The Shield

Season 6 Episode 6

Chasing Ghosts

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 08, 2007 on FX
9.5
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Vic redirects his attention to finding out who really killed Lem after he learns for certain that Guardo wasn't involved. The Strike Team investigates the murder of a politician's daughter. Later, Cassidy confronts her father about his unethical past.

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  • Great episode, but it loses .5 points for Vic not killing Shane in this episode. Hypocrite huh? Being a hypocrite about Lem's murder would imply that Lem and Crowley have a lot in common. That couldn't be further from the truth.moreless

    9.5
    Lem and Crowley are very different people and have far more different relationships with Vic and Shane. They've known Lem a heck of a lot longer than they've known Crowley. Crowley was given the opportunity to give up Vic to benefit himself and took it right away, while Lem continually protected Vic and the team and even chose to hurt himself in order to protect them. Plus, Shane had a vendetta against Lem back in Season 3 and 4 and so he probably still secretly hated Lem.



    The point is that Shane should have trusted Lem and not used Vic's actions against Crowley as a tent pole because they're totally different situations with totally different people and possibly similar consequences. Shane is a piece of crap and he deserves to be in the grave instead of Lem. I might be able to settle for Vic pulling the trigger on Shane later in the season, but something tells me that won't happen even though Shane deserves it.



    Burn in hell with the likes of Guardo and Armadeo, Shane Vandrell.moreless
  • Intense episode.

    9.5
    Great episode. Season 6 is not as good as the S5 but it is still damn good. The episode was tension filled with some major developments....mainly Vic finding about Shane killing Lem. One thing for sure, Lem is still a very important part of the show..they sold Vic`s obsession to find the murderer well BUT it was somewhat dissapointing to see him let Shane go...well for now. He tortured Guardo to death...I was expecting some beating for Shane. However everything was well executed. It`s a good idea to have Shane reveal what happened to Lem right there in that crime scene...typical Shield intensity. Shane was always the a## of the team..he screwed things over several time and ended killing Lem. While everything was great in the Vic-Shane confrontation, I sure as hell hope Vic will beat the crap outa the guy.

    Other than that, the new guy is growing on me...he is no Lem but he`s cool. Vic`s career situation looks resolved too...in a satisfying way because having Claudette save Vic`s career would have been weird.

    Overall, intense episode...the best of Season 6 so far. I still hope Vic won`t just let it slide with Shane...I doubt he will and it`s all good.moreless
  • This episode could have been a 9.9 except for the truly horrid acting of Autumn Chiklis and the soap opera-ish triangle they are trying to set up between Tina, Dutch, Danny and Kevin- wait, that's four sides... what kinda triangle is that?moreless

    9.3
    Finally, Vic gets to the bottom of Lem's death. The climactic showdown between Mackey and Shane is worth the price of admission. I only wish that I didn't have to sit through the other pulpy scenes with everybody making goo-goo eyes at Tina, and Tina throwing herself at Kevin while Danny and dutch look on jealously. That is so beneath this show... I get it, already: Tina is cute. So, unless the writers are planning to go somewhere with this, can we move on? And someone please take away Autumn Chiklis' SAG card before the suckage gets any worse. Enough also with the failed plots to trap Mackey. Who didn't know that he was going to talk his way around Guardo's girlfriends' accusations? I want Vic to continue to elude trouble, but it cheapens as a plot device when it is so overused. Jeez, this turned out to be a gripy review- don't get the wrong idea; I still love this show. On to the next ep...moreless
  • Shane finally comes clean to Vic about the murder of Lem. Shane is hoping that Vic will accept why he did what he did, but it seems right now he can't.moreless

    9.9
    This was one of the BEST episodes of the season. My favorite character has been Shane Vendrell since the start of season 1. It breaks my heart that Vic and Shane had to argue the way they did. I hope that some where down the line that Vic doesn't kill Shane, but will forgive him.
  • In this weeks review, you will see why I feel that "chasing Ghosts" is a fine example of the greatness of the Shield. From protecting the name of a daddy's girl gone bad, to confronting Lem's TRUE killer, this episode is packed with excitement.moreless

    9.5
    There is a strong theme that boils to a point beyond containment in this episode, andf that theme is hypocracy. The title chasing ghosts refers to the malestrom Vic and Ronnie have survived all to find Lem's true killer. However when Vic comes face to face with the truth, I can't help but agree with Shane Vendrell, despite his deadly sin.



    The plot of the episode is pure Strike Team. The boys are full force in solving a drug related homicide. The flip side: victim is the daddy's girl gone bad of a local political heavy weight. The team makes the case giving a win for both the Barn and the big wig father.



    Additionally, we see the return of Tina, another dysfunction between Dutch and Billings, as well as conflict between Cassady and her father. Vic is also pulled aside to answer for the "kidnapping" of Guardo's girlfriend. After having received answers from the devil himself, Antwon Mitchel, and hearing several confessions confirming Guardo's whereabouts the night of Lem's murder, Vic turns to Shane as prime suspect.



    After seeing Kavanaugh's final report, Vic finds that Shane never had a tail, and figures Shane must have pocketed a grenade before the count. When the two butt heads at the end, Shane comes clean, expressing his concern for the team and how it was best. Chiklis and Goggins do a phenominal performance in this scene.



    Shane stresse the hypocracy between Vic's opinion about murdering Lem, and his own actions to kill Terry. Vic holds that he would have spared Lem. But we'll never truly know. Vic wanted to look Lem in the eye, but we'll never know if Vic would have trusted him or not.



    It's going to get bloody.moreless
Benito Martinez

Benito Martinez

Councilman David Aceveda

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Captain Claudette Wyms

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Khanya Mkhize

Khanya Mkhize

Lorena

Guest Star

Dylan Kenin

Dylan Kenin

Guard

Guest Star

Sue Turner-Cray

Sue Turner-Cray

Patricia Martin

Guest Star

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Antwon Mitchell

Recurring Role

Autumn Chiklis

Autumn Chiklis

Cassidy Mackey

Recurring Role

David Marciano

David Marciano

Detective Steve Billings

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Vic: (to Shane) I see you again, I will kill you.

    • Julien: We shouldn't be playing God.
      Vic: God creates all men equal. Once they get out of the womb, he starts playing favorites.

    • Shane: (points to Vic) All I was doing was following your game plan, Coach!

    • Vic: I'm not an executioner!
      Shane: Well, go tell that to Terry's family.
      Vic: That's different. That son of a bitch, he was a traitor. Lem was my friend.
      Shane: He was mine, too. Look, you think you're looking at me through some window. But all you're really doing is looking in a mirror.

    • Antwon: (to Vic) And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is my final encore. Making the great Vic Mackey think I'm everyone and everywhere. Responsible for all the worst crimes against humanity. It's sad, really. You know, chasing ghosts haven't done you any favors. I didn't off your boy. Wished I did, and so do you. 'Cause if your coming after me for this, that means you lost your last clue. Good seeing you, though.

    • Aceveda: What's the latest with the Martin murder?
      Vic: Getting to a dark place.
      Aceveda: Meaning?
      Vic: The daughter was a heroin addicted whore. Paid for her drugs with pussy and mouth favors. Other than that, she was Pippi Longstocking.

    • Billings: Man, I guess wet dreams can come true.

    • Shane: Hey, there, Gentlemen.
      Hiatt: Well, someone had a good night.
      Shane: Pregnancy sex is the best kind. Give you something to look forward to.
      Hiatt: Thanks. I'll give Mara a call.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 9, 2008 on Network 10
      Czech Republic: October 9, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: October 8, 2009 on Nelonen

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