The Wire (2002–2008)
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Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.



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After Marlo tells Levy the only people who knew their code were himself, Chris, Cheese and Monk Metcalf, all of whom are in jail, Levy begins to dig as to who exactly the police's CI is. Greggs tells Daniels that McNulty and Freamon made up the serial killer, and Daniels in turn tells Carcetti. However, fearing for his campaign for governor, Carcetti orders a cover-up, much to Daniels' disgust. As McNulty tries to talk the homicide department out of throwing more man-hours into the serial killer case, an unanticipated problem presents itself. Elsewhere, Freamon learns who the leak is at the courthouse, and Levy realizes the Marlo investigation used an illegal wire, forcing Pearlman to negotiate. At The Sun, when Templeton tries to sneak his biggest fabrication yet into the paper, Haynes decides to make a move against him. Meanwhile, Bubbles debates whether to let Fletcher publish his story, the hierarchies at the police department, City Hall and The Sun receive a shake-up, Michael ... Written by Bertaut

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9 March 2008 (USA)  »

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The original title for this episode was "The Life of Kings" referencing the quote by H.L. Mencken. See more »


Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: And you know why I can tell you all this? Because, you lyin' motherfucker, you're as full of shit as I am. And you gotta live with it and play it out for as long as it goes, right? Trapped in the same lie. Only difference is I know why I did it. But fuck if I can figure out what it gets you, in the end. But, hey, I ain't part of your tribe.
Scott Templeton: You're not serious. You...
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: [interrupting] No. No, I'm a fucking joke. And so are you. Now get the fuck out of here.
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Excellent ending
12 June 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It was a perfect ending to a perfect show. This show is about how the world in reality looks like. It really catches the light of the working ways in the police department. How politics affect the lives of everyone, rather it be the cops or the gangsters. Now Let's talk about the finale. A new generation is coming. The old ones have to go. Characters like Naymond, Colvin could have been developed more. It shows us that people who cares only about the job and not the stats don't remain in the game for a prolong duration such as McNulty, Lester or Daniels because the game is rigged. All i got to say about the finale is : The game remains the game. Only the players change.

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