The Wire (2002–2008)
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Middle Ground 

The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization. Stringer and Avon reminisce on how far they have come. McNulty finds the way to a key piece of the puzzle in an ... See full summary »

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

David Simon (created by), George Pelecanos (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman ... Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
Idris Elba ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
Frankie Faison ... Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell
Aidan Gillen ... Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Wood Harris ... Avon Barksdale
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland (credit only)
Lance Reddick ... Lt. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Jim True-Frost ... Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski (credit only)
Robert Wisdom ... Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver (credit only)
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Storyline

The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization. Stringer and Avon reminisce on how far they have come. McNulty finds the way to a key piece of the puzzle in an unlikely place. Awaiting his fate, Colvin works behind the scenes to shape the outcome of Amsterdam, while protecting his men from possible repercussions. Bubbles considers a new partner. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

George Pelecanos the writer of "Middle Ground" claimed that Idris Elba was so upset over finding out about Stringer Bell's demise that he refused to come out of his trailer when it came time to film his death scene. He became further incensed when he found out that Omar was going to urinate over his dead body after being killed. In the end, Idris Elba refused to do the scene as originally scripted. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cedric Daniels: I don't care how you do it, but I need my wire today.
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Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

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Little Bit O' Soul
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Performed by Music Explosion
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The end of a great character...
27 June 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

The last 4 or so episodes of The Wire have had me on the edge of my seat, and we finally come to the end of one of the show's best characters and actors in this episode.

I do not want to casually reveal who that character is, but I will say this... It doesn't surprise me that this was one of two episodes that was ever nominated for a writing Emmy. I am not surprised, and here is why- this episode features more 'regular' excitement. It has more casual excitement of what makes a TV episode. I am not trying to say that is bad, but that is most likely the reason that the Emmys finally caught attention. It probably is one of the show's finest, but it's as if the Emmys were waiting for something 'explosive' to happen, and it finally did. That doesn't talk bad about The Wire at all, it just reflects the shallowness of how the Emmy members perceive The Wire.


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