The Shield: The Complete Fifth Season was released on DVD in North America on March 27, 2007.
Internal Affairs Lt. Jon Kavanaugh tries to bring down Vic Mackey and the Strike Team for the murder of Terry Crowley as well as other crimes. He does this mainly by attempting to force Lem to cooperate by using a possible jail sentence as leverage. The season also focuses on Vic and the Strike Team's efforts to end Kavanaugh's investigation and protect Lem.
Also, Julien deals with his new partner, rookie officer Tina Hanlon, while Danny Sofer's pregnancy forces her to work a desk job at the Barn. Also, Steve Billings is promoted to captain and his ineptitude hinders many efforts to stop crime. Finally, Wyms' illness takes center stage as it begins to affect her performance.
Season 5 begins about six months after the events of Season 4.
The season follows a few main plots and several subplots:
- Julien deals with new partner, Tina Hanlon.
- Danny's pregnancy forces her to work a desk job, while everyone at the Barn makes bets on who's the father.
- Wyms' illness begins to affect her performance as detective.
- Steve Billings' ineptitude as captain.
- Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey (11 episodes)
- Catherine Dent as Danny Sofer (11 episodes)
- Walton Goggins as Shane Vendrell (11 episodes)
- Michael Jace as Julien Lowe (11 episodes)
- Kenneth Johnson as Curtis Lemansky (11 episodes)
- Jay Karnes as Dutch Wagenbach (11 episodes)
- Benito Martinez as David Aceveda (11 episodes)
- and CCH Pounder as Claudette Wyms (11 episodes)
- Forest Whitaker as Jon Kavanaugh (11 episodes)
- David Rees Snell as Ronnie Gardocki (11 episodes)
- Cathy Cahlin Ryan as Corrine Mackey (11 episodes)
- Paula Garcés as Tina Hanlon (11 episodes)
- David Marciano as Steve Billings (11 episodes)
- Laura Harring as Rebecca Doyle (8 episodes)
- Onahoua Rodriguez as Emolia Melendez (6 episodes)
- Autumn Chiklis as Cassidy Mackey (5 episodes)
- Anthony Anderson as Antwon Mitchell (2 episodes)
- Nigel Gibbs as Assistant Chief Roy Phillips (2 episodes)
- Michele Hicks as Mara Sewell (1 episode)
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