The Shield, 3 April: the house [minor spoilers]

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Stan
Dutch and some uniforms walked in on a house with a lot of bodies, 
severed body parts, blood everywhere, cats eating dead bodies, etc.

What I missed was, is there some connection between the rest of the 
episode and this, or was it an unrelated call?
                                            
pacmanTheWorldcom
I missed that the first time through, too. On second viewing I heard him
mumble something about a "cousin" as they were following the cats. This must
be the house of the cousin of the guy who confessed to killing Lem, and said
his cousins saw him do it.

The house full of bodies must have something to do with why he gave that
false confession. Maybe he wanted to be locked up so he'd be safe from
whoever is turning people into cat food.

Meanwhile...

Vic hasn't figured out the truth because Guardo is still a plausible answer,
and nobody knows where he is. Shane's best hope now is to make sure Guardo is
never found, or if he's found, he doesn't get a chance to talk.

Kavannaugh isn't going to solve the case because he's so obsessed with Vic
being the root of all evil, he never considers that the other guys are
capable of acting on their own. Besides that, Vic has managed to turn
Kavannaugh dirty. Now the battle between them must be won by whoever's better
at fabricating evidence and covering his tracks - and that's Vic's "playing
field".

Dutch probably has the best chance of putting it all together, because he
knows basically everything that Kavannaugh knows, plus he has seen more of
the Strike Team in action and knows their individual personalities - even
Ronnie's, if "neutral" is a personality. But now he's gonna have to deal with
the cat/cousin case, which will slow down his progress.

Claudette seems to be losing patience with Detective LumpHead Billings.
Notice all the sarcastic comments she directed at him in this episode?

Julian and Tina solved their weird little case of the week, and Tina didn't
screw it up!
                                            
MDuPreetheworldcomsniptoreply
Spoilers for "On the Jones."

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[email protected] (Alan Curry) writes:

: On second viewing I heard [Dutch] mumble something about a "cousin" as 
: they were following the cats. This must be the house of the cousin of 
: the guy who confessed to killing Lem, and said his cousins saw him do 
: it.

Yeah, Dutch wasn't all that enthusiastic about chasing down the guy with 
"cousins," because he thought that confession was as bogus as the others 
he had been hearing, but he had to check it out for form's sake.  It's 
to his credit that he paid attention to the cats when he thought he was 
on a pointless errand.


: The house full of bodies must have something to do with why he gave 
: that false confession. Maybe he wanted to be locked up so he'd be safe 
: from whoever is turning people into cat food.

Three theories went through my mind.  One was that Guardo was one of the 
victims in the house; that whoever Guardo answers to tore up Guardo and 
his family to send a message to the rest of the organization about what 
happens when you bring heat on the organization for killing a cop.  
However, Guardo's death should be a plot point, and I don't remember 
being able to get a good look at any of the victims' faces, so I don't 
think that's it.

The second was that Guardo wants to know who went after the Strike Team 
without authorization, therefore giving Mackey a personal vendetta 
against Guardo, so Guardo is tearing through his own contacts trying to 
find out who it was, or to scare the perp into confessing, or just to 
remove any link back to himself.

The third was that the confessor in Lem's murder killed the people in 
the house, and his confession was displaced guilt for what he had 
actually done.  That would seem like a huge new plot to introduce out of 
the blue, but as you said, the writers' strategy could be to tie up 
police resources so the Lemansky investigation is seriously slowed down.

Actually, there was one other theory that flashed briefly through my 
mind: Mackey did it to send Guardo a message.  But Mackey's a more 
surgical striker.  He wouldn't take out a roomful of people that he 
doesn't know for sure had anything to do with Lem's death.


: Vic hasn't figured out the truth because Guardo is still a plausible 
: answer, and nobody knows where he is. Shane's best hope now is to make 
: sure Guardo is never found, or if he's found, he doesn't get a chance 
: to talk.

I forget: does Guardo know the link between Shane and the grenade?


: Kavannaugh isn't going to solve the case because he's so obsessed with 
: Vic being the root of all evil, he never considers that the other guys 
: are capable of acting on their own.

Kavanaugh may figure it out eventually, but it'll soon be too late for 
him to do anything about it.  As Mackey admitted, he threatened 
Kavanaugh to spook him into making a mistake, and that's exactly what 
Kavanaugh did.  Kavanaugh can't pursue his frame-up of Mackey for the 
murder and simultaneously get behind the actual truth should he discover 
it, not without supporting a theory that Mackey's being framed.

: Besides that, Vic has managed to turn Kavannaugh dirty. Now the battle 
: between them must be won by whoever's better at fabricating evidence 
: and covering his tracks - and that's Vic's "playing field".

Too true.


: Dutch probably has the best chance of putting it all together, because 
: he knows basically everything that Kavannaugh knows, plus he has seen 
: more of the Strike Team in action and knows their individual 
: personalities - even Ronnie's, if "neutral" is a personality. But now 
: he's gonna have to deal with the cat/cousin case, which will slow down 
: his progress.

Plausible.

If Wyms weren't management now, my money would be on her to twig first.


: Claudette seems to be losing patience with Detective LumpHead 
: Billings.  Notice all the sarcastic comments she directed at him in 
: this episode?

I don't think she had much patience for him dating back to when he was in 
charge.  He's a time-clock puncher and a goldbricker.

-Micky