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There are more than a few similarities between this show and the classic film noir "Laura," where Dana Andrews plays a cop who becomes fascinated by the portrait of a woman. Among them is the score by Morton Stevens, which has a lyrical theme connected with the alluring full-size painting of philanthropic industrialist Mondrago's wife. The theme appears in various guises, much like David Raksin's classic tune that weaves its way through the Otto Preminger movie. Overall, this is an outstanding episode with an especially good script and powerhouse acting by Herbert Lom as Mondrago, the sexy France Nuyen as his daughter Sirone and Jeff Corey as the eccentric painter Andrew Duncan -- not to mention Jack Lord.
- When the missing Duncan returns to Mondrago's house and gets paid off, how does Sirone know this? She was standing at the top of the stairs when the transaction took place. She is probably just guessing.
- McGarrett appears in a cool Hawaiian shirt during the teaser.
- There is overlapping dialog during the main credits.
- The Five-O main theme appears in a different arrangement for the first time.
- "William" Edwards, later intelligence bigshot Jonathan Kaye, appears briefly as Doctor Ventnor, whose car (licence number 9C-3322) blows up in spectacular fashion. This stock shot is used in some later episodes.
- Duncan says that Mondrago's wife wasn't one of those "country club broads."
- Herman "Duke" Wedemeyer is a judge at an exhumation inquiry.
- A newspaper shows part of a headline -- "moon landing" -- which is in lower case type (see #71/72).
- Wilfred (later Moe) Keale appears as Mondrago's brusque servant Akea who engages in some interesting karate moves with McGarrett near the end of the show.
- When McGarrett leaves Duncan's house, it's about a minute and 10 seconds before Duncan's house explodes. Considering he would be at least half a mile away if he was driving at 30 miles an hour (unlikely this slow), would McGarrett really hear the explosion, which is very loud? This would be more convincing if McGarrett had seen a column of smoke rising from the house, rather than the point of view of the burning house seen from the beach.
- There is no episodic promo for this show in the DVD set.
Henry Darrow -- who at times seems to be channeling Kirk Douglas -- plays the greasy gangster Johnny Oporta who arranges to have his enemies murdered and then burned in an incinerator (this idea was based on a real event which happened in Honolulu around the time of the show). Al "Ben" Harrington is Ray, one of his thugs. A garbage dumpster containing murdered people's bodies is dumped twice ... with exactly the same garbage. The same happens to a load of trash which is dumped into the incinerator. Lots of discussion of prostitution and pimps in this show. A good fight at the end between McGarrett and Ron Feinberg, who plays Furtado, the man in charge of dumping the garbage (and bodies) at the incineration plant. There a few interesting wide-angle camera shots in this show, like the one of Aporta and his mainland gangster friend in a limousine, and Morton Stevens' score occasionally uses what sounds like a synthesizer.
- The license number of a Five-O car is 1A-3954.
- It costs eight cents to a mail a letter to McGarrett in Honolulu.
- The stock shot of McGarrett running down the steps of the palace by tourists is used.
Vic Tanaka (Soon Taik Oh, who gets only "supporting player" credit at the end) murders women and paints their faces to look like the former Cathy Haines (Sheilah Wells), a prostitute he once frequented, who is now married and living a respectable life. Monte Markham plays Jerry Rhodes, a private detective whose wife was seemingly murdered by Tanaka. Rhodes insinuates himself into Five-O's investigation, much to McGarrett's annoyance. Some of the language in this show is pretty rank. According to Danno, the coroner says the first victim, Angela Waring (Charlotte Couch) "was not sexually assaulted." McGarrett wonders if she was a hooker. Danny Kamekona as Dr. Holmby says the killer may be "a single man without much use for women," to which McGarrett suggests "a homosexual?" Holmby says the killer "could be impotent," possibly rejected by a "mother, girl friend [or] prostitute." McGarrett asks the Five-O team to "cover the prostitute angle" and also refers to "nudie bars." Cathy's husband, Captain Henry Fields, a military officer played by Norman DuPont, says he wants his wife to be just a "nice, pretty, pregnant lady." Modern-day FBI profilers would have a field day with Tanaka's kinky actions. The above-average score by Richard Shores is very creepy, with some synthesizer-like sounds suggesting Tanaka's psychosis. There is a cool twist ending to the show.
- While Tanaka is making up the face of his first victim in the show, a green light keeps flashing on the scene from outside. This is interesting for atmosphere, but the woman lives in an apartment building, not a 1940's type hotel. After the woman parks her car in the parking lot, which is presumably ground level or underground, and exits the garage, it looks like she goes downstairs, rather than up as one might expect.
- At Honolulu Police Department headquarters, McGarrett walks past an anti-drug poster which reads "Don't get trapped," showing an addict inside a hypodermic needle.
- Sheila (Marjorie Battles), a hooker, refers to the "coconut wireless," meaning the Hawaiian equivalent to "word of mouth on the street."
- As McGarrett and Danno interview Kwan Hi Lim as Tome Yoshiko, a taxi driver with important information, you can see a crowd behind watching the filming.
- Cathy's phone number is 287-1299.
- Women's underpants are seen up their skirt twice -- once when Tanaka murders his sixth victim, and near the end when he tries to kill Cathy.
- McGarrett quote: "I want to know everything about this quadrant" (on a map of Honolulu where most of the murders take place). Later, McGarrett says of Tanaka's apartment: "I want this place searched to the floorboards."
- One wonders why McGarrett never smelled the smoke from Cathy's address book which Rhodes burned at her house after killing Tanaka (interesting the way the burning book falls on the camera). Rhodes should have kept his mouth shut at the end; instead he blabs away, totally admitting to having murdered his own wife in a copycat crime!
- Around 45:55 of the DVD, when Tanaka is trying to murder Cathy, the camera is at a peculiar angle. For a couple of seconds, you can see what looks like the cameraman's fingers in the shot.
- Danno is told to "book 'em ... murder one," but "Danno" is not said by McGarrett.
- Film noir and B movie actress Marie Windsor has a brief role as Gloria, boss of an escort service.
This show turns out to be a lot more complicated than when I originally viewed it. Buddy Ebsen stars as Professor Ambrose Pierce, an academic with a phenomenal memory who almost broke the bank in Las Vegas. He comes up with an elaborate money-making scheme involving a gang of crooks and traveler's checks. In order to realize this, he needs the co-operation of organized crime, who will steal the cheques and supply him with the gang of over 100 people who will spend the checks in Hawaii for relatively insignificant amounts and return the change to him, presumably making some kind of commission for themselves. At the beginning of the show, two of the mobsters, George (David Canary) and Terry Whitman Doran (Charles Bollig, identified in the credits as "Soldier") steal the cheques from a World Wide Traveler's Checks armored truck in Colorado after blowing it up with a bazooka. The next scene finds Pierce and the gang about to board the plane for Hawaii under the guise of the Faculty Discount Travel Club, with each of the gang members having assumed the identity of some real-life academic. During the flight to Honolulu, one of the crooks named Whitney Davis (Glenn Cannon in his second Five-O appearance) starts to act in a very disoriented manner, incoherently babbling details about the check-cashing scam. Despite Pierce's efforts, Davis is taken to hospital when they land. Davis's symptoms are diagnosed as Ménière's Syndrome, a condition of the inner ear which results in vertigo, perhaps caused by a tumor. But before Davis can be treated, he is murdered in the hospital by Doran with a silencer. News of the check robbery reaches Honolulu quickly, and the boss of the local branch of World Wide Traveler's Checks, Frank Okawa (Tom Fujiwara), asks his secretary Luana (Lani Kim) to send out a bulletin to all local merchants with a list of the serial numbers. Before she can do this, however, she is murdered by a goon hired by the mob as part of the scheme, and a memo is left for Okawa suggesting that she did send out the memo. After Davis is identified as a crook by the name of Floyd F.X. O'Neill, in trouble on the mainland for embezzlement, bunco and fraud, McGarrett is suspicious that other members of the teachers' tour are crooks, maybe even Pierce himself. He arranges for a local professor, Elias Jordan, who knows Pierce, to come to Pierce's hotel room. But Jordan really does know Pierce, so McGarrett is left with egg on his face. When he finds out that Davis and Luana are both dead, Pierce wants to call off the scheme, but the menacing George convinces him otherwise. The jig is finally up when Galen Kam, a restaurant cashier, notices that two checks cashed by two seemingly unrelated customers have sequential serial numbers. McGarrett, referring to the whole scheme as a "crazy jigsaw puzzle," has a brainstorm and figures out what is going on, complete with flashbacks. If you think hard about this episode, some of the logic relating to the checks is very far-fetched:
- At the beginning of the show, George and Doran take out the armored truck carrying the traveler's checks with a bazooka, which results in the two drivers "burned up like a piece of toast," according to Chin Ho later. How do the checks survive the fire? Why are these two goons pussy-footing around, closing their car door quietly and so forth, if they are going to produce an incredible explosion a few minutes later? And then there is the question of how much physical space does $750,000 of traveler's checks take up?
- When Pierce is seen doling out the checks to some of the gang, he is giving each of them $7,500. There are 119 crooks, so that works out to an average of about $6300. Each gang member has to spend all of this amount in a period of two days, and the majority of the checks seen as people pay for things are $20 denominations. Considering the gang is only in Hawaii for 48 hours, this works out to about $150 an hour (not including time to sleep), and the idea is to buy things which are as inexpensive as possible, so the change left over will total a lot. At an average of $100 per transaction, that works out to a total of 7500 transactions in two days. It is no wonder that two cheques with one serial number after the other turn up in the restaurant. Surely there is a limit to the number of establishments in Honolulu where this money can be spent.
- Considering there are 119 people in the gang, how many times have we seen a "gang" of people on Five-O, consisting of some small number like three or four people, and even they can't get along? What are the chances that 119 people can get along, even if they are highly motivated by their "job" (i.e., someone will have second thoughts, someone will fink on the others, etc.)? Pretty darn small, I think!
Despite all this, McGarrett's final speech to the plane load of crooks is an all-time classic, concluding with the line "Aloha, suckers." The effect of this is like sitting through an opera with an incomprehensible plot, waiting for an incredible final aria! There is an interesting score by Richard Shores to boot, and Judi Meredith playing Nurse Patricia Higgins is very hot!
- The show starts in Colorado. But if you look carefully at the car which approaches the screen (the first shot in the show), the camera focuses on the license plate, which says "Hawaii" with a number J5-298. A few seconds later, there is another shot which shows the same plate, now from Colorado, with number 5H-8629.
- After Davis's murder by Doran, who was posing as a hospital attendant, McGarrett says "I want every lab technician, every intern assembled for identification, anybody who wears a white coat." He later asks Danno to send Davis's prints to "CII" in Sacramento, which stands for "criminal identification and information."
- Why does Doran shoot Davis? Why doesn't he just poison him, for example? Since the attending nurse Higgins recognizes him as being from "serology" (the department that handles blood and bodily fluids), this would be relatively easy to do.
- Pierce is so smart that when the gang members phone him to tell him how much their "take" is after cashing the checks, he figures out the total without writing it down.
- Winston Char is one of the two Physician's Ambulance attendants meeting the plane.
- A scene where a cop car passes people going to church is a stock shot from #36. Following this, the Five-O team are investigating and all of them dressed casually, even McGarrett.
- Referring to the stolen checks, McGarrett says that "fencing this stuff is like trying to sell hot badges at a policeman's picnic."
- The Honolulu office of WORLD WIDE TRAVELER'S CHECK S CO (this is what appears on their letterhead) is at 103 N. King Street, Honolulu 96817.
- An April 1971 calendar is seen on the wall behind Kam Fong in one scene.
- Among the places where the crooks cash checks are Liberty House, The Pieces of Eight, Attic Bar, The Grog 'n Sirloin, McInerny, Conrad Jewlers, Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shop, Anderson's Camera House, Fisherman's Wharf, Tahitian Lanai and The Chart House, most of which no longer exist.
- When Okawa is brought to Five-O headquarters in a cop car, he is first seen sitting alone on the left in the rear seat. In subsequent shots he is in the middle, the left, middle, left and finally as they arrive at the palace there are two people in the back seat!
- Galen Kam's boss is Mr. Chang (Yankee Chang, uncredited), who he tells "She's a groovy chick but she's got all these hairy hangups," referring to some woman he knows.
- Doran's name in the credits as "Soldier" refers to McGarrett's comment that he is a "syndicate soldier."
- There is no episodic promo for this show in the DVD set.
In addition to running a candle shop, self-styled "hippie freak" Ryan Moore (John Ritter) makes money by begging from tourists in a park by the beach. When he tries to hustle Edward Heron (Vic Morrow) for cash, he has no luck. Instead, Heron starts to feel Ryan up, suggesting he will part with some of his money for a homosexual tryst. At this point, Ryan's girl friend Cleo Michaels (Dianne Hull) intervenes, and Ryan bonks Heron on the head with a two by four and steals his wallet, later commenting in a swishy voice, "He deserved it, the closet queen". In the wallet is a key for a coin locker which Ryan tracks down to discover that it contains an attache case with $250,000 that Heron embezzled from an employee insurance fund on the mainland. Realizing he has hit the jackpot, Ryan, spouting various hippie clichés about "middle class morality" and the "plastic establishment," convinces Cleo to run away with him to Hong Kong and India. After waking up in the hospital without his wallet and not wishing to co-operate with Chin Ho, who is asking questions, Heron manages to find the candle shop, where some woman is lying in a drug-induced stupor. He slaps her around, just at the moment she dies from an overdose. Freaking out, Heron burns the place down, which gets Five-O's major attention. (It just so happens that Danno is also looking for Cleo, who has run away to Hawaii She is the daughter of his rooming house landlady in Berkeley.) Continuing his quest to find Ryan, Heron inquires in a hippie bar as to his whereabouts, listing off various peculiar elements of Ryan's "costume." The barman says "Isn't there anything unusual about him?" and offers Heron some licorice-flavored cigarette papers for "rolling your own." Both Five-O and Heron figure that Ryan and Cleo are going to split town, and they track them down to the airport. Heron grabs Cleo and pages Ryan, telling him to bring the money or he will kill Cleo. After Heron takes Cleo to some isolated building seemingly far away from the main terminal, Ryan decides to leave without her. McGarrett foils his plan, making Ryan act as a decoy while he and Danno rush under the runway in a tunnel to the isolated building, only to find that near the end it is blocked. Five-O manages to rush back in time to the tunnel entrance and then somehow sneak up on Heron and his two hostages through the back of his hideout. When Heron, who now has a gun, tries to escape, he is wounded by McGarrett. Cleo is confronted with the truth about her boyfriend, but the show manages to end without being too syrupy, despite Cleo's quote from Siddhartha Gautama: "If you speak and act with pure thought, happiness follows you like a shadow." The music is credited to Ray, though it contains a lot of familiar cues like the violin and trombone interval themes, some crappy rock music (not the usual tracks) and some weird electronic sounds heard when the woman ODs. Ritter plays the part of the obnoxious Ryan very well, and the show has some nice photography in the candle shop and tracking Ryan's jeep as he drives down the street in Honolulu.
- Heron's real name is Ernest Hampton.
- At the beginning, McGarrett engages in a lot of Stephen Spielberg-movie-like blather with the members of the team, discussing some other case they are investigating, including lines like "Check the suspect's clothes for traces of diatomaceae." Later, suspecting that Heron wants to get a passport to flee to the Far East, McGarrett tells his men to "check every hot forger you can drag out from under the rocks," and "check every available means of leaving the islands."
- The old white-haired lady that Ryan tries to hustle for money in the opening scene is played, uncredited, by Peggy Oumansky, who also appeared in #66-67, F.O.B. Honolulu and Retire in Sunny Hawaii ... Forever.
- A scene where the cop car turns left by the First Hawaiian Bank is taken from #36. There is another stock shot when McGarrett's car pulls up to HPD headquarters -- except McGarrett is in the car in a blue suit, and the person actually arriving at HPD is Danno, who wears his olive suit.
- As the flames engulf the candle shop, soon to burn up the overdosed woman's body, the irony of a poster on the wall --"Today is the first day of the rest of your life" -- is not lost.
- Chin says "Yo" to McGarrett at one point, and Jenny refers to him as "chief."
- At the beginning of the show, John Ritter looks very sunburned. In the final scene, Cleo's hair keeps blowing in her mouth.
- There is no episodic promo for this show in the DVD set of the fourth season.
- How does Heron know the location of the hideout at the airport?
Wacked-out Vietnam vet and ace marksman William T. ("Billy") Shem Jr. (Michael Burns) buys a rifle, signing the registration papers as "George C. Patton" (pretty dumb of the clerk not to catch on to this). He then chooses a spot up on a hill in an old bunker and proceeds to shoot out the tires of a woman's car. When she hails two cops, Shem shoots both of them, which promptly brings out not only McGarrett and Five-O but seemingly much of HPD. Beau Van Den Ecker appears as Ryder, the cop who dies instantly. His face is hardly seen, but he rates a credit at the end! The position of the woman behind Ryder suggests that she should also be shot, but she disappears, never to appear again. Though both cops drop beside her car, after the main titles they are back beside their own car. The view through Shem's scope seems wrong (as usual), as do numerous other angles from his point of view and that of the police throughout the show. Herman Wedemeyer appears in uniform as Duke, but his last name is Kanaha instead of Lukela. Shem's car license -- IB-1113 -- is easily seen by Danno in a helicopter. As Shem adjusts his radio to listen to crappy rock music, he is singing the theme from the Howdy Doody Show. McGarrett freaks out when Shem's shrink, Dr. Fernando (William Croarkin), tries to explain his patient's "unstable personality" as motivated by "guilt over an incestuous drive towards a mother, sometimes a sister." McGarrett screams: "What's the reality of it?" Shem's mother is flown in by plane and/or helicopter from Maui in record time. Played by Jeanne Cooper, she is an utter bitch who describes Oahu as a "pesthole" and Shem's wife (Annette O'Toole) as a "tramp." The final assault on Shem is total overkill -- compare this to later situations where McGarrett employs a negotiatory as opposed to confrontational approach. Interesting camera work in this episode. The teaser and first act are quite long compared to normal. One scene where the helicopter with Danno in it takes off is used twice. When the copter arrives with Dr. Fernando, if you look carefully, you will notice only two people in the cockpit. The passenger is wearing a sport shirt, but when Danno gets out of the cockpit in the next scene (with Dr. Fernando), he is wearing a suit. See also #116, where much of the footage from this show is re-used. There is a big goof in the teaser, pointed out by Dr. Phil in the Guestbook. After the scene where the cops move into position crouching behind the police cars, there is a shot looking down from the mountain where you can see McGarrett and Duke standing beside McGarrett's car (which can be glimpsed beside the moving cop cars a few seconds earlier). But after the show's main title, McGarrett and Danno drive up to the scene with sirens blaring, accompanying an ambulance.
There is an air of "a bad horoscope" about this episode about a scheme to steal air cargo and sell it on the black market. The script, direction and continuity all suffer from some problems. For a start, some of the character development is annoying. Eric Ling (James Hong) has a major attitude towards McGarrett during their first meeting. Anita Putnam (Marion Ross), receptionist at the air cargo company, seems ill-suited to answering the phone (she seems more concerned with primping her hair), although she does emote well later when she reveals to McGarrett that she had to get involved in the scheme because her 18-year-old daughter got into sniffing coke and taking LSD. And Hal Sullivan (Don Chastain), mastermind of the scheme, is just plain snotty! There are several boo-boos as well. One of the phone numbers used as a "drop" is APele 79247 (why the use of word phone prefixes?), but later when Putnam is being grilled by McGarrett, she recalls it as 79277. Another phone number -- KAwena 20699 -- is mentioned. The number for the Aloha Hotel has only 6 numbers: 589850. Joanna Grayson (Sheri Rice) dies and a sheet is pulled over her face, but just before it covers her, you can see her eyelids move! There's a stock shot of Tokyo airport (complete with what looks like student demonstrators), but in the following scene where airport employees (one of them white) find James Hong's frozen body, this is obviously not in Japan. James MacArthur seems to be having memory problems in the sequence following this: "Chalk up another murder for the [pause] ring. He died about eight hours of [pause] ... uh ... before he turned up in Tokyo." A few moments later he continues: "If the Tokyo police hadn't checked with ... the ... Interpol, we'd still be looking for him." While the cops film John Malcolm (Bill Bigelow) forging invoices, a negative view is shown. When Eric Ling gets cold feet re his participation in the scheme (prior to his murder, of course), Sullivan asks, "Whatever became of our inscrutable Oriental?" Chin Ho makes inquiries of Kim Wong (Myrtle Hilo), and she says, "You sound as if you just came off the boat." Chin also comes forth with a Chinese proverb in a discussion with McGarrett. Bill Bigelow must have been annoyed after this episode aired -- although his role is fairly prominent, he gets no credit at the end, unlike Sheri Rice, who doesn't have a single line! There's a classic quote from Che Fong to McGarrett: "Very clever ... and you're not even Chinese!" McGarrett himself comes across with a snappy quote from Thoreau's Walden when testing some answering machines in Che Fong's lab: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." I like the way the scream at the beginning leads into the main titles. The "memories" theme is heard a couple of times as is the "trombone interval" theme.
- There is no episodic promo for this show in the DVD set of the fourth season.
In this episode, McGarrett is on the Big Island testifying at the trial of Johnny Aporta (see #74, No Bottles ... No Cans ... No People). Sam Melville stars as Hawkins, mastermind behind the robbery of six million dollars being transferred from one bank to another. Hawkins is an aggrieved Vietnam veteran, angry that when he returned home after being wounded in action, he was "called a monster by some long-haired creep with a beard." He says "We'll set things right in this country. We're gonna stop them from burying us with peace and poetry and pot," though this angle is not really developed. His gang includes Ray Galvin (Robert Fields), a dance instructor who masquerades as a cop, Carol Lindsey (Leigh Christian), a hot, tall skinny blonde who works in the bank, Fred Noonan (Al Harrington), an ex-bank robber who is the group's muscle, and Blumberg (Jack Kruschen), office manager of Tiki Gods Company, which is used as a front to ship the stolen money to the mainland. At the beginning of the show, the gang stages a robbery of the bank's main location at 4634 Kilauea Avenue (this is still the actual address of a branch of the Bank of Hawaii). Galvin pretends to have an anxiety attack, and the gang leaves without completing their job. When McGarrett hears about this from Danno, he says to "alert every bank on Oahu." Later, Hawkins and Noonan pay a visit to Carlson's Printing, who have created a bogus invoice, number 1409, to be used in connection with the robbery. The invoices show Tiki Gods' address as 15 Kakaako Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96802 and are dated August 23, 1971. Glenn Cannon appears briefly as Carlson, who is shot dead by Hawkins. After the robbery and taking Danno's advice, the bank decides to spread their cash reserves between their different branches and arranges for the Isle-Pac Armored Car Service to handle the job. This truck travels down some middle-of-nowhere roads and eventually ends up at what looks like the "Hookman" tunnel where the gang stages a bogus accident to confront the truck using a Volkswagen van rented from Beachboy Camper Rentals. Two of the truck's guards are shot dead, one in a very gory manner, and the other is knocked out by pouring what looks like acid through the roof of the truck. Fleeing with the truck to some other out-of-the-way location, the gang loads not only the money, but the truck in a Sealand container, which is then loaded on a ship for the mainland. The way Danno figures out the bogus invoicing scheme at the end is a bit quick for my taste. He arrives in Oakland, destination of the truck/money, and after a violent battle on the docks, Hawkins is killed and the rest of the gang arrested. This episode leaves a lot to be desired. For example, why does the gang transport not only the money to the mainland, but also the armored truck that the money came in? I know they have to dispose of the truck, but why don't they just put the money in some containers of tiki merchandise being shipped? The fact that the truck weighs more than the merchandise the container supposedly contains is a big clue which leads to the gang's downfall. How do they know the exact route that the truck will take from the bank to its branches? And finally, the amount of money given to some of the gang members (a million each) seems far out of proportion to their participation in the scheme. (The six million is divided up into a million each for Galvin, Noonan, and Blumberg (!) with the remaining three million going to Hawkins. Lindsey puts the squeeze on Galvin, her boyfriend, for a million, since she isn't getting cut of the take at all, but Hawkins convinces Galvin to split his share with her.)
- In the bank is a large poster which says "Happy Anniversary Hawaii Statehood." In the office at Tiki Gods there is another poster advertising the Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina. The same poster is in Danno's office at Five-O headquarters! A Crimestoppers-type poster is also seen behind Danno with the phone number 944-1212.
- The truck used to take the container to Sealand has a large number on the back under the doors -- 070783. So does the truck which picks up the container in "Oakland"!
- Seth Sakai is seen as a lab assistant who utters "don't hold your breath" to Kono in Japanese (see the next show, where Che Fong does the same in Chinese). After examining evidence from the printing shop, he comes up with eight letters taken from the hot metal type thrown on the floor (which eventually spell TIKI GODS) that have fresh ink on them. He says that "using the eighth factorial formula," there are around 40,000 possible combinations of these letters. He is quite correct, the actual figure is 40,320. This scene, where Sakai and the other guy are looking for individual letters from the print shop which have fresh ink on them, is hard to believe. How could they tell the difference between ink from the day before and from a week before, if the latter (or even the former) still existed on the metal type?
- August 1971 calendars are seen during the show.
- When McGarrett talks to Danno on the phone, the connection is terrible ... was the long-distance system in Hawaii really that bad? Usually calls to the mainland or overseas suffer from these problems.
- Danno's take-home pay is said to be $184.50 during the final phone conversation with McGarrett.
- A good quote from McGarrett: "I thought the computer was a policeman's best friend."
Dr. Alexander Southmore (Jackie Cooper) wants to knock off his wife Melissa (Linda Ryan), with whom he has a "strained relationship." So he hires David Harper (Lou Antonio), a man with leukemia, to murder her and take the rap. Harper also has a son in a private school for retarded children, to which the doctor makes a large contribution ($75,000) via Harper so the son will be looked after indefinitely. But when Harper has to perform the deed, he can't go through with it, so the doctor does it himself, though Harper flees with the wife's jewelery, to make it look like a robbery. Then the doctor rebores the gun he uses so it can't be tracked back to him -- or so he thinks. McGarrett has another brainstorm after spending a lot of time trying to figure out this case, especially since Harper had no history of violence, and in fact was a conscientious objector who said he would never kill anyone when he was called up for military service. At the end of the show, Kono goes to the doctor's house in disguise as a phone company repairman to get evidence. But he was seen at the beginning of the investigation digging a bullet out of the garage wall. Though the doctor is probably not home, isn't there a risk that someone like the servant who shows him around would recognize him? Not only that, Kono takes some filings from the doctor's workbench (the evidence) so Che Fong can prove with spectrographic analysis that the murder weapon was rebored. Wouldn't Kono need a warrant to do this? At the end, the doctor wants to talk to his lawyer. Too bad McGarrett didn't check the doctor's bank records to prove that $75,000 was recently withdrawn! As well, McGarrett should have been suspicious when Southmore described the fleeing Harper's car (license number 7C-9955) as "an older, inexpensive car" (it looks like a Dodge model from the 1950's). Considering the doctor seems to have a hobby of restoring antique cars, one would expect that he would be familiar with "older" models. The score by Ray features numerous stock musical motifs, all of which are integrated into the story very well, including the "memories" theme when Harper dies in the hospital. (He is transported there by a City and County Ambulance.) Loretta Leversee does a good job as Harper's anguished wife Harriet. The music at the very end of the show does not end on the note we expect!
- It's seen raining several times during the show.
- A good quote from McGarrett: "The obvious always bothers me."
- Some of the action takes place at Sea Life Park, where Harper arrives to sell the stolen jewellery to Charlie Ling (Tom Fujiwara). Five-O is waiting for Harper. The kids' song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye is heard in the background.
- Act two is very long -- over 21 minutes.
- McGarrett and Chin Ho dine on saimin, described by Chin as "Japanese chicken noodle soup." Chin says he got this food from a restaurant owned by his uncle, who is Chinese in a Japanese neighborhood. He says his uncle is "passing," which gets a chuckle out of McGarrett.
- Che Fong tells Kono in Chinese: "Don't hold your breath." (Compare to Seth Sakai saying the same thing in Japanese to Kono in the previous episode.)
- A real-looking phone number -- 946-2115 -- is mentioned when Kono goes to Southmore's house as the phone repairman.
- McGarrett is seen passing Southmore a glass of booze while he is interviewing the doctor at his house shortly after the murder.
- The Asian woman who plays Betty Viati, the doctor's mistress, a nurse in his office, does not get a credit at the end of the show, even though she has a speaking part. Betty tells Southmore that he should take some time off and let "Dr. Berdahl" take his calls, but this doctor's name is not seen on the sign at the front of the clinic where Southmore works.
- The makeup artists for this show should have gotten a prize, because Antonio really looks near death for most of the episode.
- McGarrett is seen working late in his office, using his reel-to-reel Uher tape recorder.
- There are two "bookems" during the show. The first is when Chin books Harper, the second when Danno books the doctor at the end.
Norm Alden plays Bill Cameron, a cop who was kicked out of H.P.D. after brutally treating suspects. Figuring McGarrett -- who recommended he be dismissed -- was responsible for him losing his job, Cameron plots to kill the Governor, knowing that this will lead to McGarrett's downfall. He taunts McGarrett in a sinister fashion over the phone and through letters planted with the other Five-O team members. Cameron is not seen until 20 minutes into the show -- and then only partially. Cameron is very clever, but doesn't rattle McGarrett as you would expect. He slips up near the end, calling McGarrett a "tin idol," a term he used at the end of the hearing which resulted in his dismissal. Of course, McGarrett has a brainstorm connecting the dots! Journalist Eddie Sherman appears as himself and helps McGarrett figure out some of the clues which Cameron keeps dropping. McGarrett isn't totally smart during the episode, though. He is kind of dumb in a couple of scenes. First, he opens his desk drawer at Cameron's request and second, he has Danno open his (Danno's) car trunk to reveal a fish inside. He should have called the bomb squad in both cases. The music is by Ray and includes some electronic-sounding passages. The children's song from Kiss the Queen Goodbye is heard as a float passes during the King Kamehameha Day parade that the Governor attends near the end of the show, during which the assassination attempt by Cameron takes place. The Governor is unharmed, thanks to the bulletproof vest that McGarrett forced him to wear; Kono, on the other hand, suffers undetermined, but presumably minor, injuries. One thing bothers me about this episode and prevents it from getting a four-star rating. When McGarrett can't "get it" as to who Cameron wants to knock off (the Governor), the disgraced ex-cop pokes a hole in a tin (looks like a gallon) of paint, slops it all over McGarrett's desk, and then makes a trail of paint which goes all the way from McGarrett's office, down two flights of stairs, and from the Iolani Palace over to the Governor's office where he splashes yet more paint on the door. This is a long way in real life! I seriously doubt there would be enough paint to last for this entire distance.
- Chin Ho's house is different than the one seen in #43, Cry Lie, where he has a long driveway and a pagoda at the entrance. In this episode, Chin's garage is right on the street. Chin is very pissed because Cameron is harassing his wife.
- Danny Kamekona is called Dr. Rosenstadt in the end credits, but he is referred to as "Dr. Kamekona" in the show itself. His character refers to "Joe Doaks," which sounds like a bogus name along the lines of "Joe Blow," but is perhaps a reference to a famous ventriloquist's dummy with this name.
- The governor's limousine's license plate is number one (1), and his residence is Washington Place. When told by McGarrett that Cameron was "first in marksmanship" at the police academy, the Governor replies, "That's not a comforting thought."
- A real-looking phone number -- 732-2144 -- is seen on the business card of Joe Mona, the blind owner of a key shop. Mona, played by Clarence Aina, has a touching scene with Danno.
- On his desk, Eddie Sherman has a promotional cup for the Blake Edwards-directed film The Great Race. On the wall behind him is a framed copy of a newspaper from the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.
- There is some product placement in this show: Polaroid pictures (the ones Cameron sends McGarrett), a box of Chevron motor oil and another of Pennzoil in Chin Ho's garage where there are also three boxes of "Cherry Cola."
- When Cameron tricks McGarrett into going to the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting room where no one is present, he calls McGarrett on the phone in the room, which has the number 808-794-5799. The phone has several extensions, which look like 1551 (this is the one Cameron calls on), 1562, 1607, 3598 and 22 (?).
- A Trade Wind Tours bus is seen in front of the Iolani palace. The voice of Yankee Chang, playing the bus driver, is heard, though Chang is not seen.
This show, where McGarrett has to deal with conflicts between four ethnic gangs, is the ultimate in Race-o-rama! Things start off at the beach, where a visiting gangster from Miami is found dead after being staked below the tide line. When his body is brought to shore, McGarrett notices the guy's left hand little finger has been chopped off (this is depicted in nauseating detail both then and later in a photo blow-up). The Five-O team bust up a pool game (a front for a gambling operation) run by the Samoan Tasi (Manu Tupou). Referring to Chin Ho, Tasi says, "I know my rights, and one of them is not to be felt by this fat-handed Oriental." Danno comments, "All men are brothers," and Chin frisks Tasi, saying "He's clean." Tasi comments, "Not any longer!" As they leave the pool hall, Danno comments, "In case you hadn't noticed, one of you sank the cueball." Things take a turn for the worse with the appearance of David Opatoshu as gang boss Li Wing. Unlike in episode #15 where Opatoshu, also doing a Peter Sellers and pretending to be Chinese, was given some moderately passable makeup, here he has no makeup at all, aside from his white hair. Trying to accept this guy as Asian really pushes "suspension of disbelief" into another galaxy! The other two bosses are Seth Sakai playing Afuso and Marc Marno as the Korean Kim Lo Lang. When Tasi is brought to the Five-O office and McGarrett suggests he will contact the other three bosses, Tasi says "I'll not go visit that stupid Jap, or that powdery Chinaman, or the Gook slob." McGarrett says "Wait a minute ... this is Hawaii, U.S.A. It's time for your English lesson. Repeat slowly after me -- Japanese, Chinese, Korean." Tasi turns and says, "You know what you can do with your English lesson, McGarrett," and gives McGarrett the raspberry! After Tasi leaves, Kono comments, "Are those lizard shoes he wears, or does he go barefooted?" McGarrett and Kono then drop in on Li Wing. At the front gate, Kono tells the guard, "Lock up those dogs ... if they bite me, they're gonna get rabies!" Li Wing's nephew Lai Po (Michael Leong) gives McGarrett a lot of mouth, saying that his uncle "doesn't know anything ... he just told you that four times. Is there a prize for five times, Mr. McGarrett? If not, get off his back!" McGarrett refers to the local gangs as "bush leaguers" compared with the Miami mob whose man was knocked off. During a meeting of the gangs, Kim Lo calls Lai Po "second banana" and remarks to Afuso, "I bet you even put water in your saké." He later calls Afuso, "Sukiyaki." Tasi tells the assembled that he "doesn't dirty his mouth lying to cruds and foreigners." Afuso throws up his hands saying "Twenty-four hours from now we'll be street fighting with [Miami mob boss] Uncle's soldiers and I'm in the middle of inventory!" Danno is sent to Miami, and when he calls McGarrett, as usual the phone connection is terrible. The Miami gang sends a thug who looks like an Elvis impersonator (Nick Nickolas) to Honolulu. McGarrett and Chin Ho meet him at the airport, engaging in various banter with him about his constitutional rights. When the thug heads back to his plane accompanied by Chin, he says "Aloha to you, pal, and ram it!" McGarrett muses: "Someone is trying to run Five-O up a palm tree." There's a great chase with the cops and Tasi swerving dangerously in their boat-like cars around the docks. When he's caught, Tasi says to McGarrett, "Speedometer goes to 120 ... couldn't get it past 90." McGarrett replies, "Tell Ralph Nader." The plot comes down to a confrontation at Li Wing's place with the Korean ready to drill the old man in bed. McGarrett appears suddenly and plugs Kim Lo. As the Korean gangster expires, he mutters "You lousy Chink!" McGarrett whips out a ticket to Taiwan for Li Wing. Incidentally, the chopped finger at the beginning is described as a "Samoan custom," but this is also a common practice with the Japanese Yakuza (Mafia) as well.
Moses Gunn gives an excellent performance as Willy Stone, an over-the-hill boxer who smashes the hand of Robby Davis (Henry Porter), a young contender, to keep him from ruining his life in the ring. Matty Edmonds (Albert Paulsen), the mob boss who owns a piece of the action, soon arrives from the mainland and is determined to find Stone, who is in hiding. Paulsen is his usual sinister and nasty self, but his accent is distracting. When McGarrett asks why he came to Hawaii, Edmonds says for "some sun and some broads." On the lam, Stone visits Mama (Mama Luna), a restaurant owner, and begs her for some food. She is about to give him some white bread when he says, "Whole wheat ... white bread ain't no good." Later, Chin interrogates Mama, who he suspects is hiding Stone, and she says to him "What's the rap? Selling salami without a license?" McGarrett calls Mae (Lynn Hamilton), a nightclub hostess, "honey." Seth Sakai appears as Dr. Fukata, harshly abused by Edmonds as a "quack," Lippy Espinda is a janitor and Robert Costa is Davis's manager, Phelps. Another show no doubt not popular with the SPCA -- a cockfight is seen. When Edmonds and the young blonde-haired hitman are tracking down Stone, they are driving a Mercedes, which seems unusual for what is probably a rental car. There is a closeup of the phone number on McGarrett's office phone: 311-555-2368, a totally bogus number. According to Wikipedia: "311" was sometimes used as a fictitious area code in Bell System advertisements depicting telephones; often the phone in the advertisement would bear the specific number "Area Code 311 555-2368." Five-O receives some mug shots with descriptions from the Detroit police as part of their plan to identify the hitman coming from the mainland to knock off Willy Stone. One of these mug shots, seen only for a fraction of a second, has a description identifying the tough-looking guy in the picture as a woman!
This show, with an ecological theme, starts out with Five-O being summoned to investigate the capping of an incinerator chimney which is spewing pollution (a "smudge pot," as Kono says). McGarrett thinks this may just be a prank, though he wonders how someone could haul the aluminum cover, eight feet in diameter and weighing 125 pounds, up the ladder on the side of the chimney, which is 146 feet tall. A note is left behind from "Kaili Moku," the Hawaiian god of battle, saying "Kaili has risen," or as the Bishop Museum curator (played by Ed Fernandez) says, "Long live Hawaii." The note comes attached to a wooden carving inside a gourd decorated with the feathers of the white tern. The museum's resident ornithologist, Miss Weston (Maura McGiveney) says that this "most ethereal of all our birds" is almost extinct on Rabbit Island, with "only two nests left." This doesn't seem to be correct, since current reports suggest that this species is thriving. As she leaves, McGarrett leers at her, saying "One of these days, I might take up bird watching." She leers back at him, "When you do, let me know." Another anti-pollution stunt follows shortly after, with an Oahu Refuse garbage truck dumping its load in front of the state Capitol building. This prompts McGarrett to visit the offices of the Environmental Defense League, an organization which has about 1,200 members. Its spokesman, Clyde Finley (Fred Ball), seems relatively mild-mannered, but he gets annoyed when McGarrett needles him, uttering the episode's title as he looks over the Honolulu skyline with its high rises and pollution. The protests by Kaili get more serious when a crop-dusting plane is shot down with the pilot receiving serious injuries. But the pilot tells McGarrett that whoever shot him down took risks by removing him from the crashed plane. Finley, who has already given McGarrett a list of his organization's members, shows up at the Five-O office with 57 more names of people who have attended the group's recent meetings. The Five-O team immediately start investigating these people. Among them is a gas station owner named Klosmosky (Herb Jeffries), in business since 1939, who has a Remington shotgun in his office. He rants "What the Japs did to this place ain't nothin' to what the Haoles and Chinks are doin' to it since." An employee at the station is played by Dennis Chun, Kam Fong's son (and Duke Lukela on the reincarnation of Five-O) in his first and uncredited role on the show. Chin Ho grills a skinny university student who is doing a yoga headstand while sitar music plays. Another suspect is a high school shop teacher and football coach Akua Nolo, played by Nephi Hanneman, who admits to sending letters and petitions to Congressmen about environmental issues. Kono tells him that "Kaili" had better turn himself in soon or he is going to see "a bunch of prison.” The publicity over the investigation brings a hippie nutbar named Kaili Kong (Don Lev) to the Five-O offices. He wants to nominate McGarrett for "pig of the week." As he is escorted out, McGarrett tells Jenny he could use “a seven-day examination in the state rubber room." McGarrett visits TV station KGMB, where a discussion of pollution between local bigwig developers and Senator Robert Patterson (Fred Titcomb) is underway. (One of these guys, Edgar Hackbart, played by Mitch Mitchell, smokes.) Kaili, who is watching this show, puts the participants on a death list, with the result McGarrett puts them all under protective custody. Despite this, the slimy Lai Han (Richard Morrison), who McGarrett says has “syndicate connections,” is knocked off as he sleeps in his well guarded house, after the killer swims four miles through treacherous tides to access the place via the beach. Five-O determines that Nolo, the shop teacher, is most likely the environmental crusader, but lacking enough evidence, they convince Senator Patterson, who has been fighting for ecological causes, to be the bait for a trap. The senator goes on TV and calls Kaili “the worst form of pollution” because his efforts are causing people to turn against the senator’s efforts. In a suspenseful finale, Five-O tails the senator out to the middle of nowhere where he is going to dedicate a new sugar plant. Predictably, Nolo/Kaili is waiting for him, but when confronted by Five-O, he flees into a nearby cane field. Despite Kono pleading with him in Hawaiian to give himself up, Nolo sets the field on fire and commits suicide. There is a nice balance between investigating inside and outside the Five-O office (the latter with those great non-process driving shots), topical subject matter, and a LOT of local actors. There are no "featured players" in the end credits, all the names are in the smaller print usually reserved for the "supporting cast." And Kono gets plenty to do.
- I have some issues with Hanneman being Kaili. While he is supposed to be an all-around athlete type, he doesn’t seem capable of hauling the heavy lid up to the top of the incinerator smokestack.
- The HPD's mobile crime lab truck is seen when Che Fong is at the incinerator site examining the cover. When he sees how the chimney was covered up with the metal lid, Chin Ho says, "A guy [who did] that can go bear-hunting with chopsticks.”
- Richard Morrison, who plays the Asian Lai Han (not particularly well), appeared in the previous season’s episode The Last Eden, also an ecologically-themed show. There he played a (white) professor.
- Senator Patterson’s license plate is 1A-45.
- There are numerous stock sequences: McGarrett runs down the steps of the palace by tourists, McGarrett walks across the Governor's courtyard, various shots of cops driving around. The violin theme is heard as the Kaili approaches Lai Han's room.
- There is a peculiar insert shot of Kono as Danno arrives and starts talking to McGarrett at the incinerator.
- As the Senator attends a meeting at the Ilikai Hotel, there are a lot of people sitting around watching the filming.
A disappointing follow-up to #59, Over Fifty? Steal! with Hume Cronyn reprising his role as Lewis Avery Filer, master of disguise. Unlike the previous show, where Cronyn's character was charming, in this one the obligatory description is "annoying" (with the exception of the end where he plays a drunken old woman) and his moves and changes of character are unrealistic. The opening sequence, where Filer escapes from Oahu State Prison, is ridiculous. First he steals a picture off his cell wall of well-known criminal Elmo Zigler, who just happens to look like himself. One wonders why the picture was on the wall in the first place -- was Zigler the boyfriend of Filer's cellmate? He opens two locks with a spoon and escapes into a room opposite a guard's station (narrowly missing the guard, who he has temporarily distracted, while making a lot of noise) where he makes a phone call in a very loud voice, using some gizmo that he has constructed to dial out. There are stock shots of McGarrett arriving at the prison. Warden Challis is played by Richard Morrison, who was an Asian in the previous show. Filer/Zigler then does business with Goro Shibata (Jiro Tamiya, who gives a good performance, though his voice is reportedly dubbed by Paul Frees -- too bad he couldn't play some of the Asian parts taken by white guys in previous episodes). One of Shibata's "twin" bodyguards is Wilfred "Moe" Keale. The scene where Filer threatens Shibata with the bodyguards, captive in an elevator, with "ultrasonic" noise is also pretty dumb (though it is true that ultrasonic noise can kill someone) and the ending is disappointing. Music by Morton Stevens from the previous Filer episode is reused as is a shot of the Five-O team running down the palace steps (see #61). There is a scene in Shibata's office where the twins are up against the wall, but when the camera views the room from behind Shibata's desk as Filer inspects a lamp the twins are standing beside for bugs, the duo are nowhere to be seen (it might be the camera angle). When the Five-O crew is at the yacht harbor keeping their eye on Filer, the quality of the print on the Paramount DVD set is very grainy.
When hitman Ric Marlow (character's real name Johnny Froman, identified as "The Pro" in the credits) locks his bicycle at the beginning, he just puts a padlock on the chain! The footage showing the outside of the apartment where he sets up his rifle with a tripod is scratchy and there is damage on the print in other scenes too (this extends to the season 4 DVD release). When Loretta Swit as Betty appears on the 18th storey ledge of the Ilikai Hotel, McGarrett rushes to her aid from his barber shop, where he is getting his hair cut by a woman, and Danny Kamekona as the obligatory shrink Dr. Kamekona shows up soon after. But when McGarrett later goes to search for her boyfriend who turns out to be a protected witness, he seemingly leaves her standing on the ledge! This show introduces us to District Attorney John Manicote, played by Glenn Cannon. McGarrett admits to Manicote, "I blew it!" after the boyfriend is shot and falls from the 18th floor in a scene which will be used as a stock shot in several episodes. A poster on the wall in the city jail says "When flower children go to pot, they become blooming idiots!" There is stock footage of McGarrett arriving at the hospital, and Dr. Freeman is paged. The scene where a white car is hoisted out of the water with a crane looks suspiciously like one from (#7), The Ways of Love and (#37), Which Way Did They Go? If so, you have to wonder what kind of a gangster Barry Bonamo (Malachi Throne) is, because his car is not exactly a recent model in spanking new condition. (The name of this character is very similar to the well-known polishing cleanser and powder, Bon Ami.) The ending, with the slimy lawyer Mariss (James Olson) revealed as the bad guy, is too abrupt. The Five-O emergency number is 277-2977 (ostensibly a real number), but the D.A.'s office is 555-9100. McGarrett uses the expression "professional gunsel," referring to Marlow's character.
This two-part episode begins with the workaholic McGarrett leaving his office around midnight. A few hours later, he is found, seemingly seriously injured, in a flipped-upside-down white car (license number N-7323). Beside him is the dead gangster Benny Jalor and an attaché case full of money. The car is righted by a tow truck and the Honolulu fire department. Unresponsive to feeling in most of his body, McGarrett is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes a barrage of tests. Nothing is found to be causing his paralysis, and he soon returns to normal. In the attaché case along with $20,000 there is a book with codes. They turn out to refer to a Swiss bank account (number 550-Z-695)which contains over two million dollars. McGarrett soon figures out this is an elaborate frame designed to disgrace him, and only one man has the capability of orchestrating such a scheme: Wo Fat. After discussion with the Governor, McGarrett leaves town, ostensibly with a one-way ticket to Switzerland, saying "Millionaires have a way of avoiding such discomforts" when grilled by reporters wondering if he will be charged with some offense. In Switzerland, McGarrett (or so it seems) picks up the contents of the bank account, but this is actually a double played by a British double agent, Luther Hallbrook (Jack Lord, voiced by Paul Frees). He encounters McGarrett on his way out of the bank and is shot by a security guard. Before he dies, his girlfriend Claudine (Dana Wynter, in a too-brief appearance) shows up and tells McGarrett that she knows all about how Wo Fat was connected to Hallbrook, how he deposited the money in the Swiss bank pretending to be McGarrett and then went into hiding after avoiding an assassination attempt by Wo's hired killers. Knowing that McGarrett would come to pick up the money and Wo's entire scheme connected with this, Hallbrook then went to the bank to withdraw the two million.
The production values of this first part are high, especially the beginning eleven minutes of the show with its night time photography. (This is where the shot of Danno looking through the broken car window from the main titles comes from.) The procedure in the hospital, giving McGarrett a spinal tap and other tests, is very elaborate. Considering there is little wrong with him, it is likely that he was given some kind of drug to knock him out and make him seem paralyzed. But how did the people who staged the accident know that McGarrett would survive to the extent that he did? (And how did they know that Jalor would die?) The whole frame-up with Hallbrook seems far too complicated, considering what will come in part two of the show. Did Hallbrook really know what would happen years ahead, including McGarrett coming to Switzerland to withdraw the money? Would Wo Fat really have clued him in on every detail of his scheme? Also, doesn't it seem peculiar that McGarrett would leave town for Switzerland to pick up the money and make this all very public? If some crook tried to do such a number, I'm sure that McGarrett would have some very stern words for the crook about leaving town! Wo Fat watches McGarrett on TV as he is pursued by reporters on his way to the airport. Is this something that Wo expected, that McGarrett's greed for the $2.2 million would overcome his responsibilities as a policeman?
- This two-parter is split between two DVDs in the box set.
- The way the flipped car is righted is brutal, with little concern as to whether McGarrett has any spinal injuries (he does not, but we don't find this out until later). It would make more sense if the tow truck people had chains on both sides of the car to turn it over slowly. I'm surprised that they don't use the Jaws of Life, used to extract people from crashed cars, which was first used around 10 years before this show was filmed. The firemen are seen using a heavy-duty carborundum saw to cut through the roof of the righted car.
- When Che Fong opens the attaché case, blood is seen on some of the bills inside. How did it get there?
- McGarrett is taken from the accident scene in a Physicians Ambulance. Later when it is seen travelling down a Honolulu street, it has turned into a City and County Ambulance.
- Bob Nelson is Wo Fat's "main man" Chow Lee, identified in the credits as "Assassin #1." Herman Wedemeyer is at the crash scene playing Officer Ishi. Terry Plunkett is also seen at the beginning.
- McGarrett (actually Hallbrook) deposited the money in the bank on August 18, 1968, when the real McGarrett was in Switzerland to attend a conference, according to Interpol's Karl Albrecht (Wright Esser).
- The Governor's unseen secretary is "May." Is she the same woman who worked for McGarrett in early episodes of the show?
- The way Chow Lee can see McGarrett departing on the plane from a phone booth at the Honolulu airport which is sticking up in the middle of nowhere is peculiar. Despite the fact this booth is high up, like on the roof, he still has time to rush to the tarmac and board the plane at the last minute.
- After Hallbrook dies, Claudine walks out of his hospital room and no one makes any attempt to stop her, which is odd, considering what she knows.
- Does Wo Fat come all the way to Hawaii from the Philippines in the tiny submarine? As it gets close to land, it seems to dock up with some kind of flatbed, which is not explained.
- The music by Stevens is pretty good in this first half, less so in the second. As McGarrett flies to Switzerland from Los Angeles and shortly thereafter, Joe Ross points out that the music heard in the background is virtually the same as Morton Stevens' theme to Police Woman, which did not air until September, 1974.
The meaning of the title's "90 seconds" is finally explained. It refers to the time during which a missile tracking system based in Hawaii will be disabled to allow the Chinese to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear device without being detected. The man in charge of turning off the system is the man who designed it, Hans Vogler, an ex-German scientist who was captured and brainwashed by the Russians after World War II. Vogler is under the thumb of Wo Fat, who tortured his asthmatic daughter Lisa with pollen when he was working at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and then got him sent to the Pacific Missile Tracking Center in Hawaii. Most recently, Vogler's daughter has been kidnapped to get him to co-operate.
The second part of this show drops in quality considerably. Everything is really dragged out, something which could also be said for much of the first half. (The episode would probably have been better as a one or one-and-a-half part show.) Jonathan Kaye (Tim O'Connor) barks a lot of orders and there is a largely unnecessary reappearance by Soviet Colonel Mischa Toptegan (Roger C. Carmel, see episodes 66-67), who is now buddy-buddy with the Americans and allowed access to a lot of things that one would suspect are top secret. Donald Pleasance gives a bug-eyed performance as the double agent Vogler.
This part of the show is very claustrophobic, taking place mostly indoors (only 3:22 is outside). Much of it takes place in a fictional military bunker under Diamond Head Crater, and there are several shots of people going into and out of an elevator with automatic doors where people-movers like golf carts are parked. This becomes almost comical.
There is a meeting of various national security big shots at the beginning of the show:
- Jonathan Kaye, whose first name on his nameplate is misspelled "Jonothon."
- McGarrett, who has a sign "Houston" in front of him.
- Walter Carter (Tom Norton), representing the CIA.
- Martin [last name undecipherable] from NATO, played by Morgan Sha'an (uncredited).
- Leonard Michal, played by Bill Winkleman.
- Robert Lewin from Vandenberg (Air Force Base?), uncredited actor.
- Governor Paul Jameson, whose last name is misspelled "Jamieson." This is the first time in the show where the Governor's name is revealed.
- Lieutenant Commander George Smallitt (Robert Witthans).
- General Lewis Cardell (Les Keiter, usually seen as a TV announcer on the show). In front of him is a sign which reads "FBI."
- Karl Albrecht (Wright Esser) from Interpol.
- Jereme Alba (State Department?), uncredited actor.
The complexity of the elaborate frame-up of McGarrett seen in part one and abuse of Vogler's daughter really turns into a whole lot of nothing (or a whole lot of 90 seconds). There is little suspense in the show, other than near the end. Vogler is starting to freak out and almost plugs cards into the computer which will jump the gun disabling it until Danno puts a gun to his head. Kaye's attitude that it is worth sacrificing Vogler's daughter to save thousands of other children is very similar to a third season episode of the new show where some CIA bigwig tells Five-0 that avoiding an attack on San Francisco is more important than saving the life of the son of a terrorist who is responsible for the attack. Maybe the writers for the new show got some of their inspiration from this episode, along with the lack of plot logic typical of many of the new show's episodes?
- The teaser for this episode consists of a rehash of what happened in the first part.
- The name of the black guard at the beginning of the show is Heath.
- Toptegan asks for tea in a glass. It takes only 26 seconds to produce this, though two people go into and out of the ubiquitous elevator to get it.
- When Wo Fat asks Vogler the name of a co-worker used as an alibi, Wo repeats it as "Yamato," but when he phones a hospital to check on this person, Wo says "Yamoto."
- There is Bernard Herrmann-like music during Vogler's interrogation by McGarrett. Vogler has been injected with some drug like sodium pentothal to make him talk freely.
- The significance of how Vogler was treated by the Russians after the war escapes me, except maybe to establish the fact that he can be easily manipulated, as he was by Wo Fat.
- Why is Jack Lord as McGarrett wearing a crash helmet when he arrives in the helicopter at the beginning? There doesn't seem to be a communications radio in the helmet. Is this to disguise the fact that it isn't Lord (who disliked flying according to the one of the pilots who worked on the show)?
- After the Americans launch a missile to track the Chinese ICBM's progress, data is reported as coming from Jodrell Bank -- but that is at the University of Manchester in England! As well, Wo Fat seems to be watching some kind of rotating radar installation via a periscope, but surely it cannot be inside the mini-submarine. Is this radar device in Hawaii? If so, how could it keep track of the ICBM which is thousands of miles away?
- At the 1999 Five-O reunion Robert Witthans told me that playing Lieutenant Commander George Smallitt, in this episode, he had to introduce Steve McGarrett and said "I'd like you to meet Steve McQueen" instead of "McGarrett" to the assembled brass. The whole room broke up in hysterical laughter, even Jack Lord who was normally a no-nonsense type of guy.
This is one of the ranker Five-O shows in terms of subject matter. Lee Paul stars as Mitch Kenner, a huge skinhead soldier (he makes even Kono look puny). This is quite a change from episode #21, where he played a peacenik! At the beginning, the camera focuses on the bums of women dancing in the nightclub. Mitch approaches Nora Kayama (Miko Mayama) and tries to pick her up, asking her, "White meat too rich for your blood?". When she rebuffs him, he calls her a "lousy gook broad." In the parking lot, he rips her clothes off. McGarrett asks the doctor "Was she raped" and asks Nora, "Did you resist him, did you fight?" When Danno talks to McGarrett, a poster is visible behind him showing a Honolulu police badge with "Peace Symbol" underneath. McGarrett punches the table, saying of the rapist, "He's turned animal, he's gone rabid!" Nora freaks out when identifying Mitch in the lineup. McGarrett screams at the sleazy nightclub owner (played by Robert Luck) who is trying to avoid telling the truth. He says that the cops are going to put the heat on the place, watching for when "some pothead lights a joint up in the can." When the skinhead says "What are you so upset about -- she's not even white," Kono freaks out and attacks Mitch -- McGarrett has to restrain Kono. The way the computer tracks down a gas station attendant named Chris is far-fetched. Yankee Chang portrays the judge (an excellent performance), and Kwan Hi Lim plays perhaps his most oily Five-O role -- the lawyer Tosaki who confronts Nora with embarrassing questions about her sexual past, saying the defendant "extolled his own virility," and refers to "an act of intimacy" and her "physical relationship" with her boyfriend, among other things. The judge cautions Tosaki: "You're on thin ice." John Manicote is the Assistant D.A. McGarrett says "I'm getting some strange vibes" over the case and gets the Five-O team to dig up evidence that reveals that Mitch is impotent, having "ruptured his posterior urethra" in a car accident some time before on the mainland. (He was subsequently under the care of a Toronto doctor.) Gas station attendant Luke (Murray MacLeod) is revealed as the actual rapist, having stepped in after Mitch beat Nora senseless. When charged by McGarrett, Luke says "It's bull, I tell you, it's bull." Mitch reveals his shame at the end, saying he didn't want the guys in the barracks to think that he "wasn't a man any more." As the "military theme" plays in the background, McGarrett, in disgust, says "You don't have a clue [as to what 'man' means]." The framing of Kenner at the show's end is interesting, with him sitting alone on a chair.
Barry Sullivan plays Morgan Hilliard, a Howard Hughes type who has McGarrett kidnapped and brought to his boat where he describes a plot by his associates to have him declared mentally incompetent because of "emotional instability" and to take his $2.5 billion fortune. McGarrett tells Hilliard, "Nobody takes me under duress and gets away with it!" There's lots of snappy dialogue between the two of them and an excellent cast for Hilliard's conspiratorial hangers-on (Ed Flanders, Milton Selzer, H.M. Winant). The way McGarrett figures out who's responsible for the murder at the beginning of the show is a bit too quick. When McGarrett tells Chin Ho he needs a crucial seventh bullet found, Chin says, "Now that's persistence." McGarrett replies, "And the murder weapon -- that's Chinese persistence!" When McGarrett asks why the killer was using a silencer, Chin replies, "Maybe the guy hates noise." I'm surprised that Che Fong can't figure out where the bullets are coming from by analyzing the angle at which they hit the ground. The opening titles are over freeze-frames, and the way the dialog in the first scenes overlaps is interesting. Duke is played by "Harry" Wedemeyer. Why can't the approaching helicopter see the cops on the beach at the end?
One of the late Zoulou's favorite episodes. Three wheeler-dealer types all die horrible, mysterious deaths. The first of them is the swishy Ralph Mingo (Jay Robinson, who played the emperor Caligula in the films The Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators), the second is the arrogant stud Fred Akamai Loy (Ray Danton) and the third is the shifty Wallis (Jason Evers). The party during the teaser where Mingo gets knocked off is attended by "con men, grifters, pimps, and assorted playmates" according to Danno. Zoulou keeps staring at Mingo's fish and Danno asks him if there is some "deep Hawaiian symbolism" involved. Wallis calls Kono a "big kahuna" and says, "You're crazy out of your Kanaka head." The "weapon" turns out to be an extremely toxic shellfish (same name as the title of the episode) with which Jack Manoa (William Valentine), servant to the threesome, knocked them off because they corrupted his daughter ("your filth became her filth") with drugs and filmed her making home movies with a video camera and recorder. Wallis says to Danno, "Some like to play, some like to watch" and comments if he showed some of the video tapes, "you'd probably have me pinched for pornography." Yankee Chang plays the cook (uncredited). A surprise ending where McGarrett steps in after Danno has done most of the work! One of the musical cues before the end is highly reminiscent of the cue which usually accompanies the wave before a commercial break. A couple of real dates are seen -- the tag on Mingo's body says 8/3/71 and a threatening card says Akamai's birth date is July 6, 1929 and that he will die on September 10th. The toxic shellfish Cloth of Gold actually exists, though one web site I located with information about it suggests it is indigenous to Australia. A similar shellfish does not have instant fatal results as portrayed in the show -- it reportedly takes up to five hours to kill someone (there is no antivenin available for someone who has been poisoned).
The menacing William Watson plays L.B. Barker, who escapes from jail and threatens his former girlfriend, Carol Rhodes (Beth Brickell). McGarrett arrives at her hotel room and has the place surrounded with cops. When Carol offers McGarrett a drink and he refuses, she says, "I just can't imagine a guy with a name like McGarrett not having one drink." She also talks about her relationship with Alfred Townsend, an older man, which led to jealousy from Barker some years back: "It wasn't sex, he didn't use me like everybody else ... it was just kindness." We learn that McGarrett was appointed to Five-O in 1959 when Hawaii achieved statehood and that in 1968, suffering from major burnout, he took a vacation in Switzerland. Carol, a ditzy blonde, becomes more fragmented as time goes on, yet when Barker appears, she suddenly becomes very lucid. In order to get to her apartment, Barker seemingly has to crawl vertically up a heating vent for several stories and then rappel down the side of the building and no one notices him, though cops are everywhere. One wonders if these scenes are just figments of Carol's imagination, since it turns out that Barker's appearance is all part of a scam engineered by McGarrett and the D.A. to make Carol confess to a murder which Barker supposedly committed several years ago and there is a scene which suggests that Barker has been co-operatively sitting in a room under the supervision of HPD cops prior to arriving at Carol's room. McGarrett gets the whole thing on tape on his "case-sette" tape recorder. I imagine, as Carol suggests, the lawyers are going to have a field day with this case. This is pretty much a three-person show -- there are no "supporting players" in the credits. No doubt Jack Lord's theatrical experience served him well in this show, since it is almost like a filmed stage play.
This show has an interesting, though relatively complicated plot. Chang (Kwan Hi Lim) owns a carpet store which is in a run-down part of Honolulu. Chang and an ex-private investigator named Charlie who was in jail for bribery and obstruction of justice, and who now works in Chang's warehouse, decide to tunnel into the Hawaiian Fourth Federal Bank located next door. (Charlie is played by an uncredited actor, I think this is Herb Jeffries, who plays the gas station owner in Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise.) Somehow, a Chicago mobster named Martin Mauritany (Simon Oakland, giving a relatively restrained performance) finds out about this and tries to buy the building. Chang, drawing on Charlie's P.I. experience, finds three people with something shady in their life who can be blackmailed into murdering Mauritany when he comes to Honolulu:
Bonnie befriends Mauritany on a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii and gets invited to his hotel room for drinks, where Clem is fixing the TV set and Wellman shows up to welcome the mobster to town after hearing from the local real estate board about his interest in buying the carpet store. All three of them shoot Mauritany with guns supplied by Chang which are equipped with fancy plastic silencers and depart. When they are picked up by Five-O, they all alibi each other, and there are no distinctive markings on any of the bullets because the guns have all been bored out. The show, helped by some fancy editing techniques, is quite interesting in the way it reveals how Five-O eventually figures out what is happening, though McGarrett is far too smart, connecting all of the dots near the end. There are also some envelope-pushing moments with the revelation about Wellman's sexual life and the inter-racial marriage of Clem and his Asian wife Doris (Josie Over). After McGarrett looks at pictures of various women on Wellman's wall and tells Danno that these women are men, Danno looks dumbfounded. On the other hand, there are some serious questions like how does Mauritany know that the carpet store is located next door to the bank or about the tunnelling into the bank, to the extent that he is interested in buying the place.
- Frank Wellman (Bill Edwards, later Jonathan Kaye), boss of the Honolulu Business Council, who is secretly a homosexual and transvestite
- Bonnie Soames (Joanna Barnes), a middle-aged blonde dame, whose young stud boyfriend, Rick (John Hansen) killed her husband a couple of years before by tampering with his car. A witness to this changed his testimony, so the murder charge was dropped.
- TV repairman Clem Brown (Morgan Upton). He abandoned a wounded superior officer who was chasing him when he tried to go AWOL during a military conflict (probably in Vietnam). Clem, who is in the army reserves now, is paranoid about being court-martialled.
- Mauritany is described by Bonnie as a "grim Neanderthal." According to McGarrett he is into grambling, narcotics and extortion. McGarrett gives Mauritany the Unwelcome Wagon treatment when he arrives at the Honolulu airport.
- The main titles are presented one word at a time for the first three words.
- McGarrett tells Kono to "put your ear to the coconut wireless" (local expression for "the grape vine").
- At the end of the second act, Clem meets Chang at some location on a cliff above the ocean. Chang takes all the guns from the murder and puts them in a case which contains photos of all the killers -- Clem, Wellman and Bonnie! He then throws this case into the water below -- but what if someone finds this?
- The "memories" theme is heard a couple of times, once as Clem eats lunch with Doris. When the two are seen in bed later, Doris is wearing lots of lipstick. The music is attributed to Ray, but most of it is stock themes.
- When Wellman commits suicide after he realizes his secret is about to be exposed, he plunges to his death from his apartment building. The shot of him falling is taken from #87, Bait Once, Bait Twice. When Wellman's death is written up in the newspaper -- "civic leader's death remains unexplained" -- the headlines have lower case type and the text of the article is totally bogus. But there is a real UPI story next to this about Nicolette Milnes Walker, the first woman who crossed the Atlantic Ocean solo. This story originally appeared in newspapers on August 12, 1971.
- When Bonnie listens to music on the airplane at the beginning, she says, "I dialed Streisand, I get Stravinsky."
- Chin Ho is seen doing surveillance on top of a building with a walkie-talkie -- a shot from this will be used in subsequent seasons in the main titles. His vantage position overlooks the corner of Makaloa and Sheridan Streets. The building where Chin is standing is still in Google Maps today. See these links (then and now).
- When Chin reports the license number of Wellman's green Mercedes, he first says "5J5-298," then repeats it as the correct number which is just "J5-298." During one of his conversations with McGarrett, Kam Fong's voice sounds weird. It is likely looped because of noise from the wind, but sounds like it is "stretched" to fill a certain time frame as well.
- McGarrett tells Danno to give Clem and Wellman something to read in the office while he goes and talks to Soames. Danno replies, "What? The new pension plan?"
- Prior to the murder, Clem tells Mauritany that he is turning on the TV because he wants "the tubes to warm up." But wouldn't this be a transistorized TV?
- Clem runs his TV repair business out of UCR TV and Appliances. Above the front door of this store is a sign which reads "New 8 Track Stereo Tape Cartridge Here Now; Closing Out Prices On All 1966 [sic] TV's and Appliances."
- At the airport, a Rolls Royce limousine, license number 5A-6228, is seen.
- A closeup of McGarrett's phone shows the usual 732-5577 phone number, with extensions from 2368 to 2379. McGarrett talks to Chin on extension 2369, and Danno (presumably in his office nearby) on 2376. Extension 2374 is red in color.
- There are numerous stock shots of cop cars near the end of the show.
This episode starts with a credit saying "The producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Department of Defence and the United States Navy." One wonders why they were co-operative, since the show is about sailors smuggling heroin into Hawaii! Maybe the show was intended as a large-scale public service announcement, since at the beginning of the show, Admiral Sample says, "Some of our men face bigger risks from drugs than they do from bullets." (He's played by real-life Admiral Joseph McGoldrick.) Danno goes undercover on board a Navy ship posing as a doctor to try and track down the heroin. Ironically, it ends up at the White Horse Tattoo Parlor in Honolulu where Moki Palacio is the distributor of the dope. There are weird camera angles at the beginning of the show when a sailor is under the influence. When David Doyle (of Charlie's Angels fame) as "Hard Hat" goes on board the ship to pick up the heroin near the end of the show, there is a camera watching his every move (both Danno in the captain's quarters and Kono and McGarrett in a truck on the docks are watching the results on monitors). But when Doyle actually removes the heroin, the camera is at an improbable angle looking at him close-up from below. Doyle is very sweaty when he is confronted by Five-O. Near the end of the show, McGarrett and Danno are seen in civilian clothes driving a white Mustang. The "military theme" is heard briefly during the score by Ray. Che Fong at one point is shown having four men assist him to come up with some clues for McGarrett. A friend whose husband was in the military for several years says the length of haircuts for the enlisted men in this episode leaves a lot to be desired.
- In the opening teaser for the episode, a sailor is shown going to make a heroin drop-off at the White Horse Tattoo Parlor. He arrives at the tattoo parlor to make his delivery in a Bernie's Cab, license number 8C-6310. This cab and scene are the same as when David Birney, pursued by McGarrett and Danno in a white Mustang, makes his heroin delivery at the same location at the close of the show, but shot from a different angle. You can see the white Mustang, with McGarrett in the passenger seat, make the hard left turn in the teaser. The person in the cab in the teaser is intentionally hard to see. You even have the same vehicles behind the Mustang in the teaser as in the closing scene: a beat-up brown pickup truck and a green car off to the pickup's right. As well, on the street corner you can see a guy in a blue shirt and a man with a little kid. Thanks to Mark Lewonczyk for pointing this out.
In this second military-themed show in a row, a psycho named Ralston is knocking off the wives of men formerly in his army outfit. When the first of them that we see is stabbed during the teaser, she's shown lying in the shower but there is no blood. When her husband hears about her fate, he says "Oh, Jesus" to McGarrett. The show's second murdered wife gets pushed off a cliff in the middle of nowhere. Despite this, she is found pretty quick! There are stock shots of McGarrett running down the Palace steps past tourists and driving past the Dillingham Fountain. Both the violin and military themes are heard. This is the last show for Kono, who speaks Japanese to a souvenir vendor at one point. He has a good line to McGarrett: "I got a photogenic memory," which McGarrett corrects to "photographic." Moki Palacio, who appeared as a dope pusher in the previous show, is seen briefly as a Telegraph Clerk. When Five-O tries to grab Ralston at the airport, Chin Ho seems to be standing in front of the same sign with Japanese characters as he was in Follow the White Brick Road, except in that episode the sign was in a hotel! At the finale, McGarrett grabs Ralston's bayonet with his bare hand -- ouch!! At the beginning, the commander of the soldier whose wife is the first to get murdered says, "Did you tell them dirty old dinks [meaning Vietnamese] about our boy Syzmanski?" and later on, Ralston tells a Marine recruiter, "Shove it, Tinker Bell." When Danno is interviewing a woman about the murdered women, she is standing in front of a sign aimed at tourists that says "Have some pineapple juice."