Man, what a season. Can't the final season just start next week? Or can't we just fast-forward to March 2008 right now? (Leave Christmas in just for the heck of it.)
The Shield threw me for a loop. I was expecting either Shane or a member of the Mackey family to bite the big one and none of them did. I was expecting Vic to get his job back, but not by exposing the Mexican mob, and I certainly didn't expect him to walk out of his hearing. As I've said before, the twists and turns are what make this show so great.
We start off with a bang, right where last week left off, with Vic and Aceveda doing a dance. I loved what happened between the two of them in this episode. Vic tries to blackmail Aceveda by showing him the picture. Then David turns around and sends a lawyer to tell Vic he's being sued and will lose everything. Then Vic goes back to Pazuela and gets the memory card, which forces Aceveda's hand. But instead of just trying to get his job back, Vic teams up with Aceveda this time. David looked truly stunned when Vic told him the memory card came from his buddy Pazuela. But you have to wonder how much Aceveda really knows. I mean, he knows something is going on. Pazuela is trying to change the district lines to manipulate votes and is clearly shady. But who knows if Aceveda's blind eye is because he's truly blind to the majority of what's happening? It certainly seems like that though, because he looked shocked again when Vic started pointing out where Pazuela's real estate was and how he's helping the Mexican mob basically take over the whole area.
Then there's Shane, who's in even deeper than ever now. First he tried convincing Diro to not kill Vic, but she's got to take care of her business. Then Rezian tells Shane that she won't kill Vic - yet. Instead Kazakian will kill Vic's
family first and then down the road Vic will die. So when Shane can't get hold of Vic to warn him, he goes and kidnaps Corinne and Cassidy and locks them in a truck somewhere where the Armenians can't find them. Then he waits at Vic's house for the guy who's supposed to kill them all. In the ensuing scuffle Shane's gun goes off and the Armenian guy gets popped, which is the source of the blood we saw in the previews last week. Then Shane goes back to Rezian and attempts to negotiate. Shane gives up the location of Diro and her father so that Rezian can take them out and can head up the crew when he gets out of jail. In exchange Rezian says he'll avoid killing Vic and his family. Now, of course, he can't let someone come in and kill Diro and her father, so Shane goes back to the hospital and warns her. This means, though, that she has no option but to pull the plug on dear old dad and leave the area. Better to have him go in peace than get killed. And she's more than happy to leave Shane at the hospital to be there when the hitmen come by. Heck, Shane's in more trouble now than ever. He's played both Diro and Rezian multiple times now and the Armenians are not happy with him. What's he to do now? If the guy doesn't disappear soon, will he make it through next season?
Before I get back to Vic, let's go through all the crazy little side stories.
Miracle Joe was actually kind of touching. The guy survived everything known to man and in the end his heart gives out. All the vets at the barn knew about him and were sad to see him go.
I was surprised the whole Dutch/Billings/Tina/Hiatt thing didn't force someone to come to blows. A very downtrodden Dutch says he knows that Billings pulled the prank off but can't prove it. But in the end everything is civil after he talks to Tina and sets the record straight. And he doesn't have to worry about Billings anymore, because not only is Steve leaving, but he's suing the department for millions. Claims he has back pain from breaking up the big barn fight from last season and even got a "doctor" to validate his claim. So where's the comic relief going to come from next season? On top of that, it looks like Dutch won't have to worry about any awkwardness between him and Hiatt either. Claudette wasn't thrilled with Hiatt coming clean about her going behind Vic's back to start with, but then Hiatt blew an arrest and had sex with an officer and she boots him. Vic's clever enough to cover up his wrong doings. Apparently, Hiatt is not. And as soon as Hiatt is let go, you know that Vic's keeping his job.
So, we go back to the man of the hour now, who through all that's going on is still looking into Pazuela to try to figure out his connection to the San Marcos murders. Following the money that was found on the one-armed Mexican official is what led to the most answers. It was cool the way this story tied into his review hearing. Vic's family shows up to support him and he walks out before it even starts. Between Claudette, the Controller and Aceveda telling Vic flat out that he's a goner, Vic knows there's nothing he can say to keep his job and the only way of doing that is by exposing Pazuela. So he tracks down the man with the money, pulls him over, then wrestles him out of the car and lays a smackdown on him. But no one could have prepared Vic for what was in the trunk. A box full of evidence that Pazuela was blackmailing everyone in the government down to the secretaries, to get the people he wanted in office, so the Mexican mob could eventually take over the entire area. Now Aceveda knows, Vic knows and everyone in the government owes Vic a big favor. Job saved! I know there's been a lot of debate on what types of feelings we should have for Vic, but now I couldn't help but root for him after he showed that Farmington is better off with him than without. Although I think he would have made a heck of a copier salesman.
And I know I should end on that because that was the big shocker, but I'm not going to. Instead I'm going to end with this:
Danny and Dutch, yeah baby!!!
Until next season, friends.
Man what a season Cant the final season just start next week Or cant we just fast-forward to March 2008 right now Leave Christmas in just for the heck of itAgain The Shield threw me for a loop I was expecting either Shane or a member of the Mackey family to bite the big one and none of them did I was expecting Vic to get his job back but not by exposing the Mexican mob and I certainly didnt expect him to walk out of his hearing As Ive said before the twists and turns are what make this show so great We start off with a bang right where last week left off with Vic and Aceveda doing a dance I loved what happened between the two of them in this episode Vic tries to blackmail Aceveda by showing him the picture Then David turns around and sends a lawyer to tell Vic hes being sued and will lose everything Then Vic goes back to Pazuela and gets the memory card which forces Acevedas hand But instead of just trying to get his job back Vic teams up with Aceveda t