...and stalks back out to the bullpen, Lester on her heels. Rhonda: "Four weeks before the Baltimore city primary, you had me a stack of drug money subpoenas that hit a dozen key political figures?" Lester scratches his chin: "There's an election? Who's running?" I'm kind of surprised that someone as smart as Lester wouldn't be aware of the election, and...oh. I see what he's doing.
Carcetti is having breakfast in a diner with an unnamed former mayor of Baltimore (Sam Coppola), shit-talking Royce. Mayor Former says that people also said the city was in the toilet during his term, but Carcetti dismisses that, saying that Mayor Former was dealt a bad hand what with "the riots" and all. Yeah, that's not the kind of thing you really want happening when you're in charge. Carcetti talks some boring strategy, saying that he could win if Gray's numbers go up because he's trying to get voters from Royce's base and blah blah blah, until Norman enters, stagily checking his watch. Carcetti tries to wrap things up just as Mayor Former tells him that the era of the white mayor is over in Baltimore. Norman, who didn't move from the table once he entered (hee), reminds Carcetti that he's due at a senior center: "And I don't want to be lying to a room full of wrinkle-assed voters 'cause you wanted to talk shop all the damn morning." Mayor Former reminds Carcetti that seniors vote, which seems to be all the spur Carcetti needs to get lost, leaving Norman to toss a bill on the table. Mayor Former tells Norman, "The candidate's on your clock. Don't ever let him forget it." Norman just says, "No indeed," instead of "Have we met?"
Kima takes a bunch of papers in to Lieutenant Asher (Gene Terinoni), being very vague about her subpoena requests and distracting him as he signs by talking about the vacation home he's building in Delaware. As he signs the last paper, he tells Kima he has to go to the site on Tuesday to meet with the contractor, and Kima cheerfully says that she and Lester will cover for him. Well, she does owe him a favour now.
Kima comes back out, shows Lester what she essentially tricked Asher into signing, and gets a low five for her efforts. "Cake," she crows. Yep, everything sure is going right at the unit!