Hawaii Five-O: Season 5, Episode 6

Fools Die Twice (17 Oct. 1972)

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A military scientist is kidnapped by a co-worker and held ransom for one million dollars in diamonds. Five-O identifies unique background noises from the taped ransom messages to locate the kidnapper.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Williams
Al Harrington ...
Kam Fong ...
Jack Gulley
Kira Johnson
Johnny Arnett
Anita Alberts ...
Lana Trotter
John Farias ...
Mac Mozu
Albert Harris ...
Bill Edwards ...
Thomas Norton ...
Wright Esser ...
Ted Nobriga ...


A military scientist is kidnapped by a co-worker and held ransom for one million dollars in diamonds. Five-O identifies unique background noises from the taped ransom messages to locate the kidnapper.

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17 October 1972 (USA)  »

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One of the better ones...
10 December 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although it really didn't make a lot of sense when you thought about it, the plots "Hawaii Five-O" did involving espionage were almost always the best--or at least the most exciting. But is Hawaii really this hotbed of spies?! Of course not--so you need to just turn off your brain and enjoy this episode and forget about the absurdity that once again the future of the Free World lies in the lap of Steve McGarrett!

The show begins with an odd occurrence. A guy contacts Five-O and tells them about a crime BEFORE it's going to happen! As a result, two poor suckers are set up to get caught trying to pull a seemingly pointless robbery at a military base. So why did this occur?! Soon it becomes apparent, the partner of these men was using them as a diversion for his own personal crime and vendetta. The master criminal (Clu Gulager) is a disgruntled employee who feels slighted by the US government--so much so that he kidnaps one of the top men on our side and offers to sell him to the Russians!! And, at the same time, continues to taunt Five-O and make demands for ransom from the government. Can Steve and the boys track him down or will the world descend into a era of international Communism?!

Despite the silly plot, it all worked very well. Ignoring the far-fetched plot, the show really was tightly written and having Gulager and Michael Conrad as guests sure helped as well. Well worth seeing and never dull.

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