Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Anybody Can Build a Bomb 

An entity calling itself Mercury threatens to explode an atomic bomb in Honolulu unless it's paid $100 million. Five-O enlists the aid of a nuclear physicist, unaware he's working with ... See full summary »

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Al Harrington ...
Ben
Kam Fong ...
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Dr. Elias Haig
Richard Angarola ...
Dr. Klaus Richter
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Allen Reisner ...
Hermes I
Bill Edwards ...
Richard Villard ...
Admiral Vance
Les Keiter ...
General Cole (as Lester Keiter)
Danny Kamekona ...
Dr. Beaumont (as Daniel Kamekona)
Harry Endo ...
Al Eben ...
Jim Demarest ...
Bashea (as James Demarest)
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An entity calling itself Mercury threatens to explode an atomic bomb in Honolulu unless it's paid $100 million. Five-O enlists the aid of a nuclear physicist, unaware he's working with Mercury. The physicist comes to realize he has been played for a fool. The realization, though, may have come too late. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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27 November 1973 (USA)  »

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It's no accident that Hermes is the name of the leader of the terror gang Mercury as Hermes is the Greek name for the Roman god Mercury. Allen Reisner, who plays Hermes, has almost 200 directorial credits to his name, including a dozen for Hawaii Five-O. This was his only acting credit. See more »

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In the opening scene where Steve is riding with the Governor in his Lincoln Continental sedan, this 3-minute ride starts out in a 1970 Lincoln, continues in a 1972 model, and finishes up in a 1971. See more »

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Very good--but very ill-timed.
1 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A group calling itself "Mercury" has issued a threat to blow up Honolulu unless they are paid $100,000,000 and to prove they are serious, they provide a sample of the plutonium they've used as well as plans for their bomb. Later, to show even more of their contempt for authorities, Mercury detonates a tiny nuclear explosion. What can they do to find out who is behind this AND where they've hidden their bomb--if there is one.

This is a good episode, but I am sure that its timing confused some viewers. That's because only the previous week, "Hawaii Five-O" had a great episode concerning some forged municipal bonds. At the end of the show, McGarrett finds out that his own expert who he's been working with is the mastermind behind the crime--and working right under the noses of Five-O. Well, in "Anybody Who can Build a Bomb", the nuclear expert (Lew Ayers) that McGarrett is working closely with turns out to be one of the baddies! They certainly didn't time these two episodes very well! If you can ignore this GIANT problem with repetition, it's a very good show--well worth seeing. Too bad, however, as I don't think they did any more Mercury episodes. Having this international organization of terror would have made an interesting ongoing foe for Five-O.


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