The Wire is an American television drama set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, with 50 episodes airing over the course of its first four seasons. The fifth and final season, which encompasses 10 episodes, premiered on January 6, 2008.
The plot of the first season centers on the ongoing struggles between police units and drug-dealing gangs on the west side of the city, and is told from both points of view. Subsequent seasons have focused on other facets of the city. The large cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is “really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how…whether you’re a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge [or] lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you’ve committed to.
The Wire is a show that is strangely addictive. I really enjoyed how the Barksdale investigation encompassed the first few seasons. This is something that never really happens in TV. The same investigation spanning three seasons? Anyway, the fifth season still uses elements from the first season. I think it’s a great show. I also enjoy how in the fifth season, Simon plans on featuring the media and how it impacts the city.
Marlo doesn’t really have any fallout from murdering Prop Joe. The Greeks are running their shit through him and he’s got control. Herc finds some info on Marlo thanks to Levy and gives it to Lester through Carver. McNulty’s stratagem isn’t working the way he anticipated.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Marlo is talking to the Greeks. The Greek gives him a phone to call him. He will only deal with him. The Greek types something on a Blackberry and shows it to Marlo. Marlo is surprised and takes the phone. He was taught by Prop Joe never to use phones. McNulty tries to get Alma to cover the deaths. The serial killer deaths have become sexual. She runs it by Gus. Gus tells her to write it up and he’ll run it by the desk.
Bond is having a press conference on the Clay Davis case. Carcetti is talking strategy with his advisor. He thinks that Bond does look very mayoral.
Chris makes a stop to see his family with Marlo. Both of them are getting ready to deal with the fallback of getting rid of Prop Joe.
Dukie gets in a tiff with some drug dealers under Michael. Michael brings Dukie to train with Mr. Dennis.
Gus is talking about the homeless deaths. The editors want more reporting.
Marlo is meeting with Levy. Chris and Snoop are getting legal advice on how to deal with their charges. Marlo leaves his number with Levy and leaves some more money. Levy tells Herc about Marlo ‘s number. Herc doesn’t like Marlo. Herc gets Marlo’s number from Levy’s rolodex.
Dukie is getting beat up in the ring.
Omar is lying in wait to take care of some of Marlo’s soliders.
Scott is surprised that McNulty wants press attentions. He goes with Alma to meet with McNutts. He gives them a few juicy details, enough to satisfy the reporters and maybe get the front page on these murders.
The LT isn’t buying McNulty’s shit. Daniels is talking to the mayor and gets unlimited OT approved for two detectives. McNulty is pissed to learn about this. Bunk tries to talk with McNulty. Kima gets put on the serial killer. McNulty tells her to work on her triple murder. He’ll cover for her on his fake case.
Herc brings Marlo’s number to Carver.
Davis is talking with Naresse. She is trying to get him to take the fall without making too much of a fuss. She tells him that Burell is making 12K more than when he was commissioner and working half the hours.
Chris is stalking Marlo’s soldier who is targeted by Omar.
Michael is showing Dukie how to shoot. He’s no good.
Carver comes by to see Lester. He gives him Marlo’s cell phone number. Lester verifies it quickly and knows he has hit gold. Lester is trying to get more detectives on his case. Daniels says that there is no more detectives or OT coming.
McNulty and Lester are talking strategy on getting Marlo.
McNulty missed his son’s show. His ex-wife tries to tell him that Beadie is getting ready to lose him. She tries to talk some sense into him. McNulty listens and runs away.
Bubs was asked by the shelter guy to wait tables. He visits his sponsor. He almost went into the clinic. He needs support. His sponsor comes with him. He’s negative for HIV and he isn’t happy about it.
Beadie pays Bunk a visit. She wants to know if she should put McNutts out of the door. He’s drinking and philandering. Bunk says that the case is getting to him.
McNulty is told by his LT to visit the Baltimore Sun. The Sun got a phone call from the killer. Scott actually made this up so that he could stay on the case. This is actually playing into McNulty’s hands. He’ll use it to get a wire tap. McNulty says that the police station got a similar call early this morning from the same neighbourhood.
Lester and McNulty are prepping the wire tap. Rhonda brings by the papers and they are good to go.
Omar walks into the trap. Snoop, Chris, Michael and another soldier are waiting for them. There is a shoot-out. Omar’s partner is killed. Omar has to flee through the window. It’s a high window and the Stanfield soldiers are surprised to see that Omar has fled. He jumped out of the fifth story window and is nowhere to be found.
Lester has a problem. The cell phone that Marlo is using is encrypted.
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