Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Head to Head 

When a policeman is murdered for interrupting an organized-crime transaction, McGarrett hauls in the killer -- only to see him walk when an FBI agent investigating a much larger ... See full summary »


Jack Whitman


Leonard Freeman (created by), Leonard B. Kaufman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
George Grizzard ... Al Marsh
Joanne Nail ... Luana Watkins
Charles Cioffi ... Jack Fabian
Barry Russo ... Eddie Rizzo (as John Duke Russo)
Beau Vanden Ecker Beau Vanden Ecker ... Harry Sunday
Ernest Chan Ernest Chan ... Barney Kawala
Cha Thompson Cha Thompson ... Mary Kawala
Reri Tava Jobe Reri Tava Jobe ... Technician
Ron Nakahara ... Sammy
Lyle Bettger ... Jonathan Kaye
Electra Gailas Electra Gailas ... Dr. Strauss (as Electra Gailes Fair)


When a policeman is murdered for interrupting an organized-crime transaction, McGarrett hauls in the killer -- only to see him walk when an FBI agent investigating a much larger organized-crime ring offers the killer immunity from prosecution if he'll testify. McGarrett protests strenuously, but he and the Fed are forced to team up when the syndicate sends a hit man after the informant -- and anyone else who gets in his way, including McGarrett and the Federal officer. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This show's production number, #0725, indicates it was filmed very late in the season (although apparently before "The Silk Trap," which aired two weeks earlier). Since filming went at least into December 1977, this show and "The Silk Trap" were apparently rushed in post-production. In summer-1978 reruns, this was the next-to-last show aired before "A Death in the Family." See more »


Although Danny is shown running through the woods after the criminal, the guy jumping over picnic tables and tackling Sammy is obviously a stunt double. See more »

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Pretty good though the summary isn't 100% correct.
18 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The summary for "Head to Head" said '...a policeman is murdered for interrupting an organized-crime transaction...', though this isn't exactly what happens. The cop is an undercover man and he's infiltrating an illegal drug organization. When he's discovered to be a cop, he's killed--and so it is no chance interruption that kills him. Not surprisingly, McGarrett is determined to catch the people responsible. However, when the leading suspect is in the Federal government's witness protection program, the investigation hits a snag. Will the government agent (George Grizzard) be a help or a hindrance to the case? This is a pretty good episode of "Hawaii Five-O"--and that's a good thing since only two episodes back ("A Short Walk on a Long Shore") was simply dreadful and among the worst shows of the series so far. Good acting, a decent script--this one is worth your time.

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