When Shane fails to show up at the hospital to see how Tavon is doing after his shocking car accident, Vic pays a visit to his apartment and immediately notices something amiss. Shane and Mara lie to cover up the fact that a unhappy fight between Shane and Tavon occurred. But Vic is on to Mara and Shane's involvement and soon gets the confession he expected. Vic keeps his cool and decides to take charge and help Shane and Mara further cover up what happened to protect the Strike Team. In the midst of the Tavon crisis, Claudette decides to appoint the Strike Team to a routine hooker sweep, despite Vic's protests. When Vic and his team flip a collar who's smuggling contraband into local prisons, they decide to abandon their routine hooker sweep to follow the lead on this bigger case. They're sidetracked when there's word that David has discovered a perp who may know something about the Money train heist and the men responsible. The strike team races to get David off the scent, but not before David gets himself in serious trouble with the darker side of Farmington. Meanwhile, Dutch discovers the Cuddler rapist has struck again. Danny and Julian take on a stalker case of a woman being harassed by her ex-boyfriend.
The Shield breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed ever day. The series focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions.
The Shield stars rogue cop "Det. Vic Mackey", leader of the elite Strike Team unit, who is effective at eliminating crime but who operates under his own set of rules. "Captain David Aceveda", the young precinct head who doesn't like Mackey's tactics and wants to bust him off the force. And "Det. Claudette Wyms", a veteran detective who understands Mackey and knows how to play both sides of the fence.