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.


I'm glad to here they are trying to work something out with Michelle Borth. The timing of her return in relationship to the end of LGs contract on ep17 can't be a coincident. I think this makes it more likely LG is leaving. @amazingalex...Glad to know I'm not the only one who becomes incoherent when they get angry. LOL.


@Amazingalex - Lenkov gave me the impression that Catherin will show up more than once and we'll get the chance to see them together romantically, which is really good.


@martinelli...LOL.Yes my anger sometimes makes me incoherent. I apologize. :) I feel better now that I know the full context of the interview. @Zia...thank you thank you!!! Reading it made it sound completely different then how you said it went down. That makes more sense and I am so happy to hear they want to keep katherine. I love her. And lenkov stayed off the lori subject so that could be a good thing.


@Kelly - On my profile you'll find my blog. Click it and there is the info.


Is there a link to this interview. Thanks.


@Zia... thanks for that info, that's great news. I was pretty sure that nothing was ever going to happen between Lori and Steve, that got knocked on the head a long time ago. I've been excited about Catherine coming back since I saw the gala pic with Catherine standing next to Steve. I'm hoping that their relationship is going to be taken up a notch.


@Zia - The pleasure is all mine! I feel much better too because we got a lot of info, even though it contains nothing about Lori.
Anyway, it's a really good interview.


I listened to the entire interview and listening to them say something and seeing it in writing is different, because you can hear how they are responding to the questions. PLenkov was asked by a caller, "Steve is loveless, will there be any sexual tension with Lori or whoever". PL's first response was "STEVE?". He then went on to say Catherine will be in 2.16 and you will see where their relationship is and it will put a smile on peoples faces. He said he wants to keep Michelle Borth, and they are trying to work that out. @Martinelli....thanks for letting us know about this, it gave us a lot of info. I feel much better knowing that they are trying to keep Catherine in Steve's life.


@Amazingalex - Maybe it's my headache, but I have no idea what you are talking about, so I will ask you in private.
I got that you are angry because of that caller, and you think they are going to change the script.


@martinelli..link wont work for me. SIGH. SO I read the comments to get a gist of what was talked about. Who is the $%#@ who made lenkov think their was sexual tension between lori and steve!!! Great just great. We were just about to maybe get rid of her and now they will probably change the scripts because of one caller. Fantastic! I am so angry! I see no chemistry there whatsoever!

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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.