From a nearby roof, Carver watches through binoculars as D'Angelo trots over to his favourite pay phone to place a call. Carver immediately ducks down, grabs his own phone, and calls Lester to say that the "Barksdale kid" is on the line. Lester hangs up, and tells Prez, "He's beeping someone." The number D'Angelo calls pops up, with an asterisk in it. Prez writes it down, apparently decoded. On the roof, Carver watches D'Angelo throwing a football to someone we don't see, but making sure to stay close by the phone. Presently, it rings, and D'Angelo hurries to answer it. At the office, Lester and Prez listen -- the latter with an expression of rapt wonderment -- as Stringer and D'Angelo converse. Stringer wants to know if D'Angelo knows "a young hopper" -- "the fool, drop in there with a punch." Prez takes an index card with Stringer's name on it and writes down his pager number. Though that description is inscrutable to me, it rings a bell with D'Angelo. Stringer confirms with D'Angelo that the hopper in question has problems: "Enough to bring home, right?" "You know, man, whatever," says D'Angelo. No idea what's going on. But that's the end of the conversation, anyway. At the office, Prez beams. Back at the courtyard, D'Angelo plays a little more football, and then jogs back to his regular position next to Wallace and announces, "They're bringing Bodie home." Wallace, confronted with his own mortality, has no pithy rejoinder.
Somewhere else, McNulty is stripped to just his dress shirt, sleeves rolled up, on the walkie, telling Kima about Brandon's current state (cold, and getting colder) and the location he was found. They agree that they need to get in touch with Omar, and McNulty reverses all the way up to the corner like one of the buttholes on my block who think you can contravene the "one way" rule as long as your car is pointing in the right direction.