"A lie ain't a side of a story. It's just a lie." - Terry Hanning
Baltimore's renewed police commitment brings fresh recruits to Daniels and McNulty, starting with Carver; facing a new political challenge, Carcetti is forced to make dangerous political deals. As the Pulitzer season winds down, Haynes approaches Templeton about his sources; Bunk returns a McNulty favor; little Kenard makes a big score; Dukie finds work; Fletcher continues his interview with Bubbles; Freamon presents his latest plan to a prosecutor; Sydnor uncovers the missing piece to a puzzle; and McNulty finally comes clean.
"They don't teach it in law school." - Pearlman
An unexpected call puts Templeton back in the spotlight, whilst also getting McNulty more attention than he expected; Bunk bucks at Landsman when ordered to help with the force's most recent red ball; Omar sends Marlo a message through a number of associates; Carcetti proves he's still an adept fund-raiser; Carver gift-wraps a special witness for Bunk; Bubbles shows a reporter the ropes; Freamon tries to crack a clock code; Greggs prepares for a visit from her son; Michael has a close call; Haynes can't shake his suspicions about Templeton; Assisted by the top-drawer lawyer Billy Murphy, "cash and carry" Davis makes his day in court a memorable one.
"They're dead where it doesn't count." - Fletcher
Mayor Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic; Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help with an enviable problem; executive editor Whiting and managing editor Thomas Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff; Michael finds temporary respite from his life on the corner by taking Dukie and Bug on a trip; McNulty shares some inside info with Gutierrez, but her subsequent story doesn't cause the splash either envisioned; McNulty, undaunted, looks for a new ally in Freamon.
"...when it's not your turn." - McNulty
During the trial of D'Angelo Barksdale, a mid-level dealer accused of murder, the prosecution's star witness recants her testimony, resulting in a not guilty verdict. After the trial, Detective James "Jimmy" McNulty explains to Judge Phelan how he suspects the Barksdale crew for a slew of related murders. When the judge contacts McNulty's superiors about this revelation, McNulty is taken to task for his indiscretion. Meanwhile, D'Angelo is free to return to work, but he soon discovers that he's been demoted.