Well, that never happened on the original Hawaii Five-O

The producers of the new Hawaii Five-0 doubled down big time with the May 16 season finale. Nothing like that ever happened on the original 1968-80 Hawaii Five-O show.

If you didn’t see it but intend to see it on DVR or Comcast On Demand, then stop reading now. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. (UPDATE: The episode is on the CBS Web site and you can view it BY CLICKING HERE.)

(SPOILERS APLENTY FOLLOW)

The Governor (Jean Smart) was allied with Wo Fat. Steve McGarrett 2.0 (Alex O’Loughlin) dresses up like a ninja, breaks into the Governor’s residence (for the second time in the episode). The Big Kahuna confronts her, admits her role in the conspiracy. Then, Wo Fat (who hasn’t been seen in several episodes except in still pictures) tasers McGarrett. Wo Fat then kills the Governor with McG’s gun and slips out of the residence. McGarrett’s under arrest, arrested for the Guv’s murder.

Meanwhile, Danno’s ex-wife is pregnant and is leaving Hawaii. Kono is also in trouble with the law. Chin Ho (evidently wisely) accepts a reinstaement offer from HPD. Five-0 doesn’t exist anymore. “To be continued….” it says at the end of the episode.

By contrast, in the old series, the Governor (Lew Ayres in the pilot, Richard Denning for the rest of the series) was a figure of virtue. Jack Lord’s McGarrett absolutely never pulled a gun on the Guv, nor was the Guv aligned with Wo Fat. Different era, different plot lines.

UPDATE II: A trivia note. Over the past several episodes, McGarrett was getting mysterious letters with pieces of evidence that had been stolen from his house. It turns out an aide to the Governor was sending them, to help McGarrett (she got killed at the start of the May 16 episode). The “Steve McGarrett” handwriting on those envelopers matches McGarrett 1.0’s handwriting in the original show. It was shown (appropriately enough) in a Wo Fat episode of the original show, The Ninety Second War.

Cesar Romero and a Man From U.N.C.L.E. mystery

A video has surfaced on the Internet from 1966. An Austin, Texas, television station interivewed cast member of the 1966 Batman movie, based on the 1966-68 Batman TV series. The movie had its world premier in Austin in the summer of 1966. In one of the interviews, Cesar Romero (in full Joker makeup but wearing an undershirt and smoking a cigarette) says one of his upcoming project is a two-part episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Romero had earlier played a villain in a first-season episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. By the time of the Austin television interview, production had begun on the show’s third season. In August of 1966, The Concrete Overcoat Affair, a two-part episode, would begin filming. Later, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer would re-edit the show into a movie for international markets called The Spy With the Green Hat.

The plot of The Concrete Overcoat/The Spy With the Green Hat had U.N.C.L.E. enlisting the aid of three old mobsters, the Stiletto brothers, against Thrush, the criminal organization that was U.N.C.L.E.’s main opponent. Romero likely would have been portraying one of the Stiletto brothers. Initially the U.N.C.L.E. production team wanted Edward G. Robinson to play the Thrush chieftain of the story; instead, Jack Palace got the part.

Still, why did Romero bow out? We’ll probably never know. Romero died on Jan. 1, 1994. Key U.N.C.L.E. production staff of that era (producer Boris Ingster, associate producer Irv Pearlberg and supervising producer David Victor) are no longer with us. To view the Austin television station footage JUST CLICK HERE.

The Romero footage appears in the middle of the video. It begins with Lee Meriwhether (in full Catwoman costume), followed by Romero, followed by Adam West (also in full costume) and producer William Dozier (who also was the narrator of both the 1966 movie and the 1966-68 television series).