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Collateral Damage 

Major Valchek gets back at Sobotka for the church gift fiasco, and a feud begins. Avon Barksdale continues to run his empire from a prison cell. On the waterfront, Port Police Officer ... See full summary »



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D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)


Major Valchek gets back at Sobotka for the church gift fiasco, and a feud begins. Avon Barksdale continues to run his empire from a prison cell. On the waterfront, Port Police Officer Beatrice Russell gets stuck investigating the contraband in the The Greek's container. McNulty lends a hand with the investigation. Written by Anonymous

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8 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Major Rawls explains to Robbie that by taking responsibility for the 13 bodies found in the crate, his clearance rate would go from 51.6% to 39.4%. Those numbers cannot be accurate, at least not down to the nearest tenth of a percent. Working backwards, Rawls had 42 cases already and if he had cleared 22, the percentage would be 52.4%, for 21 it would be 50% exactly. Since he stated he had over 50%, he probably solved 22. By adding 13 cases and if none of them can be cleared, his new ratio would be 22 out of 55, exactly 40%, not 39.4%. It is possible he was just fabricating the numbers to make his point so as to not take on the additional workload. See more »


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The Detail
15 May 2009 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

Prez becomes part of a new detail, the target is someone of the brotherhood of stevedores, is all a personal issue, I mean this detail (conformed by unknown characters except Detective Polk, one of the incompetent drunks that was one of the reasons Daniels knew that Burrell didn't want to go deeper with the Barksdale case, you know good people can bring big things but incompetent drunks like Polk will be only asking about who is signing the overtime slips) was formed because Valchek wants to find something dirty about Frank Sobotka, Stan has certainly reasons to be wondering about where the large quantities of money that Sobotka has showed come from but certainly Stan wouldn't be wondering about that if his thing with his window for the church turned to be as he wanted. So is Stan Valchek giving his help to Burrell, is almost a fact that Burrell will be the new police commissioner, and of course Burrell returning the unexpected favor. Stan wants a detail and he gets a detail, Frank gained the attention of Stan so the stevedores will get things like the Breathalyzer at 8 in the morning ("who gets drunk at 8 in the morning?" says one of the stevedores when they are stopped after they drank in the breakfast) and if Frank get the consequences of having gained Valchek's attention well Valchek will get the consequences of never trying to have a normal argument with Frank, you know is a war between Polish and is not the only war we have since also there's a war and the looser of that war gets the case of the 14 girls that were murdered. This second hour of Season 2 begins with no one taking care of the 13 dead girls that Office Russell found, it was apparently an accident then is all matter to find identifications however Russell found 14 bedrolls and 13 bodies and she remarks that when Jimmy McNulty, after reading about the 13 dead girls, comes to see her. McNulty has news, well just that the girl he found was murdered and well is again Detective McNulty quickly showing to Russell tat her case is no accident, the war is on with no one wanting the case but for the fortune of Russell there's this guy of the Marine Unit who is pretty much a clever bastard who will laugh his ass off after hearing from his friends Bunk and Lester about the reaction of Rawls and Jay Landsman when they knew that the 14 dead girls are their cases. You know the case will get real, homicide detectives so by the end of this episode we have Bunk and Lester going to see Russell after a night of fun with McNulty, a night when the case was still of Ray Cole but the day after Bunk and Lester will get the bad news, now McNulty is pretty much dead for them. The Atlantic Light is a crime scene and thanks to the Greek we get to know what exactly happened on that ship, the Greek lost 4 million dollars, this one is a great episode, Wee-Bey and D'Angelo have their first appearance in this Season, Officer Tilghman (Antonio D. Charit) have his first appearance in the Series and is this Tilghman pretty much having his revenge, Wee-Bey suffering and Avon with the control, he is in prison eating Kentucky Chicken, you know is damn Avon Barksdale.

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