McNulty's Serial Killer
Jimmy McNulty, Lester Freamon, and Leander Sydnor devise a plan to have McNulty call Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Templeton acting as the faux homeless serial killer and act upset about his articles painting him in a sexual light and declaring that no more bodies will be found in the city, instead he will simply send pictures of his victims (via cell phone). In both the newspaper and police offices the bosses tell their troops that they have been assured that they will have the resources to follow the case/story to its end and that it is a top priority.
Freamon is given technology to intercept the cell phone images which he uses on his illegal Marlo tap, running up against a tougher code than he expected consisting of nothing but a stopped clock face and he needs more man power for surveillance to see what they're doing and where they're going after they receive these messages from The Greek.
McNulty, knowing the case is one big facade, sends the surveillance teams to Freamon while allocating the extra man power assigned to (and forced on) him to allow other detectives to get "real police work" done; giving the detectives the overtime they have sorely needed. Unfortunately, the added attention begins to be too much for McNulty as the bosses offer him more and more men and, eventually, the fact that he's giving away time gets out and people come looking for it.
Detective "Bunk" Moreland refuses to attend a mandatory meeting about the homeless murders, knowing their true nature, opting instead to work on his 22 open murders going back to the previous year. Sergeant Ellis Carver takes Michael Lee off of his corner, "giftwrapping" him for Bunk so he can ask about his dead stepfather. Michael provides Bunk with nothing new which only adds to Bunk's unhappiness with everything going on with McNultyâincluding his inability to get lab results back due to the homeless murders taking precedence.
Omar Little traps former Barksdale and current Stanfield soldier Savino Bratton, who states that he wasn't there when Chris Partlow and Snoop tortured and killed Butchie. Omar suggests that he wouldn't have tried to help the situation anyway. Bratton remains silent so after a moment of consideration Omar kills him.
Later, in broad daylight, Omar limps on a crutch to confront Michael's corner, visibly scaring them. He tells Michael to tell Marlo that he killed Savino, and that he'll take out all his muscle until Marlo comes at him himself. After he walks off Kenard is the only one in less than awe.
Gus Haynes consults Major Dennis Mello, an old friend, in a cop bar about someoneâhypotheticallyâgoing through the court system with a false name. Mello points out that arrest sheets carry fingerprints and photos making such a thing near impossible, casting doubt on Scott Templeton's story that his original "crab lady" story was correct. Rebecca Corbett and Gus later both show disgust at Templeton's story about his night living with the homeless.
Gus sends Mike Fletcher off to research the homeless as well, not specifically for a story, and he winds up at the same kitchen Templeton was at and Bubbles is working at. Bubbles informs him it's not really a place for homeless persons, which comes as a surprise to him, but offers to take him around later. They meet under the same expressway overpass Templeton previously visited, and Fletcher spends some time talking to the homeless in the area. When he offers to pay Bubbles, Bubbles turns him down, telling him "write it how it feels."
Clay Davis's Trial
State Senator Clay Davis hires high power attorney Billy Murphy to represent him in his case, attempting to sway him to his side by "offering" to be indicted federally to make it a bigger case. Davis arrives at the courthouse with a copy of Prometheus Bound, comparing himself to the titular character (and mispronouncing both the name of the main character and author). During the actual trial the state presents their evidence and testimony from former Davis driver Damien Lavelle "Day Day" Priceâwho states that he returned his charity salaries to Davis in cash. Taking the stand himself, Davis charms the jury; saying he withdrew cash simply so that it would be on hand for him to dispense to needy constituents. To the shock of Bond and Pearlman, Davis is found not-guilty.
Detective Kima Greggs, assigned to the homeless killings full time, spends an entire day getting background information on the confirmed victims which "ruins her whole week." After she has plans to keep her son Elijah for the night and asks McNulty where to get children's furniture. He tells her Ikea, but fails to inform her that their furniture must be assembled. After a false start she gets the bed up and, when Elijah can't sleep, sits with him in the apartment window (an homage to a scene in the film Clockers, which was based on the Richard Price novel of the same name) saying good night to the denizens of the inner city a la Goodnight Moon.