The Wire (2002–2008)
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Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.



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Norman Wilson
Mayor Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Omar Little (credit only)


After Marlo tells Levy the only people who knew their code were himself, Chris, Cheese and Monk Metcalf, all of whom are in jail, Levy begins to dig as to who exactly the police's CI is. Greggs tells Daniels that McNulty and Freamon made up the serial killer, and Daniels in turn tells Carcetti. However, fearing for his campaign for governor, Carcetti orders a cover-up, much to Daniels' disgust. As McNulty tries to talk the homicide department out of throwing more man-hours into the serial killer case, an unanticipated problem presents itself. Elsewhere, Freamon learns who the leak is at the courthouse, and Levy realizes the Marlo investigation used an illegal wire, forcing Pearlman to negotiate. At The Sun, when Templeton tries to sneak his biggest fabrication yet into the paper, Haynes decides to make a move against him. Meanwhile, Bubbles debates whether to let Fletcher publish his story, the hierarchies at the police department, City Hall and The Sun receive a shake-up, Michael ... Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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9 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the series finale, Jeff Wincott, played the undercover cop, Johnny Weaver, who dressed as a bum and surprised McNulty. Wincott starred in the Canadian 80s cop series Night Heat (1985)' which also starred The Wire's Clark Johnson. Night Heat was a police drama about a Toronto city precinct and a crime beat reporter from a fictional Toronto city paper. See more »


Vinson: [Michael is robbing Vinson] Shit. You're just a boy.
Michael Lee: [shoots Vinson's knee] That's just your knee.
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References The Absent Minded Professor (1961) See more »


The Bucks of Oranmore
Performed by Joe Shannon & John McGreevy
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Excellent conclusion to an excellent series...
8 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this review, I will not only review the series finale, but the season as a whole as well, with a lot of spoilers, so be ready.

I think ending a series is always difficult. How to do it? Tie up everything without succumbing to other's opinions? Not tie up everything? I think that the series finale was excellent. I am left feeling more than satisfied as to how it closed. The show stayed true to what it had promised all along- to tell honest stories about honest people. I use that term loosely, seeing as how that wasn't the basic theme of the season.

It is a shame that the season was cut short because of the writers' strike, but it still remains an excellent season. I have heard some complaints, mostly about the storyline that ran through. The storyline about the 'serial killer'. I admit, I was a bit skeptical, simply because describing it one can see that this is perhaps the most outlandish storyline that The Wire has ever conceived. It's not that it's bad. It isn't, not at all, but one wonders how that would work in context with what this show is about. Everyone is used to The Wire having story lines that are extremely grounded in realism, story lines that can happen in cities like this at anytime. The Wire isn't a show that is built on an outlandish storyline like, for example, Breaking Bad is. Breaking Bad is an excellent TV show. In fact, it's the only show that is on the same level as The Wire, BUT it's premise is built on a storyline that runs through more absurdity when described. That is not bad at all, it's just it's identification and it all plays excellently in the show. But The Wire isn't like that. It has never built it's identity around story lines like that, which is the reason why many people perhaps didn't take to this storyline and what it brought. However, it isn't a fault at all. This storyline basically gave us more explanation on why the writers decided to play with the print news media. If anything, this season has shown just how 'dirty' even the good guys are. It doesn't come out of character though, since we are used to Jimmy McNulty.

I do want to say that I am glad that we were able to expand more on Michael and Dookie's storyline, while the other two boys from the fourth season Randy and Naymond weren't. That is because the two weren't involved with the central threads of the season. We did get a glimpse of them however, in episodes 6 and 9 of the season. As expected, Randy is heading down the wrong road, and Naymond isn't. What is perhaps even worse is Dookie's fate at the end of the finale.

I don't want to babble on and one, but overall, this was an excellent season. It was certainly the season that had me skeptical the most, but I think it all played well into the series. Great ending and conclusion to an excellent series.

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