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.


Catherine is perfect for Steve and I agree, she should have more screen time. I've seen her in Combat Hospital, she was great. They look very good together.


50 is right, Steve and Danny should've made more of an effort, and somethings u can't assume. I for one won't be complaining if Lori gets fired, and get Kono her entire screentime back. Also wanna see alot more of of Catherine


@kelly We all know Kono would do anything to get the other team members out of troubles,and acturally she indeed did that. But that doesn't mean it's okay that Steve and Danny didn't show their concern,they didn't even bother to make a phone call to find out how Kono was hanging there during those goddamn tough days.They just left her behind which is way too ridiculous. I clearly remember every single word Steve said to Kono in s01ep02,he said"I'm sorry you were put in danger today and we care for each other like family, so please know we'll do everything we can to protect you."It's easier said than done,huh! So I'm ganna ask you what makes Lori so special to be treated in a better way?What exactly did she contribute to the team? Don't forget Kono is the one who has been in the team from the very begining and has risked her life for many times to get the team jobs done. That's not fair to Kono!Not at all! PS:Sorry for my poor English!


@Nadriss... Are you saying that Kono should have turned all of them in because she was under investigation. I'm not sure what you else you thought Steve could do. As far as Steve was aware Kono was waiting the outcome of the internal affairs investigation. She was only on temporary suspension. He knew they didn't have much of a case because there was no money missing. How could Kono be charged with theft when the Governor had replaced the money they stole. But Fryer still used this against her to get her co-operation.
Maybe the writers could have given us a scene with Steve knocking at her door as well as Chin, Danny could also have done the same, but I'm sure she would have told both of them that she didnt't want their help either, just as she told Chin.


@Azziria.....Thanks. Maybe that's why we are seeing more of Kono lately. Also Chin and Danny. I guess we are not the only ones who voiced their opinions. The episodes, IMO, have been good for the most part. They are making adjustments as they go along. I don't know if all shows do the writers by committee, but it seemed a little disjointed at times. Its better now. I am looking forward to the rest of the season.


To Kelly Not steve owes absolutely nothing to Kono. The fact maybe that thanks to her, Steve avoided being pursued by the internal affairs, and thus avoided being suspended by his functions and also seeing the special unit of 5-0 closed. What would have been problematic for him especially if he wants to pursue the investigation on the death of his father. This is only a fiction, let our imagination do the rest ;-) Sorry for my bad english


@Zia: Peter Lenkov actually made a comment in reply to criticism of how much Kono seemed to be ignored where he said that they can't show everything on screen, viewers have to 'assume' that certain things happen off screen. It just seems that we were supposed to 'assume' rather too much about the whole Kono storyline, while at the same time getting Lori shoved in our faces. Badly handled, the whole thing.


I think Kono fans, like myself, may be a little sensitive, (since except for 2.5) 2.2 thru about 2.9 was Lori all the time. Kono was pretty much ditched by the writers, yes Chin and Danny also, but mostly Kono. I guess they thought we should just assume the team was checking in on Kono, not just Chin. A little more reaction to Kono getting shot would have been nice to see also. Especially since they made a big deal in a later episode with Lori getting bonked on the head. The writers are giving more time lately to Kono, which pleases me.


@Kelley...I give up, I surrender, You are right and I am wrong, so let's just leave it at that.


There is an little extention of promo for 2.15 if you are interested. Google Spoiler TV, go to CBS at the top, gives you a list of shows, go into H50 and see 2.15 extended promo.

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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.