The Wire (2002–2008)
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Season Five premiere. As McNulty and the detail continue staking out Marlo's crew, recently promoted Sergeant Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime.



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Disgusted over the death of Bodie, McNulty has re-joined the MCU, determined to bring down Marlo, but in doing so has quickly returned to his old drinking and womanizing ways. Having turned down the offer of money from the governor of Maryland, worried about the ramifications for his own gubernatorial run, Carcetti must try to make up the $54m education deficit via cutbacks. This has led him to delay the promised increase in police pay, with newly promoted SIC Carver trying to placate the Western District troops, as they reach breaking point. Meanwhile, Burrell and Rawls explain to Carcetti that without budgetary assistance from City Hall, they cannot deliver the reductions in crime on which he campaigned. The FBI offer to help work the vacant murders investigation, but on the condition that Bond take the Clay Davis corruption case federal. When he and Carcetti refuse, the FBI withdraw their proffered support. As such, the MCU is shut down. Similar cutbacks in The Baltimore Sun ... Written by Bertaut

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6 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Perfect Start to Final Season
11 July 2012 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Its another classic perfect The Wire episode. Last season they show us the schools, but this season we will watch about the paper media. Only one episode of season 5 and we are introduced a Baltimore Sun editor called Gus Haynes. This is his first appearance, but I already knew him like I've seen him for years. This is the strong point of The Wire. It has the best character depth ever in TV shows.

McNulty becomes the same again: drinking, and womanizing.

Bubbles is trying to adapt to ordinary life, after his fatal mistake in season 4.

More of Michael and Dukie is revealed. But I wanted to see more of Randy and Namond as well.

Because of budget cutbacks, Baltimore PD personnel can't receive any payment and very angry about it. Sergeant Carver, couldn't keep his man intact.

Mayor Carcetti doesn't accept a generous offer from FBI, he protects his A.S.A's orders.

The budget cutbacks even effects Major Crimes. Whole personnel is distributed within the BPD.

12 episodes left, but there is a very perfectly complicated story arc. I'm thinking myself, how the hell will they tie all these stories in 12 episodes?

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