Hawaii Five-O

Season 11 Episode 5

Small Potatoes

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 1978 on CBS
4.6
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Steve is framed on the orders of a gambling syndicate, and becomes involved with a woman who is part of the case.

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  • The episode is sedate and rather slow-moving, but its one of the better acting turns for Zohra Lampert.

    5.3
    "Five-O" works to shut off illegal gambling on the islands.



    The story here is somewhat interesting, the pacing lets it down and it leaves a rather boring impression overall. The idea is good, it sets up well as the Governor gives McGarret permission to investigate gambling on the island because of its connection to a murder, you almost think its going to be a face-off between cops and the rival FBI. But it goes little further, as the protagonist (a "small potato") is rather lukewarm in his interaction with the kingpin who wants to avoid any connection to any operations. Zohra Lampert as Gloria is most interesting, her laconic style works here where it didn't in her previous appearance ("Let Death Do Us Part"), her unique blase delivery really leaves you with an impression of not knowing where her loyalties might lie in a situation. Naturally, she is betrayed but does the "right thing" by story's end. McGarrett is framed and arrested by federal agents, but it's very poorly paced and the writing doesn't generate any excitement around the matter.



    Something that stands out is that the sense of "team" in "Five-O" is starting to really go missing - Chin is dead, lab staff and detectives are in short supply and Danny is the only other real main character in this and other installments (before the wholesale re-population of new characters in the final season).



    One of those episodes that gets some points for the thought and loses more for the delivery, not unusual by Season 11.moreless
Zohra Lampert

Zohra Lampert

Gloria

Guest Star

Richard Romanus

Richard Romanus

Johnny Noah

Guest Star

William Bryant

William Bryant

Harold Kendricks

Guest Star

Seth Sakai

Seth Sakai

The General

Recurring Role

Bob Sevey

Bob Sevey

Bob Sullivan

Recurring Role

Danny Kamekona

Danny Kamekona

Mr Lee

Recurring Role

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