Hawaii Five-O: Season 9, Episode 3

Oldest Profession - Latest Price (14 Oct. 1976)

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The wages of sin are death for prostitutes who are being murdered by a pimp and his totally psycho helper in an effort to get the survivors to join his "stable." The women organize on their... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Elaine Joyce ...
Cory Latham
Keith Caldwell
Robert Witthans ...
Matthew Pendleton (as Robert Whittans)
Jo Anne Morgan ...
Darrah Lau ...
Harry Endo ...
Kimo Kahoano ...
Kevin Marley ...
Edda Damon ...
Debbie Simpson ...
Kathy Stefferud ...


The wages of sin are death for prostitutes who are being murdered by a pimp and his totally psycho helper in an effort to get the survivors to join his "stable." The women organize on their own and try to fight back, but are reluctant to go to the police because they could spend a long time in jail. But as the frequency and viciousness of the attacks increase, McGarrett establishes a tenuous pipeline to the women's leader to try to trap the enforcer. Written by Peter Harris

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In the opening scene of the episode, call girl Alison Moana's customer "Jim" enters her apartment. As he walks into the room, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the upper part of the wall parallel to the door. See more »

Crazy Credits

When it comes time to list the guest actors, the first card says "Guest Stars" (plural) and gives Elaine Joyce's name -- but the next card goes to "Special Guest Star Ned Beatty." However, the final card is also in guest-star format and says "Introducing Kelly Bishop as Charlene." There are several other shows which misuse singular and plural on guest-cast lists. This is the only Five-O show to use the word "Introducing." See more »

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Ned Beatty has issues in this one....
13 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Ned Beatty plays a particularly vicious criminal. At first I thought his character was poorly written (he took too many chances--taking risks in getting caught that were unnecessary) but later I realized that it was consistent--his character was cold and calculating...but also a bit unhinged.

The show begins with a prostitute getting blown up! Instead of a deliberate murder attempt, McGarrett thinks it's a way for an extortionist to send messages to all the other independent prostitutes, as recently two other 'professional women' was murdered brutally. He thinks it's the same guy. However, as prostitutes naturally don't trust the cops, it makes his job very tough. Can he get this nasty character before he kills again? I liked the way the prostitutes played their parts. Unlike the much earlier episode with mega-pimps who all looked and acted MUCH more stereotypical than Huggy Bear from "Starsky and Hutch", these roles were more underplayed. Perhaps this was unrealistic in another way, as I didn't see any who looked like strung-out addicts or sad lost souls. Regardless, it's a decent episode (even if the lady jumping out of the moving car scene was poorly done and is mentioned in the GOOFS section on IMDb) and well worth seeing--especially to enjoy Beatty's interesting performance.

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