Nice to see ya back buddy. Missed you.Episode Commentary
"Satan City" (S3E1)
Well I'm pretty rusty at commentaries since I've been on hiatus during these viral times. But this big trove of Hawaiian Eye eps has been burning a hole in my Plex collection--screaming to get heard. So here goes.
Hilda Barton (the wonderful Virginia Gregg), a famous authoress having written the spicy novel "Satan City", is now toying with a new manuscript besmirching her publisher Paul Hoyt (Arthur Franz) whom she believes stole half the proceeds from her novel. After Paul craps his pants hearing about the concept, something must be done. While Hilda is vacationing in Hawaii with her daughter Cathy (Ann Whitfield), the manuscript goes mysteriously missing. Hilda's kind of a snake, and although she enjoys the publicity of her missing missive, she blames the police for their laxity. The cops don't really think she's lost the manuscript but using them as an additional publicity stunt. Did I mention she's a snake?
Daughter fusses and flits around, decrying her mother's nasty antics but has seemingly little power to change her course. Hilda shows up at the HE office to hire them to investigate, but gets stuck with Greg MacKenzie (Grant Williams) who displays half the charm of partners Tom Lopaka or Tracey "Pencil Thin Moustache" Steele. He's sort of a second hand addition similar to Richard Long in 77 SS. Gregg is reluctant to help Hilda find her script as he considers her to be...well, a snake. She writes him a $500 check, and he's suddenly galvanized to pick up the pace. He heads out to Hilda's house to flush out the scent and runs smack dab into Paul Hoyt--the prime suspect for stealing the manuscript. He's certainly suspicious enough and has ample motive, not to mention oily hair.
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Ann Whitfield, Virginia Gregg, Arthur Franz, Grant Williams
So far, this story is moving at the speed of a Nash Metropolitan on two flat tires. Greg convinces Hilda to put up a $5,000 reward for the return of the manuscript in hopes of flushing out the thief. Meanwhile, overweight tourists wearing straw hats and Hawaiian shirts are milling about the lobby of the Hawaiian Hilton as if the cement the authenticity of the location rather than the Warner Bros. stage in Burbank where the series is filmed.
So the crux of this story centers on discovering who took the manuscript. Big Hint: Paul Hoyt and Cathy have been bumping uglies together for some time now. There's a vested interest in Cathy protecting Paul's somewhat slimy reputation. At this point, Greg's efforts have been worth about a tenth of the fee he's been paid. Fortunately, he has access to the episode script and is able to figure it all out. It's all a big excuse to hang out at the swank hotel office of the detectives that features tiki lamps, swimming pool and more ferns than the Everglades.
It's an unfortunately slow story with plot holes as frequent as found on the pavement of a country road. Still, I enjoyed the nostalgia of it.
Yes, it really is a PITA and I don't see it changing this year (at least for us). We just stay at home - get groceries delivered - we do meet with our next door neighbors on the driveways at 6 feet or more and drink.Thanks, Marv. Trying to get back to normal. Whatever that is.
Hey there, Rob--Russ,
I envy your having access to a large number of HE episodes. I only have two. Keep up the reviews, so I can enjoy the eps vicariously.
Yes, I am quite accustomed to Nth-generation copies, where N approaches infinity.Hey there, Rob--
Long time not talk to! I must admit that my collection is mostly just relegated to seasons 3 & 4, and all of second or third transfer quality-- making them rather sketchy to watch. But once I hear the opening theme song, I'm more than ready to endure the blurriness just to recapture my excitement of the series.
Do they really say "kielbasas" in the episode, which are "Polish" (so am I) sausages, but when I was in Hawaii a couple times they really like their Portuguese sausages, or linguiça!Before the story can continue, we must suffer through a couple of island-ish songs from Ponce Ponce while folks sit around the beach fire roasting marshmallows and pineapple-stuffed kielbasas.
Kielbasa was never mentioned (or eaten) in the episode, Martin. Nor was any kind of sausage. I could have substituted bratwurst, knockwurst or any other sort of weenie--but 'kielbasa' just sounded funnier to me. I don't think there's such a thing as a pineapple-stuffed sausage simply because...well, who would eat it?Do they really say "kielbasas" in the episode, which are "Polish" (so am I) sausages, but when I was in Hawaii a couple times they really like their Portuguese sausages, or linguiça!
Ain't it the truth! Even more reason for MeTV to air original episodes of Hawaiian Eye and Surfside 6 so us oldsters can revel in visual clarity.Yes, I am quite accustomed to Nth-generation copies, where N approaches infinity.
Fear not, Jeff. I've gone into training so as to revive my incessantly silly commentaries and inflict them on all of you. My wife believes it's the only truly productive activity in which I engage during my many days of slothful and sedentary retirement.Good to see you guys out and about...at least, here on the HTF! Hang in there, we'll get through this. Meanwhile, we need more Hawaiian Eye reviews, Russ - stat!
I'm going to have to disagree with you, Russ. Whoever* started it, I happen to like pineapple on a pizza! If I could watch Hawaiian Eye with a pizza in hand...mmmm.I blame Hawaiians (right or wrong) for inventing pineapple on pizza. It's an abomination almost beyond human comprehension as to the history of poor culinary decisions.
I like dill pickles on my peanut butter sandwiches, so there's absolutely no accounting for taste.I'm going to have to disagree with you, Russ. Whoever* started it, I happen to like pineapple on a pizza! If I could watch Hawaiian Eye with a pizza in hand...mmmm.
I am an anchovy enthusiast--and had an anchovy pizza last night as a coincidence. I've been known to open a tin and pick out the salty little devils with a toothpick and eat them as is. The ones rolled up around a caper are a real treat. I have no competition from anyone in my family for these tidbits. No one.How do you feel about anchovies?
Good question. I don't recall ever seeing an episode where anyone is enjoying the beaten pulp of the taro root. I have heard it's one of those proverbial "acquired" tastes.Do they ever eat "poi" in Hawaiian Eye? From what I remember, I don't recall. Now poi is just...ugh.
I'm sorry to say that now I know you are a lover of "the little fishies" I have lost all respect for you. (OK I didn't have that much to start with) But only in the area of culinary delights. I still enjoy your reviews and comments. (But you're not cooking for me!!!)I like dill pickles on my peanut butter sandwiches, so there's absolutely no accounting for taste.
I am an anchovy enthusiast--and had an anchovy pizza last night as a coincidence. I've been known to open a tin and pick out the salty little devils with a toothpick and eat them as is. The ones rolled up around a caper are a real treat. I have no competition from anyone in my family for these tidbits. No one.
Good question. I don't recall ever seeing an episode where anyone is enjoying the beaten pulp of the taro root. I have heard it's one of those proverbial "acquired" tastes.