The Wire (2002–2008)
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Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe. The detectives look into Sobotka and his money. For his union, Sobotka tries to ... See full summary »



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Col. William A. Rawls (credit only)
D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)


Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe. The detectives look into Sobotka and his money. For his union, Sobotka tries to play the political game. D'Angelo wants to live life outside of Barksdale's umbrella and Bell brings in outside help for the problem. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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6 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Although credited, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Deirdre Lovejoy and Andre Royo do not appear in this episode. See more »


The dead Russian girl's eye twitches as McNulty and the doctor look at her one last time in the morgue. See more »


State's Atty. Ilene Nathan: And what is your occupation?
Omar Little: Occupation?
State's Atty. Ilene Nathan: What exactly do you do for a living, Mr. Little?
Omar Little: I rip and run.
State's Atty. Ilene Nathan: You...?
Omar Little: I robs drug dealers!
[Jury laughs]
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"It don't matter that some fool say he different..."
21 May 2009 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite scenes of the entire second Season is in this the sixth episode and is during the trail of Bird, is what Omar has to say. And is so great because is Omar, you know the hated homosexual right there completing his revenge for the killing f his boyfriend Brandon and yes it can be seen as a straight revenge from Omar but really who cares when by the end of the day you have Bird with a life sentence. Is hilarious seeing Omar dressed for the occasion, is quite an unusual witness and is quite satisfying what happens once Levy enters. And is Levy certainly trying, first we see Omar who he is, what he does and stuff so of course when Levy enters he tries to pay with that, to make look Omar just like the accused Bird, you know Levy is like "you say you aren't here testifying because of any deal you made with the police, that you just want to tell the truth when in fact you're the kind of person who would shoot a man and then lie to the police about it" but Omar is Omar, he is in the game, he would shoot a man only if that man is in the game too plus, well I will put the entire dialog: Levy – "you are feeding off the violence and the despair of the drug trade, you are stealing from those who themselves are stealing the life blood from our city, you are a parasite who leaches off…", Omar – "just like you man. I got the shotgun. You got the brief case. It's all in the game, though, right?". This is also an important hour for McNulty, is the complete end of Detective McNulty, you know now that the trial of Bird is over there's nothing that still put McNulty back to his days as detective and on the other hand he gives up his mission to put a name to his floater, he wanted to feel as a detective again but that is also over. Here also Elena agrees to go out with him for a diner and a movie however it will be just a night, McNulty will have to leave by the morning, is all over, there won't be a full reconciliation. There's boring work for the detail, is boring but by the end of the day they will have precious information. While there's nothing out of place in Frank's information (they are like "then where's the money Valchek is talking about?") and they know the union is suffering they also know about their politic contributions, but the connection between drug dealers and the union is thin so is only matter to see the computer, to see if there's a patron with the containers and after a boring time the detail will come up with the patron: those containers that were never registered came when "Hoserface" was the checker working. Talking about stevedores, well this hour marks the beginning of the "separation" of Nick and Ziggy, here is the "yes" from Nick to enter to the drug business, he and Ziggy deliver the chemicals and will receive half in cash and half in heroin of the agreed, knowing Ziggy Nick decides to take care himself of the package.

D'Angelo, he wanted to leave the game, to leave the game in which he practically born. He took the 20 years, he was like "all right, I do what you want me to do but from now on I don't want nothing from you". Is extremely effective here to show D'Angelo getting rid of his drugs because he wants that just as his last conversation with his mother ("let me be"). And yes is his last conversation with his mother…Larry Gilliard Jr. did nothing but a brilliant work, as one of my favourite characters.

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