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With the fall of Barksdale and the ascent of young Marlo Stanfield as West Baltimore's drug king, the detail continues to "follow the money" up the political ladder in the midst of a mayoral election that pits the black incumbent, Clarence Royce against an ambitious white councilman, Tommy Carcetti.
The theme of urban education is explored through four new characters - Michael Lee, Namond Brice, Randy Wagstaff and "Dukie" Weems as they traverse adolescence in the stunted, drug-saturated streets of West Baltimore.
The world that awaits these boys and the American commitment to equal opportunity are depicted brilliantly in the edgy, all-too-realistic Season 4 of The Wire.
01 - Boys of Summer
Four boys – Michael, Namond, Randy and Dukie – play out their summer while Royce and Carcetti hit the campaign trail.
02 - Soft Eyes
Pearlman treads on thin ice, Marlo plays Robin Hood, Prez preps for school and Carcetti drops a bombshell on Royce.
03 - Home Rooms
Royce resorts to extreme measures, the detail gets a new boss and agenda and Prez survives his first day at school.
04 - Refugees
A major case gets a new detective, Marlo gets burned in poker and Colvin and Cutty get new jobs in the school system.
05 - Alliances
Burrell feels the heat from Royce, Marlo tries to enlist Michael and Dukie debunks Randy’s “special dead” theory
06 - Margin Of Error
Carcetti responds to a campaign smear, Randy makes a startling revelation and Marlo proves elusive, though Omar doesn’t.
07 - Unto Others
Royce and Carcetti make their peace, Prez has a good day, though Bubbles doesn’t and Greggs uses “soft eyes” at a crime scene.
08 - Corner Boys
Carcetti makes the rounds, Colvin uses corner logic in class, Daniels sees his stock rising and Michael is unsettled by an unwanted guest.
09 - Know Your Place
Bubbles fingers a witness for Herc, Colvin offers an incentive and Andre turns to Proposition Joe for protection.
10 - Misgivings
burrell sends out a mandate, Kevin comes clean to Marlo, Bubbles gets payback and Chris takes care of a problem.
11 - A New Day
Carcetti faces a dilemma, Randy gets the cold shoulder, Omar makes a power play and Freamon has a revelation
12 - That's Go His Own
Freamon seeks help in City Hall, Bubbles turns desperate, Michael rejects his past and Omar strikes again.
13 - Final Grades
Namond, Randy and Dukie adjust to new realities, Michael is promoted, Omar makes Prop Joe a new offer and McNulty looks to pay back a debt.