Hawaii Five-O

Season 8 Episode 8

The Defector

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 24, 1975 on CBS
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McGarrett meets his match in Dr. Grant Ormsbee, a grumpy and aggravating scientist who is sheltering a suspected Chinese defector.

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  • A story of deception and international military secrets that doesn't rise above a pretty tepid script and overly-familiar dramatic devices.

    4.9
    "Five-O" is drawn into a plan to steal the secrets of a long-range naval missile by an uncrupulous imposter and collaborating Hawaiian colleagues.



    There are a number of plot devices operating here that are fairly tired and don't lend to an exciting story. Actor Soon-Teck Oh ("The Jinn who Cleared the Way", etc.) is back - though he has a winning smile - his deep yet twangy voice always seems to land him a role as a villain. Pat Hingle is serviceable but not really compelling in his role as a cigar-smoking scientist who thinks he remembers the imposter from long ago.



    Frankly, what bores me are all the half-hearted details. Yet again, McGarrett is yanked into a State Department matter by the flimsiest of circumstances and yet again, he solves the deception almost instantly with no thought to alternatives. Some hackneyed script points include exposing the imposter by asking baseball questions, and a brief nod to "Day of the Dolphin" only with sea lions instead. There isn't even an attempt to identify the nefarious "far eastern" nation that wants to steal the microprocessor from the missile.



    "Hawaii Five-O" always had about 3 or 4 really improbable episodes per season, this is one example - but without the interesting zing to make it memorable.moreless
Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle

Dr Grant Ormsbee

Guest Star

Mary Ann Chinn

Mary Ann Chinn

Carol

Guest Star

Ben Jaus

Ben Jaus

Thatcher

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Soon-Teck Oh

Soon-Teck Oh

Chiang Liu

Recurring Role

Lee Stetson

Lee Stetson

Commander Jim Hudson

Recurring Role

Herman Wedemeyer

Herman Wedemeyer

Edward "Duke" Lukela

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