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Levy, after making introductions to real estate businessmen, warns Marlo that "Guys like that will bleed you." Marlo, uncomfortable and out of place as the students who won a fancy steak house dinner in Season Four's "Know Your Place" episode, leaves. Now back on the streets, he's cut by thugs who don't recognize who he is (was). As Marlo looks at cut arm, Levy's metaphorical statement about being bled has become real, juxtaposing the thugs with businessmen, a common theme of The Wire.
When Greggs and Bunk arrive at a shooting, it is in the same place William Gant (whose murder was the impetus for pretty much everything) was found shot in the first episode of season one. Bunk also berates Greggs for "Giving a fuck when it ain't your turn to," a complaint McNulty had with Bunk himself also in the first episode.
Maurice Levy refers to Thomas "Herc" Hauk as his mishpocha which is a Yiddish word for extended family.
This episode contains the first appearances of Howard 'Bunny' Colvin, the Deacon and Namond Brice since the finale of season four.
When Alma tells Gus about Omar's shooting, she describes him as a 34-year-old male, but the tag on his body bag at the end of the episode lists his D.O.B. as 8/15/1960, which would make him 47 at the time of this episode.
During the crime scene investigation of Omar's murder, Crutchfield says to Bunk "You should've let me give him the years, he would've been better off!"
This is referring to an incident during season four when Chris attempted to frame Omar for shooting a delivery lady in Old Face Andre's store. Crutchfield was investigating and could have gotten a conviction except Bunk stepped in and pleaded with him not to.
On the way to Quantico, McNulty tells Greggs that Bunk once said "I'm no good for people, everyone around me," which is a reference to the end of the season one episode "Lessons."
The rapper Jim Jones, of The Diplomats, can be seen standing outside a corner store holding a large soda next to Chris and Snoop as they re being tailed by police from the Western District.
Bubbles' full name is finally revealed in this episode as Reginald Cousins.
Greggs' ex-partner's child is coming over to stay at her place and she decides to buy some a bed for him. She asks McNulty where she would get some and he tells her 'Ikea.'
The following scenes are reminiscent of McNulty's own botched attempts in season one to put together furniture from Ikea when his kids come over to stay. He asks Greggs what kind of Scotch she is using, as he drank whiskey whilst putting it together too.
According to the commentary on the Season 5 DVD box set, Richard Belzer is indeed playing detective John Munch in this episode. It is explained that Richard Belzer is going for the record of playing the same character in different television shows. He's played Detective John Munch in Homicide, Law and Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law and Order: Trial by Jury, The Beat, Arrested Development as well as The X-Files.
In the police report on Randy Wagstaff that Bunk is holding near the start, the word 'nearby' is misspelled as 'nearbye'.
The report also reveals Snoop's real name to be Felicia Pearson.
The Grainery development was last heard of in Season 2. The area known as the Grain Pier was being fought for by Frank Sobotka.
Former state legislator Larry Young, who was expelled from the Senate in 1998, appears as a talk-show host interviewing Senator Clay Davis on WOLB-AM, the Baltimore station where Young now works as a host.
Marlo can be seen wearing a Royal Addiction T-shirt during the episode. Jamie Hector, the actor who plays Marlo, owns the Royal Addiction clothing line company.
The store that McNulty goes in to buy the ribbon and where Alma goes to buy the paper was shot at Eddie's Market in Charles Village.
Real life former Baltimore Sun editor Steven Luxenberg makes a cameo appearance in this episode as an employee of the paper. He was the editor who first hired David Simon as a reporter for the Sun, and his name is also used for the Metro Editor played by Robert Poletick.
Both Donald Worden and Gary D'Addario make guest appearances during this episode. David Simon spent a year with these two ex-homicide detectives whilst researching his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Both feature prominently throughout the book.
Homicide Det. Frank Barlow played by Michael Stone Forrest first appeared in the pilot episode "The Target," however he was never seen again and no explanation was given to his disappearance. He resurfaces in this episode in the homicide department, again with no explanation to where he has been. However, it could be assumed that he was moved to the night shift under a different sergeant.
This is the second episode to have the epigraph spoken during the cold opening rather than during the main episode itself, the first being in the season 3 episode "Time After Time".