Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 12

Yesterday Died And Tomorrow Won't Be Born

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 19, 1968 on CBS
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When McGarrett is shot by someone from his past, Danno takes command of Five-O. As he leads the investigation, Danno discovers that the shooter may be setting up another important man as his next victim.

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  • The producers continued their winning streak with yet another well-made dramatic episode. When McGarrett is shot, Danno has to take command of Five-O. Besides finding the shooter, he also has to keep Five-O running smoothly.moreless

    9.7
    "Yesterday Died And Tomorrow Won't Be Born" is another great episode from Season 1. The first season really picks up after the 1st 3 episodes, two of which I thought were pretty mediocre. Beginning with "Samurai," I thought six of the next seven episodes were good to outstanding. I'm not commenting on subsequent episodes because I haven't seen them yet. (spoilers below)



    The camera work at the beginning of this episode was spectacular. The camera shows the perspective of the gunman. Though this isn't entirely original, the way it was executed was quite impressive. When the gunman gets out of his car, you can actually see his reflection in the metallic trim around the door or the window. And yet, you don't see that man holding a camera. This is even more impressive when you consider that this wasn't a static shot. The first-person view began with the gunman inside the car. He opens the door, reveals his reflection and then walks over to Swenson.



    At the end of the scene, when the gunman is fleeing after shooting another victim, the camera perspective shows the gunman getting into the car, starting up the engine and driving down the road, all without a break. That must have been pretty difficult for the person who was holding that camera. Back then, they didn't have minicams like they do today.



    The overall story was dramatic and the atmosphere tense. I liked Chin's tough-guy lines with the street punks. "[N]o more smart mouth, or I'll shove it down your throat." Maybe it would have been a bit more dramatic if Chin were in better shape physically, but it still played pretty well.



    The local color was a nice touch with the Kamehameha Day parade. The only odd element was the lack of security at the end. You would think that top state government officials would have at least one bodyguard nearby.



    But that didn't bother me at all. A truly evil villain, some mystery at the beginning, a sad side story with the shooter's wife, and an expanded role for Danno combine to make this yet another high point for the first season of the show.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

John Larch

John Larch

Joseph Trinian

Guest Star

Paul Picerni

Paul Picerni

Charley Mangan

Guest Star

Lani Kai

Lani Kai

M.K.

Guest Star

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Governor Paul Jameson

Recurring Role

Morgan White

Morgan White

Attorney General Walter Stewart

Recurring Role

Maggi Parker

Maggi Parker

May

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the teaser, we "see" through the gunman's eyes as he peeks around the brush and spots McGarrett approaching down the beach. Between McGarrett and the gunman, the beach is empty. The next instant, we see McGarrett observing a toddler in the surf and rushing to scoop him up when he is tumbled by a wave.

    • Much of the two scenes involving the shootings were filmed from the perspective of the gunman. The camera revealed what the gunman was seeing as he walked through the bushes, while he was running, and as he exited his car.

      At one point, the gunman's reflection can be seen in the metallic trim on the car door, and yet no camera is seen. The first-person perspective is seamless as the gunman climbs into his car and drives down the back road near the trees.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dr. Cohen: (referring to McGarrett) Any idea who shot him?
      Danno: No, but whoever did killed another man a few hours ago.
      Dr. Cohen: Any clues from the second victim?
      Danno: Would two patients hit by heart attacks let you know where the third one would be?

    • Chin: Settle down, boys. Any trouble you got is the trouble you make.
      M.K.: What you want, venerable pain in the ancestor?
      Chin: Any read you got on the man that hit Steve McGarrett. That and no more smart mouth, or I'll shove it down your throat.

    • Joseph Trinian: Some things never change. Other things maybe can't be forgotten. But removed. You think about it, Em.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Governor states that Hawaii includes 1 million people, living on 8 islands over 540,000 square miles. As of June 2006, the population had grown to 1,285,498 (U.S. Census Bureau estimate).

    • This was the first appearance of Al Eben in the series. In this episode, he played Dr. Cohen. After a couple more guest appearances, he played the recurring character Doc Bergman from Season 3 to Season 9. He also appeared as Doc Bergman in the Season 11 episode "The Year of the Horse (1)" (Ep. 11-21).

    • Vivi Janiss (Emma Trinian) was credited as Vivi Janis.
      Lani Kai (M.K.) was credited as Lanikai.
      The actor who portrayed Carl Swenson/Ben Rudkers was not listed in the credits.

    • Danno: Book 'em
      Mangan: For what?
      Danno: Loitering.

      This is the first time that Danno says "Book 'em."

    • Additional credits:

      Automobiles furnished by Ford Motor Company
      Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii
      A Leonard Freeman Production
      In Association With
      The CBS Television Network

    • The official syndication number for this episode is 6810.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Portsmouth Naval Prison

      Joseph Trinian was incarcerated in Portsmouth Naval Prison before coming to Hawaii. Portsmouth was located on Seavey Island, Maine. It was part of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and was nicknamed "The Castle." The prison was also known as the "Alcatraz of the East" because no prisoner ever escaped. Portsmouth was in operation from 1908 to 1974. As of May 2007, the building is no longer in use and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

    • Kamehameha Day parade

      The parade was featured prominently in this episode. Kamehameha Day is a state holiday in Hawaii, observed on June 11 in honor of Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who unified the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1795. It is the only public holiday in the U.S. to honor a monarch.

      A floral parade begins at Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu and ends at Kapiolani Park. The Kamehameha Statue at Ali'iolani Hale and Iolani Palace on King Street is draped in leis. The statue was shown covered in leis in the episode.

      A similar celebration is held on the Big Island of Hawaii in the community of North Kohala, the birthplace of King Kamehameha.

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