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.


@martinelli...We are never going to agree on this, but where were they in ep 2, 3, 4? The answer is nowhere. I still get angry about it and have remind myself it's not Steve it's the writers. But if Lori gets treated better than Kono I will be double angry, no make that triple angry.
Also it's quite possible she has already been warned on more than one occasion. First North Korea, second letting Sang Min out considering what happened last time.
I will never change my mind, so lets just agree to disagree and move on. Just so you know I very seldom disagree with you.


Where can I find the pics for 2.16?


@jschoi - Under those circumstances I guess Steve was right. Let's not forget Kono was part of a gang and running around with a dead body in her car. No one knew she was working undercover. Immunity does not mean you can rob, kill etc.


@azziria... s1 ep2 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
s2 ep5 I don't know if we can protect her any more.


OMG!!!!! just saw the promo pics for 2.16 Steve and Catherine in militery uniform kissing each other makes my day!! *thud*


I just found a new pic of alex from 2 days ago and he looks even skinnier then the last time we saw him. I am getting worried. He needs to put some of his weight back on. I wish I could post it here. Is it against the rules? I am not sure.


@martinelli..I agree completely. I am watching season 1 with my husband so he can catch up and I always catch myself feeling sad. It was such a great season and this season is just not the same. Adding the new character messed with the chemistry of the team and just changed the whole feel. BIG MISTAKE!! We shall see what the rest of this season will bring. There is still time to get back to the way things used to be. If not there may not be a season 4. Which would make me really sad. I am pretty sure season 3 is a given no matter what happens from here on out. Unless a large amount of people bail it should be safe.


No, I'm saying that the writers should have handled the Kono storyline far better than they did, and it would be nice to see that they'd actually learned something from that fiasco and improved their performance. It would give me a little more confidence that we might avoid any more poorly-written plotlines and characters from here on in.


So u r saying that Lori is more important and more worthy to be protected than Kono?
Why exactly?
Why should the team fight for her?
She doesn't deserve it!


Last night watched a couple of episodes from Season 1 (episode 1 to 5) and must say, mt heart is aching. How could they ruin a great show like that? Season 1 was perfect: great teamwork, excellent McDanny moments, Chin showing Kono the ropes, it was just perfect. There was absolutely no need for another character (putting aside Lauren G's acting performance). All this character did was breaking up 2 excellent teams: McDanny and ChinKono. Unfortunately the damage is done.

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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.