"Sometimes I'm goodie-goodie/Right now I'm naughty-naughty" - The Gossip, Are U That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)
Episode 41: Refugees
Written by Dennis Lehane
Directed by Jim McKay
"A good church man is always up in everybody's shit" - Deacon Melvin
"No one fucks with me now." - Marlo
"Are you in any way suggesting that the system has lost control?" - Board of Education rep.
Official: "No one wins. One side just loses more slowly." - Prez
Previously on: Marlo wants Bodie's corner. Bunny wants a meaningful job. Royce wants a case to go away. Omar wants some excitement in his life. Marimow wants Major Crimes to suck. Herc wants a promotion. Kima & Lester want the hell out of Major Crimes. Prez wants to forget his first week of school.
The cold open is all about Marlo and his power trip but we'll get to that later. I hadn't seen it last week but during the previously on and throughout this episode it became obvious, Rawls is trying to screw Burrell and the Mayor. While Burrell is too busy trying to dodge the shit storm coming down from Royce's office, Rawls has been moving his chess pieces so that his state's witness murder case doesn't get buried. He's moved Lester & Kima to Homicide and put Colonel Foerster into a position where he's forced to give Kima the case in a order that comes down straight from Burrell. Kima is green but she's great Po-Lice -- another McNulty -- and Rawls knows she's going to do something with a case that she has no business being on.
Hell, that's just what those Major Crimes detectives do, innit? In other Homicide news, Bunk & Lester are partnering on the Fruit murder and figure out that Lex is dead. Bunk gets busy drinking while Cool Lester Smooth wraps his head around the problem of known dead people but no dead bodies.
Meanwhile, it continues to be readily apparent that the kids are doing it for themselves. Sherrod continues to ditch school because he can't read and we learn that Shaquan needed over 200 stitches in her face while Laetitia will move from her group home to juvie which is only a minor downgrade in her life for the crime. Namond's still an ass, Donut's still stealing cars and Dukie continues to be the odd man out while Randy gets caught doing his candy hustle and has to dime out another kid. He also seems most affected by the classroom violence of the previous week.
Michael, however, is on everyone's radar. While his home life leaves much to be desired, he spends his time taking care of his little brother and avoiding the fatherly influence of Cutty, although he is softening. He spars with Cutty and joins him and Justin on a trip to the Fights but won't let Cutty get too close even refusing a ride all the way home. All this happens while Cutty sees a significant problem in the system as he takes Deacon's advice and gets a makeshift custodial job at Tilghman that is mostly about rounding up kids and getting them to go to school...for at least one day. Cutty can't seem to wrap his head around how screwed up things have gotten.
And Michael is still in the sights of Marlo who sees the kid as a possible corner boy. It's a power play. He sees Michael as a comer and could care less about the kid's future. Marlo only cares about his own juice. He spends all episode exerting his influence and power if only to prove to himself that it's still there. After a poker game, he taunts a Security Guard at a quick-mart and has him clipped for disrespect. He forces his package on Bodie. He refuses Prop Joe's reasonable offer to join the Co-Op because "No one's fucking with [him] now." Well, Prop Joe puts Marlo in Omar's path so now, he's officially been fucked with and Marlo, once again, overestimates his power while underestimating Omar's. That's not a good situation for him.
- Carcetti continues to impress the people of Baltimore which probably will end up with a Tony Gray win of the election (This is a baseless prediction. You folks that have seen the entire season already, please don't say shit in the comments about future episodes confirming or denying this. Thanks)
- Grace's last name is Sampson.
- Herc joins Major Crimes for no apparent reason.
- Bunny finds signs of hope in other parts of Tilghman that Prez obviously isn't privy.
- Ms. Daniels loses her place on Royce's ticket while Royce hustles his own card game to raise 75 grand of "off the books" dollars.
- Sydnor & Massey have to shut down the wire.
- Parallels: The poker games. Bunk telling Kima she needs soft eyes for a crime scene a la Prez getting told he needs soft eyes to be a good teacher.
- This is a complete set-up episode for things to come but I thought it was the weakest of the season even with knowing that. Nothing quite caught my attention as strongly as the previous weeks have.
Next week: Who knows? Herc gets surveillance up on Marlo; Marlo tries to set-up Omar and Kima's case makes waves.