Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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School for Assassins 

Five-O is assigned to provide security for a meeting involving a Middle Eastern sheik from OPEC, who is coming to Honolulu to negotiate with oil magnate John Ellington. McGarrett gets ... See full summary »


Don Weis


Leonard Freeman (created by), Frank Telford (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
William Smith ... Det. James 'Kimo' Carew
Sharon Farrell ... Det. Lori Wilson
Moe Keale ... Det.Truck Kealoha
Monte Markham ... Jack Ellington
Lloyd Bochner ... Colonel Avery
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Jennifer Fair
Gary Lockwood ... Kelsey
Lynne Ellen Hollinger Lynne Ellen Hollinger ... Idra Dassan
Steve Cassidy Steve Cassidy ... Mario
Bernard Ching Bernard Ching ... Ross
Christopher Law Christopher Law ... Ted Morley
Phil Chong Phil Chong ... Chang
David P. O'Malley David P. O'Malley ... Ellington Aide
Murli H. Manghnani Murli H. Manghnani ... Sheikh Ahmed Bishara


Five-O is assigned to provide security for a meeting involving a Middle Eastern sheik from OPEC, who is coming to Honolulu to negotiate with oil magnate John Ellington. McGarrett gets information that someone may be planning to disrupt the meeting, and sends Kimo to infiltrate what turns out to be a school for assassins operated out of an estate on Oahu -- whose best student, Kelsey, is tasked with assassinating the OPEC representative. Written by aldanoli

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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In a dozen shows to this point, Truck has been shot in three of them (the others are "Though The Heavens Fall" and "Voice of Terror"), and suffered radiation poisoning in "The Kahuna." That's two ahead of Duke (shot in Season Five, car wreck in Season 11) and three ahead of any other cast member excluding McGarrett. 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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International Intrigue
6 June 2017 | by sphillips-7See all my reviews

Hawaii Five-O was on its last legs in Season 12 and had been on a steady decline since the departure of Chin Ho Kelly at the end of Season 10. Nevertheless most of the remaining episodes are still worth watching, including "School for Assassins."

The story-line centres on a politically sensitive meeting scheduled to take place between oil billionaire Jack Ellington and a high-ranking official of OPEC, Sheikh Ahmed Bishara. Five O provides the security detail for Ellington, who is believed to be at risk of abduction. Meanwhile a training school for professional assassins, headed by a Colonel Avery, ably played by veteran Canadian-born actor Lloyd Bochner, is preparing to strike.

A charming, if unlikely, element of the story is the interaction between Ellington and Jennifer Fair, a tourist on holiday from the mainland. Ellington is portrayed as a forlorn figure. Burdened by the demands of running the business empire he inherited, he is wistful about the opportunities he has missed to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, including romance. Played convincingly by Monte Markham, Ellington cuts a sympathetic figure. He seems genuinely taken by his chance encounter with the fair Miss Fair. When he accidentally meets her again on Wakiki Beach, the buxom Miss Fair is clad in a skimpy string bikini. Since Ellington has evidently led a sheltered life, it's no wonder he falls for her. They repair to a beach-side bar for a drink, at which point dramatic events ensue.

While a pale imitation of the series' best days, this episode is action-packed, suspenseful, and even poignant.

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1 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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