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I’ve left off talking about Ladonna (the luminous Khandi Alexander) so far this season in order to discuss her story in the context that Tom Piazza (teleplay) and Eric Overmeyer (story) create in the current episode. Juxtaposition is one of the things that David Simon’s series have done excruciatingly well, and this episode is a superb example. The Sophia story has progressed to the point where we really do understand that an unregulated and uninspected police department inevitably leads to abuse. At the same time, her mother’s case against the police and L.P. Everett’s investigation into a police killing gain prominence, as do detective Terry Colson’s problems within the department. (A nod here to David Morse’s fine, understated performance.) [Spoilers ahead] But then comes Ladonna’s story, and suddenly the need for a police force hits us with the same force as the abuse by the cops does. »

- Terry Curtis Fox

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