A small-time Chinese criminal in prison has big ties to the Chinatown mob, which is gearing up for a fight with a rival gang. McGarrett promises the young man a pardon in exchange for his ... See full summary »

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Joey Lee
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Victor Fong
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Sergeant Riley
Shari Au ...
Julie
Dave Lancaster ...
Tripper
Roland Nip ...
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Soo Yong ...
Chaperone
Michael Hasegawa ...
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Ron Nakahara ...
Dave
Benjamin Lum ...
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Karen Ahn ...
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A small-time Chinese criminal in prison has big ties to the Chinatown mob, which is gearing up for a fight with a rival gang. McGarrett promises the young man a pardon in exchange for his help in thwarting the mob war, and then carries out an elaborate escape and phony assassination attempt to convince the gangsters that their buddy is still on the wrong side of the law. Written by Peter Harris

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23 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Pretty good except for one insane scene!
10 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Season 11 of "Hawaii Five-O" was pretty awful. The quality of the scripts went way downhill--perhaps the product of the show just having run its course. Fortunately, "The Pagoda Factor" is a pretty good show--at least by season 11's very low standards.

The show begins with Joey Lee escaping from prison. The reason it seemed so easy is that it was arranged with McGarrett. That's because some sort of heavy-hitter Chinese mobster is coming from the mainland to organize the Chinese gangs and McGarrett needs an inside man. Apparently Lee has had enough of gang life and wants out--and wants to take the organization down. However, Joey is a cocky guy and after a while you aren't sure just how committed he is to his task. Watch this one to see what's next.

Apart from an insanely stupid and ridiculous scene where McGarrett fire NEAR a group of mobsters using automatic weapons, this show is very good. Yes, I did say automatic weapons (one appeared to be an M-15 or an AR-15 rifle)! This never would occur...at least on this planet! But, if you look past it, the show is otherwise well written and a HUGE relief from the crap in prior season 11 episodes! Worth your time.

If you do see this one, look for the tall rival gang leader--he looks almost exactly like an Asian Joey Ramone!! Seriously!


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