The Wire: Season 5, Episode 3

Not for Attribution (20 Jan. 2008)

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Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic. Marlo turns to Proposition Joe to help with an enviable problem. Whiting and Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff.




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Scott Templeton (as Tom McCarthy)
Sgt. Ellis Carver (credit only)
Thomas 'Herc' Hauk (credit only)


Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic. Marlo turns to Proposition Joe to help with an enviable problem. Whiting and Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff.

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A classic episode up with the best!
21 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever since I started becoming aware of The Wire and knew I had to soon start watching it, I've always heard, as a mantra, that Season 5 wasn't quite in the same ballpark as seasons 3 and 4. Season 5 seemed like an afterthought to some people I've spoken to, or read. Like, the series really ended after Season 4, for all intents and purposes. So, I went into the seasons with those thoughts, though knowing in the back of my mind that I might very well indeed love Season 5 just as much. After all, I sometimes hold Season 2 as my favorite, which few do.

Seasons 3 and 4 were great and I can see how they have become the standard bearers for the show. However, Season 5 so far has been tremendous to me, almost seeming like a "surprise", as I felt myself feeling down that I was done with the hyped-up seasons 3 and 4.

Episode 3 of the 5th season is brilliant. The newspaper/media angle is great and I foresee an awarding finish, rife with societal commentary and astute observations. After all, Simon saved his forte, journalism, to be the 5th and final institution that he examines, critiques, and ultimately holds accountable for some of our society's failings. He knows this stuff and you can bet that everything portrayed is going to be transcendentally real. The seeming set-up for journalistic in-fighting and strife is obvious and has me looking forward to how journalist Scott is going to make a contribution to the paper, and the show, in a major way.

"Not Attribution" continues the downward spiral of Jimmy, including a classically comedic scene of him having sex with a woman on a car hood, flashing his badge, as police roll by. Its entertaining as hell to watch him go about setting up a serial killer story, getting giddy and almost high from the prospects of what it would mean. And then to see the moral compass of Bunk in this regard is intriguing. At the end, the willingness of Lester to continue down that path with Jimmy was surprising and made me not want to wait to see where that storyline would go.

The dogs are closing on the Master Snake Clay Davis and that interplay with Burrell is great. There's a brutal scene where Butchie is tortured, still refusing to give up the whereabouts of Omar. After that, its priceless to see Chris Partlow and Snoop obviously express fear that Omar would be coming after them now, and questioning Marlo's plan. Speaking of Marlo, its great to see his "uncivilized" ways when dealing with the Greeks and their insistence on clean money. Then, at the end, the episode is capped as the writers finally show us what Omar is up to (living it up in an ocean front little town somewhere south of here), and its dramatic perfection to watch him learn of Butchie's fate (via Spanish) and the look that comes over his face, with tears in his eyes.

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