Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Twenty-Four Karat Kill 

Five-O investigates a gold-smuggling ring. One young woman is already dead as a result of the gold smuggling. Five-O and the U.S. Treasury Department devise a sting operation aimed at ... See full summary »

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Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Kaz Garas ...
Johnny Fargo
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Andrea
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Paul Dennison
Richard Denning ...
Philip Grey
Newell Tarrant ...
Doc
Maggi Parker ...
May
Lorna Ho ...
Mei-Ling Wan
Richard Loo ...
Wong Tou
Douglas Mossman ...
Lt. Kealoha (as Doug Mossman)
Douglas Cho ...
Stickman
Mark LeBuse ...
Al
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Five-O investigates a gold-smuggling ring. One young woman is already dead as a result of the gold smuggling. Five-O and the U.S. Treasury Department devise a sting operation aimed at nabbing Johnny Fargo, a brash operator, and the wealthy attorney who is the brains behind the operation. Written by Bill Koenig

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14 November 1968 (USA)  »

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This is the first episode where Steve McGarrett says "Book 'em, Danno." See more »

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After McGarrett leaves the gambling raid, his car is a 2 door. While driving to the dock, it becomes a 4 door. See more »

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Johnny Fargo: [to Andrea] If you were a guy, I'd cut you in half!
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Amazingly ordinary...at best.
2 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins with a housewife buying a tuna. When she's at home cleaning it, a bar of gold drops out of the fish! Soon, an assailant comes in the house and murders the lady to get the gold. This woman innocently tumbled into a smuggling ring and paid the price with her life. So, it's up to McGarrett to come to the rescue. Things heat up, however, when Chin Ho is attacked and nearly killed during a stakeout--probably because of his questionable talents in the stakeout department (see episode 1.02).

This is not a particularly interesting or inspired episode and it's clear that the series has not yet hit its stride. One of the most obvious problems is continuity. In this episode, Richard Denning plays a federal agent. However, in a previous episode and all subsequent episodes, Denning plays the Governor. While reusing actors (especially villains) is understandable, having Denning play the Governor in episode 1.04 ("Samurai") then play the agent Phil Grey in this one and then the governor in all subsequent shows is pretty sloppy. Another problem is the plot itself. It could have been interesting, but towards the end, instead of working through the gold smuggling/murder ring, there is a chase scene where the motivations aren't particularly clear--especially of the gang members who are following the gold smuggler. It's like the characters weren't worked out completely. As a result, it's hard to enjoy this show and it rather fizzles out at the end with a dull chase scene.


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