Hawaii Five-O

Season 9 Episode 8

Heads, You're Dead

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1976 on CBS
8.4
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When yacht racers are found dead on their craft, Five-O launches a desperate search for high-seas buccaneers.

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  • Doesn't come off well, inferior writing and unlikely characterizations trip this episode up.

    3.3
    Hawaii Five-O must stop hi-jackers who steal yachts and have no problem with murdering the owners.



    This episode rises but mostly falls on the strength of the character Officer Sandi Welles (a confident and "spunky" HPD officer that I liked in her first appearance). While Amanda McBroom is a decent enough actor (she's a much better singer), the writing and sense of her character is all over the map in this episode - almost baffling. As McGarrett calls her in on the case, she has odd lines about how she is unhappy with her life and its direction (out of no where), and upon being paired with Danny, she becomes flirtatious and a little silly. After showing heroism by ditching her badge and stowing away on a yacht with the hi-jackers, she deliberately antagonizes them by lacing their breakfast with hot sauce. It earns her a punch in the jaw, but even more strange is the scene goes (again) no where, other than showing once again that the criminals are bad hombres. Upon being stranded on a leaking life raft with other hostages, she falls to pieces, babbling, panicking, and yelling about her impending death. Not only does the writing seem destined for another character, whoever that character is would be an unlikely policewoman and one who is emotionally incompetent.



    The story line is very simple as well, and does nothing to elevate the drawbacks.moreless
Herman Wedemeyer

Herman Wedemeyer

Edward "Duke" Lukela

Jack Lord

Jack Lord

Steve McGarrett

James MacArthur

James MacArthur

Danny "Danno" Williams

Kam Fong

Kam Fong

Chin Ho Kelly

Paul Koslo

Paul Koslo

Charlie Turner

Guest Star

John Lisbon Wood

John Lisbon Wood

Bama Melton

Guest Star

Michael D. Hendricksen

Michael D. Hendricksen

Pilot

Guest Star

Lou Richards

Lou Richards

Jim Thompson

Recurring Role

Jack Hogan

Jack Hogan

Lieutenant Commander Frank Brannen

Recurring Role

Jerry Boyd

Jerry Boyd

Powers

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