Bodie walks out of detention pretending to be a janitor but Patty is recovering in hospital and is pleased that his injuries will result in a medical pension. Avon Barksdale puts a contract out on Omar and others who robbed him. He wants to make sure everyone on the street knows he's not to be messed with. Judge Phelan keeps the pressure on and Daniels recommends to the Deputy that they need a wire. McNulty suggests they get a warrant to clone the pagers the drug runners use. Det. Fremon is one step ahead of everyone having already found D'Angelo Barksdale's pager number.
McNulty and Greggs try to get some of the hoppers arrested during the pit raid to flip on their superiors. After punching Det. Patrick Mahone (Tom Quinn), Bodie receives a stern beating from the police. Waking up in a Washington, D.C. juvenile detention facility, he manages to escape just as Herc and Carver arrive to interrogate him. Back in Baltimore, Avon discusses the loss of the pit's re-up stash, and marks Omar and his crew for death, doubling the bounty when he learns Omar is homosexual, and fellow stick-up man Brandon Wright (Michael Kevin Darnall) is his lover. As Stringer becomes concerned there may be a snitch in the pit, Burrell tries to appease Phelan, but the judge is unimpressed with the progress made thus far. Meanwhile, Freamon has a break-through regarding the crew's use of pagers, and, acting on a tip from Sgt. Jay Landsman (Delaney Williams), McNulty and Bunk investigate an old murder in which D'Angelo may have been involved.
- "It's a thin line 'tween heaven and here." - Bubbles
Detective Mahon dramatizes his injuries sustained during the unproductive low-rise bust and, resisting Daniels' plea that he continue, says he wants out on a medical disability.
Meanwhile Bodie, who's incarcerated at the Juvenile Services Boys Village, escapes by simply walking out the unattended door to the facility. At about the same time, Carver and Herc, with dreams of glory, head for Boys Village hoping to sweat Bodie until he begins to squeal. "Then we break the case wide open," Herc says.
At police headquarters, Burrell is disappointed to learn that despite all the "hand-to-hand" drug buys the squad has made, none of the project denizens will flip and name names. "In that part of town," McNulty says, "Barksdale carries more weight." Sgt. Landsman brings in an old murder case of a young woman, Diedre Kresson, shot after being visited by someone named "D." That, and a now disconnected phone number for a friend of the victim, are the only evidence that might lead to the Barksdales.
Back home, Omar and his two boys count their money and enjoy the success of their robbery. Omar is mildly perturbed that Brandon called him by name during the robbery, but only because "I don't want them coming down on y'all, baby boy," he says, giving Brandon a kiss. Stringer and Avon are furious that they've been robbed and tell D'Angelo to put the word out that there's a bounty on the heads of Omar and his gang.
Upon Bodie's swaggering return to the low rise, D'Angelo brags that he's tougher. He once killed his uncle's girlfriend after she threatened to drop the dime on him.
Searching for Bodie, Herc and Carver bust in on an elderly woman who is Bodie's grandmother. After searching the place, Herc apologizes to the woman for his profanity and she asks him to sit down, whereupon she describes Bodie's tough upbringing, which included a mother who was a drug addict. Herc leaves his card with her.
Sgt. Landsman meets with Major Rawls and asks him to consider cutting McNulty some slack. "He can't help it," Landsman explains. "He's a good policeman. Last year he gave us eight collars." Rawls responds that if McNulty can wrap up the Barksdale case in two weeks, he can come back with a clean slate.
Lt. Daniels reports to Burrell that the case against Barksdale is progressing slowly, and that McNulty says what the case needs is a wire. Greggs meanwhile tells McNulty that her C.I. Bubbles has named Omar as the one who made off with Barksdale's stash. "And if he knows where the Barksdale stash is, he probably knows a whole lot more."
McNulty makes the case to Daniels that they need to clone the Barksdale pagers - set up duplicate pagers that they can read - if they're going to progress on the case. Detective Freamon impresses McNulty further when he shows him a pager number scrawled on a wall that he discovered during the low-rise bust, a number he says belongs to D'Angelo.
Bunk and McNulty visit the vacant apartment of Diedre Kresson, the young woman killed in the old murder case they've been asked to work, to see if there's a connection to Barksdale. The partners conduct the entire investigation, needing barely a word between them to communicate. They find two bullet casings overlooked in the initial investigation, and are pleased when they learn later that they match the casing in two other murders that may be connected to the Barksdales.
McNulty and Freamon go drinking together. Freamon tells McNulty that he was busted down to the pawnshop unit 13 years ago after he refused to follow the Deputy's orders, and he's been moldering there ever since. Fremon's advice to McNulty: "Do yourself a favor. Keep your mouth shut."