Hawaii Five-0 Review: Shelburne, Revealed!

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I would venture to say that the most talked about mystery this season on Hawaii Five-0 has been who - or what - is Shelburne, which Wo Fat has been chasing and/or afraid of. Sadly, this buzzed-about question turned into the the most disappointing reveal ever this week.

For months we've been agonizing, hypothesizing, analyzing, and theorizing about Shelburne, and our reward is this?!? Oh, yeah, it’s a code name and I used it when I killed Wo Fat’s father. Why the heck did we need to be tortured with that for this long? 

Leading the Dangerous Way

Okay, that letdown aside, this week’s episode offered several good things that helps soften the bitter taste Shelburne is going to leave. First, Rachel and Grace were back. I’m not sure if Claire van der Boom is really pregnant, or was recently so, as she kind of had that “new mom” glow about her. I was crossing my fingers that she would tell Danny the baby was really his. Alas, it was not to be. 

Second, all you anti-Lori readers got your wish because she stayed in the truck while the rest of the team went into the warehouse. That’s not to say us pro-Lori people weren’t happy, as she and Kono going to get Sang was great. I'm still a big support of Kono and Lori's girl power.

While we're talking about Lori, it looks like the series has finally found a look for Lauren German. Her hair is longer and darker, and she is dressing with influences from Kono, Steve and a touch of Danny. I know I’m in the minority, but I’m really hoping we see German added to the opening credits so she is confirmed a long term Five-0 member.

Is anyone disappointed that Joe is going into hiding? I know I’m not. After the months of cat and mouse over Shelburne and the disappointing reveal, I’m ready for him to not be the focus - at least for a while. Then again, Joe called someone a few episodes back about Shelburne. I suspect it was Hiro Noshimuri, but it could be a loop hole for a better answer to this ongoing question.

Speaking of the Noshimuri family, now that Adam no longer thinks Joe killed his father and Steve asked him to help with Wo Fat, many Ian Anthony Dale fans may get their wish to see Adam more often. While comments on the last episode exploded with discussion over who was better looking, Alex O'Loughlin or Dale. I’m going to freely admit to having a budding man crush on both of them and let you all take it from there. 

Steve McGarrett Receives Call

Did anyone else catch the attempt to patch the plot hole with the flashback to 1992? If you’re not familiar with the plot hole in question, there has been a discrepancy pointed out between comments made on the first season when Steve was the high school quarterback and the first episode this season when Joe and Steve discussed why Steve’s father sent him away when he was a teenager.

The flashback attempted to patch said hole by showing Steve as a junior in high school getting sent off to the military academy. However, as Steve was the “star quarterback,” it was still a bit thin given that most quarterbacks are juniors or seniors, not sophomores. Maybe it’s different on the islands. 

Overall, it was a good episode for tying up a lot of small bits of information and landing flat on one big one. Let's see where the show goes from here.


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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


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If you dont like the show why watch it then? the show is great, remember that who comes here to read are the show fans.


Uhm...how many episode will season 2 have? and will there be a season 3?


Does Steve fall off the building in 2.17???!!


Love, love, love this show. I want to see Lori and Steve together. She is an adorable actress and I feel they have great chemistry. I totally enjoy the action H5O brings but I feel with every genre (as with an action series) there has to be more than just the action and I feel H5O is doing a wonderful job in fulfilling all aspects. This show is extremely well written and I will continue to be one there biggest fans.


I would love for steve and kono to get together!!! It doesn't even have to be this season as I know cath comes back and kono has a "short" relationship, but even if they tease it for a while the latter part of this season and then season 3 the magic happens, I would be in heaven!!! Ps lori NEEDS to go!


@Kelly - I agree. It was disappointing. I'm going to write my review and explain everything.


What a disappointing episode. After all that hype I expected so much more. I gave Lori some slack in the last few episodes as well but sheesh after last night she really needs to go. I actually feel sorry for her and wonder why the writers give her such rubbish scenes. Poor little damsel in distress.


That work-out scene made me almost vormit Good grief, she can't even run. she is really a robot. "Choices are I leave you up here to die.." Sounds like a good plan to me Steve! The episode had to much Lori with her google eye's for me and why did we saw Chin when the episode was already 18 min inn.The episode wasn't really that great. But Scott's acting was Fabulous!!


Well it's your neighborhood Pro Lori fan, but I guess in a week that won't matter, I want her to stay but I guess the Decision has been made according to you all, I here you have parties planned, Oh well! I'm just looking for a new episode, it's been too long, I want to see the (Core Four) succeed in finding Grace for Danny, if Lori stays on the sideline so be it, even she cares about the team or not, I hope Lauren German has success beyond this and finds fan support in future endeavors! Long live H5O, and you all are awesome and I will continue to watch regardless, I love the show!

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 14 Quotes

My first responsibility is not my safety, it's yours. You may not like it, but I hope someday you understand it.

John McGarrett

No argument Joe. We tried it your way, now we try it my way.