Mackey attempts to broker a peace agreement between rival rappers whose feud is spilling into the streets. Danny is attacked after identifying a shooter, Julien helps a woman whose son's body has been stolen, and Dutch and Claudette search for a mission migrant worker. Meanwhile, Captain Aceveda finds a powerful ally in "Kingmaker" Jorge Machado.
- Michael Chiklis as Detective Vic Mackey
- Catherine Dent as Officer Danny Sofer
- Walton Goggins as Detective Shane Vendrell (credit only)
- Michael Jace as Officer Julien Lowe
- Kenneth Johnson as Curtis Lemansky
- Jay Karnes as Detective Dutch Wagenbach
- Benito Martinez as Captain David Aceveda
- and CCH Pounder as Detective Claudette Wyms
- Sticky Fingaz as Kern Little
- John Diehl as Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
- Walter Emanuel Jones as Rondell Robinson
- Mark Kiely as Detective Pete Shockley
- Dex Elliot Sanders as T-Bonz
- Marc McClure as Jamison
- Efrain Figueroa as Jorge Machado
- Cathy Cahlin Ryan as Corrine Mackey
- Camillia Sanes as Aurora Aceveda
- Chene Lawson as Tyesha
- Linda Medina as Ellie Ruiz
- Marlene Warfield as Dottie Cummings
- Roy Jones as Henry
- Christopher Perez as Eduardo Salcido
- Joel Rosenthal as Matthew Mackey
- Maurice Blake as Aaron
- Ralph Rangel as Sanchez
- German Leonne as Erubiel
- Brian Britt as Freddie
- Godofredo Henriquez as Drunken Migrant Worker
- Cecilia Johnson as Shake Girl
- Jessica Booker as Shake Girl
- Natalia Swader as Shake Girl
- Henry Yancey as Off Duty Officer
- "Hyots Aghunak" by Seda Garibyan
- "Beer" by Trailer Park Casanovas
- "The Flute Tune" by Push
- "Rebuttle" by Project 86
- "One By One" by Jason Darling
- "Ballad of Joliet" by Bernie Marsden
- International airdates:
- Germany: August 25, 2004
- France: July 4, 2007
- This is one of only three episodes of the show to not feature the character of Shane Vendrell. At the time, FX Network and Walton Goggins were still finalizing contract talks, so the writers wrote him out of three episodes in case FX decided not to sign him.
- Despite being the fourth episode of the show, this was the third episode filmed.
- Guest director Stephen Gyllenhaal and lead actor Michael Chiklis disagreed over how unsympathetically Vic Mackey should be played. Eventually, Chiklis' view won.
- Real-life rapper Sticky Fingaz plays fictional rapper Kern Little.
- Jay Karnes is fluent in Spanish, but it was Shawn Ryan's idea to make his character, Dutch Wagenbach, not fluent and have him "butcher" the Miranda rights while arresting Eduardo Salcido.
- Vic makes a reference to the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, celebrated in Kinshasha, Zaire in 1974.
- After receiving orders from Captain David Aceveda, Vic says "Knute Rockne he ain't" in reference to the popular football coach of Notre Dame during the early 20th Century.
- When Vic is trying to settle the differences between Kern Little and T-Bonz, they call him "Judge Judy" in reference to the TV judge that appears on CBS.
- Rondell Robinson is a fan of jazz. He owns a collection of Blue Note LPs, which was a popular jazz record label. He also tells Vic that he was listening to Miles Davis, a jazz trumpeter and composer.
- Vic Mackey: Dutch, how many times I got to tell you, you can't feel up the witnesses.
- Dutch Wagenbach: Took one in the ass. Bet it's not...
- Vic Mackey: ...it's not the first time. Good one.
- Jorge Machado: Don't think me overly generous, David. As you'll discover, I often have ulterior motives. You see, you're actually in a position to help me.
- Kern Little: I told everybody my first studio gonna be in Farmington. You can't record a hardcore hip-hop song working in Bel Air. You got to keep it in the 'hood, baby.
- David Aceveda: What would you think of a man who exposed corruption? Brought down dirty cops from inside the department?
- Jorge Machado: I'd think he was committing professional suicide.
- David Aceveda: But couldn't you sell him to the voters?
- Jorge Machado: Absolutely.