THE THING ABOUT THE OLD DAYS ... THEY THE OLD DAYS: We may not appreciate it from our brisk rewind, but twenty-one months had passed since season three of The Wire aired before season four debuted, and with two episodes already in the books fans must have been getting antsy about the lack of Omar, even though Michael K. Williams was listed in the opening credits.
In "Home Rooms," (Sepinwall / Guardian / Goodman), Omar makes his return, and it's just as triumphant and cinematic as one could have hoped ... and even more naked. (A reader emailed last night to wonder whether HBO had requested more male nudity this season.) But Omar's not central to the plot this week ... we just get more evidence of his legendary status and moxie.
And there's a lot of plot this week -- the decimation of Major Crimes Unit, the first day of school, and real tightening in the mayor's race.
Prop Joe and Bunny Colvin (and the Deacon!) also return this week, and it's there that we see more plot advancement. Prop Joe's still running the New Day Co-Op (now 4-0 in ALOTT5MA FFL), for whom Marlo remains a thorn, and Bunny ... well, the private sector's not quite for him, is it, and whatever it takes to get him shoehorned into our plot, I'll take.
So Bunny's going to be spending some time in school, and man is Prez overmatched. You sorta knew he'd get the grace note of one kid actually working out the math problem ... but the "Fuck Prezbo" which followed is a healthy reminder of the problems which remain. That, and the girl getting slashed right in front of him.
There is lot of plot to discuss this week, and we haven't even gotten into Randy's entrepreneurial spirit and multiple polo shirts.