Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The Reunion 

"Respectable" Japanese-American businessmen and the former POWs in camps who recognize their tormentors. In this case, three men reunite at the Ilkai Hotel in Honolulu 25 years after they ... See full summary »


Michael O'Herlihy


Leonard Freeman (created by), Paul Playdon


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Zulu ... Kono
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Simon Oakland ... Frank Epstein
Barry Atwater ... Michael Holt
Joe Maross ... Mitch Bradley
Teru Shimada ... Shigato
Harry Endo Harry Endo ... Che Fong
Daws Dawson Daws Dawson ... Llacuna


"Respectable" Japanese-American businessmen and the former POWs in camps who recognize their tormentors. In this case, three men reunite at the Ilkai Hotel in Honolulu 25 years after they were liberated from a Philippine prison camp. One of the three is relatively healthy, but another drags himself on crutches with a hopelessly mangled leg and another floats through life with a permanent brain injury. The man on crutches spots a businessman, calls him by a very different name and wallops him over the head with the crutches. The name the man utters is that of the prison-camp commandant, who selectively tortured the three men into losing what they wanted the most. It's not long before things begin to escalate. First, the Japanese businessman is trapped in his car with a time bomb ticking down in the engine. Five-O is on the scene and gets him out in the nick of time, and later figures out the bomb plant was a plot to terrorize him. But then s sharpshooter blazes away at the businessman ... Written by Peter Harris

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4 November 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Near the end, Epstein is shown riding in the back seat. The interior view shows the right rear door interior trim as a button tuck style. As he exits the vehicle, the right rear door interior trim is a roll and tuck style. Two different vehicles with similar interior colors were used. See more »


Danny: [Someone has put a bomb in Shigato's car] Think it's a joker, Steve?
Det. Steve McGarrett: If it isn't... Somebody just served Shigato a death warrant.
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Perhaps a bit too extraordinary to be believable, but very entertaining and with some nice plot twists.
16 February 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with a visiting Japanese businessman receiving threatening photos. And, after a visit from Five-O to investigate, the car the guy is about to drive away in blows up--though it's obvious whoever was responsible did not want to kill the guy but perhaps scare him.

Shortly afterwords, as Danno is walking through a hotel with this same Japanese man, a crazed WWII vet (Simon Oakland) sees them and begins beating the Japanese guy with his crutches! It seems that during the war Oakland was tortured and crippled...and he thinks this man is the one who was responsible! Oakland is naturally arrested but he insists he's right--the guy IS a war criminal. Two other vets who knew this Japanese officer are brought in to i.d. the man--one (who's obviously suffering from severe PTSD) recognizes the man, too, but another insists it's NOT the war criminal. So is this Japanese guy an evil war criminal? And who is responsible for the attempts on his life? Tune in and see.

In addition to the show having many nice plot twists (which I won't talk about--I'd hate to spoil the suspense), the show starred one of my favorite character actors of the era--the perennially angry Simon Oakland. While he's a crazed and obnoxious guy here, considering what he went through AND how this Japanese man might be responsible, you can understand. He was great here and the plot so cool you could forgive it all for being a bit hard to believe if you really think about it.

By the way, I watched most of the episodes when I was a kid and hadn't seen this one since I was about 10 or so. Yet, it made such an impact on me that I clearly remembered the show and was excited to see it once again.

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