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.


@jschoi: Because I'm hoping that the writers have learned their lesson and do a better job this time round than they did with the Kono storyline!


It won't bother me if they don't fight for her, it seems as some have forgotten that they didn't fight for Kono. I they didn't fight for Kono why should they fight for Lori.


@Jeffrey: You know I'm not a Lori-lover, but I do hope that, if she goes, they give her role a 'good' ending. If it's just that the Governor fires or reassigns her and she's gone just like that it'll be a bit of a damp squib, which wouldn't really be right given that she's been a full member of the team. I might have to grit my teeth to watch it, but it would make sense for the team to fight for her.


Various Issues to address Zeo,I love Lori like anyone else but jschoi is entitled to her opinions like anyone else,it's a free country even if they are unpopular with ours! 2nd Thanks Zia for the smallest amount of support,even if we are on opposite sides! 3rd I just think that if Lori is fired for doing something another team did by not being a good "babysitter� then I think it's wrong,in most cases you get 3 warnings in most employment,1aa warning,2 a write up and suspension and 3 termination!


@Zeo...I'll talk about whoever I want, I don't need you or anyone else telling me who I can or can't talk about, and I'll show you the same respect. Thank you very much.


girls stop thinking about lori all the time. Some of us love her. Just enjoy the show and let everything else to the producer.


They keep us in the dark about 2.17 which is supposed to be Lori latest episode Peter lenkov sure let us pay for it dont he! LOL Just read the latest spoiler about Mary see Steve helping his sister again and the whole team will finds themselves in a situation sure to have repercussions for the rest of the season! Okay Cliff hanger again in the season finale! who will be on the team next season 3.01 Hmmmm did we had that before already!


I got this off of Spoiler TV/Adam's teasers on 2.19, nothing on 2.17 yet. Hawaii 5-0
Episode 2.19 is called "Kalele" Some nice teasers for the episode with the synopsis revealing that McGarrett's sister Mary finds herself facing a long term prison sentence when she is found with millions of diamonds on her. Taped onto her, that is...
Claiming she is being used by people who kidnapped a friend of hers, the team finds themselves in a situation sure to have repercussions for the rest of the season!


I'm not much of a fan of Dannys. Hopefully episode 2.15 will make me change my mind. But the story seems too predictable. If Danny had to hurt Steve in order to save Grace then that would have been worth seeing.


I just read on tvrockstars that the team causes an incident, doesn't name anyone. If that is the case it would make perfect sense that Lori would be the one fired as she is the Governors watchdog and she hasn't been doing her job all season. It would probably be an accumulation of things she hasn't reported that finally do her in. I had also read somewhere else it was the team, I don't remember where. I also just looked at the trailer for ep15, looks like a good one. Can't wait, good to be back to some new eps as I haven't watch the last 2 weeks.

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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.