Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Shield: Bitches Brew

After tensions came to a boil last week, this week’s episode had more of a simmer feel. The main storyline was a hooker (Farrah) from season three comic to Vic for help after a fellow streetwalker was killed. Vic is reluctant to help since Farrah caused all sorts of trouble last time she crossed Vic’s path. Nevertheless he does. The Strike Team track down both her pimp and the pimp’s muscle. You can see in the raids Shane is holding back, not trusting Vic and Ronnie after they tried to kill him. Some of the situations they got in probably made Shane feel it was a set up. Just like how he and Vic set up Terry in the pilot.

In a raid on the pimp’s drug lab, Julian shoots and kills the pimp, seemingly ending the case. However, another prostitute comes to Shane (and Shane only) to tell him it was actually the muscle (Twoman) who killed Farrah’s friend. Shane goes to Twoman’s place, tells him he knows who killed the prostitute, but offers to let him off the hook if Twoman kills someone. Shane doesn’t actually come out and say who he wants killed, but instead says “How’s your jaw?” – a reference to Ronnie beating up Twoman earlier in the ep.

The B story seemed like mostly filler. I could tell who the crook was when he first showed up. That part of the plot was pretty predictable. The crime mostly served as a way to get Dutch and Claudette acting like an old married couple again. Dutch has become increasingly worried about Claudette’s health and has taken several actions this season to protect Claudette. I’m starting to wonder how their storyline will end.

The blackmail box is still pretty much in play. Aceveda and Vic turn it over to ICE. One of the agents (didn’t really catch his name) doesn’t like that they hung onto it for a while before turning it over, so he uses his pull to move Vic’s review board hearing up. Vic goes and the outcome is not good: he now as 10 days left as a cop. Vic tips Pezuela off about an upcoming raid on his construction site. Pezuela doesn’t seem to take the advice and hands Vic an envelope full of money: his severance package. However, Pezuela did take the advice to heart and ICE’s raid comes up empty. Vic then hatches a plan to give Pezula back the box so ICE can get deeper into the Cartel’s business.

We’re at the halfway point of the season and the writers keep adding more questions to the mix. How’s Shane’s hit on Ronnie going to go? What’s going to happen between Dutch and Claudette? It looks like Aceveda pulled a couple files from the blackmail box before turning it over to ICE. Are they to protect people or does he plan on blackmailing his way into the mayor’s office?

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