The Shield/Dragonchasers

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Season 1, Episode 10
Airdate May 14, 2002
Production Number 5012-01-109
Written by Scott Rosenbaum &
Kurt Sutter
Directed by Nick Gomez
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Dragonchasers is the tenth 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: Jamie Brown (Connie Riesler), Frank Grillo (Officer Paul Jackson), Michael Kelly (Sean Taylor), Sandra Purpuro (Tereza Varela), Nichole Hiltz (Tulips)

Co-Starring: Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey), David Rees Snell (Ronnie), Camillia Sanes (Aurora Aceveda), Matt Corboy (Ray Carlson), Taryn Carter (Sweetpea), Jazzmun (Frank Gilmore)

Uncredited: Omar McClinton (Officer Roman)


Plot Overview

While the Strike Team work on a mugging ring being run out a strip club, Ronnie helps Vic with Connie who decides to detox for her son after her mother suddenly dies.

After Danny and Julien catch a man masturbating in public, Dutch suspects he maybe the serial killer he's been trying to catch.



  • Hedder - "Pull You Into Me"
  • Tempest - "Anthem"
  • Goleta - "Satellite"
  • Goleta - "Sing Along"
  • Erinn Williams - "I Am King"
  • Mogwai - "Helicon 1"
  • Mogwai - "Take Me Somewhere Nice"

Arc Advancement


  • Despite an earnest attempt to get clean, Connie relapses fast and decides she can't be helped, but her son still has a chance and leaves him to be taken into foster care.


  • Dutch finally catches the serial killer responsible for murdering the teen prostitute. In doing so, he earns much of the department's respect.
  • A reporter profiling Aceveda reveals that a woman has alleged he raped her 15 years ago.


  • Dutch has been trying to catch the serial killer since "Cherrypoppers".


The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Brian is played by the child of series creator Shawn Ryan and wife Cathy Cahlin Ryan.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Tereza Varela: "The Barn"?
Aceveda: Farmington's called the Farm. When we moved into the old church, one of the officers nicknamed the place "The Barn". The name stuck.
Tereza Varela: It's ironic, taking over a church. God moved out. The cops moved in.
Aceveda: God's still here. We just sublet.
  • Dutch: It's pathetic.
Sean Taylor: What is?
Dutch: How typical you are. Soon as you're caught, you try to be special.
Sean Taylor: I killed 22 people. Well, 23, if you wanna count the hunting accident back in Rockford. Oh, I'm special, all right.
Dutch: If you're so special how come a lowly civil servant like me just caught you?