The Wire: Season 2, Episode 5

Undertow (29 Jun. 2003)

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Weak product in the pit has Bodie getting heat. Homicide detectives hand out grand jury summonses to stevedores involved in the homicide case, and Port Police Officer Beadie Russell works ... See full summary »



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D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)


Weak product in the pit has Bodie getting heat. Homicide detectives hand out grand jury summonses to stevedores involved in the homicide case, and Port Police Officer Beadie Russell works the lingering affections of an old boyfriend to find out how cargo disappears from the docks. Written by Anonymous

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Det. Lester Freamon: Colonel, respectfully, did you just fuck me over without giving me even half a chance to clear this case?
Colonel William A. Rawls: [chuckles] Let's be clear, Det. Freamon. When I fuck you over, you'll know it. You'll be so goddamn certain, you won't need to ask the question.
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21 May 2009 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

…but still, and even they weren't quite sure at first, they will do it, they will enter to this other business, now they (Ziggy and Nick I should add) will steal chemicals, tons of them. They weren't quiet sure in the way of "for what they want that stuff?" but once Eastside dealers will kill Ziggy if he doesn't pay them (Ziggy gets packets and usually f**** them) and that they find that the stuff is for cocaine the wanted merchandise is there waiting to be picked up by the Greeks. At this point, the fifth hour, Season 2 is still not at its very best but if in my book each episode of this Season gets a full 10 is just because overall the Season is awesome. Probably the stuff with McNulty trying to find the family of his floater during this episode is the less interesting thing, I mean you get to understand McNulty but he is going nowhere, trying to find a damn miracle (I like a lot the Omar as witness stuff but the best I mean Bird's trial is about to come during the next episode). Anyway, meet Thomas "Horseface" Pakusa (amazing interpretation of Charley Scalies), Maui (Lance Irwin) and Johnny "Fifty" (Jeffrey Pratt Gordon), not that these characters appear for the very first time during this hour but here they all have stuff I want to mention. "Horseface", "why "Horseface"?" ask Bunk and Russell is like "what, you need a close-up?", "Horseface" is a checker, good friend of Frank Sobotka and like everybody of the union he will not say a damn thing to the police about anything. Here he just like Johnny "Fifty" is one of the stevedores that receive a grand jury summon, they all worked the Atlantic Light but we know "Horseface" is the only one who knows about the stuff between Frank and the Greeks and just like the others he won't say a thing, the Greeks don't need to worry for "Horseface", will all be a damn bad time for Bunk and Russell. Maui works at the control tower, there's not really a good relation between Maui and Ziggy and pretty much that's why we know Maui damn well. Here Russell will let us know about her past with Maui but more important she will know about the control at the docks, now everything goes to a computer, Russell and company will have to look for a patron and Daniels allow that her and Bunk stay with them to share information but Daniels will not take the 14 homicides. Here the detail begins to work, Carver is back (I like a lot that scene, sure Carver won't f*** Daniels again) just like Lester (who surprises all when he is like "Frank Sobotka" after seeing the photo of the detail's target), not McNulty though. Kima, Herc and Carver are doing work on the drug business of the Eastside…and I love the ending, Frank and the Greeks, everything back to normal, more money for Frank though…

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