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.


@lena...oh lena, you and me both. If she is gone after this epi I will private message you with the glee I will be feeling. There are more lori fans on here now so I am trying not to upset them too much. :) @jeffrey...I would watch if one of the core left unless it was steve (alex o). He is H50 for me. Without him there is no show for me. But that would never happen. Danno is essential also and they just did a new promo with the original four so seems they are safe.


@jschoi..no problem, great minds think alike!! lol!!


I think the Promo might be to appease the Core Four fans and not related to the Press Release,I think that they could be emphazing the ones that the fans like and try to please the masses with a popular video!


@Jeffrey...the new promo was created for a reason. To show us the new team. If there wasn't any change, no new promo would have been created. It is difficult for all of us I know. I am her fan too but what can we do?


@Jeffrey,vincent...at least we still have two more episodes with Lori to watch! With all this woman hate it is a blessing for us that Lori isn't out yet.


Here is the reason none of the core 4 is leaving, $420,000.00. That is the minimum it would cost them in salary for 7 eps the lowest paid member of the team would not be in. They are all under contract at least till the end of this season.


I think of the (Core Four) the most expendable is Chin if there is such a thing I mean without Alex there is no show and without Danno well you don't have the bromance or bookem Danno, And with the furor over the fact that Kono had airtime,lines and action taken away I doubt it is her, but come on Chin probably has the least fanbase and I don't here many comments about him I think that the show could go on with Steve, Danny,Kono and Lori and not miss a beat IMHO! I know I'm probably reaching and wishfully thinking but it is my element of possibility!


@Jeffrey...if this character isn't Lori then explain the meaning of the new promo. Lori is the only member missing. I don't want to accept the truth either but unfortunately Lori is over. I'm so sad. Lauren is such a beautiful girl. All of as Jeffrey want beautiful girls on tv and I am pissed off like you. Unfortunately girls govern tv, not boys.


Ok I have seen both the promo and the press release and admit it does not look good and the end is near for Lori Weston, and I'm not happy as a fan I'm pissed about it, it sure looks like she is gone! But what if for the sake of argument that it is one of the (Core Four) will you guys still watch or be happy? I know that's not how it looks but it is a remote possibility!


@zeo .... I still stay in the penalty-box first I want that anyone from TPTB confirms it then I know for sure it's sad for the Lori character who was writing in so bad in the show but better for Hawaii Five-O back how it was last year! @amazingalex... we a very alike LOL I'd be lying if I was not happy when we get the news it was Lori last episode then I can finally sit back and relax to watch my show how it was before!

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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.