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The Shield: Cherrypoppers

When the body of a young, unidentified hooker is found in the district, aspects of the crime and Dutch's conviction that this murder is the work of a serial killer persuade David to provide Dutch and Claudette the full resources of the Barn. Dutch has 24 hours in which to break the case before the clues grow cold and resources are demanded elsewhere. While Dutch, with the aid of an FBI profiler, wrestles with the responsibilities and pitfalls of leading his first large-scale investigation, Claudette revisits an old case that has haunted her through her career. The precinct focuses on canvassing the neighborhood for leads on the dead hooker's identity. Danny seriously contemplates taking the sergeant's exam and Julien wrestles with whether he should follow through with an affidavit regarding Vic's theft of the Armenian gang's drugs. Vic and the Strike Team uncover an underage prostitution and pornography ring. Vic must take quick, brutal action to protect one of his informants unsettled by the murder spree.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 5012-01-105
Airdate: Tuesday April 16th, 2002

Director: D.J. Caruso
Writer: Scott Rosenbaum

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Guest Stars
Elizabeth Rodriguez
As Lita Valverde
Jamie Brown (1)
As Connie Riesler
Jay Harrington
As Tom Ross
Kim Miyori
As Mrs. Park
Richard Portnow
As Jim Wright
Will McCormack
As Steve Hanratty

Co-Guest Stars
David Rees Snell
As Detective Ronald "Ronnie" Gardocki
Jane Cho
As Uniform Cop #2
Matt Corboy
As Ray Carlson
Ah Chang
As Sally Struthers
Frank Merino
As Hector
Heather Hopper
As Two-Bit Whore
Josh Todd
As Kurt Schmidt
Kelvin Yu
As Sam
Michael K. Lee
As Richard Kim
Nava Plotski
As 18-year-old Hooker
Main Cast
Michael Chiklis
As Detective Vic Mackey
Catherine Dent
As Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer
Michael Jace
As Officer Julien Lowe
Jay Karnes
As Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach
Benito Martinez
As Captain/Councilman David Aceveda
CCH Pounder
As Detective Claudette Wyms
Kenny Johnson
As Detective Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky
Episode Notes
The show was constantly filmed out of order. CCH had to change her hair several times over the course of 7 days to keep it consistent.

FX was originally going to take this episode out until it was shown that the story would play out into a 6 show tag. A few script changes were made to keep it on the air.

This is the second episode Shane doesn't appear in although his name still appears in the opening credits.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ian LoveLoveloss 

Episode Quotes
Connie: He was acting strange!
Vic: So you shot him?!

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

Cultural References
Vic: If I bring the guy in, you'll be the first to know Dutchboy!

Vic's favorite insult to Dutch is a play off the paint company Dutchboy Paints.

Warning: The Shield season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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