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Fred, I do remember that McGarrett was seen communicating with these Civil Defense trucks from his office, using his transparent map to plot the locations. If I recall correctly he would either hold some type of microphone/walkie-talkie in his hand or maybe he was talking to his desk phone (which would be on speaker). But I just don’t remember some large refrigerator size contraption in his office.

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Season 11 Stringer. I think Stringer is 1 of the best Season 11 episodes. Stringer is a talented photographer and accidentally witnesses a meeting with Kumu's Tony Alika and Howard Kramer. He's conducting a photo shoot with his friend Maren who is blessed with beauty and a great figure. Duke & a SGT. are tailing the syndicate leader Alika up to the isolated location where Tim Powers AKA Stringer and Maren are located. An Alika goon shoots out a tire causing the car to go out of control and a fiery explosion. Duke luckily is thrown free and has an injured arm and some overall bumps and bruises. Stringer excels because he's a likeable character who sees a chance to seize a money opportunity. My guess he's scraping by on the Peddie Cab job and free lance work. Stringer's ego and greed fuels the episode. He insists Maren have the newspaper credit him with the fiery crash pictures Tim Powers. Duh! Alika now knows his name. It's interesting watching Powers getting in deeper blackmailing Alika and Kramer. There's a humorous scene as Stringer eludes 2 of Alika's goons. Alika is a powerful presence on screen. He allows Stringer to live and collect the $250,000 blackmail money opportunity taking the rap for Kramer's murder. The clever and crafty Stringer has his secret camera working however. What happens to Stringer and Alika in the end? Watch and find out. I would give Stringer 5 stars out of 6. JC

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Ringfire,

I agree that the Civil Defense were trucks, but didn't they transmit to a control room where McGarrett and others were receiving the data from the trucks?


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MeTV's website has a really good article on why Jack Lord was the most interesting man in TV.

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Season 11
The Pagoda Factor. A very good episode for later years. Gang member Joey Lee is sprung from Hawaii Prison. He uses a picnic looking table, scales up the wall, to the roof, and then descends the other side. He jumps down a distance and makes his getaway. Joey Lee is picked up by McG very surprising. McG had orchestrated the entire event hoping to use Joey Lee as an informant to find info to stop a Chinese Mafia gaining a foothold in Hawaii. The Governor is NOT happy about this development but trusts Steve judgment after years of exemplary work. Victor Fong arrives in Hawaii to organize the young Dragons and make them stronger. He outlines what the Dragons will look like and be a strong force. Fong escapes an assassination by Toy Lees a rival gang. What wasn't known...McG & HFO team intercepted the Toy Lee gang and did the shooting themselves. The young Joey Lee's cover is blown when the female member Julie sees Joey Lee in Victor Fong's room going into his things. They follow Joey Lee and witness him meeting McG. Joey Lee was supposed to lead the Dragons but now he's marked for death. The ending is suspenseful and makes The Pagoda Factor one of the better Season 11 episodes. What do you like about The Pagoda Factor? Do you enjoy Season 11 and Season 12 episodes? I would give The Pagoda Factor 4.5 stars out of 6. JC


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Fred, I considered that too but those were Civil Defense trucks with the circular antenna on the roof which turned as it did its triangulation. That was an entire mobile unit on wheels. Not something inside McGarrett’s office or even inside Diamond Head.

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Actually, I think they were only listening in on Vashon the Father.

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Boomer mentions something about civil defense. Could it be he's referring to the couple of episodes they use the CDC to triangulate locations? If so, we're talking about Vashon the Father from season 5 and the Young Assassins from Season 7.

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Thanks for the quick reply. It was only used maybe 2-3 times, which is why it's difficult to pinpoint the episodes. I've actually exchanged email with the guy who now owns it, but he can't recall the episodes either.

It's a fairly scarce piece of amateur (ham) radio equipment that was produced in the early 1950s for only 2-3 years, 152 units total. Some were procured by government agencies including the military and Civil Defense, which is how this one ended up at Diamond Head. Which makes me think it was probably in the last 4+ years of the series when it was filmed there that the transmitter showed up.

Currently halfway through season 3 on MeTV and in no big rush. If someone else doesn't come across it I'll post here once it shows up.

Thanks again.


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I don’t remember any radio that McGarrett could have talked on that was 6 foot tall - that’s human size! And certainly not in his office. If this was some large contraption inside Diamond Head then I don’t recall what it was. But nothing like this was in McGarrett’s office.

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Hello - have been a fan of the original show for decades, having grown up in the 70s-80s. Am currently watching the series via MeTV and have a question.

In several episodes, McGarrett uses a large radio transmitter (in his office, if I recall correctly) to communicate with others in the field. It's a large unit, about 6 feet tall, not the desk-telephone size unit used other times.

Can anyone tell me which episodes this large transmitter appears in? Since it came out of the Diamond Head Civil Defense station, I'm guessing they were later episodes.

Thank you.


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Last night's show reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#7


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I agree that this episode was better than normal ... but there were still lots of questions and problems, some of which you have pointed out. I did >not< read your comments before writing up the following, by the way...

★★★ SPOILERS!! ★★★

• Adam returns. What about parole conditions? McGarrett gives Adam his extra gun (a parole violation)! Adam knows how to use the radio in McGarrett's truck!

• Adam and Junior following McGarrett was ridiculous. They are driving at crazy speed, estimate 60 miles an hour, for almost 3 minutes to meet up with McGarrett when he emerges from the tunnel, but McGarrett is moving on foot!! This means they would have driven 3 miles, assuming that the views of them driving are in real time.

• Grover deletes video of Tani rescuing her brother from some dope den ahead of cops arriving. Does Five-Zero have the ability to totally delete the video which is probably under the control of HPD? (Questions as to where this video was taken from, no doubt the house was under surveillance.) Also, when Tani drives away with her brother just as the cops are pulling up to the place, if the cops saw someone who they thought was "escaping" (like Tani and her brother seem to be), wouldn't they pursue them?

• McGarrett says he doesn't want to wait until the bank robbers come out of the bank because then "you got open warfare in the street." Since when has that stopped them from dealing with a crime?

• McGarrett uses his truck to pull the door off the place where the bank's garbage bins are located and thus sneak into the bank from the back door. Couldn't the robbers hear this from inside (assuming they were in a place they could hear this, which they were probably not).

• How can Jerry track McGarrett's phone if he is underground?

• If the bank employee knew about the huge deposit being made, how many days ahead of time did he know this? The robbers dug a tunnel into the vault, this would take time. If this was done during the week, the people in the bank could probably hear this. If someone went into the vault in the day or two previous to the robbery, wouldn't they see the hole? Also, $10 million was deposited IN CASH? Probably exceeds normal deposit amounts, even with the co-operation of the employee, and would be kind of obvious because of the large amount of money.

• Hang 'Em High is showing at a movie theatre. This film starred James MacArthur, the original Danno, and was co-written by Leonard Freeman, who created the original Five-O.

• The date fingerprints are left can be determined ... this is based in fact!

• Grover saying that the guy who they thought was a cop was killed in error by McGarrett could lead to serious charges for the bank employee, I don't think so. On the other hand, the business about the "cop" that McGarrett shot not being a cop was nice!

• The bad cop (whose name on his uniform is R. OSMOND) knows exactly how to get to the blue-lit room, because he was supposedly taken there once before. But there are other questions about how he could get access to this area, even if he is a cop. When this cop leaves the building, which is identified as "the palace," by the way, he walks through the metal detector, but nothing happens. There is an alarm a few seconds later as the building is locked down.

• Junior is looking up a video of him and his pre-Iraq-service girl friend at the end of the show, who he met, almost "by accident," at the beginning (she is now married to some other guy, pregnant, etc.). But Junior had "no material possessions" in a previous episode, he didn't even have a cel phone. Did he have a computer?

• The Five-O theme is heard near the end of the show.

• Tani is seen on a scooter, it says HONOLULU, hello!!

• No Danno, YAY!! Not even any explanation as to why he is not there.


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Great episode, but with two MAJOR flaws. First flaw - McGarrett should have known IMMEDIATELY that the guy he shot was a bad guy, even with an HPD uniform on. There is no possible way a cop could have been in that tunnel, as Duke ordered them to guard all the exits, not to enter the tunnel. Even if cops had entered the tunnel, it most certainly would have been SWAT guys, not plain cops. And if any type of cop, SWAT or regular, would have been in the tunnel, he would have had to identify himself as a cop (something that WAS mentioned in the show...). There is no way a cop would start shooting (and the guy did shoot first at McGarrett) without first identifying himself as a cop, as well as commanding the "perp" to put his weapon down. That's standard police procedure.

Second flaw - why would the perp have shot the guy being interrogated....to prevent being fingered, i.e. identified, as one of the robbers? Well that's a bit strange, because to enter that area he had to pass countless cameras which would have caught his face (after all, it is Five-0 headquarters, where every inch of every floor is under 24/7 camera surveillance, and he could not have been wearing a mask). Being that he was a guy with a long record, the cops would have known who he is immediately. So, kill the guy to prevent being identified by him....but not worry about being recorded on every camera in the building, and thus adding a murder charge to the robbery one? Come on now, what were the writers thinking here?

Other than the two absolutely glaring errors I've mentioned - it was a terrific show, as usual. By the way, maybe I missed something - did they ever say why Danny Williams wasn't there this week?


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Ok, my season 11 ranking...

1. The Skyline Killer - the last GREAT episode!
2. A Distant Thunder
3. Deadly Courier
4. The Execution File
5. The Spirit is Willie
6. The Case Against Philip Christie
7. Death Mask
8. The Sleeper
9. Stringer
10. The Meighan Conspiracy
11. Why Won’t Linda Die?
12. A Long Time Ago
13. Number One With a Bullet
14. A Very Personal Matter
15. The Pagoda Factor
16. Horoscope for Murder
17. Small Potatoes
18. The Miracle Man
19. The Bark and the Bite
20. The Year of the Horse

I really don’t like “Year of the Horse” AT ALL! In fact it’s somewhere in my bottom 5 of the entire series. Even with filming taking place in Singapore it still generates no interest for me. I just find it really dull and the fact that it’s a 2-parter only makes it worse. It just draaaaaags. “Nine Dragons” was also filmed outside of Hawaii but that episode had some energy, it had Wo Fat, it had McGarrett being tortured, there was a serious diabolical plot afoot. Here it’s just McGarrett investigating a heroin operation which somehow implicates the governor (don’t ask me how - makes no sense). If you want to see a good story about a Vietnam vet who goes into the drug business check out the MAGNUM PI pilot - “Don’t Eat the Snow in Hawaii”. Much, much better episode which actually has a personal connection to our hero.


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"Number One with a Bullet" is an episode I enjoy for its 1979-ness (or perhaps 1978-ness) in that it is a cultural time capsule in a more direct way than any other Five-O episode. It's the only episode that takes me out of that Five-O TV world and has me remembering my childhood during that personally pivotal year (won't bore you with the details; you're welcome).

So yeah, it's a huge nostalgia trip for me (I turned eight in 1979) but also a lot of fun to see the fading days of the Disco culture, which already was on its last (dancing) legs when "Number One with a Bullet" aired.

Oh, and while I am the most likely the only one who holds this belief, but I've always found Yvonne Elliman to be unconventionally beautiful (recent arrest record aside). :D

BTW, "The Execution File" would have made my top ten were it not for the music replacement. I'm no Rod Stewart fan, but I'll take his stuff over the generic funk that replaced it on the dvd.


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Classic HFO fans. I'm a fan of Season 11. I like the streamlined HOF team Danno, Duke, McG. The episodes were very interesting such as the substitute mask in Death Mask and who's behind it. Deadly Courier was a mind-bending episode as Danno like Mr. Sherman fell victim to the beautiful criminal associates. The behavior modification and stuff nearly worked. Danno undercover in A Distant Thunder with the NAZI group was a strong Season 11 episode. I'm a fan of Olson in any role. I think Number One With A Bullet is a masterpiece. What a brilliant episode. It's a good info episode. Fascinating about these record contracts and the power of those in control. Johnny was frozen out after a few phone calls. Good to see Yvonne at the end in concert. I've liked The Skyline Killer and Year Of The Horse more as the years pass. McG was meaner and had a shorter fuse in The Skyline Killer. I guess the body count was frustrating him but Klane turned out to be helpful. A Very Personal Matter they tried to do their best with the thin script. It could have ended after the inquest. Nearly 40 years later,doctors prescribing drugs and do some of these patients really need these drugs....It's still an issue today. Hopefully, some others will continue Season 11 discussion. JC

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Top 5 Classic Hawaii Five O Season 11. 1.Number One With A Bullet 2 Parter 2.Stringer 3.Year Of The Horse 4.Small Potatoes 5.A Distant Thunder.

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My S11 top ten:

10. The Sleeper
09. Deadly Courier
08. The Bark and the Bite
07. Death Mask
06. A Distant Thunder
05. The Skyline Killer
04. Number One with a Bullet
03. A Very Personal Matter
02. Stringer
01. The Year of the Horse


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Fred, looks like Jessica Walter was Emmy nominated for “Till Death Do Us Part”. I still can’t understand how no other Five-O guest star (with the exception of Helen Hayes) was nominated. SOSF had more of these than Five-O. I can’t accept that SOSF had better guest performances than Five-O.

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Another comment about the last show. I know nobody cares!

The whole business about asking McGarrett about his sex life in the presence of Danno was totally wrong. This is the kind of discussion a doctor or some other medical professional would have which is covered by doctor/patient confidentiality, unless the patient has given the doctor permission to discuss it elsewhere.

According to one WWW site, “By law, doctors and other health professionals such as nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and **counsellors** [emphasis mine] have to keep most of what you tell them confidential [exceptions include if you are going do something to harm yourself or others]. Your counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist should talk to you about confidentiality in your first session. If you’re concerned about it, you should ask them to explain to you exactly what is confidential and what’s not.”

There are questions as to whether a “stress counsellor” is a “medical professional.” In BC, Canada, where I live, this friend of mine who counselled people with bankruptcy, where you have to take certain courses in order to be able to do this work, said that anyone can print up a business card saying they are just a “counsellor,” helping people with emotional problems and so forth. There is no “medical association” which governs the rules in this case. Of course, some counselling companies might make their employees sign an agreement which says that what they talk about with their clients is confidential.

I don’t know what the “rules” are like this in the USA, or specific states in the USA.

The only reason this sex business was mentioned was so the counsellor in the show could use the expression “you guys,” making people think she was referring to McGarrett and Danno, rather than saying to McGarrett something else, like “you and your girl friend,” “you and your lady friend,” or just “you.” And she still should not have brought this up in front of Danno!

Of course, the ding a lings writing this show have never shown any great regard for making things like “real life.”

By the way, I am amazed that I was able to summarize the crime of the week in my review (see http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#6) in only three short paragraphs, given my penchant for blabbing on incessantly (see above, LOL).


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I see Mr. Mike gave 4 stars to SoSF's Till Death Do Us Part. It was not on my list of "greats" but could have been. No argument on the rating from me.

I also like the guest star lists added.


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Totally forgot about these. Gonna have to think about my season 11. No surprise that “The Skyline Killer” will be my #1. It’s the last episode that I would call CLASSIC! In fact it’s the best episode since season 9’s “A Capitol Crime”. Nothing in season 10 came close. It’s as good as the best episodes from the “classic” years of the show.

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I see that we're slow to list Season 11. Not much of a mystery there. A pretty bad season. It starts off almost as bad as possible, but I will say that the last 5 episodes of the season were actually very good.

Here's my top 10:

1 - Number One With a Bullet (I'm a sucker for the musically themed shows)
2 - The Year of the Horse (Victoria Principal - WOW!)
3 - Stringer (Paul Williams is very good)
4 - The Skyline Killer
5 - The Execution File
6 - A Very Personal Matter (McGarrett's lucky crime suppositions are wrong for a change)
7 - The Case Against Philip Christie (A decent whodunit)
8 - The Pagoda Factor
9 - The Meighan Conspiracy
10 - Death Mask

Just missing the cut, Small Potatoes and The Bark and the Bite.


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I don't think I've been here in five years... amazed to see the discussions still going!

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Listen, Miken. You stolen his picturen and now he madden. You not given crediten where crediten duen. Lol. I think the guy first needs to learn basic English before he can accuse you of anything. :D

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Oh dear! <--- Click on this.

This guy says that I "stole" his picture (the one of the script cover linked below) without giving him "credit." This is actually true. But he has blocked me on Twitter, which makes it difficult to carry on a conversation with him about this.

This is the same guy who doesn't post any "credit" on the 40-second clip from Friday's Sunset on the Beach showing scenes from S08E07, an episode which the rest of the world has to wait a week to see and is probably copyright to boot, duh!

There is a word for this: hypocrisy.

P.S. I think the guy should be happy that I did not associate his name with the picture which suggests why the show is so mediocre -- because the scripts are written by a committee.


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It's not over until it's over...

https://twitter.com/PLenkov/status/929562538236305408?s=09


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So many revisions in one script!

Reminds me of what Larry Cohen said (repost from old forum):

Larry Cohen is only 75 years old, but he has had an amazing career as writer, producer and director. He started writing scripts when he was only in his late teens. On the recently-released DVD box set of season one of The Defenders (a show for which he wrote several scripts), he had this to say:

Today television is entirely different [from the 60's] because most of the shows are done by a roomful of writers; they call it "the writers' room." And these writers are usually credited on the show as associate producers, co-producers, executive producers, co-executive producers, ad nauseum. And they're really writers. And what they do is they keep turning the script over from one to the other to the other to the other, till nobody really wrote it and everybody really wrote it. In the old days, that was done by comedy shows like Bob Hope, who had seven or eight or nine writers. And they would all be in a room. But none of the dramatic shows were ever written by committee back in in those days, in the sixties, when I was working.


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I agree with Mike about the crime of the week. I found the opening taut and suspenseful. But boy did the show do down the hole fast after that opening moment. Can someone please remind the script writers that it's legal for same sex marriage in Hawaii since 2013? Good god, my queerbaiting radar was off the chart with McGarret coming out of the water all 'wet' and Danny fluttering all over him. Why don't they get a room, folks? This is ridiculous. as it says at the end of the opening credits, 'based on' the original. Wow, tenuous claim at best!!!

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Review of last night's show:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#6


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Maybe McGarrett was doing the ice bucket challenge. Lol. In any case by season 10 McGarrett was slowing down and getting old. Nothing wrong with him treating his hand after an injury. Whether his hand gets sliced by a bayonet in season 4 or gets injured punching someone in season 10 it only shows that he’s human. As for the episode itself yeah it’s fairly below average, except for maybe some of the undercover stuff where he looks like John Beck lol. But his best undercover role was as Steve Crowley back in season 1.

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I guess the Classic Hawaii Five O episode titles are more memorable than the other crime shows. If I said Beautiful Screamer, Hookman, King Of The Hill, Nine Dragons, The Computer Killer etc, you will instantly recall the actors, plot action, some cool McG lines, usually some interesting villains like WO FAT. There's no doubt Hill Street Blues, Magnum PI, and others were solid crime shows but how many of you can recall episode names and rattle down the details of other shows. Streets of SF I think comes in a close 2nd. A Short Walk On The Longshore has to be 1 of the worst Classic HFO episodes first 10 seasons. Maybe, some of the comments Sharon Farrell has said over the years have some merit. There does appear Jack had some attraction and affection for her. I notice there's more physical contact with her than some of the other women in the shows. He carried her from the opium den and later walked very close with her on the street. McG as Riley placed Frankie in his hotel bed even agreeing to a kiss. What's so special about Frankie? McG has been in undercover situations before and only known Frankie a few days. It seems McG as Riley definitely has affection for her as she dies. About the ice bucket: McG has been shot and stabbed all kinds of injuries. Don't remember seeing him with a bucket before. I just thought it was stupid. A little pretentious. JC

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John, now I’m even more confused ;) So it’s not even the ice that bothers you but that McGarrett didn’t use an ice pack and instead put his hand in a bucket? Lol. Again, I don’t remember any of this but it seems like really nit-picky stuff. But I guess different things affect us differently :) With me it’s all about how interesting or entertaining the story is. Or how good the acting is. I don’t pay attention to whether he put his hand in a bucket or on his hips or ran it through his hair. That means nothing to me.

Yes RIP John Hillerman. As crucial as Tom Selleck was to the success of MAGNUM I think it was actually Hillerman that was the real icing on the cake. Without Higgins to harangue Magnum the show just wouldn’t be what it was. He really had that whole British stiff upper lip routine down to a tee. Amazing, especially for a Texan! I always lose it whenever he goes into one of his lengthy wartime stories lol. “I remember a time when we were in Sumatra. I believe it was ‘42. Or was it ‘43? Hmmm, no matter. In any case there we were marching through the jungle to the tune of some bloody rot whistled by Leftenant Peacock Peackobody who had a morose affinity for poisonous mushrooms and warm sake. When he once saw a baboon in a position which could only be described as....” :D Cue Magnum’s eyes glazing over.


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John Hillerman RIP. I remember seeing him as a character on Elery Queen and later Magnum PI as Higgins. Never liked the Higgins character though. I guess he played it well. I was saddened to learn that Bennett Ohta who played Muromoto passed away in 2013. I guess the HFO regulars still talking Season 8,9, and especially 10 HFO. I think Mr. Mike should move Tsunami up to 3 stars at least. Well-done episode. Had the opportunity to watch A Death In The Family. It has more good than bad. Maybe, Chin Ho should have said he would meet with the boss later. Made up some excuse at the pool hall. It would have given McG more time to plan. They should have used a younger undercover HPD as Chin was too well known on HFO. Rego was an interesting character. Bad luck for Chin Ho that Rego resided in San Francisco for years. Knew Chin was lying. Failed the test. Suzie was very courageous playing detective. Finding Rego's gun. It would be interesting in court how McG might answer how he came in possession of Rego's gun. They would have executed a search warrant on his place and found it anyway. I'd give A Death In The Family 4.5 out of 6 even with a few small problems or questions. JC

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John Hillerman, who played Higgins on Magnum, has passed away at age 84:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-hillerman-dead-magnum-pi- actor-was-84-1056800


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After some additional viewings, When Does A War End? is probably better than A Short Walk On The Longshore. That's amazing to think something is worse. It has a more interesting story about Charlie Mitchell a War Criminal Hunter who figured out Muromoto as a sadistic Japanese Officer who killed Barker's father in World War II. Unfortunately, Mitchell is never seen because he recently died. Barker continues the mission and bombs Muromoto businesses to make him sweat. Muromoto has several successful businesses and refuses to tell McG about his World War II duties. He would lose everything as a War Criminal. A Short Walk On The Longshore doesn't have that depth of story. McG blatantly lies to Danno as McG goes undercover as Riley to find Krebs killer and find who is behind the dock corruption. Plenty of wrong here. 1.The killers murdered Krebs in early morning and afternoon. Right on the dock grounds. Why would they hesitate to shoot Frankie and Riley on the street? 2.Why is so Frankie so important? She doesn't know much talking to McG. If she did, McG would have taken her to HPD, got her statement, and she would have been protected. 3.McG lying to Danno was unprofessional and un-McGarrettlike. It was stupid. He could have gotten himself or HFO team killed.4.McG icing his hand in the bucket just didn't seem right. He's taken plenty of shots before. It would make more sense to place the ice pack directly on the hand or in some kind of wrap. 5.When Does A War End? had a worse ending but Short Walk also was stupid. Nick protected Arthur and was the criminal mastermind but his character just shows up at the end. If When Does A War End? is a bomb, A Short Walk On The Longshore has to be one too. JC

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I never saw McGarrett as an invulnerable James Bond type. Just the opposite. He’s very human. We’ve seen him bleed, we’ve seen him cry, we’ve seen him fall in love, etc. When compared to all that I think putting some ice on his hand is a non-issue. It clearly didn’t register with me because I don’t even remember it. Heck we’ve seen him regularly putting eye drops in his eyes, something you typically don’t see “heroes” do on TV, especially back in the day. So McG is certainly a very human hero.

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I think John is upset because he figures that McGarrett is invulnerable, he should be able to punch someone without any aftereffects. After all, we don't want to think McGarrett is a "TIN IDOL," LOL.

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Sexual harassment in the entertainment business is not something new, duh!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/harassment-hollywoods-gol den-age-survivor-janis-paiges-first-hand-story-1052498


Added: November 08 2017 09:28:10 AM
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John, I don’t remember the scene but what’s wrong with McGarrett “icing” his hand? You mean putting ice on it right? Presumably after hurting it. I don’t see what the issue is though.

Added: November 07 2017 10:42:17 AM
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A Short Walk On The Longshore Season 10 Review. The episode starts out with promise. An underdog Union President Candidate Anton Krebs making some traction in the race. He's willing to confront important issues including corruption on the docks. Stealing of booze and cigarettes. After a short talk with a reporter, Krebs is killed driving away from the dock in broad daylight. Nobody has seen anything and if they have...They aren't willing to talk. McG has plenty on his plate. Finding Krebs killer and wondering if the current President Jackson Croft had any involvement. The Longshore election is very soon increasing the timetable. McG & HFO team are frozen out by the Longshoremen and McG goes undercover as Riley. A new look and mustache. Plenty wrong here as McG lies to Danno about family business on the mainland. Also,nobody knows much about Riley. Why would any of these people talk to Riley? The episode starts sliding when McG finds Krebs girl Frankie in a drug-induced state hiding out after Krebs death. Only problem...The place is raided by HPD and McG has to punch Danno to escape in his Riley disguise. McG returns to ice his hand after being "discovered" as Riley. Very sad watching McG ice his hand. Frankie and McG as Riley are later kidnapped by the criminals. Arthur the 1 armed man is the head of the longshore thefts and his boss Nick Gentry the mastermind. The ending is cumbersome. Frankie & McG have seen Arthur and Nick and must be disposed of. The ending similar to The Year Of The Horse. Frankie shoots Gentry and another criminal after grabbing the gun but she is shot by Gentry return fire. A sad ending as McG as Riley liked Frankie. A Short Walk On The Longshore will go down as 1 of the worst episodes in Season 10 and the Series. Several reasons already mentioned. McG inexplicably lying to Danno, McG as Riley punching Danno, McG icing his hand, the forced ending, and the waste of villain Nick Gentry. Only see him at the end. Some of these Season 10 HFO have a feeling of a child who stays up to finish a book report the last night when he/she had several weeks to complete it. The First 9 Seasons of Classic HFO were of high quality. One of the best crime dramas of all time. Season 10 starts the descent. Some bomb type episodes and average fare. There are some good in 10,11, and 12. JC

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I really enjoyed this new Hawaii Five-O episode. Have to give a kudos to the writers and the photographers. The Sebastian Wake hitman killer was an interesting character. Death Row Florida. Has some info for Grover. It's very shocking Wake is killed by electric chair but leaves a letter to Grover after he's dead. A map. Grover locates cassette tapes and other info proving Clay Maxwell hired Wake to kill Grover. Wake was telling the truth. Great photography showing the Marissa killer jumping through the woods. She had kidnapped another girl Lacey and killed a pig farmer or something too. There's a good chase McG & HFO team after Marissa but she knows the woods and escapes. Junior even helps out in the search and maybe a girlfriend. Good stuff all around. Probably 4 1/2 stars out of 6.

Added: November 06 2017 05:39:53 AM
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Last night's episode (S08E05) reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#5


Added: November 04 2017 11:00:05 PM
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Someone e-mailed me the following, will take your mind off the usual crap ... if you are a sexist pig, that is, LOL. Do a Google search using this info...

"About your favorite Hawaii Five-0 episode, Nine Dragons. A Playboy centerfold was in the show. Denise Michele [an uncredited role as a student].

"She was in Playboy in April 76 and the show aired in September 76 so I suppose she was a Playmate when the show was filmed."


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I will be glad to share my thoughts on #233, When Does a War End?

[Bomb Rating -- NO STARS!]
Original air date: 3/16/78

An execrable show, one of the very worst. Willy Barker (David Dukes) is seeking revenge on Honolulu businessman Yuhio Muromoto (Bennett Ohta), who he feels was responsible for torturing his father to death in 1942 in a Japanese prison camp (shades of #56, The Reunion). At the same time he is bombing companies owned by the "responsible businessman" Muromoto, Barker becomes friendly with the tycoon's daughter Nancy (Donna Benz) who teaches an adult education photography class where he is a student. One wonders why she would even have the remotest interest in him, since he is a creep who drives a taxi for a living and she is a hot-looking high-class society "babe"! Despite knowing him for only a couple of weeks, she actually tells him during an intimate moment "I really like you and I want to share with you." When McGarrett goes to the Japanese consul to snoop into Muromoto's wartime records, Sakata (Tommy Fujiwara) says that when Tokyo was firebombed, "tons of records were destroyed." (This was not the case in the earlier episodes Samurai and The Reunion.) Dukes' acting is unbelievably bad -- whenever he telephones threats to Muromoto, he breaks out in a sweat and acts all twitchy -- but he is joined in the bad acting department by Anne Francis, who plays Alicia Wade, Muromoto's secretary of twelve years, as well as Barbara Kelly as Mrs. Allen, Barker's gum-chewing, slutty landlady. Barker lures the very gullible Nancy to an abandoned building out in the sticks and calls her father (there is a phone in this building?). Barker, who is a Class A nutjob, briefly morphs into his father tied up to a pole in the prison camp in a scene that has to be seen to be believed. Muromoto soon arrives on the scene, and then suddenly Alicia appears out of nowhere, assuming an evil bitch persona and ranting that Muromoto led her on ("I was good enough to make love to"), then decided to marry a woman named Sumiko who is supposed to be arriving from Japan soon. The big question is -- how did she and Barker know each other to plot this scheme in the first place? (Alicia found a picture in a book about the war where one of the characters resembled Muromoto, which she then gave to Barker with a signed inscription -- "May our hunt be successful.") McGarrett and Danno follow Muromoto with the help of a helicopter which can see Muromoto's rear license plate (D1803A) that is conveniently bent upwards. As Danno and Steve approach the building in their car, of course no one can hear them, and McGarrett "just happens to have" some wire cutters in the trunk which enable the Five-O duo to easily enter the "compound" from behind the building where Muromoto and his daughter are tied up. (It looks like it would actually take quite a while to cut through this fence.) Then there "just happens to be" a box of hand grenades nearby and McGarrett gets Danno to explode one as a distraction. The final scenes are appalling -- the "programmed" Barker, in combat gear, instead of bayonetting Muromoto, goes into a crouch which looks like he has diarrhea. I wish he would have stabbed Francis, whose wretched performance is reminiscent of a bad high school drama production. But we're not over yet -- there is McGarrett's final big speech to reporter Joe Boyd (Joshua Bryant) who has been dogging him throughout the case: "It's not the real story ... the real story is about people who can't let go of hate and what hate does to them and others ... When do all wars end? When people stop hating and start loving." Bryant asks: "You think that'll ever happen?" to which McGarrett replies, "It better ... oh God, it better." Augh! What crap! At least the music by Cacavas is much better than usual for this composer, but not enough to save this train wreck of a show..

MORE TRIVIA:

• As a result of the explosion on the dock at the beginning of the show, some worker in an "office overlooking the pier" is supposedly injured, but there doesn't seem to be a building that close to the hut that explodes, the flying debris doesn't go very far, and the explosion does not seem so violent that it would blow out windows.
• When Barker is phoning Muromoto, he says "I want you to sweat," which is pretty funny, considering Dukes' character is almost drowning in perspiration.
• Barker is seen at the grave of Charles Mitchell (1919-1977), a former uncle-like friend who was a P.O.W. held captive with his father in Muromoto's camp. Based on the street sign for 1100 Spencer Street which is seen just prior to this sequence, this graveyard is the Makiki Cemetery, which accounts for the fact that almost all of the other tombstones near Mitchell's ironically are for Japanese people!
• At Barker's place, which is full of Japanese wartime memorabilia, McGarrett is too clever as he figures out immediately that Barker is trying to avenge his father's death.
• Chin Ho goes to San Francisco, where the cops raid a warehouse owned by some arms dealers who "just happened" to keep records (pretty dumb!) which establishes the connection between "Uncle Charlie" and the grenades and land mines that Barker was using in his bombing.
• When we are introduced to "Honolulu's leading investigative reporter" Boyd early in the show, Danno drives him to the Japanese consulate to meet McGarrett, who is having lunch there (and using chopsticks). Then McGarrett offers to give Boyd a ride somewhere. Doesn't Boyd have his own car? When Boyd tells McGarrett in the Five-O office later, "There's a story here," McGarrett replies "I'm not in the 'the story business,' I'm in the crime-solving business."
• Muromoto tells his butler Henry (William Valentine) exactly where he is going before he leaves after Barker phones him about his kidnapped daughter. As well, Henry knows Muromoto's license plate number. What a great servant! In addition to this, the school where Nancy taught her class knows she was going with Barker to the windward side of the island.
• The view from inside Muromoto's car does not match the exterior shots as he drives down the hill outside the property where his daughter is being held captive.


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Glad you brought up The Waterfront Steal. Solid Season 8 episode. I never understood why Tommy stole some of the calculators. He doesn't appear to be a college math student and who or where would he pawn these calculators off. Always great to see Simon Oakland scream and yell. This time as Mr. Mendoza a businessman and father of Elena. He's angry at all the thefts of the Waterfront businesses. I'm curious what Elena would be charged with at the end. One of the better endings. Those containers explosions were very realistic and lucky Tommy & Elena were rescued in time. JC


Added: November 03 2017 10:26:51 PM
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I was thinking about "When Does A War End?" Season 10 and all the different problems with it. Here are a quick 5: 1.Willie Barker's friend Charlie Mitchell's grave stone & the cemetery happens to be right across the street where Nancy and the photography students field trip starts. What are the odds in that? 2.The small beginning bomb Willie Barker detonates doesn't appear that powerful to injure somebody in building overlooking the pier. It appears the place is in the middle of a big parking area. Didn't see how somebody could be injured from up high. 3.It's strange that Mr. Muromoto is this good and successful businessman and owner of things. You would think his daughter Nancy would run or would work in 1 of the companies. She's intelligent and quite capable. Instead, she's teaching a photography class and trying to get some important assignments. 4.Why would Nancy be attracted/interested in Willie Barker a young photography class student and drives his own cab? 5.Anne Francis who plays Alicia Wade and works for Muromoto. Her connection to Charlie Mitchell the War Criminal Hunter is never established earlier. Nor does she meet with Barker about Muromoto and these bombings. Her character was poorly written. What are some of your problems with When Does A War End? JC

Added: November 03 2017 10:13:16 PM
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Yep, Lord Jack doesn’t mince words! :)

Added: November 03 2017 08:31:31 AM
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Just watched "The Waterfront Steal" again. A powerful ending with Jack Lord carrying Richard Hatch to safety. An impressive feat for Lord at his age.

When taking Tommy (Hatch) and Mendoza's daughter away, Mendoza (Simon Oakland) says to McGarrett: "Take easy on her, she's just a kid."

McG's reply is delivered classicly:

Just a kid, huh? She's a thief and an accessory to murder. And so are you!."


Added: November 03 2017 07:49:52 AM
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