Sgt. Carver faces discontent of unpaid officers; Mayor Carcetti struggles with keeping a campaign promise; Proposition Joe and others meet to discuss dividing drug frontiers across East Baltimore's county line.
Marlo takes care of some unfinished business and strikes a business deal with Barksdale; Mayor Carcetti's chief of staff searches for good news; frustrated McNulty decides to take matters into his own hands.
The press learns of Carcetti's plan for the police department; Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help with a problem; McNulty shares some inside information with Gutierrez.
Campbell tries to facilitate the transitions in the police department; the newspaper scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall; Proposition Joe prepares to make himself scarce.
Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connect; the newspaper gives McNulty increasing attention; Elena confronts him about his behavior.
Templeton makes headlines; Bunk follows up on old leads; McNulty takes an interest in the homeless.
After an unexpected call, Templeton and the newspaper find themselves back in the spotlight; McNulty receives unwanted attention.
Bunk returns a favor; Carcetti must make political deals; Haynes approaches Templeton about his sources.
While Freamon's hard work pays off with a promising lead, McNulty is not in the mood to celebrate; Michael is suspicious about his latest assignment; Bubbles recounts a recent temptation.
Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario; McNulty asks Landsman to pull police off the homeless case; Haynes' concerns about Templeton fall on deaf ears; Dukie seeks out an old mentor for a loan.