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Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 19

One For The Money

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 1969 on CBS
7.2
out of 10
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20 votes
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Episode Summary

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McGarrett receives a mysterious envelope and photo linked to the recent murder of a young woman. He suspects a serial killer may be targeting the employees of a local company.

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  • This tale of a potential serial killer on the loose owes more than a little to Alfred Hitchcock's famous 1960 movie Psycho. Perhaps a little too much borrowing by the writers in this episode.moreless

    7.2
    Though the episode starts off as a mysterious whodunnit involving a possible serial killer, we learn the killer's identity fairly early on. (Spoilers follow.)



    Charlie is a frustrated man who hasn't outgrown the feelings of adolescence. He feels smothered and dominated by his authoritarian aunt, who also serves as his employer. The sexual tension and suppression is evident when Charlie says he has to go out on a date but his Aunt Martha tells him he has a job to do. Charlie's mannerisms and situation are too similar to that of Norman Bates in Hitchcock's classic movie Psycho, which premiered less than a decade before this episode aired.



    Aunt Martha has her hair done up in a bun, a style reminiscent of the hairstyle of Norman Bates' "mother" in Psycho. At the end of the episode, Charlie has a hallucination involving his dead aunt, again, very similar to the hallucinations that Norman Bates experienced in the Hitchcock movie.



    This was one episode where the Hawaiian scenery may have detracted from the story. The bright tropical sun set the wrong tone for this look at the crimes of a wild boy trapped in a grown man's body.



    On a different note, just before the climactic scene in the hospital room, Charlie speaks with the attending nurse. The camera focuses on her features in order to display her striking beauty. For good reason, since the actress, Elithe Aguiar, was the winner of the 1965 Miss Hawaii USA beauty pageant. Sadly, her appearance in the episode was very brief.



    Despite the lack of originality of the story, the director kept the action flowing. The writers should have moved away from the influence of Hitchcock to present a story of their own. It's too bad because this could have been a very good episode instead of just a decent one.moreless
  • A strange mixture of plot devices and genres all at once, a little too much cheap drama and not enough focus.

    5.5
    A "serial" killer is not what he appears to be, as the "Five-O" team works to solve murders at a company owned by an older woman.



    This is certainly a "mature" example of the series from Season 1, effectively portraying a "whodonit" with clues that McGarrett and the team must piece together. The show is unusual, starting as a hunt for a serial stabber, changing gears to a very "Columbo"-like tale of a man who sets up a frame of his own cousin for his aunt's murder so that he can inherit the family business. There's lots of the typical devices, detailed planning, wiping knives for fingerprints, and smashing watches with the time set ahead to deceive the authorities. By the final 20 minutes, the killer (Charlie) is shown to be not at all well with lots of repressed resentment towards the aunt that he has murdered.



    Queuing the weird music, the episode finishes as a psychogical drama as Charlie confuses both the "body" of his cousin in the hospital and McGarrett himself for his dead aunt in the final scene at the hospital. A little retro and schizophrenic, this episode doesn't feature a lot of the elements that made "Hawaii Five-O" unique.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

Farley Granger

Farley Granger

Arnold Martin

Guest Star

Jeanette Nolan

Jeanette Nolan

Aunt Martha

Guest Star

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Charlie Gordlow

Guest Star

Maggi Parker

Maggi Parker

May

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Before Charlie stabs himself with a dagger, he marks the "safe" point with a marker on his skin. Such an unexplained mark might have been noticed by medical personnel. They would report the anomaly to Five-O, thus casting doubt on Charlie's story.

    • McGarrett mispronounces the word "mestizo" as /mes-tee'-chee-oh/. The word usually refers to someone of mixed ancestry, whether a mix of native and foreign blood or a mix of European and Native American ancestry. It is not considered to be a derogatory term by most people.

    • Danno says that Jack the Ripper and the Cleveland Torso Murderer killed "18 or 20" people. Jack the Ripper is thought to have killed five individuals, although the London police files listed 11 victims of what were called "the Whitechapel murders." Remains of 12 victims were found during the investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murderer.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Real-life serial killers

      Danno and McGarrett mention three historical serial killers. None of those cases were convincingly resolved.

      Jack the Ripper killed at least five women, all prostitutes, in or near the Whitechapel district of London's East End in the fall of 1888.

      The Cleveland Torso Murderer was active between 1935 and 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio. Body parts of 12 victims were found, most of them dismembered and all of them decapitated. Frank Dolezal confessed to one of the murders but his statement may not have been made voluntarily. He died while in the custody of the County Sheriff Martin O'Donnell. Safety Director Eliot Ness was never able to identify a suspect.

      The purported Boston Strangler murdered at least 11 women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964. Although Albert DeSalvo confessed to the murders and was convicted of sexual assault for some of the crimes, many continue to question whether he was the Boston Strangler or whether all the crimes were really committed by just one killer.

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