The Shield: Party Line
(S07E10) "You should run too, man." - Ronnie
It's arguable that smarter words have never been uttered by anyone on The Shield before. Run? Um... yeah! The word "duh" comes to mind. How else can Vic possibly protect himself other than just disappearing? With all the pieces to this puzzle, there's just too much chance that something doesn't fit. It's a testament to Vic's ego and hubris that he's still willing to hang on for the remainder of the ride, but longtime fans have to be wondering how this can possibly come out clean for him.
At least Ronnie is getting cold feet. But no sooner was he ready to run for the Mexican countryside before Vic was able to assuage his fears and reel him right back into this mess. The puppet master and his puppet, or as Shane called Ronnie, "little Vic." Talk about a transition for Ronnie over seven seasons though, huh? He's pivotal to this story and yet, here's a character who was simply background fodder with no lines in the pilot episode. Gardocki has come a long way... depending on how you define "long way" of course.
Desperation seemed to be the theme in this episode as everyone nears the end of their personal tolerances. Vic and Ronnie actually went to Santi and the Byz Lats to put a hit out on Shane and Corinne finally cracked under the pressure of Vic's manipulation and signed a deal with Dutch and Claudette. You know it's bad when your own ex-wife is working against you. Not that I blame Corinne. However, the highlight of this episode was by far just watching Shane and Mara play house while the rest of Los Angeles runs around like mad. Despite the fact that the whole empty house/empty life metaphor was being shoved down our throats, it was still mesmerizing to see these two act normal for a moment -- grilling, singing and dancing. It took unspeakable tragedy to make them act like a family for the first time. It's sad really.
But I think it just shows how they're breaking down. The family act, something that is completely unlike them, is just a front for the fear of it all ending. Take that scene where Mara and Shane were in the pool. "Close you eyes" she said. All they can do is daydream now. Wyms grabbing the phone from Corinne at the end was perfect too. After Mara got off the phone with her, she actually look relieved as if to say, "we have an out."
Moving on to Aceveda, I personally think this is some of the best acting Benito Martinez has displayed in the entire run of the series. Seeing him step up to Vic, then Cruz, and finally Beltran was amazing. I never knew he had that side to him. Ever since "the incident," he's been such a passive individual and David is finally letting it all out. Of course, it's all in vain because Vic always comes out on top in those battles.
More thoughts on "Party Line" --
- I think I may have mentioned this before, but Vic's gun is HUGE.
- Ronnie is a fool if he thinks Vic is going to be able to somehow fold him into his demands with I.C.E. and Olivia. Vic may have some sway, but it still seems like big risk for Ronnie. Even Vic has to realize that it's just an empty promise at this point.
- Pezuela must be an idiot. Doesn't he realize that Vic asking him to stall is simply so Vic has more time to nail Beltran himself? Does Pezuela actually think that this will somehow help get him off with no charge? Fool.
- The look on Cruz's face when David had him in the corner was priceless. He knew it was over and his eyes said it all.
With only three episodes to go, we can expect things to start picking up speed. There was a lot of foreshadowing in this episode and with the end of the line coming, it's all answers from here on out.
|No way. He's been loyal. Vic will come through on his promises.||79 (17.5%)|
|Absolutely. Eventually, Vic is going to reach a point where he can only look out for himself.||372 (82.5%)|