Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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One for the Money 

McGarrett receives a cryptic letter and a photo of a woman with an "x" drawn through it. The woman was stabbed repeatedly. Later, another is killed the same way and Five-O gets another ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Det. Steve McGarrett
... Danny Williams
... Kono
... Chin Ho
... Arnold
... Aunt Martha
... Charlie
Bob Basso ... Lt. Pelak
Minda Guild ... Aimee Cross
Elithe Aguiar ... Nurse
Maggi Parker ... May
John Stalker ... Dr. Fuller
Corinne Opsahl ... Ruth Warden
Michael Leong ... Intern


McGarrett receives a cryptic letter and a photo of a woman with an "x" drawn through it. The woman was stabbed repeatedly. Later, another is killed the same way and Five-O gets another letter. The victims both worked at the same company, Hawaiian Amalgamated Industries. The company is headed by the headstrong Martha, who employs two nephews, Arnold and Charlie. The killings are a ruse, intended to create the impression of a psychopath killer on the loose. In reality, the killer is Charlie and he kills Martha so he can inherit his share of her estate. He also stabs himself to make it appear he was a target of an attack. But Martha's will has Arnold take over running the company and a relatively modest trust for Charlie. The development spurs Charlie to try to kill Arnold and frame him for the killings. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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5 February 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the phrase: "1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready and 4 to go." See more »


After Charlie has killed Aunt Martha, he carefully wipes her cane of his fingerprints, but does not bother to wipe his prints off of Aunt Martha's watch, which he has just set ahead and smashed. See more »


Danny: [Steve has received a cryptic note] It's probably a crackpot, Steve.
Det. Steve McGarrett: Unfortunately, crackpots kill Danno.
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Pretty good stuff...
30 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

While there were a few plot flaws here and there, this was a very exciting episode--one of the best of the first season. It begins with a woman being stabbed to death--seemingly for absolutely no reason. Oddly, at her body, the killer leaves a #1. Then, even more oddly, he sends a letter to McGarrett--taunting him about the killings and implying there will be a lot more. When the second woman is killed, a connection between them is seen--they both work for the same company. So, the Five-O team heads to the company run by Aunt Martha to investigate. Martha is assisted by her two nephews, Arnold (Farley Granger) and Charlie--Arnold is the strong dependable type and Charlie the somewhat irresponsible type. Could one of them be next or could one of them be the murderer? See it yourself to find out.

This is a fine psychological thriller and seeing the twisted motivation for the killings and the way the maniac thought they were so clever really made this episode. The only deficits were a few times when the killer seemed to slip--but the cops didn't seem to catch. For example, the killer uses rubber gloves when committing the killings--yet took them off and then touched a car key--which would have left a finger print. But, considering how entertaining and well written the rest of the show was, this can be forgiven.

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