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Touch of Death 

G and Sam return from an investigation in Honolulu; Danny and Chin, of Hawaii Five-0, accompany them; they seek to intercept a rogue epidemiologist with smallpox virus; the team figure out the case and prevent an unimaginable disaster.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... G. Callen
Daniela Ruah ... Kensi Blye
Eric Christian Olsen ... Marty Deeks
Barrett Foa ... Eric Beale
Renée Felice Smith ... Nell Jones
Linda Hunt ... Hetty Lange
LL Cool J ... Sam Hanna
Scott Caan ... Danny Williams
Daniel Dae Kim ... Chin Ho Kelly
Rob Benedict ... Jarrod Prodeman
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ... Female Flight Attendant
Laura Regan ... Carol Walker
Helen Eigenberg ... Doctor Rachel Holden
Celia Finkelstein ... Nurse
Randy Evans ... Gate Attendant


After taking part in an investigation in Honolulu, Hawaii, G and Sam return aboard a military aircraft to Los Angeles; two detectives, Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly, from the task force called Hawaii Five-0, accompany them; they together seek to intercept a rogue epidemiologist, Prodeman, who stole nine vials of smallpox virus; Prodeman's traveling companion dies of hemorrhagic smallpox before landing at the LAX airport aboard a commercial flight; Prodeman eludes capture and leaves the airport. Sam and Chin tackle Prodeman near his motel; he gives the name of Dr. Rachel Holden, whom the team pursue; Kensi and Deeks play nurse and doctor and produce results; G turns over a motor home, but the team does not find any stuff; still, though, they figure out the whole thing, then they find the bad woman, who holds alternative views and acts on them, and they not only interrupt the distribution of free T-shirts but also prevent a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

1 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Scott Caan previously played Chris O'Donnell's manager in Entourage: Buzzed (2010). See more »


When Hetty prepared to give Deeks, Chin Ho Kelly, and Danny Williams the smallpox vaccine, she prepare to give it as a standard injection. The smallpox vaccine is given as a series of skin pricks using bifurcated (two-pronged) needle that is dipped into the vaccine solution. This is the vaccine that is responsible for that small round scar on the upper arm of most Americans born before 1972 (when the US stopped routine vaccinations). It also takes several days before one develops a skin reaction so Deeks' pain isn't accurate either. See more »


Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange: [greeting Danny and Chin Ho] You are the first outsiders to ever step foot into this operations center. It shows you the severity of the situation.
Danny 'Danno' Williams: Well, I appreciate you not blindfolding us.
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References Hawaii Five-0 (2010) See more »

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Lamest moral lesson in the history of moral lessons
1 June 2016 | by lesphelpsSee all my reviews

I believe this is perhaps the lamest attempt at a moral lesson that I have ever witnessed.

Granted, Dr. Holden's plan to alleviate the worlds catastrophic overpopulation problem with a small pox epidemic was something that needed to be stopped.

Her assessment of the need for drastic action to avoid the results of population catastrophe, was, however, spot on.

Once caught, when she was trying to explain her motives, Danny pops back with a pithy, "I don't do math." This followed Dr. Holden's revelation that the Earth's population had increased by 1 BILLION people in 12 years. Way to tell her Danny!

Sam countered, "Did you think that one of the small pox victims might be the person who was going to solve our problem?" with a smug look on his face. How many times have we heard that nonsense?

How many decades have some of the best minds on the planet been working on solutions to overpopulation, with zero success?

As I said, an incredibly lame moral lesson, closed an otherwise tolerable episode.

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