In a show with several similarities to the previous season opener, a series of swindlings are covers for serial murder. An Army sergeant who lost his brother in Vietnam because of the latter's infatuation with a bar girl, uses Honolulu bar girls as patsies to "marry" dead soldiers and collect on their $10,000 apiece insurance policies -- then murders them and keeps the money. The sergeant is absolutely coldblooded and utters the episode's title when his partner (who has been forging the marriage certificates and the insurance papers) has a heart attack and can't get to his nitro tablets. An unusually violent ending. From this point, all series closing credits are played over shots of men paddling an outrigger canoe through the ocean (replacing the first-season end title of a flashing police light on a car driving through Honolulu); the color and size of the credit cards is also altered. Written by
Did You Know?
The main guest stars of this episode, Harry Guardino and Barbara Luna, return as supporting players in another season opener, "A Lion in the Streets" - 10 years and 10 days after this episode originally aired. See more
During the gunfight at the end, McGarrett fires eight shots from his six-round revolver without reloading. See more
You know something, McGarrett... In this lousy world, for every ounce of pleasure, there's a pound of pain.