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The Shield: Of Mice & Lem

While Lem Prepares to plead guilty to the heroin charges, Vic strikes a deal with Antwon Mitchell that will guarantee Lem's safety in prison. When the deal unexpectedly goes awry, Vic takes drastic measures to protect Lem. Meanwhile, a betrayal and uncontrollable circumstances threatens to destroy Ducth and Claudette's longstanding friendship. Plus, Julien is instrumental in closing the "glory hole' case.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x10
Production Number: 5012-05-510
Airdate: Tuesday March 14th, 2006

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Guest Stars
Anthony Anderson
As Antwon Mitchell
David Marciano
As Captain Steve Billings
Forest Whitaker
As Lt. Jon Kavanaugh
Gina Torres
As Sadie Kavanaugh
Laura Harring
As Becca Doyle
Nigel Gibbs
As Asst. Chief Roy Phillips
Paula Garcés
As Officer Tina Hanlon
Sticky Fingaz
As Kern Little
Derek Webster
As Art Gadway
Derk Cheetwood
As Jarrod Stahl
Mark Gantt
As Bar Owner

Co-Guest Stars
J. David Shanks
As Officer Stamos
Joe Camareno
As Alarico Trujillo
L. Michael Burt
As Moses
Danielle Barbosa
As Zoilla Trujillo
John Cygan
As Chief Johnson
Episode Notes
John Cygan who guest starred in this episode as Chief Johnson had previously co-starred with Michael Chiklis in "The Commish”. He played Detective Paulie Pentangeli who was a partner and long time friend of Commissioner Tony Scali.

This marks the return of Sticky Fingaz as Kern Little who was last seen in the third season episode, “Blood And Water.” This episode also marks Sticky Fingaz's final appearance on "The Shield."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Smashing PumpkinsDisarm 

Episode Quotes
Claudette: I need your support. I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Dutch: You’ll do fine. Whoever sits up there has to have an active mistrust of everyone and everything in this place. I can’t imagine anyone better suited to the job.

Kavanaugh: Vic Mackey kills cops! He, he deals drugs! He beats suspects! You know what he did yesterday? He, he screwed my ex-wife with the sole purpose… of making this investigation seem like a personal vendetta. He may have assassinated a gang leader. And that’s just all in one day. I wonder what he’s gonna do today! I wonder what he’s gonna do tomorrow!

Vic: Let me remind you of a few things you seem to have forgotten. I didn’t kill Terry. You’ve lost your leverage with Lem. And you’re ex-wife’s pussy… tastes like sweet butter.

Kavanaugh: Pretty soon there is gonna be a lonely room filled with empty lockers, huh?
Lemonhead: You and me are the only ones on the way out. I just cut a deal with the D.A.
Kavanaugh: What deal’s that?
Lemonhead: Why don’t you ask the Chief? It’s sitting on his desk waiting for his signature.
Vic: He’ll be out on parole before the blood rushes back to your face.

Episode Goofs
When Tina hands over "the goods" to the paramedic, you never actually see it. We can't tell if there's something there or if it's just mimed, but whatever it is you can tell it's a fake handoff. Why? No blood on Tina's gloves after she gives it to him.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Of Mice & Lem

The title of this episode is derived from these famous lines, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley” in verse 7 of Robert Burns’ poem, To A Mouse and John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men.

Warning: The Shield season 5 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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