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The Shield: Petty Cash

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 11th 2008 11:02PM

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?

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I agree with Joseph-- Cassidy will be the one to get killed. Look at the way they are painting her as a much more sympathetic character lately, rather than the snotty b***h she has been from the beginning-- doing well in school, showing her daddy some love, etc. A classic set-up. This will be Vic's ultimate punishment. After all, all he really cares about is his family. They WILL NOT kill him. Hollywood loves sequels and they will leave that door open. Why do you think Tony Soprano was left alive?

Vic will head south with Olivia and a huge cash stash, which he has been hoarding from his ill-gotten gains all these years. OR, he will 'accidentally' be left with a suitcase full of cartel money when Beltran and the One-Niners kill each other off.

Claudette will not be killed, as some here have suggested. That would serve no purpose. Rather, she will go grudgingly into that goodnight of early medical retirement, after turning over the Barn to Dutch. A tearful scene, to be sure.

Billings will man up and heroically take a bullet meant for Dutch, from the psycho kid looking for revenge, and finally get his Disability pension. Problem is, he will spend it in a wheelchair.

Gardocki will head to Thailand-- he loves the Asian women.

Julien will retire after 30 years at the Barn, a much-decorated and beloved figure in the community.

Corrine and Dani will decide they have had enough of men, and will become lesbian lovers, living together happily ever after.

Acevedo will come out smelling like a rose, as always, and win the mayor's office. He will be killed in his second year in office in a random drive-by shooting.

Mara will die in Shane's arms after a final shoot-out, as the cops watch with a last modicum of respect for what was a fellow officer. He will be taken away in tears and handcuffs, fade to black.

Any comments?

November 18 2008 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Vic is headed for witness protection.........that's got to be the ending

November 16 2008 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone remember the Godfather series? Oh, wait, what am I saying, of course we all do. Michael Corleone was a good guy, who in the process of becoming the head of organized crime, did a lot of really bad things: e.g. had the heads of the five families killed, had Carlo killed, had Fredo, his own brother, killed. He did bad things and look how it all ended up. A hitman, out to kill him, ended up killing his only daughter. That was far worse than his own death or jail or anything.
This brings us to Vic Mackey. He seemed like a guy who was good, but did bad things, and in his mind, to people who deserved them. He murdered Terry Crowley. But he was a rat, he deserved it. He stole from drug dealers, they deserved it. He killed Margos, he was a psycho mob boss, he deserved it. He cheated on his wife repeatedly, fathered a kid, planted evidence and beat up uncooperative suspects.
I see the series coming down like the Godfather did. Jail is too good for the sins Vic Mackey has committed. Death is too good for the sins he has committed. The one continuing thread throughout the series has been Vic Mackey's purpose to protect and to always provide for his family. He will fail in the finale. Corrine or Cassidy or maybe both will not survive this saga. It is what Vic Mackey deserves. It is what he has earned.

November 16 2008 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's up with the title for next week Episode "Possible Kill Screen" is their going be cameo from Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe from "King Of Kong" and have Brian Kuh saying thoughout the episode their a Possible Kill Screen coming up.

and yeah things are looking pretty grim for everyone especially Vic and this season has had the theme of redemption and at first it seems like it going to be for Vic but we found out that it is basically impossible to redeem a character like Vic Mackey and the people who have redeem themselves is Corrine, Mara, and Claudette. Corrine and Mara to save their children from the corrupting nature of Vic and Shane and Claudette to save what's left of the barn by taking down the Vic and Shane and she already fixed some of farmington by dissolving the strike team.

November 13 2008 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like the name of the next episode, "Possible Kill Screen." Who knew The Shield loved the documentary The King of Kong

November 13 2008 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Update from the Ausiello Report in Entertainment Weekly - the finale is 90 minutes - and some other KEY tidbits that I'll let you all read (or not, if you decide) for yourselves... (page 61 of issue 1020)...

November 13 2008 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know he killed Terry Crowley, but I still don't think he would kill those three. He has far more respect for them and is now realizing how much trouble a cop murder brings along with it. Crowley was trying to deceive Vic by acting like his friend. On the other hand, Claudette, Dutch and Julian are just doing their job. You should go back and look at the episodes where Julian was prepping to rat him out on stealing drugs. And even though Julian did that, Vic never had a problem with him joining the strike team a few seasons later. So I feel while both Crowley and the other three were cops, they were viewed completely differently by Vic.

November 12 2008 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul the fan


First off that bit... Claudette, I can't stand her or Dutch; Julian is a gay cop with no since of loyalty, however woudn't it be cool if Julian warned Vic of the Investigation as returning the favor for not completely outing him and getting his back in the past. pardon the pun.
Asceveda is a little punk who thinks he's relevant;
Danny is a total piece of crap midlife crisis whore, am I wrong or did she come on 2 Vic, not the other way around.
Tina I would love 2 see that little brown a@# of hers get tossed one last time.


I think the shield is the best show ever produced and the the writers should be true 2 the fans, who are fans of Vic and the strike team, I mean fans are not watching 2 see Vic get caught every week, fans like his rampart antics, all the stuff he's gotten away with over the years just 2 do some sort of cheesy anti fan apeasment and kill or jail Vic and Ronnie, thats 100% bull and lame, talk about a Sopranos ending.

Yes I do want 2 see Vic and Ronnie walk off into the sunset with some cool music playing in the background.
I'll be honest at first I didn't understand killing Lem, but now that there are only 2 members of the strike team left. and all the characters have been through, I see the brilliance of it.

Claudette marches Vic and Ronnie into the station house all proud 2 bring down two fellow cops when the unthinkable happens, the Feds show up and pull some Law Enforcement hierarchy sh%$ and inform Claudette, that Vic and Ronnie are Federal agents and 2 release them immediately, and then as they take the cuffs off Claudette in total shock falls off the balcony and cracks that melon open. while Vic and Ronnie walk out the door, Ronnie socks dutch right in the mouth, and Billings gives the thumbs up, in true Billings man crush fashion.
As Vic and Ronnie make theire exit, Vic looks back and says "looks like thats the end of this sh#% storm"
The End
f$@#ing awesome.

Loose ends / Notes
One other thing, seeing Ronnie in full strike team mode this season gives you a since of what a mistake it was to not make him a more intrical part of the previous seasons.

Connie finally realizes that she still loves Vic
Danny realizes she's crazy
Julian realizes hes a cop and understands the meaning of loyalty.
Billings is promoted.. again
Dutch quits, when he realizes the mother and son are both serial killers.
Tina becomes a model
Shane gets out of the country with Mara only 2 be killed by mexican drug runners crossing the border, sorry Jackson, later Vic finds this out at his new job with Ice.

November 12 2008 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yeah I could see Julian warning Vic or Ronnie. Did you notice how he seemed to be strained when talking to Ronnie or during the stake out? It looked as if he was contempleting whether he REALLY wanted to do what he was about to do. Something is up there.

November 13 2008 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah I could see Julian warning Vic or Ronnie. Did you notice how he seemed to be strained when talking to Ronnie or during the stake out? It looked as if he was contemplating whether he REALLY wanted to do what he was about to do. Something is up there.

November 13 2008 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There's no way Vic has people like Claudette, Dutch and Julian killed. He has made mistakes, but he would run to Mexico before killing innocent cops no matter how deep they are in trying to catch him. I think Corrinne is realizing she can't put Vic behind bars and either her or Cassidy alerts Vic that Claudette and Dutch are on to him. And I truly believe Olivia and Beltran are working together to take down someone, most likely Vic. Instead of seeing relief when Vic gave Olivia her blackmail file it seemed like she felt guilty. She looked almost exactly like how Corinne looked when Vic hugged Cassidy and rewarded her with $20: guilty for taking down a man who essentially is a troubled hero. The one constant theme for Vic has been about protecting the "family" (the strike team and his own family), and this will either lead to his downfall or save his life/career.

November 12 2008 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mark Laidlaw

"he would run to Mexico before killing innocent cops no matter how deep they are in trying to catch him."

He'd never do that? Are you kidding? I think you need to go back and take a gander at Season 1, Episode 1, somewhere in ohhhhh, I don't know, the last minute.

I don't know who's going to be alive or dead after the next two weeks, but this is it. It's over. It's going down, and it's going down hard like no other TV show ever has. This was seriously the best show on TV.

November 12 2008 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To be honest I'm not fond of this season. During the first seasons the Strike Team were active and fun, now they are being hunted from all directions.

I love Vic and I think he's a good person. Wish I had him cleaning up the streets near my place.

I hope the show ends in something like this:

Vic finds out that the African Queen is planning on arresting him; sets her up and kill her and that douchebag Dutch.

Then Mara gets killed in a robbery and Shane regrets all the shit he's done and become Vic's friend again. But Vic asks Shane to prove his loyalty by killing Julian and he does.

Ronnie gets tired of playing bad and gets a chance to become the new Barn captain.

Vic goes after Beltran and arrest him, earning him a spot at ICE and getting a chance to assembly a FEDERAL STRIKE TEAM with his old buddy Clark, Ashton that cop that helped Vic last season, and Tavon Garris. OOH and also Smithy as their errand-boy !!!!! It would be awesome.

November 12 2008 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Gabriel's comment

I would be mortified if almost any of your predictions/wishes come true. The plausibility of any of that happening seems incredibly low.

November 12 2008 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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