The Wire: Backwash   Rewatch 
August 20, 2014 6:17 PM - Season 2, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Through the turmoil of low-end product and family troubles, the Barksdale Organization moves on though in different directions. East-side Joe makes Stringer a Proposition that's hard to refuse, but Avon is adamant. Lester and Bunk put Daniels in a tough spot, setting up their surveillance at the off-site office and pleading to join up their murder investigations with the case against Sobotka. Together with Greggs, Russell, and Prez they delve deeper into the smuggling process, getting a handle on how the operation works. The detail also continues to investigate the prostitution racket and make connections between the drugs and the docks.

Herc and Carver meld lo- and hi-tech when they put their layaway wireless mic in a tennis ball and drop it on Frog's corner. They lose their valuable 'informant' almost immediately but gain some important information before 'he' dies under a Mack truck.

Sobotka continues to pressure his lobbyist to re-open the grain pier AND dredge the channel, but is told that getting his way on both issues is unlikely. He's also feeling pressure from the Black coalition of the IBS local to give up his Sec/Treas chair, but insists he just needs one more year to finish what he started. Union health insurance and job security takes a non-traditional form as Frank scrambles to compensate a dock worker who loses a leg on the job. Where does the money come from, anyway, Frank?

"Don't worry kid, y'er still on the clock." - Horseface
posted by carsonb (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
RIP Fuzzy Dunlop. We hardly knew you as well as we should.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:29 PM on August 20, 2014

Herc won't learn his lesson from the death of fuzzy dunlop, and will actually try this again in the future with... even less success.

Daniels finally gives in and takes the murders here, which is pretty much it for his relationship with his wife. Partners in the Wire aren't portrayed super sympathetically, but both Greggs and Daniels partners expected something quite different: partners with aspirations, but unfortunately both Greggs and Daniels love the job too much to go the easy career route their lovers want them to go.

I like how, while the show sympathises with Sobotka's take on technology: that it'll take away jobs, it almost immediately demonstrates the costs with the current way of doing business, with a dock worker suffering a horrible injury. Maybe a dock with more modern technology might be able to attract business without political help? Unfortunately Sobotka is too set in his ways, too determined to help every dock worker or none at all.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:36 AM on August 21, 2014 [3 favorites]

I confess, it wasn't until my most recent Wire re-watch (number...I dunno, 10? 12?) that I got the "Fuzzy Dunlop" joke. I thought it was jut a stupid name Herc came up with.
posted by Banky_Edwards at 10:53 AM on August 22, 2014

What's the joke? It always looked like one a la 'fuzzy duck', but I never got it...?
posted by Sebmojo at 1:20 AM on August 23, 2014

Dunlop is a brand of tennis ball, which is fuzzy.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:44 AM on August 23, 2014 [3 favorites]

Dunlop is a brand of tennis ball, which is fuzzy.

posted by mordax at 9:14 AM on August 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

In image form
posted by rhizome at 11:59 AM on September 8, 2014

I feel like Cheryl is depicted better than Marla in these parallel arcs, if only because caring about your partner's well-being, especially after they recently almost died performing this kind of duty, plays a lot more sympathetically than guilt-tripping more ambition out of someone trying to do good work. Maria Broom and Lance Reddick still make it work, though, Broom by making Marla so forthright about this not being the ride she was tacitly promised, and Reddick by playing Cedric as someone who can't sell the importance of the case the way that Kima could. Kima showed Cheryl the containers that the girls died in - Cedric just comes off like a chump if he's not talking to the others on the detail.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:02 AM on April 23, 2021

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