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.


@Jeffery, maybe cos P Lenkov told her at the beginning that she wasnt permanent, or that theyre hesistant to to add such a disliked character. Personally i dont mind Lori as long as shes in the background and working with either danny or Kono, but shes useless in my opinion.


@Jeffrey......none of us knows for sure whether Lori is staying or going, and the H50 people are not going to say until we actually see it happen, if it does. Also, Hawaii 5-0 has nothing to do with the number of people on the team, they explained this in the first season, that it was something senior McG made up to make the non-Hawaiian natives, (Steve and Mary), not feel so bad, and also that's why Steve wore number 50 on his football Jersey.
Kono was the one who suggested that they call the team 5-0.


This is a question off of Mega Buzz;TV Guide, I thought you might be interested for those of you who were wondering why Max's name was not Asian......... Got any intel on Hawaii Five-0? — Kerry
ADAM: What's in a name? Masi Oka's medical examiner Max Bergman is about to find out. "You're going to find out why he was orphaned," executive producer Peter Lenkov teases. "You would never think Masi would be named Max Bergman. So, you're going to find out why and that whole backstory is a very emotional journey."


Ok I have been sitting back reading these comments about that fact that Lori is not in the four rasons promo, I admit it does not look good for us Lori fans! I think it is not right, it is not fair if they brought her on she should be part of the team I mean she has been on this long she should be included and she should be in the opening credits I mean I can't imagine how Lauren German feels, I mean it is Hawaii Five-o not Hawaii Four-o! She should be part of the team! I know some of you must feel very happy!


@jschoi - I don't think so. According to Spoiler tv: "Apolo Ohno’s fans have been lobbying Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov for months in hopes of landing the Olympic Gold Medal winner a role on the CBS show."


Could Shaun White be next? Please!!!


@jschoi - That's all I know at the moment, but I am keeping an eye on this and will post any news on my blog.


@martinelli...I LOOOVE Apolo Ohno, did they say when he would be on, I already can't wait.


"Exclusive Casting Alert! Olympic speedskating medalist @ApoloOhno to guest star on #H50. Are there ice rinks in Hawaii?" tweeted @CBSTweet today.


I couldn't bring myself to watch these eps, although I did like the scenes, few and short as they were, between Chin and Kono. I would like to see the relationship between them explored. I estimate them to be about 15 years apart, why is there bond so strong? here is the way I would write the story, of course they won't ask me but. In the Christmas ep last season Chin made ref to Konos mother, but no ref has ever been made to her father. In ep 5 this season Malia talked about her and Chin taking Kono to NSSAs, in my family it was my father who took me to my snowboarding comps. This how I would write it. Konos father was HPD and was klled in the line of duty while Kono very young and Chin became the father figure to Kono making bond more like father daughter than cousins, thus that unbreakable bond.

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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.