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The Shield
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Title card
Genre Crime drama
Created by Shawn Ryan
Starring Michael Chiklis
Glenn Close
Catherine Dent
Reed Diamond
Paula Garces
Walton Goggins
Michael Jace
Kenneth Johnson
Jay Karnes
David Marciano
Benito Martinez
Cathy Cahlin Ryan
David Rees Snell
CCH Pounder
Opening theme "Just Another Day"
by Vivian Ann Romero, Ernesto J. Bautista & Rodney Alejandro
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Shawn Ryan, Scott Brazil, Glenn Mazzara
Producer(s) Michael Chiklis
Location(s) Los Angeles
Cinematography Ronn Schmidt
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel FX Networks
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12) – November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)
External links
Official website

The Shield is an American television drama series which aired on FX Networks in the United States and other networks internationally. Known for its controversial portrayal of corrupt police officers, it was originally advertised as "Rampart" in reference to the true life Rampart Division police scandal, which the show's Strike Team was loosely based upon. The first season gained the most Emmy nominations for a basic cable drama. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

Notable film actors who took extended roles on the show included Glenn Close in the fourth season, Anthony Anderson in Season 4, 5 and 6 and Forest Whitaker in seasons 5 and 6. The Shield began airing its seventh and final season on September 2, 2008, and concluded on November 25, 2008.[1][2]

The final season won a 2008 AFI Award for best television series.[3]

Contents

About the series

The Shield is about an experimental division of the Los Angeles Police Department set up in the fictional Farmington district ("the Farm") of Los Angeles, using a converted church ("the Barn") as their police station, and featuring a group of detectives called the Strike Team who will stop at nothing to bring their version of justice to the streets. Michael Chiklis portrays the show's main character, Strike Team leader Vic Mackey. However, the show has an ensemble cast, and as a result, usually runs a number of separate story lines through each episode.

Detective Vic Mackey is the leader of the Strike Team, a four-man anti-gang unit based on the Los Angeles Police Department's real-life Rampart Division CRASH unit. (Rampart was seriously considered as the series name and was even used in some early promotional ads for the series.)[4] The Strike Team uses a variety of illegal and unethical methods to maintain peace on the streets, while making a profit through illegal drug protection schemes and robbery. The Strike Team isn't above planting drugs on and coercing confessions out of gang members or framing them. Attempts to give the team a fifth member have frequently led to near-catastrophe for the group.

The Shield has a variety of subplots, notably David Aceveda's political aspirations and suffering a sexual assault; Vic Mackey's struggle to cope with a failing marriage; Shane Vendrell's rocky, new marriage; and Julien Lowe's internal conflicts between his belief in the teachings of the Bible and his homosexuality.

Common themes are the citizens' distrust of police, the social impact of drugs and gang warfare, and the conflict between ethics and political expediency. Most characters are portrayed as having both vice and virtue. For example, Vic's loving relationship with his children contrasts with his thuggish approach to police work, although his brutality is generally directed at those who seem well-deserving of such treatment. For example, in Season 2, the Strike Team prepares to rob the "Armenian Money Train," a money laundering operation of the Armenian Mafia. Another episode had Mackey cornering a serial rapist, then letting him be mauled by a police dog before calling the dog off.

Season overviews

Season 1

Season 1 premiered March 12, 2002. It gives an introduction to The Strike Team and the other characters of the Barn. Important plotlines are the aftermath of Vic's murder of Terry Crowley and Captain Aceveda's scheming to bring Vic and the Strike Team down; Dutch and Claudette's attempts at tracking down a serial killer; Julien's training under Danny and his struggle with his homosexuality; Vic's use of Rondell Robinson to control the local drug trade and the fallout; as well as the corrupt actions of Ben Gilroy.

Season 2

Season 2 premiered January 7, 2003. The season mostly revolves around a brutal new drug lord, Armadillo—a sadistic child rapist, who likes to set his rivals on fire using a tire necklace and gasoline—who begins to take over the drug trade in Farmington. Meanwhile, Officer Sofer is involved in a shooting of a Muslim man and has to deal with the fallout. This season is also heavily concerned with the Strike Team's plan to rip off the money train of the Armenian Mob (Mackey: "They didn't earn it, I don't mind taking it"), which ends up going down in the season finale.[5]

Season 3

Season 3 premiered March 9, 2004.[6] The season mainly revolves around the aftermath of the Money Train Heist and its effects on the Strike Team, as the Armenian mob and also David Aceveda begins to suspect the Strike Team. In order to save the team, Lem (Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky) burns a majority of the money, ultimately leading to a confrontation which causes the Strike Team to split up in the season finale. The Armenian mob sends Margos Dezerian to wipe out the Strike Team. Dezerian leaves a trail of murders, resulting in his own execution at the hands of Mackey. Claudette had been promised a promotion to captain and throughout the season was in a supervising role, while Aceveda prepared to move onto city council. Near the end of the season a public defender was shot, and Wyms and Dutch discovered she had been a heavy drug user for the past 3 years. Wyms explored further and became very unpopular with the D.A. and around the Barn because she was (against orders) reopening the defender's lost cases. This resulted in her being denied her promotion to captain of the Farmington District.[7]

Season 4

Season 4 premiered March 15, 2005, with the addition of Glenn Close taking over the role as Farmington's new captain, Monica Rawling. The season dealt with the fallout from the Strike Team disbandment. Shane Vendrell, with new partner Armando "Army" Renta, enters into a dangerous situation with major drug lord Antwon Mitchell (Anthony Anderson), and seemingly accepts an order to kill Vic Mackey. The police were outraged after two officers were kidnapped and subsequently found murdered. In the end, the Strike Team is re-formed and manages to successfully put Antwon in prison. The season also deals with the controversial asset-forfeiture policies of the new captain; Julien's opposition to these policies; and David Aceveda (now a City Councilman) dealing with the psychological aftermath of his sexual assault incident from the previous season. The season concludes with Capt. Rawling losing her job over a dispute with the DEA. This plot twist reflected a real-life need for Close to return to New York.

One of the season's secondary plots involves Claudette's and Dutch's marginalization as detectives because of Claudette's refusal to apologize to the DA for reopening the cases of a public defender who was discovered to be a functioning drug addict. Claudette's moral stand resulted in many of the prosecutor's cases being overturned. This cost Claudette her shot at becoming Farmington Captain. Dutch eventually resolved the situation by making a back-room deal with the DA to "keep Claudette in line" and do favors for the office in return for breaking back into action.[8]

Season 5

Season 5 premiered January 10, 2006. The season revolved around Internal Affairs Department Lt. Jon Kavanaugh's (played by Forest Whitaker) investigation into the Strike Team, representing one of the greatest threats the team has ever faced. As a result of Kavanaugh turning one of Vic's informants, IAD became aware of Lem stealing heroin which he never turned in. Having found the heroin, IAD is capable of arresting Lem, but Kavanaugh wants him to incriminate the whole team and has him wear a wire, which he warns the team of and they use it to embarrass IAD. Kavanaugh applying pressure to the team in any way he can, finds out about Mackey's share of the Money Train money, and ultimately arrests Lem having made a deal with Antwon Mitchell, a gang leader the team had put in prison. to put Lem in prison with him if convicted. Mackey supports Lem and gets bail, while Shane is worried he will give evidence against the team. Claudette finally gets her opportunity for promotion as the captain of the Barn, which she reluctantly accepts. The season concluded with Shane Vendrell, fooled by Aceveda that Lem was going to turn on the Strike Team, murdering his friend and fellow team member Lem with a hand grenade.[9]

"Wins and Losses"

The producers of The Shield produced a 15-minute "promosode", which premiered on Google on February 15, 2007, to bridge the gap between Seasons 5 and 6. The episode focuses on the aftermath of Lem's death, including his funeral and flashbacks as co-workers reflect upon Det. Lemansky's life.[10] The episode was said to have cost between $500,000 and $1 million to produce and was on Bud.TV for a 4 week period and later released to AOL and other media outlets.[11] The "promosode" is also one of the special features included on the Season 5 DVD set.

Season 6

Season 6 premiered on FX on April 3, 2007. Continuing directly after season 5, Vic and the Strike Team are distraught over Lem's death. Shane has been overcome by guilt and becomes reckless and suicidal. Kavanaugh refuses to let the case die and resorts to planting evidence and coercing witnesses to lie about the Strike Team and specifically, Vic. Dutch and Claudette begin to suspect his integrity and Kavanaugh finally confesses to his actions and finds himself under arrest. Vic learns from Claudette that the Chief plans to force him into early retirement — and vows to wreak bloody vengeance on Lem's killer before losing his badge. Claudette learns that the Barn could be shut down if no improvements are made by the time quarterly crime statistics are released. The season concludes with the breakdown of Vic and Shane's friendship and Shane getting in over his head with the Armenians.[12]


Season 6 was originally intended to be aired as the second half of Season 5 (in the same way that HBO split up the last season of The Sopranos); FX decided to refer to these ten episodes as "Season 6" instead.

Season 7

Season 7 premiered September 2, 2008,[2][13] consisted of 13 episodes (12 one-hour shows and a ninety-minute finale). Vic's ex-wife Corinne has learned of his many crimes and agrees to work with Dutch and Claudette to try to send him to prison. Ronnie is also implicated in the process. Shane, Mara, and Jackson go on the run, and Dutch has problems of his own while dealing with a teenage serial killer. As part of an immunity deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Vic admits to every crime the Strike Team has committed and implicates Shane and Ronnie enough to send them to jail for life. After learning that there is no way to escape prison, Shane poisons his pregnant wife and two-year old son and then commits suicide just as the police arrive. Claudette reveals the terminal status of her illness to Dutch, who promises to stand by her as a friend. Ronnie is arrested in front of Vic at the barn. Desperate to escape Vic, Corinne and the children disappear into the witness protection program. Aceveda stands on the verge of being elected mayor. Meanwhile, Vic is reassigned to a desk job at ICE, presumably loathed by his co-workers, including Agent Olivia Murray, and ostracized by his fellow cops, who want nothing to do with him now that his many crimes have been exposed. The show's final moment depicts Vic picking up his gun and leaving the ICE building, following police sirens in the distance.

Characters

Strike Team

  • Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) is a corrupt police officer and former leader of the Strike Team; he steals from drug dealers, beats and tortures suspects, and has committed murder more than once, including a fellow police officer. A quintessential Machiavellian, Mackey sees his tactics as a means to an end. Vic perceives himself as a loyal father and partner, and does, indeed, seem to intend to fulfill those roles, but his pathological desire to control everyone and everything around him results in hurting those closest to him, primarily his ex-wife and daughter, but also Lemansky. Mackey's family life is followed throughout the series. His marriage to his wife, a nurse, failed after numerous instances of infidelity on Mackey's part (including with Officer Sofer, which resulted in a child). Mackey and his wife have three children, two with autism. The special education needs of Mackey's children are one of many sources of stress (monetary and emotional) for Mackey. After Corrine leaves him, he is granted immunity by ICE and then confesses to the Crowley murder along with every other crime he had committed over his years as a police officer. He finishes the series working behind a desk. He appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Detective Shane Vendrell (Walton Goggins) was Vic Mackey's best friend and partner before the Strike Team was formed. He has a reckless streak, and his attempts to emulate Vic's dealings have quite often taken a bad turn. During the course of the series, he meets and marries Mara, who later bears him a son, Jackson. When it appears that Lem has turned on the Strike Team, Shane kills him by dropping a grenade into his car. The grief forced him to become reckless and suicidal, and when Vic uncovers the truth, their friendship ends. Shane grows to regret his actions as part of the Strike Team and expresses great remorse for what he has become. When it is revealed that he paid someone to kill Ronnie Gardocki in retaliation for Vic and Ronnie's attempt to kill Shane, he goes on the run with his wife and son. On learning that Vic has been granted immunity by his new employer, ICE, Shane poisons his wife and son, and then shoots himself in a bid to remain a family, his mind impaired by drugs and guilt. He appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Detective Curtis "Lem" Lemansky (Kenny Johnson) (Seasons 1-5) was a cop with a conscience and an original member of the Strike Team. He had a history of working with kids and maintained a soft-spot for them. His loyalty to Vic and the Strike Team led him to go along with most of their illegal schemes, although he didn't know about all of them-such as the murder of Terry Crowley. Often impulsive, he burned most of the money from the Armenian Money Train robbery in order to keep the team from getting caught. Burning the money caused a temporarily split within the team, although they later got back together. Shane Vendrell killed Lemansky in the finale of the fifth season because Shane was under the mistaken impression that Lemansky was going to rat on the rest of the team. Lem was unmarried and had no children.
  • Detective Ronnie Gardocki (David Rees Snell) is the Strike Team's surveillance and electronics expert. Though little is known about Ronnie, he has proven more and more in recent times to be the most solid, emotionally stable member of the Strike Team and has remained loyal to Vic out of enlightened self-interest, knowing that divisions between them would only lead to bad ends for both. The scars on his face, given to him by Armadillo in Season 2, are proof of his loyalty to the team. In the final season, he becomes the official leader of the Strike Team before Captain Claudette Wyms shuts it down. During season 7, we see his intense anger over his and Mackey's inability to gain revenge on Shane for Lem's murder. He and Vic concoct a plan to have the Mexicans kill Shane along with the Armenians that knew about the Money Train robbery. Shane survives, however, and retaliates. Ronnie is targeted by a drug dealer hired by Shane to kill him. After the drug dealer confesses and Shane flees, Claudette disbands the Strike Team, forcing Ronnie to become a "suit and tie" detective while trying to help Vic and stay out of prison. In the final episode, Ronnie is arrested after Vic implicates him in his immunity confessions. He appears in seasons 5-7 as a regular character, and seasons 1-4 in a recurring role.
Other Strike Team members

Administration and police

  • Councilman David Aceveda (Benito Martinez) is a politically ambitious man who was the captain of the Barn. He was later elected to the Los Angeles City Council. He is one of Vic Mackey's main rivals, although often they have forged uneasy alliances for various reasons. He was orally raped at gunpoint, which eventually drove him to arrange a deal with drug lord Antwon Mitchell to kill his rapist in prison. During the final season, Aceveda is faced with the growing influence of a Cruz Pezuela who offers to seemingly help David get elected as the next Mayor. Although receptive to his help at first, Aceveda realizes that Pezuela is dirty and attempts to distance himself only to find the Pezuela has photographs of the sexual assault. The last season deals with him and Vic cooperating one last time as they attempt to take Pezuela and possibly the Mexican cartel down. He appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Captain Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) is a veteran detective. Claudette, along with her partner Dutch, can be viewed as the voice of morality at the Barn; as a result, she is often at odds with Vic over his tactics. Later in the series, Claudette revealed to Dutch that she has had lupus for fifteen years. In Season 5, she is appointed Captain after several attempts in previous years. After finally being promoted to captain, Claudette proves to be at least as capable as her predecessors. However, during the final season, her lupus returns and begins to interfere with her ability to do her job. In the final episode, she admits to Dutch that she is in the terminal stage of her illness. She appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach (Jay Karnes) is characterized by many as a socially inept nerd even though he is a successful police detective. Assigned to the Farmington District of Los Angeles, he is often the first called to investigate violent crimes because of his specialization in criminal profiling and serial killers. Along with his partner, Detective Claudette Wyms, Dutch is widely considered to be the moral center of the show owing to his willingness to do the right thing in spite of the temptation to engage in illegal police activities. A scene in one episode showed him strangling a live cat after questioning an actual serial killer about what he sees in his victim's eyes.[14] The series never follows-up on that ominous scene, but neither does Dutch ever perform a similar act of cruelty. Vic, via flashback, is influenced in his decision to pick on Dutch by a fellow detective at the Barn who Dutch admires, and Dutch's clearly vengeful relationship with Vic's ex-wife did not help, but after Dutch actually challenges Vic to a fight in Season 4, Vic ends the bullying, even inviting Dutch and Claudette out to a bar with them, which every officer, minus Captain Rawlings, attends. He appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Sergeant Danielle "Danny" Sofer (Catherine Dent) is a patrol officer who aspires to become a detective. She has an on-again-off-again sexual relationship with Vic and a complicated history with Dutch. She is assigned desk duty as a result of her pregnancy and takes maternity leave after the birth of her son, Lee. The identity of the father was initially unknown; later, in the sixth season episode "Chasing Ghosts," it was learned that it was Vic. Shortly afterwards, Danny returned from maternity leave early so that she could take the position of Sergeant at the Barn. In Season Seven Vic threatens to force Danny to take a paternity test. She appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Officer Julien Lowe (Michael Jace) is a uniformed officer who is partnered with Sofer for the majority of the series. During the formation of a new Strike Team, Claudette offered Julien to Kevin Hiatt as a possible addition to the team. Claudette made the offer to Julien, who was hesitant, mainly because of the thought of being partnered with Vic on a daily basis. After being assured that Mackey was going to be moved out of the team, Julien accepted the promotion. Despite his desire to become a fully functioning member of the Strike Team, Julien knew that he was on the outside of the clique. When the Strike Team is dissolved for the final time, he becomes a uniformed officer again. He is asked to choose which side he will be on when Claudette finally has a case to go after Mackey and Vendrell. A recurring plotline for Lowe is the conflict between his Christian beliefs and his homosexual desires, to the point where he goes to a sexual reorientation program and marries a woman having chosen God and community. He appears in all seasons of The Shield.
  • Captain Monica Rawling (Glenn Close) (Season 4) was the appointed Captain at the Barn who took over from Acevada, after Claudette was rejected. She implemented a lot of changes, such as fixing the Barn's male toilets and, more importantly, creating seizure policies which proved to be somewhat controversial. She had a longstanding hatred with gang leader Antwon Mitchell and was suspicious of Vic Mackey, even having him and his team investigated. She finds out that Shane was solicited by Mitchell to kill Vic. She is fired after she embarrasses the DEA by voiding the immunity deal they granted Mitchell (by getting the Strike Team to catch a Salvadoran cartel leader before Mitchell's information could), and the feds threaten to cut off all federal highway funding to L.A. if Rawlings stayed.
  • Corrine Mackey (Cathy Cahlin Ryan) (Seasons 4-7, recurring seasons 1-3) was once married to Vic Mackey and had three children with him, two of which have autism. She works as a nurse and once had a brief courtship with Dutch. Despite needing Vic in her life, she eventually turns on him and helps Dutch and Claudette build a case to send Vic behind bars. She is moved to witness protection by ICE in order to keep her and her children away from Vic, through a fear she has that he may try to harm her after he finds out what she has been doing.
  • Detective Steve Billings (David Marciano) (Season 7, recurring seasons 4-6) is a slack, somewhat cowardly detective who was made acting Captain after the departure of Rawlings and later replaced by Claudette. He is known for his schemes, such as suing the department and bringing his own vending machines into the barn. He usually brings Dutch in on his plots and the two have come to blows on at least one occasion. Billings and Dutch were partnered together after Claudette got promoted to Captain which prompted Dutch to request a transfer which Claudette denies. He is injured during a brawl between Kavanaugh and Vic and plans to sue the department for two million dollars, although he settles for two days pay from the time he missed.
  • Probationary Officer Tina Hanlon (Paula Garcés) (Season 7, recurring 5-6) is a new recruit at the barn, who is trained by Julien. She is very attractive and well aware of her sexuality, which often earns her the ire of Danny Sofer. Tina's constant mistakes would have seen her out of the force, had it not been for a bungle in which Billings, while trying to see who was stealing from his vending machines, obtained photos of her changing. He involved Dutch and, in order to protect her old partner, Claudette allowed Tina to remain on the force under Dutch's supervision. She left the Barn after being made a spokesperson for the police force, but opted to transfer back. She had a sexual tryst with Kevin Hiatt, which was organized by Billings, although she later expressed regret and said that Dutch always had a chance with her, only he never took it. The day on which Shane Vendrell killed himself was her one-year anniversary as an officer, and although he was harsh on her at times, Julien celebrated by buying her a cake and throwing her a little party.

Reception

The Shield has won critical praise for its realism, particularly in its portrayal of gang violence in Los Angeles.[15] Although names of actual gangs are not used, the portrayals are based on real gangs.[16] Latino gangs with names such as "Los Magnificos" (or "Los Mags"), the Byzantine Latinos (or "Byz-Lats") and the "Toros" are a constant thorn in the Strike Team's side in the early seasons of the show, while black gangs become more prominent in later episodes. In particular, a gang calling itself the "One-Niners" is central to the plot of Season 4. Like the notorious real-life Blood and Crip gangs, the One-Niners identify themselves strongly with one color (in this case purple), wearing it on various items of clothing. To enhance its realism, the show makes very little use of background music until the end of each episode.

Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 Returning Series of 2007, ranking it at #8.[17]Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, " Det. Vic Mackey didn't just clean up the streets--he cleaned up on the streets. Would he pay for those sins? This gutsy TV drama kept us guessing."[18]

Other media

Soundtrack

On September 5, 2005, The Shield: Music from the Streets was released by Lakeshore Entertainment. The soundtrack features 19 tracks, including two versions of the theme song and tracks ranging from artists such as Black Label Society to Kelis.

Video games

After a rocky development cycle, The Shield, the video game, was released for the PlayStation 2 on January 9, 2007, and for the PC on January 22, 2007. It is a third person shooter that bridges the gap between the third and fourth seasons by exploring the gang war between the Byz-Lats and the One-Niners. It received generally negative reviews, receiving a 3.9 out of 10 from GameSpot.com.[19]

Spotlight

In 2004, IDW Publishing released a five-issue comic book limited series written by Jeff Mariotte and illustrated by Jean Diaz titled The Shield: Spotlight.[20] A controversial journalist is murdered and the barn is under intense media scrutiny. Vic and the Strike Team find the murderer but uncover a bigger conspiracy which has Dutch enthralled. All the while, Shane is trying to keep his face out of the media when he accidentally sets up a chance to make the team a whole lot of money recovering stolen art and Julien and Danny struggle to realize when is the right time to go 'by the book' and when isn't. When uniformed officers spot the Strike Team with the stolen art, they have no choice but to do things the right way. Acevada is warned to drop the journalists investigation or risk losing political backing. He drops the case which leaves Dutch feeling disheartened.

DVD

In Region 1, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released The Shield on DVD for seasons 1 - 5. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases it elsewhere, and holds the rights for all Region 1 season sets of The Shield as of 2008, including seasons 6 and 7. [21] Region 1 sets (released by 20th Century Fox) are displayed in 4:3 (fullscreen), while international releases (distributed by Sony Pictures) display 16:9 (widescreen). Sony Pictures re-released seasons 1-5 on March 25, 2008, all seasons in region 1 are now displayed in 16:9 widescreen, as they are in international releases. There are several differences between the R1 & R2 boxsets, with slightly fewer extras on the R2 boxsets and with episode 5:11 drastically shortened. While the release date for Season 5, Region 4 was November 26, 2008, that was only at JB Hi-Fi stores across Australia. The release date across all stores was March 11, 2009. Season 6, Region 4 was also released exclusively to JB Hi-Fi, with the general release date being August 19, 2009.

DVD title Date released
Region 1 (Fox) Region 1 (Sony Pictures) Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season January 7, 2003 March 25, 2008 July 21, 2003 2003
The Complete Second Season January 6, 2004 March 25, 2008 August 9, 2004 April 5, 2005
The Complete Third Season February 22, 2005 March 25, 2008 May 28, 2007 May 11, 2007
The Complete Fourth Season December 26, 2005 March 25, 2008 July 2, 2007 November 15, 2007
The Complete Fifth Season March 27, 2007 March 25, 2008 January 28, 2008 November 26, 2008*
The Complete Sixth Season N/A August 26, 2008 March 24, 2008 August 19, 2009
The Complete Seventh Season N/A June 9, 2009 June 8, 2009 TBA
The Shield: Complete Series N/A November 3, 2009 June 8, 2009 TBA

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  18. ^ Geier, Thom; Jensen, Jeff; Jordan, Tina; Lyons, Margaret; Markovitz, Adam; Nashawaty, Chris; Pastorek, Whitney; Rice, Lynette; Rottenberg, Josh; Schwartz, Missy; Slezak, Michael; Snierson, Dan; Stack, Tim; Stroup, Kate; Tucker, Ken; Vary, Adam B.; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Ward, Kate (December 11, 2009), "THE 100 Greatest MOVIES, TV SHOWS, ALBUMS, BOOKS, CHARACTERS, SCENES, EPISODES, SONGS, DRESSES, MUSIC VIDEOS, AND TRENDS THAT ENTERTAINED US OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS". Entertainment Weekly. (1079/1080):74-84
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Quotes

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The Shield (March 12, 2002 – November 25, 2008) is an American police drama television series shown on FX Networks that tells the story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Pilot Quick Fix Playing Tight Cure Extraction On the Jones Coefficient of Drag
Our Gang Dead Soldiers Blood & Water Grave Enemy of Good Baptism by Fire Snitch
Spread Partners Bottom Bitch Bang Jailbait Back to One Money Shot
Dawg Days Carte Blanche Streaks & Tips Doghouse Tapa Boca The New Guy Genocide
Blowback Greenlit Mum Tar Baby Trophy Haunts Game Face
Cherrypoppers Homewrecker Posse Up Insurgents Rap Payback Chasing Ghosts Animal Control
Pay In Pain Barnstormers Safe Hurt Man Inside Exiled Bitches Brew
Cupid & Psycho Scar Tissue Cracking Ice Cut Throat Kavanaugh The Math of the Wrath Parricide
Throwaway Co-Pilot Slipknot String Theory Smoked Recoil Moving Day
Dragonchasers Coyotes What Power Is Back in the Hole Of Mice and Lem Spanish Practices Party Line
Carnivores Inferno Strays Thousand Deaths Post Partum Petty Cash
Two Days Breakpoint Riceburner Judas Priest Possible Kill Screen
Circles Dominoes Falling Fire in the Hole Ain't That a Shame Family Meeting
Cast External links All In
On Tilt

Season One

Pilot

Dutch: [about a dead body] Christ, you don't see a rack like that everyday
Claudette: You wanna give them a squeeze?

Vic: That's funny. I don't recall having signed up for an ethics lesson from a scumbag defense lawyer.

Lonnie Reeborg: I killed her. I killed my sweet Nancy! What did I do that for?
Dutch: 'Cause you like crack?

Claudette: Right now Vic Mackey may look like a mighty big catch to you. Do the smart thing, son. Cut bait.
David: It doesn't bother you, the things that he does?
Claudette: I don't judge other cops.
David: Mackey's not a cop. He's Al Capone with a badge.
Claudette: Al Capone made money by giving people what they wanted. What people want these days is to make it to their cars without getting mugged. Come home from work and see their stereo is still there. Hear about some murder in the barrio, find out the next day the police caught the guy. If having all those things means some cop roughed up some nigger or some spic in the ghetto...well, as far as most people are concerned it's don't ask, don't tell.

Dr. Grady: What's in the bag?
[From a brown paper bag, Mackey pulls a bottle of booze, a phone book, keys, a lighter and box cutter. He then lays them on the table in front of Grady.]
Dr. Grady: What's that stuff for?
Vic: It's what I'm gonna use to get you to tell me where Jenny Reeborg is.
Dr. Grady: Your turn to play bad cop?
Vic: Nah, good cop and bad cop left for the day, I'm a different kinda cop.
Dr. Grady: [To the surveillance camera] I'm ready to see my lawyer now.

Our Gang

Vic: [to Dutch] Go get a sandwich, Dutchboy.

[Watching a kid get beat to join a gang.]
Gangbanger: Bienvenido a La Vida!
Julien: What's he saying?
Danny: Welcome to the life.

The Spread

Dutch: What do you do for fun with all that free time?
Richard: I have some hobbies.
Dutch: I know, nice sperm collection.

Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky: That is the hottest chick there ever was, man!
Tripp: Her? That's a par. Got me another in Detroit, goddamn BIRDIE.
Shane Vendrell: Big deal, she's probably spread her legs for half the league.
Tripp: Too bad you can't make a jump shot.

Shane Vendrell: We killed a cop.
Vic Mackey: Get over it, don't bring it up again.

Dawg Days

Dutch: [After failing to catch Eduardo] HEY! San Salvador's that way!!!

Blowback

Vic: [Listening to the Armenians] Huh... the Armenians... speak Armenian.

[Ronnie sneezes]
Vic: Is there anything you're not allergic to?
Ronnie: Sheet metal.

[While observing Vic and Danny kissing from his car]
Dutch: Oh, you've gotta be shittin' me.

[While inside "The Cage," looking at Danny's feet]
Margos Dezerian: Hamov vodker. (Delicious feet.)

[After Shane gets his vehicle containing drugs stolen because he stopped by his girlfriend's house to get laid]
Lem: We're all gonna crash and burn because of you! I mean...Christ, dude, Amy's not even that hot!

Vic: You stopped to get laid? What the hell were you thinking?
Shane: About getting laid.

Cherrypoppers

Connie: He was acting strange!
Vic: So you shot him!?!

Dutch: This investigation runs through me. You find anything, report it immediately!
Vic: If I bring the guy in, you'll be the first to know, Dutchboy!

Pay In Pain

Vic: We're trying to prevent a war, not start one!
Shane: The guy was being a pain in the ass!
Vic: You've been a pain in the ass lately! Should I take a piss on you?

Glenda: I need someone to listen to me.
Dutch: I'm busy at the moment, but maybe one of the uniforms--
Glenda: I said I need someone to listen to me!
Dutch: ...Okay. Did you want to report a crime?
Glenda: I've lost track of all the crimes.
Dutch: I don't underst--
Glenda: I've lived in this neighborhood all my life keeping my complaints to myself. But no more. My apartment has been broken into seven time in the last four years. SEVEN TIMES! And you never catch anyone! You have got graffiti and cuss words on every single wall that you see. I've got needles on my sidewalk, beer cans on my lawn, and I stopped ducking at the sound of gunshots years ago. We can drop smart bombs down chimneys half a world away, but some sicko gets released from jail because of a computer screwup and rapes my niece! How does this make sense? I see that yellow police tape everywhere that I go. And it's all sirens and helicopters and search lights... You got mothers killing their children, children killing strangers, and maniacs flying airplanes into buildings -- and I just want life to go back to the way it should have been! [Pause] What are you doing to make us feel safe?

Cupid & Psycho

Vic: [Shoving a guy's face into his dead brother's face] Here, you wanna see your brother? Here, kiss your brother.

Dutch: You want me to fly solo?
Shane: Nah, man, looks like this is the only action I'm gonna get today.
Dutch: Excuse me?
Shane: You know the "I lost my husband tragically but I'm still young and hot and in need of an emotional release" kind of sex. Whoo!
Dutch: You're kidding, right?
Shane: What? Oh, you never covered some accident or homicide and gone back a month later for a "statement"? [laughs] This one's been hanging on the vine for a year, man--she is ripe!

Throwaway

Cacuzza: You guys aren't trying to pull one of your pranks, are you?
Ronnie: No no no, I really want to move.
Cacuzza: Right, and a man is just as good as a vibrator. What are you up to?

Claudette: I learned some interesting things.
Dutch: So did I. You were a classical dancer when you were a teenager?
Claudette: Okay, my father is now off-limits to you. Where is he?
Dutch: How could you not share that?
Claudette: I only studied nine months.
Dutch: In Paris!
Claudette: Here, do your thing with these and stop stalking me.

Dragonchasers

Dutch: If you're so special, how come a lowly civil servant like me just caught you?

Dutch: [reading what Sean wrote on the board] Detective Wagenbach craves respect, fantasizes about being well liked, yet shows no outward manifestation of his low self-esteem. Feels ignored, unappreciated, inadequate with women.
Sean: Ah, it's just off some first impressions, but I'll stand by it.
Claudette: Maybe you'd like to read my palms too.

Corrine: [as Vic arrives with Brian] Some husbands just bring home flowers.
Vic: Yeah, I didn't have time to wrap him up.

Carnivores

Shane: Looks like you wandered into the wrong prayer group there, Frosty.

Vic: Why are you a better deal for me than Rondell?
Tio: I don't use my own product. Rondell does. More and more.
Tio: This whole Nation of Islam thing came on when he was high.
Vic: How would you have handled it?
Tio: Let them have the corner, move three blocks over. Dopers follow the dope. Pissing off the beanpie crowd just gives them a reason to live.
Vic: Throw a little bit of that peaceful resistance right back at 'em, huh?
Tio: Mmm-hmm. Now, if I'm done filling out the job application, let's talk about how much rent's gonna be.
Vic: Actually, fifty grand lets you move in right away.
Tio: Good thing I've been saving. [Shake hands]
Vic: It's a good thing.

Two Days Of Blood

Gilroy: [on the phone with Vic] You gotta spend more time with your family, Vic.
Corrine: You tell him.
Gilroy: You'll lose 'em before you know it.

Dutch: That was some slide. Impact dragged him 75 feet.
Claudette: Maybe you wanna call Guiness.
Dutch: Nah. Record's something like over 30 miles. This isn't even a footnote.

Gabo: Hey, man, where they taking him?
Shane: Three little letters... KFC.

Jojo Rizal: [to Shane] Hey man, your cock's out!

[Shane looks down at his pants, then realizes his rooster is heading out the door]

Circles

Vic: [after busting through a fence and catching a runner] Alright slappy, you start talking!
Witness: 'Sup, man, I didn't do nothin'!
Vic: All right! Fine! You're not a witness... [pulls crack out of pocket and plants it on witness] you're an arrest! This here's just enough to make you a trafficker!
Witness: Hey, you can't do that, man!
Vic: What? Bust drug dealers? You just made my quota for the week!!!

Season Two

The Quick Fix

Vic: What the hell are you doing?
Shane: I'm not doing anything that we weren't doing before. I'm just pumping things up a level.
Vic: And what level is that? Prison?
[Shane doesn't answer]
Vic: All right, where's my investment now?
Shane: It's all tied up in the coke shipment.
Vic: That coke that had Tio's guy bleeding from every orifice?

Dead Soldiers

Arab man: So I'm a suspect just because I'm Arab?
Officer Sofer: No, sir, you're a suspect because 19 guys who look like your twin brother killed 3,000 Americans.

Partners

Carte Blanche

Shane: Instead of playing poker, we should be playing poke her.

Greenlit

Homewrecker

Barnstormers

Scar Tissue

Co-Pilot

Vic Mackey-Ah, balls!

Coyotes

Inferno

Breakpoint

Nazi Kid- Jeffrey's a nigger?

Vic- The worst kind.

Dominoes Falling

[An Armenian gangster gets into a traffic accident and confronts the other driver.]
Man: Now calm down, there's no problem here.
Armenian: No problem for YOU! I just bought this car, you drive a piece of sheeeit!

Season Three

Playing Tight

Dutch: If my tone sounds superior, it's because I'm American and you're Greek!

Blood And Water

Bottom Bitch

[Fights with the Hooker and puts a gun to her mouth.]

Vic: Take it.

[The Hooker opens her mouth and "takes" the gun.]

Vic: Don't worry about Smooth. He's my bitch. [Pauses] That makes you my bottom bitch. [Pauses] YOU GOT THAT?!

Streaks And Tips

Mum

Juan: You ever suck a dick like a prison bitch?

Posse Up

Safe

Cracking Ice

Slipknot

What Power Is...

Strays

Riceburner

Fire In The Hole

All In

Margos Dezerian: Sosi, ari modes. (Sosi, come to me)

On Tilt

Margos Dezerian: Goma! Oores!? (Goma!! Where are you!?)

Lem: I got a bunch of receipts here.
Vic: For what?
Lem: Uh, for dry cleaning.
Vic: What else?
Lem: Uh, for thousands of dollars on these oriental rugs.
Ronnie: You don't dry clean oriental rugs!
[The rest of the Strike Team stares at him]
Ronnie: My...my mom had some. She made me hand-clean 'em when I was a kid.

Season Four

The Cure

Vic: Antwon Mitchell.
Antwon Mitchell: Do I know you?
Vic: I know your mugshot.
Monica: I worked with Rich Nelson.
Antwon Mitchell: How's he doin'?
Monica: Passed, three years ago. Cancer.
Antwon Mitchell: Damn, cancer's rough. [Turns to friend.] But he was always talkin' about how he was gonna piss on my grave. Guess I gotta go grab a forty and pay my respects.

Grave

Bang

Doghouse

Tar Baby

Antwon Mitchell: Her body shows up, with bullets in it from your two gats? And your card in her burnt pocket? ...One time, DOIN' time, for a long, LONG time. ...From now on, I say, "Suck my dick," you say "you want me to lick your balls, Daddy?" (to Shane Vendrell & Army)

Insurgents

Hurt

[Vic is fanning out his car as it overheats]
Vic: Big chief. Vic needum new driving machine, so he can catchum bad guy.
Danny: Knew you had some Spanish. Didn't know you knew smoke signals.

Cut Throat

String Theory

Back In The Hole

Shane Vendrell: Here you got it all, don't ya'? You got money. You got power. RESPECT!
Antwon Mitchell: The hillbilly's been listenin' to my speeches.
Shane Vendrell: It's too bad about your son, though. Tell you what, if my boy turned out to be a fag, I don't know what I would do. [Pauses] They say you're born that way. You doin' his mother out the ass when you knocked her up?
Antwon Mitchell: One time, doin' time, for a long time.
Shane Vendrell: That poor little kid. He's gonna be found face down, in the shower, with a back full of shiv and an ass full of cum. Word hits the street, what's that gonna make you look like, huh? I mean, your people don't cop with the homo vibe.
Antwon Mitchell: My people... ain't your worry.
Shane Vendrell: Yeah? But you know with all that money, all that power, at the end of the day, you're still just a nigger! With a faggot nigger son! And where's the respect in that?! HUH? Where's the respect in that?!
Antwon Mitchell: [Sits down and puts the cuffs back on.] Now... what were you sayin' about my nigger faggot son?

A Thousand Deaths

[Shane is taking a practice lie-detector test to train him for the real one]
Man: Have you ever been unfaithful to your wife?
Shane Vendrell: No.
[Needle jumps wildly, indicating a lie. Vic looks him in the eyes]
Shane Vendrell: Eatin' ain't cheatin'.

Judas Priest

Vic [to David]: You're not a cop. You never were.
Aceveda [to Antwon Mitchell]: Convince Juan to miss his court date.

Ain't That A Shame

Season Five

Extraction

[Suspect vomits off second-floor balcony onto Billings below]
Billings: Shit--goddammit, this is a new suit!

Dutch: I am mature and distinguished. A lot of young women appreciate that.
Claudette: You really oughta cut back on the porn.

Enemy of Good

Jailbait

Tapa Boca

Trophy

Corrine: You be gentle. His sister just died.
Vic: I'm always gentle.

Billings: Hey, be careful with that! It's a sophisticated piece of machinery!
Delivery Man: It's a vending machine. You put money in, shit comes out.
Billings: It's a gourmet quick mealer, asshole!

Rap Payback

Shane Vendrell: Better check your color, honky.

Casper: Man, I get more black ass than a bus bench in Compton.

Man Inside

Kavanaugh

Smoked

Of Mice and Lem

Jon Kavanaugh: And Mackey skates clean? This guy... this guy is just pissing... just pissing all over us, and we just smile and lick it up? Vic Mackey kills cops! He... he deals drugs! He beats suspects! You know what he did yesterday? He... he screwed my ex-wife with the sole purpose of making this investigation seem like a personal vendetta. He may have assassinated a gang leader. And that's just all in one day. I wonder what he's going to do today. I wonder what he's going to do tomorrow. This guy... this guy is just pissing... he's pissing all over us. He's pissing on you. What does it taste like? Chief, what does it taste like, 'cause you know what, it tastes like piss to me!

Vic: [to Kavanaugh] Let me remind you of a few things you seem to have forgotten. I didn't kill Terry. You've lost your leverage with Lem. And your ex-wife's pussy...tastes like sweet butter.

Post Partum

Shane: [after killing Lem with a grenade] I'm sorry...I'm sorry, buddy...I'm so sorry, buddy...Lem! Lem, I'm sorry! But I had to, right? But you know I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, man...buddy...oh God...

Kavanaugh: [when they realize that Lem is dead] Are you happy now, Detective Mackey?

Vic: [final line of the season] We're gonna find out who did this...and we're gonna kill 'im.

Season Six

On the Jones

Axl: Anyone ever tell you that you have incredibly expressive eyes? You ever been on film?
Claudette: Ever been in a mug book?

Baptism by Fire

Back to One

Vic Mackey: Every minute, he gets to breathe, and Lem doesn't is UNACCEPTABLE!

The New Guy

Haunts

Chasing Ghosts

Exiled

The Math of the Wrath

Recoil

Spanish Practices

Season Seven

Coefficient of Drag

Dutch: You were, uh, tried and acquitted for the crime.
Emilio: And you can't arrest me now 'cause I'm protected by final jeopardy.

Billings: I'll be back, all right--putting in my required hours, mandatory paper work. But as far as effort goes, I don't know what's between zero and the city mandate minimum, but from now on, let's call that the Billings.
Claudette: Can't we just call it business as usual?

Shane: Are you okay?
Mara: What was that?
Shane: [hears Jackson crying] Hold on. Hey, buddy, everything's fine. Look, I'm sorry.
Mara: A wash cloth in my mouth?
Shane: Vic would never do anything to hurt us.
Mara: He tied me up, and beat the shit out of you. Oh, what is that, the good-neighbor policy?

Billings: Oh, here it is.
Dutch: [reads Billings's note] "Lorena Francisco. All right, great rack?" Well, this sounds like your notes.
Billings: She said she was with Hector the night of the murder, and I do recall she had great tits.

Snitch

Asst. Chief Phillips: We've already notified Homeland Security. They'll be taking over from here.
Vic: So while the men from U.N.C.L.E. are cruising down Alvarado looking for Osama, I'll be sweatin' some good, old-fashioned, trash-talking American dipshit!

Vic: The Feds are gonna be here in a minute. Once they get here, I can't help you.
Jamal: Oh, white people get shot, and it's a federal case now?
Vic: Oh, we're way past black and white. Your boys used the Al-Qaeda card, which means you got a rainbow coalition of law enforcement shitting multicultural bricks.

Dutch: Brass have to be pleased to get these killer kids off the street.
Claudette: No, no, they're too busy trying to plot how to hang me out to dry for being a racist. Deflect attention from their Al-Qaeda thing not panning out.
Dutch: So, uh, you're a racist now? How's that working out for you?

Dutch: Young woman got her head bashed in. You're not disturbed by the apathy?
Billings: Why don't you take a look around you? We've been standing in the hot sun for how long now, and we are right where we started. So if you got some magic beans in your Detective bag of tricks that'll make these people give a shit, why don't you start planting them?

Claudette: Gang crime's up 14% citywide this year.
Vic: While Farmington's numbers are down. I guess I can't be everywhere.

Money Shot

Genocide

Billings: [to Dutch] One thing I've learned from that sack of conspiracy theories you call a head, the Wagenbach freak meter points to red--you listen.

Vic: I would have loved to dealt the blow myself. Asshole never did pay me back for the favor he owes me.
Ronnie: He would have known your voice in a second.
Vic: Now he's gonna know my foot up his ass.

Dutch: He stood there and watched somebody die like it was nothing. There's speculation Bundy's first murders were committed in his early teens. They gain reinforcement the more crimes they get away with. Gain power, their methods improve.
Billings: Wait a minute. I buy the setup theory. But you're saying this kid's a serial killer?
Dutch: They all pop their cherry somewhere.

Vic: [to Claudette] I am not walking into the belly of the Armenian beast with one of your day laborers as my date.

Dutch: A profile--male, highly intelligent, unstable family, piss-poor student, abandoned by his father.
Billings: The Mom's got a big old Dutch-boy crush. Obviously a couple of genetic screws loose.

Game Face

Vic: That's why we're gonna make it look like a robbery by a rival gang. Choreograph it so the girl escapes.
Julian: No disrespect, but the only set you guys can claim is "Aryan Nation".

Animal Control

Shane: God damn. Smells like dog's ass in here. You boys get to swipe on some deodorant?
Ellis Rezian: 'Til my people stop getting slaughtered, I'll be interested in survival, not luxury.

Tavon: [to Shane] You lied to me! And then your ass used Lem to cover it up so you wouldn't get in trouble. And I'm guessing it wasn't the first time that you had these guys cover your ass. What's wrong? Oh. Oh, yeah. Ain't got nobody here to get your back. But now I know who you really are. And so do you.

Tina: You guys want him when we're through?
Dutch: Steve?
Billings: I'm a little busy here. Any naked girls show up, though, you give me a holler?

Vic: We got to pull Shane out of there, man.
Ronnie: What?
Vic: I can't do this.
Ronnie: Vic, it's done. It's all set up. We're never gonna get another chance this clean, you know it.
Vic: I don't care! It's not too late. We still have a choice.
Ronnie: Do you think that Shane gave Lem a choice?
Vic: I'm not Shane.

Shane: [to Mara] Vic and Ronnie tried to kill me tonight. Yeah, they set me up. It's sheer luck I'm even alive right now. And, you know, the worst part is ... they think I'm too stupid to even realize it.

Bitches Brew

Parricide

Corrine: Did you really do all those things?
Vic: I did a lot of things that I shouldn't have done, for reasons that made sense at the time, but they're pretty hard to defend right now. What do you want me to say, that I'm different? I don't want to go to prison. Do you want me to go to prison?
Corrine: Do either of you even feel any shame?
Vic: I don't think about it.
Corrine: Well, that's honest. Sad thing is, I've known--maybe not the specifics, the details--but I've known, and I have let you infect me and our children. I'll help you this one last time... and then the kids and I are out of your life! That is my price. And you have to pay some kind of price.

Claudette: Mackey! You do not interfere with this case.
Vic: Seeing as how I'm not a cop anymore, you really don't have the jurisdiction over what I do, Captain.
Claudette: You rogue out on this, you do anything sideways like you did with Lemansky... and I'll lock up your corrupt ass faster than you can say, "how'd I lose this job?"
Vic: If this is what's left of it, I don't want it.

Vic: You think I'm wired?
Pezuela: We're more involved now. Rules of engagement change.
Vic: Midnight texts, chaperones, engagement... sounds like we're becoming an item.

Vic: Oh, Brothers all about his thick. Better go easy on that juice, D. Your brains turn into hot sauce, shrinks the balls to raisins. Oh... sorry, I'm too late.
Damon: My brain's fine-tuned, and them balls are the size of cat heads.

Capuchina: You try talking to white Farrah?
Shane: She's so spun out on crank, she doesn't know whether to piss standing up or sitting down.

Moving Day

David: This is still my campaign.
Pezuela: Mr. Mayor, the dick is up your ass. And I am the one who decides when it comes out.

Party Line

Petty Cash

Vic: The edge is where we live, all of us, all the time. People try to convince themselves otherwise is just an exercise in self-deception.
Beltran: Philosopher?
Vic: Former cop. Same deal, less horseshit.

Possible Kill Screen

Vic: During a raid on a drug dealer named Two-Time... I... shot and killed Detective Terry Crowley.
Olivia: Y-you— you killed a police officer?
Vic: I planned it, and I carried it out. I shot him once just below the eye. Our Strike Team was committing criminal acts on a regular basis. At first it was just taking drugs from busts, turning it around, and selling it for profit. We were able to do this by making partnerships with local drug dealers and gangs, you know, that we knew we could leverage.
Olivia: You son of a bitch.
Vic: I killed Crowley to protect me and my guys. I shot him with Two-Time's gun to divert suspicion, but Aceveda knew. So did Kavanaugh—the I.A.D. Investigator who was after us. They just couldn't prove it. I was too good.
Olivia: Is that it?
Vic: [about the recorder] How much memory does that thing got?

[Vic has just finished confessing all his crimes at his immunity hearing. Olivia turns off the recorder.]
Olivia: Do you have any idea what you've done to me?
Vic: I've done worse.

Vic: I want my deal, but I need a favor. It's not for Ronnie. It's for my ex-wife. I got her into some trouble. She was trying to protect me today, and she did something that might be construed as aiding and abetting.
Olivia: Might be construed?

Claudette: I'm Captain Claudette Wyms. I'm looking for Vic Mackey.
Chaffee: You found the bastard, but I guess now he's our bastard.

Family Meeting

Shane': [to Vic on the phone] The mother of your children has been playing you. She would rather see you go to prison than to hug one of your own kids again.

[Vic and Claudette are in the Barn's interrogation room.]
Claudette: You heard about Shane. What he did to his pregnant wife, his young son. He wrote a note.
[Claudette produces the suicide note. Vic remains silent.]
Claudette: [reading] "I guess enough painkillers can make even the worst kind of hurt go away. The thing you need to know is that Mara was innocent, and Jackson was innocent. They didn't know what they were drinking, and their last moments together were happy ones. They left the way I first found them, perfect and innocent. They were innocent; they're in heaven now, and we'll always be a family. [Pauses] The guilty ones are me and Vic. Vic led, but I kept following. I don't think one's worse than the other, but we made each other into something worse than our individual selves. I wish I'd never met him. I see it all now, there's no apologies I can make, no explanations I can give. I was who I was, and I can't be that person anymore. I can't let myself..."
[Vic's expression has changed to show his distress.]
Claudette: We think this is where he was when we came in, because it stops there. All those busts...all those confessions you got in this room, illegal or otherwise...all the drugs you got off the street tonight for ICE...you must be very proud of yourself.
[Vic's expression is emotionless. He remains silent.]
Claudette: This is what the hero left on his way out the door.
[Claudette produces the photos of Shane and his family. She places them on the table, glares at Vic, and leaves.]

Dutch: Ronald Everett Gardocki, you are under arrest.
Ronnie: For what?
Dutch: The last three years!

[After Ronnie has been arrested and informed by Dutch that Vic cut a deal to save himself.]
Ronnie: You told them... all of it?
Vic: Ronnie...
Ronnie: You made a deal for yourself and you're sending me to prison?
Vic: I'm sorry, my family... I... I thought Corrine...
Ronnie: You're goddamned sorry?
Vic: I didn't think I had a choice...
Ronnie: What about my goddamned choice, Vic? Where's my goddamn choice? I was going to run! We were going to run together! God damn it! What about the team? What about protecting the goddamn team, Vic?

[After Claudette has read Vic Shane's suicide note, shown him the bodies of Shane, Mara, and Jackson, and finally had Ronnie arrested right in front of Vic, who can only helplessly watch as Ronnie discovered Vic's betrayal and chewed him out.]
Claudette: You can go now.

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The Shield

Developer(s) Aspyr
Publisher(s) Strategy First
Release date January 9, 2007
Genre Third-person action
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Platform(s) PS2, PC
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