Royce's office. Rawls and Burrell have been called to the carpet over the Braddock leak. Parker and Royce go through a bit where they enumerate the police shit that's blown back on Royce -- Hamsterdam, the murder of Braddock in the first place -- and how Burrell takes the blame for all of it. But to scuttle the investigation is apparently now just totally beyond the pale. Burrell, unadvisably, starts to tell Royce he was just doing what he was told, but Royce hisses that he was supposed to be subtle about it -- just lose a report for a few weeks or something, not take personnel off the case. Even fucking Rawls has to roll his eyes at this bullshit. Burrell starts trying to defend himself some more, but Royce dismisses him. Burrell tries again, but Royce is like, "I said 'Good day,' sir," and Burrell reluctantly gets up to leave. Rawls starts to follow him, and Royce declares that he should stay. Burrell's like, "I guess I'm going to be 'spending more time with my family,' then," and shambles out as Royce invites Rawls to have a seat. Parking it next to him, Royce gives him an appraising look, and like we all knew he could, Rawls covers his ass like a champ: "I tried to warn him. I mean, if it leaked out of Homicide about the dead witness, why wouldn't it leak that we bumped a detective?" I am sure the second part of that declaration is true; I am equally sure he never tried to "warn" Burrell about shit, because Rawls is a politician and he saw exactly how all this shit was ultimately going to play out. Parker asks why Rawls didn't come to them beforehand, and Rawls once again beautifully lowers himself to the depths of his circumstances: "I'm a loyal subordinate, Mr. Mayor, and Ervin is a good man working under considerable pressure." Parker says that Burrell is a hack, and Royce murmurs, "You're not bothered by the pressure, Deputy?" "Not in the least," says Rawls calmly. Royce blinks, and turns so that he's staring Rawls straight in the eye as he declares, "I need you to make this go away, Bill. I won't forget, believe me." Rawls surely already has an ass-covering plan in the back of his mind (or actually written out and illustrated with stick figures), and they shake on Burrell's destruction.
Paved Playground Of Evil. Partlow tells Marlo that he's heard from Slim Charles, who says "the fat man" wants to meet. Marlo says that they already did, but Partlow adds that it's about the card game -- Prop Joe says he knew it was going to get robbed. Marlo tells Partlow to set it up, and then Andre appears, complaining that Marlo always wants to meet him there, "out in the weather." Marlo says that he "don't like to talk in no rooms," and Andre nods sagely. He starts to settle his bulk on a chair, but Partlow tells him he won't be staying long. Andre starts by saying that he can't quite pay Marlo what he owes him yet, but Marlo tells him not to worry about that for now. Instead, he says, Omar's going to rob his store, and Andre should make a police report. Andre says that when he gets out, Omar will come right at him -- not that he's scared, of course, of the unpredictable chaotic evil he's already called a terrorist, if that's what you're thinking. Because he totally isn't. At all. Marlo calmly says that he won't get out, and Andre nods and smirks just a little, taking off again with possibly a bit of a spring in his shuffle. Once he's gone, Partlow points out that Omar will probably make bail on a robbery charge, and Marlo orders, "Make it no bail." Who knew that when he said he knew how to hire lawyers, he was referring to Christopher Partlow, Esq., House Counsel?