The Wire

Ebb Tide

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 6/1/03
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  • Episode Description
  • "Ain't never gonna be what it was." - Little Big RoyMcNulty makes sure to pay back Rawls for reassigning him to the marine unit by sticking City Homicide with the stone cold whodunit floater he fishes out of the harbor. It's the stevedores versus the police when Sobotka beats out Valchek for the honor of providing a donor-themed stained glass window for the local church. Bodie and Bell take separate business trips, whilst Ziggy makes a fool of himself as Nick negotiates a deal with the Greeks to steal a container from the docks. The Greeks renege on the deal, leaving Russell to discover that the abandoned and broken-sealed container contains the bodies of thirteen women.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wendell Pierce

    Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

  • Paul Ben-Victor

    Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

  • Wood Harris

    Avon Barksdale

  • John Doman

    Col. William A. Rawls

  • Amy Ryan

    Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • At first, I thought this ep should have been subtitled "Dude, Where's My Wire?" It seemed that much out of character. But what I forgot was that this series prides itself on the slow, deliberate set-up, and pays off patient viewing - in spades...

    By rockin01, Oct 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Jay: It's all about self-preservation Jimmy. Somethin' you never learned.

    • Rawls: Sergeant! Your floaters come back. County boards are puttin' her on our side of the bridge. Jay: No fuckin' way. Rawls: Yeah, some useless fuck in our marine unit faxed 'em a report on the early morning tides and wind currents. Show's the body went into the water west of the bridge and drifted out. Jay: McNulty. Rawls (laughs) Fuckin' Jimmy. Fuckin' with us for the fun of it. I gotta give the son of a bitch some credit for wit on this one. (laughs) Cocksucker. Jay: Motherfucker.

    • Herc: How about you come on the raids tomorrow? Take a few doors for ol' time sake. Kima: You takin' doors? Herc: Yeah. 2 houses an' a bar on Cane Street. C'mon Kima, man up wit' us. I know you miss it. Kima: I'm done rollin' around the gutter. I am inside now. Herc: Oh, you're a house cat now, huh? Kima: I made a promise. Herc: I gotta say Kima, if you were a guy, and actually in some ways you're better than most of the guys I know. But if you were a guy, friends would buy you a beer and let you know. Kima: Let me know what? Herc: You're fuckin' whipped. Kima: Whipped? Herc: Pussy whipped within an inch of your life. I kid you not.

    • Horseface: Damn, Frank. Union Member: We just sat here and watched Nat Consin take a shit all over you. Horseface: And the shrivelled dick motherfucker that you are, you take it. Sabotka: For your information, I wake up every morning with an angry blue vein diamond cutter. I was gonna enlighten the President of the local 47 on this particular point, and he chose to depart. Blue steel gentlemen. Three and a half inches of hard blue steel.

    • Herc: Fuckin' white boys, I love 'em, I fuckin' love 'em.
      Kima: Yeah?
      Herc: Dumb as a box o' rocks.
      Kima: Who?
      Herc: White boys. Talkin' about the brain-deads in my Cane Street case. I call 'em up, I tell 'em I wanna buy some drugs. You know what he says? He says 'okay, I'll sell you the drugs, how much drugs do you you want?' I swear to God Kima, they don't code it, they don't ask for a meet, nuthin'. And then when you make the deal, no runner, no bullshit, it's the guy himself walkin' up to you in the parkin' lot sayin' 'I brought the drugs, did you bring the money?'
      (Kima laughs)
      Herc: No I'm not kiddin', I have much respect for Black people after workin' with these idiots for two weeks. And seriously, white boys wanna sell drugs in Baltimore, we have to make different laws for it, like even it out for 'em.
      Kima: Affirmative Action?
      Herc: Leave no white man behind.

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    Notes (5)

    • Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, Clarke Peters and Amy Ryan are now billed during the opening credits.

    • Frankie Faison and Andre Royo have a reduced role in the second season and are billed with the main cast during the opening credits only on the episodes in which they appear. Neither actor appears in this episode so they are absent from the credits.

    • Although credited, Deirdre Lovejoy, Clarke Peters, Seth Gilliam and Larry Gilliard Jr. do not appear in this episode.

    • Each season uses a different recording of the opening theme "Way Down In The Hole," against a different opening sequence. This season, the theme is performed by Tom Waits, who had originally written the song for his 1987 album Franks Wild Years.

    • Music: "Sixteen Tons" by The Nighthawks; "Seed (2.0)" by The Roots ft. Cody Chestnutt; "Search and Destroy" by Iggy & The Stooges; "My Sharona" by The Knack; "Brandy" by Looking Glass

    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: When Officer Russell is entering the shipping container a boom mic can be seen for a second in the top left of picture.

    • Kima's partner is reading the Lesbian Parenting Book.

    Allusions (1)

    • The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show Ziggy calls Sergei "Serge" Malatov, the Greek driver, Boris, and then goes on to explain that it was a character from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Boris and Natasha were two Russian criminals featured on the 60's children cartoon series.

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