Wo Fat, disguised as an academic from Hong Kong, organizes the theft of deadly toxins on loan to the University of Hawaii for medical experiments. McGarrett travels to Hong Kong in pursuit of Wo Fat but is captured.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Anthony Waring
Dr. Barbara Dalton
Amy Chun ...
Robert Nelson ...
Mr. Chong
Yankee Chang ...
Po Ling
Dan Taba ...
Professor Takeo Shimoto (as Daniel Taba)
Harry Chang ...
Dr. Arnold Kiamalu
Bob Crickard ...
Hong Kong Doctor
Bob Hanna ...

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Wo Fat poses as a Chinese scientist as part of a plot to steal a deadly toxin from the University of Hawaii. After the theft McGarrett is hot on his trail to Hong Kong where he finds out that his longtime foe is in league with a triad group known as the Nine Dragons. However, McGarrett is soon captured and after he escapes he soon discovers that the theft was just a small part of a a bigger plot which could lead to nuclear Armageddon for the United States. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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30 September 1976 (USA)  »

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This show was filmed before, but aired after, the death of Chinese Communist Chairman Mao Zedong (the show ran just a few days before Mao's widow and three other extreme radicals known as the Gang of Four attempted a coup bent on restoring the horrors of the Cultural Revolution). This makes this show and others featuring Wo Fat in the 1970s ("The Jinn Who Clears the Way" and "Presenting ... in the Center Ring ... Murder") particularly fascinating because Wo is presented as a dedicated Maoist who becomes progressively more upset with his own country, to the point where he acts against it. (Here he operates from Hong Kong, which was a British dependency at the time but was almost exclusively Chinese.) Wo then disappears entirely until the very last show, "Woe to Wo Fat," where he is on a remote island which is evidently his self-proclaimed independent country. See more »


When Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly arrive in Hong Kong, a bright studio lamp is reflected in the rear window and paint of the vehicle in which Inspector Blake (David Tomlinson) picks them up. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: My God. How could I say those things? Even brainwashed, how could I say those things?
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A change in locale helps to overcome some of this episode's plot holes.
12 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

At the start of many of the seasons of "Hawaii Five-O", there was a double episode--and this is Season 9's double--yet another one involving the evil Wo Fat.

This episode starts in a very unusual way--McGarrett jumps from a Chinese junk and drifts in the current. Eventually, he's picked up by some nice folks who take him to shore. Now here is where it gets odd--McGarrett has been floating in the water in Hong Kong and he has no idea who he is or how he got there! Abruptly, the scene changes to several days before as McGarrett is in Hawaii. He's got an unusual task to do--protect some super-germ that is being used by the university for research. It's so dangerous that McGarrett puts in all sorts of safety measures to ensure the germ doesn't fall into enemy hands. However, Wo Fat had arrived on the island and you know he'll make every effort to get the super-germs. However, what would he do with them if he gets them? Well, see this episode to find this out as well as how McGarrett got into the water in Hong Kong.

There are quite a few holes in the plot in this show. If the plan Wo Fat has is so good to steal the germs, why is he an integral part--playing a professor from Hong Kong?! Considering he is the most dangerous and hated man Five-O ever dealt with, having Mr. Fat being so public makes no sense. And, after McGarrett is brainwashed and is to be killed, why didn't the Fat just put a bullet into his head?! And why is this HUGE plot unraveled and solved so quickly at the end of the show? All these and many more problems can be found in this one if you look for them. BUT, the show also features a nice trip to Hong Kong and a nice episode for McGarrett. In many prior shows, he mostly stood behind his desk or only got involved in a few scenes--here, he is clearly the star--and a tiny bit of an action hero. Overall, it's quite enjoyable and worth seeing.

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