Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 11

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 1968 on CBS
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On leave in Honolulu after a tour of duty in Vietnam, a naive young private finds his life falling apart. He wanders into the middle of a murderous power struggle among members of a criminal organization. Meanwhile, the governor pushes McGarrett to protect the soldiers that frequent the Hotel Street red-light district.moreless

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Jack Lord

Jack Lord

Steve McGarrett

James MacArthur

James MacArthur

Danny "Danno" Williams

Kam Fong

Kam Fong

Chin Ho Kelly



Kono Kalakaua

Anne Helm

Anne Helm

Irene Park

Guest Star

Will Kuluva

Will Kuluva

Philip Lo

Guest Star

Richard Benedict

Richard Benedict

Sol the Bartender

Guest Star

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Governor Paul Jameson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The scene immediately after the opening titles (the tour guide on the bus in front of Iolani Palace) was taken from the pilot "Cocoon."

    • The license plate number on Danno's car is the usual 4C-5456.

    • Anne Helm (Irene Park) was credited as Ann Helm.

    • Military rank:

      Johnny Crawford's character was listed in the closing credits as Corporal Jerry Franklin, but he was referred to as Private Franklin several times in the episode. He also answered to Private Jerry Franklin when McGarrett spoke to him the first time.

      John Goddard's character was listed in the closing credits as Sergeant Joseph Crewes but McGarrett said he was a private in the 173rd Airborne Division.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chin: But there must be a thousand places a guy could hide out.
      McGarrett: Well, you've got a thousand relatives. Use them.

    • Danno: You're smart enough to know if you ran, we'd make a connection.
      Irene: Ohhh... that I killed Philip Lo?
      Danno: If you didn't, you know who did and you know why.
      Irene: The newspapers said that Private Franklin killed him. You know, with this line of yours, you could really make me dislike you.
      Danno: Wait a few hours. Then you can really hate me.

    • Irene: You're a pig, Georgie. You've got more dough rolling in from numbers, pushers and prosties than you know what to do with.
      George Barker: I came from a poor background. I'm insecure, OK?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Randall Kim (who played John Lo) appeared as a different character just two episodes later in "Deathwatch" (as Oscar). Soon after appearing in the Season 2 episode "King Kamehameha Blues" (as Eddie), he focused on theater work for most of the following two decades. However, he went on to appear as The Keymaker in the blockbuster movie The Matrix Reloaded (2003).

    • Herman Wedemeyer made his second guest appearance as Lt. Balta, the first since "Full Fathom Five." He began appearing on a recurring basis in Season Five as Edward D. "Duke" Lukela. After four seasons, he joined the main cast in Season Nine. He continued to play Duke Lukela as a member of the main cast through the final season, Season Twelve.

    • In this episode, the Hotel Street area of Honolulu's Chinatown is described as a center of prostitution, gambling and drug use. The neighborhood was indeed known as a dangerous red-light district for years. The area has changed somewhat in 2007 although gentrification has not completely forced out all the seedy elements.

      According to a May 2007 article from the Associated Press, many restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques and galleries have opened in the area in recent years, but a group of "down-and-out karaoke bars" on Hotel Street still attract "wild-eyed regulars" at night.

    • McGarrett says "Book 'em, Danno" for the second time in the series, and the first time since "Twenty-Four Karat Kill."

    • Additional credits:

      Automobiles furnished by Ford Motor Company
      Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii
      A Leonard Freeman Production
      In Association With
      The CBS Television Network

    • The official syndication number for this episode is 6809.