Hawaii Five-O

Season 11 Episode 17


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 1979 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a photographer takes a picture of a politician making a deal with an underworld figure, he tries blackmail. However, he is not prepared for the ruthless nature of the mobsters.

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  • Covers familiar ground for the series, notable for the fact that it continues the Tony Alika saga and the ongoing threat of the Kumu.

    A professional photographer bites off more than he can chew when he decides to use pictures to blackmail the Kumu.

    There is a bit of time spent on developing the Tim Powers ("Stringer") character here, somewhat different than early season episodes of the series. Paul Williams does a decent job, though he's fashionable in a late 70s sense in that he also turns up all the time on "The Love Boat". Another difference is the attempt at more continuity, only a handful of early "Five-O" episodes bring characters back, here, Tony Alika and the Kumu are firmly entrenched as "the" underworld on Hawaii.

    A less-than-mediocre installment, there is some drama when the thugs kill an adversary by dumping him out the window (a crime Alika will pay for) and an effort is made to portray a sense of concern by the model/friend of Powers'. Camera buffs might also like some of the plot details as well. But there's not a lot of excitement.

    When it comes down to it, most of this story is recycled, many earlier episodes featured accidental photographic and film evidence of crimes, still others had more complicated and interesting blackmailing schemes. There is not a lot fresh going on, and the guest stars aren't really enough to make up for this fact.moreless
Sandra Kerns

Sandra Kerns

Maren Wilson

Guest Star

Robert Clarke

Robert Clarke

Howard Kramer

Guest Star

Jake Ho'Opai

Jake Ho'Opai


Guest Star

Ross Martin

Ross Martin

Tony Alika

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (2)

    • Ross Martin and Paul Williams would be reunited less than three months later in the TV-Movie/reunion "The Wild Wild West Revisited" where their roles here would be reversed. Ross Martin would play the good guy (Artemus Gordon) and Paul Williams the villain (Miguelito Loveless, Jr.). Because of the short length of time between the two air dates, it is unclear which was filmed first. Both Hawaii Five-0 and The Wild Wild West were CBS productions.

    • The official syndication number for this episode is 7817.