The Shield

Season 3 Episode 8

Cracking Ice

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 2004 on FX
9.1
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Episode Summary

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An oversight puts Waylon and Trish in serious danger during an undercover job and Claudette is to blame. Meanwhile, Tommy makes a drastic decision when he realizes nobody in the Barn can help him get back on the job.

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  • The momentum built in the last two episodes slows a bit due to another plot that meanders away from the main storylines that I'm interested in. But, hey, it's still The Shield.moreless

    8.7
    An undercover operation goes wrong, endangering Walon and Trish, and Claudette is at fault. Vic and Walon agree to join forces to stymie Claudette's efforts to divide and conquer them. Money is missing from the heist stash, and the Team starts to point fingers at each other. Dutch hits a dead end in his ongoing hunt for the rapist. Vic has a romantic interlude that ends badly. Danny and Julien try to help a despondent Tommy, who realizes that he will probably never get his job back and takes drastic action. Julien continues his efforts to become a father, and realizes some urges may be harder to get rid of than he thought.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

Nadia Shazana

Nadia Shazana

Nurse

Guest Star

Paula Jai Parker

Paula Jai Parker

Deseray

Guest Star

Khary Payton

Khary Payton

Kaliel "Lil Psych" Wilks

Guest Star

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Recurring Role

Nikki Micheaux

Nikki Micheaux

Detective Trish George

Recurring Role

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Lauren Riley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lemonhead: We're 7-G's short, just like Ronnie said.
      Vic: And the lock?
      Ronnie: Not a scratch.
      Lemonhead: Besides, who's gonna steal seven-grand and leave a fortune behind? (Vic and Lemonhead sit down) So which one of us did it?...Huh?
      Vic: None of us did it. Look this whole Tommy thing has got us all a little raw.
      Lemonhead: Ronnie reported the money missing.
      Ronnie: I didn't even want to steal it in the first place.
      Lemonhead: So when you gonna talk to him?

    • Dutch: You see something like that, you wonder if we all shouldn't just stay home and read the bible.
      Danny: Thanks, my partner already does that.

    • (Walking into beauty salon)
      Clerk: May I help you?
      Vic: Just gotta get my cornrows tightened.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Deleted scenes for this episode on the Season 3 DVD include performance anxiety talk between Danny and Dutch (which includes talk that Danny was taking the Detective exam) and Nina talking to Dutch about the "female trinity."

    • In the Season 3 DVD commentary, the coroner who examines the dead elderly woman and her daughter is Benito Martinez's sister. She is uncredited in this episode.

    • Though it's not spoken, the tow truck at the end of the episode is pulling out Tommy's car (the one he drove in). He shot himself inside a cop car.

    • The giant stakeout was filmed as one large-scale filming shoot in the middle of afternoon traffic. The area was not blocked off, the traffic and people you see are all real except for the actual actors you see on camera.

    • Paula Jai Parker and Jernard Burks did a bunch of improvised interaction in character for the cameras while the cast was memorizing lines. Director Guy Ferland wanted to use a lot of the material, but instead decided not to since it didn't add to the story.

    • The original title for this episode was "Blown" to represent Waylon's blown cover. The current title was chosen by Shawn Ryan, who admitted it was the worst choice, but forced it onto the show.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lemonhead: Here come the judge.

      A quick and funny line that refers to one of the famous catchphrases from the late 60's sketch show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

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