The Shield: The Complete Third Season was released on DVD in North America on February 22, 2005.
The Strike Team deals with the aftermath of the Money Train Heist which has ignited a manhunt led by the Armenian Mob. As they try to tie their loose ends, they have to deal with the supervision of Claudette Wyms, as Captain David Aceveda prepares for the City Council elections.
Also, Dutch Wagenbach and Wyms deal with the murder of a defense attorney, who happened to be a heavy drug user. This prompts Wyms to explore further, which causes the re-opening of all the closed cases dealt by the attorney, putting her and Wagenbach on the "black list" with the current D.A.
Season 3 begins about four months after the events of Season 2.
The season follows a few main plots and several subplots:
- The Armenian Mob search for those responsible of the Money Train heist.
- The Strike Team discovers that the bills taken at the heist are marked and they attempt to get rid of them.
- Lem deals with the guilt of what they did.
- Dutch and Claudette are marginalized by the D.A. after a feud with Wyms.
- Claudette is assigned the supervision of the Strike Team.
- The Decoy Squad threatens the mainstay of the Strike Team.
- Julien deals with the aftermath of his attack.
- Dani is brought back to the Barn by Aceveda.
- Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey (15 episodes)
- Catherine Dent as Danny Sofer (15 episodes)
- Walton Goggins as Shane Vendrell (15 episodes)
- Michael Jace as Julien Lowe (15 episodes)
- Kenneth Johnson as Curtis Lemansky (15 episodes)
- Jay Karnes as Dutch Wagenbach (15 episodes)
- Benito Martinez as David Aceveda (15 episodes)
- and CCH Pounder as Claudette Wyms (15 episodes)
- David Rees Snell as Ronnie Gardocki (15 episodes)
- Cathy Cahlin Ryan as Corrine Mackey (14 episodes)
- Michele Hicks as Mara Sewell (11 episodes)
- Gareth Williams as Walon Burke (7 episodes)
- Nicki Micheaux as Trish George (7 episodes)
- Matt Gerald as Tommy Hisk (7 episodes)
- Brian White as Tavon Garris (6 episodes)
- Frankie Rodriguez as Diagur Leyva (5 episodes)
- Kurt Caceres as Juan Lozano (4 episodes)
- Nigel Gibbs as Assistant Chief Roy Phillips (2 episodes)
- Sticky Fingaz as Kern Little (2 episodes)
- Kurt Sutter as Margos Dezerian (2 episodes)
|Picture||Title||#||Prod. code||Original airdate|
|"Playing Tight"||27||301||March 9, 2004|
|The Strike team's attempt to play by the book comes to an abrupt end when they discover that two gangs, the Byz Latz and the One-Niners, are attempting to alter the balance of power by acquiring MP5 submachineguns. Claudette and Dutch investigate the murders and feet amputations of four Armenian men by Armenian mobsters searching for the stolen cash from the money train. Meanwhile Danny, who is doing temp work at a high school while waiting for an appeal, discovers that she might be able to get her old job back.|
|"Blood and Water"||28||302||March 16, 2004|
|Tension within the group begins to mount as the Strike Team attempt to rectify a mistake Vic made, when he decided to use some of the cash from the stolen money train during a botched gun-running sting. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette seek the help of a college honor student named Esteban, the only survivor in the murder of two latino gang members, one of them his close friend.|
|"Bottom Bitch"||29||303||March 23, 2004|
|A prostitute seeks the help of the police in her quest to bring down her pimp. Claudette assigns Vic to the case against his wishes, which puts him on the verge of going over the edge. Dutch uncovers a disturbing trend of rapes, and a politician is arrested for solicitation.|
|"Streaks and Tips"||30||304||March 30, 2004|
|The newly arrived Decoy Squad and the Strike Team go head to head in the investigation to solve a car-jacking case. Dutch gets in over his head on an attempted murder case.|
|"Mum"||31||305||April 6, 2004|
|Vic struggles with Claudette's new supervision of the Strike Team. Marked bills lead Aceveda and a federal agent closer to the truth about the Armenian money-train heist, in an episode with a recurring motif of people not reporting crimes against them.|
|"Posse Up"||32||306||April 13, 2004|
|When the ex-wife and child of Julien's former partner Tommy, are murdered, Tommy becomes a suspect, prompting Julien to team up with Mackey to conduct their own investigation. Elsewhere, Shane goes undercover to catch a group attacking gay prostitutes, and Claudette and Dutch investigate a rape case against Aceveda's orders.|
|"Safe"||33||307||April 20, 2004|
|Vic and the Strike Team decide to take risky measures to protect themselves from being linked to the Money Train heist. Unfortunately, their plan is interrupted when one of Vic's open cases is suddenly linked to a Narco Corrido song.|
|"Cracking Ice"||34||308||April 27, 2004|
|An oversight puts Waylon and Trish in serious danger during an undercover job and Claudette is to blame. Meanwhile, Tommy makes a drastic decision when he realizes nobody in the Barn can help him get back on the job.|
|"Slipknot"||35||309||May 4, 2004|
|When two high-profile murders are linked to each other, Aceveda orders Wyms to get the entire Barn involved before gang and racial violence breaks out. Mackey uses the case to leverage himself and the Strike Team back into the streets of Farmington.|
|"What Power Is..."||36||310||May 11, 2004|
|Aceveda finds himself in a near-fatal confrontation, and enlists Vic to help him take down the suspects in order to help service his own personal agenda. Meanwhile, after losing her position of power, Claudette rejoins Dutch on the search for the Cuddler Rapist as they get a stunning break in the case.|
|"Strays"||37||311||May 18, 2004|
|During a routine bust on bangers, Vic and the Team discover a money laundering ring that reaches far and wide in the crime community. Meanwhile, Dutch takes the chilling confession of the man who was arrested in the serial-rape case, and Danny goes undercover.|
|"Riceburner"||38||312||May 25, 2004|
|When Aceveda assigns the Strike Team to serve a high-risk warrant against a mob killer to service his political agenda, they find themselves embroiled in a hostile struggle with the Korean community. Now the Team must find out how to put an end to the situation before they end up casualties of a racial feud. Meanwhile, one of Vic's informants works with Danny on finding stolen chairs, while having eyes for her.|
|"Fire in the Hole"||39||313||June 1, 2004|
|When a mole in the Treasury Department is discovered and the framed suspect in the Armenian money train robbery turns up missing, the Strike team race to find the suspect before their cover is blown. Meanwhile, Claudette attempts to make amends with the Decoy Squad by going undercover to help them on a case.|
|"All In"||40||314||June 8, 2004|
|With an Armenian hit-man hot on their trail, the Strike team sweeps the streets of the Armenian community to find him before he finds them. After catching a break, Aceveda's suspicions grow about the Strike Team's involvement with the Money Train robbery. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette investigate a case that could repeal hundreds of convictions, which leaves Claudette having to choose between her conscience and her career.|
|"On Tilt"||41||315||June 15, 2004|
|When Aceveda confirms that the Strike Team is the target of an Armenian mob hit, Mackey must take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Wyms' career is on the line when she disobeys Aceveda's orders to put a case to rest that may prove the innocence of convicted felons.|