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Does The Blackmail Box get a new piece of blue packing tape this week? It’s one of the few questions "Capone" refuses to answer in his report on this week’s brand spanking new installment of “The Shield”!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, back again on AICN's Eastern Seaboard to discuss Episode 7.3 of FX's "The Shield." This is the episode where things start to heat up again. Last week was the calm before Hurricane Vic (Michael Chiklis) spins headlong into Hurricane Shane (Walton Goggins). What's funny about the whole scenario is that Vic and Shane have to start trusting each other again to make their Armenian problem go away and make sure both of their families are safe. When these guys are working together, they can make anything happen. As much fun as it has always been watching these men break every civil liberty in the book, it's when they play the con artist that I think the best acting and writing the show has to offer really shines through. Only 10 more episodes after this one until "The Shield" is no more. Here's episode three of Season 7… Title? MONEY SHOT Writer? Adam Fierro (writer of 10 prior episodes of "The Shield," he is also one of the show's co-executive producers) Director? Terrence O'Hara, a veteran T.V. drama director of such shows as "Renegade," "The Pretender," "Angel," "JAG," "The Unit," "CSI," "Smallville," "Heroes," "Shark," and "Navy NCIS," as well as one previous episode of "The Shield" Where do we pick things up? To prepare for the seemingly inevitable war with the Mexicans, the Armenians (through Ludwig Manukian's Rezian, who clearly survived last week's jailhouse assassination attempt) want Shane to steal a massive shipment of confiscated guns from the police barracks. The guns are about to be shipped somewhere to be destroyed…they are also untraceable. How is that blackmail box holding up? After Vic and Aceveda (Benito Martinez) decided last week to hide it in a storage locker where only they two had the keys, one of them decides to move it without the other one's knowledge, causing major friction. Why should the episode been titled "Three Wishes"? Because Vic does an awesome impersonation of a genie with the Armenians by offering to get them their guns and two wishes to be named later in exchange for guarantees that his family will remain safe. Are we sure Vic wants his family to remain safe? Vic's ex-wife, Corrine (Cathy Cahlin Ryan), is arrested and his eldest daughter, Cassidy (Chiklis' real-life daughter Autumn), isn't exactly keeping her nose clear either. I have no actual reason for thinking this, but I have a really bad feeling that this subplot is going to be key to the show's concluding episodes. Hey, don't other people do police work at "The Barn"? Dutch (Jay Karnes) and Billings (David Marciano) look into the supposed kidnapping of a 16-year-old Asian girl, whose parents claim she was never kidnapped. Turns out she was just visiting a very special kind of therapist who has an unusual way of helping troubled teens deal with their feeling of homosexuality. What's Ronnie up to this week? Ronnie visits a guy who makes adult movies and pays his actresses in drugs. Who brought in the Feds? Like last week, Laurie Holden's FBI Agent Olivia Murray, who has set up shop in the Barn to help out with the Mexican-Armenian situation, barely registers this week. What I liked. The scheme that Vic and Shane come up with for delivering the guns to the Armenians without actually delivering the guns and still coming out clear is executed brilliantly. The confrontation Vic finally has with his daughter is very tough to watch. Dutch moves a few human resources around to help his old partner Claudette (CCH Pounder) and love interest Danny (Catherine Dent). What I didn't like. I miss the hot as hell Agent Olivia, but don't worry: she'll be back in force very soon. How does it end? Shane gives something to Vic to prove he wants to mend fences. Vic tells Shane he understands why he felt he needed to kill Lem. But when Shane leaves the meeting, Vic's face tells a very different story. -- Capone capone@aintitcoolmail.com

10 p.m. Tuesday. FX.

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  • Sept. 16, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    First!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    I envy you, Capone because you saw already 8 eps

    by Toby___Wong

    Can't wait to see episode after episode.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Awesome...

    by Rick Flemming

    This show is the greatest thing ever.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    CAPONE GOTTA EAT

    by shaneo632

    Lucky bastard.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Ashok...

    by 40ozToFreedom

    Sons of Anarchy is definitely worth watching, it's got the same feel of rawness as The Shield, just not the depth yet. As for Fringe, I enjoyed the pilot, but I've heard a lot of different opinions from others, so I don't know your tastes. But in my opinion, it's pilot was better than past hyped up shows like Jericho, or Drive. But not as good as Lost's pilot.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    this season of programming could rank as #1

    by mr dark

    There is a big workout for the DVR ahead this year for me..We have of course The Shield, Mad Men,24, Lost, Sara Conner Chron. Fringe,Primeval and some other up and coming good shit.. Is t.v. getting better or are we just getting lucky this year?

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    vic and shane sitting in a tree

    by alice 13

    shane is so fucked. lol.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Sons of Anarchy is worth a look

    by TheLastCleric

    I'm enjoying the show thus far and the cast is exceptional. Katy Sagal is menacing and Ron Pearlman is, of course, all sorts of awesome. Time will tell if it even begins to approach the level of something like the Shield but it's been fun to watch and I'll keep doing so.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Airing Schedule?

    by MachThree

    Does anyone know if FX is running these 13 eps straight through, or (as I suspect) are they breaking after 8 eps for yet another hiatus? After making us wait for over a year for new eps, they'd better not be.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    The Shield finale airs in November,

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    No hiatus for us.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Pops Freshemeyer

    by jimmy rabbitte

    If this was a Sci-Fi channel series, we'd be getting 6 1/2 episodes now and the other 6 1/2 would air sometime beginning the fall of 2009... at the earliest.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Shane is a piss ant fucking coward cock sucker.....

    by GreatCzarsGhost

    who has to die and Vic knows this. I dont know whos coming out of all this alive, but I do know Shane is not. If I'm wrong and Shane is breathing when the last episode is over, then the last seven seasons of this show are pure bullshit. SHANE MUST DIE AND VIC MUST KILL HIM.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    My predictions:

    by Stalkeye

    Shane dies, Vic turns himself in to pay for his past dealings and the Barn shuts down.Anyway Sons of Anarchy has potentual but i'm sick of tv shows that play music near the end of the show..y'know the shit that started from miami vice and is obviously seen in Cold Case. But I'll give it a few more views before making up my mind permanently.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    SPOOK STREET

    by bonerama

    Reppin that SPOOK STREET, nigga! 3:15-3:45: http://tinyurl.com/6oklll

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    AshokO

    by mr dark

    You are correct sir.. All of those and more.. I never would have thought I'd say this but lately I have been less disapointed with T.V. and more let down by theatrical films.. I went out and saw Rightous Kill today and while it was just ok I expected much better.. I will hold out hopw for Avatar and Watchmen though..

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Best show on TV

    by StevenScorsese

    I was slightly disappointed in the first two episodes of the final season, however. It didn't seem to have that non-stop high takes/high tension I always love from The Shield. After just watching episode 3, however, I must say that they are most certainly back in top form. Can't wait to see how all this shit plays out.

  • Sept. 16, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Dutch is about to get burned again

    by catlettuce4

    His heart's in the right place but his attempts to bring Danni in as Claudette's number two is going to backfire. Both women are going to be really, really, pissed that he tried to protect them like that.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Final Shot?

    by BLWiseass

    What was that final shot, was Vic legitimately upset and telling Shane how he really felt, or was he telling shane what shane wanted to hear to kind of smoke him out?

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    mr dark

    by Toby___Wong

    TV has become better than movies for the past 7 years if you ask me. If you look at what's running now you have The Shield, Supernatural, Burn Notice, Entourage. And look at what has been there. Too much stuff to mention.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    enjoying this season of the shield

    by palewook

    Ok, its not the best season of the shield. The show is still fun and leaves you wanting more every week. <p> going to miss the shield when this season is done.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Ah-ha! I see where they are going...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    I thought last night's Shield was the weakest of the bunch so far, but I did have a revelation about what was going to happen to Vic. Mind you, I'm really not "trying" to figure things out, 'cause I like to be surprised, but I think they are going to have Cassidy kill him. Maybe some of you die hards have already posed this, but they are really starting to set it up - with the charges being filed last week, to this week's arm grab, and Vic not being able to apologize to her. I could be wrong...

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    A couple of positives about last night's episode...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    1)Tina! Mamacita! and 2)The last shot - yes BLwiseass, you saw that right - very subtle - goddamn that was good!

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I got gonorhhea in my throat....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Tina always manages to get out of gobbling cawk. WTF?! SP to the double-O K, Y'all!

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Could we get the grand shootout and have this end already?

    by gruntybear

    Wow, this show has gotten tired. Not one, but two collections of blackmail papers thread through the plot now? How many more episodes do we get of Vic's daughter Cassie, glowering at her old man? Obviously she will bring about his downfall - all ironical like - while he's out playing Bullshit McSupercop. Several times last night, I stopped the tivo and just howled BULLSHIT!! The whole "you need me more than you need to kill me" thing actually stopping the Armenians from popping Vic wide open with a single shot? Puh-leeeze. Am I the only one who wants to see Shane's wife blown to pieces far more than I want to see Shane experience the same? That character is pure "nails on the chalkboard." And strangely enough, I'm far more interested in the goings-on with Dutch, Claudette and Billings. Screw the strike-force and their magical macho bullshit. Bring on a spin-off of the Barn sans the Vic Street gang, pretty please.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Tina getting felt up...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Sorry but wow. Also, Agent Olivia was in this, albeit not a lot.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Did bad movies create good television? Or did good television create bad movies? Did dismal box office, remakes, and plain bad ideas keep people at home to watch TV, which increased viewership and led to bigger and better shows? Or did shows simply start getting better which kept people at home and away from movies, which led to dismal box office and fewer movies being made?

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    gruntybear, you should pay closer attention

    by TheLastCleric

    The "box" is political and business-related blackmail on a large-scale where by contrast Shane's folder is an insurance policy to keep Vic and Ronnie from killing him. As for the whole Armenian thing, both parties had their finger on the trigger but ultimately, Vic's correct: they can't afford to kill a cop and it was a two-on-two situation so it wasn’t like the Armenians had a distinct advantage. Vic is an intimidating character and what he did in orchestrating the bust and saving Rezien was actually pretty smart. You claim this whole subplot is unnecessary but Shane basically dug a hole in trying to save his own ass and nearly got Vic and his family killed in the process. The entire point of this final season is the escalation of chaos and Vic’s attempts to bandage the situation even as the violence and fallout from his past deeds threatens to drown everyone. Also, Cassidy’s “glowering” is important because Vic is gradually losing what matters the most to him: his family. At heart, Vic’s a good man who’s done some incredibly bad shit and it’s literally taking all of his energy to keep three steps ahead. If that qualifies as “tired” then sign me up because there isn’t anything on TV that even approaches the complexity and character development of The Shield. Pretty please, save that adjective for the other 98% of television programming that rightly deserves it.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Right on, Cleric...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    As for Shane's wife pissing you off - great, she's doing her job! That's exactly what the writer's and the actress portraying her wanted. You do like the show, gruntybear, I can tell! You know it's like sweet butter...

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    SPOOK STREET spin off

    by blue1622

    Moon Man would love it. I love how even Vic was creeped out by all the sheer irrationality he was surrounded by, as all those blacks were dancing/throwing signs. <p> I was a little unnerved by the apparent shift with Ronnie...last year he was more of a good soldier, now he seems to have developed a mind of his own.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    No SAMCRO reviews?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    AICN covered the series premiere, but I don't recall anything on the second episode. Third is on now. It's kind of growing on me. Perlman is great of course.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Awesome ep

    by Toby___Wong

    But Mara really needs to die. I am so gonna miss this show when it ends. Chiklis was born to play Mackey and Goggins was born to play Shane. BTW, Acaveda needs some more dick in his mouth, that backstabbing piece of shit.<br><br> And slutty Tina. She was already hot but in slut outfit she was out of this world.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Shane must die but....

    by aversiontherapy2

    I have a horrible feeling we'll see Vic die and Shane go on with his family. Vic has become so alienated from his they almost wouldn't care, but Shane is a real part of his, young, family. I can see them letting him live as some kind of kiss off.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Ronnie

    by ElGiante

    I feel Ronnie is totally the man to watch this season. It's great to see him on the frontline of things and making his opinions known.<P>Gonna be great to see how he plays into what happens to Vic/Shane

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I WANT a DUTCH spin-off!!

    by ckone

    I like all the weird places his investigations go. It could be good no?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    A Dutch spin-off would totally own

    by Toby___Wong

    I would love to see it. Dutch, Danny, Billings, Claudette, Tina and Ronny. Have Vic Mackey do guest appearances. In other words, Vic must survive The Shield season 7.

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