Hawaii Five-O: Season 10, Episode 23

A Stranger in His Grave (27 Apr. 1978)

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A dead body is found in a sugarcane field, which turns out to be that of Frank Kealoha, owner of a large nearby ranch. When informed of her husband's death, Kealoha's widow asserts that she... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Richard Chadway
Ted Markland ...
Eddie Clark
Laraine Stephens ...
Katie Kealoha
Nelson Bodine
Edward Sheehan ...
Senator Balford
Norman Wright ...
Hotel manager
George Herman ...
Dr. Morrison
Winston Char ...
Medical Examiner
Laura Sode-Matteson ...
Waitress (as Laura Sode)


A dead body is found in a sugarcane field, which turns out to be that of Frank Kealoha, owner of a large nearby ranch. When informed of her husband's death, Kealoha's widow asserts that she knew he was dead - she had buried him several months before. As the title suggests, however, there is a stranger's body in Kealoha's grave, leading McGarrett and Five-O onto the trail of a missing federal agent, and into an investigation of money laundering and murder. Written by aldanoli

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It is pretty good BUT it has an enormous plot hole!
4 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"A Stranger in His Grave" is a good episode of "Hawaii Five-O"--no doubt about it. However, to be honest, it has an enormous plot hole--around which the entire episode hinges. And if you think about it, it does cheapen the overall quality of this show.

The show begins with a body being discovered in a cane field. It's been there a few months and the autopsy is VERY surprising. First, the body appears to have been dropped from an airplane (ewwwww!). Second, the dead guy is identified as a guy who has already been declared dead and is buried!! Who is the guy in the grave? Why was the body dumped? And, what is going on here with the widow who identified the corpse?

This is a nice whodunnit. There are a lot of nice twists and the show worked very well but for the plot hole. The hole is this--the grand conspiracy depends on the body of the dead man NOT being discovered. Don't you think there would have been a better way to dispose of a body OTHER than tossing it out of a plane in a field?! Why not drop the corpse in the ocean?! After all, Hawaii is surrounded by it! And, if the body had just been disposed of well, the crime never would have been discovered! So, a brilliant plan undone by a moment of inexplicable stupidity! If they'd just planned this part of the episode better, it would have earned an 8.

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