Just like with S02E02, To Hell With Babe Ruth, there is another example of cross-pollination between Classic Five-O and Hawaiian Eye, the Warner Brothers detective show (1959-1963). Despite its name, the earlier show was actually filmed on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank with stock footage inserted which was taken in Hawaii.

Not only is the story of Hawaiian Eye S04E02, Somewhere There's Music, very similar to Five-O's S03E05, The Guarnerius Caper, about two white trash types who find a priceless violin in a car they have stolen, but so is the writer of both episodes, Ken Pettus. This leads into a lot of questions about "How could he get away with this?" which I am not going to get into here.

In the Hawaiian Eye show, violinist Stafford Price (character actor Wesley Addy) is giving a concert accompanied by piano in the Hawaiian Village's HV Dome, after which he intends to get to the airport quickly, because his plane to the mainland leaves in an hour. Kazuo Kim (Poncie Ponce) puts Price's violin, a Stradivarius worth an estimated $100,000, in the trunk of his taxi along with a suitcase. When some punks trying to steal a car in the parking lot nearby are surprised by security guard Moke (Five-O's Doug Mossman in an early role), they steal Kim's taxi because he left the keys in the ignition while he went back into the hotel for a few seconds to check on Price.

Philip Barton (Troy Donahue), the hotel's Director of Special Events, is distraught, because he put in a lot of effort arranging Price's appearance, suggesting that this is something you wouldn't normally see in the hotel, though the concert seemed to be very well attended. Barton figures that he won't be seen as "doing his job" if everything doesn't go smoothly with the violin being quickly recovered.

When Barton tells Hawaiian Eye's Tom Lopaka (Robert Conrad) about the theft of the violin, Lopaka has a lot of trouble tearing himself away from some babe he is chatting with in the hotel's Shell Bar. Lopaka's attitude, backed up by Barton, is like "let's leave this up to the cops to solve; the thieves didn't know the violin was in the trunk, and they probably don't know if it's worth anything anyway."

Unlike in the Five-O show where there were two psycho-like punks who stole a car with a violin in its trunk, in Hawaiian Eye there are three of them, Earl (Armand Alzamora), Chris (Gordon Wescourt) and 16-year-old Teo Nolan (Mark Romaunt). Teo, the last of the three, doesn't seem to be as criminally serious as the other two, being kind of edgy recently. He is described as "a drag."

As the three escape, the taxi gets a flat tire, and when they open up the trunk to get the jack and the spare, they discover the violin and, like one of the characters in the Five-O episode, Earl looks like he is going to use it like a baseball bat with Chris pitching a rock to him instead of a ball. Teo grabs the violin back from Earl and when a car passes by and Chris and Earl duck for cover, Teo runs away clutching the instrument.

After Teo arrives at his home in the Coral Palms Apartments, his sister Malia (Anna Navarro) returns there. We find out that their father used to play the violin, but he was a daydreamer who never knew what he wanted out of life. When Teo tells his sister that he wants to learn the violin, she is totally against this because it reminds her of their father, a makane, which she says means "restless wind." She says she doesn't want Teo to wind up like their father "cutting cane on the docks," describing Teo as "a little pupule [crazy]."

Teo is conflicted, and goes to a place on the beach called The Popokis where his two pals are hanging out. They tell him he should take the violin to the Hong Kong Loan Company and hock it, so at least they will make some money from their enterprise. However, these two guys have a big problem, because after fixing the flat tire, they returned to downtown Honolulu where they ran into some pedestrian, who was killed.

Instead of taking the violin to a pawn shop, Teo takes it to Mr. Viotti's place. After their father died, Malia sold their father's violin to Viotti (John Wengraf), who was giving the father lessons despite the fact that he had "hands of a plumber" and he played like he was "wearing boxing gloves." When the old man, who is blind, plays the violin, he realizes that this is not some cheap fiddle.

A newspaper columnist named Terry Sherwood has learned that the missing violin was in Kim's cab. Shortly after this, the cops find the stolen taxi (minus the violin) and conclude that the car was involved in the fatal hit-and-run because of damage to its front end. When Chris sees the newspaper with a large headline mentioning both the violin and the accident, he brings this to Earl's attention, and the two of them head to Teo's place. Price gets a call from Viotti (one wonders how he knew where Price was staying), because Viotti heard news about the violin on the radio. When Price and Barton go to Viotti's place, he tells them about Teo's visit earlier.

Teo returns home, still conflicted, and finds Earl and Chris, who seemingly have waited there for several hours. They tell Teo they want him to burn the violin because it's the only thing that can tie them to the taxi and the hit-and-run, but Teo runs away from them again.

As Troy and Price arrive at Teo's place, having been tipped off to the address by Viotti, they see Teo leaving the building, pursued by the other two. Barton and the three punks end up in a warehouse, where Teo is carrying on in a very anguished way. When Barton says he wants the violin back, he is attacked by Earl and Chris, one of whom has a knife. Despite the odds, Barton manages to dispatch the two of them with Teo's help and Earl and Chris run away.

The violin is recovered, but the episode ends in a lame way, with us finding out that the Teo ended up with probation for his part in what happened; the other two "weren't so lucky." There are some laughs, because Price decided to spend some of his time while the search for the violin was going on at Gertie's Grotto, which he thought was a nightclub. Instead, it turned out to be a burlesque house.

I don't know much about the state of Hawaiian Eye at this point (the fourth was its last season), but this show overall is mediocre. Robert Conrad's performance is very indifferent – he should get the Carol Lynley "I Don't Give A Shit" prize for his acting. Mark Romaunt's acting as Teo is equally bad – this actor only has one other entry at IMDb for an episode of Perry Mason the following year, 1963. Addy as Price's performance on the violin is no match for Ed Flanders in the Five-O episode. And despite the fact that Connie Stevens is a nice person, her performance of George and Ira Gershwin's "Fascinatin' Rhythm," which totally disrupts the progression of the story (as I'm sure her songs typically did on the show) is annoying. I'm still confused about how Ken Pettus manged to use the same story for two different series, but let's not pursue this…