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A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead! 

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 ... See full summary »

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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 Peter Harris

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24 September 1969 (USA)  »

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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 »

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During the gunfight at the end, McGarrett fires eight shots from his six-round revolver without reloading. See more »

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Betsy: You know something, McGarrett... In this lousy world, for every ounce of pleasure, there's a pound of pain.
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10,000 Pardons, you are busted!
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Over a few months three GI's were killed in action in Vietnam and their widows received ten thousand dollars each in insurance. The three woman are dead too, the latest one run over by a jeep. All 3 woman work at the same lounge. Coincidence? No way baby. Danny goes undercover as a GI, Chin and Kono do some research and McGarrett questions the suspects. Murder? That's gonna take an awful lot of proof. "Well that's my bag." McGarrett says.

Familiar face, but what's his name? Long time actor James Hong stars as James Watanu, a city clerk. He was in at least 4 episodes of 5-0 (different characters), other familiar faces Harry Guardino as Sgt Sims, and Barbara Luna as Yoko. Also that was pre-MASH Loretta Swit killed off at the beginning before the wave and famous opening song started.


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