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The Cop on the Cover 

Over McGarrett's strong objections, the Governor orders him to allow Terri O'Brien, a reporter for a popular new weekly magazine, to shadow him and the other members of Five-O for a story ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Steve McGarrett
Danny Williams
Chin Ho
Terri O'Brien
Stewart Longworth
Joe Moala
Albert Harris ...
Burroughs (as Albert M. Harris)
Russ Trinidad ...
Josie Over ...
Kia Chieu
Emma Veary ...
Lila Moala (as Emma Veary Lewis)
Connie Kissinger ...
Longworth's Secretary
Rodney Philip Aiu ...
Sailor (as Rod Aiu)
Jo Pruden ...
Emily Longworth


Over McGarrett's strong objections, the Governor orders him to allow Terri O'Brien, a reporter for a popular new weekly magazine, to shadow him and the other members of Five-O for a story about their organization. As O'Brien follows the developments of the kidnapping of a scientist's two children, she becomes convinced that McGarrett has rushed to judge the culpability of a bus driver accused of the crime. Even as she argues with McGarrett about his decisions in the case, O'Brien begins to investigate the case on her own. Written by aldanoli

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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29 September 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This has been noted on several other episodes. McGarrett apparently has more than one blue jacket that differ slightly in shade from navy to royal blue. There are several scenes in this episode where his jacket changes color back and forth between the two. Comparing the color of his jacket to the color of his tie as the scenes evolve shows the difference. See more »

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A silly stereotype...not a real lady.
6 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a very weak episode--mostly due to the writer's difficulty writing a three dimensional character. Jean Simmons (not the one from KISS--the actress) stars as a reporter that it just too ridiculous to be believable. In addition, there's an odd mistake that the producers or Jack Lord SHOULD have caught. Together, they make this a very weak episode.

The show begins with a kidnapping. At around the same time a couple of teens are kidnapped, McGarrett and the Governor are having a very rare disagreement. The Governor wants McGarrett to cooperate with a magazine article about him and Five-O--McGarrett wants to tell the reporter to get lost. However, the Governor pulls rank and insists McGarrett and his men cooperate...period.

When McGarrett meets the lady reporter (Simmons), he is brusque and rude. He makes it very clear that he didn't want her to interview him or his men but that he's doing it because he's been ordered to cooperate. It's really hard to like Steve here. However, through the rest of the episode, Simmons acts like an idiot--proving, at least to the writer, that dame reporters are annoying! Far from politically correct, this show missing the mark because is portrays the lady so poorly--like a third-rate Lois Lane who blunders into situations where she has no right being involved. As a result, the show just comes off as sexist and dumb. What do you think?

By the way, there was an inconsistency in this particular episode. In previous ones, Steve didn't drink alcohol--and even said a few episodes before this that he NEVER drinks. However, at the end of "The Cop on the Cover", the show ends with him sharing champagne with Simmons. Don't you think the writer and especially Jack Lord should have caught this mistake?

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