The Wire: Season 4, Episode 13

Final Grades (10 Dec. 2006)

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In the Season Four finale, the bodies from the vacants pile up while Burrell offers his support to Daniels and admonishes Rawls for crossing him. A distraught Bubbles finds himself at his wit's end after his revenge plan backfires.

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In the Season Four finale, the bodies from the vacants pile up while Burrell offers his support to Daniels and admonishes Rawls for crossing him. A distraught Bubbles finds himself at his wit's end after his revenge plan backfires.

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Visiting Bubbles in the hospital, Waylon wears a leather jacket decorated with a 'Copperhead Road' patch. This was an album released by the actor playing Waylon, Steve Earle. See more »

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When Colvin and Parenti are waiting for a meeting at the Mayor's office, there is a piece of black wire lying at Colvin's feet, probably left there by the crew. See more »

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Lt. Dennis Mello: All right, listen up, you mutts, this is complicated. I mean, it isn't complicated if you went to college or, I don't know, your mothers actually stopped drinking for a minute while they was pregnant. But for Baltimore City Police, this is complicated.
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An incredible and unforgettable season
3 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Wire has grabbed me more and more as time goes by. I remember after the first season I really liked it but more out of appreciation than out of love. That mindset has been changed for quite some time now. It has proved that with it's writing style there really has not been any other television show out there that compares with it, simply because of how the enormous cast and story lines are given real meaning and satisfaction by the seasons' end in a huge way. In the past, I have taken notice that because there are so many story lines, not all episodes have completely drawn me in, and not all story lines have. That pretty much changed here in the fourth season.

I think a reason that I am now in love with the show isn't just because of a great season, but because like what I always say with various things, time is needed. Time is needed to adjust to these characters, to these story lines, and the end result like I said before is a complete satisfaction. But don't take that to mean that the writers tie up everything nicely, because they don't. There is a true realism and fierce determination in the writing. These writers are trying to tell an honest story. They aren't here to get fans' opinions and try to satisfy fans that way. That is why I am surprised it lasted as long as it did.

Season 4 has the best episodes of the show (which is a hard feat simply because the last or so episodes of season 3 were also pretty incredible and top-notch). What is most impressive in this season are the new faces, especially the four boys. Dookie, Randy, Naymond, and Michael hold the show's most hard-hitting moments. But like we have come to expect from The Wire, these moments do not feel forced or manipulative in any ways. If I was to show you the boys' first scene in the season, one would not believe how they end up in the end. Perhaps the only one that has the best chance at happiness is Naymond, simply because of his surroundings. However, the last smile he gave at the end took some of that hope away. Also, now that Michael is long gone, what a shame it seems as if he is dragging down Dookie with him...

Well, enough with spoilers. It seems as if each season has the death of a character who has been here from the start of the show and who is pretty significant (Season 1- Wallace, Season 2 had DAngelo, Season 3 had Stringer). Here, we have another, and like always, it is unpredictable and pretty hard-hitting.

I can't stress enough what a great season this was. Seasons 2 and 3 got a 9 from me, but finally Season 4 gets a perfect score of 10. It is one of the best TV seasons I have ever seen (if not the best). From what I have heard Season 5 is regarded as the worst, but I really hope it's not a dip in quality (like Twin Peaks in the middle of Season 2).


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