking for it!" When Fudge says "You're not going to make my wife out to be a tramp," McG replies, "No one has more compassion for that lady in there than I have." Doc brings up the issue of identifying the cop's blood type by analyzing his semen. At the beginning, I have to wonder why Danno and Ben drive up to the crime scene in the middle of nowhere with the siren at full blast! McGarrett says he wants "the youngest and prettiest" policewomen to act as bait for the rapist. He addresses one of them, Laura (Elissa Dulce), as "honey" twice.
142 Mother's Deadly Helper
Anthony Zerbe plays a right-wing crackpot who thinks he is helping McGarrett by dishing out "justice" to criminals who avoid prosecution because of technicalities, early parole and so forth (he's a member of a group called "Ever Vigilant"). McGarrett goes on a TV talk show hosted by Casey Kasem as Freddie Dryden with the intention of getting Zerbe's attention. The gimmick in this show is the background noises in the Jollyland arcade which Che analyzes with an "oscillograph" (?). They have only a couple of hours to figure things out, but it all works, as usual. Che says that the "blotched" characters on Zerbe's typewriter are produced by "old age" ... I would have thought they were produced by dirt! At the beginning of the show, Ben says of one of Zerbe's victims that he "had about as many friends as a guy who had bubonic plague." Zerbe's license plate number is W-9277. At the end, McGarrett gets bonked on the head with a garbage can, which draws blood.
143 Killer at Sea
McGarrett's car tires smoke when he skids around a corner. How many people are on the ocean liner? Doesn't seem to be too many people in either the dining room or at the lifeboat drill. John Byner appears as mundane nightclub comic Duffy Malone. McGarrett addresses Gail Strickland as "honey," asking why she bought him a bottle of champagne, described as "a friendly ice-breaker at $14 a throw." The 5-O office's phone number is 732-5577. The boat is actually the S.S. Monterey based in San Francisco, presumably a boat owned by Pacific Far East Lines, who are mentioned in the end credits. Peter Leeds appears as Parkins.
144 30,000 Rooms and I Have a Key
A disappointing rehash of "Over Fifty? Steal!" about an elderly crook -- even some of the music from the earlier show is reused along with excerpts from "The Finishing Touch." I don't understand how "Monsieur Bordeaux" a.k.a. S.R. Horus (David Wayne) can climb up into the air vent to escape -- even Ben has trouble! And how does Bordeaux return the cover of the vent to its normal position? At one point he opens up a TV to reveal a container full of pearls -- who put them in such a weird place? Bordeaux' notepad mentions the "Hotel Ilikia." The police artist who is usually called "Joe" (James H. Severson) appears in this episode as "Frank." McGarrett and the Five-O team wear Hawaiian shirt when they are undercover. There is mention of the Central Information Bureau, where info is shared by Hawaii's various police agencies. The sign in Japanese seen briefly in front of the hotel reads: "Japanese real estate group -- Hawaiian night club tour -- see front desk for reservations." A closeup of McGarrett's feet reveals that Jack Lord is not wearing his lucky cowboy boots! McGarrett line: "I'm a cop ... I don't drink."
SEASON SEVEN

145 The Young Assassins
The opening is not good promotion for the Hawaiian tourist industry -- a middle-aged guy gets drilled on the beach by one of the "People's Attack Group," right through his surfboard! The revolutionaries are typically full of B.S. (Five-O's writers seemed to have difficulty portraying such groups realistically). Their leader, rather than coming from a university or political background, escaped from Joliet and has crimes like "manslaughter, robbery, narcotics, rioting and rape" on his rap sheet. I'd like to know how the PAG figured out where Danno and the Professor would be to kidnap them. McGarrett screams "Never!" when Manicote asks if they should give into to the terrorists. When Yankee Chang (uncredited) is filling up the PAG woman's car, note the gasoline pump -- one side has "Star Gasoline" pasted on it, but if you look quickly, you can see what looks like "Penney Gasoline" (the real name) on the side nearest her car. She later telephones the PAG leader, saying she was getting "negative vibrations" from Chang. Danno's license number is X-9404. A phone in McG's office has the number 555-9821. The PAG woman's car blows up violently, and the civil defense trucks make an appearance. The PAG leader tells the Governor "'D' as in "Dudley Do-Right," obviously a snide crack at McGarrett. The ending of the film where McG rescues Danno in the nick of the time is about as close as we'll ever get to seeing some "male bonding" between these two.
147 I'll Kill 'Em Again
Chin Ho quote: "He chooses victims like you pick out meat at the supermarket." The creepy killer listens to classical music. Use of a harpsichord in a very jazzy score by Geller. McGarrett uses chopsticks in this show.
148 Steal Now -- Pay Later
Ray Danton is using some kind of a special phone into which he inserts pre-programmed punch cards. I'd like to know how the cops find the fridge in the water at the beginning of the show. Also ... is it possible to get 110 refrigerators in one truck? A Lincoln ends up in the drink.
149 Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb?
Seth Sakai appears in this show as Seth Sakai, a gangster. When McGarrett is on top of the hotel elevator it is obviously a stunt man.
150 Right Grave, Wrong Body
This show makes a lot of use of the Identi-Kit (is this a product placement?). A bum refers to a prostitute as a "ho."
151 We Hang Our Own
The score, by Richard Shores, sounds like Hawaii Five-O crossed with the Magnificent Seven.
152 The Two-Faced Corpse
In one scene when Danny and Chin are driving, Chin is talking, but his lips don't seem to be moving. McGarrett is shown playing golf in this show.
153 How to Steal a Masterpiece
Chin Ho is referred to as "Charlie Chan." McGarrett says "good girl" to his reporter friend.
154 A Gun for McGarrett
An ominous opening sequence followed by one of Five-O's most "explosive" moments. After the bomb goes off, McGarrett is on fire in one shot and in the next, he isn't. After the bombing, his office sure gets fixed fast. Savage, the evil mastermind, has a very fancy map of Oahu complete with plastic overlay! When the bad guys turn on the TV, it comes on immediately -- were "solid state" TVs available at this time? McGarrett kids with Marni Howard (Carol White) about his middle name being Aloyisius and the fact that he is a Capricorn. Marni describes him as "a robot who lives and breathes police work." McG gets entangled with her romantically, ending their date with "Goodnight, pretty girl," giving her a kiss. After she tries to kill him with a gun loaded with blanks, McG tells her: "You're in a lot of trouble, honey."
155 Welcome to Our Branch Office
Doug Mossman plays Al Shatner (a "male Caucasian"). Thorwald Boie plays McGarrett's double, Bernard C.K. Ching Chin Ho and Ralph P. Hanalei is Ben. Danny's look-alike is played by James MacArthur, except in the final scene.
158 Bones of Contention
This is one of the better shows, but the climax is very disappointing -- the crucial grave marker is shown "flopped," i.e., it's a reversed image. Kwan Hi Lim is as oily as ever, playing an "entrepreneur." McGarrett takes sugar in his coffee. Doug Mossman plays Frank Kemana, seemingly one of the Five-O team. McGarrett quote in this show: "I like to read."
159 Computer Killer
Interesting use of "early" computer technology in this show like an "acoustic coupler" (a modem). The bad guy (referred to as a "computer freak") is using a laptop in his car with same. It's pretty obvious the speed of the modem is very slow judging by the way data appears on the guy's monitor! A bunch of phone numbers are shown in the telephone book, they are all "555" ... but the Dept. of Motor Vehicles is a "real" phone number. A weird score by Ray -- computer music? The music seems to become more "real" as the show draws to a close. All evidence in this show is computer-related. As usual, McGarrett (who at one point whips out a magnifying glass) knows all. McGarrett's final speech in the courtroom is surprising -- obviously the judge is very tolerant of such outbursts!
160 A Woman's Work is With a Gun
An interesting Thelma and Louise-type idea -- women desperately in need of money rob tourist buses -- but the character motivation (and much else about this tale) seems seriously flawed. Dina Hale (Patricia Hindy) is shown as a strung-out junkie at the beginning (she knocks off "James J." Borges, playing drug pusher Lou Chang [cf. Donald Fagan's song "Green Flower Street']). But after this her appearance changes for the better and her drug habit is only mentioned briefly. The other two women look fairly middle-class: Fay Scott (Patrecia Wynand, whose accent seems to flip-flop between American and English) is a single mother with a son who needs an operation, and Maggie Hudson (Dale Morse) suffers with a husband who looks much older than her (Eugene Roche) and treats her like shit (when she doesn't make his dinner, he complains "You've been forgetting an awful lot lately since you've been going to them bull sessions with those dames."). After his wife is killed, Roche is hardly sympathetic: "I worked my butt off ten hours a day for that broad but it wasn't enough for her." The case is cracked by Che Fong, who "computer enhances" some pictures of the women crooks which some elderly tourist snapped after a robbery -- but what's with this line about "pictures are made up of a composition of small spots or dots called 'reseau marks'." I thought the only kind of pictures made up of "dots" were those which were screened for use in a newspaper! To track down the computer-enhanced car, the Five-O team will have to check out two hundred 1964 Ford Comets. Repartee between Chin Ho and McG: "Are you sitting down"? "It's kind of hard to drive standing up." Doug Mossman plays Frank (presumably Kemana). At the beginning of the show, the Five-O crew says that McGarrett took the day off, only after serious prodding by the Governor. The show closes with McGarrett telling Danno to "read them their rights [!!!], then book them ... murder two counts for this one." The score by Broughton -- featuring what sound like muted trumpets electronically amplified -- is excellent, much better than this show deserves.
161 Small Witness, Large Crime
McGarrett says he agrees with public defender France Nuyen about "locking kids up." Nuyen's part is much too short! Do her tires squeal on sand near the end of the show? Joshua N. Farin as Moki, the kid who witnesses the assassination, does a very good job. Tommy Fujiwara appears as a rather nervous informer. A Western Union International teletype is shown. McGarrett plays handball with Bert Convy. The theme for the kid on flute and what sounds like a recorder becomes rather cloying after a while. McGarrett outlines Five-O's mission when he says: "We're state police -- we deal with organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type."
162 Ring of Life
The title of the episode comes out of the background. The soundtrack by George Romanis features sitars with the finale sounding like Indian melodies. At one point McGarrett says: "There's more to this bag of snakes [cobras?] than meets the eye." The motivation of some of the characters in this episode is complicated. Penelope Windust as Sheila Cramer drives a cool Mustang convertible. The Indian actors at the consul are rather bad -- Harvey Jason as Ram Busham reminds me of Peter Sellers in "The Party." Don Knight is his usual obnoxious self.
163 A Study in Rage
A lame episode, not helped by Richard Hatch's portrayal of tennis pro Mike Anapo/Opana (is Anapo a real Hawaiian name?). His accent wanders all over the place. He drives a cool Red Mustang, though! The doctor is shown using a Panasonic cassette recorder with TDK tape. The scene where the Five-O crew analyzes the symbolism of the painting the doctor made after interviewing Hatch is kind of far-fetched. When Hatch watches Danno meeting the babely Gretchen Corbitt as Glynis at the airport, the binocular angle is all wrong. The poison Hatch uses is "variathon phosphate" (VHP), allegedly like nerve gas. Doug Mossman's interviewing of Connie Honaka (Josie Over) is not very convincing. McGarrett knows much too much in this episode. When he orders a "code red," the dispatcher says "All channels are cleared for you." The tear gas ending is stupid.
164 And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon
This show, focusing on a clampdown on drugs, features a stereotypical black dope dealer at the beginning. There is mention of NCIC (National Crime Information Center), a data base for criminal records, warrants, stolen property, missing persons, etc. only available to law enforcement agencies. Jo Ann Harris as Laurie Benedict (who doesn't seem to own a bra) at one point asks "What the hell was I supposed to do?" Bruce Boxleitner shows his teeth a lot. Is that really him jumping out of the plane at the beginning? The date -- September, 1974 -- is seen on a calendar. The phone connection, as always, is bad when McGarrett speaks to people overseas. This show has shots of McG both going up and down the stairs to his office. When Chin Ho spies on Ed Flanders, the binocular angle is totally wrong. The scene with a helicopter taking off is reused from another episode. At the end, McGarrett says "The goods is in my possession." What does McGarrett intend to charge the mobsters with at the end of the show?
165 Hit Gun for Sale
This show features two teen idols -- Sal Mineo and Tommy Sands -- as junior mob types. Interesting photography at the beginning where the camera is on the gurney moving through the hospital. McGarrett says of the dead hitman: "He died a natural death -- isn't that ironical?" Seth Sakai plays the gangster Honomura. Doug Mossman tails Mineo and Sands in the usual obvious Five-O manner into a porno theatre where he films them equally obviously with an infrared camera. The music accompanying the porno film is unbelievably banal. Chin Ho follows a gangster whose car blows up spectacularly ... Chin tells McG "the street was deserted, that's why I had to hang back [!!!!] as far as I did." Chin's license number is SF-2561, Duke's is SF-2570. McGarrett screams at one local gangster: "You listen to me, punk!" When McG and Danno get into the hotel elevator, the Japanese sign on the wall tells about a guided night tour, including an adult movie and a drive to enjoy the spectacular view from Tantalus Mountain. Why does the hit man fall off the roof when he is shot by McGarrett and Danno? Would the force of the bullets be that strong?
166 The Hostage
An unusually tense show where McGarrett has to battle formidable odds to resolve the situation: an "old school" cop (Scott Brady) with 23 years' experience who mocks McGarrett's "group therapy" attempts to communicate with the emotionally distraught kidnapper Jesse (Dane Clark) and tells the kidnapped girl's mother that Jesse "has a record of sex offences" (which is B.S.) and warns that her daughter may be raped; Jesse's former Army colonel (Morgan Sha'an) with 25 years' experience; the media; Jesse's estranged wife and platitude-spouting preacher; and a would-be cop who keeps trying to act as a volunteer hostage. At one point McGarrett refers to an Einstein quote about World War Four. The civil defense trucks make an appearance.
167 Diary of a Gun
Show with a gun-control theme (McG: "Handguns kill 20,000 people every year in America.") telling of the progress of a Saturday night special through various hands: a teenage punk, a postal worker with an unfaithful wife, a little boy, a janitor short of cash, and a thug and his girlfriend. References to the date numerous times at the beginning of the show -- 5/16/74, 7/13/74, among others. It's actually seen raining in this show! The finale takes place on a freeway which appears to be under construction. See also show #266 - Use a Gun, Go to Hell.
SEASON EIGHT

170 McGarrett is Missing
One of the few shows to feature bad weather. Chin Ho drives very fast in this show. Exceptional score by Broughton with echoes of John Williams' Jaws.
171 Termination with Extreme Prejudice
Directed by Michael O'Herlihy, starring his brother Dan as British secret agent Harry Wells. In the newspaper McGarrett inspects, only the first paragraph of the story about the guy murdered near the show's beginning makes any sense. Jonathan Kaye tells McG: "London is bugging the hell out of us." Lord 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 McG replies: "Don't be impertinent, Chin.." Why doesn't Lord Danby see the helicopter which is tailing him to the temple? Talk about obvious! At one point it touches down only a short distance away from him. And why can't his wife recognize his voice when he phones her after disappearing (he doesn't make much attempt to disguise it)? Lynne Kimoto appears as a receptionist. Stern quote from McG: "No one is above the law in Hawaii."
172 Target? The Lady
Stars Susan Dey as a rather young-looking money-runner for Las Vegas gangsters. Andrew Prine as the hitman Hatch is a total prick. He refers to his partner, Kimo Yoshihara (Jake Hoopai) as "Kimo Sabe." Much of the music in this show (by Ray) is banal, especially the scene in the surfboard manufacturing shop. When Danno is talking to an LA cop, he asks "How's the smog?" and then winces at the reply. McGarrett knows too much in this episode. He asks the boys to check all incoming flights for one of the suspects ... a previous show said there were around 200 flights a day! Interesting stunt work when "McGarrett" drops from helicopter to a boat. What kind of a Ford is Marc Singer driving?
173 Death's Name is SAM
Stars George "Sulu" Takei as a cop who goes undercover to infiltrate the "Campanesian Liberation Front." Although this "radical" group is supposedly people opposed to this Asian country, why are almost all of them white with the exception of an Oriental contact person referred to in the credits as "Mystery Man"? At the beginning, why is the Takei look-alike (actually him, no doubt -- not specified in the credits) trying to grab a cab seemingly outside the airport where he is conveniently hit by a car? At one point when McGarrett and Pete Masters (Lou Frizzell) are talking, their dialog seems to overlap! Chin uses the moniker of "Mr. Iolani." McGarrett addresses a female suspect as "honey." There is also mention of using a "telfax" to send information. When the "Hilo airport" blows up, it looks rather low budget. Danno has an incredible stunt at the end when "he" falls out of a truck while wrestling with John Colicos. By the way, when Colicos is shooting at the plane, with Danno driving along side of him, the bazooka-like missile launcher seems horizontal to the ground, i.e., aimed at Danno!
178 The Case Against McGarrett
A continuation of the Vashon series (see episodes 105-107), with a lengthy flashback to the first two shows of the trilogy. Honoré Vashon was convicted on March 17, 1972. Seth Sakai plays Saito, one of Vashon's henchmen. Interesting camera work focusing on McGarrett and then Vashon as McG enters the parole hearing. The prisoners are serving sushi to the visiting dignitaries (is this the first mention of sushi on TV?) plus something else which sounds like "raw maki" (maki being a type of seaweed). The Governor is in the credits, but he wasn't in the version of the show which I saw!
175 The Defector
McGarrett freaks when the obnoxious Dr. Ormsbee (Pat Hingle) wants to smoke in his office, saying "It's my air space, don't pollute it." Ormsbee later denounces McGarrett for "fascist tactics." Features stock "defence" shots of missiles launching. Is the speed of the missile (3000 miles in 17 minutes and 12 seconds) reasonable? Why is it that someone always finds the bodies in 5-O, even though they are in the middle of nowhere (like the guy that Soon-Teck Oh knocks off at the beginning of the show)? Soon-Teck asks for a "555" phone number at one point. McGarrett and crew suddenly bursting into the bad guys' hideout at the end seems rather reckless. But not as much as when McG picks up Soon-Teck's cyanide capsule!
176 Sing a Song of Suspense
Lois Nettleton's song at the opening is horrible! When Julene (Karen Ericson) falls off the balcony, she falls sideways. Danno says "one of the chicks told me," referring to the party guests. Shelly Novack as Oliver McDougall (formerly with the LAPD) makes a comment about dope smokers: "Some of those people left the party awfully fast because they were either carrying hash or pot. They get brown stains on their fingers from biting down the short roaches." Nettleton's mother is played by Jean Tarrant, who often appeared during the series as a doctor or psychiatrist. Nettleton's daughter is obnoxious. The gangster faking illness in the hospital refers to his nurse (a Hawaiian woman) as "a brass-headed bimbo." McGarrett hides Nettleton at his rented beach-house and is into health food: "I'm one of those nuts who eats dates, figs, wheat germ and yogurt."
178 How to Steal a Submarine
Filmed with the "assistance of the Coast Guard."
179 The Waterfront Steal
McGarrett is a sparring partner in the beginning of this show. Simon Oakland's daughter Elena (Kathy Beller) sure looks young.
180 Honor is an Unmarked Grave
McGarrett says to Chin Ho: "Can you read English, Chin?" Chin replies: "Only when it's translated into Chinese." Score by Stevens sounds like Bernard Herrmann's Psycho. Black and white flashback scene in this show. Also talk of rape and sexual matters.
181 A Touch of Guilt
McGarrett gets very emotional in a speech about crooked politicians. Why is there a helicopter at the beach when they are searching for the choker?
182 Wooden Model of a Rat
Ed Asner is really full of shit in this show. A notable quote to McG: "You are correct, sir!" One of the freeze-frame shots in this show has dirt in it. A long exposition at the beginning when McG and Danno are walking.
183 Deadly Persuasion
Danno is teaching at a seminar in this show.
184 Legacy of Terror
Lew Ayres speaks Japanese at the funeral: "I'm so sorry this happened." Mako gives Che a bad time for tailing him! The bad guys are accompanied by sleazy music. Moe ("Truck") Keale plays Din Lee. The ending and the music accompanying it are both sucky.
186 Anatomy of a Bribe
Bad editing near the beginning of this show. At one point the Governor's hands are at his sides, in the next shot, they are clasped in front of him. Allan Arbus' sudden transition to lunatic-like babbling near the end is unconvincing.
187 Turkey Shoot at Makapuu
Where is the motivation for the kidnapping and/or murder at the beginning? Billy Roessler as Blooey is totally unbelievable as a psycho. Are the actors in this show really doing the hang gliding?
191 A Sentence to Steal
Cheap-sounding music by Ray in this show. Tommy Sands plays a "serious" role where he doesn't get to sing.
Revised February 22, 1996
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