One of the strippers at a local club is leading customers into a back alley for sex so that her partner can mug them. While Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the Strike Team work an unconventional sting operation, Julien (Michael Jace) and Danny (Catherine Dent) catch a guy, Sean Taylor (Michael Kelly), pleasuring himself in a nearby alley, and let him off with a warning. But when Dutch (Jay Karnes) hears about it, he insists on tracking down Taylor, who he instinctively believes may be his mythical serial killer. Connie (Jamie Brown) calls Mackey in a panic when her mother dies suddenly of a stroke, leaving her to take care of her infant son on her own. Mackey takes the boy home (much to Corrine's (Cathy Cahlin Ryan) chagrin) and leaves someone to look after Connie while she tries to kick heroin. The Strike Team nails Tulips (Nichole Hiltz), a nubile stripper, after she leads Shane (Walton Goggins) into the alley to be mugged. Shane, sensing a rapport between them, does everything he can to get Tulips a good deal, even after all the other girls at the club back her partner's story about Tulips being the mastermind behind the muggings. Tereza Verela (Sandra Purpuro), a reporter, stirs things up at the station by trying to dig up dirt on Aceveda (Benito Martinez). Danny is bitten by a transvestite hooker, necessitating a trip to the hospital, while Julien contemplates payback. Dutch interrogates Taylor, who takes the opportunity to psychoanalyze and humiliate the sensitive cop.
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