Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Forty Feet High and It Kills! 

Wo Fat returns. His men break into a center and send out a false tsunami warning. This provides cover so other of his operatives can kidnap a scientist. However, it turns out the scientist ... See full summary »


Michael O'Herlihy


Leonard Freeman (created by), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Zulu ... Kono
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Will Geer ... Professor Harold Lochner
Sabrina Scharf ... Victoria Lochner
Khigh Dhiegh ... Wo Fat
Bill Bigelow Bill Bigelow ... Padway (as William F. Bigelow II)
Wright Esser Wright Esser ... Crighton
Peggy Ryan ... Jenny
Winston Char Winston Char ... First Chinese
Gary Ah Vah Gary Ah Vah ... Second Chinese
Milton Mau Milton Mau ... Third Chinese
Bill Fong Bill Fong ... Fourth Chinese


Wo Fat returns. His men break into a center and send out a false tsunami warning. This provides cover so other of his operatives can kidnap a scientist. However, it turns out the scientist is a diabetic who requires insulin shots. This complicates Wo Fat's plans to remove the scientist from Hawaii. Five-O races to prevent Wo Fat from succeeding. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The villa where the scientists meet was the Robin Mastrs estate in Magnum P.I. it was also Quon Li's estate in the episode "Sweet Terror". See more »


Chin Ho stakes out a Chinese pharmacy. When the suspect departs, Chin radios McGarrett, giving just the license number of the car. McGarrett then immediately broadcasts the license number, vehicle type and color to other officers. See more »


Professor Harold Lochner: Mr. Wo Fat... I think you are a maniac.
Wo Fat: Let us not generate ill will, Professor.
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Yet another good episode thanks to Wo Fat...and a guest appearance by Will Geer.
16 November 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wo Fat is back, and boy does he have an interesting plan. A group of his agents take over a station on the island and generate a fake tsunami warning--saying that there is a tidal wave heading towards Hawaii. Since tidal waves had caused serious catastrophes in the past on the islands (the last one in 1960), the locals and police are naturally scared. But, when this wave never hits, McGarrett is sure that the whole thing was a hoax. They don't realize that McGarrett's old nemesis has returned and that this fake warning is a chance for Wo Fat and his men to kidnap a top genetic scientist (Will Geer).

As for Geer, he is a great character in this episode. He is NOT just some passive kidnapping victim and his sharp mind enables him to mess with his captor's minds--like he's playing a mental game of chess with his captors. Using some quick thinking, he forces Mr. Fat to change his plan a bit...and that's enough to give McGarrett a chance...a slim chance...to rescue him.

Overall, a very well-scripted show. It's much more intelligently written and complex than most episodes and because of this, the viewer can ignore the fact that none of the Wo Fat episodes are believable. After all, why is one of the greatest Red Chinese agents ALWAYS battling against a local cop (McGarrett) for the fate of the free world?! Still, it's dandy viewing and Geer's nice guest appearance makes it more so.

Did they ever even make a BAD Wo Fat episode? I sure can't recall one.

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8 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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