Hawaii Five-O: Season 3, Episode 2

Trouble in Mind (23 Sep. 1970)

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A deadly strain of heroin hits the island.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Nancy Wilson ...
Eadie Jordan
Milton Selzer ...
Mike Martin
Robert Gibbons ...
David Burton ...
Harry Partch (as Dave Burton)
Remi Abellira ...
Harry Endo ...
Morton Stevens ...
Hal Lewis ...


A deadly strain of heroin hits the island.

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Morton Stevens, who plays Eadie Jordan's drummer (and a heroin addict) in this episode, was the series' main composer. Among the many compositions that Stevens wrote for the series was its legendary main theme music. See more »


Kono: [to Steve about Mike] How about that?... I save the characters life, and he's trying to bust me.
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Trouble in Mind
Words and Music by Richard M. Jones
MCA Music
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Wow---imagine the odds of a musician who uses heroin!
25 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, the above summary is certainly facetious, as traditionally musicians have used a wide variety for many, many decades. Heck, some of the most famous jazz musicians of the 1930s and 40s are "outed" for their drug uses in Alex Haley's biography/autobiography of Malcolm X--and it's pretty much common knowledge that this has long been a problem. Yet, aside from "Hawaii Five-O", I can't think of a single show that talked about this.

The show begins with Kono going into a bar and rousting a known drug user. Later, after a pianist and singer (Harry Guardino and Nancy Wilson respectively) leave the lounge, Kono follows and pulls them over after the pianist (who was driving) does a stupid move. As he's looking into the car, Kono is bashed over the head by Guardino and the two make a get away--otherwise, the heroin Kono just found in the car would have resulted in their arrest. The next day, BOTH Guardino and Wilson claim Kono was at fault and the decried their innocence.

So why was Kono being so intent on searching everyone in the bar? Well, it seems the place is known as a drug hangout AND a batch of arsenic-laced heroin has been killing unsuspecting users. McGarrett is determined to find it and shows that he's less a conservative cop and more a guy who is concerned at these senseless deaths.

Since it's obvious that the two had heroin in the car AND Guardino had a record of heroin possession, McGarrett naturally assumes they might lead him to the source of the tainted drug. But, Guardino isn't talking and his pretty lady friend is just as belligerent and close-mouthed. So it's up to Five-O to keep up the pressure until there is a break in the case.

While not a great episode, it is very good for several reasons. As I said above, it talked about drugs in the industry but it also gets points for misdirection--McGarrett was actually wrong during much of the show. And, I also appreciated the little drug dealer--it was pretty shocking to see an 11 year-old who both sold AND used this horrible drug. Well worth seeing. But, and these are major problems with the episode, McGarrett really blows it . First, to try to sound cool and with-it, he spouts a lot of hip drug lingo that is pretty laughable. However, the worst thing he does is TASTE a bag of what might be heroin to find out if it's tainted with arsenic. What part of TAINTED WITH ARSENIC didn't he seem to understand?! And, for that matter, who knows what arsenic tastes like (I assume those who do are all dead)? And, how many cops could taste and detect if something is unadulterated heroin?!?! Goofy stuff in an otherwise decent episode. A bit of editing sure would have helped.

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