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Bones of Contention 

Raymond Parmel, a murderous former soldier, claims to have the remains of Peking Man, the fossilized bones of prehistoric humans found in China in the 1930s that disappeared shortly after ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kam Fong ...
Professor Burke
Bill Edwards ...
Kwan Hi Lim ...
Glenn Cannon ...
Douglas Mossman ...
Frank Kamana
Jana Linden ...
Jo Ann (as Jana Lindan)
Harry Endo ...
Joseph Monteleone ...
Master Sgt.
Joe Moore ...
Administrator (as Joe B. Moore)
Alfred I. Thomas ...
Commanding Officer


Raymond Parmel, a murderous former soldier, claims to have the remains of Peking Man, the fossilized bones of prehistoric humans found in China in the 1930s that disappeared shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. McGarrett must deal both with him and with a professor who represents the government of the People's Republic of China, which wants to recover the bones as a Chinese national treasure, and doesn't care whether Parmel is captured or not. Written by aldanoli

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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7 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Prof. Burke is telling McGarrett about the history of Peking Man, he tells him the Japanese invaded China in 1941. However, it was in 1931 when Japan first invaded China. See more »

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The Marine played by Joseph Monteleone is listed in the credits as simply "Master Sergeant" even though he is addressed in the show, and the rank on his sleeve verifies, that he is a Sergeant Major. See more »

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While not all the details are perfect, it's a highly original and clever episode.
2 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins with a professor (Keene Curtis) receiving a phone call. He's to meet a guy in order to buy the remains of Peking Man--which were lost around the beginning of WWII. However, when the Professor arrives, his contact is dead--someone killed him to prevent him from selling these ancient bones.

The Professor contacts the police and Five-O get involved. It seems that the Professor was working with the Chinese government to recover these bones but now it's a police matter. Not surprisingly, the State Department contacts McGarrett--'asking' him to give the Professor their full cooperation in order to please the Chinese government.

Soon the trail leads to a guy named Parmel (Vic Tayback)--who was the deceased man's cell-mate in prison. It appeared that when the cell-mate tried to make a deal with the Professor, Parmel escaped from prison--angry that his old 'buddy' was trying to sell the bones that Parmel had stolen back in 1941. McGarrett requests that the Professor alert Five-O if Parmel contacts him--which he does NOT do. Can McGarrett and the gang catch Parmel AND Peking Man? Well, not if the clever Parmel can help it! I like how the writer took a real event and real archaeological discovery and managed to weave it into the plot. There really were some bone fragments that were called 'Peking Man' and they actually did disappear in a manner pretty consistent with the show's depiction. But, to this day, they have not been discovered--though plaster casts of them do still exist.

By the way, there are a few tiny errors which you might notice in the show (other than the one listed in GOOFS). When the police find the skeleton around the middle of the show, he was supposedly a guy killed by gunfire from a Japanese plane. But, the bullet hole is VERY small and clean--and gunfire from large caliber and high velocity airplane guns would have most likely shattered the skull and they DEFINITELY would have left a huge hole. Also, although it rained between the time the two headstones were switched, you never see the police ever try to simply check the markers to see which ones were loose--which it still probably would have been. Despite these--not a bad show at all--in fact, it's pretty entertaining.

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