The Shield

Season 3 Episode 3

Bottom Bitch

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 2004 on FX
9.1
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A prostitute seeks the help of the police in her quest to bring down her pimp. Claudette assigns Vic against his wishes to the case, which puts him on the verge of going over the edge. Dutch uncovers a disturbing trend of rapes and a politician is arrested for solicitation.moreless

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  • It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood: The Team is now under Claudette's iron rule, and are forced to work (and share quarters)with the Decoy Squad. Oh yeah, and they have to work a vice sting with a hooker as bait- shades of poor, doomed Connie.moreless

    9.0
    There are the usual working elements in this episode: Dutch working his interrogation magic on an oily predator; Aceveda working his shady political schemes; things aren't working out between Shane and Mara; Danny is working in the Barn again- but Vic's arc takes the most serious turn. The Team is under Claudette's supervision, and she sends them on a vice sweep with the Decoy Squad, also humiliatingly forcing them to share headquarters with them. Vic is approached by a hooker who wants to go undercover, a move that most certainly has to remind Vic of Connie's fate. What he does next is unexpected and surprising- he goes cold and detached on her, crossing the line into mental and physical abuse, to the consternation of Lem. But it turns out Vic's heart is still in the right place- he was just trying to scare her away from The Life- to no avail. Emmy-worthy acting job by Chiklis as his character is shown in the most unsympathetic light yet.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

Rudy Moreno

Rudy Moreno

Javier Sanchez

Guest Star

Heather McPhaul

Heather McPhaul

Wanda

Guest Star

Faruq Tauheed

Faruq Tauheed

Smooth

Guest Star

Matt Gerald

Matt Gerald

Tommy Hisk

Recurring Role

Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds

Annie Price

Recurring Role

Melanie Myers

Melanie Myers

Paula

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Decoy Squad: Waylon, Eddie, Annie, and Trish

    • Look closely at Lem's motorcycle. It's not the same yellow one as we saw clear back in Season One. The camera is raised up so you can't tell it's not the same, but if you compare both, you can see the handlebars are different.

    • When we last see Brian, he was nothing but a baby. Now he's a toddler. According to the timeline it's only been about six months since he was put into adoption. He grew up fast.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Aceveda: He says it was entrapment.
      Trish: Did you see his bag? Bondage is more like it.

    • Dutch: This is a guy who raped a woman, didn't leave a single hair fiber. No. Not only have I been chasing the wrong guy, I caught him.

    • Claudette: I talked to the hooker who got jumped. She's willing to build a case against her pimp.
      Vic: I talked to her too, she's a liar!
      Claudette: Then she should fit right in on your team!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Deleted scenes on the Season 3 DVD for this episode include Vic and Cassidy on a night out, and the officers looking around for stolen stereos.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Shane: Great Goddamn day! First Mara, then I gotta share a locker with Pigpen.

      This is in reference to a character from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show.

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