The Wire

Season 3 Episode 12

Mission Accomplished

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 19, 2004 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • In the beginning of the episode, right after Bunk Moreland picks up a shotgun shell at the crime scene, Stringer Bell's chest can be clearly seen, moving up and down, although he should be dead.

  • Quotes

    • Slim Charles: It's what war is you know? Once you in it, you in it. If it's a lie, then we fight on that lie but we got to fight.

    • Witness: I saw only the one of them. He was black, big I thought. With a large weapon.
      Bunk: BNBG.
      Det. Vernon Holley: (laughing) Big Negro, Big Gun.

    • (referring to a now deceased Stringer)
      McNulty: I caught him, Bunk. On the wire. I caught him. He doesn't fuckin' know it.

    • Squeek: You've got to be the stupidest motherfucker... I've ever dated.
      Bernard: (to crony) I can't wait to get to prison.

  • Notes

    • Music: "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner; "Fast Train" by Solomon Burke; "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell

  • Allusions

    • Apocalypse Now
      The use of the composition "Ride of the Valkyries" by Col. Bill Rawls when the raids are made is a direct reference to the 1979 Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppolla. Robert Duvall's character, who is also named Bill and a Colonel, blasts the song from air cavalry helicopters as they attack a Viet Cong village.

    • One of the books that McNulty pulls down from Stringer Bell's book shelf is Adam Smith's An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, published on March 9, 1776. It is widely considered to be the first modern work in the field of economics. The work also being the first comprehensive defense of free market policies.

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