Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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A Bird in Hand... 

During a stopoff on a bird-watching expedition, tourists photograph an old sugar mill. They don't know that the mill is a front for a gold-smuggling operation and that one of their ... See full summary »


Beau Vanden Ecker


Leonard Freeman (created by), Samuel Roeca


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
William Smith ... Det. James 'Kimo' Carew
Herman Wedemeyer ... Det. Duke Lukela
Moe Keale ... Det. Truck Kealoha
John Dehner ... Anthony Del Vecchi
Lara Parker ... Angie Walker
George Fisher George Fisher ... Klieber
Randy Ruff Randy Ruff ... Marty Watts
Sylvia Clinger Sylvia Clinger ... Julie Mae Watts
Jim Reynolds Jim Reynolds ... Grebbs
Paul Martin Paul Martin ... Johnny Salomao
Monique Kaeo Monique Kaeo ... Loa
Wayne Oxford Wayne Oxford ... Clarence Firth
Gillian Dobb Gillian Dobb ... Gertrude Firth (as Gillian Dubb)
Edward Vierra Edward Vierra ... Santos


During a stopoff on a bird-watching expedition, tourists photograph an old sugar mill. They don't know that the mill is a front for a gold-smuggling operation and that one of their photographs has caught the leader through a window. The leader sends a pack of goons to kill everyone in the tourist party and steal their film. McGarrett and a newspaper journalist, who got hold of the pictures, must try to identify the man in the picture and take down his operation before he gets them. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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The title comes from the old proverb: A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. See more »

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Toward the end of the closing credits. Pau and the end appear on a picture of two glasses of cocktails. See more »

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Yet another clunker from season 12.
8 June 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Bird in the Hand" is yet another awful episode from season 12 of "Hawaii Five-O". This is because by seasons 11 and 12, the series had more than run its course and the plot started getting awfully silly or stale. While "A Bird in the Hand" was not 100% awful, it was a remake of a season 9 show, "Double Exposure". So, it certainly lacks a lot when it comes to originality but at least it isn't quite as stupid as many of the shows....small consolation that this is.

The show begins with a small group of tourists on a bird watching expedition. Unbeknownst to the group, they're taking pictures near the hideout of Mr. Del Vecchi (John Dehner). Del Vecchi faked his own death some time ago and is planning on a BIG score in smuggled gold. So, just to make certain none of the tourists took pictures of him by mistake, he has his goons arrange for accidents for everyone--making their deaths look normal. After a while, a pattern clearly has emerged and only a dope would think the deaths were all accidents. So, McGarrett eventually do what any good cops would do in a situation like this-- enter the thugs' hideout without backup and without a clear plan. And, like a badly written show, it all works out just fine! Then, oddly, McGarrett waxes poetic for no reason whatsoever!!

All in all, this is a pretty bad but not horrible show. For purists who want to see ALL of the shows, it's worth seeing--otherwise skip it. Also, note that IF gold was being smuggled in cans like they did in the show, the cans would be fabulously heavy and any idiot would quickly realize that there's far more than pineapple in the cans!

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15 March 1980 (USA) See more »

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