Hawaii Five-O

Season 4 Episode 3

Wednesday, Ladies Free

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 1971 on CBS
9.1
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Vic Tanaka is murdering women and painting their faces to resemble a former prostitute, who is now happily married.

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  • Perhaps my all-time favorite

    9.9
    I'm a big fan of Hawaii Five-0, having been turned on to reruns shown late-night in my youthful defiance to go to bed. This is probably my pick for personal favorite.

    All the perks of a great Five-0 episode are in this episode: great story, decent acting, excellent music and scenery and succeeding in the goal of showing Honolulu as a paradise with a dark and dangerous side.

    The hook in this episode is a serial killer who uses make-up and wigs to leave his victim looking like a Barbie Doll. Richard Shores provides very appropriate creepy music when the killer is at work. The victims seem to be at random but one of the dead womam happens to be the wife of a private investigator, a man who wants in on the investigation with Five-0. It is when McGarrett shuts him out that things get interesting.

    I won't give it away but the ending is superb and brings all the elements of this drama together with a stunning twist at the very end.

    Of course when you like a series this much you'll find fault in every episode, and I do have a gripe here. If the former Honolulu prostitute wanted to leave her life behind, why did she get married to a Hawaiian-based Army officer? It's not like nobody in the Army likes prostitutes (forgive me)moreless
  • An interesting and surprising story, the characterization is a little weak. But one of the better procedurals that draws the viewer in.

    7.6
    A serial killer is at work and McGarrett and a private detective both are interested in his identity.



    A good procedural episode, the late night work and repeated sifting of the victims' habits are nicely done, though I have to admit that McGarrett and crew question almost every possible connection except one of the most obvious threads (that each lives or drives through the same area almost daily). The killer is largely superflous to this story as Monte Markham's character is the key, and I like how the interplay of a PI and the police is examined in some detail. The plotting is also good, the viewer is led into an unsolved case and given a shock with only three minutes remaining.



    While I appreciate the idea that "Five-O's" hard work breaks the case and Che pulls no rabbits out of a hat, McGarrett puts the complete car wash story together much too fast. Also irritating is that by this time the series sometimes settles into an early 70s "woman in danger" angle far too easily. None of the women in this story have anything to do but show off their legs and get strangled. Even if the Cathy character chewed out the killer rather than shivered in fright, it would have added a little. Still, this is an entertaining entry.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

Eugene McDunnah

Eugene McDunnah

Raymond Crenshaw (uncredited)

Guest Star

John Farias

John Farias

Bartender

Guest Star

Charlotte Couch

Charlotte Couch

Angela Waring

Guest Star

Harry Endo

Harry Endo

Che Fong

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Twice in the episode we see the sign on the side of the car wash that states, "King St. Car Wash - Free with 10 Gal. Gas." But the sign on the front seems to indicate a Shell Station with the name "Wash Up and Fill Up - Free Car Wash with 8 Gal." Later in the episode, Danny refers to it as "Frank's Car Wash" but this name is not visible on either sign.

    • At elapsed time of 34:14 on the DVD version, Danno is trying to link all the victims together on a map, through their place of employment or where they bought gasoline. McGarrett is sitting on the corner of his desk at elapsed time of 34:39. He takes a sip of liquid from his cup. On the bottom of the cup the name "Jack" is visible.

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