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.


Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


@Zia - I don't know what to say. I'm afraid this whole "diplomatic incident and someone will pay for it with his job" thing is just as bogus as Shelburn was and we'll end up with all 5 characters, again. Just think about the promo videos: they are made/cut in a way to make us think what they want, but that's not what will actually happen.
We can't take anything for granted.


If Chin is the one who gets fired and even he gets his job back I'm going to be pissed. I'm sick and tired of Chin and Kono taking the fall for everything.


@Kelly - I know you don't like this Danny-Rachel thing, I think you told this before (I think it was you). It is a bit strange, I admit. But the thing is, if Rachel is going to leave Stan, Danny will take her back in a second because he'll do anything to have Monkey and Rachel back. He moved to Hawaii for his daughter, he is doing anything to be around and if that means raising Stan's kid, he will do it. The question is what does Rachel want because we all know by now that she's not stable. Like you said, she is going back and forth ... and we also know a child does not going to repair a broken marriage, especially one like hers: Stan is always traveling, she's alone with 2 kids etc.


I really hope they don't bring the Rachel/Danny thing back, especially after how they handled it last season. Danny seems to think he's entitled to sleep with Rachel because he USED to be married to her and Rachel going back and forth from one man to the other is pretty pathetic. She's sleeping with two men and using no protection.
Danny's concern for Stan and staying with Rachel while she was having another mans child was just damage control, trying to put Danny in a better light. But nothing will change the fact that Danny had no issue with sleeping with Stans wife and running off with her.
Not sure why Scott's Dad would even be asking a question about this and hopefully he's not pushing to have them back together because he didn't like Dannys role as a cheater. If Rachel leaves Stan again and takes his child with her or if the baby ends up being Dannys, this would annoy me a lot more than anything Lori related.


@Amazingalex.....Yeah, I just don't want to count on anything until I see and/or hear from TPTB. @Martinelli......I read that also on Spoiler TV, that Scott's dad asked PLenkov if Rachel and Danny were getting back together, (there was no indication of an answer to that either way in what I read), and he said he had an idea about a character. So I guess he will be playing that character he pitched and its not Danny's dad. I'm a little disappointed in that. But they left it open for Danny and Rachel. In the last episode Rachel did say she and Stan are only talking about the baby and avoiding talking about their problems. I guess we will see if there are any other hints on episode 2.15.


@zia..yeah I thought of that last night when I could not sleep. Not because of this but just was awake alot so had time to ponder. The spoiler is worded in a way that it is possible that chin does get fired and maybe for a few epis he has to work to get his job back. It does not necessarily mean the one who is in trouble leaves the show. So that is a possibility. Plus there is nothing indicating that LG is leaving so until then it could just be another season 2 epi just like all the others this season. For all we know they are adding her to the season 3 credits as we speak. SIGH.


According to the latest news, Papa Caan will not be playing Papa Williams in H50.


The only reason you want Lori to stay is because she is beautiful! I think she needs to bring more to the show than beauty. There is already plenty of that on the show. If the spoiler is correct and someone does lose their job then imo it's definitely Lori. No way will it be Chin, he is part of the core 4 and a very popular character. The whole reason Lori was put on the team was to keep them in line, so they wouldn't be causing any major instances and Lori certaintly hasn't been doing that. So it stands to reason that she would lose her job because of it.
On the other hand the Governor could just threaten her with losing her job and the rest may rally round and she gets another chance. I really hope this doesn't happen as I don't want to hear Steve or any of them saying how crucial she is to the team or words to that effect when she in reality she is pretty useless.


I think everyone is jumping the gun here. Chin is the one who will be in trouble in episode 2.16, but there is not any way they are getting rid of DDK. As Amazingalex said, I heard that they had signed a 7 year deal with each of the core 4. They will not pay any of them out for the next five yrs., nor would they want to get rid of Chin. Chin is a big part of H50's success. Lauren German is the only one who is not signed long term. Also, I do not see any indication that Lori would be in trouble with the governor, just Chin in episode 2.16. If Lori is leaving, its possible this is the start, but only a possibility. Lets not go overboard either way. If she is still here after 2.17 which would be the 4 episode extension that was rumored, then she is probably here for the rest of the season at least.


I forgot to mention also that the four of them all signed a seven year contract to stay on H50. I remember alex talking about that. LG was only signed on for 13 epis and then extended for a few more. Again though we dont know yet if she is indeed leaving.

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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.