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01-12-2006, 01:25 AM
So, how did everybody like the first episode of the new series?
Anyone know if Catherine Dent/"Danni" is really pregnant? It seems like a rather unusual development if it's only from the imagination of the writer(s), unless it's Vic's kid, of course. PeteLeo.

01-12-2006, 10:36 AM
but I read that Laura Harring is a regular now, so count on me to be a regular viewer.

01-14-2006, 03:20 AM
Wasn't anybody watching?
It was -- I don't know . . . unexpected? -- to see Ronnie growing a set of balls by tracking down the guy who crowned him with the crucifix and then beating the piss out of him. With Shane and Vic at his side, of course.

I didn't see Laura. There was a young Latina rookie cop, but I don't think that was her. PeteLeo.

01-14-2006, 07:42 AM
missed the damn first episode. hopefully catch the repeat

01-18-2006, 06:15 PM
Forrest Whitaker is excellent.

01-19-2006, 03:47 AM
I'll bet he has something in his past that Vic will root out (notice his expression when Lemonhead asked what changed him from a cop into a guy who hunts cops). Not a good idea to get too close to Vic's ex that way, either. PeteLeo.

01-19-2006, 12:30 PM
to all that dough from the Armenian money train heist? Last I saw, one of the guys was shoveling greenbacks into a furnace.

01-20-2006, 04:17 AM
"Lemonhead" (Lemanski/Kenneth Johnson) was upset by the way that the money was changing his relationship with his "second family" (the Strike Team), inciting suspicions, fights, and paranoia among the members. Plus, the Albanians (or whoever the cash was stolen from) were still terrorizing the streets in efforts to locate it, and the Feds had marked a number of the bills previous to the robbery. Lemonhead fooled the others and shoveled most of the dough into that furnace you recall. I think he burned up something like ten million, leaving only about a hundred and a half ("only" $150,000, yeah) to be saved by the outraged Team members.

And now he's wearing a wire for the IAD. I'm a peaceable guy, never known to engage in any form of violence . . . but if I were one of the Strike members, I think Lemonhead's dependents would be eligible to collect his LAPD insurance benefits pretty damned soon. PeteLeo.

01-26-2006, 12:59 AM
By the way, Laura showed up for the first time on last night's episode. She's a savvy defense lawyer who put Vic in his place after he tried to use her for his own ends. He's obviously licking his lips over her already. PeteLeo.

02-06-2006, 10:55 AM
Whitaker and The Commish are impeccable.

My fiancee' hates the show with a passion (violence I guess) but commented, "Those guys are the best actors on TV"...

I added, "since Jimmy Garner in his prime".

02-10-2006, 05:26 AM
Just when you started to hate vic again for shooting a fellow cop, he turns around and saves a bunch of young girls held captive in a prostiute slave ring.
forrest whittaker is once again doing a great job. one of the best actors around.
dutch and his partner seem to be taking a back seat this season.
Only thing that bothers me is lemonhead keeps using the term"columbine money train" . If I were on the strike force, i would strike those words from my vocabulary.
I like the new captain, stays out of everyones way. what ever happened with the old captain and the "escort" he was blackmailing into sleeping exclusivly with him? The one he used to beat on.

02-15-2006, 01:57 AM
Whitaker "accidentally" revealing to Vic's ex about the affair with Danni . . . that was low even for the Rat Squad.

He's got something in his own past . . . and Vic will unearth it. PeteLeo.

02-16-2006, 12:54 PM
subtle nuances...the expressions, the mumbles, breathing, the trail-offs when he talks are amazing.

Vic's ex-wife spilling the beans about the money seemed unrealistic, maybe somewhere in her admission is the noose where Vic can hang Kavy.

Acevado has got to go.

02-22-2006, 04:16 AM
Is Claudette dead? No sign of her in the previews for next week.

I think Vic and the Team dig up something on Kavanaugh . . . or Aceveda has him killed to protect himself. PeteLeo.

02-28-2006, 09:06 AM
dutch is definitly taking a back seat this year. remember when he strangled the cat so he could look in its eyes as it died? His obsession with serial killers is largely forgotten this season.

02-28-2006, 02:17 PM
According to the guide, Kavanaugh's ex-wife shows up on tonight's episode. I think we've entered the closing act for Mr. K. PeteLeo.

03-02-2006, 04:28 AM
Claudette's not dead, just "recovering." As far as I know that was the only line that even mentioned her on last night's broadcast. I wonder if CCH Pounder is trying to get out of her contract or something?
I think Kavanaugh will go absolutely apeshit when Onomatopea (or whatever her name is) refuses to testify against Lemanski and do something that either results in his (Kavanaugh's) own death or completely destroys his credibility. Or maybe his crazy ex-wife will do him in with a murder/suicide.
This ain't going to be the season when they get Vic. PeteLeo.

03-22-2006, 03:17 AM
Was that the way to end a season or what?
When Shane didn't call Vic once he'd brought Lem to the new meeting spot, I had an inkling, and when he offered him the food, the dye was cast. I didn't expect the grenade, however (though I surely should have).
I wish the Mackie-Kavanaugh explosion had lasted longer and Vic had really kicked his ass (if the difference is sizes allowed it). I suppose Forest Whitaker will return for the next series of episodes (which are rumored to be the series windup), if only to be decapitated by Vic or fall into total dementia.
Having Lem live just a few seconds after the blast and look at Shane was gut-wrenching. I always thought Ronnie would be the first team member to take the long snooze, since he was treated as a periphreal character through most of the series (this was the first group of episodes in which Snell -- or whatever his name is -- even received an "also starring" credit).
Powerful TV. I see no way Mackie can get out of this thing alive, though I don't think Kavanaugh will be the guy to get him. PeteLeo.

03-22-2006, 10:50 AM
I stayed up (which I rarely do these days) and watched the whole finale...It was pretty clear that Lem was not walking away from his meeting with Shane once he had definitely vetoed the Mexico plan. But how dumb was it to use a grenade after the Strike Team just confiscated a cache of grenades earlier that evening? I mean, duh. It shouldn't take these geniuses more than a second to put two and two together, should it?

03-22-2006, 01:46 PM
Maybe not such a bad option. The importer of the grenades escaped capture and the Feds warned the Strike Team to be wary of his attempts at retribution. Lem was known to be a member of the Team, so having him blown up may well point the finger at the Columbian. Of course, Vic (and probably Ronnie) will figure out what really happened, but that will lay the groundwork for the final series' dramatic structure. I can see Mackie and Shane both going to their rewards before the show ends, and it may be that Ronnie, who I expected to get it in virtually every episode, will prove to be the only survivor of the group. He had nothing to do with killing Terry and seemed to be the most circumspect of the bunch, so maybe he won't even do any time.
Of course, this is all supposition, and I'm the guy who "supposed" that Tony Soprano would be wracked with guilt over putting a bullet through Tony B's eyeball at the start of this new season. Instead, Soprano seemed much more worried about his recent weight gain (and that hardly bugged him at all). PeteLeo.

03-25-2006, 12:07 PM
I screwed up taping the final episode... and was forced to piece together what happened in the final 30 minutes via the web.

Dutch is becoming more and more a worthwhile character...and Claudette is terrific.

And as much as I thought he sucked in the beginning, Shane's character is played very well. I am not too impressed with "Vulnerable Kavanaugh" and I am hoping that he has the same sort of leg work he is doing going on that Mackey's crew has. The show can only follow so much activity of course, but it would be fairly odd if Mackey and the gang are able to cover so much ground and have so many contingencies while the nutjob Kavvy whose sole focus IS the strike team is only doing what we see on camera in respect to his investigation.

It would be very cool if they get together in the end to take out Aceveda... who is dirtier than hell with no conscience trigger...or if Dutch stumbles into the bees-nest with Claudette in-tow.

Sweet Butter.....that was impressive....mentioned just that phrase (just "Sweet Butter") at a trade show and a woman I was working with looked me in the eye and burst out laughing. Could be a new pick-up line.

03-30-2006, 11:33 AM
Someone talk to me...the fiancee' hates the show. Too much swearing and violence. I guess she hasn't watched herself drink too much red wine.


04-15-2006, 12:44 AM
Great stuff!

Shane showed his true self-interested colors again when he fragged Curtis. Hoping Vic figures this out next season.

As for Kavanaugh, he's gotta go. He is a good and worthy adversary for Vic to be sure. Wish Vic had more time to kick his ass on the last episode...

Acvedo needs to get his just deserts too...Hoping the BJ pic cell phone resurfaces or that his co-conspirator in Long Polk drops a dime on him.