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.


Spoiler TV has a sneek peek video of 2.15 of Danny talking to his ex partner who has Gracie. I don't know if any other site has it as yet. Very intense, really looks like a good episode.


If you look at the rest of the pics in the set then I'm pretty sure they're from 2.15. It'll be the scene that always comes right after the opening credits, where they show some little scene to develop character background before they get called to the crime (think of Chin proposing to Malia, or Steve and Danny pushing the broken down Marquis, a scene like that). They're showcasing Hawaii's scenery - shame they have to do it by *still* pushing the Lori-as-a-female-McGarrett angle...


@amazingalex....Wait with the happy dance don't want to jinx it! The BTS are for sure from 2.15 and what I said yesterday they have finished shooting 2.17 but the good news is they already start shooting 2.18 yesterday we got some vids. from it was only with Kono scene's but still there is no break!


I found some info on 2.17, it's not much help but Apolo Ohno will be in it. This is from timryansreelhawaii. Sounds like he'll be a bad guy.


@zia..that means lori is written off the show if she is in LA and they are not on a break from filming. At least that seems to be the case. Unless she goes to LA for the weekends. Seems highly unlikely though. I have a good feeling the show is back to the core four. Bring it on!!! Maybe since they already filmed 2.17 we will get some info soon about it.


2.17 finished filming this week. Next week they start filming 2.18 if they did not start today. It will be great to talk about a new episode finally. I hope they did not lose any viewers from all the re-runs.


Your right lena, Lauren german tweeted she is back in LA. Hmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!! Can I do my happy dance yet????


@lena.see I think it would fit more if it were 2.15 not 2.16 cause doesnt it seem 2.16 starts with steve and katherine. I am not sure though. I did not even see the one that shows lori in the pic yet..it will just irritate me!! ha ha!


@zia and lena...on twitter it says the pics are from 2.16. Not sure if it is accurate or not but I could see this being the opening scene. Then the actual mystery or case of the show starts. I dont think they have even started filming 2.17 yet from the timeline. But I could be wrong.


@Jschoi.....no matter what, I'm sure Kono is here to stay, she is one of the original 4 and I'm glad to see the story lines go her way. People are happy on other sites that the story lines are going to the original 4. The rest of the season sounds really good.

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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.