The Wire: Season 1, Episode 7

One Arrest (21 Jul. 2002)

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The squad decide to make an arrest when their taps reveal that the low-rise projects are about to be re-supplied. They get the runner and as planned, let Avon's man Stinkum get away. Avon ... See full summary »

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The squad decide to make an arrest when their taps reveal that the low-rise projects are about to be re-supplied. They get the runner and as planned, let Avon's man Stinkum get away. Avon is convinced there is a snitch in the pit but D'Angelo days everyone is clean. They decide to change their routine which messes up the police wiretaps. Major Rawls keeps the pressure on and McNulty knows he has only a week to report back to the homicide squad or he's out. Rawls is also after Det. Santangelo to either come up with useful information on McNulty or start clearing cases. He chooses the latter but his own way of going about it. McNulty and Bunk make an arrest in their murder case. Written by garykmcd

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Time for some progress
14 February 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

With basically half the season over, it's reasonable to expect at least some degree of progress in the investigation that constitutes the heart and soul of The Wire's narrative. However, this being a more reality-based series than your average police show, it's also fairly logical to expect a downside as well.

The progress is that thanks to Prez's knowledge of drug-related slang, the team is able to decipher all the essential conversations heard with the wiretap. Additionally, a strategically planned bust goes exactly as Daniels had hoped, and McNulty has no big problems convincing Phelan to extend their warrant for another 30 days. Unfortunately, a sour surprise is waiting around the corner since, after successfully arresting Bird with Omar's help, McNulty finds out Rawls is determined to throw him out of the police department. Furthermore, Stringer tells D'Angelo and the others to destroy the pay-phones in the Pit and change their communication habits as a precaution, which effectively stops a large part of the detail's operation.

One Arrest is a pretty important episode, primarily because it shows how committed to the job these people are. McNulty, in particular, gets to expose his softer side in a scene that would come off as contrived under any other circumstances. That it works is due to the no-nonsense writing and Dominic West's down-to-earth acting. The last section of the show is also a perfect piece of evidence in regards to how accurately The Wire depicts the more controversial aspects of law enforcement: how many TV programs can have a scene where police officers beat up a suspect just for the heck of it and still make us root for the officers? Sure, the fact that the suspect refers to Kima Greggs as a "c*nt-eater" isn't gonna earn him any sympathy points...


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