The Wire

Season 3 Episode 5

Straight and True

6
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2004 on HBO
9.2
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"I had such fuckin' hopes for us." - McNulty

Frustrated in his grass-roots reform efforts, Colvin delivers a message to the next level of corner management. McNulty sees Stringer Bell's legitimate business dealings as a sign that he is now unreachable as a drug target. Bubbles shakes the tree for Johnny one more time; Carcetti quietly seeks to fix the program for protecting state's witnesses after another one is killed; Omar struggles with dissention in the ranks; Stringer hard-sells his new business model to an under-whelmed Marlo. Greggs' surveillance gives McNulty reason to smile, and then he takes an interest in politics. Cutty flexes his muscle and continues to slide back into the life; and Avon returns from prison.

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  • In what looks to be a truly epochal episode, critical events occur that will definitely figure prominently in the storylines during the rest of the season.

    9.5
    Another excellent installment, with events that will certainly have repercussions for the characters in this gripping series: Colvin's controversial Hamsterdam program gets off to a flying start, thanks to a highly unconventional assist from the police. Omar's crew, still reeling from Tosha's death, bicker among themselves, even as they prepare their weapons for what looks to be a major operation. McNulty falls into bed with Terri, Carcetti's campaign manager, after he meets her at a school parents' night. McNulty tires of chasing Stringer, suspecting that he has gone legit, until Kima, acting on a tip from Bubbles, leads him to observe a meet between Bell and Mario, where Stringer unsuccessfully tries to persuade the young dealer to join his newly-formed cartel. Cutty's re-entry into the game continues, as he and two of Avon's enforcers, Gerard and Sapper, confront a dealer suspected of skimming. The two enforcers administer a brutal beating, refusing to stop, even after Cutty admonishes them to. Avon is released to great fanfare from his troops and from Bell. Though Stringer makes elaborate arrangements to welcome Avon, Bell's rising prominence in the organization begins to make Barksdale concerned.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

Brandan T. Tate

Brandan T. Tate

 

Guest Star

Addison Switzer

Addison Switzer

Country

Guest Star

Eli Harris

Eli Harris

Lieutenant

Guest Star

Kelli R. Brown

Kelli R. Brown

Kimmy

Recurring Role

Chad L. Coleman

Chad L. Coleman

Cutty Wise

Recurring Role

Jamie Hector

Jamie Hector

Marlo Stanfield

Recurring Role

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