04.03 “Home Rooms” – With his lead in the polls dwindling, Royce resorts to extreme measures. At Bodie’s corner, Michael proves adept as a runner, with both Bodie and Marlo taking notice.
The detail gets a new boss and agenda. A domesticated McNulty invites Bunk over for dinner, which ends with the two remembering the good old days at a familiar spot. Prez survives his first day at school – barely. Bunny Colvin takes a job helping a social scientist study urban youth. Complete episode recap is here.
New Characters: Omar Little / Renaldo / Bunny Colvin (former police commander who was fired for trying to legalize drugs in his district) / Old Face Andre / Major Rawls / Bug (Michael’s little brother) / Slim Charles / Proposition Joe /
Themes: Omar’s living arrangements & reputation on the street / Colvin quits his hotel security job to work for the University of Maryland study / open-air drug dealing / Marlo has noticed Michael as an upcoming worker / Marlo tells Bodie he must start get his supply from Marlo / Mayor Royce retaliates against the Carcetti campaign and demands the police to ignore the murdered witness case until after the election / Bodie wants Michael to work for him instead of going to school / Major Rawls puts a new commander in charge of the wire tap unit so it can be shut down / the “New Day Co-op” meeting of drug dealers discussing Marlo & the problem of New York dealers taking their business / the first week of school (Prez’s early struggles / Randy’s candy business / violence in the classroom) / Kima Greggs & Lester both leave the wiretap unit to join the homicide division