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Shane compiles a report on all of Vic's sinister deeds over the years and gets in good with the head of the local Armenian mafia all in an effort to cover himself in the event Vic comes after him or his family. But his wife might blow his best laid plans. Meanwhile, Claudette discovers the reasons for Vic and Shane's sudden interest in a widowed woman; the Strike Team investigates a shooting that appears to be retaliation for the San Marcos murders and discovers along the way the bureaucrat who lost his arm is actually still alive and in control of sizable amounts of cash. Rather than follow the diplomatic immunity he's been given, Claudette hopes to use him to help ID some of the people involved. She also relents and negotiates with criminals to find the shooters for these most recent murders since she's quickly discovering that The Barn is about to be shut down.
Vic and Aceveda form an uneasy alliance to stop a lynchpin for an international mob. Vic also wants Aceveda's help in getting through his performance hearing, which could be the end of his career. Meanwhile, Shane upsets the Armenian mob so much so that a hit is put out on every member involved in the train robbery including their families. He manages to get his family into hiding, but in order to protect Vic's family, he has to kidnap them; Dutch and Danny commiserate in the aftermath of catching Tina and Hyatt in bed together; Hyatt tries to stop a gang initiation, but causes more trouble than he prevents, forcing Claudette to bounce him from The Barn; and, Vic is reunited with his family just before his review board. He leaves in the middle of his meeting and follows the informant from the San Marcos murders, where he discovers that the man has in his trunk boxes of photos and paperwork all intended to be used as blackmail against top officials in the entire state of California. Vic takes the files and drives off into the night.
Back to One
Vic traps Guardo and tortures him over Lem's death. Meanwhile, Ronnie takes the lead in an undercover case involving meth dealers; Dutch misreads Tina's words and thinks she wants him; Claudette reveals to Vic that he's going to step down in one month's time, and that he needs to begin training his replacement; and, when Guardo lies during his "interrogation" Vic puts a bullet in his brain.
On the Jones
Vic sets out to revenge Lem's death, even though Kavanaugh knows exactly what he's up to; Shane's increasingly bizarre and violent behavior has Vic and Ronnie concerned; Dutch and Billings find the San Marcos mass murder; Julien and Tina's relationship takes a turn for the worse during a robbery investigation at a porn shop.
Vic and Ronnie get a tip concerning one of the thugs involved in the San Marcos murders and track him down. Vic makes a deal with the guy to leave him be once he can finger the others responsible. Once he and Ronnie track those guys down, they turn them over to a rival gang for the slaughter, then renig on their deal with the thug and offer him up to Claudette, in the hope that closing the San Marcos murders will save Vic's job. Meanwhile, Shane spills the details of the train heist to Diro, causing her to seek revenge against the Strike Team; Dutch and Billings spar; Tina and Hiatt sleep together; and, Vic receives a damning photo to use as leverage against Aceveda.
Baptism by Fire
Vic kidnaps Guardo's girlfriend in order to get a face-to-face meeting with the crime boss. Meanwhile, the San Marcos murder is dumped on the Barn's lap, and the sudden percentage increase in homicide numbers for the precinct puts Claudette under a political microscope; Danny is offered a promotion to sergeant. And, Kavanaugh is all ready to set up Vic for Lem's murder when Corrine appears and files attempted rape charges against him. Rather than fight the trouble, Kavanaugh confesses to planting evidence and running a dirty investigation against Vic and gets thrown in jail for his troubles.
Vic and the team track down the man who killed the daughter of a city councilman. They need to tread lightly, though, as learning about the daughter's proclivities would shatter their perfect image of her and put the entire Barn at risk. Vic finds the killer and gets him to confess in such a way as to actually earn a favor from the councilman. Meanwhile, Tina Hanlon comes back to the barn and hits it off with the new team member, Kevin, much to Dutch's chagrin; Cassidy learns more about her father; and, Vic confronts Antwon Mitchell and questions him about Lem's death. When Antwon convinces him that he wasn't involved in his death, Vic sets his sights on his last resort: Shane. The two men verbally spar and Vic proclaims that Shane is forever dead to him.
New Barn member Kevin tracks down an undercover federal agent who sheds light on the San Marcos murders: it seems the Mexicans and the Salvadorians got into a major battle. This same agent is able to confirm for Vic that Guardo wasn't in the U.S. at the time of Lem's murder, leaving Vic to grapple with the fall-out of murdering him. Meanwhile, Dutch discovers that a social worker is responsible for the serial rapes and that the man was driven to his horrific acts after his own daughter went missing; and, Shane confesses to Mara that he killed Lem after she discovers he's been cheating on her with an underage girl.
The New Guy
Claudette wants Vic to train his eventual replacement or risk losing his job immediately. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette are confronted with an unsolved case from their past wherein a rapist carves the words "Go Home" into the stomachs of his victims, all young runaways; and, Acevada looks to further his political career.
The Math of the Wrath
Shane tries to head off the Armenian mob's reaction to his murder of an Iraqi gas station owner by meeting with their leader. Instead, he gets the mob boss's daughter, who may not be as in the dark about mob dealings as she initially seemed to be. Meanwhile, Acevedo receives backing for a mayoral run, but needs to make sure the San Marcos murders are solved first; Claudette lashes out at Hiatt after a ploy involving an informant goes awry; Corrine and Tina look into a counterfeit purse operation; and, Ronnie confronts Vic over Terry Crowley's murder and gets some answers.
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