The Wire (2002–2008)
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Although he tells Sydnor 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 Barksdale.


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)


David Simon (created by), William F. Zorzi (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
Reg E. Cathey ... Norman Wilson
John Doman ... Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
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 ... Col. Cedric Daniels (credit only)
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver (credit only)
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Thomas 'Herc' Hauk (credit only)
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Omar Little (credit only)


The Sun breaks a major story linking Campbell with drug dealer Ricardo 'Fatface Rick' Hendrix (Troj Strickland) in a suspicious real estate deal. With the closure of the MCU, McNulty and Greggs return to homicide, Sydnor and Freamon are transferred to the impending grand jury investigation of Davis, and Dozerman is moved to tactical. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the police, Herc has taken a job as a private investigator for Levy, and is using his contacts inside the department to feed Levy information. The closure of the MCU emboldens Marlo, who orders several murders and attempts to subvert Prop Joe and contact Vondas directly. However, in doing so, he runs into an unexpected face from the past. At The Sun, when Haynes pitches a series of articles examining the social ills of the poor in Baltimore, he is overruled by executive editor James Whiting, III (Sam Freed), who wants to focus the series on the schooling system instead, placing ambitious reporter Scott Templeton (Tom McCarthy) in... Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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In the first scene, the recovering addict sharing her feeling in the group is Dee Dee, who was first seen in Hamsterdam, asking for an eight-ball (S03 E08) and later in the series, becomes a prostitute (S04 E08). See more »


Tom McCarthy's name is listed twice as one of the actors: first, in the opening credits as one of the main cast members; second, at the end credits with guest stars and supporting actors who are outside of the main cast. See more »


Recovering addict: You know how that go, right? Gave myself all these little rules about what I wouldn't do. Like I told myself I'd do a lot of shit to get high, but I swore I wouldn't ever trick. So, after I'm tricking, I thought, "This ain't so bad. I'll do this for a while, except I'll make some more rules for myself, like I'm going to use condoms, and I'm never going to go with more than one guy at the same time". Well, let's just say that there are some things that I told myself I would never do. You know ...
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Don't Cry Baby
Written by Saul Bernie (uncredited), James P. Johnson (uncredited) and Stella Unger (uncredited)
Performed by Etta James
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Serial Killer in Baltimore?
5 July 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

The 2nd episode of The Wire's fifth season is likely to bring new developments into Baltimore...

I want to say, first of all, that Andre Royo has been absolutely fantastic for quite some time now. His transformation from the junkie to this 'new' man he is not sure he wants to be is quite incredible, and shows what a great performer he is.

Now, on the ending of this episode. I have heard how there was a storyline in the 5th season that may seem a bit silly to some. Is this it? The storyline that the ending promised to have, about the 'new serial killer in Baltimore'? Well, I think, that from what I saw, it can turn into a really intriguing storyline.

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13 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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