Operatives working for Wo Fat steal a device from a U.S. military base in Hawaii. Wo Fat is also manipulating a young Maoist into helping him smuggle the device to China. McGarrett and Five-O race to keep the device from leaving the islands. They capture Wo Fat at the last minute. But McGarrett receives a shock courtesy of U.S. spymaster Jonathan Kaye. Written by
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This show marks a major change in Wo Fat's character, because during the winter of 1972 the United States Government had significantly thawed the relationship with Communist China. Premier Chou En-Lai, a practical man, had decided that China could not live in isolation from all other countries and could not count on help from neighbors of any significance. So he reached out a welcoming hand to American President Richard Nixon, who accepted it and began to pave the way toward the countries establishing limited trade relations and making the first steps toward diplomatic relations. To Wo Fat, who had done everything he could to undermine the United States, this action was little short of a betrayal of his Maoist principles (even though Chairman Mao Zedong went along with Chou). In this show and the three which follow, Wo Fat increasingly operates as an independent crime boss who is glad to attack "capitalist-roader" Chinese as well as Americans. By the finale in "Woe to Wo Fat," he is completely isolated and running a fantasized "uncharted desert isle" country to sell a killer laser to any takers. See more
[Reading telegram from Red Chinese submarine
"To Wo Fat: Our position has been detected. Per Peking instructions we are returning at once to the homeland via diversionary route 4-M. Good luck." Signed, the Captain.
Luck? Our success will not depend on luck, but on forethought.
[Glares at Carl Tu
Thanks to your bungling, we must now put Contingency Plan B into operation.