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“Just a gangster, I suppose.” -Avon

Season 3: Episode 5: “I had such fu#kin’ hopes for us” -McNulty

Bubbs’s friend doesn’t understand why Bubbs is helping Kima and Jimmy for money. Bubbs is going along with his plan to get money from the white guy on the ladder. His buddy gets the money and then Bubbs isn’t in the alley when he goes to meet him. Bubbs has a plan to make more money by selling shirts.

Dennis is the guy who got out of jail. He lives with his mom or grandma and she asks him if he is working anymore and he said he is working the door of a club at night. Apparently he missed his appointment with the lady or was about to when she woke him up. He didn’t miss it because he left the drug boys to go meet her. Just kidding he is meeting with a Father. She called for him. He doesn’t want to do it. “This ain’t how I thought it was gon play” –Dennis. He wasn’t going to do the drugs because he is on parole but then they said that it wouldn’t show on a pee test because they had done it before. He had to buy clean pee from an old guy. He seemed to be having an internal struggle with why he did the drugs. Dennis hit a girl in the face, that surprised me. They’re beating a dude up and Dennis told them not to finish him off or he wouldn’t be able to make right on what he owes but they didn’t listen.

McNulty is still tailing String. He has a hard hat on. What the heck McNulty you can’t just walk into String’s store! String is in real estate now. Stringer is “the bank” his money finances the operations of the drugs but there is no way they can do anything about him. String is running a board meeting and Prop Joe and I assume some other higher ups are there. They are voting on going together to get a good deal on New York package. String said if anyone has problems with anyone else to take it to the group not the streets. Someone was keeping minutes and Stringer ripped up his notes. String meets someone on the street and goes into the building. Oh, String meets up with Marlo. String tells him about the deal with Prop Joe and asks him if his Mercedes is in someone else’s name. String is offering him a spot to “wash” the dirty money.

Carver has a “better” plan to clear the corners than moving them to the deserted area of the city. Carver’s higher up wants a list of names of the people on the corner but Carver said he doesn’t have it because they’re just bustin’ heads. No one is doing high end drug stuff anymore because Rawls is too worried about the street level drugs. He ends up going to Freamon and McNulty’s crew. Com Stat knew McNulty. He is going to round up the mid-level drug dealers. He brings it back to his people and wants him to round them up. Herc is about to get himself shot, he and Carver are way out-numbered and Carver saved his butt. Com Stat told them if they don’t move they’ll be arrested and not just for loitering. I think he might have convinced them. Bodie goes to String about it. Some of the people went there and there is no one there to buy. They’re going to have to help them out with buyers. All of the drug fiends are so confused about why they brought them into a drug market basically. It is working out.

Another witness gets killed in a high profile case and Tommy is up on his soap box. He goes to the Mayor with it and plays innocent. “If he farts around on this, I’m going after him big time.” –Tommy. Then at a board meeting Tommy is playing the good guy and the guy next to him gets on Burrell about the killing of the witness. Tommy told him to lay off and he is not happy with him.

Rawls and Burrell cracking skulls again. The guy charged with reducing auto theft says they mostly happen at night and his people are working during the day. He said he would change his hours to reflect the data that most of them happen at night.

Bunk is getting somewhere with the Omar deal but then Jay shows up wondering why he isn’t on the gun case. Omar is having issues with his crew. The guy is mad because he doesn’t get to carry a gun and she said you shouldn’t get to or her head is going to get blown off. Bunk is talking to people in jail and he is getting nowhere. It sounded good at first but the more you listened to those people the less it would actually make sense.

Avon is out of jail. He throws the clothes out the window that he was wearing when he got out of jail. They throw a party for Avon because he is out of jail and Bri is there and so is Prop Joe. Avon sees String talking to all of the heads of the drug rings and doesn’t seem to like it. Avon is talking to the State Senators and his lawyer at the party. String sets Avon up with a room and a Navigator. The room is in Avon’s name.

McNulty is flirting with someone else and Alayna doesn’t like it. She was crazy and she is crazy when they wake up too. He doesn’t like that.


Episode 6: “Just a gangster, I suppose” -Avon Barksdale

The com stat tells his men to do whatever it takes to get everyone off the corners and into the free zones. He says he will back them up as long as the victims can get up and walk out of the emergency room. One of the people they are moving says, “Fu#k y’all we in America!” and Santangelo says “Uh uh, West Baltimore.” The police are getting crazy to get them all to move. Santangelo and the black guy drop some of them off in the middle of the woods and make them find their way back to the city. I like how they show how much better everyone is doing with all of the drug dealers off of the corners and juxtapose that with “Hamsterdam” and the chaos going on there. The poor old lady is still living in the old apartment. He tries to get her to move but she doesn’t want to move. Bunny goes to his commander and gets him to sign a paper allowing them to move the old lady and after he signs it he said “If Rawls gets wind of this, you forged my signature.”

Stringer isn’t only the bank, he is involved in the face to face drug stuff and Kima and McNulty think they have to get him in the drugs now or they won’t get him in the future. Daniels doesn’t care whether or not they get him because his people are no longer killing people left and right. I guess this is consistent with what Rawls is talking all of them in the meetings that they have. Kima and McNulty go back to Daniels. He tells them to mind the chain of command and listen to what he says. Kima tells McNulty that Daniels just cares about them listening to him right now. Kima tells McNulty to talk to Bunny to ask Daniels for help. Bunny seems to agree to do it. Daniels gets called into a meeting with Rawls, Bunny, and Burrell and I think he might know why they called him in. I don’t know if he knows that McNulty is behind it or not yet.

Jay is just sitting there reading a porn magazine with his door open and doesn’t bother to close it when Bunk walks in. If that isn’t messed up then I don’t know what is. Then he just sits there reading it while Bunk is explaining what his papers are. Bunk is using it to get the higher ups out of Jay’s hair and therefore getting Jay out of his hair. He wants to work his murders (Omar’s people). Bunk goes and talks to Tasha’s family and tells them to get the word to Omar and his people—she flicks his card like he isn’t going to do that. They talked to the other girl. She acts like she wants to talk to them but Omar wants to protect his boy. Omar gives himself up to Bunk? Bunk tells Omar he has an eye witness and Omar didn’t believe him. Woo Bunk gets angry. He told Omar how the kids were glorifying him.

Avon doesn’t seem happy with anything that Stringer is doing. He doesn’t like the building stuff, he is not happy that Marlo has all the prime real estate. I think Stringer might kill him off here soon. It seems super awkward between Avon and String. Avon said we don’t buy corners, we take corners—String said you buy them one way or another, whether it is with money or bodies. Stringer wants to get into the distributing game and Avon doesn’t seem to be into it. String thinks he can talk some sense into Marlo. Avon just wants his corners. String just goes down to Hamsterdam to talk to Bodie—String finally decides to put some people there, but just young guys with a small package in case it is a trap. Avon is getting his muscle to put a hurtin’ on Marlo because he wants his corners. Avon and String aren’t communicating because things are awkward and they have two different ways of thinking now. They are planning on shooting all of Marlo’s people. They have a serious game plan ready except two of the younger ones don’t want to go along with the plan; they are going to mess it up. And they did. They all got shot except maybe the one with the shotgun. Rawls is on Bunny about the shootout. Fighting between Avon and String. Avon wants to go kill Marlo himself. Man Avon is waving that dang gun around like it’s no one’s business. String and Avon have completely different views. String tried to tell Avon about Hamsterdam but he wasn’t listening at all. String is talking to someone (Clayton Davis) about the permits that he needs for his building and how much it’ll cost—25k, 20k for permits, 5k for running. Dennis goes and shoots the young boy with the guy who stole his drugs and didn’t give him money for them. Had a chance to shoot the older guy who actually did it but let him get away. That probably wasn’t a good idea because now he has seen him. Couldn’t squeeze the trigger because it wasn’t in him he said. “It ain’t in me no mo’” –Dennis. He doesn’t want to be in the game anymore. Avon is going to kill him off. He doesn’t know what he is going to do but it can’t be drugs. Avon said they’re straight but I don’t think they are.

Bubbs saw all of what happened with Barksdale’s people and Marlo’s people and tells Kima and Kima is confused because String met with Marlo to figure it all out. She doesn’t know that Avon sent them in, not Stringer.

McNulty takes the pictures of D to someone and is talking about how if there is some suspect or a reason to believe that it was a homicide; the cause of death can be changed from suicide to homicide. The lady doesn’t want to talk about it because her county doesn’t need another murder. McNulty likes the girl from his kids’ school thing.

The guy in the wheelchair wants Marla on the council to keep everyone honest. Not letting things slide. Marla was happy with how Cedric acted at her little get together thingy. Marla seems to want to work things out and Cedric says no. He doesn’t know what he thinks about their relationship—probably because he is getting some on the side from Rhonda. Cedric tells Rhonda that he is playing the proud husband for Marla to run. “I’m going to do what I can to make sure she gets what she wants this time around. Nothing more than that.” –Daniels—I think he’ll go back to her eventually and then he’ll have to tell her about Rhonda and she’ll leave him again.

The black guy seems to be playing Tommy—he tells him that he wants to run for Mayor. Tommy gets so mad but (for now) he is controlling his anger. It wouldn’t surprise me if he went off on them. Tommy is still trying to get that girl to run his campaign for him. Gosh he is a cocky a$$ I don’t like him at all.

D’s girl asked Bri if she could get with String and Bri said she was okay with that. She tells Bri that McNulty came by and told her that D might not have been a suicide.

Mayor tells Burrell that if he doesn’t keep murders under 300 for the year he will get fired.


Episode 7: “Conscience do cost” -Butchie

Avon is out checking the corners and Herc saw him. Avon tells his guy to take the corners when the police leave. Herc is mad he is out already. McNulty and Kima didn’t believe that Herc had seen Avon. They all think he is still in jail. They tell Daniels and Freamon and Prez. Woo Kima is really mad she picked up the file and chucked it across the room.

Daniels’s group is doing Stringer and Marlo. Everyone is arguing about which case they should be working. Even Freamon is kind of on the Stringer and Marlo side because they’re the ones dropping bodies right now. McNulty may have Avon’s room that was rented. McNulty tries (and fails) to convince Daniels that he is not a piece of $hit. Daniels tells McNulty he is done in that unit when they arrest Stringer. McNulty said there is an easier way to get a disposed phone and said he is going to hit the bar, Kima and the other guy didn’t follow until he said I’m buying. I think McNulty is going to try to get the young black guy to give Bodie a new phone and get his old one.

Dennis is working hard with the landscaping company. The boss man asked him if he walked back through the drug doors. Dennis goes to talk to the Father again. Says he is tired of not being able to stop himself from doing bad things.

Tommy is steady trying to screw Burrell over. Tommy doesn’t think he is self-righteous. He is running and that girl is going to be running his campaign. His wife doesn’t seem the least bit happy about it. Mayor doesn’t want to go along with his witness protection plan.

String is mad that D’s girl told Bri about McNulty coming to tell her that D may not have been a suicide. He plays like he is mad because he doesn’t want her upset but really he doesn’t want anyone to find out that he set D up to get killed. Woo, we haven’t seen that side of Stringer. String is going to go call the lawyer and tell him to tell Bri that she doesn’t have a shot at proving that D was a homicide not a suicide. Lawyer tells him that she is going to go down there and hear them out. Sounds to me like the lawyer knows that String had D killed.

Someone is talking on a cell phone in Avon’s office. Love the angle and how they are focused on it. It is like foreshadowing that the police are going to get that phone and be able to track it.

Love how they played the scene with Bubbs. Really shows the chaos in Hamsterdam. He seems to be getting overwhelmed by everything that is going on. They also really played up the chaos with all of the background noise. When he sees Johnny he tries to get him to stop using for a while. Bubbs realizes that he doesn’t want to be that way again, I think. Carver tells one of the drug dealers that he and everyone else selling has to kick in $100 a week. Used some to pay himself for the basketball hoop and the rest he said to pay the runners with. Herc goes “what are you a fu$king communist?” Then they respond to a call (which I assume is Kima, McNulty, and the other guy. They don’t know what Hamsterdam is so they didn’t know that they couldn’t arrest them for drugs. They don’t really understand how Hamsterdam works but he asked them not to say anything back downtown.

Kima finally admits that she didn’t want the baby, she just didn’t want to disappoint her partner. She tells Kima that she needs to go. Kima knows she is gone for good.

Omar goes to Butchie about his talk with Bunk. Dog barking while Omar is there talking with him. Butchie calls Bunk. He gave him the gun but didn’t tell him that Omar gave it to him to give to Bunk. It was the service weapon that Bunk had been chasing.

Bunk goes and cuts that poor guy’s tie off because he fell asleep on the job. Apparently that is a rule at the office because the guy didn’t get nearly as mad as I thought he would.

McNulty gets Bodie’s phone and Freamon and Prez are going to have a field day with it. Bodie’s phone links with 15 different phones, none with subscriber information. Not everyone was so excited about speed dial as Prez was hahaha. They need more phones.

McNulty is gunna get it in with that girl from his kids’ school. He did and showed up late to the office.

Marlo is going to keep wholesaling. His guys think Avon is going to see him as weak. Drive by shootings on a motorcucle. Poot didn’t actually get shot, just played dead but the other guy actually did get shot.

I’m a Patient Mother F@#$%^

This is going to be a combination post: talking about Season 2, Episode 9 of The Wire and explaining my first visual assignment for the week.

First, a discussion on Episode 9:

Honestly, when I was watching the opening scene I thought it was funny how they were all just throwing up their guns and pulling the trigger because obviously you aren’t going to hit what you want to hit that way–it usually helps if you aim. And when you aim, innocent people don’t generally get shot. He wasn’t even on the ground floor, he was upstairs and got hit by a stray bullet. The mom tries to go about the day as usual, like a gun fight on the street happens all the time. But she can’t because her poor little boy is dead. I did think it was an interesting fade from the mom screaming into the opening song.

The cops know that the dock guys are onto them because they changed the way they were doing business at the warehouse (answering the phone differently) and the fact that Sobotka hasn’t used his cell phone since they intercepted the truck. Freamon doesn’t think the dock guys know for sure that they are onto them and that if they wait it out, they will go back to their old ways–it turns out that he is right. And I love the quote from Daniels: “Well I, for one, am a patient mother f@#$%^.”

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

Stringer and Bodie are talking after the shoot-out and Bodie reiterates to Stringer that no one wants to buy their drugs anymore because they are weak. Stringer is more worried about the cops finding out it was their gang that was part of the shooting so they have to shut down the drug operation until the investigation passes. Stringer tells Bodie to get rid of the guns in the harbor so he cleans them for fingerprints and dumps them…right onto a passing boat. So the cops end up getting them and Bodie is brought in for questioning and he knows he messed up when he looked at the bag. Stringer is not happy with them when he finds out that they didn’t confiscate the bag.

The Greek gave Nicky the number to a drug dealer, White Mike. The Greek said because Nicky is with him now, White Mike will treat him well. White Mike calls Sergei to make sure that it is on him that he is giving Nicky only four, instead of his usual minimum of 5.

When the police came storming into the high rises, the people didn’t really care. But more interestingly, there was a shot of a kid  looking out a window, as the kid that got shot was doing. I think they were kind of showing that it could happen to anyone.

String is taking Proposition Joe up on his offer for drugs in exchange for selling at some of the places that belong to Avon/String. He knows that Avon isn’t going to like his decision. Later in the episode String has the drugs tested to make sure they’re good and they are so he follows through with the deal even though he hasn’t talked to Avon yet. He gets D’s mom (Avon’s sister) to try to talk him into the idea of doing the deal with Prop Joe but he still doesn’t want to do it. And Avon is bringing in muscle from New York for back up. When Avon was talking to Bri to ask her to talk to Avon about the deal, D comes up. Avon says, “I know he didn’t see it comin’, ain’t none of us seen it comin’.” This is ironic because Stringer is the one who had D killed. But D’s mom said she saw it coming so that is why Stringer got away with it, because people believed that D would actually kill himself.

Ziggy says he is done with drugs because he has grown out of it. But he has another “business” idea to make him money fast. He is going to steal the nice cars from the docks and sell them to the guy that they sold the cameras to. I guess the guy agreed to do business with them because Ziggy and the guy with the beard who helped them before were devising a plan on how to get the cars out–had to plan it so it didn’t look like an inside job.

The whole deal with McNulty and the sex hotline thing was funny to me. First he struck out because they thought he was a cop. But then Freamon gave him the idea that the farther away you are from, the less they will suspect that you are a cop so he used a fake accent. I thought it was funny that he had to carry a “murse.” They arrested everyone and McNulty probably was not happy with their timing, just a guess. I also thought it was funny how he was typing up his statement and he was chicken pecking on the keyboard. Rhonda also did not seem happy after reading McNulty’s statement.

Other interesting things from this episode: the younger Greek shared a light with the guy that he was talking to about payments. Prez’s father-in-law is not happy that they are making the case about more than Frank Sobotka but surprisingly the Deputy Ops has Daniels/Rhonda’s back on that.

Design Assignment Numero Uno:

You already got a preview of my first design assignment for the week in the text up top. But here it is again

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

The assignment I did was “Six Word Memoir” (3 stars). But instead of doing it for me, I decided to do it for Daniels. The quote on there is from this episode of The Wire (which is why I decided to do a combined post for these). It’s not actually a direct quote from him, but it is close and I think it describes him. He is willing to wait for his law career. He was willing to stick it out in the police department for a long time even when everyone treated him like dirt. He was willing to stick it out even after his wife told him to quit. Seems to me like he is patient.

How I did it:

Like many of the other images with words that I make, I used GIMP. It was relatively simple because I have done it so many times now. I did look on to try to find a cool font but none of them were simple enough for what I needed. I wanted a simple, manly looking font but couldn’t find any on there.

So I got the picture from this website and imported it into GIMP as a layer (still not sure if that matters or not). Then I added text to it. Re-positioned, re-colored, and re-sized the text. I also went through the fonts looking for a simple, manly one and ended up going with Gill Sans MT Bold. And I think it is both simple and manly. I then exported the photo and uploaded it to Twitter, Flickr and the Hub via Known. So there you have it, folks.

“It’s all about self-preservation, Jimmy. Something you never learned.”

This post is about episodes 1 and 2 of season 2! Woohoo, we finally finished season one. And though it was good, I looked forward to seeing what would happen after the Barksdale case was over. I guess it is what I expected with them being disbanded and all. Did I think Jimmy would take it out personally on Rawls in the way that he has thus far? Not really, but then again Jimmy never ceases to surprise me. Anyway, here are my recaps of interesting points from Episodes 1 and 2.

Episode 1:

The theme of corruption rears its ugly head again right at the beginning of the episode when Jimmy takes money from the owner of the yacht to just move them out of the channel to let the uber rich party a little longer.

I thought it was interesting how Prez was talking to his father-in-law through a stained glass window of a dad passing his hat on to his son. It was kind of like how his father-in-law was talking about  handing him the positions of sergeant and lieutenant even though Prez didn’t want them.

Birds are a theme at the beginning of this episode. First the dove in the stained glass window and then in the ship yard they zoomed in on a seagull. At first I didn’t realize why but then Bunk was talking to McNulty about the Byrd case and I figured that was why, it was a sort of foreshadowing, in a way.

I think it’s cool how all the people in the department who worked the Barksdale case are still friends and still do a lot for each other. For instance: Daniels going through all of the files in the basement to try to find the one Bunk needs; Herc goes to Kima when he needs something that she could help him with (and then he invites her on a raid which she reluctantly says no to); Bunk goes to McNulty to try to find Omar (whether or not McNulty will help is not clear). But then McNulty called Bunk a “useless f&^%”–their relationship is very interesting to me.

Unfortunately the director has done a great job with Stringer’s character and I can’t help but like him. He is so smart. I loved how he had his boys followed to make sure they were following his directions to a T and doing all of the right things to make sure they were on his side. As one so kindly put it, “Stringer’s on top of his $hit, he’s on top of everything.”

I thought it was funny how they kicked McNulty out but then there he is helping them with cases because they don’t see the things that he does. It is obvious he was kicked out of the unit because of Rawls’s personal vendetta against him and not because he was a bad cop.

I love how Jimmy sends off the paperwork about how the girl was actually found within Baltimore city because of all of the tides and everything else. You know Rawls is NOT going to be happy about that.

Episode 2:

There were a lot of dang dead girls. Officer Russell was not happy about everyone just writing it off as an accident and putting all of the paperwork on her. She wanted there to be an investigation and all of that. She wants to get to the bottom of the case because she has a feeling they are not just stow-aways.

And again, the relationship between Jimmy and Bunk is interesting. They are sitting in the station eating crabs and drinking beer and Bunk goes “You’re not the run-of-the-mill kind of a$$hole are you, Jimmy? You’re a special kind of a$$hole.” They’re so mean to each other but both of them know that the other one means it but still likes them.

The hierarchy theme comes back in this episode too when Carver is down at the shipyard writing tickets on every car just because his boss told him to. His boss is the one who has a beef with the head guy at the shipyard because his stained glass window is in the prime spot in the church. And then there is Prez’s father-in-law kissing some kind of butt trying to figure things out and get the dirt on the shipyard guy. Is it really that big of a deal to have your window in the church?

Wee Bey doesn’t seem to understand that he is not on the top of the totem pole in prison the way he was outside of it. Those cops were lighting into him, most likely because they know that he shot a cop.

Daniels makes the right decision (in my mind) by deciding to resign. I think he will take his Major friend up on his offer of a job. He should check with him first though to make sure he was serious.

Rawls is such a butt. He won’t help the Port Authority with the death investigations simply because he does not want his clearance rate below 50%. That shouldn’t be what it is all about. It should be about figuring out who is at fault and sentencing them. All of a sudden everyone likes Rawls because he gets them out of having to work that case. I love how Jimmy keeps putting things back onto Rawls just to make him mad, it is hilarious. Freamon and Bunk were happy that Jimmy made Rawls take that case back UNTIL they found out that they would have to be the ones working it.

And then there are the drug lords inside the prison. Avon thinks he runs the place until he runs into one guard that he doesn’t have pull on, and that is the one that Bey needs him to have pull on to make his life easier. And then there is D doing drugs. Does that surprise me? Not really, it would have to be tough being in there for 20 years because your mom talked you out of ratting out your family. It doesn’t look like Avon is holding up his end of the bargain on that one.

Real Police

YAY KIMA IS AWAKE!! I am very excited about that. Not so excited, though, about how Bunk was pushing her as soon as she woke up. I know she was up for it because that is what she asked about and she really cares about the case. But really? To push her to sign off on someone she couldn’t identify just so that they could make the arrest that they ended up making anyway? Corruption, anyone? And then when Bunk goes back to tell McNulty about what happened they called Kima “real police” because she wouldn’t lie to make the arrest easier.

Interesting how Herc and Carver treat each other now since Herc passed his test. But then later on in the episode Carver gets promoted and Herc doesn’t and we don’t yet know why but we find out shortly after that it is because Carver has been in the Deputy Ops’s pocket the whole time. That didn’t surprise me since it is obvious that Carver really wanted a promotion and everyone else down there–save for Herc–didn’t really care about one. When Daniels called Carver into his office and asked him is there anything you would like to tell me I thought Daniels knew about the money and was going to do a prisoner’s dilemma-type deal on Herc and Carver by separating them. I’m sure Carver thought about that too.

Love how D turned at the beginning of the episode, giving up all kinds of information so that he can live a free life afterwards. I think it was the culmination of D being fed up with the crowd that he got himself in with–or, as he explained, the crowd that he was born into. I hate how later in the show his mom comes in and plays the family card like oh we love you and everything we have done is for you and blah blah blah just to get him to drop his testimony and change his  mind. It did surprise me, though, that D didn’t kill the girl from the tap-tap-tap incident. I also liked the line about how he was freer in jail than he was at home–he didn’t have to worry about the drugs and all of that.

I thought it was interesting how Daniels likened himself to the case. How he said that both of them cause too much stink and too much mess to get rid of. It seems like he thinks that the Deputy Ops gave him the case because he wanted to have a reason to get rid of him if he bombed it.

The whole thing with the Federal agents really bothered me. I guess I understand why post-9/11 they can’t take on anymore narcotics cases unless foreigners, terrorists, or corruption is involved. But it really annoyed me how they tried to make the whole entire case about the corruption when the real problem is the drugs and the killing that the people dealing drugs cause.

Interesting how Kima and Jimmy say being a cop isn’t worth getting shot but there Kima is laying in a hospital bed with a bullet in her. I think they whole thing made both of them realize that it isn’t really worth it. Then when Jimmy went to talk to Bubbs and he called him McNutty it made me laugh.

The hierarchy theme which has kind of been missing recently comes back in this episode when Daniels tells Carver about teaching subordinates. He says that what you teach them through your actions is what they will learn. If you only show them that you are trying to move up the ladder, that is what they will learn from you, corrupting the whole system.

The arrest of Wee Bey just seemed way too easy. And then once they had him he was in there confessing to doing crimes that he didn’t do just to let his friends off the hook since he would be in jail for life anyway. There goes the loyalty again. It was also interesting how they went back and forth between Wee Bey being in prison and all of his buddies being convicted.

Many different changes in this episode. Freamon is taking McNulty’s spot and McNulty gets the same speil that Freamon did when he was put in pawn shop. Rawls asked him where he didn’t want to go which Freamon told McNulty he asked him too. And then Daniels is being offered another job basically by a Major that he presumably used to work with.

Poot running the low rises was an interesting scene. For one thing, the couch is black now, not orange-ish red. And I’m pretty sure he gave that kid the same little speech that D gave someone when he first started running the low rises about not taking money and giving drugs at the same time or someone taking pictures could have the whole transaction. It is just a cycle in the drugs.

It was also interesting how the whole first season revolved around McNulty trying to get D and Avon and all of them but when the judge was sentencing D, McNulty wasn’t even paying attention. Kind of weird. I guess McNulty got what he wanted out of this case, besides wanting Stringer too, and wanting them all for longer.

Great ending to the first season.