Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild! 

Jo Louise, a rich and spoiled heiress, is recklessly pitting two suitors, Craig and Billy, against each other. She's devised a game where each boyfriend draws a card and gets points for ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Beverlee McKinsey ...
Jo Louise Mailer
Kaz Garas ...
Craig Howard
Eddie Firestone ...
Lani Kai ...
Philip Bolton ...
Harlan Davis
Jimmy Smith ...
Royce Ellington Mailer


Jo Louise, a rich and spoiled heiress, is recklessly pitting two suitors, Craig and Billy, against each other. She's devised a game where each boyfriend draws a card and gets points for various stunts. This game has resulted in, among other things, an Army Jeep being burned and a boat sunk. Billy takes the lead by kidnapping a homeless person. Craig then demands the Joker -- 500 points for a kill. He intends to murder the homeless man. Five-O aims to put an end to the game before things reach a tragic end. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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17 December 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jo Louise's beach house also served as Philip Lo's residence in "By The Numbers". See more »


After Billy has been killed and Craig and Jo Louise have been arrested, they leave Billy's body unattended. This would never happen in a murder investigation. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: Have you ever heard of Halawa?
Jo Louise Mailer: Isn't that a candy bar?
Det. Steve McGarrett: It ain't sweet... It's the state prison.
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A very good episode--and tightly written.
6 December 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Off the top of my head, there are two main reasons I think this is among the best of season two's episodes of "Hawaii Five-O". First, the bad guys are really, really easy to hate. Instead of Wo Fat or the mob, this time the villains are obnoxious and selfish--in a way that breeds contempt towards them in the audience. One is a rich and very, very spoiled lady who has made a game out of winning her. The two men who want to marry her are to choose cards--each one with a message on the back of what crime they should commit just to make this horrid lady happy. Most of the crimes are somewhat petty--property crimes and the like, but later it works its way up to the big time--kidnapping and murder! As for the guys, they are greedy and stupid--and almost as easy to hate as the lady. The second reason it's a good show is that the script is very tight--with no obvious plot holes. I loved "Hawaii Five-O", but occasionally the writers got a bit sloppy in trying to create these one hour dramas--either skipping important steps towards solving the crime or making the criminals suddenly do dumb things that make it easy for Five-O to catch them. In this case, however, the cops aren't quite so lucky--the game eventually goes too far, and daddy's little angel is in too deep for her father's lawyers to rescue her.

Clever, well written, exciting and memorable--give this one a try.

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