Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum -- February 2013

The Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum -- February 2014



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Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Aside from the last paragraph, this article is completely wrong. DUH!!

http://www.examiner.com/article/hawaii-five-0-boss-on-how-the-fan-voted-episode-came-together

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 23:42:30 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Well, in terms of production order, it was the last show filmed, so I think that, yes, they did know this was "the end."

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 23:02:27 MST


Submitted by: Joel D.
From: North Idaho

The series finale "Woe to Wo Fat" was on today, and it was quite underwhelming.

Even the one-on-one fight scene at the end didn't work for me, because from previous episodes I always figured Wo Fat as the criminal mastermind type (like Lex Luthor) rather than a kung-fu fighter. He's also a really bad shot, judging by the number of times he misses McGarrett.

I'm wondering if everyone involved with the show knew this episode was "the end" ... if so, they could have done a lot better with the finale. IMHO, they could have even brought back a few characters/actors from earlier episodes, like other series finales have done.

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 21:43:39 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I have re-done my anal-ysis of Six Kilos:

http://mjq.net/fiveo/5-0log1.htm#22

Does anyone remember in the mid-1990s, this show was almost as legendary as Bored She Hung Herself, because it was never seen (as far as I recall, it was not part of the main syndication package)? In Karen Rhodes' Five-O book, the credits for this show are missing, because I think she didn't have a complete print of this show. Details about my own experience with the show being broadcast are in the above review.

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 17:03:25 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Good feedback Barbara. My opinion is Clem Brown killed Wellman. The blackmailer expressed to Clem Brown Never done with Murder Clem. He probably hid in the high rise & tossed Wellman off the building.

This is further supported in Clem Brown's confessional to his wife. He talks about When does it ever end? With the blackmail & murder.

It's one of the best episodes of HFO. McG & the team had nothing but they kept working it & their surveillance paid off. Seeing Charlie Saunders working at the carpet company had McG mind working.

Perfect episode. I think their were a dirty dozen of perfect HFO episodes. John

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 16:27:15 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Oops. Sorry, Mr. Mike.

For some odd reason I thought the last sentence was yours.

"Needless to stay, my boxed set is on it's way back to Amazon, who, to their credit, issued a no questions asked refund."

I guess this was still part of that particular Amazon purchaser's comment. Not yours.

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 16:32:32 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Ringfire, I don't understand why you think that I have got this "complete" set. Just in case you missed the first line in my previous posting, it was "Some person [i.e., not me] is reporting a bad experience with the big box set of Five-O which was purchased on Amazon recently."

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 14:24:54 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Mr. Mike, I have no idea why you'd even bother with this set. You have all the seasons. It's just not worth it - not even for the remastered season 10. Most folks can catch the remastered season 10 episodes on Netflix anyway.

There is simply nothing that could ever compel me to get this set. Even if it was $20. Not interested. Why waste shelf space for something you don't need?

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 13:51:17 MST


Submitted by: honu59
From: New York

Thank you for sharing this review. I'm feeling good now that I purchased the bundled package of seasons 1-9 from amazon a couple of years back. I been through all the episodes more than once. The only problem was a little skip in "Most Likely to Murder", but a quick cleaning of the disc fixed that problem. As is usual (I suppose) several of the DVD hubs were broken on arrival with the little bits of plastic falling out. But I replaced those cases with better quality cases, so now I'm very happy with what I have. And I think at the time, it was a good price.

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 11:46:22 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Some person is reporting a bad experience with the big box set of Five-O which was purchased on Amazon recently. This is not the only instance of this complaint in the "reviews" for this set.

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I was skeptical about ordering this set based on past negative experiences the dreaded "coin holder slot" packaging. But Amazon put it on sale for $139.99 so I took a shot, ordering from Amazon (as opposed to a third party seller) so that I would not get burnt if I had an issue with the discs. So glad that I did.

I spent HOURS checking all 72 discs. About 50% of the discs had either scratches or glue residue (thanks to the cut rate coin holder packaging) and required cleaning with a soft clot. I knew I would have to discard the original packaging because reinserting the discs would subject them to further damage.

Given all that, the S4 D3 disc was the deal breaker.
When played in my DVD player, this disc skips the standard CBS splash screen when you first load it and starts to play the first episode on the disc ("Burning Ice"). It is then possible to navigate back to the episode menu, However, two of the episodes that should be on the disc ("A Matter of Mutual Concern" and "Nine, Ten -- You're Dead" are COMPLETELY MISSING. They are listed on the episode menu, but when you select them and hit play, you are presented with pieces of "Burning Ice" (already on S4 D3) and "Bait Once, Bait Twice" (which is in it's entirety on S4 D4) instead of the expected episodes.

This must be a manufacturer defect. Three other buyers have pointed out problems with this S4 D3 disc on the boxed set.

Strangely, I see no mention of the problem in the review for stand alone Season Four set.

Needless to stay, my boxed set is on it's way back to Amazon, who, to their credit, issued a no questions asked refund.

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 11:10:18 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Big Chicken,

I loved your thoughts on "Two Doves..."..I really thought when that show reached the airport it brought that show into heavy dramatic territory. Just a real solid episode that I thought was well written, but yet subtle.

I've always been a "John Wayne" kind of guy Big Chicken, sorry, I have no use for hippies. That's why I have no interest in the Jeff Bridges remake of True Grit, as there is only one, and that one was made by Duke. I believe in the values that John Wayne espoused in his films. That there is a fundamental decency that you have to live your life with. That your word is all you have, and if you give your word, you live up to it, and man should be allowed his human dignity. There is right and there is wrong, and the whole hippie culture never did anything for me. It doesn't speak to me. I will try to see "Big Lebowski" for the first time based on your recommendation.

35 years after his death John Wayne remains the third most popular movie star in the world. Those values are timeless, hippie values aren't. John Wayne was friends and went fishing with Gary Cooper who mentored Jack Lord, and Vera Miles who starred with Wayne in perhaps his two greatest films "The Searchers" and "The Man who Shot Liberty Valence" was on the third season of Hawaii Five-O." It all flows together. The hippies time is done.

Added: Friday 28 February 2014 08:31:47 MST


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Pittsburgh

John, you asked several posts back if anyone knew why Wellman was killed in "Didn't We Meet at a Murder?" I rewatched it last night. I got the impression that Wellman committed suicide. Once Danny began chasing him, Wellman then thought jumping was his only option. I always liked the episode, but not the premise. Three people selected instead of one, so the culprits would not be easy to trace, yet they were traced at once. Did they sign in at the hotel? The relationship between Bonnie and Rick was creepy, but still amusing.

Added: Thursday 27 February 2014 17:46:43 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pitrsburgh PA

Right Ringfire. Rest In Peace,Somebody a suspenseful episode. Cameron really had McG & HFO guessing. Love when McG finally figures it out. They have the flashback at the hearing & Cameron yells Tin Idol.

The revenge episodes are great on HFO. Hookman wants revenge for losing his arms & CPO Joseph Trinnian wants revenge for being locked up in Portsmouth prison for 15 years.Shooting McG who was Navy Intelligence Officer at the time.

HFO fans. Do U like For A Million Why Not? I thought it was brilliantly planned & executed but the ending was weak. We never saw the 6 million dollars & McG was sequestered for the Johnny O'Porta trial. The late Sam Melville played a particularly nasty character Hawkins. John

Added: Thursday 27 February 2014 17:04:47 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Big Chick - yes, Ritter's Ryan was the very thing he was trying not to be and was criticizing. Plus, he had every reason to run.

There is no proof Jack ever wore a hairpiece. No one has proven he did, and if you watch the show, you'll notice his hair style changed four or five times. That's a lot of hair pieces. Someone would have to have manufactured them, and they would have talked.

James MacArthur and Don Donnelly made it clear that Jack's hair was his own, and Jack's hair stylist, Cherie Huffman, wrote an entire book on her years in hairstyling in Hollywood, and there is a chapter on Hawaii Five-O, and she says Jack's hair was his own. A few weeks ago, I spoke to Lee Paul from "Skinhead," and he told me Jack's hair was real and he didn't wear a hairpiece.

There are many episodes where you can see Jack's hair blowing in the wind, something a wig would not do. When his head moves, some strands from that top tuft that curls over his forehead shakes - again, something that would not happen with a wig or a hair piece.

Added: Thursday 27 February 2014 11:22:21 MST


Submitted by: Big Chick
From: Livin the Five-O

For me, what make 'Rest In Peace' a great ep, is you never see Steve-O & the Five-O so off balance, so at the mercy of they adversary. And the vindictiveness, Cameron's contempt for Steve: "You Stink worse dummy." Like you say RingFire, the fact he only a voice on the phone, like Cerberus. Love the 'Tin Idol' scene, where you see Steve's mental detective process. An the endin rang true for me, you can see Cameron too amped up, can't wait to bury Steve & the guv - so he blow the shot. The perennial Five-O thoroughness pay off here, havin Guv wear a vest. Dig how Steve gotta tell Cameron bout the vest, that the whole thing a wash, before he expire. How bouts Chin flippin out at the garage, pretty intense scene for Kam. McG, Mr. IN-tense, gots to calm em down :D

Hey Vrinda - on "2 Doves" I thought John Ritter willing to let his girl get killed was the real jolt. Is one thing him steppin off with cash - but leavin his girl to die? Showin Ritter dumpin her airline food in the trash is - like The Rainbow Warrior say - another one a those great scenes that say so much about the world, without no dialogue. Killer irony that Ritter’s Ryan spend the whole ep critiquing society and he hisself have no morals & no values. "Two Doves" a powerhouse ep that really builds n unfolds: from panhandling that lead to mugging, that lead to abscondin with $250 thou, Chin Ho investigatin a muggin and Danno on a missin person detail that both lead to a major embezzler and 2 kids almos gettin offed.

Rainbow Warrior - you and Vrinda kinda hard on these counter-culture types. How bout Jeff Bridges’ Jeff Lebowski aka "the Dude," He a pretty cool hippie cat :D

Added: Wednesday 26 February 2014 22:53:50 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

In one of the last statements on one of Mike’s pages [bit.ly/1fJEZlG (add proper prefix)], someone was talking about Jack being vain about his appearance. Whoever made the statement said, "Nobody can see his heavily-tattooed arms." Jack didn’t have tattooed arms as per a photograph of him in a short-sleeved shirt, which you can see in MofH50 / Photo Album / Jack. He did, however, have a lot of dark hair on his arms, just as we often saw on his hands. Perhaps, he was self-conscious about it? We may never know. As for his wearing a hairpiece, it is entirely possible that he did. Many – if not most – men have lost hair by the time they are the age(s) Jack was when he filmed H50. Rumor has it that bald men are more virile than men with full heads of hair.

Added: Wednesday 26 February 2014 21:12:48 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Ringfire,I see you often say on the Forum that Rest In Peace Somebody is an all time FAV. I'm curious why you like that episode so much."

The answer is really quite simple. I find it to be an incredibly tense and suspenseful episode! Sure, there are some plot holes - like Cameron getting into a seemingly unguarded Iolani Palace with the paint can (why it would be unguarded makes zero sense since Cameron had already gotten inside earlier) or Cameron not taking a head shot at the governor (being an expert marksman and all). But even despite these plot holes the episode has me transfixed from first scene to last. The plot holes don't seem to have any effect on me whatsoever when it comes to this particular episode. I think this only makes me marvel at it more and more! Plus it has an excellent score by Don Ray.

There's just something eerie about being harassed by an unseen evil. We see the phone and the mouth talking but we don't see the face. We would see something similar with Cerberus in the excellent season 5 episode "The Listener". Except here it's more personal - McGarrett is the target! Plus the phrases Cameron uses like "playing judge" and "tin idol". A highlight for me is when McG writes these phrases on his paper pad and then slowly it starts coming back to him in his mind. Tin idol!!

There was an excellent MAGNUM, PI episode as well about a psychotic caller who harasses Magnum with riddles and rhymes about who he will kill next. It was from the show's 7th season - the episode was "Death and Taxes". It had a dark and seedy MIAMI VICE-ish feel to it (quite different from the MAGNUM norm) and was definitely one of the very best episodes from that show. Highly recommended!! You can view it on Netflix!!

Added: Wednesday 26 February 2014 11:29:57 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Starlog Magazine has been archived at archive.org. James Bond fans may like this particular issue:

https://archive.org/stream/starlog_magazine-068/

I'm sure I heard a long time ago that there was an episode guide or at least an article about Five-O in this magazine. Does anyone else recall this?

Added: Tuesday 25 February 2014 23:59:55 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Ringfire,I see you often say on the Forum that Rest In Peace Somebody is an all time FAV. I'm curious why you like that episode so much. No doubt Cameron was intelligent & had a good revenge motive on Steve.

My fault with it is Cameron had them guessing who was the target & then he red paints a strip to the Governor's door. He knew Steve would give the Governor added protection. I have to admit Cameron was clever & almost pulled it off. Poor Kono took the worst of it.

I would give Rest In Peace Somebody 5 stars out of 6. What should Cameron have done differently? Should Cameron had been given a second chance as an officer? Cameron was a good cop. Were there some kind of anger management or admin position they could have given him. It seems there was blame to go around & a sad ending. John

Added: Tuesday 25 February 2014 13:16:24 MST


Submitted by: T.F.
From: USA

Saw "Hookman" 1973 liked it :!cool:
Saw "Hookman" 2013 :!mad:
Other favorites: :p
Over 50? steal! and Odd man In
Bones of Contention
No Bottles No Cans no People
FOB Honolulu 1 and 2
Draw Me a killer
and who can ever forget "BOOK EM DANO"
as you can guess I a classic Hawaii Five o fan...

Added: Tuesday 25 February 2014 12:10:39 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Yes, "Didn't We Meet at a Murder?" is a great episode which gets better and better with each rewatch. Sometimes I wonder if it's not in my top 5 for season 3.

My top 5 for season 3:

1. Rest in Peace, Somebody
2. And I Want Some Candy and a Gun that Shoots
3. Wednesday, Ladies Free
4. Odd Man In (yes, I'm a big fan of this Filer episode)
5. toss-up between R&R&R, Cloth of Gold, and Didn't We Meet at a Murder?

Added: Tuesday 25 February 2014 11:44:23 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

If you use Micro-Slop Internet Explorer as your browser and you have Bing installed somewhere on your computer (I don't usually use these two things, so I am just guessing here), if you right-click on a page, you can translate the page with Bing. This is good for a few laughs!

I did this, and in German, the expression "ANAL-YSIS," referring to my usual picky reviewing, translates into "ANAL-Gründungsvorhabens"! Reverse translating into English, it means "ANAL-start-up project"...

Added: Tuesday 25 February 2014 09:01:46 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

As each month passes,I think Didn't We Meet A Murder? is my FAV Classic HFO. Has the great Simon Oakland playing Syndicate man Mauritany. Was also impressed by the actor who was the blackmailer.

Sad to see the actor who played Clem Brown (Morgan Upton) died over 20 yrs ago. Always thought the secretary who played Miss Gabriella was hot.

One of the best scenes in HFO history when Clem Brown talks/confesses to his wife about the blackmail &Vietnam.

Don't understand why they killed Wellman. Maybe 1 of you.has the answer. John

Added: Tuesday 25 February 2014 00:00:59 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

John, "Year of the Horse" not only had a James Bond feel to it. It also had a James Bond in it. George Lazenby portrayed JB in one Bond movie, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). In "YoftheH," he portrayed John Cossett, a sadly unremarkable character (IMHO), supposedly in partnership with with Luke (Bostwick), yet easily dispensable when the chips were down.

I agree, though, that Bostwick and Principal were good catches for the episode. They played well together. I was disappointed, however, in how Dolores Sandover (Principal) gave away Luke's identity. After all, she was the daughter and the wife of Navy officers. It seemed to me that she should have known to tread cautiously.

Added: Monday 24 February 2014 15:23:20 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"The Year Of The Horse. Has a James Bond (to) feel to thepisode."

Well, it should. It has James Bond in it - George Lazenby! Personally I never care for the episode. Don't know why. It just never clicked with me. The on-location shooting (like "Nine Dragons") was nice but the story never really grabbed me. Maybe because it was a 2-part episode. Who knows? Of course I haven't seen it in forever. The cable car scene did resemble the cable car scene in the James Bond film MOONRAKER - between 007 (Roger Moore) and henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel). Both this episode and the film were released in 1979 by the way! The film was released in June so I'm guessing this episode maybe aired a month or two earlier?

As for my all-time favorite Five-0 episodes? Goodness, where to start?

I think my top 3 would probably be:

Rest in Peace, Somebody
Hookman
The Vashon trilogy

But there are dozens upon dozens upon dozens of superb episodes. Hard to choose my favorites!

Added: Monday 24 February 2014 15:12:37 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh

Happy Birthday to Barry Bostwick Feb 24th HFO alumni The Year Of The Horse. Has a James Bond (to) feel to thepisode. I'm thinking that Year of The Horse makes me wonder about how good... it gets 4 stars on my 6 star system.

Grabbing Barry Bostwick & Victoria Principal proved to be smart casting as both would have long productive careers.Mrs. Principal jumpstarted the episode looking for her supposedly dead husband Luke. McG must have liked her because he kissed her. Didn't do that with many women on the show.

Question Of The Day:What are your favorite ? Epiisodes of Hawaii Five O Classic? My Top 3: 1.Didn't We Meet At A Murder? 2.Why Wait Until Kevin Dies? 3.For A Million Why Not? John

Added: Monday 24 February 2014 09:43:31 MST


Submitted by: TF
From: USA

Saw the orginal Hookman :!cool: and the remake :!mad:

Added: Saturday 22 February 2014 14:46:22 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I watched this free episode of "Search" mentioned below. The whole thing struck me as kind of dumb, sort of a low-budget equivalent of Mission: Impossible. Some of the scientific stuff in the show was cool, like this pendant worn by the characters that not only provided audio and video of where the wearer was located, but GPS-like information about the location itself and other facts about the wearer and the people nearby like their rate of respiration.

But the plot was stupid. A moon rock which is a cluster of raw diamonds disappears and Hugh O'Brian is the "agent" who gets to try and locate it. While doing so, the approaching long-in-the-tooth O'Brian spews off wink-wink/nudge-nudge drivel at airline stewardesses and Jo Ann Pflug, a scientist who is accompanying him. When the guy who stole the diamond (who has a VERY obviously middle-Eastern name) escapes to his home country, O'Brian charters a 747 jet to pursue him. He and Pflug arrive at some ambiguous location (Turkey?) where O'Brian manages to recover the moonrock in an amateurish action scene. Maybe this was not a particularly good episode, I don't know.

Added: Friday 21 February 2014 21:46:30 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Seriously, is Melanie Griffith supposed to be Danny's MOTHER? She looks more like his SISTER in these photos.

http://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/shows/hawaii-five-0/releases/view?id=38120

http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/02/melanie-griffith-on-hawaii-five-0-first-look-photos/

By the way, it's been pointed out to me that Danny's mother's name is CLARA Williams. This may irritate die-hard fans of the old show. :!devil:

Added: Friday 21 February 2014 21:11:34 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Mike,

I had the stomach bug that you had, in December for one day, it almost completely dehydrated me. It was a tough couple of days.

Vrinda,

You're the best. I couldn't agree with you more on "hippies." Trouble is they are all running the country now and driving the whole nation into the ditch. Everybody is miserable and I'm like "Don't blame me. You voted for the hippies not me." The states in the country that are doing well, not run by hippies.

That episode is Afghanistan I hope that Katherine doesn't need to be rescued by Steve. I hope she handles things on her own and kicks butt by herself. That way she can go back to Hawaii and say now get rid of Kono and flesh out my character even more. The fans like me better, the crew probably like me better, and I need more work!

Added: Friday 21 February 2014 08:27:42 MST


Submitted by: Just Kevin
From: Australia

Think I found a trivia irregularity which is not reflected in the episode synopsis on the main site.

Don't know if this has been pointed out before by anyone (I've searched only this guestbook, not the entire archives), but in "One Big Happy Family" (S6), at the end, Rosalie's hair gets messed up during the scuffle with her mother in law. But when Ben escorts her out of the office (supposedly a few seconds later), her hair no longer looks messed up! NOT enough time for it to be settled!

By the way, I got the distinct impression this episode was poking fun at rednecks, climaxing at the end with the crazy logic they used to justify their crimes.

Added: Friday 21 February 2014 00:44:43 MST


Submitted by: Joel D.
From: North Idaho

John, I agree about the two-parter "Number One With a Bullet" from Season 11. One of the best episodes from the late 1970s.

They just showed both parts this week on Me-TV, and among the cool things about them are:

• The syncing of the Texas disco owner's car-bomb death with scenes from his club's dance floor. Apparently the same Bee Gees song playing at the club was on the 8-track he put into his car stereo, which triggered the bomb.

• Always thought Yvonne Elliman was a strong singer, ever since my parents would play the "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack. As a singer who is originally from Hawaii, this guest-star role suited her to a T.

• As "Mr. Mike" notes in his episode analysis, the tough talk between McGarrett and Allie Francis, the L.A. mob guy, is good stuff.

Added: Friday 21 February 2014 00:05:45 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Warner Archive is offering a free stream of an episode from the series "Search," which was discussed here a few weeks ago. This is only accessible until midnight tomorrow night (Feb. 21st) and only works in the USA.

http://shop.warnerarchive.com/jump.do?itemID=5&itemType=LANDING&cid=theater&promo=sliderTHEATERhome

Added: Thursday 20 February 2014 23:58:59 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I watched "The Silk Trap" the other day and regarding the bitchiness between McG and Andrea King... I'm assuming those 2 had a run-in before so McG tries to tip-toe around this extreme feminist. He warns Danno ahead of time that it's "Miss" not "Mrs." I really didn't get the impression that McG was trying to provoke her for no particular reason - due to his dislikes for feminists or anything like that. If anything he showed some serious restraint. In the earlier seasons he would have given a chick like that a good chastising. Andrea was being very bitchy towards him - telling him that he probably thinks the beauty pageant is a joke, something he never even eluded to. He was just investigating a murder. She definitely was putting words into his mouth. Like she wanted to provoke him. He just kept his cool. I'm guessing there was some history between the two. Not romantic obviously. Just some run-in. She was definitely much more bitchy towards him than Dina Merrill was in "Nine Dragons".

Added: Thursday 20 February 2014 11:12:42 MST


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Pittsburgh

John, you asked several posts back what anyone else thought of "The Year of the Horse." Actually we were just discussing that episode on H50 1.0 Forever's site. I described it as having a feature film feel to it, what with all the sweeping exterior shots. A little of that goes a long way. I had a hankering for the "Bomber and Mrs. Maroney." Indoors, one room, Hawaii, Chin and Danno. Mostly all missing from "Year of the Horse." I needed some claustrophobia! By the way, what do you think of this temporary warming spell in our neck of the woods? Back to the twenties next week!

Added: Wednesday 19 February 2014 18:25:43 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

bit.ly/1fe461e

Oh puhleeze, only 22 episodes and we have to waste one with another A-Team adventure, this time in Afghanistan?

I figure Catherine will be the star of this show, since Michelle Borth already had experience in "Afghanistan" in the not-particularly-successful Canadian series Combat Hospital (which was actually filmed near Toronto). Of course this will give McGarrett a good excuse to rescue >her< if she gets in trouble there.

Since the two "North Korean" episodes in my opinion were among the very worst of the entire show so far, I'm not looking forward to another A-Team adventure abroad. Will Joe White, Frank Bama or Wade Gutches be along to help her?

Lenkov announced this 5 days ago. Unfortunately, I have been sick as a dog for several days with the "stomach flu," which is why I just found out about it now.

Added: Wednesday 19 February 2014 12:44:04 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Chicken: "Hey Vrinda - you may have somethin funny to relate on Heron & the Doves. Chicken remember you engagin a discussion with a cat on the IMDB forum who accused the Five-O of bashing hippies! Man, you really had the patience to go the rounds with that dude."

Yes, Chicken, I do. I thought the kids in that episode were dopey, spoiled brats. John Ritter's character had no values. He was willing to let his girlfriend get killed. Danno's landlady's daughter was also stupid. What was so bad that she had to leave home at 17? No one explained that. These kids caused trouble by running off to Hawaii, and trying to roll Mr. Heron. They shouldn't have expected anything less than what they got.

That guy on the IMDb was a troll, but he deserved a tongue-lashing. There are people who really do criticize the original Hawaii Five-O for being "anti-hippy" as though hippies were such wonderful people. They were just spoiled, middle and upper class kids who wanted to shirk responsibility. I have no sympathy for them.

Added: Wednesday 19 February 2014 12:07:58 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Elegy in a Rainforest" is a good score but it's not as good as some of the others by Broughton. Or at least not as memorable to my ears.

I now even prefer "McGarrett is Missing" (the episode) to "Elegy" - largely because the score is that much more effective. I used to give "Elegy" a slight edge in the past - mostly because of William Watson as the creepy Lucien. But upon rewatch I found Watson's twitchy performance a bit too much. A bit too over the top. He also seemed to be all over the place - going from crybaby to raving lunatic, then back to crybaby, etc. And the "nature boy" story was just a bit too lame for my tastes.

Both episodes are jungle episodes but "McG is Missing" puts McG in the center of it all - our hero is in great peril. Plus no distracting subplots about jungle/nature boys either. And then the Broughton score is the icing on the cake!

But hey, both are still great episodes.

Added: Tuesday 18 February 2014 15:01:57 MST


Submitted by: Peter Harris
From: Lubbock, Texas

On the subject of Bruce Broughton scores, has anyone mentioned Elegy in a Rain Forest? The music for the last eight minutes as McGarrett tries to elude Marcus Lucien really sticks in my mind whenever I think of characters tumbling and running down a hill.

BTW, after watching that sequence many times, I think it is Manicote's gun that McGarrett finds and uses to drop Lucien. Manicote dropped his weapon onto a rock shelf before tumbling, and McGarrett climbs toward that spot. This would be the main reason to have Manicote in the scene anyway, so McGarrett can be the hero -- I think the weapon Lucien took off McGarrett's hip was an automatic pistol (it's hard to tell, but McGarrett grabs a revolver) and it also looks like McGarrett's weapon probably broke on the rocks after Lucien launches it high and far.

Added: Monday 17 February 2014 23:45:37 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

My FAV Broughton score is The Finishing Touch. Don't know how McG suspected Carghill when he used Carghill on other Five O cases. The examiner had no criminal record. He's a good actor. Guessed right HFO was watching him, but already dialed the number. John

Added: Monday 17 February 2014 14:08:28 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

In light of Bruce Broughton being in the news lately, what are your favorite Five-0 scores of his?

My top 3 are:

1. McGarrett is Missing
2. The Finishing Touch (his first Five-0 score)
3. Double Exposure

Also very good were "A Woman's Work is with a Gun" and "The Capsule Kidnapping".

Added: Sunday 16 February 2014 23:46:21 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I'm a big fan of Season 11 HFO. With Chin Ho gone,it was streamlined with McG,Danno & Duke. The episodes have a different style which I enjoy. The Sleeper was weak for an opening episode but I really enjoyed the Sonjia Hansen character & the control. Watching Danno get brainwashed in Deadly Courier was high tech for 1978-1979.Poor Mr.Sherman.

My greatest memory of Season 11 is the incredible 2 part Number One With A Bullet. Just a fantastic episode. Interesting to see how mob controls the record industry.6 stars.

Sure there were a few duds in Why Won't Linda Die? & The Sleeper. Also Classics The Death Mask & Distant Thunder grace Season 11.2 the one that confuses me.The Year Of The Horse.I watched this 6 times over the years. Don't know if it stinks or brilliant. What you think of Season 11? JOHN

Added: Sunday 16 February 2014 14:32:58 MST


Submitted by: Rick
From: Pittsburgh

Netflix has the first 10 seasons of H5O available, minus season 6...They use to have Season 6, now you can only save it to your que....Does anyone know, anything special (some legal issue perhaps) about season 6th that Netflix does not have that season for rental?....Season 6 has some great episodes including - "Hookman" "Murder is a Taxing Affair", & "Draw Me A Killer"...

As far as the last 2 season, in my opinion, very few quality episodes there anyway, especially in the final season which i call Hawaii 5-O A.D. (after Dano)...

Added: Sunday 16 February 2014 13:28:30 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

FAV HFO episodes include:Didn't We Meet At A Murder,Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies? Hookman, "V" for Vashon:Trilogy, The 90 Second War,King Of The Hill,Number One With A Bullet,F.O.B Honolulu,Draw Me A Killer,The Flip Side Is Death,Nine Dragons,3,000 Crooked Miles To Honolulu. What are yours?.

Time & Memories 4 stars out of 6 for the record. McG was better off single in the end. John

Added: Sunday 16 February 2014 12:46:01 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Personally I think "Time and Memories" is a great episode and the one where McG seems to be the most in love. Definitely the best "love" episode from the show. The chemistry between McG and Cathy Wallis seems more real and much more emotional than with Margo Cooper or Cathi Ryan. Or Chelsea Merriman - not really much of a love story there, just a slight attraction.

Definitely shows why the 3rd season was such a strong season of the show!

Added: Saturday 15 February 2014 15:13:26 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Cathy Wallis made a big mistake not marrying Steve McG. The guy she married was a wealthy lawyer Mr Wallis but they had fighting. Marital problems.They seemed to be in Love when you see the flashbacks.McG cut a dashing figure as a Naval officer.

Young Cathy went for the money man although her family was very wealthy. It wasn't a great script for 5-0 standards.A man is found dead & the usual suspects.The wife,daughter,fiance,business partner. It will be remembered for the incredible flashbacks of a young McG in love & his Naval officer life.

Wished we could have seen Mr. Wallis more before he was killed.I still have a negative impression of him. I like how they caught Martin Sheen's character at the end. Classic 5-0. John

Added: Saturday 15 February 2014 12:09:05 MST


Submitted by: drol
From: texas

Cathy was engaged to someone else and rich marry rich. And I seem to remember something she said about not wanting to be a navy wife.

Added: Saturday 15 February 2014 09:28:52 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

The call was NOT an "ancient land line trick." It was the first step to call forwarding. And we saw it every week when Danno said, "Central, patch me through to McGarrett." The only difference was that the call in "Time and Memories" was a long-distance one.

Similarly, even in the days before telecommunications towers blocked our view in every direction, it was entirely possible for a call to be patched to multiple recipients, what is now called teleconferencing. It has been done since the days of the switchboard and operator. Only the method of achievement has changed.

Added: Saturday 15 February 2014 06:03:48 MST


Submitted by: Joel D.
From: North Idaho

Me-TV went with a "Valentine's Day" promo today, trying to show some sort of love-related episode for each of its shows (most of which are westerns, at least during the daytime … I'm sure it turned into a "Prostitutes With a Heart of Gold" marathon)

Anyway, for Hawaii 5-0, they went with an older episode called "Time and Memories" where an old flame from McGarrett's Navy days is a suspect in the murder of her husband.

Good episode with a plot that hinges on an ancient land-line phone trick used by Martin Sheen's character. Although they never reveal why the ex-girlfriend, Cathy, didn't stay with McGarrett, especially since she was independently wealthy and didn't need her now-dead husband's big bucks.

I guess episodes like this (and a later one where McGarrett's current girlfriend is murdered and he's framed for it) stand out because they dwell on a character's personal life, which is rare for the original 5-0. Usually the crime-of-the-week is enough to keep our interest plot-wise … unlike the new version of the show, where outside the job drama takes up a much bigger part of many episodes.

Just one man's opinion.

Added: Friday 14 February 2014 21:38:56 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

News about Casey Kasem, who appeared in two episodes: Steal Now - Pay Later and Mother's Deadly Helper.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/casey-kasem-sad-strange-family-678902

Added: Friday 14 February 2014 21:10:20 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Never was a big fan of Two Doves. They tried to work some kind of gay angle with Mr.Herron which was unnecessary. John Ritter's character clocks him & they steal a key.It fits an airport locker with him taking $250,000 or so.

Mr.Herron turned out to be an embezzler who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his company. I thought it was unlikely for a man to take a blow to the head & shake it off like that.

The girl's OD at the candle shack was strange.He lit the place on fire. Liked the ending at airport. 3 stars.

Added: Friday 14 February 2014 18:04:06 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Season 5 renewal is not confirmed as far as I am aware, though predicted by TV By The Numbers WWW site. Usually CBS will wait until the very last minute (like in May) to confirm.

Added: Friday 14 February 2014 12:34:39 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

The BAD news ... no new 5-O episode tonight; the GOOD news ... a triple-header MARATHON on CBS !! Hour 1 is a bit weak, but 2&3 are decent yarns... Looking forward to it ... I need a Steve / Danno / Kono / Chin FIX !

Question for Mr. Mike -- has Season 5 been confirmed? At my last glance, news was imminent ... pls update ! Thanx

Added: Friday 14 February 2014 07:37:53 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

The ad you posted. Sorry, but I only found it on You Tube after I had posted my comment. As for its being Five-0 related, George Takei portrayed Nathaniel Blake in "Death's Name is Sam" (Season 8). He was the HPD helicopter pilot who went undercover at the terrorists' hideout (the Anderson Estate) only to be shot down with a surface-to-air missile during his escape.

Added: Thursday 13 February 2014 08:32:57 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Which ad are you talking about?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy8B2FtE0QU

Or is there another ad with some Five-O significance?

Added: Thursday 13 February 2014 07:36:58 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Has anyone else seen George Takei in the Rooms to Go ad on TV?

The ad isn't showing now, while RtoG advertises its President's Day sale, but I'll bet it returns. It showed for only a week or two.

Added: Thursday 13 February 2014 05:52:00 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

"I will never forget that last shot of "Payoff." You have the big shootout and then the look of disgust on Steve and Danno's faces as Madge clutches the money and cries. It just knocked my socks off. It said so much about life without having to say it with dialogue!..Brilliant."

Totally agree, Rainbow Warrior. An ending on par with the one for "Skinhead" or "Trouble in Mind." Powerhouse denouements be a real forte for Five-O.

You know, I use to overlook the John Ritter/Vic Morrow ep. Our man Otto use to always talk it up here on the forum so I go back to it. And it is powerful, dramatic stuff, but very subtle. On the surface it seem a simple story, but yeah, they alot there.

Hey Vrinda - you may have somethin funny to relate on Heron & the Doves. Chicken remember you engagin a discussion with a cat on the IMDB forum who accused the Five-O of bashing hippies! Man, you really had the patience to go the rounds with that dude.

Lastly, back to Kauai & "Die in Paradise," Mr. Mike - did you knock the ratin down on that ep? Don't the bad dudes deserve an xtra star for bein "irrational and unpredictable - the WORST kind a kidnappers" :D

Added: Wednesday 12 February 2014 20:53:40 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"I'll make Ringfire the hockey goalie who doesn't let any pucks by him, or the hockey coach who is all business, gruff and doesn't put up with any nonsense. He wants perfection form his troops and doesn't tolerate anything less."

Hockey goalie position accepted. When they told me how much bread I could get for this gig I totally FLIPPED, bay-bee! No way, bay-bee, but NOOO WAAAY I was gonna pass up this gig.

Added: Wednesday 12 February 2014 11:02:00 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

H50 and Vrinda,

Two classy ladies that keep this site humming.

Joel: I always liked the John Ritter episode. Some don't care for it, but I always felt it was an effective episode and when it moves to the airport for the dramatic finale, I thought it was powerful dramatic stuff!

Big Chicken: I will never forget that last shot of "Payoff." You have the big shootout and then the look of disgust on Steve and Danno's faces as Madge clutches the money and cries. It just knocked my socks off. It said so much about life without having to say it with dialogue!..Brilliant.

Okay Big Chicken we will make you the cat pushing PED's to all the athletes on the side. That's pretty funny. :D

I'll make Ringfire the hockey goalie who doesn't let any pucks by him, or the hockey coach who is all business, gruff and doesn't put up with any nonsense. He wants perfection form his troops and doesn't tolerate anything less.

Added: Wednesday 12 February 2014 08:03:21 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, Washington

Hey Joe D, welcome aboard. Think Season 9 episode "To Die in Paradise" take place on Kauai when two kidnappers abscond to that isle after abductin a country singer

Added: Tuesday 11 February 2014 23:10:53 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

"Guarnerious Caper is one of my all time favorites. I've seen it a million times and I never get tired of it. That is classic, classic Five-O."

Right on, Rainbow Warrior. As that commercial tagline go "too much good stuff" in that ep. Steve-O goin the distance to get justice for Mazzini's murda, Hutch & Deke bein 2 a the scuzziest, bottom-feedin 5-O baddies, and the very cinematic openin justapositionin them low-lives on the prowl with Ed Flanders high culture concerto.

I think its the visceral experience that keep us watchin. Just caught "Payoff" again, an ep so rich in noir/crime genre elements, and the buzz was from watching Five-O work the case with such little info - marked kidnap bills, bits & pieces of a story from Jace's would be girl, and only the first names of the heavies. And its great watchin the investigation unfold. And like you said, it lead up to that killer endin with Madge weepin over that briefcase full a bills.

Lastly, I'm honored you placed me as goalie on the con hockey team. But true to the TV Big Chicken, think I'd be more in character as a 4th line goon or a cat pushin performance enhancin supplements rink-side. "the stuff cost me, its cost you. I wish it was free." :!devil:

Added: Tuesday 11 February 2014 20:06:39 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Rainbow, thank you for that description. I will gladly be the downhill skier always ready for adventure but protecting the purity of the sport and the rules.

Added: Tuesday 11 February 2014 11:53:21 MST


Submitted by: Joel D.
From: North Idaho

First and foremost, this is great site ... thanks to all who moderate/write/organize it.

I get the "Me TV" channel where I live and have enjoyed seeing original Five-0 episodes, especially the older ones (late 60s, early 70s). Some good plots, great scenery, cool cars and occasionally interesting guest stars (the episode with John Ritter as a hippie candle maker/panhandler was fun).

My quick question for you superfans: How many episodes take place outside of Honolulu/Oahu? I saw one a month or two ago about somebody trying to trigger volcanos on the Big Island (kind of a slow episode IMHO), but I’m wondering if there are more.

In particular, are any set on Kauai? Doubtful because it’s such a remote island, but just wondering.

Added: Tuesday 11 February 2014 11:12:24 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Have you heard? On Saturday, vandals smashed one of the etch-glass doors and broke into the Grand Hall of 'Iolani Palace. The break-in set off the alarm, which summoned the security guards, who held them until the HPD arrived.

I just had an e-mail message from the Palace, saying they intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

Read about it: http://bit.ly/1fVjEU1

Added: Monday 10 February 2014 19:35:14 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

I like your plan, Rainbow, and gladly accept the role to play "the elegant classy figure skater who wins gold." :D

Added: Monday 10 February 2014 16:28:00 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I'm surprised that the new show hasn't exploited the fact that there is interest in "winter" sports in Hawaii:

http://icepalacehawaii.com/

http://www.hawaiifigureskatingclub.com/

http://www.midweek.com/hawaii-curling/

Skiing might be a bit of challenge, though it is no secret that there is snow on some of the islands' highest peaks:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/13/snow-hawaii_n_4270460.html

Downhill skiing could include jumping over lava beds and other obstacles.

Added: Monday 10 February 2014 09:13:38 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Big Chicken:

Thanks for the shout-out and the Guarnerious Caper is one of my all time favorites. I've seen it a million times and I never get tired of it. That is classic, classic Five-O.

I could see Big Chicken as a hockey goalie. Those pucks aren't getting by me baby!!!....H50 Forever would be the elegant classy figure skater who wins gold....and Vrinda would be the downhill skier always ready for adventure but protecting the purity of the sport and the rules.

Added: Monday 10 February 2014 08:38:34 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

OKAYYY, Boys & Girls ... Even tho' it was merely a rerun last nite, I rolled back and still got my FIX with Steve & Crew as they kicked off Season 4 (from 9/27) -- the hardliners can take their shots at it, but I grooved to the big shootout in prison at the beginning, and the death-defying takedown of El Condor from above Aloha Stadium at the end. True, OUR HERO should have died, we'll say FOUR TIMES during the episode ... but that's why he's STEVE McGARRETT, guys ! As it unfolded I was nailed to my seat... maybe 3-5 seconds later in each case -- I was shaking my head and going LOL. And what's this about a Valentine's Day H50 Marathon ?!? I'm down with it, KIDS. Of course, as usual, dissenting opinions are always Welcomed here ... but like John C., I want this to go 8 years !

Added: Saturday 08 February 2014 12:35:30 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Pacific Northwest

Ringfire say: "Those 2 crazy cats just can't keep their paws off them violins"

Guarnerius Caper violin-napper Hutch has one a my fave Five-O lines when he tell Al Paulsen's KGBer "Listen Commissar - I am not interested in your problems, man."

My bad, Ringfire, you did have our man Sam listed. You know, I was inclined to rate Sam below Big Chick, Kevin Mac & Harry Cardones, cause Jerry Parks is kinda an accidental criminal. But is pretty chillin how he go from perpetratin a petty hustle/publicity stunt to decidin to off Sal Mineo. Swingin Jerry turn out to be a pretty nefarious cat. As Jerry would put it: when I got a chance at all that money - I just flipped, bay-bee! Flipped!

And you gots to have Jimmy Shigeta's Joe Matsukino in your best guest list. Just like you gotta have charges, dig? Joe Matsukino - he's King a the Rackets!

And a shout out to the hardliners Rainbow Warrior and H50 Forever. You both is awesomesauce :D

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 23:40:59 MST


Submitted by: Sid Johnston
From: SC

I quit watching because the background music was annoying!

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 20:02:38 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I promised Mr. Mike that I would start watching the new HFO . Didn't want to be talking The Payoff,The Box,Beautiful Screamer all the time . Haven't watched a TV show in about 20 yrs. An episode of Fastlane or CSI once in a while. Mostly a 70's crime show buff.

The task was to watch an episode & give a quick review on the forum. Based on my famous 6 star system. Started watching when Billy got killed. It's been great a 4 star episode since October.Thanks to the Mr.Mike forum for critiquing episodes. Sometimes, Mr. Mike thinks the same questions I have. Other times, my criticisms are too strong...

It's been fun learning all the names of the HFO mafia...Rainbow,Vrinda,Dan,etc. Great to see the new HFO continues to improve & gain ratings. U guys & gals:What HFO characters would be good in what Olympic events??? Can U see Chin Ho Kam (G) Fong in a bobsled ? Big Chicken in the Ski Jump??? Duke as a short track speedskater??? John

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 18:04:31 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

John, I not only said good things about the Pearl Harbor episode, I posted links to good articles about it. Just don't expect me to give kudos to inferior productions.

The Pearl Harbor episode was, indeed, on par with 1.0. Let us see more just as good. All it takes is dedication and drive. The 1.0 team proved that time and again. Now, the 2.0 team has proven it. Go for it, 2.0 team.

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 13:28:17 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

H50,

I just wanted to use the word awesomesaucy again!!!

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 10:13:35 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

It reminds me of what Fred White said in Tombstone:"I don't want trouble here.Not in any language."

There are old guard HFO fans who will never give the new HFO any credit or props.Rainbow made a great point about giving the new HFO show credit when warranted. I have to admit Season 4 has been excellent. The Pearl Harbor episode & the Chin Internal Affairs episode rivaled the Classics HFO. Hope HFO can run 8 years or more.

Today's Classic Review.3,000 Crooked Miles To Honolulu. So many interesting things. The Bazooka blast was impressive but wouldn't it have burned up the travellers checks. Loved Buddy Epsen in the role of the professor. Love the Classic Aloha Suckers line .It was a great criminal enterprise only McG could have stopped. John

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 09:54:29 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Oh, Rainbow. How tactful you are. I'd have phrased a response to Dan quite differently than you. For me, of course, the pilot is and always will be "Cocoon," and the Five-0 Team will always be Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Gilbert "Zulu" Kauhi, Kam Fong Chun, Herman Wedemeyer, Al Harrington, Doug Mossman, and Moe Keale. All others need not apply.

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 09:44:59 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Dan,

I'm a hard liner on the old five-o being my favorite and in my opinion the best show ever on tv. However, as Mr. Mike will tell you, that I have always been fair and praised the new show when it was WARRENTED. I have often praised it when no one else did, but I'm also not a Kool-Aid drinker and think that it is the most "AWESOMESAUCY"(Remember that word long time board members)and rave about it like it reinvented television. It's been very good this year, much improved, nice to see, but is it a great show like you claim?, absolutely perfect?, ah no, it still has problems that it needs to work out. Some of us don't live in a world of absolutes and extremes. You enjoy the new show and think that it is the most iconic television show of it's time-more power to you enjoy!

Those of us who see that it needs to be even better will stay in the real world and express where some of it's problems still are. Doesn't mean that we want it off the air, just improved. Everything in life can always be improved on! Stop complaining that no one here likes it, it simply is not true. Mike will tell you the goal here is to be fair and critique both shows as a forum for people who like both. Have fun and enjoy the different viewpoints.

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 08:41:03 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

"Welp", another rerun tonight -- albeit a good one, with the McGarrett - Wo Fat confrontation at the Prison... and I see we have two more weeks of old stuff until we get down to business again. I guess it's time for me to pull out the PILOT episode -- required viewing for newcomers to the new 5-O ... and for us hard-liners, a great way to roll back to celebrate how it all started in 2010... I guess I'm in the minority -- for I enjoy and appreciate BOTH the iconic H50 from the old days, AND this edition TOO.

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 07:22:22 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

As predicted, the next new episode will be on February 28th:

When the series returns at the end of February, the team will investigate the death of a real estate agent.

In the next episode, "Pale 'la" (Buried Secrets), "A real estate agent is found dead inside the walls of one of his listings. Meanwhile, Danny's mother makes an unexpected visit and brings with her some shocking news."

Melanie Griffith will guest star on the upcoming episode, which will air Friday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Added: Friday 07 February 2014 00:49:19 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Another view of the flap over Bruce Broughton's song:

http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/news/and-the-oscar-for-best-song-goes-to-politics/27134

Added: Thursday 06 February 2014 18:44:07 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Looks like another priceless violin (this time a Stradivarius) has been recovered and those 2 violin-nappers Hutch and Deke are behind bars. Again!

http://bbc.in/1ji5Isw

Those 2 crazy cats just can't keep their paws off them violins. :D

Added: Thursday 06 February 2014 13:12:51 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Hey Chick, I sure did include that cool cat Sam Melville in an earlier post below. Sammy flips me, bay-beee!!

--
Yep, Kotto (who was also a Bond villain) was indeed great in this role. He would be in my top 5 for the first season. But I'd still give a slight edge to Kevin McCarthy (Full Fathom), Nehemiah Persoff (Deathwatch), and Sam Melville (Tiger by the Tail). Along with the already mentioned Gavin MacLeod who would be my personal pick as the best guest star on the show. Can't get enough of his "peace 'n love" spoutin' hippie self. "The law is cooool" :!cool:
--

I suppose I shoulda throwed in Jimmy Shigeta as Joe Matsukino in there as well. Joe and Harry gotta be together if they wanna be swingin'

Added: Wednesday 05 February 2014 23:22:26 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, Home to Legion Of Boom

"You know, when people like you get involved, REALLY involved ... wake up, the rats, the snakes like Bombay, they're dead. I read somewhere: 'any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind'"

Right on RingFire, Jerry-Bay-Bee! That be electrifyin speechifyin from Steve-O/Five-O.

The law is Cooooool. Like Radio Birdman sing "McGarrett's one cool guy - the guilty will not go free."

Hey - we sure shoulda included Sam Mel in our besta Five-O guests for his hat trick of appearances as Jerry Bay-bee, & that vindictive, vengeful, Vietnam vet, and swingin Gary O in "Most Likely 2 Murder." Not to mention his makin the law even cooler by joinin a reformed Charlie Swanson in "The Rookies" Book em Danko!

Hey Rainbow Warrior, "Payoff" does have one a those powerhouse endins you really dig. And Seattle was a sea of blue today as we was out in the streets celebratin the Hawks. I think Mr. Mike's Canucks got another playoff run in em as well.

Hey, Mr. Mike - what about coach Tortarella goin all season 1 McGarrett on the Flames and stormin their locker room? reminiscent a the scene in "Cocoon" with McG takin it to the federales:

"Don't you ever put a tail on me!"

Think Torts needs a more retro 60s style suit to really capture that essence, though. ;)

Added: Wednesday 05 February 2014 20:28:23 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

McLintock!....Yes Ringfire that is the movie I was thinking of with the Duke and Ms. Powers playing his daughter.

Technically, though the film that H50 mentioned is also right because it came out the same year in 1963, so it was made at the same time. It was released after McLintock! but it could also be called one of her first films.

Powers has lived a very impressive life off screen, even more so than what she has done on it. She credits much of what she has learned and done from that experience with John Wayne. It was amazing the number of people that John Wayne touched and influenced in his life in a positive manner.

So H50 and Ringfire you both get correct scores!

Added: Wednesday 05 February 2014 08:51:31 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"You coulda handed out emmys all around for that ep, to Al, Jack, John Randolph."

Right oooon, baay-beee!! Right ooooon!! Dynamite performances all around - especially in that final scene!! Jerry-Bay-Bee digs it!! Grooovy!!

"For me, Steve-O's speechifyin at the end is a real high point in the annals of McG spoutin off bout law-n-order."

You know, when people like you get involved, REALLY involved ... wake up, the rats, the snakes like Bombay, they're dead. I read somewhere: 'any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind'.

Speechify, brother!! Speechify!! Right ooooon!! The law is cool! :!cool:

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 22:20:17 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Hey Rainbow,

I do believe you are right. Actually I didn't even check what the film was that Bruce was nominated for. Now that I see it's a Christian-themed film then of course it makes perfect sense that Bruce is being snubbed. If the film was BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN then things sure would have been different, wouldn't they? Hollywood is such a nasty place! Seriously! So superficial and fake. So anti-Christian! I mean aside from Robert Duvall, Gary Sinise, and Jon Voight are there any conservatives in that town? I'd be surprised if those 3 actually reside there. If I was them I sure would high-tail it outta there!!

As for Stefanie Powers she did star in McLINTOCK! opposite John Wayne. Is that the film you were thinking of?

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 15:34:00 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Rainbow, could you mean "Palm Springs Weekend" in which Andrew Duggan played her father, the police chief?

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 13:53:22 MST


Submitted by: Jeanine
From: New York

Hi Mr. Mike,

I used to watch "Search" back when it was in first run. I remember enjoying it. I remember it had lots of high tech stuff and I loved the theme song. I think it was like a sci fi spy show. My memories are sketchy, though. Of course, I loved Five-O when I was a teenager and still do!

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 13:11:13 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Anyone remember what Stephanie Powers first major film was and who was the legendary actor that played her father?

She is also on the Board of Directors of a big California based mutual fund.

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 12:32:32 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Warner Archive has just released this show on DVD. Does anyone know anything about it? I've never heard of it...

SEARCH: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1972-73) Hugh O’Brian, Doug McClure and Tony Franciosa rotate leads as elite high tech espionage operatives for Probe Division of World Securities Corporation in this spy-sensational SF-flavored actioner from Leslie Stevens (creator, The Outer Limits) and Robert Justman (Producer and one of the guiding lights of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation). Each agent, dubbed a "Probe", is wired for worldwide surveillance thanks to a Scanner (miniature video camera) and dental/ear implant. Tracking their telemetry and giving real-time mission advice is a team of specialists at Probe Control directed by the brilliant, irascible V.C.R. Cameron (Burgess Meredith). O’Brian plays Lockwood, Probe One, an ex-astronaut. McClure plays CR Grover, Standby Probe, brilliant beachcomber goofball. Franciosa plays Nick Bianco, Omega Probe, a street savvy ex-NYC cop tasked with organized crime capers. The Probes hunt stolen moon rocks, missing agents, a deadly Probe defector and more alongside special guest luminaries like Stefanie Powers, Bill Bixby, Mary Ann Mobley, Sebastian Cabot, Barbara Feldon, Mel Ferrer and Joanna Cameron. Three very different agents, one very out-of-this-world show.

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 12:04:03 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

You can go to change.org too, and they have a petition as well. Change.org has a habit of getting things righted very quickly, because of the huge amount of signatures they gather for all their petitions, and that pressure causes many things to be turned around which are wrong. :!mad:

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 10:18:05 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

There is an online petition where you can show your support of Bruce Broughton here:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/in-support-of-bruce-broughton-and-dennis-spiegel

Remember, Broughton wrote some of the best scores for Five-O!

You can just sign it on the upper right side of the page by entering your name, e-mail address and comments (comments are optional). You don't have to log in with Facebook or Twitter or donate money to the petition site.

There are already 1,141 signatures!

Broughton already told the Academy what he thought of their decision, see this article:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/oscar-disqualified-composer-bruce-broughton-hits-back-with-open-letter-20140203-31wcy.html

Trivia: The woman standing with Broughton in the picture in front of the giant Oscar is Juliet Rozsa, daughter of Miklos, composer of scores for films like Ben-Hur, Spellbound, Thief of Bagdad, etc.

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 09:16:23 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Big Chicken and Ringfire:

Chick: I loved "The Payoff" especially the ending with the hallway and room shootout and the classic last shot.
Climb that Space Needle Chicken and wave that 12th man flag. I hope you are all painted up in Blue and Sea Green. Celebrate peacefully though and don't wreck the city like Mike's fellow citizens of the great city of Vancouver did after they lost the Stanley Cup in 2011. That wasn't good. Seattle and Vancouver are two beautiful cities.

Ringfire:

In regards to Bruce Boughton you know how it works. In Hollywood there is tolerance for all unless of course you are Christian or represent traditional values and then of course you go on the Hollywood blacklist which they brag about doing in that insane town. It's funny they rail against the old "Communist" blacklist during the golden age of Hollywood, but do the same thing to Christians, Conservatives, Republicans and they are happy to do it. Now before anyone gets their dander up and says "but Rainbow he broke the rules they said." Baloney. I'm in the industry. I get to see all the films that come out every year, and do you know that every year all the studios lobby like Boughton did. Did you also know that there was a concerted effort by all the LA films studios, up for awards, to smear Martin Scorsese's great "The Wolf of Wall Street" because it was the film from New York, and there is this whole LA vs. NYC rivalry and Hollywood hates for films shot primarily in NY to come away with all the trophies. The smear campaign against "Wolf" was way worse than what Bruce did. Hypocrites and frauds. Ringfire, oh how I wish the old stars were around to drag these idiots out of town by the scruff of their neck and slap them for their idiocy. Makes me sick. As a Christian, I am proud to honor any religion because as long as you believe in God it is all good. You know why?...I'm secure enough in my faith and beliefs not to feel threatened by other beliefs that are different than mine. The more faiths the better I say. That is tolerance that is real not fake!

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 08:01:00 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Magnum estate is for sale:

http://m.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/02/03/magnum-pis-hawaii-estate-on-the.html?r=full

Added: Tuesday 04 February 2014 07:25:10 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Hawks Nest, Seattle

Hey Rainbow Warrior,

Thanks for the warm welcome back and the congrats on the Hawks, brother. Sorry I couldn't get back to NYC to see the game in person.

And thanks for the salutations, John. Yeah, Jace's slum digs be too much. Remind me a that great dive bar where heavy Don Chastain grabs a drink in "Grandstand Play."
Love when McGarrett demands to see the flop house register in "Payoff" and then later he wants a hotel clerk to check the guest list for anyone named Vince & Madge "No last names and hurry up!" Pretty wild endin with the hotel corridor shoot-em-up, too. great, great stuff.

RingFire - Chicken thinks Toomey & Lew were in Jersey for the Supe Bowl - they big Seahawk fans, bay-bee.:D

Wish Al Paulsen coulda done a twofer as Charlie Bombay like Gav as Big Chick. Could hear Charlie's voice in that scene readin your post. Al really brought an air of electric menace, a serious bad dude. But he was also a rip in that performance. You coulda handed out emmys all around for that ep, to Al, Jack, John Randolph. For me, Steve-O's speechifyin at the end is a real high point in the annals of McG spoutin off bout law-n-order.

Added: Monday 03 February 2014 21:28:52 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

The Toomey and Lew episode, "The Payoff" (Season 3), wasn't filmed at the Ilikai. It was filmed at the Rainbow Tower in the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Added: Monday 03 February 2014 20:02:11 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Hey Chick, you remember when Chah-lee Bombay is talking on the phone with Lew? Chah-lee says "Hey Lew, listen Lew, this is Chah-lee. Chah-lee Bombay. Hey listen, Lew..."

You suppose he was talking to Lew Kelso from Seattle? :D

Actually now that I think about it I think he was calling New Jersey. I don't have the episode at my fingertips to double check. Maybe Lew was in Jersey? With Toomey Walsh of course. ;)

Added: Monday 03 February 2014 17:38:47 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Five-0 composer Bruce Broughton fires back against the Academy after his 2013 Oscar-nominated song is disqualified.

http://imdb.to/1nKgM1U

To be honest I didn't think Bruce was still composing.

Added: Monday 03 February 2014 16:10:36 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Congrats to Toomey & Lew on Seahawks dominating 43-8 victory over Broncos & Big Chicken too. Seahawks Super Bowl Champions. Today's Classic Episode Discussion. The Payoff. Great characters with Jase,Madge,Toomey,Lew. Loved the Silver Certificates & the slum place where Jase Gorman lived. Can't believe people actually lived there.

Loved how the postcard turned into the real Ilikeai & the last shootout with McG & the associates involved with killing Sen. son & holding the ransom money. Where do you rank The Payoff in the incredible HFO catalogue? Did U enjoy Toomey & Lew? Did U think Jase deserved a better fate? How did U like the ending of The Payoff ? John

Added: Monday 03 February 2014 12:15:12 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Big Chicken,

Welcome back, brother, good to hear from you my friend. Don't worry, the Big Chicken episodes were always my favorite, so you are still held in high esteem here Chickie-baby!....Great to see your Seahawks are Super Bowl Champions for the first time ever!...Congrats and enjoy!

There is a re-run this week because of the Olympics. They don't want to burn off first run episodes against big events like the Winter Olympics when the audience will be pretty diluted.

I liked Friday night's episode very much, but agreed with Mike that the ending was poor, and I rolled my eyes at the now "beers by the pool" ending. I loved Catherine being back and wanted more of her. I am of the opinion Kono needs to go, she just isn't needed anymore. I didn't miss the character, her acting expressions never change and when she was on-screen all I kept saying to myself is "where is Catherine?"....Scott Caan I actually thought for the first time wasn't annoying in a show because they toned down his act. It's taken four years but they have a formula, but can they stick to it? Time will tell. More Michelle Borth please and less Kono!

Added: Monday 03 February 2014 08:08:29 MST


Submitted by: Peter Harris
From: Lubbock, Texas

What I said about Though The Heavens Fall and Hookman 2.0 are speculations based on known facts, but that's all they are. Same with the shortened season this year. The original show probably would have done 24 episodes in the 11th and 12th seasons if the ratings had held up.

I think The Bark and the Bite got a 26 percent share of the audience actually tuning in, quite low for a three-network race (the networks generally had a combined 90 percent share for prime-time programs, and an individual show needed a 30 share or a good excuse in order to avoid cancellation. (Not sure if The Bark and the Bite was the episode with that mediocre score, but the series was running third in a three-show race. Since TV Guide said "Year of the Horse" was filmed at the START of the season, the actors may have been figuring the show was coming to an end when they filmed The Skyline Killer. (Year of the Horse pulled a season-high 37 share and I think it was only then that CBS decided to renew the show.)

Added: Sunday 02 February 2014 22:16:18 MST


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, HQ of Legion A Boom

Hey RingFire, thanks for the welcome back, brudda.

For me, Gavin’s Chick jus edge out Charlie Bombay as the series best villain, and I down with you that Gavin Mac be the best 5-O guest star.

John C make a good argument for Yaphet Kotto, who give a real powerhouse performance in "King." And I would mention Harry Guardino who be awesome as psychotic Sgt Sims and then back as Nancy Wilson’s pianist in one a the series’ most outstandin eps "trouble in mind."

But jus consider that Season 1 feature stories on 2 lounge singers and neither outdid Chicken’s Jailhouse shower rendition of "Ain’t No Big Thing." :D

"It’s the system, Chahlee. Can’t buck the system."

Added: Sunday 02 February 2014 13:10:25 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

No idea as to whether Harry F. Hogan III or Lord directed Though the Heavens Fall. I would think that Jack Lord was above directing such mediocre material, which includes the infamous scene where Kimo and Lori go into the house to use the phone rather than the radio in their car (one of the the reasons my rating for this show is so dismal).

I'm sure if the script for the new Hookman was rewritten to reflect the Sandy Hook shooting, it would have been mentioned in the commentary which is by Director/Actor Peter Weller, Writers Glen Olson and Rod Baker (original episode), and Writer Joe Halpin (new episode). Was it? I don't own the DVDs or Blu-Rays for any of the new show's seasons released so far.

Added: Sunday 02 February 2014 10:53:45 MST


Submitted by: Peter Harris
From: Lubbock, Texas

Wrote you a little earlier and got pretty wordy. I looked on the forum earlier and was glad to see that the New Five-O will at least make it to a full 22-episode season. I thought the run might be 16 (bringing the total for the series to 88) or even just 13 (bringing it to 85).

The Nielsen ratings for the 2011-2012 season were so bad that I was sure the show was doomed. I haven't checked the ratings season-to-date, and I thought CBS was losing so much money on the series they would terminate it after the requisite number of shows got in the can, hoping to make money off the back end.

Don't know if you had heard, but Danno's wild anti-gun rant in "Hookman 2" made more sense given that a crazed gunman shot up Sandy Hook Elementary School Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 13, 2012. That was "Hookman 2"'s first day of filming. I strongly suspect Scott Caan (Danno, whose daughter is the age of some of the murdered students) pushed for the dialogue to be rewritten so he could speak from the heart about the shootings without directly mentioning them. (Maybe director Peter Weller also pushed for it and encouraged Caan to throw a fit,

There was no writers' strike in 1979 as someone mentioned on a forum post. Interestingly, there was one in 1973, which didn't seem to affect the original series at all (that was the year of "Hookman I" and other fan favorites). Some new shows, notably Kojak, didn't have any pre-written scripts and went on the air late. There was an actors' strike in 1980 that delayed all of the shows, and additional writers' strikes in 1981, 1988 and 2007-2008 that turned the schedules into truly sorry clusters of reality shows.

Added: Sunday 02 February 2014 00:12:54 MST


Submitted by: Peter Harris
From: Lubbock, Texas

To Mr. Mike: I enjoy how you do updated reviews on the old show while viewing the new ones. I was surprised that you went through the 12th season again after reviewing it a year or so ago. You upgraded several episode ratings last year and busted them back down, sometimes even more, this year. Specific question: DID Harry F. Hogan III direct "Though The Heavens Fall" free-lance, or did Jack Lord do it himself as he had done with "A Very Personal Matter" the previous season, when Hogan was assistant director? I've speculated that Lord talked Hogan into taking the credit for the previous show to avoid having it directed by the dreaded Allan Smithee, a pseudonym directors use when their work is tampered with (I've traced the story back to Don Siegel taking over a film Robert Totten started and refusing to take credit for it, in the 1960s). In the 1990s (I think), there was a movie called "An Allan Smithee Film: Burn, Baby, Burn!" which was reportedly about post-production tampering -- the movie ITSELF was tampered with so much that "Smithee" directed it. Wonder if there's a way to find out. Also hope some of the venom directed toward William Smith as Kimo (from other commentators) is diluted somewhat: Smith was actually a good actor in an impossible situation that year.

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 23:47:51 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"You know, people may say baaaaaaaaaaad things about me. But I believe in the Law. The Law is cool. The law protect people from other people sayin baaaaaaaad things. :D"

Hey Chickie-Bay-Beee!! Welcome back!! Long time no hear. Folks may say baaaaaaaaaad things about you. But you is one cool cat, dig? Dig it, baaay-beeee! You IS cool!! John Chegri just like to buck the system. ;)

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 14:58:10 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Good review Mr.Mike. I'd probably give this 4 stars on my 6 stars system. Parrish arrives somehow in Danno's car Young Assassins style after the escape & they are lucky they don't end up like Metzger.

Enjoyed seeing Catherine again.She really has become one of the show's backbones. Steadied the ship when Kono was gone.Should be great in later episodes & Season 5 how they incorporate Kono & Catherine together.

Always happy to see Michael Madsen as he is one of my Fav actors. Reservoir Dogs,Mullholland Falls, etc.This time he's Parrish a prisoner. I like these type of shows because you don't know if the prisoner's blowing smoke or telling the truth. Cons are very manipulative.

Agree on Mr.Mike's assertion about Chin reading Lauren's letters. Don't know how he got so much info so fast. It was a All The King's Horses type ending like one of the forum posters stated earlier. Good to see Danny & McG lived to see another day. Good episode & continues Season 4's solid year . John

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 09:50:10 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I posed a question about upcoming episodes and repeats on IMDB, because the CBS Press Express WWW site is confusing. According to user emdoug32, "There are three episodes airing on Valentine's day [Friday, February 14th]. The one with Jorge Garcia airs at 8pm ET/PT and the runaway bride episodes and episode where Billy dies are at 9 and 10 respectively." (Note that Garcia will return later in the fan-constructed episode which takes place at a high school reunion with his character and Chin Ho.)

The season four premiere episode will be repeated next week on Friday, February 7. Description of that one: McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters, compromising Kono and Adam's secret location in Hong Kong and forcing McGarrett to break the law and turn on his own in order to find a kidnapped Catherine. This episode introduces Grover.

According to the Press Express site, Hookman will be rebroadcast on WEDNESDAY, February 19th.

So maybe this means the next new episode will be on Friday, February 21st? [Actually, I doubt this, because that is getting very close to the end of the Olympics on the 23rd, and there are two hockey semi-final games on the 21st. I suspect there won't be any show at all on that day. - MQ]

By the way, there are reportedly going to be only 22 episodes this season, rather than 24. I tweeted @plenkov about this a few days ago, but as far as I can determine, he never replied. Someone else told me via Twitter that Lenkov tweeted about this some time ago. (I don't slavishly follow his Twitter postings. :!devil:) There was also speculation elsewhere there were 22 episodes, I think because during a recent TV critics' press tour of Lenkov's office there were only 22 folders seen, each of which contains stuff relating to shows.

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 08:51:15 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Last night's show was a good show which could have been very good, if not great, though probably not on the level of the Japanese internment or Chin-being-grilled-by-Internal-Affairs shows.

Unfortunately, the very end of last night's show was stupid. The show could have ended at two points before this.

One, where Danno realized he had been too harsh on Gracie for chewing her out at the beginning of the show where she got suspended from school for punching out another student who was bullying a friend of hers. The line Gracie gave him, that "I'm no rat," when she refused to give details in the principal's office, was hilarious.

Second, where Roy Parrish's daughter was shown reading the letters her father had sent her from jail which she had refused to read because she hated him so much, accompanied by sad music.

Instead, we get another beers-on-the-beach finale with McGarrett telling Danno words to the effect "Gracie is a great girl." HELLO! We already know this from the double-whammy English 100 possible endings with the father-daughter parallels just mentioned above!

This knocked the show down another half point in the ratings. It was already down to 3-1/2 because of:

• the way Parrish disappeared outside the courthouse after escaping at the beginning and then suddenly appeared in Danno's car;
• the scene in the car where everything ground to a halt while Parrish gave us exposition as to why he was in this dilemma;
• the reliance on process screens, considering how much of the show took place in the car;
• how the entire team could travel half a mile in a few minutes at the end of the show to the lookout where Parrish and his daughter were being menaced;
• Chin Ho's ability to read a huge pile of letters from Parrish's daughter in a very short space of time to get information used to solve the case (he could have just said "I read through the first few letters she received and they told me ... blah blah blah" ... DUH!).

Madsen gave a great performance as Parrish, but he really was Madsen playing Madsen. Someone on another site mentioned the obvious dye job on his hair, which I was not going to mention...

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 08:28:19 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

OK ... a pretty good episode last night -- or was I just starved for a new one ? ... still a tossup, the morning after. It's always good to see Michael Madsen every now and then ... no matter what the story line, he'll always be ... "Michael Madsen", count on it ... (awww, c'mon ...just as the great Joe Don Baker will always be "Joe Don Baker", haaa)

A fairly solid story here, and somewhat plausible. It was fun to see Cath & Kono aboard at the same time (for many reasons), helping to solve the case. Danno was forced to play it reasonably straight, but as usual there were some shining moments featuring he and Grace -- you know, she's really a good little actress ... ! The side story of her flare-up at the school was fun to watch ... but speaking of "watching" -- couldn't we have had Danno & her make a follow-up visit with the Principal? Damn, that LADY WAS FINE ... a real KNOCKOUT ... This review is really starting to go all over the map, so I'll stop here. And FYI, I already checked on next Friday ... ANOTHER DAMN RERUN ... what the hell is going on at CBS ?? Mr. Mike, can you hazard a guess on this ?

p.s. the Guilty Pleasure payoff? Watching Steve & crew blowing away those "FBI Agents" at the end. I figure the lead guy took ... maybe 5 shots to the chest? OH, 6 huh? Even "more better" ! haaaaa ...

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 07:13:56 MST


Submitted by: christina
From: sarasota, florida

Last nights episode (1/31/14) was, imho, the best one ever!

Added: Saturday 01 February 2014 06:52:06 MST


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