Lieutenant Daniels steps up in a big way. So does Shardene -- each of them choosing to do the right thing, and not what's expected - at great personal risk. Poot and Bodie, on the other hand, nervously lead each other in the opposite direction, convincing themselves they have to do what they know is wrong, but believe is necessary to stay in the game. And then there's D'Angelo, who knows that he could have chosen a different path, could have warned his friend more strongly to keep him out of the game, and realizes too late the consequences of his silence.
Where's Wallace at? ... Where's the boy, String?... Where's Wallace? That's all I wanna know.
We can't do this without spoilers.
It's just so devastating watching Poot and Bodie with Wallace. The former are just kids playing a role, willing themselves into action by striking the gun-held-sideways poses and uttering the "tough" lines that they think are expected of them, and because Wallace doesn't play the role that they expect him to play in terms of "taking it like a man" it's feels all the more tragic for all three. And they know it.
Daniels steps up in a big way as McNulty acknowledges his ego and recedes to the background. Stands up for his men, stands up to Clay Davis, stands up for Kima. "If you were gonna do me," he tells Burrell, "I'd already be done. But there ain't nothing you fear more than a bad headline, now, is there? You'd rather live in shit than let the world see you work a shovel. You can order warrants, and I'll serve 'em. But as long as I have days left on those dead wires, this case goes on." This case goes on.
As for Dee ... look. Even before United States v. Jones, you could place a GPS on a car with a warrant. And then McNulty explains the vise he's caught in -- someone had to have fucked up for the police to know to pull him over, and if that's the case, Maury Levy's looking out for someone's interests other than Dee's. And then it's the clincher:
Oh, by the way: your boy Wallace. Shot dead in the low rises. That's how y'all take care of your own, right?Which leads to the jailhouse confrontation with Stringer and Levy, where Dee knows deep down the answer to the question, and just needs to hear them say it so he can crush his own heart that much more.
Had the season ended with that shot of the empty orange couch, dayenu. I have no idea what's left to tell here, but we are in the hands of masters here. So glad I'm watching.