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The Shield: Strays

Vic and the strike team are back out on the streets on a routine bust when a banger takes a shot at Shane. When they shakedown the shooter, they find themselves in the middle of a prescription drug running ring. As they follow that lead, they find something bigger than they expected. Using Danny to go undercover as a soccer mom running drugs on the side, they discover a complex money laundering scheme being run out of a custom car outfit. Meanwhile, Dutch gets the word that Will, the Cuddler rapist, is ready to talk. Will's wife, Joanna, is also waiting at the Barn to talk to Will who completely refuses to communicate with her. As Dutch plays middle man between Will and his wife, he attempts to get inside the mind of a killer and why he did what he did. Will mocks Dutch's text book analysis and in turn, psychologically digs into Dutch.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 5012-03-311
Airdate: Tuesday May 18th, 2004

Director: David Mamet
Writer: Glen Mazzara

Guest Stars
Cathy Cahlin RyanCathy Cahlin Ryan
As Corrine Mackey
Clark GreggClark Gregg
As William Faulks
David Rees SnellDavid Rees Snell
As Detective Ronald "Ronnie" Gardocki
DeLane MatthewsDeLane Matthews
As Stella Sewell
Dominic HoffmanDominic Hoffman
As Louis Sperling
Michele HicksMichele Hicks
As Mara Sewell
Natalie ZeaNatalie Zea
As Lauren Riley
Rebecca PidgeonRebecca Pidgeon
As Joanna Faulks

Co-Guest Stars
Joel RosenthalJoel Rosenthal
As Matthew Mackey
Keith DavisKeith Davis
As Banger
Sandy MulvihillSandy Mulvihill
As Ms. Emerich
Mark LunaMark Luna
As Suspect
Episode Notes
Deleted scenes for this episode on the Season 3 DVD include Joanna asking why her husband did it, and Dutch talking to Claudette about rapes and murders.

The original script didn't call for Dutch to kill the cat. A last minute decision was made for him to do so, and the sequence had to be refilmed two days after the episode was finished.

Provong that the show is still sponsored by Pepsi, they allow the word "Pepsi" to be said in the episode. Refer to episode Dead Soldiers for another example.

A question many fans have asked is why does Vic leave the hotel room first. Isn't it obvious? Riley was the one who paid for the room.

Guest stars, Rebecca Pidgeon and Clark Gregg previously played opposite each other in David Mamet's 2000 film, "State and Main." Rebecca Pidgeon is also the wife of writer/director David Mamet.

Episode Quotes
Lemonhead: Dude, what was that back in the clubhouse?
Shane: Just because we're on this team, doesn't mean we can't become a problem. If there's one thing Vic's good at, it's solving problems.
Lemonhead: Dude, Vic's never gonna kick you off the Team.
Shane: Hey if Vic ever thought that me and Mara were becoming a problem, you'd let me know wouldn't you?

William: Just tell me why I do it.
Dutch: To dominate. To fell the-
William: No! That's not right.
Dutch: You exert power over-
William: No!
Dutch: ...You're compelled to.
William: By what?
Dutch: Organized sociopaths tend to-
William: Is that who you think you were chasing this whole time? Wh-Wha-a- a type? Some answer on an exam? Who would you be chasing right now if you hadn't stumbeled over my parking tickets?
Dutch: But I did find your parking tickets.
William: ...What happens if the next guy reads the street signs?

Episode Goofs
This is the first episode we geta clear look at the overhead lamp in the clubhouse since Vic busted witht he bat. One of the boys must have bought a brand new lamp in their spare time.

Watch closely. You can see the wire tied to the discharge cap when the lamp gets destroied. It's there for an instant, and you'll need a zoom to see it, but it's there.

Cultural References
Vic: Smokin' In The Boys Room.

This quick line is in reference to the one hit wonder of the same name by Brownsville Station. The song was later redone by Motley Crue.

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