Hawaii Five-O: Season 9, Episode 4

Man on Fire (21 Oct. 1976)

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A group of university students and their professor are examining a volcanic crater when they discover the bodies of five men in an inconspicuous location. Doc Bergman is initially unable to... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Donald Blair
Piet de Groot
Al Eben ...
Lynn Howell Morse ...
Leila Kapehala
Tamar Cooper ...
Jim Doney ...
Dr. Gleason
Carl Smith ...
Pauly Gardener ...
Peg Wilson
John Gary ...
Elizabeth Smith ...
Mrs. Kapehala


A group of university students and their professor are examining a volcanic crater when they discover the bodies of five men in an inconspicuous location. Doc Bergman is initially unable to determine the cause of their deaths, so he enlists the aid of cantankerous physicist Grant Ormsbee, with whom McGarrett and Five-O are already familiar (from the previous season's "The Defector"). Five-O eventually learns that most of the dead men came from a variety of foreign countries, and that all of them died from exposure to radiation - creating an even bigger mystery for Five-O, because there is no lawful source of radioactive material, nor a facility working with it, in Hawaii that could have led to this exposure. Written by aldanoli

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The first five minutes hurt this one...but it's still nice to see Dr. Ormsbee return
26 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I am a big fan of "Hawaii Five-O", I must admit that occasionally the writing slipped up a bit--with some serious logical errors. Think about it--when the show begins, some vulcanologist just happens to go into a crater where several dead men are concealed. Here's where it gets WILDLY improbable. Not only did someone decide to put the bodies inside the crater using a helicopter, but they didn't bother to toss them into the lava (thus eliminating all traces of the deaths) but stacked them up nicely! Does this make any sense? They go to all the trouble of using a helicopter but just leave the bodies in a manner in which they could be discovered?! Despite this very dopey opening scene, the show has two things going for it. First, the plot that involves some folks making nuclear weapons to be sold to the highest bidders was pretty timely and chilling. And, second, it makes the return of one of the better characters seen in the show--the always obnoxious Dr. Ormsbee (Pat Hingle). His brusque and ill-mannered personality was quite enjoyable. Worth seeing overall.

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