The Shield

Season 1 Episode 7

Pay In Pain

1
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 23, 2002 on FX
9.1
out of 10
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171 votes
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When Mackey and Vendrell hook up with a cop from another precinct to investigate the shooting, Vendrell sets off an explosive confrontation with a suspect by making a racial slur. And Mackey seldom a paragon of restraint defuses the situation. But before this tense hour is over, Mackey's complex relationship with Vendrell becomes even more complicated. Meanwhile, Dutch and Wyms search for a serial killer and bring in a psychic on a complaint from the son of one of her clients, and David calls internal affairs after getting Julien's affidavit.moreless

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  • 9.5/10

    9.5
    Another Solid episode from the shield

    i think i will continue watching this show

    because it is really awesome show

    in this episode :

    Mackey and Vendrell hook up with a cop from another precinct to investigate the shooting, Vendrell sets off an explosive confrontation with a suspect by making a racial slur. And Mackey seldom a paragon of restraint defuses the situation. But before this tense hour is over, Mackey's complex relationship with Vendrell becomes even more complicated. Meanwhile, Dutch and Wyms search for a serial killer and bring in a psychic on a complaint from the son of one of her clients, and David calls internal affairs after getting Julien's affidavit



    the final scene was amazing , i predicted that vic was going to do this

    finally hope the show gets better and bettermoreless
  • This may be the best episode yet. It has it all: smartly-paced action scenes; virtuoso acting between the members of the ensemble cast; plenty of Mackey in both thug and compassionate crusader modes- and an engrossing mystery at the center of it all.moreless

    9.4
    Starting off with a (literal) bang, this episode grabs you by the throat, and doesn't let go. A mystery killer is targeting the Hispanic community and Vic, saddled with an unwanted Latino partner, goes into full vigilante mode, trying to nab the perp before racial tensions boil over. Shane continues his downward spiral, spurring an unnecessary altercation with a suspect, then going ballistic on him. Aceveda continues his dogged pursuit of The Strike Team, coaching his star witness Julien, who is about to give a statement to I.A.D. Still eyeing a Council seat, Aceveda also leaks the details about the investigation to the media. Gilroy doesn't like the heat, so he pressures Mackey to give Shane up to save himself and the rest of the team.



    There is a subplot with Dutch and Claudette investigating an allegedly bogus psychic, who has a chilling message for Dutch. For once, the detour doesn't detract from the quality of the episode, and was actually quite enjoyable.



    As mentioned, the pacing in this episode is breakneck, with welcome interludes of interpersonal drama, a socially conscious but not preachy message and a couple of devilish twists that will probably leave your jaw hanging open.



    Damn, this is gettin' good!moreless
  • Review

    9.7
    I thought this was a very well written episode, perhaps the best episode since the pilot when you break down the writing by itself. I thought bringing back Vics story with the drugs was a good thing, as it might bring back into the limelight the officer that was killed. Vic and Shane look to be in for a tough road ahead, but with Vic stumbling upon the black man at the end of the episode he may have a little bit of leverage when it comes time for the trial that may put him and Shane behind bars. I thought the 'random killing' thing being connected to the man who is sleeping with the black guy was one of the greatest twists in the season. Fantastic episode, should be rated higher then it is here on tv.com. It was a little slow in the beginning though after the shootings and bringing back up Sallys case again could have been what brought it down.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

Wayna Green

Wayna Green

Girlfriend

Guest Star

Stacy Barnhisel

Stacy Barnhisel

Myra

Guest Star

Vivian Smallwood

Vivian Smallwood

Phyllis

Guest Star

John Diehl

John Diehl

Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy

Recurring Role

Brent Roam

Brent Roam

Tomas Motyashik

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Vic: We're trying to prevent a war, not start one!
      Shane: The guy was being a pain in the ass!
      Vic: You've been a pain in the ass lately! Should I take a piss on you?

    • Glenda: I need someone to listen to me.
      Dutch: I'm busy at the moment but maybe one of the uniforms-
      Glenda: I said I need someone to listen to me!
      Dutch: ...Okay. Did you want to report a crime?
      Glenda: I've lost track of all the crimes.
      Dutch: I don't underst--
      Glenda: I've lived in this neighborhood all my life keeping my complaints to myself. But no more. My apartment has been broken into seven times in the last four years. SEVEN TIMES! And you never catch anyone! You have got graffiti and cuss words on every single wall that you see. I've got needles on my sidewalk, (Throws pencils on floor) beer cans on my lawn, and I stopped ducking at the sound of gunshot years ago. We can drop smart bombs down chimneys half a world away, but some sicko gets released from jail because of a computer screw up, and rapes my niece! (Pause) How does this make sense? I see that yellow police tape everywhere that I go. And it's all sirens and helicopters and search lights... You got mothers killing their children, children killing strangers, and maniacs flying airplanes into buildings -- and I just want life to go back to the way it should have been! (Pause) What are you doing to make us feel safe?

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