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September 26, 1968 - September 26, 2023

The series premiered on this date 55 years ago with "Full Fathom Five" (Season 1, Episode 1).


Victor Reese (Kevin McCarthy) and Nora Reese (Louise Troy)
had just poisoned Anne Hayes (Jane Thorpe) and were about to
drop her into the sea in a barrel. (Hawaii Five-0 / Leonard Freeman
Productions and CBS Television, 1968)


This may have been the climactic scene, but the best scene may well have been earlier, when McGarrett drove estate manager Tyler Skaggs (Philip E. Pine) to the beach to speak with a most reluctant heiress, Martha Finch (Arlene McQuade). Never has a hippie scene been more humorous, especially when Martha summoned her manager, fellow hippie, Pepito (uncredited).


A red herring in the episode was the great similarity in appearance between Anne Hayes and Martha Finch.


If you have a chance, watch it tonight. It is an excellent episode, most worthy of being the premiere episode.


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Steve's Girl
Steve's Girl
Sep 26, 2023

I agree with you, H50, the hippie scene is priceless. And the musical score that goes with it, is one of my Five-0 favorite musics.

Which reminds me of the discussions on MofH50 which score we would like to add to a Five-0 cd if we had anything to say about it.

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honu59
honu59
Sep 29, 2023
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I do love that scene, too. Steve said something like "There's no law that says the rich have to get richer," to which the estate manager replied, "There ought to be."


But life is so much more than chasing wealth. I think that Martha Finch had figured that out. Good for her!

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55 years and still great and far better than most of what’s out there now. It is a good one and I watch it often.

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