The Wire

Season 5 Episode 3

Not for Attribution

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 2008 on HBO
9.3
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"They're dead where it doesn't count." - Fletcher

Mayor Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic; Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help with an enviable problem; executive editor Whiting and managing editor Thomas Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff; Michael finds temporary respite from his life on the corner by taking Dukie and Bug on a trip; McNulty shares some inside info with Gutierrez, but her subsequent story doesn't cause the splash either envisioned; McNulty, undaunted, looks for a new ally in Freamon.

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  • Incredible episode. The talented creative team behind The Wire continues to outdo itself, revisiting old characters even while establishing new ones, advancing the season's narrative while insinuating plot threads from previous seasons...amazing stuff!moreless

    9.6
    People have repeatedly called this series Dickensian. I can see that, but it really strikes me as Shakespearean: the class struggles shown from all strata...the heroes, villains and murkier anti-heroes, the personal tragedies and self-destructive decisions, the power plays, betrayals and deceptions...and the overriding themes of moral decay and corruption that pervade the entire proceedings. McNulty's continued downward spiral is riveting in a train-wreck kind of way, and Lester's sudden complicity in mcNulty's hairbrained scheme is the kind of curveball this series throws so well at the viewer. Clay Davis is going down, and so is Burrell. The Sun is on the financial ropes, and is gutting its newsroom staff to deal with the budget crisis. Marlo continues to make his moves against any and all who oppose his world domination, forging an important alliance with the Greeks- and making what is certain to be a fatal move against Omar, brutally murdering Butchie to get his attention. Didn't someone wise say something once about letting sleeping dogs lie....moreless
  • We have to sensationalize it.

    9.5
    Thus sayeth my favorite character on "The Wire, Lester Freamon. This episode dug deeper into the ills of the political system, the newspaper business, police work and Marlo's retribution.



    Clay Davis is fighting for his freedom while Carcetti and the Commish refuse to help. Word is leaked to the paper that Daniles wil be replacing the Commissioner who is cooking the police statistic numbers. The Clay Davis corruption will come to a head but what does he hold over everybody.



    The newspaper is buying out and laying off. One reporter is cooking up quotes to make it look like he can handle the retiring beat reporter. Corruption doesn't just mean the making of money.



    Meanwhile McNulty can't get the serial killer angle going and Bunk wants no part of it. Lester Freamon the true brains of the detective squad says they need to go further and sensationalize it. Pure beauty (and corruption).



    Marlo on the hunt for Omar goes to the Antilles while Omar's enabler to escape is shot and killed because he won't give him up.



    The plot is thicker and more intertwined than ever. We get to sit back and speculate who will be killed, who will be arrested, who will get caught. "The Wire" really is a show of beauty.moreless
Dominic West

Dominic West

Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

Clark Johnson

Clark Johnson

City Editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes

Aidan Gillen

Aidan Gillen

Mayor Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Chief State's Attorney of Violent Crimes Rhonda Pearlman

Michael Kenneth Williams

Michael Kenneth Williams

Omar Little

Tristan Wilds

Tristan Wilds

Michael Lee

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Roger Twigg

Guest Star

Donnell Rawlings

Donnell Rawlings

Damien Lavelle "Day-Day" Price

Guest Star

Michael Stone Forrest

Michael Stone Forrest

Det. Frank Barlow

Guest Star

Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison

Police Comm. Ervin H. Burrell

Recurring Role

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Recurring Role

Robert F. Chew

Robert F. Chew

Joe "Proposition Joe" Stewart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The store that McNulty goes in to buy the ribbon and where Alma goes to buy the paper was shot at Eddie's Market in Charles Village.

    • Real life former Baltimore Sun editor Steven Luxenberg makes a cameo appearance in this episode as an employee of the paper. He was the editor who first hired David Simon as a reporter for the Sun, and his name is also used for the Metro Editor played by Robert Poletick.

    • Both Donald Worden and Gary D'Addario make guest appearances during this episode. David Simon spent a year with these two ex-homicide detectives whilst researching his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Both feature prominently throughout the book.

    • Homicide Det. Frank Barlow played by Michael Stone Forrest first appeared in the pilot episode "The Target," however he was never seen again and no explanation was given to his disappearance. He resurfaces in this episode in the homicide department, again with no explanation to where he has been. However, it could be assumed that he was moved to the night shift under a different sergeant.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Landsman: You know why they call 'em homeless Jimmy? 'Cause they ain't got a pot to piss in. And you know why they ain't got a pot? 'Cause nobody gives a good fuck.

    • McNulty: Who's gonna catch me?! Most of the guy's up here couldn't catch the clap in a Mexican whore house!

    • Bunk: Marlo ain't worth it man, nobody is.
      McNulty: Marlo's an asshole! He does not get to win, we get to win!

    • Bunk: (to McNulty) You're goin' to jail behind this shit, yes you are. You know what they do to police in jail? Pretty police like yourself. Motherfucker, we have kids, houses, car payments, furniture. Jimmy, I just bought brand new lawn chairs.

    • (when Bunk calls for help after being stuck in the box with McNulty)
      Crutchfield: He fuck you?
      Bunk: He tried, mostly he just fucks himself.

    • Prop Joe: (about Marlo) Ain't easy civilisin' this motherfucker.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: "Up Up And Away" by The Fifth Dimension; "To Tragoudi Xenitias" by Lyra; "96 Tears" by ? And The Mysterians; "Away From Home" by Eddie Houston; "Mi Me Pismatonis" by Markos Vamvakaris; "Booty Body Ready" by Sterling Silver Starship; "Don't Be Afraid" by Salim Nourillah; "Red Gold & Green" by Hugh Mundell; "When I Die (You Better Second Line)" by Kermit Rufins; "Mystery Train" by Little Junior Parker; "Messin With The Kid" by Junior Wells

    • Although credited, Andre Royo, Seth Gilliam, Dominick Lombardozzi and Michael Kostroff do not appear in this episode.

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