In this week's DVD Tuesday I mentioned that there is an episode from the second season of Hawaii Five-O that hasn't been seen since its original broadcast, leading jb to ask in the comments why the episode is missing from the DVD release. The episode, titled "Bored, She Hung Herself," was aired on Wednesday, January 7th, 1970, the 16th episode of the second season and the 41st episode overall (or 39th, depending on whether the pilot is counted as two episodes or not). Reportedly, it has never been shown again, not in repeats on CBS and not in syndication.
The following is from the Quick FAQ at the Hawaii Five-O Home Page:
No one at CBS or Paramount has offered a direct explanation as to why this is so. According to Mrs. Leonard Freeman (wife of the late creator of the show), speaking to some fans at the 1996 Five-O convention, someone tried the hanging technique depicted in the show (supposedly yoga-related, but more like autoerotic asphyxiation) and killed themselves. As a result, the show was not rebroadcast and never included in any syndication packages. As far as the DVD set is concerned, including this episode would have necessitated having a 7th DVD with one episode (or spreading 25 episodes over 7 DVDs), which would result in extra expense for Paramount as far as packaging was concerned.
A disclaimer located on back of the Season Two DVD noted that "the second season episode 'Bored, She Hung Herself' aired only once and is not included in this set." Here's an August 3rd, 2007 article from the Honolulu Star Bulletin about the Season Two DVD release that mentions the missing episode.
It should be noted that the episode is neither lost nor missing but simply unavailable (read more about lost, missing and unavailable television programs here). I am all but certain that CBS and/or Paramount has a copy somewhere. According to the United States Copyright Office, copyright on the episode was renewed in January of 1997 by CBS, Inc.
Furthermore, a copy of the episode has been in the hands of private collectors for some time, apparently from a rather poor quality 16mm print of the episode that includes CBS identification and network bumpers, suggesting it may have come from an affiliate. That's just speculation on my part, though. Take a look at the above video clip and the various images from the episode for an indication of the quality.
Has "Bored, She Hung Herself" ever aired in the United States since its original broadcast? Or internationally? I can't say. Will it ever make its way to DVD? Unlikely. But who knows, it might be included in a complete series collection after all twelve seasons are released individually.