The Shield

Season 2 Episode 3

Partners

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 21, 2003 on FX
9.1
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Still fuming from the death of Tio and his brawl with Armadillo, Vic takes a day off and leaves the Strike Team with Aceveda, only to end up helping an old partner bust the man who helped him lose his job. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette search to find the people behind the torture and mutilation of a woman who may still be alive, and Julien fails to back up Danny's side of the story from her shooting.moreless

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  • The main story arc begun in the first two episodes gets a brief rest here, as Vic hooks up with an old partner, Dutch is on the trail of yet another sicko, and Claudette continues to try to connect Vic and Tio.moreless

    9.0
    This isn't exactly a filler episode, but few main plotlines get attention this time out. That doesn't make this one to miss though; there are a lot of reasons to watch.



    Dutch is on the trail of yet another clever pervert, and gets a sobering comeuppance. Vic, still at odds with the Team over their money dispute, hands them over to Aceveda for the day and hooks up with his old training partner, well played by Carl Weathers. And, wouldn't you know it- soon they are neck-deep in mayhem. There is fresh tension between Danny and Julien when she discovers that he didn't back her story on the shooting. The episode concludes with a frightening incident reconciling Vic with his family and Shane- for now...moreless
  • Season Two Looking Good Through 3

    9.5
    Still fuming from the death of Tio and his brawl with Armadillo, Vic takes a day off and leaves the Strike Team with Aceveda, only to end up helping an old partner bust the man who helped him lose his job. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette search to find the people behind the torture and mutilation of a woman who may still be alive, and Julien fails to back up Danny's side of the story from her shooting.



    If the rest of season two is just like the three episodes to start it - I will have no complaints. Vic and his old partner chase down the guy who forced Vic's partner to retire. I thought it was good for a standalone episode kind of thing. Armadillo's character was left out of this episode, which surprised me a little bit. I don't know if we are going to see his character pop up at a later date or if his story is done forever. I would like to think that we would see him again at some point.



    I like the friction in the Strike Team. I think this does have a lot to do with Vic taking away the keys from the guy near the end of the last episode. The Strike Team has always had that level of trust, which you could see in this episode as well. Loved it when the Strike Team came to back up Vic after he got shot. Shane went a little further then I thought he would ever go to get an answer, but he got it. Claudette continues to look into Vic, but is coming up dry. Vic is too smart to make deposits like that into his own personal little bank account. His family returns which I hope doesn't draw away from how good this season had been with the action coming out of the Barn. I liked the case in this one as well and I thought it ended in a satisfying way.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

Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers

Joe Clarke

Guest Star

Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

Marcy Lindhoff

Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Bob Lindhoff

Guest Star

Lucinda Jenney

Lucinda Jenney

Lanie Kellis

Recurring Role

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Gordie Liman

Recurring Role

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Flashback to Episode 2, the Strike Team pulls up in two trucks. One pulls onto the lawn with the other parked behind it. When Vic leaves in the truck after burning Armadillo, he gets in the truck on the lawn and starts to back up. How can he do that when there's a car behind him?

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dutch: If someone were trying to keep her alive, how long could she survive?
      Medic: With a tourniquet and basic medical knowledge, indefinitely.
      Dutch: Until he tired of his domination and control Dr. Mengele experiments and decided to squeeze the last breath out of her so he could watch.
      Medic: See, this is why you and me can't date.

    • Shane: Do you know what "Officer Involved Shooting" means? It means we're all involved.
      Julien: I told the truth.
      Shane: Hey, when it comes to your partner's career, truth is like grits. You don't serve it up plain, pour the salt on it! God-damn rookies.

    • Claudette: I got a dead drug dealer, I got a suspect, who's probably skipped town and the only person who can shed any light on it is a uncooprative cop with a bad rap. You want me to let his case just slip away son?

  • NOTES (4)

    • A film was being made in the same area as some of the outdoor shots. Both crews kept running into each other, delaying production by 4 days.

    • Music featured:
      Breakdown by Tantric
      Whole Truth by Michael Penn

    • This episode was the lowest rated episode of the season.

    • A number of scenes were deleted from the show, including one where Yahssirah yells at Danny for shooting her husband, a part where Danny shows signs of racism toward Arab cultures, and a fight between David and the auditor over the shooting. All can be found on the Season 2 DVD.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dutch compares a sadomasochist to Josef Mengele, a German SS officer and a physician in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. He gained notoriety chiefly for performing human experiments on camp inmates, amongst whom Mengele was known as the Angel of Death.

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