The Wire

Season 1 Episode 9

Game Day

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 04, 2002 on HBO
9.3
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"Maybe we won." - Herc

Freamon gets Syndor and Prez started on the Barksdale money trail. They discover the usual ties to dummy companies, but they also find large sums of political contributions. Herc and Carver bust Wee-Bey holding $22.000 but only $15,000 is reported. Lieutenant Daniels discovers the discrepancy and orders them to find the money before the morning roll call. Omar's mission takes him to Proposition Joe where he promptly offers another recently stolen Barksdale stash to Joe in exchange for Avon's pager number.moreless

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  • There's a lot going on in this episode: The rivalry between Avon and Omar reaches a new level, Bubbles makes an effort to get clean, Lester starts to follow Barksdale's money trail, and the cops flip Shardene. I can't wait until the next one...moreless

    9.2
    Avon and Stringer show an interest in an up and coming college hoops player by offering to pay him for playing with their West Side Projects' team in the annual rivalry game with the East Side. They lose the game (and Avon loses a sizable wager as well) anyway, due to the machinations of Proposition Joe, the opposing coach, who loads his team with ringers. Lester has the Detail start following the trail of Avon's dummy corporations- and political contributions. Dee has a talk with Mitchell, who tells him he is thinking about getting out of the game, and going back to school. Dee wishes him well, and gives him some money. Poot later sees him copping drugs. Bubbles runs into Walon, from the NA meeting. Looks like Bubbles is still contemplating the straight life... especially after a later caper in which he steals drugs from The Pit nearly gets him jacked up. Bubbles is later seen announcing to his estranged daughter that he wants to get clean, and asking to say at her house. The cops get some intel on a drop and confiscate 20 large from Wee-Bay, which Herc considers skimming, until Carver talks him out of it. Daniels later discovers that all of the money was not turned in, and give Herc and Carver until the next day to turn it in. Carver thinks Herc took it, until they tear Wee-Bay's car apart and find it in the wheel well. The cops decide to pick Shardene up and try to extract information about Avon's operation from her. She cracks when they show her the body of a stripper who OD'd at Little Man's party and was left in a dumpster. She confronts Dee about the body and moves out. Omar jacks Avon's stash (again) and parlays it to Proposition Joe for Avon's pager number- we don't think he is out to make a friendly call, either... He ambushes Barksdale, but just misses killing him. Excellent episode. This thing just keeps getting better and better.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

John Doman

John Doman

Maj. William A. Rawls

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Bubbles

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Russell "Stringer" Bell

Maurice Blanding

Maurice Blanding

Basketball Player

Guest Star

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Walon

Guest Star

Jefferson Breland

Jefferson Breland

Basketball Coach

Guest Star

Michael Salconi

Michael Salconi

Det. Michael Santangelo

Recurring Role

Robert F. Chew

Robert F. Chew

Joseph "Proposition Joe" Stewart

Recurring Role

Clayton LeBouef

Clayton LeBouef

Wendell "Orlando" Blocker

Recurring Role

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