The Wire

Season 3 Episode 6

Homecoming

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 2004 on HBO
9.1
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"Just a gangster, I suppose." - Avon Barksdale

Stringer Bell gets an education in construction management; Bunk uses shoe-leather to catch up with Omar and deliver a searing message; a frustrated Colvin unleashes the troops on the corner boys ignoring his new edict; Avon sends Cutty and Slim Charles against Marlo; Bubbles refocuses the picture for Greggs; Donette receives Brianna's blessing of her hookup with Stringer and lets slip that McNulty visited about Dee. Daniels keeps up the front of marriage to Marla, as she pursues a new career at City Hall; McNulty backdoors Daniels with a visit to Colvin; and Burrell hears from the mayor that he should take Baltimore's rising body count very personallymoreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A classic episode - everything that's great about The Wire

    10
    It's not a finale episode and nothing huge happens, but this episode goes down as one of my favorite so far. It was just classic Wire, from beginning to end. You have great writing in some brilliant speeches. Bunk confronts Omar and we see an honest emotional outburst and learn more about Bunk's background. I was afraid for Cutty when he decided to leave "the game," but was thrown when Avon respected his change of heart and still regarded him as a real man. Carcetti's political ambitions are fascinating to watch, as is the ongoing experiment in Hamsterdam. The truth about D'Angelo's death seems like it will come out at any moment. Also, the contrast in Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale is probably my favorite thing we've seen from their crew so far. Avon is just the gangster, while Stringer has higher ambitions, and the ensuing tension is just stunning to watch.moreless
  • Key events happen in this installment, with implications for the future of several prominent characters- in other words, the plot thickens...

    9.4
    Colvin's men crack down hard on any dealers who try to operate outside of Hamsterdam. Bunk finds Omar and delivers a scathing indictment of his lawless lifestyle that seems to reach Omar. Avon tries his hand at Stringer's legit enterprises, but decides that he is "just a gangster". He decrees that he wants his corners taken back, and dispatches a crew headed by Cutty and Slim Charles to forcibly remove Marlo's men from their spots. A first mission goes horribly awry thanks to the ineptness of some of Barksdale's young soldiers, so Cutty and Slim decide to try again themselves. The mission is somewhat successful (Slim Charles kills one of Marlo's boys), but Cutty discovers that he doesn't have the heart for a soldier's life any more when he has an enemy in his sights and can't pull the trigger. He confesses to Avon, who lets him leave the organization, but still respects Cutty. McNulty and Griggs find out about the battles between Marlo and Avon's troops and try to get Daniels to redirect the detail to investigate them, but get nowhere... so, McNulty does an end-around with Colvin, who assigns the detail to the job. Daniels finds out, and furiously confronts McNulty, promising him that he will be gone from the detail as soon as the case is closed.



    Another well-done episode, doing what The Wire does so well: juggling numerous plot threads, while still giving most of the characters attention and development. Good stuff!moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Bunk Moreland

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

John Doman

John Doman

Bill Rawls

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Bunny Colvin (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Ronnie Pearlman

Verna Lee Day

Verna Lee Day

 

Guest Star

Nina Hodoruk

Nina Hodoruk

 

Guest Star

Norris Davis

Norris Davis

Vinson

Guest Star

Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

Clarence Royce

Recurring Role

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Clay Davis

Recurring Role

Chad L. Coleman

Chad L. Coleman

Cutty Wise

Recurring Role

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