I'm not sure exactly why this episode didn't exactly thrill me. All of the usual elements were there: A bang-up opening-Rondell and Kern are shot at, and blame a group of Muslims. A threat to their continued operations arises that The Strike Team has to squash- Rondell is growing increasingly unstable, intentionally inciting the Muslims and mouthing off about his protection from Mackey. Vic is in full enforcer mode, but also showing his tender side, as he advocates in his own way for his son's admission to a top school for children with autism. Julien remains deeply conflicted about his sexuality, and his self-hate takes a frighteningly self-destructive turn. Claudette and Dutch work a case in which young Koreans are pulling off home-invasion burglaries against their own family members. Danny is still getting crap for being a woman on the force. She confronts Julien about his self-conflict, and reveals that she knows he is gay Probably the most intriguing development is that a skeleton from Aceveda's past threatens his political aspirations. It gives Benito Martinez the chance to portray something other than irritation with Vic Mackey for a change. Aceveda is still my least favorite character, but it's nice to see another dimension of his personality.
My problem is that not much happens to further the plotlines that have been of the most interest to me this season. The Muslim characters were hackneyed sterotypes, and I was not the least bit interested in their story arc. Ditto with the Korean characters- the whole subplot just wasn't interesting, and what was up with making the Korean lady a racist who refused to cooperate with Wyms? It just seemed like a plot device to bring in some stock Asian characters. I guess my biggest objection is that, once again, the main characters took a back seat to these one-off storylines that added nothing to the overall series arc. I wish the writers would quit doing that.
This is, nevertheless, a must-see episode because of the developments with Julien and Aceveda.