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33 Ways Hawaii Five-O Has Celebrated The Original Series



Through the past five years, Hawaii Five-0 has often honored the original “Hawaii Five-O” series with references to its predecessor hidden within the episodes.  In celebration of the 100thepisode that airs Friday, Nov. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), following is a list of those nods to the legendary original series hidden within the current one.

Pilot – McGarrett’s 1974 Mercury Marquis is the actual car from the original series. It was owned by Jack Lord himself and is seen several times throughout the series.

Pilot – “Book’em Danno” – The most famous line from the original series was said for the first time in the pilot and often repeated throughout the series.

Pilot– Danny (Scott Caan) is the only member of Five-0 to wear a shirt and tie – similar to how the original Five-O team always wore Suits to The Office.

102 “Ohana” (Family)– Kono (Grace Park) first refers to McGarrett as “Boss” in this episode and continues throughout series.  Kono on the original series often called McGarrett “Boss.”

103 “Malama Ka Aina”(Respect the Land) – In this episode, the mother who took Grace (Teilor Grubbs) to hide in the bathroom is played by Helen Kuoha-Torco.  Helen was the original Tahitian dancer featured in the main credits of the original series.

104 “Lanakila” (Victory)– McGarrett’s sister, Mary Ann McGarrett (Taryn Manning), shares the same name as McGarrett’s sister in the original series.

105 “Nalowale” (Lost)– First appearance of Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka), named after the main Medical Examiner in the original series.

107 “Ho’apono” (Innocent) –Robert Loggia plays retired Navy man Ed McKay and also played an ex-cop named Russell Hendrix in “The Execution File” episode of the original series.

109 “Po’ipu” (The Siege)– Ric Young, who plays General Pak, also played a travel agent (as Eric Young) in the episode “Nine Dragons” in the original series.

109 “Po’ipu” (The Siege)– McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) gives his address as 2727 Piikoi St.  In the original series, Steve McGarrett also lived on Piikoi St.

112 “Hana ‘a’a Makehewa” (Desperate Measures)– We first meet Sgt. Duke Lukela, played by Dennis Chun.  Dennis not only had a few smaller roles in the original series, but he is also the son of Kam Fong who played the original Chin Ho Kelly.

112 “Hana ‘a’a Makehewa” (Desperate Measures)– Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) makes his first appearance.  Wo Fat was the main bad guy on the original “Hawaii Five-O.”

113 “Ke Kinohi” (Beginning)– We first meet surf shop owner and instructor Mamo Kahike played by Al Harrington.  Al played series regular Ben Kokua in the original “Hawaii Five-O.”

118 “Loa Aloha” (Long Goodbye)– Clyde Kusatsu, who plays Judge Kamalei, also appeared in the original show’s ninth season episode “Yes, My Deadly Daughter.”


119 “Na Me’e Laua Na Paio” (Heroes and Villains)– The episode features the first appearance of recurring character Jenna Kaye as a CIA analyst.  Jenna is a nod to original series character Chief of Pacific Operations Counter Intelligence Jonathan Kaye.

121 “Ho’opa’I” (Vengeance)– While interrogating Agent Marsh, McGarrett says “I answer to God and to the Governor, neither of whom are going to help you right now.”  This is a reference to the original series pilot “Cocoon” when it’s said Steve McGarrett only takes orders from the Governor and God, “and sometimes even they have trouble.”

As of Season Two, McGarrett’s Silverado’s license plate reads F6-3958, a nod to the original series where Jack Lord‘s McGarrett had this plate number for his personal state issued car, used for both the 1968 Park Lane and 1974 Marquis Brougham.

202 “Ua Lawe Wale” (Taken)– Homeland Security Agent Lori Weston, played by Lauren German, is a reference to Det. Lori Wilson, the member of Five-O in the final season.

202 “Ua Lawe Wale (Taken) – Tom Sizemore plays Captain Fryer in Internal Affairs. This is a nod to the original series character Bernie Fryer, who was also a big shot in Internal Affairs.

219 “Kalele” (Faith) –Ed Asner reprises his role as renowned smuggler August March from the original series episode “Wooden Model of a Rat.”

219 “Kalele” (Faith) –In August March’s home, we see a collection of miniature sculptures from Japan.  These sculptures are a wink to how in the original series episode, March framed McGarrett for stealing one of these priceless statues.

223 “Ua Hala” (Death in the Family)– Karl Herlinger, playing Toothpick, had a small role as “Baseball Kid” in the premiere of Hawaii Five-O’s final season

302 “Kanalua” (Doubt)–Ed Asner once again makes a ‘final’ appearance as original series villain August March.

303 “Lana I Ka Moana” (Adrift)– While fishing, McGarrett wears an unusual straw hat, a nod to the style of hats Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) wore in the original series.

307 “Ohuna” (The Secret)– Russell Wong, who plays Kong Kiang, also appeared in the 1997 pilot as Nick Wong, an FBI agent who the Lt. Gov. appoints to be co-director of Five-O.

315 “Hookman”– For the new series, undoubtedly the biggest homage to the original Hawaii Five-O is the remake of fan-favorite “Hookman.”  With a modern day update of the story and using original locations, shot compositions, original title and style of opening credits, the cast and crew created a meticulous reboot of this original episode.

315 “Hookman”– Local character actor Terry Plunkett, who played several small roles over the years in the original series, makes an appearance as the Mailbox Proprietor.

Season Four makes its first use of the original Five-O theme as the score during the show.  The theme can be heard in episodes 401, 407 and 422.

401 “Aloha Kekahi I Ke Kahi” (We Need Each Other) – Capt. Grover was an original series character that Five-O meets in the seventh season episode, “The Hostage.”

407 “Ua Nalohia”  (In Deep)– Cathy Foy, who plays coffeehouse waitress Nani, appeared in the original series twice.  Once as a receptionist in “Head to Head,” and again as a telephone operator in “Though the Heavens Fall.”

413 “Hana Lokomaika’I” (The Favor)– Chin Ho’s father is named Kam Tong, a nod to Kam Fong, the actor who played the original Chin Ho Kelly.

415 “Pale ‘la” (Buried Secrets) –Clara Williams gets her name from Danny’s aunt in the original series. Interestingly, on the original series, Clara Williams is played by Helen Hayes, the real-life mother of original Danno, James MacArthur.

501 “A’ohe Kai e Pe’e Ai” (Nowhere to Hide)– After getting a call from the drone pilot, Sgt. Duke Lukela tells Pua to “Patch him through to McGarrett.” This line was used in the original series.

The 100th episode of Hawaii Five-0 will be broadcast Friday, Nov. 7 2014 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.




Kick-Ass TV Heroines: Xena – Warrior Princess




Xena Warrior Princess

What was not to love about Xena? As Lucy Lawless says: “Xena is a bad-ass, kick-ass, pre-Mycenaean girl.” Evildoers, clearly, must stand down, but not only bad guys (and girls) have Xena-phobia. Even heroes quake when she swings her broadsword.

Originally created as a syndicated complement to Kevin Sorbo’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena pretty much kicked Herc to the curb. It was like when the Bionic Woman made us lose interest in the Six Million Dollar Man–only more so.

Unlike Lindsay Wagner’s early half-woman, half-machine, Xena wasn’t prone to frailty. Nor did she need robot parts. In fact, the Warrior Princess never lost. If she’s down, it’s not for long.

Plus, she was in touch with the dark side: This big-boned bruiser had definite moments of blood lust, as well as lust of some other varieties. Garbed in a leather miniskirt and armed with her trademark razor-edged, boomerang-action chakram, we watched Xena single-leggedly kick down entire platoons of Roman soldiers.

Sure, there were murmurings about Xena and her softer female sidekick, Gabrielle (actress Renée O’Connor). So what if they liked to conserve bathwater by doubling up? And what’s wrong with close friends frenching once in a while?

Then again, maybe it was true–and there’s anything wrong with that.

Actress: Lucy Lawless
Show: Xena: Warrior Princess
Character: Xena

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Classic TV Revisited: McMillan And Wife




McMillan And Wife

Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James, McMillan and Wife was a super cute crime-solving saga from the 1970s made for the NBC’s Mystery Movie series.

Who were they?
Hubby was the debonair San Francisco police commissioner Stewart McMillan.

And wifey?
Sally was a foxy, rather scatterbrained dame with a knack for finding corpses.

Worked down the morgue did she?
Hardly. Sally’s finds were usually in some glitzy mansion which the couple were frequenting for a weekend cocktail party. She also had a habit of getting her life threatened or being kidnapped.

Who was in it?
Tragic Hollywood star Rock Hudson no less. He took on Stewart McMillan in his first TV role, after years as a matinee idol with movies such as Giant.

Fans of the lantern-jawed star were dismayed when he went public about having Aids. He had long kept his homosexuality secret. He carried on working in ’80s glam drama Dynasty, but make-up could not disguise the deterioration of this once-statuesque man. He died in 1985, aged 59.

What about Sally?
That role fell to raven-locked Susan Saint James. The Ali MacGraw lookalike was previously in shows such as Alias Smith And Jones and The Name of the Game.

Other characters
A vital ingredient to McMillan And Wife was sharp-tongued housekeeper Mildred, played by Nancy Walker. Somebody needed to keep the place tidy while they gallivanted about solving crime.

Famous guest stars?
Kim Basinger

The couple’s conception?
Like Hart To Hart, the idea was borrowed from Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man books of the ’30s.

Gritty crime drama?
Hardly. These were cosy whodunnit cases, where the brutality of murder was never portrayed. The show was more about the interplay between McMillan and Sally.

Had viewers arrested?
Certainly in the US. It was the fifth highest-rated show in 1972 and 1973.

Fate of the golden couple?
Susan Saint James quit in 1976 over a contractual dispute. Nancy Walker also packed away her duster as housekeeper Mildred.

The dame’s exit was a fatal blow?
Certainly for the character of Sally – she was killed off in a plane crash. But Rock soldiered on with new assistant Sgt Steve DiMaggio (Richard Gilliland). The show became McMillan.

A winner?
Audiences dwindled and the plug was pulled.

Distinguishing features?
Cosy pillow talk, cocktail parties, Rock Hudson, pyjamas and numerous corpses.

Do say
Let’s go to bed. Turn the light out, darling.

Don’t say
Must you eat toast in bed, darling. Apologies, but I’ve got terrible flatulence. Separate bedrooms.

Not to be confused with
My Wife Next Door, Harold Macmillan, The Merry Wives Of Windsor and Mr And Mrs.

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Classic TV Revisited: The Royal




The Royal

The Royal was an ITV drama commission and was inspired by its sister programme Heartbeat.

The lowdown: This nostalgic family drama is set in the swinging 1960s and centres on the staff of a cottage hospital in Yorkshire. Newly qualified doctor David Cheriton (Julian Ovenden) is determined to make a difference to the world and arrives at St Aidan’s Royal Free Hospital in Elinsby full of big ideas. But he clashes with the hospital’s secretary TJ Middleditch (Ian Carmichael) who is determined to run things his way. Then there is the Matron (Wendy Craig) who rules her nurses with a rod of iron and tries in vain to stop them being distracted by the handsome arrival.

Memorable moments: Watch out for former Heartbeat favourite Bill Maynard who crosses dramas and continents as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass. Greengrass has returned from a Caribbean holiday with a mystery illness but that doesn’t stop him trying to earn a fast buck. It doesn’t take long before Claude attracts Matron’s ire.

Trivia: The Royal is a family affair for real life husband and wife Robert Daws (Ormerod) and Amy Robbins (Weatherill). No fewer than seven members of their clan have appeared in the series including their daughters and stepson.

Michelle Hardwick, who played receptionist Lizzie, says her favourite moment in the whole series didn’t come on screen but in the actors’ green room. She says: “I was sitting in there with Wendy Craig and Honor Blackman and we were having a lovely conversation. I sat back and thought ‘Wow, this is great, I can’t wait to tell my gran’.”

A modern day set version called The Royal Today aired 7 January – 14 March 2008.

First broadcast: 2003

Starred: Wendy Craig, Ian Carmichael, Michael Starke, Robert Daws and Julian Ovenden

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