Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The primary witness before a grand jury investigating a Hawaiian crime figure dies suddenly on the stand. At the same time, assassins from Japan are trying to kill the accused criminal. ... See full summary »

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Tokura
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Caroline Barrett ...
Deedee (as Carolyn Barrett)
Karen Norris ...
Mary Travers
Morgan White ...
Attorney General
Newell Tarrant ...
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Maggi Parker ...
May
Fred Titcomb ...
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The primary witness before a grand jury investigating a Hawaiian crime figure dies suddenly on the stand. At the same time, assassins from Japan are trying to kill the accused criminal. Five-O has to figure out the accused man's secret and why killers from Japan are after him. Written by Bill Koenig

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17 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Mexican born actor Ricardo Montalban plays a Japanese ww2 defector See more »

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After 41 minutes of the show, the phone rings in McGarrett's office. He answers the phone, but it continues to ring for several seconds more. See more »

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Det. Steve McGarrett: Confession is good for the soul!
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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Entertaining, but also sloppy and dumb...
30 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This might just rank as the worst episode of the first season of "Hawaii Five-O"--mostly due to terrible casting as well as a lack of research by the writing staff. However, despite being pretty dumb, it is entertaining.

Ricardo Montalban stars as a man who is supposedly of pure Japanese descent!!!! Gary Coleman might have been about as believable as this and it is a strange carryover from the silly Hollywood tradition of having Caucasians star in films like those from the Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu series. This is dumb...and rather racist...and Montalban really couldn't carry it off convincingly.

The plot involves men who have come from Japan in order to kill Tokura (Montalban). Why is unknown, though Tokura has a lot of enemies because he is a mob boss. However, this isn't just some gang-related affair and it's up to McGarrett and his staff to figure out why two men (so far) have been shot or blown themselves up trying to kill Tokura. As for Tokura, he's silent about the matter.

There are two subplots that are also tossed in which tend to cloud the plot. The first is a killing Tokura arranges of a woman testifying against him in court. The second, and boy did it have holes in it, involves Tokura pretending to be murdered to throw off the assassins. The problem is that although the men who supposedly killed Tokura in this fake attempt actually killed some innocent guy--and how could they make it look like Tokura?! Well, they shoot him in the face--making dental and facial identification difficult if not impossible. BUT, no one--not one person mentioned that the corpse DID have fingerprints!! Just checking the prints (standard procedure when identification is a problem) would have told them it was NOT Tokura. No one seemed to notice this problem!

Another problem that I noticed is that the writers knew little about Japanese culture. McGarrett and his men kept referring to how "the Bushido" were the guys trying to kill Tokura. In reality, there is no organization or entity called Bushido. Bushido is not a tangible thing but a philosophy roughly translated to "the way of the warrior"--a code by which samurai lived (kind of like the concept of chivalry for the knights in Europe). Now McGarrett could have said the assassination attempts were MOTIVATED by the code--but otherwise this just didn't make sense to blame "the Bushido".

So, aside from lots of action and plot twists, this is truly a dumb outing for the series. Thank goodness it was the exception to the rule--as otherwise "Hawaii Five-O" was a terrific show.


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