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1979

4 Jan. 1979
Number One with a Bullet: Part 2
To get out from the thumb of the Hawaiian kumu mob, the manager of a promising singer tries to cut a deal with a mainland gangster to get them to buy up her contract, leading to the threat of a vicious mob war.
 
18 Jan. 1979
The Meighan Conspiracy
The vault in a relatively new bank in a shopping center is broken into, yet there appears to be no way that the thieves could have gotten into and out of the vault - there are no signs of forced entry and the alarm was never triggered. But McGarrett slowly begins to suspect Matthew Meighan, the developer of the shopping center where the vault is located - especially when the Five-O team uncovers evidence that similar burglaries have occurred at three other banks on the mainland.
 
25 Jan. 1979
The Spirit Is Willie
Author Millicent Shand, a friend of Gov. Jameson, is in Hawaii to promote her new novel based on her adventures. She approaches McGarrett and the governor again, this time about her niece, Carole, whose husband disappeared while scuba diving off Honolulu. Shand initially believes that Carole's husband is still alive and is conspiring with spiritualist Sebastian Rolande, whom Shand believes is a phony, to defraud her niece out of half a million dollars. Shand's initial attempts to debunk Rolande's talents as a psychic fail, but she remains determined to prove that he ...
 
8 Feb. 1979
The Bark and the Bite
An intentionally silly episode (and the audience dissatisfaction showed in the ratings) about a spoiled heiress who tries to smuggle her dog into Hawaii in defiance of quarantine regulations, and her subsequent romance by a jewel thief who drugs her in order to dognap the pooch and place the stolen jewel in the dog's collar -- only to lose it to the pound.
 
22 Feb. 1979
Stringer
When Tony Alika's guns shoot out a tire on a police car, resulting in the death of a cop and the near-death of Duke, the whole crime is captured on film by a free-lance photographer (a "stringer" in the trade), who goes to Alika and tries to blackmail him and a mainland hood. One of several stories by Paul Williams as guest-star vehicles for himself; this one was apparently taken by writer Robert Janes to revive his popular story line about the Hawaiian kumu mob.
 
1 Mar. 1979
The Execution File
An ex-cop turned private eye murders pimps in order to rescue their girls from lives of prostitution, particularly a youngster he's formed a special bond with.
 
15 Mar. 1979
A Very Personal Matter
McGarrett goes along with an old Navy buddy when the latter "investigates" a doctor who may have prescribed steroids to the Navy man's son with lethal aftereffects, but Danno and a fitness instructor find evidence which implicates another person entirely.
 
22 Mar. 1979
The Skyline Killer
A serial killer brazenly tries to sell the rights to his story to a greedy book publisher, and then targets the publisher's daughter as his next victim after being turned down. The killer is the last person Danno books (this was the last episode filmed for the season and everyone was expecting the show to be canceled). Stunt man Beau Vanden Ecker's directorial debut features an incredibly wild chase and fight on a construction crane; the two stunt men on the crane get acting credit.
 
5 Apr. 1979
The Year of the Horse
As an American drug smuggler, who faces death by hanging if arrested by Singapore authorities, escapes McGarrett's grip quite literally by sliding along a tram car cable, then fleeing to one of the tiny islands that surround the main island. A Malay drug lord, stiffed by the American, wants his scalp and kidnaps his wife to force him to come out into the open. The drug lord permits McGarrett to board his boat and to take the wife (who has been forced to ingest cocaine and will soon die if she doesn't get medical help) to a hospital in return for her husband facing ...
 
4 Oct. 1979
A Lion in the Streets
The Hawaiian kumu mob attempts to take over a resort-workers union, to the fury of native Hawaiians who vengefully infiltrate and smash underground activities in lawless fashion. Meanwhile, Boston ex-cop James Carew trails a mainland gangster - who is providing aid and comfort to the kumu - to Hawaii in order to get information on the murders of his wife and child.
 
11 Oct. 1979
Who Says Cops Don't Cry?
When Officer Lori Wilson's husband is murdered by robbers just as he is about to become a Five-O team member, Lori herself joins Five-O to track down -- and possibly gun down -- the crooks.
 
18 Oct. 1979
Though the Heavens Fall
An exclusive sporting club uses sport-hunting techniques to perform vigilante "justice" on criminals who beat the rap on technicalities.
 
25 Oct. 1979
Sign of the Ram
Steve is approached by an astrologer who tells him that a boxer who has a bout on the island will die if he goes through with the fight. But Steve is incredulous.
 
1 Nov. 1979
Good Help Is Hard to Find
In his last appearance, kumu mobster Tony Alika tries to divert Five-O's attention from his smuggling efforts -- including PCP and a hired killer who murdered Kimo's wife and son -- by sending phony tips to Five-O which make them look "like Keystone Kops" (quoted in a sign at one so-called crime scene) who should be disbanded. This was the only 12th-season episode to be repeated in prime time, as the final telecast on April 26, 1980.
 
8 Nov. 1979
Image of Fear
Someone apparently is trying to convince Joan Carter and everyone she knows that she is mentally ill and only imagining the frightening attacks on her life, but one of those people -- Five-O boss Steve McGarrett -- isn't buying it. Apparently, Joan's antagonist -- if, indeed, that's what he is -- is a mysterious, very-much alive man named Kwan, who, according to the confused Joan, she once shot to death.
 
29 Nov. 1979
Use a Gun, Go to Hell
Various "owners" of a handgun of unusual design, which was used in a murder six months earlier and then dumped. Two punks use it in a robbery-shooting that leads to one of the thieves also being injured. When media coverage reveals the nature of the still-unsolved murder from before (of a state senator), the leader of the gang tries to reclaim the gun as it passes from hand to hand, and to sell it back to the killer (the son of another state senator who was the victim's political enemy). Several more people are shot as the gun makes its way through the Hawaiian ...
 
4 Dec. 1979
Voice of Terror
A group fanatics who were plotting to take over a radio station so that they could broadcast their message are pulled over by a police cruiser. They shoot one of the two cops, then decide to take the cruiser and the other cop hostage, and use the police radio as a link. When McGarrett hears of this, he sends Truck and another cop to try and take them but they kill the cop he's with and keep Truck. Steve has to find another way to get to them so he hopes that their associate who was wounded when they took the cruiser and left behind might be able to help them. Steve ...
 
11 Dec. 1979
A Shallow Grave
A college student returns to Hawaii after a 20-year absence (his parents died when he was a little boy and he was adopted), haunted by a series of disturbing flashbacks which seem to make no sense. Things start to come together when a convict gets out of prison after serving 20 years for bank robbery, and some of the student's visions seem to match the robbery scene. The student and the convict confront each other, and before long the convict is dead, his head bashed in. Did the unstable student freak out and murder the convict, did he kill the enraged convict in ...
 
18 Dec. 1979
The Kahuna
Kimo and Truck are sent to a remote location to help a scientist who is investigating several mysterious deaths by inhalation. Before long, Truck also shows signs of illness which he attributes to unknowingly violating a native curse (actually, in a subplot, we learn that he had been exposed to plutonium on a previous assignment). The attractive doctor and Kimo hit it off, which makes both of them targets for the murderer, who is secretly harvesting coral from offshore and selling it.
 
25 Dec. 1979
Labyrinth
A plastic surgeon's wife is kidnapped, and against his wishes Five-O is brought in to help find her. McGarrett and Kimo are puzzled by the doctor's apparent lack of concern for his wife, and Five-O's investigation of their relationship turns up some equally disturbing facts -- such as how her face was completely different when they lived on the mainland.
 

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