Hawaii Five-O

Bored, She Hung Herself - S2-E16

Factual error: Don, who professes to be a Buddhist, chants in the jail cell and refers to Buddha as "god." Adherents to this religion do not worship the Buddha and never refer to him as god. Later on, Don chants to Krishna, a Hindu deity not even remotely connected with Buddhism. So, just what is Don - a Buddhist or a Krishna?

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A Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead! - S2-E1

Factual error: Danno, who's posing as a Marine, has hair that's far too long to be permitted in the Corps. In fact, all of the Marines in this episode have non-regulation (too long) haircuts. 'T'was the same then as it is now: US Marines are given "buzz jobs," and hair longer than an inch is not allowed.

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The Singapore File - S2-E9

Factual error: During the shoot-out at the end, McGarrett's 6-chamber .38 caliber police special fires 8 rounds without being reloaded.

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Not That Much Different - S1-E23

Factual error: In the final shootout scene at the end, Manning's .38 caliber 6-shooter pistol fires 8 successive shots at McGarrett without being reloaded.

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Samurai - S1-E6

Factual error: Throughout this episode, the Japanese assassins are inaccurately referred to as "the Bushido." They should, as the episode title implies, be called Samurai. Bushido was the revered code by which Samurai warriors lived, but was never an appellation for them.

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Tiger By The Tail - S1-E5

Factual error: McGarrett places the kidnappers' ransom tape on the reel-to-reel recorder, and before the tape is threaded or the machine properly turned on, the message immediately starts to play.

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The Jinn Who Clears The Way - S5-E5

Factual error: Danno, who's been a cop long enough to know better, reports to McGarrett that the lab has determined Wong's blood type to be AO. Blood is typed as A, B, AB or O. There is no type AO.

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And a Time to Die - S3-E1

Factual error: Kono gives the operator a six digit number for the public phone. By 1970, when this episode was shot, Hawaii had long since initiated seven digit phone numbers, as had most of the US more than a decade earlier.

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The Face of the Dragon - S1-E17

Factual error: Two deaths by bubonic plague, spread by casual human contact, have Five-O scrambling to prevent an epidemic on Oahu. But the disease isn't spread this way (its vector is fleas on infected rats). And since the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, bubonic plague has been imminently curable, so there was no need for panic, other than, of course, to make the episode more dramatic.

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Run, Johnny, Run - S2-E17

Factual error: Tommy races past the outside of two of Five-O's office windows before climbing in through a third. Unless he can fly, this is impossible: McGarrett's office is on the second floor, and its windows have balconies that are not connected to each other.

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Season 10 generally

Factual error: 10-13 "The Big Aloha": McGarrett compliments Palahana on his surfing skills with the line, "Nice ride." But the ocean behind them in the shot is virtually flat. With no waves, Palahana's supposed "nice ride" is impossible.

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A Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead! - S2-E1

Factual error: At the end, Simms shoots at McGarrett and is instantly riddled with bullets from the 8 or 9 cops who shoot back. Yet, when McGarrett walks over to the body, there are no holes - and no blood - marring Simms' pristine uniform.

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Season 10 generally

Factual error: 10-4 "The Friends of Joey Kalima": Guest star John Rubinstein (son of classical pianist Artur Rubinstein) guest stars as Joey - but his name is misspelled in the end credits as "Rubenstein."

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Season 8 generally

Factual error: 8-12 "Honor is an Unmarked Grave": Marshall has been in Hawaii for only 3 weeks, yet he has his cat, which he brought along, living with him. Hawaii requires a 4-month quarantine on all pets brought in from the mainland. Marshall's kitty should still be in lock-up.

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No Bottles...No Cans...No People - S4-E2

Factual error: Johnny makes two direct-dial calls from his car phone and is instantly connected - something not yet possible in 1971. His calls would have to go through a mobile operator before connecting.

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3,000 Crooked Miles To Honolulu - S4-E4

Factual error: The professional hitmen murder their victim in the hospital with a silenced .38 revolver. You'd think the mob would know better. Silencers have absolutely no effect on revolvers. They only work on closed-chambered, automatic weapons.

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A Bullet for El Diablo - S6-E10

Factual error: Pepe and Carlos are driving a '62 Chevy. When they watch Ramos' motorcade pass, there's an insert shot of a key in the steering column as they start the car. In a 1962 model, the ignition would have been on the dash, not the steering column.

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A Bullet for El Diablo - S6-E10

Factual error: Che makes the voice-print comparison using a polygraph machine - a device used for lie detection, not voice analysis.

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The Ninety-Second War (1) - S4-E16

Factual error: An injured McGarrett is trapped in an overturned car, which emergency workers flip over before cutting him free. No rescue crew would ever do this: such violent movement could kill the patient. It's crucial that crash victims be extricated without causing further trauma: McGarrett would be freed leaving the wreck exactly where it was - upside down.

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9-4 "Man on Fire": McGarrett's blackboard already lists plutonium as the poison source before Dr. Ormsbee enters to inform him that plutonium was the poison source.

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Danno was played by Tim O'Kelley in the 5-0 pilot. But a NY test audience told CBS they didn't buy him as a serious cop because he was too much of a "smart-cracking, Jimmy-Olsen-type gee-whiz kid." Leonard Freeman took the criticism to heart, and recast the part with James MacArthur for the series.

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