Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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McGarrett tries to thwart a plot by Neo-Nazis to assassinate a popular political candidate.


Dennis Donnelly


Leonard Freeman (created by), Al Martinez


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Cal Bellini Cal Bellini ... Bobby Tamara
James Olson ... Wendell Stoner
Elissa Dulce Hoopai ... Lois Tamara
Jim Simpson Jim Simpson ... Trooper Lehman
William H. Fiddler IV William H. Fiddler IV ... First trooper (as Bill Fiddler)
Harold J.K. Iseke Harold J.K. Iseke ... Gas Station Owner
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Tom
Les Keiter Les Keiter ... Newscaster
Sam Peters Sam Peters ... Stoner's Boss
Haku Kahoano Haku Kahoano ... Bobby Tamara Jr.
Charles McCallister Charles McCallister ... Ticket seller
Johnny Walker Johnny Walker ... Phil


McGarrett tries to thwart a plot by Neo-Nazis to assassinate a popular political candidate.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

9 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During McGarrett's initial confrontation with Wendell Stoner on the street, McGarrett refers to Oliver Wendell Holmes as a former chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Holmes, however, was never chief justice; he served only as an associate justice. See more »


Danny Williams: [Danny has been undercover with a Nazi group, and has been discovered] You're not Nazis... You're Nutzis!
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Of all the places for an American Neo-Nazi to live, this guy picked the absolute worst!
22 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

James Olsen plays the leader of a small group of Neo-Nazis. Now my first thought was how insanely ridiculous this is considering that the Hawaiian islands are filled with Hawaiians, Chinese-Americans and Japanese-Americans. Only about 24% of the place is composed of White folks--and many of these aren't the Aryan sort either! So, at the outset the show does lose a point for believability.

The Neos come to the attention of Five-O because their pin-headed leader has been making threatening phone calls to a native Hawaiian politician. Later, the guy even tries to run over the politician's kid--squashing the kid's dog in the process! However, McGarrett doesn't have enough to make a case so he sends Danny to join this group of low-lifes. After a setup where Danny saves the 'Commander' from getting beaten up by a Black guy (complete with Danny uttering some interesting racial epithets), he's taken in to the organization. Can Danny get the goods on these guys or will they discover the ruse and liquidate him?

Overall, this is still a very enjoyable episode--provided you turn your brain off and ignore the silliness of Neo-Nazis in Hawaii. Olsen is a good actor and seeing him is always a plus. Also, even though it's far from perfect, considering how terrible most shows were during season 11--and they were often really, really bad. It's a shame, as seasons 1-10 were exceptional.

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