Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he's asked includes several less than stellar officers. It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse. When one of the ... See full summary »



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Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he's asked includes several less than stellar officers. It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse. When one of the witnesses against D'Angelo Barksdale is found dead, McNulty and his homicide partner 'Bunk' Moreland bring him in for questioning. They have no evidence that he had anything to do with the killing but their instincts tell them otherwise. When news of the witnesses death hits the press, Major Rawls is convinced that McNulty is again responsible. Three of the newly assigned detectives, Hec, Prez and Carver decide to go to the towers and flex a little muscle only to have it turn into a major disaster. Written by garykmcd

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9 June 2002 (USA)  »

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The music of The Pogues, a Celtic folk/punk band, is featured many times during the series. The Pogues originally called themselves Pogue Mahone. This makes the naming of Detectives Polk and Mahone even more ironic. See more »


When Herc, Carv, and Prez arrive at the Towers to "Let them know...", and eventually have to call for help, they arrive in a Ford Crown Vic. A couple scenes later, when it's now daylight and the Lt. and other officers have arrived, their now burned out vehicle has become a Taurus, not a Crown Vic (you can tell from the one remaining tail light lens). See more »


Lt. Cedric Daniels: What're you doing here at two in the morning?
Det. Ellis Carver: Field interviews. Police work.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: "Police work." I got a 14-year-old kid in critical but stable condition at University and two witnesses who say one of you princes cold-cocked him with the butt end of a pistol.
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: No sir.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: I got his mother over at I.I.D. filing a formal brutality charge, which for Herc will make an even four in the last two years!
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Unsustained...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: But all of 'em true!
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Lieutenant, we thought that...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: I got one less Crown Vic than I had last ...
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


Way Down in the Hole
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
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Just Like Law & Order -- Only Brilliant, Electrifying, and Totally Addictive!
3 June 2015 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

I only bought Season 1 of THE WIRE because my local TARGET had the DVD package on sale for $13.00. I never watched this show when it was on the air, though I often heard good things about it.

Well, the pilot episode was okay, but not that great. This episode is the one that really electrified me. In particular, the sequence where the stupid, corrupt, racist cops go down to the housing projects at 2 AM and begin randomly taunting the ghetto population, in effect "daring" them to come out and fight.

The thing that makes this scene so explosive is that it's never quite what you expect. First you figure the stupid cops will find drugs on the first two guys they search. But they don't. Then, when the really vicious white cop hits the black kid with his pistol, you think he'll get in trouble. But he doesn't. Instead the people in the building start throwing things out the windows at the cops. And little by little, the feeling of the situation changes, from cop show drama to something much more disturbing. It almost feels like live footage from Iraq or Afghanistan, where Americans, knowing nothing of the local culture, count on their guns and badges to make them feared. And the locals, instead of being intimidated, slowly turn the tables as the momentum shifts and the invaders become the victims.

You can't even watch this show without having all kinds of disturbing connections form in your mind. I won't do the usual thing, and break down all the great actors in the cast, I will just say that all of them are amazing. Except maybe Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty, the maverick cop. He's a little too James T. Kirk for me. But other than that, the cast is as amazing as the writing is explosive and realistic.

I sure wish Season 2 was on sale at TARGET, but now I'm probably going to get held up at AMAZON instead!

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