Me and my lonesome

” A lie ain’t a side of a story. It’s just a lie.”

-Terry Hanning

Epigraph for Episode 58, Clarifications.

Discuss first impressions, speculation, etc. Spoilers must go here.

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  1. It’s kind of a stupid, shell-shocked thing to say but I liked that even with all the hgh drama, the episode showed that life was going on. Dukie looking for a job, Poot having moved on, the smokers joking about Cheney, cops buying pop.

    Also interesting that after Bunk’s initial heartfelt reaction, the cops who heard about Omar were fairly non-plussed.

  2. I had to go back to watch the original interview with the PTSD Marine, and he’s right. Templeton juiced the story. He has no head for details. He’s not just dishonest, he’s a shit reporter with no common sense or empathy for what might be important about what the interview subject is saying.

    There was no firefight, they’d just done their patrol and got hit with an IED on the way back to base. Waited for MedEvac, and that was it.

    And during the interview Templeton even says to him “What are donuts without milk, right?” There was no coffee.

    I’ve got shit to write about Bubbles at some point, I suppose. No spoilers, no speculation, just introspection. Or something.

  3. Oh, and I did say this back last Sunday before any spoilers came my way:

    And Kenard, man. I think he’s gonna take Omar’s cane away and just beat him to death with it. The little shrimp has no fear.

    Does that get me a lap dance at She-She’s?

  4. It’s only due to this blog- and your comment last week, Ray – that I even knew Kenard’s name. It totally impressed my husband (he who can reel off baseball stats for hours on end).

    I really loved the Beadie – McNulty storyline in this one. When he finally came clean to her on the porch, I really *wanted* her to pity him – fold him in her arms and shake her head about what a numbskull he is. But her fierce anger about the way his tricks put her and the kids at risk was much, much better than my Hallmark-esque leanings.

  5. with you Michaela. Also nice that on the same night she was up for an Oscar (she didn’t win) we got to see a bit more of what Amy Ryan is known for. I have always loved Beadie and I loved the way they told the story of Beadie and McNulty coming together, which was offscreen and we learn about in a series of near-misses and brief “tells” , then we finally learned that indeed they were together.

    Anybody want to SPECULATE on the previews that look to have Michael facing off against either Chris or Snoop?

    I also wonder if Marlo and Chris are going to make that Atlantic City trip?

    Speculation…

  6. Could also be Marlo. But I think it’s Chris. Michael says something (don’t remember) about “You always told me to be the faster one”, which might be in reference to Chris training Michael in basic gunplay.

    We know there is tension between Marlo and Chris (at least in Chris’s mind). We know there is tension between Chris-n-Snoop and Michael. If Chris and Marlo have a parting of ways, Michael steps up as the new loyal soldier and needs to do what needs to be done.

    This seems overwhelmingly likely, but as we know, they like to mislead using the previews. Maybe it’s Zombie Omar, and as everybody knows you gotta shoot a zombie in the head or he won’t die.

    I’m curious about where this Sun angle goes where Gus wants the other reporter to do some in-depth reporting on Bubbles. Not much time left for that to play out into anything interesting, but it clearly means something.

    But Bubbles stays clean, goddammit.

    And I love Beadie, but Rhonda is definitely hotter. And what the fuck is Carcetti’s problem? If I had Megan Anderson to come home to every night I’d never leave the house.

    (….sorry for the reflexive maleness…)

  7. He says “you always told me to show up early”, which references the conversation they had in the car prior to the Junebug massacre. So he’s talking to either Chris or Snoop.
    My guess, which is frightening, is that it’s Chris.

    it’s a test, like you said.

    Maybe Bubbles’ story is the one good thing that rises to the top. Or, the pony at the bottom. Metaphor of your choice.

    Isn’t reflexive maleness sort of the Season 5 sub-theme? : )

  8. Isn’t reflexive maleness sort of the Season 5 sub-theme? : )

    Oh, indeed.

    *sniff*

  9. “Also interesting that after Bunk’s initial heartfelt reaction, the cops who heard about Omar were fairly non-plussed.” No shit. I can’t believe that McNutty had nothing else to say about it, after letting him make the cell phone call before running him in, all that. Damn.

    Poot’s advice to run on the corners for 2 more years to Dukie just reeked with hopelessness.

    Yeah, the “show up early” means either Chris or Snoop. I’m thinking it’s Chris because the DNA shows Chris as the suspect in the beatdown murder of Bug’s dad, so Marlo’s afraid what Chris will say if he gets picked up. Neat and tidy, y’all.

    Nice call, Ray, but buy your own lap dance.

  10. Poot’s advice to run on the corners for 2 more years to Dukie just reeked with hopelessness.

    This is analogous to another AA/NA-ism. Somebody who comes into the program who hasn’t hit bottom, isn’t desperate enough, is still holding onto old ideas, sometimes a sponsor will just tell them, “dude, you’ve got more drinking to do. go on out and come back when you’re really ready.” It’s sad and it’s heartbreaking and as those of you who read my blog know, sometimes it’s a death sentence, but, y’know, it’s reality. It’s How It Works.

    I’m glad to see Poot off the corners. It’s that little bit of hope that makes it real. Not every addict and slinger has to die. There are ways out, and sometimes it requires superhuman resilience and determination to find those ways out, which is unfair as fuck. In these neighborhoods, only the cream of the crop can escape, whereas in middle class white society, even the lowbrow to mediocre have an easier path to a normal adult life. I mean, drop the Bush twins into a brownstone at Monroe and Fayette for a year and see how long it takes before they’re sucking cock for a $10 blast…

  11. “drop the Bush twins into a brownstone at Monroe and Fayette for a year and see how long it takes before they’re sucking cock for a $10 blast…”

    And, in the case of Noelle Bush, I believe she’s already been there.

    But it sucked, Ray. Dukie knows he’s not made for the corners. He can’t shoot Wallace like Poot did. But since he’s not 17, there’s nothing he can do. Did you see Dukie with that damn pistol? Sheeeeeee-it.

  12. Let’s also hope that Dukie is not an episode or two away from being a single parent of Bug

  13. Does that get me a lap dance at She-She’s?

    Lap dance? Well, Dukie is unemployed and flexible in mind and body. You could get a good price…

  14. I know he saw that gig in the paper. DId he go apply?


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