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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Al Harrington ...
Louise Latham ...
Mrs. Klein
James A. Simpson ...
Ricky Klein (as James Simpson)
Frank Atienza ...
Chinough Olena
Seth Sakai ...
Dr. Natanoa
Harry Endo ...
Elissa Fontes ...
Rona Olena
E. Lynne Kimoto ...
Nurse Tofu (as Lynne Kimoto)
Nurse Brickford (as Tuulikki Gottschalk)
Robert M. Luck ...
Jack (as Robert Luck)


During a traffic stop in the boonies, the driver slips out a concealed handgun and shoots the HPD officer down in his tracks. Before dying, the cop gets off a couple of rounds at the fleeing car, causing it to crash. McGarrett and Danno visit the killer in the hospital, where he still couldn't care less about murdering a man ("I chopped a cop ... put a pig in a blanket"). The incident preys heavily on both men's minds, particularly Danno's. Later that same night, Danno witnesses a liquor-store robbery where the masked thief takes a shot at him. Danno follows the thief to a house, but loses him on the grounds. When a person steps out appearing to be carrying a pistol, Danno fires -- and finds to his horror that the young man was an innocent kid living at the house -- carrying a soldering iron. As the wounded boy lingers comatose and in critical condition, McGarrett must try to save Danno's reputation by proving that the robbery did occur and that the robber tricked the shooting victim ... Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 October 1972 (USA)  »

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The NFL footage used in this episode comes from the November 28, 1971, game between the Baltimore Colts and Oakland Raiders. It is the only time the two teams met in the Oakland Coliseum. The Colts won the game, 37-14. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: We've cracked crime syndicates and dope rings. We've nailed double agents, rapists and murderers, and here we are with a lousy little drugstore heist on our hands with Danno's life on the line, and we can't crack it. I mean - Somebody oughta call a cop.
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A nice change of pace...and Danno's second questionable shooting.
9 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In season one, Danny shot and killed a guy. While it was unintentional, the guy had fired at good old Danno first. But, because they weren't able to prove his story at first, it looked as if he might be prosecuted for this shooting. Now, here in season five, Danny is once again in trouble for a shooting that appears to have been a mistake.

Before the shooting occurs, you see Danny and a cop friend out bowling. However, on his way out, his friend sees a guy driving erratically and even though he's off duty, he's obliged to give chase. However, unexpectedly, the guy behind the wheel shoots the cop. Danny is upset not just because this is a friend, but he's the same cop that saved Danny a year earlier. When he dies in the hospital, Danny takes it hard. But, it gets harder when the punk who did it is thrilled that the cop died! After talking with the newly widowed wife, Danny goes out for a drink with Ben--after all, he's off duty and needs to unwind. But there's a loudmouth in the bar and Danny nearly tears his head off, so Ben takes Danny out of the place. Clearly, Danny is on edge.

Because of this context, what happens next looks bad for old Danny boy. A guy robs a pharmacy nearby and Danny witnesses the guy taking off--so he gives chase. He's not sure if the car he's chasing is the guy, but eventually Danny catches up and orders the guy to freeze. At that moment, in the darkness, it appears as if the guy is about to fire Danny first first--too bad it turned out he did have a gun!! This is a nice change of pace even though it is a lot like the previous episode. Still, the acting was pretty good and I really loved seeing Ben tackle the bad guy at the end! Interesting, well written and emotionally charged.

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