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If Ringfire is going to list Season 2 favorites, I'll start it off by saying my 3 favorites are "Just Lucky, I Guess" (HEY LOO!), "Singapore File" and "The Joker is Wild, Man, Wild!". Those are the top three, but not necessarily in that order.

I'll work on a top ten as well and it will include some that Mr. Mike has down the list like "Kiss the Queen Goodbye".


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Hey Chick, how goes it bruddah? We was just rappin' bout you and here you show up, right as rain, baby! As Toshi (Al Harrington) said in The Box "how you know, brah??".

I'm about to rank all the season 2 episodes so stick around. You can bet Chah-lee Bombay won't be too far down the list. Because when people like you get involved, REALLY INVOLVED, wake up! The rats, the snakes, they're gone! All pau, bruddah!

So stick around, Loo. Hey listen, Loo! Listen, it's Chah-lee Bombay, Loo. Hey Loo!


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Good to see Big Chicken again. :)

Added: August 17 2017 09:11:50 AM
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Chicken, it's good to see that you came down from the Little Jungle to talk to us voluntarily.

I wouldn't blame you for being sore with McG bustin' your lip and all ...and even after you gave him Annie, Danno's get-out-of-jail free card. Peace.


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Chicken, it's good to see that you came down from the Little Jungle to talk to us voluntarily.

I wouldn't blame you for being sore with McG bustin' your lip and all ...and even after you gave him Annie, Danno's get-out-of-jail free card. Peace.


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Hey Ringfire & Fred:  You wanna talk to Big Chicken - all you gotta do is ask. And here I am. 

Chicken couldn't miss no rap session bout the great inaugural first season. RingFire, many thanks for the shout out brudda!

Besides that foot chase at the conclude, "Not That Much Different" rates for Chicken due to some a the best McGarrett speecifyin a the whole series! Jus love Steve-O settin them condescendin peacenicks straight.  Thats right up there with McG's awesome oratin from 'Just Lucky.'

Chicken always dug "Blue Skies" too.  Tommy's Lounge Lizard/cat burglar a bit small fry for the Five-O, but that's why is so cool when Steve & the boys bring the hammer down on Joey's whole operation. Always dug hearin them Sands nightclub tunes when the ep came on the WOR Channel 9 in the NYC, back in the day, and watchin Kono overturn that niteclub table. Great insights on that ep, Rick. Right on, brudda, right on.

The trippin/psychedelia in "Up Tight" was make it so cool, Ringfire. Yeah, great, great score by Stevens.  Probably Ed Flanders flashiest Five-O role as groovy guru David Stone. A bit of an odd nemesis for ole Steve but great openin and conclude scenery on that Oahu Cliff

Lastly, here's Chicken's top S1 faves:

Painted Daisies
Deathwatch
Pray Love Remember
24 Karat Kill
Tiger by the Tail
The Box


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Five-O was already on ME-TV about 2 years back but then got taken off. Looks like it's back. I didn't bother with it because it aggravates me to no end when they go as far as to cut out the commercial waves (which add so much the show and are such an integral part of the suspense building) in order to squeeze in as much commercial time as possible. No thanks. I remember when I used to watch the show in the 90s and early 00s they used to leave the commercial wave in place, which is how I came to love the show in the first place. It's ridiculous what they're doing now.

Under that Five-O promo is a T.J. Hooker promo - also coming to ME-TV on Aug. 21. I own seasons 1 and 2 of that show. For the longest time that's all that was available. Sales weren't very good so they decided not to release the rest. But just recently some other company (my guess would be Shout Factory) released the entire series box set. I don't think I'll bother with it, even though seasons 3 and 4 were probably the best. James Darren joined the cast in season 3. But I see that many of them are available on dailymotion.


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Great Classic HFO talk. I agree with Fred and Steven on No Blue Skies. It is a very good episode. The truth is the singing numbers were catchy and who can forget the singer arriving on stage just in time. Mr. Mike, thanks for the ME-TV episode. They usually go from Season 1-7 and return to 1 again.

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Starting next week, Classic #H50 returns to ME-TV at 6 PM 5 Central running Monday-Friday starting with the pilot episode and it looks like using the DVD transfers.

https://youtu.be/xrpEuZle7Wc


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I'm happy to see the support for "No Blue Skies". Steven is absolutely right about the beginning scene where Tommy Sands is committing his crimes but gets back in the nick of time to do his set. Sands plays a lovable loser that just can't catch a break. It's appealing to me and the music is catchy. I may have over stretched myself by placing it number 1, but I'm okay with it being there.

I wouldn't place Up Tight as high as Steven, but like I said, the more I watch it, the better I like it. Ringfire is right about the trippy music and the father's pain/anger from losing his daughter is compelling.


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"Up Tight" at #1, eh? I remember the first time I saw it I thought it was a really weird episode. I mean it is pretty darn trippy!! But as someone already mentioned it is an episode that grows on you each time you watch it. That whole business at the hospital with all those hop-heads kinda freaked me out. Which of course was the point and it IS very effective. As is Morton's psychedelic score and all those swirling illusions from the POV of Brenda Scott and later Ed Flanders. Very good direction by Seymour Robbie (who also did the superb "The Box"). He's one of the few directors who never came back after season 1. The others being Herschel Daughterty (who gave us the stellar "Deathwatch" and "Yesterday Died"), Alvin Ganzer, Jack Shea (who did "King of the Hill"), and Michael Caffey.

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"No Blue Skies" has long been a S1 favorite of mine, and I rank it #5 for that season. Love the pre-credits bit of him burgling the hotel and then getting back in time to sing.

My top 10 for S1 looks like this: 10) Samurai 9) The Box 8) Six Kilos 7) And They Painted Daisies on his Coffin 6) Deathwatch 5) No Blue Skies 4) The Ways of Love 3) Once Upon a Time 2) Cocoon 1) Up Tight


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I've tried to talk up 'No Blue Skies' on this site before but it doesn't get much love. I wouldn't rank it the season's number one show, the plot is a little thin but it is a favorite of mine.

The cat burglar angle is a bit much but as a degenerate gambler Tommy Sands plays a very compelling loser lol! Anyway I dig the snappy dialogue he uses and that great scene as it's all crashing down on him at the end. One by one the Five-O team files into the lounge from all angles while 'Joey Rand' is on stage doing his act, singing and oblivious to what the viewer knows, which is that he just got his faithful attendant killed, his girl has flipped on him, and it's all over. Good stuff.


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Fred, I typically reply as Jerry Bay-Bee (no waaay bay-bee, but no waaaaaay!!) but I sure do miss our old friend Big Chicken from Seattle.

I agree that the foot chase across those jagged cliffs (at Kaena Point) at the end of "Not That Much Different" is nothing short of spectacular! Those stuntmen better have gotten a nice pay for that day. That was some truly hair-raising stuff there!

P.S. "No Blue Skies" starts out real cool with the cat burglar (accompanied by a Morton Stevens score which has a cool jazzy Henry Mancini vibe to it) and I expected it to be a caper-style episode a la "King Kamehameha Blues". Alas it never goes in that direction but instead goes into a more mundane direction of a lounge singer being in debt to some bad hombres. A bit of a yawner that.


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No Blue Skies is my favorite from Season 1. The list is in my favorite order. I will admit that my list probably changes. No more I see Up Tight, the more I like it. It used to be near the bottom. Now, it's in the middle.

I'm okay with Ringfire disrespecting my choices. We've gone over this before. We mostly agree that we disagree. :) But I wish he would have replied as Chicken rather than Joe Matsukino, although Matsukino is a cool cucumber. :)

Not That Much Different is on the bottom for me, although the foot chase scene at the end is one of the best in the entire series. Once Upon a Time is probably next. Ringfire and I agree on these being down on the lower 5.


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Hey Fred, in the words of the immortal Joe Matsukino... man, you fracture me with that No Blue Skies bit at #1. We both know that No Blue Skies split the scene a long time ago down to #23, baby. :D

Mr. Mike's reply: I don't think he means that it was #1 as in the best one, it is in the top ten (which are not in numerical order), that's all...


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I watched "Bones Of Contention" for the first time since the DVD came out tonight and the thing that struck me was exactly this point Mike points out in his review.

"Danno travels all the way to Paris Island, S.C. to interview Sgt.-Major Joseph Danvers (Joseph Monteleone), a soldier who was in Parmel's squad transporting the remains. For all the information that Danno gets, surely a phone call would have sufficed!"

Exactly! And considering that flying Danno all the way to the Atlantic coast and back would be a few days at least, it sure seems like less than a day has elapsed by the time Danno is back and he isn't suffering from jet-lag! Of course they did it this way to give us a great "scene" that would have been trickier to stage as a phone call no doubt but to me this was a case of a sloppy procedural point that sticks out on first viewing and not something that only occurs to you after the fact when it can be easily forgiven. And likewise, I was also incredulous that McGarrett needs to have Parmel pointed out when he should have his picture by now from his prison file!

I'll be more forgiving of the fact that this episode gets its history wrong when the Professor says the Japanese invasion of China took place in the "40s". It took place in 1937!


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My top 10 from Season 1:

1 - No Blue Skies
2 - Tiger by the Tail
3 - Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
4 - Deathwatch
5 - .. And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin
6 - Full Fathom Five
7 - The Box
8 - Twenty-Four Carat Kill
9 - Strangers in Our Own Land
10 - Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember


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Coming up with top 5 isn't too difficult. Or the bottom 5 or so. It's the ones in the middle where it becomes cumbersome. Still, I thought I'd give it a shot. I might try the same with season 2.

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RINGFIRE
My FAV Classic HFO episodes Season 1 (1968-1969)are King Of The Hill and Yesterday Died. It would be difficult to rate the next 5 or 10. Samurai was very creative and entertaining. Full Fathom Five will be in my Top 5. Strong opening episode. I guess Ways Of Love would also be in the Top 5. An intense and gritty episode. I guess 1.King Of The Hill 2.Yesterday Died 3.Ways Of Love 4.Full Fathom Five 5.Samurai JC


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Ok, I'm gonna make the impossible possible by ranking all the season 1 episodes. Of course none of this is set in stone (with maybe the exception of the top 5) but as of right now this is what my season 1 ranking looks like. "Cocoon" is included as well.

1. The Box 2. Deathwatch 3. Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born 4. Tiger by the Tail 5. One for the Money
6. Full Fathom Five 7. King of the Hill 8. Cocoon 9. Strangers in Our Own Land 10. Six Kilos
11. And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin 12. Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember 13. The Ways of Love 14. Samurai 15. Twenty-Four Karat Kill
16. Along Came Joey 17. Up Tight 18. The Big Kahuna 19. By the Numbers 20. Face of the Dragon
21. Once Upon a Time 22. No Blue Skies 23. Not That Much Different


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ERIC-You brought up some good points. We have discussed The Case Against Philip Christie Season 11 on the forum before a few times. I would have voted NOT GUILTY if I was on the jury because I don't think they the prosecution proved Christie did it. McG does ask the judge through the back channels if they could see the Christie house and recreate the Philip party and Penny's murder. That's the Judge's fault. I think he was just as interested if Christie committed the crime or not. I like how McG & the jurors narrow the possible suspects through the testimony. Agree the Judge talks making the verdict about the evidence and testimony presented in Court. Say they didn't do the re-creation of the Penny murder...The lawyer could still appeal the verdict entering some of the PI's findings if Philip was found guilty. I think the forum was split on the episode. Some brought up the things you noticed. I liked the episode. JC

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I was watching "The Case Against Philip Christie" and as a "Five-O" episode it is ridiculous. What it really is, is a "Perry Mason" script shoehorned into "Five-O" and it is no coincidence that writer Seeleg Lester, was the producer of "Perry Mason" for two seasons and wrote 18 episodes.

1-McGarrett's whole demonstration bit at the climax where he is indeed acting like a defense attorney. That's Mason in all details.

2-The unprofessional moments of Danno and Duke snooping about during the case where McGarrett is on the jury? Classic "Paul Drake snoops about to find out more" scene.

3-The tag gives us Danno asking "How did you figure the killer would go along with the demonstration?" is straight out of the standard "Mason" tag scene wrapup where Della and Paul would always have one final "How could you be sure the murderer would....?" question for Perry to answer and sum things up.


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From Entertainment Weekly:

Anything on the Hawaii Five-0 team in season 8?

I hear there's going to be another new member of the team -- but it's definitely not who (or what!) you're expecting. "There is a story that's coming up, it actually was Alex O'Loughlin's idea," EP Peter Lenkov says. "I wanted to do a story where the victim left in the wake of a tragedy was a dog who lost its owner. It's a very emotional, really great story. It's a dog that's a drug sniffing service dog that McGarrett ends up adopting. It's a really emotional journey, but it was his idea to keep the dog, and I thought that was a great one."

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Not to be too cynical or anything, but this is horrible news. If I want to encounter stories about dogs, I can go on Facebook (which I went off some time ago). In the second-last season of the original Five-O, there was a "dog" story, The Bark and the Bite, which had to do with some rich woman's attempts to override Hawaii's strict quarantine laws about bringing pets to the islands (among other things). This is regarded by many as a real shark-jumping episode for the old series, even though I didn't think it was that bad the last time I viewed it, mainly because the actress playing the woman who owned the dog, Tricia O'Neil, was very hot. (No doubt exceptions will be made for the upcoming Five-Zero show for fans of O'Loughlin because they regard him as a hot guy, LOL.) There was also a "dog" story on The Streets of San Francisco, which I am currently doing anal-ysis for. It was the series' very last show. The plot line at IMDb says: "A cruise ship is docked in San Francisco. A known embezzler is aboard the ship and had hid the jewels on a dog collar." Barf!


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I really wonder if the 8th season will be the show's last. It now has all the hallmarks of it, including main cast members leaving, the addition of two new characters to abruptly replace them, and the promotion of recurring characters into starring cast.

On a side note, they kind of ruined the Kamekona character years ago. Meant to be the "semi-shady, street-wise operator who reluctantly helps the cops and acts as the show's comic relief", he's gone completely straight and now serves only as the comic relief. So he really doesn't have much to do, aside from sell shrimp and utter comic 1-liners.

The Hirsch character was brought in to be what Kamekona once was, but even he has gone straight. It's like the writers are afraid to associate with Five-Zero with any character who is unabashedly shady.

Anyway, back to my main point, the upcoming backstories of the two new Five-Zero members remind me all too much of the introduction of Kimo in Season 12. On the surface, the backstories and characters seem like they can be interesting, but it's kind of too late in the game for anyone to really care.


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The whole business about Kono falling in love with Adam, son of a Yakuza crime boss, was absurd from the beginning, though it did briefly inject some much-needed sexual content into the show which has had a major lack of same despite the steamy tropical location and the presence of some actors who are regarded as "sexy" (Danno and Jerry need not be mentioned).

Do a Google search along the lines of "cops consorting with criminals" and you will see what I mean.

What was even more absurd was that McGarrett the boss (and his superiors) never made an issue out of Kono's relationship with Adam!

Now that Kono is gone, "[Ian Anthony] Dale [who] has recurred on HAWAII FIVE-0 as Adam Noshimuri since season two, becoming a trusted confidant and resource for the team ... will now be recruited by McGarrett to work for Five-0," according to a CBS press release.

Yeah, right, that is really a "safe" job!

Is Adam going to be given a badge too, like Jerry? And will other cast members who have now been promoted to "starring cast members" -- Taylor Wily (Kamekona), Kimee Balmilero (Noelani, the medical examiner who replaced Max) and Dennis Chun (Duke Lukela, who should have been promoted not only as a cast member, but to being a member of Five-Zero a long time ago) -- also get badges?

Maybe Five-Zero can also recruit Danno's daughter Gracie to go undercover at the local high school to investigate dope pushing or something equally sinister!


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We now have a list of the three "new" full time cast members of Five-Zero. Two are brand new, and the third is the actor playing Adam Noshimuri, who is now promoted to a full time cast member, and will be a member of Five-Zero.

Okay.

Omitted from this announcement is what will happen to Chin and Kono's characters. Killed off? Explained away as having moved to another locale (thus at least opening the door for their possible return?)

How is Adam supposed to go on as a regular cast member without his beloved wife? Or is he going to join Five-Zero because she got killed somehow?

Recall that the original show left no explanation for the departure of cast members, aside from Kam Fong, who actually requested to be killed off at the end of Season 10.

However, it's hard to believe that the new version of the show will do this, especially given all the time they spend on character issues in each episode.


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"This is Jack Lord, inviting you to be with us next week for... The Second Shot, by Eric Bercovici..."

This was the unique intro to one of my favorites from season 3. It's unique because it's the only intro by Jack where he mentions the writer's name. He never did it before or after. And he never mentioned the director's name that I can recall, which one would expect more than the writer's name. While the writer writes the script ultimately it's the director who lends his vision to what the episode will look like and is most responsible for the finished product. I'd have expected "The Second Shot, by Michael O'Herlihy". Anyway I thought this was interesting and worth pointing out here.

I believe someone here recently mentioned Jack's intros and how they became lazier and less descriptive as the show went on. This is true. Later in the series he would just say "join us next week for..." and then we would just see clips from the episode. In the earlier seasons (especially 2 and 3) Jack would very enthusiastically (and dramatically) describe what the story was about as well as mention the guest stars and the characters they would play. I really enjoyed that! Like I said, he even mentions the writer (in addition to the guest stars) in "The Second Shot". A rarity!


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During the last year, I've been watching Seasons 8,9,10. There were some episodes I had never seen before. The Defector & Honor Is An Unmarked Grave are 2 episodes I have now seen. There has been some good conversation on The Payoff and To Kill Or Be Killed. I decided to go back and look at an early season...This time Season 3. I think Season 3 is my FAV season. To Kill Or Be Killed is even better than I remembered. It is a very emotional episode as General Rigney has a dead officer son and another suspected of his death. I stayed up past 2AM to watch The Gunrunner. It was 1 of my least FAV episodes for awhile because of the confusing nature of the guns and things. This time around, it made more sense. For some reason, I missed the part when the spy inside the Consulate talks with the group holding Claire about the shipment of weapons at Pier 39. Now it makes sense why they were at the pier and how they knew to go there. On Dear Enemy:I think most Classic HFO fans and those here on the forum give Dear Enemy low marks. There's plenty of unanswered questions: Why would Lockwood set up his friend the Senator for the murder? At the end, is the man released from prison with HFO's new evidence and Lockwood captured? I did enjoy the rotted out steps scene as it was a perfect staging murder. I'll have to explore more Season 3 episodes. We talked about this on the forum before but my FAV Seasons would go: Season 3,6,1,9 would be my Top 4. JC

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I almost agree with Ringfire on the best and worse of Season 3. "Over 50?...Steal" is the best and I go with "Dear Enemy" as the worse. It's a strong season with many very good episodes.

"The Payoff" is probably in my top 20 from the series. The sad music that follows Jase is perfect for his sad life. My biggest problem with the episode, as said a couple of weeks back, is why does Vince and Madge bring all the ransom cash with them to Hawaii? They had no intention of spending it. They're stil waiting for it to cool off. Don't they have a good enough hiding place back home like a safe deposit box? Or do they take it with them wherever they go? The dissolving postcard is done very nicely. Obviously, the postcard is a fake, made up for the show from a still frame from the movie film that it got dissolved into. I dismiss the chance meeting of Vince and Jase as dramatic license.

"10,000 Diamonds and a Heart" is also in my top 20 along with Over 50.


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John, I see a lot of "Payoff" talk and it seems to be a fan favorite. I like it just fine but I guess I never saw it as some kind of classic. I easily prefer "Beautiful Screamer" before it and "The Double Wall" after it. I agree that for the most part the script is pretty tight and I agree with Mike that "not a syllable is wasted". I especially dig McGarrett's comment about the found money "I think it might be running a temperature". The photography is good, especially the hotel postcard dissolve (along with Fred's music during that sequence ;)). Albert Salmi is a heavy I always liked. Madlyn Rhue as Madge also has a unique look to her. She's kinda sexy but in a weird sort of way. She has strange facial features, especially the nose. I agree with some of the problems you mentioned. Vince and Madge running into Jase is a bit far-fetched (though not completely out of the realm of possibility) but my bigger problem is what are Vince and Madge doing in Hawaii to begin with? They double-crossed him and Madge used him, and they know he used to live in Hawaii so it's a good bet that after the double cross in Seattle he left for Hawaii. So what do they do?? They go to Hawaii. That doesn't make any sense. You'd think they would want to avoid Jase and Lew and Toomey and wouldn't want to be anywhere where they could stumble into any of them. Vince tells Jase that it was cold in Seattle so he decided to head for Hawaii, and that he stumbled onto him purely by accident and that he had forgotten that he used to live here. Not very likely that you'd forget something like that. You either know a guy is from somewhere or you don't. You don't forget. Not when it's a guy that you double-crossed. So when you and your girl decide to go to some tropical paradise it definitely shouldn't be Hawaii. Jase should be the first thing you think of when you think Hawaii. Just like Lew and Toomey when you think of Seattle. Then there's the whole business with Vince leaving Jase alive after shooting him. This happens a lot in shows like this. Killer fires one or two shots and just assumes the guy is dead. Doesn't check or fire additional shots for extra measure. Oh well, then there would be no story I guess.

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On The Payoff: Most of my slight nits with The Payoff are early on. What are the odds Vince & Madge on a Hawaiian vacation would see Jase in the street at that moment? Probably 5 or 10 million to 1. Vince's shooting of Jase in the fleabag hotel also was not done with competency or precision. A better idea might have Jase riding around with Vance & Madge to a few different shops and places. Vance killing Jase at another location and planting the money in Jase's place later. HFO would have had a more difficult time solving it.
I enjoyed The Payoff after Jase was shot by Vince. Excellent acting all around by Lila his girlfriend and Jase himself. A bloody Jase wills himself to stay alive long enough to call Toomey & Lew. My guess the writers made the right decision to keep Jase alive long enough to get Toomey & Lew involved. Mr. Mike was right about not a syllable wasted in the tight script. Loved when the postcard disappeared into the building. Probably 4.5 stars or 5 stars out of 6 for this episode The Payoff. JC


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I was watching "The Payoff" and noticed the 2 Oriental bobble-head dolls by the phone in Lila's house when Jase is calling Toomey and Lew in Seattle. I thought how funny it would be if those bobble-head dolls were Indian. :D

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"To Kill or Be Killed" is definitely a strong episode, but at the same time not one of my favorites. In fact it's one of my lesser season 3 episodes, but only because season 3 is so darn good. The ending is definitely a gut-wrencher, but it bogs down a bit with the whole draft evasion bit that takes up most of the episode. "Paniolo" is another such episode which is strong but also tends to bog down a bit in certain spots. Of course the beauty of Maui helps a great deal. If I had to pick my least favorite from season 3 I'd probably go with "The Last Eden". Though "Dear Enemy" is pretty convoluted too.

My favorite? Why, the thief... of course! (in my best Hume Cronyn impression) :)


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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: TO KILL OR BE KILLED
Season 3 To Kill Or Be Killed watched back in the 1970's or in 2017 is still a Classic. McG & the HFO team must unravel the mysterious death of Lt. Jack Rigney who was pushed or accidentally fell several stories from an apartment balcony. The mystery is heightened when a investigator type hastily leaves his apartment next door. He's eavesdropping on Lt. Rigney. John Anderson shines as Brigadier General Earl Rigney who has served the Army for 30 years with much honor and distinction. He's grieving his son's loss while trying to find the truth.
McG tries to locate Lt.Rigney's younger brother Michael who resembles the young man quickly leaving the officer's place. Michael Rigney becomes a suspect when HFO team find a discarded weapon with Michael's prints. A concurrent story has Michael resisting being drafted and having a beautiful, caring girlfriend Gail Howard. He's trying to find funds to go to Canada and hide from being drafted for Vietnam service.
There are several Classic scenes in To Kill Or Be Killed. Michael watching his mother Nancy crying beside Jack's flag-draped coffin,the strong and tough General Rigney emotional IDing his dead son, the incredible final scene as McG & The Rigney family learn the truth of Jack's death through the audio taping.
That always rings through me when the General states, "I have 2 dead sons." Michael would rather be jailed than be drafted. Jack's depiction as war as hell, the butchery & the killing plus Michael's stance of being drafted...This could be viewed as an anti-war episode. To Kill Or Be Killed earns my highest rating 6 stars. Excellent acting by all involved especially John Anderson & Michael Anderson Jr. JC


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Why does the zip code 96813-1148 show up on the opening credits of the new series?

[If you do a Google search on this ZIP code, it is for some very specific location in Hawaii. Whether there is any particular significance to this (like it is the office of the show's production company or something), I have no idea. Try asking @PLenkov on Twitter. - MQ P.S.: if you post your e-mail address in the forum (which I have removed), you are asking to be deluged with spam mail.]


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Fred, that GI sound is pretty crappy and too piercing (hurts my ears!) but I think you may be right - from what I can make out it does sound like that piece from "The Payoff". As for that particular GI episode it might have been one of my earliest memories of the show. It's certainly the first time I saw the name "Denny Miller", long before FIVE-O. I tended to pay attention to those names because if it was a visitor on the island it was always a "Special Guest Star". Silvers, Rickles, McGiver, Calhoun, Persoff, Scotti, Storch, Conried, Gabor, etc.

Added: Monday 31 July 2017 21:58:54 MST
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I found what I was looking for in Gilligan's Island.

Episode: Our Vines Have Tender Apes - Season 3, Episode 20. - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0588090/?ref_=tt_ep_pr

I have included a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUcuJz73sro&t=747s

The music starts around 12 minutes, 10 seconds and last a few seconds. Unfortunately, the YouTube copy is bad and sped up a little, but the music is the same as in "The Payoff" as I had described earlier, where the postcard dissolves into the real hotel. If you have a better source of the Gilligan's Island Episode, the music starts around 12:48.

At any rate, it's proof positive that Five-O borrowed music from Gilligan's Island.

By the way, the Ape Man is the GI episode is played by our Five-O guest Star Denny Miller. The behemoth in Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember. Miller also has a prominent part in the pilot of Quincy M.E.


Added: Monday 31 July 2017 17:10:32 MST
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This is another very easy one. While I'm a fan of "Love Thy Neighbor" (and I enjoy David Huddleston in everything - especially as Grandpa Arnold on THE WONDER YEARS) there's no question that "I'll Kill 'Em Again" is the superior episode. Not only is it the best from season 7 but it's quite possibly in my TOP 5 FIVE-O overall. It's just a stellar episode through and through, and Eddie Josephs is without a doubt the creepiest FIVE-O psycho of them all! MMMMISTER MMMMMcGARRETT! Every time I watch it I'm amazed that Danny Goldman didn't go on to bigger things after this. Looking at his IMDB credits he didn't do all that much before or after, and whatever he did mostly was just bit parts here and there. Nothing of real note or substance. No doubt his FIVE-O role was his most memorable piece of acting, and the most substantive. The guy who played Charles Aarons the computer killer, Jeff David, also has very little on his IMDB. Even less than Goldman. Yet they both played pretty iconic villains on the show, especially Goldman. Excellent score by Harry Geller too!

So season 7 takes the 6-5 lead. Yay! :D


Added: Sunday 30 July 2017 18:20:25 MST
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Another tough decision but I'll Kill'Em Again earns the victory. Eddie Josephs is one of the best psychological villains in the 12 seasons. He's a paranoid schizophrenic but an organized offender. He gives McG & HFO team plenty to investigate and a worthy adversary. I like when he pronounces MISTER McGarrett and MISTER Beecham. His undoing was killing his employer Mr. Beecham the book store owner. That was the important link to Josephs.
I think Kill Thy Neighbor is a solid episode. Ben Tanaka was brilliantly framed and thankfully McG could see through it. Rhoads proved to be a worthy and creative adversary for McG. He taped Mrs. Wingfield in the ransom proof of life and used a voice scrambler to disguise his voice. He also outfoxed Chin & several undercover guys at the bus terminal. Locker #186 had a device inside but Rhoads went through the basement as a utility type worker. He tore out the false bottom taking the several hundred thousand ransom in the briefcase. It was a very good ending with Mrs. Wingfield unharmed although Rhoads was shot and killed by Molony. I think Molony would have raped and killed Wingfield if it wasn't for Rhoads. Julie played a key role as Tanaka's girlfriend and Rhoads daughter. She called HFO about her father's involvement in the kidnapping.
It's now 5-5-1 after 11 Season 7 vs. Season 8 battles. Season 7 seems to be playing catch-up since Battle #1. I wonder if Season 7 has enough energy and power to win Battle #12. The final one. JC


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 18:34:17 MST
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Today's 11th Season 7 vs. Season 8 battle is a good matchup. Season 7-I'll Kill'Em Again vs. Season 8. Love Thy Neighbor--Take His Wife.
I'll Kill'Em Again will be remembered for Danny Goldman's chilling and outstanding performance as psycho killer Eddie Josephs. Eddie is a loner type working at Beecham's book store. He has collected articles detailing some of HFO's famous cases. Eddie begins to re-create these crimes killing a young woman in her apartment. Eddie later murders a drunkard placing a silver coin on the man's face. McG and HFO team investigate and remember a series of articles written on some of their most interesting cases. There are several articles and McG and HFO team must figure out who will be the next target. Eddie strikes again shooting a police officer who stops him riding through town. Later, Eddie watches the man die in the hospital. This scene mirrors the resuscitation efforts in Pig In A Blanket. Does McG & HFO team stop Eddie in time before he completes the list of victims?
Love Thy Neighbor Take His Wife focuses on Ben Tanaka a leading Hawaiian ecologist who is tired of the precious Hawaiian land being raped in the name of progress. Tanaka and his Earth People United has gained a grassroots voice trying to stop more high rise buildings and other projects. While practicing a speech, Tanaka is kidnapped and forced to drive his Volkswagen van to Del Wingfield's. The two criminals
(Kekoa & Molony)then kidnap Mrs. Wingfield and take her to a hidden location. Tanaka is drugged and placed back at his house. It's a perfect frame since Del Wingfield's security camera picks up Tanaka driving his fan to the kidnapping area. Vincent Rhoads Del's neighbor is the mastermind behind the abduction and the later ransom. Is Tanaka guilty of this crime? Will McG & HFO team find Lisa Wingfield in time? End of Part I. JC


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 16:06:42 MST
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"Where's the music from Hookman?"

Ringfire, I checked the release date of the LP - it was 1969, so the "Hookman" episode had not yet been made. Yes, I do have the soundtrack on LP that I bought back in the day and I do have a turntable. I believe that it is now available on CD.


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 14:29:34 MST
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As per the description at SAE:

FSM is celebrating the occasion with the first-ever CD release of Capitol Records' soundtrack LP for the original series.


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 11:29:17 MST
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Honu, that's what I'm saying. Where's the music from "Hookman"? Where's Ray's score from "Ten Thousand Diamonds"? Where's Shores' music from "Forty Feet High" and "And a Time to Die"? Where's Bruce Broughton? It's an incomplete sountrack. Sure, there are some cool pieces of music from the pilot (some of which aren't even on the soundtrack) but really it was just a quick release to sell the rest of the series. That'd be my guess anyway. As I said I do have all those tracks so I don't feel the need to purchase it. When they released the 24 soundtrack (my other favorite show) they first released the first disc which covered seasons 1, 2, 3 and then the second disc which covered seasons 4 and 5. Unfortunately they never released music from 6, 7, and 8. But at least I got "something" there. Not so with FIVE-O.

Am I correct in assuming that these are LP's that are being sold? If so then I would need a record player to play it. So that's even more reason for me not to purchase it.


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 09:48:44 MST
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Thanks Stephen Z. on your Don B. Ray music citing. I'll continue looking through Gilligan's Island - 3rd Season, but maybe my recollection is off.

Added: Friday 28 July 2017 09:13:40 MST
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Ringfire, I understand your comment about the soundtrack, I really do. But the original LP is really fine music and I'm happy that I have it in my collection. Way back when I purchased it, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have some of the other wonderful music tracks, like from Hookman. But it's a piece of Five-O history, none the less. I'm delighted that I can listen to other tracks on websites like this one! Thanks, Mr. Mike!

Added: Friday 28 July 2017 07:06:14 MST
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Until they release an expanded FIVE-O soundtrack (the way they did with M:I) I'm not interested in purchasing what is essentially a couple of tracks from the pilot episode (and some aren't even used in the pilot).

I don't count this as a proper FIVE-O soundtrack. Besides, I already have those tracks on my laptop. Don't remember where I got them from. Maybe from this site.


Added: Thursday 27 July 2017 19:17:51 MST
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Film Score Monthly release of the Five-O soundtrack (originally on Capitol records) has reportedly less than 100 copies left for sale at SAE:

http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14350/HAWAII-FIVE-0/

They currently have a deal:

20% OFF THE FILM SCORE MONTHLY LABEL
USE CODE FSM2017 AT CHECKOUT
Sale ends Monday, July 31st at Midnight EDT!


Added: Thursday 27 July 2017 16:46:55 MST
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