Andre's store. A hooker comes in to buy a snack and some Kools, chit-chatting about her pimp, before Bunk enters with Holley. Bunk gives Andre such a long appraising look that Andre has to snap, "Motherfucker, what?" I'm so saying that the next time I get the stinkeye from a cop in the subway. Anyway: what Bunk has is a Grand Jury summons for Andre. And what Andre has, I would imagine, is a load in his pants.
Lee house. Mrs. Lee is on the couch with Bug while Michael stands against the wall, not looking at her as he says, "He had twelve years." "Parole," says Mrs. Lee simply. "It was only a drug charge." Michael says that she swore Maplewood wasn't coming back, but she claims that this is a good thing: "It's going to be back the way it was." "'The way it was'?!" snaps Michael incredulously. "We a family again," says Mrs. Lee wearily. "You lied to me," Michael quietly accuses. At this, Mrs. Lee decides she's had enough and stands, glaring at Michael like she's about to start some shit, but she only ends up telling him that people change. She heads for the stairs, remembering before she goes up to tell Michael that Maplewood wants the DSS card: "He gonna take care of all that for us." Oh, I'm sure he will.
Carcetti campaign office. Carcetti is meeting with someone from the Democratic party who has the excitable voice of an infomercial announcer; I'll call her Joanne Trippi. The shorthand is that Carcetti needs to get the crime rate under 10%, build something downtown with his name on it, and stay away from the schools. If he can do all that -- and keep his boyish good looks -- he could be poised to run for governor in 2008. Can I add a fifth thing he should do? Um, get some boots with lifts?
Nerd lunch. Dukie is helping some of the girls to shop online for earrings when Prez notices Michael moping in the back of the room. He motions for Michael to come up and talk to him -- which he does, reluctantly. Prez puts on his Let's Rap hat and asks whether Michael's having problems at home. Michael says no. Prez gently presses him, but Michael -- a little sharply -- snaps, "I said no." Prez backs off and says that he's there whenever Michael wants to talk; if Michael would rather, Prez can also write him out a pass to speak to a social worker. Michael averts his eyes for a long beat, working his jaw. Prez kindly asks whether Michael wants to see the social worker, and after another agonizing silence, Michael says he doesn't, and your heart breaks for the fortieth time this season.
In the hall, Duquette excitedly tells Bunny and Parenti that she's never seen kids like theirs so animated in a classroom. Parenti agrees that they were focused -- at least, "the corner culture kids" were. Duquette points out that the others opted out. Bunny's not sure what she's talking about, but she reiterates what Mason had told him the other day -- that some kids have oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress, clinical depression, what-have-you. Given problems that big, Parenti says, they'll probably need a full-time social worker. But all agree that they can declare victory over the corner kids, Bunny saying that they came alive and stayed on point when they could talk about what they know. Parenti says the question is whether the kids will be able to take those tools and apply them to other areas of study, and "learn on faith." Duquette says that they're in uncharted territory, and Parenti suggests that they just "let this ride," and see where it goes. You know -- other than to the corner, on a field trip to see their laws in action.