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Fred, I agree. Khigh Dhiegh's best acting was in "And a Time to Die". Superb performance! I just love when he lapses into sentimentality there, if only for a moment. His scenes with the little girl are very touching. You almost forget for a second that this is the same monster who put all those agents into that cocoon and sucked out their brains! Also love his line "I'm not interested in your approval, Doctor... Only your cooperation".

Yes the premise in "The Second Shot" is a bit of a stretch but that's what makes it interesting. As you say "dramatic license". It's the same reason we both love "Here Today Gone Tonight". I'm sure Mike would argue that premise is even more preposterous. As long as you can accept the fact that Marburg was committed to the cause (even a suicide mission) and that the shooter was one of the best marksmen in the world then the rest works out beautifully. I buy it!

Oh yeah, Sea Life Park is definitely a big highlight of "The Ransom" for me. Like you I also visited there and saw that exact dolphin (and wholphin lol) show as was depicted on the show. Amazing how little has changed in all those years! On top of that as we watched the show the Five-O theme came blaring through the loudspeakers. This was back in 2008, before the reboot. You can imagine how excited I got. But the episode is just great from start to finish and it really ratchets up when they kidnap Kono! It still gets to me when they work him over and McGarrett's reaction when he sees the picture. Brilliant stuff!!

"GOOD...MORNING... MISTER...BLAKE". Gave me the willies back in the day.


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When I had first watched all the Five-O episodes, I was a pretty big Wo Fat fan. Over time, not as much. I liked his role in a "And a Time to Die" and I liked O'Laughlin.

And Ringfire, you're right about FOB lagging. Almost all the two part episodes do that. Too much script/intrigue for an hour and not nearly enough for two hours.

I'm not a fan of "Second Shot". The premise of shooting Marburg from how far away, 500 yards give or take? And hitting a moving target at the exact spot on his body, not a 1/2 an inch in any direction? Just to get the confidence of Lemeira? Plus, to me, it seemed like a suicide mission from the start. So why not just take out Lemeira when you can and not worry about the bodyguards. I'm a fan of dramatic license, but I guess I'm discriminating.

I like "Ransom". I like all the episodes when they get to go to Sea Life Park (been there myself). But, not in my top 10 or 12 as I had listed. My problem is that I get this one confused with the Mr. Frog episode from from the previous season. They seem identical in my aging mind. And is McGarrett that great of a super cop that he could hit Jerry, from Newhart, while he's speeding away on a little boat while trying to shake of the effects of getting splashed in his face with gasoline? But I admit, Duggan and his co-conspirators are pretty good.

And remember, for me, Season 3 is very good. Something not in the top 10 may be if it was in another season, like maybe Season 4.


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Fred, yes going by the production number it looks like Paniolo was the second episode filmed (which also explains how Frank Silvera was still alive) but it wasn't shown until much later. I don't know when Ray scored the music for the episode. My guess is that the scoring begins shortly after the filming ends. That's why I assume that it was scored earlier than The Payoff. Also The Payoff consists entirely of stock music (no new cues there). The Payoff was definitely filmed much later, even though it was shown earlier.

No "Ransom" and "Second Shot" on that list? For my money The Ransom is the best kidnap episode I've ever seen on any show! And the Second Shot is without a doubt the best espionage story the show ever did, better than any Wo Fat episode. Which is why I'm sometimes perplexed by so much Wo Fat love. He's definitely a great character but his espionage episodes are often overshadowed by the non-Fat ones. F.O.B. Honolulu is a case in point. Great premise but it takes a while to get going, and then large swathes of time are spent just observing Nicole Fleming lounging around the pool area. Fine looking lady but it just goes on forever, while various other parties are making deals and counter deals for those plates. Just not enough suspense in my opinion. You've got a 2-part episode which is basically one long auction for the plates. The only real moment of interest is when you find out that Nicholson has gone rogue.


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My Season 3 Top 10 Favorites:

1) Over Fifty? Steal
2) Trouble in Mind
3) The Payoff
4) Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart
5) The Late John Louisiana
6) The Reunion
7) Beautiful Screamer
8) Paniolo
9) And a Time to Die
10) Grandstand Play

Just barely not making it was The Guanerius Caper and F.O.B. Honolulu.


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Classic HFO Fans. I really enjoyed The Second Shot Season 3. Have seen parts of it over the years. Could make it Top 5. Klaus the journalist and assassin is played expertly by Eric Braeden. It is an interesting plot. The real journalist Klaus Marburg has already been killed and replaced by the fake one. His assignment is to take a bullet very close to the heart after flying to Honolulu. All this stuff is done expertly so Klaus can assassinate Greek Doctor Lemira who is exiled in Hawaii. Klaus and Dr. Lemira have had a correspondence over a few years. Dr. Lemira brings Klaus to his estate to convalesce after the shooting. The suspense builds when Klaus recognizes the hit man outside the hospital facility and McG and shoots the man in self-defense. McG believes Klaus to be the hit man but does he arrive in time. The Second Shot deserves at least 5 stars out of 6. JC

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In reviewing my Season 3 Top Ten, I realized that "The Payoff" aired before "Paniolo". So, Paniolo could not have been the first episode aired with that "Gilligan's Island" music. But was it the first episode filmed with the music?

The main guest star, Frank Silvera who played Frank Kuakua, died in June of 1970. The episode didn't air until December of 1970. Six months later! And the episode would have been filmed earlier than his death, I would have to think.


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Regarding Season 3, I will prepare my top 10. This will be tougher for me as I enjoyed Season 3 much more than the first two seasons.

Top will probably be "Over 50?..Steal!" and bottom, for sure, will be "Dear Enemy".


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Is it just me or did Kam Fong lose a lot of weight as he aged? Compare his face in season 1 (round and pudgy) to season 9 (much longer and more gaunt looking). Typically you don't lose weight as you age, you gain it. Especially if you're already chubby. I wonder if there was some sort of health issue he was dealing with. Anyone know anything? He's also gaunt looking at the 1996 reunion but by then he was much much older.

Since we're talking season 3 episodes I better start thinking how I would rank that whole season.


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Someone did day that particular music started in Paniolo. I believe it. They probably used it 10-15 times over the next season. It was during the Payoff episode that I decided to post about it.

There's another music clip that they use in the military themed episodes, like "Follow the White Brick Road". I'm pretty sure it was also in a Gilligan's Island episode or two.

On "The Gunrunner", Cunningham was definitely a licensed arms dealer. And I think it was even legal to sell it to the fake nation he was selling it to. But it was a controversial sale as you're picking a side in a local civil war. The kidnapping was set up to drive up the prices of the guns. Kind of dumb really, but that's dramatic license for you.


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John, I might need to check "The Gunrunner" again but my guess is that he was a legit weapons dealer, meaning he was allowed to buy and sell weapons. So I'm guessing he did have some sort of license.

Fred, I watched "Paniolo" and after the first commercial wave (when Danno is on the phone with McG from the Maui hotel) you hear that sound that you mentioned in "The Payoff" (the postcard transition scene). AKA the Gilligan's Island sound :) I think someone mentioned that this is the first episode where this sound is heard. Looking at the production number it looks like this was the second filmed episode of the season, so it definitely came before "The Payoff". Personally I don't know whether this sound was used anywhere in seasons 1 or 2.


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I have to agree with Fred on The Killer Bee. Will have to put it at the bottom of Season 2. What a depressing episode! There's nothing positive I could think about. That mother is cold and negative and kidnapping the boys was creepy. Sweet Terror is a FAV because Stauss is 1 of the best villains of the show. It's an intelligent plan to infect the sugar crop. I really enjoy All The King's Horses after every watch. So many interesting characters. Finney a little grouchy but he turned his life around. The hitman would be SOL today as many of these courthouses have metal detectors now to prevent a shooting like what was presented in All The King's Horses. My sister was always a fan of Forty Feet High...! An excellent WO FAT episode! The different Top 5 and Top 10's shows the depth of Season 2 Classic HFO. Mr. Mike and the HFO regulars maybe you know this answer. In The Gunrunner, the Ben Cunningham character was this arms dealer and his wife Claire is kidnapped. Would there be a special license or something a gun dealer would have? It's strange that a man would have an armada of different weapons to sell to other countries. This Ben's occupation didn't seem to faze HFO. Guess it's legal somehow. JC

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I have to agree with Fred on The Killer Bee. Will have to put it at the bottom of Season 2. What a depressing episode! There's nothing positive I could think about. That mother is cold and negative and kidnapping the boys was creepy. Sweet Terror is a FAV because Stauss is 1 of the best villains of the show. It's an intelligent plan to infect the sugar crop. I really enjoy All The King's Horses after every watch. So many interesting characters. Finney a little grouchy but he turned his life around. The hitman would be SOL today as many of these courthouses have metal detectors now to prevent a shooting like what was presented in All The King's Horses. My sister was always a fan of Forty Feet High...! An excellent WO FAT episode! The different Top 5 and Top 10's shows the depth of Season 2 Classic HFO. Mr. Mike and the HFO regulars maybe you know this answer. In The Gunrunner, the Ben Cunningham character was this arms dealer and his wife Claire is kidnapped. Would there be a special license or something a gun dealer would have? It's strange that a man would have an armada of different weapons to sell to other countries. This Ben's occupation didn't seem to faze HFO. Guess it's legal somehow. JC

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The Singapore File is great. McGarrett has to travel to unfriendly Singapore to rescue a key witness. He can't trust anyone like he can in Hawaii. Later, McGarrett almost shows that he's human, nearly succumbing to the female charms of Marj Dusay. I'm pretty sure I would have succumb. :) And you get the multiple suspect threat similar to "Murder on the Orient Express" on the ship. I would say the only drawback, and they are minor, is that they're always on Oahu. When Dusay is running down a block in Singapore, she's actually on King Street in Honolulu Chinatown, running past the Bank of Hawaii near Maunakea Street. And the final scene is at the famous Byodo-In monastery, opposite Honolulu on the north side (not the North Shore) of Oahu.

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Fred, I totally disagree that Killer Bee belongs in season 12. No way!! To me it's classic Five-O all the way! You say "psychotic mumbo jumbo" but that's a Five-O trademark - every psycho and serial killer story employed this type of mumbo jumbo. It's all about the execution, and personally I find Killer Bee VERY suspenseful and creepy. The kidnapping of those kids by George is disturbing. As are his constant attempts to drive poor Ted into deeper insanity. Ted is a very sympathetic character, his mother is a cold witch, and George is a complete psycho!! His Korean War secret that he's hiding is the real clincher though! You have to especially remember how relevant this must have been back in 1970, around the time of the Mai Lai massacre and other war atrocities.

Now, if you want to argue whether George's overly complicated plan to cover up his crime (i.e. putting Ted out of commission) is the most feasible course of action then I'll grant you that much. It seems like Ted is the only real threat for George. If that's the case then why not just run him over with a car or arrange some kind of accident for him? Surely that's more logical then systematically trying to drive him insane while placing yourself at risk each time you kidnap another child. But then the story wouldn't be nearly as fascinating would it? The creepy score during the child-napping scenes is by Richard Shores from "A Bullet for McGarrett" (when Farrar is hypnotizing Joyce).


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Killer Bee belongs in Season 12. Garbage, in my opinion. Psychotic mumbo jumbo. And not one psychotic character, but two. The script just doesn't do it for me.

I used to like Nightmare Road more, but Charles Aidman's performance wore on me over the years. And I thought it was lame that Theresa, an Asian beauty, is the niece of the English/German guy. Ringfire is right about the script though, it's a good one. Lots of intrigue and forethought.

But I like Steven's list! It's way different from mine and that's great, but it shows that Five-O has something for everyone.


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Yes I thought Lord's chemistry with Marj Dusay was fantastic in Singapore File. No one else ever came close! Compare with Diana Muldaur in Time and Memories - I dunno, she came across kinda icy and I just never really found her attractive. I never really bought into that whole romance.

Nightmare Road has a really cool scenario - setting up the scientist for a murder he didn't commit. I actually really dig that whole dilemma of him trying to decide whether he should he go with them to their country or turn himself in. His love for Teresa vs listening to common sense. I really dig the pile driver clue too! Just a great episode from beginning to end, never dull. Enemy agents, foreign submarines, top secret project, scientist in love, murder - what's not to love?? Plus you've got the very English Ronald Long hamming it up as Hans Kreuter (German?). Great stuff!

Oh, and so little love for Killer Bee!!


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My second season top ten: 10) Cry, Lie 9) The Devil and Mr. Frog 8) Nightmare Road 7) A Bullet for McGarrett 6) Singapore File 5) Three Dead Cows at Makapuu 4) Leopard on the Rock 3) Sweet Terror 2) Forty Feet High and it Kills! 1) A Thousand Pardons...You’re Dead!

"He died for trash like you! *Because* of trash like you!" I often look for reasons to quote that line but haven't been able to use it so that it "fits" the context. :D That and the "Ling Po" dialogue from "Draw Me a Killer."

Despite “A Thousand Pardons…” being my second favorite episode of all time, I am otherwise not much of a season two fan, though I have great affection for the two Wo Fat episodes and Sweet Terror and of course there are many fine moments spread throughout the season.


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RINGFIRE-I have The Singapore File as my #1 for Season 2 as well. It has a little of everything. I like when McG shoots the bald cop in Singapore and they don't know who to trust. They make a sexy couple too and have a great chemistry. I also like their windswept hair in the back of the trunk and the temple shootout. Agree on A Bullet for McGarrett. It's solid start to finish. That's nerve-racking when McG & Dr. Farrar fight it out and the lady cop shoots. I also enjoyed the diving board shooting quite inventive. Good acting Eric Braeden as Dr. Farrar. Nightmare Road would be near the bottom for me. It starts fast but then gets painted into a corner. The Dr.Scientist spends most of the last half of the episode debating whether to call the police or not. Just average fare. JC

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Ok, as promised, ranking all of season 2. My first 2 are pretty much a tie - you could flip them anytime.

1. The Singapore File 2. A Bullet for McGarrett 3. Blind Tiger 4. Nightmare Road 5. Killer Bee
6. A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead 7. Leopard on the Rock 8. Just Lucky, I Guess 9. Which Way Did They Go? 10. Sweet Terror
11. The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild 12. Forty Feet High and It Kills! 13. Cry, Lie 14. Most Likely to Murder 15. Run, Johnny, Run
16. Kiss the Queen Goodbye 17. King Kamehameha Blues 18. The One With the Gun 19. All the King's Horses 20. The Devil and Mr. Frog
21. Savage Sunday 22. Three Dead Cows at Makapuu 23. To Hell With Babe Ruth

P.S. I've come to peace with not understanding why Bullet for McGarrett doesn't get any love around here. :p I'll never understand it but it's cool. Likewise Nightmare Road is one of the very best espionage shows in my opinion but it doesn't get any love. Go figure...


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Nice list John. King's Horses is not a favorite of mine, but I like the rest.

Mr. Mike: Not wanting to cause problems, but as long as you have the ability to set up multiple discussion forums under the old format, how about setting up separate forums for the old and new Five-Os? :)


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I dunno...

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/18/features/five-0-redux/ despite-critics-caan-definitely-five-0-fan-favorite/


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Great Top 10 List Fred. So many great ones from Classic HFO Season 2. Will list a Top 5. 1.The Singapore Fire 2.All The King's Horses 3.Forty Feet High And It Kills! 4.Cry, Lie 5.Just Lucky, I Guess.JC

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Season 2 Top Ten:

1 - Just Lucky, I Guess
2 - The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild!
3 - The Singapore File
4 - The One with the Gun
5 - Which Way Did They Go?
6 - Kiss the Queen Goodbye
7 - Blind Tiger
8 - King Kamehameha Blues
9 - Cry Lie
10 - Most Likely to Murder


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Glad to oblige, Mr. Rick, Fred. Chicken always cooperate with the agencies a law enforcement.  

But Chicken still sore at McGarrett. I hate his livin insides. Indeed, I do

Ringfire - I'll stick around for them season 2 faves, bruddah.  Cause that Chahlee Bombay is a cancer that feeds on society - and your part a that society.  You think you can close your eyes to what he is and what he does?

Think Ole Chahlee give The Chicken a run fo' his money as all-time best Five-O villain. They shoulda brought Al back for a two-fer like The Chick.

Bombay All The Way!


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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. :)

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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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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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