Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart
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Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart (Character)
from "The Wire" (2002)

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"The Wire: Reformation (#3.10)" (2004)
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Scare up a hornet's nest, no telling who's gon' get stung.

Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Now hear me on this, String. We ain't no ingrates. We all recognize your contribute to the co-op. But the feeling is this: It ain't right for you to be at the head of our table when you can't call off your dog. Call it a crisis of leadership.

"The Wire: Transitions (#5.4)" (2008)
Slim Charles: [Proposition Joe has just bought flowers for Butchie's funeral] You ain't thinkin' no kindly note gonna slow Omar comin' at us
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: It's how I feel. He was a good man
Slim Charles: and Marlo?
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Marlo is Marlo man. He weren't the one that put me in this trick bag; the motherfucker who snuggled up an' whispered in Marlo's ear did that.
[Slim gives Prop Joe a look, & Joe senses it without looking at Slim]
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: See I know what you thinkin', an' I ain't makin' a move against no kin', not 'til I got more to go on than words. And knowing my sister's son the way I do, if the boy got 50 grand in his pocket, it ain't gonna be long before it jump out and find itself in some salesman hand. And that kink of goody we know. In the meantime, if Omar coming for any of us, he coming for me, and out of respect for that man's skill set, I'm gonna take myself outa the lineup after the meet tomorrow.

Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: [Proposition Joe brought Marlo to Attorney Levy, & Levy has led Marlo into a conference room, leaving Prop Joe with Herc to read the newspaper] Carcetti finally dumps Burrell...
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Ervin was a year before me at Dunbar
Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: No shit
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: He was in the glee club
Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: [after a pause, Herc looks up from his own section of the paper] You're killin' me. I gotta ask
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Stone stupid

"The Wire: Know Your Place (#4.9)" (2006)
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: So now you come over East Side and expect me to hide you. Why is it that every Baltimore nigger think that running the fuck away means crossing downtown? Shit, you should be in New York or Philly or some shit.

"The Wire: Corner Boys (#4.8)" (2006)
Phone Call: [phone rings] Baltimore City Police Department.
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Yes, ma'am, this is Sydney Handjerker with Handjerker, Cohen & Bromburg. I'm trying to locate a Sergeant Thomas Hauk in regards to a client I am representing.
Phone Call: Hold, please.
Phone Call: Mayor's office, Lieutenant Hoskins.
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Yes, hello. This is Ervin Pepper of Pepper, Pepper & Bayleaf. I'm calling in regards to a Sergeant Thomas Hauk in regards to a...
Phone Call: He's no longer on this detail. Hold on for a minute.
Phone Call: Major Crimes. May I help you?
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: This is Dr. Jay calling with test results for Thomas Hauk.
Phone Call: He's on the street.
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: ...*hangs up*

"The Wire: Dead Soldiers (#3.3)" (2004)
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Wanna know what kills more police than bullets and liquor? Boredom. They just can't handle that shit. You keep it boring, String. You keep it dead fucking boring.

"The Wire: A New Day (#4.11)" (2006)
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart: Omar to one side holding a spade, and maybe Marlo to the other with a shovel, and just at this moment, I manage to crawl out my own damn grave. No way do I crawl back in.

"The Wire: Game Day (#1.9)" (2002)
Avon Barksdale: Yo ref, yo ref, yo ref... what the fuck? The boy was fouled, clear, straight up... how you going to not call that?
Referee: Look, if you want I can put time back on the clock and replay it...
Avon Barksdale: Are you talking about a do-over, baby? Are you talking about a fucking do-over? That's not how the game is played. You can't do that! Fuck, can you believe this shit? This nigga talkin' about doin' it again!
Referee: Look, I don't want any trouble, okay...
Proposition Joe Stewart: Ain't going to be no trouble over no ball...
Avon Barksdale: Man, you supposed to be the ref, right? Why don't you stand up for your fuckin' self, you pussy! You can't just let any ol' motherfucking nigga get in your face... understand? Now walk away. Walk away. Turn around and walk the fuck away... ignorant motherfucker.
Proposition Joe Stewart: We cool?
Avon Barksdale: Yeah, we cool baby, you tell your people to come up here to the park Saturday at noon. Of course, you come on the West Side again, without a ball, I'm a light your ass up.

"The Wire: All Prologue (#2.6)" (2003)
[Sergei warns Nick outside Prop Joe's shop before their meeting]
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: Talk when I say. Not before.
[they walk in; Sergei spreads his arms when he sees Joe]
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: Tovarich.
Proposition Joe Stewart: Sergei. My nigga.
[he laughs, and they embrace]
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: You're losing weight.
Proposition Joe Stewart: Sheeeit!
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: You're down to nothing. In this country, supermarkets are cathedrals. I worry for you, buddy.
Proposition Joe Stewart: How your peoples, dawg?
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: Same. Good.
Proposition Joe Stewart: Hey, you talk to the man about that other thing, right? 'Cause I can get behind that bidness in a big way.
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: We'll talk. Later. Now, another business.
Proposition Joe Stewart: Right, right. This the man with the raggedy-ass Camaro.
Nickolas 'Nick' Sobotka: Wasn't mine, it was my cousin's. Wasn't all that raggedy.
[Sergei gives Nick a disapproving look, then turns to Joe]
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: Sorry. Nicky is with us. His cousin...
[he rolls his eyes and shakes his head, then shrugs]
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: ... but family cannot be helped.
Proposition Joe Stewart: Who you tellin'? I got muthafuckin' nephews and in-laws fuckin' all my shit up all the time, and it ain't like I can pop a cap in they ass and not hear about it Thanksgivin' time. For real, I'm livin' life with some burdensome niggas.
[he turns to Nick]
Proposition Joe Stewart: So what the fuck?
[Sergei motions for Nick to sit; he does]
Proposition Joe Stewart: You ain't pay my boy Cheese, and Cheese ain't payin' me, right? Now I ain't talkin' 'bout all the money in the world, but it ain't like Cheese be in a position out on that corner to let ya cuz exemplify shit, you feel? The man cut you some slack, and soon every fuckin'-up white boy be on his titty.
Nickolas 'Nick' Sobotka: We wanna pay what we owe. Twenty-seven, anyway. And we're gonna have it soon enough.
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: Your man doubled it, though.
Nickolas 'Nick' Sobotka: He also burned the car. Now, the Blue Book on that Camaro is fifty-one.
Proposition Joe Stewart: [in disbelief] Now, let me understand. You gonna come up in here havin' fucked up a package, askin' me to tell Cheese, who you fucked it up on, to pay you out twenty-four hundred dollars?
Nickolas 'Nick' Sobotka: He gets to keep the Camaro.
Proposition Joe Stewart: [to Sergei] Just how good a friend is this muthafucka to y'all?
[Sergei shrugs. Joe motions to one of his men, who counts out a stack of bills; Joe passes the money to Nick]
Proposition Joe Stewart: The Cheese ain't gonna be happy havin' to pay me back, so I would advise y'all to give him some distance.
Nickolas 'Nick' Sobotka: Just so he don't come back on my cousin.
[Sergei motions him out]
Nickolas 'Nick' Sobotka: Anyway... thanks for bein' straight on this.
Proposition Joe Stewart: Fool, if it wasn't for Sergei here, you and ya cuz both would be cadaverous muthafuckas.

"The Wire: The Cost (#1.10)" (2002)
Proposition Joe: He said y'all would be paying my fee rather than his own, so...
Stringer Bell: Your fee?
Proposition Joe: I'm doing like one of them marriage counselors. Charge by the hour to tell some fool he need to bring some flowers home. And charge another hour telling the bitch she oughta suck some cock every little once in a while. You know, keep a marriage strong like that.
[Omar arrives]
Proposition Joe: Speaking of cocksuckers...
Proposition Joe: [to Omar] Don't believe we met. Proposition Joe. You ever steal from me, I'll kill your whole family.