The Wire

Season 2 Episode 7

Backwash

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 13, 2003 on HBO
9.0
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"Don't worry, kid. You're still on the clock." - Horseface

Russell goes back in the bag for a day to con Sobotka's crew into thinking that the heat is off; Nick and Frog work out a deal that hinges on an upfront and making good on the money Frog owes Ziggy; as Stringer makes the back end payment to his out-source, it appears that this arrangement may have been all on Stringer; Avon and Brianna are inconsolable, but Donette seems to be taking things in stride; the latest in surveillance technology is no match for the modern urban crime environment and the idiocy of Herc and Carver; Landsman and Rawls are unsuccessful in getting Daniels to take the murders, but Lester finally makes the persuasive argument; after getting a horrifying glimpse of the future during a presentation about robotically-run docks, Sobotka gives DiBiago grease to get some speed under the wheels of union-friendly legislation; depressed that Nick has taken away the package business and made it a success, Ziggy is further demoralized when he becomes the butt of Maui's practical joke; the cloned computer hands the detail the information they need to stake out and follow a stolen can, and thereby connect Sobotka's crew to Proposition Joe; Greggs and Prez continue to follow the pross connection; Daniels tries unsuccessfully to convince Marla that the detail is good for his career; Sobotka asks Nat for another year as union president, as Nat wonders about the source of the contributions Sobotka makes on behalf on the union; Herc and Carver get Nick on surveillance and discuss the merits of creating a phony C.I. to recoup their losses on the bug; taking a break from consoling the bereaved, Stringer discusses a business deal with Proposition Joe, but Avon turns the arrangement down flat; Elena continues to rebuff McNulty's charms.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not to say I didn't enjoy it, just that it wasn't my favorite episode, because not much of significance happened. That being said, I'm invested in the characters, so even the most incremental advancement of their storylines will keep me watching.moreless

    8.8
    As I said, not a lot happens- at least nothing of particular interest to me. The detail's dock monitoring operation pays off when they track a diverted container to a warehouse, and none other than Proposition Joe shows up. Speaking of PJ, he figures prominently later in this ep when he offers Stringer a deal to sell his high-quality product in Avon's territory- an offer which Avon summarily rejects. Stringer comforts Dee's bereaved family, including Avon- none of whom have any idea that Stringer is the one who had him killed. Nick makes good on the sale of the package, but Ziggy is jealous of his success. Sobotka continues to throw large sums of money at the lobbyist to push through favorable legislation- and Nat starts to wonder where all of the cash is coming from. There is some comic relief from Herc and Carver- nice to see those two back together- as they go on surveillance. And poor McNulty continues to fruitlessly chase Elena. Enjoyable (moderately so) for true fans of the series. Skippable for everyone else.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

John Doman

John Doman

Col. William A. Rawls

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Keith Flippen

Keith Flippen

Lobbyist Bruce DiBiago

Guest Star

Gary Senkus

Gary Senkus

Frog

Guest Star

Luray Cooper

Luray Cooper

Nathaniel "Nat" Coxson

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The man in the photograph on Sobotka's dart board is one of the most hated figures in Baltimore history, Robert Irsay, the Baltimore Colts owner who used the cover of darkness one night to spirit the team to its new home in Indianapolis.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • D.C. Guy: But did your man Avon even knew about it? (String shakes his head) You on your own here huh?
      Stringer: You right, it ain't none of your business. And if I were you, I wouldn't let a word of this mess end up in Avon's ear.
      D.C. Guy: Baltimore nigga's off the hook, I swear. All ya'll.

    • Prez: What if they're not sneaking anything off this time? What then?
      Lester: Ah then, tragically, you will have wasted yet another day in a life you've already misspent in the service of the City of Baltimore.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Carver and Herc are parked outside the front of Nick Sobotka's home, Carver calls Herc "Beavis" when he doesn't recognise the name Sobotka. This is a reference to the pioneering cartoon series Beavis and Butt-head from the early 90's that aired on MTV. The title characters were dim-witted stoners in high school who loved to watch music video's.

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