D'Angelo The detail continues to look for the source of the union's money; Omar hands Levy his hat and Nathan a win when he gets on the stand; Nick seeks Vondas's juice in resolving Ziggy's problem with Cheese; abandoning the search for his floater's I.D.
McNulty courts Elena, hoping for a reconciliation; Greggs gets a direction on the Russian pross ring from Shardene, and a jealous Cheryl accompanies her and Prez on a field trip to the clubs to follow up Shardene's lead; after spending hours poring over the port's database, Russell finds the pattern they're looking for, but Daniels is still reluctant to pick up those fourteen names in red.
Meanwhile, Nick gets Vondas his chemicals and agrees to accept half his payment in cash and half in heroin; Stringer's out-sourcing a highly clandestine solution to the problem of Dee's distancing himself from the family and its business has tragic consequences.
original airdate--July 06,2003
music--Opening theme--"Way Down in the Hole" by The Blind Boys of Alabama
Epigraph--"It don't matter that some fool say he different..."
D'Angelo makes this comment when discussing F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby and the theme of the individuals inability to escape their past, a sentiment that D'Angelo shares due to his inability to escape the life of a Barksdale.