Back at the corner, Cutty approaches the head of sales -- you will recognize him as Fruit (Brandon Fobbs), and you will know that he is affiliated with Marlo. Fruit is not taking appointments today: "Step the fuck off, motherfucker," he says to Cutty, who notes that he's not here to buy, but to sell. He explains the drill: after getting out of prison, he got a package, doesn't want to violate his parole, and is looking for someone to take on the selling responsibilities. After some dickering on how to split up the proceeds, they agree on a 60-40 split in favor of Cutty. Maybe you want to have the boys from Legal formalize that agreement, fellas.
At the Western, Lt. Mello is finishing up briefing the troops with an admonition not to deposit their empty beer cans on the roof of the garage, and Bunny Colvin is getting ready to head home. He spots Herc and Carver filling out the paperwork on some more arrests. "Distribution?" Colvin asks, perhaps more hopefully than he should. "Possession," Carver says. "And some loitering." Colvin can barely mask his contempt at that last charge. "And behaving like assholes in the presence of sworn officers, boss," Herc interjects helpfully. Yeah, pretty sure that's not a crime there, pal. Or as Colvin says so eloquently: weary sigh.
McNulty's alone at the Major Case headquarters -- apparently, he's annoyed everyone into leaving the room with his bleating about Stringer Bell -- when suddenly he gets an idea. He goes and grabs a box marked "Barksdale" -- conveniently located next to one labeled "Port Investigation," by the by -- and spills out the files all over the table. Just going to the show page and reading all the recaps assembled there would have been a lot less messy. "What the hell is all this?" Massey asks when she wanders into the room. "You don't look at what you did before, you do the same shit all over," McNulty says. True enough. Like for instance, I don't recognize any of the people in the photos McNulty's staring at so intently, certainly not D'Angelo Barksdale...maybe I should go scan the recaps. See y'all in a couple of hours.
Okay, I'm back, and while I was gone, Cutty started getting a painful lesson about how much things have changed since he was last out of prison. Fruit explains to him that the police came through and grabbed a bag full of drugs and -- darn the luck! -- the bag they happened to grab was Cutty's. So there will be no money. Cutty finds this turn of events a little too convenient and notes that, in the old days, "when a player tried to say he lost a package to the police, he had to give up a number for the report." "Well, we ain't back in the day," Fruit says. And to illustrate the point, he pulls a gun on Cutty, who beats a hasty retreat. So I guess that partnership is dissolved. A shame too -- they could have been another Sears-Roebuck for the gangland set.