Hawaii Five-O

Season 4 Episode 16

The Ninety-Second War (1)

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 1972 on CBS
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McGarrett is framed in an elaborate set up by Wo Fat, and has to contend with a foreign double amongst other problems.

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  • While the premise is far-fetched, the plotting and writing are excellent in telling an expansive and well-paced story of international intrigue.

    8.0
    Something is definitely wrong when McGarrett is found in a wrecked car with a dead gangster and a suitcase full of cash.



    While the plot for this episode pushes implausability to its maximum, this is one the most exciting installments, amazing in what it able to cover in one short hour. Unfortunately, the second hour is lackluster after all the buildup. The first hour concentrates on one of the most elaborate frames possible, McGarrett goes from being implicated with the mob to the hospital to fighting all clues that lead to his apparent guilt. The action switches to Wo Fat's submarine and then to Switzerland, where McGarrett confronts a doppleganger forced to take on his appearance and even to exactly imitate his handwriting. There's a nicely edited switch where the viewer is not sure who is who at a Swiss bank.



    Perhaps what stands out the most are the lines of the dying McGarrett look-alike, "Wo Fat? He bought...my soul...for ninety seconds" that sets up the most puzzling question of all. Also of note is the scripting of McGarrett in the hospital when he finds out that he isn't paralyzed by the automobile accident. Jack Lord very rarely plays a part of joyfully tearful relief - it stands out as unique in the entire series.



    Unlike "The Nine Dragons", this tale can't keep up the suspense and build on it, but for the first 60 minutes, this is one the series' great (if unlikely) ones in the international espionage genre.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

Dana Wynter

Dana Wynter

Claudine

Guest Star

Jack McCoy

Jack McCoy

Dr George Shimel

Guest Star

Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson

Assassin

Guest Star

Khigh Dhiegh

Khigh Dhiegh

Wo Fat

Recurring Role

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Governor Paul Jameson

Recurring Role

Harry Endo

Harry Endo

Che Fong

Recurring Role

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    • The official syndication number for this episode is 7116.

    • This episode features a shot of Danno looking through the broken glass of the car McGarrett is found in. This scene was used in the opening credits in later seasons.

      There is also footage of a firefighter cutting into the metal of the same automobile with a saw. This was inserted into the opening credits after Al Harrington left the show (after the end of Season 7). It remained until Herman Wedemeyer was added to the opening credits in Season 9.

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