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The King Tutankhamun artifacts are on display in Honolulu, thanks to the efforts of art patron Alicia Warren. While the exhibit is open, however, a man rushes in and smashes a display case, stealing Tutankhamun's gold death mask. McGarrett quickly recovers the item, but then discovers that the recovered mask is a forgery that has been switched for the real mask. McGarrett determines that there are several suspects in the theft, including the curator of the museum where the exhibits were displayed - and Alicia Warren herself. Written by aldanoli

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16 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Even with Cyd Charisse and Rory Calhoun, this one is terrible.
24 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Death Mask" is one of the worst episodes of a terrible season of "Hawaii Five-O". It's a real shame, as the once-great series was clearly on its last gasps by season 11 as they'd simply run out of decent plots--and by 1978, the plots were filled with holes and were often ridiculous--like "Death Mask".

This show begins at an exhibition of the treasures of King Tut at a museum in Honolulu. McGarrett just happens to be there when something utterly ridiculous occurs--a small-time crook whips out a hammer and smashes one of the cases and runs off with the famed death mask of King Tutankhamen. However, after a search, McGarrett finds the guy with the mask and arrests him.

Shortly after the incident, the suspect's girlfriend arrives at the jail and pays his bail. She doesn't realize that his job isn't done--the REAL death mask is still in the museum--he just needs to retrieve it. What's next? See the show....if you are either a glutton for punishment or are a nutty completist like me who wants to see 'em all--even the horrible ones. And, this one really is horrible.

Why is it so bad? Well there are countless logical errors and sloppy writing throughout. The first one I noticed was the notion of this super-important exhibit coming to Hawaii. It never did and has had limited showings throughout the world--mostly in much larger and more prestigious markets. Second, there security for these priceless works was laughable to say the least. You'd think that Moe, Curly and Larry would have provided better security--yet this is supposed to be the most valuable treasure (or at least among the most valuable treasures) on the planet--yet some yahoo can smash a case with a hammer and run off with the death mask--all during a crowded gala!! Third, when McGarrett caught the thief with the mask, no one bothered to see if it was the real one or not!!! Fourth, the police didn't turn the storage room upside down to look for clues?! If they had, the real mask would have been found right away! I could go on and on but aside from my first complaint, anyone watching the show would have thought of these other plot problems--so why didn't the writer or the producer or the director? Unless they were chimps or they just didn't care, I have no idea how this got by them. Overall, a terrible and stupid episode that wasted talented guest stars like Rory Calhoun and Cyd Charisse.

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