This is all Lester was waiting to hear; he brings McNulty out to the open area and introduces him to Shardene, saying that she's been helping at Orlando's for a while, and that Lester thinks she can see well enough now to match faces to voices. Shardene breaks in to tell Lester she's "scared of this shit." Lester calmly pats her knee, telling her he knows she'll step up when the time comes. He tells McNulty that they'll need Ronnie to approve Shardene's wearing a wire at Orlando's. Shardene asks for a cup of coffee. Sydnor springs up to ask what she takes in it, but Lester waves him off: "A little cream, right?" Goddamn, Lester is smooth. Never mind that this all happened five years ago and he's on DVD; somehow MY panties just came off! Herc and Sydnor watch Lester go, taking mental notes to improve their own game.
Orlando's. Avon and Stringer are meeting with Levy, the last assuring Avon that they can "replace product and currency." Stringer agrees, saying that they need to "focus on what's real." Avon impatiently says, "All of this shit is real. All of it! They wanna put me in a box!" Levy calmly tells Avon to take stock of his situation: "Where are you weak? Where do you need to clean up?" He takes out a legal pad, saying that they can start with Orlando, since they can assume he "rolled," and would have talked about the club. Avon contemptuously says that's all Orlando could have talked about, since they kept him away from the drugs. Levy says, in that case, they ditch the club: "You're not on the license, you're not a listed owner. They can't make a connect." Stringer sighs. Avon asks, "When did this shit start up?" Stringer, correctly, says that it was around the time D'Angelo beat his murder charge. He muses that it could have been after Gant's murder was reported in the paper, but that the cops were probably already on the Barksdalies by then. Levy reminds them about Nakeesha Lyles, speculating that she could still change her story and hurt them. Avon is confident that they took care of her, but Levy says that anyone can potentially be put into play: "The less I hear, the better." He takes off, Stringer calling after him to lock the door. Once he's gone, Stringer recaps: "We got Bird and Bey." Avon has no worries about Bird. Stringer says that Bird's already in jail, and that Wee-Bey may go that way before too long himself: "And we got Savino." Avon notes that it's just "an Arm and Hammer charge" (there's some product placement a company can be proud of), and won't do anything stupid to avoid a mere three-year sentence. Stringer agrees, and says that as far as Orlando's concerned, the only problem there was Little Man. "Was," Avon agrees. "Who else?" he asks. No one! At all! RIGHT, EVERYONE?