The Wire

Season 2 Episode 9

Stray Rounds

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 03, 2003 on HBO
9.2
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"The world is a smaller place now." - The Greek

On the new drug corner they commandeered from their rivals, Bodie and crew sell their repackaged dope, newly named WMD. In an apartment overlooking the scene, a young mother readies her children for school, but soon hits the floor when the rival gang shows up and shooting begins. Both gangs fire wildly, dispersing only when police sirens are heard. Upstairs, the mother discovers that one of her kids has been killed getting ready for school.moreless

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  • This episode is a fine example of what The Wire does so well: complex, intersecting plots, sharp characterizations, humor and dramatic momentum, balanced with believable action scenes that are integral to the story line.moreless

    9.1
    Bodie's crew has another run-in with the rival crew, with tragic consequences for an innocent bystander. When an unhappy Stringer orders Bodie to dump the guns used in the shootout, he lunkheadedly dumps them onto a passing barge, where they are later found by the cops. Speaking of 5-0, the police start a street sweep in response to the gun battle, netting Bodie, among others. The detail realizes that the Greeks are onto them, and have changed tactics. Nicky meets with Spiros, who refers him to White Mike for future re-ups. Spiros also gives him a new list of clean containers to divert. Stringer makes the deal with Proposition Joe, who is wary of Avon's reaction- but Bell reassures him that he will bring Barksdale around. At the bar, Ziggy voices a desire to get out of the drug trade, and offers to cut Johnny Fifty in on a caper. New Charles shows up, fresh out of the hospital, to the delight of the bar patrons. Nicky encounters a visibly distraught Ziggy later outside the bar. Ziggy lunges and punches his confused cousin, and runs off into the night. Entering the bar, Nicky finds out the reason for Ziggy's funk: his pet duck has died of an alcohol overdose. McNulty calls to set up the brothel sting, but is rebuffed by the madam because of his less-than-convincing approach. Lester suggests that Jimmy adopt a British persona, which works- McNulty gets a visit set up. Ziggy and Johnny make a deal to sell stolen luxury cars to a skeptical Glekas. Herc and Carver start to feel like the unappreciated workhorses of the detail as they are assigned to yet another stakeout. McNulty consults Fitz, his fed contact, for intel on Glekas. Fitz calls another FBI agent named Koutris, who says he doesn't have much on Glekas. As soon as the call is finished, Koutris phones Spiros to warn him that the feds are looking for info on Glekas. Back at police HQ, the cops try to sweat Bodie, but he discerns that they don't have enough to hold him. He later is confronted by an angry Stringer but reassures him that he kept his mouth shut. The FBI shows up at Sobotka's office, complete with Koutris, who we find out is working counter-terrorism. They inspect a shipment, which Koutris has been tipped off by the Greeks contains a shipment of coke for the Colombians, whom the Greeks have now turned against. The feds seize a huge 45 million dollar stash. Stringer meets with Brianna and asks her to sell the deal with Proposition Joe to Avon. McNulty shows up for his "date", replete with bad British accent and European manpurse. In a hilarious scene, McNulty gives his all in the line of duty, being "forcibly" engaged in intercourse by a couple of girls from the brothel while waiting for the sting to go down. Valchek gets impatient for the detail to charge Sobotka, so he storms out of a meeting with Burrell. Brianna reports back to Bell that Avon is still adamantly opposed to the deal with Proposition Joe, and that he has brought in a feared enforcer from New York known only as Brother Mouzone. Joe is appalled at the news, so he suggests that Avon "take care" of Brother Mouzone, but Avon is reluctant to take him on. As the episode ends, Brother Mouzone, a dapper man, wearing a bow-tie and resembling a Muslim, shows up at The Pit. This show has developed a unique rhythm, with tense dramatic scenes offset by impeccably timed comic interludes. The cast has developed such a strong rapport that one forgets at times that they are acting. This particular episode sets up a lot of the storylines that look to be resolved in the final few episodes of the season.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

John Doman

John Doman

Col. William A. Rawls

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Asst. States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

Tom Mardirosian

Tom Mardirosian

FBI Special Agent Kristos Koutris

Guest Star

Lev Gorn

Lev Gorn

Eton Ben-Eleazer

Guest Star

Luray Cooper

Luray Cooper

Nathaniel "Nat" Coxson

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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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jay Landsman: And why, may I ask, is young Preston not being hurled with great abandon around one of our interrogation rooms?

    • Prop Joe: You don't think I'm gonna send any of my people up against Brother? Shit, that nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.

    • Valchek: Now the votes are in, and you're movin' your damn golf trophies upstairs to the Commisioner's office, now you're freezin' me out, huh? Fuckin' rat-fucker's, all of ya'. This is my case, mine! And now you're gonna tell me who the target is? Well not fuckin' likely.

    • Brianna Barksdale: As long as them towers are still standing, I am too. And i'm a be damned if I'm a let everything we fought for go to shit.

    • Stringer: (to Bodie) This here game, there's more than the rep you carry, the corner you hold. You gotta be fierce, I know that. But more than that, you gotta show some flex, give and take on both sides.

    • (to the tactical ops officer with the battering ram)
      Bunk: Calm the fuck down, it's not like they can flush a dozen whores down the toilet.

    • (during extended surveillance detail, Herc takes a picture of Carver)
      Carver: Hey, don't waste film.
      Herc: We've been here so fucking long that you're startin' to look good to me.

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