"Only thing tighter than my rhymes is the puss" - Busta Rhymes featuring Rah Digga, Untouchable (New Crack City)
Episode 38: Boys of Summer
Story by David Simon & Ed Burns
Directed by Joe Chappelle
"There's an election? Who's runnin'?" - Cool Lester Smooth
"Pandemic! Got that Pandemic!" - Hilltop Touters
"I've been schooled, dog. I'm trying to tell you." - Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
"That lost-ball, high-grass motherfucker, Carcetti, needs to get used to life in the wilderness." - Mayor Clarence Royce
"Fuck yourself with a forty, shit-breath" - Officer Tony Colicchio
"Look at that bow-legged motherfucker. I made him walk like that." - Bunk Moreland
Official: "Lambs to the slaughter here." - Marcia Donnelly
If you want to know what happened in the previously on... check my season 4 primer.
Welcome back, Baltimore! Oh, how I have missed you so. We're about a year after season 3 ended. Marlo is the absolute big fish in the Western drug world. New Major Daniels is running the Western police division. The primary election is 4 weeks away and school is about to start but, really, we start with Snoop shopping for a nail gun at Hardware Barn. The DeWalt 410 (although it looks to actually be a DeWalt DC618k) she's been using has a low battery life and she wants an upgrade. As the hardware salesman tells her, the Hilti DX 460 will do the job. He earns a $100 tip for helping the hit-woman and #3 in command in Marlo's crew get her job done that much easier.
And, it's on. The newly arranged theme song is "gospirational" and performed by Doreen Vail & Maurette Brown-Clark. There are 57 different shots in the new main title and if you're obsessive like me, you can read the entire list after the jump. Every season I want to know what's in the title sequence but I've never really had a reason before to actually go through it. Now, I'll never have to do it again this season.
The story every season is dependent on what the Major Case Squad is doing so let's start there. The team, lead by Lester "Cool Lester Smooth" Freamon and Kima Greggs while their absentee lieutenant focuses on building his dream house, is up on just about all the street level guys in Marlo's crew. As discussed, Marlo is much more tactical than Avon ever was but he isn't as smart or as paranoid about the police as Stringer Bell.
The problem for Major Case, though, is that there are no bodies. There is very little sting (or bargaining power) in arresting and bringing down the drug kingpin if they can't clear some murders. Marlo, Chris (who is an even more gentlemanly killer than Omar and Brother Mouzone) and Snoop have devised an ingenious plan for keeping the police off their back. They store the bodies in abandoned and boarded up buildings, reboarding them with the nail gun after they've don their business.
With all this free time, Lester has the team going through old Barksdale/Bell assets and asks Pearlman for subpeonas so that they can "follow the money" which leads to several prominent politicians during election time.
Speaking of elections, Carcetti is a great councilman but a terrible candidate. He can't even get his advance crew leader, Norman (played by the excellent Reg E. Cathey), to vote for him. He also can't seem to raise any money or get his friend and opponent, Tony, to forgive him. Meanwhile, Royce is losing voter confidence but getting new funds at every turn.
But who cares about politics, when you've got the real mayor of West Baltimore, "Bodie" Broadus running a low-traffic corner after getting pushed off of Lafayette by Marlo's crew? His new independent crew features Lex & young hopper Namond along with Reese and a few others. Slim Charles provides the package but he's an independent distributor now, okay with selling to the small-time clockers and not trying to hold any corners of his own. Bodie regularly gets visits from McNulty and Carver -- who might finally have become good Po-Lice -- but doesn't seem to have any real issues outside of too much product. Well, there is the little problem of his boy Lex not knowing who is untouchable and killing Fruit, one of Marlo's top corner captains, all for love.
Fruit's death provides the first body caught on the wire and gives Bunk something to do. Lex's murder a few days later at the hands of Snoop and Chris will make things all the more interesting for Bunk and Lester and Carver...and Randy. Randy is one of our new faces. He's one of the junior high school age kids running amok in the Western. He rolls with Namond (who has the money and the attitude but none of the heart), Michael (their fearless protector), Donut (the comedian), and Dukie (dirty, dishelved and obviously fending for himself at 13). Randy is the brains. He's a good kid with a kind heart who comes from what appears to be a stable home. He's also partially responsible for Lex's death.
-Prez is teaching math at a middle school in the western. The principal and assistant principal are ecstatic to have a former police officer as a teacher.
-McNulty is flying right. He's living with "Beadie" and her kids, refusing promotions from Daniels and staying sober.
-Herc is working Mayoral security detail and still doesn't have a very developed sense of humor.
-The Baltimore Sun is right. Snoop is awesome.
-Fruit was already living on borrowed time as "Cutty" would've killed him last season if hadn't lost his heart for the drug game.
Next week: who the hell knows? I couldn't make heads or tails out of the preview outside of our favorite crooked congressman putting the pressure on Royce after getting Lester's subpeona.
The Season 4 Main Title Breakdown
- Electronic display of audio (as seen since season 1)
- High electric wire
- Fiber optic cable
- City Hall
- The Hilti DX 460
- Police caps
- Hopper delivering product while getting photographed
- Mural with kids walking
- Warehouse opening up for delivery
- Undercover video
- The harbor
- Radio Car
- Phone number coming up on the wire (as seen since season 1)
- Trash-filled alleyway
- Kids as school bus drives by
- Kid at locker
- Downtown Baltimore
- Card game
- Photograph of a detective
- The Hilti DX 460 in action
- Hand on nails
- 2 kids walking
- Kid shoplifiting candy
- Dice Game
- Chris & Snoop killing someone
- Inside City Hall
- Shop owner cleaning street
- Kids at ice cream truck
- Guy on bike
- Disco ball
- View from inside Major Crimes
- Pigeons flying
- Fruit entering club with "Elect Demper State's Attorney" power on wall.
- Carcetti walking
- Street shot
- The Western
- MSA exam
- Prez picking up a school paper
- Surveillance Camera (Season 1)
- Camera being knocked down (Season 1)
- General Orders binder being pushed aside
- Drugs being made
- a ring
- Snoop waiting for Lex
- Newports being sold
- Kid playing wtih a tire
- A Tire being stuffed with drugs
- Dead Body
- Abandoned buildings
- Mayoral debate
- School being opened