The Wire

Season 2 Episode 4

Hard Cases

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 22, 2003 on HBO
9.1
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"If I hear the music, I'm gonna dance." - Greggs

The medical examiner determines that the bad package which killed five inmates and hospitalized eight others was cut with strychnine, so the heat is on to close the case quickly; as the pressure mounts to deliver Omar's testimony in the Gant case, McNulty enlists Bubbles in the search, but an unhappy Omar finds Bubbles first; Dee confronts Avon about the bad package and washes his hands of the business; Daniels and Burrell strike a deal on the detail, but Rawls refuses to reassign McNulty while okaying Greggs, Hauk and Lester; Stringer continues to struggle with poor quality product from his suppliers; Avon brokers a deal to give up Tilghman for a reduction in his sentence; McNulty continues his efforts to identify his floater; pleased with the outcome of their prior deal, the Greeks come to Nick and Ziggy with a request for bulk chemicals; after Sobotka chews Nick out for stealing the container and tells him to keep a low profile, Nick passes the word to his cousin, which falls on deaf ears; Daniels and Greggs get the silent treatment in their respective homes after they break the news of the new detail to their wives; McNulty signs the separation papers as he asks Elena for another chance; Bunk, Lester and Russell terrify Sobotka when they drop by the bar for a little quality face time.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • They're baaaaack! After an uncharacteristically plodding episode last week, The Wire is back to giving me what I came for. The characters I'm invested in have returned, and the plot continues to take shape. This looks to be an interesting season.moreless

    9.1
    I should have known that this show would get back to form. There is another detail, almost identical to the one in Season 1, with the omission of Carver and (at Rawls' demand) McNulty. Bubbles makes an appearance, as does everyone's favorite psycho stick-up kid, Omar. And Kima- love me some Kima. Barksdale hatches a plot to reduce his sentence, but Dee wants no part of it, and severs ties with Avon. Bunk, Russell and Lester roust the dockworkers, shaking Sobotka up. And the inane subplot with Nick and Ziggy continues, with the Greeks requesting tons of suspicious-sounding industrial chemicals for their next heist. A very good episode- from here, the action should get hot and heavy pretty quickly.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

Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan

Louis Sobotka

Guest Star

Kristin Proctor

Kristin Proctor

Aimee

Guest Star

Antonio D. Charity

Antonio D. Charity

Off. Dwight Tilghman

Guest Star

Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam

Det. 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 (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Rawls: Do you even know what this details about Lieutenant?
      Daniels: Some kinda beef that Valchek has.
      Rawls: Two fuckin' Pollock's pissin' on eachother's leg.

    • Frank Sobotka: We ain't back in the day, Nicky. When's the last time you saw trucks backed up for 3 miles outside Patapsco terminal? If it weren't for the car ships, we'd be starvin'.

    • Prison Warden: Hell, if you can't win the war on drugs in a prison, where the hell you gonna win it?

    • Stringer: Yo', Rock.
      Shamrock: Huh?
      Stringer: Be subtle with it, man. You know what subtle means?
      Shamrock: Laid back and shit.

    • Daniels: Where are the detectives who were first assigned?
      Valchek: Dead. To me, anyway. I shipped them humps back to Burrell as fast as I could.

    • (talking to Daniels)
      Greggs: I'll tell your wife if you tell mine.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When McNulty comes into the Homicide unit, Sgt. Jay Landsman refers to him as "Gilligan, little buddy." Because he is now in the Marine unit, calling him "Gilligan" is a reference to the title character of Gilligan's Island, a television series about a shipwrecked crew.

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