The Wire: Season 1, Episode 4

Old Cases (23 Jun. 2002)

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Bodie walks out of detention pretending to be a janitor but Patty is recovering in hospital and is pleased that his injuries will result in a medical pension. Avon Barksdale puts a contract... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Preston 'Bodie' Broadus (as JD Williams)


Bodie walks out of detention pretending to be a janitor but Patty is recovering in hospital and is pleased that his injuries will result in a medical pension. Avon Barksdale puts a contract out on Omar and others who robbed him. He wants to make sure everyone on the street knows he's not to be messed with. Judge Phelan keeps the pressure on and Daniels recommends to the Deputy that they need a wire. McNulty suggests they get a warrant to clone the pagers the drug runners use. Det. Fremon is one step ahead of everyone having already found D'Angelo Barksdale's pager number. Written by garykmcd

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Future cast member Gbenga Akinnagbe appears as an extra in the opening scene. According to Akinnagbe, he was so nervous that he accidentally looks at the camera which can be seen in the scene. See more »


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Maj. William A. Rawls: [laughs] Layla Kauffman?
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F***! An amazing episode of television
16 January 2007 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptional episode of a consistently exceptional show. There's a confidence in changing the rules by which the TV game is played that I have rarely seen matched. This show is genius, and knows it. It's not about actors or cinematography, though it excels in both areas. This is a show that is all about story, and it's immaculate - no waste, no loose edges. The scene in this episode where a crime scene is re-enacted by two cops is a masterpiece - no real dialogue, just a disarming stream of f-bombs which I realized after a few moments perfectly illuminated the way that these two detectives work together; they have an interactive flow, outlined by but not described by obscenity, that reflects the show in miniature. What other show is so well-structured, intellectually challenging, emotionally engaging, and completely entertaining?

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