The Wire

Season 1 Episode 1

The Target

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 02, 2002 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • When Dee tells Wallace, (as they look at the photocopied bills) "Nobody on money but dead white presidents" Wallace looks at the $10 and says, "He ain't no president", what's goin on here?  Wallace knows that the picture on a $10 is Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury.

    • The title of the episode refers to Detective Jimmy McNulty setting his sights on Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale's drug dealing organization as the target of an investigation.

  • Quotes

    • McNulty: All I did was answer the guy's questions, he's a fucking Judge. Landsman: And the Deputy's the fucking Deputy, and he, not the Judge, has what's left of your be-shitted career in his hot little hands.

    • McNulty: (To Bunk) That will teach you to give a fuck when it ain't your turn to give a fuck.

    • Bunk: (To a dead body) You moldering motherfucker, don't even think about coming back a murder. Don't even think of that shit.

    • McNulty: It's got dots; Deputy loves dots. Landsman: Fuck you and your fucking dots.

    • McNulty: I got to ask you, if every time Snot Boogie would grab the money and run away, why did you even let him in the game? Snot Boogie's Pal: What? McNulty: If Snot Boogie always stole the money, why did you let him play? Snot Boogie's Pal: Got to, this America man.

    • Greggs: Fighting the war on drugs... one brutality case at a time. Carver: Girl, you can't even call this shit a war.Herc: Why not? Carver: Wars end.

  • Notes

    • The cold-opening sequence, the Snot-Boogie crime scene, was filmed at the corner of Faltington and Lexington in West Baltimore.

    • The scenes at the gentleman's club Orlando's, beginning in this episode, and continuing throughout the season, were actually filmed at the Ritz in Fells Point.

    • Both the Snot Boogie murder story and Bunk's tale of shooting a mouse in his kitchen are true stories from David Simon's time researching his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

    • Each season uses a different recording of the opening theme "Way Down in the Hole," against a different opening sequence. This season, the theme is performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama.

    • The Western District officer at the William Gant murder scene, Bobby, is played by real-life Batimore police officer Bobby Brown. Brown also appeared as a police officer in David Simon's The Corner.

  • Allusions

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