Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die? 

A man named Winkler goes berserk when approached by a television reporter doing a "man on the street" story. After his arrest, Five-O and HPD can find no evidence that Winkler even existed ... See full summary »



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A man named Winkler goes berserk when approached by a television reporter doing a "man on the street" story. After his arrest, Five-O and HPD can find no evidence that Winkler even existed until seven years earlier. For Five-O, this is just the start of a complicated investigation full of shadowy figures and murky motives. Winkler, for example, has a number of aliases and a photographic memory. Eventually McGarrett & Co. uncover a plot to assassinate a Soviet defector. Written by Bill Koenig

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6 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Nehemia Peroff ironically is still alive at age 96. Even though he was born one year after Jack Lord. Which possibly makes him the oldest living guess star from Hawaii five 0 See more »


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A rather convoluted plot and a poor ending make this one of the lesser espionage episodes
18 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's odd, but "Hawaii Five-O" did a HUGE number of episodes involving espionage--and not the just Wo Fat shows. Apparently, Hawaii is the epicenter of spies...and I am afraid to even consider going there on vacation (plus don't get me started about all the mobsters on the islands!!)! However, despite being odd and somewhat silly, most of these particular shows were wonderfully entertaining--so, provided you can suspend disbelief, they are worth seeking. However, of these shows, "Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die?" is definitely among the poorer ones--mostly because the plot is too convoluted and because of problems with the ending.

The show begins with a guy (Nehemiah Persoff) accidentally walking into the path of a TV news crew. He freaks out and begins swinging when the obnoxious reporter tries to prevent him from running away from the camera. The cops arrest him for disorderly conduct and when they question him, he gives them a phony name. When this is discovered, he makes up a story about being in the witness protection program. When this, too, is discovered to be a phony, he tells them he's a top East German agent who is a wanted man. This, too, turns out to be a phony as well--and at this point I was feeling annoyed. There were just too many twists about the name and it seemed like a great way to waste a very good guest star.

The bottom line is that all this is part of a plan to locate a Russian defector (Mark Lenard) and kill him. This plot seemed very clumsy. Even clumsier was the ending when Lenard takes WAY too unnecessary a risk to have the big confrontation scene (particularly as two evil marksmen are standing nearby with high-powered rifles). Didn't the writer stop to think whether any of this made much sense?! Regardless, the acting was nice and it was enjoyable...if brainless.

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