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Sorry, my mistake. I just checked the end of “Strangers” and Danno does indeed say the guy he shot is still alive. Though I suppose he could have died later. But we go by what we’re told.

What I also stumbled on is that during Grace Willis’ confession to McGarrett she clearly says that “he (Benny) used Tommy and then killed him, and then tried to kill me”. So I don’t think there’s any question as to how Tommy died. I’d say this definitely rules out Tommy committing suicide.


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"I know Danno seemingly shoots an unarmed teen in this episode while off-duty but this is NOT his first kill. We saw him shoot and kill Benny’s “henchman” on the beach after he tried to strangle Grace Willis in 'Strangers in Our Own Land'."

This is not correct, the last thing we hear about the guy in "Strangers" is: "He's got a bullet in his chest but he's breathing."


Added: July 16 2018 02:11:09 PM
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Hi Mike,

I was wondering if you could check with your friend at CBS regarding an update on the possible 50th Anniversary Blu Ray set - September is not too far now and I'm sure everyone here would love some info - thanks:)


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Ringfire - you are not alone. I thought the opening to the 3rd act was intense and you knew there was going to be a fight! ;) That intensity underscored what was happening in the episode.

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Hey Ringfire: I'm not sure that we can consider the episodes to be shown in chronological order.

In "Daisies" after the opening credits, Steve arrives at the scene. Two HPD officers are there and Danny is sweating, smoking a cigarette, and trying not to lose it. One of the HPD men notices what Danny is going through and says "First time for him, Steve?" and Steve replies "Yeah, first time." (Or something like that.) So I always assumed that this was supposed to be Danny's first kill.

If you consider the episodes to be individual stories and not a timeline, it makes sense.


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I know Danno seemingly shoots an unarmed teen in this episode while off-duty but this is NOT his first kill. We saw him shoot and kill Benny’s “henchman” on the beach after he tried to strangle Grace Willis in “Strangers in Our Own Land”.

Am I the only one who really loves how the 3rd act opens with this great rumbling sound in the score as the camera barrels straight at the door of the Attorney General? It’s basically McGarrett charging like a bull into a fight with the Attorney General. Epic scene!


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Hi Mr. Mike! Nice review on "And they Painted Daisies on his Coffin". I noticed in Act Three you stated Chin Ho did the comparison test for the gun. Wasn't this Che Fong? I know it's nit-picky but figured you might want to fix it. [Thanks, this has been done. - MQ] :)

As far as the title - I agree with Ringfire that it had to do with the hippie scene underlying the episode. :)

Nice play-by-play :)


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Original H50 revisited:

S01E05 -- ....And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin, where Danno is accused of first degree murder after he shoots an escaping criminal and the gun this guy was using is not found (which you know already) :)

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#5


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Roger Perry who played the head bad guy in "Ready... Aim" has passed away. From 2002 until his death he was married to Joyce Bulifant who was the first Mrs. James MacArthur and who on TV played Gavin MacLeod's wife on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. Gavin of course was Big Chicken on FIVE-O.

Interestingly enough "Ready... Aim" was the only season 9 episode I had never seen in reruns prior to buying the DVD.


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Agree with many of the sentiments on Strangers In Our Own Land. I think King Of The Hill and Samurai are 2 of my FAV Season 1 episodes. The car explosion at the beginning of Strangers was well-done. I think the young bomber kid was killed off. My FAV part was Kono at the end saying:Someday, we will be strangers in our own land.

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Samurai is an incredible action packed episode for 1968. A courthouse shooting, poisoned lipstick, McG & HFO shootout with Bushido, and the beautiful Dee Dee. It's 1 of my FAV Season 1 episodes.

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I have to admit that the thought of Tommy Kapali killing himself never occurred to me because based on everything we see and Benny’s murderous tendencies of removing loose ends it all points to Benny (or his “henchman”) as the murderer.

As for trying to kill Grace Willis as I mentioned earlier it makes Benny out to be a real scumbag. Especially if she was his mistress. Same thing with Tommy Kapali who was basically a poor innocent (and a fellow Hawaiian) as well as his daughter’s boyfriend who gets strung up by Benny or his goon. Imagine you and your wife scheme to kill some politician that you despise. Fair enough. But are you really going to try to then kill your wife (or even your mistress) just because she knows everything? As well as any other innocents? Sure you don’t want to go to jail but I’m sure there are lines you aren’t willing to cross. Killing someone you feel “needs killing” is one thing. Killing other people, especially those close to you, is a whole other matter. This is where Benny just being a proud Hawaiian who cares about the land goes out the window when he starts killing other people around him to keep himself in the clear.


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It's surprising that a superstar like Tab Hunter would receive such a last-minute part as he had in "Horoscope for Murder." True, he proved to be the culprit, but you would expect such a big name as his to appear in Act 1, Scene 1.

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I think it's impossible to know whether Tommy killed himself or was killed based on what was shown. It could have gone either way.

Certainly, there is evidence that he might have been killed as seen in Benny's killing Nathan Manu and Grace Willis, and attempting to kill David Milner.

There is evidence that Tommy wanted to live -- he had a beautiful girlfriend, Leilani, who clearly cared deeply for him.

There is evidence that Tommy might have wanted to die -- he was ill. Too, he may have realized that he had been used as a patsy to kill Nathan Manu. The guilt would be too much for someone who was not stable.

It's interesting that, even in this early episode, the theme of "loose ends get hit" comes into play.


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Tab Hunter, who starred in the extremely bad 11th season episode Horoscope for Murder, has passed away:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/09/entertainment/tab-hunter-dead/index .html


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I don't think in Strangers that Benny killed Tommy, which is just speculation. I am speculating too when I think that Tommy killed himself, because he was, as his mother said, "sick in the head."

As far as Grace Willis is concerned, she knew EVERYTHING (as she blabs away to McG), so I am surprised that Benny didn't knock her off much earlier than he did. She was obviously Benny's mistress, though there is no suggestion of Benny having a wife in the show. Maybe she was just his girl friend or something. You have to ask yourself, by helping out Benny, what was "in it for her"?


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In a meeting at the H50 office, Chin Ho produces a Japanese pistol and a knife which were recovered from the guy who failed to knock off Tokura.

Later, after Tokura's men murder two guys, McG takes this knife to Tokura's place and shows it to him. McG says "Those two gambling goons your boys knocked off, they didn't write the contract on you outside the hearing room. This was responsible [shows him the knife]. Samurai, ancient order of Japanese knighthood, fanatic principles of honor. The code of Bushido." (Yes, it >is< a code!)

The confusion with the word "Bushido" starts at this point when McG tells Tokura "Makes it easy for a Bushido to gut himself when he fails on a mission [i.e., commit hara-kiri]." Tokura later tells McG "[I]f you have paid more than $2.95 for that poor imitation samurai knife, you were shamelessly cheated." The word "samurai" is only used two more times in the show, once when Chin Ho says he doesn't understand "this samurai jazz" and at the end, when McG gives Tokura a "present" which he says "might even be a samurai knife."

I don't really understand why someone from Japan wants to knock off Tokura in the first place. Were his rackets in Honolulu a threat to gangsters (i.e., the yakuza or whoever) in Japan? Tokura was actually S. Yamashito, a Japanese sailor who was in a "kamikaze submarine" near Hawaii around the time of Pearl Harbor who took over the identity of some American guy named Tokura who was hiding in a cave on Molokai. (No one knows what happened to this Tokura.) When this submarine was found a couple of years ago, according to McG, "An international magazine did a story on it, the Bushido picked it up. Figured out what happened."

I don't get it. Why would the "bushido" care about this at all? There is no indication that Yamashito/Tokura was a samurai, that he had besmirched the samurai tradition or anything like that. If this idea had been developed, maybe the show would make more sense!


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“Strangers in Our Own Land” is also a great score by Stevens and again has a common theme which is used all throughout the score. It’s first heard after the title sequence when the ambulance takes away the deceased Nate Manu. This is heard in many other episodes after this one. Of course it’s then beautifully played in a touching scene where Benny reminisces about his childhood days with Nate as he talks to McGarrett. The theme then gets repeated in various guises in the other tracks as well as in a particularly moody and sinister form at the end when Benny knocks out and tries to run over Milner with a bulldozer. It’s this version that is heard many times in other episodes over the course of the first and probably second seasons. It’s great noticing where these themes got their initial start!

As for Benny’s plan or scheme I don’t really have a problem with it. If it’s a bit complicated in trying to use Grace Willis to film Tommy Kapali on her video camera and then trying to set Tommy up as the fall guy then that’s fine - that’s what dramatic license is all about and it makes for an interesting story. As opposed to just blowing up Manu and that’s it, not involving anyone else, not setting up anyone else. My only slight quibble is that it makes Benny into a pretty sympathetic scumbag murderer. Killing Manu for “destroying Hawaii” is one thing, but setting up and then hanging an innocent fellow Hawaiian bruddah (and his own daughter’s boyfriend no less) is pretty darn low! And then trying to also kill Grace Willis (who was on his side) just to eliminate loose ends. At the end he’s just a common murderer, not a crusader for the environment.

I noticed that the guy who played Manu was one Lord Kaulili - some type of Hawaiian royalty was he??

As for the Montalban episode I wonder if people back in 1968 thought of samurai as these warriors all clad in black with a mask covering their faces and running around swinging samurai swords. Think of the army of ninjas in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE just a year prior to this storming Blofeld’s volcano base! Maybe that’s why they chose the word “Bushido” instead hoping no one would know what this means. But then why was the episode called “Samurai” and not “Bushido”? Was it because it was stated that at some point Tokura was a samurai? I can’t recall.


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As far as S01E02 is concerned, instead of misusing the word "bushido," if they had used the word "samurai" instead (the name of the show, duh) that would have been better. Or more preferable, the word "yakuza" (meaning Japanese Mafia equivalent), such as we hear on today's H50, though I dunno if the term "yakuza" was that well known in 1968. The word "samurai," referring to either Tokura or the guys coming after him might have opened up a whole other can of worns.

The setup with some guy who looks like Montalban getting shot in the face so they think it is him, etc. is far too contrived. McGarrett is there as a witness, which was likely part of the whole scheme as he suggests later, but how could they guarantee that McG would just happen to be far enough away from the scene where the guy got shot in the face and he couldn't see Montalban being spirited away by his bodyguards or whoever else he arranged to make him "disappear"? Or maybe the guy was >already< shot in the face and they just dragged his body out to the scene where Montalban was supposedly wounded by the guy with a rifle far away?

One of my favorite parts of this show is at the beginning, where the second assassin, the guy with the moustache, looks at the scene where his pal screwed up >his attempt< on Tokura, and he bares his teeth just as Morton Stevens does this little "zing" in the music -- too cool! (Bob Sevey's interview with Tokura seems pretty awkward, on the other hand, which is weird, because he was actually a newsman in Honolulu for many years.)


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Mike, I've never seen SAYONARA but perhaps Montalban's prep work for that role served him well in his Tokura performance a decade later. I'm just the opposite of you - I enjoy Montalban's performance more than the actual episode itself. He's nowhere near as wretched as Mark Lenard in Babe Ruth. Not even close! He's very erudite and charismatic in his performance and I dig his mannerisms, even if he is playing a Japanese by way of Mexico. I still think he looks and acts the part well enough. And by the way, I was notified earlier today that some chivalry are out to get me! :!worried: :!sadsmile:

I'm in total agreement with you on the Full Fathom Five score by Morty. That FFF theme is very effective and creates a real sense of unease and creepiness every time it plays, especially as it gets more and more dissonant and brooding. It really fits Kevin McCarthy's Victor Reese to a tee! Ah, the good old days when TV composers knew what the heck they were doing and didn't just do some generic cut and paste job where the same noise drones on and on from scene to scene, from episode to episode, from season to season.


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The score to Full Fathom Five (FFF) is quite clever. Check out the musical excerpts with my "anal-ysis":

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#S01E01music

#1 - This brief cue is the first appearance of what we could call the FFF theme, or maybe Reese's theme.
#2 - There are brief references to the FFF theme (a 3-note melody going up) at 0:24, 0:36, 1:38 and 1:47. It returns in full as Reese recites the poem from Shakespeare.
#3 - The FFF theme appears again as Skaggs enters the Iolani Palace.
#4 - The H50 theme is heard.
#7 - The H50 theme is heard again, McGarrett looks like he is having regrets at using Joyce to catch Reese after she leaves.
#8 - As Reese walks by Joyce, we hear the FFF theme again; it is recognizable but dissonant, almost "bitter," suggesting what trouble Reese is going to make for her.
#9 - After an opening theme representing the ship (the President Wilson, by the way), we hear the FFF theme at 0:09 played by woodwinds over pizzicato strings as Reese goes to Joyce's room. We see Danno is watching Reese from nearby (H50 theme at 0:38). Later, after some background cocktail-like music, we hear the H50 theme again played with woodwind interjections starting at 2:47 as Danno enters Reese's room.
#11 - FFF theme as McGarrett leaves Joyce's hotel room prior to the Wave, where there is a slight reference to the FFF theme.
#12 - The FFF theme is played by low piano (sounds very creepy and ominous!) as Reese talks about celebrating on a "sunset cruise" with Joyce.
#13 - FFF theme on flutes at 0:32 and muted horn at 0:54.
#15 - There are Jaws-like sounds in the basses at the beginning! Reese talks about killing Joyce (FFF theme at 0:16; it also appears during the shooting around 1:00 and continues in the cellos from around 1:21. The cue ends with that great Stevens writing for lower brass in octaves!


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Strangers in Our Own Land was 2 stars before, up until April 20, 2010. Some time between then and May 14, 2011, it got raised to 3 stars, where it stayed until yesterday. I don't know why I changed my opinion in 2011; it's not like the DVDs came out in 2011, they came out in 2007.

I find the whole business about Benny's big scheme to be badly written. Perhaps someone would like to write up what they think the back story regarding this is, which is entirely speculation, you realize. Not that this will make me change my opinion.

I might make Full Fathom Five and Tiger by the Tail 3½ stars ... though, on the other hand, I am thinking of just doing away with the "half star" ratings altogether.

Now to do Samurai, which I don't like either, first because of Montalban's peculiar performance and the misuse throughout of the word "bushido." Wouldn't you think that if someone started using the word "chivalry" in a similar but non-Japanese context, you would think they are weird?

Montalban, according to his autobiography, actually went to Japan in advance of his acting in the movie Sayonara (1957) where he played a Japanese kabuki actor and did some research as to how someone like this would comport themselves.

In this H50 show, his performance is cringe-worthy, just like it would have been if some guy had appeared in Al Jolson-like blackface. Too bad, because there a lot of great things about this show!


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Mike, you accidentally gave the episode 2 stars. I know you meant to give it 3 and a half stars. :)

You’re welcome!

P.S. Although in that case you’d be obliged to give both Full Fathom Five and Tiger by the Tail 4 stars!


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Revamped:

Strangers in Our Own Land (S01E02, second episode of the original H50):

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#2


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Yes I can’t figure out how Over Fifty didn’t even get a nomination! What a score!!

Mike, thanks for the great work on re-analyzing season 1. Really appreciate it!! Looking forward to going through your Full Fathom Five! As well as the music of course!! I love how Stevens picks one specific theme for an episode and weaves it throughout the whole episode score. In the case of Full Fathom Five it’s those opening bars that kick off the episode. They get repeated in various forms and arrangements throughout the episode. That’s how you score an episode! I also love that theme that plays while Danno is searching Vic’s room on the ship - really cool piece! You already have that piece somewhere on your site - I remember we were trying to identify which episode that was from.


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I have continued my revamping season one episodes, dealing with Full Fathom Five:

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#1

In this I have reached new heights of "anal-ysis." :D


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The music from OVER 50? STEAL should have really won Stevens another Emmy or at the very least a nomination. It is such a wonderful, charming score. One of my favorites, for sure.

Morton Stevens was the sound of FIVE-O:)


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The Filer theme from Over Fifty is probably Stevens’ best work next to Hookman. It’s outstanding! Definitely the best score from season 3.

I’ve been thinking about my top 5 scores from each season. I might make a list some day. I’m focusing on original scores for each season, not reused ones from previous seasons (although most episodes still tended to reuse certain musical cues).


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Season 12 Favorites:

1. Good Help is Hard to Find
2. A Lion in the Streets
3. Woe to Wo Fat
4. Voice of Terror
5. Though the Heavens Fall

This is off the subject, but the theme from "Over Fifty? Steal" is going through my mind. There's an interesting story behind this. From time to time, for the forty years between the time the episode first aired and the DVDs were released, this tune would run through my mind, but I wouldn't be able to remember where I'd heard it. Then, the Season 3 DVDs came out, and I heard it and exclaimed, "THIS is where that came from!" It's a good episode, but I watch it just to hear that snappy melody. Way to go, Morton Stevens!


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Woe To Wo Fat is a good finale. I enjoyed Jack Lord's dual role as McGarrett & Dr. Raintree. Probably 4 stars out of 6. JC

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OTT? I think you mean OTW (Off The Wall)! :D

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So to recap my season 12 rewatch, here are my top 5 for the season:

1. Though the Heavens Fall (this remains unchanged from before)
2. The Flight of the Jewels (this has moved up from #4 previously)
3. Image Fear (remains unchanged)
4. Use a Gun, Go to Hell (this used to be #5)
5. Labyrinth (this used to be outside of my top 5)

So the one big one that dropped out of my top 5 is “Voice of Terror”. It used to be #2 and now it’s out of the running. It has 1 or 2 suspenseful moments and the car chase/stunts are pretty good (since the director is stunt guy Beau Van Den Ecker) but ultimately it’s derailed by the hideously OTT Cal Bellini, and a half-baked plot about a call for all losers and nut jobs and lackeys to unite and blow crap up just for the hell of it. Let’s start a global revolution. Ummm yeah, riiiiight.

There was a time when I also had “School for Assassins” as my #5 (in place of “Use a Gun”) but another rewatch some time ago opened up my eyes that it’s pretty naff. Ultimately “Labyrinth” is much better. As are “Woe to Wo Fat” and “A Shallow Grave” for that matter.

——THE END—— (all pau, bruddah)


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I can’t decide whether I like Stevens score for “Woe to Wo Fat” more than Bruce Broughton’s “Though the Heavens Fall”. The latter is a really good score and actually elevates the episode as a whole. I really dig the Star Chamber aspect of the episode. -Fiat justitia ruat caelum

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WOE TO WO FAT is actually pretty good if you don't think about it too hard. like Wo says, "A fitting end, McGarrett".

When I first saw this episode for the first time, back in April of 1980, I was hoping Morton Stevens did the music.
He did, and he came up with an excellent score that really rounded out the episode and series - yes, a "fitting end" with that classic Mort Stevens touch...:)


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I almost forgot to finish my season 12 review. Yes I made it to the final episode, which is... (drum roll)...

WOE TO WO FAT

This is the end - the final episode of the series. The show started with Wo Fat and it ends with Wo Fat, which is very appropriate. Now, clearly this isn't in the same league (or even the same planet LOL) as "Cocoon" but for a season 12 episode this was quite good. In fact compared to the previous episode (the comatose "Moroville Covenant") this one is a straight-up masterpiece! I really like how Mr. Mike compares this episode to a comic book and I wholeheartedly agree - everything seems turned up to a 10 in this one. You have McGarrett in disguise playing a frail old Einstein type (remember Hannibal used to do this weekly on THE A-TEAM?), Wo Fat has his own tropical island/jungle, he conditions people with nightly doses of "compliance gas", he's developing the ultimate doomsday weapon, hero and villain have a mano-a-mano (kung-fun, no less) showdown in the jungle at the end and BOTH ham it up real good, McGarrett shoots up the lab with a machine gun Rambo-style (remember the end of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, PART II?), etc. Yes it's all very comic book in nature. Even a bit like a mini-Bond movie. All that was missing was an indestructible henchman. Yet all this contributes to what is an otherwise fun adventure. It's essentially an antidote to the comatose "Moroville" that preceded it. One thing this episode isn't is boring. If you can get past Lord in ridiculous and cheesy old man disguide (but maybe that's part of the fun) there's a lot to enjoy in this comic book adventure. Wo Fat, kidnapped scientists, doomsday weapon, compliance gas, tropical island, jungle hunt, shootouts, explosions, and finally Wo Fat getting "booked" (but perhaps not for long). And seriously, what better place to film the final episode if not on the best spot on Oahu - the Anderson Estate, a.k.a. "Robin's Nest" from MAGNUM PI (which of course sadly just got torn down). We've seen this place countless times previously on Five-O and it's fitting that this should also double as Wo Fat's personal private island. Works for me! Let's also not forget the very good score here by Morton Stevens. He scored the first episode of the show and the last. As I think about it this episode might actually tie with "Labyrinth" as my #5 of the season. It's definitely an episode that improved from my last viewing.

**THE END** (Mahalo!)


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A Short Walk On The Longshore would have been interesting if they had focused on the murder of the election hopeful. I realize it's difficult to obtain info from these people but I would have sent in a younger guy like Keoki in A Sentence To Steal or a Joey Lee type in The Pagoda Factor. McG shouldn't have blatantly lied to Danno. It was really stupid. He could have been killed when they raided the opium den. The ending was When Does A War End? bad. I thought Sharon Farrell as Frankie acted well in this weak script.

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A Short Walk On The Longshore should be only 1 star maybe closer to the bomb rating. This has to be in the Top 20 of worst Five-0 episodes. It showed promise with the election hopeful getting shot in broad daylight. JC

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H50 1.0 Forever - Agree, Agree, Agree!

1 - I get the need for secrecy, but a lot of headaches could have been prevented if McGarrett only said something.

2 - Absolutely, McGarrett didn't have a choice in the alley. I think Danno realized it a second too late as well.

3 - I also thought it was weird that the mobsters didn't show until the last minute. I found it odd too that Frankie says she doesn't want to die, but only a few minutes earlier she completely bluffed a mobster - what did she think was going to happen?

Thanks for the trivia info - that's pretty cool about Jack Lord's service.


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I agree that McGarrett should have told his team that he was going undercover, even if he was not free to share the details with them.

As for the way he slugged Danno, he almost had to if he was to maintain his credibility with Arthur and his men. He also had to maintain his persona as a tough merchant mariner.

I felt the episode was good until Sharon Farrell entered the story. Her character was not essential to the story. In fact, she dragged it down to the lowest level ever reached in a Five-0 episode. Where was the rough, tough merchant mariner then??? Where was the dedicated cop, McGarrett??? The whole episode turned wimpy.

One more issue: Why were the mobsters not seen until the very last scene? Were they an afterthought? Did someone finally wake up and realize those thugs had to have someone behind them?

Richard DeLong Adams usually wrote a good script. Where was his mind when he was writing this one?

Did you know that, in his real life, Jack Lord was a merchant mariner during and for three years after World War II? He was serving aboard a ship returning from East Africa with a load of manganese when the fantail was blown off by a German U-Boat. The ship went down in only seven minutes. Jack spent sixteen hours in a lifeboat before he was rescued off the coast of Italy. After that, he attended maritime officer training at Fort Trumbull, Connecticut, and completed his studies with the rank of ensign and a third mate's certificate in June 1945. He was assigned to the Maritime Service's training division in Washington to draw illustrations for training materials. That led him into acting in training films, again for the Maritime Service. He completed his duties to the War Department in 1948. Having decided he enjoyed acting, he began pursuing an acting career in New York.


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It’s funny you call the episode “epic with a cast of thousands” because it was scored by Ernest Gold (you wouldn’t know it though - it leaves zero impression). Gold of course scored the 1960 Otto Preminger epic EXODUS for which he won the Best Score Oscar. Shame he couldn’t bring the same talent to this episode. The other Five-O episode Gold scored (he only scored 2) was “Deep Cover” also in season 10 which was a MUCH better episode and as I recall a better score too (though not a great one).

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Oops, I have yet something else.

As far as the alley scene, I don't know if I was shocked by the violent response or the fact that I saw that problem coming from a mile away. McGarrett is undercover without telling his team, *of course* you're going to run into each other! As Danno pointed out at HPD, "We could have accidentally shot you." Well, yeah.

Again, issues with the script. I think this was an ambitious writing attempt that went South in very short period of time.


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True points Ringfire. It seemed to me the undercover persona McGarrett took on was a bit forced.

I think the script would have been helped greatly by not being "epic with a cast of thousands." That's a phrase I've seen on creative writing sites when the writer's plans are often too big for them to follow through properly. What one winds up with is that no one cares and it's a yawner of a story. Completely agree here because after awhile I'm done trying to keep up with the cast of thousands ;) I think if they had trimmed down the number of characters and found something to focus on, it would have turned out to be a better episode.

I have to admit too, I laughed inappropriately when I saw the alley scene for the first time. I get McGarrett had to play the longshoreman but dang, did he really need to throw that hard of a punch? :D


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For me “A Short Walk on the Longshore” is too long as is so I’m definitely glad this wasn’t a 2-parter. I agree that it ends abruptly and leaves many loose ends, but the bigger problem is that it leaves me not really caring. Why? Because it’s a pretty dull episode and the plot is pretty boring. It’s just one of those stories that finds me yawning. Actually the only thing that piques my interest is seeing McGarrett going undercover looking like John Beck lol. This was probably the first time since season 1’s “Six Kilos” (where he was Harry Brown) where McGarrett really goes deep undercover and adopts a different identity/persona. Unfortunately he lacks the charisma and edge that he had in his season 1 undercover roles (think also his crazy Steve Crowley in “The Ways of Love”).

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I agree, Bobbi. "A Short Walk on the Long Shore" needed to be a two-part episode. As you said, there were a great many details to be explained and questions answered, too many to be handled in 50 minutes.

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Just watched "A Short Walk on the Longshore" and while it wasn't one of the best episodes of the series, I think its biggest problem was that it was a 2-part story in a 1-part episode.

There were a lot of moving parts and a large number of characters, perhaps a writer got over ambitious. The ending was rushed and left a lot of questions unanswered.

For example, how much was Croft really involved? If he was such a big shot in the union, how did all crime happen with him not knowing? When did the mob move into the docks? I can't imagine them moving in and Croft not knowing. All we see from him is posturing at the Governor when he threatens a strike. Personally, I think there was more going with Croft than was shown, which is something I've noticed with the series - implying actions taking place off-camera. I understand this technique simply because of the time compression (49-50 minutes is not long to tell a story).

Some other loose ends that made me crazy: Was the dentist an FBI informant or agent? (not that this matters much, he's still dead). Speaking of which, who killed him? I assume it was Nick's people to upset the "FBI setup" and all the investment that went into it. Who exactly did Sally call when she saw McGarrett/Riley and Frankie? I'm betting it's not Chin. Most likely it was Arthur or Nick - my money is on the former.

Another issue unresolved: The cargo thefts. Just how big was this ring? We know (or at least can make the assumption) it was the mob because Arthur kept referring to "the man." The was only a single reference to the thefts when the two thugs broke into the truck.

Other single references happened just after Kreb's murder as Danno, Duke and Chin try to get people to talk. What happened with these folks anyway? All we see is Sally later in the episode. Why show the scene where Danno knocks on the door and holds a conversation through the door and basically tells them he'll return, only he doesn't - at least not on screen.

At the conclusion, when Frankie and Nick shoot it out killing them both in the end - who takes over from Nick? I would think the mob would have someone in place to step in. The docks are too lucrative to give them up.

There were a couple of cool/interesting things in this episode. In the interrogation room with Frankie, Danno and Chin interact with her. It struck me as ironic since Sharon Farrell became a Season 12 regular and both MacArthur and Fong were gone by that point. This may be the one time we see these three interacting on the series.

I do have to say I agree with Danno's sentiment at HPD, "I hope you broke it." Because McGarrett (granted, he was in an impossible situation and everything was chaos at that point) hit Danno pretty hard in the alley. One second he recognizes Steve and the next he's out cold on the concrete. If *any* on the Five-O team pulled what McGarrett did (going undercover and not telling anybody), he would have chewed them up, spit them out and fired them on the spot. Just an observation.

I know this long, so sorry. The loose ends make for some good fan fodder.


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Thanks for the links Mr. Mike. However, you choose to complete the reviews, I will read them. :)

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Mike, thanks for that "chase" cue that you put up. These music snippets are a great idea, especially since there's so much great music in these episodes and there's no episodic soundtrack release (a la M:I) on the horizon. Another great piece of Morton Stevens scoring was towards the end when Allen is getting on the bus and then gets arrested by the undercover cops. Always dug that tune, bay-bee! Outta sight! Both this cue and the above "chase" cue were first heard in this episode (if we're going by when these episodes aired) but if we're going by production order then "Twenty-Four Karat Kill" came first and very likely was scored first by Stevens. Both these cues are in that episode. The "chase" cue is heard towards the end right after Dennison is arrested in the parking lot and McGarrett trails Fargo and Andrea. The "bus" cue is briefly heard in 2 separate spots - near the beginning before Fargo's pool game is busted and later as Chin begins to tail Dennison at the docks. In any case both these episodes are close together in production order ("Karat" is #5 and "Tiger" is #6) and were very likely scored one after the other, very early in the season.

BTW, I see that "Tiger" dropped by half a star from before - it used to be 3 and a half. Also I totally dig your new Quick Index feature.


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You are correct about that one music selection, Ringfire. I'll have to look into this further. I don't know if that is the first appearance on the show of that particular cue, which I have put here:

http://fiveohomepage.com/music/season1/1-3-bobby-escapes.mp3

(Better watch out, now I'm thinking of putting most of the music cues on line as well!)

I'm not going to include a comparison with previous versions of the reviews. If you want to look up the old reviews, you can access them back to 1998 through www.archive.org, like the following example.

https://web.archive.org/web/20000817043944/http://www.mjq.net:80/fiveo/5-0log1.htm

You will have to access most of these at archive.org through the site's old URL which was http://www.mjq.net/fiveo

Or, you could see some REALLY early versions of the reviews, dating back to 1994 or 1995 through these links. Some of the episodes aren't even mentioned!

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0loga.htm, logb.htm, and logc.htm

H50 1.0 Forever, I agree with you about sending people on your site somewhere else. I have always tried to avoid this. One solution is to have a "quick index" near the top of the page with jumps to the episodes and jumps within those to the review section and back to the index at the end of each review (the trivia section, actually). See the season one page which I have revised with this:

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm

Steven, I don't know what you mean by "I would prefer that those long paragraphs be broken up." Surely you are not referring to my revamped Tiger by the Tail review? The plot was broken up into small paragraphs and the review hardly qualifies as "long."

On my Kojak page (kojak.tv), there was a plot summary and a review for each episode, ditto for Streets of San Francisco (thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info). I don't think too many of these got out of control, though one Kojak episode in particular was pretty bad, but I kept it in the one-big-paragraph format because that was the "style" for each show.

This particular review was hideously long, because I couldn't figure it out (there were a couple of H50 episodes like this as well); in fact, I really disliked watching this show, which fell into the category of "saved for the very last":

:http://www.kojak.tv/kojak-5.htm#11


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Mike, one thing in your "Tiger by the Tail" review - you say that when Jerry and Alan chase Bobby when he's trying to escape "The Chase" theme from the Five-O soundtrack plays. This is not correct. "The Chase" from the soundtrack is heard in the pilot episode when McGarrett is being tailed by the Fed working for Leslie Nielsen (in a great scene where McGarrett flips the table on his pursuer). The chase music in this episode when they chase after Bobby is different, which in turn is different still to the chase music at the start of "And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin" when Danno chases after the perp. Neither of these 2 chase themes appear on the official Five-O soundtrack, but are heard numerous times throughout the season and beyond.

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Mr. Mike - I second Ringefire211's thoughts: how your opinion changed from the first time you reviewed to now would be neat to read.

I've thought of this as well, I find your reviews really entertaining and humorous and whatever you do, I like that flavor of the current reviews.

As H50 1.0 Forever pointed out as well, perhaps an e-book would be helpful. I'd support it!


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