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[S4E9] Know Your Place !FREE!

Proposition Joe informs Marlo that Herc is now working for the Major Crimes Unit; the same unit that brought down Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell. He advises Marlo to stop using cell phones. Chris and Snoop have successfully driven off the New York dealers. Chris has learned that Omar is no longer in the city jail. Marlo suggests that the charges against Omar may have been dropped since Andre has closed his shop. Finding Andre is now their top priority. Chris and Snoop break into Andre's house and threaten his girlfriend, who swears she does not know his whereabouts. Marlo's soldiers believe her and decide not to kill her. Andre has gone over to East Baltimore to ask Prop Joe to help him leave town until he is safe from Marlo. Prop Joe offers him $2,000 plus a ride to a northern city, in exchange for Andre's convenience store. Andre says this is undervalued. Prop Joe points out that Andre is not in a position to bargain. When Marlo pays Prop Joe for his package, he expects a discount for dealing with the New York threat. Joe tells him this has already been factored into the cost. Joe, however, indicates to Marlo that "something that you want" is about to be returned at no cost. When Slim Charles drives Andre to one of the vacant houses, Andre protests that Slim Charles was supposed to be his way out. Charles quips "In a manner of speaking, that be true". Chris and Snoop are there with their lime and sheeting. Andre begs Chris to shoot him in a place where his family will find him, but Chris insists that "here is good" and walks Andre up to the house.

[S4E9] Know Your Place

Omar - "You my ride?"Bunk - "I'm your m*****f****** savior, is what I am."That's the opening exchange in this, the latest of the four conversations between Bunk and Omar over the course of the series, and I have to say I rank their conversations among the highest of the very highest of the all the great memorable moments of The Wire. Omar makes Bunk's life as murder police miserable by being so very active with his shotgun and is to Bunk the embodiment of so many of the forces behind the decline of far too many communities in Baltimore. Bunk has let him know this ever since Season 1 with his "A man must have a code" sarcastic quip. Yet there has developed an improbable bond between these two. Bunk senses that Omar will honor his word while Omar has come to respect Bunk - not many people, particularly not police, could find the words to get under Omar's skin and make him reflect the way Bunk did in their street meeting in Season 3. Their relationship is different from that developed between McNulty and Stringer. McNulty was obsessed with sparring with Stringer, who provided him with an intellectual challenge he found exhilarating. Exasperation describes Bunk's attitude toward Omar. It's not inconceivable that either Bunk or Omar would now, after all this time, feel a profound sense of loss at the other's departure. Neither would make a sloppy, maudlin display of sadness nor shift into a somber mood like McNulty's immediate reaction to Stringer's death, but both would definitely experience a sense of loss. For someone whose code shunned any form of cooperation with the police, Omar has cultivated a healthy measure of professional respect for some of them, i.e. Bunk, Kima, and McNulty.

There's a little bit of irony at the heart of this episode: Chidi realized there is no one answer to any problem, and that realization became the answer to his anxiety. Is it a little too simple? I don't know; can "there is no answer" ever be a simple idea? The Good Place loves this kind of brain teaser: All the most complicated problems have simple answers (just try your best to be better day to day), and all the simplest answers only lead to more questions (like how to reformat the entire afterlife around that idea). Chidi wrote a thesis so mind-numbingly boring it sapped his advisor's will to live, and the only thing his advisor wanted him to learn was how to put his heart into something. He wanted to answer every question in the universe, and put your heart into it was the answer.

"Let me guess, you want to make a deal? Round and round, the Winchesters go. Sorry, Sam, that's not gonna happen," taunts the demon. Sam visibly angers and quickly picks up Ruby's knife and stabs the demon in the hand with it. "I want to trade places with Dean!" Sam tells him. The Demon refuses. "JUST TAKE ME! IT'S A FAIR TRADE!" Sam yells. The demon refuses again, and Sam asks why. "Don't you understand, Sam? It's not about your soul, Dean's in hell, right where we want him. We've got everything exactly the way we want it! You wanna kill me? Go ahead. I've made peace with my lord." The flashback ends.

They speak to her doctor at the hospital, and find out she had been talking about demons and the apocalypse. Her sketch book reveals she knew about the breaking of the seals. Dean and Sam head off to Anna's house, only to find both her parents dead and sulfur residue on the ground. "What ever the deal with this Anna girl is..." Sam says. "...They want her and they're not screwing around." Dean finishes. Sam sees a picture on the fireplace mantle and asks to see Anna's sketches. "Check this out," Sam says. They realize that in one of Anna's sketches she was drawing the window of her church over and over. "If you were religious and scared, and had demons on your ass, where would you most feel safe?" Sam asks.

Wilson finds House in his office listening to the patient's music. House wants to know why Wilson has a release and a checkbook - he thinks that Wilson is going to pay back his patient's lost money, despite having done nothing wrong. Taub and Thirteen come in and report the patient is lost. House talks to Thirteen about why she likes drug addicts; she says he's worth saving. After further discussion, Thirteen leaves, but House increases her score to 102 and secures her in first place.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Darnell, Namond, and Zenobia successfully build their model of the Eiffel Tower, Duquette asks them about the extra pieces Namond put in his pocket, to which Namond replies, "What extra pieces?" Colvin and Duquette both chuckle at that.

  • Ask a Stupid Question...: After Carcetti tells Rawls how he wants to isolate Burrell:Rawls: Mr. Mayor, about Ervin. If you don't mind my asking, why keep him as a puppet commissioner when you can just fire the guy?Norman: We mind you asking.

  • Berserk Button: Bunk gets extremely pissed when Omar talks about how he's willing to "bear up" to find out who really did kill the delivery woman, as he assumes that means Omar's going to kill again.Bunk: (grabbing Omar) You owe me, motherfucker.Omar: I'm saying I know I do, man.Bunk: If you want to pay down this debt, you know what you gotta do for me? No more bodies. No more fucking bodies from you. No more comebacks or get-evens on this. No more killing. You owe me your word.

  • Break the Haughty: Essentially, what happens to Darnell, Namond and Zenobia at the restaurant.

  • Call-Back: Bodie tells Poot they're working for Marlo now. Proposition Joe tells Marlo about some of the cases Major Crimes worked, including bugging Avon's office and getting on Stringer's cell phone.

  • When Bubbles says he'll use the hat trick to identify Little Kevin, Herc remembers and approves.

  • Carcetti brings up the fact Burrell said he respected the chain of command when he asks Burrell to resign. He also tells Rawls he's elevating Valchek - even though he knows Valchek's a hack - because he owes Valchek.

  • Daniels remembers how Marla once told him, "You can not lose if you do not play."

  • When Dennis tells Carver who Namond's father is, Carver remembers arresting Wee-Bey, and Dennis tells him how he and Wee-Bey were in prison together.

  • When Omar sees Marlo, he recognizes him from the poker game.

  • Omar: No wonder he don't like me. Continuity Nod: Marlo thinks Chris and Snoop have done a good enough job on dropping the New York boys they can consider it finished. Kima is paying child support to Cheryl for their son Elijah. Also, unlike Kima, Cheryl's new girlfriend actually did pass the bar.

  • Deal with the Devil: Michael asks Marlo for Chris' help (which basically means joining Marlo's crew) in order to get rid of his stepdad.

  • Description Cut: Ms. Thiessen, one of Prez's colleagues, says she thinks her car was stolen. Sure enough, the very next scene shows Donut driving it.

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In-Universe; the school system's reliance on test scores sounds all too familiar to Prez:Prez: I don't get it. All this so we score higher on the state tests? If we're teaching the kids the test questions, what is it assessing in them?Grace: Nothing. It assesses us. The test scores go up, They can say the schools are improving. The scores stay down, they can't.Prez: Juking the stats.Grace: Excuse me?Prez: Making robberies into larcenies. Making rapes disappear. You juke the stats, and Majors become Colonels. I've been here before.Grace: Wherever you go, there you are. Played for Laughs earlier; when Randy tries to convince Prez to order candy online and let him pay Prez back later with the profits, Prez replies, "Points on the package, huh?"

  • Epigraph: "Might as well dump 'em, get another", said by Proposition Joe to Old Face Andre about the antique clocks in his shop, though it also qualifies as Rule of Symbolism.

  • Exact Words: Omar did promise not to kill anyone again. He said nothing about threaten, as he explains to Renaldo later.

  • False Reassurance / From a Certain Point of View:Old Face Andre: Prop Joe said you was my escort out.Slim: In a matter of speaking that be true.

  • Foreshadowing: Again, the schools running at a deficit becomes very important later, as does Carcetti's gubernatorial ambitions, Herc completely blowing the interrogation of Little Kevin, and Carver's ultimatum to Namond.

  • Gang of Hats: Chris and Snoop dropping New York dealers has rung out on the streets to the extent that even Baltimore dealers won't risk wearing Yankees hats.

  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In trying to implicate Little Kevin in Lex's murder, Herc screws up by mentioning things only Randy would have known, so Little Kevin knows who informed on him. This also has major consequences later.

  • Ironic Echo Cut: When Omar refuses to leave Baltimore, and tells Bunk, "Man gotta live where he know, right?", we cut immediately to Carcetti at a meeting saying, "You're absolutely right."

  • Just a Kid: When Renaldo sees Michael meeting with Marlo, he asks Omar about him, and Omar characterizes Michael as this.

  • Oh, Crap!: Old Face Andre when he finds out Chris and Snoop are his "escort" out of Baltimore.

  • Passed-Over Promotion: Naresse is upset at Carcetti for jumping ahead of her for mayor (Gray too) when Royce had promised she'd be next in line and he'd back her.

  • Precision F-Strike: Michael's "Man, fuck you" to his stepfather.

  • Really Gets Around: Poot. Little Kevin even knows him as a "pussy hound", and Poot jokes that he's just out of prison and already has to visit the "clinic".

  • Shout-Out: Little Kevin and some of the others on Bodie's corner tell him about Spongebob Squarepants. Colvin plays Billie Holiday in the car when driving the others to the restaurant.

  • Zenobia tells Darnell to take his napkin off of his collar, and adds he looks like Fred Flintstone.

  • Tempting Fate: Daniels and Rhonda both think with Carcetti in charge, the city will work better for a change.

  • Too Dumb to Live: Played with; Old Face Andre knows enough not to tell his girlfriend where he's fled to (when Chris and Snoop confront her, she said he told him if he did tell her, she'd have to tell Chris), but not to go further than going to east Baltimore. Lampshaded by Proposition Joe, who grumbles, "Why is it that every Baltimore nigga think that running the fuck away means crossing downtown?"



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