The Wire: Season 2, Episode 11

Bad Dreams (17 Aug. 2003)

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The detail makes a desperate move. Nick's deceit is in the open, as Sobotka is overwhelmed by bad news. The Greeks confidently ease out of a brief encounter with the detail and Omar's ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Col. William A. Rawls (credit only)
Avon Barksdale (credit only)


The detail makes a desperate move. Nick's deceit is in the open, as Sobotka is overwhelmed by bad news. The Greeks confidently ease out of a brief encounter with the detail and Omar's suspicions are validated. The detail hopes to find Vonda's boss. Nick hopes to repair relations with the Greeks and Sobotka is forced to make a difficult choice. Written by Anonymous

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Frank Sobotka: For 25 years we've been dying slow down there. Dry docks rusting and piers standing empty. My friends and their kids like we got the cancer. No life line got thrown all that time. Nothing from nobody. And now you want to help us? Help me?
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To psomi tis xenitias
Performed by Stelios Kazantzidis
Music by Giannis Vasilopoulos
Lyrics by Nikos Petridis
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'Greek' tragedy
12 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Wire' isn't episodic television like most shows, but if I had to pick a favourite episode this would be it. It is the payoff of my favourite season, with more drama coming out it's ass than Lawrence Olivier. The first time I saw it I was almost dizzy with the rush of it as I had grown particularly close to the men on the docks and their troubles (though the second time 'round I had an even greater affinity with the newspaper staff).

Perhaps this is because I am also from an old shipbuilding town, which saw it's last ship sail long ago. Unlike Baltimore, Newcastle doesn't see any roll-on roll-off cargo and Northeast England's old port towns have all since been revitalised a la New Westport. The Millennium bridge physically and symbolically heralded a new era, so no ships could come up the Tyne river even if they wanted to nowadays. In fact, I would say local politician T Dan Smith was something of a Clay Davis/Stringer Bell in that his efforts to modernise the city by giving his own painting and decorating firm more than half the redevelopment contracts would provide a canny strong HBO UK series. But I can only dream of what 'Way Down in the Hole' sung by Cheryl Cole (not really) would sound like...

Anyway, Ziggy has been arrested and now his dreams of becoming a feared criminal face the reality of being a prison bitch; Frank's dreams of dredging the canal and rebuilding the grain pier are but a memory; Major Crimes' dream of catching the real crooks and putting a lot of dope, guns and prostitutes on the table also. Truly, they all had 'Bad Dreams'.

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