"It cost you?" indeed. But more on that later.
The opening scene was full of contrast and meaning. The children being woken up for school, the little one not having enough for lunch, and then the dead body – a result of actions from the night before. "Torture fest" is a kind way to put it.
D continues to show humanity when no others do. He pushes off some thieving people from his "unit" instead of handing them up for the same fate as the poor kid suffered.
"Cool. Whatever. Your honour." Sums up the Juvenile system pretty well – messed up as it is.
Bubbles is back, but selling fruits. Johnny really does lack luck, but his copper scam complete with onion soup was very clever.
And all the while, Freamon is building the case, taking the young Turk under his wing. "... all the pieces matter."
Daniels comes over all white-knight once again, by refusing to dump the failing officer that was dumped on him. However, some people simply cannot be helped, and there is one less drag on the department.
"Omar don't scare." Darn right. And neither does he do stupid things. His co-operation with the police was a demonstration of his incredible maturity, when most men would have gone medieval (albeit with a sawn-off shotgun). His sub-human wail when he saw the body was deeply moving.
The departmental biatch-slapping gets fiercer. A reluctant Daniels is dragged into a mudslinging competition with his superior to keep the case alive and bring in the perpetrators with a fighting chance to convict. In the process he very openly makes some powerful enemies – none so more than Major Rawls.
And that brings us back to the opening and closing salvo. When he tells McNulty of the extension, Freamon pertinently asks him "It cost you?". But the real point is heart-wrenchingly driven home with the opening shot of the tortures and mangled dead boy. As is the very last thing we see – his photo. Stabs you in the heart, and gently yet firmly twists. It costs these men nothing, whilst others are tortured to death in the projects over some packets of white powder.