The Shield/Recoil

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Season 6, Episode 9
Airdate May 29, 2007
Production Number 5012-05-520
Written by Sarah Fain &
Elizabeth Craft &
Adam E. Fierro
Directed by Guy Ferland
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Recoil is the ninth episode of the sixth season of The Shield, and the seventy-fourth episode overall.

Starring: Michael Chiklis (Detective Vic Mackey), Catherine Dent (Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer), Walton Goggins (Detective Shane Vendrell), Michael Jace (Officer Julien Lowe), Jay Karnes (Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach), Benito Martinez (Councilman David Aceveda), Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey), David Rees Snell (Detective Ronnie Gardocki)

and CCH Pounder (Captain Claudette Wyms)

Guest Starring: Alex O'Loughlin (Detective Kevin Hiatt), David Marciano (Detective Steve Billings), Paula Garces (Officer Tina Hanlon), F.J. Rio (Cruz Pezuela), Seth Peterson (Mason Heller), Michael Bofshever (Robert Martin), William Charlton (Grubman)

and Franka Potente (Diro Kesakhian)

Co-Starring: Patrick O'Connor (Romero's Lawyer), Benny Hernandez (Santi), Ludwig Manukian (Rezian), Javier Ronceros (Ramon Orozco), Vinicius Machado (Rincon), Baxter Humby (Romero), Jessica Lugo (Patty), Wrenna Monet (Tina's Body Double)


Plot Overview

The Strike Team gets a huge lead in the San Marcos murders, but Vic is suspicious of Aceveda's real estate developer friend Cruz Pezuela having something to do with it.

Shane helps Diro to eliminate her enemies, but Vic's interference could compromise his partnership with her.

Dutch interrogates a man who killed the man he loved, but doesn't want to leave.


Arc Advancement


  • The San Macros case is officially solved by Cruz Pezuela's lead, which gives Vic the other two who he gives to the Byz Lats for retribution.
  • Shane tells Diro about Vic and the others stealing from the money train, although he lies about his role. She then says they'll deal with Vic.
  • Pezuela shows interest in Vic staying. To keep Vic from digging further and keep his job, he gives Vic a copy of the picture that was taken when Juan Lozana sexually assaulted him.


  • Billings gives Dutch his comeuppance by setting Tina and Hiatt up and then arranging Dutch to her house, only to see them having sex.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Vic: You're not even gonna give me a fair shot?
Claudette: You threw away your fair shot by taking so many crooked ones.