The Shield/On Tilt

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On Tilt
Season 3, Episode 15
Airdate June 15, 2004
Production Number 5012-03-315
Written by Shawn Ryan &
Glen Mazzara
Directed by Scott Brazil
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On Tilt is the fifteenth episode of the third season of The Shield, and the forty-first episode overall.

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: Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey), David Rees Snell (Detective Ronnie Gardocki), Andre Benjamin (Robert Huggins), Michael Benyaer (Goma Magar), Michael Tomlinson (Ben Horton), Stana Katic (Ayla), Yasmine Delawari (Angelica)

Co-Starring: Melanie Myers (Paula/Uni cop), Kenneth Colom (Lucas/Uni cop), Ray Stoney (Walter), Cari Golden (Rommi Cohen), Breena Shepard (Vangie), Autumn Chiklis (Cassidy Mackey), Joel Rosenthal (Matthew Mackey), Nikos Psarras (Mihalis), Aixa (Xiomara), Ramon Hilario (Papi), Krystal Fernandez (Marta), Harace Carpenter (Benjamin), Mashari Laila Bain (Michy), Scott Damian (Palian), Dennis W. Hall (Prison guard)

Uncredited: Eddie J. Fernandez (Chuey), Kurt Sutter (Margos Dezerian)


Plot Overview

As Margos inches closer to the Strike Team, Vic takes matters into his own hands.

Claudette's pursuit of clearing a convicted man's name turns the department against her.

Danny and Julien deal with a comic book owner trying to clean up his block.



  • Dwight Yoakam - "Back of Your Hand"

Arc Advancement


  • It's revealed the Strike Team stole approximately 3 million from the money train. After Lem's attempt to destroy it all, they only have $195,000 left.
  • Lem is ready to transfer, but Vic learns that the Chief won't reman the Strike Team. An attempt to get him to stay blows up and effectively leaves the team in pieces.


  • Because he went to Aceveda about his suspicions, Vic promises to make Dutch a joke again.
  • Kim left Dutch a few months earlier.
  • Claudette is alienated over looking into the public defender's cases and is told the Chief won't select her as Captain after Aceveda leaves.
  • The tension between Vic and Shane comes to a head.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Robert Huggins: I was just hosing down the hos.
  • Vic: Where would someone go to hide from Margos?
Mihalis: Hell?
  • Vic: This bitch has you so turned around you don't even see it!
Shane: Well, I'm going home to that bitch. Who the hell are you going home to?
Vic: My daughter.
Shane: Oh, yeah?
Vic: Yeah.
Shane: Yeah, the good father? How long do you think that's gonna last?