The Wire
Port In A Storm

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"Business. Always Business."

El-Rich Motel. Ashley and Aimee are asleep in bed as Nick puts his jacket on and steals out the door. He checks out the window to see that one of the FBI's cars is still there, and bends to put his boots on. Aimee wakes up at this, asking where he's going. "Work," says Nick. At his mythical warehouse job, I assume. Aimee pouts as Nick walks out the door, thinking that at least Johnny Fifty was never into drugs....

At his desk, Valchek sorts through his mail, including an envelope postmarked Australia. Shaking his head, he opens it and pulls out another Polaroid of his van. Valchek can't suppress a smirk: "Frank, you cocksucker." He says something in Polish, which is probably...the same thing.

Mason creeps his car forward in an alley somewhere. Nick hops out, telling Mason he can take it from there. Mason looks dubious, but Nick insists: "No one fucks with us on our turf." Well, they...dumped Frank's body on your turf, in a way, but I guess he knows better. Nick strides off...

...and into the desolate hiring hall. La La stands. Nick shrugs, "Where the fuck else am I gonna go?" That's true; the Port of Philadelphia is no safer. Nick asks, "How's it looking?" La La tells him that there isn't much else today beyond a ship at Northpoint that was already claimed by the "greybeards." "Seniority sucks," sniffs Nick. "If you ain't senior," La La agrees. Nick leaves the hall, passing one of Frank's campaign flyers on the way out, and takes an appraising look up and down the street before trudging off.

Nick walks along a fence, Mason's car following at a discreet distance, and stops to loop his fingers through the chain-link; he can't look at the grain pier for long before closing his eyes. Steve Earle's "I Feel Alright" starts up as we see...

...a marshal lighting a smoke beside the padlocked I.B.S. hall...

...Johnny Fifty showily peeing on the container, making sure the port cops parked nearby are watching, and moves on, flipping them off...

...Rhonda at a hearing for (among others) Eton and Horseface...

...an office assistant, in Homicide, turning the fourteen Jane Does from red to black on the board, while Rawls and Jay watch and giggle like they had anything to do with it...

...Ziggy being walked down a hall with a bunch of enormous cons...

...Krawczyk presiding over a groundbreaking ceremony for The Grainary, also attended by Clay Davis, among others...

...Beadie, back in her uniform and headphones, driving sadly through the port, and pausing outside Frank's former trailer...

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