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The Shield Episode: "Parricide"

Season 7, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Vic and Ronnie escape attempts on their lives, and when Ronnie's assailant is caught, Shane must think and act quickly. Meanwhile, with barely a week to go before he must turn in his badge, Vic makes Agent Murray a business proposition. He also has some dirty work to do for Pezuela, involving a priest (Silas Weir Mitchell), whose church is in a location Pezuela finds inconvenient.
Original Air Date: Oct 21, 2008
Guest Cast Silas Weir Mitchell: Father Morton F.J. Rio: Pezuela Billoah Greene: Two-Man Di Quon: Esther Melanie Myers: Paula Paul Dillon: Chafee Brandon Fobbs Heidi Sulzman: Shonda Michelle Hicks: Mara
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Season 7, Episode 8
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Length: 45:28
Aired: 10/21/2008
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The Shield Episode Recap: "Patricide" Season 7, Episode 8

During The Shield's seven season run, there are a handful of moments one can point to which color every event that comes after it. Going all the way back to the pilot, you'll find the murder of Terry Crowley. At the end of the second season The Strike Team hit the Armenian Money Train. That money, which Lem ultimately burned, tore the team apart during Season 3. While Season 4's star was Glenn Close, it was the introduction of Anthony Anderson's Antwon Mitchell which really shook things up. And how could you not mention the murder of Curtis Lemanski in Season 5? This week's episode brought us another one of these turning points. The Shield as we knew it will never be the same.

With a title like "Patricide," I really believed the theory a lot of you have floated was going to come true. The theory you'll find in past message boards is that Vic will not meet his end on the street from some banger but instead will be killed by his daughter. I've got to say that I'm not really a fan of this theory. I'd trust The Shield's writing staff to incorporate just about any material and have it make sense but this twist, should it happen, seems like too much to swallow. Vic's lasted on the streets for almost 15 years but a girl who's only been alive about that same amount of time will be able to take him down? That said …it's certainly not an impossible idea.

However, this week's episode found Cassidy wholly absent and instead hit the ground running with Shane's most recent plan being set into action. Last week we saw Shane employ/blackmail pimp Two Man to take out Ronnie, who in a Shane instigated rage injured Two Man's jaw. This week began with Shane setting up his alibi, which seemed pretty air tight, with Maura. Two Man botches his mission. Shane learns this information, and his forced to scrap his own hit, when he overhears Vic on the phone with Ronnie. Vic and Ronnie are both immediately suspicious of Shane's involvement. And why shouldn't they be suspicious? They did try to get Shane killed two episodes ago.

With a partial license plate number from Two Man's motorcycle, it doesn't take long to catch him. Shane, who wanted to shut Two Man up on the street, rushes back to The Barn when he hears of his arrest. He hasn't started talking yet and the interrogation will be handled by Dutch and Billings. Unfortunately, without a gun there really isn't much of a case. Shane's assigned the task of going to Two Man's house and searching for it. However, before leaving The Barn, Shane goes into interrogation and convinces Two Man to tell him where the gun is. This was just one of many suspenseful sequences in this episode. Shane, like every cop at The Barn does, pulls the cord on the camera in the interrogation room. Claudette observes Shane talking with their suspect and just misses Two Man's confession when she comes in.

For once, all goes to plan and Shane finds and hides Two Man's gun. But, there's just no way Shane can hold this all together. When all seems lost, Vic comes up with the idea of telling Two Man that two more witnesses have come forward. Shane can see the writing on the wall. Two Man's going to crack and Shane doesn't want to be in The Barn when it happens. Shane's escape was another spectacularly edited suspense sequence. Sure enough, Two Man rolls on Shane but it's too late to catch him.

Maura goes to Corrine's house and informs her of a few things: Terry Crowley, the Money Train, and Vic's attempt to get Shane killed. Also, she wants Corrine to tell Vic and Ronnie that they started this. They're to inform Maura of what information the police have when she calls Corrine everyday at 1 pm and 10 pm. This is something Corrine is happy to do if it keeps Vic out of her and their children's lives.

In a B story, Vic continued to work with Olivia Murray on bringing down The Cartel. Being a "B story" isn't saying it's not important. If Vic keeps his nose clean and helps bring down Pezuela, a new job could be in his future.

When Vic and Ronnie realize they won't have the free time they need to go after Shane, Vic decides to resign. He turns in his badge to Claudette. In a scene very reminiscent of his run-ins with Captain Aceveda, Captain Wymms confronts Vic from high above him in her office. She demands he not interfere with their hunt for Shane. Vic leaves The Barn through the front door, no longer in possession of his shield.

There are only five episodes left. Is there anyway this thing will end in anything but a blood bath? Since it's what's expected, I wouldn't be surprised if the writers run in the opposite direction. Apparently FX has been sitting on the last two episodes of the show. So, we can only wait.

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During The Shield's seven season run, there are a handful of moments one can point to which color every event that comes after it. Going all the way back to the pilot, you'll find the murder of Terry Crowley. At the end of the second season The Strike Team hit the Armenian Money Train. That money, which Lem ultimately burned, tore the team apart during Season 3. While Season 4's star was Glenn Close, it was the introduction of Anthony Anderson's Antwon Mitchell which really shook things up. And how could you not mention the murder of Curtis Lemanski in Season 5? This week's episode brought us another one of these turning points. The Shield as we knew it will never be the same.

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Premise: A corrupt and brutal L.A. detective runs an elite squad by his own rules in a neighborhood ravaged by drugs and gangs. Unusually gritty and graphically violent, but seldom less than riveting, 'The Shield' gets its biggest jolt from the breakout performance by Michael Chiklis as the complex and volatile Vic Mackey. The drama made Emmy history when he won for Lead Actor in a Drama in 2002, the first such win for a basic-cable series.

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