The Shield: Money Shot
(S07E03) "I don't need the box. I have you." - Vic
Quicksand. Vic and Ronnie finally uttered the one word that has been lingering over The Shield since the beginning. Sure, as a team, they've had some wins and some losses. Despite the fact that they seem to keep coming out on top, it's finally becoming clear that they've been slowly sinking all along.
I mentioned last week that Ronnie's discontent with Vic has been simmering all along and it's deeply rooted if you think about it. From Armadillo burning his face in season two (Vic's fault), to Shane killing Lem in season five (arguably Vic's fault), to this season where Ronnie finally murdered someone for the good(?) of the team (with Vic's urging), he's been getting angrier and angrier, if you ask me.
Now, with Vic and Shane off doing "business" with Rezian, and Ronnie getting thrown into short-handed situations like the raid at Demetrius Harms' house, it's just adding on more layers. When he finally said "I'm not gonna drown for Shane ... or you" I practically applauded. Good for him! The question is, what will he do to ensure that?
As for Shane and Vic, I think they're probably handling the situation with Rezian as well as humanly possible. Well, at least Vic is anyway. Although, I'm still not convinced that keeping Shane completely out of the loop is the smartest thing to do. There's another situation where discontent can breed very quickly.
Granting Rezian three wishes might come back to haunt them though. Who's to say that he won't want more than three? Regardless, as long as Vic keeps playing the Armo boss as well as he is (the set-up with Olivia hitting the gun raid and nabbing Galoolian (spelling?) was brilliant), Rezian will probably fold to Vic's demands and let the past stay in the past.
The one thing that Rezian doesn't seem to realize is that Vic and Shane will just keeping picking off anyone who knows about the money train as long as they have names. Maybe Rezian really is stupider than I give him credit for. So far though, Vic is making all his wins big ones. He earns more trust with Rezian, gets rid of a lieutenant who knew too much, and even gained some more brownie points with Olivia and her Fed buddies. I really can't believe how easy ti was for Shane to steal all those guns either. The police department isn't too smart either... but we knew that.
I'm a little surprised the way Dutch is sort of setting Claudette and Danny up together. I get that he cares for each of them. Wyms needs help because of her Lupus and Danny needs to get off the streets because of Lee. However, after seeing the way Danny handled Yuan in the extremely twisted gang-bang case, I would have expected Dutch to try and nurture her obvious detective skills. She'd be a better partner than Billings for sure.
I know people will want to talk about it, so I'll just merely mention it - Tina going undercover as an amateur porn star. Wow.
I can't believe they brought Axl (the grandma f*cker) back! Gotta love the final season of The Shield. All the kooks get one more appearance.
Vic made a good point with Aceveda. If he's going to hold on to Pezuela's blackmail box for now, he's going to need a much better alibi for the Justice Department if he intends to get Cruz. It really doesn't look good.
Burnout was back too. I had forgotten about him.
I know Vic got Claudette on-board for Olivia's involvement in the gun bust, and I can accept Olivia not picking up on the convenience of Vic's intel, but Claudette is smarter - with or without Lupus. I feel like this should have raised a flag.
Wonder if we'll see DSS showing up in Vic and Corinne's future. Underage drinking, arm bruises... doesn't look good.
What's Vic going to do when he finds out that Shane does have a copy of all those files? Or that Mara has read them?
How about the ending? At this point, it's all about pacifying Shane and making him feel safe until Vic figures out what to do with him. His forgiveness was obviously disingenuous, but it made Shane smile and feel like he's back on Vic's good graces. Yeah right. Shane is more of a fool than Rezian if he thinks Vic will ever truly forgive him for Lem.
|Yeah, sure. It was the only choice given the circumstances.||21 (6.8%)|
|No way, never. Shane needs to pay for what he did to Lem and Vic knows that.||290 (93.2%)|