The Shield

Season 1 Episode 5

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 09, 2002 on FX
9.2
out of 10
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177 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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David insists that Vic take uniformed cops in with them to bust an Armenian gang's drug delivery. After the bust, Julien sees the Team take a portion of the drugs for themselves. But in the end Shane ends up having the drugs and the vehicle they're in stolen from them. While the search for the drugs and the truck goes on, Mackey learns that his son is autistic.moreless

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  • Best episode since the pilot. This series excels when dealing with the complicated dynamics within the Strike Team and the consequences their actions incur. The plot thickens on both of those fronts in this installment.moreless

    9.4
    From its tension-filled opening, where Vic and company are planting a bug in an Armenian coke ring's hideout just as the bad guys return, this episode never lets up. The tension is relentless, as the Strike Team members set up a bust, skim part of the coke for their own profit, and are witnessed doing so by Julien, who has a crisis of conscience, eventually reporting them to Aceveda.



    Think that's bad? It gets worse. Shane, screwup that he is, promptly loses the drugs when the police-issue SUV he hid them in is stolen while he is making a late night booty call. The rest of the episode comes down to a desperate race between the Strike Team, who is trying to recover the vehicle and the coke, and Aceveda, who is right on their heels.



    Crackling action, with a poignant interlude where Vic reacts to his son being diagnosed with autism.moreless
  • Review

    9.4
    This is the first episode since the pilot where I thought the show really got back into the conspiracy and dirty play that made it so fun to watch in the first episode of the series. Vic and his team willingly and easily commit a crime on the job, knowing that the men who they cpatured would never talk and give them up in the long run. I thought that the sidestory of the black man and his homosexual interest was a weak story. I dont mind him being gay but he shouldnt have several scenes devoted just to him. I understood him being involved in the Vic situation as he saw them pack the drugs in, but having that as a sidestory was not needed at all. The sidestory with Matthew was also pretty boring and took away from the main drama of the episode which was trying to recover the stolen drugs - which they did.moreless
  • Vic and his team in trouble.

    9.3
    This episode showed a darker side of our 'heroes'. They are people. They need money. They want more, and more. They want to make the streets more peaceful, but they also want to make money. A good starting scene, and wel, what can i say, the whole episode was outstandingly good. Avacade almost had Vic again. The new guy seen things he shouldnt have, and more uh.. 'romantic' scenes with him and his boyfriend. Disturbing, maybe. But definitely catchy as in its REALLY dramatic and raises heart pulse.



    This episode, i recommend for everyone to watch. Shield at its very bestmoreless
  • Best Episode

    9.6
    Other than the budget problem and the black navigator becomes a blue navigator and so on. This is the first episode where the strike team finally comes together and shows what they are made of. The interplay between Aceveda and Mackey come to the forefront for the first time here. The idea that Vic can have drugs hidden behind him and look David in the face and get away with it show what a true monster he his.



    The imagery of this episode is also great. Cocking his gun and then screaming "Nobody steals from us." It was a shame it took four episodes before the show could get into this groove but it is the series best.moreless
  • Vic and Strike Team try to take down an Armenian mob dealing cocaine and willingfully commit their next illegal crime on the job.

    5.6
    Should be re-titled “The Day Vic and company steal from the Armenian Mafia” what a trip down memory lane.



    Vic and company take down a mob of Armenians dealing cocaine all the while committing their next big offense.



    This time around it’s Julian, the gay black cop who catches them in the act.





    Vic ,Shane and Lem take down an Armenian mob dealing drugs and then pocket a large sum for themselves.



    Two big blunders happen: 1) Julian catches them 2)Shane loses the car with the drugs.



    The highlight of this episode has to be when the “good old friends” point the finger at Shane and they start arguing like a couple of amateur criminals which they are.



    Julian finally comes forward with the info to Aceveda but as is the case with “The Shield” the writers find a way to let the team of the hook with suspicious circumstances.

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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

Patrick Cavanaugh

Patrick Cavanaugh

Kirk

Guest Star

Amy Moon

Amy Moon

Amy

Guest Star

Brent Roam

Brent Roam

Tomas Motyashik

Recurring Role

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Carlos: Where are you going?
      Vic: Talk to Wet Willie.
      Carlos: I can do it. I know where to find Wet Willie and his guys.
      Vic: Hey, this might be your district, but it's my world.
      Shane: Different zip code, same pinheads.

    • (At the hospital)
      Corrine: He's supposed to be the best.
      Vic: They say that about every goddamned Doctor.

    • Vic: (puts drugs in a bag) I don't want my kids to end up in Northridge hell.
      Lem: I went to Northridge.
      Shane: You majored in where's the keg.
      Lem: Oh, that's funny.

    • Dr. Bohdan: So, Mr. and Mrs. Mackey how are you doing today?
      Vic: You tell us. How'd the testing go?
      Dr. Bohdan: The past three sessions have gone well. You're very lucky. Matthew is a charming, intelligent little boy. He also has autism.
      Vic: What?
      Dr. Bohdan: Autism.

    • Danny: The test is at 7:00am in San Pedro. What's up with that?
      Dutch: Lack of sleep thins the herd.
      Danny: God, I barely know my name before 8.

    • (Listening to the Armenians)
      Vic: Huh... the Armenians... speak Armenian.

    • (Ronnie sneezes)
      Vic: Is there anything you're not allergic to?
      Ronnie: Sheetmetal.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Writer Kurt Sutter makes his first guest spot on the show as the long haired Armenian wearing the glasses.

    • This is the first episode where we start to see the badges appear on the wrong side of the uniform. Apparently the show couldn't get clearance to have them worn over the heart in standard fashion after LAPD found out about the show and its look on police life. They were also forced to change the badges from the traditional LAPD badges to the fake "security like" badges.

    • "Hayots Aghunak" by Seda Garibyan from "Im Hogin" CD (brief clip while strike team was eavesdropping on the Armenian drug dealers at the bakery) Also, supposedly "Loveloss" by Cardia wasn't heard until Episode 6.

    • Music featured:

      "Love Loss" by Ian Love
      "Fumaza" by Los Pinguos
      "Get Away" by Danny Wood
      "Laraca" by Arte Mixto

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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