Hawaii Five-O

Season 3 Episode 23

The Grandstand Play (1)

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1971 on CBS
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Lon Phillips leaves his baseball career behind to bring his developmentally challenged son to Hawaii in order to provide a better life for him.

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  • A solid two-parter to close the 3rd season

    9.0
    Season 3 ended with a well-done two part episode. The plot involves an innocent person who witnesses a brutal crime and then disappears. Five-O must find him before the criminal does. There is a lot of footage of old long-gone Honolulu Stadium, and of the Hawaii Islanders minor league team (also long gone). Because it's a two-part episode, they take their time to tell the story, which is good, because there are several plot points here. Pernell Roberts does a great job as Lon Phillips- particularly in the scenes with Elliot Street which show what a devoted father Lon is to his son.



    I also liked the scenes between McGarrett & Mr. Workman, and also when Five-O goes out to interview all the Honolulu private detectives. but the best touch was when the mildly ***ed Gary wanders off to a park where some kids are playing baseball, and instead of having the kids taunt him (as most scripts would do) they befriend him.



    One part that made me laugh was when Five-O interviewed the detective Galvin, who had been hired then fired by Mr. Workman. Turns out Galvin is a real snoop, he followed around Mr. Workman to try to find out why he was fired, and learned Workman had hired someone else. McGarrett asks Galvin if he can describe that someone else- whereupon Galvin says "I can do better than that"- reaches into his desk drawer and pulls out an 8 1/2 x 11 picture he took of the person! The sort of lucky break TV cops get all the time. But it doesnt really help Five-O in the end, so it doesnt detract from the show.



    One final thing- it would not have been at all unrealistic in 1971 for Lon Phillips to voluntarily give up one final year in the majors to play in the minors in Hawaii. In the pre-free agency days, it did happen on occasion. And the 1971 Islanders were a semi-independent team that was allowed to fill part of their roster themselves (and not have to take players from their major league parent).moreless
  • A pretty good two-parter, though this first half is inferior to the second. But hang in there.

    7.5
    "The Grandstand Play" is a decent two-part episode from the first season involving a famous baseball player who's decided to move to Hawaii and play in the minors to (by himself) raise his mentally slow son Gary in a safer environment. But Gary witnesses a murder of a woman when he strays from his stadium seat to get a forbidden hot dog.



    While "Grandstand" overall comes across as a very good episode, this first part IMO requires a bit of patience on the viewer as far as character development occurs. Much of the hour is spent showing what Lon Phillips goes through raising Gary (including a disgusting scene where Gary talks with a mouth full of corn flakes); Gary seems more concerned that he shamed his father buying a hot dog when he's supposed to be trying to lose weight than the fact that he witnessed a crime and is not talking about it.



    Meanwhile other characters involved include a hard drinking security guard (who actually did the killing) and his attractive girlfriend. Their motive is unclear but what is clear is he's going after Gary. Another character who comes across shady is the estranged husband of the dead woman. He's at the stadium when the woman is killed--sitting with the Governor, instant alibi--but he's hardly grieving.



    This hour climaxes when a frustrated Lon yells at Gary, who's confused about where to buy suntan lotion. Gary goes out into Honolulu and boards a tourist bus. While he travels around seeing the sights--and probably wondering when their gonna stop so he can buy some Coppertone--the killer is stalking and waiting to kill him when he gets off the bus. While he's waiting the killer reveals his nasty attitude by guzzling booze and giving a VERY menacing glare to a working girl who wanted to be friendly with him. The final moments has the killer racing his car at Gary who's just gotten off the bus.



    Enough of the recap. This first hour gets a little boring sure but it's required watching for when you see part II it'll come together to make a very good Five-0 two-parter.



    A final observation: this two-parter comes at the end of season three yet looks a bit "older" than several previous episodes. That's because it was one of the first one filmed for the third season, yet for some reason was chosen to be the season finale.moreless
  • A pretty good two-parter, though this first half is inferior to the second. But hang in there.

    7.5
    "The Grandstand Play" is a decent two-part episode from the first season involving a famous baseball player who's decided to move to Hawaii and play in the minors to (by himself) raise his mentally slow son Gary in a safer environment. But Gary witnesses a murder of a woman when he strays from his stadium seat to get a forbidden hot dog.



    While "Grandstand" overall comes across as a very good episode, this first part IMO requires a bit of patience on the viewer as far as character development occurs. Much of the hour is spent showing what Lon Phillips goes through raising Gary (including a disgusting scene where Gary talks with a mouth full of corn flakes); Gary seems more concerned that he shamed his father buying a hot dog when he's supposed to be trying to lose weight than the fact that he witnessed a crime and is not talking about it.



    Meanwhile other characters involved include a hard drinking security guard (who actually did the killing) and his attractive girlfriend. Their motive is unclear but what is clear is he's going after Gary. Another character who comes across shady is the estranged husband of the dead woman. He's at the stadium when the woman is killed--sitting with the Governor, instant alibi--but he's hardly grieving.



    This hour climaxes when a frustrated Lon yells at Gary, who's confused about where to buy suntan lotion. Gary goes out into Honolulu and boards a tourist bus. While he travels around seeing the sights--and probably wondering when their gonna stop so he can buy some Coppertone--the killer is stalking and waiting to kill him when he gets off the bus. While he's waiting the killer reveals his nasty attitude by guzzling booze and giving a VERY menacing glare to a working girl who wanted to be friendly with him. The final moments has the killer racing his car at Gary who's just gotten off the bus.



    Enough of the recap. This first hour gets a little boring sure but it's required watching for when you see part II it'll come together to make a very good Five-0 two-parter.



    A final observation: this two-parter comes at the end of season three yet looks a bit "older" than several previous episodes. That's because it was one of the first one filmed for the third season, yet for some reason was chosen to be the season finale.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

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

Lon Phillips

Guest Star

Don Chastain

Don Chastain

Lou Horton

Guest Star

Barry Atwater

Barry Atwater

Lester Workman

Guest Star

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Governor Paul Jameson

Recurring Role

Peggy Ryan

Peggy Ryan

Jenny Sherman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Horton begins to follow Gary, the view down the street shows foggy-looking mountains with the sun shining and shadows of Gary on the sidewalk. A few seconds later, after Horton has crossed the street, the same view shows clearer mountains with no sunshine. Then the scene switches back and forth between the front views of the characters with the sun shining and the back views of the characters with no sunshine.

    • When Lon gives McGarrett Emily Workman's handkerchief, the initials EW are embroidered in sans-serif style. When Lon found the handkerchief in Gary's drawer, the letters were embroidered in a cursive style. In all other appearances throughout this episode and in the second part of the story, the letters are embroidered in the cursive style.

    • When Lon is in Gary's room, a to-do list is shown pinned to the wall in a close-up shot. After Lon puts some clothes and hangers in the closet, the note seen on the wall is different than in the close-up shot. The first item ("Put all dirty clothes in Laundry hamper!") is now written across two rows instead of one.

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