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.


@matinelli glad i have a mckono supporter with me
Cant wait for todays episode to come out, we've been waiting much too long for an episode, and this looks like one hell of an episode, i just want the original four rescuing grace, with Lori having no part of it, im sick of her. i need some kono/steve and chin/steve scenes, theyre really powerful LOL


Finally It's H5O Monday again I am so excited for this episode who will safe Monkey I bet it will be Uncle Steve, and will Danny and Rachel again having a disagreement that Danny is a cop or will it bring them closure together. Looking forward to some awesome Steve/Chin scene's love when they have some scenes together! and please I want another core 4 scene tonight!!


@jschoi..I agree. Kono should have a side storyline of her own. And a relationship would be the way to go since we have not really seen that yet for her, besides the one episode with ben. It is konos turn.


@HFO..thanks. I did not recognize him. Interesting.


@jschoi - It can't be Kavika. I don't think so. @HF0 - I'm for McKono too.


@amazingalex - I was talking about Monday and H50.


Yes th border was great. But her best works were on battlestar imo. I'm Australian, Chinese, KOrean and hawaiian so im really massive fans of AOL and Grace. I've watched all of AOL and Grace's works before Five-0 so i'm a one eyed Five-0 fan. only problem i have is Lori basically, but other than that, im pleased about season 2!


@H50...Loved West 32nd street. Have you seen The Border, it's a Canadian tv series, Grace had a big recurring role in s2 and s3. I still watch it all the time. It really prepared her for her role in 50, she played DHS agent. Also had a steamy love hate relationship with a Canadian customs agent.


@jschoi yea i've been a big fan of Grace Park ever since that movie with John Cho, i think it was West 32nd. I think Kono will get into trouble becos of the bf and in the end the team will get her out of it, hope its not a cliffhanger like last season though, i can't wait another 4 months for season 3 LOL.
Oh yea i know im pretty much alone on this website when it comes to McKono shipping. But if that doesnt happen, i'll be content with Steve/Cath


@H50...Hope you're right, I have always wanted it to be Kawika, he would fit the criteria that you laid out. I'm just happy she's finally going have a relationship, I've been waiting a long time.

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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.