The Shield

Season 3 Episode 12

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 25, 2004 on FX
8.8
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When Aceveda assigns the Strike Team to serve a high-risk warrant against a mob killer to service his political agenda, they find themselves embroiled in a hostile struggle with the Korean community. Now the Team must find out how to put an end to the situation before they end up casualties of a racial feud. Meanwhile, one of Vic's informants works with Danny on finding stolen chairs, while having eyes for her.moreless

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  • Don't get me wrong- I love The Shield. But no real plot advancement takes place in this episode, so if you were to skip it, you wouldn't be out all that much. Just sayin'...moreless

    8.5
    I know The Shield can't be all slam-dunks, all the time. I realize that it's a series. with an obligated number of episodes to produce. Still, I get impatient when a placeholder episode like this one crops up and slows the momentum this show specializes in building. Nothing of consequence happens in this episode, though the plot is entertaining enough to keep a die hard fan like me watching until the last frame. Casual viewers could easily skip this one, though. One question though- what happened to Dutch's newly discovered personality quirk? I can't believe they spent all that time setting it up in the last episode just to abandon it now.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

Tom Yi

Tom Yi

Detective Rodriguez

Guest Star

Rif Hutton

Rif Hutton

James Freeman

Guest Star

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Thomas Choi

Guest Star

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Recurring Role

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Lauren Riley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Danny and Julien are driving Taylor around looking for the chairs, Taylor at one point opens the back door of the squad car and hops out, something that would be impossible since squad cars don't have rear interior door handles.

    • When Vic grabs Aceveda's friend and drags him into the room, you see Aceveda on the stairs. But when Vic shoves him in the room, the next shot you see is Aceveda running to the rescue. Freeze frame and watch - Aceveda is suddenly on the ground floor. Nice try editors.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Operator: Hello, you've reached the Police Department's main switchboard. Please listen carefully to the following options. To be connected to a supervisor, because one of our jackass thugs mistreated you, and you want his goddamn badge, press one.
      Ronnie: Cop I know sent it to me.
      Operator: If you committed a crime you think you can bullshit your way out of, press two. (Cops laugh)
      Ronnie: It's great, isn't it?
      Vic: If you shut up and let us listen.
      Operator: If you're shirtless and threatening your girlfriend with a knife, and don't want one of our officers interfering with you your "love," press three.
      Danny: Priceless.
      Operator: To report an act of inter-racial profiling, put down your crack pipe and press four. (group laughs) If you can't locate one of your seven unsupervised, fatherless children, press five.

    • Vic: Married huh?
      Shane: Yeah, yeah, I can hardly believe it myself.
      Vic: Well, I'm sorry I missed that. (pause) Look, you sure you know what you're doing?
      Shane: I know what I want.
      Vic: Just.... just don't make the same mistakes I made. And you'll be fine.

    • Choi: I discussed the situation with community leaders. If they chose to warn him there's nothing.
      Vic: Oh, so they make the call for you instead!
      Aceveda: Hey, that's conspiracy.
      Choi: We don't want cops like him intruding into our lives!
      Aceveda: Just give us Kim
      Choi: I won't do that. (Vic tries to grab Choi)
      Aceveda: Then you'll get more cops, not less. (To Vic) Grab every unit you can, turn those shops upsidedown! I want every inch of Korea town smothered!
      Vic: Like white on rice.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Every scene involving Korea town was actually shot at real locations in the Korea town section of L.A.

    • Several supporting cast member's names were left off the end credits. It is unknown why at this point.

    • Due to the fact that the character played by Daniel Dae Kim is never mentioned, he was refered to by many sites as "Aceveda's College Friend." The script however, refers to him as Thomas Choi.

    • A deleted scene for this episode on the Season 3 DVD is Danny and Julien talking to a delivery guy delivering chairs.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dutch: Where, off the yellow-bricked road?

      Is in reference to the film The Wizard Of Oz.

    • Dutch: Eighty-seven cents here, Eighty-seven cents there, and pretty soon you're talking real money.

      Is in reference to a quote attributed to Senator Everett Dirkson who allegedly said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."

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