The Shield

Season 2 Episode 1

The Quick Fix

1
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 07, 2003 on FX
9.3
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While Vic searches for his wife and children, the Strike Team allow more drugs into Farmington through a corrupt connection. But when their latest shipment turns bad, they head to Tijuana to uncover the person behind their poisoned cocaine. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette try to track down the man responsible for fire necklacing the captains of two separate gangs.moreless

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  • I recently started watching this show, and it is getting better and better by the episode

    9.3
    Just finished watching the 2nd season premiere, and loved every minute of it. I must say, that when I heard about the show's concept, I had my doubts. As a viewer I have to relate with a show's lead protagonist in order to become a fan, and usually it's not my style to develop empathy to an immoral character. Until this day I can't stand "The Sopranos" and wouldn't watch it even if I'm really board and there is nothing else on TV.



    My friends convinced me to watch the first episode, and I decided to let this bad cop enjoy the benefit of my doubt.

    The first episode was exciting, especially it's cliff hanger, and I kept watching the show, mainly thanks to the other characters.



    I love "Dutch" and CCH Pounder, and what kept me going was the desire to see how vic will get caught eventually by Aceveda. I've decided that he is the main character for me, and I wanted to be there when he brings Mackey to justice. This specific episode was the one who changed things for me. Though I was happy to see Vic being left by his family in the first season final, this episode marks the begining of my sympathy towards him.



    Suddenly, after the brilliant introduction of Lanie Kellis, and his growing ambition for power, Aceveda is not that clean anymore. At least Mackey is the bad we know, and his morals is something that grows on you. When the gang crossed the boarder back to The States, I found myself wishing they wouldn't get caught. That was some change for me...



    Besides that, there was the great secondary narrative with dutch and CCH, which was intense and touching. not to mention, that the acting of the rest of the cast on the show got a lot better from the first season. Somehow, Benito Martinez is more convincing as the hungry-for-power politician than the sparkling clean but dairy captain. I hope it's getting better and better from here...

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  • The Shield makes a slam-bang return for a Season 2 that is set up beautifully by this excellent episode.

    9.4
    As has become almost a trademark for this series, the season and the episode open with a scene that grabs you by the lapels and pulls you into the narrative, which holds you there, riveted for the next hour. The creative team behind The Shield seem to have done their homework on what the fans like about this show, because they offer plenty of it in this season opener. Vic's heartbreaking search for his family has left him in a wretched slump, and he is off his game. But he is also so desperate to find them that his audicious exploits reach new, perilous heights as he tries to raise money to pay for a private investigator. And, let's face it, Vic on a reckless bent is one of the most compelling things about this show. The plot, about a couple of sibling Mexican dealers plotting to muscle in on the L.A. drug trade, sets up plenty of opportunities for classic Vic Mackey moments, like a daring foray across the border and a couple of harrowing near-misses where his preternatural cool head under fire saves the day. Danny plays a small but important role in the episode, as she continues to be Vic's sexual partner, but reminds him of their pledge to not get deeply involved. She also has a couple of key interactions with Julien, who does a good deed for a young mother, and then seems to be poised to make a romantic move on her, obviously still trying to "cure" his gayness.



    The subplot with Dutch and Claudette for once doesn't feel like a distraction, and is integral to the storyline. They pick up one of the dealers, and find out in chilling fashion that he is a force to be reckoned with.



    And Aceveda's arc takes an interesting turn. As a civilian auditor begins investigating the Department, Aceveda forms an alliance with Vic to keep the corrupt shenanigans under cover. I was not fond of Benito Martinez's character in the first season, but he seems to have found a rhythm and a new edge in his portrayal- it wil be interesting to see where the writers take him.



    Great episode! Lots of nail-biting moments. Enjoy!moreless
  • Season Two Begins

    9.5
    While Vic searches for his wife and children, the Strike Team allow more drugs into Farmington through a corrupt connection. But when their latest shipment turns bad, they head to Tijuana to uncover the person behind their poisoned cocaine. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette try to track down the man responsible for fire necklacing the captains of two separate gangs.



    I will admit - season one was hard to follow at times and I think I have had a little more then a years break from the end of my season one to the beginning of season two, but this episode was actually very good. I was able to keep up with the storyline and was very interested in what was going on. Vic takes the strike team down to Mexico, which was obviously my favorite part of the entire thing. He takes away everyone's keys at the end of the episode, which makes me think he and the Strike Team will have less of a connection this year then they did last year.



    The case that Dutch and Claudette were working on was really well done and you always have to give the writers a little credit when they don't gift wrap you the predictable, dream ending. The little girl that came in herself to talk to Dutch is found by the man that they held for six hours, only to fall victim. I'm sure that storyline will carry over into the next episode.



    Vic lost his family at the end of the last season and we all expected to pick up around that general area again this season. He hires a group of Private Investigators to look into his wife going missing and at the end of the episode he seems to find them. I'm not sure what happens now. They are away living in Colorado and Vic is mixed up in the middle of some drug deals. The next couple of episodes should be interestingmoreless
  • After an amazing first season, The Shield returns, and it doesn't disappoint: why would it?

    8.9
    Second season of "The Shield" starts with an excellent episode.



    In this episode we learn how desperate Vic is to find his family. Only 5 weeks has passed since season one finale, but he's still unaware of the location of his family.



    He hires detectives to do the job, but they need money. Alot. So Vic decides to catch a big one.... in Mexico.



    The episode is very consistent and intense, especially the mexican scenes. I was literally sweating at the border scene, it was very well done.



    The ending was great too. Afterall, Acevade isn't all that clean.



    Shield is back, and I'm glad to see it's just as good if not better than it was.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

Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Armando "Armadillo" Quintero

Guest Star

Emilio Rivera

Emilio Rivera

Navaro Quintero

Guest Star

Cedric Pendleton

Cedric Pendleton

Theodore "Tio" Osmond

Guest Star

Lucinda Jenney

Lucinda Jenney

Lanie Kellis

Recurring Role

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Gordie Liman

Recurring Role

Monnae Michaell

Monnae Michaell

Vanessa

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Dutch finally learns to speak Spanish.

    • Shane lost his badge in Tijuana. Yet when Vic tells him to give up his key, he has a badge around his belt. Apparently he was able to find a fake one the moment he got back across the border.

      Actually, in Carte Blanche, Shane admits he lost his badge and procured a fake one after it was revealed his badge was used in a robbery-homicide.

    • In the beginning of the episode the flame suit and helmet the guy is wearing is very noticeable.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Vic: How do I know I can trust you?
      Aceveda: How do I know I can trust you?
      Vic: I guess we have a deal then.
      (Aceveda walks to the door then turns and looks at Vic)
      Aceveda: This doesn't mean I like you.... Try screwing me on this, I'll bury you!

    • Kellis: Do you have that file for me?
      Dutch: (while on the phone, in a dismissive tone) I'll get it to you soon.
      Kellis: When I ask for something I ask politely because that's my nature, but when you make me ask a second time I loose my patience. This squad has been the epicenter of police corruption, civil law suites, and, most recently, a riot. The people I work for want answers. They expect me to get them. (Dutch hangs up the phone) I have the power to recommend changes, get people fired, even shut down this entire building if it's warranted! Do you understand what I'm saying detective!?
      Dutch: Yes Ma'am.
      Kellis: (calms down) Good. Uhmm... (laughs) if you could get me the Gilroy file, I would really appreciate it.
      Dutch: Sure.
      Kellis: Thank you.

    • (Returning from Mexico)
      U.S. Customs Officer: Do you have anything to declare?
      Vic: Only that it's good to be back in the states.

    • Vic: There's 20 pharmacies on every block! Wh-- go and get a bottle of roofies!
      Shane: What, the date rape drug?
      Vic: Don't pretend you don't know what they look like!

    • Vic: I need that money!
      Shane: Yeah! Well, we all do.
      Vic: No, I need it now to get back my kids!
      Shane: What are you talking about?
      Vic: THEY'RE GONE SHANE!!! Corrine took them, they disappeared.

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