The Wire

Season 5 Episode 6

The Dickensian Aspect

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 2008 on HBO
9.2
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"If you have a problem with this. I understand completely." - Freamon

Mystified by Omar's disappearance, Marlo and Chris ramp up their efforts to locate their nemesis; After attending a sparsely attended waterfront ceremony, Carcetti fires away at a larger press event, and recasts himself as a champion for the homeless; Bunk revisits some old leads in the rowhouse cases, but is frustrated in his attempts to get bloodwork from the crime lab; Templeton looks for a perfect follow-up to his latest, nationally covered story, which has replaced the city's educational crisis on the paper's priority list; After the detail gets more manpower, Freamon presses McNulty to get new surveillance equipment, but the resources aren't as deep as both hoped; Pearlman discovers new clues pointing to corruption in City Hall; Marlo makes new appointments at the latest Co-Op meeting; McNulty takes a peculiar interest in a homeless man.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Lester Leaps In.

    10
    Okay, it should probably be Omar leaps in, but i'll explain later. This is a show that unfortunatly will be going out on top. I'll admit I was a little perplexed at Omar initially jumping (or leaping) 4 stories and being able to spirit away, but I like how it was resolved. They never thought to look in the same building and a broken leg is believable. One of the few times i'll fogive the writers for something near fantastical.



    We find that the web of lies and mountain of political bull* just keeps getting deeper. McNulty bringing all the attention to the bogus homeless serial murder case has gunked up the works with all the attention. Bunk and Kima working the real case of bodies get no help as they are thrown roadblocks due to budgetary cutbacks and, placed at the rear behind...yup the homeless case. As far as my man Lester Freamon, he and McNulty are so peeved about the way they are forced to do police work on the cheap with no support from above that they dig themselves deeper into the deception.



    Over at the newspaper Templeton comes up with a legit piece but many are skeptical, especially Editor Haynes.



    And now that Marlo has made his power play he needs to worry about Omar. While he's not showing this worry yet, his peeps are. I suspect he may be dead before the cops get him.



    As far as Lester Leaps in...it's an old Lester Young tune from the 50's. Lester, of course can be Lester Freamon who has jumped into the illegal detective work. Leaps in can be about Omar and Lester Young was known as "Prez". In this episode we had mention of Pryzbylewski or Prez.



    We also got to see some past characters (I how they bring back past characters) in Randy (who is so lost to the system) and Nick (season 2) who is apparently jobless. So many loose ends that the writers are revisiting and to an extent wrapping up.



    I'm most curious as to Omar and his one man mission, and the discovery of the sealed indictment copies found at Prop Joes. Oh boy, it just keeps getting better.moreless
  • There is so much to love in each and every episode of The Wire this season- why, oh why does this show have to freakin' end? Another classic episode with pivotal events that ramp up the narrative tension to an almost unbearable degree.moreless

    9.8
    Omar's alive, but just how hurt is he? His campaign against Marlo continues, but how can he hope to stay alive, let alone exact revenge for Butchie's murder?



    Speaking of bringing down Marlo, how far will McNulty and Freamon go in their efforts to do just that? The extreme measures McNulty is prepared to take are monumentally risky for him, Freamon and anyone else who gets caught up in the elaborate serial killer ruse (I'm talking to you, poor Sydnor). Speaking of taking extreme measures, is there anything that Carcetti won't do to get into the Governor's office? He now seizes on the plight of the city's homeless as his new vehicle to election victory.



    Speaking of victory (anyone sensing a theme here?), Marlo enjoys his status as king, disbanding the co-op and imposing his authority without challenge. Challenge? That's what Bunk is facing in his dogged efforts to solve his cases through good ole fashioned detective work: the police lab is taking forever to process his forensic evidence and his interview of Randy turned up nothing. Bunk is furious. And I guess furious would be the only way to describe Omar at this point...his one-man terror camapign has got to be getting under Marlo's skin...



    ...like the creepy Templeton, who finally writes a legitimate piece, but continues his duplicitous ways.



    I don't even know where to begin praising the quality of the show this season. All of the incredible ingredients that make The Wire so great are there, plus more. I love the way old characters and old plot threads are being revisited, not just for the sake of closure, but as an integral part of the storyline. It was nice to see Randy and Nick Sobotka again, but, in true Wire fashion, neither one is given anything close to a fairytale-ending.moreless
  • I loved how this episode was written

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    I was very suprised that Omar could walk after that big jump and all along he was hiding in the maintenance room underneath the appartments. I thought that would be the first place Chris would look for him. Bunk I love watching him at work and how his mind ticks, I love how he looks in all areas to solve his cases and this episode clearly showed this, by pretty much starting all over with the Marlo killngs. I loved how his eyes lit up when Kima put another link to the killings on his desk. I think he almost forgot who The Bunk was, Kima had to remind him. I am hoping that the Marlo killing will be reopened from Bunks hard work not from McNultys bullcrap.

    Another thing that suprised me in this episode was seeing Nick Sobotka again, wasnt he all fired up about the new development of the docks.

    I thought this was a great episode and I cant wait until next, Im itching for it.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

Neal Huff

Neal Huff

Chief of Staff Michael Steintorf

William Joseph Brookes

William Joseph Brookes

 

Guest Star

Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace

Self

Guest Star

Sho Brown

Sho Brown

Philboy

Guest Star

Peter Gerety

Peter Gerety

Judge Daniel Phelan

Recurring Role

Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber

Nicholas Sobotka

Recurring Role

Maestro Harrell

Maestro Harrell

Randy Wagstaff

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the police report on Randy Wagstaff that Bunk is holding near the start, the word 'nearby' is misspelled as 'nearbye'.

      The report also reveals Snoop's real name to be Felicia Pearson.

    • The Grainery development was last heard of in Season 2. The area known as the Grain Pier was being fought for by Frank Sobotka.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Randy: Ya'll need to get this police out of my face before I bank his ass.

    • Rawls: (to Daniels) Make no mistake, [Carcetti] wants us to solve the murders, he just doesn't want it to cost. Don't look so shocked, you're running with the big dogs now.

    • Bunk: You called the reporter huh?
      McNulty: No, actually. That asshole's making up his own shit. Brass called a press conference for this afternoon. They'll be shovellin' so much money at my bullshit it'll make your head spin.

    • (after finding out Omar jumped from a 5th floor balcony)
      Marlo: Don't seem possible.
      Chris: It don't.
      Marlo: That's some Spiderman shit there. We missed our shot. Now he goin' be at us.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: "Amerikkka's Pie" by Donferquan Aka Quan; "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline; "I'm Good There" by Mullyman; "Turkish Song Of The Damned" by The Pogues

    • Although credited, Jermaine Crawford, Seth Gilliam, Michael Kostroff, Domenick Lombardozzi, Andre Royo, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. and Tristian Wilds do not appear in this episode.

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