04.02 “Soft Eyes” – Herc’s job on the mayor’s security detail takes an unexpected turn. Pearlman provides Freamon and Sydnor with subpoena ammunition for their city hall unit.
Namond gets some grooming advice from his incarcerated father, Wee-Bey. Marlo plays Robin Hood with the neighborhood boys, though Michael isn’t taking. Prez preps for his first day as a school teacher. At the televised mayoral debate, Carcetti drops a bombshell on Royce. Complete episode recap is here.
Characters introduced this episode: Det. Sydnor / Namond’s father (Wee-Bay) and mother / Bubbles & Sherrod / Andy Krawcyk (developer) / Lt. Cedric Daniels / Cuddy the boxing coach / Det. Shakima Greggs / Major Valchek / State Senator Clay Davis /
Settings: the mayor’s office / prison visitor’s room / Lex’s family home / Cuddy’s gym / the teacher’s lounge / the mayor’s debate / Namond’s home
Themes: Herc’s fears for his job (and seeks advice) after catching the mayor in a compromising situation // conflict between Rhonda Pearlman and Lester (pictured above) over the timing of drug-money subpoenas // Carcetti’s pessismism about winning // Marlo passing out money to the neighborhood kids // Sherrod being a dropout and not being able to do basic math // Bubble’s Depot (the shopping cart) // the teacher, police and firefighter’s unions endorse Mayor Royce because they think he’s going to win and don’t want to anger him // Michael refuses to take money from Marlo // Donut stealing an SUV and Carver’s reaction to it // police officer stealing Randy’s $200 // Lester decides to issue the drug-money subpoenas & the reaction of the politicians and police bosses // Carcetti surprises Mayor Royce at the debate with crime statistics and the murdered witness