Writer: Reuben Leder
Director: Ivan Dixon
Producer: Reuben Leder
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
("Gerald Calvin"), Sam Vlahos
(Leo), James Grant Benton
(Dave), Josie Over
(Desk Clerk), Michael Dennis
(Harry Bates), Stephen Landis
(Jack Phillips), Rodney Aiu
(Carl), Tina Machado
(Nurse #1 - uncredited
T.C. finds himself in troubled waters when he agrees to make some curious inter-island deliveries, but before he can make the drop-off, his helicopter plunges into the sea.
This is the fifth "T.C.-centric" episode of the series, following "Thicker than Blood
" (1.12), "Past Tense
" (3.5), "A Sense of Debt
" (4.8) and "Paradise Blues
" (4.15). Even though T.C. doesn't have a lot of actual screen time, the whole episode is about him, his family and his submerged chopper. We learn that T.C. has four brothers and his father is a shop owner.
A tough episode for the gang: T.C.'s chopper crashes and sinks to the bottom of the ocean (with T.C. severely injured and in a coma), Higgins crashes a rental car after being shot while driving on Maui and Magnum must defend himself against an underwater scuba knife attack!
The opening preview contains a very unusual edit of the regular theme music, effectively starting near the end, and then cutting into another piece of music.
This is the second episode to feature underwater scuba diving scenes, following Season Two's "Dead Man's Channel
" (2.2). Here, the diving scenes are accompanied by a wonderful Mike Post/Peter Carpenter score
The "Lahaina Hotel" is fictional. No scenes were actually filmed in Lahaina
, or anywhere else on Maui for that matter.
6 T.C. sings
part of "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
" while flying the chopper.
Short statured actor Bruce Johnson
makes an uncredited appearance (no lines) in the hospital waiting room scene (when the guys go to the coffee machine). Bruce was the dwarf (paired with a sumo wrestler) in Season Two's "Tropical Madness
8 Castle Memorial Hospital
in Kailua is used as a filming location.
Roger E. Mosley appeared with Richard Lawson
") in the excellent 1979 made-for-tv movie The Jericho Mile
, directed by Michael Mann
10 Josie Over
(Hotel Desk Clerk
) makes her first of four appearances on the show. A local actress, Josie has appeared in over a dozen episodes of Hawaii Five-O
and will later appear in a handful of episodes in another popular TV show filmed in Oahu, Jake and the Fatman
During the scene at the hotel with the nuclear physicists convention, "paging Dr. Einstein"
is heard over the PA.
Higgins was accidentally shot by a Belgian while on a White Rhino hunting safari in Kenya (date unknown). The Belgian, Francois Forney, carried him on his back for four days to reach medical treatment at a base camp.
Higgins was in the Suez in '56 on a camel patrol - tracking down the forces of the Egyption 3rd Division - when their guide, a 12 year-old Bedouin, was captured by a roving band of desert bandits and was tortured to death (without revealing the location of the British forces).
Magnum: I get these feelings...I guess a...I call them my "little voice". I know that sounds dumb, but it's like an early warning system, or a conscience. Or maybe, it's just a way of communicating to myself how I really feel about something deep down. I think we all have something like that. I think we communicate those deep down feelings with others that we care about and it's not just by talking about it. This doesn't make any sense, I'm sorry. I guess what I mean is if there's a real connection with somebody you care about ultimately they hear you and that's why I think T.C.'s gonna hear us.
Higgins: ...T.C. is indeed a man of exemplary character.
Magnum: I believe you gotta pray to God as if you couldn't get anything done without him... and then you go about doing it as if he doesn't exist.
Rick: You alright, buddy?
Rick: What went on down there? A shark?
Magnum: The only shark was him.
Rick: Who, T.C.'s brother?
Magnum: Somehow I don't think he was a relation.
The opening scene of T.C. flying his chopper is supposed to be one continuous scene, but it is actually cut together from several different stock footages of the chopper in flight. Two different choppers are used, the 500D (T-Tailed) and the 500C (Y-Tailed), and two different types of skids, on both choppers, can be seen (fat & skinny). So, in the same continuous scene you see three different chopper setups: (1) Chopper #1- Fat Skids and T-Tail; (2) Chopper #2- Skinny Skids and Y-Tail; (3) Chopper #3- Skinny Skids and T-Tail. When TC takes off for Molokai he is in Chopper #3, but the next shot of the chopper is actually Chopper #1, and the chopper that gets shot down is Chopper #Three. (Noted by IslandHopper)
When Magnum, Higgins, Gerald, and Rick are sitting in the hospital waiting room, a boom mic is visible in the shot as Magnum gets up from his chair.
As Higgins drives up to the Hotel on Maui, the front license plate of the rental car he is driving is "8VV 856." However, the front license plate of the rental car he is driving after he leaves the Hotel and when he gets shot and crashes into the tree is "BTN 760." (Noted by IslandHopper)
A sheet of white cloth can be seen crudely hanging over the back of the King Kamehameha Club II yacht, covering up the vessel's real name.
When Higgins removes the peripheral venous catheter from his own hand there is no blood to be seen. (Noted by Bernd-Christian Schulze)
At mark 39:49 when "Gerald Calvin" is surfacing from his dive, he at first has no scuba tank on his back, then suddenly there is a tank, and then it is gone again, when he is climbing out of the water and into the boat. (Noted by Bernd-Christian Schulze)
When the two fisherman (bad guys) secretly board Rick's boat and demand the case that Magnum brought up from his dive, the leader comes down the ladder/steps onto the deck where Magnum and Rick are, but as he is coming down the ladder/steps you can see the U.S. Coast Guard vessel in the background waiting for their cue to approach and apprehend the two bad guys. (Noted by IslandHopper)
When the nurse is attending T.C., just a few moments before Higgins arrives to start to talk to him in the wheelchair, there's an emergency (cardiac arrest) announced on P.A., on "room number 6"
, but the lamp flashing over the nurse station is from room number 3. (Noted by classic1968)
As Magnum and Rick are wheeling Higgins and TC through the hospital, they are wheeling them down a corridor/hallway, and as they pass a maintenance man on a ladder the maintenance man is electricuted and falls down (as Magnum and Rick continue to wheel Higgins and TC). Two nurses and a doctor rush to the aid of the fallen maintenance man and you can hear (must listen carefully as Magnum is still talking) one of the nurses say "call an ambulance." They are already in a hospital, why do you need to call an ambulance? (Noted by IslandHopper)
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