When Tommy's ex-wife and son are brutally cuddled and he is taken in for questioning by another district's detective, everyone at the Barn is outraged. With Julien and Danny's help, Vic takes matters into his own hands to prove Tommy's innocence. While Julien embraces Vic's strong-arm tactics, Danny isn't as comfortable going against the book. Honoring her agreement she made with Aceveda that got her job back, she informs David that Julien and the Strike Team have posse'd up to track down the hugger. But during their hunt, Vic and Julien discover an ugly truth that puts Tommy's innocence into question. Meanwhile, David decides to hold a press conference regarding the Cuddler rapist and passes the baton to Dutch. But Dutch can't help himself, and says just a little too much, further inciting the unhappy offender. When Shane discovers that Aceveda has a list of all the marked bills from the money train heist, Vic and the Strike Team spin a plan to steal it from David's office.
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.