The Wire: Slapstick
January 27, 2015 12:33 PM - Season 3, Episode 9 - Subscribe

"...while you're waiting for moments that never come." -Freamon

After last weeks showdown between the two, Avon and Stringer seem to be back working least until the meeting with Brianna reveals there's still tension. "I ain't had shit to do with it."

Meanwhile, the Barksdale crew takes a shot at Omar on a Sunday morning, which leads to Omar swearing vengeance.

The Guardian Wire Re-Up (contains spoilers):
This shooting is a rather baroque outrage, and stretches the credibility of The Wire's gripping themes of honour and respect almost to breaking point. Slim Charles yells: "I'm standing holding a torn-up church crown of a bona fide coloured lady" as a funeral service echoes behind him, while Omar himself seems to believe he could safely take his grandma to church every month because "ain't nobody in this city that low down to disrespect a Sunday morning". It's entertaining, but none of it really rings true.
A murder happens in Hamsterdam, resulting in Carver trying to help with keeping Hamsterdam's secret and Herc dropping a dime to the media.

The unit gets up on the wires (helped by Bernard's more lackadaisical approach to buying cell phones, and Bub's undercover buy) and a video camera to watch Stringer.

Cutty deals with the red tape of setting up his gym. Daniels and Pearlman deal with red tape at the cell phone company. McNulty starts thinking about what might be next, prompted by conversations with Lester, Mike, a photograph on a fridge, and a bad date.

Interesting to compare: Last episode Avon told Stringer he might not be tough enough, and Stringer talked about having D killed in response. In this episode McNulty has his little talk about "natural police" and "deskmen" that leaves Prez feeling like he has something to prove (at least that's how I interpret his body language during that scene.)

Sepinwall's recap:
We know Prez. We like Prez. We've seen how he's blossomed as Lester's pupil, and we want to think the best of him. But we know that no one on this show is all good or all bad. (Well, maybe Marlo's all bad, but he's at least a product of his environment.) Nothing on "The Wire" is black or white, least of all a messy shooting involving two cops of different races. Did Prez shoot because the guy was black? We don't know, his friends don't know, and he'll never know, and that's one hell of a burden to carry on top of the larger issue that a good man is dead because of him.
posted by nubs (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This marks the end of Prez' police career, but that's probably for the best. He simply wasn't cut out for police work, at least on the street work anyway. It's a sad moment, but for once the show will actually let us keep tracking Prez: often character's just get bad ends in the Wire and that's all we get. Prez is one of those characters who actually ends up doing alright.

Carver here really shows loyalty, making a misguided attempt to commit a major miscarriage of justice to try to save Hamsterdam. In the context, while Herc comes across as a bad guy, maybe he is right in calling the Sun. After all, this thing was never going to stay secret forever. One theme I think the show hits us with is that while individuals can make a difference, ultimately it's really not going to make a difference to the grand scheme of things. Sure, Hamsterdam is helping, but the difference is really only made if society as a whole decides to restructure itself.

We see a similar thing with Stringer attempting to make the drug trade less violent: as long as some individuals such as Marlo or Avon want to keep on fighting, then it will never work, and the war continues.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 5:07 AM on January 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

Omg I can't believe no one mentioned Brother Mouzane!
posted by miss-lapin at 6:15 PM on June 10, 2017

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