The Shield

Season 5 Episode 11

Postpartum

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 21, 2006 on FX
9.6
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As Vic prepares to help Lem get out of the country to begin a new life in Mexico; Kavanaugh and Aceveda attempt to capitalize on the situation by using this as means to try to take down the leader of the Strike Team. Dutch decides to file for a transfer. Meanwhile, Shane tries to cut off the investigation by taking extreme measures and Danny finally confronts the father of her child.

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  • One of the all-time great season enders

    10
    Spoiler free review, only to say this episode capped off the best season of The Shield. The last 4 episodes in particular made the tension almost unbearable: the cat-and-mouse between Kavanaugh and Mackey; the harrowing level of stakes, the behind-the-scenes manipulation from Mackey... not to mention the incredible, fearless performance from Forest Whitaker. Absolutely blown away by this finale. Never would have predicted the outcome. Brilliant writing and acting all around.moreless
  • unfair

    9.0
    I do not know whether I like him or not. But I wanted him to win always.

    Sometimes he acts as though he do not have moral boundaries; Armenian money train, killing Terry, sleeping with other women, and other things which makes us hate him. But there is something in him. Something that is in between good and wicked. The show portrayed greater insight into other characters like Dutch, Danny etc.., showing their weaknesses, attitude which helped us understand them. When it comes to Vic many times he acts unpredictable - I myself was not convinced whether he was a bad cop or a good cop (as he told "good cop and bad cop left for the day I am a different kind of cop"). I am yet to watch season 6 and 7 - just completed 5. I wish he realizes his mistake and tries to set the things right. Well, season 5 had different Vic. For some reason Vic stopped doing anything he used to do till season 3. No matter what I ended up wanting to him every time. Shane turned out to be a real jerk. At least Vic got gratitude and good heart. Shane did not even paused a moment to think that Lem ended up in trouble to save Shane.

    Ronnie and Lem seem to be better characters of all. Lem had conscience. The look on Lem when they saw Kavanaugh talking to his wife showed him that Lem felt bad for Kavanaugh and he did not look approvingly at Vic when the latter told him "at least we found his weak spot"

    I hated Vic for sleeping with Kavanaugh's wife - I would not blame if Kavanaugh wanted to haunt Vic for rest of the seasons.

    I strongly felt it is unfair to let Lem take hit.

    - Lem was never involved in Terry's murder

    - Lem did not steal the tar - he kept with him as a leverage - but bad for him he could not tell that

    - Lem showed that he had good heart (During season 2 he hesitated before sleeping with the girl after he rescued her brother, he even admitted that he shot him)

    - Lem was never into that Armenian money - never

    - All this shit he had got himself in was because of Vic and only Vic



    On the other hand Vic made all the decisions and pulled others into trouble when he walked away. Sticking with the team and hiring a lawyer for them does not make it go away.

    He should not have done that in the first place.

    Inspite of all this Lem told the lawyer that he is ready to take the hit and is not going to give anyone up.

    Kavanaugh is right - Vic is the responsible guy for everything.

    Lem's dead is on

    1. Vic - for dragging him into this and asking him to run.

    2. Aceveda (for wrongly tipping Vic and others that Lem is going to testify everything against them)

    3. Kavanaugh - for taking it personally.



    We have to now see

    - How Shane now handles this - this is too much for him.

    - How Vic tries to take revenge

    - Kavanaugh ; is he off Vic's tail?

    - Will Lem's incident bring some sense into Vic?



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  • With Kavanaugh and Acevedo on their tails the Strike Team gets their plans in motion to get Lem out of the country. Meanwhile Danny has her baby and confronts the baby's father.moreless

    10
    A fantastic episode from start to finish with an ending nobody watching could have predicted. Walton Goggins has never been better as the Strike Team member we all love to hate. All other cast members were at the top of their form. It's good to see The Shield is still able to deliver for its fans after five seasons.
  • Simply put, "Postpartum" hits you like a ton of bricks. It'll stay with you forever.

    9.5
    Phew, this one takes a lot out of me. No other season finale affected me as much as "Postpartum". It was the episode when everything – and I mean everything – changed for our characters. One of the leads was killed in a dramatic, heartbreaking twist (I'm trying to keep this spoiler-free but you folks who haven't seen this really, really should). His death started a chain reaction that would lead to the end of the series, only two seasons away. After watching "Postpartum" I turned and said to my dad, "There's no going back now." Never before had a show shook me like this.



    There's so much to admire about THE SHIELD but the highlight for me has always been its guts. The show is willing to do some incredibly tough things to its characters, including kill them. Shawn Ryan and his crew showed no mercy to them or to us. Simply put, "Postpartum" hits you like a ton of bricks. It'll stay with you forever.moreless
  • Amazing finale to the best season so far ("It's all about family, right?")

    10
    In the past month, I've marathoned through The Shield from Season 1. The first 3 were great, the 4th stumbled a little as the Strike Team was divided, but then the show came back with season 5, the best so far. After the entire season, you could see how things piled up and why Shane did what he did. Nothing is black and white on this show, and Shane felt he had no other choice. Vic tried so hard to patch things up for everyone, but they all could see how impossible it would be for everyone to get off free and clean. Instead of becoming a 2dimensional EVIL villain during season 4 leading to an EVIL murder here, Shane always went back to his family, the Strike Team, and saw no other way out when backed into a corner. He had to protect Vic and Ronnie, his wife and kids, and I am dying to see how this affects him. The last line of the episode was chilling. Brilliant drama, and Emmys should have been handed out like candy for this mind-blowing show and its remarkable actors.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

Detective Claudette Wyms

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Kwesi Boakye

Kwesi Boakye

Wendell

Guest Star

Leeah D. Jackson

Leeah D. Jackson

Haley

Guest Star

Bon Ogle

Bon Ogle

George

Guest Star

Autumn Chiklis

Autumn Chiklis

Cassidy Mackey

Recurring Role

Melanie Myers

Melanie Myers

Paula

Recurring Role

Laura Harring

Laura Harring

Becca Doyle

Recurring Role

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