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The Shield: Post Partum

Vic arranges to get Lemonhead safely out of the country and set up a new life for him in Mexico. Aceveda and Kavanaugh, sensing a last shot to put Vic in jail, join forces and conspire to nail Vic for harboring a fugitive. Meanwhile, in the midst of still being upset with Claudette, Dutch files for a transfer. Plus, Danny confronts her baby's father.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: 5012-05-511
Airdate: Tuesday March 21st, 2006
Special Runtime: 70 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Veronica) Mar 29, 2009

Guest Stars
David MarcianoDavid Marciano
As Det. Steve Billings
Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
As Lt. Jon Kavanaugh
Jordi CaballeroJordi Caballero
As Aldo Melchor
Laura HarringLaura Harring
As Becca Doyle
Onahoua RodriguezOnahoua Rodriguez
As Emolia Melendez
Paula GarcésPaula Garcés
As Officer Tina Hanlon
Ally WalkerAlly Walker
As Tori Burke
Ammar DaraisehAmmar Daraiseh
As Gilbos Arkelian

Co-Guest Stars
Autumn ChiklisAutumn Chiklis
As Cassidy Mackey
David BatisteDavid Batiste
As Kyle Irwin
Melanie MyersMelanie Myers
As Paula
Bon OgleBon Ogle
As George
James MolinaJames Molina
As Julio
Kwesi BoakyeKwesi Boakye
As Wendell
Lance IrwinLance Irwin
As Agent Gallagher
Yul L. SpencerYul L. Spencer
As Tyrez "Spank" Wallace


Claudette has officially been promoted, while Billings is back to being a Detective with Dutch. Tina is spending more hours with Dutch to become a Detective while still training with Julien. Danny had her baby, but didn't really confront Vic about it being his. Kavanaugh and Aceveda's case against the Strike Team has ended with Lem going to jail. But Lem skipped out in an attempt to get a better deal for himself and out of Antwon's reach. In the end, Shane kills Lem with one of the grenades they took off a bust earlier that night to protect the team...

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Episode Notes
Season 5 finale, has a total run time of 70 minutes.

This episode marks the final appearance of Kenny Johnson as Detective Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky.

Look hard at the furniture in Corrine's new place. It's all from the old home she shared with Vic, showing not only detail to the props, but to the story. Apparently Corrine got a lot from the divorce.

Michael Jace does not play a part in this episode until the ending when they find Lem. Also, Paula Garces is only seen in one other scene in this episode. Their scenes were cut due to time.

This episode also marks the last appearance of Laura Harring as Becca Doyle. She was only brought in for this season.

Episode Quotes
Claudette: Track down whatever you can find. Run everything by me. And Vic, that renegade shit’s not gonna fly on my watch, but you already knew that.
Shane: It looks like a new Sheriff just limped into town.

(After seeing Lem dead and fighting with Kavanaugh)
Vic: We're gonna find out who did this... and we're gonna kill him.

Billings: See? No respect. Wyms is even moving my desk where everybody can get a good gander at Cesar lying in a puddle of blood.
Dutch: In this story, you're Cesar?
Billings: Didn't I get stabbed in the back?

Vic: Hey, you! What the hell was with that pow-wow going on upstairs?
Aceveda: Call me later.
Vic: I'm running out of later. Now, are you and I still alies against Kavanaugh, or do I pull out my flamethrower and start that scortched earth plan I talked to you about?

Episode Goofs
With all assumptions aside, the main theory behind Shane's grenade on Lemonhead is that he grabbed one while busting the gang earlier that night. But if that's true, wouldn't they have noticed one missing? Aside from the fact that they come in special cases with one in each compartment, wouldn't evidence have come up with an odd number? Someone would have to have known one was missing.

When Claudette walks in on Spank and Tori, their supposed to be having sex. But look closely, none of their clothes seem to be down or off in any camera. They were pretty much dry-humping in the scene.

Look hard when the car explodes with Lem inside. It's a dummy inthe driver's seat. Walton was supposed to block the camera's view, but fails.

Who made the call to report Lem had been found dead? Obviously not Shane, and the area was abandoned.

Episode References
Take a look at the area where the Team waits for Lemonhead. It's the same street the team met and broke up on in the Seaosn 3 finale "On Tilt."

Shane says he tealked to the Mexican officer who helped the team take care of Doomsday back in episode #2 of this season, "Enemy Of Good."

The grenade smuggler Guardo is mentioned, calling back to the 8th episode in this season, "Kavanaugh."

Claudette makes reference to how Monica Rawling burned the DEA, which took place in the Season 4 finale "Ain't That A Shame."

Throughout the episode, several references are made to the Strike Team ripping off the Money Train, which took place in the Season 2 finale "Dominoes Falling."

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