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.


@Zia...I found it took a while, I have a dumb phone not a smart phone. Sounds intriguing. The part about it playing into the finale is a bit scary they left GP on life support for 9 months between s2 and s3 of The Border, so a little less drama would do. I wonder who the relationship will be. I have some ideas but think I'll just wait and see.


Lena....yeah, it could be any of the episodes, but I don't see how it really fits into 2.15 or 2.16, but it could be. They may get a call from there about Danny for Mondays episode. Who knows. on AOL Rocks fan site in the rotating pictures they have one with PLenkov, if you go into it, it will show a written interview with PL which gives some clues about the rest of the season. Jschoi......there is something in there about Kono which will please you.


@Zia...Thanks will go to the CBS side!


@Zia... Don't know if they are for 2.16 or 2.17 they also could be for 2.15 I think we don't get any pics for 2.17 they already did that a few times with some important episodes and TPTB knows we all are anxious to know what will happen in 2,17 so I don't expect anything. Lauren is in LA right now, I think, based on her twitter.. and they just finished shooting 2.17 don't want to give everyone hope for something we have to wait and see!


@Amazingalex and Lena......if you go into CBS.com, then go into H50 under shows, click on the picture where it says "picks of the week". The 2 pictures of Alex are there, but if you hit the back arrow you will see more pictures. The ones that look only like a picture of a mountain, click on them to make them bigger and you will see Steve with Lori running in front of him up the mountain. I am assuming that these are for 2.17. What do you think?


@amazingalex....Thanks saw them he looks soooo good I can drool over him the whole day! Yeah I wonder when we ever get some news about 2.17 it's seems to be the best kept secret in Hawaii land LOL...........But I expect after next monday episode we willget some stills! but they don't say anything yet!


@lena..there are only two good ones, both of steve. He looks mighty fine I must say!!! Go to martinellis blog. she has them there. If you click on her name you can find the link. :) Soo soo happy aol rocks is staying online. I followed her on twitter and she kept updating stuff so I had a feeling she had second thoughts. Maybe she can actually give us something on 2.17 because it seems to be the best kept secret H50 writers have ever had!! I totally agree about steve and catherine. I am so thrilled she is returning.


@amazingalex where can I find the the BTS pic of Steve do you have a link? Best news of the day the @AOLRocks side will continue from the bottum of my heart I thank you Mizz you really are a great friend to do this for all of us Alex and H5O fans. They chemistry Alex and Michelle have is amazing Michelle is perfect as Catherine I hope in the future Catherine will be more often on H5O Steve need some loving and he is always so happy when Catherine shows up they are endgame for me the have to stay together forever!!


@martinelli..yes they do. I am so excited she is back!!!!


I found some new BTS pics of the next episode. There is a really cute one of steve. In case anyone is interested AOL rocks is going to stay open. Good news for us H50 fans, she always has good info and spoilers for the show.

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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.