The Wire

Season 5 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 2008 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.