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Now, That's Dedication!


How tired Jack looked in the final scene of "Woe to Wo Fat"

Have you seen "Death in Paradise," the British-French detective series? It is set in the fictitious town of Honore, Saint Marie, although filming actually takes place on Guadaloupe in the Caribbean. The show is filming its 11th season, yet each British season is only eight one-hour episodes in length. So far, after ten seasons, the show has had four detective-inspectors. That's right! Four actors have played the equivalent of Jack's role in ten seasons, each one-third the length of one of Hawaii Five-0's seasons of 24 episodes.


The first three -- Ben Miller, Kris Marshall, and Ardal O'Hanlon -- all gave the same reason for leaving: the high pressure of appearing in almost every scene and having their families 4,000 miles away, in England. Miller appeared for two seasons, while Marshall and O'Hanlon each appeared for three seasons. Little has appeared for two seasons, so far, is in the process of filming his third season, and has a contract for a fourth season. Miller, Marshall, and O'Hanlon have returned home to England and have become involved in other acting ventures.


As it has gone with the detective-inspectors, so it has gone with the actresses who have portrayed the second-in-command. Sara Martins portrayed Detective-Sergeant Camille Borday for 3-1/2 seasons, while Josephine Jobert has portrayed Detective-Sergeant Florence Cassell for six seasons, so far. The same holds true for the actors who have portrayed the police officers. All have cited the same reasons for the need to leave the series.


It should be noted that none of these actors holds any other role in the production than that of actor. None has been a behind-the-scenes executive producer. None has had to rework scripts to make them usable. None has had to bring items from home to serve as props in productions. None has had to keep communications open between the island and the homeland. None has had to help promote tourism on the island. They've simply had to memorize their lines and make their characters come to life -- and that is a big job, by itself.


Is it any doubt that Jack aged so drastically during the twelve seasons of Hawaii Five-0? Most assuredly not! Is there any reason to doubt that his return to private life was anything more than a need to retire from the rat race? No! These thoughts bring Marie's words to mind:


In the old days, Jack and I would dream about someday reaching this point.

Back then, we were convinced that if things went well all our problems would

suddenly disappear. Well, let me assure you, it never quite happens that way.

The hardest thing to be is a success! ...the truth is, when success comes, the

irritations don’t go away–they multiply. The higher you go the bigger the

problems become ... and, along the way, you acquire a whole new set of

problems as well. (Rand, Flora. “Being With Jack is Like Having All the

Diamonds in the World.” TV Radio Mirror. March 1974.)


Rest in peace, dear Jack and Marie. Your efforts are very greatly appreciated. You will live in our hearts forever.

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Steve's Girl
Steve's Girl
Jul 12, 2021

I agree completely with you, Honu.


But IMHO you are too harsh with the "D.I.P." team, H50.

If you have a familiy back in England and the fastest flight from England to Guadaloupe (and very likely from Guadaloupe to England as well) lasts 12 hours,you can't simply "hop" over like you can from Honolulu to the American West Coast. So if you have "simply" to memorize your lines, there is no need to extend your stay.

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H50 1.0 FOREVER
H50 1.0 FOREVER
Jul 12, 2021
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Yes, it is a lengthy flight between England and Guadaloupe. References to the flight on the show have referenced flying through Orlando or Miami to reach the Caribbean island. Stops with changes of planes always stretch out the journey. But, remember, Jack and Marie weren't from the West Coast. They were from the East Coast. In the 1970s, at least until United began using the Boeing 747 in 1974, the flight included a refueling stop in California before continuing on to New York. So, they had a 12-hour flight, too! Although they didn't have children in school, they did have aging family members to consider.

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honu59
honu59
Jul 12, 2021

Thank you for this interesting piece, which makes a whole lot of sense. It makes my head spin to realize all over again just how hard Jack worked and how dedicated he was. And very wise words here from Marie. My sister-in-law, who married into wealth, once said that money is more trouble than it is worth. It sounds like the same can be said of success. It's good that Jack and Marie had their privacy and their time together after Jack retired.

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