YOU THINK I HAVE TIME TO ASK A MAN WHY HE GIVING ME MONEY? The parallelism's a bit explicit in The Wire's season four episode "Soft Eyes," (Guardian contains spoilers, so Goodman) as Sepinwall notes: Herc and Carcetti both turning to Valchek for help on how to deal with Mayor Royce's weaknesses; Bubs and Cutty's boss both seeking to expand to more territory; Namond and Clay Davis both happy to accept someone else's ill-gotten money; and both Marlo and Cutty taking an interest in Michael, whose stare and fists suggest a toughness which both might exploit. And, of course, it ends with an entire city's worth of characters watching, and then not watching, a mayoral debate in a campaign largely deemed over. (Odd.)
Meanwhile, Cutty learns that there's nothing sexier than a man with a job, with Avon Barksdale's legacy surrounding him, and Cool Lester Smooth's pulling such a McNulty move that Rawls has to confirm to Burrell that it wasn't McNulty pulling it.
Returning this week: Cool Lester Smooth's brash tweedy impertinence, Bubs' drug addiction, and Wee-Bey's love of his fish.
Gone for the first time: Jimmy McNulty, are you off being happy and domestic?
Debuts: Sen. Clay Davis' marathon-length expression of exasperation. Golly! Also, car thief Donut, to whom Isaac has suggested we pay attention.