McNulty heads out to the garage to get a police vehicle, but the key he tries on one car doesn't open it, so he looks around and goes in search of the right car. He tries another one, but still no luck. Finally, out on the roof, he gets the right car, and starts her up, but as soon as he moves, he realizes it's got a flat. He steps out of the car as the radio blares "More Than A Feelin'" by Boston (not too much thought required, there, huh?), and inspects the tire. Pissed, he immediately starts kicking the car, and on the fourth kick he ends up hurting his leg. This is all shot from afar, showing the buildings of downtown Baltimore looming large and reinforcing the notion that McNulty is fighting insurmountable forces, and that his struggle is a petty one. It's all pretty pathetic.
Speaking of insurmountable, here's a scene with Carcetti and Mike Steintorf, his COS, who says, "Some good news, for a change: test scores for third-graders are going up, a good fifteen points." "That's what I get for fifty-four million?" says Carcetti, clearly annoyed that his education spending has yielded such piddling results. Steintorf says that fifteen points is a solid number, enough for Carcetti to run on. Carcetti says he has no choice, seeing as he sure as hell can't run on the crime rate. Steintorf agrees, as Burrell has already announced that there's no way they can see a double-digit decline in the crime rate. "Until we take back the state house, this city will starve. I get to Annapolis, and whoever I leave behind as Mayor -- Bond, Campbell, or who knows -- they're going to have a better time of it." "It's not going to be Nerese, if she keeps going like she has," chimes in Querns -- er, sorry, "Norman Wilson." Old habits, you know. "The Sun made her look bad."
Odell also decides to speak up: "She tells me this real estate flip was a holdover from the last administration." "True, as far as it goes, but she got herself paid, as well," says Norman. Steintorf says it looked bad enough that it'll cost Carcetti votes in his run for Governor, and that she's making him vulnerable. "What, can I ask, makes the Governor vulnerable?" asks Watkins, and they all discuss different ways they can weaken the incumbent, all of which Steintorf dismisses: "It has to hit [the voters] directly." Carcetti, already fed up with the discussion, mentions that he's already late for about thirty different meetings, and he and Norman excuse themselves. "Doesn't this seem a little thin to you, running for Governor two years into a four-year term?" asks Watkins. "Everything's thin!" replies the Chief of Staff. "The whole world shines shit and calls it gold." Odell looks like he smelled an egg fart, and I guess I do, too. What a bleak assessment.