The Shield

Season 3 Episode 14

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 08, 2004 on FX
9.6
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With an Armenian hit-man hot on their trail, the Strike team sweeps the streets of the Armenian community to find him before he finds them. After catching a break, Aceveda's suspicions grow about the Strike Team's involvement with the Money Train robbery. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette investigate a case that could repeal hundreds of convictions, which leaves Claudette having to choose between her conscience and her career.moreless

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  • The strike team realizes that Margos is eyeing them and they must find him first before he finds them. Dutch brings his suspicions to Aceveda about Vic's involvement. Lem decides to take matters into his own hands regarding the money.moreless

    10
    Lem really stepped up and his role and character devoloped more in this episode. Plus Dutch suspicions lead to Aceveda which lead Aceveda to get his suspicions clear about the strike team.



    First off, Margos is a big problem for the strike team. The scene when Vic and the others interrogate one of Margo's men on the rugs and the heroin, we see that Margos is clearly watching Vic and the strike team before he kills that poor woman. It was like a scene from a sniper/surveillence movie. A guy is looking for another guy only to realize he's the one being watched. All the hype about how evil Margos is was justified in this episode because of that scene.



    Dutch goes to Aceveda and Aceveda goes to Shane regarding Shane's storage area. Shane actually played it smart and used his marriage with Maura as a motive to rent the storage and fortunetly, they had the money removed from the place. I don't know if Aceveda searched it but it caused his suspicions about the strike team to die down which is good for them.



    The last scene was one of the best scenes I've ever witnessed on television. (Spoilers) Lem decides to get rid of the money due to his paranoia about going to prison. The rest of the team shows and a huge confrontation ensues. This is some of the best dramatic acting witnessed. That scene had me on the edge of my seat for I didn't know how the others would react to Lem. You could see the pain and regret in Lem's face; it summed up the fact that he hated doing these things (drugs, robbing, taking the money) but he did it because he loves the guys from the strike team as he claims they are the only family that he has. While they think there's a different solution to their problem, Lem believes that getting rid of the money is the best way to do it.



    I knew that Lem was getting rid of the money the moment he left Ronnie at the storage. I'm sure that had every viewer on the edge of their seat glued to the tv set too see how everyone would react. The dramatic tension was a perfect way to set up the season finale. Kudos to Shawn Ryan for somehow finding a way to build up a season finale with a strong pre season finale!moreless
  • I know I said it before, but these guys REALLY know how to end a season! This is another classic, and a perfect setup for what's certain to be a memorable Season 3 finale.moreless

    9.5
    Margos is back, and boy is he pis*ed. The Team now must find him before he takes them out. Tavon (now conscious and with his memory intact) is coerced into changing his story, in a gut-wrenching scene featuring some of the finest acting I've ever seen on this or any show. Aceveda (tipped off by Dutch)is closer than ever to tying the Team to the money train robbery. And Claudette's moral compass threatens to cause big trouble as she uncovers information that could jeopardize hundreds of convictions, but refuses to sit on it as suggested by Aceveda- and Dutch.



    This episode is one for the ages, with a jaw-dropping ending that changes everything forever. A must-see.moreless
  • Big set up for the Season Finale

    9.5
    Nothing is going right for the strike team. They just can`t stop getting into trouble. Dutch is suspicious about The strike team`s involvement in the money train stuff. Hearing that, Aceveda starts his own investigation. Sick of this situation Lem takes things in hand and decides to destroy the money. Also, Tavon regains conscious but Vic and Co. makes him believe another version of his fight with Shane.



    The episode was nerve wracking,. with some great plot advancers, twists and cliffhangers. The shield never misses a Season Finale and I don`t think it will be the case here. The strike team is in deep deep trouble and will probably never be the same again....now I cannot wait to see how this turns out.moreless
CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Detective Claudette Wyms

Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer

Kurt Sutter

Kurt Sutter

Margos Dezerian (Uncredited)

Guest Star

Karmin Murcelo

Karmin Murcelo

Carol

Guest Star

Marcos Ferraez

Marcos Ferraez

Leith

Guest Star

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Recurring Role

Brian J. White

Brian J. White

Detective Tavon Garris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Lem opens the last trunk, the camera gets in the way of the lid and is moved away.

    • When Vic goes to hug Ayla to console her on Sosi's death outside the hospital, there is already blood on the back of the girl's shirt (on the right shoulder blade) before he even touches her. Vic does have blood on his hands, which you see after he's already holding her in his arms.

    • Anyone else notice that the money train money was a mixture of $10 bills up to $100 bills? Up until now, it's been said that the money train was pretty much all $20 bills.

    • After Vic finishes dunking the Armenian in the barrel of oil, he pulls him out quickly and dumps him on the ground. You can see droplets of oil on the camera lense.

    • The same uni-cop passes by Dutch and Aceveda three times when they're talking about Vic.

    • The barrel of oil slightly moves to a different position so that the camera can get shots where the other barrels should be.

    • O'Brien was burned in the fire only a week ago. However, we see no trace of the rug or even anything being burned except the money.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Shane: Show and tell, kids!
      Vic: Show us what you're doing, and we'll tell you why it's a crime!

    • (The Strike Team run down the stairs to see Lemonhead burning the money)
      Vic: What are you doing!?!
      Lem: Keeping us safe!
      Shane: Put the goddamn money down Lem!
      Vic: This won't help us.
      Lem: Look, if there's no money to find, Aceveda and the Feds can't touch us!
      Shane: Lem, back off. (draws his gun) Back goodamn off right now! (Everyone holds still) Back off man, I mean it.
      Ronnie: Shane...
      Lem: Shane...put down the gun.
      Vic: SHANE!
      (Shane & Lem stare st each other, Shane slowly puts the gun down)
      Shane: Please man, don't do this man. Please.
      Vic: It's gonna be alright. I promise.
      Ronnie: Come on man, I mean COMEON MAN!
      Lem: You guys, you guys are the only family I got, alright. I'm not gonna let any of us go to prison.
      Vic: That's a decision for the four of us to make, not just you.
      Lem: I've always gone along with everything you ever wanted, and all it's done is get us deeper and deeper into shit.
      Vic: STOP IT!
      Lem: Just let me finish this please.
      (Vic takes down Lem and a fight breaks out)

    • (Rolls open a carpet to find a bunch of heroin)
      Ronnie: Oh, I want the rest of the day off!

    • Dutch: Vic knew the name of the bar that O'Brien says he found the marked money in. You and I were the only ones who saw the case file.
      David: You think Vic is involved?
      Dutch: Here's a guy who can overturn the Armenian mob in a week, but hasn't been able to find anything on the money train in three months? If he's that good, how does a multi-million dollar laundering ring get ripped off in his backyard without him knowing anything about it?

    • Dutch: (about Public Defenders) Having a thankless job is bad enough, getting shot for it is just insulting.

    • (Vic takes down an Armenian)
      Petrosh: Ahh, shit.
      Vic: That's Armenian for "Oh Shit!"

  • NOTES (3)

    • Deleted scenes for this episode on the Season 3 DVD include an alternative opening with Vic and Lauren, Vic beating Aceveda to the punch, a discussion on guns and lawyers and money, a fight involving Randal and a schoolmate that leads to a bigger fight, and Aceveda making a political friend.

    • This episode was shot in only 3 days.

    • In this episode we see Writer and Producer Kurt Sutter revise his one time role as "Marcos Darzerian" from episode 5, Blowback.

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