The Wire

Season 4 Episode 5

Alliances

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 2006 on HBO
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"If you with us, you with us." - Chris Partlow

Commissioner Burrell loses Royce's support; Chris Partlow tries to recruit Michael to become a soldier in Marlo's unit; Dukie shows Randy and the boys that the missing are really dead; Odell Watkins drops his support for Royce and considers an offer from Councilman Carcetti.moreless

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  • Important events occur in this episode with huge implications for the future. In keeping with the apt title of the ep, almost everyone is trying to ally with someone else.

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    This one is all about the sometimes tenuous connections between people- Carcetti's alliance with Valchek yields more information that he can use against Royce. Tommy then allies with Gray, feeding him the information so that Gray can release it, improving his own standing as well as Carcetti's. Royce berates Burrell and offers to partner with Rawls if he can put a cap on the witness murder flap. Delegate Watkins and Marla Daniels join up with Carcetti's campaign.

    Marlo reluctantly hooks up with the co-op in exchange for information on the cops' investigation of him after he learns the police have set up a video surveillance camera on his operation.

    Bubbles threatens to break off his mentoring relationship with young Sherrod if he doesn't return to school. Marlo's men offer Michael a position with his crew; he refuses it- for now. Colvin and Parenti get the school administration to agree to participate in their pilot program.

    In other important developments, Marlo's crew sets Omar up to take the fall in a robbery/murder they carried out. Dukie shows Randy and the other kids where Chris and Snoop have stashed one of their bodies.

    Randy plays lookout for some students who have sex in a bathroom.

    Prez finds out more about Dukie's plight at home.

    Lt. Marimow stages an ill-timed sweep of Marlo's operation that nets nothing.

    More excellent stuff- and the plot continues to roll along...moreless
Aidan Gillen

Aidan Gillen

Thomas Carcetti (Episodes 26-)

Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Bubbles

Clarke Peters

Clarke Peters

Lester Freamon (Episodes 14-, recurring previously)

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Asst States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

Domenick Lombardozzi

Domenick Lombardozzi

Herc Hauk (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison

Ervin Burrell

Rashad Orange

Rashad Orange

Sherrod

Guest Star

Tristan Wilds

Tristan Wilds

Michael Lee

Guest Star

Al Brown (I)

Al Brown (I)

Stan Valchek

Recurring Role

Brandy Burre

Brandy Burre

Terri D'Agostino

Recurring Role

Brian Anthony Wilson

Brian Anthony Wilson

Vernon Holley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Norman: I'm a devious motherfucker once I get goin'.

    • Snoop: (to Michael) Motherfucker! You hear the nigga talking to you. Giving you praises and shit! You standing here looking fucking stupid!
      Chris: (to Snoop) Yo' chill!
      Chris: (to Michael) Sometimes she get a little hot.
      Snoop: I'm just saying the boy ain't right.

    • (Chris Partlow recruiting Michael)
      Chris Partlow: Yo' we always in the market for a good soldier. We see one we like, we take care of his situation. Take him in, school him, make him family. And if you with us, you with us. Just like we be with you, All the way.

    • Dukie: There ain't no special dead. There's just dead.

    • Lester Freamon: Remember when I was a cadet, I was up here on a cadaver search. Instructor gets on the radio to say "We're looking for one body in particular. If you go grabbing every one you see, we'll be here all day."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although credited, Dominic West, Chad L. Coleman, J. D. Williams and Michael K. Williams do not appear in this episode.

    • Music: "Another One Bites The Dust" by Clint Eastwood; "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" by Chris Brown; "Walkin' The Wild" by Black Toast Music; "A Woman's Worth" by Alicia Keys; "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays; "New Millenium" by Vybz Kartel ft. Wayne Marshall

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