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 wants Omar and puts a larger bounty on his head. Omar is still able to elude him. McNulty gets Kima to work on his fake case, but that takes her off her triple homicide. McNulty is going nowhere fast.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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A drug runner is watching Prop Joe’s body being carried out. Chris and a soldier are looking for Omar. Snoop is looking for Omar at the emergency rooms. They can’t find Omar. He’s disappeared again. Just like Kaiser Souze. Marlo wants to meet with Chris. Marlo says that it doesn’t seem possible that Omar escaped from the 5 or 6th floor.
He thinks that they missed their shot. Now Omar will be after them.
Carcetti is dedicating the New Westport development. Some of the dockworkers are pissed at him.
Omar is dressing his own wounds. He’s using a broomstick as a crouch. It looks like he was in the basement of the building that he fell from.
McNulty is happy about his fake case. He tells Bunk that if he needs money for his case, he will get some from McNulty.
Scott is getting a lot of attention because of his story on the serial killer. The editors want more juice on the homeless. Gus is surprised.
Lester is informing Leander how he plans on investigating the Stanfield case. He tells him about the illegal wiretap. Lester is briefing Leander about the wiretap. He hasn’t got anything good yet. There are some empty calls that Lester can’t figure out.
Prop Joe’s garbage leads to a leak at the courthouse. Bunk is shown the information from the detective investigating. He had indictments and legal papers in his trash.
Carcetti is giving another press conference. This one is about the homeless murders. The new commissioner pledges the full force of the police force to apprehend the killer. Deputy Commissioner Daniels makes a convincing speech and the mayor is happy.
Bunk wants to talk to an old acquaintance he put away last year. It doesn’t lead anywhere.
The commissioner gives Daniels a few more detectives and a few uniforms on patrol to get the fake serial killer.
McNulty and Rhonda are trying to tap Scott Templeton’s phone in case the killer phones him on another phone. They don’t get the warrant from the judge. On the way out of the judge’s chambers, Daniels gives Rhonda a file. She asks him where he got all that. Daniels says that she doesn’t want to know.
Bunk and Kima are trying to get the lab work on their cases. They go to the lab and find a terrible situation. The lab had to hire a temp. The temp messed up their blood work. The temp is still working at the lab. McNulty finds out that he isn’t getting diddly squat from the cops.
The gangsters are meeting again. Prop Joe is missing. Marlo speaks out. He says that Omar was responsible. He’s offering 250K$ for the head of Omar. He takes over. Slim doesn’t want to take over Hungry Man’s turf. Slim doesn’t want to. He gives it to Cheese.
Gus tells his reporters that the school stories will have to take a place on the back burner. Scott appears on national TV. The TV reporter is trying to make the story about Scott.
Lester and McNulty talk about their new assets. That means Kima and that’s it. They both surmise that they need another body to get more action out of the department.
Omar starts his campaign to try to undermine Marlo and to set things straight. Rick asks him if he killed Joe or Hungry. Omar sniggers. Rick knows that Marlo is responsible for those deaths.
Thomas Wilson is pleased with his mayor. He got passionate during his press conference. Wilson and his aide find a way to spin it so that he can use this issue to get into the governorship.
Bunk questions Michael’s mom about the murder of her boyfriend. She doesn’t want to roll. She tells him to question Michael. She says that her son was involved. She says that Michael is running with Chris.
Lester is trying to figure out what is going on with Marlo’s calls. Marlo is sending MMS. He’s sending pictures. That’s how they are communicating, they are sending pictures of messages.
Scott wants to spend a night with the homeless and use it as material for his next editorial approved article.
McNulty is drinking while he waits for another body to show up.
Chris is pissed that they lost Omar. Snoop is trying to make him feel better. Omar starts working on Marlo’s crews. He shoots a corner dealer and torches his car and money.
McNulty can’t work his magic. His fake serial killer is getting everyone to respond to simple DOAs. McNulty realizes that he can’t fabricate another murder. Lester needs another computer and warrant to intercept the pictures. Even then he can’t be sure that it will yield Marlo, but it will get them closer.
Scott interviews a PTSDed soldier.
It looks like McNulty is contemplating killing a crippled homeless guy. No, he’s actually going to use his picture so that he can fabricate a warrant so that they can intercept the photos. Lester can’t believe what McNulty has come up with. They plan on using the homeless guy as a stooge.
Bunk was the DNA on his case processed, but is told by the lab that everything is behind McNulty’s cases. McNulty drops off Larry the cripple in Richmond, Washington. He drops him off at a shelter.
Rhonda brings Prop Joe’s papers to Rupert Bond. She tells him that they have a leak.
Scott gets congratulated for his new article. Gus asks him about the old story that he asked him to check up on. It had to do with an old story that he had written. The sister of the person alleged that she was convicted for fraud. There was no credence to her story. Scott says that he checked it p and it didn’t lead anywhere. The sister was arrested for using the other sister’s ID for fraud.
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