Hawaii Five-O: Season 8, Episode 21

The Capsule Kidnapping (12 Feb. 1976)

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Two idealists plan to kidnap the son of a Japanese industrialist as a way to generate $1.5 million toward their dream of researching ways for man to live under the sea. They don't realize ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
Paul Colburn
Dr. Tolvar
Susie Elene ...
Asuko (as Suesie Elene)
Dan Taba ...
Sunahara (as Daniel Taba)
Sam Sanford ...
Sam Sanford
Bill Edwards ...
Al Eben ...
Harry Endo ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
George M. Kennedy ...
Comm. Fredericks
Shawn Sherman ...
Elizabeth Smith ...


Two idealists plan to kidnap the son of a Japanese industrialist as a way to generate $1.5 million toward their dream of researching ways for man to live under the sea. They don't realize their confederate is really part of a Japanese terrorist group. She has no intention of letting the boy live. Five-O has to race against time. The kidnapped child is in an airtight capsule underneath the ocean and he has only a limited air supply. Written by Bill Koenig

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At the end of the episode, the aircraft being used in the escape changes from a small propeller driven aircraft to a business jet. See more »

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A bit overly complicated and dumb.
5 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aside from being one of quite a few episodes that featured Bruce Boxleitner, there isn't a whole lot to distinguish this show. Most of this is because the plot is WAY overly complicated--showing that the plot really wasn't thought out all that well.

The show begins with a kidnapping and murder. Apparently, the child they snatched is the son of some rich Japanese industrialist. Now here is where it gets complicated and you'd think that the seemingly well-educated and smart crooks are actually idiots! First, to knock out the boy'd mother, they use a toxin derived from Lionfish!! This is WAY too complicated and also would seem to point the finger at exactly the sort of folks who had the know-how to do the crime! Second, instead of keeping the kid in a shack somewhere, they construct a VERY expensive underwater bubble in which the kid is housed. Not surprisingly, the technical sophisticated needed for this naturally ALSO leads the police to the folks who had the know-how to commit the crime!! This is like a James Bond villain who comes up with a ridiculously complicated plan--when a much easier plan would have worked much better. Eventually, the plot ended up including Japanese communist terrorists! 'Nuff said about a simple plot! Overall, reasonably enjoyable but kind of stupid at the same time.

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