In the second series episode to deal with bubonic plague, the U.S. Coast Guard finds a schooner adrift off the coast of Oahu, and calls Five-O when it also finds three crew members murdered... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Al Harrington ...
Kam Fong ...
Leo Paoli
Richard Denning ...
Harry Endo ...
Al Eben ...
Jeannine Brown ...
Teresa Brown
Nephi Hannemann ...
Tamaki (as Nephi Hanneman)
Norman Dupont ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Robert Hopkins ...
Thomas Brown


In the second series episode to deal with bubonic plague, the U.S. Coast Guard finds a schooner adrift off the coast of Oahu, and calls Five-O when it also finds three crew members murdered. McGarrett is called in, and finds the boat is rat-infested -- the crew members had all caught bubonic plague. McGarrett is also exposed to the disease, and is taken to an isolation ward. Further investigation reveals that three people -- a Corsican gangster named Paoli, his daughter Theresa and Theresa's husband Thomas Brown -- had charted the schooner to take them across the Pacific from Asia, where Paoli had recently withdrawn $5 million in mob funds. The trio goes underground in Honolulu's seedy netherworld and can't be located, so the Governor declares the whole island in a state of quarantine -- no flights can depart Honolulu International Airport and no boats can leave without all passengers being checked out. As Theresa goes downhill steadily, Thomas Brown gets a shot of a plague vaccine (... Written by Peter Harris

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25 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Late in the episode, local hood Tamaki (Nephi Hannemann) agrees to meet fugitive Thomas Brown (Bert Convy) at 6:00 a.m. As Ben Kokua (Al Harrington) tails Tamaki, however, all of the shadows of cars, people, and street signs are small and created by a high overhead sun, which would not be the case at such an early hour. See more »


Det. Danny Williams: [referring to a ship's log written in French] How's your French, Che?
Che Fong: About as good as your Chinese.
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This episode has convinced me....we are NOT vacationing in Hawaii!!
23 March 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's not bad enough that on "Hawaii Five-O" you see gangsters around practically every corner each week, or Chinese Communist super-spied or murders (I think the murder rate here is worse than any place on the globe)--now the place is getting infected with the Bubonic Plague for the SECOND TIME!!! Yes, this is the second time that folks with this awful scourge have illegally landed on the islands and have scared the population half to death!! The show begins with an abandoned yacht being boarded off the Hawaiian coast. Oddly, everyone aboard is dead--having been murdered. But there also is evidence they might have died anyway, as the boat had rats aboard with the plague! The problem is that evidence shows three passengers were no longer aboard--they apparently killed the crew and left--most likely infected. So, it's up to McGarrett (who, because of coming in contact with the ship) in isolation to head the effort to catch these killers before it's too late.

Despite being a reused plot idea, this isn't a bad episode. Guest stars Nehemiah Persoff and Burt Convey (who is quite good here) did a fine job and the show was exciting to watch. The only problem I saw is that at the end of the show, there were a couple silly glitches. First, the guy shooting at Danny is pretty clearly a stuntman and didn't look much like Convey. Second, there was a logical problem with continuity. You see, only two minutes after learning EXACTLY where to catch Convey, the police go directly there with police cars and lights flashing. Yet, oddly, Convey was already there--ready to meet the helicopter. How did Convey go across town before the police--especially since he was the most wanted man in Hawaiian history (as he had THE PLAGUE) and they would have called every freakin' police car on the island to meet at the rendezvous point!!!!! A dumb ending to an otherwise excellent show.

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