Hawaii Five-O

Season 2 Episode 9

The Singapore File

1
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1969 on CBS
8.8
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McGarrett gets a phone call from Singapore and goes to rescue Nicole Wylie, a witness who has changed her mind and wants to testify. However, the pair must face many dangers on their return trip back to Hawaii.

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  • If you are looking for a fine example of late 1960s crime drama, I would look here.

    9.5
    McGarrett travels to Singapore to help a woman who is needed to testify against some of the most ruthless criminals in the Pacific region.



    This may be my all-time favorite episode of the entire series, hits a ton of the right notes, and has a great score and excellent writing. Nicole works well as the tough woman who feels her life has little value until McGarrett teaches her it does. Many exciting close calls, the villain (Revasco) is plenty menacing here as he repeatedly ups the "contract" for Nicole and McGarrett's death. As McGarrett navigates her through danger, the story does an excellent job of showing an emerging bond between two people in a short span of 60 minutes. Its also a blast to see Chin Ho lead the local help at the Buddhist temple in the show's climax, almost like a last minute cavalry charge.



    But these are all story details, what's best is that this is an episode written extremely-well for the McGarrett character (one that can easily move into cartoonish) - he keeps all his toughness but has many memorable lines that indicate he is falling for Nicole at the same time that nothing can ever really happen between them. In typical fashion for the time, Nicole (played by Marj Dusay) "softens" and becomes more of a "woman" - a little stereotypical but nevertheless a good acting job and she does gain a sense of doing the right thing. As Mike Quigley points out at his "Hawaii Five-O Homepage", this episode also features the debut of the "Memories" theme, a Morton Stevens piece often used to indicate sentiment. The musical score for this show is fantastic, mixing Stevens' earlier classic themes with this new one.



    The most believable "romance" written in the series, and still has plenty of action and suspense. One of the classics from 1969.moreless
  • McGarrett must fly to Singapore to bring home a key witness, but finds the ride rough as corruption follows in an attempt to eliminate him and the witness.

    8.7
    Hawaii scenery/landmarks: The King Street/Hotel Street area on Oahu referred to as Chinatown serves as the streets of Singapore, including the place with the red and gold dragon pillars as a Singapore cocktail bar. The rough edges of Kamehameha highway near Kipapa serves as a roadway in Manila when McGarrett and the witness are riding on a watermelon truck. The Byodo-In Temple on the Windward side is also used as part of Manila, with Oahu's unmistakable Koolau Mountains in the background.



    Notable stars: Marj Dusay is the witness, and she earlier played an undercover officer in the 5-O episode called 24 Karat Kill. Before Hawaii 5-O she played the air-headed Kara on an episode of Star Trek called Spock's Brain.



    McGarrett gets a call from Singapore from the scared witness to a Honolulu crime from the past, then has to fly out and escort her back to Honolulu. During an alley scuffle McGarrett loses his wallet and credentials so he has to escort the witness back by boat with a stopover in Manila. McGarrett and the witness pose as husband and wife with bogus names. As the boat captain introduces the passengers to each other at his table during dinner it resembles a variable who's who of thugs. A tough Hawaiian guy with a scar, a convict-looking guy with sunglasses, and a crooked priest are among the dinner participants. They should've thrown the Joker in for good measure! One scene I found particularly amusing is while McGarrett was dancing with his "wife" another guy asks to cut in! Was this dancing etiquette back in the 60's – especially with someone's wife and a stranger?? McGarrett oddly obliges the guy, then unwisely lets his "wife" out of his sight to talk with an old woman outside by the railing.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

Marj Dusay

Marj Dusay

Nicole Wylie

Guest Star

Raymond Tan

Raymond Tan

Inspector Fong

Guest Star

Freda May Bird

Freda May Bird

Mrs Gladden

Guest Star

Peggy Ryan

Peggy Ryan

Jenny Sherman

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Nicole: (saying goodbye at the airport) Will I ever see you again?
      McGarrett: Well, next time you have a vacation, try Hawaii. This is my beat. I'll be here.

    • Nicole: You know, I've been running so long. Long before this murder even. I don't know if I can stop.
      McGarrett: That's up to you, Nicole. Try looking for yourself, the real you.
      Nicole: Maybe that's what I've been running from.
      McGarrett: Then stop the running and face it. It's what we've got to do, all of us, eventually. Stop and pay the dues honey.

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