The Shield

Season 5 Episode 10

Of Mice and Lem

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 14, 2006 on FX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.