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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement.


The Wire: Mission Accomplished  Season 3, Episode 12

"We fight on that lie." -Slim Charles [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 17, 2015 at 11:19 AM - 4 comments

The Wire: Middle Ground  Season 3, Episode 11

"We ain't gotta dream no more, man." -Stringer Bell [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 3 comments

The Wire: Reformation  Season 3, Episode 10

"Call it a crisis of leadership." -Proposition Joe. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:02 PM - 7 comments

The Wire: Slapstick  Season 3, Episode 9

"...while you're waiting for moments that never come." -Freamon [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jan 27, 2015 at 12:33 PM - 5 comments

The Wire: Moral Midgetry  Season 3, Episode 8

"Crawl, walk, and then run." -Clay Davis [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jan 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM - 3 comments

The Wire: Back Burners  Season 3, Episode 7

"Conscience do cost." - Butchie [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jan 13, 2015 at 8:15 PM - 2 comments

The Wire: Homecoming  Season 3, Episode 6

"Just a gangster, I suppose" - Avon Barksdale [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jan 6, 2015 at 2:19 PM - 3 comments

The Wire: Straight and True  Season 3, Episode 5

"I had such fuckin' hopes for us." - McNulty [more inside]
posted by nubs on Dec 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM - 3 comments

The Wire: Hamsterdam  Season 3, Episode 4

"Why you got to go and fuck with the program?" -Fruit [more inside]
posted by nubs on Dec 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM - 4 comments

The Wire: Dead Soliders  Season 3, Episode 3

"The gods will not save you." -Burrell. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Dec 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM - 4 comments

The Wire: All Due Respect  Season 3, Episode 2

“There's never been a paper bag... ” —Colvin [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Dec 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM - 4 comments

The Wire: Time after Time  Season 3, Episode 1

"Don't matter how many times you get burnt, you just keep doin' the same." - Bodie [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Nov 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM - 15 comments

The Wire: Port in a Storm  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 12

After a setback, the Detail scrambles to make the most of a bad situation. For once, interdepartmental communication (or lack thereof) helps the case instead of hindering it. For once, good policing is rewarded with rock solid evidence and suspects in custody. For once, all the police seem to get what they want—closed cases, busted unions, scrambling crime lords. But for all that finally went right for the Detail, the world continues to turn, criminals adapt, and the scope of what they're fighting to bring to justice just keeps scaling up.
posted by carsonb on Sep 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM - 6 comments

The Wire: Bad Dreams  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 11

As much as they'd like to continue investigating the sprawling criminal activities of the (still largely unknown) Greek, The Detail's hand is forced and with the help of the FBI they break down all the doors they know, gathering evidence and suspects. Valchek finally gets to participate in a very special perp walk. Sobotka eventually visits Ziggy, after a stop at the union hall and a quick trip downtown. Lieutenant Daniels and Omar Little dash off to deliver very personal messages to Landsman and Mouzone, respectively. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 14, 2014 at 8:31 PM - 9 comments

The Wire: Storm Warnings  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 10

Ziggy continues to wreak havoc but this time his unchecked impulsiveness takes him over the line and into a lot of trouble. Trouble that spreads and pools and spatters on everyone. – Valchek is pissed and brings in the Feds to assist the Detail. The Feds assist the Detail, and Valchek is pissed. – Just as Stringer's off-brand plan goes into effect, Brother Mouzone arrives to enforce the status quo and so Bodie and crew begin to understand the nature of the new arrangements. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM - 4 comments

The Wire: Stray Rounds  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 9

Bodie's plan to increase sales backfires tragically. So String's gotta make some tough decisions, change tactics, take account for the inevitable crackdown. With Sobotka and The Greek spooked and ready to turn tail the Detail has to adapt as well. Their investigation feels on target despite a minor tantrum from Valcheck, and when the prostitution investigation goes international inside Freamon's assessment of McNulty's bad accent is spot on. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM - 7 comments

The Wire: Duck and Cover  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 8

Jimmy McNulty, Captain Chesapeake, has stopped bailing and started drinking again and so finds himself sinking quickly to the bottom. He's desperate to get on the detail where they've got every swinging dick setting up The Wire on Sobotka and The Greek, so Daniels puts what little flex he has on Rawls. Turns out McNulty's just the john they were looking for. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM - 8 comments

The Wire: Backwash  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 7

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. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM - 8 comments

The Wire: All Prologue  Season 2, Episode 6

Perhaps there's no better description for Omar Little than "a rare pleasure," though anyone on the wrong end of his double-barrel sawed-off court testimony might disagree. Having wrapped up the last Bird of business from before, McNulty drops the search for Jane Doe's real name, retires to the boat, and makes another go of his marriage. "I'm done fucking myself up," he declares, and downs a beer. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20 PM - 7 comments

The Wire: Undertow  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 5

Detail work starts in earnest on Sobotka, and Freamon looks to make a connection between Valchek's 'too much money' accusation and his own 14 murder investigations. Dockworkers who worked on that ship get summoned to testify in front of a grand jury. Ziggy continues to spend his easy money recklessly, and Nick is forced to help him deal with the consequences. Omar Little finally comes in to testify against Bird. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM - 7 comments

The Wire: Hard Cases  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 4

The full extent of Avon's hot shots plan is realized as the authorities look to shave years in exchange for easy answers. D'Angelo hears his cousin's music but refuses to dance. Burrell puts the hard sell on Daniels and keeps him around with the promise of a promotion, a permanent Detail AND the good police he needs to run it. McNulty continues to try to put a name on his 'floater,' and enlists Bubs in the search for Omar. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM - 2 comments

The Wire: Hot Shots  Season 2, Episode 3

D'Angelo's discovered heroin in the clink, and Avon sets a plan into motion that he hopes will discourage his cousin's habit as well as push back some against Proposition Joe's expanding territory. Zero progress is the report Prez gives his father-in-law Valchek when asked about how the new detail's case against Sobotka is coming along, and to boot the Southeastern's surveillance van goes on an unauthorized global tour courtesy of IBS chapters around the world. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM - 3 comments

The Wire: Collateral Damage  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 2

The shipping container full of dead women is shrugged off as accidental and everyone still breathing scrambles to cover their own ass and minimize the, well, collateral damage. Everyone except McNulty of course, who pokes his nose into Beadie's "investigation" and sniffs out 13—make that 14 murders. Daniels puts in notice and looks to pursue a career in lawyering. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 15, 2014 at 7:36 AM - 5 comments

The Wire: Ebb Tide  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 1

Having made their move on Avon Barksdale, The Baltimore Police Department's Drug Detail is decommissioned and its members have been scattered: McNulty's riding a boat in the bay, Daniels is hunkered down in Evidence, Greggs is on desk duty (still can't type!), Herc & Sergeant Carver are back on the beat though in separate divisions, and poor Prez is back in the Southeastern under his father-in-law's thumb. Freamon's with Bunk now, real police in Homicide. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM - 12 comments

The Wire: Sentencing  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 13

Season One ends with a montage.
posted by box on Aug 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM - 3 comments

The Wire: Cleaning Up  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 12

Tactics shift on both sides after the raid. Pay-boxes and pagers are out, different wires go in. Baltimore PD continues to provide excellent health care for its C.I.s. Barksdale's crew is short on soldiers, which puts pawns in more important positions and sends back-row players out into battle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM - 4 comments

The Wire: The Hunt  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 11

With Greggs still in the hospital, everyone Downtown is on the hunt for anything or anyone who might lead them to the shooters and Savino. Barksdale and Stringer move their pieces around the board when they find out they got police. Burrell demands results and orders The Detail to play all its cards against Barksdale. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM - 12 comments

The Wire: The Cost  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 10

With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with him in the months before he testifies. Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses, and Prez shows off his 'gift for the paper trail.' [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 12, 2014 at 12:40 PM - 10 comments

The Wire: Game Day  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 9

The team begins to trace Avon Barksdale's money and find that through a variety of dummy companies, he's invested in a wide variety of businesses and properties. They also find that he's been making fairly large political contributions. Omar is continuing his vendetta and this time makes a deal that he hopes will let him get Avon himself. When the squad learn from the wire of another money drop, Carver and Herc are sent to intercept it. They succeed but are short $7,000 when they turn the cash in.
posted by desjardins on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM - 8 comments

The Wire: Lessons  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 8

McNulty uses his children to tail Stringer after a chance encounter in a local market. Greggs and Carver arrest a driver picking up a large amount of cash from the Towers from known gang members, but are forced to return the money when the driver's political connections to Senator Clay Davis are revealed. Daniels discusses his problems following the money trail with his wife Marla.
posted by desjardins on Jul 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM - 22 comments

The Wire: One Arrest  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 7

Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon make a bust, but the incident makes Avon and Stringer suspicious, leading them to close shop in the Pit. Meanwhile, Bunk and McNulty look for another witness in the Gant slaying. (Summary via Amazon) [more inside]
posted by box on Jun 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM - 24 comments

The Wire: The Wire  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 6

Brandon is found. Wallace is unsettled. The detail gets a wiretap running. Daniels clashes with Rawls.
posted by Bugbread on Jun 20, 2014 at 6:52 AM - 26 comments

The Wire: The Pager  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 5

Stringer warns D'Angelo that there may be a snitch in his camp. The detail gets its affidavit approved for a cloned pager but are puzzled at the results. Prez begins to redeem himself in the eyes of his colleagues by taking a fresh approach to the pager information. Wallace spots Brandon, one of Omar's crew, in an arcade and passes the information on to the Barksdale enforcers.
posted by Bugbread on Jun 16, 2014 at 7:08 AM - 25 comments

The Wire: Old Cases  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 4

Bodie avoids Herc and Carver. Avon discusses the loss of the pit's stash and puts the word on the street about Omar. McNulty and Moreland investigate an old murder that may be related to D'Angelo. [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Jun 11, 2014 at 8:14 AM - 60 comments

The Wire: The Buys  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 3

The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez have consequences. On the other side of the law, D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM - 46 comments

The Wire: The Detail  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 2

McNulty feels the heat. Greggs is given the lay of the land regarding Avon Barksdale's key players. Herc, Carver and Prez find big-time trouble at the towers. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM - 38 comments

The Wire: The Target  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 1

In the pilot, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation in Franklin Terrace. Meanwhile, Avon's nephew D'Angelo is fresh off beating a murder rap. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM - 90 comments