Hawaii Five-O

Season 6 Episode 17

One Born Every Minute

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 1974 on CBS
8.8
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A pair of crooks, teaming up with local criminals, uses phony diamonds as bait to prey on wealthy male tourists.

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  • Should have quit while they were ahead.

    9.0
    This episode does a pretty good job depicting just how much harm that scamming people can cause. So why did I find myself empathizing with the crooks more than was likely intended? Maybe I just have some criminal leanings that I haven't fully explored. Then again, in the few episodes of 5-O that I've seen, this is the first time I've felt this way. Perhaps I've developed a skewed perspective of con artists from watching glamorized portrayals in movies like The Sting and Ocean's Eleven or TV shows like Leverage, all of which show a group of misfit crooks taking wealthy jerks down several pegs. Even if I'd never been exposed to any of those things, however, part of me would probably still have been rooting for the crooks in this episode.



    True, these criminals are hardly as endearing as the type seen on Leverage, but you spend more time with them in this episode than you do with 5-O, plus, in watching their scheme unfold, I can't help feeling a sense of fascination mixed with admiration. I admit, there's something appealing about the idea of pulling the wool over some rich sucker's eyes.



    That's not to say that I don't also feel sorry for their victim, Roger Korby (okay, Michael Strong, but I'll always know him best by the role he played in Star Trek). The amount of money he's out is hardly chicken feed, even today. Yeah, he thinks he thinks he's willingly participating in something illegal, and he doesn't seem to have qualms about fooling around with a woman who is not his wife, but he hardly deserves the ruin that befalls him. Besides, (to paraphrase a line I found when googling this episode) with a wife like his, it's surprising he didn't jump out a window long before he got scammed.



    Our band of con artists probably lose some of the likability they may or may not have had with their somewhat callous reaction to their mark's death, eg the ringleader describing him as a "sore loser. " They definitely feel distraught over what's happened, but it's hard to say whether it's merely because it will intensify McGarrett's search for them or if there are some guilty consciences at play as well. Whatever they feel, it's not enough to prevent them from attempting one final score, and that's their fatal mistake, of course. Fate handed them a chance to escape, but greed was their downfall, just as it was for their victims. If only they'd learned their lesson and gotten out while the getting was good, but TV drama normally requires that justice be done. It's unfortunate that con artists in the real world are typically amoral scum who don't care how much harm they inflict on innocent people (like Nigerian scammers)- not charming antiheroes who stick it to the man.moreless
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    9.0
    Joe Connors brings his elaborate bunco operation from the mainland to Hawaii, fleecing financially well-to-do middle-aged married men with roving eyes, just the sort unlikely to run to the police for fear of their wives' wrath. Sure, they're victims, but they're victimized by their own greed as much as by Connors and his accomplices. They are his younger girlfriend, who uses her considerable charms to lure the suckers, and two islanders who help reel them in with promises of even greater wealth than they already possess. All goes well for the crooks until one of their victims can't face the embarrassment and his wife's anger, and leaps to his death, adding new urgency to Five-O's pursuit of the gang. They get their man by McGarrett conning conman Connors (say that three times fast). Michael Strong's display of horror and desperation when he realizes he's been had is priceless.moreless

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