The Shield

Season 7 Episode 3

Money Shot

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 16, 2008 on FX
8.8
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Vic works an angle to make himself valuable in the eyes of the Armenian mob, while Corinne finds herself in legal trouble. Meanwhile, Tina and Julien go undercover to catch a crooked adult film producer.

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  • Vic and Shane try to get in good with Rezlan by telling him they will hip with smuggling their guns only to have worked out a plan to nail Rezlan (which backfires).moreless

    3.1
    LOL. I've never seen such a terribly written episode all my life as far as cop shows go. It isn't so much that some of what happened couldn't happen in real life but it's the fact that Mackey has done this crap before (unconvincly I might add) so it Jumps the Shark that Rezlan would believe that a dirty cop killer, who he knows has stolen his Armenian drug money, would trust the guy in an obvious setup. LMAO No one in real life, especially a mafia boss under these circumstances would be that dumb, except in The Shield!!!! Where everybody is easily fooled by Vic Mackey's charade of lies which a blind man could see through.



    What other things Jump The Shark, well first the obvious there is no way in hell that Vic and Shane would have left their meeting with Rezlan unscathed, maybe Shane because he has already formed an alliance with Rez but not Mackey. Oh come on writers give us what we want which is at least a taste that Mackey will get what he deserves this is just pitiful. Second, there is no way Rezlan would fall for Vick's plan to smuggle his gun. Any real mafia boss would have easily taken care of that by himself with his crew.

    Like I said before, if you were a criminal would you trust a dirty cop killer? Unless you are without a brain you wouldn't, yet Rezlan did? Lastly would you believe this dirty copy killer's word that one of your most loyal guys in your organization turned against you when the bust turned bad? Not in the slightest. Let's see who has more credibility: A dirty cop killer who just stole your money, or one of your boys who has a better record of serving...let's see who has more to lose. Yes that's right the dirty cop killer. Then there is that laughable scene with Vic (Michael Chiklis) finds the bug (that he planted) in the most unconvincing scene ever filmed. I mean Rezlan would have been right there with him looking for the bug. Again with any sort of logic there is no way a drug boss would put so much space between him and a dirty cop because it WOULD be OBVIOUS that there is no bug (unless the bug was planted earlier). LOL What a terrible written episode. They made Rezlan up to be a monster and that has been but now they've made to look like an idiot (in unconvincing fashion) here.



    Worse yet the justice that we've been awaiting for this cop for six season doesn't seem eminent unless they really come up with a great twist in the next couple of episodes. Also LOL at Romney having morals, yet in the previous episode ago, he had no problem murdering a guy in cold blood (granted he was a hitman but that doesn't change matters).



    The only thing really "real" about this episode was Dutch's case with the young asian girl who was raped because she was a lesbian.moreless
  • It's okay in that "it's entertaining but that's not nearly enough" sort of way.

    7.0
    Although this episode was a slight improvement over the first two of the season, it is still not cashing in on the promise of a riveting, intense final season as it was made in last season's final episode. In last season's final episode, Vic Mackey walked out on his hearing to form an alliance with David Aceveda to go on a two-man crusade against a Mexican crimeboss, and it promised to be an explosive final season, because it gave you the feeling that even his job was no longer as important to Mackey as taking this guy down was. Unfortunately, the three first episodes of season 7 have merely receded back to its usual schtick of the tension and distrust between Mackey/Ronnie and Shane, and Mackey arguing with Aceveda about tactics. Acevedo, who once used to be such a pivotal and interesting character, is still reduced to near-meaningless cameo's of a few minutes an episode. As usual there are also the family problems and the gang-related plots, while Dutch and his reluctant partner are working the usual sub-plot cases. It all is just giving off a "been there, done that" vibe rather than making you sense that indeed several characters are looking at their fate coming up to them.



    Meanwhile other once-fleshed out characters such as Danny, Claudette and Julien seem to be getting less and less screen time of any importance (especially Julien who might as well be any other random cop-character at this point; no more references to his inner conflicts whatsoever), while the character of Ronnie is just as underwritten and superficial as he's ever been. How on Earth can this guy ever be put in charge of any operation? The lights seem to be on with this guy but nobody ever seems to be home.



    The show used to be crackling with intensity when it really made you believe it was headed somewhere, especially during the part where Forest Whitaker was part of the show; but after he was gone it's just been going nowhere. It's not that the show is bad or even mediocre but it simply used to be much better when it actually seemed to have a purpose and direction.



    All that leaves me to say is that i really hope Vic Mackey gets his comeuppance in the end because aside from his corruption and his lies to his family, his sickening hypocrisy against Shane (who at this point is much more sympathetic than Vic even if he is dumb) is just starting to become annoying. They are both cop killers but unlike Shane, Mackey actually killed a good, clean cop and unlike Shane he never seems to regret having murdered a fellow cop. He is a slime ball with a holier-than-thou attitude, and Ronnie really is a pathetic, mindless sheep who follows Mackey like a lap dog.



    Creators, take it up a notch. Don't let "The Shield" go out with a whimper.moreless
Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer

Paula Garcés

Paula Garcés

Officer Tina Hanlon

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Larry Clarke

Larry Clarke

Peter Meyers

Guest Star

Joseph D. Reitman

Joseph D. Reitman

Axl

Guest Star

Alle Ghadban

Alle Ghadban

Larry

Guest Star

Michele Hicks

Michele Hicks

Mara Sewell

Recurring Role

Ludwig Manukian

Ludwig Manukian

Ellis Rezian

Recurring Role

Matt Corboy

Matt Corboy

Ray Carlson

Recurring Role

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