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Though aired in 1975, "Mother's Deadly Helper" has aged well, and definitely raises issues applicable to today.

Anthony Zerbe plays Lester Smith, a vigilante who shoots criminals dead who escape punishment through legal technicalities. He makes contact almost immediately with McGarrett after his first murder, through a letter sent "special delivery". It is not clear how the letter could have been delivered so quickly, given that the murder had just occurred less than an hour prior, and the letter makes reference to how Smith felt when the verdict in court was read. (Smith shot the released criminal within minutes of his acquittal.)

Smith's letter is full of grammatical errors, and his character is clearly very uneducated, perhaps an early school dropout. While Smith is a fanatical law-and-order right winger, McGarrett makes a speech after receiving the letter that "Right or left, the lunatic
fringe is ready to take things into its own hands, thats one thing they share in common." This line was likely inserted into the show to make it clear that the episode wasn't an attempt to bash right wingers, though nowadays Hollywood unabashedly does that all the time! (McGarrett was right when he said that, and even 43 years later, that remains very true!)

Smith owns a primitive coin-op arcade called "Jollyland", which mostly features shooting games.

As Mike pointed out in his review, McGarrett is very inconsistent with his handling of the letters.
Sometimes, he exercises the utmost care not to get his own prints on the letter, and other times, he grabs the letter and envelope without a care!

McGarrett appears on the talk show of left winger Freddy Dryden (Casey Kasem), debating law and order matters. While, unknown to Dryden, this is a ruse in order to lure Smith to revealhimself to McGarrett, their debate seems to be real. McGarrett has a lot of disdain for Dryden, and Danny pointed out initially that McGarrett once said he'd "rather be dead" than appear on Dryden's show. Again, this seems somewhat of an attempt to appeal to the audience on both sides of the political spectrum, as the criminal is a right-wing nut, but McGarrett clearly has disdain for the left-wing talk show host.

Smith tells McGarrett to be at a certain pay phone, where he will receive a call. This was back in the day when pay phones were common, and could receive calls! Nowadays, the few remaining pay phones rarely take incoming calls (this started to change in the 1990s).

Smith engages McGarrett in a clever loyalty test, where he supposedly agrees to meet him at a cemetary, but instead pays an unemployed man to hand McGarrett a note identifying himself as Mother's Helper, telling the man it's "a joke". However, Smith planned the whole thing very poorly, also being present at the funeral, and having a hard time escaping when they seal off the cemetary. Somehow Smith escapes without being identified by the man (how?), but his car is located, the gun is found, and it's registered to "Cord McKenzie". Thanks to this test, Smith becomes aware that McGarrett isn't actually on his side.

Smith's location is finally deduced by McGarrett and Che by running one of the phone calls through an "oscillograph", which isolates the background noise. However, both men take far too long to figure out the fairly obvious background noise of machine gun fire, wooden pins, and bells, being connected to an arcade.

McGarrett tells Smith, "I'm just a cop" when Smith calls him a traitor. The final scene is interesting, where Smith says he'll get out on parole and kill McGarrett -- the exact same parole he had been railing against the entire time.

This was actually a very good episode, though it lacked suspense because we already knew who the
killer was, and we knew his motives. The only real fault came from the plot line of Smith deciding to graduate from killing criminals to kidnapping (and presumably killing) "bleeding heart" judges. Clearly this change in M/O was to make Smith less sympathetic to the viewer. If he were just killing horrible criminals (rapists, murderers), the viewer might identify with Smith and root for him, but it becomes much easier to root for his capture once he's going after judges.

This was kind of a lazy way out for the writers, though. I would have preferred they left Smith simply going after acquitted criminals, even if it made him a more sympathetic character. If it really was necessary to turn him into a "full" villian, they could have had him mistake a truly innocent man for a guilty one, and Five-O would have had to catch him in time.

I still really liked this episode, and thus still award it four stars (out of 4).


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Jeff - that tribute was *AMAZING*!!! Thank you :)

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Enjoy this 50th Anniversary video tribute to the original FIVE-O! Happy Birthday!

Hau’oli lā hānau!

https://youtu.be/4V67Txw1dDI


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My only recollection of H5O in its original run was at my maternal Grandmother’s. She was French Canadian so I recall as a kid watching it with her in french. I don’t really recall any episodes in particular.

My H5O history really begins in 1983 when I stumbled across it on CBS affiliate WCAX. It was on at 11PM Monday to Friday. I got hooked and even started buying VHS tapes to catch the Thursday and Friday episodes when I’d be out bar hopping. They played a syndication loop that was most episodes from seasons 1-7 and the 9th. (None of the 2 hour episodes were included so I didn’t see the pilot till the 90’s when I bought some copies from a lady on the early web).

It was cancelled a year and a half later and so I periodically rewatched my grainy old VHS tapes (recorded in 6 hour mode) until the advent of the internet.

Hard to believe my old tapes are 35 years old!


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Btw, on the subject of Cocoon the ship that housed the cocoon; the S.S. Arcturus has an interesting history. She was privately commissioned as a freighter and launched in 1939 at 14,000 tons.

Within a year she was purchased by the navy, converted to an armed attack cargo ship in 1940. One of the last cargo ships commissioned before the arrival of the Liberty Class freighters created by Kaiser, of Hawaii Kai fame.

She was involved in the first American action in Europe during the North African invasion as well ast Sicily, Italy and the invasion of Northern France. She was also involved in the last major American action of the war; Okinawa.

After the war she was sold and began commercial cargo service under Panamanian registry. Cocoon was filmed near the end of her service life. She was scrapped in 1971.

The script was accurate in that she was a petroleum hauler and Indonesia to Hawaii was one of her regular routes.


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Happy big 5 - O to all Five-O fans everywhere! I was too young to remember the first few seasons in real time, but by S4 thru 12 it was required viewing for me & my Dad every week throughout the 70s. Steve, Danno, Chin, Kono and later Ben were like part of the family! We even made our own tribute/parody films in high school & college, titled 'Hawaii VO-5' --- an homage, of course, to Jack Lord's immaculate, unflappable wave of hair, every bit as iconic as the big wave in the opening!

My wife and I stayed at the Iliki a couple years back for our anniversary and it was fantastic in Waikiki and all of Oahu -- thanks to both Five-Os, I really already knew my way around "this rock!"

Definitely my most influential all-time TV show by far. Sure wish the new version would have continued at least at the quality of the first couple years, but oh well...

Thanks so much Mr. Mike for this fantastic 'haven on the web' for all things Five-O ... gotta believe all the work you've put in here has played a major role in helping keep the fandom flame alive all these 50 years on.

OK, I'm off to watch the 2-hour Cocoon -- Be there, Aloha!


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I started my celebration early - late July - by watching these episodes in order. Ninety Second War is on the agenda tonight. :) I was still a bun in the oven when Cocoon aired. ;)

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I'll be watching Cocoon tonight to celebrate, I might have seen it 50 years ago but hard to remember, I was three ;)

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I agree AJ! Happy 50th to Five-O :)

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Happy 'five-o' to Hawaii Five-O! :!cake: :!beer: :!drink:

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Ever heard of the show Surfside 6? Check out the "other" discussion forum: www.fiveohomepage.com/gbook2

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Thanks Mr. Mike - I wasn't sure. It does have a distinctive look and now I'm trying to think if I've seen it in my latest viewings. It doesn't come to mind right now but I will keep my eyes open for that awning.

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I don't think the Club Ruby is in 3,000 Crooked Miles. I did a quick check, there is one sequence around 19:15 where you see various places of business flash by, each for a second or less:

Liberty House
The Pieces of Eight (restaurant)
Attic Bar
Mike's Grog 'n Sirloin (restaurant)
McInerny (department store)
Conrad Jewelers
Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shop
Anderson's Camera House

There might be more later on, though.

The Club Ruby had a very distinctive awning:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/season4/clubruby/clubruby1.pdf
http://www.fiveohomepage.com/season4/clubruby/clubruby2.pdf


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Mr. Mike - I think I saw the Club Ruby sign in 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu. They were flashing several signs around town showing where the fake tourists were cashing the stolen traveler's checks.

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Time Trax was an American-Australian co-production which was filmed in Australia. Both seasons are available from Warner Archive as MOD DVDs. The price is not cheap, almost $50 US for each season.

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I always liked Peter Donat. He was particularly effective and evil as the recurring villain Mordecai Sahmbi in the early 90s sci-fi classic TIME TRAX! I think it may have been filmed in Canada like so many of those syndicated 90s shows were. It was an interesting show about a cop from the future (Dale Midkiff) who returns to the present to hunt down fugitives from the future and send them back (or rather forward) to their own time. His assistant was a hologram computer named Selma, who appeared in the figure of a woman. Heh, wonder if anyone remembers that show. It’s something of a cult classic these days.

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I have finished reviewing Once Upon A Time:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#19

There is lots of interesting trivia in this show which was not 100% filmed in Hawaii.

On McGarrett's way to the FDA office in Part I, a Bob's Big Boy restaurant is seen. He also drives past an Ontra Cafeteria, which was right across the street from the Big Boy restaurant on Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys (a popular place to hang out in the 60s) according to one WWW page. When McGarrett goes to turn left to get to the FDA office, he signals by putting his arm straight out the window.

This FDA office has the same front door as the Van Nuys courthouse which is located at 6230 Sylmar Avenue in Van Nuys. When McGarrett turns to get to the FDA office, he drives in front of this mall-like building which Fred Helfing tells me is still there, and is a parking structure (it has a distinctive roof). As they show the entrance to the FDA office, you can see the words "building" (actually just "ilding") and "court" on the left.

Near the beginning of part two of the show as McGarrett and Zipser leave the building when it is raining, if you look to the left of them, you will see the same words which are also seen with a bunch of other writing as McGarrett heads to the parking lot at the end. Then, in the final shot of the episode, as the camera pulls back when McGarrett is embracing his sister, you will see the building with the distinctive roof in the background.

Pictures of the courthouse and the restaurants on Van Nuys boulevard can be seen here:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/season1/E19


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Someone e-mailed me as follows, he wonders if anyone knows what episode is involved here:

I had an aunt who lived in Honolulu and she had a bar and restaurant on Makaloa Street (where Walmart is currently located) near the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Her bar's name was "Club Ruby." My aunt always told me about Hawaii Five-O filming in her bar in the 1970's.

She told me the Club Ruby sign was seen in an episode (but I am not 100% sure about this).

The bar and restaurant closed in 1985.


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Peter Donat has passed away:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/peter-donat-dead-1.4825854

He played Mulder's father on The X-Files, but was also in the original #H50 sixth season episode "Murder With A Golden Touch."


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Todd, the attendant toward the end is definitely Dennis Chun. If you look closely enough you’ll see a resemblance. Maybe he looked slightly older than his age but it’s him.

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Another great forum discussion post Todd! I wouldn't place One Born Every Minute in my Classic HFO Top 20 episodes but it is a solid episode. I think what I enjoyed most about One Born Every Minute is it shows the con from beginning to end. The initial contact, the con story, the swindle, etc. Cindy was very attractive in this and I could see why a businessman type could fall for her beauty and the scam. Harry appeared to be a smart man but indeed fell for the scam. The entire talk with Joe and the accomplice with the diamonds was long and cumbersome. If I was Harry, I wouldn't have made the deal. I agree with Todd on the final con. They should have just left with the $ they had received. It was a risk since Harry's suicide would be investigated. There's no way McG and HFO team could have rounded up all the accomplices. Maybe, they could have apprehended Cindy at the airport but the other accomplices HFO would not have known about. Probably could have flown back to the mainland without detection. I still liked this episode. Solid 4.5 stars 6 star episode. JC

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One For The Money is a suspenseful psychological thriller involving Charlie who becomes a serial killer. He murders attractive women from his company which quickly draws McG and the HFO team to investigate the place. Charlie even knocks off Aunt Martha and incredibly stabs himself after looking at a medical anatomy book. It appears Arnold is behind it all after Charlie makes it look Arnold decided to commit suicide. McG and HFO investigate further and make an astute observation. There's no blood at the door or on the carpet. One would assume if Charlie was stabbed at the door like he claimed there would be some sprayed blood on the carpet floor or door. None was found. Charlie however is the REAL killer. I liked the written story and the suspense of One For The Money. Good acting by the entire cast. From my memory, Charlie made the critical mistake of killing people from his own company. Had he knocked off a flower shop worker, a NAVY vet, a businessman etc, it might have thrown McG and the HFO team mire off the scent. Also, Charlie was highly psychologically unstable. He did a very good job hiding that side until everything came crumbling down. It showed he definitely needed some professional help. On my 6 star system, I would give One For The Money a solid 4.5 stars maybe a 5 if convinced. JC

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Just re-watched "One Born Every Minute" -- my first viewing of it since the 1990s.

I have previously listed it as one of my top 10 favorite episodes. However, upon re-watch, I'm not so sure anymore.

The episode was definitely big on eye candy. In addition to the hot female lead, Cindy Amala (Lynette Mettey, who is now 75), there were several shots of young bikini women at the Ilikai. There was even an odd shot of one particular woman (who had no lines, and nothing to do with the plot), whom the camera followed for several seconds as she walked, only to pan over to Ben once she passed him!

There were many similarities to "The Last of the Great Paperhangers", which aired 2 1/2 years later in Season 9. In both episodes, there was no violence (though "One Born" did have an off-camera suicide and a fake shootout near the beginning). In both episodes, McGarrett managed to identify the culprit, but didn't arrest him until caught red-handed. In both episodes, there was an attractive woman involved with the scam, who had an ambiguous relationship with the older ringleader. In both episodes, the ringleader was aware of McGarrett and was concerned about him. In both episodes, the bad guys got busted because they stupidly pulled a scam while they knew McGarrett was watching them.

While the episode showed three victims, most of the focus was on victim #2, Harry Maguire (Michael Strong). The look on Harry's face was priceless when he ran outside and realized he'd been conned.

It wasn't clear why married men were targeted. McGarrett claimed that the men being married made them less likely to tell police when they realized they were cheated, but that wasn't at all what happened in this episode. The first victim told his wife everything, and the second victim's wife was very suspicious the whole way.

It also seemed strange to me that these married men were vulnerable to the scam while on a couples vacation with their wives. What were the wives supposed to be doing while these guys were galavanting everywhere?

It seems to me that a single, rich businessman (or at least one not there with his wife) would have been a better target.

Cindy was supposed to pump potential victims for information, to make sure they could afford to be scammed for 5 figures without freaking out too much. However, she didn't do a very good job of it. The first victim seemed like he was in the poor house after losing $35,000, while the second victim stretched every last dollar to acquire $65,000. (It should be noted, however, that $65,000 in 1975 would be worth about $315,000 today.)

Ringleader Joe Connors contradicted himself at the end of the episode. He had called McGarrett "smart" when describing him to the accomplices, but once McGarrett busted him, Connors seemed exasperated that McGarrett could have outwitted him, calling him a "dumb cop". In reality, McGarrett didn't do anything too clever. He simply found the third victim and planted some money on him to give to Connors!

Connors explained the final scam by saying that McGarrett would be expecting them to all hop a plane off the island, thereby giving them time to pull off one more scam while McGarrett "watches the airport". Ridiculous logic, and indeed Danno and Ben were right there watching the Ilikai as the third scam was taking place.

Dennis Chun (Kam Fong's son, and currently Duke Lukela on the new Five-Zero) supposedly plays an "Attendant". However, there are two parking attendants in the show. One of them is uncredited (and very briefly seen near the beginning, with no lines), while the other is near the end, who warns Cindy that she's being tailed by Ben. While logic would dictate that the Attendant with lines would be the one credit, that person doesn't look at all like 2018 Dennis Chun (even aged 43 years), and also looks a lot older than the 23, which was Chun's age at the time. Is it possible they ended up getting another actor to play the attendant, and credited Chun? Or is it possible that the younger actor briefly seen at the beginning was Chun, and the attendant with lines was uncredited? Very weird.

It's unclear to me why they didn't show Harry jump from the building. Budgetary/time constraints? Or perhaps the Ilikai objected?

Overall, while this was an enjoyable episode, I probably wouldn't put it in my top 10. In fact, I'd probably give it 3.5 stars instead of the 4 I had previously given it.


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In response to another article about the show's 50th anniversary from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://bit.ly/2xpJwrU), someone contacted me by e-mail.

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The article was pretty good, but these comments annoyed me:

"Small police task force" — nope! State police unit.

"Detective Capt. Steve McGarrett" — nope! Detective yes....naval commander yes, but captain, no.

"Immunity and means" — nope! Never mentioned in the series.

"Elite unit" — never referred to as such on the show.

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Another person contacted me with regard to something else mentioned:

"[T]he show did not actually film within the walls of Iolani Palace, they did film in the area around the palace..."

McGarrett's climbing the stairs and walking across the second floor hallway in "Cocoon" was filmed in the palace. The shooting of Joseph Trinian in "Yesterday Died And Tomorrow Won't Be Born" was filmed inside the palace, on the run between the landing and the top of the stairs. Several scenes in the center hallway and on the stairs were filmed in the palace in "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney." McGarrett's following the paint trail and Kono's searching the palace for evidence of the would-be assassin and the assassination attempt in "Rest in Peace, Somebody" were filmed there. Those come off the top of my head; there could have been others. Of course, there was the stock footage of McGarrett's running up the stairs.

[After I mentioned the above on Twitter, Wendie, the woman who wrote the article, made corrections. Thanks! - MQ]


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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-fall-tv-magnum-pi-charmed-reboots-20180913-story.html

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Mr. Mike - nice review of One for the Money.

Not only did Charlie and Arnold work together for years, they're cousins! If the voice was so "familiar" why didn't Charlie finger Arnold right off the bat? Granted, he was out of it because he just stabbed himself and his setup is full of holes!

Nicely done - I'm really enjoying these. :)


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One for the Money, re-viewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#17


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I knew Moonves had a special interest in Hawaii Five-0 and now reading that article I can see why - CBS already owned it. They didn't have to acquire it because it was already in their stable.

And as you said, since WBL came along, he was answers to the dream. I'm just curious to see what happens when somebody else takes the reins. There was the big dust up between Moonves and Redstone (I think that's her name) and I'm wondering what impact, if any, that will have on who CBS chooses as a replacement.

Scanning a news site a few days ago, there was an article on what shows were premiering this year - sadly, CBS isn't the only one in reboot mode. I'm reminded of the 1990s where it was sequel craziness at the movies and it took a long time to get off that merry go round.

I thought it was just me, but are we all really stuck in a rut?


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From a New York Times article in October 2010, just after the new H50 debuted...

[...]

Two new CBS shows, the comedy “Mike and Molly” and the revival drama “Hawaii Five-0,” have done so well they are already shoo-ins to be ordered for a full season.

More than that, CBS’s schedule changes this fall — an unusually high number of them, for the normally staid CBS — all worked. “Survivor” slid over to Wednesday with no apparent ill effects. “CSI: Miami” shifted to Sunday and has so far greatly aided a significant comeback for CBS on that night. “The Big Bang Theory” moved to Thursdays and has settled in as one of the strongest comedies on television.

But the real eye-opener involves the overall picture for CBS, which is finishing last on no night of the week. More remarkably, CBS is not finishing last in any of the 22 hours that constitute the prime-time week, and is almost always first or second.

The network’s success has been built around what Leslie Moonves, the network’s chief executive, described as the steady accumulation of programming assets. In virtually every recent season, CBS added valuable pieces. Last season, it added the spin-off “NCIS: Los Angeles,” as well as the solid 10 p.m. drama, “The Good Wife,” and a reality show with across-the-board appeal, “Undercover Boss.”

[...]

CBS’s strategy seems to fly in the face of a long-established trend away from the old mass appeal of broadcasters and toward more specialized networks on cable television.

Mr. Moonves argued that “still being the biggest game in town” has more value than ever to advertisers because the audience is getting divided so many ways and broadcasters can still reach the biggest share of audience all at once. “Being a broadcaster means even more today than before,” he said. “We should be even farther away from the cable networks, not trying to get closer to them.”

CBS is achieving its success largely under the radar.

“Mad Men,” on the AMC cable channel, has probably generated more comment this year than all the CBS shows put together. “We don’t get the Emmys,” said Mr. Moonves, “but that’s not as important as getting the audience.”

For CBS, piling up successful shows is all but life and death. Unlike its big competitors, CBS does not have a cache of lucrative cable channels to rely on to generate revenue if the network’s programming hits the skids — as has happened at NBC, for example.

So maintaining a strong roster of shows it can sell at good rates to advertisers is critical — especially, as Mr. Moonves pointed out, if CBS also owns those shows and can market them overseas and in syndication. He cited “Hawaii Five-0,” which he said had already sold to international television outlets for about $2.3 million an episode.

“That could become a billion-dollar property for us,” Mr. Moonves said. [Emphasis mine - MQ] CBS already owns two such 10-figure properties in the crime dramas “CSI,” and “NCIS,” both of which CBS extended with spin-off series.

“For at least the past decade, CBS has had the most loyal viewers in the sense that they always seem ready, willing and able to check out the network’s new offerings."

These shows will be generating revenue for this company 30 years from now,” Mr. Moonves said. “Some idiot will be sitting here looking at this list like I look at ‘The Honeymooners’ and ‘I Love Lucy,’ and saying, ‘Look, they’re still producing revenue.’ ”

CBS’s consistency has allowed it to introduce new shows only in time periods where they are surrounded by other successes. That ensures the new shows will at least be sampled, something that doesn’t happen to new shows tossed against tough competition on their own.

“For at least the past decade, CBS has had the most loyal viewers in the sense that they always seem ready, willing and able to check out the network’s new offerings,” said Steve Sternberg, the longtime television research analyst who runs his own blog, The Sternberg Report.

Mr. Moonves noted, “The philosophy hasn’t changed, and neither has the management.”

The CBS team benefits from a remarkable degree of continuity. Mr. Kahl has worked for Mr. Moonves for almost 20 years; Nina Tassler, the president for entertainment at CBS, has been with him for 25. And, as several CBS executives said, Mr. Moonves, though he has moved up to chief executive of the CBS Corporation, has never ceded control of the network. Everyone still reports to him — and he has final say on everything from scheduling to the casting of roles.


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Bobbi, I was told a long time time ago that Moonves had a special interest in Five-O and getting it back on the air, so when Wonder Boy Lenkov came along, it was the answer to his dreams. Since WBL has been more than successful not only with H50 but also MacGyver and possibly Magnum (the verdict on that won't be out for a few weeks), I don't think Moonves' departure is going to bode badly for WBL and his various enterprises.

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Ran across this article tonight and it's interesting in what she didn't say as much as what she did:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/grace-park-breaks-her-silence-on-hawaii-five-0-exit-im-still-figuring-stuff-out/ar-BBNl2Ul?li=BBnb7Kz


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Thanks for sharing that email Mr. Mike. :) Looks like yet another convert and proof that these newer series aren't as timeless as people may think they are --the originals do age better, especially since their storylines still resonate with timely issues.

On the other hand, you would think we would have some of this stuff figured out after 40-50 years. :)


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I recently received an e-mail with some interesting opinions on both Five-O and Five-Zero:

I recently discovered the original Hawaii Five-O and like it a lot. Before, I had watched the 2010 version, Hawaii 5-0, which I quit watching after the first season because I found it using violence in the place of good story lines and looked like every NCIS or other police show out there - who can come up with the most ridiculous and outlandish plot to substitute for a good story. Also, I hate Dan Williams on this show - what a NJ idiot. He's so obnoxious I was hitting the mute button whenever he spoke. And don't even get me started on McDanno. In spite of their excessive weaponry, I would still prefer the original guys if I were in peril. They have common sense whereas the new guys just blow things or people up for shock and awe. That said though, I decided to watch the original Hawaii Five-O and found myself liking it even though I didn't expect to. Wow, much better story lines, little violence, and much better actors. I even found myself liking Dan Williams - very different from the current one and in a very good way. He acts like he has a brain. As for Kono and Chin Ho, I love the original guys as well as Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett. They don't need absurd plot lines with drones, bombs, etc. to make the episode interesting, just talented acting. Really surprised me because I generally prefer remakes and updated shows. Anyway, your website is really good and has a lot of interesting information. I finally got through all 12 seasons (and I hated season 12 as much as I dislike the new version). Without the original four characters, the series wasn't as good. What good casting for those original four characters. When Kono left, it was still good, just not as good and by season 8, it was really becoming stale.

[from a second e-mail]

I'm going to add that when the new Hawaii Five 0 is on, I find myself either falling asleep or if I DVDR it, fast forwarding through it - especially the restaurant chatter. The old series had suspense, yet logical progressions in the storyline without blowing up all of Honolulu or violating civil rights. I hate to think that some people might believe that it's alright to strap a person to the hood of a car or put them in shark-infested waters. This McGarrett doesn't act like an adult who's in charge of a very important agency. He and his buddies are like kids playing war games - shoot 'em up or blow 'em up. Can you see Jack Lord doing that? He had presence and Alex O doesn't, not to mention he and Scott Caan are not aging well. Lord and MacArthur looked much better 10 years into their series.


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Jack Lord's last TV guest shot before he began "Five-O" is now out on DVD. Jack appeared in a Season 1 episode of the western series "The High Chaparral" that aired January 28, 1968. It's one of those "guest villain of the week" roles that Jack was increasingly getting shoehorned in and I suspect he was tired of by this point. He plays the stepbrother of the late wife of ranch owner Leif Erickson who is welcomed in as kin (the episode title is "The Kinsman") but it turns out of course he has a sordid background that reveals an ultimately evil persona beneath the smiles. William Watson, who appeared in three "Five-O" episodes plays a bounty hunter tracking Jack down.

Added: September 12 2018 10:55:50 PM
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Character actor Michael Leong, who appeared in numerous episodes of the original show, passed away recently:

http://obits.staradvertiser.com/2018/09/02/michael-edward-leong-2/

He appeared in these episodes:

And a Time to Die... - Sanders
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu - Doctor
The Burning Ice - Resident
A Matter of Mutual Concern - Lai Po (perhaps his biggest role)
Skinhead - Doctor Yamato
The LIstener - Technician
Wait Till Uncle Kevin Dies - Dave


Added: September 12 2018 09:42:00 PM
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Not trying to create issues but I'm curious about something. I also know it's still early with everything going on so things can change quickly.

Now that Moonves is out as CBS CEO, what could that potentially do with these reboots by Lenkov? Again, just curious because I could see problems in the future depending on who takes over.


Added: September 11 2018 06:36:07 PM
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Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I have a client who is referring to a very large ceiling fan that he saw in Hawaii Five-0. he cant tell me what season or episode he saw it in but I need to source a ceiling fan that looks like that. If anyone can recall seeing something like this in one of the episodes please could you help by referencing a season and episode number?

Added: September 11 2018 04:37:23 AM
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Star-Advertiser article about upcoming "tribute" to the original Five-O:

https://bit.ly/2MenU75


Added: September 09 2018 11:58:18 AM
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There are several episodes missing from the Decades Classic H50 "binge" on September 22 and 23:

Samurai
24 Karat Kill
By the Numbers
Deathwatch
One for the Money
Just Lucky, I Guess
Cry, Lie


Added: September 08 2018 03:31:08 PM
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King of the Hill, re-viewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log1.htm#13


Added: September 08 2018 03:09:02 PM
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Wow! Mr. Mike, your anal-ysis is so impressive! If anyone has any questions about "Cocoon" after reading what you put out there - then I don't know what they're reading. ;)

I know I've said it before and I will keep saying it - your hard work is Greatly appreciated!! This web page is so fun and it would not be possible without your efforts. THANK YOU! :)

I'm liking the 24 pictures too - once again, a nice over-arching visual record.


Added: September 06 2018 04:17:33 PM
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I haven't read your new analysis yet Mr. Mike but I'm very much looking forward to it. I plan to read it this afternoon. :)

As far as kool-aid kid, what is she on!? I think of myself as a perky, bouncy, positive person but I was overloaded and I was scrolling! As far as the "thank God ours isn't like the 1968 version"...WTH!? If you're trying to get people on board, slamming the original is NOT the way to accomplish your goal. It shows a absolute lack of class - just my opinion on that last point. I also know we can't control what she says but wow!

I can barely watch the reboot without being sick -- I'm sure it has some redeeming qualities, but I'haven't seen them. On the flip side, I've watched at least one episode a day of the original since last fall with the exception of *maybe* two weeks total - there have been days here and there and I think that's what it adds up to. So yeah, give me the 1968 version all day long, there's a reason we're still watching and talking about it 50 years later. ;)


Added: September 06 2018 11:07:13 AM
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https://h50koolaid.wordpress.com

#H50 – It’s September!!!

"Jack Lord’s McGarrett was pretty much the only major part of the original “Cocoon”. As a matter of fact, you barely see the rest of the team at all. Chin Ho and Danny don’t show up until the second hour and while Kono is in the first hour, he’s reduced to only coming and going from Steve’s office basically running errands. Thank God, our H50 is nothing like the 1968 version in that regard."

On the season one DVD of the original pilot movie, Chin Ho is in the show starting at 17:00 (he comes to the office to discuss some counterfeit money) and Danno is first seen at 17:11 in the office. Danno is then seen at Hennessey's funeral starting at 25:27. After this, Danno is seen trying to figure out the meaning of the word "Arcturus" from 33:24. Danno (and Kono) come into the office at 39:54. Chin also appears at 40:23.

In the two-part version of the pilot, Chin Ho's first appearance is cut out and Danno is not seen until the funeral. Chin's appearance at 40:23 in the original pilot is at approximately 3 minutes into Act 3 of the two-part version, I estimate 34:19 into the show.


Added: September 06 2018 08:14:56 AM
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Because the rehash of Cocoon is imminent, I spent some time yesterday fine-tuning my re-anal-ysis of the pilot episode with more detail than you may think humanly possible:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0pilot.htm

But even after this, I found more trivia ... which I won't get into right now. :D


Added: September 06 2018 08:11:53 AM
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Mr. Mike - LOVE the Season One page. The navigation is super easy and I know there was a lot of work that went into it.

Love the pictures - you're giving a good visual record of the episode.

No quibbles here!


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I love the addition of the photo gallery to the episodes. Good choices of scenes and they add so much color, especially with the bright fashions from the 60s!

Meaning of the title for "Not That Much Different" - I always thought that this referenced McGarrett trying to convince the protesters that, like them, he also wanted peace more than anything, so he and they were "not that much different."


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Just an update on my revising the Season One page in anticipation of the show's 50th anniversary year which starts in 16 days.

I had second thoughts about putting the Plots on the main page, because the length of the whole thing was getting ridiculous. So I put the Plots as a link near the top of each show's info, like I had before with those few shows which already have Plots. I was getting kind of burned out writing these plots, and Bobbi provided some assistance for a couple of them. I have created a QUICK PLOT at the top which is sort of like a TV Guide description of what happens in the show.

The music files have been shelved (the files themselves and a page with links to them are still on the site, hidden) because these were also getting very tiresome to do. This involved noting where the music was while re-viewing the show, recording the entire show as a giant WAV file, and then cutting the individual cues out of this file. This was VERY time-consuming. I might get around to dealing with this later. I have left the cues in for Cocoon, the pilot episode and also the first episode, in the latter case just to show what a clever guy Morton Stevens was. But as the season went on, I began to get kind of weary about how many of these cues were combined, repeated, taken from other sources and so on.

I have added a PHOTO GALLERY to some episodes, and will eventually do that for all of them. This shows selected scenes from the episode, hopefully representative of the show. Complaining about what you think is your favorite scene which is not there will not be appreciated! This helps to jazz up the page a bit, which is mostly the usual "boring" ANAL-YTICAL text.

As far as I am concerned, the first 4 or 5 episodes are finished, and contain my "final words" on those shows. But there may be more to add, you never know! I was double-checking Strangers In Our Own Land the other day for some minor point and came across a property report for the home movie camera Grace Willis used in the show which I had not seen before, and I was quick to grab information from this paper for use in the trivia section.

Feedback on the new look of the page would be appreciated, and not just from the half dozen regulars who can be counted on to post something. I know you are out there, people!


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Thanks Bobbi for sharing your thoughts on The Forum about the Classic HFO episode The Reunion. I remember watching The Reunion the first time with my late Grandma in the mid to late 80's in syndication. The Reunion is a powerful episode depicting the horrors of War and what the POW's faced when captured. Each man returned home and dealt with life in their own way. Holt channeled all that experience and became a successful businessman. It helped drive him to become a leader and man to be respected. Frank was more vocal and outwardly bitter than the other two. His physical malady by his captors were a daily reminder of that POW experience. Mitch was affected the most mentally as he was broken down by his captors for his knowledge he possessed. The Reunion would be an easy 5 stars and possibly 6 stars. The Shigato mystery and his real identity was excellently handled throughout the episode. Frank's vivid memory of Shigato as the sadistic POW officer in War was in sharp contrast to the gentlemanly grandfather-like businessman. I would have to place The Reunion in my Top 20 episodes of Classic HFO. It's a masterpiece work with outstanding acting by Simon Oakland. Here his Frank character is very honest and very vocal about Shigato. Like Hookman and V for Vashon Trilogy, The Reunion is 1 of the very best episodes in the series. JC

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Not to change the subject, I'm liking the discussions!

Just watched "The Reunion" and of our three veterans - Holt, Epstein, and Bradley - is this the first time TV dealt with what we now call PTSD? Bradley perhaps has the most realistic portrayal of the three with Epstein as a close second. Holt not so much as he comes across as a less than savory character. This by no means takes away from the other two.

I know PTSD is far more complicated than what we see in an hour of television but kudos to Five-O for trying to bring a difficult subject to light when it wasn't something talked about (circa 1970-71) and the US was still embroiled in the Vietnam War.

Shigato is evil to the core as he tries to exact his final 'revenge' against the three for not breaking in the POW camp. Again, it doesn't take away from what these veterans suffered.


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Hello HFO forum regulars and to some of the newer posters! It's time to post my Classic HFO (1968-1969) Part II ratings. On my 6 star system. 12. Pray Love Remember 4 stars. 13. King Of The Hill 6 Stars******!!! My FAV Season 1 Episode. 14. Up Tight 3.5 stars 15. Face Of The Dragon 4 stars. 16. THE BOX 4.5 stars. 17. One For The Money 4.5 stars 18.Along Came Joey 4 stars. 19. and 20. Once Upon A Time Part I and II 5 stars. 21. Not That Much Different 2.5 stars (Probably WORST Season 1 episode. 22. Six Kilos 4 stars 23. The Big Kahuna. Stock Up: Yesterday Died...Defintely in my Top 20 better than I remembered. King Of The Hill 6 stars Good! Probably in my Top 10 solid now. Stock Down: Six Kilos and The Big Kahuna. I notice more inconsistencies each time I watch these. Little things that bother me. On UP THE REBELS! One of the best Season 10 episodes. Great villain Father Costigan and I like how he took care of any loose ends. Casey Fogerty was young and idealistic. She was attractive to look at on screen and a good actress. I would give UP THE REBELS a quick 4.5 stars probably 5 stars. JC

Added: September 02 2018 11:20:08 PM
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