The Wire

Season 3 Episode 8

Moral Midgetry

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2004 on HBO
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"Crawl, walk, and then run." - Clay Davis

With Amsterdam running full tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves. Prez impresses the detail with what he's found out from Bodie's cell phone, information that sends McNulty and Greggs on a road trip. Colvin sees the benefits of his plan working, but has overlooked the human toll, until the Deacon points out the deficiencies. Stringer Bell fumes over the cost of being a developer, as state Senator Clay Davis attempts to cool him off with some easy money, and then, delivers on his promise of a federal housing connect. Carcetti confronts a hurdle he must clear if he wants to run for higher office, while Marlo appears to take the bait set by the Barksdale crew. Cutty is shown the possibilities for the future with a tour of a working gym, while the Western District cops tip a few, and weigh the merits of Amsterdam and their loyalty to their commander. Brianna and McNulty sit down for a heart-to-heart, while Avon dispatches the troops to track Omar and wrestles with a revelation by Stringer.moreless

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  • This episode crashes through the proverbial fourth wall and grabs you by the lapels. Amazing acting and writing!

    Stick-up crews start to prey on the dealers in Hamsterdam. Carver thinks that the police should protect them, but his fellow officers disagree. The Deacon talks Colvin into setting up social services in Hamsterdam, and Cutty (now referring to himself as simply "Dennis"), takes an interest in setting up a boxing gym for the out of control young runners and spotters who populate the safe zone. The Wsetern District officers take issue with Colvin's pet project, but Carver stops them from exposing him to the brass, saying they should give Hamsterdam a chance to work. Stringer demands that Clay Davis put him on a fast track to secure federal construction money, and Davis intoduces him to an influential contact. Barksdale gets some inside information on Omar's grandmother, and has soldiers stake out her house, waiting for him to show up. Avon also sets up an elaborate trap for Marlo, who outsmarts him once again, killing a soldier and wounding Barksdale. Dee's death continues to loom large, as Brianna confronts Bell with McNulty's suspicions, and Stringer later confesses his part in Dee's murder to Avon; fireworks ensue.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Avon: Know what the difference is between me and you? I bleed red; you bleed green. What you been buildin' for us? I look at you these days, you know what I see? I see a man without a country. Not hard enough for this right here and maybe, just maybe, not smart enough for them out there.

    • Runner: Yo, I just rolled for peanut butter. You got anything else?
      Off. Colicchio The fuck I look like, Chef Boyardee?
      Runner: Who?

    • Rawls: Amazing. Crime is down and no one wants to take any credit. What is wrong with this picture?

  • NOTES (2)


    • McNulty: Lemme go talk to Buford Pusser in there alone.

      McNulty is referring to Buford Pusser, the real-life Tennessee Sheriff whose one-man crusade against crime inspired several books and movies.