In the park, McNulty catches up with Bubbs, having apparently given him the little wad of cash he and Kima had discussed. "She said you were doing good," McNulty reports. "Said she was proud of you." And if you thought McNulty was guilty? You have not seen guilt until you've seen Bubbs at this moment. He's like the entire nation of Ireland, concentrated into one little junkie. Without letting McNulty know what's new with him, Bubbs asks how Kima's doing. "Still shook," McNulty replies. "But she wanted you to have that," he adds, indicating the cash. "Told me to tell you she's sorry to be late with it." Bubbs shakes his head with shame, and chuckles, "Girl got such heart, you know?" McNulty sure does know. They share a nice moment thinking about how great she is, and then Bubbs counts off a couple of bills, saying that it's enough for what he's up to at the moment. He folds the rest, telling McNulty to return it to Kima. McNulty, getting it, asks if he's sure, and Bubbs hesitates long enough to ponder what he's doing before taking it back, not meeting McNulty's eye as he does so. He stands, shoving the money in his pocket, and makes to leave, telling McNulty, "Give her my love." McNuly gives him a manly nod. The two head off in opposite directions, until Bubbs calls out to McNulty in a breaking voice: "Don't tell her." Andre Royo holds his position juuuuust long enough for Bubbs to break your heart right in half, and then McNulty nods, and watches him head off to score.
Detail office. Looks like Herc shouldn't have counted his stripey chickens before they'd hatched; turns out he's not getting promoted after all. In fact, five guys beat Herc to it -- including Carver! Wah-wah. Given the way Herc was throwing his weight around, Carver could be such a dick about this news, but he just says he's sorry, actually sounding sincere. Herc theorizes that he was passed over due to "all the brutality complaints," which I guess means that they're at least worth the paper they're filed on after all. Anyway, Herc thinks the black marks on his record mean that it won't ever matter how well he does on a test, but Carver kindly says that Herc doesn't know that. Sure -- he could eventually be up against dudes with even more brutality complaints against them. (God forbid.) He congratulates Carver with a fist-bump, though Carver isn't really that psyched about it. Prez picks up the ringing phone just as Lester enters, a couple of takeout containers in his hand and Shardene in his wake. The two of them head into an adjacent room, where Lester starts to lay out the food and Shardene sits on the table next to him, leaning down to give him a kiss as he beams back at her. Aw! God, they are cute. Watching them, Carver and Herc share a "get it, Lester!" look, Carver commenting, "The world is on its ass." Actually, superfly Lester landing his sweet-natured, hot-assed dream girl is one of the few things on this show that really makes sense. Speaking of Lester, Prez enters the room where he and Shardene are dining to give Lester a phone number in Philadelphia that he'd asked for. Lester takes it, thanking him, whereupon he notices Carver spying on him and closes the door on his love nest. Hee.