The Shield

Season 4 Episode 1

The Cure

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 15, 2005 on FX
8.7
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Vic is no longer the cop he used to be, acting adrift after his past actions have caught up to him. The strike team has dissolved, leaving Mackey to menial busts that keep him off the streets. When Aceveda moves on to his new City Council position, Captain Monica Rawling takes over the Barn and empowers Vic to implement her controversial anti-gang policies.moreless

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  • Decent Start for Season 4

    7.0
    After three seasons, the strike team has been dissolved. Vic is still in Farmington waiting for transfer,Curtis was transfered , Shane is working in solo somewhere else and Ronnie hanging around with Vic We nearly got our first physical fight between Vic and Aceveda after the latter screwed Vic`s transfer...finally a fight between these two. Monica Rawling is the new captain, wonder what does this mean for the Aceveda character and I`m not convinced yet with the actress` capabilities.

    So by the end we had a nice little reunion between the boys

    (expect for Curtis), it was nice and I love when Shane told Vic that he named his kid "Jackson" and Vic replied "like in Michael?" LMAO.

    Overall, there is a big transition that took place, new characters won`t grow on me after one episode, things will take time to settle of course. It was good, not great but not bad either, a decent start for Season 4.moreless
  • A new beginning- and how! Much has happened since the end of Season 3, but this Season 4 opener wastes no time, planting us right in the thick of the action, introducing instantly intriguing new characters and subplots at an almost dizzying pace.moreless

    9.4
    The Strike Team has been disbanded and Vic is left a glorified desk jockey, longing for his former life on the streets. Aceveda is on his way out, and his hotshot replacement, played by Glenn Close, starts familiarizing herself with The Barn- and its many problems. Dutch and Claudette have been blackballed by the DA's office because of Claudette's self-righteous crusade jeopardizing or overturning dozens of convictions. Danny and Julien are still beating the streets. Antwon Mitchell, a crafty, supposedly reformed banger, shows up to make life very interesting around The Farm. And Vic has a chilling encounter with an old friend.



    A crackling start to what looks to be another great season. World-class acting, and superior direction from the always amazing Scott Brazil.moreless
  • A new captain, Monica Rawling, takes over the barn hoping to change things for the better but notices very quickly the numerous problems in the division.

    8.7
    This episode was intentionally funny but interesting. Glenn Close plays Monica Rawling the new Captain of Farmington. Despite, the fact that the characters in this show (especially when they become Captain) try to act different from their predecessor, they end up being the same.



    Rawling at the beginning of the episode has a big speech about changing Farmington's abysmal image yet by the end of the episode and the ones that follow we see that she has almost no impact in doing that. She tries to nail a gangleader by going after his mother (who lived in a house paid for by drug money). Hoping to turn her mother against the son ends up backfiring and Rawlings ends up looking like a nasty witch.



    Storywise we do see the deceit and slow separation between Vic and Shane (revisited in Season Six). In later episodes, it's hilarious to see this two pigs try to top one another for power. We also see Anthony Anderson at this acting best playing Antwon Mitchell a really tough drug and gang leader.



    Anderson is best known for playing comedy roles but the Mitchell was a great way of showing that he could drama and play a real tough character.



    All in all despite my feelings about this show this episode was well done and sets up a lot of things to come in the season.moreless
  • Not so good, not so bad, but definitely disappointing.

    6.5
    Shield returns the 4th time.

    6 months passed since season 3 finale. Lem and Shane are working at a different department, Ronnie and Vic are together, however, only as partners - the strike team is down.



    The show receives a new face: Glenn Close, who's playing the new captain. In this episode she's mostly just getting to know people, which includes Vic, of course.



    The crime plot in the episode was clearly forced. I was more interested of what happened in the 6 months. We meet Lem, but he's only around for 2-3 minutes. Disappointing. Shane comes into the play in the end, but nothing's revealed, except, he's still an a-hole, and he's still corrupt.



    Overally, if there wasn't for Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close, this episode would've been flushed down the toilet.moreless
  • Such a big transition

    8.0
    This episode shows the aftermath of the Strike Team dissolving in the last season's finale. It was a very nice change of pace for the show and showed the team working independently. The last five minutes set the tone for most of the season. When we see Shane in the house it's clear he is going to be causing some trouble for Vic.
CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Detective Claudette Wyms

Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Captain Monica Rawling

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

Lee Reyes

Lee Reyes

Fernando Cruz

Guest Star

Robert Wu

Robert Wu

Wayne "Scooby" Haimes

Guest Star

Howard Alonzo

Howard Alonzo

Rip

Guest Star

Camillia Sanes

Camillia Sanes

Aurora Aceveda

Recurring Role

David Marciano

David Marciano

Detective Steve Billings

Recurring Role

Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford

ADA Beth Encardi

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Rawlings says that over three years Aceveda's had pleanty of chances to get rid of Vic. By doing the math of the time frame from when the Barn started in the episode Co-Pilot, to the current time now, it's been closer to four years.

    • A number of people at Antwon's meeting move around to different spots between takes.

    • When Vic first takes Monica out, you can see the Camera crew in both actors sunglasses.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Vic: Heard you and Mara had the baby.
      Shane: Yeah, yeah... three weeks ago. Named him Jackson.
      Vic: As in Michael?

    • Vic: I didn't get the Street Crime Detail I put in for.
      David: Well, I didn't know you were lookin' to transfer.
      Vic: Well, why did you write a four-page letter sabotaging it? I just got off the phone with someone who owes me a favor over there. You goddamn buried me with the selection committee.
      David: I apprised them of your qualifications.
      Vic: You stabbed me in the back! You didn't want me to find out about it until you ran out of here, right?
      David: I wouldn't pass you along to become someone else's problem.
      Vic: Who's been running your precious little garage sting?
      David: Oh, you mean that load of crap you sold me for a goddamn, nine minor busts? Yeah, I saw you tap dance on that one for a few weeks. So while you were out on the street strutting your stuff, I made Ryan run through every bust you had working. And it didn't take long.
      Vic: So what is this? Payback?
      David: Consider it the bill coming due. You ran the Strike Team into the ground. To get you under control I popped you in front of video tapes for six months, and you even managed to botch that. You're a joke! (Vic tries to take a swing but is blocked off by other officers) You really thought after everything I wouldn't get the last word?

    • Billings: Bathroom. Family of four drown one by one.
      Rawlings: Damn.
      Vic: Welcome back to Farmington.

    • Vic: Sir, I'm telling you... the kid had no choice. The dog was reaching. It was kill or be killed.
      Rawlings: Oh come on, Roy. The dog had a piece, he was gonna use it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first season premiere not written by series creator, Shawn Ryan.

    • This is the first season premiere to have no review of the prior season.

    • According to the story line, it's been six months since the last episode. Shane is working vice while him and Mara have already had the baby, Lemonhead's been at the Youth Authority, Aceveda's packing up to leave while dealing with his marriage, Dutch and Claudette have been in a rut with the D.A's office, Julien and Danny are still on the street, and Ronnie is still working with Vic on the Custom Cars sting.

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