Hawaii Five-O: Season 5, Episode 16

The Listener (16 Jan. 1973)

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A psychiatrist is tormented by a man calling himself Cerberus. Cerberus says he was turned down for treatment and is determined to gain his revenge by extorting the psychiatrist. Cerberus, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Al Harrington ...
Kam Fong ...
Dr. Eric Fowler
Bob Martinelli
Lisa Pera ...
Angela Martinelli
Harry Endo ...
Patricia Herman ...
Mary Dalton
Linda Ryan ...
Eva Haynes
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Elissa Fontes ...
Carol Fowler
Michael Morgan ...
Lee Jones
John Hunt ...


A psychiatrist is tormented by a man calling himself Cerberus. Cerberus says he was turned down for treatment and is determined to gain his revenge by extorting the psychiatrist. Cerberus, to show he means business, begins harassing the psychiatrist's patients, including a boy dying of a brain tumor and a suicidal woman. McGarrett & Co. must deal with a cunning and ruthless adversary in Cerberus. Written by Bill Koenig

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Mother and son duo of Angela and Bobby Martinelli played by real life mother and son Lisa and Radames Pera. See more »

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One of the best shows in the series...
2 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Regardless of the ethics of the doctor in regard to his young patient, this is an amazingly good episode. It has tons of originality and the plot really pulls the viewer emotionally into the story. I'd place it in the short list of best episodes of the series--and one I could watch repeatedly.

The show begins with a psychiatrist (Robert Foxworth) receiving some strange phone calls from a stranger who seems to know about his patients. He then learns that this caller is extremely crafty and evil. It seems the guy has bugged the office and even the therapist's clothes in order to learn as much as he can about the guy's life and patients' lives. Then, one by one, he begins contacting the patients and exploiting this until the psychiatrist agrees to pay his outrageous and probably never-ending extortion demands. But this is no mere criminal, as the unseen man soon shows how brilliant and evil he is...with some amazingly cruel phone calls that even result in the deaths of one of the poor patients. It all culminates with one of the few times you see McGarrett use a lot of force on a criminal--and it's very satisfying to watch.

Well acted and written--this is about as good as you'll find for the series. See this one.

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