Hawaii Five-O: Season 4, Episode 20

Cloth of Gold (8 Feb. 1972)

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At a birthday party, the guest of honor suddenly suffocates after getting a card saying this is his last birthday. The dead man is one of three partners in a shady real estate business with... See full summary »



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At a birthday party, the guest of honor suddenly suffocates after getting a card saying this is his last birthday. The dead man is one of three partners in a shady real estate business with a reputation for swindling its customers. Five-O's investigation intensifies after a second partner gets a similar threat. When the second partner turns up dead, McGarrett knows he is running out of time to solve the case. Written by Bill Koenig

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Sloppy....really sloppy.
12 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Three evil scumbags are killed off one by one. The problem is that these jerks have killed so many people that practically everyone is a suspect! I didn't like this episode for a variety of reasons--the biggest of which is that it all seemed rather sloppy--just slapped together without even thinking through the story or execution.

The biggest reason I didn't like it were the scuba diving scenes. If you look, not all that closely, you can see a structure above the water---and yet, it's supposed to be happening in the middle of the ocean! Later, when Danny and Kono visit some ocean park to talk to some sea life expert about neurotoxins, you can clearly see that the large pool they are standing beside is the exact same one where all the ocean dives occurred for the episode--in a giant aquarium with the same canopy! Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy--like the episode's director didn't even care if the audience saw this!

The episode is also sloppy in a variety of other ways. The solution to how the men were murdered is so obvious--there are HUGE clues throughout the show and Five-O solves the crime easily--as could have Inspector Clouseau--it was THAT obvious! Plus the murder method was so incredibly complicated that it was frustrating--who would go to all this trouble AND aren't there so many ways this complicated and bizarre method could have failed?! Finally, although Wallace was scared out of his wits, suddenly, just before he dies, he is cocky and refuses police help!!! Duh!!!

The only other thing of note here is that McGarrett is strangely absent in much of the show--only appearing in the beginning and end. Mostly it's Danny's investigation. Clearly a case of a 'second string' episode.

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