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The music that was used in the transition scene in The Payoff originated in the episode Paniolo. The Paniolo show music was mostly original music done by Don B. Ray.

Added: Thursday 27 July 2017 14:53:58 MST
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While I love both episodes, this is an easy win for "McGarrett is Missing", my favorite from season 8. So it's a tie once again - 5-5. I love the rainforest location, all the thunder and lightning, McGarrett at the mercy of Bombay, it's all very effective and exciting! Of course I prefer Albert Paulsen's Bombay to Charles Cioffi's and that continuity would have been welcome, but on the other hand Paulsen is a fairly skinny guy and not very imposing or physical at all whereas Cioffi certainly has some girth and extra muscle and thus is a more physical threat to McGarrett. "Masterpiece" does in fact have an excellent cast and George Voskovec plays yet another excellent (and well spoken and intelligent) villain this time around. Durkin and Anderson are an excellent pair of villains. How they conceal the painting at the end and how Durkin shoves it in McGarrett's face and then tosses it aside was brilliant and, as Durkin says, "DAAARING!!" Lol. Both episodes also have an excellent soundtrack - "Masterpiece" by Stevens and "MIM" by Broughton (in my opinion his best!).

P.S. Of the 2 rainforest episodes "MIM" and season 9's "Elegy in a Rainforest" I used to prefer the latter (mostly because of William Watson as Marcus Lucien) but these days I think I prefer the former. The latter is dragged down a bit by Karen Manicote and the nature boy David whereas the former is a more lean experience with McG vs Bombay. McG is at the center of it. Both episodes have some similarities. They both feature the same exact scene near the beginning of McG sailing, with Chin rushing to the pier yelling to him that Bombay/Lucien has escaped. Both are also scored by Broughton.


Added: Thursday 27 July 2017 07:41:10 MST
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Season 7 vs. Season 8.
In a close decision, How To Steal A Masterpiece gives Season 7 the victory. This makes the score 5-4-1 after 10 decisions. Season 8 leads narrowly. Great casting in How To Steal A Masterpiece. Interesting characters Ogdon and Jeff and good chemistry among the actors make this worth watching. Suspense throughout as any of the group could be involved in the painting theft. This was a Jack Lord type episode with his love of art and paintings.
McG is made human in this episode McGarrett is Missing. A McG without his gun and a probable broken leg. There seems no hope for McG with Bombay controlling him in the middle of a large rain forest. Cioffi is effective as Bombay but a taller and meaner actor could have really made MIM a Classic. I thought it was authentic when the young girl had the weapon. She was scared of the gun but helped McG's release. Bombay was double-crossed twice by the criminal friends of his. A Jack Hogan sighting usually raises a HFO episode 1/2 or 1 star from me. He's a Coast Guard Commander trying to locate Steve in this one. Which episode do you prefer? JC


Added: Wednesday 26 July 2017 15:58:09 MST
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Hello Classic HFO Fans! The 10th battle in the Summer Series Season 7 vs. Season 8. How To Steal A Masterpiece vs. McGarrett Is Missing!!! Season 7 How To Steal A Masterpiece deals with a stolen Gauguin painting worth several thousands of dollars. The criminals were able to circumvent an elaborate security system, overpower a guard, and steal the painting. Wealthy art collector Charles Ogdon is understandably upset and wants the painting back. McG & HFO team have several suspects including: Old man Ogdon, Jeff the wise-cracking grandson, Miss Forbes the attractive secretary, and art appraisers Durkin and Anderson. Ogdon finally receives a ransom for the painting $250,000. The group defies HFO and handles the ransom demand themselves. The story has a nice pace and some cool twists and turns...
McGarrett Is Missing is a McGarrett-centric type episode. McG must escort dangerous prisoner Charley Bombay back to prison after his escape from Oahu prison and his later capture on the Big Island. Bombay is sold out by criminal types on his location. McG, Bombay, and the pilot encounter a ferocious storm in the police plane as Bombay is being transported back to prison. Flashes of lightning, pounding rain, thunder...It is all very realistic. The pilot can't navigate in the incredible storm and crashes in a jungle rain forest area. The pilot is dead and McG has a busted leg. Bombay controls the situation when he wrestles the gun from McG. It looks like certain death for McG at the mercy of Bombay. Part I JC


Added: Wednesday 26 July 2017 15:00:47 MST
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Gilligan's Island discussion (non-musical) is being moved to "Other TV Shows Forum." Please continue it here.

Added: Wednesday 26 July 2017 14:08:00 MST
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I'll try to peruse through the Gilligan's Island episodes. Another "hate to admit", but I have the color episodes (seasons 2 & 3) on DVDs, so I can definitely find it.

But to bolster my claim, Mort Stevens has Gilligan's Island credits on his IMDB page. He composed music for a couple of episodes, including the iconic Producer episode featuring Phil Silvers. He was also music supervisor for another 11 episodes.


Added: Wednesday 26 July 2017 07:59:36 MST
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Fred, yes I'd be interested in hearing a clip of this music on GI. I watched quite a bit of the show as well (though probably not as much as you) so I should have recognized it. I believe there may be episodes online available (maybe on dailymotion.com) so maybe you can find this piece of music there and note down the point in time where it plays. Then we can all enjoy your "misguided" shenanigans :)

Added: Tuesday 25 July 2017 07:37:05 MST
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I hate to admit this, but I led a misguided set of preteen and teen years in the 70's. Gilligan's Island was close to number 1 on my rerun list. The music in 5-O is definitely also in GI. The CBS connection makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, now I'll have to relive those teen years and track down the music on GI via YouTube and report back on this later. :D

Added: Monday 24 July 2017 22:34:36 MST
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John, it looks like season 7 finally takes the lead 5-4. It's actually a toss-up for me between "Welcome to Our Branch Office" and "Retire in Sunny Hawaii". Both are the excellent episodes from their respective seasons and I could go either way. But since you went with "Retire" I decided to go with "Branch". It's really a very clever idea - duplicating the Five-O office and staff. Far fetched? Yes. But clever nevertheless. Just like "Here Today... Gone Tonight". Very clever! Of course "Retire" was excellent too, especially with Helen Hayes doing her amateur detective bit. This story idea was so popular in fact that they revisited this type of story again with the elderly snoop Millicent Shand (Mildred Natwick) in seasons 10 and 11. Clearly they were inspired by this episode.

Added: Monday 24 July 2017 20:31:10 MST
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Fred, I don't recognize that "transition scene" music from The Payoff as being from GILLIGAN'S ISLAND. It sounds a bit too dramatic for GILLIGAN. It's definitely a recognizable Five-O sound though. But since both shows were CBS shows then I suppose it could come from the CBS music library. But it just doesn't sound like GILLIGAN music to me. Sounds like FIVE-O music.

Added: Monday 24 July 2017 18:43:29 MST
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