Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Image of Fear 

"Image of Fear" is an episode of Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord, William Smith, and Sharon Farrell. Someone apparently is trying to convince Joan Carter and everyone she knows that she is mentally ill and only imagining the frightening attacks on her life, but one of those people -- ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Det. Steve McGarrett
... Det. James 'Kimo' Carew
... Det. Lori Wilson
... Det. Duke Lukela
... Det. Truck Kealoha
... Joan Carter
... Annie Carter
... Gary Carter
... Robert Kwon
Patricia Herman ... Nancy Warren
Tom Matsusaka ... Franklin
... Stan Thomas


Someone apparently is trying to convince Joan Carter and everyone she knows that she is mentally ill and only imagining the frightening attacks on her life, but one of those people -- Five-O boss Steve McGarrett -- isn't buying it. Apparently, Joan's antagonist -- if, indeed, that's what he is -- is a mysterious, very-much alive man named Kwan, who, according to the confused Joan, she once shot to death. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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8 November 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Soon Tech-Oh, who plays the blackmailer on this show, is reportedly in the cast of Cocoon, the pilot movie (it depends on which credit list you watch as to whether you will find his name). If correct, he is one of four Cocoon actors to appear in the 12th season (the others are Jack Lord, Khigh Dhiegh, and Andrew Duggan (Use a Gun Go to Hell, airing three weeks later). Lord and Duggan also appear in the Lord-directed TV-movie M Station Hawaii, which was filmed before Five-O's 12th season but aired after it when it didn't sell as a series. See more »


Early in the episode, Joan Carter drops her daughter off at school. As she pulls away from the curb, a crewman holding a large reflective panel over his head is mirrored in the rear driver's side windows of the station wagon she is driving. See more »

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Fair but difficult to believe.
1 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

A divorced mother awakens to find a prowler in her home. He will not leave and she shoots him. She then calls her old friend, Steve McGarrett, and he and his team investigate. However, oddly, there is no body, no blood nor any real evidence that he ever was there. Later, more inexplicable things occur and folks around the woman begin to wonder if she is losing her mind. However, Steve suspects something evil is afoot--something very malicious.

The idea of taking the plot from "Gas Light" and using it as a basis for a show isn't bad. You know someone is trying to drive the lady bonkers- -but who and why? Unfortunately, the who and why turns out to be a big disappointment. The logistics of this plot are overwhelmingly difficult to believe. Even more tough to believe is that the woman who is the target of all this ALWAYS leaves the house after seeing dead things-- giving conspirators ample time to clean up the evidence!!! A rather sloppy execution of an otherwise decent plot.

By the way, the current summary listed for this particular episode of "Hawaii Five-O" gives one spoiler after another. If you read it before watching the show, you'll know exactly what's going to happen and who is behind this conspiracy! So don't read it!!

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