Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum -- January 2014

The Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum -- January 2014



The following are archived comments from January, 2014. After looking around, please add your own comments!

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Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, Home to Toomey and Lew

Hey John - On McG's close calls - Chicken really dig S10s "Short Walk on Longshore." The ep seemed to be a real indictment of Steve's 'go it alone' iron-man mentality. Danno warn him and the fact the mob gonna do him and Frankie gotta take a bullet savin his skin. Usually, Steve's decisions and actions never put him in a spot like that. Almost like a repudiation of the McGarrett creed, he actually fallible.

I know you don't like that ep, Mr. Mike, but I thought it have a cool 40s noir-like feel.

But hey John - wassup wit you sayin: "I never liked Big Chicken or his greasy appearance. The Box & Daisies weren't my favorite episodes because of him."

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, a Happy New Year and a shout out to all the faithful Five-O heads!

Go Hawks!

Added: Friday 31 January 2014 22:32:31 MST


Submitted by: Jason Dunn
From: Dallas

I thought tonight's episode had some similarities to "The Double Wall" with Monte Markhim from season 3 of original series, and it also had some similarities to 2nd seasons "All the King's Horses" where the man in tonight's episode dies redeemed so to speak,much like Mike Finney did. Just thoughts.....

Added: Friday 31 January 2014 20:18:51 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pitrsburgh PA

I was thinking today about all McGarrett's close calls in death over 12 seasons. The one that scared me the most when Chief Joe Trinnian shot McG on the beach.3 close range. Trinnian lost 15 years of his life in prison. I can see why he was angry. Wished they had a better story. That guy snitched. Nobody knows if Trinnian killed the person or not.

The 90 Second War McG was in the overturned car & had paralysis from the crash. Also in Blind Tiger, McG was lucky to survive with the dropped package. Which McG episode did you fear for him living the most? JOHN

Added: Friday 31 January 2014 15:09:45 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Right Ringfire. Season 6 was a Classic HFO fans dream year .Hookman,Draw Me A Killer ,The Sunday Torch etc.So many classics. Mr.Mike has high marks for Season 6 as well.

You jogged my memory. Full Fathom Five was excellent for episode 1. Kevin McCarthy deserves more acclaim from me. Agree that was a sterling performance. Loved Victor Reese character.

Thanks for bringing up Walter Stark in Nightmare In Blue. I like that (the )they made the rapist good looking & commanding. Most stereotype of these rapists that they were bald,overweight reclusive types who had little contact with women. Many women would have been charmed by Stark especially as a policeman & relaxed in his presence until he attacked.

I never liked Big Chicken or his greasy appearance. The Box & Daisies weren't my favorite episodes because of him.

You were right about Charlie Bombay & Johnny O'Porta. Excellent performances. I always feel sorry when the young woman confronts Johnny & gets killed with her own gun in the garage parking lot. Feinberg a favorite of mine excelled in No Bottles... as well.

Favorites like Tony Alika are treasure.They don't make great villains like him anymore. Always laugh when he calls for Billy Swann. John

Added: Friday 31 January 2014 10:38:12 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Season 1-Yophet Kotto.King Of The Hill. Might be best performance in history of the show."

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:

"Season 6. I would have to go with JJ Armes in Hookman.He didn't say much but it was a powerful performance."

Agreed. Strong and creepy presence. But ultimately because he has no dialogue whatsoever I opted to go with Don Porter who I found really fascinating as a desperate IRS man whose greed pushes him to murder. Multiple murders even! The scene where he uses his belt to strangle the stewardess was particularly disturbing. Ah, the greatness of season 6! And I love how he works WITH Five-0 while working AGAINST them at the same time.

Of course I also considered John Beck in "Nightmare in Blue" (another very creepy performance) as well as Elliott Street in "Draw Me a Killer". But ultimately Street came across as a bit of a slob and hence lost some of the impact of a real nutjob (someone like Danny Goldman in "I'll Kill 'Em Again" for instance). But it was still a very good performance of a "kid" trapped in his comic book world.

And yes I did like Ivor Barry as S.N. Savage in "Gun for McGarrett". Loved his very English mobster. Definitely something you didn't see often on the show.

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 15:36:54 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

I believe you, Rainbow. Given the garbage that has passed for television in the past 30 years, with some exceptions, it's clear the people in charge of these networks don't know left from right. They will give the green light to a production, then tell the producers to change the leads because they are not good-looking enough and may not attract the right demographics. Then they want the script changed around, etc., then they tell the producers they are pulling the plug on the production. They are only concerned with making money and will copy a format repeatedly to do so, instead of doing something original. Then they resort to cliches, unrealistic casting, and dumbed-down writing and dialogue to take care of the rest. It's no wonder Jack walked away from television altogether when Hawaii Five-O went off the air and M Station: Hawaii was not picked up. The sad part is, those moronic network suits keep their jobs, but actors will lose out, and producers, directors, and writers will still be around, only with continuing headaches.

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 11:52:23 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Thanks Ringfire on the Season Guest Star Topic.Best I've seen on the forum.

Season 1-Yophet Kotto.King Of The Hill. Might be best performance in history of the show. Auston the decorated soldier struck with the errant bat is thrown into the jungles of Vietnam. Shoots Danny. Holes up in rear of the Cardiac floor. Nothing better.

Season 2.Love Charlie Bombay.He has great presence & stands up to McGarrett which I liked. Just Lucky,I Guess is underrated episode.

Season 3.Would have to go with Hume Cronyn.Filer was a brilliant character 40 years ago & holds up well today.

Season 6. I would have to go with JJ Armes in Hookman.He didn't say much but it was a powerful performance.

Season 7. I would go for the villain in A Gun For McGarrett.Can't think of his name off hand.Savage I think.It was a great performance.That's the episode with Marnie the McG love interest in it.

Season 11 & 12. Tony Alika Ross Martin stole the scenes in his episodes. He looked like a mob leader & could be dirty & evil when confronted. See poor Stringer.Turned the brash photographer into a melting mess in A few minutes.

Great topic Ringfire. Most others I agree. Wanted to save space. John

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 10:26:33 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Al Harrington is in a good mood. The guy interviewing him, Branscombe Richmond, played the bad guy in the failed 1997 pilot, a.k.a. "Busey Five-O". He has also appeared in an episode of the current show as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyY2PXKg92E

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 09:18:53 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

John Cacavas, who scored several episodes of later season shows, has passed away:

http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2014/012914.html

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 07:55:48 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Vrinda,

That's the networks for you. You have no idea how dumb network suits are, they are completely clueless and worthless. Every once in a while you get a Grant Tinker, or Brandon Tartikoff, but most are as bad as Fred Silverman, the old NBC President in the late 1970's, or worse. Those who remember how bad NBC was in the late 1970's will remember Silverman. Take it from my extensive personal experience, the networks are stocked with morons.

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 07:46:34 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

List your favorite guest star (friend or foe - doesn't matter) for each season.

S1 - Gavin MacLeod as Big Chicken (Painted Daisies... & The Box)
S2 - * Albert Paulsen as Charley Bombay (Just Lucky, I Guess)
S3 - Hume Cronyn as Lewis Avery Filer (Over Fifty? Steal)
S4 - Henry Darrow as Johnny Oporta (No Bottles...)
S5 - ** Luther Adler as Dominick Vashon (Vashon trilogy)
S6 - Don Porter as Jonathan Cavell (Murder is a Taxing Affair)
S7 - Danny Goldman as Eddie Josephs (I'll Kill 'Em Again)
S8 - Helen Hayes as Aunt Clara (Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever)
S9 - Rich Little as Johnny Kling (The Bells Toll at Noon)
S10 - *** Mildred Natwick as Millicent Shand (Frozen Assets)
S11 - Ross Martin as Tony Alika (Number One With a Bullet & Stringer)
S12 - Ross Martin as Tony Alika (A Lion in the Streets & Good Help is Hard to Find)

* S2 is almost a 3-way tie between Paulsen, Harry Guardino, and Eric Braeden.
** I used to prefer Harold Gould's Honore Vashon but after repeat viewings it has become clear that Luther Adler really dominates every scene he is in as Old Nick!
*** S10 might be a toss-up between Natwick & David Dukes. Just kidding, Mr. Mike ;) I mean Natwick and Stephen Boyd. I haven't seen the Natwick episode in quite a long while.

Added: Thursday 30 January 2014 00:41:09 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Thanks, Mike.

It looks like someone reneged on their original agreement, and there has been some oversight of paying the proper royalties, but I don't think there's going to be a winner here.

I know Jack Lord wanted to do a Hawaii Five-O reunion film, and even announced such to the Associated Press in 1986. James MacArthur, Kam Fong, and Richard Denning were all on board. Jack and Jerome Coopersmith even traveled to Hong Kong and Macau to scout out locations. Coopersmith still has a copy of the script he wrote, but did not know why the project fell through. He speculated that CBS meddled.

Jack also said that if the first reunion film was successful, they would do more, like the Perry Mason and Kojak movies. Jack added that he was not going to another TV show. "It's too hard," he said. I wondered why these movies never came to be, and now it's all of because of CBS not giving Litto the royalties he was due.

What idiots.

Added: Wednesday 29 January 2014 13:03:33 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The details of Litto's original lawsuit and what brought it on are in one of the links in the current article:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hawaii-five-o-lawsuit-george-litto-larry-freeman-cbs-320364

To cure your insomnia, read the VERY long counter-complaint filed by Mrs. Freeman's daughter (who is in charge of her mother's "trust") which is linked from the current article:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/202910028/H50SACC

I think the lawyers involved are getting paid by the word!

Added: Wednesday 29 January 2014 10:39:13 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Just exactly what was this lawsuit about in the first place? Litto was cut out of some deal made in the ssventies that gave him a cut of profits from anything made based on Hawaii Five-O? There was some mention of that in earlier articles.

Added: Wednesday 29 January 2014 09:57:16 MST


Submitted by: Michael T
From: Palatine IL

It's gonna be a hoot -- claims and cross-claims flying everywhere. Only the attorneys on either side will come out OK on this. Courts are very conservative with claims alleging financial elder abuse and this in large part explains why the Freeman Estate claim survived to go to trial. Whatever the outcome, it will not lead to creation of a new property.

Added: Tuesday 28 January 2014 18:30:25 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Whoa! Things are getting complicated with George Litto's Five-O related lawsuit:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-allows-hawaii-five-o-674877

Added: Tuesday 28 January 2014 15:04:31 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The price at Amazon has suddenly shot back up to $244.86 ... they must have been reading my previous post ... either that, or it was featured during a one-day sale or something.

Added: Sunday 26 January 2014 14:22:28 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Jeff e-mails me to point out that the recently-released Complete (actually not) Series, the one in the fancy blue box, is now selling on Amazon for $139.00 (the list price is $349.00).

But there is something interesting with the feedback for this box set.

A few weeks ago there were few feedbacks, and most of them were very negative. But suddenly the majority of the feedbacks are 5 star and the average of all feedbacks is 4. I did an anal-ysis of this, which took forever. It reveals that Amazon has combined the feedback for the Complete Series, released Dec. 3, 2013, with that for the Complete Original Series, which was all 12 seasons in the individual original boxes in one big package, released Jan. 10, 2012. This combined feedback appears for both of these packages, the old and new.

The double figures under Complete Series in the illustration below refers to reviews since the release date and those BEFORE the release date (the usual people who review it ahead of time). For some reason, no one did this with the Complete Original Series.

One review under Complete Original Series was from January of this year (this month); in other words, some person bought the old complete set (maybe it was cheaper at the time?). The others are all from the period Jan. 10, 2012 to Dec. 3, 2013.

There are two reviews of the Complete Series (the new set) saying that one specific disc in each person's set was damaged.

Added: Sunday 26 January 2014 00:42:10 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Some time ago, I sent this friend of mine a disc which contained the two versions of Hookman. This guy is somewhat older than me; he doesn't know much about Five-O (or -0). This is what he had to say:

I watched this other episode [the recent one]. It's simply awful. What happened to Jack Lord and the others? Are they all dead? I could never get used to these 2 principal actors -- never heard or seen them before! The editing is so chopped that it attracts attention to itself -- which it should not. But I guess that's how all modern films look like today. And the music - don't get me started on that. Awful, simply awful...

Added: Saturday 25 January 2014 20:23:48 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Thanks for the update on the Bored episode Mr.Mike. You were right on the situation all along.

I enjoy the new HFO especially when McGarrett uses his Seal training to enter buildings & searching for the criminals. It's very realistic & an improvement on Classic 5-0. Love the impressive computers & the technology to locate criminals. This is what an elite unit HFO would look like in 2014. I wonder how fast Jack Lord could solve crimes with all this advanced technology. Probably 8 minutes.

Cold here in Pgh.Time for some HFO Classic Episode Challenges.

1.Nine Dragons vs. Full Fathom Five. 2.A Bullet For McGarrett vs. R&R&R
3.No Blue Skies vs. One Big Happy Family. 4.Cry,Lie vs.The Payoff. 5.Death Mask vs. The Ransom 6.How To Steal A Masterpiece vs. Samurai
7.Lion In The Streets vs. A Jury of One 8.Beautiful Screamer vs. Deep Cover. Bonus: The Gunrunner vs.Kiss The Queen Goodbye. John

Added: Saturday 25 January 2014 18:15:09 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

A while ago, I was trying to find out if Bored She Hung Herself was on the Australian season two DVD set as claimed by Wikipedia, but I got distracted with other things.

David Farley contacted me regarding these claims: "I didn't believe this, so I went on Ebay Australia www.ebay.com.au. I emailed two sellers of the Australian R4 release and asked them if there was a disclaimer about a missing episode on the back. Both wrote back to me and said the disclaimer was there. In fact, it matched our R1 release word for word. I was 99% sure Wikipedia was wrong and as far as I'm concerned, this confirms it."

Added: Saturday 25 January 2014 10:48:31 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

I have really come to enjoy this Forum -- lots of different takes on H50 provide instant entertainment, plus we're in sort of a lull in programming (1 new / 1 rerun / 1 new / 1 rerun for the past month). I've ceased to compare this show to the former H50 -- I enjoyed that one in its day, but I'm getting a true kick out of Alex, Scott, Grace, Daniel, and Michelle in the lead roles here. I could submit some takes to comments made here this week, but I'll just say ... I'm looking for a different show than some others. If I want compelling drama, I go to HBO/Showtime and watch "The Americans", "Breaking Bad", "True Detective", or "Masters of Sex" (all of which are terrific) ... but if I want a hip, modern day, shoot-em-up, I go to FIVE-O. Alex O'Laughlin is one of the more compelling leads I've seen in the past couple of years. He's strong, tough, relentless, smart, cagey -- and starting to show a little Heart. Danno is a necessary evil, as his pain-in-the-butt sidekick. Chin has grown on me each year. And Grace & Michelle are there to provide the eye candy, tho' they both can kick butt without hesitation. The supporting characters are solid. I like the dynamics of Wo-Fat & Joe White (Terry O'Quinn has never given a bad performance in his life)... tho' I draw the line with Doris (she's just a waste, as portrayed in the show). Like many, I like the extra depth of new Dec-Jan episodes. And I'll have my popcorn ready for the next new one on the 31st ... tho' I hate this cliche, "it IS what it IS" ... put away the darts and ENJOY IT guys, huh ?

Added: Saturday 25 January 2014 07:39:05 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

The New Hawaii Five O is a stock trending up. Season 4 has been outstanding so far with every episode having a Can You Top this feel. The Favor is just another in HFO at its finest. The funeral scene was beautiful,majestic & moving.Hope this scene wins some awards.Expertly done.

I agree Rainbow that Danny is annoying. He likes arguing & his hair bothers me. When he interacts with Gracie,the scenes are touching like him playing street hockey with his daughter & returning to Japan to deliver the jewelry box to the Father.

They seem to have all the right characters now. Putting together a Championship team. Season 5 will be MUST SEE TV in Fall 2014. I can't think of a better 1-2 combination on TV now than Catherine & McG. They have everything looks,talent,drive,intelligence etc.

Question of the Day:What is your FAV Season 11 HFO episode?

Bonus:Where would you place Hookman in your Top 10? John

Added: Friday 24 January 2014 15:09:55 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Good remarks, Rainbow. Re: Scott Caan's role, he only takes to it what is written for him. In short, his role needs desperately to be rewritten. No wonder he complains. If the writers would let him act his age and be a responsible adult and detective, both he and we would like his role better. I'm sure of it.

Much the same goes for Grace Park's character. How dull can a character be? If the writers would give her more spunk, it is entirely possible that Grace could rise to the challenge.

So, I blame the writers -- and the suits, who accept this namby-pamby writing.

Added: Friday 24 January 2014 11:16:11 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

I watched the latest episode of the new Five-O and it was very good, and we seem to be getting better episodes of a higher quality on a more consistent basis. However, some posters on here the last several weeks are acting like "this is a great show, and all the problems and struggles are over, and all its critics were wrong." I'm always the objective voice of reason, and I hate to break it to them, they are off base. First off, the last episode was good because Scott Caan(Danny Williams) was not in it. This seems to be a constant among the better or finest new 5-0 shows this year. When there is very little Scott Caan or none at all, it is a terrific show. That's a huge problem as Ringfire, Vrinda, and H50 will back me up on. When the second most important character on the program is a liability, and has to go.... what do you do with him? Big Problem.

Second, I used to love Grace Park on the show, but once she left and they introduced Michelle Borth as a member of the team, I'm not thrilled with Grace's return. Borth's character to me brought more to the show, I thought she showed more dramatic range as an actress, and her skill set seemed to fit in more with the team. Park to me just seems to always wear a pouty look and her character just wasn't as interesting as what they were doing with Borth's. The last show, I missed Borth and wasn't thrilled with Kono's return. The show has gotten much better, but those saying this is a great show need to slow down drinking the Tang, and realize they still have major story problems and actor problems to work out.

If you look at a show like "Elementary" than you'll see what a show that has truly found its groove looks like.

Added: Friday 24 January 2014 08:59:02 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

HFO fans.Here are the 3 answers to the bit quotations from a few days ago.

1.6000 Deadly Tickets. The agent says this when he wants to make a big 1,000 ticket buy & the criminal doesn't know if they can handle that much of the haul.

3.The Sleeper.Conrad says this when McG explains why he is at the March Foundation investigating the killing of the Fed Agent.

4.Death Mask. Bart Warren says this when he mocks the museum curator's critique of Alicia Warren's work.Her replica of the Death Mask shows she was not third rate but first rate. John

Added: Thursday 23 January 2014 09:28:17 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Thanks, John.

I remembered those they were fresh in my memory.

Hookman was quite a thriller.

I noticed Geoff Heise plays a the judge. He was in some episodes of the original H5O: "Cry, Lie," "My Friend, the Enemy," and "Why Won't Linda Die?"

Added: Wednesday 22 January 2014 18:00:42 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Finally (yesterday), press release about the next episode! And some scoop about episode #18:

McGARRETT AND DANNY ARE KIDNAPPED BY AN ESCAPED CONVICT WHO WANTS FIVE-0 TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE, ON "HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, JAN. 31

"*Nā hala a ka makua” – McGarrett and Danny are kidnapped by an escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Danny must deal with Grace [LOL, I thought they meant Grace Park!!] after she punches someone at school, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 31 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Nā hala a ka makua is Hawaiian for "Sins of the Father”)

SERIES REGULARS:

Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny "Danno” Williams)
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)
Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua)
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman)
Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins)

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams)

GUEST CAST:

Michael Madsen (Roy Parrish)
Keiko Elizabeth (Principal Ann Fiske)
Matthew Glave (Lead FBI Agent Kohl/Julian Lynch)
Lyndon Smith (Lauren Parrish)
Geoff Heise (Judge)
Alan Y. Okamoto (Defense Attorney)
Jackie Tufa-Marques (School Secretary)
Chris Gritti (Impala Driver)

WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove
DIRECTED BY: Peter Weller

======

http://tvline.com/2014/01/16/how-i-met-your-mother-final-season-spoilers/

Episode 18 finds Chin and Jerry attending their high school reunion, where a murder takes place — and in the course of solving it, a flirty, man-hungry classmate will set her sights on Chin.

Added: Wednesday 22 January 2014 15:17:05 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

6. "Sheppard better live..."

This one has to be "And a Time to Die". The only episode I recall featuring a Sheppard.

Added: Wednesday 22 January 2014 12:12:45 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Very impressed Vrinda. Got all 3 quickly. The last one was Hookman. McG sees those hook arms &.it jogs his memory. I'll never understand why they didn't do a flashback scene. McG coming upon the scene with Stoner having the charges in his hands. Maybe CBS at the time thought it would be too violent.

Hope people like the bit quotations. Makes the forum (f un )interesting when every Classic HFO fan paticipates in their own way.

Anybody have any new story lines for Hawaii Five O Season 5? John

Added: Wednesday 22 January 2014 00:27:59 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

2. "Cry, Lie." Steve is talking about Chin Ho Kelly, who he was forced to put on suspension for allegedly accepting bribes.

5. "V For Vashon: The Patriarch." Dominick Vashon tells Steve this when Steve confronts him over being in court during Steve's trial. Steve accused Vashon of framing him, and that idiot Vashon acted pompous and smug. How I wish Steve had told him off further.

7. "Hookman." McGarrett says it. I don't remember the context.

Added: Tuesday 21 January 2014 21:41:43 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

In honor of Jack Lord & HFO,can U Classic HFO fans match the bit quotation to the Classic Episode.

1.I see how it is...You play for onesies & twosies...

2. "He has 8 children...Eats his lunch out of a paper sac..."

3. "Your job is tough...Going to be harder than Chinese arithmetic..."

4. "He said her work was third rate.Third rate."

5. "You were convicted...By a jury of your peers..."

6. "Sheppard better live..."

7. "I remember now...Kurt Stoner...".

John

Added: Tuesday 21 January 2014 17:12:18 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Jan. 24 show - a rebroadcast of the 5/6/13 episode (S03E22) about a couple kidnapping young girls as part of a welfare scam.

Jan. 31 show - ???

Feb. 7 show - rebroadcast of season 4 premiere (S04E01), originally shown 9/27/13

Considering next week's show was being hyped by CBS on January 2nd, I'm surprised they haven't said anything about the show for the 31st yet.

Added: Tuesday 21 January 2014 10:22:09 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Thanks for the reminder Vrinda. Jack Lord should never be forgotten. I thought about his death date this morning. I've a photographic memory of for names & dates. My Dad's death is coming up Valentine's Day. Don't want to think about it. Going on 9 yrs now.

I'm glad JL lives on through the awesome Classic HFO fans,syndicated episodes, & Mr. Mike forum where we can talk about Jack & the Classic episodes. Will watch Number One With A Bullet today in Jack's honor. 1920-1998. John

Added: Tuesday 21 January 2014 10:16:28 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

" Drat " ... looks like we get another rerun this Friday nite ... it's been hard to keep the momentum in 2014 ... the show has made so many major strides ... maybe we'll get back to new episodes on the 31st ... C'MON !!!

Added: Tuesday 21 January 2014 05:07:48 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

It was on this day sixteen years ago that the world lost a very special and wonderful man.

Rest in peace, Jack Lord. (December 30, 1920 - January 21, 1998)

Thank you for sharing your talent, kindness, and philanthropy with the world.

Book 'em, Danno!

Added: Monday 20 January 2014 23:10:47 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Love the creative episodes Mr.Mike that you & the HFO forum fans think up. You're Runs In The Family alt. Version is LOL funny. It makes me realize there are still storylines available to write about.

Think I'm doing better with my spacing. Wish someone could think of a plot with Clem Brown. John

Added: Monday 20 January 2014 22:19:54 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Alternate plot line for "Runs in the Family":

A huge luau is held at McGarrett's house. Aside from traditional foods, it features every goodie ever mentioned on the show, including items from local snack shops and too many Hawaiian-brewed beers to count. Every member of the "ohana" who has ever appeared on the show (as well as several others) is present, including McGarrett's mother, sister, aunt, and ghost of his dead father, Danno's mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, three aunts, four uncles, ex-wife and her husband and Danno's brother Matt (McGarrett ignores the fact he is a fugitive wanted by the FBI), plus friends like Max, Grover, Duke, Kamekona, Flippa, Charlie Fong and multiple characters played by Jimmy Borges. Because the roast pig was undercooked, everyone attending is stricken by food poisoning, resulting in a massive attack of diarrhea. Panicking because the toilets in his house are not adequate to accommodate this outbreak, McGarrett tries to rent several port-a-potties, only to discover that Wo Fat (recently let out of jail on a technicality) has every one of these toilets on Oahu already rented and locked in a warehouse on the north end of the island miles away.

Added: Monday 20 January 2014 20:15:55 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Here's some of my plot episodes for Hawaii Five O Season 5. I'm hoping someone at HFO listens.

1.Catherine Gold. Catherine goes undercover to infiltrate a gold smuggling ring. She's captured & painted Gold Finger style.McG & HFO only have 72 hrs to locate her before she succumbs to the toxic metal.

2.McGarrett's Vote. After a psycho shoots & kills 17 people at a popular Hawaii mall,McGarrett is placed on a Special Committee to determine if Hawaii should have a death penalty. McGarrett casts the deciding vote.

3.Psychic Priscilla. A renowned Hawaiian psychic predicts the eruption of an inactive volcano Mt. Georges. McG has to decide whether to believe her or risk thousands of lives.

4.Runs In The Family. Lewis Avery Filer's grandson Larry Filer plays games & pranks at Honolulu Zoo when mistreatment of animals complaints are ignored.

5.The Boomerang Effect. McG & the HFO team must discover the source of defective boomerangs in a series of decapitation deaths. John

Added: Monday 20 January 2014 15:14:58 MST


Submitted by: Michael T.
From: Palatine IL

Yes, they do.

Added: Monday 20 January 2014 11:31:03 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

I hope not. Cars are meant to be driven and enjoyed, not buried in a storage room. Shame on him! Think of all the glorious Sunday afternoon drives he's missed.

Added: Sunday 19 January 2014 13:47:47 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I wonder if someone has cars like either of the McGarrett-mobiles archived like this?

http://driving.ca/lincoln/auto-news/news/collector-classics-nearly-new-conti/

Added: Sunday 19 January 2014 10:07:19 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Interesting speculation from travelhk at IMDB:

I hear this is the last season for the new "Hawaii Five-O" [so far, this is not true - MQ]. Let's end with a bang in the final episode with a crossover where "Blue Bloods" meets "Hawaii Five-O" by way of "Magnum PI." Danny Reagan and Detective Baez go to Hawaii, join forces with the H50 crew, to track down fugitive New York mobster John DeMarco, played by Larry Manetti (Rick) of Magnum PI, who has appeared in the new H50 as this character. He's being helped by a renegade chopper pilot, played by Roger Moseley (TC), also of MPI, who steals Kamekona's helicopter to help DeMarco move around the islands and avoid the local authorities. Having trouble locating DeMarco, Danny calls his father, NYPD Police Commissioner and former Hawaii PI Frank Reagan (Magnum), for assistance, and he flies out to help. Eventually, they find DeMarco hiding out at Robin Master's estate, unbeknownst to Robin Masters, played by John Hillerman (Higgins), another Magnum alumnus. Danny and Baez apprehend DeMarco in the guest house at Robin's Nest, 5-0 makes the arrest, and Frank serves DeMarco with an extradition warrant to bring him back to NYC. (TC is eventually caught, and Kamekona's helicopter, the one used in MPI, is returned to him. [I thought the MPI helicopter was seen in the episode >behind< the one Kamekona was buying, Kamekona's is not the MPI one. - MQ] When the dust settles, Frank somehow makes his way back into the guest house at Robin's Nest, pops open an "Old Dusseldorf" beer, and kicks back on Magnum's couch. The rest of the BB/H50 crew, including Duke and Kamekona, join him for a drink. Frank comments how this guest house is very similar to the one he stayed at while living in Hawaii and working as a private investigator. Then, Robin Masters opens the door, unexpectedly sees Frank and the crew sitting/standing around and socializing, and yells out in typical Higgins fashion, "OH-MY-GOD!" In response, Frank (Magnum) turns to the camera, nods and smiles with his mustache while the "Magnum PI" music is playing in the background, and ends the episode!

Added: Sunday 19 January 2014 10:00:00 MST


Submitted by: Joekido


From: I was wondering what was the point of the IA's investigation when Chin did not even kill Gabriel?

Added: Sunday 19 January 2014 00:40:02 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I'm surprised when IA was grilling Kono and suggested that she was sleazy because she hung out with known criminals, she didn't reply "Hey, jerkoff, the reason I was 'sleazy' was because I was working undercover for your predecessor, Captain Fryer."

Added: Saturday 18 January 2014 23:43:56 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

It sure was.

I wish Chin had good reason to kill Gabriel. He was a waste of skin.

Added: Saturday 18 January 2014 21:55:35 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

They burned a man with acetylene torches? To quote Gov. Paul Jameson, "That's diabolical!"

Added: Saturday 18 January 2014 13:11:08 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I think Dan & Jeff best described the outstanding HFO episode & HFO Season 4. This episode had everything a crime drama needs. The intense IA guys did a fantastic job extracting info from Chin while also pushing his buttons.

Gabriel Wainwright Chin's brother-in -law went from a lazy,troubled kid into a powerful drug lord in 15 yrs. He shot & killed Chin's dad 15 yrs before as part of a gang initiation. Gabriel robbed the cash register & struck the small store owner. Chin's Dad noticed the kid's voice & face while shopping in the store. Gabriel panicked & shot him dead. Wrong place wrong time.

The episode detailed Chin's quest to find his Dad's killer & the many (Leafs) leads in the investigation that eventually ran cold. The use of flashbacks were effective highlighted by the moving,poetic funeral scene & the meeting of a young Chin & Malia.

The scene where the greedy pilot was hanging in the warehouse showed him burned to death with aceytalene torches. My mind quickly flashed back to the Odd Lot Caper when they used aceytalene torches in their crimes.

HFO has shown continual improvement & greatness in Season 4. Another brilliant episode 6 stars!!! The new HFO critics & haters are running out of excuses to dismiss the show. John

Added: Saturday 18 January 2014 10:03:31 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

Agree with Jeff in Denver -- last nite's episode was the latest in Season 4's top level 5-O. The hour was nothing but hard police work, with flashbacks filling in many of the story line gaps left by the first three years. Didn't miss Danno (or, surprisingly, the snappy one-liners that we see every week). The transitions between 15 years ago and today were handled smoothly, adding up to damn good storytelling. What a kick to see the young (pre-teen/teenage) Kono ! Steve was there just enough to support the proceedings, but it was Daniel Dae Kim's show all the way. We've come to know these four characters quite well in the past 3 1/2 years. The element that has elevated the show is that NOW we know they have HEART. And still, we had just enough "shoot 'em up" last nite to satisfy.

I suspect it's about time for a Wo Fat, Joe White, or Doris appearance, so we must deal with that when the time comes. I can handle Marc D. & Terry O'Quinn anytime, but please, puh-lease keep Doris away !! (still, the poorest conceived character in television ... no, No, NO!) 'Til next Week ...

Added: Saturday 18 January 2014 05:56:56 MST


Submitted by: Jeff
From: Denver

This episode was another in a recent string of winners, Lenkov is on a roll. I think he is making a genuine effort to turn the ship around, and I'd say he's succeeding, especially if the ratings keep up.

Tonight's show was about closure on two fronts: closure for Chin Ho regarding the death of his father and the situation with his brother-in-law. It was also about closure for the audience with regards to the Melia (sp?) character, his wife, whom we got to know more in this one episode than we did in all of her other combined appearances when she was alive. We, the audience, finally got to know her more and care more about her and who she was, and subsequently understand Chin's grief better than we ever did in the show where she actually died. Strong performances all around, including the brother-in-law, and John McGarrett once again (although I never realized that John was Chin's actual partner--I always thought he was his mentor but nothing more).

The interrogation scenes were very tense and very well-played by the actors playing the IA cops (even better foils than Michael Madsen's IA guy). The big guy was on X-Files a lot, and the other guy has been in lots of stuff over the years too. Crackling good scenes, and the time jumps didn't bother me (in fact, I think that may answer your question about them interrogating McG at the end--it could have been a time jump, and the earlier scene of McG's interrogation was out of sequence).

I actually teared up at the scene where Chin was alone with his father's body--very well played, and very gut-wrenching, for me at least. Brilliant acting by DDK, who played some of the scenes very subtly, yet knew when to let loose effectively.

I caught the Temple location (it was used for a funeral or two in the classic show as well). The rooftop sequence was very exciting, although a little hard to believe that a guy with a very serious gunshot wound to the leg could take down Chin so easily like he did at first.

I didn't miss Danno at all, he would have not had much to do here anyway. It WAS nice to see Grace Park back as Kono in a very nice performance, including the flashbacks where they amazingly made her truly seem 15 years younger. Good to see her kicking ass again, and no sign of Adam, which was a relief.

All in all, I'd give this a solid 3.5 stars out of 4. Minor things kept this from being perfect, but it sure came close in terms of the storytelling and the powerful performances. Probably a top 5 episode for this series. Considering we have had 2 out of the last 4 episodes be all-time greats for the series, I think they are on a roll, and CBS must be pretty happy with the series, the ratings and the storytelling currently taking place. However, I'm absolutely DREADING the Melanie Griffith episodes coming up--I sincerely hope they don't take several steps backwards considering how much they've improved the show in recent weeks.

Time will tell!

Added: Saturday 18 January 2014 00:13:27 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Love this episode!!! 6 stars!!! Love the age regression of Chin Ho & Kono when they went back 15 yrs in time. Wonderful story & script with IA grilling Chin about his father's death investigation 15 yrs before. Gabriel Wainwright Malia's brother was the culprit & became a big time drug lord. Just outstanding episode. The funeral scene was majestic & outstanding phtography. John

Added: Friday 17 January 2014 23:56:48 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

There is no connection between Jack Lord's McGarrett and any character on the new show which has been described as a "reimagining" or "rebooting" of the original. Unfortunately, with the first Ed Asner episode, the writers confused things, saying that McGarrett's father John was the one who arrested Asner in the original series.

Added: Friday 17 January 2014 19:55:15 MST


Submitted by: Melody
From: Michigan

Why do they keep saying the original McGarrett was John? It was Steve...I watched the original Hawaii 5-0....loved Jack Lord.

Added: Friday 17 January 2014 19:13:39 MST


Submitted by: Jeff
From: Denver

Fun fact: "Gilligan's Island" and "Hawaii Five-O" have a behind-the-scenes connection. Morton Stevens, the Five-O composer, was also music supervisor for a number of "Gilligan" episodes in the show's 3rd season. Listen closely and you can recognize his style in some of those shows.

Added: Friday 17 January 2014 18:56:37 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Russell Johnson (The Professor) from GILLIGAN'S ISLAND and Dave Madden (Reuben Kincaid) from PARTRIDGE FAMILY have passed away. Never really watched PARTRIDGE. I was more of a BRADY BUNCH guy. And of course I watched GILLIGAN'S ISLAND.

Added: Friday 17 January 2014 11:31:38 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"6,000 Deadly Tickets" definitely does get better and better with each repeat viewing. It was a solid way to finish off season 7. The canal chase at the end is a big reason for this! It looks very cinematic. Great helicopter shots of the boat chase. Like something out of the 007 adventure LIVE AND LET DIE (1973).

Added: Thursday 16 January 2014 14:32:56 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pitrsburgh PA

Excited!!! ME-TV here in PGH showing 6,000 Deadly Tickets at Noon. 45 minutes from now. It includes 2 of my FAV scenes in HFO history. First, the bomber hurls an exploding device left-handed blowing out Ollie Harris' storefront. Looks like a terrorist bomb goes right off in Hawaii. Don't know how they did the scene with the paper & debris swirling in the wind.

Second,the incredible canal chase as McGarrett chases the criminal up & down the canal ducking bullets & shooting back. Another 6 star scene in HFO history. If any of the Classic Hawaii Five O fans know any insight on how Jack & the team did these 2 scenes,I'd love to hear about it-----John

Added: Thursday 16 January 2014 09:27:38 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Have to agree with Ringfire about Diary Of A Gun. I always enjoyed the episode. Those cheap Saturday Night Specials sure caused damage in Hawaii. Used in robberies, murders, attempted killings... You name it.

I enjoyed following the destructive path of the Special as it changed hands. The young Hawaiian shot the lost tourist after he received the Special. He hid the gun in the large postal box. A postal employee finds it in the mail & later shoots his cheating wife & lover with it.

The murdering mailman throws the Special out the window by a Church where a young boy discovers it. He brings it home & shoots himself superficially with it. An apartment janitor takes it before McG arrives & tries to sell it to a bar owner who sold the Special to the young Hawaiian in the beginning. Full circle. Love the scene when Danno & Chin bring a search warrant to find the guns at the warehouse. The warehouse owner loses his smug attitude quick when Danny & Chin find the box crate with the Specials. I give Diary Of A Gun 4 stars **** out of 6 stars . John

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 15:49:45 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"I also took issue with the cargument via police radio."

LOL!! Really?? Well, I guess this is a new low for the series. I guess the show really is a comedy, eh?

As for Melanie Griffith I just can't see her as anyone's mother. Maybe some 10 year old. But not Scott Caan who is 37 yrs old!! I guess I always picture Melanie is a blond bombshell from the 80s and 90s.

"Diary of a Gun" is quite good. Never had a problem with it. I know 2 guys (over on the IMDB page for the show) who consider it the absolute worst episode of the entire series. They even call it "Diary of the Dumb". I'll never understand their hatred for it. I also like the season 12 retread of this same episode - "Use a Gun, Go to Hell".

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 11:44:47 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Just saw the Forum about my writing. I'm writing on this smartphone so I guess it's me. Always try to smash enough info to get it in before I run out of space.

Too bad McG was 60 when the show ended. He was out of steam by Season 12 & all his original cast was gone. I give him credit for soldiering on with Kimo,Lori,Truck...

Diary of a Gun will be on today on ME-TV. I've seen reviews all over the place on this one. What do U think about Diary Of A Gun? John

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 09:42:02 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Happy New Year, Rainbow!

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 09:36:43 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Is the tone of this UK tabloid article about Melanie Griffith sarcastic or what?

http://dailym.ai/1a7ai9T

Note that it says she will be appearing in THREE upcoming episodes (playing Danno's mother, in case anyone hasn't heard).

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 09:24:17 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Rainbow, someone pointed out what looks like a problem with John leaving a space after a period (or even a comma) almost three months ago. Maybe his keyboard is broken? I had a problem with my wife's laptop which I had to use when my old computer blew up a couple of months ago. The "7" key would stick which made it impossible to type numbers (or type anything, since suddenly "7" would repeat non-stop on the screen, producing "77777777777777 [ad infinitum]" every time you were typing. Only by hitting the Esc key could you stop this and hope that it wouldn't continue.

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 09:09:41 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Mr. Mike:

Why does John's comments come out all squashed up like that? What is he doing to make them come out that way?

If you know, could you please tell him, so his comments come out normally, so it's not such a strain to read them. It's not a big deal, but I'm getting a little tired of reading scrunched up paragraphs.

I'm not trying to be difficult, but this has been going on for months.

Happy New Year Vrinda, H50, Ringfire and the gang!

Added: Wednesday 15 January 2014 07:53:25 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

It appears that it's the same old arguments on the Discussion Forum when it comes to new HFO. I keep seeing improvement in Season 4 with the characters & writing. There have been factions of the old HFO guard that never wanted the new show to succeed.No matter what they do .Right now,the new show is entering its 5th year & middle of 4th Season. It's entering the length of seasons as iconic 70's shows Streets of San Francisco & Cannon.
Mr. Mike can attest I was critical of aspects of the last show. For example,Grover came from Chicago but he didn't know about the Illinois fugitive Jack Mitchell. Why would 2 hit men walk into a bar and announce their presence with 20-50 witnesses? The impossibility of the bullets striking the woman from that distance and so on. Mr.Mike addressed some of the questions that we don't know what Grover was doing 20 yrs ago.If he was ever in Illinois for that long. Same thing about the overanalysis about the bullet trajectory & bullet travel distance.Mr.Mike made some good points. Maybe,I was too critical of these inconsistencies. It's still provides great stories,entertainment,& beautiful scenes of Hawaii. John

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 22:48:15 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

"My point is that bringing up all the sisters and the cousins and the aunts does nothing for the series."

I know you know the difference, but I wrote out the difference for those people reading this who don't get it - and there are many.

Bringing in a relative is fine once in a while, if that person in involved a case - like they are the victim or suspect. Bringing them in for a whole story arc only meant to serve as filler or comic relief doesn't work, like with Danno and his daughter and now his parents.

Like you said, if there was less time spent on these family stories, there would actually be time for Chin to explain from where he got his information. There would not be these plot inconsistencies. In the case of the last episode, if they had not wasted time showing Danno taking his daughter to cheerleading camp and that silly argument with McGarrett and Grover, they could have developed the crime of the week.

That argument on the radio was idiotic. How can Danno not fathom that his daughter is going to grow up and there is nothing he can do about it? And he got upset because she kissed him and ran? What a crybaby. Most dads would be happy that their 12-year-old kids at least kiss them.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 22:40:28 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Obviously, I know the difference between back story and character development. My point is that bringing up all the sisters and the cousins and the aunts does nothing for the series. In my opinion, the family scenarios only clutter the picture and detract from time needed to present the crime and its solution fully.

Case in point, last Friday's episode, when, suddenly, Chin had a lot of new evidence. Where did he get it? Had the perp walked in and handed it over? He might as well have for all we were told about it. In 1.0, the detectives always explained where new facts originated; e.g., "According to the coconut wireless..." We didn't just see the needed evidence magically appear without explanation.

I also took issue with the cargument via police radio. If two detectives had done that on 1.0, Central Dispatch would have told them to get off the airwaves, that they were blocking traffic -- and they would have been. The detective wasn't in such dire need of reassurance that this had to happen. He's a grown man, for crying out loud. Having grown up, himself, he knows his daughter is going to grow up. So, get off the airwaves, you two.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 21:22:25 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

I couldn't find anything on a writer's strike, either. Someone on a message board mentioned this (in relation to why a particular actress might have stopped working after 1979).

As for the latest episode of the new show, I'll take the Season 12 turkeys any day.

"I agree, Vrinda. Back story has its place, but that place is not in the foreground." - H5O 1.0

Thanks, Virginia. People confuse backstory with character development. Backstory is just background information on the character. That doesn't ensure they will grow and change as people. It's just their history. Character development is when you see different personality traits revealed and the character changes or acquires new traits in response to an incident that occurs in the storyline.

People talked as though the characters on the new show were superior just by having more personal history made known to the audience and by having relationships. That doesn't mean a damn thing. Was Jack Lord's McGarrett less endearing because we didn't know his whole life story from the pilot on down, or were all the characters enigmas because we didn't see how they all met?

In the pilot, we see Steve entering Iolani Palace smiling and cheerful. He puts a lei around May's neck, kisses her on both cheeks, and wishes her a happy birthday, but doesn't forget to wave hello to Danno. He's in a happy mood and you can tell he loves coming to work every day. The joy disappears when he identifies Hennessey's dead body on the beach and vows to find his killer. You can tell his friendship with Hennessey was deep and his death affected him greatly, without Steve shedding buckets of tears or pouring out his soul in a therapy session.

We see the Five-O team gets along and works well together, and as time went on, we learned a little bit more about them in terms of their skills and personalities: Chin had contacts all around town. He was married with 8 kids, and Steve loved him like a brother. Danno was an expert marksman, handwriting, typography, and paper expert, a naval medic, undercover operator, and wilderness tracker. He went to the University of Hawaii for one year as a psychology major then transferred to USC Berkeley as a police science major. During that time, he roomed with a landlady and her daughter. Kono is descended from Hawaiian royalty, also has many contacts on the island, and goes surfing with Danno. He didn't get much detail as the others did, but Kono was not an invisible presence.

The bottom line is we got to know these guys in the present through their actions and words, without their past being dredged up all the time, and through their profession and not their love lives, family relationships, etc. A cop's work will provide enough conflict and drama to enable the audience to learn more about the character than any soap opera-ish storylines.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 18:00:19 MST


Submitted by: Tom Hackman
From: Plainfield, IL

I just watched "We Hang Our Own" from season 7. I am not sure if this has been noticed before, but at the beginning, when Jay picks up Cam at the airport, the truck has a big "FR" sign on the driver's side door. As they drive away, the sign on the door is missing. But when then pull up to the bar where the killing occurs, the truck door once again displays the logo.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 17:45:44 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

Re: "As far as your comment, H50 Forever, that other shows than the internment one haven't equalled the old show, I respectfully disagree, because there are numerous turkeys in the old show, especially in season twelve, that have been surpassed by Five-Zero episodes this season."

Well, that's where we differ. I like Season 12 very much. I wish Chin, Kono, and Danno had been on board, but I still like it.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 15:12:33 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Oh, really?!?

http://bit.ly/KhxHZK

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 14:53:05 MST


Submitted by: Mr. MIke
From: Vancouver

By "last show," I am not referring to the internment episode, I'm talking about the one which aired on Friday night.

I can't find anything about a writers' strike at the end of the 1970s after searching numerous WWW pages. Karen Rhodes doesn't refer to this in her book either.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 14:48:22 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

"Even the last Five-Zero show was better than such drivel as Though the heavens fall, Voice of terror, The kahuna, School for assassins, The golden noose, Clash of shadows, A bird in hand, etc."

There's no way the internment episode couldn't be better than those. What I read was that there was a writer's strike in 1979. If that is true, maybe that explains the lack of quality scripts for that season.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 13:36:06 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Based on my ratings for shows so far in season four, if every other show of the 12 remaining was rated 3.0, the average would be 2.81, which is the highest of any season yet. However, I think this is VERY unlikely, given the fact that I am sure at least one upcoming show this season will feature Ma McGarrett and/or Joe White, which will seriously prejudice my feelings. As well, some shows are going to feature >Danno's< mother, played by Melanie Griffith, and I don't have a good feeling about those shows either.

As far as your comment, H50 Forever, that other shows than the internment one haven't equalled the old show, I respectfully disagree, because there are numerous turkeys in the old show, especially in season twelve, that have been surpassed by Five-Zero episodes this season.

Even the last Five-Zero show was better than such drivel as Though the heavens fall, Voice of terror, The kahuna, School for assassins, The golden noose, Clash of shadows, A bird in hand, etc.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 11:55:58 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

John, Season 4 has been better than Seasons 1-3. HOWEVER, it has not come close to equaling the quality of 1.0 with the exception of the Pearl Harbor episode.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 11:41:22 MST


Submitted by: Tina Lewis
From: Santa Rosa, CA

It looks like Grace Park is back as a regular. I certainly hope so. I was dismayed when it looked like she had left the series.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 10:11:14 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I think it would be arrogant to dismiss the new Hawaii Five O so summarily. Season 4 has been an outstanding season on the level of the Classic HFO Series. The writing has been excellent with the HFO team stopping fugitives & serial killers & righting the wrongs of World War II with the Pearl Harbor episode.With Kono back in the fold,this team of HFO investigators are interesting& talented group. I see HFO taking off rocket style in Season 5.
Most HFO fans would agree of Classic HFO's greatness.It's difficult to match a masterpiece. Mr.Mike has devoted some of his time reviewing & watching the Season 4 episodes.He also gives accompanying articles to read such as new characters,early episode updates etc.Looks like he believes in the new HFO & the positive direction it's going.Always room on the moving train or bandwagon of the New HFO series. John

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 10:03:07 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

There is something seriously wrong with my ratings for several season 12 shows, compared to 2009, before the DVD set came out. I dunno what I was smoking! I think I was overwhelmed by the very good quality of the DVDs, especially when compared to the versions I had been living with for many years.

http://mjq.net/fiveo/season12.htm

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 10:02:43 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

I agree, Vrinda. Back story has its place, but that place is not in the foreground.

Interesting about "our" nickel, Mike.

Added: Tuesday 14 January 2014 08:58:44 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The $100,000 nickel featured in a sixth season episode has gone up in value a bit:

http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/2014/01/nickel-featured-in-hawaii-five-0.html

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 22:21:14 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

What is so silly are the people who want the new show to focus more on the relationships and not on the crimes. Since when this show intended to be a soap opera? They are focusing too much on the relationships, but this show was based on a show which was a crime show. If these people want a soap opera, there are still some left on daytime TV. There are also some primetime dramas they can choose from.

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 21:16:06 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

I was going to say the same thing, Ringfire, but you said it so well . . .

No chance, Bruddah John! No chance!

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 18:39:33 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"In the year 2030, we will be talking about Season 4 of Hawaii Five O as the year they turned it around."

:D Haha! Surely you jest! In the year 2030 we will be talking? You really think that? We won't even remember the show by 2020. You can forget 2030 or talking about it.

The old show? Yes. The new one? Forget it.

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 17:01:37 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Loved your Hawaii Five O ratings you displayed in the nice color (coated) coded Excel format Mr.Mike. 12 seasons of HFO reviews plus the 4 new HFO seasons.
This will spark great debate with HFO fans on the discussion forum.Some will argue for a particular episode to be rated higher while others might think an episode should be lower.
I can't find much dispute with the grades on your episodes. I think the early Season 11 episodes deserve a better fate. Agree the Sleeper was a real downer.How did Sonia Hansen have the strength to move all these bodies especially the one jammed in the closet of (T)Rathman's boat for example .I agree Dear Enemy,When Does A War End? A Bird In Hand etc deserve their low marks.
Sorry to hear the passing of the great HFO alumni & Character Actor Frank Marth at the age of 91. He might be remembered from The Devil & Mr.Frog as the one who was alive & tried to dump the hot ransom money. He also was in several 70's crime dramas:Cannon,Streets of SF,& Quincy to name a few. RIP Frank Marth. John

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 15:32:05 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

With my new computer, I got Excel, which I never had before (I used some low budget software from Micro-Slop for this purpose). So, of course, I am also going to create a chart of my ratings for the old show as well.

New ratings:

http://mjq.net/fiveo/Five-Oh-Ratings.htm

Old ratings (can't remember what was the date of this):

http://mjq.net/fiveo/gbarchived/anal-ysis.gif

Most of the seasons hardly changed, but season 12 went from 1.368 to 1.92!!

There are some potential issues with these ratings, though. For example, where a show is divided into two parts, should each part be rated? There was only a difference in The 90-Second War, where part two was definitely inferior to the first part. I also included the pilot episode at the end of season one, because it was rebroadcast then ... but was it rebroadcast in two parts or one?

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 12:53:09 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

In the year 2030, we will be talking about Season 4 of Hawaii Five O as the year they turned it around.An outstanding season so far with McG & Catherine leading a solid cast. There's the Epic Pearl Harbor Episode & the brilliant Halloween Episode not far behind. So many talented actors/actresses in the fold. I see HFO going 8 seasons at least. Hope the writers can continue delivering great scripts. Jack would be proud on how the series has improved & continued the Hawaii Five O name. John

Added: Monday 13 January 2014 10:48:01 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

None of these seasons got an average above a 3. It's not surprising.

Added: Sunday 12 January 2014 16:21:34 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

My ratings for the new show:

http://mjq.net/fiveo/Five-Zero-Ratings.htm

Added: Saturday 11 January 2014 18:47:29 MST


Submitted by: Joekido


From: This show is becoming human do you guys think? And this show reached up to 10.44 million

Added: Saturday 11 January 2014 16:51:27 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

>Why would 2 hitmen waltz into a bar & cause attention to themselves with 20-50 witnesses?

There is no indication that they wanted to knock off Mitchell in the bar. They were probably just scoping the place out. This bar really exists, by the way.

>If Capt. Grover was from Chicago PD,why would Grover have no knowledge of Illinois Wanted Criminal Jack Mitchell?

The incident with the woman getting killed took place 20 years before. What was Grover doing at the time? Would he have paid particular attention to this, even though it took place in Dekalb, IL, not far from Chicago? Was he in Chicago at the time? [There is a goof here, the FBI wanted poster for Mitchell says this incident happened in 1993, but paperwork from the Dekalb, IL, police department says it happened on June 3, 1999.]

>We are to believe that the young boy shot Danny's hot girlfriend target shooting from the Foxy Lady.5 or 6 people in the photo shoot were in the line of fire.Why didn't they hear gunshots? Or see the kid shooting?

Danno was not asking specific questions about this and the people at the photo shoot didn't seem too anxious to volunteer information. Quite likely the sound of the surf nearby could have covered up the sound of gunfire. Not knowing much about guns, I don't know what kind of gun this was, whether the bullet could have gone that far, etc., etc. Maybe like the Japanese internment episode, where the writers (the same writers, by the way) were trying to make up for the oversight where the Five-O crew dissed veterans, they were trying to make up for the idiotic anti-gun rant in the Hookman remake, i.e., saying that if you give a gun to a kid to fool around with, something bad might happen.

>All these hot girls in Hawaii.Suddenly Danny falls in love with a girl at a gas station in 30 seconds.

I think you are reading too much into this as far as Danno's future is concerned. The actress, Lili Simmons, by the way, is almost young enough (20) to be Scott Caan's (37) daughter.

>The new girl Danny's girlfriend is sexy & could work undercover with Catherine or Danny.

Now this I seriously doubt.

Check out this review of the show, I couldn't-a said much of it better myself:

http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/01/hawaii-five-0-review-facing-up-to-sins-of-the-past/

Added: Saturday 11 January 2014 10:17:19 MST


Submitted by: Mr Hiram
From: NYC

MeTV showed FIVE 0'S 'Nine Dragons' last nite as the MeTv Tv Movie of the week. Perhaps, "Year of the Horse" with a bored Danno coming soon? MeTv shows tv movies every Friday nite like the 80s/90s Perry Mason films and 2 hour eps like Five 0 and , 2 weeks back, the Wonder Woman pilot.

Added: Saturday 11 January 2014 10:02:34 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

After 2 weeks of waiting,this HFO update was a major disappointment.It's the weakest episode of the ones I (watched) have been watching since October. I would think Vrinda would have a field day analyzing this one.Here are all my problems with it. 1.Matt Haley paid the hitmen $10,000 to ice Jake Mitchell AKA Jack Anderson because he killled his wife 20 yrs ago.Why would 2 hitmen waltz into a bar & cause attention to themselves with 20-50 witnesses? Hit Men like Yomata & Dennis Koga usually do their work quietly & efficiently with nobody knowing about them 2.If Capt. Grover was from Chicago PD,why would Grover have no knowledge of Illinois Wanted Criminal Jack Mitchell?3.We are to believe that the young boy shot Danny's hot girlfriend target shooting from the Foxy Lady.5 or 6 people in the photo shoot were in the line of fire.Why didn't they hear gunshots? Or see the kid shooting?Lucky they weren't shot. 4.They see young girl in the hospital.She's shot in the neck cervical spine.Why wouldn't there be some kind of paralysis?5.All these hot girls in Hawaii.Suddenly Danny falls in love with a girl at a gas station in 30 seconds.Makes no sense.Too many holes.I did like how they tied everything up at the end.Mitchell makes amends to Matt Haley Ninth Step style.Kono & Adam return to the McG house.Best thing:The new girl Danny's girlfriend is sexy & could work undercover with Catherine or Danny. Episode 3 stars!!!! John

Added: Saturday 11 January 2014 09:23:23 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

Well now, it was great to get Our Show back last nite after a 2-3 week hiatus. So, the early take: the episode started & ended with Kono ... who looked her very worst in the opening emotional "renunion" scene, and close to her very best in the final minutes... more and more, I'm getting comfortable with the thought that Grace is not just eye candy, but a pretty good actress too. Steve & Grover had a good story line, trying to unravel the mystery of Jack ... while Danno was consumed with the knockout Girl and her weird, strange meeting with a bullet (a little stretch in credibility). I'd say all in all, an entertaining hour... plus, the preview scenes of next week's Chin Ho ordeal look terrific ! To date, Season 4 has been very SOLID !

Added: Saturday 11 January 2014 05:51:59 MST


Submitted by: Glenn
From: Orlando, FL (USA)

Thanks for posting the link to the review, Mike - as I thought, the cardboard sleeves in the set might scratch the discs - sounds like just keeping the season sets are the best way to go...:)

Added: Friday 10 January 2014 10:07:12 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Next week's episode will focus on Chin Ho ... again a "family show" (sigh). Chin's wife Malia (Reiko Aylesworth) will be back and so will McGarrett's father, both in flashbacks. They are also supposed to feature shots of the teenage Kono surfing. That should be interesting. (There is allegedly a video of this somewhere, but I am not able to track it down). Note in the cast list below, one of the characters is named "Kam Tong Kelly." The episode will be written by Lenkov and Solarz, who were responsible for the recent Japanese internment episode.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS QUESTIONS CHIN ABOUT HIS FATHER’S MURDER 15 YEARS EARLIER AND HOW HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MALIA AND HER FAMILY MIGHT HAVE HURT THE INVESTIGATION, ON "HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, JAN. 17

"*Hana lokomaika’i” – Internal Affairs questions Chin about his father’s murder 15 years earlier and how his then-new relationship with Malia and her family might have hurt the investigation, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Hana lokomaika’i is Hawaiian for "The Favor”)

SERIES REGULARS:

Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny "Danno” Williams)
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)
Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua)
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman)
Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins)

RECURRING CAST:

Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Waincroft)
William Sadler (John McGarrett)

GUEST CAST:

Robert Knepper (IA Detective Rex Coughlin)
Brian Thompson (IA Detective Nicholas Cruz)
Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft)
Kelly R. Thomas (DEA Agent Branch)
Danny Akau (Ronald Palau)
Jae Je (Teddy Luna)
Una Wilding (Hanna Koi)
Gary Ala (Kam Tong Kelly)
Michael Hasegawa (Store Owner)
Kyler Sakamoto (Son)
David Asing (Gangbanger #1)
Neil Andres (Gangbanger #2)
Sumitoshi Sakamoto (Buddhist Monk)

STORY BY: Peter M. Tassler
TELEPLAY BY: Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz

DIRECTED BY: Sylvain White

Added: Friday 10 January 2014 09:52:44 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I recently watched the 1968 film Kona Coast, starring Richard Boone. Boone lived in Hawaii and according to Wikipedia, was instrumental in convicing Leonard Freeman to shoot Five-O in the islands, rather than on the mainland. Boone was also one of the people mentioned to play the role of McGarrett, but he got involved with Kona Coast, presumably a pilot for his own series about Hawaii, which did not get picked up.

Boone plays the skipper of a boat whose daughter gets involved with some playboy types (headed by Steve Inhat) who like to play "sick games," including the use of drugs. After the daughter is found murdered, Sam Moran, Boone's character, is out for revenge. But Inhat and his crew are a nasty bunch who torch Moran's boat, causing the death of his friend Charlie Lightfoot (played by Australian character actors Chips Rafferty), among other things.

The show has some interesting shots of the Honolulu Hotel Street area as well as the title's area on the Big Island. Robert Luck plays a cop who is a friend of Moran and who uses the expression "coconut wireless," meaning "the grape vine." And there is a boat used with the name "Alika," though it is not the same one as seen in the Five-O episode "24 Karat Kill" (though I am sure I have seen the Kona Coast boat somewhere on Five-O).

But overall, the show is pretty bad, especially the end, where Ihnat gets his just desserts.

The film is available for streaming from Warner Archive (see http://instant.warnerarchive.com/product.html?productId=65399). It's also been released on DVD through them.

Added: Friday 10 January 2014 09:43:38 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

At Amazon.com, there are no reviews of significance. If you want to read the "reviews" there, then click on the link at the top of the forum page (BUY DVDS AND STUFF) and on the next page there is another link to the box set at Amazon. The comments from people are the usual nonsense of people complaining >before< the set is released, and others complaining that Bored She Hung Herself is not included. NO ONE is actually reviewing the box and its contents.

On the other hand, the TVShowsonDVD.com site looks like they got a copy of the set, and they have reviewed it in depth: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/reviews/Hawaii-Five-O-Complete-Series/13644

Added: Friday 10 January 2014 09:20:07 MST


Submitted by: Glenn
From: Orlando, FL (USA)

Mike,

Thanks for posting those behind-the-scenes videos - great stuff and very interesting.

BTW, are there any reviews for the COMPLETE box set - I was wondering if anyone has purchased it - I'm not interested, but was wondering about the box that the DVDs slide into - from what I can tell, it looks like the DVDs would scratch pretty easy.

Oh well - just curious...:)

Added: Friday 10 January 2014 08:44:05 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Thanks for those links, Mr. Mike. Filming footage and behind the scenes stuff for FIVE-0 (unlike for many other shows) is virtually nonexistent. So this is a real gem.

I enjoyed seeing Bob Sweeney, William Finnegan, and Leonard Freeman (the head honchos from season 4 thru season 7, except for Lenny who was gone by season 7) talking about the show. A special treat was seeing Paul Stanley talking about the show. Next to Michael O'Herlihy he was my other favorite director. He directed my personal favorite - "Rest in Peace, Somebody". It was great seeing "Odd Man In" guest star Jiri Tamiya (who played Goro Shibata) sitting in his chair next to Paul Stanley (who directed that episode) and having a laugh about something. Tamiya did a good job in that episode, even if his voice was dubbed by Paul Frees. Hume Cronyn of course stole the show however. No surprise there. Nice seeing Jack Lord on his guitar too and referencing that great "madman" Sir David Lean.

I agree with what Bob Sweeney said (I think it was him) regarding the scripts being stronger ever since script supervisor/story consultant Will Lorin came on board. He was there during seasons 4 and 5 which is when the show really soared to the top in the ratings (particularly season 5). The show became more edgy and topical. Lorin was replaced by Ken Pettus and Curtis Kenyon during seasons 6 and 7 and they managed to maintain that same level that Lorin set in place.

Added: Wednesday 08 January 2014 10:29:50 MST


Submitted by: Frank
From: southern WI

Mr. Mike, Thank you, thank you. Just watched the clip that you posted the link to the other day Loved it. It was very interesting and insightful. Stay warm, which is hard to do here!!!!!

Added: Tuesday 07 January 2014 16:34:06 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

HFO alumni Gerald S O'Laughlin turned 92 in late December.Might remember him in Six Kilos & other episodes.Glad to see some of the greats still alive. John

Added: Tuesday 07 January 2014 15:06:24 MST


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Freeman says $20 million for 92 hours of Hawaii Five-O. That's about $217K per episode. I think that was in 1971 or 1972.

Gunsmoke cost $215K per episode in 1973. Gunsmoke was shot locally in L.A. and for the most part all on the same set.

Five-O shot in Hawaii and much of it shot away from the set on location around the island ...Five-O seems like a good deal in comparison.

Added: Sunday 05 January 2014 22:55:56 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

I noticed the same thing. That does not look like a crew that is unhappy and being ravaged by a tyrannical actor. It didn't look like Jack was in charge, at least when Paul Stanley was directing.

I wish he let Bob Busch say what he was going to say about the Hollywood actors in terms of their demeanor, instead of cutting him off and saying, "Be kind." I know, they were on camera, and who knows who might see it, but that tells us that there was some problems with some of these Hollywood guest stars, though all the blame was placed on Jack.

They said that they could not have any less than 70 people working on the show, and Jack's hairstylist, Cherie Huffman, who appears briefly in this film, when they are doing the office scene, said there were 75 people on the set at a given time (in her book, Fondling Follicles). It takes that many people and maybe more to do all this work. It would be impossible for one man to do it all, or to even come in contact with all those that do.

I like it when Stanley high-fived Jack after filming that take, and Jack's C-chord. :!cool:

Added: Sunday 05 January 2014 13:16:44 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

When you watch the HETV / Hawaii Now film, you realize how nonsensical the claims are that Jack did everything. The worker bees were those behind the camera. And, then, seemingly at the last minute, the actors appeared. It would have to be a labor of love; certainly, it's not for everyone.

Now I understand what interviewees meant when they said there would be 150 people a week working on an episode. And it took every last one of them.

My question: Between the transporting of lights, etc. all over the island, setting up, etc., how on earth did they ever complete about 50 pages of script in eight days? No wonder everyone was exhausted by the end of Season 10.

Added: Sunday 05 January 2014 06:36:08 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Some interesting goodies here:

http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/video/PBS/

Added: Saturday 04 January 2014 15:56:50 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Agree Vrinda. V for Vashon The Patriarch was a brilliant frame. Sullivan was really twisted & manipulated by old Nick. Poor Sullivan was dead either way. McGarrett's bullets or the contingency plan.A needle to the ear & into the brain if he survived.
The frame worked because respected lawyer Harvey Masterson Drew admitted it could have been a car backfiring. It should have succeeded McG being sentenced but McG & the HFO team were too smart.
Loved how the young blond kid in jail Reasbeck called Drew an old Queen. As it unravelled,the gun to the head suicide of Nick always shocks me. You can tell McG didn't enjoy his victory with Nick's head splattered all over. Great Episode 6 stars!!! John

Added: Friday 03 January 2014 23:11:27 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

I just watched "V For Vashon: The Patriarch" this week. It pained me to see Steve get framed. The smug way in which Vashon spoke to Steve after the trial made my blood boil. The way Dominick's tone changed from frivolous when he said "liar" to cold when he said "murderer" was sinister. It was so hypocritical, knowing Vashon is a liar and a murderer.

I thought however, that Vashon relied too much on chance. How was he to know that Steve would even hit Sullivan with any bullets, let alone two, one of which would pierce his abdominal cavity and kill him. Steve might have missed completely, and Spider Brown would have his work cut out for him when he went inside that elevator and came face-to-face with a very much alive Sullivan.

Steve aimed for Sullivan's arms and legs and, unfortunately, Sullivan ducked and the bullet meant for his leg went into his abdomen. If Steve hit him in leg or arm, then even if Spider stuck that needle in Sullivan's ear, the autopsy results are going to look strange. No one dies from a bullet would to the arm or leg in 90 seconds.

Added: Friday 03 January 2014 17:36:10 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Here and there

That's Elizabeth Smith. She was in a fair number of episodes. I especially like her in "Small Witness, Large Crime" (Season 7). Young Moki steals her chocolate milk and donuts. She's also good in "Man on Fire" (Season 8). She plays Leila Kapahela's mother.

Added: Friday 03 January 2014 11:04:50 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Does anyone know who this actress is? She appears in The Clock Struck Twelve but isn't credited at the end, despite having a speaking part. She appears in a few more episodes as well, none of which I can remember. Some fellow is asking me about her.

http://mjq.net/fiveo/pix/auntie.jpg

Added: Friday 03 January 2014 10:11:08 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Jimmy Borges and Nancy Kwan:

http://mjq.net/fiveo/pix/jb-nancy.jpg

Added: Friday 03 January 2014 00:54:26 MST


Submitted by: Dan Gibson
From: Greensboro, NC

In the midst of the myriad Bowl Games, CBS threw us a bone last nite with a rebroadcast of "Ohuna" a 5-O from 2012. It's a pretty good episode, with a lot of my favorite elements: Steve pulling off kamikaze, superhuman stunts; lots of Kono; world-class, horribly evil bad guys (who, nevertheless, are brought down HARD by our crew); Kono laying the wood to the leader of the mercenaries, including a well-placed karate kick to "turn the fight in her favor"; and ... a shockingly mild dosage of both Mary & Doris, who are far less annoying than usual. Bottom line, it was great to see Kono in action -- something I think we've all been missing of late. I see we finally get our next Season 4 episode next Friday (10th). It can't get here too soon !

Added: Thursday 02 January 2014 12:45:40 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

I remember when ALTV used to broadcast Harry-O in the early 2000s. People complained about it because they had to change the scheduling of the black and white WB private eye shows (77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, etc.) to accommodate Harry-O. I did not see it then, since it was on at 10:00pm and we didn't have a DVR and I had never heard of the show to start with, so I had no idea how good it was or not. I know it was a '70s crime show. That is all.

At that time, I had seen some '70s crime shows and with the exception of Hawaii Five-O, none of them were that good. The other posters warned me that I would not like Harry-O, in that case. I saw two episodes, but don't remember much of them.

It's no wonder that the first 12 episodes might have been better-written than the rest. In the first season, TV shows are trying to stay on the air and are striving to reach that 13-episode mark, then get an order for a full season. If all this tweaking was done afterwards, it might have been ABC that ordered the tinkering so as to keep the show going. I know that happened with Police Woman on NBC.

Added: Thursday 02 January 2014 11:01:24 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I gave myself the two Warner Archive box sets of Harry O's two seasons for Christmas (as well as the first season of Dr. Kildare!). Some people think that Harry O is "one of the greatest TV series of all time, blah blah blah." I don't think that is the case, but there's no doubt that (at least so far up to episode 12 or so) the scripts are very intelligently and tightly written, the acting is above-average and the premise of the show, of an ex-cop-turned-private-eye, is intriguing.

Some guy on a WWW site suggested that the show was very good up until about episode 13 of the first season, and then started to go downhill as the producers tinkered with the location and various other things. One thing I don't like is the theme song by Billy Goldenberg for the first season which is awful, and the one for the second season is equally bad, sounding a lot like Magnum, P.I. Goldenberg's contribution to the shows themselves, on the other hand, is very good.

In season one, the only show so far that I didn't like was the one which wastes Stephanie Powers as a psychic writer who suffers from "hysterical blindness," a condition brought on by shock where she can see what is going on around her but is not conscious of what's happening. This show does have one good line when Janssen shows up at Powers' place and is met by her assistant, who says "Is she expecting you?" Janssen replies something like "Considering she is psychic, she should know."

As mentioned in discussions of this show here in the past, there are a LOT of Five-O actors seen in this series. Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe appear as Orwell's nemeses on the police force. Paul Burke plays a guy who is having an affair with his girl friend's sixteen-year-old daughter! Barbara Anderson (of The Meighan Conspiracy) is a doctor who is a witness to a murder that Harry has to protect so she can testify against some crime boss. Linda Evans is Harry's neighbor with whom he "does it." David Dukes from When Does A War End? shows up as a hit man.

Added: Wednesday 01 January 2014 10:50:41 MST


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