The Wire (2002–2008)
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Cleaning Up 

Kima slowly recovers in the hospital. Stringer changes operations in the pit and the towers, rendering the wiretaps and clones useless, and prompting Burrell to begin dismantling the detail... See full summary »


Clement Virgo


David Simon (created by), George Pelecanos (teleplay by) (as George P. Pelecanos) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman ... Maj. William A. Rawls (credit only)
Idris Elba ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
Frankie Faison ... Dep. Comm. for Operations Ervin H. Burrell (as Frankie R. Faison)
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Wood Harris ... Avon Barksdale
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Lt. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins (credit only)
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs (credit only)
Seth Gilliam ... Det. Ellis Carver (credit only)
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Jim True-Frost ... Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski


Kima slowly recovers in the hospital. Stringer changes operations in the pit and the towers, rendering the wiretaps and clones useless, and prompting Burrell to begin dismantling the detail. Avon and Stringer meet Levy to discuss where their organization is vulnerable. Unbeknownst to the detail, Wallace returns to the pit to resume work. When Prez starts pulling political campaign finance reports, Pearlman is called to a meeting with a worried State's Attorney, and an angry Clay Davis confronts Daniels. Meanwhile, Stinger issues a difficult order to Bodie and Poot. With Shardene's help, the detail are able to install a camera in the strip club. Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)



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Did You Know?


George Pelecanos, who had never worked in television before, was shocked to find out that approximately 70% of his script had been rewritten by David Simon. For subsequent seasons, the two came to an agreement, whereby Pelecanos would point out which scenes or lines he absolutely didn't want Simon to change. See more »


D'Angelo Barksdale: Where's Wallace at? Where's the boy, String?
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: D'Angelo, shut your mouth.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Where's Wallace? That's all I wanna know. Where the fuck is Wallace? Huh? String? String? Look at me. Look at me! Where the fuck is Wallace? Huh? I don't want this Payless wearing motherfucker representing me! Imma get my own man. Alright? So just get back in your car, and the get fuck down south.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Alright you stupid motherfucker. You made this decision.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Yeah, I made my decision. Where's Wallace at? Where the fuck is Wallace...
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