The Wire

The Target

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 6/2/02
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  • Episode Description
  • "...when it's not your turn." - McNultyDuring the trial of D'Angelo Barksdale, a mid-level dealer accused of murder, the prosecution's star witness recants her testimony, resulting in a not guilty verdict. After the trial, Detective James "Jimmy" McNulty explains to Judge Phelan how he suspects the Barksdale crew for a slew of related murders. When the judge contacts McNulty's superiors about this revelation, McNulty is taken to task for his indiscretion. Meanwhile, D'Angelo is free to return to work, but he soon discovers that he's been demoted.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 (18)
  • My thoughts are buzzing...

    By 1aquaesulis76, Mar 21, 2014

  • Nice start

    By kosovomp, Oct 04, 2013

  • WTF?

    By hippotek, Sep 18, 2010

  • A perfect start to a perfect series. Well paced and wonderfully complex.

    By willrobert92, Jun 22, 2010

  • Unpredictably bad.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Oct 17, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • McNulty: All I did was answer the guy's questions, he's a fucking Judge. Landsman: And the Deputy's the fucking Deputy, and he, not the Judge, has what's left of your be-shitted career in his hot little hands.

    • McNulty: (To Bunk) That will teach you to give a fuck when it ain't your turn to give a fuck.

    • Bunk: (To a dead body) You moldering motherfucker, don't even think about coming back a murder. Don't even think of that shit.

    • McNulty: It's got dots; Deputy loves dots. Landsman: Fuck you and your fucking dots.

    • McNulty: I got to ask you, if every time Snot Boogie would grab the money and run away, why did you even let him in the game? Snot Boogie's Pal: What? McNulty: If Snot Boogie always stole the money, why did you let him play? Snot Boogie's Pal: Got to, this America man.

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    Notes (5)

    • The cold-opening sequence, the Snot-Boogie crime scene, was filmed at the corner of Faltington and Lexington in West Baltimore.

    • The scenes at the gentleman's club Orlando's, beginning in this episode, and continuing throughout the season, were actually filmed at the Ritz in Fells Point.

    • Both the Snot Boogie murder story and Bunk's tale of shooting a mouse in his kitchen are true stories from David Simon's time researching his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

    • 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 The Blind Boys of Alabama.

    • The Western District officer at the William Gant murder scene, Bobby, is played by real-life Batimore police officer Bobby Brown. Brown also appeared as a police officer in David Simon's The Corner.

    Trivia (2)

    • When Dee tells Wallace, (as they look at the photocopied bills) "Nobody on money but dead white presidents" Wallace looks at the $10 and says, "He ain't no president", what's goin on here? ¬†Wallace knows that the picture on a $10 is Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury.

    • The title of the episode refers to Detective Jimmy McNulty setting his sights on Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale's drug dealing organization as the target of an investigation.

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