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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This episode introduces Lester Freamon, Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski and Leandor Syndor. 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 »


Judge Daniel Phelan: Under the power vested in me by the circuit court for Baltimore city,
[makes sign of the cross]
Judge Daniel Phelan: I absolve you of all you sins, Detective McNulty.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: You are my sin, you know that?
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"You cannot lose if you don't play"
24 November 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The Wire's staggering attention to detail is even more obvious here than it was in the pilot episode: the series is merely two hours old, and the narrative hasn't really moved forward yet. What matters here is the little things that lead to the storyline's progression.

Picking up exactly where The Target ended, we get another glimpse of the man who was killed for testifying against D'Angelo Barksdale. The case is given to Jimmy McNulty's Homicide partner Bunk, but McNulty suggests the newly appointed detail led by Lieutenant Daniels help him out, since it's most likely Avon Barksdale who sanctioned the hit. Because of this, D'Angelo is arrested and forced into believing it's his fault, so that the cops can study his reaction (needless to say the kid's lawyer puts a stop to all that in no time). Meanwhile, Daniels questions his role in the operation, to which his wife responds: "You cannot lose if you don't play", and Kima (Sonja Sohn), Herc (Domenick Lombardozzi) and Carver (Seth Gilliam) start taking pictures of drug buyers in the street in order to build the foundations of their case.

The slow pace is essential in adding layers of meaning to the story and getting to know the characters a little better, hence the scenes where the cops assigned to the detail complain about office space and indirectly blame McNulty for putting them in that situation (he reacts with his trademark line: "What the f*ck did I do?") or the moment when D'Angelo and his friends have a Seinfeldian discussion about Chicken McNuggets: these people aren't types, they're fully formed human beings, and therefore we must be given the opportunity to see every aspect of their personalities. As such, it will be much more rewarding when the pay-off comes (assuming it does).

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