The Shield/What Power Is...

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What Power Is...
Season 3, Episode 10
Airdate May 11, 2004
Production Number 5012-03-310
Written by Kim Clements
Directed by Dean White
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What Power Is... is the tenth episode of the third season of The Shield, and the thirty-sixth 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: Michele Hicks (Mara Sewell), Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey), David Rees Snell (Detective Ronnie Gardocki), Camillia Sanes (Aurora Aceveda), Rif Hutton (James Freeman), Kurt Caceres (Juan Rizano), Larry Sullivan (Detective Craig Milne), Monnae Michaell (Vanessa), Delane Matthews (Stella Sewell), Wilmer Calderon (Ricky)

with Rebecca Pidgeon (Joanna Faulks)

and Clark Gregg (William Faulks)

Co-Starring: Melanie Myers (Paula/Uni Cop), Frankie Rodriguez (Diagur), Kenneth Colom (Lucas/Uni Cop), Hunter Bodine (Henry/Uni Cop), Paul Saucido (Carlos), Sofie Calderon (Elisa), Katherine Anderson (Yolanda), Patrick Montes (Dr. Ausanta), James Budig (Neil O'Brien), Wanya Green (Taniesha), Lenore Perry (Sara), Victor Cohn-Lopez (Vido), Angela Gardner (Kara), Yuji Hasegawa (Korean Man), Jocko Sims (Anquoin), Damon Standifer (Jarod), Lori Yeghiayan (IAD)


Plot Overview

The Strike Team suspect Aceveda is getting close concerning the Armenian money, unaware that he is on the trail of the man who raped him.

Dutch and Claudette go back at the Cuddler Rapist case and find a big lead.



  • Blue Mountain - "Riley and Spencer"

Arc Advancement


  • Shane reveals to the rest of the team that it was Mara who stole the money and now her mother is extorting them for money.
  • The Cuddler Rapist is found and arrested.
  • The Strike Team sets up Neil O'Brien, a criminal who has brothers in Indio, for the Treasury. They arrange for him to take some of their marked money and put it in the system and lead the trail away from Mara's mother.


  • Claudette meets James Freeman.
  • Aceveda arrests the man who raped him, but not before destroying the evidence and killing the only other witness and explaining how he knows enough and has enough power to do things to keep him quiet. This takeback of his power restore his relationship with his wife.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Lem: How come every piece of ass you hit is more trouble than the last?
Shane: Hey, I'm marrying this girl.
Lem: Well, I'm not, all right? So unless she's got a pussy that cures cancer--