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.


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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Yea Josh Dallas played Ben in Five-0 and now main character in once upon a time. He was also one of the Warriors three in Thor the movie.
@Jschoi, it probably wont be Fong imo. i rkn it will be someone who the team thinks is bad news but Kono is stubborn, and something bad happens to her which will play into the finale as PLenkov said


I think konos relationship will be with Fong, I know they don't normally go with the most obvious but this time I think they will.
I was intrigued by PLs wording tho, a bit of a relationship as opposed to a relationship. That could mean a short relationship, 2 eps or even 1 ep, how about Sam or G. Callen.


@lena..i forgot to ask you, is that really the same guy on once upon a time and the one who played ben?? I did not even make that connection. I cant believe I did not notice that. He's a cutie. That is a pretty good show! So I wonder who is gonna be kono's love interest?


@martinelli..yup super bowl tonight!! Big big night of tv in america!! Big night for eating too, ha ha!!


@lena..it could not be steve, he is the leader. Without him there would be no 50.He is the one with all the special task force training. The rest of them are cops. So basically the team would be dismembered and they would be back to where they were the first epi this season. Seems to me it would have to be the most dispensable one. I guess we wont really know for another week or so.


@jschoi..we shall see!! Fingers crossed!


@Lena - I'm really sorry but have to disagree. Steve will never be fired. It's a nice scenario but I don't think it will happen.


@martinelli...The surfer guy's name was Ben LOL He will not come back for sure he has te lead role in "Once Upon a Time" so it has te be another guy! I have thought about 2.16 it sound all so sneeky someone gets fired! and we all jumping from joy because most of us fans want that it is be Lori who get's fired what if they want to tease us again and it is Steve who gets fired maybe the episode will go like this!
"It will opens with the gala Catherine is there for her work because she knows the russian language Steve sees her and is happy she is back they will have some talk and dicited to pick up where they left, (aldo I still hope Steve ask her to be his date) we know something bad will happend on that gala and when the crime is solved what give's Steve the head injury the governor held Steve responsible for what happened and fired Steve, Steve will go's back to the Navy and ask Cath to go with him for a Valentine's weekend"
I rambling again Sorry!!


We ca do it, definitely, especially when they are keeping us away from the new episodes. Tomorrow is a big night, isn't it? According to one of the interviews, Kono will have "some private life". Someone from his past will surface. Finally. I was wondering, can it be that surfer guy from season 1? Who do you think it is?


@amazingalex...oops you're right I was a week off, my brain is to cluttered right. I'm glad we don't have to wait long. I'm trying not be to confident but it sure sounds like she will be gone.

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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.