Partlow's driving the black truck with Snoop driving shotgun when Herc pulls them over. As soon as he hears the siren, Partlow puts his handgun in a special secret sliding cubby above the glove box. Herc and Dozerman then get Snoop and Partlow out of the truck, patting them down; once the perps have been sent to wait on the curb, Herc and Dozerman search the truck, failing to find the secret cubby. Dozerman asks about the powder in the back, and Partlow says it's lime from his mother's garden. Herc tosses some more random stuff on the ground, and then Dozerman brings out the nail gun. Herc seizes it, and waves it around in front of Snoop and Partlow, the former telling him to "be cool" with it. Herc says he knows what it does, and proves it by driving a nail into the ground right by Snoop's foot. Having delivered that terrifying message...of sorts, Herc pouts, "I want my fucking camera," and throws the nail gun back into the truck, stomping off like the bitch he is.
Nice coffee shop. Carcetti and Daniels are having a casual lunch date, no big deal. Carcetti says that he heard what Daniels said at COMSTAT the other day and FELL IN LOVE. Except he says the last part in his head. He adds that he went on a ride-along in the Eastern the other day and watched a bunch of undercover rips, and asks Daniels what he's thinking. That's really more of a third-date question, isn't it? Daniels, looking at Carcetti under his brows, says that he assumes Carcetti witnessed a waste of "time, money, energy, and in some cases talent." Carcetti says that Rawls blamed it all on Burrell and his numbers game, but that if Carcetti were to put Rawls in charge, there would be a return to high-end police work. Daniels, his face betraying nothing, says, "Rawls said that." Carcetti says he did, and that he claimed to have been following orders like a good soldier: "What do you say?" Daniels tells him that he's prepared to talk about what happens on the street, or in his command at the Western, all day long. But he's a good soldier too, and he doesn't go up the chain of command with his opinions. Carcetti says he respects that, AND WILL RESPECT HIM IN THE MORNING, TOO. Daniels allows that they did have a great unit, Major Crimes, doing awesome high-end work. Carcetti notes the "did," and asks what wrecked it. Daniels smiles: "Good question, Mr. Mayor." Carcetti says that Foerster's passing leaves an opening for CID commander, and asks whether Daniels would be interested in being a colonel, working under Rawls. Daniels kind of huffs a little: "Under Rawls?" "He is Deputy Ops, is he not?" asks Carcetti. Daniels lays it on the line: "Is the mayor going to make the changes or just leave it to the good soldier?" Carcetti cocks his head, trying to look winningly coy, and Daniels says, "What I'm really asking is, how for-real are you?" Carcetti smiles that they're going to have to find that out together: "Aren't we, Colonel Daniels?" He sticks out his hand, and after leaving him hanging for a moment, Daniels takes it, and the deal is done. Carcetti is going to write such an awesome diary entry tonight, you guys!