Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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The Spirit Is Willie 

Author Millicent Shand, a friend of Gov. Jameson, is in Hawaii to promote her new novel based on her adventures. She approaches McGarrett and the governor again, this time about her niece, ... See full summary »


Reza Badiyi


Leonard Freeman (created by), Seeleg Lester (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Mildred Natwick ... Millicent Shand
Diana Scarwid ... Carole Walker
Eduard Franz ... Prof. David MacKinnon
Robert Vaughn ... Sebastian Rolande
Fred Ball Fred Ball ... Willie Fitzwilliam
Ross Borden Ross Borden ... Jeremy Walker
Edward Sheehan Edward Sheehan ... Elliot (as Ed Sheehan)
Richard Denning ... Gov. Paul Jameson


Author Millicent Shand, a friend of Gov. Jameson, is in Hawaii to promote her new novel based on her adventures. She approaches McGarrett and the governor again, this time about her niece, Carole, whose husband disappeared while scuba diving off Honolulu. Shand initially believes that Carole's husband is still alive and is conspiring with spiritualist Sebastian Rolande, whom Shand believes is a phony, to defraud her niece out of half a million dollars. Shand's initial attempts to debunk Rolande's talents as a psychic fail, but she remains determined to prove that he is a criminal. Written by aldanoli

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

25 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title comes from the common adage based on Matthew 26:41: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." See more »

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22 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In many of my other reviews of the season 11's episodes of "Hawaii Five-O" I have complained about the terrible quality of most of these shows in comparison to earlier ones. Fortunately, in the case of "The Spirit is Willie", this is NOT the case. In fact, it's among the best episodes of season 11 and fits in well with the rest of the series.

The show begins on a yacht. Some young guy is going scuba diving but his wife wants him to stay. In fact, she acts almost as if she had been reading the script and he'd soon be dead. This is the one weakness of this show as there is no reason to suspect this would happen as the guy had already been diving during their stay on the islands.

Soon McGarrett is called in to see the Governor. It seems that ONCE AGAIN the Governator is asking Steve to take a personal look into the case--something that seemed to happen repeatedly during season 11. This time it's because the Governor's old friend, Millicent Shand (Mildred Natwick), feels that the death of the guy is not a case of drowning--she believes the guy is still alive and faked his death, as the body was never found.

While this seems unlikely, McGarrett looks into the case. The trail leads to a psychic named Rolande (Robert Vaughn) and the psychic tells them exactly where to look in the water for the body--and they soon find it! Does this mean that he really has psychic powers and that the death was accidental? Well, there's naturally A LOT more to it than this and once again, like in "Frozen Assets" the season before, Miss Shand nearly drives McGarrett crazy due to her wacky ways.

Apart from the bad acting by the wife at the beginning, this is a very good mystery. On top of that, it is enjoyable and a bit funny. Well worth seeing and it's too bad they only made two Miss Shand episodes.

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