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H:LOTS – S04E19 – The Damage Done

August 22, 2010




“The Damage Done” is an important episode as it lays the groundwork for much of the Kellerman/Lewis arc for the remainder of the series. A gang war is the setting for much of the action, which unfortunately creates a whole lot of red names on “The Board” and frustrates the hell out of Kellerman as both his fellow detectives and Gee give him grief about the escalating violence and his inability to turn red names to black as fast as they are appearing on the board. It’s also the first mention of the infamous Luther Mahoney, who becomes a pain the asses of Kellerman, Lewis and the rest of the squad.

Director Jace Alexander is the step son of Law & Order uber producer Edwin Sherin and famed former NEA director Jane Alexander. Nepotism aside, Alexander provides skillful direction in this frenetic episode. “The Damage Done” seems the most The Wireish of H:LOTS episodes.

Interesting class/race analysis by Kellerman and Lewis who find themselves on alternate and obligatory sides of the “bootstrap” debate. Kellerman clearly believes there is some “choice” in the criminality found in the lives of folks on the class margins. Lewis feels some discomfort of his own when a drug suspect suggests Lewis swing by the projects and let kids see the other options available for their lives, rather than snag up every black dude who looks to be drug slinging age.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. leviramsey permalink
    August 22, 2010 2:08 pm

    One of the best few episodes of the series. IME with opening Wire fans’ eyes to H:LotS, this episode is one of the best two or three.

    Drac has two or three of the best scenes in the series:

    * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSTjxK_LKgg – his interrogation
    * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaH-MSaAtsY – the confrontation with Kellerman and the anti-violence vigil

  2. hsofia permalink
    August 23, 2010 2:37 am

    That scene between Kellerman and the first suspect in the suspect’s house … wow. INTENSE.

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