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"Hawaii Five-O" A Bird in Hand... (1980)

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Yet another clunker from season 12.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
8 June 2014

"A Bird in the Hand" is yet another awful episode from season 12 of "Hawaii Five-O". This is because by seasons 11 and 12, the series had more than run its course and the plot started getting awfully silly or stale. While "A Bird in the Hand" was not 100% awful, it was a remake of a season 9 show, "Double Exposure". So, it certainly lacks a lot when it comes to originality but at least it isn't quite as stupid as many of the shows....small consolation that this is.

The show begins with a small group of tourists on a bird watching expedition. Unbeknownst to the group, they're taking pictures near the hideout of Mr. Del Vecchi (John Dehner). Del Vecchi faked his own death some time ago and is planning on a BIG score in smuggled gold. So, just to make certain none of the tourists took pictures of him by mistake, he has his goons arrange for accidents for everyone--making their deaths look normal. After a while, a pattern clearly has emerged and only a dope would think the deaths were all accidents. So, McGarrett eventually do what any good cops would do in a situation like this-- enter the thugs' hideout without backup and without a clear plan. And, like a badly written show, it all works out just fine! Then, oddly, McGarrett waxes poetic for no reason whatsoever!!

All in all, this is a pretty bad but not horrible show. For purists who want to see ALL of the shows, it's worth seeing--otherwise skip it. Also, note that IF gold was being smuggled in cans like they did in the show, the cans would be fabulously heavy and any idiot would quickly realize that there's far more than pineapple in the cans!

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