Just about half-way through season 2 with episode 11, “Leopard on the Rock”, and episode 12, “The Devil and Mr. Frog”. Five-O has their hands full. First they have to babysit the uninvited, petty tyrant leader of an unnamed country who is at the center of multiple plots. Then they have to track down a kidnapper in possession of the ransom money and the father who paid it thinks getting the money back is more important than getting justice for his son.
There’s just a whole lot of terrible and questionable people ’round here.
Thank goodness the Five-O guys are on the up and up.
Most of the time.
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Anyway, here’s Steve undercover for a hot minute.
Season 2 of Hawaii Five-O continues with episode 7 “Sweet Terror” and episode 8 “King Kamehameha Blues”. In the former we have a fun terror plot run by an eccentric bad-guy-for-hire and in the latter we have a group of college kids “putting the squeeze on the establishment” with a daring theft.
The fun part of watching these episodes in order is that you get pairs like this one in which I really loved one episode and totally loathed the other. “Sweet Terror” features Theodore Bikel as a fun villain with a certain air of sophistication and Soon Tek Oh is back playing another not-so-nice character. “King Kamehameha Blues” just straight up gives me the blues.
You can listen to my raving and ranting on Soundcloud or iTunes.
Instead of a picture from one of the episodes, here’s a pic of King Kamehameha I’s cloak. You can read all about how it was made here.
I’ve got two more second season episodes for you. “Savage Sunday” pulls Five-O in on their day off to take on some Latin American revolutionaries and “A Bullet for McGarrett” features a seriously mesmerizing Eric Braeden. But then, isn’t he always? There’s a soap opera worthy subplot that has nothing to do with the soap opera vet and a surprise appearance by Wo Fat. Listen on Soundcloud and iTunes to see which episode has which.
Apologies for the background noise. The neighborhood insisted on being particularly loud while I was recording. As if I’m not loud enough as it is.
Please enjoy this picture of Kono on his day off as compensation.
It’s episode 15 of Book ’em, Danno and season 2 is just getting started. In episode 3, “Forty Feet High and It Kills!”, Wo Fat is back, baby, and he’s kidnapping…Grandpa Walton? And in episode 4, “Just Lucky, I Guess”, Five-O finds themselves looking for a killer and a witness. Come for my excessive praise. Stay for my complaining.
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Behinds the scenes note: When I record Book ’em, Danno, I’ve found it most effective for me to record my blathering about the first episode I cover on one day and then the second episode the next. It’s less stressful and it saves my voice. However, this episode, for whatever reason, my voice was kind of rough when I started talking about “Just Lucky I Guess” and ended up straying into phone sex operator territory by the end of it. Sorry about that. To be clear, I wasn’t intentionally trying to arouse anyone while talking about John Randolph’s credits.
To keep this from getting even more awkward, he’s a picture of Steve (not from either of the episodes) embarrassed to be associated with me.
Season 2 is underway!
We start off with a murderous life insurance scheme (that’s not deadly in the way you think) in “A Thousand Pardons–You’re Dead!” and continue on with a man carrying out a plot twenty-eight years too late in “To Hell With Babe Ruth”. Danno goes undercover and Steve learns about ninjas. Kicking off the season in style.
Yes, it only takes two episodes until we once again get a heavy dose of racist casting, but we also get some gratuitous James MacArthur and BarBara Luna frolicking on the beach, so. I’m not saying it balances out. I’m just saying that with this series, we have to take the good with the bad.
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I’d post a pic of the beach frolicking, but that might be too much for you. So, here’s a picture of Danno in uniform. Which also might be too much for you.
It’s the final episode of season one, “The Big Kahuna”, and a quick little look back on the season. We’ve got the Pele the Goddess of Fire attempting to evict one of the last members of Hawaiian royalty from his house (or so it would seem) and I’ve been keeping track of all of the times Steve McGarrett has uttered the words “Book ’em, Danno”.
Oh, and if you usually don’t pay attention to and/or skip through the guest cast info, you may want to listen this time. There’s a hidden gem or two in there that you might appreciate.
And you can do that on Soundcloud or iTunes.
Thanks for hanging out with me for the first season. I did say that getting through season one would be the test of whether or not I’d stick with this podcast. And since I did, I guess I will. On to season two!
I don’t have any pics from this episode, so here’s a picture of happy Kono because who doesn’t love happy Kono?
The first season of Hawaii Five-O is winding down with episode 22 “Not That Much Different” and episode 23 “Six Kilos”. Only one episode left! Can you believe it?
But first, Steve and the rest of Five-O have to contend with a shooting involving some peace demonstrators, and then he has to go undercover to capture some criminals plotting a big heist.
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And here are your visual aids in regards to Steve’s undercover wardrobe. You will never find anything more marvelous.
Until you see Steve’s later wardrobe choices.
Another long episode, but this time not because of a special guest, but because I’m covering three first season episodes: “Along Came Joey” and the two-parter “Once Upon a Time”. Gird your loins. Not just for the overload of episodes, but also because they’re all emotionally draining. In “Along Came Joey”, Frank DeKova is a Maui lieutenant turned avenging angel when his son is killed. And then in “Once Upon a Time”, Steve goes after the quack doctor who has preyed on his sister and her son.
It’s pretty somber episode, folks. Listen on Soundcloud or iTunes.
I don’t have any pics from these eps, so here’s a picture of Frank DeKova (left) as Chief Wild Eagle on F-Troop.
An extra long, extra special episode. Dan Budnik from the Eventually Supertrain podcast joins me to talk about two of my favorite first season episodes, “The Box” and “One for the Money”. Gavin MacLeod is back as Big Chicken fluffing his feathers in a prison shower standoff and Jeanette Nolan rules the roost over her nephews…until she doesn’t.
Spoiler alert! We do talk endings in this ep. “The Box” spoilers happen from about 50:34 to about 58:27. “One for the Money” spoilers are discussed from about 1:53:04 to 1:59:38. I give you a heads-up during the chat, too, so consider yourselves warned.
Join Dan and I for this super fun talk on Soundcloud and iTunes. We’re delightful.
This episode is the Full MacLeod.
In this episode of Book ’em, Danno, I talk about the season 1 episode “Face of the Dragon” before switching to the pilot episode of the 2010 reboot, aptly titled “Pilot”. Between the plague, Uncle Fester, human trafficking, Spike and Daryl, espionage, arms dealing, and shaved ice, there’s a whole lot going on here. A whole lot.
And yet, I got the episode under an hour. Go figure.
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Don’t disappoint Jackie Coogan. He wore his best shirt.