Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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When Tony Alika's guns shoot out a tire on a police car, resulting in the death of a cop and the near-death of Duke, the whole crime is captured on film by a free-lance photographer (a "... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Paul Williams ... Tim Powers / Stringer
Sandra Kerns ... Maren Wilson
Robert Clarke ... Howard Kramer
Ross Martin ... Tony Alika
Jake Hoopai Jake Hoopai ... Reed
Kai Cauton Kai Cauton ... Otis
Michael Hasegawa Michael Hasegawa ... Yoshi
Beau Vanden Ecker Beau Vanden Ecker ... Sgt. Napoli


When Tony Alika's guns shoot out a tire on a police car, resulting in the death of a cop and the near-death of Duke, the whole crime is captured on film by a free-lance photographer (a "stringer" in the trade), who goes to Alika and tries to blackmail him and a mainland hood. One of several stories by Paul Williams as guest-star vehicles for himself; this one was apparently taken by writer Robert Janes to revive his popular story line about the Hawaiian kumu mob. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

22 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stringer [Paul Williams] is shown as a pedicab driver in Waikiki. Pedicabs were three wheeled tricycles that were once used to peddle tourists around the short distances in Waikiki. They were outlawed, and are no longer seen on the streets of Waikiki. See more »

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It's hard to imagine a guy that clever being THAT stupid!
23 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, Duke and a red-shirt* are trailing Tony Alika. If you remember, in the last episode the Five-O folks got enough evidence to arrest him and the case seems pretty air-tight. While he's out on bail, the police are keeping track on him--hoping to get more evidence for the case. However, Alika is sick of being followed and has an important underhanded meeting, so he has a couple of his guys shoot out the tire on the plain clothes police car. The car crashes--killing the red-shirt and injuring Duke. However, a photographer, Stringer (Paul Williams) is nearby and gets not only picture of the accident but of Alika making a deal with a political boss. However, instead of taking this evidence to the police, Stringer is an idiot and decides to blackmail the guys!! Can you imagine anyone that dumb?! Yet, throughout the show Stringer also shows a lot of intelligence--and he did make for an interesting character. Plus, life is full of clever idiots!

So is the show worth seeing? Yes, it's quite good--especially for season 11. However, one thing is very perplexing. Alika is supposed to be out on bail and by the end of the show, they now have strong evidence he had someone murdered. So why does he show up in later episodes? Surely there was enough to merit keeping him in jail until the trial (especially since he kills someone while out on bail for another crime)?! I am confused...though, it IS a TV show and continuity isn't exactly something TV always takes care to do!

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