The Wire

Season 5 Episode 10


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 09, 2008 on HBO
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Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels, their choices are either to clean up the mess, or hide the dirt; McNulty, with his leads predictably drying up, asks Landsman to pull police off the homeless case, until a fresh homicide ramps up the investigation; a frustrated Haynes finds his concerns about Templeton falling on increasingly deaf ears; Levy, convinced he has the upper hand, but caught in a legal quandary, plays a cat-and-mouse game with Pearlman; Bubbles debates whether to greenlight a newspaper story about his life; Dukie seeks out an old mentor for a loan; Marlo oversees a new Co-Op order as he maps out his next move; as the officers stage an Irish wake for another dearly departed officer, the seeds of the future are sown throughout Baltimore.

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  • Probably the best-written cop show I've seen to date

    Just finished binge watching the show from pilot to finale.

    Probably the best-written police procedural television series I've seen to date.

    Exceptionally well-drawn cast of characters and tightly-knit storyline.

    Both episode arcs and the overall series arc were skillfully drawn.
  • This is my first time watching the Wire. Id heard some amazing things about this show. I have to say I am not impressed. Despite its reputation for realism it seemed very phony. Like everyone was trying too hard.moreless

    Usually, people have this thing called a personality. Thas why we can't all be described with one word. Like "cop". Or "drug dealer". Not in this show. There is literally nothing to the characters besides their function. We never find out anything about anyone besides what they do, and are left with the impression that there is nothing to find out. One of the most amazing things about people is that there is always more to them then meets the eye. Not in this show. They are just foul mouthed cogs in a machine, never ever doing anything unexpected. This show is the opposite of realistic. Thank goodness. This show totally manages to forget that people are human.moreless
  • Please someone slap me, it cant be over.

    Well, I listened to the opening song "In the hole" for the last time. It was also great to here the same song played in the montage but season ones verson played instead. Nicely finished off.

    Everything in The Wire was answered like it should be in this very last episode. The new Omar and Bubbles in the making too.

    I did shed a tear when Bubbles was finally let upstairs and into his sisters life. Time did heal that wound. I was happy that Bubbs could finally move on and let his story be told through the newspaper.

    Bunk and Kima are the perfect partner work relationship. They will be on each others back all the time.

    Dukie turning to drugs its something none of us wanted to see but it happens. He is a true junkie now and how we saw this is when he visited Prez and ripped him off $200. Prez knew too but I think he was just hoping that his gut feeling was wrong.

    The whole McNulty and Freaman thing I really thought that they were going to get their butts fried over this. But if it came out then everyones hard work would be down the drain so everyone covered each other bums and smiled and went on about their day. We saw some snakes climb the ladder too in their careers.

    The Newspaper scences in this series finale was the the most interesting of all newspaper scenes. But Templeton got off and the Sun is shining a little better today. I could almost see the steam coming off Gus's head when he was trying to proove that Templeton is a fraud.

    Marlo who? Thats how it is for him now, hoppers dont know who he is and they are talking about the great legand Omar. He wont be able to stay away for too long he only knows the streets. He will never be another a Stinger Bell though.

    McNulty is finally home now, Beadie and the kids are welcoming him back. Lets hope he doesnt stuff it up AGAIN! Ahh, Kima has guts, telling the guys that it was her that informed Daniels. She is such a great cop and friend.

    Cheese finally got what was coming, being killed by Slim. YaY! I always liked Slim he was always true to Prop Joe and to me this hit was his final way to pay his respects to Prop Joe.

    I know that many people wanted to see this show in the perfect ending this all the baddies in jail and the good guys live happy ever after, but this is life and there isnt always a happy ending.

    I dont know what I am going to do now that there is no more of The Wire anymore. I truely am going to miss this show. It is my number 1 show of all time. There never will be another show as good as this again. I think I might need some sort of theropy to get through this. So if you know of a good therapist please let me know cause I'll need it.moreless
  • Exactly what a series finale should be

    All though I would have liked to see Marlo end up dead or in jail. But it's an HBO show they always give them some kind of Bad ending.

    Finally a show that rounds up the old stars of the show and shows were their characters ended up. We see that Mr. Preszbo has got the hang of teaching as he gets duped by Dukie. Namond turned out all right and so did Bunny. Plus McNulty didn't end up in jail

    It's also cool how the the newer cast became the orignal cast.

    Micheal turned into Omar

    Chris became WeeBay (then befriended him)

    Marlo had a chance to be Stringer Bell but would rather be Avon

    Just really cool how it turned outmoreless
  • There are many instances where art imitates life and vise versa but The Wire is one of the few instances were there is no line of demarcation. The Wire "is" life. A concentrated segment... yes. But it almost so perfect a slice, its....moreless

    Its rare that people can be genuinely fooled. I like to give some people that benefit of a doubt. But let me paint a scenario. Your walking down a city street on a summers night. People are buzzing and the city is alive. Not to far off you see a gypsy palm reader so you figure, "what harm could it do". As you sit down to here your fortune, your "pie in the sky"; "wishful thinking" fortunes aren't fortunes but an account for account relational dictation of you and the people that have an impact on you and the proverbial cherry on top is how it all impacts the city and how you really don't matter all that much. But wait... heres the kicker... you can't walk away and every time you try a facet of this beautiful flawed story catches your eye, but the more absurd the truth the more drawn you are to the facts that the lines are true. It over. The deep espousing of this story ends. It ends only in the dictation aspect but we all know int never ends. As long as the city has life, the story continues. Today. Tomorrow. and the next. and the next. and the next....

    Leonardo Davinci once drew a circle freehand, but in the case of "The Wire", the creators set the lead to paper and nudged it along only to prove that the circle can not only draw itself it knew well enough to enhance the imperfections of the paper and continue to draw as long as there was paper to write on.

    Thats "The Wire" in a nutshell, an amazingly story to which its beauty lies within its tragic figure. Like a single rose in a sandlot, you want to save it but you know it cant be save, but life moves on and so do you. "The Wire" doesn't end, it just goes on to the next day as we do.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Levy, after making introductions to real estate businessmen, warns Marlo that "Guys like that will bleed you." Marlo, uncomfortable and out of place as the students who won a fancy steak house dinner in Season Four's "Know Your Place" episode, leaves. Now back on the streets, he's cut by thugs who don't recognize who he is (was). As Marlo looks at cut arm, Levy's metaphorical statement about being bled has become real, juxtaposing the thugs with businessmen, a common theme of The Wire.

    • When Greggs and Bunk arrive at a shooting, it is in the same place William Gant (whose murder was the impetus for pretty much everything) was found shot in the first episode of season one. Bunk also berates Greggs for "Giving a fuck when it ain't your turn to," a complaint McNulty had with Bunk himself also in the first episode.

    • Maurice Levy refers to Thomas "Herc" Hauk as his mishpocha which is a Yiddish word for extended family.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (explaining wire-taps to Maurice Levy)
      Herc: That's how Lester works, he gets a hold of a number and works it to death. Where he would get the number I have no idea.

    • Bunk: How are you not in jail!
      McNulty: I don't know. The lies so big people can't live with it I guess.
      Bunk: Jesus fucking christ, Jimmy. I told you, I fucking told you it was going to come to this. You played with fire, didn't you. And now we're all getting burnt.

  • NOTES (4)

    • David Simon has a very brief cameo in the Baltimore Sun news office. This is his second cameo appearance as a journalist; his first being in the season two episode "Bad Dreams."

    • For this episode, David Simon and Ed Burns were nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series".

    • Originally, the title for this episode was "The Life of Kings." In an essay David Simon wrote, he said that his old editor Steven Luxemberg used to call journalism and the newspaper "the life of kings." The quote also appears within the episode in the lobby of The Baltimore Sun building.

    • The series finale has a running time of 93 minutes, making it the longest running episode in the history of the series. It is substantially longer than the fourth season finale "Final Grades."


    • The title of the episode, -30-, is a symbol used at the end of a telegraph to denote the end, or finish. It replaced XXX as the symbol, which is 30 in roman numerals. To this day, it still goes on press releases and is probably used a lot in the newpaper world from when wire services meant literally using a telegraph operator to distribute news quickly.