Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The Hostage 

A paranoid Korean War veteran, thinking a policeman is about to arrest him for a crime he didn't commit, grabs the officer's gun and shoots him. More cops appear, so the vet pulls the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Mossman ...
Frank Kamana
Morgan Shaan ...
Col. Chadway (as Morgan Sha'an)
Murray Clarke
Edward Sheehan ...
Rev. Craighill (as Edward S. Sheehan)
Mrs. Cooper
David Palmer ...
Wiley Sheppard
Alice Lemon ...
Mrs. Chadway
Phil Arnone ...
Newsman (as Philip L. Arnone)
Joan K. Young ...


A paranoid Korean War veteran, thinking a policeman is about to arrest him for a crime he didn't commit, grabs the officer's gun and shoots him. More cops appear, so the vet pulls the wounded officer's ammunition belt free and runs into an apartment occupied by a teenage girl, locking himself and the girl inside. McGarrett and HPD's SWAT team arrive at the same time, and the leader of the SWAT team wants to blast his way into the apartment and take down the gunman, who blazes away at targets all over the place. Because somehow the gunman hasn't killed anybody yet, and because McGarrett thinks the gunman might be better off in a mental hospital, McGarrett butts heads with the HPD officer and stalls to buy time to negotiate a peaceful surrender -- although the media circus surrounding the hostage situation immensely complicates the negotiation. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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11 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Dennis Chun, who plays the officer who scuffles with and is shot by Cooper (Dane Clark) in the opening scenes, was the son of series regular Kam Fong, who played Chin Ho Kelly. As of 2013, he plays Duke in 'Hawaii Five-0 (2010)'. See more »


When Jesse first talks to McGarrett, the mirror is unbroken even though Jesse shot the mirror earlier. Later the mirror is broken again. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: Police departments all over the world pool their intelligence, their experience. We spend weeks in seminars learning the various kind of hostage situations. Then, you get to the scene, you turn your back and some idiot tries some stupid kind of home remedy. Count on it. Given the chance, some idiot will blow it for you EVERY TIME!
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While it is a remake of an earlier episode, it managed to be a bit better.
9 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Early in the "Hawaii Five-O" series, there was an episode starring Yaphet Koto as a soldier with mental problems who shoots Danny and holds up in a hospital room. The ending of this one was pretty weird but it was a decent episode. Here in season seven, they recycled this plot--albeit with a few changes. Fortunately, while this show is a re-tread, it's a bit better than the original story.

Dane Clark plays a down and out war vet. He drinks too much and he's emotionally unstable. When he sees his old commanding officer, Clark INSISTS to the guy at the desk in the apartment complex that he must be allowed to go upstairs to see his old Colonel. When he's told he cannot, Clark becomes a bit wacky--and the police are called. A scuffle ensues and Clark takes the gun away from the cop and shoots him! In a panic, he looks for a place to hide and takes a hostage (a very young Linda Purl). The police Captain is a hard-nose and wants to charge the apartment with guns blasting--a sure way to get the hostage killed. Fortunately, McGarrett is level-headed and insists on taking it slow and following procedures. What happens next you'll need to see for yourself.

While not a perfect episode (the Captain is a bit too tough to be real--plus you'd think he'd behave better considering his boss, McGarrett, is there!). But it is entertaining and well done.

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