The Wire

Not for Attribution

Season 5, Ep 3, Aired 1/20/08
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  • Episode Description
  • "They're dead where it doesn't count." - Fletcher Mayor Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic; Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help with an enviable problem; executive editor Whiting and managing editor Thomas Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff; Michael finds temporary respite from his life on the corner by taking Dukie and Bug on a trip; McNulty shares some inside info with Gutierrez, but her subsequent story doesn't cause the splash either envisioned; McNulty, undaunted, looks for a new ally in Freamon.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Simon (II)

  • Chris Collins

  • Joy Kecken

  • Scott Kecken

  • Dominic West

    Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Incredible episode. The talented creative team behind The Wire continues to outdo itself, revisiting old characters even while establishing new ones, advancing the season's narrative while insinuating plot threads from previous seasons...amazing stuff!

    By rockin01, Jan 22, 2008

  • We have to sensationalize it.

    By lawgotham, Jan 21, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Landsman: You know why they call 'em homeless Jimmy? 'Cause they ain't got a pot to piss in. And you know why they ain't got a pot? 'Cause nobody gives a good fuck.

    • McNulty: Who's gonna catch me?! Most of the guy's up here couldn't catch the clap in a Mexican whore house!

    • Bunk: Marlo ain't worth it man, nobody is. McNulty: Marlo's an asshole! He does not get to win, we get to win!

    • Bunk: (to McNulty) You're goin' to jail behind this shit, yes you are. You know what they do to police in jail? Pretty police like yourself. Motherfucker, we have kids, houses, car payments, furniture. Jimmy, I just bought brand new lawn chairs.

    • (when Bunk calls for help after being stuck in the box with McNulty) Crutchfield: He fuck you? Bunk: He tried, mostly he just fucks himself.

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    Notes (2)

    • Music: "Up Up And Away" by The Fifth Dimension; "To Tragoudi Xenitias" by Lyra; "96 Tears" by ? And The Mysterians; "Away From Home" by Eddie Houston; "Mi Me Pismatonis" by Markos Vamvakaris; "Booty Body Ready" by Sterling Silver Starship; "Don't Be Afraid" by Salim Nourillah; "Red Gold & Green" by Hugh Mundell; "When I Die (You Better Second Line)" by Kermit Rufins; "Mystery Train" by Little Junior Parker; "Messin With The Kid" by Junior Wells

    • Although credited, Andre Royo, Seth Gilliam, Dominick Lombardozzi and Michael Kostroff do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (4)

    • The store that McNulty goes in to buy the ribbon and where Alma goes to buy the paper was shot at Eddie's Market in Charles Village.

    • Real life former Baltimore Sun editor Steven Luxenberg makes a cameo appearance in this episode as an employee of the paper. He was the editor who first hired David Simon as a reporter for the Sun, and his name is also used for the Metro Editor played by Robert Poletick.

    • Both Donald Worden and Gary D'Addario make guest appearances during this episode. David Simon spent a year with these two ex-homicide detectives whilst researching his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Both feature prominently throughout the book.

    • Homicide Det. Frank Barlow played by Michael Stone Forrest first appeared in the pilot episode "The Target," however he was never seen again and no explanation was given to his disappearance. He resurfaces in this episode in the homicide department, again with no explanation to where he has been. However, it could be assumed that he was moved to the night shift under a different sergeant.

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