Hawaii Five-0 generally is not considered a comedy show. Even so,
it had more than a few
comedic moments. Here are some of those moments seen in . . .
Two kidnappers, dressed in Halloween costumes that resemble the devil and a frog, abduct a little boy, Timmy Gainham (Geoffrey Thorpe) and hold him for $300,000 ransom, which his father (Bill Zuckert) pays even as his son is escaping from his kidnappers. “Mr. Frog” (uncredited) falls to his death, and “The Devil,” Gibbons, (Frank Marth) can’t help but spend some of the very hot money.
Gibbons goes to Tot Kee’s (James Hong) office, trying to sell the hot money. He’s already the prime suspect, for Mr. Frog’s body has been found. Tot tells him, “When you shot your partner, you killed your brain. You’re a chicken without a head.”
McGarrett calls a meeting of the four big money launderers. As they arrive, Mr. Ming (Galen Kam) doesn’t fit in the white chair and, giving a shrug to Danno, moves over to sit on the white sofa, while McGarrett looks on in amusement.
Danno says, “I think you all know Mr. McGarrett” to which Mr. Ming says, “Not professionally, only by reputation.” Tot Kee says, “By which Mr. Ming means all of us hold Mr. McGarrett in the highest esteem.” He goes on to say, “Missy [his secretary (Melody Patterson MacArthur)] sends her best. She’s a great admirer of yours.”
McGarrett outlines the situation regarding the ransom money to which Mr. Ming replies, “I, at least, do not deal in stolen money.” The other three money launderers confirm that they do not, either. The Humber Brothers (uncredited) give their confirmation by shaking their heads. They speak not a single word throughout the scene.
Concluding the meeting, McGarrett walks over to open the door to his office and says, “I’m sure you all want to get back to your office to make an honest buck.”
Gainham enters McGarrett’s office as the others are leaving. He wants progress on the search for the Devil. It seems that he has changed his mind and wants his money back. He says, “After all, I’m only human” to which Danno replies, “Then, we’ll certainly have to find the devil for you.”
Later, when McGarrett and Danno visit Gibbons on the boat, McGarrett says, “We figure you and Pete Colley did it” to which Gibbons replies, “Well, who’s Pete Colley?” McGarrett replies, “He’s a frog who turns into a corpse.”
One question: When Danno tailed Gibbons to the warehouse, why did he scale the post? He could have listened in on Gibbons’ call to Gainham on the ground, after all.
“Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?”
* At the Bishop Museum, McGarrett is questioning a historian on Hawaiian gods when the ornithologist, Dr. Weston (Maura McGiveney), walks up, wanting to know who would use rare tern feathers to make a souvenir. She and McGarrett flirt briefly, and he promises to call her if he ever takes up bird watching.
* The arrival of Kaili Kong (Don Lev) in McGarrett’s office. Described in IMDb as the “hippie visitor,” Kong wears a long dress made of two sheets of a tie-dyed fabric sewn together at the shoulders and wears a woman’s wig. As McGarrett tells Jenny, Kong is ready for a visit to the rubber room.
* When Chin questions the maker of the Kaili posters, Joe
Lemana (James Canada), Lemana is upside down in a yoga pose. He guesses that he
is a suspect in the search for Kaili and wants to know how Chin knows he isn’t Kaili.
In response, Chin picks up Lemana and moves him to the side. He's as light as a feather.
* As McGarrett tells the men whose names appear on Kaili’s
Death List that their lives are in danger, Lai Han (Richard Morrison) portrays
pure egotism and declines police protection. P.S. It is incredible – and highly
enjoyable – that Richard Morrison could play characters as diverse as Lai Han
in this episode and Runny Gross in “Death is a Company Policy” (Season 5).
* And, of course, Senator Patterson (Fred Titcomb) was seen driving a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. What else?