Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Red Chinese agent Wo Fat uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S. agents. McGarrett, head of Hawaii's state police force, poses as "control," possessor of the ... See full summary »


Paul Wendkos


Leonard Freeman




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
Nancy Kwan ... Rosemary Quong
Leslie Nielsen ... Brent
Andrew Duggan ... Miller
James Gregory ... Jonathan Kaye
Khigh Dhiegh ... Wo Fat
Lew Ayres ... The Governor
Tim O'Kelly ... Danny (as Tim O'Kelley)
Zulu ... Kono
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Philip Ahn ... Attorney General
Mitzi Hoag ... May
Noah Keen ... Dr. Bernard
Russell Thorson ... Port Captain (as Russell Thorsen)
Newell Tarrant Newell Tarrant ... Doc


Red Chinese agent Wo Fat uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S. agents. McGarrett, head of Hawaii's state police force, poses as "control," possessor of the names of other agents. He allows himself to be captured and placed in the chamber; will he be able to withstand the torture? Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

20 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was remade exactly 50 years later as the Season 9 season opener of the new Hawaii 5-0 series. Alex O'Loughlin was placed in the sensory deprivation chamber, the same way that Jack Lord had been. See more »


When intelligence chief Brent bends over the man McGarret shot, he immediately removes the knife from the man's hand. The scene shifts to McGarret on the phone, then back to Brent, who is shown removing the knife from the dead man's hand again. See more »


Wo Fat: As we clever Chinese say, "The plot thickens..."
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Followed by Hawaii Five-O (1997) See more »

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The Cocoon Should Scare the Heck out of You!
23 August 2017 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

The pilot for the series began with a two hour episode. The first sight of the original Hawaii Five-O series starts off watching a man in a pool completely controlled. The cocoon is perhaps the most diabolical form of torture. The person has no sight or hearing. He breathes only through tubes. He is suspended in a red suit with the most horrific mask. Leonard Freeman began this series with a smart troubling plot. I'm sure that was a mannequin in the pool. Before the opening credits, they unmask the man who is in obvious pain. The audience doesn't get to hear him scream but viewers can only imagine his sheer horror. The cocoon is what Jack Lord's character, Steve McGarrett,called it. Jack Lord was a very handsome man. Lord and his widow left their estate to Hawaii.

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