Hawaii Five-0 Finale Post Mortem: Is [Spoiler] Really Shelburne?! Is [Spoiler] a Goner?

The Season 2 finale of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 packed quite a Hawaiian punch on Monday night, killing off one recurring character, putting a bullet in another, leaving the lives of two women in jeopardy and bringing McGarrett face-to-face with the mysterious Shelburne – who is someone he knows, but surely never expected to see again.

Here is what executive producers Peter Lenkov and Elwood Reid shared about the shock and awe and aftermath, during a recent press gathering.

MAMMA, MIA! WAS THAT SHELBURNE? | Just to be clear, connect the dots and put to rest any worries about semantics, Joe did in fact lead McGarrett to the mysterious Shelburne – whom a shocked Steve greeted with a “Mom?” “The identity of Shelburne will be revealed [in the final five seconds],” Lenkov confirmed. And make no mistake, we’ll get to witness all of the most unexpected reunion. “[Next season] really picks up a second later,” says Lenkov.

WHO WILL CHIN HO LOSE? | Delano made Chin Ho choose between rushing to rescue wife Malia, who was being held at gunpoint at home, or cousin Kono, bound and about to be pitched over the side of a boat. Chin Ho ran to his missus, who nonetheless seemed very much worse for the wear, while Kono was last seen flailing and falling deeper and deeper into the Pacific. Without revealing either woman’s fate, Lenkov said that in Season 3, “We’re going to break [Chin Ho] and have him get rebuilt up again. When we found him he was already broken, but you never got to see him when he was a strong cop and got everything taken away from him. Now we want to see things taken away from him and see how he deals with it. We’re very deliberately altering his character.” And Daniel Dae Kim’s take on the sad Sophie’s Choice? “He loved the challenge, emotionally,” Lenvok shared, “with what he was going to do with his character.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR DANNO? | Detective Williams got off easy compared to everyone else in the finale, save for some domestic strife between him and ex-wife Rachel, who is threatening to move Grace to Las Vegas. Nonetheless, “There’s a lot of wood on the fire in the finale [that's] going to give us a lot of stuff to play” in Season 3, said Reid. “There’s some stuff that played during the middle of the season, particularly with Danny, that’s going to come back next season too.”

HAVE WE – AND MCGARRETT – SEEN THE LAST OF JOE WHITE? | Though Joe vanished into thin air before taking McGarrett to Shelburne, and despite Terry O’Quinn’s 666 Park Avenue pilot landing on ABC’s fall schedule, the Five-0 bosses are hoping for the occasional encore. “[Terry] is open to it, which we were all very surprised and excited about,” said Lenkov. “We love him, and hopefully he’ll come back.” After all, as Reid noted, “Joe is integral to the McGarrett mythology.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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82 Comments
  1. Gb says:

    I loved it. I thought mcgarretts dad was alive….faked his death or something. Good finale

    • sarah says:

      HA! Me too I said the same thing to my husband before he opened the door and said MOM.

    • Kvivik says:

      It could not have been his dad. Dad was killed by Victor Hess as retribution for his brothers death. I have never thought that Hess would not have killed him.
      The father’s corruption investigation evidence included an investigation into his wife’s ‘car accident’ if Steve had ever gotten around to looking into that. He may have figured this particular twist a while ago.

  2. gracenotpark says:

    Loved it. Cannot wait to see McG and McMama!

  3. Sandy says:

    The finale was absolutely awesome. Loved the look on McGarrett’s face when he said “Mom.”

  4. Elyse says:

    is Kono dead? i’ll be pissed. i love Kono!

    • sleepy says:

      i sure hope not as she is nice and has a nice figure, be nice to have her back but who is going to rescue her or is she going to try and untie the rope herself?

    • Sammyjo says:

      me to i really hope they don’t kill her…

    • Sammyjo says:

      i don’t think either Kono or Malia will die.. i believe the h50 gang was performing final rights for the chief of police that died in the alley….. i forgot his name lol………….

  5. GeeMa says:

    With what might be happening to Kono, will Adam turn to his family connections for retribution?

    • Lena120 says:

      That’s what I’m wondering. Adam’s gonna be pissed! And I wonder who’s going to play Mama McGarrett? Can’t wait to see the casting with that.There are so many strong, middle age actresses who could really tear into that part.

      As for the whole Danny thing, it threw me for a loop. He’s one of the best dads I’ve ever seen on TV or otherwise. So I felt the custody thing came out of nowhere just to give him something to do. I get the drama that occurred in the middle of the season. I assume they’re talking about when that psycho kidnapped Grace, but I feel like they waited too long to play that out. We should have seen resentment from Rachel immediately after that happened (in the following episodes)

      • katy917 says:

        I kinda thought that they were refering to the episodes where Danny and Rsachel bonded, like when he helped her when she was in labour and after the whole Grace thing, they were huggng, Rachel didn’t appear to be pissed. So I thought they were going down the way of maybe Rachel deciding to stay with Danny in Hawaii. If it’s to do with the kidnap, you’re right, it would come WAAAY out of left field, as it hasn’t been mentioned or dealt with since it happened.

        • Hallie says:

          I was thinking it might have been the babys paternity or the convo the kidnapper taped of danny trying to convince rachel to stay with him

  6. katy917 says:

    I had a sudden thought that it was his mom literally three seconds before he said the word. I had been thinking it was his dad then it hit me.

    Did anyone else think it played out exactly the same as the last 30 seconds of season 1 of Alias, though? Sid was taken to meet the person she had been hunting, only for the door to open, and Sid say in a shocked voice “Mom?” and the credits rolled. Exactly the same!! Just hope Steve’s mom is a bit nicer than Sid’s!!!!

    Was sad to see Friar dead (hope i got his name wrong, American accents can be a little bit hard sometimes), always liked him. And poor Chin Ho!! Sounds to me like at les won’t make it. My guess would be poor Malia. I feel for any law enforcement guy who ends up married to a character played by the lovely Reiko Aylesworth, she always seems to end up murdered! Hope Chin doesn’t turn into Tony!!

    God, I watch too much TV!! (But guess I’m in good company on a site like this, right?????)

    • katy917 says:

      Sorry, Chin Ho bit shoudl say at least one of his girls won’t make it!!

    • Shell says:

      I said the exact same thing about “Alias” on another board. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote for “Alias”. Now, if they hire Lena Olin to play Steve’s mom……

    • d1319 says:

      I actually told my mother back in December that Shelburne would be McGarretts mom…I was just blowing smoke but……

  7. Taylor says:

    OMG loved this episode, actutally think Chin called Adam to save Kono, and he went to his wife. Can not wait for Season 3

    • montana says:

      yes i suppose that’s what’s going to happen, Chin’s saves his wife while Adam saves Kono. That would be terrific. Then both of the lives.

  8. Steph says:

    I loved it, but I will not be happy if Kono really is gone.

    • sarah says:

      She will live but Malia will die.

      • Linda says:

        hope you’re right! i did read somewhere that Grace Park is married and lives on the mainland so it might be the case that as shes away from home a lot filming , decided to do something about it? I would be disappointed if there was any trut in that.

        • Grace and her husband live in Vancouver – she and her family moved from LA when she was an infant. Vancouver – Honolulu is longer then LA – Honolulu, so I can see why whe might want to not do that anymore. But I agree, I wouldn’t like it if Kono is killed off.

  9. ninamags says:

    That was the most shoot-em-up episode ever!!!

    I had never seen so much gunfire and explosions before on this show.

    That lady sure was a complete loon. Just shooting people left and right. She was much nicer with Sam Winchester! :P

    Have they cast Steve’s mom yet?

  10. Squee says:

    End very reminiscent of Alias S1, but loved it anyway, Steve’s face said it all. Not too impressed with the plot taken from Dark Knight, but I can forgive that since the whole episode was awesome!

  11. Loves Her TV says:

    Just wooow, loved every minute of it.

  12. TV Gord says:

    I think Chin Ho made the best possible choice. His wife is the likelier one to have needed his help, Kono has the training to get herself out of her seemingly hopeless situation. She can pull of a magical Ko-dini act, I have no doubt. ;-)

    • Jennifer says:

      I had same thought about Kono. I don’t think she’s gone. She’s surfer for God’s sake, the show has made that point countless times! She practically lives in the ocean! Plus her hands are taped in FRONT, a real pro would have bound them behind her. I can see her getting out of this but I also hope Malia survives, I was just starting to like her.
      I’m curious to see who gets cast as Mom McGarrett! I only hope they don’t take the Prison Break/Mommy Dearest route.

      • Gloria says:

        Anybody remember the old show from the 1980s also in Hawaii with three ex-military buddies? They solved crimes even though they were not police. One time the star was thrown off a boat and was able to dog paddle and float for a whole day until rescued by the other two. Hint: He wanted to be James Bond but CBS wouldn’t let him out of his contract! He is still on CBS today solving crimes!

    • montana says:

      that’s true. I believe that was his judgement, Kono is more equip to save herself than his wife. I do hope both will be saved and things will turn out well in season 3.

  13. Mike says:

    I hope they don’t change Chin Ho permanently, he is the softer Hawaiian relief to the crazy McGarret and Danno!

    • Suncatcher says:

      I TOTALLY agree with you!!! Love Daniel Dae Kim in this role. If it ain’t broke…

    • ljmiller says:

      I agree with your comment. Chin Ho is the one constant. However, the writers will attempt to break his character and then build him up again. Too bad, it will be very painful to watch. But, wow, was that a great ending…..what awesome writing! I did NOT expect Shelburne to be Steve’s mother! The writing staff ROCKS!!!! Just be kind to Ho next season, will ya?

  14. Ai says:

    The finale was okay but I like s2x22 better. Not a shocker that Shelburne is Steve’s mother cause mostly everyone I knew thought it going to be his mom. Kono will come out fine cuz she a very good swimmer and also she a pro surfer and most of all she a fighter just like Steve. She know how to save herself, she don’t need Adam..she is a version of female Steve so she can get out easily :)

  15. BrianR says:

    Chin should have knee capped Delano and then tortured him into releasing both women. Cut a finger off every couple minutes and work down to his tool and he would have given in.

  16. Too much like Prison Break.

  17. My local channel in Tampa decided to cut in with a commercial! I saw him knock on the door – then commercial – then him saying “Mom”. Did I miss anything in the 30 seconds?

    • Amanda U. says:

      I’m in Tampa too and the same thing happened! I was so upset! But I watched it again on demand this morning and all that was missed was Steve turning around and seeing Joe gone before the door opened and he said “Mom”.

      • Robert says:

        I think that was done deliberatly. I also think that we will find out what happened in between kono and malia’s kidnapping and chin getting a call or a message from frank delano in season 3

  18. Sid says:

    Just got done watching this, good episode. I am not a weekly watcher of this show, but the episodes I have watched have impressed me. I know I watched the wrong finale last night, I may have to change my viewing habits next year.

  19. MJ says:

    I had always thought it was his Mom because of his dad having pictures of her crime scene in the toolbox.

  20. sarah says:

    Love this show and the finale was great!
    I did not expect Shelburne to be Steve’s mom!
    I was so sure that Malia and Kono would both be fine when Season 3 returns but based on the info above Malia will die. Which sucks as they just had them get married this season and then to kill her off. Not happy!
    Danny will get custody of Grace!
    I will miss Alex over the summer but will have to watch Season 1 again!

  21. Meggo says:

    Loved it. Very satisfyed with it. Had answers (Shellburn) and opened up new plots for next season. Brilliant. Well done writers, well done.

  22. bob says:

    can you say Alias season 1 finale copy??!!

  23. kim says:

    I LOVE H50!! I hope all the 50 team are back but it is very interesting to see what will happen next season, I hate the suspense but look forward to it!!! I love ALEX,SCOTT and DANIEL :)

  24. sladewilson says:

    As long as Kono is okay and Chin gets his revenge – I’m good. As for Mom/Shelbourne – here’s my vote for mom – Raquel Welch.

  25. Taylor says:

    Did really well in the ratings, again loved the episode.

  26. Tim says:

    Chin-Ho called Adam and he saved Kono. I mean honestly the dude even said “I have all the lines covered” (talking about the HPD)

  27. Kal says:

    I think Chin called Adam with Kono’s location and with Adam’s connections is able to assemble a rescue – why else would Chin have left Kono to die…..I wouldn’t want to be the guy who threw Kono overboard once Adam’s men get there!

    • Robert says:

      could also be the reverse , remember that when kono was going into her house that she was on the phone with adam.

  28. Amber says:

    I kept saying that it was mcgirts dads and than when the door opened I said mom and so did he it was so weird. hopefully kono is ok. She a surfer so she can hold her breath. Everyones phones was monitored but he never said Adams phone was not so chin could have called him to get her. Not to thrilled with chins wife but u dont want him to go in the revange mode if she dies.

  29. o says:

    It was so AWESOME!! Can’t wait for next season!!!!
    I hope Adam saves Kono and we got to see them together!! :)

  30. arial2 says:

    If Kono didn’t have weights attached, I can see her surviving the plunge. She is a highly skilled surfer, so probably can come back up to the surface and stay afloat. If she’s truly dead, then, once again, CBS writers have fallen back on their seeming favorite ploy, “kill off the female characters because they don’t really matter.” Or maybe it’s that Chin Ho knows Kono’s secret: that she’s a direct descendant of Boomer the cylon, so doesn’t die easily… : )

  31. Nadia says:

    omg it was excellent i was excellent. I was literally screaming on the edge of my seat. It was excellent. and Mcgarrett is FINE.

  32. hunny_bee1 says:

    Incredible episode! I really hope Malia doesn’t due; it would be so cruel of the writers, having brought her back in season two, have her and Chin get married, only to kill her off at the end of the season? Harsh. I still don’t like the Kono/Adam relationship…I have a feeling their personal and professional lives will seriously hinder them in the long-term – there are too many conflicts of interest. However much Adam wants to ‘clean up’ the Yakuza, it’s never, ever going to be a fully legit organisation…it’s the Japanese Mafia, for God’s sake! We all know what kind of activities Mafia organisations get up to.

  33. hunny_bee1 says:

    *I meant I really hope Malia doesn’t DIE!

  34. Evan says:

    I find it interesting no one’s commenting on who died at the opening of the episode. I thought that was a great move by the producers. They were never on anyone’s death watch list so you were definitely surprised.

    • katy917 says:

      I said I was sad, I really liked his character, and yes it was shocking. I was expecting him to somehow escape!

  35. Lorie says:

    Great season finale! Can’t wait to see who they cast as Steve’s mother.

  36. kamekona says:

    This episode was such a edge-of-my-seat one, just like last week’s. They were both really good! But my main question is: IS KONO DEAD?! NOOOOO KONO WHYYY
    I really, really hope not, but we all have to wait until fall to find out :(
    And I can’t wait to see the background to McGarrett’s whole story…what a plot twist that was!!

  37. Jewels says:

    Amazing finale, edge of my seat. Can’t wait for next season to see how all this drama plays out and his mom, can’t wait!!! Love me some mcgarrett!!

  38. Ella says:

    I want Danny and Rachel back together. They have amazing chemistry and those scenes between them will be awesome to watch next season. I just hope they realize that they love each other before it gets ugly in a custody battle. They’ve always represented Rachel as a good mother – I hope they don’t demonize her just to suit the story.

  39. Felicity says:

    I wonder who will be playing his McGarrett’s mom?

  40. Lambsilencer says:

    That finale was basically one long action sequence. It was fun to watch!

    Wish that CBS didn’t have spoiled the ending with flashing the hashtag #OhNoKono at the very beginning of the episode, though, even though I figured Kono would end up in peril by episode’s end, simply because the addition of Michelle Borth as a regular to the H50 team next season didn’t bode well for her character to begin with.

  41. RHR Trask says:

    As much fun as the Steve/Danny dynamic is, conflict is what drives drama. It made sense for Danno to forgive McGarrett’s disappearing act the first time. But twice? This is the second finale in a row where Steve’s impulsive choices had him unavailable when the team needed him. I would like to see that play out for a while in Season 3, not just be glossed over with a joke and a hug.

  42. AMD says:

    The finale was excellent. So many twists and turns. I don’t want Chin Ho to be totaly broken. I believe Daniel Dae Kim is a wonderful actor and I think he will play the role very well. I hope Adam rescues Kono. Don’t want Malia to die either. i was surprised by Steve’s mom being Shelburne. I thought the writers might take Steve on an emotional roller coaster ride with him finding out this information but they have chosen Chin Ho instead. I really want Danny to be angry with Rachel over the custody issue. I want to see him be strong and willing to fight, fight for his daughter! I am looking forward to Season 3 and wished that it started tomorrow. I now agree with Lamballencer with the addition of Michelle Borth, Kono will probably be eliminated.

  43. Tuan Dinh Vu says:

    That character “Charlie” is hot. Are they going to try to replace Kono?

  44. Callie says:

    I loved the show and the season finale was awesome!
    I really dont want to see Chin broken but i imagine the death of his wife would do that, so i dont expect Malia to survive.
    I hope Adam saves Kono, i know people have issues with him being Yakuza but i love them together, he is very cute.
    I hope Danny insists on a DNA test for Grace’s baby brother too cos i bet he’s Danny’ s boy.

    As for Steve, he just rocks ! Cant imagine it will be easy for him with ” Mom” but i’m sure it will make for some interesting episodes.

  45. Mary S. Smith says:

    I love Hawaii 5-O and all of its characters, esecially Mcgarrett. I don’t want them to kill anyone off the show but have a feeling it will be Malia which makes me sad. I have enjoyed every episode and love the relationship between Mcgarrett and Danny. Good job!!!

  46. Jill Marshall says:

    If they have truly killed Malia, I will never watch again. I have watched every episode but her death will turn a great show into a soap opera, sad

  47. Mikey says:

    I beg you not to kill off Kono. and give back Chin his balls and Mojo.. he needs to show more aggression and revenge! I heard rumors Kono might not be back next season… give her more meat in new parts and make her a more significant factor in the season coming.

  48. rachel says:

    i think mrs mcgarrett will be a good person not a bad person and i think she will come back to hawaii and be hidden from wofat i think steve will be shoaked to learn that his mother killed wofats father i just hope no one dies in this season it will be sad if anyone died close to steve i hope to see how mary will be when she sees her mother for the first time in years will they have steve call mary to come home or will she come back when steve returns to hawaii i hope the team will stay together and i hope they will have fixed the HPD and im hopeing steve and catherine will be able to be in a relationship without problems hope steve and catherine will be partners when she joins

  49. Hallie says:

    I do think that chin called Adam it is the only thing that makes sense also, with keno calling Adam during the episode make sense. As for Danny the Danny/Rachel stuff is confusing every time we see her or hear about her there relationship is different. As for what they are referring to I am pretty sure they are talking about them during the episode when Rachel has her baby she tells Danny that the only thing they have to talk about is the baby and in the kidnapping episode we find out that Danny tryed to convince Rachel to stay with him and you can see the closeness between the two not to mention the only story that really involved Danny was about Rachel. There are was a rumor that the baby may not be Stan’s after all.

  50. Winry says:

    I did saw the finale at Season 3. It was quite interesting when Kono and McGarrett been together, having 3child in two years time. OMG! Obssessed.

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