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"The Wire" All Prologue (2003)

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The Wire: Season 2: Episode 6 -- Trying to let go of work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe. In their investigation of Sobotka, the detectives discover a pattern and explain the connection to Daniels, but he still won't take the murders.


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6 July 2003 (Season 2, Episode 6)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Dominic West ... Off. James 'Jimmy' McNulty

Chris Bauer ... Frank Sobotka

Paul Ben-Victor ... Spiros 'Vondas' Vondopoulos

John Doman ... Col. William A. Rawls (credit only)

Idris Elba ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)

Wood Harris ... Avon Barksdale

Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman (credit only)

Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon

Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland

Lance Reddick ... Lt. Cedric Daniels

Amy Ryan ... Off. Beatrice 'Beadie' Russell

Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs

Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver

Domenick Lombardozzi ... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk

Jim True-Frost ... Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski

James Ransone ... Chester 'Ziggy' Sobotka

Pablo Schreiber ... Nick Sobotka

Melanie Nicholls-King ... Cheryl

Callie Thorne ... Elena McNulty

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Omar Little (as Michael K. Williams)

Michael Hyatt ... Brianna Barksdale

Michael Kostroff ... Maurice 'Maury' Levy
Susan Rome ... Asst. State's Atty. Ilene Nathan

Robert F. Chew ... Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart
Wendy Grantham ... Shardene Innes

Lev Gorn ... Eton Ben-Eleazer (as Lev Gorens)

Charley Scalies ... Thomas 'Horseface' Pakusa

Fredro Starr ... Marquis 'Bird' Hilton

Chris Ashworth ... Sergei 'Serge' Malatov

Luray Cooper ... Nathaniel 'Nat' Coxson

Erik Dellums ... Dr. Randall Frazier (as Erik Todd Dellums)
Jeffrey Fugitt ... Claude Diggins

Richard Price ... Book Group Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold J. Abell Sr. ... Moonshot (uncredited)

Dakota Anderson ... Muggs (uncredited)

Jacques Derosena ... Leech (uncredited)

Peter Gerety ... Judge Daniel Phelan (uncredited)

Jeffrey Pratt Gordon ... John 'Johnny Fifty' Spamanto (uncredited)
J. Valenteen Gregg ... Chess (uncredited)
Donovan Hagins ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bus Howard ... Vernon 'Ott' Motley (uncredited)
DeLon Howell ... Inmate #1 (uncredited)
Toni Hunter ... Stripper (uncredited)
Doug Lory ... Big Roy (uncredited)

Oleg Prudius ... Henchman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Steve Shill 
Writing credits
David Simon (created by)

David Simon (teleplay by)

David Simon (story by) &
Ed Burns (story by)

Joy Kecken  staff writer (as Joy Lusco Kecken)
Rafael Álvarez  staff writer (as Rafael Alvarez)

Produced by
Robert F. Colesberry .... executive producer
Nina Kostroff-Noble .... co-executive producer (as Nina Kostroff Noble)
David Simon .... executive producer
Karen L. Thorson .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Uta Briesewitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Allyson C. Johnson 
Casting by
Alexa L. Fogel 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio  (as Vince Peranio)
Art Direction by
Halina Gebarowicz 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Haberecht 
Costume Design by
Alonzo Wilson  (as Alonzo V. Wilson)
Makeup Department
Wyatt Belton .... hair stylist
Janice Kinigopoulos .... hair department head
Janice Kinigopoulos .... key hair stylist
Sandra Linn Koepper .... makeup artist
Debi Young .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Leslie Jacobowitz .... post-production supervisor
Nina Kostroff-Noble .... unit production manager (as Nina Kostroff Noble)
Marlis Pujol .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert F. Colesberry .... second unit director
Anthony Hemingway .... first assistant director
Joe Incaprera .... second assistant director (as Joseph Incaprera)
Xanthus Valan .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Edward Bellafiore .... art department coordinator (as Ed Bellafiore)
Scott C. Dunn .... construction foreman (as Scott Dunn)
Patrick T. Eagan .... set dressing foreman (as Patrick Eagan)
Randy G. Herbert .... construction coordinator
Clark Hospelhorn .... swing set dresser
James D. McPherson Jr. .... props assistant (as James McPherson)
John Millard .... leadman
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic gang boss
Dawson Nolley .... set dressing buyer
Jaclyn M. Riedel .... swing set dresser
Michael Sabo .... property master (as Mike Sabo)
Claire Sharp .... scenic foreman
Bob Spore .... props assistant
John Struss .... gang boss
Norm Thurston Jr. .... swing set dresser (as Norman Thurston Jr.)
Keith Weaver .... scenic charge
John Weiffenbach .... gang boss
Brook Yeaton .... on-set dresser
Thomas F. Lombardi .... carpenter (uncredited)
Lucinda E. Pealer .... scenic gangboss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects supervisor (as Ben Cheah)
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor (as Matt Haasch)
Ivan Hawkes .... sound utility
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Litecky .... production sound mixer
Bruce Litecky .... sound mixer
Lorenzo Millan .... boom operator
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jen Ralston .... supervising sound editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Alfonso Calvo .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Jen Ralston .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Jen Ralston .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ross Vincent .... visual effects artist (remastered version)
Lesley Robson-Foster .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Gibson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Applefeld .... video assist
Ted Ayd .... best boy electric
John C. Barber .... grip (as John Barber)
Kevin 'Vinnie' Campbell .... electrician (as Vinnie Campbell)
Frank Caslin .... rigging gaffer
John Egboigbe .... additional grip
Ryan Gallo .... electrician
John-Anthony Gargiulo .... grip
Jason Hubert .... generator operator
Mark Hutchings .... electrician
Brian Johnson .... electrician (as James Brian Johnson)
Philip Kathrens .... additional electrician
Trey Kistler .... additional electrician
Joe Kurtz .... key grip
Kenneth Morton .... dolly grip
Charlie Newberry .... loader
Todd Norton .... additional electrician
Kurt Parlow .... second assistant camera
Jennifer Perkins .... gaffer
Ezra Picard .... additional electrician
Larry Riley .... still photographer
Tom Schnaidt .... camera operator
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera (as Boots Shelton)
Paul Thomas .... grip
Dave Wilkins .... best boy grip (as Dave Wilkens)
Chad E. Williams .... additional grip (as Chad Williams)
Rob Coughlin .... video assist (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heather Baird .... casting associate
Shamos Fisher .... casting assistant
Pat Moran .... casting: Baltimore
John Strawbridge .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda M. Boyland .... set costumer (as Linda Boyland)
Carl Curnutte III .... costume supervisor (as Carl V. Curnutte III)
Dona Adrian Gibson .... tailor
Amanda Johnson .... costume buyer
Tamara Wilson .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Roger Doran .... colorist (as Roger H. Doran)
Pat Kelleher .... on-line editor
Zachary MacDonald .... post-production production assistant (as Zach MacDonald)
James Mastracco .... assistant editor
Shelby Siegel .... assistant editor
Daniel Wagner .... post-production coordinator
Shelly Westerman .... assistant editor
Robert Zorella .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Charley Armstrong .... location manager
Patrick Burn .... assistant location manager (as Patrick Burns)
Evan Guilfoyle .... location production assistant
Christopher Roe .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Blake Leyh .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Tony Raimondo .... transportation co-captain
Ronnie Smith .... transportation captain
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation coordinator (as Foard Wilgis)
Other crew
Perry Blackmon .... security supervisor
Timothy Blockburger .... key set production assistant (as Tim Blockburger)
Mike Bowers .... chef
Ed Burns .... story editor
Ann Christman .... assistant production coordinator
Amelia Cleary .... assistant: Mr. Simon
Dena Cruz .... craft service assistant
Gary D'Addario .... technical advisor (as Major Gary D'Addario)
Melissa Demino .... office production assistant (as Melissa DeMino)
Lee Edwards .... assistant caterer
Tom Farmer .... film electronics coordinator
Renee Fischer .... accounting clerk
Kim Garman .... second assistant accountant
Damond Gordon .... set production assistant
Siobhan Hegarty .... first assistant accountant
Thomas C. Hessenauer .... office production assistant (as Thomas Hessenauer)
Tommy Huston .... assistant caterer
Heather Ingerneri .... set production assistant
Jeff Johnson .... set medic
Douglas M. Jones .... set production assistant (as Douglas Jones)
Joy Kecken .... staff writer
Norman Knoerlein .... researcher
BettyAnn Leeseberg-Lange .... dialect coach
Maureen McEvoy .... set production assistant
Christine Moore .... script supervisor
Elena Moscatt .... craft service
Ugboaku Opara .... assistant: Mr. Colesberry (as Ugboaku C. Opara)
Muna Otaru .... assistant: Ms. Noble
Molly Proctor .... payroll
Jackie Sawiris .... production secretary
Laura A. Schweigman .... assistant to writers (as Laura Schweigman)
Thomas H.E. Scruggs .... film electronics assistant (as Tom Scruggs)
William 'B.J.' Spencer .... assistant security supervisor (as William Spencer)
Cheri Taylor .... script coordinator
Peter Tolle .... production accountant
Brendan Walsh .... set production assistant
Christopher Wrzosek .... marine coordinator (as Christopher S. Wrzosek)
Rafael Álvarez .... staff writer
Blake Greenbaum .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tim McAdams .... voice over (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell .... script clearance (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Simon  creator

Makeup Department
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects artist
Sherri Zebeck .... makeup artist (2005-2007) (as Sherri Rybczynski)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie Lovell .... second assistant director: second unit (season 4)
Kiersten Pilar Miller .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones .... scenic artist
E. Parker Webb .... props: second unit
Sound Department
Arnold Finkelstein .... additional sound effects recordist (pilot episode)
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Chris Kellet .... sound mixer: second unit
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Dave Rainey .... sound mixer: second unit (season 4)
Angel M. Sepulveda .... boom operator: second unit (season 3)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Peter Thomas .... location sound mixer: second unit
Special Effects by
William Catania .... special effects (seasons 3-4)
Neil Ruddy .... special effects supervisor (2006)
Visual Effects by
Brian Scott Benson .... digital effects artist
Phil Pham .... digital compositor
Johnny Becker .... stunt driver
John Cenatiempo .... stunt driver
Bob Colletti .... stunts
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Dovile Mark .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Kathleen Corgan .... second assistant camera (season 2)
Matthew Haskins .... additional second assistant camera
Tim Hennessy .... camera loader (episodes 311-312)
Tim Kossa .... additional electrician
Tim Kossa .... additional grip
Paul Williams .... dolly grip
Editorial Department
Shannon Fogarty .... post-production assistant (pilot episode)
Perri Pivovar .... assistant editor
Other crew
Dawn Douglas .... stand-in
Mimi Fletcher .... stand-in
Kim Garman .... assistant accountant (pilot episode)
De'Rodd Hearns .... production assistant
Ande Hecht-Endewardt .... post-production accountant: The Audit Trail (pilot episode)
Gil McKinney .... set production assistant (seasons 3-4)
Christopher Scott .... set production assistant: second unit
Ron Segro .... payroll accountant
Josh Slates .... production office assistant (episode 101)
Heather Walker .... production secretary (episodes 305-312)
Dave Willis .... additional production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

58 min
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: The dead Russian girl's eye twitches as McNulty and the doctor look at her one last time in the morgue.See more »
D'Angelo Barksdale:[quote after opening credits] It don't matter that some fool say he different...See more »
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"It don't matter that some fool say he different...", 21 May 2009
Author: RainDogJr from Mexico City

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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