I guess I am finally ready to post a review of this episode after drowning my sorrow at the passing of Omar in Honey Nut and milk for the past couple of weeks. The Wire has never been better or more poignant. Some of the highlight of this incredible episode for me were (in no particular order):
The walloping good scene between Beadie and McNulty. Girlfriend, ain't havin' NONE o' his BS, is she?
Bunk. Is. The. Man. Love his dogged work ethic, and his righteous indignation at the antics of Freamon and McNulty gets more intense and hilarious each week. Plus, brotha is the only one who seemed to really be saddened by Omar's passing.
There may be hope that Kima will not become the female McNulty after all. The "goodnight moon" scene at the end of the last ep had me misty-eyed, and man, was she p*ssed when she found out the Homeless Killer was a ruse. The scene where she confronts Lester and Sydnor was classic...they looked like two schoolboys caught watching porn by Mom. Kudos to Sydnor, though, for cracking Marlo's code. Who knew he'd be the new Prezbo?
Gus. Is. The. Man. I wanted to stand up and cheer when he put his foot down to the managing editor and sashayed out of the office. Templeton's days are numbered. And Fletcher looks like he may have a Pulitzer-worthy story on his hands.
Carcetti has become such a nakedly ambitious weasel...it's hard to watch him anymore. The scene where Clay Davis shakes him down for two seats on the Liquor Board is a classic...sheeeeeeiiiit! It took Lester's brazen bluff to wipe that sheeeeiit-eating grin off Davis' face.
Lol at Rawls' diatribe: "I'm all for a little kinky sh*t, but chewin on a homeless fella?".
Snoop and Chris' shock and dismay at learning the means of Omar's demise was priceless. And the tension between Michael and Snoop doesn't bode well for someone... God, I hate Marlo's arrogant azz!
Poot sighting! His advice to Dukie sucked, though. Dukie...a junk apprentice? That's a job?
Loved McNulty's uneasy reaction to the spot-on FBI profile. Thought the bit with the pompous FBI boss was a bit overdone, though.
Carver. Is. The. Man. (that sounds strangely familiar) It's great to see what a solid Police he has become. But I hate seeing him get mixed up in Jimmy's shenanigans.
Finally, I have to give a shout out to MKW's haunting performance in this episode. A shadow of himself, Omar prowling the streets like a wounded animal, bellowing out his endless and increasingly hollow-sounding challenges to Marlo is an indelible and heartbreaking image.
If the Wire keeps churning out episodes this brutally good, I'm gonna have to be sedated.