Clearly, one of The Wire's great strengths is its ability to draw parallels between the different domains of Baltimore life it depicts. Sometimes, though, I feel like the get too blunt and heavy-handed with this stuff. Having Clay Davis directly echo that one hopper's words on the ethics of accepting cash gifts from drug dealers seemed like a bridge too far. The parallel was clearly there in the story one way or the other, and bludgeoning you with it struck me as an atypical lack of respect for the audience's ability to "get it" by just watching events unfold.

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