The Shield/Riceburner

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Season 3, Episode 12
Airdate May 25, 2004
Production Number 5012-03-312
Written by Adam E. Fierro &
Scott Rosenbaum
Directed by Scott Brazil
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Riceburner is the twelfth episode of the third season of The Shield, and the thirty-eighth episode overall.

Starring: Michael Chiklis (Detective Vic Mackey), Catherine Dent (Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer), Walton Goggins (Detective Shane Vendrell), Michael Jace (Officer Julien Lowe), Kenneth Johnson (Detective Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky), Jay Karnes (Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach), Benito Martinez (Captain David Aceveda)

and CCH Pounder (Detective Claudette Wyms)

Guest Starring: Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey), David Rees Snell (Detective Ronnie Gardocki), Natalie Zea (Lauren Riley), Rif Hutton (James Freeman), Andrew Borba (Vince Peabo), Daniel Day Kim (Thomas Choi), Lydia Look (Tracy Pok), Ronreaco Lee (Taylor Orrs), Douglas Roberts (Hank Deets)

Co-Starring: James Budig (Neil O'Brien), Tom Yi (Rodriguez), Atticas Todd (Mario), Maurice Sherbanee (Silvio), Simon Rhee (John Cho), Champagne Powell (Leroy), Bill H. McKenzie (Chi Chi), Wayne Lopez (Arreyo), Wanda Lee Evans (Ginnie), Glen Badyna (Larry McBride), Elizabeth Jayne Hong (Screaming Korean wife), Yvans Jourdain (Storeowner), Suyan Kim (Korean hostess), Susan Oh (Korean woman), C.W. Pyun (Korean man)

Uncredited: Johnny Nguyen (Charlie Kim)


Plot Overview

The Strike Team are tasked with serving a high-risk warrant in Koreatown, only to find he keeps alluding them.

Dutch and Claudette investigate a string of robberies by a woman in an abusive relationship.

Orrs works with Danny and Julien to find some stolen chairs.


Arc Advancement


  • The Treasure begins looking at O'Brien for the money train robbery.
  • It's confirmed Megan has autism and Vic and Corrine try to get her into a special school. Vic asks the others to decide if he use their money and they vote no.


  • Orrs shows an interest in Danny.
  • Claudette is in an intimate relationship with James Freeman.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Aceveda: Grab every uni you can. Turn their shops upside down. I want every inch of Koreatown smothered.
Vic:Like white on rice.