Hawaii Five-O: Season 7, Episode 17

Small Witness, Large Crime (28 Jan. 1975)

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A hit man takes a shot at a man on a boat arriving in Honolulu harbor from a distance of about a half mile, using an old tower on Sand Island as his sniper's nest. An apparently homeless ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
John Kerry ...
Dix Kercheval
Joshua N. Farin ...
Harry Endo ...
Douglas Mossman ...
Frank Kamana
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Elizabeth Smith ...
Ted Nobriga ...
Judge Keona (as Ted F. Nobriga)
Tommy Fujiwara ...
Tommy (as Thomas Fujiwara)
Wright Esser ...
Walter Yoshimitsu ...
Richard Villard ...
Banker (as Richard L. Villard)


A hit man takes a shot at a man on a boat arriving in Honolulu harbor from a distance of about a half mile, using an old tower on Sand Island as his sniper's nest. An apparently homeless boy named Moki, however, witnesses the hit man as he fires the shot. The hit man gives chase, but Moki escapes. McGarrett manages to locate the boy and sends him to juvenile detention for his own protection, but he does not figure on the intervention of Frances Chai, a crusading deputy public defender. Written by aldanoli

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28 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Good 'n sloppy.
11 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

After a hired killer pulls off an amazing hit from over a half mile away, the guy is leaving--only to come smack into the path of a little orphan kid. The kid runs--and the killer gives chase, as he wants no witnesses. However, the boy is able to escape.

When Five-O investigates, they are able to establish that a child must have been a witness and they, too, look for the kid. They are able to eventually find the boy. Perhaps Danno just listened for the cutesy strain of flute music to find the kid--all I know is that every time he appeared, this annoying music began--and I soon got sick of it! So, now it's up to McGarrett to get a scared and seemingly mute boy to help him. It's also up to him and the gang to find out who ordered the assassination and why.

This show, aside from the annoying cutesy music, also made me laugh. In one scene, France Nuyen drove her Mustang II (arguably, one of the worst cars of the 1970s, by the way) into the sand. It sure looked like the car was hopelessly stuck and had sand about halfway up the sides of the tires. Yet, when she returned to the car about a minute later, it was totally cleared of sand!!! It would have taken 4-6 guys 10-15 minutes to extricate the car--yet it just seemed to happen as if her fairy godmother took care of it! Ha.

Now this does NOT mean it's a bad episode. It's interesting and worth seeing--even if Bert Convey's character does an amazing job incriminating himself in a way few people in real life could do. I guess the episode was running long and so they told him to just confess--whether there's any proof he did it or not. Hmmmm. Now that I think about it, this was a less than stellar episode as it was pretty sloppy.

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