The Wire

Season 2 Episode 3

Hot Shots

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 15, 2003 on HBO
8.9
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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"What they need is a union." - Russell

The non-English-speaking crew of the Atlantic Light proves no help in the investigation, but the first mate unwittingly provides a clue that gets the ball rolling; Nick wonders how he's going to provide for Aimee and their daughter when there's no work on the docks, but rejects Ziggy's idea to make a quick buck by dealing drugs; Omar signs up some new partners in crime; after Stringer discovers that Tilghman is buying from Butchie, Stringer convinces Butchie to give the C.O. a bad package the next time they do business; Sobotka lobbies a state senator whose hands are out; Stringer and Donette reach an understanding of sorts; after Prez spills the beans about the do-nothing task force, Valchek strong-arms Burrell into giving him a real task force headed by Daniels; Avon tries to get Dee's head right with a promise that he won't have to do the whole bit; Ziggy and Nick steal a container and fence the goods to the Greeks; Elena sends Jimmy separation papers.moreless

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  • For the first time, I'm kinda meh about an episode. Not much happens. it's still The Wire, so it's never less than watchable, but this ep really didn't do a lot to advance the narrative.moreless

    8.7
    The investigators catch a break in the murder case, discoverinmg more about the Jane Does. Omar returns with a new stick-up crew(probably the only exciting development in this episode). Avon gets revenge on the CO who's been hassling Wee-Bey. Stringer beats Dee's time with Donette, a development that rings false to me. The writers have spent too much time establishing Stringer as an astute thinker to saddle him with such a stupid deed. Valchek balks at the bums on his detail and asks for Daniels. Ziggy talks Nick into stealing a container of digital cameras and fencing them to the Greeks- this is not going to end well. And McNulty gets separation papers from his wife. Entertaining episode for fans (I especially like the scene where Bunk and Lester show McNulty that he isn't the only one with detective skills), but highly skippable.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Asst. States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

Michael Mack

Michael Mack

Special Agent Marcus Lemmel

Guest Star

Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray

Special Agent Kleary

Guest Star

Edwina Findley

Edwina Findley

Tosha Mitchell

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 (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Landsman: Although there is some small charm to a woman in uniform, the fact remains we work plain clothes in homicide. Which is not to say that the clothes need be plain. For you, I would suggest some pantsuits, perhaps muted in color. Something to offset Det. Moreland's pinstriped lawyerly affectations and the brash, tweedy impertinence of Det. Freamon. Rawls is watching on this one. Let's at least pretend we got a fucking clue.
      Freamon: Tweedy impertinence?
      (Bunk indicates the stylishness of his ensemble)
      Freamon: I like that.

    • Valchek: Don't fuck wit' me Erv. I got as many friends in the Hall as you do. And with what I'm learnin' about the Barksdale case, I got all kinds'a shit I can throw.

    • Freamon: (to "Non-English" speaking crewman) You cannot travel halfway around the world and not speak any motherfuckin' English.

    • Country: Yo, uh, String, why are you so down on the phone companies, man?
      Stringer: While back, I took a stroll through the pit, I saw that kid we got running things down there, uh, Poot. Now, he got the cell phone I gave him for the business, right there on his hip. But, the nigga got another cell phone that only rang when the pussy called. Now, if this no-count nigga got two cell phones, how the fuck you gonna sell any more of them motherfuckers? That's market saturation.

    • Omar: Look, Dante, what's it gonna take for you to be convinced, man? I don't bag no babies. (pauses) Huh?
      Dante: What you think?
      (Omar and Dante start making out)
      Dante: You gonna have to do better than that.
      Omar: Oh, indeed.

    • (talking about McNulty)
      Freamon: What did he call Cole?
      Bunk: Collateral damage.
      Freamon: I'm fellin' pretty damn collateral myself, I gotta say.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When McNulty and his two sons get out of the car, the kids are arguing about elves and hobbits. They may have just come from the cinema, having watched one of the films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson. The conversation also references another novel by Tokien called The Hobbit, the predecessor to the The Lord of the Rings.

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