THEY'RE NOT LEARNING FOR OUR WORLD; THEY'RE LEARNING FOR THEIRS: Leave it to The Wire to go even bleaker as we turn the corner towards the end of season four with this week's installment, "Misgivings," in which one quiet reaction from Chris Partlow speaks volumes about shared pain.
So many things to talk about this week -- how the best work of Carver and Bunny can get horrifically undermined by Namond's mom; how Randy's effort to do the right thing (in the right way) and Michael's to do the right thing (the wrong way) may doom them both; how Marlo takes no chances; how Officer Walker may be the worst of them all, because Donut, while pathological, is largely harmless. But mostly it's about Chris Partlow, who understands exactly what Michael's complaint is, and whose brutal resolution of it makes clear how much he, too, must have suffered at one point. When you've appalled Snoop ... you know something else is going on.
I don't want to miss some of the minor stuff this week: Clay Davis' instruction that Burrell just do "some kind of police shit" to save his job reinforces the same problems we've seen since the beginning of the series. You just can't have a police which is interested in stats first, and you recognize just how bad things have gotten given that we've seen Cool Lester Smooth spend more time crafting his miniatures this season than solving cases. (Marimow, by the way, seems like a direct descendant of John C. McGinley's work in Point Break; he doesn't get the three dimensions others do.)
All the cycles repeat: bad police work gets reinforced. Bad parents lead to kids with constricted choices. Teaching to the test holds back progress. And once you're caught up in the game, death is always on the table no matter what choices you make. It's a cold world, Bodie.