Season 2: Episodes 9, 10, 11
I must’ve messed up last week and watched/summarized Episode 9 too early, so here is that summary, re-copied for convenience. New content for Episodes 10 and 11 follows.
Stringer’s lecture to Bodie about “you gotta show some flex” for the give and take of the situation is delivered in typical Stringer-style when he’s talking to subordinates: hands behind his back.
The barge catching the tossed guns earned a chuckle. The other chuckle came from McDrunky trying to do an English accent to see if he could pass as an unsuspicious John. This role is played by Dominic West who is from an Irish Catholic family and was born in Yorkshire, England. His fake British accent was believably horrible. Nice acting!
I love how they portray the well-lit cube farms over at the FBI as being all high-tech. I have friends who work there and they paint a different picture, but maybe anything is a step up from Baltimore city.
The mysterious Agent Koutros (certainly a Greek-sounding name) looks up a number in his contact book, which implies it’s not a number he calls frequently, and passes on the info that the FBI is looking into things. The Greek has friends in high places, even the FBI.
When Bodie is presented with his barge bag of guns and the cops tell him he’s stupid but he doesn’t know it because that’s part of the stupidity, he knows he’s the sharpest mind in the room. Then the cops point to the wrong gun when they bluff that they can tie his fingerprints to one of them. They confirmed he’s the sharpest person in the room.
Stringer’s lecture to his soldiers in the funeral parlor is a Baltimore version of a “come-to-Jesus” meeting in the CEO’s office. LOVED it. He holds Bodie back and in a classic leadership move, brings in Bodie to the inner trust circle. Classic management move.
The man-purse provided to McDrunky was priceless. “Spot on”.
I can’t explain why, but I really liked the symmetry of this scene, where the FBI Greek and The Greek meet up and share info. You see them talking, their lips move and there are gestures and an exchange of a slip of paper, but the background noise has been deliberately engineered to cover up their conversation. They know how to avoid bugs. This is a great example of a scene that only worked visually, as the sound was meant to obscure everything else.
That same slip of paper gets handed to Sobotka in his office by the FBI Greek. They go inspect some cardboard cylinders of pigments. Nobody knows what they’re looking for, and Sobotka says tonight he doesn’t know anything, he’s just “a dumb white boy from Locust Point”. Closer inspection of the paint pigments reveals a bonanza of drug info. Lotta drugs on the table.
Brother Mouzone comin’.
I love how Bodie gets upset over the new drug dealers taking over, and once again we have Stringer Bell being the puppet master (pulling the strings, yes, I couldn’t resist) and orchestrating the deal over real estate and who sells what and where. Bodie being the entrepreneur that he is cannot resist under cutting the competition’s prices and realizing The Game has changed slightly and it’s about how much you can out sell your competitor right under his nose. You’ve got to give Bodie credit for “having flex” and adapting to a changing condition in his environment.
In other news, Ziggy finally makes the big time and gets taken seriously when he snaps and shoots out his customer over a stolen car deal gone bad. Yep, his duck is dead and his goose is cooked.
Things are getting grim down on the docks and the elder Sobotka brothers are upset with each other over how corruption is tearing apart the family, and their Union. Nick is regretting ever having met the Greeks, and Spiros is trying to lure him over to the Dark Side. They have passports and all. They ask only loyalty. My favorite quote from this episode is when Spiros is sitting with Nick on a park bench watching kids play hockey and he says “Why do they need sticks, can’t they kick it with their feet?”.
Spiros has dinner with The Greek who gives him a new passport, this time as a Croatian medical assistant. He tears up his old passport and *poof* there goes another old identity.
Nick has a final conversation with his uncle who berates him for getting into drug dealing. Frank Sobotka still doesn’t get that when you open even the slightest crack to corruption, even a few cases of booze that get stolen by your stevedores off the docks, that is the gateway to larger corruption like drugs, and ends up with bigger stuff like dead prostitutes and international connections of corruption on a global scale. Frank doesn’t get that it all started the first time he knew someone stole something and didn’t stop it right then and there. It’s the same with the police department, it all started when the very first person juked the stats in their report. Frank’s brother Lou is the only one who knows a little bit of evil is the gateway to a whole lot of evil and Lou is the only one who manages to keep the devil down in the hole.