The Wire (2002–2008)
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With Steintorf ordering Rawls to initiate 'creative' remedies for the rising crime rate, Freamon's vigilance pays off with a promising lead, sending Sydnor and the department into overdrive.

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

David Simon (created by), George Pelecanos (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 ... Acting Commissioner 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 ... Dep. Comm. for Operations 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

Carcetti sees off the gubernatorial challenge, but is forced to make promises to both Davis and Campbell, and give up half his school board funding to Prince George's County. Having been turned down by the FBI, Freamon reveals to Davis the evidence he is sitting on, and bluffs that he is prepared to take the case federal, leading to Davis offering him some advice on where to follow the money. With Omar dead, Marlo breathes a sigh of relief. However, with the extra manpower from Carver's people on the case, Sydnor is able to break Marlo's code, and the police intercept a major re-supply. As Marlo, Chris and Cheese discuss who could have informed on them, suspicions fall on Michael. When Marlo learns Chris kept it from him that Omar was belittling his reputation and calling for a street confrontation, he is livid. Despite his ruse getting him exactly what he wanted, McNulty is far from happy. Meanwhile, Haynes launches a more thorough investigation into Templeton's fabrications, Whiting... Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The officer in Evidence Control who shows Daniels Marlo's cellphone is Augustus Polk, the "hump" detective from the Property Unit who worked briefly in the Barksdale and Sobotka details and took sick leave for his alcohol abuse. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Michael drops Bug off at their aunt's house out in the sticks, he opens a box containing a lot of money. The bundle of money on top says "Motion Pictures" on the backside. See more »

Quotes

'Monk' Metcalf: Boy been throwing up all kind of backtalk about shit. Buck wild about this and that.
Marlo Stanfield: Like what?
'Monk' Metcalf: Crying about how Junebug and his people got lit up. Crying about how Omar on the street running his mouth, calling for you to step to.
Marlo Stanfield: Omar say what?
Chris Partlow: Nothing.
[pause]
Chris Partlow: Omar tried calling you out by name, but shit, no one --
Marlo Stanfield: What he say about me?
Chris Partlow: Nothing, man. Just talking shit.
Marlo Stanfield: He used my name? In the street?
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Alternate Versions

When this episode premiered on HBO On Demand on February 25, 2007, O-Dog's line "Does this mean I still gotta take that charge for y'all?" was overlapped with Michael saying "Yo!". Later that day, Michael's "Yo!" was blanked out and replaced with a sigh. See more »

Connections

References Unforgiven (1992) See more »

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Refugee
Written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell
Performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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Hard-Hitting...
8 July 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

The penultimate episode of The Wire's fifth season is killing me. Why is it killing me? Because I am so close to the end, and I know that I am going to miss this show terribly.

I give a shout out to the actor who plays Dookie. He is pretty incredible, and the fates of his and Michael's characters are definitely pretty heartbreaking. It's just really hard for me to watch the final scenes (not to mention that Andre Royo is also pretty incredible and his scenes hit me like a brick). I am excited for the finale, but in a way also dreading it in the worst possible way. What am I going to do when it ends?


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