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Kiss the Queen Goodbye 

"Kiss the Queen Goodbye" is an episode of Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and Zulu. A jeweler in New York City is murdered after making a paste copy of the "Queen of Polynesia", a valuable and historic emerald about to be donated to the State of Hawaii. The 5-0 squad ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Det. Steve McGarrett
... Danny Williams
... Kono
... Chin Ho
... Camilla Carver
... Thurman Elliott
... Michael Olson
... Governor
Druanne Setlow ... Amanda
Kanoe Cazimero ... Hawaiian Girl
Hal Lewis ... Lt. Carlo
Hans Collin ... Dietrich
George Herman ... Pawnshop Owner
Howard Gottschalk ... Jim Bradley


A jeweler in New York City is murdered after making a paste copy of the "Queen of Polynesia", a valuable and historic emerald about to be donated to the State of Hawaii. The 5-0 squad suspects that a switch might be planned at the unveiling ceremony. Jewel thief Janet Kingston, under the pseudonym Camilla Carver, and her sidekick Michael develop a scheme to get into the unveiling when Michael observes one of the invited guests, former Broadway star Thurman Elliott, stealing a diamond bracelet at a society party. Carver and Michael blackmail Elliott into taking her to the unveiling, set at the lovely Makaha Inn. When the "Queen of Polynesia" is brought out, Carver drops the Hawaiian girl wearing it with a poisoned rose, switches it for a paste copy, and then slips the real gem to Michael, posing as a waiter. McGarrett and the 5-0 team are immediately onto the scheme and seal the hotel. They interrogate Carver, and she tries to use Elliott's cute granddaughter Amanda to slip the emerald... Written by Joel J. Rane

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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11 March 1970 (USA)  »

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The New York City detective was played by none other than Hal Lewis, who was a radio personality on KSSK in Honolulu for many years. See more »


During the chase scene involving Michael (Christopher Cary), the film is "flopped" to create the impression that a reverse angle shot was taken from the driver's side of the car. It's clear that a "flopped" film image was used, however, because there was no passenger side mirror on the convertible (as this shot makes it appear), and also because the "H.P.D." insignia on Cary's collar is obviously reversed. See more »


Amanda: [the Queen of Polynesia has been recovered] It was just a doll.
Det. Steve McGarrett: And so are you love.
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Modest Jewel Heist Story Enhanced by Lovely Scenery Brings the Second Season to a Close
13 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Joanne Linville makes her second and final appearance on the series (she'd formerly tangled with McGarrett in "Once Upon a Time," the first-season effort in which she played a sleazy quack "healer") as a slick jewel thief who isn't above threatening a child and committing an occasional murder to get what she wants. Unfortunately, the episode suffers from several deficits. The child playing the granddaughter of faded movie star Thurman Elliott isn't a very good actress, either in her line readings or her characterization; at one point when she's being chased by a bad guy, she actually has a big smile on her face!

Linville's alleged expertise at sleight-of-hand also isn't very convincing -- for example, using a couple of quick cuts, the editors try to have us believe that she makes a fake jewel disappear and then reappear (with a chain attached) deep in the shirt pocket of her co-conspirator. The big theft later in the episode isn't carried off any more persuasively -- everything is suggested but nothing is shown.

Despite these problems, the episode is still enjoyable. Apart from the young girl, all of the guest performers carry off their tasks competently. The late English actor Christopher Cary (who bore a striking resemblance to more frequent guest star Don Knight) plays Linville's cohort with just the right mixture of charm and menace, and George Gaynes brings a combination of stubborn pride and nervous desperation to his role as former luminary Elliott. (Ironically for someone playing a supposed ex-movie star, Gaynes actually started out on Broadway and didn't make a motion picture until he was almost 40; furthermore, he was actually one of the busiest guest stars on television when this episode was made.) There's even a noteworthy job done by regular bit player George Herman as a suspicious pawn shop owner.

The location photography at the Makaha Inn and Country Club is the other guest star -- whether shown in helicopter shots, wide angles, or medium pans of the guests, the setting is even lovelier than in many other episodes, which often seemed to focus on the grittier side of life in the Islands. Here, the backdrop is a spectacular hillside framed with blue skies, green swaths of grass and palm trees, and swirling clouds that thicken as the episode progresses. Even Jack Lord gets into the spirit, wearing a dramatic red jacket set off with a white tie!

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