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.


Wow look how close we are to 500 posts. can we do it?? We have come close a few times but never quite make it. I think we can!!! :) Warning this is about AOL:
To all Alex fans: he was voted #1 hottest male on TV by TV guide via twitter. Good choice TV guide!!!!! :)


@lena..save me some!! LOL! @jschoi..We will know what happens with lori by the 13th of feb episode. We wont have to wait. That is the episode someone gets fired. It seems it is lori as LG is now back in LA but until it is confirmed on the 13th we dont really know for sure.


@Lena... thank you I see it they went 4 weeks after Feb 21, I think that's when the basketball tournament is on so that makes since. Means it's possible they could leave us hanging for a month before we find out what happens with Lori.


@amazingalex....I am in standby mode to with champagne in my hands!! LOL @jschoi...Well February is a sweep month so mostly the show their strongest episodes so they can get more money from ads, it's all about the ratings then, I expect we get 3 episodes in a row and almost a whole month break in March. Maybe they follow the same schedule as last year you can see it here on TV Fanatic go to episodes season one! From what I see and hear the direction this season now go's after the break looks very good I'll will keep watching this show either way I am excited for what is coming to us!!


@zia..I hear ya!! I give you ALOT of credit. I cant seem to hold back but out of respect for you I will. I hope so to!! The direction it is heading is good, I was concerned that they lost touch with what made this show great but I think they are finding their way again. I am thrilled.


Jschoi.....CBS has a 2 week schedule on their website. You will have to wait until Tuesday to see what is on for the Monday of 2/20/12. Hopefully not a repeat, but with about 15 Mondays left in the season and only 10 new episodes to go, we will get more repeats at some point.


Does anyone know if they are showing 3 eps in a row or or are they going to have a rerun before ep17. I'd like this resolved once and for all, but I'm also on break the week of the 20th which means I can watch on something other than my 19 inch tv and I'd really like to see that ep on the big screen so I can really enjoy it, at least I hope I can enjoy it.
I will watch in the future, regardless of the outcome, for the entertaining show it is. Plus I can use the mute button if needed.


@amazingalex.....I like the direction this show has been going in. I'm going to try and not say anything about a particular character in hopes that things change for good. I will watch this show either way though, they have me hooked.


@zia..I saw that promo last night. It is really good. ALmost two minutes long too. I think scott is really gonna shine in this one as far as his acting chops are concerned!! Cannot wait!


@lena..okay no dance, I promise. I would not want to be the jinx!! ha ha!! But I cannot guarantee I will be dance free if it is confirmed. I have it in standby mode!!! azziria..I agree completely. She could not be further then a female mcg. There is only one mcg, no one can even come close.

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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.