Russell The non-English-speaking crew of the Atlantic Light proves no help in the investigation, but the first mate unwittingly provides a clue that gets the ball rolling; Nick wonders how he's going to provide for Aimee and their daughter when there's no work on the docks, but rejects Ziggy's idea to make a quick buck by dealing drugs.
Meanwhile, Omar signs up some new partners in crime; after Stringer discovers that Tilghman is buying from Butchie, Stringer convinces Butchie to give the C.O. a bad package the next time they do business; Sobotka lobbies a state senator whose hands are out; Stringer and Donette reach an understanding of sorts; after Prez spills the beans about the do-nothing task force.
Elsewhere, Valchek strong-arms Burrell into giving him a real task force headed by Daniels; Avon tries to get Dee's head right with a promise that he won't have to do the whole bit; Ziggy and Nick steal a container and fence the goods to the Greeks; Elena sends Jimmy separation papers.
original airdate--June 15,2003
music--Opening theme--"Way Down in the Hole" by The Blind Boys of Alabama
Epigraph--"What they need is a union".
Officer Russell makes this statement in reference to the women involved in the illegal sex trade.