The Shield

Season 1 Episode 4

Dawg Days

2
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 02, 2002 on FX
8.8
out of 10
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177 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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Mackey attempts to broker a peace agreement between rival rappers whose feud is spilling into the streets. Danny is attacked after identifying a shooter, Julien helps a woman whose son's body has been stolen, and Dutch and Claudette search for a mission migrant worker. Meanwhile, Capt. Aceveda finds a powerful ally in "Kingmaker" Jorge Machado.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Now, THAT's more like it! This episode brings bad boy Vic Mackey back to center stage, and that's the way it should be. Subplots concerning illegal immigrants and Aceveda's political ambitions are wisely kept to a minimum.moreless

    8.8
    A beef between two rappers turns deadly, and Vic steps in to stop it. Dutch and Claudette are assigned to investigate the disappearance of an illegal immigrant worker because Aceveda wants to curry the favor of a bigshot who could help him get elected to City Council.



    A very good installment that continues to add to the complexity of Mackey's character. There is no doubt that he is a bad man, but his love of his family (the development of his son being diagnosed with autism casts him in a more symathetic light) and his fierce protection of the preyed upon innocents on "his" streets give one pause before making quick judgements about him. This is one complex and conflicted dude.moreless
  • Review

    8.3
    The episode started off pretty well - with the gang war starting off the episode instead of giving us pointless little backstories that we didn't want to hear like they normally do. I thought the gang war story kind of got a little boring down up until the end, where someone ended up dead at the end of the episode, much to Vics surprise. I thought the random little storylines took a small decline in this episode - a fact that I actually kind of like. They were able to devovlop the rapper storyline more and we were able to get more in tune with the characters in this episode then we have in past episodes. The series has slowed down a considerable bit from the fast action first episode with Vics team breaking into someones house. Its turned into a regular cop drama, with a little sprinkle of action here and there. The episode was good and it was decently written, but none of the three episodes have been able to live up to the pilots big ending.moreless
  • My favorite episode so far.

    9.8
    Vic tries to get a peace agreement between two rappers whose fued gets deadly as gang members that suuport the two rappers start killing each other. Meanwhile Dut and Claudette look for a missing illegal alien worker because the worker is Jorge Machado's maid's husband. Captain Aceveda becomes friends with Jorge Machado who says he will back him up if he runs for city councel if he can get dirty cops off the street. I really enjoyed this episode and found it very funny how Vic locked the two rappers in a shipping container for an entire night to see if they can resolve the problem peacefully or if not then only one would survive the night anyway. At the end of corse only one lived. Just a great episode. Though only the 4th I must say this one is so far my favorite.moreless
  • Dip in quality.

    6.8
    This episode isnt my favorite... the storylines werent so great. Nor Vic's nor Dutch's. So, gangwar. But dont except anything... Okay, the ending is COOL, and i mean it is. It was reallllllly nice. But the whole Vic being the peace-maker, ah, come on. That was nonsense.



    The worker who 'disappeared' was hilarious, as in, made no sense, and i simply found the whole subplot boring, Avacade being an asslicker was annoying too, on the top of that.



    But as i said, the ending was brilliant, and probably thats why this episode is really worth watching, altho this episode falls way back from the other episodes in quality.moreless
  • Vic out of all people plays peacemaker in a gang war involving two rappers, while Dutch and Claudette investigate the disappearence of a migrant worker.

    6.9
    Lem and Dani get assigned as security for a rapper hosting a party. A shooting occurs between

    the rappers and Vic and company are on the case.



    Vic’s kid starts showing autistic behavior.



    Vic messes up when his criminal informant starts harassing Dani.



    Claudette and Dutch investigate the death of a migrant worker named Manuel. They encounter

    another worker named Eduardo who tells how

    he died and this leads to another man named

    Jamison who hired them both.. In essence this

    part of the episode was about cheap labor and

    exploitation with one man trying to cover up

    an accient.



    In the end , Tbone, the black thug dies while in the same cage orchestrated by Mackey. Mackey

    however doesn't bring the murdered to justice and

    let's him go. In retrospect it's another shining

    example of Vic's corruption.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

Marc McClure

Marc McClure

Jamison

Guest Star

Dex Elliot Sanders

Dex Elliot Sanders

T-Bonz

Guest Star

Mark Kiely

Mark Kiely

Pete Shockley

Guest Star

Efrain Figueroa

Efrain Figueroa

Jorge Machado

Recurring Role

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

Camillia Sanes

Camillia Sanes

Aurora Aceveda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Mackey and Lem' are at the club where the shooting happened at the begining. When Capt. Acevada shows up he's wearing his badge on the outside of his suit, when he's talking to Mackey it's gone for the entire conversation, then when he's leaving he's wearing it again.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Dutch is ogling a stripper's bare behind, where she has sustained a minor bullet wound)
      Vic: Dutch, how many times I gotta tell you--you can't feel up the women.
      Dutch: She took one in the ass, but it's--
      Vic: --not the first time. Right. That's a good one.

    • Dutch: (After failing to catch Eduardo) HEY! San Salvador's that way!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Jay Karnes can speak Spanish, but purposely hacked up the miranda rights on purpose after getting the idea from Shawn Ryan.

    • It was revealed on the Season 1 DVD that this episode was swapped with "The Spread" for fear that Shane's character may be cut.

    • Actor, Sticky Fingaz who makes his first appearance in this episode in the recurring guest star role of Kern Little is member of the rap group, "Onyx." This is the only recurring "bad" character that has been in all three seasons.

    • Shane does not appear in this episode.

    • Music heard during this episode:

      "Hyots Aghunak" by Seda Garibyan
      "Beer" by Trailer Park Cassanovas
      "The Flute Tune" by Push
      "Rebuttle" by Project 86
      "One By One" by Jason Darling
      "Ballad of Joliet" by Bernie Marsden

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Vic: Rumble In The Jungle.

      Quick reference to the Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman boxing match which they fought in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Ali regained the World Heavyweight title from Foreman, and the match has become one of the most famous in boxing hisotry.

    • Tupac & Biggie

      It's rumored that the concept for this episode was taken from some of the rap wars between Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

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