Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The Case Against Philip Christie 

Once a juror, always a cop ... McGarrett, serving on a murder-trial jury, is the only holdout for acquittal when the scenario for the "locked-room" killing, which points to the ... See full summary »


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Leonard Freeman (created by), Seeleg Lester

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Janis Paige ... Minnie Cahoon
John FitzGibbon John FitzGibbon ... District Attorney
Nicole Erickson Nicole Erickson ... Penny Christie
Eugene Lion Eugene Lion ... Springer
Lou Richards ... Philip Christie
Madeline Press Madeline Press ... Shirley Van Dorn
Earl Kingston Earl Kingston ... Monty Jarvis
Edward Sheehan Edward Sheehan ... Vincent Van Dorn
Kwan Hi Lim Kwan Hi Lim ... Judge Kwan Hi Lim
Rudolfo Aquino Rudolfo Aquino ... Benjamin Wahili (as Rudy Aquino)
Al Eben Al Eben ... Coroner
Fred Ball Fred Ball ... Rogelio Villipeg


Once a juror, always a cop ... McGarrett, serving on a murder-trial jury, is the only holdout for acquittal when the scenario for the "locked-room" killing, which points to the electronics-expert defendant, doesn't match any physical evidence, so he contacts Five-O and asks them to reopen the case. Written by Peter Harris

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19 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Make it stop, make it stop!
4 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Up through season 10, "Hawaii Five-O" was a dandy television cop show. Even after all those years, the show STILL had great writing and was amazingly fresh. However, with the advent of season 11 came some changes--and plots became amazingly bad. In fact, "The Case Against Philip Christie" was the fourth terrible episode in a row!

The major problem with the plot is that it is utterly ridiculous--so ridiculous that I can't imagine viewers accepting its cockeyed premise. There is a very, very confusing murder and McGarrett is on the jury!!! Yes, you are expected to believe that the #1 cop in Hawaii is allowed to serve on a jury! Heck, even an everyday beat cop would never be allowed on a jury!!

The next serious problem with the show is that it is a rip-off of several earlier movies and TV shows (such as "12 Angry Men", "Perfect Strangers" and an episode of "The Odd Couple"). Clearly the idea of a jury NEARLY unanimous and in a hurry to convict versus a lone holdout is NOT particularly original!

If you could ignore these two super-serious problems (and who could?!), the show STILL has some problems. The acting of the victim before she was killed was terrible and seemed very fake. It LOOKED and SOUNDED like she was acting. Also, every one of McGarrett's concerns about holes in the case to convict were very, very reasonable and commonsense--yet the jurors were not to be swayed and the forewoman of the jury acted uncharacteristically belligerent.

The bottom line is that this is a horribly written episode of a once-great series...just horrible. Let's hope episode 11.5 is better...it couldn't be worse!

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