Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Death's Name Is Sam 

A man arrives at Honolulu International Airport and is taken to the hospital after being struck by a car. Upon reviving, he checks the bag he was carrying and, being unable to find ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Thorncrest
Nathaniel Blake
Mrs. Thorncrest
Carmen Hewitt (as Darcy Hinton Cook)
Bill Edwards ...
John Chung ...
Mr. Lianuk
George Oshiro ...
Mystery Man
Robert Hopkins ...
Albert Harris ...
Kimo Hugho ...
Eric Landstrom ...
Young Man


A man arrives at Honolulu International Airport and is taken to the hospital after being struck by a car. Upon reviving, he checks the bag he was carrying and, being unable to find something in it, takes a cyanide capsule he had hidden in his jacket pocket and dies. The hospital had taken the object and put in a safe with his other valuables. Five-O discovers the object is part of a small surface-to-air missile. McGarrett recruits a police officer who can pass for the man and he will make attempt to make contact with those the dead man was going to meet. Five-O uncovers a plot to assassinate an exiled political leader who is heading to Hawaii for a layover as part of a trip to his homeland. The conspirators soon use one of their SAMs to avoid detection. The second will be targeted at the exiled political leader and everyone who is on the same commercial flight he is. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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10 October 1975 (USA)  »

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The SAM in the title refers to a Surface to Air Missile. The SA-14 Strela is a Russian made, man-portable SAM. See more »


Becuase of using stock footage, landing aircraft was shown landing on runway 13 when in the tower the controller said he would have it land on runway 8. See more »

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Not a bad plot but some really, really shoddy production values mar this one.
29 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins with an older Asian man being struck by a car outside the airport. It is an accident and the man is not seriously injured, though he is knocked out and taken to the hospital. When he awakens, he quickly rifles through his luggage and when he doesn't find what he's looking for, he takes a poison capsule and dies!!! This does NOT happen every day--even on "Hawaii Five-O". Well, it turns out that he was a courier and what was in his luggage was part of a shoulder-launched surface to air missile. So what is Five-O to do? Well, find a cop who just happens to look a lot like the courier and who also knows the Malaysian language. Sounds far fetched? You betcha! While the plot certainly is difficult to believe, it is entertaining. So why do I only give it a 6? Well, it's an incredibly sloppy episode--very, very sloppy. Here are a few examples--a TWA 707 airliner (it could have been a DC-8) became, in some scenes, a United 747--a plan that looks VERY different. Also, a few times really crappy explosions were used--old grainy stock ones in one case and another that by 1970s standards looks like crap! Putting it bluntly, the special effects budget for this one was probably LESS than they spent on Jack Lord's hair. Not terrible--but not good.

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