The Shield

Season 5 Episode 3

Jailbait

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 24, 2006 on FX
9.1
out of 10
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The Strike Team tries to develop a strategy to deflect the Internal Affairs investigation as Vic finally comes face to face with Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, Tina goes undercover to help take down a sex-trafficking ring; and friction between Claudette and Dutch deepens when she reopens one of their past cases.moreless

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  • Tina is on a role. Lem is doing the right thing.

    9.0
    I was really glad to see that Tina finally got a job that she could get some recognition for, and the way she handled those bad guys was pretty awesome. I was glad to see that Lem was coming around to decide where his true loyalties lie, and I really think that even though it's not the truth, it's a good thing that Lem thinks that Vic didn't kill Terry. I was also glad to see that Chorren decided to go to Vic about the guy that was talking to her at her kids school. Couldn't believe that guy had the balls to go and talk to Vic face to face.moreless
  • A very good episode, but somehow not as compelling for me as the opening episodes of this season. Enough with the set-up, already- lets get to the big showdown between Mackey and Kavanaugh! But I know that's not the way series TV works...moreless

    9.0
    The Shield is never less than entertaining, but I like some episodes better than others. This one features the usual great stuff: marvelous acting from the ensemble cast, tautly paced action scenes, a well-written, expertly directed script- so, what's not to like? Nothing, except the general pacing just seemed slow compared to the rest of this season. And I'm getting a little tired of a couple of trends this show has developed: One, continually setting up tension between Dutch and Claudette only to have them kiss and make up late in the season. I just don't get the point, but maybe it will become clear as the season progresses. Two, not being able to decide if Aceveda is a good guy or or an amoral political weasel. He's not my favorite character in the first place, and his return this season solely to amp up the pressure on Lem feels contrived to give him screen time. Three, I have read a lot of raves about Forest Whitaker's performance as Kavanaugh. I usually love his acting, but so far his acting in this series feels over-the-top and full of showy tics. Where's the subtlety?



    Still, it's my new favorite TV show, and there was a lot to like about this ep: The actor playing Lem gets to do more than walk around with that pained look on his face; he has turned in some really affecting performances this season. The sting with Tina undercover was tense and engrossing. And Corrine showed a little more smarts than usual (not hard to do) in suspecting creepy Kavanaugh. It was also a lot of fun to watch how the Strike Team got around the wire Lem was wearing. See ya next episode...moreless
  • This is what The Shield is all about

    9.5
    Another great episode, with things developing on all fronts. It's nice to see the Strike Team start to take some action against Kavanaugh, and also Corinne finally realising that something's up with Mr. Friendly Divorced Parent.

    Loved the way Tina handled herself undercover. For a moment there I thought something bad would happen(not unusual for this show), but I guess it would have been too early in the season. :)

    And when Vic looked Lem in the face and mixed truth(living with Terry's death) with lies(not that confessing was an option with IA listening in), convincing him that they have to stick together...priceless.

    The showdown between Vic and Kavanaugh seemed uncomfortable, as it should have been. Both of them were playing it sweet and innocent but Vic seemed more straightforward. Kind of like lying to someone and sticking it in his face at the same time.



    Less violence in this one but more sex, just to keep things Mature. :)moreless
  • Hits the ground running

    9.0
    This ep showcased what The Shield does better than any other show - combines lightning-fast pacing with depth of character and plot development. Too often, a program will sacrifice substance for speed, or character development will slow the pace. Not with The Shield.

    Advancing toward the intro between Vic and Kavanaugh, you have the multiple and intersecting plot lines, and the groundwork for some intriguiging speculation - is Vic so secure of Lem that he will overlook the possibility that it will be Shane who will choose family over the team? Is there something that Dutch hasn't considered about his failure to commit? Is there anything exploitable in Kavanaugh's background?

    I'll say it again; best cast on TV and most consistently solid writing.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

Detective Claudette Wyms

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Julian Garcia

Julian Garcia

Martin

Guest Star

Natalie Amenula

Natalie Amenula

Magdalena

Guest Star

Kendall Clement

Kendall Clement

Sanford

Guest Star

Jack Weber

Jack Weber

Matthew Mackey

Recurring Role

Laura Harring

Laura Harring

Becca Doyle

Recurring Role

Michele Hicks

Michele Hicks

Mara Sewell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • While Tina is wiring up for the sex-ring bust, Julien tells her that she is still on probation. This means that he chose to follow his own decision than listen to Danny about the brawl between the father and son.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Vic: I feel like there's some unfinished business between us.
      Lem: What's that?
      Vic: It's this Terry thing. You thought I was hiding something from you. Here's the truth... I swept through that house. I cleared that bathroom. At least I thought I did. Somehow Two-Time got past me. I left Terry exposed... I made a mistake. I never told anybody. I thought it was my fault. That's something I've been living with for a long time now. Finally, I decided to move on. Something you're gonna have to push past too.
      (Vic gets up and writes 'We Together?' for Lem to see)
      Lem: Yeah.
      Vic: Okay. (Lem looks Vic in the eye and shakes his hand)

    • Dutch: I can't have other colleagues as friends?
      Claudette: Marshall has quite a reputation as a man's man, if you know what I mean.
      Dutch: He's...he's gay?
      Claudette: While you were reading faces, he was reading your package...have fun, though.

    • (After trashing a home looking for evidence, and finding nothing, Strike Team members look at a bed)
      Shane: No, it can't be that easy.
      Vic: He's an ex-con from Mexico, it damn well could be.
      (Vic tosses the bed and cuts mattress open)
      Lem: Jackpot.

    • Shane: I wouldn't expect any clemency with the Terminator as Governor.

    • Danny: Her Majesty Billings needs to see you.

    • Vic: You get the tortoise, we got the hare!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Shane tells the suspect from the sex ring that he shouldn't expect clemency from "The Terminator." At the time of the airing of this episode, the governor of California is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is famous for the title role from "The Terminator" series. In real life, Governor Schwarzenegger refused clemency from execution for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of The Crips Gang, children's books author, and former Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

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