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"Carte Blanche"
2x04 Vic Eznik-2

January 28, 2003
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"Carte Blanche" is the fourth episode of Season 2 of The Shield and the 17th episode of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on January 28, 2003.

Vic sets out to overthrow the Armenian Mafia in Farmington, with the reluctant help of Captain Aceveda. Meanwhile, Danny's career is threatened by Yassirah Al Thani's lawsuit. Finally, Claudette revisits an old case while Dutch intervenes amidst his frustration with the Marcy Lindhoff case.




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The term "carte blanche" means to give someone unrestricted power to act at his/her own discretion. This might refer to Captain David Aceveda giving Detective Vic Mackey the authority to operate within boundaries of the law on his effort to bring down Alex Eznik as leader of the Armenian Mafia.


  • International airdates:
    • Germany: February 25, 2006
    • France: August 22, 2007
  • This is the only episode of Season 2 that Curtis Lemansky did not appear. Despite this, Kenneth Johnson was credited.
  • The stolen police badge that Hrach uses is the one that Nasso stole from Shane Vendrell in the episode "The Quick Fix".
  • The episode was broadcast two days after the Super Bowl XXXVII where the Oakland Raiders lost 48-21 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dutch acknowledges this when he mentions to Claudette Wyms that he lost "$100 bucks on the goddamn Raiders."
  • This is the first mention in the show of the Armenian Money Train.


  • Lanie Kellis: You thought of that while you were on a morphine drip?
  • Vic Mackey: Well, stolen guns put me there. I had three weeks to figure out how to get them off the street.

  • Tike: I'd like to see a warrant.
  • Vic Mackey: I'd like to see Anna Kournikova naked on a waterbed.

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