Call room. "You're letting it ring, right?" nags Terri at Carcetti through the door, as he pokes himself in the thumb with a dart. He yells back that no one's home, and then goes to pick up the phone again, but can't quite manage it. Dude, I used to work in telemarketing. I know that feeling so very well.
Detail office. On the wire, we can hear part of a conversation about Fruit and Patrice, and then Massey bellows to Lester to come listen as the caller announces what Lex just did. And this goes out to whoever's discussing the murder: Fruit is dead. It's not bad enough he went by the street name "Fruit" while he was alive -- when he's barely cold on the ground, maybe you don't have to call attention to his lazy eye.
Call room. Carcetti gets a guy to give him $4,000. He tries to get another $4,000 out of his wife or kids, but washes out. Carcetti, don't give up so easy! Does the guy have pets? Did you even ask?
Homicide. It appears as though Bunk and Norris caught Fruit's murder. Lester's come down to tell them what he heard about Lex, adding that he was up on Fruit's phone, too, so he'll give them whatever he has. Bunk gives him Fruit's phone, saying that Lester can pull numbers off it "as a consolation prize." Norris asks whether it won't fuck up Lester's case for a wired guy to get killed, but Lester waves that off, saying that they're up on several street-level phones. Lester then repeats what he'd told Rhonda earlier about the lack of bodies in the Stanfield era, and how strange it is for the first dead guy in months to be on Marlo's side. Bunk leans in and tells Lester that if he hears anything more about the murder on the wire, Bunk expects a call. "Yeah, I know he does," sighs Lester. Bunk: "Oh! The hell with Norris. You're my real partner, Lester -- my life partner." "Don't tease, bitch," chuckles Lester, getting up to leave. He waves a goodbye to Norris, and as he heads out, Bunk jokes to Norris, "Look at that bow-legged motherfucker. I made him walk like that." Man, this really is the gayest homicide unit east of San Francisco.
Marlo has rallied his troops in an alley somewhere to ask what Lex's deal was. He gets briefed on Lex's professional circumstances, and that the shooting wasn't over business, but "pussy." Monk volunteers to kill everyone from Lex's corner and then take over the territory. Marlo looks over at Partlow, who subtly shakes his head; Marlo then announces that he's not interested in the "off-brand corner," but that since Lex dropped one of Marlo's people, Lex has to die, making him Lex Later. HA HA HA! I'm awesome!