The Shield

Season 3 Episode 11


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 18, 2004 on FX

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  • This is the episode when dutch finally catches the cuddler rapist. Along with the fact that Danny finally goes undercover which she clarifies as one of the many things that shes wanted to do since she joined the force.

    During this episode I noticed that there was a great character development that took place with Detective Wagenbach (dutch)played by Jay Karnes, also in the same sense, the development of David Aceveda played by Benito Martinez. At the beginning of the episode we are placed in a car with David Aceveda, who is apparently staking out the house or place of interest for the man who happened to sexually assault him a few episodes back. This brings a great point to mind in the way that David Aceveda is developing as a character in the way that he was obviously there to kill this man. Soon to be elected to council, this makes it an even more tender issue for him. The thing that I really like about this episode in the case of David Aceveda, is that it really makes you wonder what you would do if you were in his situation. Then of course, there is Dutch, who throughout the entire show has tried to make his mark on the earth, and ends up getting another case under his belt with this cuddler rapist case. This episode developed Jay Karne's character when he was interviewing the cuddler rapist near the end of the episode. I think that Dutch thinks that he has found his match with this guy, and he obviously thinks that there must be something special with this guy once he starts asking Dutch for help. I find it very interesting how Dutch ends up feeling like there's something missing in the puzzle with this cereal rapist/killer. He comes to realize that there is no such thing as a category for cereal killers, and when the guy is explaining to Dutch as to why he kills, it sparks an interest in Dutch that is only answered by him knowing for himself what this man is talking about. Dutch is unable to satisfy the killers wants in the aspect of finding someone that can help him, Dutch wants to be a better detective. In order for him to do that, he has to find out how these people think, and the whole death looking into the eyes thing seems to really leave a mark on Dutch. This episode was especially well written, and two thumbs way up to Jay Karnes on his amazing performance in the way that he adds more depth to Dutch.