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.


What about the upcoming episode. It looks good to me. Since its 2.15 and we see Danny in 2.16, we know he is not really going to kill someone to get Gracie back. He shot him in the shoulder anyway. Scott Caan's acting really shows thru when Gracie is involved. I love to see him as a father. I know some of you don't like him, but I think he is great actor and I love the one liners and carguments. Alex and Scott work well together.


Everything does not revolve around Lori staying or going, we just have to wait. I agree with Jeffrey on one part, I don't think they would have the governor fire Lori for something Chin did. That would be pretty lame since they have not addressed that she is reporting back to the governor at all. I hope they found some other way to end the Lori character, if they are.


@azziria - Lenkov spoke about how the characters grow during the season. This is true, they all are growing, I mean the 4 of them, but unfortunately can't say the same about Lori, which means they don't want her character to grow, and we all know why.


Ah, but Jeffrey, given how much Lori's part has been cut back in the last few episodes, is it really worth CBS's money to continue to pay Lauren's salary for that? And wouldn't it be better for Lauren's career for her to leave and take a role in a film or TV series where she can really show her strengths and where she'll be more universally loved than she currently is in H5-0? Still, I guess the next few episodes will answer our questions.


I still think she is staying,not based on a concrete evidence, just a gut feeling a hope I guess. I feel that even if the governor fies someone the team will defend that person and try to save them even if it takes several episodes, that's the nature of Hawaii Five-O!


@Zia - Yes, let's wait and hope. Hetty told Callan once: "There is value in being patient" :) Let's see if she's right :)


@Martinelli....yes, I got the same impression. I think avoiding all together just raises more concerns, but I do think he may just be trying not put gas on the fire. The decision at this point has been made either way. We will just have to wait and see.


@Zia - I know someone asked him about sexual tension and he spoke about Catherine. I would say too that the silence is suspicious, but NOT understandable because there is such controversy over this character. They all know the forums are full of complaints, there are petitions etc, so I think the Lori question has been avoided intentionally. I know he can't give us details about what will happen, he tried to answer all the questions in such way that no specific detail was given, and even so we got some hints. Except of course the Lori question, which, again I think has been avoided intentionally. I remember him too talking about actors who are killed off and bla bla bla and he mentioned Jenna but that's all. I don't know if I'm right but he insisted too much in explaining this question, his answer was long, and it gave me the impression that this is not just about Jenna.


@Martinelli.....There was only one mention and that was by the caller asking if Steve would have any sexual tension between Lori or whoever. PL said Catherine was coming back and they were trying to keep her. After that not one word from the interviewer or anyone else. The silence is suspicious, but probably understandable since there is such controversy over this character. I remember him talking about actors who are killed off or taken off the show, that they don't like to do that, but that they are professionals and understand the industry. He said Jenna Kaye's exit was hard for him, but it defined Wofat more.


@Zia - You might be right, someone said if she's not in 2.17, then she'll be in 2.18 and probably that's the reason. I find it a bit strange that no one mentioned her in the interview, not even the fans who asked questions, or they intentionally avoided the question ... I don't know.

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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.