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The Sunday Torch 

A series of arson fires has Honolulu on edge. Each fire occurs on Sunday and despite patrols by Hawaii Five-O and HPD, authorities haven't been able to catch the arsonist. So far, no one ... See full summary »

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Klepper
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Porter
Kwan Hi Lim ...
Portobas
Jo Pruden ...
Mrs. Klepper
Jean Tarrant ...
Dr. Bishop
Harry Endo ...
Lippy Espinda ...
Janitor (as David 'Lippy' Espinda)
Clarence Garcia ...
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Chuck Couch ...
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Richard Kuga ...
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Ray Stokely
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A series of arson fires has Honolulu on edge. Each fire occurs on Sunday and despite patrols by Hawaii Five-O and HPD, authorities haven't been able to catch the arsonist. So far, no one has been injured. It turns out the fires are part of a plan by a businessman who is going to have his own company burned down so he can collect the insurance money. The earlier blazes were to establish "the Sunday Torch" M.O. and to find a suitable dupe. Written by Bill Koenig

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9 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Porter (wearing cream colored pants and a blue Hawaiian shirt) is shown filming one of the fires, then turning his camera onto Stokely and following him thereafter with the lens. Later, when he's showing "his" movie footage of Stokely, Porter is in his own supposed shot because it is merely part of the earlier scene from the actual episode itself, posing as a home movie. See more »

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Aside from too much stock footage, a very good episode...that poor guy!
27 March 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Several Sundays in a row, unoccupied buildings have been set ablaze. Apparently, some pyro is at work and McGarrett is determined to catch them. However, what he doesn't know is that the fires are all being set to hide the destruction of one company in particular--and the owners of that company are orchestrating the fires! This is pretty bad, but what makes this a really compelling episode is that the paid pyro has identified a young man who has shown up to many of the fires--a guy who has his own history of fires and psychiatric treatment when he was a teen. So, they brilliantly build a case to pin on this poor shmoe--and you really feel sorry for the young man because he is 100% innocent. To make it worse, the last fire (involving the owner's pharmaceutical company) ended up killing a security guard--and it's all about to be pinned on this patsy.

This is a very good episode--mostly because it builds so much empathy for the guy getting the blame for the fires. Also, the story is quite interesting. There were only two minor problems. First, too much stock footage of fires was used--they really should have used less--especially since it's often pretty grainy. Second, and IMDb spotted this one, what about the car (read more on IMDb's goofs for more on this). Still, well worth seeing and it's nice to see six seasons in that very high quality episodes are the norm.


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