Hawaii Five-O

Season 2 Episode 16

Bored, She Hung Herself

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 1970 on CBS
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Bored, She Hung Herself
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Don Miles, a "health freak", uses a hanging-type exercise to promote his well-being. His girlfriend Wanda tries it and apparently dies in the attempt. McGarrett discovers that foul play may have been involved. NOTE-This episode is not available for television syndication packages due to the controversial content. A viewer reportedly imitated the hanging "exercise" and died.moreless

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  • Don't try this at home!

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    After managing to find this banned episode online, I thought it was about time someone posted a review (if it's allowed). A hippyish health guru and follower of eastern mysticism named Don is seen practicing a bizarre technique in which he hangs himself, but not to the point of death or permanent brain damage. It's supposedly to achieve higher consciousness or something. He explains to McGarrett that it takes time to get good enough at it to be able to do it "safely" (how one achieves this level of proficiency without getting killed while practicing is unclear, but I would assume a spotter is supposed to be present). That should be sufficient warning to viewers to "don't try this at home", just like watching anybody doing something dangerous on TV, but apparently someone missed that warning and tried it anyway and tragically died as a result, which is why you haven't seen this episode on TV in 45 years (1970) and it's not on DVD.



    When Don's girlfriend is found hanging lifelessly by a teenage neighbor boy at the pad which she and Don shared, Don is accused of murdering her, but confesses only that his practicing this hanging exercise gave her the idea that she could do it too. The neighbor boy, who has been influenced in some ways by them, provides testimony pointing to Don's guilt and he is arrested, but his friend gives him an alibi and he is released. However, the girl's vengeful father, a prominent psychiatrist and friend of McGarrett's, coaxes Don into confessing to the girl's murder on tape and into believing that he killed her while temporarily insane, but McGarrett isn't buying it. Meanwhile suspicion grows against the neighbor boy's father, a respectable middle-aged and apparently happily married man. Of course! The new usual suspects! Ironically, this was only a few months after the Tate-LaBianca murders, in which psychohippies were responsible for the brutal slayings of respectable members of the community.



    If you happen to catch this rarely seen episode, let me remind you once more in case you still haven't gotten the message: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!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

Don Quine

Don Quine

Don Miles

Guest Star

Pamela Murphy

Pamela Murphy

Wanda Parker

Guest Star

William Smithers

William Smithers

Warren Parker

Guest Star

Herman Wedemeyer

Herman Wedemeyer

Lt Grayson

Recurring Role

Peggy Ryan

Peggy Ryan

Jenny Sherman

Recurring Role

Harry Endo

Harry Endo

Che Fong

Recurring Role

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    • The official syndication number for this episode is 6916. However, this episode is not included in syndication packages because a viewer reportedly died while imitating the yoga hanging exercise depicted in the story.

      Early reports stated that the episode would be included in the Season Two DVD set, but those stories turned out to be inaccurate. The episode is not included on that DVD set.

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