The Wire

Season 2 Episode 11

Bad Dreams

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 17, 2003 on HBO
9.4
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"I need to get clean" - Sobotka

FBI agent Fitzhugh's report detailing Sobotka's plan to flip the next morning in exchange for leniency for Ziggy and Nick reaches FBI agent Koutris, who again tips The Greek to the imminent danger. As Sobotka makes his way to the lonely spot under the Key Bridge for his meeting with Vondas, the FBI agent Koutris sends a message to The Greek and warns him of Sobotka's intention to tell the police what he knows. With Sobotka in sight, The Greek tells Vondas that the union leader must not leave their meeting alive.moreless

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  • Once again the creative team behind The Wire has crafted a compelling hour of television. As the inevitable season finale draws near, they have so expertly created a sense of dread that it is palpable.moreless

    9.3
    In the penultimate episode of Season 2, each of the major characters is at a critical juncture. Ziggy has sealed his fate with the latest of his impulsive, foolish choices. Nicky's heroin dealing has caught up with him, and he is on the verge of being arrested. The net is tightening on Sobotka's shady dealings, and it is a toss-up as to whether the detail or the Greeks will get to him first. The detail has come up short in their quest to solve the Jane Doe murders and nab the Greeks, so they are feverishly working to stay one step ahead of their ever-changing tactics. Stringer's plan to pit Omar and Brother Mouzone against each has backfired, and he is at risk of Avon finding out about his disloyal dealings. Other than that, everything's just dandy...



    Another totally captivating episode, and a perfect set-up for the finale.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

David Simon (II)

David Simon (II)

Reporter

Guest Star

Luray Cooper

Luray Cooper

Nathaniel "Nat" Coxson

Guest Star

Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan

Louis Sobotka

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 creator and writer of The Wire, David Simon, makes a cameo appearance as one of the reporters waiting outside the union hall when Sobotka is arrested.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Brother Mouzone: I'm at peace with my god. Do what you will.

    • Amanda Reese: Name names, and come clean. You help yourself, and your union.
      Frank Sobotka: Help my union? For 25 years we've been dyin' slow down there. Dry dock's rustin', piers standin' empty. My friends and their kids like we got the cancer. No life-line got thrown all that time, nothin' from nobody, and now you wanna help us? Help me?

    • Spiros: You don't have to worry about Nicko. (something in Greek)
      The Greek: You are fond of him Spiros. You should have had a son.
      Spiros: But then I would have had a wife.

    • Bunk: (on detail) A different look for our boy.
      McNulty: Yeah, Perry Ellis, or something.
      Bunk: Now, how would a just-rolled-out-of-bed-looking motherfucker like you, know the designer?
      McNulty: (pauses) Okay, I'm guessing.
      Bunk: It's a Joseph Abboud. He puts dark buttons instead of brass on his blazers. That's the Abboud signature.
      McNulty: You know what they call a guy who pays that much attention to his clothes, don't you?
      Bunk: A grown-up?

    • Frank Sobotka: You know what the trouble is, Brucey? We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket.

    • Agent Fitzhugh: State your name.
      (Sergei stays silent)
      McNulty: No name huh? Well, for now, we'll just call you, Boris.
      Sergei: Boris. Why always "Boris?"

    • Bunk: Boy, them Greeks and those twisted-ass names.
      McNulty: Man, back off the Greeks. They invented civilization.
      Bunk: Yeah? Ass-fucking, too.

    • (McNulty having trouble loading camera)
      Bunk: Maybe you ought to set up an easel on the sidewalk and do a sketch instead.

    • McNulty: You know what they call a guy who pays that much attention to his clothes, don't you?
      Bunk: Mhm, a grown-up.

    • Frank Sobotka: You're more like me than you know. You're a Sobotka.
      Ziggy Sobotka: (crying) Fucked... is what I am.

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