Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.
Aired 20 years ago - Sep 08, 2002
"all in the game..." -- Traditional West Baltimore
In the season finale, Greggs finds the strength to finger "Little Man" as one of the men who shot her. Daniels and McNulty go to the feds with crushing evidence about some Baltimore politicians
tied to Barksdale, thinking they finally have him. However, the Feds only want the politiicans and not Barksdale. D'Angelo can't swing a deal, and cops to a possession charge and 20 years hard time after a talk with his mother.
will play a whole lot easier come trial.
I'm looking at him
go in the jail van right now.
-If not Avon, then Stringer.
-And why not Avon?
It hurts to even show that kind of money.
Look, we'll know soon enough,
as soon as I start pressing for discovery.
This ain't about you, right?
You know, I mean, the longer we hold off...
I'm sure a proffer in Maryland
plays much the same in Jersey, counselor.
-No loose ends.
-I can understand the guard.
I don't call String, word get back uptown,
what's going to happen then?
but I didn't, and, fuck, that's on me.
Y'all don't understand, man.
You give me that...
What does he.... What are you going to--
I'm telling you, Fitz, it's the perfect case.
Meaning Cosa Nostra or Colombians.
Or Russians maybe.
What you doing?
This ain't no open market, you know that.
Yeah. Probably not.
Anyway, since I got you up in here...
It ain't right.
This right here is part of the game, Dee.
I want to see you land okay, Jimmy.
he'll proffer to at least a half dozen
of your open murders.
Plus the attempted murder on a police.
Look, if you feel like that,
then get off this phone...
Then he also takes Nakeisha Lyles...
Aired 20 years ago - Sep 01, 2002
"This is me, yo, right here." -- Wallace
After the Barksdale's supply gets confiscated in another bust, Stringer gives more new rules to the crew. Avon and Stringer meet with Levy to discuss the next steps, which include the elimination of any and
all persons that can connect Barksdale to the drugs. Wallace goes back to the pit and asks to be let back in but Stringer has another plan for Wallace. Stringer then asks Bodie to take Wallace's old job.
Poot! What we got over there?
Not your moms, not your girl, nobody.
You feel me?
Cool. There you go.
You don't hit these guys
and expect them to stay in the pocket.
Where you need to clean up?
Hey, yo, lock that door?
But feel free to speak your mind,
if it were up to you.
Copies of checks on the account
of my re-election committee...
I'm gonna hook you up with some uncut.
you have to start as lookout, man.
What about the boy?
You leaving, you stirred up some shit.
I need to get up out of here
and get back to it.
and checking up on some
of the contributors.
No, there was PC for the search.
He's just a punk, that's all.
All right, come on, go. Something to eat?
What's he gonna do to me?
Man, how you know?
How you know where he been running to?
Forgive me for prying
into the details of our investigation.
Look at you, talking about your mama
like you're still a kid.
and then another 10 to the back room.
All right, when I find y'all, y'all gonna get it.
Just say there's been
an animal hurt inside the house...
I don't know where from, man,
one of those places by the airport.
I ain't saying another damn thing...
in a motherfucking rental...
We got a good shot
at bringing you home here.
Where the fuck is Wallace?
Where's Wallace, String?
That all you're trying to do?
I'll have your major debrief your detectives
and type the warrants himself.
-Look at them.
Any sightline to the rear door?
Aired 20 years ago - Aug 18, 2002
"Dope on the damn table." -- Daniels
While Greggs' life hangs in the balance, the officers deals with the shock in many different ways. Herc, Carver, and Syndor get back on the case after Freamon puts the incident into perspective. After seeing
McNulty close to the breaking point, Rawls instructs him not to have any guilty over Gregg's shooting because he's not the one responsible. Daniels is ordered by the Deputy Commissioner to raid all the locations to appease the Commissioner's desire for "dope on the table."
A minor lieutenant to our target, Barksdale.
says the wrong thing
about what happened...
-Go ahead, 11-34.
I make it we're on the north side of Warwick,
in an alley, I don't know, shit...
That's the only lesson here.
Shorty was a cop.
Cause and manner of death
on Mr. Blocker is homicide...
Come down there and hang with your ass.
No, this shit ain't right.
How much of this case would you
give up to get her back?
It's probably marked somehow.
You okay with that?
She's a member of your twisted little tribe.
Or we send tactical teams
into his momma's house every night...
CID, tactical, the DEUs...
and that what is said here
is for purposes of a proffer.
Yeah, first Stink, and now him.
That may or may not go away
when the swelling goes down.
They're dropping the re-ups
out the window...
What the fuck you waiting for?
We're on a prime location.
Where we going, man?
Aired 20 years ago - Aug 11, 2002
"And then he dropped the bracelets..." -- Greggs
After being clean for three days straight, Bubbles gets some strong advice from another former addict named Walon. He also gets a promise of extra help from Detective Greggs. When Omar's murder
attempt on Avon Barksdale fails, Stringer lays down some new laws for the Barksdale crew. There will be no phone use, no more money runs, a new pager number and anyone that needs to talk to Avon has to go through Stringer first. They also send a word to Omar that a truce will be offered to him. As the team goes through their setup of one of Barksdale's people, one of the officers gets shot.
See, if they on you, then they got a name.
They do, but Phelan was named
to finish Halpern's term...
who always calls back from a pay phone
way the fuck out in north-west.
Nobody but you. You're the only person
that came in my house.
They're not there yet,
but when this kid here posts, snatch him up.
-They said they want to parley on it.
Cheese puffs and fucking Ring-Dings?
Guess who's up in here.
How about anything else like that?
It's enough to charge him, anyway.
I fuckin' need a fuckin' lawyer.
You have a gift for the paper trail.
I have a list of recent events, Your Honor,
that justify an order.
Look, the charge is on me.
I understand that, I'll carry that.
We know we have a month more to go
and we're not gonna let up.
The man I'm talking about can't have
his shit taken like that. That won't do.
What's up, baby?
-Bitch, you work at a TV station.
Don't go there, Officer. Don't go there.
and this motherfucker's
steady kicking my ass trying to get away.
follow the entire Westside drug supply
in and out of the place?
And the computer has Avon Barksdale
entered as an active Baltimore city target.
You can't see faces without those?
Call from Deputy Commissioner for you.
You want it in here?
Did you think about that?
These people do not touch the drugs.
They don't go near the drugs.
Look here, homes, I ain't asked for much,
but I'm a little light on traveling money.
I'll be going in back.
It'll be up under the rear seat.
That sign said Longwood,
but I could swear this was Warwick.
Aired 20 years ago - Aug 04, 2002
"Maybe we won." - Herc
Freamon gets Syndor and Prez started on the Barksdale money trail. They discover the usual ties to dummy companies, but they also find large sums of political contributions. Herc and Carver bust Wee-Bey holding $22.000 but
only $15,000 is reported. Lieutenant Daniels discovers the discrepancy and orders them to find the money before the morning roll call. Omar's mission takes him to Proposition Joe where he promptly offers another recently stolen Barksdale stash to Joe in exchange for Avon's pager number.
-In a couple hours, give or take.
-Time enough for us to make a play.
-Testers, testers coming in five.
-What's the new package, man?
You know, I got three if you need.
write down every name you see.:
Ifyou find something that fits,
you write down the folio number...
campaign financial reports
for the western districts...
As I wake up in the morning
And get out of my bed
-What did Wee-Bey say?
Somebody in trouble now.
Come on, let's go.
What's up, Tasha? You got too pretty, girl.
You try to come up those stairs,
and I'm gonna call the police on you.
The projects got a ball team?
they've dropped about a dozen
bodies over the last year.
who run Orlando's for some time now.
Get that midget out of here, B.
He's south on Montford.
I know you don't want
to hear this, Lieutenant...
It comes back and it goes to ECU.
-How much you asking?
Avon loses $100,000 to me on a bet...
Aired 20 years ago - Jul 28, 2002
"Come at the king, you best not miss." - Omar
McNulty has his sons play the game of "front and follow" with Stringer Bell as the target at a local market, and the two get Bell's license plate number. As a result, the two get Stringer's license
plate number and McNulty couldn't be happier. Greggs and Carver bust a driver picking up a suspiciously large amount of cash from the Towers, only they are forced to return the money on orders of the Deputy Commissioner. Avon finds out about Orlando's inquiries about branching out into "dirty" business, and makes it clear to Orlando that the plan will never happen.
Yeah, they're both brown hair, one that big,
the other about that big...
Both at the same time, that's a plan.
why don't you do it yourself?
-Who should appear before me?
-Market day for String, too?
"Next, it picks up four more, and then an
additional two, while discharging one.
But they're gonna ask him
where he got the pile.
with $20,000 in manicured, banded money.
You charge what you can,
and you do it by the end of the week.
He saw it. Burrell.
Where everybody go? Where the girls go?
Of the 39th Legislative District.
Now, I'm looking at a copy
of a memo from your office...
Ask Greggs if you don't believe me.
Meaning, a change in price
does not affect demand.
Damon, we got work orders here,
and ain't nothing happening.
They the only ones might be trouble.
What up, who got black tops?
There's a dime on this cocksucker's head.
-So, you talking about letting it slide.
-For a time, maybe.
Everybody want to believe
the worst about Omar.
Yeah, we saw the van.
this thing with my uncle...
You want to give back the Gant case,
then tell Cole the name of his shooter.
I got the impression there
wasn't much love between them.
She doesn't have a record, for one thing.
She's just a DMV photo.
Aired 20 years ago - Jul 21, 2002
"A man must have a code." - Bunk
Greggs, Herc, Carver, and Syndor grab the runner who is holding the re-up stash for the pit. Now that the cops have the stash, a furious Avon begins to question D'Angelo about a possible snitch in the pit. D'Angelo
says it can't be possible and he knows nothing of a snitch. Stringer tells D'Angelo and his crew they are to now use pay phones a block away and to not use the same phone twice. This in turn disconnects all the detective's wiretaps they fought so long to get.
I'm sitting here, watching case
after case stack up, right?
That's just what we know from
one of Avon's girls bragging to a friend.
-Anything else you need?
-What, from you?
As in all matters before the Court,
I think whatever the Judge thinks.
-I got the bag!
-He's going right.
Yeah? Why didn't you come to me?
Then, my friend, you are double-fucked.
You're not serious.
-I'm all right.
-Please, it's our pleasure.
go to some meetings
and pee when they tell you to pee.
I think it was my turn to pick.
Good to see you.
You remember my husband, Cedric?
No, you get that back
when the meeting's over.
my National Steel guitar...
The Mustard Seed Group
gives out key chains...
pull the truck up,
bust through those French doors.
and then you walk that on up to Rawls.
See, 'cause you could've
hauled me out of the garage...
I got a little move we might could do.
So get with me after, okay?
Why don't you sign this for me there,
Mr. One-day Man?
Weather updated around
the clock on WTOP radio.
Yeah, look what we have here.
So, we wanted to hang...
I was in Southwestern
before I came to Homicide.
Fulton and Baker, you say?
Aired 20 years ago - Jul 07, 2002
"..and all the pieces matter." - Freamon
Brandon's bloodied body is discovered in a lot that coincidentally is located next to Poot and Wallace's home. Wallace in turn, reports this to D'Angelo, and tells him about how seeing Brandon's boy has
started to bother him. D'Angelo tells Wallace that he needs to get over it, but Wallace is still unsure about all he is involved in. Wallace gets even more unsettled about the situation after Avon rewards D'Angelo and him with extra cash for their parts in getting Brandon taken care of in the first place.
See, what I'm talking about is he ain't
paid no one, hejust think it's right to do it.
We found him with Kevlar,
like the one Worden caught last week.
Just let it go.
Yo, Strings! This is Dee.
-Stabbed, beaten, burned.
he walked away from a JSA facility.
Pending a hearing on these charges
to be scheduled within six months...
What you got here is an honest day's work
for an honest day's pay. Right, Lavelle?
Ain't nothing going late, man.
Stringer Bell's pager number?
Why did you even come in today?
or you go over to the medical office
and check yourself in.
15 pitches and 10 of them have been balls.
So, who came after Brandon?
This first number,
the one they sent to D'Angelo...
You saw him get arrested?
I like my career, thank you very much.
The case I charge on today
can be twice as strong by the trial date.
But if he's wrong...
Aired 20 years ago - Jun 30, 2002
"..a little slow, a little late." - Avon Barksdale
Avon becomes more and more suspicious, he orders Wee-Bey to change phone lines in his apartment and promotes Stinkum to manage a new territory. He gets word that one of Omar's crew members has been
"got". Stringer Bell warns D'Angelo that a snitch may be in his camp. The detectives get their affidavit approved for a cloned pager but they are puzzled when the numbers they receive are not regular Baltimore phone numbers.. Herc and Carver catch up with Bodie and attempt to interrogate him.
The foundation of your case, Detective.
Six intercepts so far,
and five aren't working numbers?
Yeah, they got to be.
These numbers don't make no fuckin' sense.
Yeah, boring, ain't we?
What happen on Friday?
Yeah, man, shit, you know how
to play a nigger into a corner, String.
So, where are the boys at?
Sheets, pillows, comforters, pillowcases.
Still dragging from
the whupping Kima put on him.
Clearly, they're not
as dedicated as you two detectives.
Boy, don't nobody give a damn
about you and your story.
-Rack 'em and break 'em, man.
-You the guys waiting for juvenile intake?
It's as simple as that.
You get your team together, you feel me?
-Someone named Ligget. It's in the report.
-It's Toreen Boyd, Roland Leggett.
-Doing the meetings.
You put yourself back in the rotation
when we go back to night work.
-Does he own it?
-That's what Diedre said.
Is there a problem?
That was for the drink before.
Trying to treat her with a little respect,
and this is the way you do me?
But with this, all you gotta do
is jump the five button.
the thing is, you only got to fuck up once.
Saying, if you were gonna use that
you would've been done using it by now.
I'm the king of this shit.
Aired 20 years ago - Jun 23, 2002
"It's a thin line 'tween heaven and here." - Bubbles
Bodie manages to slip through security and escape from lockup. Meanwhile Herc and Carver continue their renegade ways by travelling to Marlboro to find Bodie and beat him into giving up
information on the case. Once they get there, Herc has a change of attitude after meeting Bodie's grandmother. Furious at being robbed of his product during the "re-up", Avon Barksdale instructs Stinkum, Wee-Bey and Stringer to double the existing reward to anyone who eliminates Omar and his crew. When Bodie returns to the pit, he explains how no jail can hold him because he's too tough. He further challenges D'Angelo's mettle by implying that D'Angelo's weak. D'Angelo responds by telling how he killed one of Avon Barksdale's ex-girlfriends after she threatened to give Avon up to the police. AFter hearing this, Bodie becomes cautiously impressed. Sgt. Landsman tells Major Rawls that despite all the screw ups, McNulty's tenacity and obsession with getting the job done usually results in closed cases and that the Major should probably cut McNulty some slack. Detective Freamon discovers D'Angelo's pager number just when Greggs and McNulty figure out a cloned pager could be the advantage they need.
This case is a bit humble for you.
because of prior convictions.
He needs a partner.
This one's got a Dee as a possible shooter.
He don't need no last name.
I fucked up, I know, letting go your name.
So, he gotta a lotta heart for a cocksucker?
Thin line between heaven and here.
You all want a ride?
It's right around the corner.
No, man, it wasn't like that.
And it was quiet, but it was loud enough
so she can hear that shit.
-Nigger, you sick, just shut up.
-What? I'm just saying....
-Upstairs front clear.
His mother lived out there, caught up in it.
and his fuckin' problems are standing
between me and all worldly pleasure.
You get over to that table over there
and do your homework.
See? Another plan.
We could clone a couple of pagers,
see where that takes us.
the case by following these guys,
and we can't.
No, no, Mueller. Deputy Ops before Burrell.
They got me good.
Aired 20 years ago - Jun 16, 2002
"The king stay the king." - D'Angelo
After early morning "field interviews" conducted by Herc, Carver and Prez lead to a minor riot and bad publicity for the police, Daniels gets called in by the Deputy Commissioner. McNulty sends Mahone and Polk
to the terrace to get a photo of Avon Barksdale. They come up short but soft- spoken Freamon comes through with an old photo from Barksdale's boxing days. McNulty and Greggs visit FBI agent Fitzhugh to try and obtain some surveillance equipment. D'Angelo delivers the daily count to Stringer Bell who in turn, gives D'Angelo a bonus. Later, while Bodie and D'Angelo wait for the new supply to arrive, D'Angelo offers to get food. While he's gone Bodie, Stinkum and the crew go to retrieve the new supply only renegade dealer Omar and his crew get there and steal the drugs for themselves. The next day D'Angelo gets chewed out by Wee Bey -- a Barksdale enforcer -- for not being around when the incident happened. After getting chided by his superiors, Lieutenant Daniels mobilizes the team to raid "The Pit". Bodie hits one of the detectives while getting arrested and the rest of the officers proceed to beat Bodie. McNulty secretly meets with agent Fitzhugh who tells him to watch out for Lieutenant Daniels -- who might be on the take.
Officer Pryzbylewski be placed
on administrative leave.
I'm putting my men in the jackpot.
Plus, you need manpower...
Keep it a tight little circle.
should rise as one because
they're murdering witnesses in cold blood.
being vaguely familiar
with the high-rises of West Baltimore...
-We're right in the middle of a game.
-Chill out, I want to see this.
It's like the stash.
And like I said, the queen ain't no bitch.
If I wear this on a warm day,
they're gonna know.
"31 years of age.
This little thing...
-Up against the wall, hurry the fuck up.
-Come on, let's go.
-Most women aren't getting out of that car.
-telling us that shit is weak.
-I know, the shit is weak.
stained sweatshirt by Ralph Lauren.
You could stand to lose about 20 pounds,
some yellow in your teeth...
He hurt your feelings?
you don't get no product
from nobody that matters.
Look, the man upstairs wants to see
But I can't swallow this shit anymore.
You show up at my door at 9:00
to ask me that?
Stink, what up?
I want their lookouts
to have as little chance as possible.
Give me a 95 on why you are physically
unable to participate in today's action.
Why you ain't swinging?
Clean. Not a fucking thing in there.
Aired 20 years ago - Jun 09, 2002
"You cannot lose if you do not play." - Marla Daniels
The witness who testified against D'Angelo winds up being a murder case for "Bunk" Moreland. However, McNulty tells Bunk that since the victim testified against D'Angelo, this murder was
probably ordered by Avon Barkdsdale. McNulty and Bunk pick up D'Angelo for questioning and convince him to write an "apology" to the victim's family. Just as he's about to start, D'Angelo's attorney arrives and makes him leave. Meanwhile in "The Pit", Detective Greggs gets some inside information courtesy of Bubbles. New investigation team member Prez arrives with a heavy reputation of incompetence, which worries Lieutenant Daniels. Daniels's concerns are supported when Prez teams up with Herc and Carver to make their own moves in the case by going to the projects to "bust heads" for information. Things backfire and a quasi riot ensues.
I absolve you of all your sins,
-You missed a spot.
-Why don't you fucking do it?
I was just showing Carv
how my trigger pull is light, you know.
"So, I'm gonna write my clowny-ass name
on this fat-ass check for you."
He stuck to his story for half a day,
until Ballistics matched the bullet...
Jesus. You all ain't got no creep to you.
I'm sitting in back there, behind Stringer,
-You want to get arrested?
If I cross him,
I'm fucked on the next round of promotions.
So, then he's not gonna go public, right?
So do l.
-Really, where were you?
-Where was she?
Crying their little orphaned asses to sleep...
My thing, they ain't had....
Tell them how you personally
think your uncle...
-Yeah, afraid so.
you don't do anything,
you don't write anything.
You need a prosecutor.
He doesn't put himself in,
or anyone else for that matter.
-How y'all doing? You doing good?
-Yeah, we all right.
Everyone in the hat's
part of Barksdale's crew?
-You gonna spoil him with that shit.
-I respect the work.
What you think, cuz?
I say we go down there right now.
Right fucking now.
We roll out, come back in an hour,
catch everybody dirty.
-The newspaper, get it.
I fucking know where he's detailed.
I fucking already know that!
and two witnesses who say
one of you princes...
Aired 20 years ago - Jun 02, 2002
"... when it's not your turn." - McNultyDuring the trial of D'Angelo Barksdale, a mid-level dealer accused of murder, the prosecution's star witness recants her testimony, resulting in a not guilty verdict. After the trial, Detective James "Jimmy"
McNulty is taken to task for his indiscretion. Meanwhile, D'Angelo is free to return to work, but he soon discovers that he's been demoted.
-Guess what he says.
And is that the guard booth in the lobby
of the Fremont Avenue high-rise?
That's the price that
you were going to quote me?
Wait on the drop,
take the car when it's deep in the block.
Look at this.
Detective. Judge asked to speak with you.
Barksdale has five out of seven towers
in the Terrace.
You got submission numbers for the ECU?
It's the chain-of-command, baby,
the shit always rolls downhill.
Call Andrews at DEA.
See what they have on this mope.
-Fuck should I know, I'm only your sergeant.
who's supposedly beat
my unit out of 10 murders.
Look, sir, this judge, he fucks me up.
It's your fucking truck.
I don't plan on knowing shit
about jail, you feel me?
You ain't said
one motherfucking thing I want to hear.
Don't it make your dick bust concrete
to be in the same room...
I'll go this against $10,
you're riding the boat, midnight shift.
You show us you can run the Pit,
and you'll be back uptown soon enough.
Lieutenant, in my hand,
I'm holding how many pages?
All right, give me the real.
Somebody snapping pictures,
they got the whole damn thing.
This shit happen again, you off the money.
You hear me?
No long surveillances,
no Kel recorders, no DNRs.
Keep me briefed.
-You up on a wire?
-That and more.
and I gotta shut it down
by the end of the month.
Hold up, hold up, you fucking me up.
What we need to do is,
motherfucker burned us for $30.
see if anything can be manufactured.
Two days ago no one on this fucking floor
knew this mope's name.
Let's call it a night.