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.. Not sure what you mean about idolizing someone for 10 years. Do you mean Grace. If so what does the actress have to do with the character she plays. I just don't see how the team, including Steve could have done much more for Kono. She shut them out and wouldn't even let Chin help her or confide in him. It's not a matter of coming to anyones defense, I just don't see how the team could have done any more for Kono when she clearly didn't want any of them getting involved in what she was doing. The more I see the promo pics for 2.16 the more excited I get.


I didn't see the one with him in uniform with Catherine holding a valentine the first time. Steve looks like he had been in battle in that picture.


@Kelley... First I'm defending a person I have idolized since I was 10. Second I believe or at least hope if it were Steve we were talking about his fans come to his defense as strongly as I have to Kono, it's just as simple as that.


Steve is in military uniform in the pics from 2.16 and he has an injury to his head. Love the pic of Catherine holding the heart shaped red box. Looks like Steve got her a valentine present. I had no problem with how Kono was treated by Steve. How were the team going to help her if she wouldn't confide in them. Chin asked her enough times. What else could Steve have done.
Steve was going to take the full blame for the money last season and I didn't hear any complaints so why should it be any different with Kono.


I just saw the 2.16 pictures. Very happy to see Catherine back. I can't tell if Steve is in uniform, just Catherine. I love the one with her laughing with Kono also. It looks like she is getting along well with all the team. This gives me hope that she will be recurring. I'm so looking forward to the next 2 mondays.


@martinelli...actually I think Kono was the smart one, she took one look at that helicopter and said no way am I getting on that thing. Ha Ha.
That bothered me when I fist watched, but when watched second time I realized she was need to monitor things. It was actually her who spotted the caravan and and led them to Steve thus saving his life, so I no longer have a problem with her staying behind. I have other problems with that ep, the hug (yuk).


@martinelli...LOL!! Yes I am!!! I was just there earlier and they werent there and them BAM!!!! You rock girl!! :) :) We are getting our steve and katherine moment afterall!!! Woot woot!!! Annnnnnndd Lori does not look happy! It is a win win!


@amazingalex - I have no idea who this martinelli is, but you are one lucky girl to have her lol :)))))


@jschoi - I agree with you on the fact that they all agreed to take the money and then Kono was the only one facing the music. That's true and it wasn't nice. I know she was identified by the old lady but Steve could have done something. And you're right, it's not his fault, the script is not good.
This is just like the Korean scene, where Kono was left at that house and all the others were on that helicopter. Well, these are mistakes.


Nevermind found them on martinellis blog.

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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.