Hawaii Five-O

Season 4 Episode 15

Bait Once, Bait Twice

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 1972 on CBS
8.1
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A woman fakes a suicide attempt in order to get her boyfriend to come out into the open and, unknown to her, expose himself to an assassination attempt.

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  • McGarrett's getting too well known. This episode has someone pushing McGarrett's buttons, and he reacts precisely the way he's meant to.

    8.5
    The first segment has everyone chewing their nails wondering just what's supposed to happen. A young woman ventures out on a hotel window ledge, while Steve McGarrett just "happens" to be in the vicinity and of course rushes to get involved, while an assassin sits across the way, patiently waiting. The viewers fear for McGarrett, especially if they'd seen the promo, because the star of this show is quite capable of getting himself badly hurt in the course of an episode. But then...the oportunity slides by. What's going on? It's not until McGarrett and Co, (with considerable effort) track down the young woman's fiance and he is brought to her side that we--and McGarrett--find that he has been played for a royal sucker.



    One bad error was made--the man on the telephone, talking to the assassin. No attempt was made to disguise his voice, and the actor playing him has a very distinctive voice indeed. I knew who he was before he showed up on camera. The plot was made around a surprise twist, with nothing quite as it appeared. Knowing that this man was definitely involved rather spoiled the ending, although I didn't know if he was working alone or following orders. The whole business of the sequestered witness was confusing, as well--if he wasn't going to testify, why was he still in custody? Was it their intention to leave Monicote standing in the courtroom with egg on his face?



    The tension holds up well, with a humiliated McGarrett determined to make someone pay. For a change, it's Danno who thoughtfully kicks back and wonders if it has all been too easy. To his credit, McGarrett is willing to listen, and sets up a trap--although I'm sure that I'm not the only one who thought that he waited far too long to move in at the end.



    Even with the flaws, it's a good, well-paced episode.moreless
Jack Lord

Jack Lord

Steve McGarrett

James MacArthur

James MacArthur

Danny "Danno" Williams

Kam Fong

Kam Fong

Chin Ho Kelly

Zulu

Zulu

Kono Kalakaua

Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Betty Landers

Guest Star

Malachi Throne

Malachi Throne

Barry Bonamo

Guest Star

John Young

John Young

Wan Soong

Guest Star

Harry Endo

Harry Endo

Che Fong

Recurring Role

Al Eben

Al Eben

Doc Bergman

Recurring Role

Glenn Cannon

Glenn Cannon

John Manicote, DA

Recurring Role

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