The Shield

Season 3 Episode 15

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 15, 2004 on FX
9.6
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When Aceveda confirms that the Strike Team is the target of an Armenian mob hit, Mackey must take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Wyms' career is on the line when she disobeys Aceveda's orders to put a case to rest that may prove the innocence of convicted felons.moreless

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  • Vic scared for his life and the Strike Team's future decides to track down Margos.

    5.5
    A rather disappointing season finale. A lot of things come together, but I found the payoff overall to be rather tame. Up till now the Armenian mafia has really scared the Dickens out of Vic and Strike Team to the point that Lem has started to burn the money. The FBI has known that the money is still within LA but has turned up no leads. Even Dutch has caught Vic in a couple of obvious lies (the location of one of the bar where one of the main suspects has turned up). Vic, more insecure than usual, confronts Dutch about it.



    So what happens in the end just doesn't make much sense. Dutch eases off and then doesn't stay up on Vic when he was so close. The biggest failure this episode had was the cheap death of Margo's , the undefeatable Armenian mob boss.

    You know it's hard to believe with all the heat he has put on Vic that he would just walk into a house, hear a dog barking at an obvious intruder and yet be stupid to walk in and let Vic blown him away. Lame, lame.



    The sidestory with Aceveda and Dutch's partner was ok but really not the interesting part of this season. Looking at the DVD itself it seemed like the writers wanted to axe Margo just to get rid of him. While I understood that, they did in such a cheap way that's really not consistent in the way that they've created the guy.moreless
  • This is the finale of season three. The strike team is manning up for one last strike against the mob of Armenians, and to this is meant to help keep the feds off of Vic and his crew.moreless

    9.8
    This is a very vital episode in the series of the shield. Vic is on the edge of losing his whole team, and on top of that his youngest child has also been found to have autism. The episode was really good, especially near the end, as most of the season finales are. It really revealed things to the audience in the way that Vic's crew look at each other. Lem, who I have always liked, finally had the right idea when he wanted to get rid of the money that was giving them so much crap. It did really surprise me though, especially when he just drove off and left Ron there in the dirt. I really wasn't expecting him to go and just burn the money. Since this was the first time that I had seen this episode, it really got the better of me when Shane ended up pulling his gun on Lem while he was getting rid of the money. I even thought that he might shoot him. It was pretty heart breaking to see what was happening to Vic and Shane's relationship at the end of the episode. I never really liked Shane's choice in women, and I knew that Mara was going to be a problem from the start, I really didn't think that she was going to be able to tear the two of them apart however. Although it wasn't tear jerking, it really did make me feel sad to see such a good relationship ending, over such a stupid cause. Some may say that three million dollars isn't a dumb reason to end a relationship, but people need to realize that money isn't everything. I really liked the way that the episode portrayed this.moreless
  • Wow was this episode intense or what in the end we saw the demise of the strike team. In the first episode we all saw them as one but flash thirteen episodes later the team was demised due to the money. The money is the thing that brought them down.moreless

    9.8
    Well was it worth it? The money i mean. Well if you ask me from the writers point of view like shawn ryan yes because now we have this big cliff hanger above us all what has happened to the strike team they are all pist and angered due to this money but that means next season we'll learn what became of this team. Also was vic mackey hurt or what he went through a lot with getting rid of margos convincing shane to let lem stay just to have it blow up in his face i enjoyed this episode.moreless
  • The Strike team will never be the same again.

    9.4
    The Strike team will never be the same again or even never exist again. This season finale was intense! Yet I think the previous episode was better, more OMG! But yet, it was great! So Marcos is dead, in the hands of Vic. But this is not the end of troubles for the Strike Team. Relations with Lem are at its worst and he decides to leave the team. But Aceveda decides that if he leaves the team, its the end of the strike Team.In an intense closure, Vic, Shane and Ronny tries to convince Lem to stay but Shane screw it...Shane`s wife wants Vic out of their life, Vic and Shane looses it...it looks like their friendship hit a big roadblock. Lem walks out, Shane walks out, the strike team is done..period.

    Also, the Claudette storyline was frustrating. Re-opening all these cases because of her conscience....I did not enjoy a second of that storyline.

    However, Vic making fun of Dutch was actually...very funny.



    Overall this season was visually less entertaining than the first two IMO, but still very intense and an excellent season again.moreless
  • Could this be the end of the Strike Team? Another great episode, but I think the real season finale was "All In", so this one was almost anticlimactic.

    9.5
    After the epochal events of the last episode, this one almost couldn't help but be something of a letdown. That's not to say that it wasn't enjoyable, or that it is one to skip- no on both counts- but, much of the pent-up tension of the season was discharged in "All In". This one just kind of sweeps up the pieces.



    But it's still an episode of the best thing on TV, so there's plenty to love. One small quibble, though- the unsatisfying way they dispatched Margos. Wasn't he supposed to be some kind of bada$$? But Vic offed him without breaking a sweat. And, after all of that buildup, Margos' death scene felt rushed.



    Other than that, another fine one. And the end, with the fallout among the Team, was so tense I could hardly stand it.moreless
CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Detective Claudette Wyms

Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer

Kurt Sutter

Kurt Sutter

Margos Dezerian (Uncredited)

Guest Star

Michael Benyaer

Michael Benyaer

Goma Magar

Guest Star

Michael Tomlinson

Michael Tomlinson

Ben Horton

Guest Star

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Recurring Role

Melanie Myers

Melanie Myers

Paula

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the Team picks up the bald man in front of the heroine storage area, you can see their shadows in the sunlight as he walks up to unlock the door. He would have been able to see them before he approached the door.

    • When Vic goes to talk to the officers after shooting Marcos, we hear sirens but see no lights. The next shot shows red and blue lights fully on Vic.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mihalis: (on the phone) I'll be with you in a minute.
      Vic: (hangs up phone) You'll be with me now.
      Mihalis: What do you want?
      Vic: Your favorite frequent flyer, Margos Dezirian. (punches Mihalis in the nose) MARGOS!
      Mihalis: Oh my God, I don't know the man, I just leave him messages for him.
      Vic: Good. I'll dictate, you dial! (hands him the phone) You tell him that Goma called, sounded strange. He wanted a one way ticket to...where would someone go to hide from Margos?
      Mihalis: Hell? (Vic threatens to punch again) Venezuela.
      Vic: Good. You tell him, that Goma wanted the ticket delivered to him, at his house. Try not to sound too stuffy.

    • Aceveda: What's going on?
      Dutch: Some cowardly shitheads messed with her desk.
      Aceveda: I'll look into it.
      Claudette: Yeah, right!
      Aceveda: Excuse me?
      Claudette: Oh, don't tell me you're not a part of this, I just got carried out of Victorville.
      Aveceda: I spoke to Ben Horton's boss and the Chief. He wasn't too please to hear what you'd been doing.
      Claudette: You mean to tell me this entire house would rather me pack up and leave, rather than look into this?
      Aceveda: Chief and I did discuss this house... and who's gonna run it when I leave. He's decided to go another way. Bring in somebody else.
      Dutch: So now she's not getting the Captain's seat? You gotta be shitting me!
      Aceveda: It wasn't my choice, it was hers. She understands.

    • Vic: (Shoves gun in Armenian's face) You tried to get us killed you little prick. Alright. (Ronnie points gun at Armenian, Vic shuts the door, slams pen and pad of paper on table) Write. WRITE! L-I-F-E. New word. (shoves gun on forehead) NEW WORD! S-U-X. Ronnie, open that window. (Ronnie opens window, Vic puts note in Armenian's pocket) Looks like you're gonna die a bad speller.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Deleted scenes for this episode on the Season 3 DVD include the Strike Team searching for Margos, knocking on the wrong door, Lemonhead breaking a door down for a gassing, a neighborhood crimewatch, marital woes with Aceveda, Dutch's concerns about Vic, being team players, and asking Angelica for help.

    • The Season 3 DVD contains a complete breakdown of the writing and filming process for this episode.

    • Music featured:

      Back of Your Hand by Dwight Yoakam.

    • We finally find out that the money train was worth about 3 million dollars. After Lemonhead burned the money, less than $195,000 was left.

    • This episode had Andre 3000 from the group Outkast as a special guest. If you listen hard, you can hear slips of Outkast songs throughout the episode.

    • In this episode we see Writer and Producer Kurt Sutter reprise his one time role as "Marcos Darzerian" from episode 5, Blowback.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Danny: Sure, and I can just put on my genie outfit and blink (all the drug dealers and prostitutes) away.

      Danny is referring to the 1960's television series I Dream of Jeannie, in which Barbara Eden starred as a genie who activated her magical powers by blinking her eyes.

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