The Shield: Moving Day
(S07E09) "What? I'm supposed to be Shane Vendrell to whatever Vic Mackey plan you've hatched?" - Dutch
I've got to say - Dutch annoys me sometimes. His high 'n' mighty, holier than thou act can be a bit tiring. Especially when he's being hypocritical about it. For him to say no to Steve and chastise him for setting up that sex offender is completely ridiculous and I'm so glad Billings called him out on it. Dutch has been faking sexual attraction to Rita Denton for weeks now, all in an effort to draw info on Lloyd - completely unethical! It's just humorous to me that he consistently draws a line and then steps over it anyway.
Of course you may be wondering why I'm talking about Dutch to start off. This is The Shield! What about Vic and everyone else? Well... not much happened. In what has been a stellar season so far, we've hit the first bump in the road. It was inevitable though. "Moving Day" wasn't bad, but it was necessary to set things up for the rest of the season. Trust me - it's worth it.
With Shane and Mara still on the run, Vic's early retirement has made it much easier for him to pursue them however he likes. While his lack of a badge created a few issues (that pharmacist wouldn't play ball with him), it hasn't been all that different since Ronnie is still on the inside and most players on the street still fear Vic anyway.
I mentioned Dutch's ethical boundaries and we found out a few more regarding Vic. He's willing to kill Mara, something that Ronnie was certainly not comfortable with. Vic made a valid point when he said that she's not an innocent and whatever Shane knows, she knows. I just don't see Vic having it in him to kill a pregnant woman though. Had those cops not been in the parking lot, I'm guessing Vic wouldn't have been able to do the deed. And speaking of those cops, how did Vic get off? He was aiming a gun at civilians in a parking lot! Wouldn't he at least have been thrown in jail for the night?
The I.C.E./Mexican Cartel plot heated up a bit and I loved the introduction of Beltran, if only for Pezuela's verbal assault on Aceveda. Personally, I don't think Cruz was very convincing in his little show. He kept smiling. He's probably nervous since he's being evaluated by the cartel's head of security. Vic is right about David though. He won't get Olivia anywhere. Vic is going to have to get in good with Beltran if he ever wants a shot at an I.C.E. paycheck, but that still sounds iffy too. Vic will really need to do something big to make up for the fact that he's no longer a cop.
What did everyone make of Corinne lying to Vic at the end? Seemed to me like she finally got "it." With Vic no longer present for Shane and Mara's calls, it'll give her freedom to protect herself and the kids however she sees fit.
More thoughts on "Moving Day" --
- It's too bad Julien is back in blues with Tina. It would have been nice for him to get some more exposure in the final season, but I don't think that'll be happening now.
- I loved when Shane called out Vic for at least "having the sack to do it himself."
- Raise your hand if you think Rita will be Lloyd's next victim. Everything seems to be pointing that way.
- Cassidy's wild child side sort of disappeared, huh?
The ending was especially poignant for me, as Shane and Mara broke into that empty mansion. He actually wanted Mara to turn herself in. She said no and made a remark that they're a family and no one is going to tear them apart. Kind of ironic, huh? They've already torn themselves apart - from each other and from life in general. If she has that mentality though, I don't expect Mara to be on board for the Bonnie and Clyde lifestyle for much longer.