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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Doyle ...
Tommy (as Bob Doyle)
Capt. Wade
Eddie Sherman ...
Wes Young ...
Dave Donnelly ...
Dave (as David Donnelly)
Bert Darr ...
Al Harrington ...
Dan Leegant ...
Frank (as Daniel Leegant)
Clarence Garcia ...


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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29 January 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"Ain't No Big Thing" was almost an unofficial second theme song for the first season. It was written by Kui Lee and recorded by many performers, including Don Ho, The Brothers Cazimero and Kawika Crowley. In Tiger By The Tail ( #1.3)Bobby George sings it in his night club act. McGarrett alludes to the song in "....And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin" (#1.5) when he tells Big Chicken, "Ain't no big thing, bruddah." In "No Blue Skies" (#1.8), Joey sings the optimistic chorus. In "The Box" (#1.16) Big Chicken sings it in the shower. See more »


In a typical camera shot McGarrett races down the front steps of Five-O headquarters to speed off to the crime scene (this time, the prison). Unusually, the car he drives away in is a black four door Ford Galaxie (no vinyl top) and not one of his trusty black Mercurys. In the overhead shots to follow, the car changes back to the customary black Mercury with a vinyl top. See more »


Big Chicken: [Big Chicken is holding a gun on McGarrett] Before you put me in here, I spent more on my shoelaces than you spent on that lousy suit of yours!
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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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