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The Hunt 

While Greggs' life hangs in the balance, the entire department attempts to hunt down Savino. When Wallace flips, willing to testify that Stringer, Wee-Bey and Bird killed Brandon, Daniels ... See full summary »

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While Greggs' life hangs in the balance, the entire department attempts to hunt down Savino. When Wallace flips, willing to testify that Stringer, Wee-Bey and Bird killed Brandon, Daniels stashes him in his grandmother's house on the outskirts of the city, but he soon becomes restless. Stringer tells Wee-Bey he needs to get out of Baltimore until the Savino investigation cools off, whilst Avon considers his next move. When McNulty and Pearlman try to pressure Levy into giving up Savino, he proves smarter than they gave him credit for. Meanwhile, when the detail's hand is forced, and a series of city-wide raids are ordered so as to appease Burrell's desire for "dope on the table," McNulty goes to see Phelan for help, but is surprised at his reaction. Daniels decides not to raid the main Barksdale stash house, but when word of his plan gets back to Burrell, he realizes there is a snitch in the detail. Elsewhere, Bubbles finds it increasingly difficult to stay clean. Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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This episode was the last acting appearance of Dick Stilwell (commissioner Warren Frazier) who died in a car accident soon afterwards. See more »

Goofs

Lt. Daniels tells McNulty of Kima's medical condition, including that she has had a "trach", but in the final scene of Kima in the ICU, she is clearly intubated orally (in her mouth). Once a patient has had a tracheotomy, it would continue to be used during that course of treatment. See more »

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Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: If only half you motherfuckers at the district attorney's office didn't want to be judges, didn't want to be partners in some downtown law firm... If half of you had the fucking balls to follow through, you know what would happen? A guy like that would be indicted, tried and convicted. And the rest of 'em would back up enough, so we could push a clean case or two through your courthouse. But no, everybody stays friends. Everybody gets paid. And everybody's got a fucking future.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Sugar in My Bowl
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Composed and Performed by Nina Simone
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almost unique in all crime dramas
11 December 2014 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This one episode "The Hunt" of The Wire is almost unique in all crime dramas.

Usually when people get killed in crime dramas or murder mysteries, nobody shows any remorse or emotion. If anyone does, it is because they are the culprit trying to distract attention. Sometimes you see a bit character who goes hysterical for a short scene, but these characters are ridiculed as unmanly, homosexual, scatterbrained, irrational or even comic relief ("I told him, Julie, don't go.")

The most emotion you might see is one cop say, "It was too bad someone so pretty/young/talented/sexy bit the big one. She didn't deserve this. Let's nail the bastards who did this".

In this episode, one of the regulars, Greggs, is shot in the line of duty by drug dealers, and is in hospital. It is nip and tuck whether she will survive, or recover sufficiently to continue her role.

In this episode, some of the other regulars react much more like real humans would, with anger, despair or sadness. They are so distraught that they cannot function. They do what they can to help each other through it. They also show the suffering of her lover, in a quite realistic way.

It was an unusually moving drama. The actors were quite convincing and tugged at your heartstrings. It was almost TOO intense.


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