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Chicken! You're Awesome!! Made me LOL!!! :D

I agree with you - McGarrett was on top of his game and taking nothing from anybody! Don't mess with his guys! :)

I just went through "Thanks for the Honeymoon" in Season 5 and found something kinda disturbing...

What's with McGarrett and Danno *both* being attracted to photographers anyway? In "Honeymoon" there is a chick by the name of Margo Cooper who was an old flame of Steve's. She's a photog for some of the best magazines and Toni is ready to cash in for a nest egg for 'Junior' - her unborn baby.

But Margo's not the last. There's Ann Waring in Season 9's "Double Exposure" and the last incident, which still creeps me out - I'm being honest - and I'm not sure why it does, but it creeps me out even thinking about it. It happens in Season 10's "My Friend, the Enemy" and Liana Labella. It's the scene where McGarrett says, "Rank has its privileges." This is after she tells McGarrett she's supposed to have dinner with Danno...

uh, guys...you know you work together, right? :D


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Hey Ringfire – great send up a “Deadly Persuasion.” :D Chicken actually dig that ep and Kario’s whole psycho dialogue/monologue bit. MmmmmmmmMister Mike, you kinda harsh with the star and a half rating for DP.

Bobbi – thanks for weighin in on "Daisies," certainly a Danno-centric ep as well as great crime procedural.

Hey an tomorrow be the anniversary of the inaugural “Book Em Danno!” First uttered by Steve-O in the Johnny Fargo 24 Karat Kill ep.

And “24 Karat Kill” contain one a Chicken’s favorite scenes a the whole series when a highly combustible Steve McGarret :!mad: scrawls Chin’s name in that shyster Dennison’s desk blotter. Great you included a primo shot a that in your updated review Mr. Mike. Right On, man! ;)

"You betta know that name."


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Ringfire - that is hilarious! Can you imagine? :) He looked so serious! What a great moment for him.

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Chick, right on about the baybees! No such thing as too many baybees when you’re a swingin hep cat. :!cool:

Man oh man, Mr. Mike, man oh man. Like, you just blew my mind. I thought my quotes were close enough :)

Bobbi, I tried to imagine Kario Salem up there on the stage making the Emmy acceptance speech and then starting to argue with himself... “no no no, ask Mr. Emmy about his views on circumstantial evidence. No I will NOT! Yes you WILL!” :D


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Only 2 people have taken me up on my offer to write guest reviews of recent #H50 episodes. Of course, most people around here don't even watch the new show!

If you want to write a guest review, it must be at least 100 words long. There is no guarantee that I will accept your review, and all reviews are subject to editing to remove things which I think might be objectionable like bad words or libel.

You can send me your review by clicking here. Please do not post your review in the Discussion Forum. Thanks!


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Like you, I am done with the re-boot. The first season was great. In fact, I liked the first few seasons but things have continued to get more and more ridiculous. The 200th episode was unwatchable. The best part of the reboot were your reviews.

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Is Lenkov trying to breathe extra life into Five-Zero? Who knows.

Ringfire - thanks for that find! Too cool! :)

Chicken - I'm in total agreement with you on "Daisies" - the epitome of the crime procedural.


Added: November 11 2018 01:42:48 AM
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Am I missing something?

Lenkov is thanking people on Twitter for their reviews of last night's show, the 200th (dunno why that is such a big deal).

The headline on this morning's TV By the Numbers article about last night's TV is:

TV Ratings Friday: ‘Blindspot’ and ‘The Cool Kids’ tick up, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ ties season low


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“man oh man, man oh maaaan, like, just blew my mind, man oh maaaan”

This quote is actually inaccurate. :!devil:

We think Bobby George
has been kidnapped.

You're putting me on.

Hardly.

Man, oh, man.
Man, oh, man.

Why would anyone
wanna kidnap him?

And then a few lines later...

Where could he put his hands
on enough money
to make it worthwhile
to a kidnapper?

I'm blank.
Like, I just blew my mind.

Did he have anything of value?
Anything they could hold him for?

No, nothing.


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RingFire writes “But yeah it’s shocking to think that Lord wasn’t always the one and only choice. As Bobby’s girl Carol from Tiger by the Tail would say... “man oh man, man oh maaaan, like, just blew my mind, man oh maaaan”.

Hilarious – you fracture me with that, man. :D And hows bouts Mr. Mike’s Five-O stats clockin 14 utterances of “baby” by Sam Melville's Jerry Parks in Tiger! Chicken thinks Robert Plant still hold the record for “baybees” though, as sung on Led Zeppelin I. :D

Offerin the McGarrett role to film titan Gregory Peck just an out-n-out bold move by Len Freeman, servin notice he was goin big with the Five-O. American actor Robert Brown tall and athletic & I recently caught some impressive “Have Gun Will Travel” eps with Richard Boone on some retro channel, but hard to imagine any cat but Jack playin Steve-O Five-O. In fact, years ago I seen a TV movie called “Doomsday Flight” where Jack play another cloak&dagger Federale. Don’t think is on DVD though. Anyway, nice find on Kario Salem and Chicken definitely concur with your prior thoughts on the exceptional writin an actin on “Mutual Concern.”

John – I dig King a The Hill, Yesterday Died...& Samurai as well, man. But I didn’t find the missin gun motif to be that major in “Painter Daisies.” For me the focus is “Daisies” bein the first major Steve & Danno ep. Even though he push Danno to give his account a the shooting on scene, as his superior Steve back him up all the way, reassuring the doubtin Danno who is understandably shaken. An later Steve-O give em the tough love in the office cause “How hard is too hard.” And as Mr. Mike note, the conclude is them walkin into the light of the Honolulu sun.

C’mon babee, you gotta give “Painted Daisies” and Gavin’s Chicken they do. The ep is po-leece procedural extraordinaire, man.


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Lenny Freeman worked with a lot of actors whom he could have considered to play McGarrett, so it's not as though he would zero in on Jack only. Jack still got a part ownership in the show, whether that Star Trek nonsense happened or not.

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Hey guys, check this out! It’s Kario Salem (the psycho from the underrated Deadly Persuasion) receiving an Emmy for writing Don King: Only in America (starring Ving Rhames). This was back in the 90s. The lovely Jane Seymour presents the Emmy. Pretty cool find!

https://bit.ly/2Fg1CUi


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And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin... is a good Season 1 episode but I enjoyed King Of The Hill, Yesterday Died...and Samurai better. A few others as well. Strong Introduction with Danno noticing Thad committing a crime and a footchase commences with gunfire. Thad return to his apartment area and hides in his room. Danno shoots through the lock fatally wounding Thad in the back. Annie the blonde junkie somehow quickly avoids Danno's detection and escapes with the gun. This episode quickly loses me after Thad is shot dead. The missing gun is a tired cliche in crime dramas and movies. I must have seen a dozen of these type shows. Obviously, witnesses who witnessed the foot chase had to see the gunfire and a few might have been struck by Thad's bullets. I also thought Danno was overly emotional for this situation. It was an accident the bullet shot into the lock would strike Thad. My guess Thad had his back up against the door and was listening when Danno fired. I also don't understand how Annie picked up the gun, hid beside the door, and quickly exited the front entrance without Danno's detection. All of this happened in a few seconds. The rest of the episode is Danno and McG trying to find this weapon to clear Danny's name and finding Annie who left with Thad's gun. Big Chicken makes an appearance as a criminal type who supplies Annie with the stuff. I would have loved to have written this episode but I wasn't born yet. It might have worked better as a chase episode with Annie and Thad moving from pad to place with HFO 1 step behind. Or Danno shoots into the lock and later wounded by Big Chicken inside Thad's place. Big Chicken and Thad both go on the run. I found And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin...had its moments and would give it 4 out of 6 stars. JC

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Same here, Chick. You woulda thought Len Freeman remembered Lord in DR. NO and knew right there and then that he found his McGarrett! But apparently Lenny had Richard Boone, Robert Brown (not the British actor who played M in the 80s Bond films), and even Gregory Peck in mind for McG. I’m guessing Len must have considered Lord but maybe after the Star Trek incident where Lord wanted more control he decided Lord would be difficult to work with. Only after the other choices didn’t pan out did Len decide at the last moment to go with Lord. As you say, a “command decision” indeed! :)

But yeah it’s shocking to think that Lord wasn’t always the one and only choice. As Bobby’s girl Carol from Tiger by the Tail would say... “man oh man, man oh maaaan, like, just blew my mind, man oh maaaan”.


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Right On Brudda Ringfire & Bobbi – “Painted Daisies” a hard hittin “gut punch” ep, arguably the first truly stellar ep of the series. And as you can rightly tell, one a Chicken’s faves. Great lines, indeed, cause “Everybody has to pay, Annie. The stuff costs me, it cost you. I wish it was free.”

MmmmmmMister Mike – great, great updated review! Even after Fiftee years and countless viewings, they still much to ponder. And Nominatin Big Chicken to the Five-O Villain Hall of Fame – a command decision, Mr. Mike.

Even 50 years on, Daisies” lose none a its power as a grim police procedural. There’s no big mystery to solve, no Steve-O brainstormin’, just the tedious legwork a trackin down Thad’s gun, canvasing for witnesses, interviewin Annie. Then the police work a linking that hot carburetor to Big Chick. In fact, the crime scene detail and Steve & Danno walkin though what happened would make fans a The Wire proud.

I dig the scene with the dopers too, Mike. Even though McGarrett running high octane this ep, he finesse things at Maggie’s when he coulda went all riot squad. Good point about ‘cop who cares.’

Ringfire – for years I thought Len Freeman musta had Jack pegged for Steve McGarrett based on Dr No. Only from Mr. Mike’s endless wealth a info on the site did I learn Jack wasn’t even top choice. To parphrase our boy Jerry Parks learin that “Just blew my mind, babeee.”

Watching Jack’s electric inaugural performance in Cocoon, Ise just amazed how he wasn’t no huge star already. Jack had that 60’s cool that McQueen dealt in and like you observed, Mr. Mike, he had that Dirty Harry vibe before Dirty Harry.

With Jack as Steve McGarrett – The Law Is Cool :!cool:


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Thanks, Bobbi! Yep we all have our favorites and our tastes do vary. Actually “Mutual Concern” doesn’t make my top 5 or even top 10 for season 4 because it’s such a solid season and there are other episodes that I dig even more. But it’s still an episode I enjoy greatly on rewatches.

Right ooooon about Daisies! I know our Chick really digs that ep! As you mentioned it has some real great lines, especially from McGarrett and Chick!

McG: “I’m looking for a girl”
Chick: “Oh you don’t need my help there, you do alright for yourself Mr. McGarrett”. :D


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Ringfire - you rock! Your comments concerning "Mutual Concern" prove that Five-O is a pretty versatile series. We all like what we like and any given episode, some will like it more than others. And that's for EVERY episode in the series. Is it any wonder we're still watching 50 years later?

Speaking of that - today is the 50th anniversary of "...And They Painted Daisies on his Coffin." Perhaps one of the first punch you in the gut episodes of the series.

It has it's problems -- i.e. is the gun silver or black? When "Thad" pulls it out on the street to shoot at a pursuing Danno, it's silver. When Ann picks it up, runs out of the apartment - the place is dinky! - and is holding it on the beach, it's black. When it's recovered - just who recovered it anyway as Mr. Mike points out in his excellent, as always, review - it's silver again! AGH!!

But the episode puts the viewer through the ringer as we find ourselves rooting for our guys to figure out the case.

I especially like McGarrett's lines at the beginning about the assumption of guilt before innocence concerning a police shooting. "Now that's backwards, ugly and unfair, but that's the way it is." I LOVE that line especially and one that has stuck with me. When it comes down to it, McGarrett doesn't mess around and why the show has endured. This line is also the epitome of my dad, he always said, "Tell it like it is." I see why he watched the original run.

This is also the episode where we meet Big Chicken for the first time and I know several people are really happy about that. :)

A couple of other memorable scenes - Mr. Mike points them out as well - include the beach scene where McGarrett and Kono kick literal butt against Tommy Tommy and his punks and the hippie pad. The latter is where McGarrett tells one of the dopers, "Unless you want to swallow that chain, you better sit down. Dig?" Classic!

All this and the confrontation with the Attorney General! There is so much in this episode to chew on and mull over, no wonder it has stood the test of time. It is definitely one of my favorites and one I had to go back and watch after seeing "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney" from Season 3 since it refers back to this episode, albeit incorrectly.

Regardless, a classic Five-O outing and one of the best even with the 'growing pains' of a new series. :!cool:


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A Bullet For McGarrett is a solid episode. Dr. Farrar Psychology Professor and Wo Fat pupil, uses these different hypnosis techniques on unsuspecting people leading to murder. Young Karen an attractive student shoots down the Chinese Student as he is diving into a pool. She is under the influence of Dr. Farrar's hypnosis. Obviously, the HFO team talk to Dr. Farrar. Both are students in his Psychology class. A real coincidence. McGarrett decides to send Joyce the Police Woman undercover as a student. Through his contacts, Wo Fat learns Joyce is a police woman and passes this info to Dr. Farrar. Action and Suspense heightens as we see Dr. Farrar utilize his relaxing hypnosis on Joyce. It appears to be working. It builds to the climax when Joyce must shoot McGarrett in this hypnotic state. Great final scenes as Joyce shoots into the 2 figures as they battle in darkness. A Bullet For McGarrett has some Journey Into Limbo and Mr. Winkler complexity where a simple solution of shooting McGarrett using a hitman more certain. There's also questions why Dr. Farrar would be in isolated Hawaii. He could do more damage and make more in roads say LA, NYC, or Wash DC. Maybe, Wo Fat utilized Dr. Farrar in Hawaii 1st as an experiment. There's also questions how Wo Fat received info that Joyce was a police woman that quickly. Say Wo Fat utilizes sources in HPD but other times he does not know what McGarrett is doing. I probably would have taken Joyce out of there when Joyce slapped McG. It was out of character to do so yet McGarrett proceeded. Joyce shooting the gun at the men was suspenseful. I would probably give A Bullet For McGarrett 4 stars out of 6 similar to Mr. Mike's 2 stars in his 4 star ratings. JC

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Yo Chick, I was about to reply to Bobbi dissin' "Mutual Concern" ;) but then you chimed in and pretty much laid out why it's a primo episode! I enjoy it every time I watch it - would never consider fast-forwarding it. Mike calls it a total "race-o-rama" (right oooon, bruddah!) and that's what makes it so fun for me. But it's more than just these 4 dudes putting each other down I also dig the story (I love the whole back story of Big Uncle and that one of these 4 is basically plotting to eliminate all his competition) as well as the top-notch acting. Opatoshu, Marno, Tupou, Sakai really deliver in spades! Especially Marc Marno as Kim Lo Lang (as you rightly pointed out) - my favorite scene is towards the end between Marno and Opatoshu at the War Natatorium. They're the only 2 left and Opatoshu eventually offers to sell all his belongings to Marno for a few cents and Marno basically mocks him every step of the way, throwing all kinds of insults back at the old man. Some of those are absolute howlers! :D Just great stuff! Wonderful dialogue penned by the great Vashon scribe Alvin Sapinsley! This was his first Five-O script and you can see that the man had talent.

Also thanks for the link to Jeffrey Wright. He was good as Felix Leiter. But like the man says no one can top the big dog himself Jack Lord. NOBODY! I would then pick David Hedison as the second best Felix after Jack.


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Ah Chicken - I love it! You make me laugh!

I did watch the English lesson McGarrett gave. I can't help it Chicken, I'm a Danno fan and he's not in Mutual Concern that much except at the beginning. It's just not one of my favorites.

I will agree Over Fifty is just a fun episode and is one that brighten my day anytime I watch it. :)


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MmmmmmMister Mike – many thanks for postin Karen Rhodes' best & worst eps. Chicken down with mosta Karen’s picks but where’s the love for “Matter a Mutual Concern”?

Chicken find “Mutual Concern” a rip roarin good ep, full a cracklin dialogue. Bobbi – how could ya fast forward thru McGarrett’s English lesson, or Manu Tupou kickin it as the surly Tasi the Samoan, the shout out to Ralph Nader, and David Opatoshu showin you don’t need no bad make up to play a Caucasian as Asian – you just gotta speak haltingly and deliver your dialogue like they is fortune cookie sayings.:D

But the real is deal is Marc Marno as hepcat gangster Kim Lo Lang, who is cool enuff to swing with the likes a the uber cool Joe Matsukino and Harry Cardonus. :!cool: I could go on about this ep – but I’m in the middle of inventory!

Brudda RingFire – I’m with you, man "Over Fity" an All-Timer. The best Five-O are Steve-O & the Boys matchin wits with they adversaries and Lew Filer got serious game. It’s just a fun episode. Chicken just watched “Skinhead” which is outstandin, but it’s rough stuff even for 72. "Over Fity" straight up cops n robbers. An Emmy for Hume Cronyn, Indeed!

Knownin you a big James Bond fan, thought I’d share this interview with Jeffrey Wright who talks about bein a big Felix Leiter fan cause a Jack’s original portrayal: https://bit.ly/2PPmtly

Wright is quoted as sayin:

“For me outside of Muhammad Ali and Miles Davis, Jack Lord, the Felix Leiter I knew, was one of the baddest mother____s in the whole space. Jack Lord was it.”

As Vincent Vega say “That's a bold statement.” But man, is true. No Doubt. Jack's The Man


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Excellent review of "A Bullet for McGarrett." The then-and-now pictures add a lot! Not the strongest episode, but certainly a strange one.

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Thanks Mr. Mike for listing Karen's Best and Worst Episodes Classic HFO Seasons 1-12. I received her book for my birthday this year. There's not much real dissention from me. Honor Is An Unmarked Grave Season 8 is a FAV. Crisp and outstanding photography. Might be Olsen's best performance as Travis Marshall. It's a very interesting story about the missing heir Brian Henderson. and Marshall figured out his burial spot. I probably wouldn't place Ready Aim... As the worst but Season 8 a solid season. Singapore File is 1 that gets better with time. McG and Nicole have a great chemistry on the run and I enjoyed the temple shootout sequences. I agree with Ringfire on A Bird In Hand. It has an interesting action and story for Season 12 but there are flaws. Santos hiding in the backseat and as a potential victim...The reporter should have been protected at all times. I think The Kahuna and screaming Karl in Voice Of Terror might be worse. I agree with Over Fifty? Steal being slightly overrated. It's very amusing and Filer is a creative character but there were excellent episodes in that Season. East Wind, Ill Wind would probably be my FAV Season 10. Intelligent story and beautiful photography. Mrs. Sandanarek was quite beautiful and mysterious. I thought the fake drowning lady Macy was very attractive too. The only weakness I think was leaving the scuba gear. That's expensive stuff and it also would give them an avenue of detective work. I'd probably place King Of The Hill as my FAV Season 1 although there are days Yesterday Died...would be #1. JC

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Mr. Mike - once again, a nice review for "A Bullet for McGarrett." I especially like the pictures of the apartment building and intersection and how those look today.

As far as the ladies' shooting talents, those are valid points you brought up. Why wouldn't Joyce have mortally wounded McGarrett? Was she fighting back against the hypnosis? Did we see the 'McGarrett factor' in action again? ;)

I think it's a combination thereof. As far as Karen being a crack shot right off the bat...who knows! Maybe she was a secret sniper and that's why they chose her ;)


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Some much to take in! Thank you guys!

Todd - re: your comments on the iMDB ratings, specifically number 3) "A Distant Thunder" - my sentiments exactly! It's put together well and should have ranked higher.

Mr. Mike - thanks for sharing Karen's thoughts on the shows per season. There's not much there I can disagree with. Every episode has a redeeming factor or two but there are certainly clunkers along way and some are definitely worse than others. :)

I will say in my current project, I think I went through "A Matter of Mutual Concern" in record time. I was fast-forwarding at every opportunity. I think it only took me 30 minutes, if that, to go through that episode. Bleh!


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Mike, regarding Karen Rhodes picks for season 5:

"SEASON 5.
Best: Tie between The Jinn Who Clears the Way and the Vashon trilogy (Honorable Mention: Death is a Company Policy; The Listener)
Worst: The Diamond that Nobody Stole"

I can agree on Diamond probably being the worst (or maybe Percentage) but what strikes me as funny is a tie between Jinn and the Vashon trilogy. I don't think Jinn is anywhere in the same ballpark as the Vashons. The Vashon trilogy is pretty much the best 3 episodes of the entire series whereas Jinn isn't even my favorite Wo Fat episode. My Wo Fat picks are Cocoon, Nine Dragons, and And a Time to Die. I didn't include A Bullet for McGarrett (which I adore) because Wo Fat only makes a cameo there.


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Todd, you wrote:

"How could they have forgotten the awful "A Bird in Hand" as one of the worst episodes of Season 12?"

The answer is simple - McGarrett recites a poem for the ages at the end. "Gold, gold, gold..." :D But seriously, in my opinion it's far from the worst of the season. The plot is pretty interesting and moves along fairly briskly which is more than can be said for other clunkers of the season.

Todd, you also wrote:

"On a side note, I'm glad they included "I'm a Family Crook - Don't Shoot!", one of the more underrated and forgotten episodes of the series."

I disagree that it's forgotten or underrated. In fact it regularly shows up on people's favorites lists. But it's interesting that your views and mine on this episode and "Over Fifty" seem to diverge. It looks like you enjoy this episode much more than "Over Fifty" whereas I'm the opposite. I think "Over Fifty" is a bonafide classic and my personal favorite from season 3 whereas "Family Crook" is VERY GOOD (but doesn't quite crack my top 5 for the season). I'm a huge Andy Griffith fan (love both TAGS and MATLOCK) but Hume Cronyn as Lewis Avery Filer is in a whole other league in his performance. He SHOULD have won an Emmy! Next to Gavin MacLeod as Big Chicken I can't think of anyone else who can hold a candle to Cronyn's Filer. Maybe Luther Adler as old Nick Vashon and Danny Goldman as Eddie Josephs if I squint hard enough.


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Al Harrington on To Tell The Truth in 1957:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Gb3owzy4w

Thanks to Bill Koenig.


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From almost 21 years ago in Usenet newsgroup alt.fan.hawaii-five-o, these were Karen Rhodes' best/worst episodes of the show…

SEASON 1.
Best: Once Upon a Time (Honorable Mention: King of the Hill; The Box)
Worst: One for the Money

SEASON 2.
Best: Just Lucky, I Guess (Honorable Mention: The Singapore File, The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild; Blind Tiger; Cry, Lie)
Worst: A Bullet for McGarrett

SEASON 3.
Best: Over Fifty? Steal (Honorable Mention: Time and Memories, Paniolo, Trouble in Mind, The Reunion, The Guarnerius Caper, To Kill or Be Killed, F.O.B. Honolulu)
Worst: Dear Enemy

SEASON 4.
Best: Skinhead (Honorable Mention: R&R&R; Highest Castle, Deepest Grave; Rest in Peace, Somebody; Nine, Ten -- You're Dead)
Worst: A Matter of Mutual Concern

SEASON 5.
Best: Tie between The Jinn Who Clears the Way and the Vashon trilogy (Honorable Mention: Death is a Company Policy; The Listener)
Worst: The Diamond that Nobody Stole

SEASON 6.
Best: Hookman (close race! Honorable Mention: Draw Me a Killer; Mother's Deadly Helper; Nightmare in Blue)
Worst: Tricks are Not Treats

SEASON 7.
Best: Three way tie this time: We Hang Our Own, I'll Kill 'Em Again, and Bones of Contention (Honorable Mention: Computer Killer, How to Steal a Masterpiece, Diary of a Gun)
Worst: A Study in Rage

SEASON 8.
Best: Honor is an Unmarked Grave (again a hard choice. Honorable Mention: Wooden Model of a Rat, Anatomy of a Bribe, A Killer Grows Wings, Retire in Sunny Hawaii -- Forever, Termination with Extreme Prejudice)
Worst: The Waterfront Steal

SEASON 9.
Best: Nine Dragons
Worst: Ready, Aim . . .

SEASON 10.
Best; Up the Rebels (Honorable Mention: The Descent of the Torches)
Worst: A Short Walk on the Longshore (Dishonorable Mentions to Angel in Blue, Tall on the Wave, and When Does a War End?)

SEASON 11.
Best: Number One With a Bullet
Worst: The Case Against Philip Christie (Dishonorable Mentions to The Pagoda Factor, Small Potatoes, The Bark and the Bite, and Why Won't Linda Die?)

SEASON 12.
Best: A Lion in the Streets (it's the ONLY tolerable one!)
Worst: A Bird in Hand (Honorable Mentions for Worst of the season: all the rest of them!)


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Regarding the high/low IMDb ratings, thanks Mike for organizing the top and bottom rated ones by season, so we can more easily digest it.

Most of the high/low rated episodes are ones I would mostly agree, but there are a few exceptions:

1) I still don't understand why "Over 50? Steal!" was such a beloved episode. It was easily the top rated on IMDB. I always found it to be overrated, and thought the episode was just okay. I remember it being talked up on the Five-O newsgroup in the '90s, and I was disappointed when I finally saw it.

2) Very surprised that "Nightmare In Blue" and "I'll Kill 'Em Again", two episodes in most people's top 10 (and mine, too) didn't make the "good" list.

3) "A Distant Thunder" wasn't a bad episode, and deserved a better rating than it got.

4) How could they have forgotten the awful "A Bird in Hand" as one of the worst episodes of Season 12?

On a side note, I'm glad they included "I'm a Family Crook - Don't Shoot!", one of the more underrated and forgotten episodes of the series.


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Mike, I will write some reviews of the new Five-Zero.

Can't promise it will be done in a timely fashion, or every week for that matter, but I'll write some.

I'm wondering why you are no longer watching the new show.

You gave the first four episodes no worse than 2 stars, so it seems as if you prefer Season 9 over Season 8.

Why pick this point to quit watching?


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Classic H50 re-view continues:

S02E06 - A psychology professor (Eric Braeden) trained by Wo Fat hypnotically programs a policewoman to assassinate McGarrett.

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#29


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Great insights Bobbi on Just Lucky, I Guess. It's an outstanding episode. Plenty to recommend. Marty Sloane plays the hard-working and well-respected California hardware salesman who enjoys an evening out with Angela. Sloane's married but he's in Hawaii for the convention and looking to score with an attractive prostitute Angela. He's new to this kind of thing and is awkward and nervous. Sloane is instructed to hide by Angela and gives Sloane a key. Bombay gives Angela a few opportunities to hand over the stuff "H" but she refuses. She's hidden it or stolen it from Charlie somehow. Out on the terrace, Sloane witnesses Charlie Bombay toss Angela off the balcony and down several stories to her death. Sloane is a conflicted man as he is an eye witness to a murder. However, going forward would also expose himself to being with the prostitute and undoing his good works. Family and friends he'd hurt as well. The story is also energized by Joyce a policewoman who plays Angela's sister. She Wants to make a deal with Charlie for the merchandise she knows where it's hidden. I would give Just Lucky, I Guess a strong 5 stars pointing to 5.5. Excellent acting all around from Marty Sloane to Charlie Bombay to Joyce.

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I think I'm done today after this post, but I'm not guaranteeing anything ;)

As usual, I enjoyed your review Mr. Mike. This time, "Just Lucky, I Guess."

I agree Albert Paulsen seems to be yelling more than anything but I did enjoy Ann Helms role as "Joyce" - no less than the third policewoman with that first name! The other two were in "Full Fathom Five" and "A Bullet for McGarrett."

John Randolph was enjoyable too because he gave the right mix of nervousness and hesitation when he discovered he was in over his head.

The plot point of using a stuffed animal to hide drugs has been used before too and I find Five-O's use especially amusing. You pointed out "Wait Until Dark" - it's from 1967 and I think it was on TCM recently. I can back up another six years with an episode of "The Untouchables" called "Death for Sale" with an original airdate of 27 April 1961 - it even has its own Five-O connection!

In the episode, a cocky 20 year-old named Johnny Lubin is the criminal mastermind and he's already eye-ball deep in crime. Long story short, for one, he's a jerk and for another, he's out to make himself a millionaire before he's 21. His plan is to take opium and push it out using stuffed animals - mostly pandas. These pandas were in his girlfriend's apartment and it's how Ness and his men caught him. It's an enjoyable episode and that's mostly because of the actor portraying Lubin. About 23 years old at the time, it's none other than James MacArthur - our own Danno! Now, the latter throws the stuffed animal found at the airport at McGarrett in the Five-O office and I giggle *every* time - it's the irony I find exceptionally funny. :D


Added: November 02 2018 08:11:06 PM
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H50 1.0 Forever - sorry for smashing your name so badly. Sometimes my memory fails even if I've seen something a few minutes before.

Mr. Mike - I've watched McGarrett more than once pick up something trying not to transfer his prints. Not that it's a big deal, his prints are on file and they can eliminate him right away.

Anyway, I think that's the premise - not to mess up the prints. We also see items getting bagged which is even better. I don't think we really saw the bagging technique on a regular basis on TV until "CSI" but I could be wrong.


Added: November 02 2018 01:57:55 PM
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Re-view of Classic H50 S02E04 "Just Lucky, I Guess."

A salesman attending a convention in Honolulu witnesses the murder of a hooker, he is reluctant to identify the mobster who threw her off a balcony.

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#27


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Ringfire - you go! :) Agree 100% - don't know what's going on but no one needs to do anything just because someone demands it.

H5-0.1 Forever - I now need to check out this movie. Not that I wasn't already sold - you sealed the deal. :)

Back to the series - I have been re-watching episodes slowly but surely. Last night was "For a Million...Why Not?" There was one editing lapse at the beginning of the hour. The Torino wagon Kono gets into leaving the scene suddenly disappears as it drives out of the shot! An HPD car is parking in the background as McGarrett is walking with the federal guy just after Jerry Turner is killed. I had to rewind it twice to make sure I saw what I saw. :!cool:


Added: November 02 2018 12:27:19 PM
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On cop shows, not just H50, cops will pick up a glass with fingerprints on it using a handkerchief. I don't understand this ... does this mean that this will NOT smudge the prints? Doesn't make sense to me, I'm sure depending on how they handle it from that point, the prints could indeed be messed up!

Added: November 02 2018 10:38:17 AM
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Classic HFO Fans: Which is your FAV episode between Forty Feet High And It Kills! or Just Lucky, I Guess?
Murder--Eyes Only Season 8 has been watched a few times on my new DVD player and it has earned the rare 6 star ****** rating. That's equivalent to Mr. Mike's 4 stars ****. Other 6 star ratings include Hookman, Didn't We Meet At A Murder?, Highest Castle, Deepest Grave, Yesterday Died..., The V for Vashon Trilogy, King Of The Hill, etc.
On Murder Eyes Only, I boosted the rating from 5 to 6 because of the incredible depth of story and excellent photography. I also understood that Mrs. Waldren was being rescued from the Clinic and it was a real clinic with patients. The scene with Danny shooting McGarrett with the empty gun was powerful. I noticed they weren't upset at the end at Waldren like I thought. They realized the incredible skill of how Waldren was placed in the hypnotic state. Wo Fat & Company tried but McGarrett as usual unraveled who was behind it. A well-photographed and well-written story. JC


Added: November 02 2018 09:25:26 AM
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Going back to "Just Lucky, I Guess" and John Randolph and John Frankenheimer's "Seconds" (1966), there's excellent writing (David Ely) and acting in that film. John Randolph portrays Arthur Hamilton, the middle-aged bank executive, who was seriously disappointed to learn that climbing the corporate ladder isn't all that society told him it would be. Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson) was equally disappointed to learn that starting over isn't as simple as taking on a new name and face. It is giving up the good, as well as the bad, a price most of us aren't willing to pay.

About half the cast of "Seconds" went on to appear on H50: Khigh Khiegh (Wo Fat in 15 episodes), Jeff Corey (King of the Hill / Highest Castle, Deepest Grave), Will Geer (Forty Feet High and It Kills), and Richard Anderson (The Child Stealers). Frank Campanella and Murray Hamilton appeared in Len Freeman's post-Five-0 series, "Men at Law".

But, then, we're talking about two A-1 projects that have since become cult classics. If you haven't seen "Seconds," by all means, do. But hang on to your seat. You're in for a scary ride.


Added: November 02 2018 06:30:05 AM
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Elise, I have no idea who you are but Mr. Mike doesn’t need to do a damn thing if he doesn’t feel like it. Who are you to tell him what he needs to do? Chill out.

Added: November 01 2018 10:58:07 PM
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Mr. Mike - excellent review as always, this time for "Forty Feet High and it Kills!"

I especially liked Will Greer's performance in this episode - he has a penchant for showing a mean streak that lies just beneath the surface. He so enjoys tormenting Wo Fat. :) As if he's twisting the knife by saying, "You don't quite have me." Lochner is no doubt amused by Wo Fat's squirming.

I also enjoyed how this episode unfolded - events happened in the order they were supposed to. There were no major jumps in logic and we saw the Five-O team work well against Wo Fat and his men.

The premise was clever but not overly so and I found myself enjoying it more the second time around than when I watched it the first time. :)


Added: November 01 2018 09:42:06 PM
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Mr. Mike - concerning your comment about Hayes Guards. I have another -- the guard looking out the window with the manager in "For a Million -- Why Not?" is from Hayes. This is after the "botched" robbery to set up the heist of $6 million.

Yes, they're bad. :D


Added: November 01 2018 06:13:57 PM
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Ringfire, we have encountered each other before. I would suggest that you reread my original comment to Mr. Mike and understand the intent that he still needs to comment on the atrocious current series otherwise he is doing a grave disservice to the original series, which wasn't always perfect either, but what the heck.

Added: November 01 2018 06:12:04 PM
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Re-view of Classic H50 S02E03 Forty Feet High and It Kills! Wo Fat engineers a bogus tsunami alert in order to kidnap a top genetic scientist.

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/5-0log2.htm#26


Added: November 01 2018 03:45:21 PM
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Mike, this Elise character is seriously confused if she thinks you’re Lenkov and that you (Lenkov) have been writing these lengthy reviews of the show for the last 9 years LOL!! I’m pretty sure Lenkov has other important things to do than to write reviews of his own show.

Added: October 31 2018 09:22:49 PM
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I am not the one who is confused.

Added: October 31 2018 04:53:58 PM
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What a confused posting.

What makes you think Lenkov has anything to do with this site? Have you ever read any of the reviews of the new show on this site? If so, you would wonder why the show is still on the air because there are quite a few negative comments about the new show in these reviews, mostly by >me<, not Lenkov.

If you want to complain to Lenkov about something, contact him via @PLenkov on Twitter, please!

Sheesh.


Added: October 31 2018 04:12:53 PM
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Coward!Review the current gross series. If you don't, you are complicit in it's so called success and its hatred of women. Calling you out Plenkov.

Added: October 31 2018 03:04:20 PM
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John, good point about why Latin American revolutionaries would be in Hawaii as opposed to some place in the continental U.S. like Texas. Unless we're supposed to accept some fictional Latin American island nation somewhere in the Pacific. After all, Five-O had used fake countries a few times - most famously Arasunda (LOL!) and Melanesia in "The Gunrunner". Yes I recall Silva in Sharkey's Machine - his character takes that fall off the high rise at the end. I think at the time it was a record-breaking high rise stunt performed by the famous stuntman Dar Robinson, who tragically died during a stunt a few years later.

Mike, I think I have SECONDS somewhere in my Netflix queue. Will need to get around to it eventually. I just received FROM HERE TO ETERNITY which of course has the Hawaiian connection and the famous beach scene at Halona Beach Cove. It also won an Oscar and was mentioned by Sally Kirkland in "Murder is a Taxing Affair" so it's worth checking out.:)


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