Season 9 Office Moves

Season 9 Analysis: Five-O office move(s) explained

Posted originally on discussion board at the Internet Movie Database by alpha128.
Reprinted with permission.


From what I had read on Mike Quigley's site, it was supposed to be so simple:

Why did the Five-O team move their offices in the ninth season?
The move, shown taking place in the season opener, "Nine Dragons", was necessary because they could not do any exterior or interior filming at the palace because it was undergoing extensive renovations. So the fictional Five-O team "moved" to the old Territorial Building. Five-O moved for real, too, because their lease on the Fort Ruger studio was up. The office shots in the Territorial Building are not of a standing set -- that is the real space in the Territorial Building, which became the temporary studio for the production.

http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/fiveofaq.htm

But this fictional move is more complicated. A LOT more complicated.

A lot of the Five-O office confusion can be cleared up simply by reordering the Season 9 episodes from air date order into production order. If that is done, it becomes (mostly) clear that, after about three and a half months, the Five-O team moved their offices back to the Iolani Palace. That's an oversimplification, but a good place to start.

KEY:
INT = Interior
EXT = Exterior
TB = Territorial Building
IP = Iolani Palace (INT = office set, EXT = real location)
N/A = Not Applicable (no office scenes)

IN AIR DATE (DVD) ORDER:

Prod#	Air#	Episode Title				INT	EXT
601	192	Nine Dragons				TB	TB
606	193	Assault on the Palace			TB	TB
607	194	Oldest Profession -- Latest Price	TB	TB
604	195	Man on Fire				TB	TB
608	196	Tour de Force, Killer Aboard		TB	TB
610	197	The Last of The Great Paperhangers	TB	TB
609	198	Heads, You're Dead			TB	TB
614	199	Let Death Do Us Part			TB	TB
617	200	Double Exposure (1)			IP	TB
613	201	Yes, My Deadly Daughter			TB	TB
612	202	Target -- a Cop				TB	TB
611	203	The Bells Toll at Noon			TB	TB
619	204	Man in a Steel Frame			IP	TB
623	205	Ready, Aim... (2)			IP	IP
620	206	Elegy in a Rain Forest			N/A	N/A
605	207	Dealer's Choice... Blackmail		TB	TB
624	208	A Capitol Crime				N/A	N/A
603	209	To Die in Paradise			TB	TB
622	210	Blood Money is Hard to Wash		IP	IP
616	211	To Kill a Mind				IP	TB
615	212	Requiem for a Saddle Bronc Rider	TB	TB
621	213	See How She Runs			IP	IP
618	214	Practical Jokes Can Kill You		IP	IP

NOTES:
1 - "Double Exposure" was the first episode to show the Iolani Palace interior.
2 - "Ready, Aim..." was the first episode to show the Iolani Palace exterior.


IN PRODUCTION ORDER:
Prod#	Air#	Episode Title				INT	EXT
601	192	Nine Dragons				TB	TB
603	209	To Die in Paradise			TB	TB
604	195	Man on Fire				TB	TB
605	207	Dealer's Choice... Blackmail		TB	TB
606	193	Assault on the Palace			TB	TB
607	194	Oldest Profession -- Latest Price	TB	TB
608	196	Tour de Force, Killer Aboard		TB	TB
609	198	Heads, You're Dead			TB	TB
610	197	The Last of The Great Paperhangers	TB	TB
611	203	The Bells Toll at Noon			TB	TB
612	202	Target -- a Cop				TB	TB
613	201	Yes, My Deadly Daughter			TB	TB
614	199	Let Death Do Us Part			TB	TB
615	212	Requiem for a Saddle Bronc Rider	TB	TB
616	211	To Kill a Mind				IP	TB
617	200	Double Exposure				IP	TB
618	214	Practical Jokes Can Kill You		IP	IP
619	204	Man in a Steel Frame			IP	TB
620	206	Elegy in a Rain Forest			N/A	N/A
621	213	See How She Runs			IP	IP
622	210	Blood Money is Hard to Wash		IP	IP
623	205	Ready, Aim...				IP	IP
624	208	A Capitol Crime				N/A	N/A

Put into production order, it seems clear that the Five-O team resided in the Territorial Building (TB) through "Requiem for a Saddle Bronc Rider" and then moved back to the Iolani Palace (IP) sometime before "To Kill a Mind". But, and here's where things get really complicated, that statement only holds true if you're talking about the interior. If you're going by the exterior too, then the move back didn't happen until "See How She Runs", the point where the Five-O team has moved back to the Iolani Palace for good.

But even the preceding paragraph is an oversimplification. Due to the vagaries of air date vs. production order, the Iolani Palace interior doesn't always coincide with the Iolani Palace exterior. Three episodes: "To Kill a Mind", "Double Exposure", and "Man in a Steel Frame" have the Iolani Palace interior seemingly housed within the Territorial Building exterior. If one tries to interpret those episodes literally, then an exact replica of the Iolani Palace office suite was constructed inside the confines of the Territorial Building. As I said, there are three of these "half and half" episodes.

In my comments at IMDB on "Ready, Aim...", the first episode (in air date order) to show both the Iolani Palace interior and exterior, I speculated that:


In real world/production terms, I guess the "Iolani Palace" interior was built in preparation for the re-opening of the real palace, but there was some kind of delay with the location. Hence, we have a few episodes, starting with "Double Exposure", that have the "Iolani Palace" interior, with the Territorial Building exterior.

But even that doesn't tell the whole story, because the last episode (in air date order) "Practical Jokes Can Kill You" has a matching Iolani Palace interior and exterior, and in production order, "Practical Jokes" precedes "half and half" episode "Man in a Steel Frame"! Here, I can only speculate that because "Practical Jokes" was aired last and, I might add, more than a month after its preceding episode, there was ample time to incorporate Iolani Palace exterior footage to match the interior. Since the "Practical Jokes" interior scenes feature a balcony for the first time in Season 9, which the Iolani Palace had, and the Territorial Building clearly did not, they couldn't very well make this a fourth "half and half" episode.

I guess I shouldn't complain too much because by the end of the season the Five-O team is back in the Iolani Palace where they belong. But still, if you watch Season 9 in air date order, and try to interpret what you're seeing literally, the sheer number of office moves will make your head spin! I guess TV audiences back then were more forgiving when it came to inconsistencies like this.