The Wire

The Detail

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 6/9/02
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  • Episode Description
  • "You cannot lose if you do not play." - Marla DanielsThe witness who testified against D'Angelo winds up being a murder case for "Bunk" Moreland. However, McNulty tells Bunk that since the victim testified against D'Angelo, this murder was probably ordered by Avon Barkdsdale. McNulty and Bunk pick up D'Angelo for questioning and convince him to write an "apology" to the victim's family. Just as he's about to start, D'Angelo's attorney arrives and makes him leave. Meanwhile in "The Pit," Detective Greggs gets some inside information courtesy of Bubbles. New investigation team member Prez arrives with a heavy reputation of incompetence, which worries Lieutenant Daniels. Daniels' concerns are supported when Prez teams up with Herc and Carver to make their own moves in the case by going to the projects to "bust heads" for information. Things backfire and a quasi-riot ensues.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wendell Pierce

    Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

  • Wood Harris

    Avon Barksdale

  • John Doman

    Maj. William A. Rawls

  • Lance Reddick

    Lt. Cedric Daniels

  • Deirdre Lovejoy

    Asst. States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • The devil's in The Detail...

    By 1aquaesulis76, Mar 21, 2014

  • Starts moving forward hang on

    By kosovomp, Oct 04, 2013

  • The main characters are introduced and developed, while the plot still shapes at its own pace. Another introductory episode.

    By NikolaLjubisa, May 13, 2011

  • The introduction continues.

    By raging_bull79, Mar 05, 2011

  • 102

    By Canogaparkcindy, Oct 21, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • D'Angelo Barksdale: Now you think Ronald McDonald gonna go down to the basement and say, "Hey Mr. Nugget - you the bomb. We sellin' chicken faster than you can tear the bone out. So I'm gonna write my clowney ass name on this fat-ass check for you." Shit. Man, the nigga who invented them things? Still working in the basement for regular wage, thinking of some shit to make the fries taste better or some shit like that. Believe.

    • Marla Daniels: You can not lose if you do not play.

    • McNulty: This is just us talking right? Just you, me, my partner and... what did you say your name was? Bodie: I didn't say shit. McNulty: Just you, me, my partner and Mr. Shit here.

    • Rawls: McNulty! Where in fuck is he? Landsman: I— uh... he's detailed, Major, to narcotics. Rawls: I fuckin' know where he's detailed. I fuckin' already know that.

    • (about chicken nuggets inventor) Poot: You think he get paid? Wallace: Shit, he richer than a motherfucker.

    Trivia (3)

    • When Lt. Daniels quotes from the letter D'Angelo wrote to the murdered witness's family, he claims it says, "I'm very sorry for your father," but in the actual letter the word 'father' is missing.

    • The stain on Judge Phelan's tie moves about between shots.

    • The burnt-out police car after the riot is different than the one Herc, Carver, and Prez arrived in. They were driving a new model Crown Victoria, while the burnt-out car was an older model.

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