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The Shield: Cut Throat

Monica moves into a home in Farmington – an extremely dangerous decision in Vic's opinion, during a time when local gangs are angered by Monica's new policies. When an informant who recently tipped the police about a crack house turns up murdered, Vic and Monica consider it a clear message of revenge for the latest round of seizures and raids. When Monica considers involving I.A.D., Vic advises against it, reminding her that Aceveda doesn't need another excuse to try and shut her down. Monica and Vic rush to get their informants off the streets before others are brutally murdered. But when another informant is found dead, they bring in Danny to help track down the killers.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x8
Production Number: 5012-04-408
Airdate: Tuesday May 03rd, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Feb 20, 2007

Guest Stars
Abby BrammellAbby Brammell
As Sara Frazier
Anthony AndersonAnthony Anderson
As Antwon Mitchell
David MarcianoDavid Marciano
As Det. Steve Billings
José ZúñigaJosé Zúñiga
As Gino
Laurence MasonLaurence Mason
As Halpern White
Michael PenaMichael Pena
As Armando 'Army' Renta
Pat Healy (1)Pat Healy (1)
As Mike Fletcher
Stacy MeadowsStacy Meadows
As Cutter-10

Co-Guest Stars
David HawthorneDavid Hawthorne
As Zerkow
Melanie MyersMelanie Myers
As Paula
Anwar BurtonAnwar Burton
As Skitch
Kamau HollowayKamau Holloway
As Sidewinder
Tom AyersTom Ayers
As Guage
Episode Notes
It's was rumored on the set that the "makeout scene" between Michael and Catherine was totally impromptu between the two of them.

While not directly said in the episode, the money in the backpack is all of Vic's share from the Money Train. Or at least all that's left of it.

Many people suspected Monica bought a home from a preious episode. The home looks almost identical to the first home of Armando "Armadillo" Quintero, where Vic burned off part of his face. Check again. The floor plan doesn't match.

This episode was originally titled "The Grind."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alice In Chains.Nutshell 

Episode Quotes
(Vic breaks Antwon's door open with a crowbar)
Vic: Police! Antwon, get your ass out here!
Antwon: (Walks out, sees damage) You better have a warrant.
Vic: Warrant? I just saw your door busted wide open, wanted to make sure you're okay. (Sarcastic) ...You okay? The One-Niners started a campaign against police informants.
Antwon: I'm done with this.
Vic: You think you can just go after anyone. You think you're indestructible?
Antwon: I don't know what you're spinning-
Vic: (Throws crowbar down) If you've given the word, that some informant or some citizen or some cop gets hurt're gonna be spitting teeth!
Antwon: I'm going back to bed.
Vic: Make sure you get that door fixed. Anyone could just walk right in.

Shane: (To Halpern) You tell Antwon, I'm done with his shit! All of it! He tries to come after us, my family, or Vic... I'll walk up to him and I'll put a bullet in his head. You got that?! YOU GOT THAT?!

Shane: Hey. Thanks for coming. Look, ah... I'm in some serious shit. (Vic pulls his gun on Shane) Hey, hey what the hell you doing? What the hell's the matter with you?!
Vic: Bugged your car. It's you or me... right? I guess it's you.
Shane: No, no, no n-, I, I'm I'm explaining, Vic, pl-please, listen to me! Goddamnit, listen to me! Look, Antwon killed Angie right in front of me and Army. He did it with our guns it- it's what I came to talk to you about!
Vic: Thought you had nothing to do with Antwon.
Shane: That's nothing that we haven't done before. Look, he's squeezing us. He says the body will turn up if, if, if I don't... But I would never do that! Never! You know that!!! Look, I was just bluffin him to buy time. We took a run at Halpern, he showed us where Angie's body was, but we can't get to it just the two of us. Army's gun went off... Look, Halpern's still alive. But once Antwon finds out, I'm dead. I got Mara and Jackson out of town, but I'm... look I'm in trouble man. I don't know how it got this deep.
Vic: (Vic puts down his gun) You got one shot. (Motions to Shane's gun) TAKE IT.
Shane: ...No. No. I would never chose hm over you. We let that Money Train bullshit get in the way, but... comeon you're my friend. (Vic points the gun back at Shane) Look, I need you. ...Will you help me? (Vic slowly puts his gun down in relief)

Episode Goofs
Look carefully in Shane's car. The "OnStar" button has been covered up. Can't advertize people who don't pay.

How stupid is Shane? He picks up Halpern in front of all his crew. Wouldn't it seem obvious to grab him when he's alone instead of a bunch of people who will talk to Antwon?

Look at the lamp on the top of Monica's fireplace. It's a stage lamp.

Cultural References
Dutch: We just caught the big, bad Coffee Bandit! We've been looking for you Starbuck!

A quick and funny reference to coffee chain Starbucks Coffee.

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