Over at the Western, Kima's paying a friendly visit to her old pal Carver. And by "friendly," I mean "judgy and full of veiled warnings about the coming shitstorm." Carver shouldn't have let McNulty have carte blanche with his subordinates, Kima second-guesses once she and Carver are safely ensconced in an interrogation room away from prying ears. Carver asks whether she happened to notice the massive drug bust aided and abetted by the Western District-staffed surveillance teams. "Your guys," Kima says, after a pause so pregnant Britney Spears could bring multiple children to term. "You coach 'em good, Ellis. You let them know when IID comes calling, that their answer is that they didn't know anything about it, that they did what they were told and they turned in clean run sheets. And they don't know what anyone else sent upstairs for staff review." Carver is understandably puzzled, but Kima gets up to leave rather than explain what she's talking about. She does have one last question for Carver, and it's one motivated by genuine and newfound interest: how'd Carver feel when he sanctioned Colicchio despite the latter's profanity-laced protests. Carver felt pretty bad about it, thanks for asking. But is he okay with that? "It was a forced move," Carver explains. "Tony lost it. He was around the bend." That doesn't really answer the "Are you okay with it?" question, does it? But Carver is okay. Kima was afraid he would say that.
It's the corner of Riggs and Calhoun, which is where Michael is supposed to take out Big Walter -- that's Skinny Big Walter and not Big-Nose Big Walter -- later tonight. So what's he doing there now? Most likely, he followed Snoop there, because she's sitting in her SUV, handing out instructions to Stanfield henchmen. You know, I'm beginning to think there will be a grisly death at Riggs and Calhoun tonight, but I'm not so sure it's Big Walter who's the target. Michael has reached the same impression. He asks the cab driver whether his vehicle is available for rent. Indeed, it is, so Michael exchanges money for goods and/or services. The cab driver tells him to leave the car where he found it and beats it, leaving Michael to observe the Stanfield henchmen taking up their positions inside a vacant. They do not look like they are conspiring to leap out and congratulate Michael on a job well done after he caps Big Walter, though it would be a Three's Company-level misunderstanding if they actually were.