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The Shield: Blowback

David insists that Vic and the Strike Team take some uniform cops along as support, including Danny and Julien, when they bust an Armenian gang's drug buy. The Strike Team arrives as one of the Armenians is assassinated and proceed to remove the "pink" coke from the scene while the Unis bring out the surviving thugs. Julien witnesses Vic dividing the confiscated drugs into two and hand off the second bag to Shane. After much deliberation, Julien approaches David with his suspicions about Vic and the evidence. Claudette and Dutch interrogate the Armenians for more information on their drug connections. After storing the drugs in the lock box of his SUV, Shane drives to his girlfriend's, and later he discovers the SUV has been stolen. David and the Strike Team race to find the missing SUV and the drugs. The race ends at a dead junkie's apartment where Vic and the boys are able to get rid of all but one brick of the coke before David arrives and must decide whether to search Vic in front of fellow officers.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 5012-01-104
Airdate: Tuesday April 09th, 2002

Director: Clark Johnson
Writer: Kurt Sutter

Guest Stars
Brent RoamBrent Roam
As Tomas Motyashik
Kimberly McCulloughKimberly McCullough
As Deena
Ken DavitianKen Davitian
As Older Armenian
Robert MianoRobert Miano
As Eddie Crosby

Co-Guest Stars
Cathy Cahlin RyanCathy Cahlin Ryan
As Corrine Mackey
David Rees SnellDavid Rees Snell
As Detective Ronald "Ronnie" Gardocki
E. Roger MitchellE. Roger Mitchell
As Lester Hoffman
Joel RosenthalJoel Rosenthal
As Matthew Mackey
Nina Barry (1)Nina Barry (1)
As Lily Cacuzza
Amy MoonAmy Moon
As Amy
Daniel MurrayDaniel Murray
As Ricardo
Edgar AgaronianEdgar Agaronian
As Theo Chorlian
Gary Douglas KohnGary Douglas Kohn
As Kohn Mark
Judi BeecherJudi Beecher
As Admin. Assistant
Khali MacIntyreKhali MacIntyre
As Girlfriend
Lee CherryLee Cherry
As Antoine
Peter HigginsPeter Higgins
As Dr. Emil Bohdan

Kurt SutterKurt Sutter
As Margos Dezirian
Omar McClintonOmar McClinton
As Officer Roman
Main Cast
Michael ChiklisMichael Chiklis
As Detective Vic Mackey
Catherine DentCatherine Dent
As Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer
Walton GogginsWalton Goggins
As Detective Shane Vendrell
Michael JaceMichael Jace
As Officer Julien Lowe
Jay KarnesJay Karnes
As Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach
Benito MartinezBenito Martinez
As Captain/Councilman David Aceveda
CCH PounderCCH Pounder
As Detective Claudette Wyms
Kenny JohnsonKenny Johnson
As Detective Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky
Episode Notes
Writer Kurt Sutter makes his first guest spot on the show as the long haired Armenian Margos Dezerian.

This is the first episode where we start to see the badges appear on the wrong side of the uniform. Apparently the show couldn't get clearance to have them worn over the heart in standard fashion after LAPD found out about the show and its look on police life. They were also forced to change the badges from the traditional LAPD badges to the fake "security like" badges.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Arte MixtoLaraca 
Danny WoodGet Away 
Ian LoveLove Loss 
Los PinguosFumaza 
Seda GaribyanHayots Aghunak 

Episode Quotes
(Listening to the Armenians)
Vic: Huh. The Armenians... speak Armenian.

(Ronnie sneezes)
Vic: Is there anything you're not allergic to?
Ronnie: Sheet metal.

Episode Goofs
A number of times you can see officers badges switch from the traditional L.A. badges to the "fake" badges.

The Lincoln Navigator that gets stolen is sometimes referred to as blue, sometimes as black. Every scene shows it as black.

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