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The Shield: On Tilt

When David confirms that the strike team is the target of an Armenian mob hit, Vic must take matters into his own hands. Claudette's career is on the line when she disobeys David's orders to put a case to rest that may prove the innocence of convicted felons.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: 5012-03-315
Airdate: Tuesday June 15th, 2004

Guest Stars
Andre 3000Andre 3000
As Robert Huggins
Cathy Cahlin RyanCathy Cahlin Ryan
As Corrine Mackey
David Rees SnellDavid Rees Snell
As Detective Ronald "Ronnie" Gardocki
Stana KaticStana Katic
As Ayla
Michael BenyaerMichael Benyaer
As Goma Magar
Michael TomlinsonMichael Tomlinson
As Ben Horton
Yasmine DelawariYasmine Delawari
As Angelica

Co-Guest Stars
Autumn ChiklisAutumn Chiklis
As Cassidy Mackey
Joel RosenthalJoel Rosenthal
As Matthew Mackey
Kenneth ColomKenneth Colom
As Officer Lucas
Melanie MyersMelanie Myers
As Paula
Aixa MaldonadoAixa Maldonado
As Xiomara
Cari GoldenCari Golden
As Rommi Cohen
Dennis W. HallDennis W. Hall
As Prison Guard
Harace CarpenterHarace Carpenter
As Benjamin
Nikos PsarrasNikos Psarras
As Mihalis
Ray StoneyRay Stoney
As Walter Clifton
Scott DamianScott Damian
As Palini

Kurt SutterKurt Sutter
As Margos Dezirian
Episode Notes
Deleted scenes for this episode on the Season 3 DVD include the Strike Team searching for Margos, knocking on the wrong door, Lemonhead breaking a door down for a gassing, a neighborhood crimewatch, marital woes with Aceveda, Dutch's concerns about Vic, being team players, and asking Angelica for help.

The Season 3 DVD contains a complete breakdown of the writing and filming process for this episode.

The song heard when Shane pulls away at the end is "Back of Your Hand" by Dwight Yoakam. The lyrics work pretty well for the Strike Team's state of mind, when you think about it... "When you say: "Who the hell am I livin' with? What just went down? Where did this come from? Why are all my colors faded brown? When did it change? What's with the rage? Who's the dude with the extra role; What's the verse, the line, the chapter, the page?"

We finally find out that the money train was worth about 3 million dollars. After Lemonhead burned the money, less than $200,000 was left.

This episode had Andre 3000 from the group Outkast as a special guest. If you listen hard, you can hear slips of Outkast songs throughout the episode.

In this episode we see Writer and Producer Kurt Sutter revise his one time role as "Marcos Darzerian" from episode 5, Blowback.

Episode Quotes
Vic: (Shoves gun in Armenian's face) You tried to get us killed you little prick? ...Alright. (Ronnie points gun at Armenian, Vic shuts the door, slams pen and pad of paper on table) Write. WRITE! L-I-F-E. New word. (Shoves gun on forehead) NEW WORD! S-U-X. Ronnie, open that wiondow. (Ron nie opens window, Vic puts note in Armenian's pocket) Looks like you're gonna die a bad speller.

Aceveda: What's going on?
Dutch: Some cowardly shitheads messed with her desk.
Aceveda: I'll look into it.
Whyms: Yeah Right!
Aceveda: Excuse me-
Whyms: Oh don't tell me you're not a part of this, I just got carried out of Victorville!
Aveceda: I spoke to Ben Horton's boss and the Chief. He wasn't too please to hear what you'd been doing.
Whyms: You mean to tell me this entire house would rather me pack up and leave? Rather than look into this?
Aceveda: Chief and I did discuss this house... and who's gonna run it when I leave. He's decided to go another way. Bring in somebody else.
Dutch: So now she's not getting the Captain's seat? You gotta be shitting me!
Aceveda: It wasn't my choice. It was her's. She understands.

Mihalis: (To Vic) I'll be with you in a minute.
Vic: (Hangs up phones) You'll be with me now.
Mihalis: What do you want?
Vic: Your favorite frequent flyer -- Margos Dezirian. (Punches Mihalis in the nose, breaking it before he can say he doesn't know) MARGOS!
Mihalis: Oh my God, I don't know man, I just leaving him messages to him.
Vic: Good. I'll dictate, you dial! (Hands phone to Mahilas) You tell him that Goma called. Sounded strange. He wanted a tone way ticket to... w-where would someone go to hide from Margos?
Mihalis: Hell? (Vic threatens to punch again) Venezuela.
Vic: Good. You tell him, that Goma wanted the ticket delivered to him, at his house. Try not to sound too stuffy.

Episode Goofs
When the Team picks up the bald man in front of the heroine storage area, you can see their shadows in the sunlight as he walks up to unlock the door. He would have been able to see them before he approached the door.

When Vic goes to talk to the officers after shooting Marcos, we hear sirens but see no lights. The next shot shows red and blue lights fully on Vic.

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