The Wire

Season 2 Episode 8

Duck and Cover

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 27, 2003 on HBO
9.0
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"How come they don't fly away?" - Ziggy

Sobotka and Nick visit the diner to meet with The Greek. Vondas tries to persuade them to meet with him, but Sobotka is angry and adamant, and only when he begins to leave does The Greek appear. Sobotka explains the reasons for his paranoia and advises that The Greek shut down the warehouse. Instead, The Greek tells him to deliver more disappeared but clean containers there, "to show them there is nothing to hide." When Sobotka demands that he be paid the regular rate for disappearing the clean cans, The Greek is at first reluctant, but then agrees to pay after Nick is insistent.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Ok, I know The Wire is not known for its breakneck-paced action sequences: it's a police procedural. But, honestly, the glacial pace was a lot more novel and endearing in the first season- this season I'm getting tired of it- c'mon, move it, already!moreless

    9.0
    Again, not much of import happened. McNulty cracks up his car on a drunken bender, then hooks up with a waitress at an all-night diner. Looks like he's throwing himself into his old ways with a vengeance since being rejected by Elena. He confesses to Bunk that he is no good without a juicy homicide to investigate, so Bunk and Lester get Daniels to pressure Rawls to let McNulty join the detail. Knew that was coming sooner or later. Sobotka sniffs out the surveillance operation and throws a couple of decoys at the detail to throw them off the trail. He demands a meeting with the Greek, where he warns him to clean up the warehouse operation. Speaking of decoys, Ziggy comes into possession of an alcoholic duck, which the dockworker barflys sort of adopt as a mascot- and, yes, this subplot is as silly as it sounds. Someone please shoot Ziggy, quick! Bodie and Poot repel some rival dealers who are encroaching on their territory, but the ousted crew vows to return. And so it goes this week. I know I have been complaining of late about the slow pace of this series, but make no mistake- I still like it a lot, even episodes like this one. In the world of The Wire, there are always touches that make this overall one of the most gripping dramas on television. So, I'll be here again next episode. See you then...moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

John Doman

John Doman

Col. William A. Rawls

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Asst. States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan

Louis Sobotka

Guest Star

Jeffrey Fugitt

Jeffrey Fugitt

Marine Unit Off. Claude Diggins

Guest Star

Lance Irwin

Lance Irwin

Maui

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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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bodie: Goddamn, you a pussy crazed mah'fucker!
      Poot: A nigga can't look at a female?
      Bodie: Yeah man, but you be gettin' dizzy behind that shit.

    • Bunk: Jimmy McNulty, when he ain't policin', he's a picture post guarder, drunken, self-destructive fuck-up. And when he is policin'... he's pretty much the same motherfucker, but on a good case, he runnin' in front of the pack. That's as close as the man comes to bein' right.

    • Mr. Dids: Why don't you start out with pigeons Ziggy, you can train pigeons.
      Ziggy: Those things got lice, they'll bring the plague for christ sakes.

    • Pearlman: You all cannot spell for shit.
      Bunk: Well, would we be police if we could?

    • Horseface: (to Frank, while looking at a porn mag) Let me ask you something important. You like fake tits? I can't decide. Thus far, I'm undecided on fake tits.

    • (Bunk comes into detail room wearing "lacrosse" sweats
      Herc: Lacrosse?
      Bunk: What, a brother can't run with a stick? Jim Brown was an All-American midfielder at Syracuse.
      Freamon: You putting yourself beside Jim Brown?
      Bunk: Lester, um, I'm, I'm just saying...

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