The Shield

Of Mice and Lem

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 3/14/06
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  • Episode Description
  • To the dismay of his friends, a weary Lem is thinking about accepting a deal from the D.A. where he has to plead guilty to the heroin charges. With no other choice, Vic reluctantly meets with Antwon in order to ensure Lem’s safety in prison. Meanwhile, unforeseen circumstances that are beyond Claudette and Dutch’s control might cause irrevocable damage to their friendship.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scott Serridge


  • Christopher Judd


  • Danielle Barbosa

    Zoilla Trujillo

  • Mark Gantt

    Bar Owner

  • J. David Shanks

    Officer Stamos

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Best episode the Shield has ever produced by far

    By ElitePararescue, Jul 19, 2006

  • I almost jumped off the couch - Good for Claudette

    By lindajo, Apr 10, 2007

  • I've been up all night watching these last few episodes of Season 5. I can't believe how bummed I am that it's ending, and there is no S6 DVD out yet. Man, I thought I got hooked on 24 and The Sopranos- this is a whole new level of drama. Simply amazing.

    By rockin01, Sep 23, 2007

  • Tv at its very best.

    By avi01, Dec 16, 2008

  • Yet another fantastic thought provoking and emotional episode.

    By MFKR78, Aug 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Kavanaugh: Seen this guy? (holds up picture of Vic) Sadie: Yeah, he came through Kavanaugh: Are you ok? Sadie: Why do you care? Kavanaugh: Did he hurt you? Sadie: You're the only one who ever hurts me, John... That's not gonna happen again. Kavanaugh: I just.. Can you just.. Tell me what he did, just tell me what happened. Just, what'd he do? Sadie: What did he do? Well, he made me cum. That's what he did.

    • Claudette: I need your support. I've got my work cut out for me. Dutch: You'll do fine. Whoever sits up there has to have an active mistrust of everyone and everything in this place. I can't imagine anyone better suited to the job.

    • Kavanaugh: Vic Mackey kills cops! He--he deals drugs! He beats suspects! You know what he did yesterday? He--he screwed my ex-wife with the sole purpose… of making this investigation seem like a personal vendetta. He may have assassinated a gang leader. And that’s just all in one day. I wonder what he’s gonna do today? I wonder what he’s gonna do tomorrow?

    • Vic: Let me remind you of a few things you seem to have forgotten. I didn’t kill Terry. You’ve lost your leverage with Lem. And you’re ex-wife’s p---y… tastes like sweet butter.

    • Kavanaugh: Pretty soon there is gonna be a lonely room filled with empty lockers, huh? Lem: You and me are the only ones on the way out. I just cut a deal with the D.A. Kavanaugh: What deal’s that? Lem: Why don’t you ask the Chief? It’s sitting on his desk waiting for his signature. Vic: He’ll be out on parole before the blood rushes back to your face.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Airdates: Australia: January 28, 2008 on Network 10 Finland: August 18, 2008 on Nelonen

    • Music heard during this episode: Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins Song: Disarm Album: Siamese Dream Label: Virgin Records

    • John Cygan who guest starred in this episode as Chief Johnson had previously co-starred with Michael Chiklis in The Commish. He played Detective Paulie Pentangeli who was a partner and long time friend of Commissioner Tony Scali.

    Trivia (1)

    • This marks the return of Sticky Fingaz as Kern Little who was last seen in the third season episode, Blood And Water. This episode also marks Sticky Fingaz's final appearance on "The Shield."

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: Of Mice and Lem The title of this episode is derived from these famous lines, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley” in verse 7 of Robert Burns’ poem, To A Mouse and John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. In To A Mouse, Robert Burns apologizes to a mouse for plowing down it’s home as winter approaches. He reflects on the past and the nature of fate in our lives. That no matter how we plan things out, they don’t always turn out the way we had originally hoped. The common saying, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” evolved from the poem. These last few lines of the poem also served as the inspiration behind John Steinbeck choosing to name his novel Of Mice and Men, which follows the lives of George Milton and Lennie Small who are migrant workers during the Great Depression. The two friends are forced to leave their home after Lennie is accused of rape. They attempt to start over at a new ranch by working and saving enough money to fulfill their dream of not having to always travel and work under anyone ever again by one day buying their own farm. This becomes increasingly difficult as the two encounter numerous obstacles in their way. Some of the themes in the novel are dreams, friendship/loyalty, sacrifice, and loneliness.

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