The Wire

More with Less

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 1/6/08
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  • Episode Description
  • "The bigger the lie, the more they believe." - Bunk MorelandAs McNulty and the detail continue to stake out Marlo's crew, recently promoted Sgt. Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime; Though he wants to keep his campaign promise to lower crime, Mayor Carcetti is strapped by his commitment to schools, and faces some tough choices; Col. Daniels is forced to reallocate his resources, retaining Freamon and Sydnor for the Clay Davis probe; Meanwhile, city editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes and the staff of The Baltimore Sun are reeling from corporate cutbacks, losing key personnel from both the metro and international divisions; Still, with the help of reporters Alma Gutierrez, Jeff Price and Scott Templeton, Haynes is able to break a front-page story that links a politician to a co-op drug dealer; Proposition Joe, Marlo, Fatface Rick and other New Day Co-Op members meet in a hotel conference room to discuss divvying up drug frontiers across East Baltimore's county line.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Simon (II)

  • Ed Burns

  • Joe Chappelle

  • Dominic West

    Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

  • Wendell Pierce

    Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The dreaded countdown to the final ep of this incredible series has begun...but what a way to go out! The Wire, true to form, kicks off the season with a doozy of an installment, mixing the familiar and exciting new elements together in a heady stew.

    By rockin01, Jan 11, 2008

  • Who expected a change?

    By lsf3og, Jan 08, 2008

  • Charm City's Finest is a shambles and the Baltimore Sun looks on.

    By lawgotham, Jan 07, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (6)

    • Music: "Eric B Is President" by Eric B. & Rakim; "Not A Criminal" by Chamillionaire; "Blind Love" by The Nighthawks; "Because Of You" by Ne-Yo; "I'm a King Bee" by Slim Harpo; "The Tide Is High" by Blondie; "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe; "Do Me That Way" by Davis

    • Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jermaine Crawford, Neal Huff, Clark Johnson, Michael Kostroff, Tom McCarthy, Michelle Paress, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. and Tristan Wilds are now billed in the opening credits.

    • Although credited, Michael Kenneth Williams does not appear in this episode.

    • This episode was first aired on December 31st, a week before its scheduled cable air-date on HBO-On-Demand.

    • Each season uses a different recording of the opening theme "Way Down In The Hole," against a different opening sequence. This season, the fifth, the theme is performed by Steve Earle, who has a recurring role on the series as recovering addict Walon.

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    Trivia (4)

    • This is the second episode to have the epigraph spoken during the cold opening rather than during the main episode itself, the first being in the season 3 episode "Time After Time".

    • William F. Zorzi who plays himself as Bill Zorzi, is a former Baltimore Sun political reporter.

    • Michael Olesker who is seen playing a columnist, was an actual former Baltimore Sun columnist.

    • Laura Lippman, who plays one of the Baltimore Sun reporters is the wife of David Simon, and is actually a former reporter.

    Allusions (1)

    • The cold open sequence where Bunk, Norris and Landsman trick a young man into thinking a copy machine is a lie detector mirrors a scene in Homicide: Life on the Street, a show also written/produced by David Simon. Munch and Bolander do the exact same thing. Both scenes are lifted from David Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

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