The Shield/Rap Payback
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Rap Payback is the sixth episode of the fifth season of The Shield, and the sixtieth episode overall.
Lieutenant Kavanaugh redoubles his efforts to take down Vic Mackey. He won't rely on secrecy or wiretaps anymore; instead he sets up shop inside the Barn to rattle Vic and his team.
Kavanaugh begins squeezing anyone who was close to Mackey - Shane, Danny Sofer, his ex-wife Corrine, even David Acevada isn't safe.
Kavanaugh takes Captain Billings' office for the duration of the investigation into Vic.
Dutch sees that Claudette's condition seems to be worsening, so he searches the home of a serial killer alone and nearly gets caught.
Tina learns about Julien's homosexuality and consoles him in public about it. She gets a stern rebuke in return. Was she being sincere, or just naive?
Kavanaugh has heard the rumors about the relationship between Vic and Danny Sofer, and he forces her to admit to the relationship in an official capacity. Kavanaugh also wants to investigate David Acevada's role in the murder of Terry Crowley, and Shane's role in that death as well. But Kavanaugh's most vicious attacks are reserved for Vic's ex-wife Corrine. He threatens her with jail time, tells her about Vic's relationship with Danny, and gets her to admit that Vic gave her $65,000 in cash and that she still has $5,000 of the money. Kavanaugh demands to have that money.
Apparently the serial killer has a vendetta against Claudette - he kills a black woman and shaves her head in a mockery of Claudette's hairdo.
Kavanaugh officially reopens the investigation of the Terry Crowley murder. Terry Crowley died in episode 1x01 - Pilot.
When Kavanaugh rebukes Billings, he tells him that Captain Rawling was content to have a desk on the first floor. This is a reference to the events of season four.
Corrine also tells Kavanaugh about the $65,000 in cash that Vic gave her in season three. This is a direct tie to the Money Train/Armenian Mob storyline from the third season.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- Corrine: What kind of a man says he has an autistic child to a woman who has two of her own, how SICK is that?
- Kavanaugh: Don't cry! I don't want to see you shed ONE single tear! 'Cause tears imply that you didn't know. And don't you sit here and tell me that you didn't know, Mrs. Mackey! Twelve years you shared his bed. You knew. He paid your mortgage, he paid your bills, and now he's paying for private schools. You always knew what he was capable of. Just like you knew about the other women, don't you sit here, and cry, and tell me that he's a good man, because we both know that's bullshit! You left him because you knew. And yet you protect him. You protect him and you lie.
- Acevada to Kavanaugh: I'm chairman of the police committee. This is a fight you don't want.
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