The Wire

Mission Accomplished

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 12/19/04
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  • Episode Description
  • "We fight on that lie." - Slim CharlesA reticent Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo. Meanwhile, as the detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization, McNulty reassesses his pursuit of Stringer Bell and the path he's chosen for himself. While Royce continues to grapple with Amsterdam, Burrell offers a deal to minimize the fallout, even as Colvin's idea becomes public knowledge. Carcetti's ambition becomes obvious to his friend and fellow councilman Tony Gray, even as Gray has disclosed his own political plans. Cutty struggles to keep his young boxers off the corners, as he and Fruit cross paths once again. Bubbles offers his view of the world, both as it is and once was.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wendell Pierce

    Bunk Moreland

  • Wood Harris

    Avon Barksdale

  • John Doman

    Bill Rawls

  • Robert Wisdom

    Bunny Colvin (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

  • Lance Reddick

    Cedric Daniels

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • There is nothing more to be desired

    By Ishmaelbbc, Mar 10, 2006

  • All's well that ends well- and The Wire really knows how to end a season well.

    By rockin01, Dec 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Slim Charles: It's what war is you know? Once you in it, you in it. If it's a lie, then we fight on that lie but we got to fight.

    • Witness: I saw only the one of them. He was black, big I thought. With a large weapon. Bunk: BNBG. Det. Vernon Holley: (laughing) Big Negro, Big Gun.

    • (referring to a now deceased Stringer) McNulty: I caught him, Bunk. On the wire. I caught him. He doesn't fuckin' know it.

    • Squeek: You've got to be the stupidest motherfucker... I've ever dated. Bernard: (to crony) I can't wait to get to prison.

    Notes (1)

    • Music: "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner; "Fast Train" by Solomon Burke; "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell

    Trivia (1)

    • In the beginning of the episode, right after Bunk Moreland picks up a shotgun shell at the crime scene, Stringer Bell's chest can be clearly seen, moving up and down, although he should be dead.

    Allusions (2)

    • Apocalypse Now The use of the composition "Ride of the Valkyries" by Col. Bill Rawls when the raids are made is a direct reference to the 1979 Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppolla. Robert Duvall's character, who is also named Bill and a Colonel, blasts the song from air cavalry helicopters as they attack a Viet Cong village.

    • One of the books that McNulty pulls down from Stringer Bell's book shelf is Adam Smith's An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, published on March 9, 1776. It is widely considered to be the first modern work in the field of economics. The work also being the first comprehensive defense of free market policies.

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