Hawaii Five-O

Season 5 Episode 12

The Clock Struck Twelve

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 05, 1972 on CBS
8.6
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When McGarrett arrests a group of vigilante nationalists, hidden bombs at the courthouse threaten to destabilize the islands.

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  • Exciting, nice examples of tense situations, a few problems with the overall story that are a little bothersome.

    7.1
    "Five-O" must look for the potential of a bombing at a courthouse that lacks a good security system and step in when the threat is real.



    Pretty nice entry, there is a lot of good tension here, the scenes of Danny diffusing the bombs (with Che Fong out in the truck) are pretty gripping, and MacArthur does a good job with his lines and portraying fatigue. "The Clock Struck Twelve" is also fairly famous among fans of the show for its opening scene, in which McGarrett simply states "boom" at the time that phoney bombs planted by cops would have gone off. The episode is another that gives some play to Hawaiian culture and concerns as well, and the character of Abraham is nicely-written.



    There are a few things I think detract from the episode, perhaps the most annoying is the "cause" that "The Seven" are espousing - saving the islands from "freaks and hippies" - it could have been a little more thought-out and serious. Another thing the viewer easily realizes is that all the scenes where "Five-O" is tracking the identity of the bomber are actually not necessary, knowing Abraham's identity would not affect McGarrett's decision to circle the courthouse with a helicopter and stop Abraham's attempt to kill the police who have dismantled his bombs.



    But, all-in-all, its a good adventure and different kind of challenge for McGarrett and his team.moreless
Patrick Adiarte

Patrick Adiarte

David

Guest Star

Henry Bal

Henry Bal

Samuel

Guest Star

Cris Callow

Cris Callow

Mary Ann

Guest Star

Manu Tupou

Manu Tupou

Abraham Maleha

Recurring Role

David "Lippy" Espinda

David "Lippy" Espinda

Kaua Maleha

Recurring Role

Beau Van Den Ecker

Beau Van Den Ecker

Ellsworth

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When McGarrett leaves the Maleha residence to get to the police helicopter he leaves with Chin who is wearing a dark suit. Later as the car turns a corner there is someone in Chin's seat wearing a white shirt and a third person in the back seat. In the very next shot, the car is racing down the highway with no one else in the car but McGarrett. After McGarrett exits the car and races to the helicopter, the scene switches back and forth from a long shot with no one else by the car to a close up of the car with Chin exiting the car from the driver's side and standing up by the car.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Samuel: (learning that his partner plans to shoot the police if they defuse the bombs) What about us? You start shooting and the cops are gonna' be all over us!
      Abraham: What's the matter, bruddah? You want to live forever?

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