The Shield/Cherrypoppers

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Season 1, Episode 6
Airdate April 16, 2002
Production Number 5012-01-105
Written by Scott Rosenbaum
Directed by D.J. Caruso
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Cherrypoppers is the sixth 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) (credit only), 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: Jamie Brown (Connie Riesler), Richard Portnow (Agent Jim Wright), Kim Miyori (Mrs. Park), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Lita Valverde), Eduardo Garcia (Angel), Will McCormack (Steve Hanratty), Jay Harrington (Tom Ross)

Co-Starring: David Rees Snell (Ronnie), Jane Cho (Uniform Cop #2), Svetlana Ivy Dizon (Sun-Lee), Kelvin Yu (Sam), Ken Abraham (Ted), Michael Lee (Richard Kim)

Featuring: Frank Merino (Hector), Josh Todd (Kurt Schmidt), Clay Cooper (Eric), Heather Hopper (Two-Bit Whore), Nava Plotski (18-year-old Hooker), Ah Chang (Sally Struthers), Matt Corboy (Uniform Cop #1)

Uncredited: Ray Conchado (The Cherry Popper)


Plot Overview

After a 13-year-old prostitute is found strangled, Dutch is given 24 hours with the Barn's full resources and FBI assistance to catch what he believe is the latest victim of a serial killer.

Vic goes on a tangent and helps by bringing down an underage sex club.



  • Ian Love - "Love Loss"
  • Zamp Nicall - "Under the Midnight Sun"
  • Lee Jung Hyun - "Crazy"
  • Jim Blake - "Forbidden Fruit"
  • Nachmusik - "Eine Kleine"
  • Sam Spade - "Sexy Samba"
  • Gregg Montante - "Night In the City"
  • Buckcherry - "Whiskey In the Morning"

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Danny: Hey, Dutch, you think we can find time to study?
Dutch: What?
Danny: For the sergeant's exam. I feel like I'm, you know, kind of falling behind.
Dutch: Sure. Why don't we do that right now? I'll just drop my pissant serial killer thing to help you study. Because what you want always comes first, doesn't it, Danny? It comes before me, comes before everybody else here! Even comes before a dead 13-year-old girl we're all supposed to just forget about come tomorrow! So grab your books. Let's find a nice, quiet spot! We'll study for that test right now!