The Wire

Season 5 Episode 2

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2008 on HBO
9.1
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"This ain't Aruba, bitch." - Bunk

Although he tells Sydnor that the Davis investigation could be a "career case," Freamon keeps a wary eye out for Marlo, who takes care of some unfinished business and strikes a business deal with Avon Barksdale; Carcetti throws the police a bone by removing the cap on secondary employment, which sends the detectives into fantasy-job reveries; With an eye on the state house, Mayor Carcetti's chief of staff, Michael Steintorf, tries to find good news for the mayor whilst blaming the Royce administration for the Campbell revelation; Davis turns to Burrell for help with his problem, but the commissioner's hands are tied; At the newspaper, executive editor James Whiting outlines a Pulitzer-worthy series in broad strokes, trumping Haynes while liberating the ambitious Templeton; Fed up with broken-down cars and unsolved serial murders, McNulty decides to take matters into his own hands.

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  • In this second episode of the show's final season, the main storylines begin to reveal themselves..strap yourselves in. ladies and gents- this is going to be one hell of a ride...moreless

    9.6
    You had to know that The Wire was not going to go off gently into that good night of TV oblivion, but was going to continue its tradition of giving the demands of viewer expectations and conventional storytelling a swift kick in the unmentionables on the way out. No happy endings are in sight here..Marlo is gearing up for war with every other dealer in the city, attempting to pull an end-around move on the co-op to steal their supplier out from under them AND turning over every rock to find and exact revenge on Omar.



    At the Sun, an up and coming reporter may be faking stories to accelerate his rise to prominence.



    Lester is stymied in his efforts to bag Marlo, and frustrated by his failure to enlist any help from his superiors, all the way up the line to Carcetti's office. Bubbles is teetering on the edge of a crisis in his newly found sobriety- either get honest about his guilt feelings over Sherrod's death or risk relapse. Speaking of relapse, is there anything more disheartening than the sight of McNulty these days, as self-loathing and self-destructive as ever? And now he's REALLY gone and done it- in a move that reaches a new low even for him, he is altering crime scenes and planting evidence in an attempt to rekindle interest in the Stanfield investigation. This can only end badly. Excellent episode!moreless
  • Classic, the ending is shocking, mind-blowing and brilliant. Only a show like The Wire can create storylines like this.

    9.9
    Has McNulty gone too far? There's no right or easy answer, and I'll have to say this is one of the most creative and interesting directions the show has ever gone, and that's truly saying something. I can't help but ponder where this will lead, and what consequences will fall on McNulty. Obviously this will affect the Baltimore Sun and City Hall, and lead us down a story arc so brilliant and interlaced in a way that only The Wire can. I was glad to see Freamon is still on Marlo, I knew he couldn't just leave, and now he and McNulty can wiretap them, if only they could get the equipment. I'm also extremely excited about the Marlo/Avon/Sergei storyline. By the way, I couldn't be happier that Avon is back, even if he's just a supporting character in Marlo's story. A war is about to come to pass between Marlo and the co-op, which is definitely going to cause some moving and shaking in the leadership of the Baltimore drug trade. Overall, another great episode which lays the foundation for the rest of the season.moreless
  • The Game is the game.

    10
    Marlo said the game is the game to Avon while in jail. This show typifies that. One game is the drug game. Marlo wants to expand to the East side so he is making his move while Avon brokering things gets "100 large" for his sister. Lester Freamon trying to figure things out surveils for an entire day but needs the "Wire". Lester and McNulty try to get the feds involved to get wires/bugs/etc for the death but the mayor has no clue about the political game and the detectives are shut out. At the end of the episode, McNulty takes things into his own hands (of which Bunk wants no part).



    Yet another facet of the political game is Clay Davis trying to get the Commissioner to save his skin. Nope, that chip can't be called in. Over at the newspaper it's the do we tell the truth or... put Pulitzer type stories first and how do we paint the pictures. Someone is getting creative. A little too creative.



    I'm telling you, this is the best show on television, hands down. Every detail is not overlooked. Every piece revealed slowly. Even if we have an idea of what's coming there are great twists getting there. And this is real life people. Some cities are this corrupt, many newspapers are not about the truth. As i've said before this show is almost documentary level and this episode revealed that.moreless
Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam

Sgt. Ellis Carver

Aidan Gillen

Aidan Gillen

Mayor Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti

Dominic West

Dominic West

Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

Clark Johnson

Clark Johnson

City Editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Chief State's Attorney of Violent Crimes Rhonda Pearlman

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Chris Partlow

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Walon

Guest Star

Genevieve Hudson-Price

Genevieve Hudson-Price

Dee-Dee

Guest Star

Benay Berger

Benay Berger

FBI Supervisor Amanda Reese

Guest Star

Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison

Police Comm. Ervin H. Burrell

Recurring Role

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

Recurring Role

Chris Ashworth (II)

Chris Ashworth (II)

Sergei "Serge" Malatov

Recurring Role

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