Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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I'm a Family Crook - Don't Shoot! 

The Lovejoys, a family of grifters, make a bigger score than they ever imagined. The problem is they've ripped off a mobster who wants his money back -- and will gladly kill to do so.


Bob Sweeney


Leonard Freeman (created by), Jerome Coopersmith


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Al Harrington ... Ben
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Andy Griffith ... Arnold Lovejoy
Joyce Van Patten ... Rhoda Lovejoy
Bob Basso Bob Basso ... Charlie Walters
Bryan Da Silva Bryan Da Silva ... Frank Butrell
Kimberly Louis Kimberly Louis ... Melissa Lovejoy
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Shibata
Harry Endo Harry Endo ... Che Fong
Kwan Hi Lim Kwan Hi Lim ... Mr. Quan
Ann McCormack Ann McCormack ... Mrs. Klemper (as Ann McCormack Livermore)
H.F. Hap Kollmeyer H.F. Hap Kollmeyer ... Hotel Manager
Nick Nickolas Nick Nickolas ... Willie


A family of grifters come to the island to pull their scams. Their latest one wherein they take a man's briefcase. When they open it they see that it's filled with money. But they also find a ledger which means that the man is some kind of collector for a protection racket. They try to get away but they are taken by some men who's the mobster's competition, and they want the money and the ledger. But the mobster shows up and shoots it out with them. The family gets away. The mobster sees their name written down and sets to find them. Steve who's been trying to get the mobster shows up and sees their name and picks them up. He tells them, if they want to live they should work together but they decide to go it on their own. But when their child is taken by the mobster they have no choice but to turn to Steve. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charlie tells Willie to put the word out on the coconut wireless. This is slang in Hawaii for putting the word on the street. See more »


After the Lincoln blows up the wheel among the debris is from a Mercury. See more »


Charlie Walters: [McGarrett and Five-O barge into Charlie;s office] What now, McGarrett... A ticket for overtme parking?
Det. Steve McGarrett: [McGarrett sees the money on Charlie's desk] It looks like you could afford it, Charlie.
Charlie Walters: Nice, isn't it... I've been saving ever since I was a kid.
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Oh, those Lovejoys!
10 December 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Andy Griffith and Joyce Van Patten play one of the nicest couples you will see on "Hawaii Five-O". Other than the fact that they are grifters who love swindling suckers, they are awfully good parents and are hard to hate. Unfortunately, during the course of one of their swindles, they accidentally steal mob money and their days on the Earth appear very, very limited! They now need to decide whether to work with Five-O or try their luck avoiding almost certain death.

I think one of the reasons this episode works so well is the casting. you just can't hate Griffith and Van Patten since they both usually played such nice people and looked so wholesome. In addition, the show seemed a bit lighter and more of a sense of humor tan usual--resulting in a nice change of pace that's worth seeing.

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