Avon takes care of Omar's man Brandon but Wallace, who saw Brandon in the arcade, isn't too comfortable when he sees what they've done to him. Avon gives D'Angelo and Wallace a bonus for ... See full summary »



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D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)


Avon takes care of Omar's man Brandon but Wallace, who saw Brandon in the arcade, isn't too comfortable when he sees what they've done to him. Avon gives D'Angelo and Wallace a bonus for their good work. The police meanwhile get authorization to place taps for the pay phones used by D'Angelo and his crew but can only listen in when one of their suspects is using it meaning they'll have to keep the phones under constant observation. McNulty is in a tight spot when Major Rawls gives him a week to report back to his old job. When he realizes the connections McNulty's made in the various shootings, he announces he's going to arrest the Barksdales for murder and threatens to mess up the drug investigation. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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7 July 2002 (USA)  »

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This episode contains one of the very few times a musical score is used in the series. It is when Avon is walking through the pit. See more »


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"... and all the pieces matter."
14 February 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Few teasers are as efficient as the one that opens the sixth episode of The Wire: a bloodied body on a windshield in an underdeveloped neighborhood. It's a brutal reminder of how casual and realistic the violence can get in a series like this, without ever being glorified or anything: it's just the way it is in real life.

The body is that of Brandon, Omar's boyfriend, and the murder affects everyone in different ways: Avon is pleased, and asks Stringer to give some extra cash to the boys who spotted Brandon the previous night and made it easier to kill him; D'Angelo's friend Wallace, who indirectly helped with the hit, feels bad about what happened and just can't get over it; the cops predict the war between Omar and Barksdale's crew will get worse, and they're right, since Omar reconsiders his "no snitching" policy and identifies one of Avon's men, Bird, as the killer Bunk is looking for. It's not just good news, though: upon learning Barksdale's people are linked to at least three murders, Rawls demands that warrants for Avon's arrest be issued immediately, not caring about the fact that this will nullify all the work done so far.

As has been the case with previous episodes, the most interesting person to watch is Omar, whose interaction with the equally layered and human McNulty constitutes some of the finest dialogue ever heard on TV (the writers' first-hand experience with law enforcement and street life is fundamental here). This chapter is also instrumental in showing how real police work differs from what we see on Law & Order or CSI, at least in some cases: as the Rawls/Daniels dispute proves, cooperation between units isn't a given - some people are in it just for the improvement of statistics. And as the silently tragic final scene shows, the outcome won't be as obvious as that of most cop serials.

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