Hawaii Five-O

Season 3 Episode 22

The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1971 on CBS
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Danno's past comes back to haunt him when the vengeful brother of a young boy he shot is released from prison. The brother takes Chin Ho, Jenny and others hostage in McGarrett's office and threatens to blow them up. Danno must resolve the tense situation.

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  • Tense and well-acted, one of the best psychological dramas of the series without any wasted minutes.

    8.8
    A paroled young man bursts into the "Five-O" offices and sets-up a lethal hostage situation.



    Aside from the continuity error of who Collins' brother really was in the Season 1 episode referenced, this is one of the best-plotted and tense episodes of the entire series - the best hostage scenario, the most suspenseful of the bomber intallments. As far as characters, Mrs. Moroney is a great addition, Jenny is a little whiney but gets more lines than usual, and Doug Mossman shows he's a great "Five-O" "utility player" no matter what role he gets to play. I even like how one of the Iolani Palace engineers is more concerned about the historic building than the hostages.



    Lots of good scenes build the drama, the idea that the speakerphone is left on so that the outside world can hear the action, Chin getting extensive powder burns in the face, the tighter and tighter noose as it becomes apparent the bomber has thought of almost everything. Even the continued shots of the crosshairs of the police sharpshooter trained on the office cranks up the suspense. The demise of the killer is abrupt and harsh, but memorable.



    James MacArthur turns in a hard-hitting performance, without the faked emotion of "Beautiful Screamer" and you get the idea that Danny Williams is up to the role of "second in command" to McGarrett. He also gets to diffuse a bomb, something the program later makes one of his specialties. I'd say this is a contender for a top ten entry for "Hawaii Five-O".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

Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Marty Collins

Guest Star

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Minnie Leona Moroney

Guest Star

Earl Thompson

Earl Thompson

Sergeant Emmerson

Guest Star

Peggy Ryan

Peggy Ryan

Jenny Sherman

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • They reuse the footage of the young police officer standing at the window of McGarrett's office. Because of this, we can clearly see Jenny seated in the background just prior to the scene where Mrs. Moroney demands to be allowed to sit and Collins permits all of them to do so.

    • At the beginning of the first act there is an aerial shot of the Iolani Palace, and you can see McGarrett rushing down the steps to his car. It' s a nice shot and all that--but McGarrett is supposed to be in Chicago the whole time this episode takes place!

    • Marty Collins comes after Danno to avenge Danno's killing of his brother Joey. According to this episode, Joey Collins is the young kid Danno killed in season one's "And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin" ("Bomber..." has flashback scenes from "Daisies"). But in "Daisies" the name of the young guy killed by Danno is Thad Vaughn.

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