Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Al Harrington's first episode as Ben also introduces Duke Lukela and John Manicote as semi-regulars. Manicote launches an investigation of Five-O when Duke, an HPD sergeant who sometimes ... See full summary »

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Chris Lahani
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Al Harrington's first episode as Ben also introduces Duke Lukela and John Manicote as semi-regulars. Manicote launches an investigation of Five-O when Duke, an HPD sergeant who sometimes joins Five-O on investigations, is accused of being on the take. McGarrett does what would be now called an intensive database search, with numerous records on all Five-O team members transferred to projection slides and put up on the screen (if you can freeze-frame or slow your player to catch all of them, there is a wealth of information on the characters -- including McGarrett's birthday, which is in the wrong month!). Convinced that Duke was set up by someone, McGarrett repeats the process with members of Manicote's office and finds that one of the Assistant District Attorneys is a mole planted long before by the mob to discredit the office. Guest star Michael Ansara, playing the mob boss, forsakes his toupee (he's shown swimming) and is very bald. Written by Peter Harris

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12 September 1972 (USA)  »

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The shot of the helicopter exploding after McGarrett shoots it down, was reused footage. See more »

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When they are reviewing the histories of the Five-o members on the computer, McGarrett's name is given as Stephen J. McGarrett. However, in a later episode, McGarrett says his middle name is Aloysius. See more »

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Det. Steve McGarrett: [Giving rundown on computer information] These releases give us permission to delve into every aspect of your lives... Nobody is bound to signing... But when you do, you will be giving up all rights to privacy... Nothing will be sacred to the computer, and I mean nothing... All of your records will be probed, school, military, employment, financial, in-depth interviews with friends and neighbors, all medical records including history of sexual behavior.
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An episode ruined by a bad ending
26 October 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I found this episode to be fairly good for most parts (essentially a mole hunting story), but it falls absolutely flat at the ending, where the whole plot is unrolled in a clumsy way that leaves many open questions. How can the criminal organization order a total elimination of pretty much their whole Hawaii cell on that little information? The gangster seems nervous, what more did they know? The final shootout is quite cheesy and the exploding helicopter indeed looks like a pasted in off-the-shelf clip. But also, the gangsters just stand there to be shot, almost like in "The Killers" but without the reason.

The ending is a critical part of an episode which pushes this one significantly down. It has a very high rating which unfortunately just made it even more a disappointment.


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