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Thanks for the quick turnaround on the fix Mike! :)

Added: September 03 2017 02:27:49 PM
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Hi Mike, I was checking out your site after a long absence and noticed that your classic URL now generates a 404 Error. Unfortunately, 5-0log9.htm and offices.htm have absolute links to, and those links no longer work. Would you please update these to be relative links to Thank you. [Thanks, I have fixed this. - MQ]

Added: September 02 2017 08:02:00 PM
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I have just uncovered another 13th season episode. See the bottom of the page...

Added: September 03 2017 07:58:16 AM
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Season 4 Classic Hawaii Five-O.
I don't think Season 4 is as collectively brilliant as Seasons 3 and 6 but Season 4 does showcase the excellent The Ninety-Second War. I think Part I The Ninety-Second War on a short list of BEST of the series. McGarrett is framed brilliantly by Wo Fat. McG has to be extricated from a vehicle, he's temporarily paralyzed, flies to Switzerland, meets his double...Doesn't get much better than that.
Sorry to hear Richard Anderson passed at 91. I remember him as the lawyer in The Child Stealers. JC

Added: September 01 2017 05:36:08 PM
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RIP, Richard Anderson. Fine and dependable character actor. I don't think there was a show that he didn't appear in. He guested a total of 5 times on THE BIG VALLEY (a show that only ran 4 seasons) and just 2 days ago I saw him on an episode of THE RIFLEMAN where he played a smooth-talking traveling book/flower seeds salesman who strangled women who were alone while their husbands were away.

Added: September 01 2017 03:23:57 PM
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Anal-ysis demonstrates that it's not unusual for the Five-Zero season premiere to be hyped around a month ahead of its broadcast:

1 - Aug 23, 2010 (Sept 20)
2 - Aug 18, 2011 (Sept 19)
3 - Aug 23, 2012 (Sept 24)
4 - Aug 27, 2013 (Sept 27)
5 - Aug 28, 2014 (Sept 26)
6 - Aug 25, 2015 (Sept 25)
7 - Aug 31, 2016 (Sept 23)
8 - Aug 31, 2017 (Sept 29)

Added: September 01 2017 09:02:21 AM
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Why does CBS H50 press release for S08E01 refer to "car-guements"? Hello, how do you spell "arguments"? Duh!

Added: September 01 2017 08:10:46 AM
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Maybe one of the S08 Five-Zero episodes will be the H50 equivalent of Star Trek S03E01, Spock’s Brain, which, according to Wikipedia, is “seen by both fans, and those who took part in its production, as the worst episode of the series.” McGarrett’s brain will be mysteriously removed, and Masi Oka will return as Max to help restore it. On coming back to life, McGarrett, after listening to both Max and Danno’s incessant stupid chatter, will kill them both.

Added: September 01 2017 08:04:20 AM
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From Twitter:

Stephen Bowie‏ @smilingcobra
Through the '80s, there was a rule of thumb that an actor could guest on a show in a new role up to once a year without confusing viewers...

I'm seeing this all over the place with Streets of San Francisco.

What are instances of the same actor playing different roles on H50?

And who holds the record for multiple roles in the same (or more than one) season who is a member of the Five-O "stock company" (i.e., Jimmy Borges, Tommy Fujiwara, Danny Kamekona, George Herman, Terry Plunkett, Elissa, etc.?

Added: September 01 2017 07:50:18 AM
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"The season premiere includes animation of one of McGarrett and Danny’s infamous “car-guements.”

Well, it was bound to happen, given the cartoon nature of this show.

Added: September 01 2017 04:02:12 AM
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Sad news to report. Richard Anderson has passed away. He played the cold blooded baby buyer in "The Child Stealers" and wad perhaps most famously known as Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man.

Added: August 31 2017 10:40:31 PM
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Just rewatched my season 2 favorite "The Singapore File" and its greatness never diminishes. Great suspense, score, the chemistry between Jack and Marj is the best ever on the show, and the whole thing just feels like a movie. It just has this overseas exotic on-the-run flavor to it (even though most of it was shot on Oahu). One thing to note is that Victor, the guy dressed in white pursuing Nicole, is Lew Kelso, Toomey's partner in "The Payoff". Fred, take note! ;)

Added: August 31 2017 09:12:44 PM
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Guys, I'm pondering my season 4 ranking. This is tougher than I thought! Will post soon...

Added: August 31 2017 07:20:36 PM
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“'A'ole e 'ōlelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia” – McGarrett and Danny recruit Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath) to join the task force when diabolical hacker Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence) releases a dangerous arsonist from prison, on the eighth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The season premiere includes animation of one of McGarrett and Danny’s infamous “car-guements.” Also, Randy Couture returns, and Joey Lawrence joins his brother, Andrew, when he guest stars as Aaron Wright, a hacker.

“'A'ole e 'ōlelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia” is Hawaiian for “Fire Will Never Say that It Has Had Enough”

Added: August 31 2017 12:20:44 PM
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Todd, Masi Oka made the following comment after DDK's FB post regarding his leaving the show:

I found the quote by looking thru Oka's Twitter feed... nnouncement-doesn-t-fix-cbs-larger-diversity-problem

Oka emailed a statement to NPR:

"I was as saddened as anyone to learn of Daniel and Grace leaving Hawaii Five-0 but I, probably more so than most, understand their reason for doing so. Sometimes you have to draw the line in the sand for something you believe in and something for which you stand. While pay equality was not my personal primary decision to leave ... I support [Kim] and [Park] in their decision to stand up for what they believe is right."

Added: August 31 2017 07:14:39 AM
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Todd, Mike gives "One Born Every Minute" 3 stars so he definitely doesn't think it's mediocre. It's an episode that is strangely overlooked or at least doesn't get talked much about, but when it's talked about I only hear good things about it. I don't recall anyone who disliked it, here or elsewhere.

Added: August 30 2017 06:17:42 PM
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One Born Every Minute is likely my #1 overall. Love that show. Lots of great scenery, a nice looking woman in Lynette Mettey, lots of irregular regulars, including Jimmy Borges and a decent plot.

I had The Joker's Wild as my #3 episode from season 2, but it was tough to pick the top 3 from that and Just Lucky, I Guess and Singapore File.

Can we at least agree that drawing a deuce on the river to win $8.15 million was lucky?

Added: August 30 2017 04:38:42 PM
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Regarding the "top 25" list everyone is debating, I agree with Mike that it's not all that bad, provided you just forget the bottom 5 and make it a Top 20.

There is a notable omission of "Draw Me a Killer", as well as "Nightmare in Blue", but the episodes they chose in the top 20 were mostly very good.

There is a lot of subjectivity in Five-O fandom of certain episodes.

For example, "One Born Every Minute" seems to be popular on IMDB, and it was also one of my favorites. ringfire211 also said he really liked it. However, Mike and some others here have rated it as a mediocre episode.

I also really liked "Steal Now--Pay Later", which doesn't seem to be on anyone else's "best" list.

I'm happy that list had "The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild", as I also feel that was a top episode which is often overlooked.

And regarding "Over 50? Steal!", I was disappointed by it. I read all about that episode in the 1990s before actually seeing it, and expected the best episode of all time. Instead, I found it to be good, but not great. Might be heresy to say this, but I wouldn't put "Over 50? Steal!" in my top 20 list.

Added: August 30 2017 02:01:09 PM
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As we are not too far away from the start of Season 8 of Five-Zero (about 4 weeks), I would like to discuss the interesting way that writers/producers dealt with the uncertain contract situations of three of the four main stars.

I found it highly unusual that there were several episodes in Season 7 making reference to possible reasons three of the cast members would leave.

Danno was possibly going to start a restaurant and get back together with his ex-wife, Rachel.

Chin was possibly going to move to San Francisco, marry Abby, and head up a Five-Zero-like task force in that city.

Kono, shown to be increasingly emotional regarding the plight of girls kidnapped for forced prostitution, was finally shown to be on a plane to track down a human trafficking network on the mainland.

None of these were resolved in the final episode of Season 7, yet none of these were dramatic cliffhangers.

As Mike pointed out in his S7E25 review, this was because all of the cast members except O'Loughlin were not signed yet for Season 8.

As we all know, Kono and Chin will not be returning, so presumably Chin will be said to have taken that San Francisco job, and Kono will be said to be chasing down sex traffickers all over the mainland.

That's an incredibly clean exit for what appeared to be an abrupt departure of two of the show's four stars.

It also seemed that Danno's story (the restaurant) was presented as less imminent, almost as if they felt they were more building toward a future series finale with it, rather than Caan's departure (though they could have used it for that, too).

I don't recall any other shows writing multiple-episode storylines regarding the possible departure of its stars, without the contract situation of those stars having been decided either way.

I wonder how Caan, Park, and Kim felt acting out these scenes setting up their departure?

And I especially wonder why this was never referenced in all of the stories I read regarding Park and Kim ultimately leaving.

I have a feeling that the writing was on the wall for a long time regarding Kim and Park's departure, thus the multiple references throughout later Season 7 regarding their reasons for possibly leaving.

Anyone think that Kim and Park demanded equal pay for Season 8 about a year ago, and wouldn't budge, thus giving writers/producers a lot of time coming up with a clean way to write them off?

Oh, and how silly will the already-lame farewell to Max episode look, now that two of the main four characters are leaving without any emotional party? I felt that entire sequence was really forced -- almost like this was some concession they made to Masi Oka.

Added: August 30 2017 01:53:17 PM
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Fred, see, now THAT is a more accurate ranking. Vashon, Hookman, Over Fifty all at the very top where they belong! My personal favorite Rest In Peace is in there too. The only one that is curiously missing is the undisputed classic I'll Kill 'Em Again. I also feel Chain of Events doesn't belong there. But by and large it's an accurate representation of some of the show's all-time best episodes.

P.S. I'd love to see the list where someone lists "...A Bird in Hand" as the #1 best. Poor Mike would probably get an aneurysm or take some sort of legal action against such a person. :p :D

Added: August 29 2017 04:46:17 PM
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It's difficult to find a consensus on many seasons of Classic HFO. There are many high quality episodes especially Seasons 3 and 6 and throughout the series. I've seen many Classic HFO forum posters list their Top 5's and Top 10's and they have different FAVs presented. These lists challenge me to evaluate my list and leads me to watching an episode. Shows the depth and quality of the episodes. Most Classic HFO fans would agree The Vashon episodes, Nine Dragons,Draw Me A Killer, Hookman, Over Fifty? Steal would be in most Top 10 and Top 20 lists. Over Fifty? Steal I think maybe 15 now on my list. Evaluating episodes will push some up or down. I currently have Engaged To Be Buried #1 and Hookman #2 but that could change again. JC

Added: August 29 2017 03:35:16 PM
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Here is a top 25 list from IMDB viewer ratings along with their rating on a 1-10 scale, followed by Nr. Mike's ratings:

Over Fifty? Steal - 9.1, 4.0
'V' for Vashon: The Father - 8.8, 4.0
Hookman - 8.7, 4.0
'V' for Vashon: The Son - 8.6, 4.0
'V' for Vashon: The Patriarch - 8.4, 4.0
Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever - 8.4, 4.0
One Born Every Minute - 8.4, 3.0
Nine Dragons - 8.3, 4.0
Chain of Events - 8.3, 3.0
The Jinn Who Clears the Way - 8.2, 3.5
One Big Happy Family - 8.2, 4.0
The Listener - 8.2, 3.0
Draw Me a Killer - 8.2, 4.0
Rest in Peace, Somebody - 8.1, 3.5
Death with Father - 8.1, 3.5
A Capitol Crime - 8.1, 3.0
Tour De Force, Killer Aboard - 8.1, 3.0
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu - 8.1, 3.0
Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born - 8.1, 4.0
The Last of the Great Paperhangers - 8.0, 3.0
Dealer's Choice... Blackmail - 8.0, 3.0
Murder Is a Taxing Affair - 8.0, 3.0
Death Is a Company Policy - 8.0, 2.5
Trouble in Mind - 8.0 , 4.0
Skinhead - 8.0, 4.0

4.0 – 12
3.5 – 3
3.0 – 9
2.5 -1

Added: August 29 2017 11:58:43 AM
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That's right, Fred. The corresponding pics totally don't match the episodes. The whole thing just has a haphazard feel, like it was thrown together without much preparation or thought. Especially the episode choices. Even the Vashon episodes are all scattered around. Those belong together as one. And certainly "The Father" is a stronger entry than "The Son". I like "Deadly Courier" (for a season 11 episode) but what's it doing on that list? "Frozen Assets"? "Invitation to Murder" where McGarrett becomes Agatha Christie? Gimme a break! Seems like a rush job to me. Or maybe those are all the episodes that the person has seen. Who knows? "Cry, Lie" is a popular choice because it's Chin-centric. But it wouldn't make my top 25. Even though it's very good. But just from the 6th season alone you could pick out 10 episodes (easy!!) to put into your top 25.

Added: August 29 2017 11:33:35 AM
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You're half right Mr. Mike. Your comparison means that we need to be more harsh on your ratings as well! :) Just kidding about that.

You make a good point. Still, there are several episodes that should not be in their top 25. I would say that you probably have 20 or 30 more 4 star episodes. A lot of those would be more deserving than some of their listed 4 star episodes, like Hookman, as Ringfire pointed out.

Added: August 29 2017 11:21:33 AM
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I think you guys are being kind of harsh on this list. This uses my own ratings...

01. Over Fifty? Steal! - 4
02. The Ransom – 3½
03. Forty Feet High And It Kills! - 4
04. Just Lucky, I Guess - 4
05. Cry, Lie - 4
06. 'V' For Vashon: The Son (1) - 4
07. To Kill Or Be Killed - 4
08. Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember - 4
09. 'V' For Vashon: The Father (2) - 4
10. A Bullet For McGarrett - 2
11. Nine Dragons (1) - 4
12. Nine Dragons (2) - 4
13. Air Cargo -- Dial For Murder - 2½
14. The Last Of The Great Paperhangers - 3
15. Most Likely To Murder - 4
16. One Big Happy Family - 4
17. 'V' For Vashon: The Patriarch (3) - 4
18. The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild! - 3½
19. Elegy In A Rain Forest - 4
20. I'll Kill 'Em Again - 4
21. Frozen Assets - 2½
22. Nightmare Road - 2
23. Invitation To Murder - 2
24. Paniolo - 3
25. Deadly Courier - ½

4 stars – 14 (Nine Dragons is actually a 1-part show)
3½ stars – 2
3 stars – 2
2½ stars – 2
2 stars – 3
½ star – 1

Added: August 29 2017 10:17:36 AM
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That's a crazy top 25. And several of the pictures they used for the show titles are from different episodes. I think the one for I'll Kill 'Em Again is from No Blue Skies. The one for The Joker's Wild is from A Thousand Pardons. And the one for "V" for Vashon - The Patriarch is from "The Father".

At any rate. Lots of duds in there and not a lot of love for Season 6, my favorite. Only One Big Happy Family, which might not crack my top 5 for that season. Nightmare Road is in there? Dumb.

Added: August 29 2017 09:15:14 AM
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I caught this "best episodes of Five-O" countdown on YouTube (the 25 best episodes) and it's a pretty strange countdown. Seems really random to me. Not only do we have episodes on there that shouldn't even be anywhere near the top 25 (Frozen Assets, Invitation to Murder, Deadly Courier) but they're all kind of thrown together in a strange hodgepodge. Plus there are some absolute classics that aren't even on there. Maybe there are still many episodes that the reviewer hasn't seen?? I mean where's "Hookman"? Where's "Rest In Peace, Somebody"? Not a single season 1 episode? But "Air Cargo-Dial for Murder" is on there?

I can guarantee one thing - nothing from the last 3 seasons would make my list. The closest would be "The Skyline Killer".

Anyway see for yourselves:

Added: August 29 2017 08:31:27 AM
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John, the hair dryer is the perfect weapon when you're trying to make it look like a woman did it. Keep in mind that Arthur was setting Cathy up for the murder.

Mike, rest assured yours was the first review I read :) I figured you'd give it a favorable review as well. But using an orange as bait to catch fish? Does that work?

Added: August 28 2017 08:01:07 PM
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TIME AND MEMORIES Review Season 3.
Time and Memories is remembered for the interesting and vivid McGarrett flashbacks of his Navy officer days and his former girlfriend Cathy. They flood back to McG these memories when he investigates the murder of Frank Wallis, Cathy's husband. Cathy is the prime suspect after calling McG early 3 AM and Frank's body is later found at the beach house. An unusual weapon hair dryer was used to murder Frank which would point to Cathy. McG is emotionally involved in the case and does a good job trying to find the real perpetrator. Several suspects emerge including Joan Wallis the daughter, her fiancé Arthur Dixon, Roswell Borden a business associate of Frank. Time And Memories is a solid Season 3 episode but not in the Top 5. There are several questions how the perpetrator pulled this off with the time constraints and the hair dryer an odd weapon of choice. Good symmetry as Joan & Arthur are in a similar point in their relationship as McG & Cathy were years before. Time And Memories earns 4 stars out of 6. JC

Added: August 28 2017 06:51:59 PM
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Ringfire, here is my review of "Kono's amazing journey":

I have reviewed all of the episodes, y' know. :!devil:

Added: August 28 2017 06:38:01 PM
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Fred, I think you're right. I love well-scored episodes but I guess I'm not too big on those that feature too much in the way of musicians and singers taking center stage. I love Tiger by the Tail but it doesn't bother me that Bobby George is a lounge singer because after his opening act he gets kidnapped and from then on it just builds up suspense and doesn't let up. With episodes like No Blue Skies or Number One With a Bullet (which I actually like more now than I once did) there's just too much singing which gets in the way of the main story, although I do dig all those disco songs in the latter. I guess episodes about the music industry don't appeal to me as much because there's only so much suspense you can suss out of it. I guess the same applies to sitcoms too.

Trouble in Mind is actually a very good episode but we're talking about season 3 here. It's tough to squeeze it into my top 10. But hey I did place it ahead of The Payoff :) It does have an absolute mind-blower of an ending!! Probably the most powerful ending of them all, maybe even more powerful than To Kill Or Be Killed's ending. Makes you just sit there in silence, staring at the black screen.

Added: August 28 2017 11:32:31 AM
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Our #1 & #6 are the indeed the same. But I think I'm seeing a pattern for both of us. I value musically featured episodes higher and you lower. Trouble in Mind 14? Ok, that's your opinion.

So, if I have this straight, I really like No Blue Skies, Trouble in Mind and from Gilligan's Island, The Producer and Don't Bug the Mosquitoes. None of these would you rank very high. We both like Tiger by the Tail, but that one is only a marginal musical episode.

Season 11, Number One With a Bullet, may break that trend.

But, it's an interesting pattern. Sort of like Mr. Mike's fear of Fear episodes for The Streets of San Francisco. :)

Added: August 28 2017 10:34:11 AM
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Ringfire, I agree with your statements about "Five Faux." The original show was indeed a cop show and a fine one. The shows were about the team solving crimes. In the course of solving those crimes, we got to see the interactions of the detectives and their personalities. From that, we knew that they cared about one another and had strong bonds of friendship. This was a conclusion based on what we saw, not what we were told. I don't think that I ever heard the word "ohana" spoken on the original show, but I could be wrong. The new show tries way too hard to force this concept down our throats and because of this, it seems very phony.

Added: August 28 2017 04:57:05 AM
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John, "Over Fifty" is an all-timer!! Never gets old no matter how many times you watch. I almost have the whole thing memorized. Between Hume Cronyn, all the analyzing that Five-O do trying to pinpoint Filer's "bank", and the Morton Stevens score (probably his very best!) it's just a joy to watch again and again. A delightful episode! I think it speaks volumes that I have it at #1 for such a strong season.

And now I'll chime in on Five-Faux for a sec. I checked out the season 5 episode last night where Kono goes on that catamaran ride around the islands and gets stranded with just her paddle board in the middle of a storm. A very good episode! A battle for survival. It's very similar to the classic MAGNUM episode "Home from the Sea" where Magnum is knocked off his board and has to tread water for 20 some odd hours before he gets rescued. I wouldn't be surprised if that episode wasn't the inpiration. Both even feature flashbacks where Magnum/Kono recall as kids being taught how to swim/paddle by dad/mom. At least Kono had her board. Poor Magnum didn't even have that. I enjoy character-driven stories like those. In a case like this the whole "ohana" thing makes sense. Problem is when they try to shove this ohana nonsense into every single episode. This is supposed to be a cop show. Not some mushy extended family ohana soap opera. Anyone have any thoughts on this episode?

Added: August 27 2017 07:34:13 PM
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RINGFIRE-A strong Classic Hawaii Five O Season 3 list. I don't have Over Fifty? Steal quite as high. Several incredible Season 3 episodes. It's definitely my FAV season. Beautiful Screamer and The Second Shot are 2 episodes that would be #1 or #2 in a weaker season. It's amazing over 40 or 45 years how well the HFO episodes hold up in quality acting and writing. To Kill or Be Killed is one of those episodes. An older brother in the War and the younger doesn't want to report. The final Act of To Kill Or Be Killed 1 of the most emotional and outstanding in the entire series. JC

Added: August 27 2017 05:10:54 PM
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Ok, season 3. Here goes...

1. Over Fifty? Steal 2. The Ransom 3. The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney 4. The Second Shot 5. Beautiful Screamer
6. The Reunion 7. The Double Wall 8. The Guarnerius Caper 9. The Late John Louisiana 10. Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart
11. And a Time to Die 12. The Gunrunner 13. Time and Memories 14. Trouble in Mind 15. Force of Waves
16. The Payoff 17. F.O.B. Honolulu 18. The Grandstand Play 19. To Kill or Be Killed 20. Paniolo
21. Dear Enemy 22. The Last Eden

Fred, our #1 and #6 is exactly the same. John, our #3 is the same. Mrs. Moroney (Clara from The Andy Griffith Show) was a delightful character. A great humorous addition to a very tense episode! I never saw that episode in reruns, not until the DVD came out.

Added: August 25 2017 08:02:47 PM
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Steven, I have no idea why I made that comment about Kathy (Katherine) Cannon in the review of Time and Mamm ... er ... Memories. These reviews were written a long time ago. I guess I confused the two episodes.

Added: August 25 2017 06:30:42 AM
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Katherine Cannon has a bit of "baby fat", as her face is a bit soft, which is quite possible for a teenaged girl. However, teens then also tended to look more mature than in subsequent decades (sorry, Baby Boomers), but at the same time I would not be surprised if her age was innacurate. It seems like female actors subtract from their age whereas male actors add to their height...

Added: August 25 2017 06:08:27 AM
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Steven, I always thought there was something curious about Katherine Cannon's birthdate. She always looked at least 10 years older to my eyes (especially later on in the 80s). I agree that she does look pretty young in Time and Memories (though maybe not 16 or 17) but I saw her in a 1980 MAGNUM PI episode and I refuse to believe that she was only 27 there. She looked at least 37 to me!

For some reason I have a hard time believing that she was born in the 50s. Gotta be at least in the late 40s. Either that or she aged way too quickly. Or just looked mature for her age. Especially in the 80s.

Added: August 24 2017 04:35:00 PM
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Mr. Mike:

In your anal-ysis for "Time and Memories" (S3), you wrote:

"Kathy Cannon (later Katherine, who plays Danno's old girl friend in the eleventh season episode A Long Time Ago, looks about 16 years old, even though she was around 27 at the time the episode was filmed."

Katherine Cannon's birthdate is given as September 1953, which means she *would* have been 16 or 17 years old when "Time and Memories" was filmed, unless of course you were referring to Cannon's appearance in "A Long Time Ago."

Added: August 24 2017 12:07:38 PM
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Fred, I think that whole switcheroo that Orwell did with those gems in that "meat wagon" (hehe) was pretty convenient. This whole thing hinged on assuming that those gems would be right beside him during that whole fake heart attack ride in the ambulance. This is hard to swallow because Lennox strikes me as the kind of guy who would be clutching that bag the entire ride, which means that Orwell would have no access to it. If Orwell were good and healthy then I can see the bag maybe being in his possession. But there's no way Lennox would just leave that bag idling there next to a dying man. I can't believe that he was THAT preoccupied with the cops chasing them. But anyway, dramatic license.

My ranking of the 3 masterminds would be: HRH, Connors, Orwell. The first 2 definitely have Orwell beat in the humor department. Orwell is a bit too machine-like, though I still think he's a great character.

Added: August 23 2017 07:59:24 PM
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I watched season 3's "The Payoff" today in honor of our S3 countdown.

The story is memorable for having the emphasis be n the tension between the kidnappers after six years of pressure-cooker existence. The takedown and shootout at the end was well executed, with McGarrett blasting Vince (Albert Salmi), quickly checking what looked to be the fatally-shot creep, and moving on to apprehend Madge. That whole sequence was nicely-handled. Madge was almost sympathetic in how sad and pathetic she had become. Great job from Madlyn Rhue.

The dilapidated state of that semi-open-air(?) flophouse of an apartment building gave me the impression that one could fall through the rotted floor at any given time. I don't think I could have taken another lingering close up of Jase's greasy mug or even worse, that of the landlord's unprepossessing face. Hygiene was definitely NOT a priority with these people. The 1970s is a "feast" for fans of urban blight, that's for s

Paul Carr (Toomey Walsh) got to play a (relative) big-shot , which is a change of pace from what I've seen of him on shows like "Quincy, M.E." and "Mannix." I liked the way his character was polished in that medium-level crime boss way.

Another scene I took note of is the one in McGarrett's office between Steve and Lila (Joyce Van Patten). She says in defense of Jase, "He falls for anything in a skirt!" To which McGarrett replied, "Except you." That's some "cold understanding" of that particular relationship! :D

Added: August 23 2017 05:06:25 PM
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Nice lists Steven and John. I'm surprised that Over 50? didn't crack your top 5, John, as it's regarded by most viewers in the top 5 for the whole series. But I can understand that when you watch it multiple times, the gags aren't as funny anymore.

Ben - The Reunion is very good. Simon Oakland blows a gasket when no one believes, but I think that's what Oakland does in nearly all his appearances, like Nehemiah Persoff does on every show he's on.

Ringfire, great question about Ossie Connors vs. Sheldon Orwell. There's no question in my mind that I like Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart more. But with the episode, you get Paul Stewart and Logan Ramsey. Although, it's hard to believe that Lennox never looked in his bag to see that Orwell had conned him with the switch. Obviously, it made for better TV. Connors is ruthless and vengeful. Orwell is more calculating and cool as a cucumber under pressure. I think I like Orwell better. And both of them over Hunter Hickey. But that's not to say Paperhanger won't be in my top ten. It will be for that season, maybe even top 5.

Added: August 23 2017 03:41:30 PM
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I rate Season 3 Classic HFO as my FAV edging out 6. My Top 5 Season 3 would be: 1.F.O B. Honolulu 2.The Reunion 3.The Bomber & Mrs. Moroney 4.The Late John Louisiana 5.Ten Thousand Diamonds And A Heart. To Kill Or Be Killed, Beautiful Screamer, Over Fifty? Steal and several excellent episodes couldn't break into the Top 5. JC

Added: August 23 2017 03:01:56 PM
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Season 3 top ten:

10) To Kill or Be Killed
9) F.O.B. Honolulu
8) The Ransom
7) And a Time to Die
6) The Payoff
5) Beautiful Screamer
4) Over Fifty? Steal!
3) The Grandstand Play
2) Trouble in Mind
1) Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart

Added: August 23 2017 01:22:45 PM
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Two heist masterminds - Ossie Connors vs. Sheldon Orwell. Who do you prefer? Both are great characters and played by fine actors. Orwell seems to be a more technical precisionist whereas Connors is also a killer (and delights in making cops look like "boobs"). I think performance wise I'd probably give William Windom the edge. Love the way he plays Connors! One of my favorite villains from season 2. If I were to compare the episodes it would probably be a tie. I love both!

In some ways Connors is similar to Hunter R. Hickey in the Paperhangers episode. Both want to stick it to McGarrett. Orwell doesn't seem interested in that. He's more pragmatic. He just cares about the score.

Added: August 23 2017 11:22:55 AM
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Yeah, the Reunion is a great episode, probably my personal favorite from Season 3. The guy who plays Shigato turns in a great performance... and he has really cool hair! I think he was in You Only Live Twice and played a somewhat similar character.

Added: August 23 2017 09:16:46 AM
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Just in case you have forgotten (I first mentioned this on August 10th), McGarrett is getting a dog next season: arretts-getting-dog/

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lenkov eventually make a tweet along the same lines as this famous cover from National Lampoon saying “If you don’t watch or like my show, I’m going to kill the dog,” LOL.

Added: August 23 2017 06:35:39 AM
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You make lots of good arguments for "The Ransom". The scene where McGarrett almost breaks down about Kono is a winner.

Same goes for the scene you mention with Wo Fat and the girl in "And a Time to Die". For a moment, he seemed like nice guy. He still was going to snuff her lights out, but it was a great couple of scenes.

You almost make a good argument on "The Second Shot". I'll think on that one some more, but it won't crack my top 10. :)

"Dear Enemy" is clearly on the bottom. BORING!!

Added: August 22 2017 03:36:41 PM
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Fred, I agree. Khigh Dhiegh's best acting was in "And a Time to Die". Superb performance! I just love when he lapses into sentimentality there, if only for a moment. His scenes with the little girl are very touching. You almost forget for a second that this is the same monster who put all those agents into that cocoon and sucked out their brains! Also love his line "I'm not interested in your approval, Doctor... Only your cooperation".

Yes the premise in "The Second Shot" is a bit of a stretch but that's what makes it interesting. As you say "dramatic license". It's the same reason we both love "Here Today Gone Tonight". I'm sure Mike would argue that premise is even more preposterous. As long as you can accept the fact that Marburg was committed to the cause (even a suicide mission) and that the shooter was one of the best marksmen in the world then the rest works out beautifully. I buy it!

Oh yeah, Sea Life Park is definitely a big highlight of "The Ransom" for me. Like you I also visited there and saw that exact dolphin (and wholphin lol) show as was depicted on the show. Amazing how little has changed in all those years! On top of that as we watched the show the Five-O theme came blaring through the loudspeakers. This was back in 2008, before the reboot. You can imagine how excited I got. But the episode is just great from start to finish and it really ratchets up when they kidnap Kono! It still gets to me when they work him over and McGarrett's reaction when he sees the picture. Brilliant stuff!!

"GOOD...MORNING... MISTER...BLAKE". Gave me the willies back in the day.

Added: August 22 2017 03:08:53 PM
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