The Wire (2002–2008)
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Season Five premiere. As McNulty and the detail continue staking out Marlo's crew, recently promoted Sergeant Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime.

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

David Simon (created by), David Simon (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
Reg E. Cathey ... Norman Wilson
John Doman ... Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
Aidan Gillen ... Mayor Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Clark Johnson ... City Editor Augustus 'Gus' Haynes
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Tom McCarthy ... Scott Templeton
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Col. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Omar Little (credit only)
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Storyline

Disgusted over the death of Bodie, McNulty has re-joined the MCU, determined to bring down Marlo, but in doing so has quickly returned to his old drinking and womanizing ways. Having turned down the offer of money from the governor of Maryland, worried about the ramifications for his own gubernatorial run, Carcetti must try to make up the $54m education deficit via cutbacks. This has led him to delay the promised increase in police pay, with newly promoted SIC Carver trying to placate the Western District troops, as they reach breaking point. Meanwhile, Burrell and Rawls explain to Carcetti that without budgetary assistance from City Hall, they cannot deliver the reductions in crime on which he campaigned. The FBI offer to help work the vacant murders investigation, but on the condition that Bond take the Clay Davis corruption case federal. When he and Carcetti refuse, the FBI withdraw their proffered support. As such, the MCU is shut down. Similar cutbacks in The Baltimore Sun ... Written by Bertaut

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Bubbles' real first name (Reginald) is revealed in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Norman Wilson: [to Carcetti who is struggling with budgets] You're just a weak-ass mayor of a broke-ass city.
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The Tide Is High
Written by John Holt (uncredited)
Performed by Blondie
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