The Shield

Season 3 Episode 10

What Power Is...

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 11, 2004 on FX
9.2
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Aceveda finds himself in a near fatal confrontation, and enlists Vic to help him take down the suspects in order to help service his own personal agenda. Meanwhile after losing her position of power, Claudette rejoins Dutch on the search for the cuddler rapist as they get a stunning break in the case.moreless

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  • This episode is pretty much owned by Aceveda, who has developed from a maddeningly smug, nearly impenetrable character into a sympathetic one. And I, for one, am cheering for him to get revenge...moreless

    9.0
    Aceveda's quest for revenge at all costs takes him into dangerous territory, as he forms a tense alliance with Vic to hunt down the remaining perp. Dutch and Claudette get an unexpected break in the Cuddling Rapist case, and Wyms may soon be doing some cuddling of her own. Mara's mother tries to blackmail Shane and Mara into buying her silence about the origin of the marked money she holds, so the Team concocts a plan to once again cover themselves. Diagur's relationship with the Team begins to fray. A very satisfying episode. The writers could have taken the obvious route and made this a standard revenge drama... but they made it so much more.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

Rif Hutton

Rif Hutton

James Freeman

Guest Star

Larry Sullivan

Larry Sullivan

Detective Craig Milne

Guest Star

DeLane Matthews

DeLane Matthews

Stella Sewell

Guest Star

Michele Hicks

Michele Hicks

Mara Sewell

Recurring Role

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Corrine Mackey

Recurring Role

David Rees Snell

David Rees Snell

Detective Ronnie Gardocki

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Dutch got 98% on his Detective's exam and got the position when he was 35 years old. If you do the math from previous episodes, that makes Dutch about 39, which means he was a uniform cop for nearly 10 years.

    • Watch and listen when Dutch pounds on the door. The sound effects added miss by half a second. The slams happen just after he pulls his hand away each time.

    • Aceveda has his weapon raised when the Strike team breaks in, but when Vic comes around the corner, his gun is now lowered to where he can't even shoot at Juan's knees.

    • According to the timeline, Aceveda found Juan's picture in the last episode, and has been following Juan for three weeks which leads up to this point. But if you compare this story to Shane's $7,000 story, it doesn't make sense. How could Mara's mother hold onto $7,000 for three weeks? Aceveda must have either found the picture earlier, or Stella is a slow spender.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Aceveda:(To Juan) I know you're working stolen credit cards for your gang. And I know you're skimming profits off the top even though Elisa keeps telling you its gonna get you killed. I know about the headaches you get. I know about the uncle who molested you when you were twelve. I know about your cousin who's trying to get a scholarship to U.C. Irvine, I know which magazines you jerk off to that you think Elisa knows about, I know about your brother in Fresno, I know the inmate who tried to shank you twice at Terminal Island, his core in Heresey Denton, and I know the number to call to clear up a bunk in his cell just for you.

    • Vic: The dead guy watched me shove a bong down his buddy's windpipe.
      Shane: Twenty bucks says his buddy's one of the shooters.
      Lem: Come on, a Captain in the middle of the night, and he runs into them? That's a pretty big coincidence.
      Vic: Unless it's not a coincidence. (Body gets carried out) What if these are the guys Diagur sent to get the money out of the freezer?
      Lem: What, the ones you told him to send over?
      Shane: Well if it's true, then these are the assholes who kicked the shit out of Aceveda. Took his gun. Which means he was tracking them here when this thing went down.
      Lem: And he might track them right back to us and that marked cash.
      Vic: Let's not get premenstrual until we talk to Diagur.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Deleted scenes from this episode on the Season 3 DVD include Claudette visiting Dutch in the middle of the night, Juilien and Danny dealing with a pregnant woman, and Aceveda telling Vic to hold his gun.

    • Several episode titles were considered, with the usual amount inside the episode. The title What Power Is... was chosen based off what Aceveda did to get his revenge, and what he'd do if he couldn't.

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