The Wire: Know Your Place
(S04E09) "Might as well dump 'em, get another." -- Proposition Joe
Herc's never been much of a detective, but here his incompetence, which is sometimes played for laughs, turns tragic. He's become so myopic trying to find a way out of his camera dilemma, that he smashes and bungles his way through a murder investigation. If he'd have talked to Carver, a cop who took the time to get to know the players, he would have picked up Little Kevin no problem. His word is no good. I don't think he was even conscious of what he was doing when he promised Bubbles protection. He was merely saying whatever he needed to say, fully intending to honor it, but then unwilling to do so when it became inexpedient later. Worse than that, now Randy is back on his radar. Without management or talent, what is left of the Major Crimes Unit is doing more damage than good.
Ironically, the word between from Prop Joe to Marlo is that Major Crimes is still a crack team. Marlo dumps all his cell phones, with no idea that the unit responsible for breaking the Barksdale clan is an empty shell now.
Things are going better at Tillman Middle, at least until teaching the standard's test questions becomes the priority. Mr. Prezbo's classroom was energized, and Prez and the kids look happy and useful. Maybe he's too successful, as Prez's frustration might get him burned. Bunny's program is making progress too, but rewarding some of the kids with dinner in an upscale restaurant makes them feel self-conscious. It's poignant seeing that thin veneer of confident stripped away so suddenly.
Omar gives his word to Bunk that he won't commit any killings in revenge for Marlo's attempt at framing him. He also says he can't leave Baltimore because that's all he knows, and a man's got "to stick with what he knows." We'll see if he makes it through this. Surely Marlo's not going to drop the matter, as Old Face Andre, who also sticks to what he knows, running across town to east Baltimore, finds out. If Major Crimes can't handle Marlo, maybe he can be got at through Homicide, now that Omar is looking for nonlethal revenge, and Buck would listen to Omar.
Carecetti is already looking at the governorship. Well, he works fast. He promoted Daniels to colonel last week, which isn't the last promotion he wants to give Daniels. In another irony, Daniels has career is soaring just when he stopped playing the game. Of course, if you're telling the truth you need someone willing to listen to the truth, and Carcetti is such a person.
Michael feels he's only got one option to get his stepfather away from the household, and that unfortunately leads him right to Marlo, who, in his world, is one of the few people able to get things done.