Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Deadly Doubles 

When a Soviet tennis team visits Hawaii, a young female star decides to defect in order to be with her American boyfriend. What she doesn't know is that just before she made a break for it,... See full summary »


Marc Daniels


Leonard Freeman (created by), Robert Janes

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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
Kurt Russell ... Peter Valchek
Carole Tru Foster Carole Tru Foster ... Katrina Bukowski
Tim Matheson ... Brent Saunders
Stefan Gierasch ... Sergei Borzov
Kerry Sherman ... Wendy Hillman
Bill Edwards ... Jonathan Kaye
Danny Kamekona ... Lab man
Les Keiter Les Keiter ... Tennis announcer
Lydia Lei ... Charlie (as Lydia Lei Kayahara)
Charles Hallahan ... Larry Kent
Marrian Walters ... Marte Schmidt


When a Soviet tennis team visits Hawaii, a young female star decides to defect in order to be with her American boyfriend. What she doesn't know is that just before she made a break for it, one of her teammates brained a KGB man with a wrench over a diamond-smuggling operation, and now both she and her boyfriend are patsies in the murder and face far sterner justice than Hawaii can offer if they are captured. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A moment of silence ... Morton Stevens intended this to be his last Five-O musical score after nine-plus years (he had done the filmed-earlier "Up the Rebels" and "Angel in Blue," which was shown much later in the season, before this one). Stevens did sit out the rest of the 1977-78 season and all of 1978-79 before returning to Five-O for the final year. See more »

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You gotta hand it to this episode, it IS different.
19 November 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I gave this particular episode of "Hawaii Five-O" an 8--simply because it was so very original. After 9 complete seasons, it is easy to imagine that the show would become stale and repetitive. Well, sometimes this was true, but here with "Deadly Doubles" the show is quite unique.

The show is a Cold War era drama--one you couldn't really do today. It begins with some sort of tennis tournament in Hawaii. One of the women players from behind the Iron Curtain defects with the help of an American player (Tim Matheson). Little do either realize but another player (Kurt Russell) from the same team as the lady has murdered someone--and takes advantage of the situation to pin the killing on the defecting player! And, while McGarrett and the team investigate, there is also a very unscrupulous Soviet secret policeman who is much more interested in making a propaganda statement instead of punishing the guilty.

While this is not a great episode, it was pretty interesting...and unique. I might have preferred a bit more action or excitement or better haircuts on the Soviet agents (their hair was way too Western in style). But, considering everything, it is quite good and worth your time.

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