yeah, it makes discussing the show online a bit of a bitch, cuz you never know what episode people are on. how would you rate this season overall? personally i think it's the best one yet, but this is the first season i've watched on a weekly basis, so i don't know if that is biasing my opinion.
Honestly, I didn't even catch onto the show until this season. I caught the third season online, and it was good, but I am confident that this fourth season is the best one. I honestly don't see how it could not be, the characters are fleshed out and so real. The storylines are brilliantly gritty and never stray into the realm of unbelievabilty, the acting is superb even with the addition of a new component of the show that deals with middle school children, the locales used are great and finally the tone that the show sets and keeps is as good as any I've seen in a show. I used to think that the Shield was the best cop drama on TV, and it had an amazing 5th season that was wrought with drama, but this 4th season of The Wire far surpasses even that.