The Wire

Season 2 Episode 6

All Prologue

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 06, 2003 on HBO
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"It don't matter that some fool say he different..." - D'Angelo

The detail continues to look for the source of the union's money; Omar hands Levy his hat and Nathan a win when he gets on the stand; Nick seeks Vondas's juice in resolving Ziggy's problem with Cheese; abandoning the search for his floater's I.D., McNulty courts Elena, hoping for a reconciliation; Greggs gets a direction on the Russian pross ring from Shardene, and a jealous Cheryl accompanies her and Prez on a field trip to the clubs to follow up Shardene's lead; after spending hours poring over the port's database, Russell finds the pattern they're looking for, but Daniels is still reluctant to pick up those fourteen names in red; Nick gets Vondas his chemicals and agrees to accept half his payment in cash and half in heroin; Stringer's out-sourcing a highly clandestine solution to the problem of Dee's distancing himself from the family and its business has tragic consequences.moreless

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  • This is one of those episodes that changes everything for several characters. Get ready for some shocking and moving developments.

    9.3
    Spoilers ahead! The detail finds a pattern in the disappearance of cargo containers from the dock, and the investigation takes a new direction. Nick negotiates Ziggy out of hot water with Cheese. Omar's testimony gets Bird convicted. Kima tries to get a bead on the identity of the Russian girls by following a lead to a strip club- and her jealous partner tages along. McNulty tries for a reconcialition with Elena, but has his hopes dashed. And Dee pays the ultimate price for his estrangement from Avon, when Stringer puts out a hit on him that is made to look like a suicide. Classic Wire from beginning to end- compelling, engrossing storytelling.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Frank Sobotka

Susan Rome

Susan Rome

Asst. State's Attorney Ilene Nathan

Guest Star

Lev Gorn

Lev Gorn

Eton Ben-Eleazer

Guest Star

Fredro Starr

Fredro Starr

Marquis "Bird" Hilton

Guest Star

Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam

Sgt. Ellis Carver

Recurring Role

Domenick Lombardozzi

Domenick Lombardozzi

Det. Thomas R. "Herc" Hauk

Recurring Role

Jim True-Frost

Jim True-Frost

Det. Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski

Recurring Role

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    • Judge Phelan: Mr. Hilton, are you the second coming of our savior?
      Bird: Excuse me?
      Judge Phelan: Are you Jesus Christ come back to Earth?
      Bird: Um...
      Judge Phelan: (strikes gavel) See you at sentencing.

    • D'Angelo: The past is always with us. Where we come from, what we go through, how we go through it; all this shit matters. Like at the end of the book, ya' know, boats and tides and all. It's like you can change up, right, you can say your somebody new, you can give yourself a whole new story. But, what came first is who you really are and what happened before is what really happened. It don't matter that some fool say he different 'cause the things that make you different is what you really do, what you really go through. Like, ya' know, all those books in his library. He frontin' with all them books, but if you pull one down off the shelf, none of the pages have ever been opened. He got all them books, and he hasn't read nearly one of them. Gatsby, he was who he was, and he did what he did. And 'cause he wasn't willing to get real with the story, that shit caught up to him.

    • Sergei: Family cannot be helped.
      Proposition Joe: Who you tellin'? I got motherfuckin' nephews and in-laws fucking all my shit up all the time and it ain't like I can pop a cap in their ass and not hear about it Thanksgivin' time. For real, I'm livin' life with some burdensome niggers.

    • Nick: Thanks for bein' straight on this.
      Proposition Joe: Fool, if it wasn't for Sergei here, you and your cuz' both would be cadaverous motherfuckers.

    • (whilst in court)
      Omar: That wasn't no attempted murder.
      Levy: Then what was it, Mr. Little?
      Omar: I shot the boy Mike-Mike in his hind parts, that all. (Jury members laugh) Fixed it up so he couldn't sit right. (Judge Phelan chuckles)
      Levy: Why'd you shoot Mike-Mike in his, um... hind parts, Mr. Little?
      Omar: Let's say we had a disagreement.
      Levy: A disagreement over?
      Omar: Well, you see, Mike-Mike thought he should keep that cocaine he was slingin' and the money he was makin' from slingin' it. I thought otherwise.

    • Herc: Excuse me. I'm Thomas.
      Russell: Beadie.
      Herc: Would you like to go to Royal Farms, maybe get a cup of coffee?
      (Russell points to her cup of coffee she's holding)
      Herc: Right. (Russell walks away)
      Carver: (imitating Herc) I'm Thomas. You want a coffee?
      Herc: Hey, listen. I was gonna ask her for her panties to make some soup with, but uh, I was afraid she'd take it the wrong way.

    • Levy: You are amoral, are you not? You are feeding off the violence and the despair of the drug trade. You're stealing from those who themselves are stealing the lifeblood from our city. You are a parasite who leeches off--
      Omar: Just like you, man.
      Levy: --the culture of drugs... Excuse me, what?
      Omar: I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game, though, right?

    • Levy: How many times have you been arrested as an adult, Mr. Little?
      Omar: Shoot, I done lost count. Enough though not to take it personal.

    • Daniels: Kima, Prez, I want you to start lookin' at girls.
      Greggs: No problem!

    • Ilene: And what is your occupation?
      Omar: Occupation?
      Ilenen: What exactly do you do for a living, Mr. Little?
      Omar: I rip and run.
      Ilene: You—
      Omar: I robs drug dealers.
      Ilene: And exactly how long has this been your occupation, Mr. Little?
      Omar: Well, I don't know exactly. I venture to say maybe 'bout eight or nine years.
      Ilene: Mr. Little, how does a man rob drug dealers for eight or nine years and live to tell about it?
      Omar: Day at a time, I suppose.

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