The Shield: Petty Cash
(S07E11) "Then why do I still feel ashamed about this?" - Corinne
Despite everything she knows about Vic, Corinne still can't help but feel remorse for working with Dutch and Claudette. It's amazing if you think about it - the hold that he has over her even as she recognizes who he really is. It's this bizarre mixture of love, hate, fear, and respect all at the same time. That being said, it only makes sense that Corinne is the one to turn. Only someone with an intimate knowledge of Vic could arrive at the conclusion that no one else could. The rest of the world may know who Vic Mackey really is, but only Corinne knows who he pretends to be.
Ronnie put it best though - "the wheels are coming off the whole damn thing." Vic is double-crossing Beltran, the One Niners, Olivia, and Pezuela all at the same time. It's quite the juggling act and despite my inclination to feel like even Vic Mackey is smarter than that, I can't say that I'm surprised. With the streak he's had, in his mind he's invincible. Don't forget that he did refer to himself as "an action hero."
Even Superman has a weakness though and Vic's appears to be his ex-wife. He would never suspect her. Had everything worked out, Vic would have been nabbed immediately on aiding and abetting, but he sent Ronnie to drop off the money instead. That's really depressing to me. Ronnie is a dead man walking and he has no idea. Unless Vic comes though on his promise to get them both jobs and some sort of protection with Olivia and I.C.E.
Regarding how Vic is dealing with Olivia, I'm not 100% sure he's going about it the right way by spoon-feeding her info to make the cartel bust he's shooting for seem like a much bigger get. He's manipulating her awfully well and I love how he practically ordered her to let him take on Ronnie, and then he gave her the blackmail file from Pezuela to soften the blow. She's foolish if she can't see the real Vic through that little exchange. Again though, he's always gotten what he wants and Vic has no reason to assume this time will be any different.
One of my favorite parts about this episode was how it prominently featured Julien. We haven't seen much from him this season. Despite the fact that he's always aspired to be than just another street uniform, you have to agree that he's at his best in that role. Think about his time with The Strike Team. He was anonymous. Back in blues and he's making an impact in a neighborhood he's familiar with and with people he knows.
As for Shane, things are getting messy for him and Mara too. Gone are the quaint family moments in empty houses as their lack of funds has brought about a newfound recklessness. While it was smart to play along with Claudette to distract the cops, it was still only a temporary fix and they didn't make very good use of their time. Shane's attempt to rob that stash house was a clusterf*ck and robbing from Mara's old job probably wasn't the best idea either. Those immigrant janitors may not speak English, but they sure can pick a face out of a line-up.
More thoughts on "Petty Cash" --
- I loved when Vic sarcastically called Aceveda "Dave."
- Getting to see everyone's favorite wheelchair snitch Van Bro one final time was a bonus.
- Shane called that hobo who stole his gun "Pigpen." Hilarious.
- Anyone else notice that the return address on Shane's "letter" to Claudette was his go-to alias? Cletus Van Damme strikes again!
- Dutch mentioned that with Vic gone, Danny was now ready to come back. Maybe I missed it, but did we ever find out where exactly she went? I assume to a relative's home maybe?
There's two episodes left and let's be honest - this isn't looking good for Vic. What happens when either the One Niners or Beltran figure out that Vic skimmed $100K from the drug money? Or what if Ronnie finds out that Vic is being watched and figures out he's done for and makes a run south? What if the next letter Shane sends out is for real? What if Olivia can't get Vic and Ronnie jobs because Pezuela finally decides to talk? I could keep going, but I won't. The series' penultimate episode "Possible Kill Screen" airs next week. Predictions?