Hawaii Five-O

Season 6 Episode 19

Death with Father

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 22, 1974 on CBS
8.9
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The son of a Federal Narcotics officer becomes involved in a heroin refining operation.

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  • Interesting and absorbing episode with a suspensful but baffling conclusion.

    8.0
    An Asian heroin cooking operation on the island is helped by the son of a crusty ex-government agent whose job used to be shutting these activities down.



    A good actioner here, with Andrew Duggan and a young Peter Strauss turning in good performances. I have to admit Strauss's character is a little puzzling overall, he seems to have a legitimate beef against his father but he's not really sympathetic as he threatens and assualts his own girlfriend and causes her to take her own life. It's a little odd to have Doc Bergman call in a murder from the hospital, even he admits that he is a pathologist and so knows nothing about what is happening. Duke gets some real tough guy lines in this installment. Kwan Hi Lim is back where he is most effective - as an oily criminal - in this case a ruthless drug lord who smokes his cigarettes with his palm facing up.



    The best aspects are Duggan, hard-boiled and knowledgeable and willing to break his own code of right and wrong to save his son. Therefore, the conclusion is extremely jolting and unexpected, though it's also a head scratcher as the viewer never really knows how much the father and son really care about or trust one another. I would still call this one of the better episodes.moreless
Peter Strauss

Peter Strauss

Tom Morgan

Guest Star

Richard Rivera

Richard Rivera

Ernie Fallon

Guest Star

Andrew Duggan

Andrew Duggan

Cliff Morgan

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Lee Song

Recurring Role

Seth Sakai

Seth Sakai

Luu Se Ngu

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Cliff Morgan is knocking his son around for being mixed up in the drug trade, actor Andrew Duggan's hair is wind-blown and disheveled. But in the very next close-up, his hair is neatly combed.

    • In one of the early scenes, Tom Morgan flees in a truck and broadsides a police car. A chain is visible on the bumper as the police car skids sideways. The car, painted blue and white, was a junk car that was chained so that as it was hit, it would skid safely to the side, out of camera range. However, the chain broke and the junk car plowed into two real police cars rented for the occasion, causing $400 of damage. Four actual police officers who were portraying officers in the scene sustained minor injuries. Despite the chaos, two of the officers had the presence of mind to follow the script and follow the truck, so that the footage was not wasted.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • The episode description on the DVD sleeve for the official Season Six release reads "George Kennedy guest stars", leaving the reader with the clear impression that it is the well-known veteran TV and movie actor appearing in a leading role. In fact, it is a lesser-known actor, alternately known as George M. Kennedy, appearing in only a minor role.

    • The official syndication number for this episode is 7319.

    • This would be the first of six episodes that Jack Lord himself directed.

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