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"Blowback"
1x05 Strike-team-stealing
Season
Episode

1
05
Airdate
April 9, 2002
Actual length
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Production Code
5012-01-104
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"Blowback" is the fifth episode of Season 1 of The Shield. It was originally broadcast on April 9, 2002.

Aceveda insists that Vic take uniformed cops in with them to bust an Armenian gang's drug delivery. After the bust, Julien sees the Team take a portion of the drugs for themselves. But in the end Shane ends up having the drugs and the vehicle they're in stolen from them. While the search for the drugs and the truck goes on, Mackey learns that his son is autistic.

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Featured MusicEdit

  • "Love Loss" by Ian Love
  • "Fumaza" by Los Pinguos
  • "Get Away" by Danny Wood
  • "Laraca" by Arte Mixto

Episode TitleEdit

The title refers to the negative effects from a specific action, like the effects of the Strike Team theft of cocaine from the Armenian Mafia. Due to this, it might also be a wordplay on the word "blow", which is a slang term for cocaine itself.

NotesEdit

  • International airdates:
    • Germany: September 1, 2004
    • France: July 11, 2007
  • Margos Dezerian is played by writer/producer of the show, Kurt Sutter.
  • Shane Vendrell makes a reference to hip-hop singer Grandmaster Flash, but Lem doesn't recognize it.
  • The car that Deena steals from Shane Vendrell is a 2002 Lincoln Navigator. During the episode, it is alternately described as black or blue.
  • Vic Mackey and the Strike Team drive a dark blue 2000 Dodge Durango. David Aceveda drives a light 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis with a 4MYW996 license plate.
  • Vic makes a reference to Ralphs supermarkets.
  • Margos Dezerian foot fetish is addressed during all of Season 3.

QuotesEdit

  • Vic Mackey: (after Ronnie sneezes) Is there anything you're not allergic to?
  • Ronnie Gardocki: Sheet metal.


  • David Aceveda: Don't see any money in the log.
  • Vic Mackey: That's because there wasn't any.
  • David Aceveda: Major drug deal and no cash?
  • Vic Mackey: Nope. Just a million in powder, a killer and two drug collars. Sorry, slow night.
  • David Aceveda: I guess if that's what you put in the book, then that's what you found.


  • Vic Mackey: You lost the Navigator?
  • Shane Vendrell: Somebody stole it.
  • Vic Mackey: With the drugs inside?
  • Shane Vendrell: Yeah.
  • Vic Mackey: Where were you?
  • Shane Vendrell: At Amy's.
  • Vic Mackey: You stopped to get laid? What the hell were you thinking?
  • Shane Vendrell: I was thinking about getting laid.

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