The Wire (2002–2008)
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The Wire 

Avon takes care of Omar's man Brandon but Wallace, who saw Brandon in the arcade, isn't too comfortable when he sees what they've done to him. Avon gives D'Angelo and Wallace a bonus for ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman ... Maj. William A. Rawls
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 (credit only)
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Lt. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Seth Gilliam ... Det. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Jim True-Frost ... Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski


Avon takes care of Omar's man Brandon but Wallace, who saw Brandon in the arcade, isn't too comfortable when he sees what they've done to him. Avon gives D'Angelo and Wallace a bonus for their good work. The police meanwhile get authorization to place taps for the pay phones used by D'Angelo and his crew but can only listen in when one of their suspects is using it meaning they'll have to keep the phones under constant observation. McNulty is in a tight spot when Major Rawls gives him a week to report back to his old job. When he realizes the connections McNulty's made in the various shootings, he announces he's going to arrest the Barksdales for murder and threatens to mess up the drug investigation. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

7 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)



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This episode contains one of the very few times a musical score is used in the series. It is when Avon is walking through the pit. See more »


Lt. Cedric Daniels: Major, I'm asking as a favor.
Maj. William A. Rawls: As a favor?
Lt. Cedric Daniels: Yes, sir. A favor.
Maj. William A. Rawls: In that case... no!
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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »


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Why Daniels fought for the Detail
18 July 2017 | by michaelhinojosaSee all my reviews

I'm not going to repeat the other excellent reviews of this episode, but I want to call out the wonderfully understated character moment at the end with Lieutenant Daniels. The entire episode I was questioning why he was reversing course on his reputation as an ambitious "organization man" by fighting to hold off the murder warrants Rawls was pushing for. Even after explicitly telling McNulty that he wouldn't do it.

I interpreted the last scene as answering that question. The shot lingers with Daniels alone in his office staring at the crime scene photo of Brandon Wright. The brutality of the Brandon's murder must have rattled Daniels into fighting for the "right thing" at the cost of advancing his own career. In a manner typical of this show, this isn't communicated by some corny speech, about standing up and fighting for what's right, but just by showing him sitting in the dark, staring at a photo. If you blink, you might have missed it, but it speaks volumes to the depths of this show. 10/10 episode.

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