The Shield

Season 4 Episode 13

Ain't That A Shame

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 14, 2005 on FX
9.2
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Monica, Vic and the strike team work together to put Antwon Mitchell back behind bars after his deal with the DEA released him from prison. When Vic reveals his suspicions of David's connection to both Antwon and an inmate's murder, David must protect his political future at any cost. When the murder of an over-protective father leads Claudette and Dutch back to a foster home they had previously investigated, Monica makes an unpopular decision that helps seal her fate.moreless

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  • Great conclusion for Season 4

    9.1
    So Season 4 of the shield finally ends as Rawling with the help of the Strike team try to fight the deal made with Antwon Mitchell. Season finales of the shield tend to be epic, well while this is the weakest of the 4 finale it was nonetheless great. Rawling looses her job, which is pretty predictable but we learn that she was indeed investigating on the strike team and that Lem maybe in serious trouble. Too bad Vic couldn`t make the connection between Juan and Aceveda.

    Dutch was proposed the job to replace Rawling, he refused but I think that would have led to quite some situations.

    So great ending for season 4 with Antwon Mitchell`s legacy finally ending and Rawling gone while internal affairs could mean big time trouble for Vic and his team in the future.

    Certainly, Season 4 turned out to be the weakest of the 4, it was still good tho...felt like a transitional season. Season 5 should be better.moreless
  • The brilliant ending to the Glen Close season of The Shield.

    9.4
    This was an amazing end to this season and I feel that Glen Close really kept herself in character the whole time. This season was the best yet in my opinion, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Shawn Ryan has in store for the next season. Monica Rawling was finally the answer to all the problems that they were having in finding a good captain. I'm really glad that she seized that foster home, some may say that that's what decided if she was going to be fired or not, but I really think that they had already decided to fire her in the first place. Mitchel was finally caught and I was glad to see that justice was being pretty well shoveled out in this episode, until the end when Monica was fired. Good can't always win, and you could tell the Aceveda and the assistant chief knew that what they were doing was wrong. I was really surprised when Dutch was offered the job to take over where Monica left off, and I was glad to see him turn it down, that would have been a real stab in the back for Claudette, not only that, but I think Dutch was right in saying that he was more valuable on the streets then in an office behind the desk. I'm excited to see who they pick for the next captain in the fifth season. God bless Monica Rawling.moreless
  • Probably the weakest season finale yet, especially considering what an incredible season this has been. That's not to say it sucks- lots of good stuff happens- but the plot lines get tied up a little bit too neatly, and the "happy ending" rings false.moreless

    9.1
    Vic and Monica team up to undermine Antwon's deal with the DEA. And the tenacious Vic delivers, giving Monica the pleasure of slapping Mitchell behind bars again. Danny and Julien continue to re-bond. And Dutch and Claudette do the same, as Dutch is surprisingly offered the now-vacant Captain position, and turns it down in solidarity with Wyms.



    The Team look like their old selves again, joking around with each other and looking out for each other. But storm clouds are on the horizon, as I.A.D. investigates Lem over the unreported seizure of heroin from Pitarro. And Monica runs up against her old foe at Child Protective Services when she discovers that a kid from the troubled foster home featured in an earlier episode is selling drugs and makes a fateful decision to seize the house, even though the seizure program is supposed to be shelved. This results in her firing, and several heartbreaking scenes as she says goodbye to Vic and the Barn.



    The final scene shows the entire Barn gang in a bar, living it up. It just didn't ring true to me- it's just not The Shield's style. Still, I can't wait until Season 5.moreless
  • The conclusion to another great season!!!!!

    9.5
    OK - I truly like this series more with each eposide.



    Season 4 with Glenn and Mr. Anderson were great.



    I could hardly wait to see each new episode as I reviewed the DVD. This truly is one of the better serties on TV and I am so glad to see the quality keeping up each season. All of the people keep growing and changing and revealing more of themselves that one can see a new facet every week.

    Love the writers and their story lines.



    Will Dutch kill another cat?



    great series.



    What will be coming next season. I can't wait!moreless
  • 5.6
    The Honeymoon's over Vic. For those of us who live to watch Vic's life decisions torment him day in and day out, arguably the worst season in Shield history ends here. Rawling was a pushover, and her hubris damned her here. This was a pretty typical episode that all started to come together at the end. Firstly, the Rawling story concludes itself with her self-righteous love of the seizure program proving to be her undoing, and the only real friend Vic ever had in power going with her. Wyms is screwed over for the Cheif's job that she so rightly deserves yet again, with Dutch doing the honorable thing and turning down the job for her sake. This episode also concludes (for now) the Antwon Mitchell story line and it seems to get some justice for Scooby and Carl, the two murdered cops. However, those of us who are able to review this in light of season 5 all see the dark clouds on the horizon. Lem is about to be completely sold out by Emolia, who shows her mercenary side in this episode. This all spells Kavanaugh on the horizon, and a character even more disgusting than Aceveda. This episode works well in light of the future, but if I was wathcing it when it aired, I wouldn't be happy with the seemingly happy go lucky ending.moreless
CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Detective Claudette Wyms

Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Captain Monica Rawling

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

IAD Agent

Guest Star

Kevin Cooney

Kevin Cooney

DEA Captain Lamberti

Guest Star

Melody Garrett

Melody Garrett

DCFS Supervisor

Guest Star

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Assistant Chief Roy Phillips

Recurring Role

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Antwon Mitchell

Recurring Role

Melanie Myers

Melanie Myers

Paula

Recurring Role

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