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The Wire Season 5 EP 4 review: Let us make a deal for your life

January 28, 2008

Spoilers for those who don’t want to know the big news

Let’s get to the big one. Chris, Marlo’s main man, put a slug in the back of Prop Joe’s head. Looks like Marlo’s long term plan is coming to fruition. He saw the coalition as something standing in the way of him taking over all of West Baltimore. Making nice with the Greeks and buying information from Cheese cleared the way for Marlo to take out Joe, and it appears the dominoes will begin to fall. Marlo has a new alliance in the works, but between whom? The Greeks, yeah. The coalition leftovers, Cheese, probably. Barksdale?

Making the deal with Cheese served up Butchie which as we know brought Omar back. Joe’s ruled out as the link of course, so that leaves Cheese as the probable suspect. Omar may not go for Cheese though. But is he ready to take on Marlo’s well trained hit squad?

The other big young deal maker is Nerese Campbell. She seems to be 12 steps ahead of everyone else. She bought the blessing of the city council to get rid of Burrell by getting Carcetti to sign off on a bunch of pet projects. She let Burrell think the matter was simply Carcetti wanting him out. By earning all these favors, she’s bought the confidence and favors of the entire counsel herself. And Burrell, who threatened to give up damning evidence on Daniels, is left twisting.

Campbell isn’t the only one with an eye on Carcetti’s chair. Bond, the DA, chose to keep the Davis investigation local, parade Davis in front of the cameras and offer him as the feather in Bond’s crime fighting camp. Bond is the kind of guy Carcetti would like to see succeed himself. Great, if Carcetti’s move to Annapolis is timed well. Not so great if things fall apart and Carcetti is looking to get reelected. Could be a big battle brewing, though with this being the last season we may never know how it plays out.

Not much happening for those of you following Michael’s story closely. He got pinched on a weak charge and his mother came to sign him out, however he sent her away.

McNulty continues to devolve as a human being as he and Lester try and gin up interest in their “serial killer.” McNulty comes home late for the last time as it seems his wife is about to give him his walking papers. Doesn’t look like he cares much.

Templeton (the nutter) has an interview with the Washington Post. He’s reminded that 1) he may be out of his league at the Post and 2) maybe working at the Sun isn’t so bad. He’ll be looking for a story to break . . .

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2008 7:13 am

    I was sad to see Prop Joe go.

    Marlo is such an cold-eyed genius. With Omar back, the rest of the co-op won’t suspect Marlo as being behind Joe’s death, but will believe it to be part of Omar’s vendetta.

  2. January 28, 2008 11:10 am

    Marlo is going to make it look that way certainly. Also, things wont be as easy for Omar as he seems to believe.

  3. January 28, 2008 7:25 pm

    As long as this show doesn’t end with goddamn “Don’t Stop Believin'”, I’ll die happy.

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