5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Oddly, the best person in this episode got the worst billing.
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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