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A Gun for McGarrett 

A plaque, an award for his work in law enforcement, arrives in McGarrett's office and promptly explodes, killing one officer and injuring McGarrett. The perpetrator soon discovers McGarrett survived and begins planning his next attempt.

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Kam Fong ...
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Marni Howard
Ivor Barry ...
Savage
Douglas Mossman ...
Frank
Bob Sevey ...
Bob Sevey
Jim Demarest ...
Sig Meer
John A. Gracciano ...
Tony
George Herman ...
Bensinger
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Tasi (as Robert F. Lee)
Rudolfo Aquino ...
Tanaka
Jack Morris ...
Yosh
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Jenny (as Margaret Sherman)
Gerald Lau ...
Lin Wu Choy
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A plaque, an award for his work in law enforcement, arrives in McGarrett's office and promptly explodes, killing one officer and injuring McGarrett. The perpetrator soon discovers McGarrett survived and begins planning his next attempt.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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26 November 1974 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Steve reveals his middle name: Aloysius. See more »

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Steve reveals to Marni that his middle name is Aloysius. However, in the earlier episode "Death is a Company Policy", Steve's name is given as Steven J. McGarrett. See more »

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A very good episode...
11 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Up until the previous show, season seven of "Hawaii Five-O" was rather disappointing. I have noticed this because I bought all the previous seasons and have been watching them in order. Fortunately, with this and the last show, the series seems to be back on track. While not exactly a perfect episode, "A Gun For McGarrett" is worthy of the series.

The show begins with an attempt on McGarrett's life, as his office is blown up and a policeman killed. As for Steve, he's received a few injuries but pulls through---but why did this happen? Previously, hoods have tried to kill him but have long since given up, as he's apparently indestructible. Well, obviously someone doesn't believe this! The next scene shows a group of mobsters meeting with an erudite Englishman ('Savage'). He takes credit for McGarrett's murder (he assumes, incorrectly, that the hit he ordered succeeded) and proposes to expand the mob boss's territories--for a price. However, when the hoods learn that McGarrett is alive, Savage is humiliated and the men storm away in disgust. To teach them a lesson, however, Savage orders his henchman to kill the loudest and most angry of the mob bosses. Then, he begins a complicated plan to kill McGarrett once and for all to convince the others he means business. This plan is to misdirect Five-O--by sending in a top hit-man while insinuating a seemingly innocent lady into McGarrett's life so she can do the deed. Considering he is the hero of the show, you sort of figure that McGarrett somehow survives and evil is punished.

A very interesting and violent plot. My only quibble is very, very, very minor. Supposedly the lady's gun is filled with blanks, but this make no sense. First, the gun SOUNDS exactly like it should when she fires at him (so far so good). Second, he opens the gun and removes these so-called blanks--but you see the slugs on the shells. I am no gun expert, but would you have slugs on bullets that are blanks? And how could it fire and not hurl the projectile out of the chamber?! This was a screwup, but considering the quality of the show otherwise, I can live with this one.

By the way, in a case of odd casting, George Herman plays a hood in this one AND a different hood in a previous episode! You'd have thought they would have spaced the two shows apart--though, to be fair, the show did not air on the intervening week and there were two weeks between them.


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