Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 6

Samurai

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 1968 on CBS
7.7
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McGarrett protects a suspected gangster (Tokura) from Japanese assassins, even as he and Five-O try to find evidence linking Tokura to organized crime.

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  • The first episode produced for the series...it's not perfect but if you overlook it's flaws it's not bad either.

    8.5
    (I posted this review several years ago on a Hawaii Five-0 fan's webstie, and I still stand by my words)



    I tend to overlook the features that make this one unpopular with others (mostly a Mexican actor being cast as Japanese) and rather enjoy it. I think this is due to the fast-paced first half which is on the action-packed side. Another good point is the music by Morton Stevens; any episode he worked on will always be interesting at least for the music.



    First episode filmed and did they ever want the teaser to be effective. Tokura (Ricardo Montalban, Mr Rourke to me) is shot while being interviewed and the assassin is quickly shot dead by Tokura's body guards. Tokura stands and gives furthur comments to the reporter. Nobody else, police, bodyguards, other reporters, nobody else approaches Tokura. Tokura just answers the "what happened" question with "Did ...what happen?" and taps his bulletproof vest cooly. Highly unrealistic. Must say I like the gritted teeth freeze of the ape looking partner of the dead assassin.



    Something else unrealistic: from here we go right to the court hearing. Just like the attempt on Tokura never occured. And then the first witness called against Tokura falls dead on the stand. From here we go to McGarrett in his office yelling at Danno "HOW?!". Danno says "All right I blew it, I BLEW IT.", then saying how careful he was: "...She wanted a candy bar out of a machine, I took the first bite!!!". McGarrett calms and pats Danno, "Sorry".



    Besides Danno, McGarrett has to take a lecture from the governor and wisecracks from Tokura. By the end of his visit, he tells Tokura he's going to have a medal made for the assassin who "comes to chop you down."



    The body count continues. Before the end of act one we have three more violent deaths. Beau Van den Ecker should've been in this one somewhere. And at the end of the second act Tokura is blasted with a shotgun in his face. McGarrett finds the body, gets a look at the face and mutters "my God".



    The second half is where it all fall aparts for me. Too many twists and tangents, Kono's dull story and a boring scene between the resurrected Tokura and his daughter in a movie theatre. I do like the end where McGarrett tells Tokura "Aloha, baby." and Tokura spots danger on the ship- two Oriental looking men that aren't looking at him friendly- that he thinks will be his escape. Tokura spills his guts to which Kono remarks "Beautiful snooker" to McGarrett after Tokura is hauled off by the men he thought were assassins.



    Comments: One of the men shot dead by a pool table looks like Derek Mau, a stock actor of the first five seasons. Uncredited.



    Dee Dee the daughter wears the same ugly green dress worn by a victim of Victor Rawlings in "Full Fathom Five". Well, I think it's ugly.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

Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban

Leonard Tokura

Guest Star

Karen Norris

Karen Norris

Mary Travers

Guest Star

Thomas Norton

Thomas Norton

University President

Guest Star

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Governor Paul Jameson

Recurring Role

Morgan White

Morgan White

Attorney General Walter Stewart

Recurring Role

Maggi Parker

Maggi Parker

May

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the first courtroom scene, the attorney general (Morgan White) mistakenly refers to Tokura as Tokuru.

    • The license plate number on McGarrett's car is F6-3958.

    • McGarrett and Chin Ho use the word "bushido" incorrectly in this episode. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word is a noun meaning "The traditional code of the Japanese samurai, stressing honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simple living." McGarrett refers to individual modern-day samurai as bushido, when the word should only be used to refer to the code that the samurai follow.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Tokura: If you have pressing affairs elsewhere, Mr. McGarrett, we will quite understand.
      McGarrett: As a matter of fact, I have. I'm about to order a medal -- for the next bushido who comes to chop you down.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Additional credits:

      Automobiles furnished by Ford Motor Company
      Travel assistance and consideration provided by United Airlines
      Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii
      Portions filmed on The Kaiser Estate courtesy of Henry J. Kaiser
      A Leonard Freeman Production
      In Association With The CBS Television Network

    • This was the first episode of the regular series to be produced, although it was not the first episode broadcast.

    • The official syndication number for this episode is 6804.

    • Ricardo Montalban plays a Japanese gangster in this episode, even though he is of Mexican heritage.

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