The Shield


Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 3/4/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Flashback to the first day of the barn. Under pressure to get results, Vic and his new Strike Team make an impression on the streets. Dutch and Claudette realize they make a good team, and David discovers he doesn't have as much power as he thought he would.

  • Cast & Crew
  • CCH Pounder

    Detective Claudette Wyms

  • Michael Chiklis

    Detective Vic Mackey

  • Jay Karnes

    Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

  • Michael Jace

    Officer Julien Lowe

  • Reed Diamond

    Detective Terry Crowley - (Pilot Only)

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • The timing was off...

    By AndrewJones19, Apr 29, 2013

  • It is a "flashback" episode to show the first day of the barn, and how it was formed. We get brief introduction to the characters.

    By cyberdoman, Apr 04, 2006

  • A Missed Opportunity

    By 49thSurvivor, Dec 28, 2006

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 21, 2009

  • This ep aired at an unfortunate time, smack-dab in the middle of a momentum-building Season 2, so it's understandably low-rated by fans. But, if one can get past that, it's a fine episode in its own right.

    By rockin01, Aug 13, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (Hitting cross on celing) Lemonhead: Jesus Christ, (Looking at Jesus's face on cross) God damnit! I didn't mean that.

    • Aceveda: Wagenbach? Dutch: Yeah, hi, I'm Dutch... Aceveda: You're two hours late. Dutch: What? At Sunset detectives start at 9. Aceveda: You start here at 7. Dutch: Yes sir. I didn't realise... Aceveda: You're lucky there's a desk left. Dutch: That's by the kitchen and the women's restroom. Is there anything else? Aceveda: There was at 7.

    Notes (9)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Jamie Brown in her recurring role of Connie.

    • While the show is considered one of the favorites for most of the cast, it has been dubbed "the worst episode" because it stopped the story mid-way in the season just to go back and cheat a pilot episode. Best way to judge. Watch episode #1 "Pilot." Then start to watch Season 2 from start to finish. You be the judge.

    • The crew members featured in the Barn putting it together are the actual setup crew members that put it together when they first filmed the pilot in the original church. It has since been revealed that they built their own set off the design of the church at Sony.

    • One of the few reasons this episode was created was not only to look back from where they came and how important Gilroy was to Vic, but to also allow makeup time to figure out what to do with Ronnie's face.

    • A scene was deleted featuring the man who painted the lion on the side of the building. However, he was wearing a Dodgers baseball hat, and the show didn;t have permission to show the logo. You can find it on the Season 2 DVD.

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    Trivia (6)

    • In the scene where the Strike team first met in what will become the clubhouse, you can see a crewmember wearing glasses standing behind Vic. He quickly ducks out of the shot.

    • When the naked woman is running towards Danny and Julian, in some shots she is entirely naked whereas in others she is wearing panties.

    • In the "Pilot" all the doors in the Barn have brand new shiny letters printed on them. Here, nothing has been put up.

    • The editor had a woman point this out for him, because hey, who's going to notice this one. The baby that Connie is carrying is older then the one featured in Season 1.

    • The episode's ending was to look like what happened moments before Terry was introduced to the Strike Team in "Our Gang." Everything was finished out to make it look like a simple transition, but look again. Terry is wearing a different shirt in this episode than when he walks into the room in "Our Gang."

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    Allusions (1)

    • While Tom, Claudette and Dutch are about to go into the interrogation room, Tom tells Dutch to "hang back" and calls him "Fletch." Fletch was the name of the title character in the films Fletch (1985) and Fletch Lives (1989), which starred Chevy Chase as a journalist who was also a master of disguise.

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