I didn't realize this forum would combine my two posts, now it looks like one big long one instead of two distinct responses.
Obviously Freamon is demonstrating his expertise at some scam - but what scam is it?
Freamon has a whole scene with Bernard prior to that where he talks about previous scams he was running, and how he fell into the business of selling these phones. One of the things he says is that he used to get information by doing what he proceeds to do there. (It's tricky, because they're talking fast and dropping references that don't neccessarily make sense, even in context, until you see what he proceeds to do.) I actually thought he did it by ear -- or was pretending to -- and that "maybe a 7" thing was because 7 and 4 sound similar, and peripheral vision wouldn't help. I also didn't remember seeing Prez's sheet (and it wouldn't make sense, since Freamon's brilliant mind can surely remember what a phone keypad looks like). I thought he was focusing his eyes down so he could listen better.
Either way, the scam is that Bernard wants him to demonstrate the abilities he's bragging about, and, one way or another, he does (maybe I'm giving Freamon the benefit of the doubt, because he's so awesome, but I believe he could do what he's at-least faking doing there).
The political speeches/debates leave my mind wandering (and so does Carcetti and his endless whining),
I believe that the whole point is, after season 3 where he's so excited about reform, he realizes (like everybody else with high ideals) that *actually* running for mayor is a whole lot of bullshit. [There's even a great speech about eating shit which I won't spoil for you.]
and I'm having a hard time keeping all the kids and their stories straight.
I would say that by the end of the first week of school (episode 5 or 6?), they're completely distinct. It may help to watch those early ones again after you've learned to distinguish the characters. I had the same kind of trouble, but they all click into place. The kids are amazing, by the end of it.
And the lack of McNulty is troublesome.
Oddly, I watched the 4th season first, so I was actually confused why they would occassionally devote a seemingly inordinate amount of time to a random patrol cop. I figured he had been more important earlier, but didn't realize that he was the main character prior to that. I think it's great, though it's weird that Carcetti and Prez are the main guys.
Edited by ThatGuamGuy, Apr 24, 2007 @ 12:43 PM.