Recap The Wire: Season 2, Episode 7 - Backwash

Sobotka detail

Bunk Moreland and Beadie Russell meet with Sergeant Jay Landsman to discuss using a computer to monitor dock traffic. He is initially outraged but is more accepting when he learns that Lieutenant Cedric Daniels has granted them space in his detail's off site location. Before storming out he speculates that Daniels might take the cases.

Colonel William Rawls later calls a meeting with Daniels to try to persuade him to take the Jane Doe homicides but Daniels stands firm. In a discussion with his wife, Daniels defends his decision to stay with the police department and tells her he is playing their game from now on.

Kima Greggs and Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski follow up on the information they got from Shardene Innes' friend and find a strip club employing Eastern European dancers. Greggs and Prez watch as the girls leave the club and file into a van. They then trail the van to its destination - an apartment building where the girls are being kept on the sixth floor.

Thomas "Herc" Hauk and Ellis Carver purchase a remote audio surveillance bug to get information "above street level" on the drug trade. Carver is dubious of the cost ($1,250), but Herc persuades the shopkeeper to let them have it for a trial period of 48 hours in exchange for the store keeping a credit card, hoping to return it as soon as they have a meet on record. They place the bug in a tennis ball, without the necessary paperwork, and have some success monitoring Frog. However, when Nick Sobotka arrives Frog unwittingly picks up the ball and throws it; Carver tries to chase it into the street but it is destroyed in traffic.

Lester Freamon and Beadie continue to study the drug traffic through the docks by using their cloned computer. Freamon watches clean checkers at work just to familiarize himself with how things work. When they pick up Thomas "Horseface" Pakusa working a ship they call in Kima and Prez for help with surveillance. They track the container back to Double G's warehouse and see Sergei "Serge" Molatov meeting with Proposition Joe. Greggs photographs the encounter.

Bunk, Freamon and Russell decide they must convince Daniels to take on the murders because he will permit the kind of investigation they feel that they need to run. Freamon makes an impassioned plea to Daniels who later visits Rawls and tells him he will take on the case if he can expect full support from Rawls. He is less successful, however, at selling the idea to his wife; she tells him the thing she first fell in love with was his ambition.

Dock business

Nick gets further involved in illegal activity and sets himself up as a supplier to Ziggy Sobotka's dealer contact Frog. He is unknowingly picked up by Carver and Herc.

Ziggy receives a letter from a law firm claiming he has fathered a child with a notoriously promiscuous local woman. He is despondent and begins drinking at a bar. He becomes even more despondent when he realizes that Nick is far more successful than him in the drug trade. Nick realizes that the letter should have been hand delivered rather than mailed; he checks the phone number and it phones through to Maui's cell phone. Nick tells Ziggy he has been the victim of a prank. Later, Maui continues to taunt Ziggy with a song ("Love Child" by The Supremes) from the jukebox and the other Stevedores try to convince Ziggy he could take the much bigger Maui in a fight.

Frank Sobotka visits a seminar on robotic dock technology and is appalled when he realizes the automated systems threaten to make stevedores obsolete. He meets with Nat Coxson back at the union offices and appeals to him to let him extend his term as union treasurer for another year, deferring an agreement to alternate between white and black leaders annually.

Frank meets with his lobbyist, Bruce DiBiago, and is disappointed with his progress. He rants about his family's history and its lack of a financially secure future before delivering a box of cash and insisting that Bruce work harder to get the canal dredged.

A dock worker called New Charles is injured while moving freight. His leg is trapped under a box and severely damaged. The Stevedores rush to his aid and he is taken to hospital, but he ends up losing the limb. Frank and Nat visit his family and Frank delivers an envelope stuffed with cash. When Nat asks Frank where the money comes from, he refuses to answer.

D'Angelo's death

Bodie Broadus buys flowers for D'Angelo Barksdale's funeral and orders an arrangement to look like the high rise tower that D'Angelo controlled before his demotion in the season 1 premiere. Stringer Bell visits Brianna Barksdale's house for D'Angelo's wake and finds her inconsolable. Donette seems more pragmatic about the death. In the prison Avon Barksdale and Wee-Bey Brice discuss D'Angelo's Ć¢€˜suicideĆ¢€™. Avon musters enough anger at the selfishness of the act to dismiss D'Angelo as weak.

The funeral is well attended and Bodie's flowers garner compliments. After the ceremony, Proposition Joe discusses sharing his supply with Stringer for a share in the Barksdale organization's profits. Stringer presents the idea to Avon, who dismisses it immediately.

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