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.


@amazingalex...Oops didn't see yours before I posted, think I just repeated you. LOL


@vincent miles...I disagree with you I think she will be just fine. She has a very long resume, in movies and tv. I think TPTB in Hollywood will see this simply as a role not suited for her. I could be wrong but think was her first role of this type and it didn't work for her, now she can return role she is more suited for. If she is gone, and it's not official, I will be happy but I will not celebrate.


@vincent.. I just think sometimes a role is not the right one for someone. She is young and beautiful and has lots of roles under her belt according to her bio. All it takes is the right role. This is just the biz she chose. I would think you need to have a thick skin to make it in hollywood. I can appreciate that you are a fan of hers.


@amazingalex I believe that the petition and the way she leaves the show is a huge blow for her, a disaster. After a war like that it will be extremely difficult for her to recover. So no I don't think so. Her reputation has been damaged. I really hope I'm wrong. I love her.


@zeo..you apparently did not read my posts. And no I dont hate anyone. It takes too much effort. I am simply not a fan of hers.


You must hate her so much to feel the need to celebrate. Personally I am sad. I liked her.


@zeo..it does seem the writing is on the wall ....still it has not been confirmed. Look alex has had more shows cancelled right under him and yet if that did not happen he would never have been available to take on the best job of his career. This could very well be a good thing for LG.


@lena..you and me think so much alike. :) I would need for it to actually say that in the press release that it is her last epi. until then I am hoping. No disrespect to the lori fans but I cannot change how I feel. I want my old show back.


latest promo = four reasons to watch


@amazingalex,Lena if you combine the latest promo with the press release I think it is more than clear. It is now official.

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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.