The meeting breaks up, Carcetti heading straight for Campbell as she gathers her papers, and asking if there's a problem between them already. Campbell curtly says that she's just trying to help guide him through the process, pointedly adding, "Mr. Mayor...-Elect." Carcetti jokes that it felt more like she was dragging him across a minefield, and asks why she's so pissed off at him. Campbell lays it out: Royce shouldn't have run again, partly because she was ready for the job, "and the deal was cut long ago that he'd back [her] when the time came." She adds that Carcetti and Gray "jumped the line." Carcetti tries to be ingratiating, saying that he's sorry he and Gray ruined her "party plans," but that he didn't know about any deals she had with Royce. He says he had been hoping he and Campbell would be able to work closely together: "I think that we could make things happen." Campbell smiles mirthlessly as she tells Carcetti he'll only be getting the one term: "I'm not gonna stand down next time." He stops her as she walks out by asking what makes her think he'd even stay in office that long: "Governor's race is in two years, and plans can change. You might find yourself mayor in 2008 without so much as a campaign speech." Campbell gives him a withering look and continues on her way, since she can laugh at his outsized ambitions on her own time.
Bad neighbourhood. Bubbs, looking even more haggard than usual, is sitting on a stoop when Kima rolls up in her car. She affectionately tells him how crappy he looks. He tells her he's been "keeping it clean" with his cart and all, but that Arch keeps beating him up for whatever he has on him: "I'm ready to work." Kima tells him she isn't working Narcotics anymore, and he says he can tell, since she looks so nice. She pleads her new assignment in Homicide, and Bubbs bitterly jokes that if this guy kills him, she'll be able to help him out then. Kima finally relents, of course, asking whether Bubbs would be able to pick Arch out if they were to drive around for a while. Bubbs puts on the sunglasses that completely disguise his identity and gets into the back of her cop car.