Hawaii Five-O: Season 9, Episode 2

Assault on the Palace (7 Oct. 1976)

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The operator of a Honolulu museum devises a scheme: use the premier Hawaiian parade as the cover for the biggest bank robbery in Hawaiian history. First he kills a history expert who would ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Arthur Lambert
Michael McGuire ...
Thomas Horton
Al Eben ...
Donald Roessler ...
Taxi Joe (as Billy Roessler)
Robert Costa ...
Prof. Chang
Logan Barrie Jones ...
Maggie Burns
David Palmer ...
Harry Lewis
Woman Detective (as Lynne Stewart)
Michael Tipton ...
Man Detective
Anne Swan ...
Neighbor Lady
Albert Harris ...
Bank President


The operator of a Honolulu museum devises a scheme: use the premier Hawaiian parade as the cover for the biggest bank robbery in Hawaiian history. First he kills a history expert who would know he was fudging the details of the recreation of the 1889 Wilcox rebellion. He also recruits criminals who can execute his plan. Once the caper occurs, can McGarrett & Co. rebound to bring the criminals to justice? Written by Bill Koenig

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7 October 1976 (USA)  »

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For quite some time, McGarrett is Clu-less.
13 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One problem with any series that airs for a long time like "Hawaii Five-O" is that it's common to have a 'been there/done that' feeling about many later episodes. They can't help but repeat themselves with hundreds of shows. And yet, here with "Assault on the Palace" in Season 9, they still managed to come up with something wildly creative--even if it was not a perfect episode.

The show begins like many--with a brutal murder. Then, the murderer (Clu Gulager) shows up for a meeting with various community leaders as well as the Governor and McGarrett. It seems that the killer is a museum director and he's supposed to be coming up with details of an upcoming parade. Now why would such a person commit murder?! I'd say more, but considering that it might spoil the show, I'll just leave it at that.

While it is an interesting coincidence that this show featured an evil museum director, otherwise it's pretty novel. Sure, there are a few glitches here and there I could pick at (such as the plot itself--which is a bit far-fetched--especially with McGarrett going along with such a ruse) but there is much more to like (such as the witness who didn't want to be involved--a nice touch) and it seemed to breath some life into the series. Worth seeing.

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