The Wire Know Your Place Recap Season 4 Episode 9 – In the previous Episode 8, Former cop and Major Bunny Colvin is helping a professor develop a program for kids at high risk of ending up in gangs and prison. Mayor-elect Tommy Carcetti is working at Baltimore’s problems from a political standpoint and finding resistance everywhere he turns. Bunk has figured out that Omar Little is innocent of the murder which resulted in his imprisonment. Snoop and Chris Partlow have dedicated themselves to getting rid of the competition – the “New York Boys” who are encroaching on their turf. And young man-of-the-house Michael Lee has a big problem when Bug’s father returns from prison to live with them.
The Wire Know Your Place Recap Season 4 Episode 9
Episode 9 of “The Wire” begins with Bunk Moreland picking up Omar at the less violent Harford County lockup. In return for the favor, Bunk extracts a promise from Omar that there will be no more vengeance killings. Omar agrees, but with some qualification: “I can still put a gun in his face. That man (Andre) still got some explaining to do.” Now that Andre has changed his story about the murder that occurred in his store, he’s also got some ‘splainin’ to do. Chris Partlow and Snoop are looking for him under direction of Marlo Stansfield, all of whom want to do him in.
Meanwhile, poor Andre doesn’t know who’s connected to who in the drug world he inhabits. He goes to Prop Joe asking if he can hide away from at Joe’s place. Classic case of asking the fox to guard the henhouse. Proposition Joe has already made accommodation with Marlo Stansfield and offers to deliver Andre to his execution – for a price. Adding insult to impending injury, Prop Joe makes Andre a lowball offer of $2,000 for his little store. That’s chump change even in Baltimore. On the other hand it doesn’t matter much. Andre can’t spend a cent where he’s going.
Jump the Line
It happens in small towns and large cities. The political establishment becomes entrenched and its mercenaries will do anything to maintain power in their fiefdoms. The son of a former mayor magically becomes the new mayor (This happened most recently in Syracuse, New York). The new mayor’s nephew gets a job on the election board. His cousin buys a job as superintendent of schools. That sort of thing is what Carcetti encounters in his meeting with the town council and the city planners. Each official has an agenda, a following, and a determination to increase in power. The most difficult human obstacle for Carcetti is the beautiful and tough Nerese Campbell. By getting himself elected, Carcetti has upset her applecart of deals she made with former Mayor Clarence Royce. Royce promised Nerese he would pull out all the stops in getting her elected mayor after his term was over. When Tommy asks her why she’s so hostile to him she says: “You guys jumped the line.”
It’s kind of fun to see the sensitive Prez getting the hang of classroom management. He’s finally figured that he can create a happier classroom by a simple tool: the seating chart. Had he used a seating chart earlier in the year, he might have prevented one student from slashing another student’s face – in his classroom at least. Other things in the classroom are going well too. Randy is using his newly acquired math skills to plan his business enterprise – selling candy in the school cafeteria. His knowledge of statistics and probably also helped him earn some cash in a streetside craps game. He will use this money to buy stock at the same lower prices that the Korean grocer gets. Watching the episode, you see these hopeful signs, and then you see them obliterated by the hard facts of ghetto life.
Bug and Michael Lee have the same mother but different fathers. Their mother is Raylene Lee, a crack addict. Michael is the man of the house, managing the money and food voucher received from the welfare department. This is not a Norman Rockwell painting. The picture suddenly becomes muddled when Bug’s father is brought back into the household by Raylene. Raylene wants Devar to take over the welfare financial management. It’s inevitable Michael and Devar (Bug’s dad) will get into it and they do. “No one wants you here,”Michael tells Devar. “Your momma wants me here,” Devar replies. “Yeah for the pipe,” Michael says sarcastically. It is on the verge of a physical confrontation. “You’re big,” Devar sized him up, “but not big enough.” The story here is all about Michael Lee, a good kid in an impossible situation. He strolls the streets with pals Dukie and Randy, wondering aloud what to do about Devar. Who can he talk to? Randy suggests that Prez is the guy to talk to because ‘he’s good at that kind of stuff.’ Dukie suggests Cutty, the boxing trainer. Michael Lee has a different idea. “I’ve got a problem I can’t bring to nobody else,” Michael tells Marlo at an open air meeting in a run-down public park.
Déjà vu All Over Again
Bubbles has a problem with a vicious and predatory neighborhood bad boy who keeps robbing him of his meager earnings and beating him up in the process. Since he’s helping the police, he reasonably expects Kima or Herc to watch his back. They don’t exactly promise, nor do they exactly refuse. Other priorities occupy their thoughts. Of what importance is it to them if a drug addicted street bum gets whacked around and robbed? Kima is sympathetic, but busy with her personal issues, including her ex-wife Cheryl, now living with a replacement partner. Herc is obsessed with sweating Little Kevin and doing a bad job of it. Consequently, Bubbles takes another harsh beating, as does the image of the Baltimore Police Department.
Teaching to the Test
Teacher Prez has done an admirable job of organizing the classroom and guiding the students in positive directions. But now comes a new shock when, at a teacher’s meeting with the powers-that-be, he gets a first-hand look into what’s killing the public educational system. Teachers call it “teaching to the test” but the superintendent sharply reminds them that the preferred euphemism is “curriculum alignment.”
What it means in the classroom really is that school districts must conform to the fantasies of a phalanx of ivory tower educational system bureaucrats in the Department of Education. Instead of dealing with individual and local conditions, teachers are forced into a deadly routine of drilling kids to come up with the answers that will most please the bureaucrats. This will allow the same bureaucrats to tout their progress in altered statistics. It will drain any natural enthusiasm or curiosity children in stressed inner-city neighborhoods may have and launch an outbreak of yawning and sleepiness as is depicted in this episode. Prez finds the statistical padding much the same as it was in his old job as a cop. It’s very sad. Teachers like Prez have no choice but to repeat the worst mistakes of the educational bureaucracy.
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The Wire Corner Boys Recap Season 4 Episode 8 characters and cast include:
Duquan ‘Dukie’ Weems – Jermaine Crawford (DC Noir, Damsels in Distress, Twelve, An American Affair)
Randy Wagstaff – Maestro Harrell (Bone Tomahawk, Ali, Fear the Walking Dead, Suburgatory)
Namond Brice – Julito McCullum (The Wool Cap, Akeelah and the Bee, Show Me a Hero)
Michael Lee – Tristan Mack Wilds (90210, Half Nelson, Red Tails, Shots Fired)
Jimmy McNulty – Dominic West (Chicago, The Affair, Money Monster, Burton and Taylor, The Hour, John Carter, 28 Days, 300)
Tommy Carcetti – Aidan Gillen (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Game of Thrones, Quantum Break, Calvary, Blitz, The Dark Knight Rises)
Brianna Barksdale – Michael Hyatt (Snowfall, Ray Donovan, True Detective, Two Weeks, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Kill Point)
Rawls – John Doman (Gotham, The Affair, Person of Interest, House of Cards, Damages, Borgia, Blue Valentine)
Norman Wilson – Reg E. Cathey (The Mask, American Psycho, The Machinist, Seven, Outcast, House of Cards, Banshee)
Bunk Moreland – Wendell Pierce (Parker, Ray, The Gift, Suits, Ray Donovan, Treme)
Cedric Daniels – Lance Reddick (Fringe, John Wick, Bosch, White House Down, Lost)
Bodie – J. D. Williams (The Second Line, Saint & Sinners, The Night Of, The Good Wife, Happy New Year)
Kima Greggs – Sonja Sohn (Bringing Out the Dead, Shaft, Slam, Luke Cage, The Originals, Domain)
Herc – Domenick Lombardozzi (Frank and Ava, Rosewood, Bridge of Spies, Boardwalk Empire, God’s Pocket, Breakout Kings, Public Enemies, Phone Booth)
Roland ‘Prez’ Pryzbylewski – Jim True-Frost (The Hudsucker Proxy, Singles, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Treme, Hostages)
Sydnor – Corey Parker Robinson (Unstoppable, The Red Road, The Neighborhood, Orange Is the New Black)
Rhonda Pearlman – Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, Bones, American Gothic, Beauty Mark)
Cutty – Chad Coleman (Horrible Bosses, The Green Hornet, The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Expanse)
Marlo – Jamie Hector (Bosch, Max Payne, Queen of the South, The Strain, Quarry, Power, Person of Interest)
Lester Freamon – Clarke Peters (Notting Hill, London Spy, John Wick, Chance, The Tunnel, Jessica Jones, Show Me a Hero, Midsomer Murders, Treme, People of Earth)
Sgt. Carver – Seth Gilliam (Starship Troopers, The Walking Dead, Still Alice, Nurse Jackie, Teen Wolf, Change in the Air)
Burrell – Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Luke Cage, Banshee, The Thomas Crown Affair, Red Dragon, My Other House, The Good Fight)
Mayor Royce – Glynn Turman (Super 8, Men of Honor, Fly, Queen Sugar, House of Lies, Southland, In Treatment)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Empire, Hand of God, Fringe, Prime Suspect, In Security, The Spectacular Now)
Proposition Joe – Robert F. Chew (Something the Lord Made, Jamesy Boy, Homicide: Life on the Street)
Omar Little – Michael Kenneth Williams (Hap and Leonard, The Night Of, Ghostbusters, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Kill the Messenger, RoboCop, 12 Years a Slave)
Malik ‘Poot’ Carr – Tray Chaney (Saints & Sinners, Lorenzo & Monica, Streets)
Bunny Colvin – Robert Wisdom (The Dark Knight Rises, The Forgotten, Face/Off, Ray, Ballers, Nashville, Rosewood)
Chris Partlow – Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Taking of Pelham 123, Mercy Home, The Savages, Edge of Darkness, The Deuce, Home, Nurse Jackie)
Snoop – Felicia Pearson
Cheryl – Melanie Nicholls-King (St. Vincent, Rookie Blue, Show Me a Hero)
Slim Charles – Anwar Glover (Jamesy Boy, 12 Years a Slave, LUV, The Deuce)
Maurice ‘Maury’ Levy – Michael Kostroff (The Blacklist, The Good Wife, The Deuce, Molly’s Game, The Wizard of Lies, Banshee, Show Me A Hero, Damages)
Odell Watkins – Frederick Strother (Twelve Monkeys, Beloved, Law & Order: SVU, All Square)
Donut – Nathan Corbett (Half Nelson, The Tested)
Off. Anthony Colicchio – Benjamin Busch (Bright, Generation Kill, The West Wing)
Dozerman – Rick Otto (Bosch, Red Tails, Trouble Sleeping)