McNulty and the detail continue to stake out Marlo and his crew. Recently promoted Sergeant Carver is met with complaints concerning unpaid overtime.
Meanwhile, Haynes deals with cutbacks, but is still able to expose a politician's connection to a drug dealer; and Joe, Marlo, Fatface Rick meet to divide up the drug trade across Baltimore.
original airdate--January 6,2008
music--Opening theme--"Way Down in the Hole" by Steve Earle
Epigraph--"The bigger the lie, the more they believe".
Bunk makes this remark after perpetrating an elaborate hoax to trick a young suspect into confessing to a crime.