Hawaii Five-O

Season 3 Episode 21

Dear Enemy

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 1971 on CBS
7.9
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The wife of a convicted man fakes evidence in a new crime so that McGarrett will have to re-open her husband's case.

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  • Hawaii Five-0 at its most tedious

    3.0
    Dear Enemy is my nominee for the worst episode of the series Season 8 or earlier. The plot is confusing, the characters dull, and the pacing reminds one of a tortoise. A good episode doesn't necessarily need a great mystery or action, but characterizations then must be strong and here it just falls flat.
  • An impressive mix of actors, the story has some mystery to it, though the conclusion lacks drama.

    6.1
    Someone is not above murder to keep a former candidate for US Senate behind bars.



    A stand-out roster of character actors from the classic days of TV decides to show up in Hawaii and make this episode. You get a young Gary Collins, Vera Miles a little past her prime, Dub Taylor (briefly, he's killed in the opening act before credits) and even local "Lippy" Espinda as a bartender.



    As an episode, the first 40 minutes are well-done, the viewer is in the same boat as McGarrett as suspicion is focused on the wrong character for the right reason. Che is dragged all over the place to scrub crime scenes and Kono and Chin get to check "every hotel, motel, and flop house on the Island" looking for a missing suitcase.



    And then, poof, a lot of the air goes out of the balloon soon after the real killer is exposed on-camera. Not only is the mystery revealed, but the final gambit by the killer is rather tired and stereotypical. Drug a woman and toss her off a balcony is kind of a variation of the old stock idea of the weak woman with no real resolve. Which is too bad, as the character is interesting up to this point. I'd recommend watching this to see some great performances and to see some standard plot devices used on one hour dramas at the time.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

Vera Miles

Vera Miles

Flora Whiting

Guest Star

Gary Collins

Gary Collins

Henry Lockman

Guest Star

John Lupton

John Lupton

Fred Whiting

Guest Star

Peggy Ryan

Peggy Ryan

Jenny Sherman

Recurring Role

Harry Endo

Harry Endo

Che Fong

Recurring Role

Al Eben

Al Eben

Doc Bergman

Recurring Role

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    • When McGarrett writes the name "Whiting" on his bulletin board, the name in the close-up is written differently than in the far shot.

    • At the beginning, our view of the killer is carefully limited to hands and legs. Clues and possible suspects are laid out, including the possibility that the whole thing is a hoax. The killer is not identified until the middle of the episode -- unless, of course, you saw the episode promo, which leaves it quite obvious who the killer is.

    • During the scene with McGarrett in the Senator's office, the Senator angrily slaps the front page of a newspaper on his desk, and the camera gets a clear shot of it. Seconds later, the camera closes in again and it's a different front page. Not only is the paper refolded so that the captions under the two photographs are now visible, but the articles to the right and the left of the headline are also different. The headline to the viewer's right, originally "CR timing disputed", is now "Along the campaign trail". The left article is harder to see, but clearly different as well.

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