Maybe it’s the introduction of my favorite character (Omar). Maybe it’s the natural po-lice (say: “pəʊ-liːs”) work and backstory of my second-favorite character (Lester). Maybe it’s McNulty and Bunk’s rightly famous “fuck” scene (below).
Whatever it is, this is just a terrific episode, where the groundwork of the first three segments starts to pay off big-time.
It is unclear whether the name of the pair, “Polk/Mahone”, is intentionally homonymic with the Irish expression “pogue mahone” (“kiss my ass”). It could make sense though as the pair appeared Irish with an uncommitted attitude towards Police Work.
Vindication: Mad looked at me like I was nuts when I pointed out this “homonymic-ness.”