Burrell reluctantly sides with Daniels in the disagreement with Rawls, giving the detail more time to make a case against Avon, despite his fears the operation is beginning to sprawl. ... See full summary »

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Burrell reluctantly sides with Daniels in the disagreement with Rawls, giving the detail more time to make a case against Avon, despite his fears the operation is beginning to sprawl. McNulty and Pearlman present the detail's findings to Phelan, who signs an affidavit for a further thirty days of electronic surveillance. Using information from the wiretap on the pit phones, the detail catch a runner on his way to the pit with a re-up. However, they elect not to arrest the driver, Anton "Stinkum" Artis, so as to avoid giving up their evidence in the charging documents. Stinkum's apparent free pass from the police convinces Avon and Stringer that their operation has been penetrated, and Stringer introduces a new set of operating procedures. Rawls gives Det. Michael Santangelo a choice; acquire information that he can use against McNulty or solve some of the department's open homicides, whilst the owner of Avon's strip club, Wendell "Orlando" Blocker, has a proposal for D'Angelo. ... Written by Bertaut

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When Jay offers the index card for Madame LaRue to Sanny, he kneels next to Sanny's desk. Sanny takes the card from Jay's hand, but in the next shot, Jay is again holding it. See more »

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Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland: A man must have a code.
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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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