How Landsman Earned His Stripes

Landsman: Hey, McNulty, there’s something here that needs kissing!
McNulty: Yeah, speak again, oh toothless one.
Landsman: I guess you know now why I wear the stripes in the family.
McNulty: Good call Jay.

Landsman has a lot to gloat about in “The Pager.” The lab results come back from the shell casing that McNulty and Bunk pulled from the scene of Diedre Kresson’s murder, and as it turns out, it  matches the gun used in two other drug murders that link to the Barksdales. Landsman is the one who saw the connection in the first place. McNulty fought him, claiming that the link to the name “Dee” was weak, so now he has to kiss some ass. The Bawdy Landsman is thrilled to cash in this, literally. He drops his pants and mocks McNulty, asserting that it is this ability to connect cases that justifies his venerable position as Sergeant.