But enough grief: remember the basketball game? Avon's team is kicking some Eastside ass, yo! And the fun of the game has really made some unlikely bleacher buddies, as Poot comments, "Check out Avon. He's freaking!," and Herc quietly tells Carver, "I think Avon's here." I...think you're right? Brilliant deduction. Carver asks where, and Herc says he doesn't know what Avon looks like. They didn't see the poster? I would have thought they'd have a special briefing just so everyone could commit his face to memory. Then we get a shot of the Westside bench, with Avon right in the middle in his insanely red t-shirt, screaming like a mofo.
Detail office. The phone rings, and then Daniels excitedly pokes his head out of his office to tell Sydnor and Santangelo that they might have a visual on Avon at the game. He asks where Kima and Lester are, and Sydnor tells him about Shardene. Daniels picks up the phone and tells Herc to stay on the radio with Carver. McNulty rolls up just as Daniels comes out again to say, "We should follow him." McNulty asks why: "He ain't gonna touch drugs or money anywhere you can see him, Lieutenant." Daniels smirks a little, and condescends, "In Narcotics, we follow guys. We do it well, we make cases on it." McNulty rolls his eyes and leaves the room again, but Daniels is undeterred, as he puts his sidearm on and strides purposefully out of his office: "Mount up." Sydnor and Santangelo follow, but McNulty stays behind. Prez marvels that McNulty's been on Barksdale "three months" but doesn't even want to "get a look at him." McNulty says that he wouldn't know Avon if he "fell over him in the street." Okay, I know he saw the poster, so what the fuck? Anyway, McNulty goes on: "The thing is, I don't need to. We get him by voice alone, or we don't get him." Prez doesn't look sufficiently grateful not to have to be lonely in the office today.