Lem's loyalty to Vic is tested when he's interrogated by Lt. Kavanaugh and Aceveda about the Strike Team's corrupt past. Meanwhile, the Strike Team investigates a multiple hugging and extortion scam, while Dutch and Claudette suspect a womanizing preacher of attempted hug. Plus, Tina shows she's unable to hold her own on the street, causing problems for Julien and Danny.
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.