Hawaii Five-O: Season 3, Episode 6

The Ransom (21 Oct. 1970)

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The young son of a rich man is kidnapped. Five-O and HPD observe the scene where the kidnappers are to pick up the money. Five-O's Kono corners the kidnappers but ends up being captured. He... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Obie O'Brien
Lloyd Gough ...
Nelson Blake
Ron Hayes ...
Geoffrey Thorpe ...
Harry Endo ...
Winston Char ...
Leonelle Anderson ...
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William C. Mount ...
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The young son of a rich man is kidnapped. Five-O and HPD observe the scene where the kidnappers are to pick up the money. Five-O's Kono corners the kidnappers but ends up being captured. He sets the boy free but is beaten by the kidnappers, who now are demanding ransom for release of the Five-O member. Written by Bill Koenig

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21 October 1970 (USA)  »

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This episode demonstrates how a call was traced through an old mechanical switching system. The technician literally had to trace the wires through each switch (1 for each digit of the phone number) to find the line it came in on. This is why the caller had to stay on the line for 5 to 10 minutes for the call to be traced. Success depended on a very skilled technician to complete the trace quickly. With a modern digital switch, everything is run by computer. The computer has to decode the dialed number so that it 'knows' who is calling and who is being called even before the phone rings. See more »


The ransom message sent to McGarret is on a tiny reel-to-reel tape. He asks Danny to set it up on the tape player. When next seen the reel has not only become a larger size, but much more tape has been added to the reel as well. The short ransom message is also apparently somewhere in the middle of the bigger tape, given how much is shown on the take-up reel. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: [to Chin about the kidnappers] They can't get out, we can't get in... If we rush the place, they kill Kono.
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Aside from a goofy ending, a pretty good episode.
15 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Andrew Duggan is the brains of a kidnap scheme and he tells his two flunkies what to do throughout the episode. Duggan, not surprisingly, is a bad guy--something he often played on this show. Also, one of the flunkies is Peter Bonerz--famous for his role in "The Bob Newhart Show" as well as for directing tons of TV shows.

The show begins with McGarrett coming to visit a rich guy. It seems earlier that day he withdrew $250,000 in small bills from the bank--a giveaway that he's collected ransom money. However, the man doesn't want the police involved and refuses to cooperate. Despite this, Five-O follows him as he goes to deliver the money--and in a fluke, a total stranger ends up ruining the drop. At this point, Five-O gets involved and Kono gives chase. In the process, however, Kono is kidnapped! What happens next is something you'll need to see for yourself.

Overall, this is a good episode except for the very end. While it was credible and well-written, the end required a "saved by McGarrett moment" where the chief of this organization goes in single-handedly to fight both baddies AND rescue Kono--not exactly a realistic situation. Still, the show was taut and exciting and worth seeing.

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