Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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A Stranger in His Grave 

A dead body is found in a sugarcane field, which turns out to be that of Frank Kealoha, owner of a large nearby ranch. When informed of her husband's death, Kealoha's widow asserts that she... See full summary »


Richard Benedict


Leonard Freeman (created by), Arthur Bernard Lewis


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Andrew Prine ... Richard Chadway
Ted Markland ... Eddie Clark
Laraine Stephens ... Katie Kealoha
John Hillerman ... Nelson Bodine
Edward Sheehan Edward Sheehan ... Senator Balford
Norman Wright Norman Wright ... Hotel manager
Barbara Bingham ... Alice
George Herman George Herman ... Dr. Morrison
Lyle Bettger ... Jonathan Kaye
Winston Char Winston Char ... Medical Examiner
Laura Sode-Matteson Laura Sode-Matteson ... Waitress (as Laura Sode)


A dead body is found in a sugarcane field, which turns out to be that of Frank Kealoha, owner of a large nearby ranch. When informed of her husband's death, Kealoha's widow asserts that she knew he was dead - she had buried him several months before. As the title suggests, however, there is a stranger's body in Kealoha's grave, leading McGarrett and Five-O onto the trail of a missing federal agent, and into an investigation of money laundering and murder. Written by aldanoli

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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27 April 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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John Hillerman's character (Nelson Bodine) is planning an underhanded scheme for buying a ranch. The ranch in question is the same house/property used as 'Robin's Nest' in the filming of Magnum P.I., on which, John Hillerman starred as 'Higgins'. See more »

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It is pretty good BUT it has an enormous plot hole!
4 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Stranger in His Grave" is a good episode of "Hawaii Five-O"--no doubt about it. However, to be honest, it has an enormous plot hole--around which the entire episode hinges. And if you think about it, it does cheapen the overall quality of this show.

The show begins with a body being discovered in a cane field. It's been there a few months and the autopsy is VERY surprising. First, the body appears to have been dropped from an airplane (ewwwww!). Second, the dead guy is identified as a guy who has already been declared dead and is buried!! Who is the guy in the grave? Why was the body dumped? And, what is going on here with the widow who identified the corpse?

This is a nice whodunnit. There are a lot of nice twists and the show worked very well but for the plot hole. The hole is this--the grand conspiracy depends on the body of the dead man NOT being discovered. Don't you think there would have been a better way to dispose of a body OTHER than tossing it out of a plane in a field?! Why not drop the corpse in the ocean?! After all, Hawaii is surrounded by it! And, if the body had just been disposed of well, the crime never would have been discovered! So, a brilliant plan undone by a moment of inexplicable stupidity! If they'd just planned this part of the episode better, it would have earned an 8.

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