First the thugs react.
Episode #54: “Transitions”
“Buyer’s market out there.” – Templeton
Freamon and McNulty draw more attention to their fake serial killer by sensationalizing the murders. McNulty’s compulsive behaviour jeopardizes his relationship with Beadie Russell. Campbell learns of Daniels’ history but convinces Burrell to leave quietly with the promise of a comfortable replacement position. Sergeant Ellis Carver puts his principles first in the Western District and his former partner Herc is shamed by his integrity. Stanfield convinces The Greeks to consider him an insurance policy and continues to assimilate Stewart’s contacts including Maurice Levy. Omar returns to Baltimore and quickly learns that Stanfield was responsible for Butchie’s death. Stewart prepares to leave town fearing reprisal from Omar but is once again betrayed by Cheese and murdered by Partlow as Stanfield watches.
Officer Oscar Requer
Episode #55: “React Quotes”
“Just ’cause they’re in the street doesn’t mean that they lack opinions.” – Haynes
Stanfield takes over as The Greeks’ Baltimore distributor and is given a phone and a code to use to contact them. Stanfield gives the number to Levy and Herc steals it and passes it on to the police department. Freamon appeals to Daniels for a wiretap but is unsuccessful. McNulty leaks further details of his invented serial killer to the press and the story gains momentum. When Templeton stages a phone call from the serial killer McNulty uses it as probable cause for a wiretap. Freamon sets up on Stanfield’s phone while the homicide unit believe they are manning another, disconnected, wiretap of the killers phone. Dukie struggles with bullying and searches for a new path. Bubbles learns that he is HIV negative. State’s Attorney Bond announces the Davis corruption case. Campbell convinces Davis to protect his fellow politicians and he embarks on a publicity campaign suggesting that his race has motivated the charges. Partlow sets up an ambush for Omar which he narrowly escapes by jumping from a balcony.