"What you all need from me?" Omar finally asks, his eyes hard. McNulty shifts in his perch on the work table, to relieve some of the pain of the police-work hard-on pressing against his fly, and asks when Omar last saw Brandon. Omar says it was Tuesday at 7, maybe later. Lester frowns at this, in recognition, and leans forward. Omar says that Brandon was going to Greek's, and that he's heard Brandon got "snatched up from there." McNulty knows the place, and Omar says that Brandon liked to play the pinball games there. Lester comes over with his notepad to stand behind Omar, listening intently as Kima asks if Brandon went alone. Omar: "Yeah, and I didn't like it none, neither. But you can only treat a young man like a boy for so long before they book." McNulty says that when Dylan was killed, Omar must have assumed that Avon was planning to come after him. Omar says that he didn't, actually: "That nigga's enemies got enemies. I just figured he tried his hand on the wrong corner, without us, and got dropped." Kima says that he was worried about Brandon, though, and Omar says, "Look, in my game, you take some kid, you play it the safest way you can. But it ain't about no hiding forever, you heard?" McNulty smiles a little at Omar's professional integrity. Omar goes on: "Frankly, you been in it as long as me, you do the thing on your name." McNulty surmises, "Anyone going to come after Omar, they're going to know Omar's coming after him." "Oh, indeed," says Omar, with a sneer at his absent enemies. McNulty asks who came after Brandon, and Omar says he heard it might have been Wee-Bey, Stinkum, and Bird: "He was down with the snatch, too."
Behind Omar, Lester motions with his notepad, and McNulty hops up and joins him behind a partition as Kima continues talking with Omar on the other side. Lester tells McNulty about the sequence of calls they logged the night of Brandon's murder. As Lester wraps it up, we see Daniels striding into the work area and into his office, behind McNulty. "This is the murder, right here," says McNulty, of the phone and pager records. He happens to glance up and see Daniels, settling back into his office, and as Lester says that they think some of the calls came from the pay phone outside Greek's.
At this, McNulty grabs Lester's pad and rushes into Daniels's office, smacking the paper down on the desk and snapping, "He's on you. We're up on those pay phones Tuesday night, we catch that murder -- shit, we get there before the murder. It's all here on the pen register." He angrily points to illustrate the trail: "This one calling that one, that one calling back. We're up on those pay phones when we should be, and we have him cold. But we're not up in time, are we? In this case, we're never where we need to be." Daniels still has yet to do anything but glare as McNulty stomps out, slamming the door. Omar and Kima look up as the raging Irishman grabs his jacket and leaves the office, Lester following silently. "Bad time for y'all?" says Omar, probably grateful for a little drama from strangers to take his mind off himself.