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 death by a bullet. The American agrees, but secretly instructs his goon squad to create a diversion while he pulls off the ultimate double-cross. Written by
Did You Know?
An announcement in TV Guide before the start of the 1978-79 season tells readers that this show was filmed as the season opener - no word on why CBS-TV decided to hold it until the end of the season (although the show's big ratings got it a renewal for the 1979-80 season). When the show returned to Hawaii to film the regular shows, Lawrence Dobkin
(who plays a drug lord in this show) moved behind the camera to direct the first show filmed, A Distant Thunder (which was shown in November 1978). See more
When McGarrett enters Club Tropicalla he passes a handwritten sign, "The Queen's Pupu Counter". More commonly used for Hawaiian pupu trays than for Asian cuisine in general, this sign appears to be in an actual Honolulu club rather than one in Singapore. See more