Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 21

Once Upon A Time, Part I

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1969 on CBS
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Episode Summary

McGarrett's sister falls under the spell of a quack healer who claims to offer a cure for her child. McGarrett flies to Los Angeles to protect his sister Mary Ann, but his efforts to shut down the healer serve only to turn his sister against him.

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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

Joanne Linville

Joanne Linville

Dr. C.L. Fremont

Guest Star

Nancy Malone

Nancy Malone

Mary Ann Whalen

Guest Star

David Sheiner

David Sheiner

Frank Zipser

Guest Star

Maggi Parker

Maggi Parker


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (discussing his sister with Danno after hearing of his nephew's death)
      McGarrett: She cried so hard, she choked on her own tears. The telephone turned to salt in my hand.

    • McGarrett: Chin, you're gonna make a speech tomorrow.
      Chin: Me? What do I talk about?
      McGarrett: Law and order.
      Chin: For or against?

    • Fremont: I was born of woman. A stupid, superstitious, and salacious old witch, my mother. From the hills of Tennessee. Where I was born and raised. Hallelujah! (pause) Fascinating? Hmm?
      McGarrett: Like watching an auto wreck.
      Fremont: You're sweet.
      McGarrett: I try.

  • NOTES (6)

    • May tells McGarrett that Grey at Treasury wants him to stop by. This is a reference to Treasury Agent Philip Grey from the Season 1 episode "Twenty-Four Karat Kill." Interestingly, Grey was played by Richard Denning despite the fact that he appeared on a regular basis as the recurring character Governor Paul Jameson.

    • Crew notes:

      Carl Macauley (Art Director) was credited as Carl MacAuley.
      Ken Chase (Make-up Artist) was credited as Kenneth Chase.

    • Uncredited actors:

      The actress who played Mrs. Appleby (one of Dr. Fremont's patients) was uncredited. The child who portrayed young Tommy Whalen was also uncredited.

    • At nine minutes and twenty-three seconds, this episode has by far the longest teaser of the series. The next longest was Season Four's "Bait Once, Bait Twice," which was over two minutes shorter.

    • Additional credits:

      Automobiles furnished by Ford Motor Company
      Production assistance and consideration provided by United Air Lines
      A Leonard Freeman Production
      In Association With
      The CBS Television Network

    • The official syndication number for this episode is 6819.


    • Scientology and the E-meter

      Dr. Fremont's medical device is very similar to the Electropsychometer or E-meter used in the practice of "auditing" in the Church of Scientology. The person being "audited" (or assisted to a "preclear" state of mental and spiritual clarity) holds onto two metal cylindrical electrodes connected by wires to the E-meter. The electrical flow is very low so the person does not notice the current.

      Though Dr. Fremont did not believe that her machine actually cured anyone, Scientologists do believe that the E-meter device can improve IQ, enhance memory and treat various mental conditions. Thus, the character of Dr. Fremont has many similarities to practicing Scientologists.

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