Hawaii Five-O: Season 1, Episode 5

...And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin (7 Nov. 1968)

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Dan (Danno) Williams, while off-duty, pursues a gun-wielding crime suspect to the man's apartment. While shooting open the lock, Danno believes he inadvertently wounds the suspect fatally. ... See full summary »

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Maggi Parker ...
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Dan (Danno) Williams, while off-duty, pursues a gun-wielding crime suspect to the man's apartment. While shooting open the lock, Danno believes he inadvertently wounds the suspect fatally. While attending to the man, the wounded suspect's girlfriend takes a gun the suspect had fired at Danny, and flees the apartment. Danno is soon indicted and jailed. McGarrett races to find the woman and exonerate Danno. It is later discovered that she is connected to Big Chicken, a narcotics dealer in Honolulu. Written by Bill Koenig and Richard Birdsall

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"Ain't No Big Thing" was almost an unofficial second theme song for the first season. It was written by Kui Lee and recorded by many performers, including Don Ho, the Brothers Cazimero and Kawika Crowley. McGarrett alludes to the song in "....And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin" (#1.5) when he tells Big Chicken, "Ain't no big thing, brother." In "No Blue Skies" (#1.8), Joey sings the optimistic chorus. In "The Box" (#1.16) Big Chicken sings it in the shower. In "Tiger by the Tail" (#1.3) Bobby George sings it during his nightclub act. See more »

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The close-up of Thad's gun when Ann picks it up from the floor shows it to be a short barrel S&W .38 with blue finish, the exact type carried by Five-0. When the gun is found by Five-0 and identified as the one wielded by Thad, it is a .32 with bright finish. See more »

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Ann: The only good time is when I'm up.
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Good, but probably a knock-off.
30 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

On September 21, 1967, the TV show "Dragnet" aired a program called "The Shooting Board". In it, Joe Friday is off duty when he stumbles upon a guy rifling through vending machines at a laundromat. When Friday tells the guy to halt, the guy pulls a gun and shoots at Joe. Joe responds by firing back--killing the youth. However, the girlfriend of the assailant hides the gun and blames Joe for murder! And, at first, they can't find the gun and can't find the bullet the dead man fired--and it looks like Friday might be in SERIOUS trouble.

On November 8, 1968, the TV show "Hawaii Five-O" aired a program called "...And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin". In it, Danny Williams is off duty when he stumbles upon a guy stripping parts off someone else's car. When Danny tells the guy to halt, the guy pulls a gun and shoots at Danny. Danny gives chase and eventually one of Danny's stray bullets kills the youth. And, at first, they can't find the gun and can't positively say that they dead man fired--and it looks like Danny might be in SERIOUS trouble.

Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, though I'd say this episode was stolen from "Dragnet"...or at least "heavily inspired" by the other show! The plot ideas are identical in most every way. However, since "Hawaii Five-O" is a one hour show instead of half an hour (like "Dragnet"), they had to add some other plot elements to fill it out and make it workable in the time format. So, the process of locating the girlfriend (who took the gun and ran when her boyfriend fell) took much of the show and there was a subplot involving McGarrett getting the goods on "Big Chicken"--a major narcotics dealer played by Gavin MacLeod(!) of all people! Fortunately, these additions really did work pretty well. Plus, even though the story was stolen (and who knows, maybe "Dragnet" had done the same), it was interesting and entertaining.

By the way, MacLeod would return as Big Chicken once again in the next season in an episode called "The Box".


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