The Wire

Season 4 Episode 9

Know Your Place

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 2006 on HBO
9.1
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"Might as well dump 'em, get another." - Proposition Joe

Herc and Dozerman search for Little Kevin; Omar gets out of jail; Carcetti has his first meeting with the City Council; Prez and the teachers begin "teaching the test"; Proposition Joe lets Marlo know Major Crimes is after him; Bubbles looks to Kima and Herc to help him out, and later delivers Little Kevin to him; Old Face Andre goes into hiding but Proposition Joe sells him out; Bug's father gets in Michael's face, causing him to takes his problems to Marlo; Daniels and Valchek get promoted; Omar and Renaldo monitor Marlo's activities.moreless

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  • After a couple of slower-paced (but enjoyable nonetheless)set-up episodes, the payoff comes with this beautifully executed installment. The pieces of this season are all coming together nicely, and no one rewards patient viewing like The Wiremoreless

    9.6
    What an episode! As Carcetti prepare to begin his term as mayor, he finds the going tough as he encounters unexpected opposition from the city council president, who is upset that Carcetti and Gray both jumped ahead of her in line to campaign for the Mayor's seat, which Royce had promised to her. Carcetti tries to find away to dump Burrell as police commissioner, but finds that he can't fire him for fear of backlash from the black community, and the cagy Burrell refuses to resign- so Carcetti makes Rawls the de facto leader, reducing Burrell to a puppet. He also promotes Daniels to colonel, keeping him in line for eventually taking over Burrell's job, and promotes Valchek to repay favors.

    Prez and the rest of the teachers are instructed to teach the upcoming achievement test, but Prez is unhappy with the idea and rejects it after trying it once and boring his class. The ever-enterprising Randy finds a way to put his newfound knowledge of the probability laws of math to work in a dice game and makes enough money to buy his candy wholesale on the internet- once securing help from Prez, who uses his credit card on Randy's behalf. Michael's troubles with Bug's father continue, so he goes to Marlo for help. Herc continues to search fruitlessly for Little Kevin until getting a tip from Bubbles, who trades the information for a promise from Herc that he will arrest the man who is shaking Bubs down every day. Herc promises, but leaves the hapless Bubbles in a lurch when Bubs calls Herc for help while he is in the middle of the ultimately fruitless interrogation of Kevin.

    Kima, flush with cash from her overtime hours, pays a surprise visit to her ex-girlfriend Cheryl to give her some money. She is hearbroken to discover that Cheryl is living with someone else.

    Colvin's pilot group sinks its teeth into a competitive group project in which the winning group gets a fancy dinner, but he is dismayed when the winning group members revert to old behaviors after finding the fancy restaurant overwhelming to their inner-city sensibilities.

    Proposition Joe continues to feed police information to Marlo, advising him to dump his phones, since Herc, who has been hassling Marlo, is associated with the Major Crimes unit, which is known for wiretaps. Joe later gives Marlo the location of Andre, who Marlo has found out gave the police information about the robbery/murder Marlo had tried to frame Omar for (Andre had earlier sought Joe out for assistance in going on the lam). This sets up a truly wrenching scene in which Andre begs Snoop and Chris, Marlo's assassins, not to dump his body in a vacant house, leaving it at the mercy of the rats. Incredible, thoroughly absorbing episode. How they managed to cram all of that into an hour, I'll never know.moreless
Aidan Gillen

Aidan Gillen

Thomas Carcetti (Episodes 26-)

Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Bubbles

Domenick Lombardozzi

Domenick Lombardozzi

Herc Hauk (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison

Ervin Burrell

J.D. Williams

J.D. Williams

Bodie Broadus (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

Jim True-Frost

Jim True-Frost

Prez Pryzblewski (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

Alfonso Christian

Alfonso Christian

Old Face Andre

Guest Star

Thuliso Dingwall

Thuliso Dingwall

Kenard

Guest Star

Taylor King

Taylor King

Zenobia

Guest Star

Domenick Lombardozzi

Domenick Lombardozzi

Herc Hauk

Recurring Role

Anwan Glover

Anwan Glover

Slim Charles

Recurring Role

Chad L. Coleman

Chad L. Coleman

Cutty Wise

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music: "Picture Perfect" by Chamillionaire; "Get Ready (Bodymore Soldiers)" by Mullyman & Darkroom Productions; "Eso Ehh" by Alexis Y Fido; "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes; "Water" by Pump Audio; "I Cover The Waterfront" by Billie Holiday; "Highway 14" by Black Toast Music; "Goodbye Is All We Have" by Alison Krauss; "Poppin' My Collar" by Three 6 Mafia; "Lord Give Me A Sign" by DMX

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • When at the Steak Restaurant with Colvin, Zenobia makes a comment about Darnell resembling Fred Flintstone when he is eating with a bib at the restaurant. This is a direct reference to the long-running cartoon series The Flintstones, and how Fred would always be seen eating meat with a bib around his neck.

    • Throughout the episode, Snoop is seen wearing a jacket with logos and graphics on it from the film Scarface, which depicted the 1980's drug-fuelled Miami. The film has gained high pop-culture status over the years due to it's influential storytelling of cocaine, fame, money and the American dream. It is referenced abundantly in rap music, the trend being started by Wu-Tang Member Raekwon on his '96 debut Only Built for Cuban Linx... It is highly regarded as one of the greatest drug films of all time.

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