The Wire

Season 2 Episode 10

Storm Warnings

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 10, 2003 on HBO
9.3
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Episode Summary

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"It pays to go with the union card every time." - Ziggy

The detail uses satellite technology to its advantage. Bodie is unhappy that Proposition Joe's people are slinging on his turf, but business flows anyway. Valchek visits the FBI in an attempt on getting real results on the docks. Ziggy's deal goes bad with Double G in a big way, Greggs considers motherhood and Prez makes a major blunder.moreless

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  • Best episode up to this point

    10
    Im on this epic and awesome journey of watching the wire from the start. So far, (including season 1), this has been the best episode yet.
  • Perfect Moments

    10
    It seems almost too obvious to repeat again how perfect "The Wire" is. It is one of the best (and maybe really the best) show on television, simply because it is so well written. Everything else is amazing, but it's the writing that is the key element to the show's success. It's the talent of the writers to tell a good story which is so multi-facetted, you can be nothing but amazed that they never lose track of anything.



    An episode like "Storm Warnings" is (up to now) one of the best examples. As usual, the episode consists of many other episodes, showing various points of view, which are all interconnected. As the season gets close to its end, the show really speeds up and delivers some of the most amazing moments I've yet seen. Other shows would maybe have so many great moments in a season, but "The Wire" all puts them in its 60 minutes, leaving the viewer just stunned.



    Some of the best moments:

    - The opening montage centering on Przyblewski. He is such a great character and has gone through such a well-written development since the first episode that it seems just right to give him so much attention here. He deserves it.



    - Omar reappearing and wearing a "I'm the American Dream"-shirt. There's basically nothing to add to this ingenious costume decision, but I loved the way the words were never fully shown even though it was always clear what they said. It's all in the ambiguities.



    - Przyblewski hitting Valchek. Did anyone see that one coming? You expect him to be rebellious or anything, but just some jumbled words and a bang? Wow, that was just great!



    - Brother Mouzone getting the Towers back. Where the hell was this gun coming from? I'm really excited what will happen with this crazy character. And I just loved it, that Bubbs was watching all of it.



    - Ziggy. Just Ziggy. There is certainly no doubt that "The Wire" features some of the best acting that can be witnessed on any TV show, but James Ransome's performance at the store and the police station were simply mind-blowing. Ziggy is maybe the best character I have ever seen, because he never does what anyone suspects. He is considered weak by everyone, but he's somehow stronger than anybody else.



    Again, each of those moments would have been great enough for one episode, but all of them coming together, in addition to a suspensefull cliffhanger ending... well, I'm really sorry for anyone who misses such amazing television. There really is nothing better.

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  • In the runup to the season finale, The Wire continues to pick up steam, with plot revelations now unfurling at a furious pace. Not to worry, though- none of this show's signature pacing, sharp writing or ensemble pieces are sacrificed. Great stuff.moreless

    9.3
    Things continue to develop at a feverish pace in these last few episodes leading up to the season finale. The detail continues to get enticingly close to their targets. Brother Mouzone shows up to complicate Stringer's plans. Poor, doomed Ziggy makes a fateful move. Zima once again has trouble brewing on the home front. Valchek's impatience causes him to make a rash move. The Greeks catch on to the detail's investigation and drastically change tactics. And the detail joins up with the feds.



    Another excellent episode in which the numerous plot lines begin to converge and build up to what is sure to be an exciting conclusion.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Asst. States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Frank Sobotka

Merritt Wever

Merritt Wever

Prissy

Guest Star

Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

FBI Agent

Guest Star

Tom Mardirosian

Tom Mardirosian

FBI Special Agent Kristos Koutris

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 (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (to Lamar)
      Brother Mouzone: You know what the most dangerous thing in America is right?
      A Nigga with a library card. (laughs to himself)

    • Brother Mouzone: Am I correct in assuming you are not employed by Mr. Barksdale?
      Cheese: Hell yeah!
      Brother Mouzone: Because if that is the case, then I have to insist that you leave.
      Cheese: This nigger serious?
      Brother Mouzone: Let me be emphatic. You need to take your black ass across Charles Street to where it belong.

    • Brother Mouzone: Lamar, where's my Harper's?
      Lamar: Say wha'?
      Brother Mouzone: Harper's. The new issue.
      Lamar: You didn't say that one. You said The New Republic, and Atlantic, and a new somethin' else.
      Brother Mouzone: I did not forget to tell you Harper's. Every week I tell you the same shit, and every week you forget half of what I say.

    • (after shooting Cheese)
      Brother Mouzone: Pellets in plastic. Rat shot. What you need to be concerned about is what's seated in the chamber now. A copper-jacketed hollow point 120 grain hot streak load of my own creation. So you need to think, for just a moment, and ask yourself "what do I have to do before this man raise up his gun again."

    • Cheese: You mean to tell me there's a west-side nigga that know how to sell shit without stickin' a pistol in a fiends face?
      Bodie: Yeah dog, and you better get used it, 'cause ya'll ain't sellin shit, until we bone-ass dry!

    • Stringer: You see these east-side motherfucker's over here? I want'chu to extend to these motherfucker's all the hospitality west Baltimore is famous for.
      Bodie Yeah, you want us to fuck 'em up.

    • Ziggy: It pays to go with the union card every time.

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