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The Ninety-Second War: Part I 

McGarrett is found in an upside-down car containing a dead crime lord and a briefcase with thousands of dollars. Each step of the frame is perfect and unbreakable. McGarrett figures only ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Harry Endo ...
Al Eben ...
Jack McCoy ...
Dr. Shimel
Robert Witthans ...
Lt. Cmdr. Smallitt (as Bob Witthans)
Johann Strasser ...
Charbonne (as Hans Strasser)
Wright Esser ...
Bob Nelson ...
Assassin #1
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Officer Ishi


McGarrett is found in an upside-down car containing a dead crime lord and a briefcase with thousands of dollars. Each step of the frame is perfect and unbreakable. McGarrett figures only man can be responsible -- Wo Fat. Indeed, the Chinese intelligence operative has just arrived in Hawaii. It turns out Wo Fat arranged for a man to undergo many plastic surgery operations to look exactly like McGarrett. The man is caught and fatally wounded as he tries to withdraw money from a Swiss bank. Before he dies, the double says, "Wo Fat bought my soul for 90 seconds." Written by Bill Koenig

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11 January 1972 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Beginning the following season, and continuing for the rest of the time that he was a cast member, the introductory credit for James Macarthur shows him looking through a broken window while bluish police lights flash around him. That shot is taken from an early scene of this episode. See more »


When the car containing the injured McGarrett is rolled over by the tow truck, there is no engine or transmission in it. See more »

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Not exactly a two-part episode in the traditional sense, but a dandy one!
7 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this is called Part 1, the second episode is only tangentially related to the first. They are really like two separate shows with a thread that ties them together. Because of this, these two shows area rare case where you can watch the second one without the first and still get just about as much out of it.

This show finds McGarrett working very late at the office--leaving at about midnight. Later that morning (about 3am), the police respond to an accident where they find a dead criminal behind the wheel of a car that crashed...and McGarrett is in the passenger seat--badly hurt. In addition to the driver being a criminal, lots of cash is found on McGarrett. Then, when Five-O investigates, they find lots of evidence that McGarrett had a double life--one where he's taken over $2,000,000 in bribes. However, because they know him so well, none of his colleagues believe he's a criminal and he was somehow set up for this. However, piecing it all together will take time as well as a trip to Switzerland to investigate the bank accounts where all this supposedly illegal money is hidden.

What's it all about? Did McGarrett turn bad? Who is behind all this? tune in and see. You'll enjoy a very solid episode with a really cool finale. While it isn't always believable, it's always entertaining and is one of the best shows of the series. Too bad part 2 isn't nearly as good.

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