Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Why Won't Linda Die? 

A member of the Canadian Parliament is killed in a hit-and-run accident in a remote area, and Five-O discovers that he was apparently on Oahu to meet the one person whom he knew there, a ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Det. Steve McGarrett
Danny Williams
Diana / Linda Forbes
James Whay ...
Dave Coleman
Dr. Fleming
John Zenda ...
Geoff Heise ...
Paul Evans
Howard Kaohi ...
Cab Driver
Mary Kondo ...
Laura Sode-Matteson ...
Luana (as Laura Sode)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James McKenna ...
Jack Corsen


A member of the Canadian Parliament is killed in a hit-and-run accident in a remote area, and Five-O discovers that he was apparently on Oahu to meet the one person whom he knew there, a stewardess named Linda Forbes. McGarrett's initial attempt to question Linda is rebuffed by her uptight sister, Diana, though he eventually meets with Linda and finds that she is virtually the exact opposite of her sister. But as the evidence mounts that Linda had something to do with the hit-and-run death, McGarrett is forced to examine what he increasingly finds is the odd relationship between the two sisters. Written by aldanoli

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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14 December 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Further evidence that season 11 should never have been made.
17 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For the first ten years "Hawaii Five-O" was on the air, it maintained a very consistent high quality product. However, season 11 took a HUGE downward turn---producing many downright embarrassing episodes. While "Why Won't Linda Die?" might not be the very worst of the season, it sure is close and is just awful. While there were a few good season 11 episodes, they were unfortunately few and far between.

The show begins with someone deliberately running a guy off a cliff with their car. While a spectacular scene, I kept wondering how hard it might have been to just step out of the way. Oh, well. The man ended up being a member of the Canadian Parliament, so McGarrett and his men take the case instead of leaving it to the regular police.

There aren't a lot of leads. One of the few they find is an envelope with a local name and address. So they go looking for Linda Forbes but at first only find her sister, Diana--who is rather nasty and hard to understand. Later, we see Linda and she is the opposite of her sister. While Diana is emotionally constricted and about as much fun as Ebola, Linda is vivacious and cute. This brings me to a HUGE (freaking HUGE) problem with the show. Anyone with 20/100 vision or better would see right away that Linda and Diana are the same person--just dressed differently and with one wearing a wig. Folks who know BOTH sisters never noticed this or that you NEVER see the two together!! McGarrett, with his trained cop senses, also doesn't see this. Now I did mark above that this is a spoiler, but the audience would almost certainly also see that they are one in the same. To base an entire show on such a shoddy and poorly executed idea is pretty limp (the acting was VERY broad). What exactly becomes of all this, you can find out for yourself...if you care. My advice is just watch seasons 1-10 instead!

By the way, what's with the grave at the end of the show? The funeral marker is clearly VERY old and the painting on it really looked lame. Plus, it could NOT have been the person they said it was--the age just doesn't add up at all.

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