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Quite Possibly the Most Underrated Episode

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 25, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Too many viewers write off the Season 2 episode "To Hell With Babe Ruth" as being inferior. They object to Caucasian Mark Lenard portraying the mentally troubled Yoshio Nagata and are put off by the insanity he portrayed. I challenge them to take another look, not only at Mr. Lenard's portrayal, but at the episode, itself.

In the premise of the episode, a pro-Japanese group planned to participate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, by blowing up the oil storage depot at Sand Hill. Inasmuch as no Japanese-Hawaiians actually participated in assaults against either the Hawaiians or the Americans on that date, we are left to assume that Yoshio Nagata's group abandoned its plans. Is that what sent Nagata over the edge and into a world of insanity? We are not told, but it stands to reason that, whether the insanity came before or after that Day of Infamy, it left him with a lifelong determination to fulfill what he felt was his obligation to his homeland. Another thought on this later.

Mr. Lenard's Portrayal. It cannot have been easy for Mark Lenard to put aside his own personality, which we have been able to gleen by finding the common denominator in his appearances in other episodes of Hawaii Five-0, as well as in his work on other television programs. Here is a character, reared in Japan, highly educated, not only in the martial arts, but also in the literature of his homeland, a character who lived with his beloved Komiko in what once was an honorable home said to be located on the windward side of O'ahu, although it appeared to be located in the Upper Makiki neighborhood of Honolulu.

Mark Lenard captured this tormented soul to perfection. He displayed the love of homeland, the martial arts skills, and the inability to realize that time had marched on without him. He could not rationalize that, in a period of twenty-eight years, he would have aged and his daughter would have become a young woman. For that matter, he could not rationalize that the young woman was his daughter and not his wife. He briefly realized that automobiles had changed drastically from the time he last had driven, but he did not seem to understand that, if they had changed through the passage of time, so must everything else have changed. Quite insanely, he made room to pull the stolen car from its parking place by ramming the cars parked before and behind it. He did not realize that other members of the group were not joining him atop the oil storage tank. Nor did he realize that, when the four airplanes flew overhead, they were not World War II-era Japanese planes, but 1970s-era American ones; not propeller driven ones, but jet powered ones; not armed for battle, but devoid of armaments.

History Portrayed. No doubt, the Black Dragons had planned their attack on Sand Hill well, for Yoshio Nagata possessed the appropriate costume for a Ninja and knew exactly where to find the dynamite he would need for his bomb. Appropriately, it was not a construction site, but an American bunker at Battery Harlow. He knew when the attack was due to begin, and he was in position, ready to do his part for the cause, as he saw it. He knew the direction from which the Japanese Zeroes would approach, coming over the Ko'olau Mountains, although it should be noted that, when the American fighters flew overhead, they came from the sea, not the mountains. And he knew how to read a Japanese battle map and determine that the intended target was Sand Hill and not the control tower to which the arrows pointed.

We are not told why the Black Dragons did not carry out the planned attack or whether there ever was such a plan or whether the plan existed only in Yoshio Nagata's imagination. That, perhaps, is the greatest feature of this episode, the skillfully crafted look at paranoid schizophrenia. It far exceeds all other such studies seen in the series, even including Cal Anderson's (John Vernon) dual personality in "Force of Waves" (Season 3).

When McGarrett interviewed Dr. Lukens (Bruce Wilson), the psychiatrist at the mental hospital, he learned that Yoshio Nagata had a very slim chance of recovering from his schizophrenia. We have to wonder whether, with the newfound information about him, he might have stood a better chance of recovering after his rampage across O'ahu. Certainly, medications were better in 1970 than they were in 1941, and they have become still better since then. Perhaps, just perhaps, Nagata would be able to control his condition and to enjoy knowing his daughter, Heather, in his later years. But, of course, this is all fiction, so we will never know.

The Versatile Richard Morrison

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 18, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (2)

If ever a Five-0 guest star played a wide variety of characters, it would have to be Richard Morrison. At one end of the spectrum, he played the respected, well informed professor of ecology, Professor Hale, in “The Last Eden” (Season 3) and the tough, self-centered, yet respected real estate developer, Lai Han, in “Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?” (Season 4). He also played the intellectually slow Runny Grose, aide to mobster Piro Manoa, in “Death is a Company Policy" (Season 5) and the slow, yet disreputable, apartment maintenance man, Eddie Larkin, in “Diary of a Gun” (Season 7). We didn’t see enough of him to get a fix on his personality as Warden Challis in “Odd Man In” (Season 4), but he was credible, even if he didn’t seem tough enough to be a prison warden.

Richard Morrison is not a name we conjure up when we think of actors. He wasn’t tall, dark, and handsome, by a long shot. Often, he played bespectacled characters. “Often,” however, seems to be a misnomer, for he appeared in no more than a dozen works between 1963 and 1998. His primary profession was that of social worker. And, yes, he seems that he would be credible in that role, too.


McGarrett Would Recuse Himself Today

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In "Time and Memories" (Season 3), McGarrett became very emotionally involved when all evidence seemed to indicate that a former love of his life -- Cathy Wallis (Diana Muldaur) had murdered her husband. Danno told him he was losing his objectivity and needed to step down and let him, Kono, and Chin Ho complete the investigation. McGarrett declined to step down.

The fact of the matter is that McGarrett was a suspect, too! The episode did not mention that, but in real life, he would have been interviewed -- if not interrogated outright -- about his own whereabouts at the time in question. After all, he might easily have borne resentment toward Frank Wallis (unnamed) for taking Cathy from him and then mistreating her. Wouldn't that have seemed to an outsider to be a reason for Cathy calling him at 3:00 in the morning? If McGarrett had been investigated, how on earth would he have proven that he was at home, in bed, and asleep? It is much easier to prove that someone did something than did not do something.

To his credit, McGarrett did hang back after that and allow Danno to conduct the interviews and make the arrest. It may be one of the only episodes in which McGarrett did not confront the guilty party and tell him he was under arrest. How gratifying it would have been to watch McGarrett nab Arthur Dixon (Martin Sheen). Yet, from a legal point of view, the case was much stronger with Danno making the arrest.

If "The Ninety-Second War" Were Produced Today

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 15, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Speaking of McGarrett’s relationship with authority figures, take a look at his relationship with the governor and other authority figures in “The Ninety-Second War.”

McGarrett is found in an overturned car with a known crime lord and a briefcase containing $2 million. Yet, the governor has faith in him to have been set up and allows him to leave the Islands and fly over the pole to Switzerland. There, Interpol’s Karl Albrecht has faith in him to go to the bank where the funds were deposited to conduct an investigation. The military has faith in him to participate in the investigation from the Diamond Head bunker. The Soviet Union has faith in him to work with their agent, Colonel Mischa Toptegan.

Wow! People surely did have a lot of faith in their fellow human beings in the days before Watergate! “The Ninety-Second War” aired on January 11, 1972 (produced in 1971). The Watergate break-in began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972.

So, how would “The Ninety-Second War” play out today?

McGarrett would be placed under arrest even before he was extracted from the overturned car. The governor would hire an outside interim Five-0 chief while the Office of the Inspector General investigated not only McGarrett, but everyone on his team. Because deposits were made to a Swiss bank account in McGarrett’s name, the Feds would join in the investigation. McGarrett’s lawyer would not be given access to the lab results that showed how the accident was staged. McGarrett would go to trial, where no one would believe a word he said, because the whole scenario was too outlandish to be believed. Hopefully, his lawyer would negotiate for him to be incarcerated in a federal penitentiary on the mainland, because if he went to O‘ahu State Prison, he wouldn’t survive a month!


2861 Manoa Road

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 28, 2016 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Here's an interesting find: The Tudor mansion seen in "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave" (Season 4) and "The Diamond That Nobody Stole" (Season 5) actually exists at the address given for it in "The Diamond That Nobody Stole." The address is 2861 Manoa Road.

To see it, go to Google maps, key in the address, go to the photographs. Turn to the opposite side of the street, and you will see the stone wall. Pan forward to the driveway, then pan left to see one end of the house behind the landscaping. You will recognize the post-and-beam construction seen as McGarrett turns into the driveway in both episodes.

"Father Jack"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 27, 2016 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Remember “Father Jack,” the priest in “Engaged to Be Buried” (Season 5)? It turns out the actor who portrayed him, Bob Turnbull, was actually “the chaplain of Waikiki Beach” – but he didn’t start out that way.

Read his story:

Ellis, Mark. TV Actor Had Never Seen Anyone Pray, Planted First Church on Waikiki Beach. God Reports. May 12, 2016.

One error of note: The report says he "planted the first church on Waikiki." Of course, this is a misleading statement. St. Augustine by the Sea (Catholic) Church has been there since 1854. It stands on Ohua Street, between Kalakaua Avenue and the beach.


Riding the High Line

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)

The military and its loyal veterans have many websites devoted to life in the various branches. The site FoxtrotAlpha has a page about riding the high line between two large ships. The high line usually is used strictly to transfer goods and materiel during replenishment-at-sea operations. It is a rough ride and can be very dangerous. Even so, in a pinch, personnel can be transferred by this method.

Best of all, this page includes footage of Jack riding the high line between the USS Knox (FF-1052) and the USS Cochrane (DDG-21) in “Murder – Eyes Only” (Season 8). You can really see that Jack grew up on the high seas. He makes his way on those ships with incredible ease.

Rogoway, Tyler. “You Think Your Commute Sucks? Try a Highline Transfer Between Two Ships!” February 6, 2015.

Here’s a direct link to footage of Jack riding the high line:

Here’s a video showing refueling at sea, from the USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200) to the USS Momsen (DDG-92). It gives complete coverage of how the process is begun, as well as implemented.

Here’s a video showing replenishment at sea, from the USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to the hangar deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).


Touring the Islands with Mark Twain

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 19, 2016 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Even if you haven’t read Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press) or Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It In the Sandwich Islands (Mutual Publishing), you will enjoy this article about finding the real Hawai‘i.

Unlike Jack London, who was only passing through, and James Michener, who wrote too much and fictionalized most of it, Mark Twain spent four months in the Islands and gave a first-hand account of what he saw, from the sparsely clad kanaka maoli to the red glow of Kilauea. He stayed in the Volcano House hotel, which is still in business today, even though the original structure has been replaced. He rode horseback, determined not to miss a single detail, and paid for his tenacity with saddle sores.

But don’t let me spoil the fun. Read what Hawai‘i’s native son, Lawrence Downes, has to say about it:

Downes, Lawrence. Mark Twain’s Hawaii. New York Times. May 14, 2006.


McGarrett's Prediction

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 16, 2016 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Did McGarrett predict who next would occupy the Anderson Estate?

In "Woe to Wo Fat" (Season 12), while being held captive in a bedroom at the Anderson Estate, McGarrett made a silhouette that looks very much like a Doberman.

The French Dressmaker

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Amelia des Moulins was a Parisian dressmaker, who moved to New York City in 1899 to work as a dressmaker. Hear her tell about her experience:


Warren Oates

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Warren Oates, who portrayed the irrascible Ves Painter in all 32 episodes of Stoney Burke (ABC, 1962-63), also appeared with Jack in Studio One in Hollywood : “A Day Before Battle” (CBS, 1956).

"A Day Before Battle" was about Union soldiers, who tried to decide whether it was moral to shoot the Confederate spy they had captured. The credits do not give the name of Mr. Oates' character, but we can be pretty sure that the Kentucky native was the spy. Also appearing in the episode were Susan Oliver and Gerald Serracini.

The Coast Guard on December 7th

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Read The Coast Guard and the Japanese Attack: December 7, 1941.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Arrives at Pearl Harbor

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's the video I was telling you about.

I hope it will play, even if you're not on Facebook. When the page comes up, a message will ask you to sign in to Facebook. Press "Not Now." Scroll WAY down to "December 3, 2016" entries and click on the one that shows the aircraft carrier. Be sure your volume is on, so you can hear "Eternal Father." It is the Navy Hymn and is very moving, quite appropriate for the moment being shown.


Watch it on YouTube, but without “Eternal Father” playing in the background." target="_blank">

This coverage is longer, starting as the Stennis enters Pearl Harbor, then passes the USS Missouri (BB-63) before it passes the USS Arizona (BB-39) and the memorial.


Honoring the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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Museum Commemorations:

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i.

National World War II Museum. New Orleans, Louisiana.


As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it is good to read about the memories of those who were there:

Melvin Heckman, USN.

Joe McDonald, USN.

Book Review:

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey. New York: Simon & Schuster, 365 pages.

Other Commemorations:

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration Mass Band. Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i.


Five-0 Sites: Then and Now

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 26, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

See scenes from Hawaii Five-0 and how they appear today:

See the Waialae Overpass, where Charlie Ling (Tommy Fujiwara) and David Harper (Lou Antonio) met in “The Burning Ice” (Season 4).

See David “Lippy” Espinda’s used car lot, which McGarrett passed en route to question Betsy (Barbara Nichols) in “A Thousand Pardons, You’re Dead” (Season 2).

See Monserrat Avenue as it appeared in “The Guarnerius Caper” (Season 3). The author is right: It still looks very much the same as it did here and in other episodes.

The list goes on. Check it out:

“A Glimpse of Hawaii’s Past With ‘Hawaii 5-0’” in Zinkognito Revisited: Movies, Music, TV, Comics, and All That Fun Retro Stuff.


A Sinking Ship

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 22, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

During World War II, a merchant ship on which Jack served was torpedoed off the coast of Italy. The fantail was blown away, and the ship sank in only seven minutes. We may assume lives were lost. Jack and other survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for sixteen hours before they were rescued.

In a scene near the end of "A Bird in Hand" (Season 12), we see a dozen or more photographs that either were taken by Jack or relate to his life. The photograph behind the portable radio shows a ship that has lost its fantail. Was it the ship on which Jack sailed? Possibly. We have no way of knowing whether the shot was taken from a passing military aircraft without search-and-rescue capability or whether the shot is of a different ship that met the same fate. Many merchant ships did meet that fate during the war. In either case, the photograph shows us just how terrifying Jack's wartime experience must have been.

The Merchant Marine is Remembered on Veterans Day

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 22, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It seems that, when the Davis Madrigal Singers performed a medley of armed forces songs at a Veterans Day memorial service this year, they failed to sing the Merchant Marine song. The wife of a merchant mariner brought it to their attention with the loveliest results we ever could imagine. Let us remember that, after many years of petitioning for recognition, the Merchant Marine is now an official branch of the military.

Read about it:

Jones, Andy. “The Merchant Marine and Musical Magic in the Davis Cemetery” in The Davis (California) Enterprise. November 18, 2016.

Hear the Merchant Marine Anthem, Heave Ho My Lads Heave Ho:


Jack Was a Really Good Actor!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 18, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (5)

I was watching "Woe to Wo Fat" (Season 12) and was stricken by the reality of what a fine actor Jack really was. In an episode that showed McGarrett less as the administrative head of the state office of special investigations and more as a field operative, Jack was able to really show his acting skills to their best advantage.

Gone was the carefully tailored suit. Gone were his staff and the well-appointed "Big Office." Gone were the big name guest stars. All we had were three of the series' steadfast semi-regulars -- Khigh Dhiegh, Lyle Bettger, and the Anderson Estate -- and several solid supporting actors, including perennial favorite character actor, Vito Scotti.

We may never know whether Jack actually ran through the rain forest with Khigh Dhiegh hot on his heels or whether he actually climbed two trees -- one on the estate and one in the rain forest -- but he certainly made it look good on screen, especially when he jumped into the ravine -- and that definitely appeared to be Jack and not a stunt double.

Jack also played Professor Elton Raintree well, especially in the scene at the breakfast table, where we could see McGarrett behind the facade of the esteemed Professor Raintree. He listened to Wo Fat reinforce the brainwashing of Dr. Elizabeth Fielding, then told Wo Fat, "I never had any doubt about your intentions, doctor. None, whatsoever" in a tone that was starkly truthful even as it cast concerns about his own level of brainwashing.

And, so, the morality play that comprised 284 episodes in 12 seasons of Hawaii Five-0 came to an end.

McGarrett:  Well, you called it, Wo Fat, huh? A traditional ending, you said.

Wo Fat:  A fitting end, McGarrett. Through a dozen adventures, which have had no resolution, we come now to the final act of this morality play.

McGarrett:  Morality play? Morality had nothing to do with your crimes, Wo Fat, nor were they play-acting. They were deadly and real.

Now, more than 36 years after the final curtain fell, Hawaii Five-0 continues to be aired worldwide, and Jack continues to be seen almost daily as one of the most admired and respected actors who ever graced the screen. 

Jack Lord

30 December 1920 - 21 January 1998

Support HR 2992 - Merchant Marine World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 17, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Contact your Congressman and ask him/her to vote in favor of H.R.2992 - Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act. Here’s their contact information:" target="_blank">

Sheila Sova, who maintains the “US Merchant Marines of World War II” page on Facebook, writes, “…There is a chance that the Congressional Gold Medal Act for the H.R. 2992 MMWWII will be brought to the Congressional House floor right after they convene after Thanksgiving. It is imperative that you call or email your Congressman so that he or she knows that you want them to vote in favor of this bill.”

Those in the know feel this is the last opportunity we will have to obtain the long-overdue recognition for our World War II merchant mariners.


Unsung Heroes of World War II

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 17, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Geroux, William. “The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War II” in Smithsonian Magazine. May 27, 2016.

Sheila Sova, who maintains the “US Merchant Marines of World War II” page on Facebook, writes, “…[The Merchant Mariners] are trying to make a National Maritime Sanctuary where all the merchant vessels are located off of N.C.” U-Boat activity off the East Coast was atrocious, and many merchant ships were lost there. You may want to jump in and help support this effort.