The Wire: Season 1, Episode 1

The Target (2 Jun. 2002)

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Baltimore Det. Jimmy McNulty finds himself in hot water with his superior Major William Rawls after a drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale who is charged with three murders, is acquitted. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
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Baltimore Det. Jimmy McNulty finds himself in hot water with his superior Major William Rawls after a drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale who is charged with three murders, is acquitted. McNulty knows the judge in question and although it's not his case, he's called into chambers to explain what happened. Obviously key witnesses recanted their police statements on the stand but McNulty doesn't underplay Barksdale's role in at least 7 other murders. When the judge's raises his concerns at the senior levels of the police department, they have a new investigation on their hands. Lt. Cedric Daniels is put in charge with Kima Greggs as the lead detective. As for Barksdale, he finds himself demoted to a low-level dealer after his arrest and he obviously has to prove himself yet again. Written by garykmcd

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[first lines]
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: So your boy's name was what?
Snot Boogie's Friend: Snot.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: You called the guy "Snot"?
Snot Boogie's Friend: Snot Boogie, yeah.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: Snot Boogie? He like the name?
Snot Boogie's Friend: What?
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: Snot Boogie?
[the kid does not answer]
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: This kid, whose mama went to the trouble to christen him Omar Isaiah Betts... You know, he forgets his jacket, his nose starts running and some asshole, instead of giving him a Kleenex, he calls him "Snot". So he's Snot forever. Doesn't seem fair.
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A bad first episode to AMAZING SHOW!
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before you start sending hate like everyone else on the internet, hold on. First of all, I love the wire it's a great show. I am on season 2 now. After the first 4 episodes of the wire i was ready to quit it was kinda boring......but at the fifth episode I really started to like it a lot. Then I watched from episode 5 to 13 (the finale) in a day. It was so good. This first episode is bad though and very hard to get through. With a very confusing script. So we are introduced to the Avon and D'Angelo Barksdale, two great characters. Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell are the head of the Baltimore drug trade. So don't get mad at me after this review, it's only one episode.

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