Greg Cox wrote:
Help! I stupidly managed to miss the final chapter of THE GREEN HORNET. (I had the DVR set to tape the usual three eps, not four.)
So how did it end? Spoilers welcome!
The cliffhanger resolution was a total copout. At the end of chapter 12, the Hornet and Banks were fighting in a building that was burning to the ground, flames and smoke surrounded them, and the walls caved in on them. At the start of chapter 13, the building had suddenly stopped
burning down, and the Hornet pulled Banks out from under the collapsed wall and they had a long, calm conversation with just a quiet crackling of distant flame outside.
So let's see... I don't remember all the details, but:
Monroe decided to have his man deliver a bomb to the Sentinel offices to blow them up, and the man had Casey put it in Britt's safe even though she was suspicious. Then the Hornet found out about the bomb and showed up at the office, but for some reason Casey forgot what a big supporter of the Hornet she was and resisted his demands to show him where the bomb was until there was just one minute left. They got it out of the safe and the Hornet threw it out the window, saving the Sentinel (too bad for whoever was in the building across the street, though). He left his calling, err, disk on the bomber guy he knocked out, but Casey took it and put it in the drawer.
The Hornet and Kato get a lucky break and manage to follow the bad guys back to Monroe's office. Later, once the bad guys are out, they come in and discover rather easily that the voice of "the Chief" is coming from a phonograph in the closet. Bizarrely, the Hornet is able to impersonate a member of the gang's voice to manipulate the gang, and then impersonates the Chief's voice successfully, even though he sounds nothing like the people he's mimicking. (I wonder if this plot point was a consequence of poor sound reproduction technology in the era -- maybe people couldn't hear voices clearly enough over the phone or a speaker to be sure who they were, which is why these impersonations could be passed off as credible.) Anyway, it leads to a classic bit of "Hero arranges for villains to off each other so his hands are technically clean" hypocrisy -- he and Kato open the safe and use the voice impersonations to convince the bad guys that they're being double-crossed by one another, so they all conveniently shoot each other while our brave heroes hide in the closet.
Britt leaves a note from the Hornet with Axford, saying that his work is done and he's leaving now. The city gives Britt a commendation for the Sentinel's work in busting the rackets, and Casey puts the Hornet's seal on the commendation, saying he deserves the credit. She suggests that maybe he isn't really gone but is hiding in plain sight and laughing at how stupid everyone else is. Britt: "Miss Case, you're positively psychic." The End.