The Shield

Season 5 Episode 10

Of Mice and Lem

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 14, 2006 on FX
9.7
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To the dismay of his friends, a weary Lem is thinking about accepting a deal from the D.A. where he has to plead guilty to the heroin charges. With no other choice, Vic reluctantly meets with Antwon in order to ensure Lem’s safety in prison. Meanwhile, unforeseen circumstances that are beyond Claudette and Dutch’s control might cause irrevocable damage to their friendship.moreless

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  • Best episode the Shield has ever produced by far

    10
    Alright, this episode was brilliantly written. This episode has done a great job for us loving Lem and hating Kavanaugh even more. Had many great moments from Lem throwing up in the basket and telling Kavanaugh to get the hell out of his house from Claudette's lupus talk (Heh, Billings line 'Pretty loopy. Maybe that’s why they call it lupus.' was pretty funny) from Vic Mackey having sex with Kavanaugh's estranged wife! Another great scene consisted between the conversation of Antwon Mitchell (another great villain, only second to Kavanaugh!) and Vic Mackey. The lines "The heat is on. And soon, I won't be filling all the comforts of home.", You've done enough. The deal, and this conversation, are over.", "That buys you one more dead cop. I've got Niners in every pen in the state. So, wherever he touches down, it will happen, and you can set your watch to that inevitability.", and "It's okay. It's alright. That's just Detective Mackey's way of saying GOODBYE!" alone made Antwon Mitchell a true villain. It also showed that Lem was screwed either way no matter what prison he gets sent to. The only best solution was Vic Mackey sending Lem to Mexico. The ending of that episode was amazing and one of my all time favorites, playing 'Disarm' by Smashing Pumpkins. It basically made that song a theme for Lem. For now on, everytime I hear that song, I always think about Lem and what happened to him.moreless
  • I almost jumped off the couch - Good for Claudette

    9.1
    Claudette so deserved to get the Captain position. When they announced it, I actually found myself clapping and cheering for her! Having her step up when she is so ill though is a bit of a stretch. In one scene she was walking with a cane and the next, she was barely struggling to walk. It seems that she should have had to use that cane much longer than she did. The weasel before her was such a slime - finding out he owned the vending machines was a great, light twist. Having him be right when Dutch was wrong about the prositute was great writing too.moreless
  • I've been up all night watching these last few episodes of Season 5. I can't believe how bummed I am that it's ending, and there is no S6 DVD out yet. Man, I thought I got hooked on 24 and The Sopranos- this is a whole new level of drama. Simply amazing.moreless

    9.8
    In that way that only The Shield can do, this episode takes an already pressure-filled situation and dials the tension up to 11. So much happens in this episode: Vic's "best-laid plan" goes awry, nullifying his protection deal with Antwon, and sending Lem on the run. Claudette is tapped as the new Captain, but her issues with Dutch continue. Julien gets some sorely missed screen time in a very well-written arc. And Kavanaugh continues to unravel, along with his case... but don't count this guy out yet.



    Vic's moral roller coaster ride continues. In his righteous quest to save Lem, he sells his soul again and again- his seduction of Sadie to get to Kavanaugh, (by the way, Gina Torres' a$$ should've been at least nominated for an Emmy- dayum, that girl is fine!) his participation in the PD warehouse robbery (and his cold-blooded abandonment of the dying Kern Little), his seduction of Becca, (at this point I don't think even he is aware of his true motivation- does he really care for her, or is this just his way of manipulating her?) and his decision to send Lem on the run, knowing that this screwed Lem's deal with the DA.



    I can't believe how good this show is- wow!moreless
  • Tv at its very best.

    10
    Words are hard to find to describe the awesomeness of this episode. Clearly one of the best episode of the shield. Vic "banging" Kavanaugh ex was hilarious. Having Vic getting under the skin really keeps building up the momentum between these two...a true fusion of hate and it clearly makes things personal. Kavanaugh face when owned is priceless...Forest Whitaker is amazing.

    There were major developments. Some are not really that interesting (well compared to the others at least). Claudette becomes the captain..it will certainly be interesting to see of she goes after Vic. The scene where she was pissed off about what was going on in famington was pretty good.

    There were other things (Danny`s pregnancy etc..) but I`ll pass.

    Main focus of the episode was Lem`s situation. Lem is a great character and the fact that he was willing to sacrifice his liberty for the team was not out of character. Acting was superbe to really give the emotional aspect the situation deserves.

    Great to see Anton too..even better when interacting with Vic.Well the deal went down...it was difficult to predict were it was heading. Just like Aceveda, Anton`s actions are quite difficult to predict. They have no side.

    So Lem is as good as dead if he goes to prison, leaving him no other choice than to be on the run for now. There is a great sense of urgency, it was also very emotional. And the closing minutes, wow...bone chilling, perfectly executed along with a great Smashing pumpkins song.

    Fantastic episode.moreless
  • Yet another fantastic thought provoking and emotional episode.

    9.9
    Wow, The Shield never fails to blow me away and this episode really hit me.



    After falling a little behind (Season 6 is now playing on UKTV) and having to record episodes of Season 6 to watch later, I'm just catching up on Season 5. Having watched the majority of it over the last couple of days and seeing this episode tonight, yet again it's neatly coming towards a huge and emotional finale.



    The breakdown of Forrest Whittaker's character has been fantastically written, and at times I found myself laughing, thinking, sad and every possible emotion in this episode.



    What got me the most was the striking ending to the episode. Whoever picks out the music to use couldn't have possibly done any better. The music of The Smashing Pumpkins with the song Disarm, played while we see snapshots of Lem leaving to go on the run etc were absolutely perfect. I'm now totally desperate to watch the finale of the season, which I will later tonight, and am already very sad as unfortunately I know the outcome of a certain character (although not what or why it happens.)



    Yours truly, from the edge of my seat...a position I'm used to ever since I started watching the best cop show ever made.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

Scott Serridge

Scott Serridge

Elron

Guest Star

Christopher Judd

Christopher Judd

Paramedic

Guest Star

Danielle Barbosa

Danielle Barbosa

Zoilla Trujillo

Guest Star

Laura Harring

Laura Harring

Becca Doyle

Recurring Role

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Antwon Mitchell

Recurring Role

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Assistant Chief Roy Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This marks the return of Sticky Fingaz as Kern Little who was last seen in the third season episode, Blood And Water. This episode also marks Sticky Fingaz's final appearance on "The Shield."

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Kavanaugh: Seen this guy?
      (holds up picture of Vic)
      Sadie: Yeah, he came through
      Kavanaugh: Are you ok?
      Sadie: Why do you care?
      Kavanaugh: Did he hurt you?
      Sadie: You're the only one who ever hurts me, John... That's not gonna happen again.
      Kavanaugh: I just.. Can you just.. Tell me what he did, just tell me what happened. Just, what'd he do?
      Sadie: What did he do? Well, he made me cum. That's what he did.

    • Claudette: I need your support. I've got my work cut out for me.
      Dutch: You'll do fine. Whoever sits up there has to have an active mistrust of everyone and everything in this place. I can't imagine anyone better suited to the job.

    • Kavanaugh: Vic Mackey kills cops! He--he deals drugs! He beats suspects! You know what he did yesterday? He--he screwed my ex-wife with the sole purpose… of making this investigation seem like a personal vendetta. He may have assassinated a gang leader. And that's just all in one day. I wonder what he's gonna do today? I wonder what he's gonna do tomorrow?

    • Vic: Let me remind you of a few things you seem to have forgotten. I didn't kill Terry. You've lost your leverage with Lem. And you're ex-wife's p---y… tastes like sweet butter.

    • Kavanaugh: Pretty soon there is gonna be a lonely room filled with empty lockers, huh?
      Lem: You and me are the only ones on the way out. I just cut a deal with the D.A.
      Kavanaugh: What deal's that?
      Lem: Why don't you ask the Chief? It's sitting on his desk waiting for his signature.
      Vic: He'll be out on parole before the blood rushes back to your face.

    • Billings: Pretty loopy. Maybe that's why they call it lupus.

    • Dutch: So we got d--k, which is more than I can say about the victim.

    • Billings: I cut you a break for that meltdown in front of Phillips on account of your medical problems and so forth, and then I find out it's part of your campaign to steal my job?
      Claudette: I didn't go after this.
      Billings: Why did you do me like this? I thought you and me were good.
      Claudette: We are good and I didn't do you.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: Of Mice and Lem

      The title of this episode is derived from these famous lines, "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley" in verse 7 of Robert Burns' poem, To A Mouse and John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men.

      In To A Mouse, Robert Burns apologizes to a mouse for plowing down it's home as winter approaches. He reflects on the past and the nature of fate in our lives. That no matter how we plan things out, they don't always turn out the way we had originally hoped. The common saying, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry" evolved from the poem.

      These last few lines of the poem also served as the inspiration behind John Steinbeck choosing to name his novel Of Mice and Men, which follows the lives of George Milton and Lennie Small who are migrant workers during the Great Depression. The two friends are forced to leave their home after Lennie is accused of rape. They attempt to start over at a new ranch by working and saving enough money to fulfill their dream of not having to always travel and work under anyone ever again by one day buying their own farm. This becomes increasingly difficult as the two encounter numerous obstacles in their way.

      Some of the themes in the novel are dreams, friendship/loyalty, sacrifice, and loneliness.

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