Em The Corner, o viciado em heroína Gary McCullough olha para uma enorme panela cheia de caranguejos vivos. Resume muita da mecânica das sociedades humanas:
GARY: See that?
CARDY: See what?
GARY: The minute one of them tries to break free... the others just snatch him right back down.
CARDY: What are you talking about, man? The crabs?
GARY: All of them. In that mess together, all of them... just thinking about themselves. If they get to thinking... they might see that they gonna rise or fall together.
CARDY: You sound like you're preaching, Gary. They're just crabs, is all, man.
GARY: All i'm saying is that when i had it, i shared it. I shared it with my family, i shared it with my friends, i shared it with those people in the neighbourhood who came around with their hard-luck stories. All i'm saying, Cardy, is that when i had it, i shared it. But you know how people treated me? Like one of those top-of-the-barrel crabs. Coz' when i was ready to make my move, they snatched me right back down!
CARDY: Come on Gary, people was proud of you, man. Your folks were always talking about how smart you was, and how hardworking you was.
GARY: They were talking about how much money i had, how much money i was making. But there wasn't no real pride. There wasn't no real love. I thought, when i fell... that people would like me more... for being like them.
- The Corner, Episódio 4 - «Dope Fiend's Blues»