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Soft Eyes 

Herc's soft-duty job with the mayor takes an unexpectedly hard turn. Despite the potential damage to her career, Pearlman provides Freamon and Sydnor with subpoena ammunition for their 'grizzly bear' hunt in City Hall.


Christine Moore


David Simon (created by), David Mills (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Off. James 'Jimmy' McNulty (credit only)
John Doman ... Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
Frankie Faison ... Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell
Aidan Gillen ... Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Maj. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Jim True-Frost ... Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski
Robert Wisdom ... Howard 'Bunny' Colvin (credit only)
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Reg E. Cathey ... Norman Wilson


Pearlman fights Freamon on the issue of subpoenas, worrying about her future career, and hesitant to antagonise Davis and Krawczyk in the lead-up to an election. Freamon, however, argues now is the perfect time to go after those with the most power, as they are under scrutiny. When Davis receives his subpoena, he angrily confronts Royce, who in turn brings the issue to Rawls and Burrell, telling them he wants no more surprises of that nature. Namond visits Wee-Bey in prison, receiving a lecture on the ethics of being a hopper. When he tries to get Bodie to hire Michael, Bodie refuses, but Namond says Michael can have his job. Bunk begins to investigate the murder of Fruit, but finds his prime suspect missing. As Carcetti becomes convinced he is incapable of winning the election, Herc catches Royce in a compromising position and is advised by Valchek that the situation could be spun into a career opportunity. Later, when a state's witness is killed, Carcetti is handed ammunition for ... Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

17 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: [after a subpoena for money records has been served] Because if some federal mothafucker comes walkin' through the door, I say hey, it's all in the game! But a city police, Baltimore City, Hell Naaaw, can't be happenin' because I know I done raised too much goddamn money for the Mayor and his ticket! Hell Naaaw, aint no soul in the world that fuckin' ungrateful!
Mayor Clarence V. Royce: Calm down Clay
[Davis interrupts]
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Money Launderin' they gonna come talk to me about Money Launderin' in West Baltimore, SHIIIIT, Where ...
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Ring of Fire
Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Johnny Cash
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