McNulty is successful in his twisted pursuit of media attention for his bogus homicide case, but his determined efforts are costing him- bigtime: Beadie is ready to leave him, he is boozing and whoring like never before, and even his old friend Bunk is disgusted with him. But no one seems to loath good ole Jimmy more than himself...this is a sad turn of events for a character I continue to genuinely like, but I just can't stand his recent actions. Add his accomplice Lester to the list of characters I am deeply disappointed with this season. I expected better of this very intelligent, highly principled man.
But it seems no one is going untainted on The Wire this year. AG Bond shows his naked ambition by making the Clay Davis case his ticket to a higher profile and a presumable campaign for the Mayor's seat. Templeton pulls his biggest stunt yet, concocting a scheme to fake a call to himself from the nonexistent Homeless Killer. Of course, all the political figures remain viciously self-promoting- who would expect anything different from them? Even Bubbles, another favorite character, seems steadfastly opposed to surrenduring himself to a redemption arc. At least Cutty seems to have stayed true to himself and forged a worthwile existence. Omar? Omar is just Omar..for some reason he exists for me on a plane that transcends standard notions of good and evil. I just tend to give him a pass, no matter what he does. Call me biased- the guy is my favorite character. And what an action scene to end this fine episode! Wow!
If I hold out hope for anyone to escape a bleak future, it's Dukie- sweet, awkward Dukie, so unsuited for the unforgiving streets of Baltimore. God, if there's any fairness left in the uncompromising world of The Wire, please let this one escape unscathed. Amen.