The Wire (2002–2008)
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Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connect, who shows him a new communications trick. McNulty's case gets increased attention from the newspaper, in large part thanks to the addition of Templeton to the reporting team.


Agnieszka Holland


David Simon (created by), David Mills (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
Reg E. Cathey ... Norman Wilson
John Doman ... Acting Commissioner William A. Rawls (credit only)
Aidan Gillen ... Mayor Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Clark Johnson ... City Editor Augustus 'Gus' Haynes
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Tom McCarthy ... Scott Templeton
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Dep. Comm. for Operations Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Omar Little


McNulty's life with Beadie begins to fall apart. Having killed Joe with Cheese's help, Marlo takes over as the Greeks' Baltimore distributor. When they give him a mobile phone with which to contact them, he gives the number to Levy, but Herc steals it and passes it on to Carver. McNulty leaks details of the serial killer to the press as the story begins to gain traction, prompting Daniels to meet with Carcetti about the case. With money still an issue, however, Carcetti authorises Daniels to assign two detectives only, much to McNulty's chagrin. As such, he and Freamon come up with a scheme to try to get a wire approved. Elsewhere, Dukie struggles with bullying, turning to an old friend for help, Bubbles gets some important news, and Bond holds a press conference regarding the Davis corruption case. When Davis tells Campbell that if he goes down, he is bringing others with him, she is able to persuade him to play things a different way. Meanwhile, Chris sets a trap for Omar. Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The song playing in the bar scene where Mcnulty is talking to the two reporters is "Everybody Wants to Rulle the World" by Tears for Fears. See more »


When Omar leaps from the balcony of Monk's apartment, there appears to be another building beyond it identical to Monk's building. In the next episode, "Transitions", when Marlo and is team are investigating the spot where Omar was believed to have landed, the building opposite the balcony isn't there. See more »


Scott Templeton: [to homeless man on the other side of a fence] Excuse me, sir. Sir. I'm with the Baltimore Sun. Can I talk with you a minute?
Homeless man: You make an appointment?
Scott Templeton: [Looks surprised and puzzled]
Homeless man: Sorry, I'm booked up all afternoon.
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References Fletch (1985) See more »


Way Down In The Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Steve Earle
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Superlative Narrative
14 May 2021 | by LeCronopioSee all my reviews

I will never tire of praising this series. How everything is concatenated ..., the narrative quality that The Wire offers is simply exceptional.

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3 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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