The Wire

Season 5 Episode 7

Took

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 2008 on HBO
9.2
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"They don't teach it in law school." - Pearlman

An unexpected call puts Templeton back in the spotlight, whilst also getting McNulty more attention than he expected; Bunk bucks at Landsman when ordered to help with the force's most recent red ball; Omar sends Marlo a message through a number of associates; Carcetti proves he's still an adept fund-raiser; Carver gift-wraps a special witness for Bunk; Bubbles shows a reporter the ropes; Freamon tries to crack a clock code; Greggs prepares for a visit from her son; Michael has a close call; Haynes can't shake his suspicions about Templeton; Assisted by the top-drawer lawyer Billy Murphy, "cash and carry" Davis makes his day in court a memorable one.

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  • So close, yet so far.

    9.5
    As things are moving closer to the demise of Marlo, things become that further away.



    Carver brings Michael to Bunk. Is it only a matter of time before Michael spills what he knows? Lester Freamon now has the equipment to view the photos but has a tough code to break. He needs manpower and McNulty can provide some.



    In a way it's unfortunate that the cops have to fight fire with fire. Conjuring up a serial killer, making anonymous phone calls to the reporter Templeton, wiretappping illegally. And what will bring Jimmy down. Just like the IRS getting Al Capone, I think it will be the dispensation of overtime (meaning money) to other detectives working on cases other than the (bogus) serial killer.



    Over at the paper, Gus knows something is up with Templeton's credibility but he is rebuffed by upper management. Ironically while Templeton has an ethics problem, I think the reporter Fletcher will come up with a really better piece about the homeless and probably will get shot down by upper management, but that's just a hunch.



    Nice touch by the way having Munch make an appearence in the cop bar. Real nice touch for Munch originally in Baltimore on "Homicide."



    Just like Marion Barry, Clay Davis is loved by the people and can spin a tale. I missed the boat thinking he would pull something out of his hat that would implicate others. Wow! Confess to the wrong but make it seem like you're doing something right.



    Things are slowly coming to a head, but how and who will get caught up. That's one reason why this is a great show. It's not that predicatble while still being believable.

    My question is who will get Marlo first, the cops or Omar?moreless
  • Smooth like Dark Chocolate.

    9.8
    I have been trying hard to think how this episode was for me and I came to the conclusion that its like dark chocolate, smooth. Not much excitement happened for me other than Omar's little adventures. I think McNulty is digging his hole deeper and deeper, even Lester is starting to think that McNulty is going too far now. I think I almost saw steam coming off Bunks head with all the attention that the bullcrap homeless murders are getting. Nice to see Kima and her little son together. I didnt think that she had any motherly instincts about her, who knew.

    Im startingtho think that Clay Davis is going to get away with all his fraud. What a preformance he put on the for the court and jury and tears that he almost shed, WoW nearly got me believing he is a good bloke.

    I enjoyed seeing Bubbles again even though it was only short. I wish we could see more of him. With not many episode left for this fantastic show I hope they dont wrap it up in a rush. I want to savour and enjoy what left.moreless
  • I keep wondering how The Wire is going to do a credible job of wrapping the series up in the few remaining episodes. Well, if the writing remains this crisp, they might just pull it off. A beautifully written episode, excellently directed by Dominic West.moreless

    9.8
    First-time director Dominic West displays a deft comic touch as well as a flair for directing action scenes and interpersonal moments in this beautifully rendered installment. Clay Davis and Billy Murphy team up to put on the biggest display of BS you'll ever witness short of a presidential campaign. Who would have thought Davis would walk away from the trial unscathed? I sure didn't. I just hope Murphy wasn't counting too hard on Clay paying up as promised.



    I just love Bunk's increasing fury at McNulty and Freamon's Homless Killer caper, and I think it would only be fitting if his old-fashioned shoe-leather detective work ended up being the key to taking down Marlo.



    Omar has really ramped up his guerilla war on Marlo and his minions...this one is gonna end badly for somebody. Oooooooh...Templeton is goin' down, baby! Gus is onto him now... Is Kima the new McNulty? I remember him having similar frustrations trying to put together beds for his kids. But she seems to be working hard on being a good mom. I loved this episode...each one seems to get more precious to me as the end quickly approaches.moreless
Dominic West

Dominic West

Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam

Sgt. Ellis Carver

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

Kara Quick

Kara Quick

Regional Affairs Desk Editor Rebecca

Guest Star

Brandon Young

Brandon Young

Mike Fletcher

Guest Star

William F. Zorzi

William F. Zorzi

Bill Zorzi

Guest Star

Peter Gerety

Peter Gerety

Judge Daniel Phelan

Recurring Role

David Costabile

David Costabile

Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow

Recurring Role

Sam Freed

Sam Freed

Executive Editor James C. Whitting III

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Greggs' ex-partner's child is coming over to stay at her place and she decides to buy some a bed for him. She asks McNulty where she would get some and he tells her 'Ikea.'
      The following scenes are reminiscent of McNulty's own botched attempts in season one to put together furniture from Ikea when his kids come over to stay. He asks Greggs what kind of Scotch she is using, as he drank whiskey whilst putting it together too.

    • According to the commentary on the Season 5 DVD box set, Richard Belzer is indeed playing detective John Munch in this episode. It is explained that Richard Belzer is going for the record of playing the same character in different television shows. He's played Detective John Munch in Homicide, Law and Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law and Order: Trial by Jury, The Beat, Arrested Development as well as The X-Files.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Phelan: Gets himself elected on law and order ticket, crime doesn't go down much, and then uh, couple o' weeks before he starts gearing up for Governor, some wing-nut starts killin' people, takin' photographs, sendin' 'em to the newspaper. You know something, you might wanna check up on [Carcetti's] alibi's.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: "Shake" by Sam Cooke; "The Ooh Ahh Song" by G.E.M.; "Dance Floor" by Zapp; "Down, Down" by Maya Azucena; "My Babe" by Little Walter; "Eurotrash" by Ground Loop Music; "I Told You So" by The Nighthawks; "On & On" by Erykah Badu; "Ayo" by Bossman

    • Originally, the scene during the cold opening where helicopters and boats swarm the Seaport wasn't in the script. Dominic West, as director, asked for it and filmed it all in four hours.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Michael says "make it rain" in response to Dukie dancing whilst on the corner. This is in reference to the song "Make It Rain" as performed by Fat Joe and featuring Lil' Wayne from his 2006 album Me, Myself & I.

    • Bar Patron: I used to own a bar.
      The man at the bar is Richard Belzer who currently plays Detective John Munch on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He previously played the same character on Homicide: Life on the Street, which took place in Baltimore, where Det. Munch, Det. Lewis (played by Clark Johnson), and Det. Bayliss owned a bar.

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