Several women have been strangled in Honolulu. The pattern in all of the cases was that after each killing, the killer would put make-up and a wig on each victim as if he wanted her to look... See full summary »



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Zulu ...
Jerry Rhodes
Vic Tanaka (as Soon Taik Oh)
Danny Kamekona ...
Dr. Holmby
Marjorie Battles ...
Harry Endo ...
Norman Dupont ...
Kwan Hi Lim ...
Charlotte Couch ...
John Farias ...


Several women have been strangled in Honolulu. The pattern in all of the cases was that after each killing, the killer would put make-up and a wig on each victim as if he wanted her to look like a prostitute. Also, in each case except for one, the killer seemed to have a key to the house of his victims. However, the one exception was the home of a private investigator whose wife was killed. It is eventually theorized that the killer is looking for a prostitute who he was obsessed with. Written by Brian Washington <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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28 September 1971 (USA)  »

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The title describes the practice at paid activities such as sporting events, skating rinks, amusement parks that allow the female half of a couple to have free admission as an advertising gimmick to attract couples or dates on outings. See more »


When the strangler is applying make up to the first victim, you can see her eyes twitching showing that she is still alive. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: [to Jerry] You want to find this guy, and you wanna kill him!... And I'm not gonna let you!
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An enjoyable episode with too many plot holes
17 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is pretty good on one hand, but rather weak on another. On the positive side, the killer's m.o. is pretty weird and creepy. He kills women and then paints them up identically--with blonde wig, tons of makeup and lipstick. The corpses are pretty scary looking, but also look identical due to the murderer's craftsmanship--he's quite the makeup artist...and freak.

As McGarrett and Five-O investigate, they inexplicably allow private investigator, Jerry Rhodes, to follow along and see what they are doing. While Rhodes' own wife was apparently murdered by this same madman, why they would let Rhodes become involved makes no sense--especially since in earlier episodes McGarrett would not even let COPS be involved in cases when their own family members or friends were killed. In season one, a cop whose boxer son is killed is taken off a case. Later, Tom Skerritt plays a cop whose wife is murdered--and McGarrett orders him to take time off work and stay out of the case. And, in season three, Danno's girlfriend (played by Anne Archer) is murdered and McGarrett takes him, temporarily, off the case--as Danny ends up beating up a man in his zest to solve the case! So why let Rhodes become involved when he's only a private citizen?

There also is a problem because on a couple occasions, McGarrett or Rhodes had information or clues that they seemingly pulled out of thin air. How Rhodes was able to locate the killer was painfully difficult to believe and how McGarrett was able to learn that there were two killers seemed to come out of left field as well--making this a weak episode logically. However, because it is still enjoyable, it's worth seeing.

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