Kima Greggs and McNulty attend a court hearing for Marvin Browning â a Barksdale dealer they arrested for a hand-to-hand deal. Hoping he will give them information, they push ASA Dawkins to pursue the maximum sentence of 5 years due to his prior arrests, even though Browning had only been caught selling 1 gel cap of heroin and 1 vial of cocaine. He nonetheless refuses their offer of a deal without hesitation. Polk visits Mahone in the hospital, where he learns that Mahone will be getting an early retirement and a bump in his pension due to his injury. Mahone tells Polk that he could follow him by deliberately injuring himself, which Polk reluctantly considers. Herc and Carver drive out to the "Boy's Village" , planning to interrogate Bodie Broadus, only to find that he has escaped from the low-security facility. They burst into Bodie's home, but find only his grandmother. Embarrassed by his strongarm tactics, Herc speaks respectfully to Bodie's grandmother and leaves his card.
Bunk Moreland and McNulty review old homicide cases and try to match them to the Barksdale organization. Their sergeant, Jay Landsman, insists they review the case of Deirdre Kresson, a college girl murdered far from the west side, with a "D" listed as a possible suspect. Landsman points out that the Homicide Unit is under-staffed while McNulty is detailed away, and McNulty reluctantly agrees to investigate the months-old murder despite not believing there is any connection.
McNulty and Bunk visit the Kresson crime scene, where they communicate solely in variations of the word "fuck". McNulty snags his finger in a metal tape measure and Bunk uses a squeaky marker pen. Thus they accurately recreate the events of the murder and find the shell casings and bullet that previous detectives missed. Landsman visits Major William Rawls and says that McNulty is addicted to himself and his ego leads him to believe that he is the smartest person in the room. Somewhat convinced, Rawls offers a deal: if McNulty wraps up the detail in two weeks, he can come back with a clean slate.
Greggs and Bubbles discuss the recent hit on the Barksdale stash. Bubbles is disappointed she has never heard of Omar Little or his brother No-Heart Anthony. She realizes she is late for a class and calls in for a replacement. McNulty picks up Bubbles (and impresses him with his knowledge of No-Heart Anthony), but has to stop off at his son's soccer game. McNulty discusses sharing custody of his sons with his estranged wife Elena, but the conversation devolves into profanity. Greggs studies at home, until Cheryl chastises her for getting marker on the sofa. The two play around and Cheryl insists that Greggs work at the table. Greggs notices Cheryl's cell phone bill and realizes that the Barksdale dealers use pagers rather than cell phones because cell phones maintain a record of all incoming and outgoing calls.
Judge Phelan is disappointed when Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell tells him they have nothing on the Barksdale organization's leaders. At the detail office, Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski does wordsearch puzzles and mans the phones, when Phelan calls McNulty to tell of his meeting with Burrell. Daniels meets with Burrell and tells him that he can take the case wherever Burrell wants, raising the possibility of a wire to make the case, suggested by McNulty, as the only way to get at the higher-ups.
At the detail office, Greggs brings up pager cloning, and they discuss the requirements for a surveillance affidavit, including the need to prove "exhaustion" by showing that no other method will work. Daniels points out that they need to have a number to bug, and Freamon surprises everybody by revealing that the number he found in the stash house (in "The Buys") belongs to D'Angelo Barksdale. Realizing that Freamon is "natural police" (as confirmed by Bunk), McNulty buys him a drink. Freamon tells how he was thrown out of homicide and moved to the pawn shop unit for defying orders from his Major by doing his job properly and fully. Freamon warns that McNulty is likely on a similar path, and that if a commanding officer ever asks "where do you not want to wind up", as if they are concerned, to be wary and not answer honestly. That night, McNulty shows up at Greggs's apartment, drunk. She confirms that their visual surveillance was unable to follow targets into the project towers, fully proving "exhaustion", and he thanks her for her good work. Back with Cheryl, Greggs explains that McNulty is very lonely, and they begin to 'fool around'.
Omar, Brandon, and Bailey enjoy the proceeds from the Barksdale stash rip. Brandon apologizes for using Omar's name during the raid, and Omar reassures Brandon that he is more worried that Brandon will face repercussions, as Omar is well known in Baltimore anyway. It is revealed that Omar and Brandon are in a romantic relationship. An addict approaches Omar with her son and respectfully asks for a free fix, which he grants.
Avon Barksdale discusses the loss of the stash with his enforcers Anton "Stinkum" Artis and Wee-Bey Brice and he puts a contract out on Omar's crew. Avon seems even more upset when informed that, according to Bird (another soldier), Omar is gay. Stringer Bell tells Avon he is worried about the pit operation with the stash rip coinciding with the police raid. He reassures Avon that his nephew D'Angelo is doing well, but he is worried there may be a leak from someone else in D'Angelo's crew.
Bodie arrives back in the low rises and Poot Carr and Wallace are astounded that Bodie got home so quickly after his actions. D'Angelo feels his alpha male status being challenged and tells them a story of murdering a girlfriend of Avon's -- Deirdre Kresson. He describes tapping on the window of her apartment and shooting her once she approached. Bodie, who has never killed anybody, is humbled. Later, the dealers destroy some new security cameras around the towers.