McGarrett receives a call from a Skid Row bum who says he has vital evidence in a mainland case. When McGarrett and Danno arrive at the man's fleabag apartment, he's disappeared, with a ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Vince Ryan
Lila Daniels
Warren Vanders ...
Jase Gorman
Robert Edwards ...
Alan Naluai ...
Dick Brady ...
Lew (as Richard Brady)
William Cataldo ...
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Toomey Walsh


McGarrett receives a call from a Skid Row bum who says he has vital evidence in a mainland case. When McGarrett and Danno arrive at the man's fleabag apartment, he's disappeared, with a trail of blood indicating he was robbed and shot but managed to escape. In his mattress, the investigators find some silver certificates which they recognize were used as ransom money in a mainland kidnapping eight years ago where the victim was murdered and the kidnappers escaped. In the interval, silver certificates were removed from circulation and are therefore now "hot money." Five-O figures out that the man who called them was the bagman for the killers and took off with the loot, and they've finally tracked him down. When a woman spends two $20 certificates at a dry-cleaning establishment, Five-O realizes she's one of the killers, but can't find her yet. They do find the dying man, though, and he tells Five-O that a husband-and-wife duo shot him and took off with most of the certificates -- and ... Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 December 1970 (USA)  »

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The hotel desk clerk's voice was dubbed by actor Tim Matheson. See more »


When Vince asks Madge if she spent any of the money in his pocket, which was part of the ransom money, she says she spent 25 dollars. Yet, when Steve gets a phone call from the bank, he is informed that four 10 dollar bills were passed. See more »


Vince Ryan: You give a cop - any cop - half a reason to close a sticky file, and they'll slam that file shut so fast it'll wake up half the people in the next county.
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Run's Albert Salmi!
24 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love "Hawaii Five-O" but one thing you could usually count on with shows like this and other cop shows of the era. If actors such as John Callicos, Anthony Zerbe or Albert Salmi appeared in the episode, you could bet the bank that they were playing the villain! So, very early in the show when Salmi dropped by to see an old friend living in a flophouse, I knew his "friend" was doomed!! And, within moments, Salmi was unloading what appeared to be a .22 into him. Oddly, although he intended to kill him, he only used two shots--not a sure thing with such a small caliber handgun! I almost felt like screaming at the TV--"put one in his head for insurance...that's what a REAL villain would do!!".

And, like I predicted, the shooting victim was not dead. In fact, he had a ton of energy--enough to walk many blocks to a lady friend's house and phone friends in Seattle to tell them about the shooting. Much of the show had to do with McGarrett and company trying to find the guys from Seattle AND Salmi and his scum-bag girlfriend.

Overall, an interesting episode. Why the man was shot, what first brought them together and the woman--all very interesting things you'll need to learn about in the show. I especially LOVED the final scene with the woman and the money--it's a classic. Exciting, well-written (except for the shooting scene) and complex--this one's well worth seeing.

By the way, you may recognize the character Madge as the same lady (Madlyn Rhue) who guest starred on the original "Star Trek" in the "Space Seed" episode where she played a crew member who fell in love with Khan (Ricardo Montalban).

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