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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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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This episode marks the first appearance of Omar Little, played by Michael K. Williams. See more »

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D'Angelo Barksdale: Now look, check it, it's simple, it's simple. See this? This the kingpin, a'ight? And he the man. You get the other dude's king, you got the game. But he trying to get your king too, so you gotta protect it. Now, the king, he move one space any direction he damn choose, 'cause he's the king. Like this, this, this, a'ight? But he ain't got no hustle. But the rest of these motherfuckers on the team, they got his back. And they run so deep, he really ain't gotta do shit.
Preston 'Bodie' Broadus: Like your uncle.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Yeah, ...
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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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