The freight train that is The Shield continued to shuttle towards it's final destination this week. With only eight episodes left the writers aren't wasting any time setting up what are sure to be the show's final story arcs.This week's episode began with an investigation into Robert Martin's assassination. You may remember The Cartel murdered Martin in order to send a message to the Armenians, who are believed to be in possession of The Cartel's "box-o-blackmail." Speaking of the box - seemingly offended by the moniker I've chosen to give this plot device, the writers have seen to it to name it the "box of sins."Shane, who is trying with everything he has to guide ex-pals Vic and Ronnie back on the right path, is pushing to hand the box over to the Armenian's. Let them bring the box to The Cartel. Both the Strike Team's debt and the burgeoning gang war will be a thing of the past. Vic's not convinced. Whether he believes it or not, Vic tells Shane that the plan must continue because bringing down Pezuela might just be the only way Vic can live with himself.In a request which is either genuine or calculating, federal agent Olivia Murray asks the Strike Team to help find the daughter of a Cuban they're hoping to bring down. The girl was carjacked. The Feds need their soon to be collar with his head in the game in order to bust him. The Strike Team has to find the girl and rescue her without letting on that cops were involved.Alleged serial killer Kleavon Gardner, who first appeared in season 4, returned this week. It seems as though he's representing himself in his trial. That being the case he has to depose Claudette Wymms. The last time these two faced off, Kleavon may have cracked but it's Claudette who went down. Literally. The intense interrogation and her Lupus made her pass out and fall down The Barn's staircase. Now Kleavon's looking forward to an interrogation of his own. It seems as though he plans on using Claudette’s disease against her. Besides the toll it must take on her mind and body, Kleavon produces the pill bottle for the powerful prescription meds Claudette takes in large doses. With a defense like this you would think Kleavon is counting on getting off. He's not. Kleavon's fallen in love through a correspondence program and he’s just looking to make sure the death penalty stays off the table.Kyle Gallner and Frances Fisher returned as mother and son this week in Dutch's storyline. Det. Wagenbach believes Gallner’s Lloyd of committing a thrill kill and staging it as a robbery. Under the guise of helping him through it, Dutch repeatedly calls Lloyd in for questioning and leaves his mother in the dark. Dutch even brings in a respected profiler to work with Lloyd. The profiler certainly senses something is off about the boy but can’t pinpoint exactly what.Vic's troubles at home continued. Daughter Cassidy was suspended from school when pictures of her at a Pimps and Ho's party surface online. Besides the obvious problems with the party’s theme, Cassidy was also seen using ecstasy. Forget the people at the party. Anyone who even looked at those photos surely can't know who Cassidy's father is. On a tip from Corrine Vic tracks down the teenage boy who hosted the event. While he admits to having had a joint, he claims it is Cassidy who organized the party and brought the pills.For good or for bad, Vic doesn't have time to dwell on his problems much. There's still the matter of a missing girl. Tracking down the hide out of the Caribbean’s who are believed to be stashing the girl, newest team member Julian is sent in undercover. In order to hide the police involvement from the kidnapped girl, a 'rival gang' is being sent in to secure the Caribbean's and then allow the girl to 'accidentally' escape. The bust goes off without a hitch and the girl is free to go.After Kleavon is assured the death penalty is off the table he drops his defense. Old nemesis Dutch asks him to take a look at tape of Lloyd. Kleavon confirms Dutch's suspicion that there's something off about the teenager. Something Kleavon sees every time he looks in the mirror.Lloyd really seems to be getting under Dutch's skin. Near episodes end, Dutch comes to Lloyd's home to lay all the cards on the table and let him know that he won't kill again. Lloyd's response to this is telling his mother that the investigation into his self defense shooting has been closed. It certainly seems like this will be Dutch’s defining case. What do you think?While unhappy about Kleavon's deal, Claudette also recognizes her health is failing. She asks new mother Danny to permanently work directly with her at The Barn. And what of the papers Danny asked Vic to sign last week absolving his parental rights to their son Lee? Vic's not going to sign them.In the last scene of this week's episode we see what seems to be the partnership of Olivia Murray and Vic Mackey. Murray has been being blackmailed by The Cartel. She feels as though the favor they demanded of her, helping some Mexicans come across the border, has been resulting in violence in Farmington. While she doesn’t know how to get herself out, she’s certainly talking to the right man.
The freight train that is The Shield continued to shuttle towards it's final destination this week. With only eight episodes left the writers aren't wasting any time setting up what are sure to be the show's final story arcs.
This week's episode began with an investigation into Robert Martin's assassination. You may remember The Cartel murdered Martin in order to send a message to the Armenians, who are believed to be in possession of The Cartel's "box-o-blackmail." Speaking of the box— seemingly offended by the moniker I've chosen to give this plot device, the writers have seen to it to name it the "box of sins"