The Shield

Season 2 Episode 13

Dominoes Falling

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2003 on FX
9.6
out of 10
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149 votes
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When a gang execution hits close to home for Claudette, Vic, Tavon, and Dutch work together to find the culprit before anyone else gets hurt. Shane, Lemonhead, and Ronnie are forced to choose between hitting the money train without Vic or letting it go. Meanwhile, Danny receives some life changing news and Julien's harassment reaches a whole new level.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I have seen every episode up to Season 5 and this is the BEST EPISODE in the whole series!

    10
    I own all the seasons on DVD and season 2 remains my favorite, this being in my opinion the best episode in the history of the Shield. The ending is just so moving with the musical montage of everybody and then all this money lying on a table with the whole strike team staring at it. I got chills, and was really excited for Vic and the boys.

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    In the 3rd season Lem burns it all. That pissed me off.moreless
  • Season Two Ends

    9.0
    It was good, just not 9.62 average good. Finales are always put on a higher expectation then normal episodes and this one was very good, but just not for a finale I didn't think. David wins his primary, somehow. Not sure how he was able to make such a huge comeback in a couple of days but he was able to put it off and it looks like Claudette will take over as the boss of the barn. The money train was kind of dissapointing. I think the biggest thing was that after all of the planning Vic showed up late and no one was wearning gloves. I know it was a minor detial but I just found that very weird that they would not wear them. Julians storyline was actually very good in this episode. The harassment reaches a new level and the end of the episode was very powerful as he gets his very own "blanket party". Vic's personal life was small in this episode, which I liked. Seems like his ex-wife regrets the decision so I think we might see more of her in the future. Overall - good season but I think the finale could have been a lot better. I liked the finale of season one better.moreless
  • The Shield really knows how to close out a season! Once again, they pull out all stops for a perfectly paced season finale that makes you wish Season 3 started tomorrow.moreless

    9.5
    Dominoes Falling indeed! The stakes are upped for every major character in this sizzler of a season finale: Aceveda's surprise win in the primary means he will be around for a while longer; Claudette deals with more family issues and rethinks her refusal of the chief's offer to promote her to Captain; Danny receives shattering job-related news; Julien tries to deal with renewed (and escalated) harassment on the job; Vic and the Team take down the money train, but at what price? And Dutch? Well, he's still Dutch.



    The Shield has perfected the formula it developed in Season 1. The writing, direction and ensemble action are perfectly in sync, creating a singular viewing experience that I haven't seen the likes of on television. Bring on Season 3!moreless
  • WOW! hard to believe they could pull it off, but all the build up from two seasons just seemed to explode all over the T.V screen in just one hour of pure genius.moreless

    10
    The build up for this episode had been immense, with the continual story of 'the money train' and all the problems surrounding it, to the election and subsequent sackings. The arcs in this season have been very complex, but this episode seems to tie it up wonderfully with just enough hanging on the edge to keep people needing to see the next season. Brilliant finale.
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

Dominic Comperatore

Dominic Comperatore

Dach

Guest Star

T.J. Hall

T.J. Hall

Randall

Guest Star

Brent Stimely

Brent Stimely

Reporter #1

Guest Star

Matt Corboy

Matt Corboy

Ray Carlson

Recurring Role

Brian J. White

Brian J. White

Detective Tavon Garris

Recurring Role

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene where Vic is talking to Shane after Shane visited Vic's wife at night, you can see a microphone above them, if you look closely.

    • The Strike Team spends months planning the Money Train heist. They buy storage space, steal a garbage truck, have a backup plan for 3 men instead of 4, wear ski masks, tail an Armenian ring leader, and practice and scout the two locations. Yet when they carry out the heist, THEY DON'T WEAR GLOVES to cover their finger prints during the actual robbery or while dropping the cash at that Armenian's house.

    • Watch in the scene where the Strike Team go to Raidohead's place. When you see Radiohead come out from a room and Vic and his team go inside, the camera follows Vic inside and you can see a cameraman around the corner to the left.

    • When Julien gets the blanket party, they use rubber clubs again like the first season. You can see the one Jackson uses starting to crack.

    • There's a bag of money out on the table when Ronnie drops off Shane & Lemonhead, yet the mob just waves him out not thinking twice. Guess they really didn't think he was a problem.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Vic: Hey, let's remember where this Armenian money's coming from. Prostitution, drugs, robberies-- and the rest of this cash is just gonna finance more of the same. They didn't earn it, I don't feel bad about taking it.

    • Vic: What were you thinking?
      Shane: Hey where I come from, when a guy's lady jams him up, his buddies go have a talk with her.
      Vic: Not in the middle of the night Jethro.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode features the song 'Overcome' by Live.

    • The last few episodes got major publicity, not just for the fact that Chiklis was coming back up for Emmy consideration, but for the fact that many of the story lines offended several groups.

    • When it was revealed that Danny's character was being fired, fans wrote the show in outrage. However when it was revealed that she was still a staring character in Season 3, it was soon revealed that Shawn Ryan did it just to get a rise out of the fans. As he put it -- "Hey, it did air on April Fools Day. They should have caught on."

    • The original opening showed Vic getting booked and locked-up, but was taken out because Shawn Ryan ended the previous episode with Vic being arrested and wanted to start the final episode off with a bang -- hence why the beginning was changed to Shane pounding on the door. The original opening can be found of the Season 2 DVD.

    • This is the Season 2 finale.

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