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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Deathwatch" begins with an Assistant D.A. being killed when he
unexpectedly goes to his office on the weekend. It seems that a local
mobster has paid a scum-bag to break into the office to steal some
evidence and the Assistant D.A. just happened to walk into the middle
of it. Because McGarrett knew the man and his pregnant wife, he's
making it his personal mission (once again) to convict the man who
ordered the break-in.
The most obvious man who could have ordered the robbery/murder was Joseph Matsukino and in a move typical of the show, McGarrett brings him in to question him--though never in the history of the show did that result in any of these mobsters admitting anything. However, what it did do was plant seeds of doubt in Matsukino about his partner, Harry Cardonus--and soon, attempts are made on Cardonus' stinkin' life. So, in an odd twist, it's up to Five-O to actually protect one of these evil men from the other--so that they can eventually get Cardonus to testify against his "friend".
Unlike many early episodes, this one was tightly written and consistently good from start to finish--no loopholes or logical errors here--just good entertainment. Perhaps one other reason it was so good was that Cardonus was played by the always interesting Nehemiah Persoff--a character actor who had a particular talent for playing hoods on this show.
"Deathwatch" was another interesting episode with another guest appearance. This time Nehemiah Persoff, as you can see he has quite a history in TV and film. In this story he is Harry Cardonus, a friend of a mobster. But Mobsters friends can't be trusted, and McGarrett needs him to testify against Harry's back stabbing buddy. Will Steve McGarrett bring down the Mobster, who by the way was involved with the murder of his friend, the DA whose widow, is about to deliver a child? So they both hole up in a hotel room until the trail the next day. Harry is convinced he is a dead man. Not even 5-0 can protect him. And a lot happens in those few hours, despite all of McGarrett's men, attempts on his life threaten the entire hotel. Will he live to testify? Will Steve and he become friends waiting it out? Entertaining character play between the two in the hotel room, despite some "whatever" happenings. Wait, McGarrett's got an idea!
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