Mobster Charlie Bombay, an old foe of McGarrett's, escapes from prison, thanks to a bribed guard. But Bombay's confederates tip Five-O to Bombay's whereabouts before Charlie can flee Hawaii... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Bombay
Jack Hogan ...
Commander Demarest
Donna Ornellas ...
Robert M. Luck ...
Mr. Langer
Jo Pruden ...
Mrs. Langer
Bernard Ching ...
Ernie Kwan
Kathy Paulo ...
Girl With Pony
Walter P. Young Sr. ...
Storekeeper (as Walter Yong)
Jim Cook ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Mitch Mitchell ...
Warden Jenkins
Terry Plunkett ...
Security Guard


Mobster Charlie Bombay, an old foe of McGarrett's, escapes from prison, thanks to a bribed guard. But Bombay's confederates tip Five-O to Bombay's whereabouts before Charlie can flee Hawaii. McGarrett arrests Bombay in Hilo, thanks to the tip and wants to take the criminal back to prison personally. But the small police airplane containing McGarrett and Bombay crashes because of turbulent weather. The pilot is killed in the crash and Bombay overpowers an injured McGarrett. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 September 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The footage in the beginning where Chin Ho reports Charlie Bombay's escape to McGarrett was used again in the season nine episode 'Elegy in a Rain Forest'. See more »


Charlie Bombay calls his girl to send someone to pick him up. His gang arrives at the remote ranch within minutes of his call, despite the fact that if they were on Oahu, it would have taken at least an hour to get to the Big Island, and then at least another hour to get to the ranch where he was. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: I'm coming in with four fish in a bag.
Dan Williams: What about Charlie?
Det. Steve McGarrett: Sharks got him.
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Episode "McGarrett is Missing" Plot
1 July 2008 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

After working for three years in prison, inmate Charlie Bombay organizes his escape with the help of prison guard Martin Langer, who is later double-crossed and killed to insure his silence. Bombay doesn't stay free long thanks to an anonymous tip and is recaptured while being smuggled in the back of a trucking company trailer. McGarrett personally leads the arrest and will escort Bombay back to prison using police plane N29162. The plane takes off into an approaching storm and goes down killing the pilot and McGarrett injuring his leg. The Coast Guard begins an immediate search and recovery mission. The recovery mission is temporarily called off by Commander Demarest due to poor weather. While waiting at the downed plane, Bombay and McGarrett struggle and Bombay takes McGarrett's revolver and handcuffs him. The pair struggle through the jungle, avoiding rescue parties and make their way to a small horse ranch where with the help of a young lady McGarrett gets free. Unbeknownst to McGarret who is working himself free, Bombay places a call to his crime buddies for a pickup at the ranch. Finally free and having been given a pistol from inside the house by the granddaughter, McGarrett is able to retake Bombay. While deciding what to do and where they're at, the men Bombay called arrive and begin a shootout with McGarrett. Bombay flees and thinks help has arrived for him. But as he is about to be picked up during the get-away, Ernie Kwan and his men shoot and kill Bombay instead. Local police arrive in time to seal the exit and all are arrested.

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