Bad neighbourhood, by night. Crystal has brought the box of Dukie's stuff to his house. Sure enough, a junkie opens the door and offers to give the clothes to Dukie, but before Crystal has to refuse, Dukie opens an upstairs window and says he'll be right down. Junkie: "What?" Crystal: "Stay in school stay in school stay in school."
City Hall, I assume. A bunch of Royce staffers are watching the debate on TV, as Royce denies that downtown development is being undertaken at the expense of city neighbourhoods...
...while at the Carcetti office, his staffers do the same. Carcetti says that they won't lure new industries to Baltimore until people feel safe in their neighbourhoods. Gerry and Terri grin.
At the debate, Royce says he's offended by Carcetti's fearmongering, and asserts that crime is down under his leadership. Carcetti accuses the mayor of cooking the crime stats, just as he'd said he would, adding that morale in the police department has never been lower. That's hard to say -- is morale in the department ever really high?
Cutty, with a fine mist of sweat on his stomach, watches the debate as a lady friend slumbers next to him, but at Carcetti's mention of "wanton indifference," he changes to a football game. Hee.
Homicide. A bunch of detectives have gathered to listen as Carcetti busts out his murdered witness. Bunk: "Ohhhhhhh shit." Jay smirks. Norris accepts this latest scrutiny with his usual equanimity.
Odell Watkins watches in his office as Carcetti gets to the (as yet-unrecapped) letter he wrote the mayor, begging that more money be spent on witness protection, and says he even got the state to approve matching finds that Royce's administration never claimed. On this basis, Carcetti advises the voters to consider a change, and as the studio audience applauds (and gets bitched out by the moderator), Carcetti turns a baleful look at Royce, who manages not to lunge for Carcetti's throat as long as the cameras are on.
In Burrell's office, Rawls grunts, "No more surprises, huh?" Burrell pooches out his lips and ponders his suddenly iffy future.
Back at Carcetti's office, his staffers are all barely containing their joy as Royce stammers through a non-answer to Carcetti's charges, and claims to value witnesses...
...as, even at his office, Royce's own staffers shift uncomfortably. Royce finally says that Carcetti very well may have written a letter, but pleads the challenge of running a city on limited resources, and that writing letters won't get the job done. The camera pans to Carcetti, who manages not to look too smug, but possibly only because he's already checked out of the campaign anyway.