"Bottom Bitch" is the third episode of Season 3 and the 29th episode of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on March 23, 2004.
With the arrival of the Decoy Squad on top of him, Vic gets involved with a prostitute seeking protection. Meanwhile, Shane faces his first problems with Mara, only to find out a surprising news. Also, Dutch Wagenbach investigates a rapist that prefers older women, while Claudette starts showing up his force as supervisor of the Strike Team by defying Captain Aceveda.
- Michael Chiklis as Detective Vic Mackey
- Catherine Dent as Officer Danny Sofer
- Walton Goggins as Detective Shane Vendrell
- Michael Jace as Officer Julien Lowe
- Kenneth Johnson as Detective Curtis Lemansky
- Jay Karnes as Detective Dutch Wagenbach
- Benito Martinez as Captain David Aceveda
- and CCH Pounder as Detective Claudette Wyms
- Brian White as Detective Tavon Garris
- Cathy Cahlin Ryan as Corrine Mackey
- David Rees Snell as Detective Ronnie Gardocki
- Efrain Figueroa as Jorge Machado
- Nicki Micheaux as Detective Trish George
- Mageina Tovah as Farrah
- Gareth Williams as Detective Walon Burke
- Brent Sexton as Paul Fets
- Jeannette Miller as Isabel Nelson (as "Rape Victim")
- and Michele Hicks as Mara Sewell
- Matt Gerald as Officer Tommy Hisk
- Aisha Hinds as Detective Annie Price
- Rudy Moreno as Javier Sanchez
- Heather McPhaul as Wanda Ledda
- Melanie Myers as Officer Paula
- Faruq Tauheed as Smooth
- Julanne Chidi Hill as Cocoa
- Marilyn Sanabria as Layla
- Autumn Chiklis as Cassidy Mackey
- Teres Byrne as Rachel Carlino
- Larry Cedar as Stan Carlino
- Kenneth Colom as Officer Lucas
- Christine Lusita as Caliente
The title refers to the main prostitute working for a certain pimp. In the episode, Cocoa is introduced as Smooth's "bottom bitch". As Vic tries to force Farrah into helping him to capture Smooth, he tells her "Smooth's my bitch, which makes you my bottom bitch!". At the end of the episode, Farrah has become the "bottom bitch" for a new pimp called Nasty.
- International airdates:
- Germany: November 4, 2006
- France: September 25, 2007
- Curtis Lemansky is seen arriving at the Barn in a motorcycle. This is the second time we see him driving one, the first one being the Season 1 episode "Throwaway".
- Vic Mackey mentions the new series of $20 bills to Lem. In reality, in October 2003, the U.S. Treasury released a new series of $20 bills. It has been implied in the show that this season takes place in early 2004.