Homicide. Bunk is reading a Laura Lippman paperback (gayer than the salmon shirt -- I'm just saying) when McNulty comes in and asks who's working Stinkum's murder. Bunk says that it's Cole and Dunnigan. McNulty shoots Cole a look -- he's putting something into a plastic evidence bag -- and then sits down in a chair opposite Bunk's cube, and they roll in close to each other. "Omar was the shooter," McNulty announces. "Fuck me," says Bunk, sounding disappointed but not surprised. Bunk and McNulty what we know about how Omar got there (that after giving them Bird on the Gant murder, Omar went and killed another suspect as payback for his boyfriend). Bunk crabs that he's sure Omar had his reasons, but that doesn't feel like enough to him. "You want to give back the Gant case, then you go tell Cole the name of his shooter," says McNulty. Bunk looks like this option isn't so attractive to him, and McNulty adds, "Otherwise, you tell him we'll give him some talk on the wire, and we'll give him his clearance once we wrap our case." Bunk looks up the aisle, and then squints back at McNulty, in realization: "But you won't." "No, we won't," McNulty admits. "You want me to go and bullshit Cole out of his case for you, huh?" says Bunk, getting mad. "Why don't you go and tell him yourself?" "Are you kidding?" hisses McNulty. "Rawls sees my fingerprints on this, he'll run my nuts through a cheese grater." Bunk seems to know McNulty's right, but he still doesn't like it: "Fuck you, Jimmy." I guess that's BunkNulty shorthand for "You win," because McNulty rolls his chair back, and Bunk gets up, buttoning his jacket as he heads toward Cole
Bunk starts by making pleasant conversation, asking how the case is going. "Pretty good," says poor old Cole, who has no idea. "I like this kid who's fucking my victim's old girlfriend." From the cube, McNulty watches. Bunk hems a little before getting to it, directing Cole to join him in his "office" (a nearby interrogation room). Cole is rightly suspicious, but he goes. As Bunk enters after him, he shoots a guilty look back to McNulty, and then closes the door. McNulty smirks a little, like even he can't quite believe that worked.