"We've got this thing right here. Right here's the spot." - Basement Jaxx, Right Here's The Spot (featuring Me'shell N'Degeocello)
Episode 39: Soft Eyes
Written by David Mills
Directed by Christine Moore
"Do you know what Theodore Roosevelt said about hunting grizzly bears? The thrill is in overcoming your own fear." - Cool Lester Smooth
"Either you real out there or you ain't..." - Wee-bay
"I'm the father you never had and I don't want to be dissapointed in you ever again." - Daniels impersonating Lester Freamon
"Owing niggas for shit? That ain't me, man." - Michael
"I'll take any motherfucker's money if he giving it away." - Namond & Clay Davis
"You need soft eyes." - Miss Hanson
Official: "I still wake up white in a city that ain't" - Carcetti
Previously on...(there's nothing older than last's week's episode so I'll just direct you there)
The cold open deals with Herc and his unfortunate incident with the Mayor but we can get to that later. The best part of this episode was one scene. Daniels & Pearlman are in bed together having a conversation about Pearlman's day. Lester has played her with his subpoenas. Included are State Senator Clay Davis, two City Councilmen and the City Development Agency headed by Kralchick (sp?). When she met with Lester earlier in the day, she developed a nervous tick while Detective Sydnor sweated bullets about the heat this would bring. Lester, reading glasses on and the certainty that what he's doing is right all over his face, reveals why they have to do this now and guilts Pearlman into securing the subpoenas. As Rhonda looks to Cedric for support, he teases her knowing all too well the power of Cool Lester Smooth's gaze. He's so cool that "butter wouldn't melt in his mouth" and their silly dialog about it is the most enjoyable 2 or 3 minutes of TV I've had all week.
The subpoenas themselves once delivered by Kima and Sydnor shake the very foundation of Royce's political machine. Clay "Shiiiiiiiiiit" Davis rips him a new asshole which, in turn, puts Royce on Burrell and Rawls who try to figure out a way to get a handle on Major Crimes and prevent any more surprises.
That's kind of hard when the Fraternal Order of Police would love to support Carcetti but is following the poll numbers and throws its hat in with Royce. Valchek, though, is in Carcetti's pocket and when Norris catches a murder that smells like a witness killing, Carcetti has the ammunition he needs to wallop Royce in the debate. It is just the thing Tommy had to have as, until that point, he was more interested in playing Battleship with his daughter than stay in a campaign he knew he couldn't win.
While all this is going on, Namond and his mother, De'Londa, visit his father, Wee-Bey, in prison. Brianna Barksdale is keeping up her side of the bargain and taking care of Nam and De'Londa but De' dimes out Namond and his poor work ethic as part of Bodie's crew. Wee-Bey encourages his son to take advantage of the situation and to cut his damn hair 'cause even the white police are going to remember the boy with the pretty ponytail. As usual, Namond doesn't listen.
Marlo isn't in hiding anymore. Major Crimes gets his voice on a cell call while Snoop, wearing a Scarface tee, and the rest of his crew engage in target practice and he's got his captains throwing cash to the neighborhood kids right before school so that they can buy new clothes. Michael refuses the money and stares down Marlo showing how much heart he has. Michael spends as much time as he can in Cutty's gym which now features equipment, trainers and a picture of their "Platinum Club Patron" Avon Barksdale. It also features a gaggle of women looking for Cutty's affection and a much leaner Justin, who appears to have left the corners for a chance to be a boxer. Cutty offers to train Michael but he declines. Cutty maintains his landscaping gig and seems to be doing very well for himself.
Bubbles, however, is barely maintaining. He's shooting again and has his "intern" Sharrod helping him sell out of his Depo Cart. Sharrod is maybe 14 or 15 and can barely count. After several discussions about it, Sharrod agrees to go back to school and ends up at Tilghman with Bubs in a shirt and tie trying to convince Principal Donnelly that Sharrod deserves a spot in school. I am still laughing at the looks on Prez's and Bubbles's faces as they recognize each other in the school office.
- Herc catches the Mayor getting a BJ from one of his aides and spends the entire episode trying to figure out if he's fucked himself over or not. I spend the entire episode trying to figure out what the actress who played Royce's aid was holding when their tryst was discovered. I'm sure it wasn't Glyn Turman's delicates but it sure did look real...as did Turman's "Oh" Face.
- Prez has his classroom perfect for the school year. His soundtrack for work is Johnny Cash ("Ring of Fire").
- Bunk is having no luck finding Lex but Bodie agrees to call Carver if Lex shows up. Bodie's soundtrack for work is Chingy (or was that a local B-More Rap cat?).
- Donut steals an escalade and then all our young cast get rousted by Carver and some radio car beat cops. Officer Eddie Walker hustles Randy for the $200 he had from Marlo for school clothes. In the midst of this, I realized that Randy is related to "Cheese" and, according to his character profile, is his son.
- Miss Donnelly sends clothes and supplies to Dukie's home warning young Cindy not to give the box of goods to anyone in the house except Duquan. It is obvious why as the rest of his family is strung out.
- Carver really is Good Po-Lice now.
Next week? Omar!!!