There it was, folks. The biggest episode of
The Shield so far this season. Shane vs Vic, man vs man, dog vs dog. The one-on-one confrontation we've all been anticipating this entire season has happened, and my lord, is Shane in trouble now.
The last 10 minutes developed nicely over the course of this episode, starting with Shane being in a much more chipper mood. I guess Mara took him back and now that he got the murder off his chest, he just wants to "put this in the rearview mirror." It's a complete reversal, of course, since after Vic killed Guardo the rest of the strike team tried to put it behind them, but Shane kept preventing that. That's of course the moment that Vic really puts two and two together and Ronnie starts thinking about the semiconfession that Shane told him a while back. Both of them were still thrown a little off when Ronnie counted the grenades and they were all there. Now, the viewers all saw Shane pocket one last season, but for me personally, I didn't really think about how truly premeditated Lem's killing could have been until Vic pointed it out. Shane did take the grenade before any of the crap went down. Could it have just been because he was dirty and it was easy to do? Sure. But I guess he could have taken it thinking that he may need it for something in the end, too. Everything completely clicked for Vic after he read the final report that Kavanaugh wrote in Lem's file, and then he just had to take his own advice for the strike team from earlier in the day: "Find out the truth, then figure out what to do with it." And what to do with it created the final 10 minutes, which had my heart pounding. I could feel the adrenaline racing through my body as I expected Shane to get brutalized by Vic, and even though he didn't, that certainly wasn't a letdown for me. If anything, it's going to make the final stretch all that more interesting. There was such amazing dialogue in that scene, I wish I could quote it word for word here, but that's just too much to do. But I do want to call out some of the finer points between Vic and Shane:
Vic: You piece of sh-t. He was strong, you were a coward.
Vic: I would have spared Lem.
Shane: And I stepped up and put Lem down so you could go to bed at night believing that.
Shane: You will learn how to accept it.
Vic: You and me, we're all out of time.... Get in your truck, drive away, leave here before I kill you.
Shane: No, you won't. We've already been through all of that.
Vic: Before you didn't blow Lem in half with a grenade.
Vic: I see you again, I will kill you.
Obviously, there's a bit of dialogue between those lines, but those were the moments that really stuck in my head. I just can't believe Shane. He was backed into a corner and tried to flip it all around on Vic and then tried to tell Vic that he'd have to accept it. Wow, that takes cojones. And what happens now? I mean, Shane does still work in The Barn. He's going to have to show up for work tomorrow, right? Does Vic kill him? You know what sets
The Shield apart from other shows? Right now, there are so, so many directions this show can take that I can't even begin to predict what's going to happen next. I love
24 as well, but I can probably tell you exactly what's going to go down for the rest of that show's season. Here, I have no clue what the end result of the confrontation is going to be. That's why this show is so delicious. Six seasons in and I'm still on the edge of my seat, every episode.
Personally, I think I shouldn't even comment on any other story line in this episode, because frankly what I just talked about
was the episode. But I still want to hear your comments on these, so I'll recap briefly.
We had an all-together new case for the strike team. Emily Martin, the daughter of "some important city dude," died, and the strike team was told to find the truth and make it look good for the city. Vic found the dirty truth and then had the suspects tell a cleaned-up story. Then he got the city controller to look into his retirement case as a return favor. Nice, Vic. I think the most important thing I took out of this one was simply that Julian just doesn't belong here. He's way too straight and narrow for the strike team. I know we didn't see this go down, but I have to wonder if this is all a setup. Was Julian recommended by Claudette not really for the team, but to go "undercover," if you will, to get some dirt on how the team really operates? And does Julian know this? I can't tell for sure, but I can certainly see a move like that coming from a sly fox like Claudette.
The Billings and Dutch war came to a head in this one. I love the continued ribbing of Dutch about his fondness for Tina. And Dutch's scene where he said to Billings, "This stops now, you understand? This Tina BS. This isn't high school" was great. I love seeing Dutch get angry, because he still has such composure even when he's fuming. And to bring up the vending-machine problem again was awesome. Dutch rocks. Billings was right, too, of course. In the break room, Danny took a gaze at Kevin. Kevin took one at Tina. Tina, of course, eyed him up right back, and then there was Dutch yet again with that "I think I'm going to vomit" look on his face. He's such a lovesick puppy. I feel for him and everything involving Tina now.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Antwon Mitchell back, even if for a few minutes. He's one of my favorite recurring characters because he brings such a dynamic to the screen. He knew right from the start that Vic was desperate for answers, and he certainly has a bit of a psychological advantage after this meeting. After Vic accused him of setting up the hit on Lem, he stated, "And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my final encore. Making the great Vic Mackey think I'm everyone and everywhere, responsible for all the worst crimes against humanity." The look on Vic's face was priceless.
Finally, outside of Vic vs Shane, my favorite part was with Cassidy. I can't believe that her friend did a LexisNexis search on her dad and she found out all his dirty secrets, including the fact that she had a baby brother. The best moment of this whole story was after Vic told her to show him some respect and she countered with, "Respect is earned." Yikes.
OK, so this was not such a brief recap after all. Sorry for the length of the blog this week, but if I could sit you all down in a room today and chat all day about this, I would. That's how much I'm loving this show. Please comment and let me know your thoughts.
Until next week, friends.
There it was folks The biggest episode of The Shield so far this season Shane vs Vic man vs man dog vs dog The one-on-one confrontation weve all been anticipating this entire season has happened and my lord is Shane in trouble now The last 10 minutes developed nicely over the course of this episode starting with Shane being in a much more chipper mood I guess Mara took him back and now that he got the murder off his chest he just wants to put this in the rearview mirror Its a complete reversal of course since after Vic killed Guardo the rest of the strike team tried to put it behind them but Shane kept preventing that Thats of course the moment that Vic really puts two and two together and Ronnie starts thinking about the semiconfession that Shane told him a while back Both of them were still thrown a little off when Ronnie counted the grenades and they were all there Now the viewers all saw Shane pocket one last season but for me person