Sgt. Ellis Carver
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Sgt. Ellis Carver (Character)
from "The Wire" (2002)

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"The Wire: The Detail (#1.2)" (2002)
Lt. Cedric Daniels: What're you doing here at two in the morning?
Det. Ellis Carver: Field interviews. Police work.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: "Police work." I got a 14-year-old kid in critical but stable condition at University and two witnesses who say one of you princes cold-cocked him with the butt end of a pistol.
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: No sir.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: I got his mother over at I.I.D. filing a formal brutality charge, which for Herc will make an even four in the last two years!
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Unsustained...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: But all of 'em true!
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Lieutenant, we thought that...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: I got one less Crown Vic than I had last night, I'm out two Kevlar vests that burned in the car, two hand-held radios, a shotgun and I'm about to lose this idiot here for a week or two of medical! And for WHAT?
Det. Ellis Carver: Lieutenant, we thought...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: What did you learn when you went into the Terrace at two in the morning to conduct field interviews? What valuable information did we acquire from this situation? I.I.D. is gonna be on all three of you by afternoon. If you don't get a story straight by then, you're gonna have a file thick enough to see the light of a trial board. Now, tell me, who cold-cocked the kid?
Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski: [after several seconds of silence] Me.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: [intensely] Why?
Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski: He pissed me off.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: No, Officer Pryzbylewski, he did NOT piss you off. He made you fear for your safety and that of your fellow officers.

Det. Ellis Carver: Kima, if you don't my asking, when was it that you first figured that you liked women better than men?
Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs: I mind you asking.


"The Wire: Time After Time (#3.1)" (2004)
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: [playing music from Shaft on his car stereo] He's a complicated man. And the only one that understands him is his woman.
Sgt. Ellis Carver: Seek therapy.

Sgt. Ellis Carver: [the entire squad, plus backup, has chased a runner for several blocks into some overgrown backyards. Carver gets up on the roof of a car and yells this monologue at the top of his lungs] Now listen to me you little fuckin' piece of shit; I'm gon' tell you one thing, and one thing only, about the Western boys you're playing with: We do not lose! and we do not forget! and we do not give up! Ever! So I'm only gon' say this one time: If you march yo' ass out here right now and put the bracelets on, we will not kick the livin' shit outta you. But if you make us go into the weeds for you, or make us come back out here tomorrow night, catch you onda corner, I swear to fuckin' Christ, we will beat you longer, and harder, than you beat your own dick!


"The Wire: The Target (#1.1)" (2002)
Det. Ellis Carver: What he means to say is that we are effective deterrent in the war on drugs when we are on the street.
Det. Thomas Hauk: Fucking motherfuckers up.
Det. Ellis Carver: Indeed.
Det. Thomas Hauk: Fuck the paperwork. Collect bodies, split heads.
Det. Ellis Carver: Split 'em wide.
Det. Thomas Hauk: The Western District way.
Det. Ellis Carver: A'ight.
Shakima Greggs: You rogue motherfuckers kill me. Fighting the war on drugs, one brutality case at a time.
Det. Ellis Carver: You can't even call this shit a war.
Det. Thomas Hauk: Why not?
Det. Ellis Carver: Wars end.


"The Wire: Collateral Damage (#2.2)" (2003)
Det. Ellis Carver: Word comes down this morning. We're supposed to ride past your union hall twice a day and paper the cars.
[i.e. put tickets on them]
Frank Sobotka: You work for a gaping asshole!
Det. Ellis Carver: More than one, actually.


"The Wire: Sentencing (#1.13)" (2002)
Det. Ellis Carver: See, that's why we can't win.
Det. Thomas Hauk: Why not?
Det. Ellis Carver: They fuck up, they get beat. We fuck up, they give us pensions.


"The Wire: Back Burners (#3.7)" (2004)
Sgt. Ellis Carver: [to drug dealers] This shit is like unemployment insurance. Every employer gotta pay in. If I find out anyone been holding out, then he's out of here back on the street getting his head busted. The least y'all can do is look out for your own people a little bit.
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: What are you, a fuckin' communist?


"The Wire: All Due Respect (#3.2)" (2004)
Sgt. Ellis Carver: Both Olsen twins. Ashley. Kate...
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Mary Kate. And, yeah, I admire their body of work.
Sgt. Ellis Carver: They're yours. All you gotta do is name a guy.
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: [thinking] I'm not catchin', I'm pitchin'.
Sgt. Ellis Carver: No problem.


"The Wire: Moral Midgetry (#3.8)" (2004)
Off. Anthony Colicchio: You know what this is? It's moral midgetry. Turn the fuckin' world upside down, treat these braindead corner yo's like princelings.
Sgt. Ellis Carver: You see how clean the corners are? In every sector, street traffic is half what it was.
Off. Anthony Colicchio: Fuck that. It's wrong, and it's wrong.


"The Wire: -30- (#5.10)" (2008)
Sgt. Ellis Carver: They said you're leaving for family reasons.
Dep. Comm. for Operations Cedric Daniels: Guess I got some kids somewhere I don't even know about.


"The Wire: Game Day (#1.9)" (2002)
Det. Ellis Carver: Where's everybody at?
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Maybe the whole thing is over and no one bothered to tell us. Maybe we won.


"The Wire: Backwash (#2.7)" (2003)
Sgt. Ellis Carver: [about Herc, modeling sunglasses] His name is Head. Dick Head.