The Shield/Blowback

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Season 1, Episode 5
Airdate April 9, 2002
Production Number 5012-01-104
Written by Kurt Sutter
Directed by Clark Johnson
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Blowback is the fifth episode of the first season of The Shield.

Starring: Michael Chiklis (Detective Vic Mackey), Catherine Dent (Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer), Walton Goggins (Detective Shane Vendrell), Michael Jace (Officer Julien Lowe), Kenneth Johnson (Detective Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky), Jay Karnes (Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach), Benito Martinez (Captain David Aceveda)

and CCH Pounder (Detective Claudette Wyms)

Guest Starring: Kimberly McCullough (Deena), Brent Roam (Tomas Motyashik), Kenneth Davitian (Older Armenian), Robert Miano (Eddie Crosby)

Co-Starring: Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey), David Rees Snell (Ronnie), Nina Jane Barry (Lily Cacuzza), Amy Moon (Amy), Lee Cherry (Antoine), E. Roger Mitchell (Lester Hoffman), Daniel Henry Murray (Ricardo), Patrick Cavanaugh (Kirk), Kevin Allardice (Zach), Gary Douglas Kohn (Mark)

Featuring: Peter Higgins (Dr. Emil Bohdan), Joel Rosenthal (Matthew Mackey), Khali Macintyre (Girlfriend), Billy Neustice (Lucky), Edgar Agaronian (Theo Chorlian), Judi Beecher (Admin. Assistant)

Uncredited: Kurt Sutter (Margos Dezerian), Omar McClinton (Officer Roman)


Plot Overview

After an Armenian drug bust, the Strike Team pockets a couple of bricks of cocaine, unaware that the incident is witnessed by Julien who wrestles with reporting it. To make matters worse for the team, the truck the bricks were in is stolen and they race to find it before Aceveda does.



  • Trailer Park Cassanovas - "Beer"
  • Seda Garibyan - "Hyots Aghunak"
  • Danny Wood - "Get Away"
  • Arte Mixto - "Laraca"
  • 3rd Root - "Wah Wah"
  • SX-10 - "Caught Up In the System"
  • Arakel Siunetsi - "Yreg Votnlvai"
  • Sam Spade - "Trial by Fire"
  • Push - "The Flute Song"
  • Project 86 - "Rebuttal"
  • Jason Darling - "One by One"
  • Bernie Marsden - "Ballad of Joliet"

Arc Advancement


  • Vic and Corrine learn that Matthew has autism.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Margos Dezerian is played by writer Kurt Sutter.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

  • Having casually killing one of his associates and telling Danny she has "delicious feet", Margos Dezerian is already a memorable character. When there's a commotion in the cage, everyone races over to find that he has snapped the neck of a fellow prisoner who had earlier called him a faggot. The incident is so terrifying that one of the other prisoners literally pisses his pants.


  • Julien: Detective Wyms, I was hoping I could talk to you.
Wyms: About?
Julien: Advice.
Wyms: Well, shouldn't you be going to your P3 for advice?
Julien: I'd rather talk to you.
Wyms: Why? 'Cause I'm black?
Julien: No.
Wyms: Better not be because I remind you of your mother.
Julien: No, ma'am. I mean, Detective.