The Wire: Season 1, Episode 3

The Buys (16 Jun. 2002)

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After two weeks on the job, the team still doesn't have a photo of their principal target, Avon Barksdale. Freamon has a solution when he hears Avon was a Gold Gloves boxer. In the ... See full summary »

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D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
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Avon Barksdale (credit only)
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Omar Little (as Michael K. Williams)
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After two weeks on the job, the team still doesn't have a photo of their principal target, Avon Barksdale. Freamon has a solution when he hears Avon was a Gold Gloves boxer. In the aftermath of the near riot at the towers, Lt. Daniels stands by his men even though he thinks the were stupid to do what they did. He's ordered to lead a raid on the low-rise units in the projects but McNulty rebels and refuses to participate in a raid that's just being put up for show. Disatisfied with the antiquated equipment they have to work with, McNulty asks his friend at the FBI to lend them listening devices. His friend also has some information for him about Lt. Daniels. D'Angelo isn't around when a gang led by someone called Omar robs his stash. Written by garykmcd

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One of only two times you hear Omar utter a curse word is the very first time his character is introduced. He says the word "shit". The other is in episode 5, "The Pager". In that episode he says to McNulty and Gregs "Shit, Bubbles knows Bird". Ironically this is shortly after lecturing his boyfriend Brandon about using foul language. See more »

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Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: I'm not going.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: You're insubordinate?
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: I'm not jumping out on something I believe's going to harm the case. You want to write me up on that, you can.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: You think I want this? I got the Deputy Ops on my ass for this shit! Now I got you showing me up in front of the whole damn detail!
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: I don't mean to show anyone up.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: Get your vest on.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: No. I've got police work to do.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: Motherfucker, if you felt this way, why didn't you call in sick?
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: I'm not sick.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: [whispering] Yeah you are.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Rufus and Chaka Khan
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Omar
14 December 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The third episode of HBO's slow-burn cop show is a fundamental one, in that it starts throwing some extra dirt into already murky waters and introduces one of American television's essential characters: Omar Little, played with astounding conviction by Michael K. Williams.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves: Omar doesn't appear until the third act of the episode, and it's only a small (but very memorable) participation. The bunk of the first season's third hour is spent on the detail's attempts to get a picture of Avon Barksdale, an operation that seems to be doomed to failure until Det. Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters) remembers Avon used to be a boxer and manages to get visual identification through one of his contacts.

Minor story lines include Herc, Carver and Prez (Jim True-Frost) getting a verbal kicking for a "field interview" that went bad, Bubbles continuing with his snitch activity and McNulty learning some potentially damaging information from an FBI informant.

Once again, the details are crucial: as said before, Omar's appearance is very brief, but what he says and does in those minutes is enough to give us a pretty good idea of who he is and what drives him. Even more surprising is how David Simon allows us glimpses of McNulty's personal life: we've already seen in previous episodes that he's quite a drinker, and now we learn that his marriage failed because he cheated on the missus. Lengthy monologue about his repressed guilt? No, just a quick remark made by his bedmate, Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman (Deirdre Lovejoy).

And the teaser? Just amazing: D'Angelo explaining the rules of chess to his friends by comparing the various pieces to Avon, Stringer and the rest of the gang.


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