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Back in the Hole 

As Vic decides to tell Monica the truth about Shane, Dutch and Claudette suspect an alleged serial killer of murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Mackey
Monica Rawling
Danni Sofer
Julien Lowe
Curtis Lemansky
Holland Wagenbach
David Aceveda
Claudette Wyms
Corrine Mackey
Ronnie Gardocki
Armando Renta
Aurora Aceveda (as Camillia Sanes)
Sara Frazier
Gino (as Jose Zuniga)


As Vic decides to tell Monica the truth about Shane, Dutch and Claudette suspect an alleged serial killer of murder.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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24 May 2005 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Shane Vendrell: Here you got it all, don't ya'? You got money. You got power. RESPECT!
Antwon Mitchell: The hillbilly's been listenin' to my speeches.
Shane Vendrell: It's too bad about your son, though. Tell you what, if my boy turned out to be a fag, I don't know what I would do.
Shane Vendrell: They say you're born that way. You doin' his mother out the ass when you knocked her up?
Antwon Mitchell: One time, doin' time, for a long time.
Shane Vendrell: That poor little kid. He's gonna be found face down, in the shower, with a back full of shiv and an ass full of cum. Word hits ...
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


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Written and Performed by Vivian Romero, Ness Bautista, and Rodney Alejandro
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User score of 5.4?! Madness. Amazing episode
16 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This could be the best episode in the entire show, definitely the most tense and with the highest stakes. Plot lines and character arcs collided, there was plenty of catharsis, it was fantastic. It is truly bizarre that it has such a low score, especially on a site whose users generally overrate everything, although that's more of a new thing, not back when The Shield was on. The dawn of the fan boys had not yet come. At least it has a 9.4 on and the user reviews there share my positivity. Season 4 has been good so far, but with Back in the Hole, it stepped up a notch or three and elevated the entire season. Seeing the Captain push Antwon's buttons, Shane too, it was glorious. I've never enjoyed an interrogation of a suspect on this show more than in this particular episode. I never review episodes but I had to here, what the hell guys!?!?

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