Hawaii Five-O: Season 1, Episode 16

The Box (29 Jan. 1969)

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In Oahu State Prison, cons led by Big Chicken want to bring Swanson to heel because he doesn't show enough respect for "the system." But Swanson manages to shoot one of his attackers with ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
Robert Doyle ...
Tommy (as Bob Doyle)
Capt. Wade
Eddie Sherman ...
Wes Young ...
Dave Donnelly ...
Dave (as David Donnelly)
Bert Darr ...
Al Harrington ...
Dan Leegant ...
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In Oahu State Prison, cons led by Big Chicken want to bring Swanson to heel because he doesn't show enough respect for "the system." But Swanson manages to shoot one of his attackers with guns the cons had smuggled into the prison. Swanson gathers up prison guards as hostages to try to get out of the prison. Swanson says if he's not let out, he'll start killing the hostages. McGarrett offers himself up as a hostage to try to head off bloodshed. Written by Bill Koenig

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The score, while credited to Morton Stevens, includes music originally composed by Richard Shores for The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Big Blackmail (1968). See more »


When Swanson has McGarrett appear in the doorway to speak he ties McGarrett's hands behind his back. When McGarrett is done speaking Swanson shoves him back to the wall next to Big Chicken with his hands still tied. McGarrett then addresses Swanson and gestures freely with his hands. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: [Big Chicken has a gun pointed at McGarrett] You like zinging me, Chicken?
Big Chicken: I like killing you better!
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Pretty good and some good performances.
29 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with some drug dealers inside Oahu State Prison threatening another prisoner, Carl Swanson (veteran TV actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin). However, Swanson has had enough and pulls a gun on the dealer and shoots him. Then, in a spontaneous act, takes several guards and prisoner hostage. Among them is "Big Chicken" (Gavin MacLeod), who had appeared in an earlier episode ("...And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin"). Chicken hates the cops and hates McGarrett (who is outside negotiating with them using a bullhorn) and he sees this as a chance to get revenge for his incarceration (though, if you saw this earlier episode, you'll know he's a three-time loser who peddles drugs). In an effort to try to keep the prisoners from being killed, McGarrett offers himself as a hostage--and Chicken is biding his time--hoping to get a change to kill the big cheese from Five-O. As for McGarrett, he just wants to convince Swanson to give up and free the hostages--even if it means bargaining with him and listening to his grievances.

Overall, this is one of the simpler episodes of the season. While this might sound bad, it isn't because the acting is very good and the show was well written. There is a lot of tension and the macho posturing is kept to a minimum. Plus, at one point, McGarrett gets to deck the pudgy and very annoying Big Chicken--a wonderful scene, actually! A very nice job.

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