Hawaii Five-O

Season 6 Episode 5

The Sunday Torch

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 1973 on CBS
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Buildings are being set on fire on Sundays, and a known firebug is the top suspect. However, McGarrett begins to think that others may be responsible.

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  • A mix of excitement and a way-out criminal plot, still worth watching.

    An arsonist is striking Honolulu on Sunday mornings and the case is given to "Five-O" to handle.

    There are things for fans of the series to like in this one, and others that are a little far-fetched. The plot is exciting, and involves framing a real recovering pyromaniac (Ray) for setting large fires that are necessary for a final fruadulant insurance claim. The effort needed to pull this off, including the deception of a bogus social worker who sets up Ray is way more complicted than simply executing one well-planned arson. Still, there is a lot going on, and it's kind of heartbreaking to see Ray suckered in by the evil drug company manufacturer.

    Fun things to note are Kwan Hi Lim finally playing a good guy, in this case, the arson investigator for the HFD. There's an interesting mix of yellow and red fire engines, as the 70s marked a time when psychological studies had indicated that the human eye is more alerted to yellow than the traditional red (this has since been largely abandoned). Dr. Bishop, the psychatrist so helpful to McGarrett in profiling the suspect in "Draw Me a Killer", is back - but this time, it's almost as if she is the enemy as McGarrett suspects her credentials, questions her methods, and fumes over her refusal to hand over her patient's medical files.

    This one is well-acted and fairly novel with some good twists, the overall story plausibility is all that drags it down a bit.moreless
Lyle Bettger

Lyle Bettger

Otis Klepper

Guest Star

Tom Simcox

Tom Simcox

Anthony Porter

Guest Star

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Marty Portobas

Guest Star

Harry Endo

Harry Endo

Che Fong

Recurring Role

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