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Good comments here on the HFO forum. I probably would put A Short Walk On The Longshore in my Top 5 of worst Classic HFO episodes. McGarrett lied about his trip to California and went undercover. For 10 years, McGarrett was always honest and upfront to his team and everyone. Why lie this time? The disguise made me laugh. The ending was just tacked on. I did like Frankie. Season 10 has some hit and miss episodes. I think East Wind,Ill Wind, Tsunami, and Up The Rebels some of the best.
East Wind, Ill Wind is 1 of my FAVS. Mrs. Sandanarek is a strong woman and a little mysterious. I like the entire story and entertaining 1 hour. It was almost the perfect crime with the scuba diver and drowning of Mr. Sandanarek the leader. They would do something like this later with Santos drowning Johnny in A Bird In Hand. JC


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“The Box” is a com-mand episode!! Top notch from beginning to end! Best episode of season 1. Gavin MacLeod should have won an Emmy for that performance. It also features what I consider to be Jack Lord’s finest hour, his finest and most gritty performance! The seething animosity between McGarrett and Chick is something to behold!! I also love how the episode is set up almost like a stage play - all in one setting. It provides a great claustrophobic feel to the proceedings.

“Tread the King’s Shadow” is an outright stinker! It belongs in season 12, not 10. Even season 11 didn’t have anything as bad as that one! I agree that it’s one of those “what were they thinking?” episodes. Basically a coming-of-age/wrong-side-of-the-tracks story written as a Five-O episode???? Bizarre!! Rich white girl wants to run off with poor Hawaiian boy. Rich white daddy doesn’t approve. Go figure...


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The inappropriate scene is where McGarrett slugs Danno - poor guy! That was a hard hit and shocked me like crazy when I first re-watched. But I couldn't help but laugh at it because that setup was in the making for what? 15 minutes! I now laugh every single time I watch, I can't help it.

What I also laugh at is the facial expression on Danno's face at HPD as 'Riley' empties his pockets. Danno is not amused and is shooting lasers into the back of his boss' head! The whole thing is funny to me and I think it's because it's that rare moment when the plan completely falls apart for the Five-O team.

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Bobbi, what is the inappropriate scene you referred to in Longshore? I couldn't stop laughing at McG's disguise. I love those episodes where he goes on adventures; The Ways of Love, and The Singapore File come to mind.

As for East Wind, i didn't love it as much as Mr. Mike and John Chergi do, but it was good. I liked the ambiguity of not knowing whether or not the wife was involved. It kept ya guessing. And Mike is right that the scene at the manicure salon was priceless. I just found Reza Badiyi's direction a little stiff.

I can't wait till my kid and i muscle through Season 10 so I can shock him with the excellence of Season 1. He saw a lot of episodes about seven years ago when he was 8. Yesterday he remembered the episode where 'the guy wears all different disguises and has keys for everything.' Now you know what episode(s) he's talking about here!!!


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OK, I'm going to go off-kilter here - what would you expect after watching "Tread The King's Shadow"? :D

What episode or episodes do you consider have the worst endings?

We've seen them rushed and we've seen them dragged on forever. We've even been left scratching our heads, thinking, "What were you guys trying to do with that?" I don't know about anyone else, but I've also been left slack-jawed or felt my head tilted to one side going, "What!?"

Anyway, for me, the worst ending I've come across so far was "Bored, She Hung Herself." At the end, Don Miles is jumping around like a crazy person and splashing in the ocean. What the what!? I don't get it dude. :!thinking:

The second worst - what I just watched, "Tread The King's Shadow." As George Cameron walks away, it's as if McGarrett and Danno standing there is almost an afterthought. It's weird.


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Hey, Otto-Man! Welcome Back, brudda. But hey, we can’t have you an John C dissin The Box. Can’t let you two go one buckin The System. What we got then? No System :D

The Box got the intensity of a stage play N some lively nastiness from Gavin Mac as Big Chick. Truly a Com-mand Performance!

I always dug the look on Steve’s face when he get in there with Charlie & Chick an realize that wasn’t such a great idea after all :D . McGarrett’s the Iron Man but Jack’s portrayal show he ain’t above knowin fear.

Chicken always dug "Short Walk on Longshore" but I know they ain’t a lotta love for that ep. I like the fact that McGarrett’s go it alone attitude really went off the rails in that one. Kinda surprisin to see that.


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Nice review Mr. Mike!

As a southpaw myself, I tend to pay attention to when anyone does anything left-handed. I agree, I think Jack Soo forgot he was supposed to be left-handed. It's hard if you don't do it all the time! There are a couple of things I do with my right hand, but there's not much.

I also agree the script could have used a bit more in it. I like the idea they had for cameras looking down at the game, but as you pointed out the flaws lie in the camera in the air conditioner and the fact you can't control the cards. Unless they're marked but you still wouldn't be able to control what you were dealt. As far as the camera in the A/C, not only would it have issues looking through the grid, but I would imagine it would only see the ceiling. Wasn't it pointed straight out when Danno grabbed it?

As usual, I enjoyed the Gallery too! Thank you Mr. Mike!


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The One With The Gun, re-viewed:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#42


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Bobbi-East Wind, Ill Wind is probably my FAV episode of Season 10. I would put Double Exposure and East Wind, Ill Wind as 2 of the best later episodes. Beautiful women grace this episode Miss Macy and the elegance of Mrs. Sandanarek. It's an incredibly well-photographed episode. The gentle falling funeral rain and McG's assuming the patient in the hospital to catch the criminals stand out. Kati is a unique character and a great flashback of her back with the secret police. I really love this episode. Only real negative for me...I would have liked to hear some of Charlie's speech. Some of the atrocities and crimes committed by the regime. This has been discussed before but the scuba equipment discovery I think was a way to tie it back to Macy's friend and to her. Otherwise, HFO had not much to go on. JC

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Otto - the first time I watched "Short Walk on the Longshore" I had to watch it twice! There is a hilarious scene, at least to me and it's so inappropriate that it's hilarious, because it culminates McGarrett's stupidity when it concerns him going undercover in this episode.

Feel free to comment on "East Wind, Ill Wind" - I've watched it! :)


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From Wikipedia entry for Elkhart,_Illinois:

At the end of an episode of the television program Hawaii Five-0 broadcast on February 1, 2019, one of the characters relates a fictional racial incident that happened to him in 1988 in a town called "Elkhart, Illinois".

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2010 census said Elkhart had 405 people: 387 White (95.6%), 2 Asian (0.5%), 2 Native Hawaiian & 1 from two or more races. The Hispanic or Latino population included 13 people (3.2%).

I wonder if the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce is going to complain?


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John Chergi: I agree with you that THE BOX is not one of the best episodes, particularly since one would expect more from a reappearance of BIG CHICKEN. A better idea would have been Chick escaping from prison and managing to make it to the mainland, getting lost in the seedy streets of L.A. McGarrett, taking it personally, would go on one of his off-hawaii adventures to track him down!

Bobbi, looks like we’re both going through Season 10 concurrently! I’m a few episodes ahead of you. Yes “The Friends of Joey Kalima” was a good episode. I liked how the guy working the counter at the record store had to play both sides of the fence. Also Kwan Hi Lim was great as always. I’ll withhold comments about “East Wind — Ill Wind” until you’ve seen it. Also, you can look forward to some hilarious McG action in “Short Walk on a Longshore”.

(Unrelated note for film lovers: I've never used an emoji but i was looking at the selection here, and something caught my eye. This emoji :!movie: has a flaw. What is known as 'Academy leader' would not feature a '1'. '2' is the last numeral seen, and only for one frame, followed by 47 frames of black film. But as emojis go, it's a pretty cool one anyway!!!)


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The settings for making a posting have been changed. If you make a posting now, I will then approve it. This may not be immediate. If you try to make another posting while this is going on, you will get a message saying you can't do this, which may result in you losing everything you have typed ... unless you have used the method of saving your words of wisdom which I have cautioned people about for years (see the link beside the "LEAVE COMMENT" up above).

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And with that, I'm continuing Season 10 of the original Five-O. Next up: "East Wind, Ill Wind." I recall that it was ok when I first watched it, but I think it will be better this time around.

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What’s this? LGBTQ nonsense in the latest episode??? Well I’m certainly glad I’m not watching this show. Hollywood can keep its LGBTQWEHRGDHFYYDVR or whatever other letter nonsense to itself. I’m certainly glad I have DVDs of shows that I grew up with that bring me hours of entertainment. Don’t need this modern agenda crap.

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Last night's #H50 (S09E14) reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log9.htm#14

★★★★ (out of 4)

By the way, last night's show had short run time (40:41 on Global Canada streaming site, 40:44 on USA CBS All Access). Was something cut out? Here are times for all shows this season so far:

1-43:44; 2-41:43; 3-42:08; 4-43:43; 5-43:05; 6-43:44; 7-43:31; 8-43:44; 9-43:37; 10-43:44; 11-43:43; 12-43:12; 13-43:40; 14-40:41


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Hawaii five-o to me mocked the Christian feelings and beliefs on the latest show. Yes we are to walk in love, thats important (its how we handle ppl) but we CANNOT compromise God's Word. We believe God makes everyone male or female, and if someone is homosexual, or feels they were to be the opposite sex, it's not God's plan. I am so tired of ppm saying we have to believe different/as they do or we are treated with hate and called horrible things.

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Mr. Mike-Strong advanced review on Which Way Did They Go? I think this episode would have worked better as a revenge episode similar to Yesterday Died And Tomorrow Won't Be Born. Connors stalking him and then HFO capturing him. Which Way Did They Go? is a high body count episode. I think at least 4 maybe 5 killed by the end. They should have written Howe and the young wife victim as survivors of the attacks. Each giving information about Connors general description and information to McG. I think killing them both off made McG's job much tougher. Usually, McG plans for all the scenarios but was outfoxed by Connors robbing the exchange in proximity to the bank. I never understood when the exchange is robbed...The manager or owner said they were lucky. One of the vehicles picked up a substantial amount of coins and currency a short time before the robbery. It's strange the intelligent and observant Connors would make a mistake of this significance. I didn't think this was a Top 50 episode in the HFO catalog. However, there is great acting by Windom as the obnoxious Connors and there are some good scenes especially when McG apprehends Connors at the end. I think Mr. Mike's grade for this episode is on the mark. JC

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Joan Collins (age 85) will soon appear on the reboot, but Five-O is going for a record in another upcoming episode featuring some of the oldest actors yet seen on the show:

An incident of sexual harassment at a senior citizens' home has the team investigating [don't ask me why].

The two featured stars are Norman Lloyd (age 104) and comedic legend Betty White (97 years). White's character has some good lines when she has to deal with the "beefy" McGarrett.

There is a serious side to the show, however -- the Five-O team uncovers a plot to assassinate another of the home's residents, a former Mafia kingpin played by Nehemiah Persoff (age 99), who appeared in 6 episodes of Classic H50.

Other guest stars include Charo as a nurse and Lee Majors as manager of the residence. Episode title is "Ola ka poʻe kahiko" ("Old folks at home," literally "Lives of the ancients").)


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More and more "beloved characters" are getting involved with season nine. I have just received a press release for an upcoming show, I wonder if it will be the season finale? :D

Gerard Hirsch returns to the islands after setting up more franchises for his crime cleaning business on the mainland. He is distraught because Kono is not there, and hangs around Adam complaining about her absence. This upsets Tani, who wants quality time with Adam herself. Eventually Tani is so fed up she escorts Hirsch at gunpoint to the airport and puts him on a plane back to Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Nahele is upset because someone stole his auntie's almost-full shopping cart during her recent trip to Foodland. McGarrett is hard-pressed to think of someone who can deal with this issue.

Later, while the entire team including McGarrett is out of the office, a group of Leutonian terrorists attack the building. Only Pua Kai, who was there on business, is available to deal with them, and he holds them off for several hours thanks to the well-stocked armory.

(Title of the episode is Nā moʻolelo e hoʻowahāwahāʻia, Hawaiian for "Stories that are ridiculous" (literally "Stories to be ignored").)


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AJ O - saw it yesterday from a friend on Facebook. It also made the evening national news :)

I immediately thought of "The Friends of Joey Kalima" too, especially since I've just watched it. :) I also thought of "Didn't We Meet At a Murder" and to a lesser extent, "The Meighan Conspiracy." Although the last one was a bit too convoluted compared to the other two.

I think that was the only episodes of baddies tunneling into banks. :D


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Anyone see the current news story out of Pembroke Pines, Florida - about the tunnel that was being dug toward a bank. Immediately made me think of "Didn't We Meet at a Murder?" from season 4 in 1972.

I'd post a hyperlink to the CNN article, but I don't want to violate Mr. Mike's anti-spam commandments. [ahem]


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On The Box: I'm probably in the minority here but I never was a fan of The Box. McGarrett should have never entered the shower room with those criminals. Many prisoners he helped put away. I couldn't bear watching McGarrett getting hit and punched. You wonder honestly why the prisoners didn't kill McGarrett. Hawaii has no death penalty and many were in jail for long stretches. Nobody could prove who killed McGarrett. I'm glad they didn't because McG and HFO had a successful 12 year run. I did like McG's quick thinking on Charlie's grievances about the prison. It was very smart writing down these items and having the paper print it out. It gave McG time and the rescue team some time to plan to get McGarrett out. I'd give The Box 4 stars out of 6. JC

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Todd, ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY is one the most hilarious episodes ever. It goes ape-sh*t right from the beginning. Kinda funny too that it's an unabashed Hollywood-ized assessment of total 'white trash' scumbags. And how can you beat the cast??? They're so great!!! I think i'll have to grab my kid out of Season 10 for one night and go with the FAMILY; just because you reminded me of it. I'm laughing just thinking of it.

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I swear once I get the dates down, the 50th Anniversaries of Season 1 episodes will be over :)

Yesterday was the 50th year of "The Box." The prison standoff episode where we see one of our favorite villains for the second, and sadly, last time. After all, "Charlie's gonna walk out of this box someday. You never will."

Ah, Big Chicken - proving why he deserves his prime spot in the Five-O villain Hall of Fame! He's ruthless and has to be the main guy to call the shots, otherwise, he ain't happy. But this is an episode where the tables are turned, as much as he tries to fight it, there is no getting around the fact that his time on the top is over.

Mr. Mike points out in his review the connection to "Six Kilos." Yes, "The Box" makes more sense if it was aired *after* "Six Kilos" rather than before. As far as Charlie saying he's been waiting a long time - if you're in a living hell, a few days can feel like an eternity. Based on the dialogue, it sounds like Big Chicken has made the prison a living hell for anyone who doesn't dance to his tune, if you will. Charlie fits that category well.

There are some stand out scenes to me - one, is the press. Once Danno tells them McGarrett has gone in to exchange himself for the hostages, the press begins a literal feeding frenzy. Two, the exchanges between McGarrett and the prisoners once inside the shower room. There is so much to chew on as far as characterizations go and not just about McGarrett.

One thing I did notice, as McGarrett is walking toward the shower room. Take note, we see it again in other episodes. It becomes stock footage. I believe I've seen it at least twice. I wish I could remember which specific episodes but I know I've seen it.

Even with the inconsistencies between the connection to "Six Kilos" this is an episode for the books. As usual, I enjoy the gallery put up in Mr. Mike's review as well.


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Mr. Mike - nice review!! You didn't go any more crazy than you have in other reviews.

I like the fact that you pointed out that Danno offered to drive Nomuru but the guys is already home! Uh, where are you going!?

Thanks for the effort Mr. Mike! :)


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Which Way Did They Go? reviewed (I really went kind of crazy with this one):

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#37


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Just watched "One Big Happy Family" again.

It's a very bizarre but excellent episode which held up well over time.

The memorable villains are the Ferguson family, which includes matriarch Sadie (Barbara Baxley), her husband Sam (Slim Pickens), their son Jeb (Bo Hopkins), Bo's wife Rosalie (Robyn Millan), and their almost mute daughter Monica (Lynette Kim).

The family traveled around the country, getting odd jobs, and then murdering everyone at the job after a few days and taking their money.

The murders were directed by Sadie, who would signal it was time by calling a family meeting, but the actual killing was done by the two males of the family, Sam and Bo. Monica is portrayed as slow and quiet, and it's unclear if she even realizes what the family has been doing.

Sadie is clearly the boss of the family, though it's unclear if the crime spree was originally her idea. However, the entire family seems content with their spree, aside from Rosalie, who seems to be desperate to come up with $1000 to have enough to get away from the family. However, Rosalie shows an evil and opportunistic side of her own, and seems to want out of the family only due to personal reasons, not because of the murders.

Rosalie is shown on two occasions betraying the family and attempting to come up with money, once by agreeing to be a hooker, and once by blackmailing a married man who tried to sleep with her. However, both times she was interrupted by Jeb, who kills both men involved and steals their money.

Monica steals a phone book cover from the Royal Hawaiian when they check out, which turns out to be the family's undoing, as it's found in her luggage during a security check at the airport. It's unclear how the luggage screener at the airport knew enough about the case to know about the stolen phone book cover, yet not enough to recognize Jeb and Rosalie, whose fairly accurate composites were distributed to them!

The members of the family display different levels of sociopathic behavior. Sadie seems to be the sickest of the bunch, believing that the murders "don't count" if the victims "wasn't kin". Sam does not appear to feel any guilt about the murders he commits, but seems to act a bit more human at times, including attempting to give a nice tip to the bellman of the hotel (which Sadie then takes away and replaces with a few quarters). Jeb also seems on board for the murders, but more because it was what his parents had taught him. He does seem to enjoy the violence, but also seems to be more aware than Sam and Sadie about the seriousness of the crimes he's committing. Rosalie is an outside who was brought into the family by marriage, and at one point Sadie mentioned that they "took her in", implying that they rescued her from some sort of turmoil. She is too selfish and narcissistic to feel bad about the murders, but also doesn't seem to enjoy that they're happening, and she makes repeated attempts to get money and leave. Monica comes off as innocent and possibly mentally retarded.

The entire family does not have any fingerprints in any system across the country, something that astounds McGarrett. For that reason, the team has a hard time identifying the family for awhile, despite their willingness to leave their prints everywhere.

Sam grabs Rosalie and forces a kiss upon her, once the two are alone together. Rosalie protests, but at the same time, doesn't seem especially bothered by it. Sadie catches them but doesn't seem to care, other than to warn that Jeb would get really angry if he knew.

The score is interesting, in what seems to be a combination of banjo music (in reference to the family's southern white trash roots) and more typical Five-O suspense music.

The family committed more than 150 murders, though it was across 24 states and several years, making it more understandable how they got away with it for so long.

Four Star episode, and definitely in my top 10. This aired just two weeks after my favorite episode, "Draw Me a Killer".


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John, I don't have any problems with McGarrett versus Jhakal, Savang and Koryo, but there are other issues in this show, which I have incorporated into some revisions to my review.

As far as the title of the episode is concerned:

Jhakal's name is a pun which just about anyone can get. If you are being literal about his name, you can't really connect "leopard" to "jackal," because a leopard is a cat and a jackal belongs to the genus Canis that includes wolves, coyotes and the domestic dog. However, if you consider the expression "a leopard never changes its spots," which originated in the Bible and which means it's impossible for one to change their character, even if they try very hard, "leopard" makes more sense, combined with "the rock" as per the McGarrett expression for Oahu. Jhakal is a ruthless egomaniacal dictator who will never change his ways.

Not surprisingly given the subject matter, this episode's script is pretty "political."

When Banu harangues her grandfather about his indifference to speaking out against Jhakal who murdered his own son and daughter-in-law (Banu's parents), she says that Savang should "demand that the American State Department intern him." The old man cannot be budged and she tells him, "The American government supports anyone who isn't a Communist, including a murderer, a butcher like Jhakal."

After he finds out that Jhakal will be landing at the airport in less than two hours, McGarrett's reaction is kind of extreme, getting his team to check on possible threats to the dictator, something which would typically be done by the FBI (see the "McGarrett Wants" section above). Acting very quickly, Chin Ho soon reports, "The alien registration card shows eight natives of Jhakal's country working here [he doesn't say if this specifically means the airport]. They've been suspended with pay until Jhakal leaves."

When he tries to deal with a "human chain" of students including Banu preventing Jhakal's limo from leaving the airport (actually Kono inside), Danno has to deal with typical 1960s demonstration rhetoric like "Prison for the tyrant, we shall not be moved," "The establishment owns the judges, they own the pigs," and "You [Danno] do his [Jhakal's] bidding."

While the political angle is reminiscent in some ways of season one's "Not That Much Different," the way that Koryo and Savang hire Hood-Clovis and Walter to grab the money does not make sense, because the two crooks talk about MacLeod, the pilot of the plane having "a share" in the $10 million, and that their own share of the money is "bigger." This suggests that "stealing" the ill-gotten money back is not an unselfish act which will return all of it to Jhakal's people and "the money is safe" as Savang says at the end of the show.

The fact that Walter "just happens" to have a connection with some army unit where he stole knockout gas is far too contrived and the two men's entry into Savang's suite is far too easy. If this gas is so effective at knocking people out, why don't Hood-Clovis and Walter wear gas masks when they are introducing it through the door?

There are actually some questions as to whether the door they are using to introduce the gas is the one behind the cop who tells Jhakal McGarrett gave strict orders about keeping him under wraps, though I'm sure someone from inside the room could see them on the balcony. (The cop is played by Frank Atienza, who is later seen as Chinough Olena, the friend of Danno's who gets murdered in "Pig in a Blanket.") When the two men finally enter the room after everyone is knocked out, it looks like each of them enters in a slightly different way.


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Otto, I thought Deadly Doubles not bad for Season 10. It had some quality tennis match scenes and I like the young female tennis player's escape. The only weakness for me was the real killer had 2 different shoe prints. Supposedly the tops of the shoes were close to the same in look but different sole prints. Matheson, I thought acted well. He's very young here.
I don't know where I would put Leopard On The Rock in my FAV Classic HFO episodes. It might slide into the end of the Top 50. Season 2 had so many excellent episodes. All The King's Horses, Cry, Lie, The Singapore File, etc. Great posts by Bobbi, Mr. Mike, Ringfire, and other HFO regular posters. JC


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Leopard On The Rock. Season 2 Classic HFO. I think this is a creative and interesting episode. It's another of these exile leader or dictator episodes. This time Jhakal a brutal dictator arrives in Hawaii unexpectedly due to airplane trouble. One of the pilots helped the plane become faulty. Jhakal is hated by many from his country and word gets out that he's in Hawaii. McG & HFO save Jhakal from 1 of these men who commandeered a tanker hoping to ram the plane and blow it up. Another thread of the story...Savang a brilliant professor now an exile in Hawaii. He had to escape when Jhakal assumed power. Savang comes across as an intelligent non-violent person who has gotten nowhere in getting the world's attention about the brutal Jhakal and his ways. Jhakal has a right hand man a Consul Koryo. McG decides on a diversion. Kono pretending to be Jhakal in a line of cars and then moving Jhakal and his men from the airport later. The action and suspense picks up when Savang's granddaughter Banu tries to murder Jhakal but in reality it's Kono in the room. Koryo and Savang are working together something I liked. It's a surprise that I didn't see coming. Koryo meets with 2 men Hood-Clovis and Walters who have been hired to seize Jhakal's suitcase of money. They make it look easy introducing the gas into the hotel room with no cops or other officers guarding outside. Koryo and Savang look surprised when they are arrested.
Leopard On The Rock refers to Jhakal who is a man that doesn't change his spots. He's cautious and wary and a man of suspicion. Rock meaning Hawaii. Even though the plane has landed in Hawaii, Jhakal is the same dictator and man he would be in his home country. He's very angry and short-tempered. McGarrett shines in this episode as a dedicated and vigilant HFO leader protecting Jhakal from assailants and other criminals who want to harm him. The episode highlights the difference in the 2 leaders way of handling situations. Jhakal who would handle things with anger and violence. McG who creatively and intelligently finds solutions using his mind. I would give Leopard On The Rock a strong 4.5 stars out of 6. Most of my deductions would be the ending part. JC


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Yes Otto, I have your music on my laptop. For a long time now. Great stuff!

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Cool! Go Mike Go!! :) I love it! I see I have some reading in front of me.

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One-third through Season 10. So far the only disappointment was Deadly Doubles. Even Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson didn't save it. And, Ringfire, i'll check those again. I love Stevens and the whole Five-O music crew. You might not remember but i posted a bunch of downloadable mp3s on this site, recorded on a hand-held recorder right off of the TV, complete with the sounds of the action. I can't link you to it, but it's in the Music section of the Homepage, third from bottom. There is another one just above that i think Mr. Mike posted, which is pretty extensive.

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Ha ha, I am on a roll:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#34

(Leopard on the Rock)


Added: January 26 2019 07:11:22 PM
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Hey Otto, welcome back! “Friends of Joey Kalima” has an excellent piece of music by Morton Stevens during that prolonged tunnel heist near the end. Love it!!!

That piece as well as the Stevens piece in “Up the Rebels” where McG is chasing down Stephen Boyd at the end over the bridge are my 2 favorite music tracks from season 10.


Added: January 26 2019 06:56:59 PM
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On The Devil And Mr. Frog: It would definitely be outside my Top 50 Classic HFO. I like the distinctive masks they wore Devil and Frog. Those masks should have been easier to trace. I think the episode quickly paints itself into a corner. There's too much heat on the streets and Gibbons can't unload the money. Gibbons has no other option but make a deal with the kidnapped victim's father. It doesn't say how Gibbons purchased the boat. My guess it cost some $. Gibbons was very clever hiding the money in the tank off the side of the boat. I would probably give a similar grade as Mr. Mike 2 1/2 out of 4. Plenty of more interesting Season 2 Episodes. The Singapore File, All The King's Horses, Cry, Lie, Savage Sunday, to name a few. JC

Added: January 26 2019 01:03:11 PM
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Just re-viewed: The Devil and Mr. Frog

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#35


Added: January 26 2019 12:00:52 PM
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Just read the "How the Show Hawaii Five-0 Has Lasted Nearly a Decade" article Mike posted, and it was very disappointing.

Looks like generic clickbait.

In fact, go read the article, and aside from the Hawaii setting, it could be applied word-for-word to nearly any other long-running show!


Added: January 26 2019 01:17:05 AM
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Hey, it's been a while. Great to see Ringfire, and Chergi and Big Chick still posting up. Just got Season 10, and my kid's getting into it. Each night has been Five-O night around here. Friends of Joey Kalima was kickin' it real. Hey to Mr. Mike!!!

Added: January 26 2019 12:42:01 AM
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John Chergi, in complete agreement about the back of the truck scene in "Singapore File". Fantastic chemistry between the 2 leads, excellent photography and music, everything just perfect in that scene! Well, except it's not really the Philippines but the Valley of the Temples on Oahu :D but oh well - it's still one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on the island. Best episode of season 2 for sure!! Marj Dusay - best female guest star of season 2, which is quite a feat when taking into account the deliciously wicked Beverlee McKinsey in "Joker's Wild".

Added: January 25 2019 02:05:24 PM
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John in Oahu - I get it. Another reason I like this show so much. There's something here for everybody. I know I've said it before, it reminds me of another fandom I'm a part of and that's one of the highlights - something for everybody even if we don't agree on the 'something'.

Ringfire - I love your posts! Agree, I'm glad they only used the Plague in two episodes. Any more and it would have been literal over-kill. The fall from the helicopter in "Charter for Death" is a very cool stunt indeed and made for some excellent photography. I also agree "Face of the Dragon" has the stronger story.


Added: January 25 2019 02:53:38 AM
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The Singapore File is definitely in my Top 20 Classic HFO episodes and deserving of a 6 star ****** rating. In the beginning, it appears straight-forward enough. McGarrett flies to Singapore to bring back a terrified witness Nicole Wylie. She had witnessed Revasco in a crime but was too scared to testify or proceed any further. Can McGarrett trust her this time around? McGarrett finds Wylie but then is double-crossed by the corrupt police official. There is a special magnetic connection between McG and Wylie that heats up the screen on their escape to the ship and in their little passage room. Kudos to the photographers as there are excellent scenes throughout The Singapore File. McG must protect himself and the important witness Wylie during the ship's voyage and after. One of my FAV scenes in Classic HFO history occurs when Nicole and McGarrett hitch a ride in the back of a truck. Their wind-swept hair and uncertain future is in sharp focus. They either will live and survive together or die together. There are some small things I could deduct off The Singapore File but I don't think that I shall. Nicole & McG had an electric chemistry and they would have made a nice couple. Perhaps 1 of the lessons is keep moving forward in life. Tomorrow is not promised. McG and Nicole both survived the treacherous trip back to Hawaii. I'm glad they did. JC

Added: January 25 2019 12:19:01 AM
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It's a good thing they only did 2 bubonic plague episodes because both rank fairly low on my list. Mind you, neither is a bad episode (not by a long shot) but just not up to par with most of the other episodes in their respective seasons. Granted both seasons 1 and 6 are VERY strong seasons. "Face of the Dragon" does have a stronger and creepier score (a mix of Morton Stevens and Richard Shores) but "Charter for Death" has that cool fall from the helicopter at the end. I also agree that any shot of Hanauma Bay (best place to snorkel in the world!!) is an automatic plus and Nancy Kovack is VERY easy on the eyes!!!!!!!

Added: January 24 2019 10:49:22 PM
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I have always liked the weeks 50th anniversary 5O (50A5O). I’m realizing why my taste in episodes varies from most people here... because I am (and always have) watched 5O for specific reasons (not in any specific order ...

1... Oahu-Honolulu scenery
2... late 60’s vibe
3... Steve McGarrett alpha character

So this episode is right up my alley;
Hanauma when it wasn’t a human zoo,
Chaminade U, neat how they used the same spot (the St Louis middle school) for both the hospital and the “technology center” shots just by turning the cameras a different direction.
Nancy Kovack is very easy on the eyes too! And McG seems to have got her attention, the Gov is impressed!

You’ll notice that story doesn’t rate high on my list of priorities. Of course I prefer well written, directed, edited and acted episodes but I’ll take a lousy episode with a heavy dose of my top 3 elements over a good episode without much of my elements.

That’s what makes the world go around, we’ve each got our “thing”


Added: January 24 2019 06:42:06 PM
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Mr. Mike. Thanks for your advanced review of All The King's Horses Season 2 Classic HFO. I think this would be in my Top 5 of the most underrated Classic HFO episodes. This is a double decker sandwich of meaty information and interesting topics. With all the moving parts, it meshes together and I find it highly entertaining.
The All The King's Horses episode centers around former St. Louis enforcer Mike Finney. He's done his prison time and moved to Hawaii for a fresh start. His flower growing and sale business has made him a successful life. Still, there are suspicions about Finney whether his business is really legitimate or if all this is a front for the mob. That he is somehow involved in an Hawaiian syndicate. McGarrett has investigated Finney thoroughly and discovered nothing illegal. He's a straight up businessman. For some reason the Governor and McG can't stop the subpoena for Finney or his requested testimony.
There's excellent acting and writing throughout. Irwin an upward moving lawyer seeking higher office stages a pool side assassination attempt with many in attendance including McGarrett. Watson the Hitman intentionally misses but it is suggested Finney sent soldiers to retaliate against the investigation. Irwin further tries to discredit Finney and later McG by having Joel Fletcher Investigator type up a fake letter. The letter suggesting Finney and McG were working together. However, Fletcher is killed by a hitman from the syndicate who thinks he shot and killed Finney. Time is running out on Finney as the mob thinks he might talk at the hearing and name names. I would give All The King's Horses the highest honor of 6 stars ******. I previously had it rated at 5.5 stars. Small minuses include Finney's grouchy and stubborn manner and a lame love interest angle between Danno and Judith (Finney's Adult Daughter). This really wasn't needed. Another interesting thing was the attractive gypsy fortune teller who states McG has another 30 years. McG lived around 30 years after the episode was filmed. [Gee, John, that's exactly what >I< said... - MQ] Incredible episode! JC


Added: January 24 2019 04:36:58 PM
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Mr. Mike - I'm liking these revised reviews. The Galleries are a plus!

Reading through, I'm recalling some of my favorite scenes. For The Singapore File, McGarrett hot-wiring a car, not something you see everyday - LOL!

In All the King's Horses, I can't think of a single bad scene in that one. Keye Luke is one of my favorite actors and I really enjoyed his delivery of explaining how long it took people to stop looking at him as the enemy. It's poignant with an under lying strength - amazing!

Thank you again for all your efforts in these reviews. I may not read them often, but when I do, they are a great help! :)


Added: January 23 2019 11:38:11 PM
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Reviews updated:

The Singapore File
All the King's Horses


Added: January 23 2019 08:59:22 PM
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Mr. Mike - nice link.

I dug around on the link you shared in the other forum and I looked up H50. At the end, the article asks, "Do you want to see this show renewed?" The majority of the comments were "yes!" So, another reason, people *want* a 10th season. I'm not sure why, because they seem to be spinning their wheels, especially if last week's episode is any indication. We even see this in the original!

I'm working towards the end of Season 9 of the original Five-O and I forgot how solid some of these episodes are. Season 10 is where the drop off really began as far as quality episodes. Sure there are clunkers throughout but you can tell these guys were just about ready to move on by Season 10 and even beyond that. Not that there aren't good shows throughout either, it wouldn't have lasted as long as it did if it put out crap week in and week out.

I know the industry has changed in the 40 years since the 1970s but at some point, something is going to have to give. I don't see the reboot lasting much longer, maybe a year more at the most. But I could be completely off-base too.


Added: January 23 2019 04:23:25 PM
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Why has H50 reboot lasted almost 10 years?

https://bit.ly/2R7EXKs


Added: January 23 2019 03:55:59 PM
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