The Shield

Season 6 Episode 1

On the Jones

1
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 03, 2007 on FX
9.4
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With the Barn grieving over the loss of one of their own, Vic's out to avenge his friend's murder, but finds himself in the crosshairs of Kavanaugh. Claudette assigns the Strike Team to investigate the torching of a methadone clinic. Meanwhile, Julien and Tina look into a robbery/assault at a porno shop, and Dutch makes a horrifying discovery in San Marcos.moreless

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  • Annoyed

    3.0
    This is getting tedious -one episode Vic is enacting a frankly brilliant plan to get clear of something and then in the next he is doing probably one of the stupidest things he could have done.

    Real people are not like that; either they are dumbasses or not -it doesn't change episode to episode just to create drama.



    Also is there seriously only one IAD guy in the city? because the dude lost his shit in front of the top cops in the city AND admitted that Vic had screwed his wife.

    As far as I can tell the only way the relationship between him and Vic could get more personal -is if Vic and him gave each other prostate exams.moreless
  • Claudette: "It's a Sh*tty ending to an ugly story.”

    10
    Poor Lem. Not only was he killed by one of his fellow teammates, in death he is disgraced and used as the department's scapegoat for corruption in the Barn. Lem was the cleanest member of the Strike Team, and he deserved better than that. He was a good cop. Lem didn't deserve to have his memory dishonored on television by Aceveda, who was playing true to his part to as scumbag politician. (Acaveda did appear a little regretful, though, saying that he’s “just the face of the decision”.)



    Lem's death has hit everybody hard. Vic has become detached from his family and obsessed with Lem's murder. It's hurt Shane the most, though. Shane looked crushed when he found out Lem's deal with Kavanaugh was fake. Shane didn't kill a traitor; he really killed one of his most loyal friends. Shane looked on the verge of suicide throughout the entire episode; he practically sacrificed himself to save the baby’s life. He probably feels he doesn't deserve to live. Which I can't argue with, because I'm still pissed at him for freaking killing Lem!



    No matter what Kavanaugh's original intentions were, he is out of control. He thinks he's above legalities, that he has a right to break the law as long as it lands Vic in jail. But the end doesn't always justify the means. Kavanaugh has now become the man he hates most, planting evidence, corrupting witness' statements. At least I have a substantial reason to hate his guts now, and I can't wait till he lands himself in a cell.



    Final Notes and Quotes



    - Julian and Danny hardly got any screen time this episode.



    - Claudette is under pressure to cease corruption in the Barn. The department must desperately want Vic gone.



    - Lem didn't get a proper police funeral. (You can see the funeral in the 15-minute online episode.)



    - Wow. Was that last crime scene grisly or what? What the hell happened?



    - I didn't understand why all the Salvadorians were taking credit for Lem's murder.



    - Loved the Johnny Cash song ("I Hung My Head") during the opening and closing scenes.



    - Billings: "I might need to take that personal day tomorrow."

    Claudette: "Aw, we'll try to fill the void." Yeah, right.



    -Shane: "I got leftovers older than you."

    Hooker: "Yeah, but not as tasty."



    - Vic: "Glad that guy's his best friend. I'd hate to see what he'd do to his enemies."



    - Chief: "You can't see the line anymore."

    Kavanaugh: "Nobody can see the line anymore; Mackey keeps moving it!"



    Final Rating: Well-written, well-acted and genuinely emotional. The Shield came back with a bang. 4 out of 4 stars.



    - Tim Bronx

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  • I thought that this show peaked with the Season 5 finale, and couldn't get any better. I was wrong. This opening episode features some of the finest, most gut-wrenching acting of the entire series, and perfectly sets up an intriguing Season 6 story arc .moreless

    9.6
    I'm baaaaack! Thanks to the magic of Amazon Unbox, I found Season 6 online- thank God! I was seriously jonesin'. And boy was this episode worth the price! Michael Chiklis' Mackey is in full-on avenger mode, and this wounded bear is definitely gonna hurt somebody. Forest Whitaker matches him glower for glower as he cranks up Kavanaugh's driven vendetta to the point that it compromises his prized integrity. Walt Goggins also turns in another unforgettable performance in this one. Although I can't stand Shane anymore, this actor makes him such a figure of almost unbearable pathos that you nearly feel sympathy for him. Even Benito Martinez stepped up his game, turning in a smoldering scene with Chiklis that went far beyond his usual one-note performances. The rest of the stellar supporting were great, as usual, if a bit underutilized- but I'm sure they will fix that in future episodes. The Shield is poised to deliver another incredible season-on with the show!moreless
  • Vic starts squirming when he learns Kavannaugh is investigating his role in Lem's death and the department's admission of Lem as a dirty cop.

    7.0
    I love seeing Vic squirm like the pig he is but the rest of this episode was a mix of hits and misses.



    One thing this show does consistently is putting in scenes of raw emotion and suspense, on the downside the logic of the writing for episodes is implausible and unrealistic.



    Proof of that is this episode. It started of great with Vic squirming around since Kavanaugh is clearly uncovering the truth about Lem's death. Vic himself is so idiotic and warped with his thinking that he thinks Guardo killed Lem. The writers have consistently set up Vic to be a criminal living on borrowed time and so paranoid that he could no longer tell who his friends are and who his enemies are.



    Aceveda wants him out of the picture and worked with Kavanaugh to proof that Vic killed Terry. When that didn’t work out Aceveda worked with Kavanaugh to try to expose the unit’s long list of crimes including the whole incident with Armenian mafia.



    Great. Then the episode fell apart a bit. Dutch and Kavanaugh agreed to work the angle with Vic being the murderer of Lem yet only a few moments later when Vic tried his usual scare tactics to intimidate Dutch, Dutch immediately back down…crap. Then when Vic backed down to Aceveda in the men’s room and offered to turn in his badge to stop Lem’s name from being dragged through the mud, Aceveda didn’t take advantage. Give me a break. You got two characters Dutch and Aceveda who’ve never

    liked Vic and yet when the opportunity comes to put him out or at least put in the fire they don’t? I’am not buying that crap. I know the writers like this show to run as long as possible but the twists they come up and the scenarios they come up with are laughable sometimes and inconsistent with the characters. Then there was that whole scene with Mackey’s wife getting into it with Danny and talking about the dirty history with Danny and yet a few scenes later, Mackey’s wife or ex-wife (whatever) easing up on him after being so clearly agitated. Not buying it either.



    Well at least they did end up writing the episode more realistically by the end. Vic showing up at Kavanaugh’s place is clearly a sign of a desperate man trying a cheap trick to intimidate a witness. Kavanaugh never chewed on it (consistent with his character). Then that whole ending with the department being embarrassed publicly on TV by Aceveda did leave me happy. Overall, an ok episode. We’ll see how much of this ends up really hurting Vic and Shane (who I also loved seeing cringe).moreless
  • SO worth the wait!

    9.0
    Now, I'm from Canada, the show isn't airing here yet, no clue when it will. However, not hell, nor high water will ever stop me from missing an episode, so I found it online, and I can proudly say I have never been more excited to be staring at my monitor. Right off the bat, the juices are flowing when the show starts, hell, even the recap had me grinning like an idiot. The show has only gotten better, the story gets deeper, Vic seems to only get angrier (lol). I mean jumping through the skylight - epic - Kavanaugh planting the evidence - brilliant. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems like most episodes of The Shield are like season finales, not regualr episodes..I mean really, the things that happened in this episode are like....sweeps type episodes or something, nothing dissapoints me about this show (except Lem dying..piss me off). I have some predictions though for the rest of the season, Dutch is gonna get killed...you can already see Kavanaugh isn't stoked on him...just a matter of time before he off's a cop to get Vic. Shane won't say anything until they confirm whether or not the show'll have a few more seasons ( ending at 8? ). And Kavanaugh is gonna get busted, and probably kill himself. That's all for now - can't wait for tomorrow night, download the next one, cause Canada sucks when it comes to this stuff.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

Captain Claudette Wyms

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Efia Pearson

Efia Pearson

Meth Mom

Guest Star

Ray Auxias

Ray Auxias

Edmond

Guest Star

Jontille Gerard

Jontille Gerard

Tilli

Guest Star

Autumn Chiklis

Autumn Chiklis

Cassidy Mackey

Recurring Role

David Marciano

David Marciano

Detective Steve Billings

Recurring Role

Chaney Kley

Chaney Kley

Asher

Recurring Role

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    • Kavanaugh: What are you doing here?
      Vic: You got Emolia to lie for you.
      Kavanaugh: Now you know the difference between a lie and a truth?
      Vic: You think I'm a cop killer. Maybe I am. You're a cop, right?
      Kavanaugh: That sounds like a direct threat on my life, Detective. You know what that means?
      Vic: It means you just stepped onto an entirely new playing field. And for your sake, I hope you know the rules of the game.

    • Axl: Anyone ever tell you that you have incredibly expressive eyes? You ever been on film?
      Claudette: Ever been in a mug book?

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