The Shield

Season 7 Episode 8

Parricide

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2008 on FX
9.6
out of 10
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161 votes
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When his plan goes awry, Shane races against time to tie up any loose ends that will lead to trouble for him. Vic confronts a priest who might be harboring drug dealers. Dutch and Billings are close to finding two attempted cop killers, and Corrine learns some things about Vic.

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  • Simply stunning and epic!

    10
    Wow! If your mind is not blown after this ride, there`s simply nothing that will impress you. This episode had it all and the developments in this one was very probably the beginning of the end.

    So Vic tried to kill Shane and then bring him back to the right road this season.. obviously failing. It`s too late..it comes down to Vic/Ronnie vs. Shane and it`s damn good!

    This episode doesn`t waste time to get it going. Shane tries to kill Vic while the guy he hired tries to kill Ronnie. Brilliant. Of course things goes wrong. The tension in this episode is simply overwhelming. Shane has to deal with the manhunt after Two-Man and later deal with the fact that the guy has been actually been arrested. "Two-Man"`s interrogation brings some of the best suspense ever on the shield. And when "Two-Man" gives Shane away: Holy Sh*t! It was crazy...brilliant. So this leaves Shane and Mara trying to leave town after taking some insurance using Corine. That`s just awesome and leaves room for more Shield awesomeness. The ending with Vic stepping down as a cop and going after Shane as a civil is just intense.. so is his last confrontation with Claudette. It is in Ronnie/Vic`s interest that Shane stays on the run. So how the hell will they deal with him????

    Side plots? There isn`t. Yet, this episode is the most complete episode of the show. The plot with priest cannot be considered as a side plot as it involves Vic and Pezuela. There`s definitely an "end is near" feeling now as the series finale approaches. Up to now, I`ve considered "Of Mice and Lem" as THE best shield episode ever. Does this beat it?? Nothing beats the intensity and drama involving Lem back then but Parracide is the most complete episode... as intense and dramatic as the show can get. So let`s say it`s a tie. There`s no way I can rate this lower that 10...flawless and epic episode.moreless
  • Old format, brilliantly executed

    10
    You can really see this season -- and indeed the show -- coming to a head in this episode. It's plot-packed and testosterone fueled with some sharp lines added for good measure. What captured me the most was the way certain aspects of the entire story climaxed in the usual form, but this time there was no escape for the characters and things tipped over; a great way to stick to the show's generic conventions whilst maintaining originality. I very much enjoyed this episode for the plot gains it made too - Vic's always got something up his sleeve. Shane is showing his true colours (again?) whilst Gardocki takes a more morose turn. All-in-all it's a great episode that keeps you watching and makes you smack your fist down wanting more.moreless
  • Claudette assigns Mackey to investigate a local priest who may be harboring drug dealers. An assasination attempt on Ronnie fails. Dutch and Billings are assigned to the case and are shocked to find out who the trail leads to.moreless

    9.0
    Definitely the best episode of the season so far. All of the elements that make "The Shield" the great show it is are present here. Very well written script, terrific acting jobs and great suspense. Walton Goggins is once again in top form giving his best performance since the excellent season five finale. This episode also has a terrific ending which is sure to make the viewer come back for the remaining episodes of the series. Shane and his wife's plan to drag Corrine into the middle of things was a smart move and will be a great plot device.moreless
  • And the hammer comes falling down.

    9.5
    The riveting ending of **** brew continues right from the start as Shane sits upright on his bed, loading a pistol and putting new black clothes on. he also goes over this routine with his wife to ensure their safety, a pretty damn scary scenario well played out. Before you see it coming Two Face is shooting at Ronnie and some new girl he met, Two Face fails incredibly proving to be a lousy shot only getting this female in the arm. You may think this moment was wasted but I don't, you don't often see people live through moments such as these.



    So already now heat rises with Two and Shane, how will Shane protect Two face now? Vic continues now to work for Pezuela, now Cruz wants a drug dealer put away, who's cover up from all this, is being a priest. Sooner than Shane thought Two Face is caught by a number of leads and is brought in to be interrogated by Dutch and Billings. Vic continues to bring down the priest who reveals to have some deep affairs (the exact details I don't know to be honest the show can move fast and become an exercise to keep up). Shane takes a risky but necessary measures to get to Two, unplug the video camera and ask where the weapon is, in a nail biting moment Claudette sees Shane and gets in his way, of course Shane lies leading this double life now saying he just wants another go at this **** cop killer. Afterwards Julien and Shane are sent back to Two's place in attempts to recover the murder weapon. Julien comes up with nothing but of course Shane finds it too quickly and conceals it. Out of any good options Vic comes to Dutch with an idea in a scene that is almost rare for the two characters and it's great considering what happens. Two is lied to as he's told two suspects (which aren't real) saw him, they have the murder weapon (also not valid) and the bike he used, Shane returns with Julien to say they found nothing but Shane won't be staying at the barn much longer as Two comes clean. Shane begins to leave slowly and then quicker out of the building. Two admits that he was asked to perform the hit by the request of one officer Shane Vendrell. By this time Shane is being held u by another cop in the parking lot reviewing the police team's baseball schedule, he tells her off and drives away as Vic, Ronnie and Julien storm out of the building to reprimand Shane.



    Vic is on the scene to capture the priest (sorry for not knowing his name), along with Julien and other cops they safely take him away, really it's almost just a C story to fill up time. Mara arrives at Corrine's to reveal everything, well at least everything that's been substantial in the series, Terry, the robbing of the Armenians, all these acts Vic has done excluding of course her husband and his involvements. Corrine doesn't take it seriously at first but is on the road to. Mara tells her to be ready at the phone two times during the day to report to her and Shane what is happening. Corrine swiftly travels to the barn and in the strike team's room Vic lets it out that he has done things, never proud of. In a well acted scene Corrine agrees to help Vic but this one last time for coming clean with her. Ronnie and Vic evaluate all this happenings, they realize they can't get to Shane... and Vic looks up from the ground... seconds later he removes his badge, giving it to Claudette. He walks away and she shouts with fury to stay away from this case, Vic looks up and tells her I'm not a cop anymore. He hands in his gun and walks out into the night.

    That closing shot is like many other closing shots of Vic Mackey but more. We've waited patiently for Vic's departure and it exceeds my expectations how could it not, for the longest time viewers couldn't wait for the end and now it's happening and it couldn't be anymore intense or heart breaking. my heart raced and my eyes were glued to the screen when Shane's plan was blown away but it isn't over yet. Mara is by his side making the two stronger than Vic and Corrine, the two have been open with each other he was about Lem and it obvious this couple are forgiving. Vic is without a badge and police vehicle but full intent on finding Shane, he'll possibly become a harsher man without rules now. I can't give it a perfect score, we didn't see anything on Dani, she left last episode on a pretty riveting note last episode and there's also the court hearing with her baby and Vic, it's possible that day was soon but not here yet however it seems important to get that done with. Tavon and Tina continue to be unused, Tina's irresponsible behavior in episode 1 that got Dani in danger went on a bit latter but still I don't think much is being done with her, and Tavon such a big character in Shane's life appeared once and could have posed a threat for him but it doesn't seem like that. I also thought the scene in which Vic and others are storming the house the priest is in came off to soon and abrupt but at least it was finished. I'm glad to see Dutch and Billings working and not on another case that would have seemed unimportant or too much all at once but with Dutch I hope we can see Lyod back on the scene, Dutch deserves a proper case to end with. I think he'll get it though, I see a lot of good happening based on the fantastic work of this episode, I see a murderous showdown between Shane and Vic and somebody's wife and kids will loose their father, bad results ahead. The strike team is over now and soon the show will be in what may be called, "the finest closure to any television series ever." If the last 5 episodes are anything like this and more... I think we'll all be thinking just that.moreless
Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

David Marciano

David Marciano

Detective Steve Billings

Benito Martinez

Benito Martinez

Councilman David Aceveda

Billoah Greene

Billoah Greene

Two-Man

Guest Star

Silas Weir Mitchell

Silas Weir Mitchell

Father Morton

Guest Star

Paul Dillon

Paul Dillon

Chaffee

Guest Star

Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden

Agent Olivia Murray

Recurring Role

Michele Hicks

Michele Hicks

Mara Sewell

Recurring Role

F.J. Rio

F.J. Rio

Cruz Pezuela

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Paula: So what number do you want 'cause I'm having them stitched in.
      Shane: Uh, you pick.
      Paula: You can have anything but 23, 17 and 35. What do you want?
      Shane: Look, just pick the goddamned number and shove it up your ass!

    • Corrine: Did you really do all those things?
      Vic: I did a lot of things that I shouldn't have done, for reasons that made sense at the time, but they're pretty hard to defend right now. What do you want me to say, that I'm different? I don't want to go to prison. Do you want me to go to prison?
      Corrine: Do either of you even feel any shame?
      Vic: I don't think about it.
      Corrine: Well, that's honest. Sad thing is, I've known--maybe not the specifics, the details--but I've known, and I have let you infect me and our children. I'll help you this one last time... and then the kids and I are out of your life! That is my price. And you have to pay some kind of price.

    • Claudette: Mackey! You do not interfere with this case.
      Vic: Seeing as how I'm not a cop anymore, you really don't have the jurisdiction over what I do, Captain.
      Claudette: You rogue out on this, you do anything sideways like you did with Lemansky... and I'll lock up your corrupt ass faster than you can say, "how'd I lose this job?"

    • Shane: Look, I am trying to save you, dumbass.

    • Two-Man: You're all about bringing force down on the street. Why don't y'all take a look at what you got going on under your own roof?

    • Vic: You think I'm wired?
      Pezuela: We're more involved now. Rules of engagement change.
      Vic: Midnight texts, chaperones, engagement... sounds like we're becoming an item.

    • Vic: Oh, Brothers all about his thick. Better go easy on that juice, D. Your brains turn into hot sauce, shrinks the balls to raisins. Oh... sorry, I'm too late.
      Damon: My brain's fine-tuned, and them balls are the size of cat heads.

    • Capuchina: You try talking to white Farrah?
      Shane: She's so spun out on crank, she doesn't know whether to piss standing up or sitting down.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: August 20, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: December 16, 2009 on Markíza
      Finland: June 8, 2011 on Nelonen

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