Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Nightmare in Blue 

Steve and the team are looking for the man who is sexually assaulting and killing women. He's killed four and there are no leads. His latest victim doesn't die but is unwilling to help. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Steve McGarrett
Danny Williams
Chin Ho
Walter Stark
Andrea Barone
Joe Barone
Danielle ...
Laura (as Elissa Dulce)
Al Eben ...
Doc Bergman
Harry Endo ...
Che Fong
Gary Miyakawa ...
Sgt. Kalia (as Gary N. Miyakawa)
Ed Fernandez ...
Capt. Harada (as Edward Fernandez)


Steve and the team are looking for the man who is sexually assaulting and killing women. He's killed four and there are no leads. His latest victim doesn't die but is unwilling to help. Steve knows that a couple of the victims were having problems with their cars so he places policewomen in position and to await him to make his move. But when a cop approaches one of them, she tells him that she's on a stakeout so he leaves. But when they realize the cop is the one they are looking for because the victims either went with him in his car or allowed him to enter their homes willingly. So he tries to find out who he is. He later suspects it could be a guy who failed to be accepted on the force. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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5 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Melody Patterson was the real life wife of James MacArthur at the time. See more »


Throughout the episode the couple Joe and Andrea are referred to by the last name of "Burdock". In the credits they are listed as "Joe and Andrea Barone". See more »

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Exceptionally well done and rather brave for 1974
20 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very brave and well made episode of "Hawaii Five-O". I say brave because it tackles the topic of rape--and does a good job of it. In fact, the show was so well done I score this one a 10.

The show begins with a woman having a flat tire on an isolated road in Oahu. Along comes what appears to be a cop (John Beck) in an unmarked car and the woman is relieved. However, she doesn't realize the man is NOT a policeman. He subsequently rapes and murders her--dumping the body down a hillside. Apparently this is not the first such crime the guy has committed--but one in a string of rape/murders in recent weeks. The only clue they have to go on is that the car that the killer drove had new tires on the front as well as the brand of tires.

Eventually, another woman is raped but this time, inexplicably, she is beaten badly but survives. Unfortunately, she has a horrible husband who is more concerned with her keeping quiet than anything else. Nice guy, huh? And so, under pressure from her husband, she refuses to cooperate with McGarrett. Had she, the next rape/murder would not have possibly occurred.

Five-O does get a bit of a break, however, as they learn that the sicko is either a cop or posing as a cop, as a stakeout brought him out of hiding--but unfortunately, the lady posing as the next victim thought he was just a cop in the wrong place--only later did she realize he could have been the killer.

Can Five-O catch this despicable jerk? Will the surviving victim summon up the courage to talk? Tune in and see.

There are a lot of pluses going for this one. Foremost is that it takes rape out of the realm of a taboo and brings it to light--something very much ignored at the time. It also handles it well--being very direct and brutal but also not sensationalistic, either. It also has an interesting (and rather sad) twist at the end that works well. To me, perhaps the biggest plus was the acting of Katherine Justice as the victim of chance. She was great and emoted well--pulling off a tough role with lots of grace and conviction. I also liked that the producers cast the very handsome Beck as the rapist/murderer as it went against the myth that such people are ugly old misfits who are ill-adjusted and cannot get a consensual partner (how ridiculous). Also, you might recognize Beck. Aside from having features that are similar to a younger Jack Lord, you would recognize him if you've seen the original "Rollerball", as he played Jonathan's friend, Moonpie.

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