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"Hawaii Five-O" A Capitol Crime (1977)

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Oddly, the best person in this episode got the worst billing.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
5 August 2012

While having Barnard Hughes as a guest on the show was a great thing (he was a fine actor and played old cranks very well), the person who made this episode work so well only has a paltry last billing--even though she was a major part of the show. Why? I have no idea. Sharon Farrell plays a woman who is almost completely unhinged--and she really does it quite well!

The film starts at a tourist show--one which features Hawaiian dancing, costumes, a local celebrity and lots of kitsch. However, in the middle of this show, an old man (Hughes) gets up and handcuffs himself to the host! Then, he shows everyone that he's rigged himself up to a bomb and announces he MUST talk to the Governor...NOW! Until they can locate the Gov and get him there, McGarrett must talk to the man and convince him to relax and not detonate himself.

A completely separate plot occurs concurrently. A mobster has just been ordered to be extradited to face Federal charges in Chicago. But the cocky crook vows, quite confidently, that he'll never be extradited--as if he's got some sort of a plan. How his truly nutty and very devoted girlfriend (Farrell) plays a part in this AND how it all connects up to the plot with Hughes is something you'll just need to see for yourself.

The show has a relatively original plot. While "Hawaii Five-O" made several other episodes involving hostage situations, WHY and the personality of the hostage-taker is unique. And, it's made all the better by Farrell's wonderfully goofy acting--playing an insane and sociopathic lady with amazing gusto. Well worth seeing.

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