The Wire: Season 4, Episode 9

Know Your Place (12 Nov. 2006)

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Poot returns to the corner after a stint in prison--and is welcomed back. Carcetti engages in a testy budget battle with City Council President Campbell, promotes Daniels, and hits a snag in his efforts to relieve Burrell of his duties.

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Poot returns to the corner after a stint in prison--and is welcomed back. Carcetti engages in a testy budget battle with City Council President Campbell, promotes Daniels, and hits a snag in his efforts to relieve Burrell of his duties.

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Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: I don't get it. All this so we score higher on the state tests? If we're teaching the kids the test questions, what is it assessing in them?
Grace Sampson: Nothing. It assesses us. The test scores go up, they can say the schools are improving. The scores stay down, they can't.
Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: Juking the stats.
Grace Sampson: Excuse me?
Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: Making robberies into larcenies. Making rapes disappear. You juke the stats, and majors become colonels. I've been here before.
Grace Sampson: Wherever you go, there you are.
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That's what I'm talking about! SPOILERS.
14 September 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The Wire is back in FORM! Nice to see that.

The intro is a nice little scene that you can envision being chuckled over during street gossiping. "Yo, cops bust everyone BUT Lil Kevin - cuz he the biggest mf ON that corner!" Has that authentic and humorous flavor.

In news from the politicians' corner: Carcetti's got an honest-to-gosh OPPONENT that he can butt heads with now. Thank you! (It was getting a bit stale in that sector the last couple of episodes.) A conflict is brewing between him and City Council President Nerese Campbell (Marlyne Barrett). Their first showdown is extremely well-written and, although brief, skillfully demonstrates how they're both savvy and rather aggressive politicians. Their subsequent chat goes to remind us how slick and strategic Tommy Carcetti can be, and proves that him getting that Mayor's chair was certainly no accident. Nerese herself is an interesting character - obviously smart, yet very direct, too. I don't quite remember where their relationship evolves to from here, but it'll be interesting to see.

Prop Joe and Marlo's chat regarding wiretaps has a bit that's especially nice for people like me who've seen the show already - Joe patronizingly calling Marlo "son". We rewatchers can appreciate the gravity of that attitude of Joe's, - that Joe deludes himself into thinking that he'll be able to get Marlo to regard him as a sort of mentor, - and the build-up of it, because we know the grim fruit this wishful thinking will bear for Joe.

You know what this bit reminded me of? That piece from Good Will Hunting, when Skarsgaard's character (the mathematician) is trying to bond with Will, and he briefly ruffles Will's hair in a gesture that's meant to come off as affectionate, but is unmistakably patronizing. And Will even turns and looks at the guy - and he says nothing, but you know for a FACT that Will sees completely through the guy and his act.

These scenes are similar in that the older character wants to subtly take a degree of control over the younger one. And the sad facts that this older character is unwilling to fully admit to himself - but the younger one knows with deadly clarity - are that the youngster has not only already far SURPASSED the older one in many respects, but also is not the type to be patronized and manipulated so.

There's also good scenes about bureaucracy sabotaging the value of the school system, with parallels being drawn between the schools and the police force in a pretty cool way. This was done early in the season, too. And I liked the bit with Colvin taking the ghetto kids to a nice restaurant - not exactly original, but fairly moving nonetheless.

Anyway...I'm probably about to run out of space here... but there's lots of other cool stuff that happens throughout this episode.


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