List of The Shield episodes

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The Shield is an American crime drama television created by Shawn Ryan and starring Michael Chiklis. The series premiered on FX on March 12, 2002 and ended on November 25, 2008, totaling 88 episodes over seven seasons, plus one additional mini-episode.


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 13March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)June 4, 2002 (2002-06-04)
2 13January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
3 15March 9, 2004 (2004-03-09)June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)
4 13March 15, 2005 (2005-03-15)June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
5 11January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
6 10April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)June 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)
7 13September 2, 2008 (2008-09-02)November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)


Season 1 (2002)

Captain David Aceveda, seeking to usurp the current black City Council representative of Farmington by swaying the Latino vote, looks to rid his precinct, The Barn, of corruption starting with Detective Vic Mackey and the controversial yet effective Strike Team. Mackey and the Strike Team protect local drug dealer Rondell Robinson by enforcing strict rules to make the streets safer. Aceveda works with the Justice Department to bring Detective Terry Crowley onto the Strike Team to try to gain evidence to use on Vic. However, Vic is aware of Crowley's involvement due to his friendship with the Assistant Chief of Police Ben Gilroy; when the Strike Team is forced to shoot and kill Two-Time, a drug dealer, Vic and Detective Shane Vendrell use Two-Time's gun to murder Crowley (without informing team members Detective Curtis "Lem" Lemansky and Detective Ronnie Gardocki), making it look like Crowley was killed by Two-Time. Gilroy helps Vic to cover up the murder and stops Aceveda's investigation. Things come to a breaking point towards the end of the season when Gilroy's own ambitions threaten both Vic's and Aceveda's future.

Separately, rookie officer Julien Lowe learns the ropes from his training officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer, as well as tries to hide his homosexuality from the others. Julien witnesses the Strike Team smuggling a portion of a drug bust for their own personal wealth and reports this to Aceveda. When Aceveda starts investigating Julien's claims, Vic threatens to reveal Julien's homosexuality to the department. Julien backs out from his witness statement, leaving Aceveda with nothing to go on.

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach and Detective Claudette Wyms hunt a serial killer targeting prostitutes while dealing with their own problems in The Barn. Vic, separately, has to deal with the growing rift between him and his wife Corrine, and learning his son Matthew is autistic, and uses his illicit police activities to pay for special schooling for him. Due to Vic's behavior, Corrine takes the children and disappears, leaving a note to Vic to not to come find them.

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11"Pilot" Clark Johnson Shawn Ryan March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)5012-01-1794.83 [1]
Eighteen months into the "Farmington Project", Detective Vic Mackey and his Strike Team prepare to take down a major drug dealer who has never before been caught with product. Meanwhile, following a homicide, Detectives Wyms and Wagenbach discover that a child is missing, sold to a pedophile by her drug-addicted father. Captain David Aceveda installs Detective Terry Crowley as a new member of the Strike Team in order to have an inside man to root out their corruption. The episode ends with Mackey taking the opportunity to kill Crowley during the high risk raid.
22"Our Gang" Gary Fleder Shawn RyanMarch 19, 2002 (2002-03-19)5012-01-1014.01 [2]
After the death of a member of the Strike Team on a high-risk raid, Aceveda begins to investigate the real circumstances behind the raid. Officers Lowe and Sofer find a dying man being mugged, eventually linked to a Mexican gang.
33"The Spread"Clark Johnson Glen Mazzara March 26, 2002 (2002-03-26)5012-01-103N/A
It's Sweep-day on the Farm, with all outstanding warrants to be served. Mackey and the Strike Team move to take down an old foe, arresting a basketball star in the process, seeing a chance to affect sports history and make some money in the process.
44"Dawg Days" Stephen Gyllenhaal Kevin ArkadieApril 2, 2002 (2002-04-02)5012-01-102N/A
A gunfight breaks out in a crowded club between two local rappers which could potentially start a gang war. To further complicate matters, one of Mackey's contacts was involved in the shootout. Mackey and the Strike Team try to prevent the conflict from escalating.
55"Blowback"Clark Johnson Kurt Sutter April 9, 2002 (2002-04-09)5012-01-104N/A
Aceveda insists that Mackey take uniformed cops in with them to bust an Armenian gang's drug delivery. After the bust, Margos Dezerian is caught among the Armenian gang and Lowe sees the Team take a portion of the drugs for themselves. But in the end Vendrell ends up having the drugs and the vehicle they're in stolen from them. While the search for the drugs and the truck goes on, Mackey learns that his son is autistic.
66"Cherrypoppers" D. J. Caruso Scott Rosenbaum April 16, 2002 (2002-04-16)5012-01-105N/A
When the body of a young hooker is found in the district, Wagenbach and Wyms get the full resources of the Barn for 24 hours and the help of the FBI to search for Wagenbach's serial killer. Meanwhile, The Strike Team busts an underage prostitution ring, and Capt. Aceveda continues to investigate Mackey.
77"Pay in Pain"D. J. CarusoShawn RyanApril 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)5012-01-106N/A
When Mackey and Vendrell hook up with a cop from another precinct to investigate the shooting, Vendrell sets off an explosive confrontation with a suspect by making a racial slur; fortunately, Mackey defuses the situation. Wagenbach and Wyms search for a serial killer and bring in a psychic on a complaint from the son of one of her clients, and Aceveda calls internal affairs after getting Lowe's affidavit.
88"Cupid & Psycho" Guy Ferland Glen MazzaraApril 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)5012-01-107N/A
Allegations against the Strike Team are front-page news, and the team is broken up pending the investigation. Mackey threatens to reveal that Officer Lowe is gay if he won't recant his statement about the Strike Team. In the meantime, Mackey and Wyms find themselves following the trail of a batch of "cupid" meth, while Vendrell and Wagenbach try to get along on a case.
99"Throwaway" Leslie Libman Kevin ArkadieMay 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)5012-01-108N/A
A planted gun in a truck-jacking case causes complications for the Strike Team, and now they're left to clean up their own mess. The rift between Officers Lowe and Sofer deepens, causing Aceveda to intervene. Wyms deals with the mess of her family during a visit from her daughter.
1010"Dragonchasers" Nick Gomez Scott Rosenbaum & Kurt SutterMay 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)5012-01-109N/A
Mackey helps Connie quit her crack addiction by going cold-turkey in her desperate attempt to keep her son, leaving Vendrell and Lemansky to investigate a strip-club mugging ring. Wagenbach follows his instincts on a serial killer case and Sofer is bitten by an HIV-infected perpetrator. Aceveda is forced to face a ghost from his past.
1111"Carnivores" Scott Brazil Story by: James Manos, Jr.
Teleplay by: Kevin Arkadie & Glen Mazzara
May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)5012-01-110N/A
The Strike Team mediates a dispute between Rondell Robinson and the Nation of Islam while Wagenbach and Wyms investigate a brutal home invasion in the tight lipped Korean community. Aceveda revisits his past.
1212"Two Days of Blood"Guy FerlandKurt Sutter & Scott RosenbaumMay 28, 2002 (2002-05-28)5012-01-111N/A
While Mackey answers Assistant Chief Gilroy's call for help in covering up a hit and run before Wagenbach intuits the facts of the case, Vendrell and Lemansky follow the trail of a gunrunner with a penchant for cockfights. Aceveda turns to Wyms after a double homicide raises ire and fear within an ignored community.
1313"Circles"Scott BrazilShawn RyanJune 4, 2002 (2002-06-04)5012-01-1124.14 [3]
In the aftermath of a riot, cops are being lured into ambush shootings by a rash of bogus 911 calls. Mackey and Captain Aceveda must work together to stop these attacks and solve the problems in The Grove, while Assistant Chief Gilroy tries to pit the two against each other to save his own job.

Season 2 (2003)

The Barn discovers that the Mexican drug gangs in Farmington are uniting under a new drug lord, Armadillo Quintero who is able to evade arrest due to lack of evidence and willing witnesses. Privately, the Strike Team learns that Armadillo has knowledge of some of their illicit activities and fear he will rat them out if he is taken to prison. They attempt to coerce Armadillo to return to Mexico by threatening to green light Armadillo's brother but Armadillo responds by having his brother murdered. Vic eventually loses his cool and burns half of Armadillo's face on stove burner only to have Armadillo do the same to Gardocki and use his new leverage against the Strike Team.

With the fallout of Gilroy's arrest The Barn, Aceveda, and Vic all find themselves under scrutiny of an independent auditor who is determined to find any corruption in The Barn. As Vic and Aceveda struggle to stay one step ahead their tactics draw the ire of Claudette who is determined to arrest Armadillo after he rapes a young girl. Claudette, initially reluctant to take a leadership role, eventually agrees to take over as The Barn's Captain after realizing she can't stay neutral any more.

Meanwhile, Danny fatally shoots a Muslim man who threatened her during a confrontation and Julien is unable to back her story. The widow threatens to sue the department and begins to create problems for Danny both professionally and personally. Shane and Lem convince a small-time criminal to kill Armadillo by passing him a knife after he is arrested and put into the cage by Danny. Separately, Vic has a private investigator search for Corrine and his kids, and eventually finds her seemingly preparing to file for divorce. He moves out of his home and preemptively files for divorce first as to have a better chance of retaining his parenting rights, but this only serves to widen the distance between them.

As the Armadillo case is resolved, the Strike Team learn that the Armenian Mob have a "money train" that passes through Farmington every so often, a means for the mob to launder their illegal funds into untraceable cash. The Strike Team privately plans to rob the money train, knowing that they would be set financially should they succeed. The season ends with the successful execution of the money train heist, Danny being fired, and Aceveda winning the primary. [4]

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141"The Quick Fix" Scott Brazil Shawn Ryan & Glen Mazzara January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)5012-02-201
While Mackey searches for his wife and children, the Strike Team allow more drugs into Farmington through a corrupt connection. But when their latest shipment turns bad, they head to Tijuana to uncover the person behind their tainted cocaine. Wagenbach and Wyms try to track down the man responsible for fire necklacing the captains of two separate gangs.
152"Dead Soldiers" John Badham Kurt Sutter January 14, 2003 (2003-01-14)5012-02-202
As Mackey gets closer to finding his family, the Strike Team focuses their attention to Armadillo after he burns down Tio's HQ. Mackey must now prevent Wyms from finding out the truth about his connection to Tio and his men. Wagenbach is followed around by the new civilian auditor to solve a meter-maid murder, and Sofer and Lowe try to clear up issues between feuding neighbors.
163"Partners" Guy Ferland Scott Rosenbaum January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)5012-02-203
Still fuming from the death of Tio and his brawl with Armadillo, Mackey takes a day off and leaves the Strike Team with Aceveda, only to end up helping an old partner bust the man who helped him lose his job. Wagenbach and Wyms search to find the people behind the torture and mutilation of a woman who may still be alive, and Lowe fails to back up Sofer's side of the story from her shooting.
174"Carte Blanche" Peter Horton Reed SteinerJanuary 28, 2003 (2003-01-28)5012-02-204
Now that Mackey is back to work, he and Vendrell go undercover as dirty cops to find the man behind a robbery/murder. Wagenbach and Wyms track down an old rival of Wyms after a turned in gun is connected to a previous case. In an attempt to get the Asian vote in the election, Aceveda assigns Lowe and Sofer to watch over a Korean parish.
185"Greenlit" Terrence O'Hara Kim Clements February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)5012-02-205
Aceveda works with Mackey and the Strike Team to take down a dealer giving heroin to school kids, while Wagenbach and Wyms help a woman find her Alzheimer-addled mother.
196"Homewrecker"Scott BrazilShawn Ryan & Glen MazzaraFebruary 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)5012-02-206
Detectives Wagenbach, Mackey and Wyms investigate a massacre at a women's shelter, and Captain Aceveda works with Lowe on the case of a stolen bicycle.
207"Barnstormers" Scott Winant Scott RosenbaumFebruary 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)5012-02-207
Mackey and Emma try to help a woman in an abusive relationship. Mackey and the Strike Team begin to make plans for the Money Train take down, even though the greenlight still has them on their toes. When Aceveda tells Wagenbach that he embarrassed the department with the Bob & Marcy case and that Wyms is now lead on all their cases, he's forced to take any action necessary to prove himself in a new homicide. Sofer finally makes a stand against Yassirah.
218"Scar Tissue" Paris Barclay Kurt SutterFebruary 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)5012-02-208
When Mackey discovers that Gardocki has been burned as payback, the rest of the team does everything they can to put an end to Armadillo. Wyms makes headway on her investigation against Mackey after a conversation with Corrine, and Wagenbach takes Sofer under his wing as they try to find the suspect of a Thai Town beating.
229"Co-Pilot"Peter HortonShawn Ryan & Glen MazzaraMarch 4, 2003 (2003-03-04)5012-02-209
Flashback to the first day of the Barn. Under pressure to get results, Mackey and his new Strike Team make an impression on the streets. Wagenbach and Wyms realize they make a good team, and Aceveda discovers he doesn't have as much power as he thought that he would.
2310"Coyotes" Davis Guggenheim Reed SteinerMarch 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)5012-02-210
When Lanie's report on the Barn is leaked to the press, everyone suddenly fears for their jobs, including Aceveda, mentioned as the reason for most of the problems. Mackey and Vendrell deal with a bail-skipping Gilroy while Lemansky shows the newest member of the Strike Team the ropes. Wyms faces some of her own demons as she and Wagenbach try to uncover the culprit behind a possible robbery/homicide and Sofer comes to a startling realization.
2411"Inferno" Brad Anderson Story by: James Manos, Jr. & Kim Clements
Teleplay by: Kim Clements
March 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)5012-02-211
His face healed, Gardocki comes up with a plan to take down the Money Train. A federal criminal comes back to Farmington, and the Team tries to use every connection trick and resource to bring him in to prove the Barn is still powerful. Wagenbach and Wyms investigate the rape of a young girl which leads to information that puts the case in a new light. Plus, an old friend from the past reappears to make Lowe's life hell.
2512"Breakpoint" Félix Alcalá Glen MazzaraMarch 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)5012-02-212
While the Strike Team puts the finishing touches on the money train take down, Mackey works with Wagenbach and Wyms to find a missing child. Aceveda gets an unwanted visit from the Chief, and Lowe receives an unpleasant surprise.
2613"Dominoes Falling"Scott BrazilShawn RyanApril 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)5012-02-213
When a gang execution hits close to home for Wyms, Mackey, Garris, and Wagenbach work together to find the culprit before anyone else gets hurt. Vendrell, Lemansky, and Gardocki are forced to choose between hitting the Money Train without Mackey or letting it go. Sofer receives some life changing news and Lowe's harassment reaches a whole new level.

Season 3 (2004)

In the aftermath of the money train heist the Strike Team resolves to lay low and avoid any controversy but quickly find themselves marginalized and lacking vital information. When some of the money from the heist is revealed to be marked for a federal case the team struggles to stay ahead of Dutch who begins to gradually suspect Vic. The Armenian mob sends Margos Dezerian, previously seen in season one, to find the money and kill anyone with anyone involved. As Margos and the investigation closes in on the Strike Team, Lem burns a majority of the money in a desperate attempt to protect the team ultimately leading to a confrontation which causes the Strike Team to split up in the season finale.

Claudette is promised a promotion to captain and maintains a supervising role throughout the season while Aceveda prepares to move on to the city council. Near the end of the season, a public defender is shot, and the ensuing investigation leads Claudette and Dutch to discover that the victim had been a heavy drug user for the past three years. Claudette, determined to ensure justice, explores further and becomes very unpopular with the D.A. and around the Barn because she reopens (against orders) the defender's lost cases. This results in her being denied the promotion to Captain of the Farmington District.

Shane begins a serious relationship with Mara and eventually proposes to her when they find out she is pregnant. Mara encourages Shane to be more independent from Vic even after discovering the money from the heist. The conflict between Vic and Shane becomes personal by the end of the season leaving a deep rift between the two.

Dutch opens a case of a serial rapist and finds himself becoming more obsessed than usual without Claudette's backing. Julien, after suffering a beating during the season 2 finale has toughened considerably leading Claudette feeling alarmed that he may wash out. Danny makes a deal with Aceveda to be reinstated provided to provide him any pertinent information about other officers. [5]

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271"Playing Tight" Clark Johnson Shawn Ryan & Kurt Sutter March 9, 2004 (2004-03-09)5012-03-301
The Strike Team's attempt to play by the book comes to an abrupt end when they discover that two gangs, the Byz Latz and the One-Niners, are attempting to alter the balance of power by acquiring MP5 submachineguns. Claudette and Dutch investigate the murders and feet amputations of four Armenian men by Armenian mobsters searching for the stolen cash from the money train. Meanwhile, Danny, who is doing temp work at a high school while waiting for an appeal, discovers that she might be able to get her old job back.
282"Blood and Water"Clark Johnson Charles H. Eglee & Kim Clements March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16)5012-03-302
Tension within the group begins to mount as the Strike Team attempts to rectify a mistake Vic made, when he decided to use some of the cash from the stolen money train during a botched gun-running sting. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette seek the help of a college honor student named Esteban, the only survivor in the murder of two Latino gang members, one of them his close friend.
293"Bottom Bitch" Scott Brazil Scott Rosenbaum & Adam E. Fierro March 23, 2004 (2004-03-23)5012-03-303
A prostitute seeks the help of the police in her quest to bring down her pimp. Claudette assigns Vic to the case against his wishes, which puts him on the verge of going over the edge. Dutch uncovers a disturbing trend of rapes, and a politician is arrested for solicitation.
304"Streaks and Tips"Scott Brazil Glen Mazzara March 30, 2004 (2004-03-30)5012-03-304
The newly arrived Decoy Squad and the Strike Team go head to head in the investigation to solve a car-jacking case. Dutch gets in over his head on an attempted murder case.
315"Mum" Nick Gomez Kurt Sutter & Shawn RyanApril 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)5012-03-305
Vic struggles with Claudette's new supervision of the Strike Team. Marked bills lead Aceveda and a federal agent closer to the truth about the Armenian money-train heist, in an episode with a recurring motif of people not reporting crimes against them. In the episode Aceveda is held at gunpoint by two thugs and forced to perform oral sex on one of them.
326"Posse Up" Félix Alcalá Kim Clements & Charles H. EgleeApril 13, 2004 (2004-04-13)5012-03-306
When the ex-wife and child of Julien's former partner Tommy, are murdered, Tommy becomes a suspect, prompting Julien to team up with Mackey to conduct their own investigation. Elsewhere, Shane goes undercover to catch a group attacking gay prostitutes, and Claudette and Dutch investigate a rape case against Aceveda's orders.
337"Safe" Peter Horton Adam E. FierroApril 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)5012-03-307
Vic and the Strike Team decide to take risky measures to protect themselves from being linked to the Money Train heist. Unfortunately, their plan is interrupted when one of Vic's open cases is suddenly linked to a narcocorrido song.
348"Cracking Ice" Guy Ferland Charles H. Eglee & Diego GutierrezApril 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)5012-03-308
An oversight puts Waylon and Trish in serious danger during an undercover job and Claudette is to blame. Meanwhile, Tommy makes a drastic decision when he realizes nobody in the Barn can help him get back on the job.
359"Slipknot" Michael Chiklis Kurt SutterMay 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)5012-03-309
When two high-profile murders are linked to each other, Aceveda orders Wyms to get the entire Barn involved before gang and racial violence breaks out. Mackey uses the case to leverage himself and the Strike Team back into the streets of Farmington.
3610"What Power Is..." Dean White Kim ClementsMay 11, 2004 (2004-05-11)5012-03-310
Aceveda finds himself in a near-fatal confrontation, and enlists Vic to help him take down the suspects in order to help service his own personal agenda. Meanwhile, after losing her position of power, Claudette rejoins Dutch on the search for the cuddler rapist as they get a stunning break in the case.
3711"Strays" David Mamet Glen MazzaraMay 18, 2004 (2004-05-18)5012-03-311
During a routine bust on bangers, Vic and the Team discover a money laundering ring that reaches far and wide in the crime community. Meanwhile, Dutch takes the chilling confession of the man who was arrested in the serial-rape case, and Danny goes undercover.
3812"Riceburner"Scott BrazilAdam E. Fierro & Scott RosenbaumMay 25, 2004 (2004-05-25)5012-03-312
When Aceveda assigns the Strike Team to serve a high-risk warrant against a mob killer to service his political agenda, they find themselves embroiled in a hostile struggle with the Korean community. Now the Team must find out how to put an end to the situation before they end up casualties of a racial feud. Meanwhile, one of Vic's informants works with Danny on finding stolen chairs, while having eyes for her.
3913"Fire in the Hole"Guy FerlandKurt Sutter & Charles H. EgleeJune 1, 2004 (2004-06-01)5012-03-313
When a mole in the treasury department is discovered and the framed suspect in the Armenian money train robbery turns up missing, the Strike team race to find the suspect before their cover is blown. Meanwhile, Claudette attempts to make amends with the Decoy Squad by going undercover to help them on a case.
4014"All In" Stephen Kay Scott RosenbaumJune 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)5012-03-314
With the Armenian hitman, Margos Dezerian, hot on their trail, the Strike team sweeps the streets of the Armenian community to find him before he finds them. After catching a break, Aceveda's suspicions grow about the Strike Team's involvement with the Money Train robbery. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette investigate a case that could repeal hundreds of convictions, which leaves Claudette having to choose between her conscience and her career.
4115"On Tilt"Scott BrazilShawn Ryan & Glen MazzaraJune 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)5012-03-315
When Aceveda confirms that the Strike Team is the target of an Armenian mob hitman, Margos Dezerian, Mackey must take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Wyms' career is on the line when she disobeys Aceveda's orders to put a case to rest that may prove the innocence of convicted felons.

Season 4 (2005)

Monica Rawling (Glenn Close) takes over the role as Farmington's new captain, who implements controversial federal asset forfeiture laws to seize any property tied to drug dealing, using the money to fund the department and give back to the community. The season deals with the fallout from the Strike Team's disbandment. Shane Vendrell, with new partner Armando "Army" Renta (Michael Peña), enters into a dangerous situation when trying to control major drug lord Antwon Mitchell (Anthony Anderson), and seemingly accepts an order to kill Vic Mackey. The police are outraged after two officers are kidnapped and subsequently found murdered. In the end, the Strike Team is re-formed and manages to put Antwon in prison. The season also deals with the controversial asset-forfeiture policies of the new captain; Julien Lowe's opposition to these policies; and City Councilman David Aceveda's dealing with the psychological aftermath of his sexual assault incident from the previous season. The season concludes with Capt. Rawling's losing her job over a dispute with the DEA.

Other plots involve Claudette and Dutch's marginalization as detectives, because of Claudette's refusal to apologize to the DA for reopening the cases of a public defender discovered to have been a functioning drug addict. Claudette's moral stand results in many of the prosecutors' cases being overturned. This costs Claudette her shot at becoming the Farmington Captain. Dutch attempts to resolve the situation by making a back-room deal with the DA to "keep Claudette in line" and do favors for the office in return for breaking back into action. Ultimately, this causes a rift between Claudette and Dutch, in which Dutch confronts Claudette after she rebukes him for making the deal. [6] [7]

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421"The Cure" Scott Brazil Glen Mazzara March 15, 2005 (2005-03-15)5012-04-401
Vic is no longer the cop he used to be, acting adrift after his past actions have caught up to him. The Strike Team has dissolved, leaving Mackey to menial busts that keep him off the streets. When Aceveda moves on to his new City Council position, Captain Monica Rawling takes over the Barn and empowers Vic to implement her controversial anti-gang policies.
432"Grave" Paris Barclay Kurt Sutter March 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)5012-04-402
Mackey tries to help an old acquaintance find a wayward teenager, but the search quickly turns ugly when the missing teen appears to have been involved in a shoot-out. Meanwhile, Shane heads out into the field with his new partner Army, teaching him shady police tactics and seeing how far he'll go to be partnered up. Plus, Aceveda spends his last day trying to bury Vic for good, which makes things difficult for Rawling trying to take his place.
443"Bang" Guy Ferland Scott Rosenbaum March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)5012-04-403
With Farmington on the brink of a gang war, Monica and Vic race to find the catalyst and stop the bloodshed, enlisting Antwon's help along the way. Still in the doghouse, Dutch decides to take action in thawing the relationship between Claudette and the D.A. Danny and Julien get up close and personal with the Farmington 1-Niners, while Monica looks to Vic for support when the implementation of her property seizure policy challenges her morality.
454"Doghouse" Dean White Adam E. Fierro April 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)5012-04-404
When Monica puts Vic on the trail of an escaped fugitive in Farmington, he must continue to prove his worth while playing it straight. Claudette gets suspicious of the D.A's motives when she and Dutch are assigned to investigate a major drug dealer who ends up being a minor offender. David seeks an illicit outlet for the troubling feelings caused by his rape. Vic decides to bring Shane closer as his fears about Shane's connection to Antwon Mitchell rise.
465"Tar Baby"Guy Ferland Charles H. Eglee April 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)5012-04-405
A tip from Lem's juvie leads Vic and Monica to take down a major heroin operation with connections to Antwon Mitchell. Monica continues to battle Aceveda as she tries to sell her new policies to the community, and Julien begins to doubt her methods. Claudette loses trust in Dutch when she suspects he made a backroom deal with the D.A. And Shane and Army find themselves in over their heads with Antwon when he blames them for Vic's heroin bust.
476"Insurgents" Vondie Curtis-Hall Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain April 19, 2005 (2005-04-19)5012-04-406
Vic and Monica strike a deal with the DEA to shut down Mitchell's tar heroin operation. When the bust comes up empty, Vic's suspicions of Shane grow, until Shane proves himself by coming up with a key piece of evidence that reveals a large stash of tar being stored at a local church. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette's friendship continues to feel strain as they try to tie a young woman's murder to a suspected serial killer. Plus, Julien takes a stand against Monica's policy, then goes to David for support when she suggests he consider transferring out of Farmington.
487"Hurt" Nick Gomez Scott Rosenbaum & Lia L. LangworthyApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)5012-04-407
Just as Monica and Vic get close to a big break in the Garage Sting, Chief Phillips unexpectedly hands over the bust to the Organized Crime Unit. He blames the decision on an emerging PR scandal involving a videotape of Vic at the church bust that was leaked to the Assistant Chief through Aceveda's office. Vic uses his leverage with the Byz Lats to find a Russian mob leader before the mobster flees the country. Monica threatens two foster care social workers with jail after a young girl is found close to death in her foster home, then tells Julien if he doesn't put in for a transfer, she'll request one for him herself.
498"Cut Throat"Dean WhiteStory by: Randy Huggins & Glen Mazzara
Teleplay by: Jennifer R. Richmond & Glen Mazzara
May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)5012-04-408
Monica and Vic rush to get their informants off the street after two C.I's are found brutally murdered. Meanwhile, as Dutch and Claudette investigate a brutal beating and robbery, a case from the past forces Dutch to take one in the line of duty. Plus, Vic suspects he's being set up when Shane comes to him after his situation with Antwon and Halpern spins out of control.
509"String Theory" Philip G. Atwell Charles H. Eglee & Shawn Ryan May 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)5012-04-409
Monica orders her units to turn the streets of Farmington inside-out when two officers mysteriously disappear after answering a 911 call. Shane tries to make amends with his old crew after Vic agrees to help him get out from under Antwon, but things don't work out as planned. Dutch and Claudette convince Monica to let them take active roles in the case of the missing officers, but soon find themselves at a dead end with the only witness being clinically insane.
5110"Back in the Hole"Scott BrazilStory by: Shawn Ryan
Teleplay by: Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain
May 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)5012-04-410
Vic and Shane confront Captain Rawling about the hidden videotape and information about Antwon and Angie's body. Monica forces them to take a polygraph. Aceveda goes overboard with the hooker and realizes he's not "a good man" for doing so. He ends the relationship.
5211"A Thousand Deaths" Stephen Kay Story by: Shawn Ryan
Teleplay by: Adam E. Fierro
May 31, 2005 (2005-05-31)5012-04-411
Vic and the Strike Team use their leverage on the One-Niners to track down anyone involved with the cop killings. Their hunt leads them down an unexpected path with the Russian mob. Monica puts pressure on the team to come clean about any of their dealings with Antwon. Dutch and Claudette investigate a gang shooting and soon realize their key witness is close to the Barn, and has something to hide.
5312"Judas Priest" David Von Ancken Story by: Kurt Sutter & Charles H. Eglee
Teleplay by: Kurt Sutter & Scott Rosenbaum
June 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)5012-04-412
Vic tracks down the Russian involved in the cop-killers but an accidental explosion kills him. Vic discovers Antwon had a half-brother and his involvement with the murdered cops. Aceveda is blackmailed by the man who raped him. Antwon cuts a deal with DEA.
5413"Ain't That a Shame"Stephen KayStory by: Shawn Ryan & Kurt Sutter
Teleplay by: Shawn Ryan & Glen Mazzara
June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)5012-04-413
Enraged by the prospect of Antwon Mitchell's release from prison, Monica Rawling decides to go behind the DEA's back. She asks the Strike Team to find and arrest the Salvadoran drug lord Mitchell is to provide information about before the DEA does. The Strike Team is successful but Monica loses her job after an angry DEA chief threatens to cut off federal funding from Los Angeles unless she is fired. Rawling stays at the Barn just long enough to arrest Mitchell upon his arrival. Danny goes home from the hospital and is tended to by Julien. The Internal Affairs detective that Rawling called reports to her and informs her that they discovered the packet of heroin in Lem's car and switched it for a fake.

Season 5 (2006)

The season revolves around Internal Affairs Division Lt. Jon Kavanaugh's (Forest Whitaker) investigation of the Strike Team and one of the greatest threats the team has ever faced. As a result of Kavanaugh's turning one of Mackey's informants, IAD became aware of Lem's heroin theft and failure to report during the Antwon Mitchell investigation. Finding the heroin gave IAD sufficient evidence to arrest Lem, but Kavanaugh informs him about his theory of Terry Crowley's death and has Lem wear a wire to get evidence on the Strike Team. Lem is able to warn Mackey he is wired and Mackey uses it to embarrass IAD. Kavanaugh, applying pressure to the team in any way he can, finds out about Mackey's share of the money train haul. After Mackey sleeps with Kavanaugh's wife for further humiliation Kavanaugh arrests Lem and makes a deal with Mitchell. Mackey supports Lem and gets bail, while Vendrell worries Lem will give evidence against the team. The season concludes with Vendrell, fooled by Aceveda into believing Lem was going to turn on the Strike Team, murdering his friend and fellow team member with a hand grenade.

Other plots include Dutch discovering Claudette has a chronic illness; Claudette's physical breaking point getting a killer from the past to confess; Steve Billings as the interim "jellyfish yes-man" Captain of the Barn; Sofer dealing with pregnancy and refusing to divulge the father's name; Julien training Tina, a pretty but inept rookie officer who Dutch has a crush on; and Claudette finally getting her opportunity for promotion to captain of the Barn, which she accepts on the sole condition that she gets to run the Barn her way. [8] [9]

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551"Extraction" D. J. Caruso Kurt Sutter January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)5012-05-501
Wagenbach and Wyms investigate a riot at a high school that stemmed from racial tensions. Lemansky gets an unexpected visit from Internal Affairs Lt. Jon Kavanaugh. Lowe tries out his new role as training officer for rookie Tina Hanlon, and Sofer refuses to disclose the father of her baby.
562"Enemy of Good" Guy Ferland Charles H. Eglee & Adam E. Fierro January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)5012-05-502
Lemansky is interrogated by Kavanaugh and Aceveda about the Strike Team's corrupt past. The Strike Team investigates multiple homicides and an extortion scam, and Wagenbach and Wyms investigate a preacher for attempted murder. Hanlon causes problems for Lowe and Sofer.
573"Jailbait" Stephen Kay Scott Rosenbaum & Glen Mazzara January 24, 2006 (2006-01-24)5012-05-503
The Strike Team figures out their next step concerning Internal Affairs' investigation into Lemansky; they send Hanlon undercover to help take down a sex-trafficking operation. Wagenbach feels betrayed by Wyms when she re-opens one of his cases, and Mackey comes face-to-face with Kavanaugh.
584"Tapa Boca"Guy Ferland Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain January 31, 2006 (2006-01-31)5012-05-504
Becca Doyle contemplates whether or not to represent the Strike Team in court, Mackey questions Emolia's loyalty. Wagenbach and Wyms investigate a case of road rage that escalated to a double homicide. Hanlon's continuing mistakes create friction between her and Lowe, and Corrine has a confrontation with Kavanaugh.
595"Trophy" Philip G. Atwell Kurt Sutter and Renee Palyo & Tony SoltisFebruary 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)5012-05-505
Kavanaugh bugs the Strike Team's clubhouse in an effort to get his stalled investigation back on track, as Mackey and the Strike Team investigate an illegal prescription drug ring. Wagenbach senses that Wyms is not being honest with him as they work a missing person's case.
606"Rap Payback" Michael Chiklis Charles H. Eglee & Ted Griffin February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)5012-05-506
The walls close in on Mackey when Kavanaugh sets up office in the Barn. An elusive serial killer re-enters Wagenbach and Wyms's lives, and Hanlon's discovery of Lowe's homosexual past adds a new level of tension to their relationship.
617"Man Inside" Dean White Adam E. Fierro & Emily LewisFebruary 21, 2006 (2006-02-21)5012-05-507
The Strike Team's solidarity begins to crack as Kavanaugh has Gardocki interrogated and he struggles to discover how Mackey got $65,000 that he gave to Corrine. The Strike Team investigates the murder of a drug dealer’s girlfriend and her daughter. Wyms's grueling effort to break Kleavon Gardner takes a toll on her health.
628"Kavanaugh"D. J. Caruso Shawn Ryan & Scott RosenbaumFebruary 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)5012-05-508
As Kavanaugh deals with the emotional circumstances surrounding the return of his ex-wife, he forges an unlikely alliance with Antwon Mitchell in his obsession to take down the Strike Team. Emoila, sent by Mackey, infiltrates a Salvadoran gang that has been stockpiling grenades. Kavanaugh takes a private moment with his mentally-ill wife in one of the interrogation rooms, realizing too late the whole emotional scene was in full view of the camera. Watchers Vic and Lemansky run from the recording room, but Kavanaugh sees them and furiously orders the immediate arrest of Lemansky. Lemansky's badge and gun are taken. Julien handcuffs him and takes him to the cage. Kavanaugh later visits Antwon Mitchell in Prison and agrees on a deal.
639"Smoked"Dean WhiteSarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft & Glen MazzaraMarch 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)5012-05-509
With their finances frozen by Kavanaugh, the Strike Team is forced to find another way to make bail for Lemansky. Hanlon's future at The Barn is in doubt when she jeopardizes the safety of an undercover detective, and Corrine decides to confront Sofer about her baby's paternity.
6410"Of Mice and Lem" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Charles H. Eglee & Kurt SutterMarch 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)5012-05-510
Mackey strikes a deal with Antwon Mitchell that will guarantee Lemansky's safety in prison as Lemansky prepares to plead guilty. The deal unexpectedly goes awry, and Mackey takes drastic measures to protect Lemansky. A betrayal and uncontrollable circumstances threaten to damage Wagenbach and Wyms's longstanding friendship.
6511"Postpartum"Stephen KayAdam E. Fierro & Shawn RyanMarch 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)5012-05-511
Mackey arranges to get Lemansky out of the country to a new life in Mexico. Aceveda and Kavanaugh join forces to nail Mackey for harboring a fugitive. Wagenbach files for a transfer, and Sofer decides to inform her baby's father of his new child. Shane takes extreme steps to stop the investigation.

"Wins and Losses"

This 15-minute mini-episode was produced between the fifth and sixth seasons, and initially released to various websites in February 2007 as a promotion for season six. [10] It was later made available on the Season 5 DVD set.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Wins and Losses" Kurt Sutter Elizabeth A. Hansen & Lisa RandolphFebruary 15, 2007 (2007-02-15)
After the funeral of Curtis Lemansky, Vic begins a personal investigation into his murder, attempting to get ahead of Dutch's official investigation. This is interspersed with flashbacks to a day two years prior, when Lem was the Barn's entrant in an annual inter-department arm wrestling competition.

Season 6 (2007)

Continuing directly after season 5, Mackey and the Strike Team are distraught over Lem's death. Kavanaugh refuses to let the case die and resorts to Mackey's tactics of planting evidence and coercing witnesses to lie about the Strike Team, especially Mackey. Dutch and Claudette begin to suspect Kavanaugh's integrity. Kavanaugh finally confesses to his actions and finds himself under arrest.

The first half of the season deals with Mackey and Gardocki hunting and killing Guardo Lima, the Barn's main suspect in the murder of Lem. Vendrell, overcome by guilt, becomes reckless and suicidal and enters into an affair with a teenager associated with the new One-Niner boss. The last half of the season concludes with the breakdown of Mackey and Vendrell's friendship, as Vendrell admits having killed Lem. Vendrell threatens Mackey and Gardocki with revealing their illegal exploits should Mackey attempt to arrest him for Lem's killing. Vendrell tries to get protection with the Armenians and reveals Mackey was the ringleader behind the money train robbery putting Mackey's family in danger.

Mackey learns from Claudette that the Chief plans to force him into early retirement and his attempts to make himself indispensable. After a bloody mass murder, Claudette learns the Barn could be shut down if no improvements are made by the time quarterly crime statistics are released. Julien joins the Strike Team under the leadership of a new and ineffective leader. Aceveda finds a new backer for his mayoral campaign but soon learns he might be in over his head. Dutch's relationship with Tina becomes complicated following meddling by Billings. In the final minutes of the season's last episode, Aceveda and Mackey agree to work together to take down Aceveda's new backers.

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661"On the Jones" Michael Fields Kurt Sutter April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)5012-05-512
With the Barn grieving over the loss of one of their own, Vic's quest to find his friend's killer puts him in the crosshairs of Kavanaugh. Things don't seem to go smoothly for Claudette when she attempts to settle into her new role as captain. Ronnie and Vic begin to worry about Shane's unusual behavior. Meanwhile, Dutch and Billings investigate a mass murder in San Marcos.
672"Baptism by Fire" Guy Ferland Scott Rosenbaum April 10, 2007 (2007-04-10)5012-05-513
As Kavanaugh closes in on him, Vic resorts to some extreme measures in order to find his best friend's killer. Claudette finds herself under the political microscope as a result of the San Marcos murders. Meanwhile, Danny receives some interesting news.
683"Back to One" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Adam E. Fierro April 17, 2007 (2007-04-17)5012-05-514
Vic receives bad news about his career as he comes close to apprehending Lem's suspected killer, while the secret Shane is keeping continues to eat away at him. Ronnie works with Dutch and Billings on a case. Meanwhile, Dutch finds himself in an awkward predicament with Tina.
694"The New Guy" Clark Johnson Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft April 24, 2007 (2007-04-24)5012-05-515
Claudette offers Vic a chance to keep his job; an unsolved case from Dutch and Claudette's past comes back to haunt them; an influential businessman may further Aceveda's political aspirations.
705"Haunts" Michael Chiklis Glen Mazzara & Charles H. Eglee May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01)5012-05-516
In a rush to avenge Lem's murder, Vic discovers he may have killed the wrong man; Billings helps Dutch makes headway in the serial-rapist case; Mara is furious when she discovers Shane's affair, so he confesses to murdering Lem.
716"Chasing Ghosts" Frank Darabont Shawn Ryan & Adam E. FierroMay 8, 2007 (2007-05-08)5012-05-517
Vic and Ronnie develop suspicions about Shane when they realize he does not want to find Lem's real killer after Vic finds out it wasn't Guardo.
727"Exiled" Dean White Scott Rosenbaum & Kurt SutterMay 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)5012-05-518
Shane tries to get the upper strategic hand on Vic; the Strike Team works with and tries to keep the cover of an undercover agent when trying to find a perp.
738"The Math of the Wrath" Rohn Schmidt Charles H. EgleeMay 22, 2007 (2007-05-22)5012-05-519
Vic learns about his true status at the Barn from Hiatt. Shane gets involved with the daughter of an Armenian mob boss. Claudette begins to question Hiatt's loyalty.
749"Recoil"Guy FerlandSarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft & Adam E. FierroMay 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)5012-05-520
Vic's time at the Barn seems to be running out, despite his work to help close the San Marcos murders. Billings' manipulations bring the tension between him and Dutch to a boil.
7510"Spanish Practices" Paris Barclay Shawn Ryan & Scott RosenbaumJune 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)5012-05-521
Claudette notices Hiatt's mistake when he makes an arrest, and Billings delivers shocking news to the department. Vic forms an alliance with Aceveda, while he waits for his review board hearing. Meanwhile, Shane's life keeps spiraling out of control, as he tries to protect both his and Vic's family from the wrath of the Armenian mob.

Season 7 (2008)

Mackey and Aceveda agree to work together to stop Cruz Pezuela, a developer acting as a front man for a Mexican cartel and a major backer of Acevada’s mayoral ambitions. Vic spins it into a gang war between the Mexicans and Armenians as a way to protect himself and his family after Vendrell outed him to the Armenians as the man who robbed their money laundering operation. As the gang war spins out of control, Vic begins to cozy up to ICE Agent Olivia Murray as a way to bring more weight down on the cartel and to secure an ICE position for himself and Ronnie along with complete immunity for their past crimes.

Shane, despite holding his written confession as leverage over Vic and Ronnie, agrees to help stop the Armenian threat in order to protect his own family. At an arranged meeting between the Mexicans and Armenians, Vic and Ronnie tamper with Shane’s sidearm in an attempt to get him killed in revenge for Lem’s death. Shane escapes and hires a small-time enforcer to perform simultaneous hits on Vic and Ronnie. The attempt fails forcing Shane to go on the run with Mara and Jackson forcing Vic to give up his badge in order to catch and kill Shane and Mara. Mara uses Vendrell’s leverage against Mackey to coerce Corrine into serving as a middleman to help her family escape the police.

After Mackey fails in attempt to kill Vendrell and Mara using Corrine’s information, Corrine contacts the Barn and agrees to help stop Vic as long as he never learns of her involvement. Dutch and Wyms begin a full-scale investigation into Vic and Ronnie in a final attempt to take down the Strike Team members once and for all. After a failed attempt to get Vic in the act of aiding and abetting a fugitive, Wyms fakes the arrest of Corrine in order to preserve her cover. Vic, thinking he needs to protect Corrine, leverages the bust of the Mexican cartel into a full immunity for himself and Corrine foregoing Ronnie’s deal despite promising Ronnie they’d run together if things fell apart. As part of his deal with ICE, Vic confesses to all the crimes he and Strike Team committed stunning Olivia, her boss, as well as Wyms and Dutch.

Wyms, her health still deteriorating, nearly breaks down upon learning Vic is now immune. As a small bit of revenge and to protect Corrine, Wyms and Dutch arrange for Oliva to get Corrine and her kids into federal witness protection. When Vic gloats to Shane about his new deal Shane reveals Corrine betrayed him to Wyms and Dutch as a way to prove Shane was always the better husband and father. Vic and Ronnie lead the cartel and the leadership of the black gangs into an ICE trap which Aceveda uses as a publicity stunt for his mayoral campaign. Out of options, Shane poisons Mara and Jackson and shoots himself after writing out his confession as Wyms and her team arrive to arrest him.

The Barn informs Vic of Shane’s suicide, when Mackey arrives Wyms places him in an interrogation room and confronts him with the fallout of all his actions. Unable to do anything more to Vic, Wyms orders Dutch and Julian to arrest Ronnie publicly for all the crimes Vic confessed to. Ronnie, shocked, screams that Vic betrayed him and killed the team.

The series ends with Corrine and her children in witness protection. Wyms admits to Dutch she’s dying but will remain Captain as long as she can. Olivia informs Vic of his new position writing reports at a desk for ICE, when Vic argues it wasn’t the terms he agreed to Olivia reminds him any step out of line to the word of their agreement will violate his immunity. At the end of the show Vic at the ICE office after hours putting pictures of his children and of himself and Lem on his new desk. After hearing police sirens he pauses for a moment before grabbing his gun and leaving.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
761"Coefficient of Drag" Guy Ferland Kurt Sutter September 2, 2008 (2008-09-02)5012-07-701
Vic confronts Shane and deals with threats to his family, including Armenian hitman Ari Zadofian. A federal agent arrives to investigate a recent wave of violence in Farmington.
772"Snitch" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Gary Lennon September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09)5012-07-702
A gang war heats up, enabling Vic to position himself as a valuable commodity to both sides. Corrine and Cassidy confront Vic.
783"Money Shot" Terrence O'Hara Adam E. Fierro September 16, 2008 (2008-09-16)5012-07-703
Corrine finds herself in legal trouble, Vic works an angle to make himself valuable to the Armenian mob and Tina targets a producer of adult entertainment. Cassidy's rage causes her to lash out at her mother.
794"Genocide" Dean White Lisa RandolphSeptember 23, 2008 (2008-09-23)5012-07-704
Following a fire at an Armenian safe house, Rezian asks Vic to set up a meeting with the Mexicans. An angry Cassidy goes to Danny with questions about her father and Dutch questions a teenager that shot an intruder.
805"Game Face" Michael Chiklis Charles H. Eglee September 30, 2008 (2008-09-30)5012-07-705
When the daughter of a drug kingpin is kidnapped, the Strike Team must free her, without drawing attention to the fact that Agent Olivia Murray is following them. The serial killer Kleavon Gardner, soon to go on trial and defending himself, hits a nerve when he deposes Claudette; Dutch continues his effort to unmask teenager Lloyd as a potential serial killer, Danny pressures Vic to sign away his parental rights to their child and Shane tries to turn Ronnie against Vic. Vic must also continue to deal with Cassidy's downward spiral.
816"Animal Control"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonJohn Hlavin & Angela RussoOctober 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)5012-07-706
Vic and Ronnie set up a Mexican–Armenian meeting but tell the two sides different things, while keeping some pertinent details from Shane. Shane and former Strike Team adversary Tavon Garris team up uneasily as a six-year-old murder case heats up. Ellis Rezian is gunned down and Shane barely makes it out alive, realizing that he was set up to be killed along with Rezian by Vic and Ronnie. Ronnie gets a warning from Claudette about Vic's freelancing and a naked sleepwalker is found in a warehouse with blood on his body that isn't his own.
827"Bitches Brew" Stephen Kay Charles H. Eglee & Elizabeth A. HansenOctober 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)5012-07-707
Vic's review board hearing is moved up unexpectedly, putting new pressure on his mission to take down Pezuela, which hits another snag when the Feds take over the investigation of Robert Martin's murder. Vic intensifies his quest to stay in his infant son's life, Shane tends to private business as he probes a prostitute's murder and Dutch is disturbed by what he finds at Claudette's house when he and Billings investigate a neighborhood break-in.
838"Parricide"Guy FerlandKurt Sutter & Gary LennonOctober 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)5012-07-708
Vic and Ronnie escape attempts on their lives and when Ronnie's assailant is caught, Shane must think and act quickly. With barely a week to go before he must turn in his badge, Vic offers Olivia a business proposition. He also has some dirty work to do for Pezuela, involving a priest whose church is in a location Pezuela finds inconvenient.
849"Moving Day" Rohn Schmidt Adam E. Fierro & Lisa RandolphOctober 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)5012-07-709
Vic closes in on Shane, Mara and their sick young son, Claudette dismantles the Strike Team, Pezuela offers Aceveda "assistance" for his mayoral campaign, Rita Denton comes on to Dutch, and Billings' ex-wife and daughter are fearful when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
8510"Party Line"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonAngela Russo & John HlavinNovember 4, 2008 (2008-11-04)5012-07-710
While Shane remains holed up in L.A. with Mara and Jackson, Corrine decides to cooperate with Dutch and Claudette, who are now spearheading the LAPD effort to bring down Vic. Vic plays Aceveda, Pezuela, Beltran and ICE against each other. Ronnie is tempted to simply give up and run to Mexico, recommending that Vic run as well.
8611"Petty Cash" Craig Brewer Charles H. Eglee & Jameal TurnerNovember 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)5012-07-711
Corrine agrees to be Vic and Shane's go-between and also agrees to cooperate with Claudette and Dutch as she does so. Vic comes to an understanding with Aceveda and seeks one with Olivia. Claudette assigns Ronnie to work with Julien in order to investigate the murder of a high-school football star, keeping Ronnie out of the Barn, unable to intercept the letter Shane sent to Claudette detailing one of the Strike Team's "sins".
8712"Possible Kill Screen" Billy Gierhart Adam E. Fierro & Evan BleiweissNovember 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)5012-07-712
Olivia joins forces with the remnants of the Strike Team to catch a Mexican drug lord and stop his shipment. Dutch is thrust into a position to clean up Billings' mess. Vic confesses to all his crimes, including the murders of Terry Crowley, Margos Dezerian, Guardo Lima and many others, in the hope that he will be protected under ICE's immunity deal, provided he helps secure Beltran's takedown.
8813"Family Meeting" Clark Johnson Shawn Ryan November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)5012-07-713
Hurrying to close in on Beltran, Vic learns of Corrine's betrayal. Shane, pinned down by the cops with his family, takes desperate action. An upstart mayoral candidate troubles Aceveda. Dutch interrogates Lloyd about Rita's disappearance.

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