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Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 10 - -30-

The episode begins with mayor Tommy Carcetti learning from the BPD brass that the "Red Ribbon Killer" was a fabrication, a revelation which renders him and his staff speechless. After some discussion, Carcetti and his advisers agree that revealing this information to the public would have disastrous effects on his upcoming bid for Governor (due to the fact that Carcetti himself only recently restructured the department). In spite of protests from Pearlman and Daniels, it is agreed that the case should be wrapped up quietly and those responsible will be reassigned and kept out of the way in return for silence. Chief of Staff Steintorf sees Acting Commissioner Rawls's leverage opportunities and offers him a position as Superintendent of the Maryland State Police (a position that better suits Rawls racially) following Carcetti's nomination for Governor in return for his cooperation. Though Daniels and Pearlman have been informed of the falsified serial killings, McNulty and Freamon continue to operate under the assumption that their plot has remained a secret. With the Stanfield crew behind bars, Freamon takes it upon himself to identify the drug kingpin's mole within the courthouse. It is revealed that Grand Jury Prosecutor Gary DiPasquale has a major gambling problem with annual losses three times larger than his salary and that he took out a third mortgage on his home. DiPasquale admits to leaking courthouse documents to drug defense attorneys as Freamon points out that through the course of asset investigations, DiPasquale was the only "bogey" in the courthouse. Freamon then tells DiPasquale to resign quietly to avoid criminal prosecution but not before recording a telephone conversation with attorney Maurice Levy whom DiPasquale admits has been paying him for the court documents. Meanwhile, drug kingpin Marlo Stanfield and his lieutenants remain imprisoned. Having been informed of Snoop's death, the group agree that Michael was indeed an informant and decide that eliminating him is a top priority, although Chris appears to remain skeptical. Cheese is the only member of the group able to post bail - Monk has violated parole, Chris has been charged with murder, and Marlo himself is refused bail on the basis of his status as alleged kingpin and ability to intimidate witnesses and jurors. Marlo instructs Cheese to assemble the Stanfield crew's remaining muscle to hunt down Michael. Freamon meets with Pearlman at the courthouse, where he provides her the identity of the mole and his recorded conversation with Maurice Levy. Pearlman, despite being happy to have such strong evidence against Levy, is still angry enough to reveal her and Daniels's knowledge of Freamon and McNulty's duplicity. Dukie, having been left on the streets by Michael, returns to Edward J. Tilghman Middle School to visit his old teacher, Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski. Dukie asks Prez for money, claiming that if he had enough for an apartment, he could enroll in a GED program at the community college. Prez is skeptical and agrees to help Dukie, but with a warning: he'll visit the community college next week. If Dukie has indeed enrolled, their relationship will be intact, but if he hasn't, Prez muses, "I'll probably never see you again anyway, right?" Dukie agrees to the conditions, but takes the money back to the arabber to spend on drugs anyway. Prez sees this and drives away, obviously disappointed. Baltimore Sun journalist Scott Templeton, desperate for more material to contribute to his aims for a Pulitzer Prize, goes out on the streets to interview homeless people. After a few moments of standing around, he instead finds an inebriated homeless man and then phones in a 911 call, claiming that the man is being kidnapped. When the police arrive, Templeton tells them that the man was being pulled into a van when he arrived; the man is so intoxicated that he can't confirm or deny Templeton's claims. McNulty is one of the police called to the scene, and after a few minutes, grows exasperated with Templeton's transparent lies and sends him away. Afterwards, an undercover police officer (dressed as a homeless person, stationed in the area by the city to keep an eye out for the killer) confirms McNulty's suspicions that Templeton was making the story up. Rather than charge Templeton for making a false statement, McNulty allows him to leave. Freamon arrives back at headquarters and tells McNulty that Daniels and Pearlman know the truth about the "Red Ribbon Killer" and the illegal wiretap. McNulty wonders aloud why, if the Commissioner and City Hall already know, the two of them haven't already been fired and arrested - Freamon replies that Mayor Carcetti is desperate to save face after using the serial killer as an excuse to run on a platform of poverty and homelessness. Thinking about it, Lester says, "we've got almost as much on them as they do on us." While Fletcher passes out newspapers on Bubbles's morning shift, Bubbles reads the article Fletcher has finished about him. Bubbles is touched that Fletcher finds his life story so inspiring, but at the same time, has reservations about revealing the details of his friend Sherrod's death to the world. Fletcher maintains that readers would find Bubbles's life story thought-provoking, but Bubbles remains unconvinced. In the Sun's newsroom, Haynes is adamant about refusing to print Templeton's falsified story about the attempted abduction. His superior Klebanow accuses him of having a personal vendetta. He moves Templeton's article to another editing desk, and warns Haynes that his attitude could cause problems for him down the line. Haynes outright accuses Scott Templeton of lying about the "abduction" which he claims took place, causing an outraged Scott to throw his notes. Lawyer Maurice Levy goes through the Stanfield arrest warrants, convinced that something is amiss. Herc assures him that a wiretap is the most likely means by which Marlo was brought down, and Levy learns that the only four people who knew the group's meeting code were the four arrested. Considering the speed with which the code was broken (mere hours after their arrest), Levy is confident that the police used an illegal wiretap to decipher the code beforehand. He later tells Pearlman that he's aware of this discrepancy, making it clear that whatever fraud was present in the case will be aired in court. Unfortunately for McNulty, another homeless man is found murdered, with a white ribbon tied around his wrists. McNulty, Bunk, and Kima arrive on scene, distraught that McNulty's entirely fictitious serial killer has inspired a copycat. Camera crews immediately begin to arrive on the scene as they argue, though it's fairly obvious that McNulty is now feeling great remorse for taking this course of action. As the incident appears on televisions across Baltimore, Mayor Carcetti is watching as well. "Did somebody not get the message?" he deadpans, exasperated. Bubbles allows Walon to read the article Fletcher wrote, which leaves Walon with a smile. "This guy gets you," he explains to Bubbles, going on to say that the article didn't pull its punches and weighs him objectively, and in the end convinces Bubbles that it's not the negative aspects of the articles that he fears - indeed, Bubbles admits that since Sherrod's death he's been unwilling to call himself a fundamentally "good" person. Bubbles finally agrees to have the article printed. Fletcher allows Haynes to read his article on Bubbles in the newsroom, and Haynes wholeheartedly approves. Afterwards, however, Alma approaches him and reveals that the notebook Templeton had thrown during their earlier argument was empty, despite claims from Scott that it contained notes on all the details of the attempted kidnapping. Pushed over the edge, Haynes takes the file he's compiled on Templeton's indiscretions and confronts his superiors in their office. State's Attorney Rupert Bond and Rhonda Pearlman are told by Carcetti's chief of staff to settle the Stanfield case out of court as quietly as possible, using whatever leverage they can to keep the illegal wiretaps from being brought to light. Pearlman meets with Maurice Levy in his office and plays the taped conversation given to her by Freamon. In it, Levy is incriminated by offering to purchase sealed court documents - an offense for which he could serve 10–12 years. Pearlman blackmails him into settling the Stanfield cases out of court; Chris Partlow will plead guilty to all of the murder charges in the vacant rowhouses and accept life imprisonment without parole, Monk and Cheese will plead guilty to possession with intent to sell and serve up to 20 years each, and the charges against Marlo will be abated under the agreement that he step out of the drug business permanently. McNulty is berated by Daniels and Commissioner Rawls, equally upset about his fabrication of the murders and the new copycat killer. They encourage him to catch the copycat quickly, allowing the press to assume he's the original killer and clean up the whole mess; regardless, they explain, this will be the last case McNulty ever works. Luckily McNulty proves himself again, using evidence found on the victim to identify the killer (a mentally ill homeless man McNulty had met twice before). The department charges the man with two of the six murders (both of which the man actually committed), and allows him to be sent to a psychiatric facility rather than put him on trial. The media and the public are led to believe that the "Red Ribbon Killer" has thus been caught. In a press conference afterwards, Mayor Carcetti takes a great deal of credit for both the toppling of the Stanfield enterprise and the catching of the Red Ribbon Killer. Immediately afterwards he promotes Daniels to Commissioner, with Rawls serving as an adviser at City Hall. Marlo, now prepared to "give up the crown," meets with the remaining members of the New Day Co-Op to negotiate a price to sell his drug supply connection to The Greek after his release from prison. He names his price at $10 million, which the Co-Op members can attempt to raise between them. The group agrees that this price beats their only alternative, which is to resume selling low-quality drugs from New York. Later the group meets in a parking lot, where Ricardo reminisces about the "old days" under Proposition Joe's leadership, which causes Cheese (Proposition Joe's nephew) to pull a gun on him. Cheese acknowledges his role in his uncle's death, and is promptly shot in the head by Slim Charles. Though Clinton "Shorty" Buise complains that Cheese was going to contribute funds, Charles maintains that "it was for Joe." They all depart leaving Cheese's body behind. The BPD hold a mock wake for McNulty, as has been the tradition for detectives who died before their retirement (previously shown in episodes Dead Soldiers and Corner Boys). Freamon, who has enough time in to take full retirement, attends with his wife Shardene in tow. Several officers, including McNulty's sergeant Jay Landsman, express genuine dismay at his permanent departure from the homicide department, acknowledging that McNulty was "real murder police," and the best detective in the department in spite of (or possibly because of) his character flaws. McNulty and Freamon make amends with Kima, who admits that she informed Daniels of their lies, with McNulty acknowledging that if she felt she had no other recourse, he trusted her judgment to do the right thing. McNulty heads home to his girlfriend Beadie Russell, whom he seems to have reconciled with. Shortly afterwards, Commissioner Daniels is told by mayor Carcetti's Chief of Staff Steintorf to manipulate the crime statistics to make it appear crime is dropping during the next two quarter years, an order which he flatly refuses. Daniels, fed up with the "numbers game" which he says caused the problems in the Department in the first place, states that from now on all of his statistics will be clean, and real police work will resume. Steintorf is then told by City Council President Nerese Campbell that Daniels will juke the stats or resign as Commissioner. Campbell sends Daniel's ex-wife, 11th District Councilwoman Marla Daniels, to him with the file threatening Daniels over his days as an Eastern District DEU sergeant. Daniels then agrees to step down for personal reasons and decides to make use of his law degree. His last act before departing is to award promotions within the Department, amongst them being Ellis Carver's promotion to Lieutenant (Carver appears to be Lieutenant of the Major Crimes Unit, the position Daniels held at the start of the series). As the show winds to a conclusion, several cutaways show the fates of many of the major characters at the show's conclusion, many of which establish that the "next generation" has simply begun following the same path the main characters followed over the past five seasons: Detective Leander Sydnor approaches Judge Daniel Phelan to complain about the Commissioner's incompetence, mirroring the diatribe from McNulty which began the first Barksdale investigation in the first episode of Season One. Marlo, attending a party held by friends of Maurice Levy, attempts to blend in and become a "legitimate businessman" much like Stringer Bell - uncomfortable in such surroundings, he departs quickly and moves to the nearby corner, accosting two gang members. Despite the two being armed with a gun and a switchblade, Marlo beats them soundly and stands triumphantly on their corner. The two, however, have no idea who Marlo is, and are telling stories about Omar when Marlo meets them. Marlo has lost the one thing he cares about: his street cred. Dukie and the arabber shoot heroin in a decrepit building, a scene reminiscent of Bubbles' relationships with Johnny Weeks and later Sherrod. A menacing Michael Lee and a partner kick in the door to Vinson's rim shop, threatening him and his muscle with a shotgun. Michael demands the drug money the group is sorting, and when challenged, shoots Vinson in the kneecap. He and his partner depart, with Michael's mannerisms and attitude mirroring those of the fallen Omar Little. Chris Partlow and Wee-Bey Brice, both incarcerated for life with no possibility of parole, converse on friendly terms in prison. Ricardo Hendrix, Slim Charles, and the remaining members of the Co-Op meet with Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos, who appears to give them an identical speech to the one he gave Marlo when agreeing to supply him. The Greek himself takes his usual position at the bar, listening to the conversation incognito. Scott Templeton wins a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the "Red Ribbon Killer" case, while Gus Haynes is demoted and Alma Gutierrez is transferred to a less prominent branch. Gus is able to smile, however, as he watches promising young protégé Mike Fletcher step into the role of editor. Daniels becomes a defense attorney, while Rhonda Pearlman becomes a judge. Mayor Thomas Carcetti becomes governor, but has compromised the promises he made to aid the City of Baltimore when he ran for mayor. Nerese Campbell becomes mayor and names Stan Valchek Police Commissioner. Bill Rawls becomes Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, as promised by Carcetti. Bubbles, finally accepted by his sister, is able to have dinner with his family. Jimmy McNulty, meanwhile, takes the time to locate the vagrant he displaced in episode six while inventing the "Red Ribbon Killer", and drives him "back home" - to Baltimore. It is revealed that McNulty is now "ex-police". The final shot is of the Baltimore skyline, with cars driving past on the freeway in the foreground. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 9 - Late Editions

The cold opening shows Lester Freamon still slightly flummoxed by Marlo's clock codes. He does figure something out, however, and calls Sydnor, who is tailing Monk, to peel off and head out to Broening Highway. "This is a fresh one," he tells Sydnor. Freamon then calls McNulty and delivers words they both had been waiting for. "It's on." Freamon meets with Sydnor. Sydnor reports what he had seen, telling him about Partlow's actions. Freamon tells Brown to let Partlow go and go for the big kill. "The case is in the phones," he says, but admits that a Title III would be needed to look at them. Right before leaving, Freamon tells Sydnor that it is "Time to 'fess up." Felicia "Snoop" Pearson sits in Levy's office with O-Dog, who is still recovering from the shot he took from Omar during the ambush at Monk's apartment. O-Dog is reluctantly taking the blame for the gun charge that Snoop and Chris got hit with the previous year. Levy tells O-Dog he might have to do a short bid, but assures him that he'll be "well compensated." After the two leave, Herc recalls how different things are when police officers take "one in the line" as opposed to street soldiers. "Marlo runs a tighter ship," Levy explains. Chris arrives at the dock to inspect the shipment. He is satisfied with what he sees and gives the go-ahead. Officers Garrick and Dozerman are watching from the weeds. Haynes continues his investigation regarding Templeton's suspected lies. He enlists an old colleague, Robert Ruby, to do some background checking on Scott saying he needs "fresh eyes on the fellow." Dukie continues to work with the arabber. Back at the warehouse Cheese and his crew roll up. The officers watching report the white van that pulled up. Sydnor tells them to "stay on the gate." Rawls and Daniels express their frustration to Steintorf, who tells them to continue manipulating the crime statistics. "Be creative," he tells them as he leaves. Freamon arrives at the station and tells Daniels about the sting on Marlo. Sydnor calls Freamon in the middle of this conversation, telling him they caught Monk "riding dirty." Freamon hangs up and tells Daniels who he needs arrested. Taken back, Daniels calls Pearlman, asking, "Are you sitting down?" The raid begins. Heavily armored police vehicles crash through the gates of the warehouse. Sydnor busts Cheese Wagstaff himself. Freamon arrives at the warehouse, and uncovers even more narcotics. Bunk, complete with cigar, has finally served his warrant on Chris, and looks elated at having the man in cuffs. Freamon, at Marlo's hangout spot, shows disgust when he finds the infamous clock that Marlo, who is in flex cuffs along with several of his soldiers, had been using. Snoop shows up at Michael's home, and they watch the bad news on the television "Do I still have to take that charge?" O-Dog chimes in. Mayor Carcetti gives another rousing speech about the raid, while being mocked by Bill Zorzi. Alma attempts to interview Daniels, who after being prompted to give more than "It's a good day for the good guys," freezes her out and says he's upset because of the false and unflattering remarks they attributed to him regarding Burrell. Marlo sits in jail with Monk, Cheese, and Chris. They speculate on how they got busted, but the conversation is momentarily halted when Monk lets Omar's rants regarding Marlo slip, prompting Marlo to get extremely angry. "My name was in the streets?" He vows to rectify the situation. The conversation goes back to the bust, and eventually, but not without doubts, they decide Michael Lee must be the snitch, and if not, it's better not to risk everything on doubts. Landsman berates McNulty on his lack of progress on the serial killer investigation. McNulty looks very depressed and Kima makes it even worse for him with her snide comments. McNulty tries to rationalize it by saying how Marlo is locked up, but Kima still isn't impressed. Scott Templeton continues to get praise for his fabricated stories. He finds out that his stories might have a shot at the Pulitzer. The newsroom men debate on how to portray the "Dickensian aspect." Haynes scratches the quote Alma received from Daniels and continues giving Templeton cold looks. Still depressed, McNulty refuses to partake in Freamon's celebratory drink. McNulty expresses his regret over his and Freamon's fake case. Michael and Spider sit on a stoop and debate Omar's death. Michael reports it as it happened, but Spider tells a different, more sensational story. Snoop arrives and chats with Michael. She tells him that with everyone locked up, she needs him for some "serious business." Michael's suspicions are raised when she tells him that there is no need for him to bring a gun. "Bunny" Colvin and his wife proudly watch Namond deliver an informative speech about AIDS at an Urban Debate function. Colvin spots Carcetti walking in and shakes his head in disgust. Carcetti later attempts to apologize for his role in expediting the tear down of 'Hamsterdam'. Carcetti says 'nothing could be done with your thing', which carries echoes of 'our thing', the term used by Mafiosos. He is frozen out by the bitter Colvin, who replies 'then I guess nothing can be done', underscoring the conflict between police work and political ambition that has been a feature of the series. McNulty continues sending men out for the serial killer case, but doesn't look anywhere near as enthusiastic as he once did. Landsman orders McNulty to go to the scene of another homeless man's death. McNulty attempts to play it off like he didn't think there was a connection, but Landsman turns his back on him. McNulty, looking extremely frustrated, receives yet another verbal punch from Kima. "Wasting your time, huh?" she says coldly. Haynes questions Templeton briefly, then tries to get admission into Walter Reed Army Medical Center so he can investigate Templeton's writing regarding Terry Hanning, the homeless Iraq War veteran. At the hospital Gus watches as Hanning's military buddy shows off his state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs. The vet verifies Hanning's story. He reiterates that while many bad things happened in Iraq, nothing in the way of a firefight happened on that particular day. Bubbles continues talking with Mike Fletcher who is interested in his story. Fletcher looks on as Bubbles' sister appears uninterested in celebrating Bubbles' anniversary for staying clean. Freamon meets with Senator Davis, trying to get more information out of him, and after more threats, gets info on the corrupt dealings of Maurice Levy. Marlo talks with Levy, who gives him even more reason to believe someone is snitching. Michael Lee sits in a cab, watching Snoop from a distance. He views her talking to the very guy he was supposed to kill, realizing that his suspicions were valid. He is being set up for a hit. Bubbles brings Fletcher to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. After receiving rousing applause for staying clean, Bubbles finally opens up about Sherrod's death. Daniels and Pearlman visit evidence control and confirm what Kima had told him earlier. The serial killer story case is bogus. The phone that was supposed to be the serial killer's actually belonged to Marlo. Snoop picks Michael up to go to the spot where his hit will take place. Michael looks a bit nervous, but continues his tradition of questioning the task at hand. After Snoop brushes him off, Michael draws her into an alley, under the pretense of having to urinate. Once there, he pulls a gun on Snoop, who explains why the hit was out on him. Staring down the barrel of Mike's gun, Snoop also tells him that he was "never one of them" and never could be. Mike cocks his gun. Snoop, accepting her fate, checks herself out in the vehicle's side mirror and casually asks how her hair looks. Michael replies with "You look good girl" before pulling the trigger. He returns to his home and rushes Dukie and Bug to gather their things and leave the house. He then drives them to his aunt's suburban Howard County home, where she is awaiting Bug's arrival. Michael walks Bug to the door, fighting back tears as he says goodbye to his little brother. Michael, forced to abandon Dukie, drops him off in the squalid area where the arabber lives among other homeless people and junkies. Dukie reminisces about humorous events that happened the year before, asking "You remember that one day summer past...?" but after a long pause Michael replies, "I don't." They say goodbye and part, Dukie hesitating as he sees the arabber injecting heroin. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 8 - Clarifications

Omar Michael Lee meets with Chris Partlow and Snoop Pearson to report his confrontation with Omar Little. Michael tells Chris that he was lucky not to have been recognized from Monk’s apartment and claims that he tried to keep looking away from Omar. Michael also reports Omar’s pronounced limp and use of a crutch. When asked what Omar said, Michael relates Omar’s promise to kill Stanfield muscle and his claim to have killed Savino Bratton. Michael then asks if Savino is dead. When he gets no response, he goes on to mention the rumors about Omar robbing a stash house. Snoop interrupts Michael and cautions him that rumors are dangerous. Michael presses on and wonders why Marlo ordered Junebug killed over rumor when Omar is getting away with much worse. Snoop gets angry and tells Michael that they will catch Omar. Michael asks if they will tell Marlo and Snoop refuses to answer, while Chris tells Michael that Marlo has enough on his plate. Snoop tells Chris that Michael has a different opinion and Michael begins to say what he would want if he were Marlo. Snoop pushes him and reminds him that he is not. Chris and Snoop leave. Officers Truck and Dozerman stop for a snack and they are approached by a limping Omar. He tells the police that two drug dealers on a nearby corner are carrying weapons. Truck and Dozerman arrest the offending dealers as Omar approaches the corner through a back alley. He passes Kenard and a group of other children torturing a stray cat and all the children but Kenard flee. Omar runs the remaining drug dealers off of the corner and throws their ground stash down a drain. He walks down the block to a vacant house and demands the rest of the stash – threatening to go inside when there is no response. The stash is dropped out of the house and again Omar throws it down the drain, all the while shouting about Marlo Stanfield’s fear of facing him. Omar goes to a corner store to buy cigarettes and is shot and killed by Kenard while at the counter. Kenard drops the gun and flees the scene. Chris and Snoop cruise the streets still hunting Omar when they receive a coded message (a picture of a clock face) from Marlo to organize a meeting. Chris reports that there is no sign of Omar. Marlo is surprised to be relating the news of Omar's death to them. Snoop is annoyed and asks Marlo who killed Omar – Marlo reports that it was a young boy but doesn’t know any more detail. Marlo reminds Chris that he is planning a trip to Atlantic City to celebrate and Chris nods. At the close of the episode Omar’s corpse is at the morgue being processed by the medical examiners. One of the staff notices a tag, which lists Omar Little as an AAM (African American Male), on the bag for a Caucasian decedent who lies adjacent to Omar’s body. The assistant medical examiner realizes the tags have been confused and puts the correct tag back on Omar’s corpse before sealing the body bags. Homicide unit McNulty addresses the police commanders, Mayor Carcetti and Norman Wilson at a Comstat meeting. McNulty reports that the killer is working in Southern Baltimore because of the concentration of homeless people in those areas and relates the varied timing of the killings. Carcetti asks McNulty for leads on the missing homeless man, Larry Butler, and McNulty reports no new information despite thorough checking. Rawls asks after the FBI profile and Daniels reports that he has arranged for a visit to Quantico to discuss the case. Rawls jokes about the killers motivation and the sexual nature of the crimes. Daniels asks McNulty what else he needs to solve the case and McNulty requests surveillance teams ostensibly to follow known sex offenders and persons of interest identified at the harbor. McNulty requests Carver; Daniels wonders why he was chosen over a man from the patrol districts where the murders occurred. McNulty claims that Carver’s past experience with prolonged investigations will be an asset. Carcetti asks Daniels what they are doing to prevent further murders and abductions amongst the homeless and Daniels reassures him that they have extra cars assigned to areas where the homeless congregate and ten undercover detectives posing as homeless people. McNulty claims that he requires good undercover cars for the surveillance but that the motor pool is depleted. Carcetti authorizes car rental if necessary and leaves the meeting. Rawls jokes that they now must catch the killer but the Mayor is finally willing to pay for the police department. McNulty meets with Carver to discuss his joining the homeless murder detail. Carver asks the same question as Daniels – why choose him over a sergeant from the district where the murders occurred. McNulty admits there is “a hitch” and closes the door. Carver tells McNulty that he does not want him or any of his people to get burned. McNulty explains that he is using resources assigned to the homeless detail to assist Lester Freamon in following up a new lead on Stanfield. Carver guesses that Freamon is actually running a wiretap and McNulty denies any knowledge. Carver reveals that he gave Freamon the cell phone number Stanfield is using and McNulty continues to deny involvement. Carver guesses “the bosses stiff-armed” Freamon and is aghast that they are willing to allow the vacant murders to go unsolved. Carver asks about the paperwork and McNulty offers to handle that aspect and asks Carver to send him people willing to work. Carver nods his assent and McNulty goes to leave but Carver stops him to ask about cars and McNulty tells him the department has an account with a rental company. Carver chairs a meeting with his newly assembled surveillance teams. Officer Bobby Brown is pleased to learn that unlimited overtime is available and Dozerman quizzes Carver about the other cases they might be working on. Carver explains that the Major Crimes Unit is running a drug investigation that might need surveillance work. The officers are very pleased when Carver gives them the keys to their rented vehicles. In the homicide unit, McNulty discusses their new recruits with Freamon over the phone. Bunk approaches McNulty with a request to sign but cautions McNulty not to revel in the moment. Bunk takes the request to the crime lab and delivers it to the supervisor Rob Lowenthal, claiming that his investigation is now tied in with the homeless murders. Lowenthal agrees to prioritise the DNA matching on Bunk’s case. Kima Greggs tells McNulty they need to get on the road to Quantico. As they leave the office she asks if he has used the profiling team before and McNulty remembers one instance but derides the usefulness of the process. Greggs wonders why they are going if it is not useful and McNulty says they are doing it so they can report that they have. Greggs and McNulty discuss their relationships on the way to Quantico. McNulty asks Greggs if she misses her relationship with Cheryl and Greggs admits that she feels responsible for the end of the relationship because of her infidelity but states that she does not miss it. However, she does feel a connection to Elijah. McNulty says that kids are great and Greggs agrees before asking him about his relationship with Beadie. McNulty recalls Bunk telling him that he was no good for people (from the series 1 episode “Lessons”) and Greggs tries to soften the comment by asking if Bunk was drinking at the time – McNulty confirms that he was. The FBI profilers begin to describe their assessment by noting the inconsistencies in the killers behavior in terms of the timing of his crimes. They also recognize that the killer is unusual as previous serial killers targeting the homeless have been homeless themselves but the Baltimore killer is using a cell phone so is not likely to be homeless. The unit’s deputy director Arthur Tolan interrupts the meeting and brags about his work on high profile cases and television series like CSI. The homicide detectives are unimpressed and Tolan leaves deflated. His subordinates tell McNulty and Greggs that Tolan was the lead investigator on the Unabomber case, but the detectives remain unimpressed, as that investigation stretched over sixteen years and was broken when the perpetrator's brother came forward as an informant. The FBI agents continue the profile, which is an accurate description of McNulty: The suspect is most likely a white male in his late twenties to late thirties, who is not a college graduate, but feels superior to those with advanced education, and is likely employed in a bureaucratic entity, possibly civil or public service. They continue that he has a problem with authority and a deep-seated resentment for those that have impeded his progress professionally. The sexual nature of the killings is thought to be a secondary motivation and the lack of DNA or saliva in the bite marks suggests possible postmortem staging. The suspect is described as struggling with lasting relationships and potentially a high functioning alcoholic with alcohol being used as a trigger in the crimes. Finally they speculate that the suspect’s apparent resentment of the homeless may indicate a previous personal relationship with a homeless person or the targeting may simply be an opportunity for the killer to assert his superiority and intellectual prowess. During the description, McNulty looks slightly disturbed, as it seems to describe him quite accurately. As they leave, Greggs asks for McNulty’s opinion and he tells her the profile is "in the ballpark". Back in Baltimore, Bunk is called to the Omar Little shooting scene by Ed Norris. Women in the crowd outside are speculating that Omar was shot trying to rob the Korean owned grocery store. Crutchfield is also at the scene and tells Bunk that he should have let him give Omar the years in prison as he would have been better off. Bunk glares at Crutchfield before assessing the body. Bunk thanks Norris for the call and speculates that Omar was killed professionally. Crutchfield admits that he thought the same but that the store owner witnessed the shooting and described the perpetrator as a short adolescent with a big gun. Bunk notices that Omar’s weapons are gone and asks if the perpetrator robbed Omar. Norris explains that the young hoppers took souvenirs from the body including the weapons. Bunk notices a piece of paper and picks it up with Crutchfield’s permission. It is a list of personnel in Stanfield’s organization and their corners. It includes Marlo, Chris, Monk, Cheese, Snoop, O-Dog, Savino, Cherry and Vincent. Savino’s name is crossed out. Bunk looks at the body and speculates that Omar was back on the hunt. McNulty returns from Quantico to an empty house. He finds a note from Beadie that reads "Jimmy, one possible future. Be back tomorrow or the next day. Or not. Think about it B". McNulty is horrified as intended. Lowenthal calls Bunk back to the crime lab the next day and reports a match to Chris Partlow from DNA found on Devar Manigault’s body. Lowenthal tells Bunk that he recognizes the name from the vacant murders but is aware there is no real link to the homeless killings. Lowenthal warns Bunk not to play him again. Bunk delivers Omar’s list to McNulty and tells him about Omar’s death. Bunk tells McNulty that Omar was hunting the Stanfield organization and offers the list as payback for McNulty’s assistance with the lab. McNulty asks Bunk to hold back on the Partlow murder warrant to allow Freamon to make a break in the Stanfield investigation and Bunk reluctantly agrees. Bunk tells McNulty that he made his case the honest way and McNulty claims that without the fake serial killer Bunk would still be awaiting the lab work. Ray Barlow approaches McNulty to ask for money to pursue an out of town lead over the weekend based on a case similar to a murdered transvestite. McNulty notices differences in the evidence and refuses. Barlow admits that he really wants to travel for a golf game and threatens to expose McNulty if he does not grant the funding request, so McNulty hesitantly agrees. McNulty readies to leave the office when Gregg comes in carrying a pile of paperwork. She is planning to spend the evening working on the serial killer case and review the files on known sex offenders and the background information on persons of interest present at the harbor when the call was traced to compare them to the FBI profile. McNulty pulls Greggs into an interview room and comes clean about making up the serial killer. Greggs tries to tell McNulty he cannot carry on with his plan but McNulty tries to reassure her that it will all be over soon. McNulty offers Greggs a share of his resources to work her own cases and then leaves. McNulty finds himself alone at Russell’s house again that evening and gets a call from Detective Christeson to thank him for the manpower he provided. Christeson has made an arrest on his case. Russell eventually returns with her children late in the evening. She refuses to tell McNulty where she has been and warns him that next time he will be the one to leave as she owns the house. Russell warns McNulty that his family and closest friends are the only ones who will remember him when he is gone and that his colleagues and associates will not be at his wake. She urges him to reconsider his priorities. McNulty admits that he fabricated the serial killer. He tells her that he felt frustrated with his position when the Stanfield case was shut down and admits that he is unsure where his anger comes from or how he can make it stop. He explains that he has channeled funding to Freamon to continue the Stanfield investigation and admits that he cannot stand his actions. Russell warns of the possibility of McNulty being imprisoned for his actions and is angry that he potentially implicated her by telling her. McNulty begins to tell Russell that he initially thought of himself as the hero of the story but then realized he was wrong, she goes back inside the house as he is talking. Major Crimes Unit Freamon intercepts the coded message from Marlo to organize a meeting with Chris. He calls Sydnor to see where the surveillance teams are and Sydnor reports that they are still setting up. Sydnor continues the briefing and assigns Dozerman and Truck to follow Monk Metcalf, Bobby and Brian to follow Chris and Snoop with Karen and Tony to pick up Snoop if they split up. Marcus and Angela will serve as back-up while Sydnor tails Marlo himself. Sydnor describes the organization's typical pattern and tells his people where they can usually find their targets at the beginning of each day. Sydnor reminds his people that they are being covered by McNulty for paperwork and that the evidence they gather will not be needed at trial – it is just to uncover the pattern in the meetings. Freamon meets with the Maryland US Attorney with the evidence from the Davis investigation, hoping to take the case federal now that local prosecution has failed. FBI supervisor Amanda Reese and Agent Fitzhugh are also present. The prosecutor refuses to take the case because Bond has recast Davis as a martyr for the black community and made much of the federal casework inadmissible as the state senator has been found not guilty. Freamon returns to manning the picture intercepts and finds a coded message from Stanfield with a clock face showing 10:55:34. He calls Sydnor to see which of their targets is moving and Sydnor reports that Marlo is driving Eastbound on Baltimore Street. Freamon asks about Monk and Sydnor learns from Dozerman that Monk is Southbound on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Freamon records the timing and targets involved in the meeting. Sydnor observes the meeting, which is at the corner of Argyle and Dolphin. Freamon records a new incoming message to Marlo reading 4:40:35. The other targets are all stationary and not using phones so Freamon speculates that there is someone on the network they have yet to uncover. Later Freamon intercepts another message reading 5:15:35. Sydnor has lost Stanfield following a traffic incident. McNulty arrives at the office and tells Freamon about Bunk getting the murder warrant on Partlow. Freamon is concerned that an arrest could drive the Stanfield Organization to change their pattern but McNulty reassures him that Bunk agreed to hold the warrant for them. McNulty also reports Omar’s death and delivers his list to Freamon. Freamon recognizes Cheese Wagstaff’s name. Freamon had realized Stanfield was wholesaling to other dealers but McNulty theorizes that the note shows him as being part of Stanfield’s organization. McNulty prepares to leave and admits that he has told Greggs about the plan. Freamon is shocked that McNulty has told another person and asks how she took it. McNulty shakes his head and leaves. Sydnor tries to pick up Stanfield by checking the location of the other surveillance cars. Karen reports that they have tailed Snoop to Edgecomb Circle in the Northwestern District but Freamon does not recognize the location. Sydnor pulls out an atlas to find it and realizes that the page number corresponds to the code the dealers are using. After work Freamon tracks Clay Davis to a bar. Freamon asks the Senator’s companion to give them privacy while Davis buys drinks and Freamon then surprises Davis on his return. Davis is initially jocular about his recent victory in the court case until Freamon threatens him with the prospect of renewing the charges at the federal level and adding the false information on the Davis’ mortgage application. Davis assumes Freamon is trying to blackmail him for money and Freamon tells him that he will instead have to give answers in a few nights' time. Freamon returns to the office to find that Sydnor has cracked the clock code. The time gives a location to meet only with the second hand indicating the atlas page, the hour hand the longitude (1 to 11 corresponding to grid squares A to K) and the minute hand intervals the latitude (with five minute intervals indicating the grid square). Each grid square has a prearranged meeting location. Sydnor is perplexed that the code gives only a location and not a time to meet and Freamon postulates that the meetings are to happen within an hour of the message being sent because the locations are tightly grouped within a half hour of driving of one another. Freamon makes a connection between the messages where none of the surveillance teams saw a subject moving. He recognizes that the second hand is always on 35, indicating the page for East Baltimore in the atlas and guesses that Cheese is involved in the East Side meetings. Sydnor is surprised to hear Cheese’s name in connection to Stanfield. Before Freamon can explain Greggs arrives. She chastises Freamon for his involvement and refuses to listen to any explanation - telling her colleagues she is not good with the plan before exiting. Dukie Dukie walks down the street kicking a can. He passes a sporting goods store and goes in. He asks the salesman, Malik “Poot” Carr, if there is any work available. Poot asks his age and Dukie claims he is 18 - Poot laughs at him and Dukie admits that he is only 15. Poot explains that the manager will not hire anyone under 17. Dukie goes to leave and Poot stops him having recognised him as a friend of Namond Brice. Poot tells Dukie that he used to run the Fayette corners and Dukie remembers him. Poot explains that he eventually got tired and then recommends that Dukie return to the street for a while and return when he is older. Dukie leaves the store and continues on down the street. Dukie has similar results at other stores and restaurants but finds a junk man struggling to lift a fridge. When Dukie injures his hand helping the man offers to pay him ten dollars to work for the rest of the day. Dukie is dropped off at Bug’s school at the end of the day and Bug is surprised by his new career as an arabber. The junk man offers Dukie more work the next day. Politics Mayor Tommy Carcetti and Steintorf meet with their budget adviser to discuss freeing up funding for the police department now that the homeless murders are their priority. The budget adviser suggests cutting funding for public works and snow removal to avoid cutting school funding. Carcetti checks that police operations will be fully funded and the adviser confirms that the department funding will be back at the level before the cuts. Steintorf comments that it is time to focus on crime to avoid leaving them vulnerable to criticism. The budget adviser reassures Carcetti that the homelessness issue is gaining him traction and recalls the governor being criticized for cutting funding to programs aimed at preventing homelessness. Carcetti tells his advisers that he is going to be giving a speech at a candlelight vigil for the homeless later that week. Norman Wilson arrives at the meeting bearing bad news. He has been called by a Washington Post reporter seeking comment on a story about a Prince George’s (PG) County politician named Dobey opposing Carcetti’s party nomination as the Democratic candidate for governor. Wilson has also learned that Congressman Upshaw may support Dobey creating a greater threat to Carcetti. Steintorf doubts that Dobey could take the state house but worries that a battle in the Democratic primary would cost them much needed resources for their own campaign against the Republican incumbent. Wilson asks Carcetti who he met with when he visited PG County last month to drum up support. Carcetti’s contacts are all white and Wilson suggests that Carcetti will have to quell the potential insurrection. Carcetti and Wilson travel to PG County and meet with Congressman Upshaw. Carcetti promises to do whatever it takes to make their relationship right and asks why Upshaw would back Dobey when it hurts everyone. Upshaw clarifies that he thinks it would only really hurt Carcetti. The two elected politicians share an animosity for the governor. Carcetti gives the congressman his word that their frustration will end when he is elected but Upshaw tells Carcetti it will cost a lot more than his word to keep PG County in his camp. Back in Baltimore, Carcetti meets with Nerese Campbell and Clay Davis to discuss the threat from Dobey. Campbell and Davis appear friendly but use the opportunity to secure promises from Carcetti in exchange for their support against Dobey. Campbell asks for Carcetti’s endorsement to replace him as Mayor while Davis asks for three seats on the liquor board and Carcetti offers him one. Davis offers to raise funds for Carcetti’s campaign in exchange for a second seat and Carcetti remarks that he is afraid of the damage that Davis can do with two seats on the liquor board and Davis pretends Carcetti is joking. At the vigil Carcetti gives a rousing speech about the issue of homelessness and the serial killer plaguing the homeless population. Campbell, Wilson and Steintorf look on approvingly and Scott Templeton is also taking notes from the audience. Carcetti returns home and quickly reviews his performance on the television news. His wife Jen congratulates him on the performance. Carcetti tells her about the negative aspects of his day with the compromises he has been forced to make to fend off opposition from Dobey. Jen is disappointed as Carcetti told her he would prefer to endorse Bond over Campbell. Carcetti reveals that Upshaw has asked for a pledge to send half of any federal funding for Baltimore for schools or crime to Prince George's County. Jen is horrified at the prospect of giving up so much of Baltimore City’s needed funding but Carcetti rationalizes that if he does not get elected then Baltimore will receive nothing. The Baltimore Sun City Desk Editor Gus Haynes smokes on the loading dock with Jeff Price and Bill Zorzi. They discuss Templeton’s recent phone call from the homeless serial killer and Price jokes that he once interviewed a psychopath too – Dick Cheney. Zorzi asks Haynes if Templeton is telling the story straight and Haynes cites the police involvement as supportive of Templeton’s story. Price brings up the photographs Templeton was sent. Zorzi remarks that they will be writing about the homeless until December. Price is confused and Haynes explains that the Pulitzer Prize submissions follow the calendar year and that the paper will remain focused on one issue until the submission deadline passes. As Haynes returns to the office Jay Spry stops him to pass on a message from the reception desk - a visitor wants to discuss Templeton’s story about a homeless Iraq veteran. Haynes’ suggests that Templeton should take the meeting but Spry explains that the man claims Templeton has been avoiding his calls. Haynes reluctantly heads downstairs and greets the visitor. It is Terry Hanning, the subject of Templeton’s story. Haynes tells Hanning it is an honor to meet him but Hanning does not shake his hand and asks who he is. When Hanning learns that Haynes edited the piece he calls him a liar. Haynes arranges a face to face meeting between Hanning and Templeton and sits in on the discussion. Hanning angrily confronts Templeton about a fabricated element in the story - Templeton has written that Hanning’s unit was in a firefight when Hanning clearly told him in episode 57 “Took” that his vehicle was hit by an elevated IED (Improvised Explosive Device) injuring his comrades and that there was no further action. Hanning is aggressively confrontational when Templeton claims that his notes show otherwise. Templeton repeatedly asks to be allowed to finish and then threatens to end the discussion if he is not allowed to tell his side of the story. This prompts Hanning to deliver the epigraph “A lie ain’t a side of a story. It’s just a lie.” Haynes asks both men to calm down and asks Hanning about his alcohol consumption – Hanning angrily asserts that he would not sleep under a bridge sober. Haynes sympathetically explains that when he is drinking he has a tendency to embellish a story. Hanning agrees that is often the case when telling a story but claims that there are certain things that happen and are never altered in the retelling. Templeton again tries to convince Hanning that their conversation was different from what Hanning remembers. Hanning responds by asking Templeton what would happen if one of the Marines he served with read the story and notices the fabrication. Templeton has no response and Hanning asks for him to leave. Outside Haynes tells Templeton that they will investigate the complaint by checking Hanning’s service record and verifying the story with the men he served alongside. Haynes insists that they will attribute the complaint to a misunderstanding but that if any of the details of Templeton’s story prove to be incorrect then they will print a correction. Templeton is annoyed with the outcome while Hanning remains distraught. Haynes reenters and Hanning tells Haynes that Templeton also lied during the meeting – they were drinking chocolate milk when he told the story and not coffee as Templeton claimed. Haynes edits a story from Mike Fletcher about homelessness in the city and compliments the work. Fletcher remains modest and reveals that he was helped by a source – Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins and says that he felt that he would make a good story. Haynes is intrigued by the details Fletcher has so far and asks his reporter to spend some time with Bubbles and see what comes of it. Fletcher worries about the rest of his beat and Haynes reassures him that he will be covered for a couple of weeks. Gutierrez arrives with some late-breaking police stories - the murder of 34-year-old Omar Little in a grocery store and a row house fire that killed two. Haynes checks what space remains in the paper and then tells Gutierrez to write a short story on the fire only. At the end of the day Haynes edits Templeton’s story from the homeless vigil and is disappointed to see that the anecdote in his lead has been attributed to an unnamed source despite the vigil being a public assembly that was well-attended. Haynes approaches his line manager, Metro Desk Editor Steven Luxenberg, and tells him that he plans to remove the lead because it violates the paper’s sourcing policy and asks for Luxenberg to back him up when the inevitable confrontation occurs. Luxenberg agrees with Haynes’ decision. Haynes calls Templeton over and gives him the news. Templeton asks Haynes to consider the quality of the quote in the lead and Haynes tells Templeton that the outstanding quality is part of his concern. Templeton says “to hell with you if you think I made it up” and Haynes explains that the lead violates the sourcing policy. Templeton angrily returns to his desk and makes a display of his anger. Templeton’s posturing attracts Thomas Klebanow’s attention. After a discussion with Templeton, Klebanow approaches Haynes. Haynes is quick to state his case and when Klebanow asks for further discussion Haynes explains that he has already had the discussion with Luxenberg. Haynes tells Klebanow that he feels that he has done his job and followed the paper’s sourcing policy but that as Managing Editor Klebanow can overturn the decision. Haynes then leaves the newsroom. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 7 - Took

McNulty's Serial Killer Jimmy McNulty, Lester Freamon, and Leander Sydnor devise a plan to have McNulty call Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Templeton acting as the faux homeless serial killer and act upset about his articles painting him in a sexual light and declaring that no more bodies will be found in the city, instead he will simply send pictures of his victims (via cell phone). In both the newspaper and police offices the bosses tell their troops that they have been assured that they will have the resources to follow the case/story to its end and that it is a top priority. Freamon is given technology to intercept the cell phone images which he uses on his illegal Marlo tap, running up against a tougher code than he expected consisting of nothing but a stopped clock face and he needs more man power for surveillance to see what they're doing and where they're going after they receive these messages from The Greek. McNulty, knowing the case is one big facade, sends the surveillance teams to Freamon while allocating the extra man power assigned to (and forced on) him to allow other detectives to get "real police work" done; giving the detectives the overtime they have sorely needed. Unfortunately, the added attention begins to be too much for McNulty as the bosses offer him more and more men and, eventually, the fact that he's giving away time gets out and people come looking for it. Bunk Detective "Bunk" Moreland refuses to attend a mandatory meeting about the homeless murders, knowing their true nature, opting instead to work on his 22 open murders going back to the previous year. Sergeant Ellis Carver takes Michael Lee off of his corner, "giftwrapping" him for Bunk so he can ask about his dead stepfather. Michael provides Bunk with nothing new which only adds to Bunk's unhappiness with everything going on with McNulty–including his inability to get lab results back due to the homeless murders taking precedence. Omar Omar Little traps former Barksdale and current Stanfield soldier Savino Bratton, who states that he wasn't there when Chris Partlow and Snoop tortured and killed Butchie. Omar suggests that he wouldn't have tried to help the situation anyway. Bratton remains silent so after a moment of consideration Omar kills him. Later, in broad daylight, Omar limps on a crutch to confront Michael's corner, visibly scaring them. He tells Michael to tell Marlo that he killed Savino, and that he'll take out all his muscle until Marlo comes at him himself. After he walks off Kenard is the only one in less than awe. Newspaper Gus Haynes consults Major Dennis Mello, an old friend, in a cop bar about someone—hypothetically—going through the court system with a false name. Mello points out that arrest sheets carry fingerprints and photos making such a thing near impossible, casting doubt on Scott Templeton's story that his original "crab lady" story was correct. Rebecca Corbett and Gus later both show disgust at Templeton's story about his night living with the homeless. Gus sends Mike Fletcher off to research the homeless as well, not specifically for a story, and he winds up at the same kitchen Templeton was at and Bubbles is working at. Bubbles informs him it's not really a place for homeless persons, which comes as a surprise to him, but offers to take him around later. They meet under the same expressway overpass Templeton previously visited, and Fletcher spends some time talking to the homeless in the area. When he offers to pay Bubbles, Bubbles turns him down, telling him "write it how it feels." Clay Davis's Trial State Senator Clay Davis hires high power attorney Billy Murphy to represent him in his case, attempting to sway him to his side by "offering" to be indicted federally to make it a bigger case. Davis arrives at the courthouse with a copy of Prometheus Bound, comparing himself to the titular character (and mispronouncing both the name of the main character and author). During the actual trial the state presents their evidence and testimony from former Davis driver Damien Lavelle "Day Day" Price–who states that he returned his charity salaries to Davis in cash. Taking the stand himself, Davis charms the jury; saying he withdrew cash simply so that it would be on hand for him to dispense to needy constituents. To the shock of Bond and Pearlman, Davis is found not-guilty. Greggs Detective Kima Greggs, assigned to the homeless killings full time, spends an entire day getting background information on the confirmed victims which "ruins her whole week." After she has plans to keep her son Elijah for the night and asks McNulty where to get children's furniture. He tells her Ikea, but fails to inform her that their furniture must be assembled. After a false start she gets the bed up and, when Elijah can't sleep, sits with him in the apartment window (an homage to a scene in the film Clockers, which was based on the Richard Price novel of the same name) saying good night to the denizens of the inner city a la Goodnight Moon. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 6 - The Dickensian Aspect

Stanfield Organization Marlo's crew searches in vain for Omar Little, who seems to have vanished after leaping off the condo balcony. New Day Co-op At the New Day Co-Op's first meeting since Prop Joe's murder, Marlo claims Omar killed Joe and heightens the bounty on Omar's head. He further announces that he now controls the incoming drug connection, that all future Co-Op meetings are cancelled, and that the wholesale drug price will be increased. Omar Omar, his leg badly injured, had hidden himself in a utility closet, limping out on a makeshift crutch. He threatens Fat Face Rick and takes his gun, telling Rick to spread the word that Marlo is too cowardly to face Omar directly. Rick asks Omar if he, like Marlo said, was responsible for the deaths of Prop Joe and Hungry Man. Omar chuckles at the comment which reassures Rick about his original suspicions about Marlo's story. Later, with Rick's gun, Omar wounds a Stanfield soldier, steals a cash pickup, and sets it on fire inside an SUV to show he is motivated by vengeance rather than greed. Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun Editors Whiting and Klebanow encourage Scott, who is receiving national media attention for his part in the serial killer story, to write a follow-up article. Scott suggests spending a night among the homeless, though Gus thinks this is a weak basis for a story. Scott passes the night under an overpass and interviews Terry, a homeless Iraq War veteran with PTSD. Gus is surprised with the quality of Scott's writing, but remains skeptical of his reporting overall, asking Scott to pursue a lead on a new development in the case of the woman who died from bad seafood. Scott later claims to have investigated the matter and that the lead was false, but his explanation only makes Gus more suspicious. Homicide McNulty comments to Bunk about how the serial killer story is now big news, and notes that Scott made up a few details of his own. Bunk, thoroughly disgusted with McNulty's phony killer, dives back into the old murder cases tied to Marlo's crew. Kima tells Bunk that an informer blamed the Stanfield Organization for her triple homicide as well. Bunk and Kima then are frustrated to learn from the medical examiner that the evidence from the row houses has become irrevocably jumbled due to human error. Bunk goes to Randy Wagstaff's group home, but Randy has been hardened by life there and refuses to cooperate with police on Lex's murder. Bunk then investigates the killing of Devar, Bug's father, and interviews Michael's mother Raylene. She says that Michael, Chris, and Snoop are responsible. Det. Holley also gives Bunk a folder of sealed grand jury indictments found in a desk in Prop Joe's shop. Politics Mayor Carcetti hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony for portside condos where he is heckled by ex-dockworkers, including Nick Sobotka. Later, Carcetti gives a press conference to a national media audience about the serial killer (which he complains is better-attended than the earlier, upbeat ceremony was). He gives a rousing speech, vowing to protect the homeless and stop the killer. Daniels promises the journalists present that more resources will be allocated to pursuing the suspect. Steintorf and Norman suggest that running on defending the homeless may be Carcetti's key to getting elected Governor. Pearlman is given the stolen indictments found in Prop Joe's desk by Daniels. She later shows them to State's Attorney Bond and declares that there is a leak in the courthouse. McNulty's Serial Killer McNulty and Pearlman go to Judge Phelan to obtain wiretap authorization for the Sun's phones, which Phelan denies, not wanting the press to go after him. Freamon reveals the illegal wiretap to Sydnor, who reluctantly agrees to help with the illicit investigation. Lester determines that Marlo is sending photos, but a new wiretap authorization is needed to see what is being sent. McNulty says they need to fake another murder. However, with police now arriving on the scene immediately whenever a homeless person turns up dead, McNulty finds he can no longer tamper with the evidence. Instead, he develops a plan when he comes across a mentally ill homeless man named Larry. McNulty and Freamon plot to photograph Larry with the "killer"'s trademark ribbon around his wrist, after which Larry will never be seen again; the killer, according to the cover story, will now only send photos of his victims to the press, and their bodies will not be found. McNulty gives Larry $100 and drives him down to a homeless shelter in Richmond, Virginia, giving him a stolen identity card. As he leaves, he feels a pang of guilt over what he has done to the man. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 5 - React Quotes

Stanfield Organization Marlo Stanfield assumes Proposition Joe's position as The Greeks narcotics distributor in Baltimore. Stanfield is given a phone and is shown how to communicate with The Greeks without speaking by Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos. Stanfield continues to use Maurice Levy to launder money and gives Levy his new cell phone number. Defense investigator Thomas "Herc" Hauk copies the number after hours. Chris Partlow tells his family he is going away and then prepares an ambush in "Monk" Metcalf's apartment for Omar Little. Dukie Duquan "Dukie" Weems gets beaten up by Spider. Michael Lee takes him to Dennis "Cutty" Wise's gym to learn how to defend himself. Cutty tries to explain to Dukie that his intelligence gives him some prospects. Michael also tries to teach Dukie how to shoot but recommends that his friend avoid using guns. Clay Davis Rupert Bond holds a press conference to announce the Clay Davis corruption charges. Nerese Campbell convinces Davis to take the weight of the charges himself and Davis begins a publicity campaign trying to discredit the charges as being based on his race. Bubbles Bubbles is concerned about serving food at Viva House and takes an AIDS test. He is disbelieving when he gets the all clear and Walon tells him to let go of his shame over Sherrod's death. McNulty's serial killer case Herc gives Marlo's cell phone number to his friend and old partner in the police department Ellis Carver. Carver delivers the number to Lester Freamon, but Freamon is unsuccessful in convincing Cedric Daniels to approach the Mayor and request a new investigation into Stanfield. Jimmy McNulty invents more details about his fake serial killer and leaks the story to Alma Gutierrez who involves Scott Templeton. The resulting story draws some attention to the case and Daniels appeals to Mayor Tommy Carcetti for resources. Carcetti is reluctant to spend money on it and only Kima Greggs is assigned to assist McNulty. McNulty tells Greggs to keep working her own cases. Freamon approaches McNulty with Stanfield's cell phone number and the two decide to stage a phone call from the killer to give them probable cause for a wiretap. When Templeton fakes a call from the serial killer to his cell phone McNulty seizes on the opportunity to get the wiretap and the story takes the front page. Freamon sets up a disconnected wiretap in the homicide unit that they believe is monitoring the fake killer's cell phone while Freamon uses the court paperwork to set up his own wiretap on Stanfield's phone. Templeton is assigned to canvass the homeless but has little success and invents a family of four using one man's name. McNulty Elena confronts McNulty about his failing relationship with Beadie Russell while Russell seeks advice from Bunk Moreland as she is not quite ready to give up on McNulty. Omar Omar spends several nights watching Monk's home with Butchie's friend Donnie, both are unaware of the ambush. Omar finally breaks in to the apartment when he believes Monk is alone. Donnie is shot and killed and Omar shoots O-Dog in the leg. Omar is trapped by a hail of fire from Partlow, Snoop and Michael and Omar jumps from the third floor balcony to escape. He is presumed dead, but when Chris, Snoop and Michael look down from the balcony, Omar is gone. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 4 - Transitions

Homicide Jimmy McNulty and Lester Freamon collaborate on raising the profile of their fake serial killer. They conduct actual canvassing among the homeless as a cover. Freamon sensationalizes the idea by adding a sexual motive and supplies a set of dentures to create bite marks. Freamon also recruits his old patrol partner to look out for bodies. They soon have their next fake victim and McNulty mocks up the crime scene and mutilates the body to imply another murder. McNulty's binge drinking and infidelity are noticed by his domestic partner Beadie Russell. Kima Greggs finds the child survivor in her case too withdrawn to help and decides to spend more time with her ex-partner Cheryl's son Elijah. Western district Officer Anthony Colicchio attacks a motorist who irritates him while he tries to arrest Michael Lee's drug dealing crew. The motorist turns out to be an elementary school teacher who then files a police brutality complaint against Colicchio. Sergeant Ellis Carver offers to help Colicchio through the subsequent internal investigation but Colicchio remains unrepentant. Carver decides Colicchio's behavior cannot continue unchecked and charges Colicchio himself. Thomas "Herc" Hauk later appeals to Carver for leniency but Carver explains his new philosophy that their actions as police are always important. Herc expresses regret over his own misdeeds leading to his dismissal. Michael Michael is signed out of holding by his mother but refuses to give her money. Major crimes Leander Sydnor uncovers new evidence in the Clay Davis investigation. Rupert Bond decides not to file the new charge as it would mean allowing a federal prosecution and would cost him the opportunity to raise his political profile. Bond has Rhonda Pearlman hold a grand jury deposition for Davis. Bond stages a photo opportunity as Davis leaves the court house to mark Davis as his target. Baltimore Sun Scott Templeton unsuccessfully interviews for a position with The Washington Post. Upon his return the staff at The Baltimore Sun rush to catch up on the Davis story after being left out of the loop. Politics Mayor Tommy Carcetti must grant favors to Nerese Campbell and the politically influential ministers to smooth the transitions in the police department. Cedric Daniels remains concerned that Ervin Burrell will expose his history of unexplained income and destroy his chances of becoming commissioner. Daniels appeals to Burrell but receives the silent treatment. Burrell gives the file on Daniels' past to Campbell. Campbell convinces Burrell to leave the department quietly with the promise of a well-paid replacement position. New Day Co-Op Marlo Stanfield convinces The Greeks to consider him as an insurance policy for handling their supply of narcotics into Baltimore. Stanfield's rival "Proposition Joe" Stewart fears reprisal from Omar Little following the death of Butchie and decides to leave town. Stanfield asks Proposition Joe to teach him more about money laundering and is introduced to attorney Maurice Levy. Omar returns to Baltimore and quickly ascertains that Stanfield was behind Butchie's death. Stanfield observes Hungry Man and Cheese arguing over territory at a New Day Co-Op meeting. Stanfield continues to court Cheese's loyalty and has Chris Partlow capture Hungry Man and deliver him for Cheese to murder. Cheese reciprocates by revealing Proposition Joe's location. Stanfield and Partlow surprise Proposition Joe as he prepares to leave town. Stanfield watches while Partlow kills Proposition Joe. Omar Omar returns to Baltimore to avenge Butchie's murder and Donnie offers to help. Initially suspecting Proposition Joe, Omar confronts Slim Charles in an apartment complex but Slim is able to persuade Omar that Prop Joe had no involvement in Butchie's death. Slim Charles suggests Marlo was behind the murder. Later, Omar and Donnie visit Marlo's court in hiding and decide to go after Monk Metcalf. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 4 - Transitions

Homicide Jimmy McNulty and Lester Freamon collaborate on raising the profile of their fake serial killer. They conduct actual canvassing among the homeless as a cover. Freamon sensationalizes the idea by adding a sexual motive and supplies a set of dentures to create bite marks. Freamon also recruits his old patrol partner to look out for bodies. They soon have their next fake victim and McNulty mocks up the crime scene and mutilates the body to imply another murder. McNulty's binge drinking and infidelity are noticed by his domestic partner Beadie Russell. Kima Greggs finds the child survivor in her case too withdrawn to help and decides to spend more time with her ex-partner Cheryl's son Elijah. Western district Officer Anthony Colicchio attacks a motorist who irritates him while he tries to arrest Michael Lee's drug dealing crew. The motorist turns out to be an elementary school teacher who then files a police brutality complaint against Colicchio. Sergeant Ellis Carver offers to help Colicchio through the subsequent internal investigation but Colicchio remains unrepentant. Carver decides Colicchio's behavior cannot continue unchecked and charges Colicchio himself. Thomas "Herc" Hauk later appeals to Carver for leniency but Carver explains his new philosophy that their actions as police are always important. Herc expresses regret over his own misdeeds leading to his dismissal. Michael Michael is signed out of holding by his mother but refuses to give her money. Major crimes Leander Sydnor uncovers new evidence in the Clay Davis investigation. Rupert Bond decides not to file the new charge as it would mean allowing a federal prosecution and would cost him the opportunity to raise his political profile. Bond has Rhonda Pearlman hold a grand jury deposition for Davis. Bond stages a photo opportunity as Davis leaves the court house to mark Davis as his target. Baltimore Sun Scott Templeton unsuccessfully interviews for a position with The Washington Post. Upon his return the staff at The Baltimore Sun rush to catch up on the Davis story after being left out of the loop. Politics Mayor Tommy Carcetti must grant favors to Nerese Campbell and the politically influential ministers to smooth the transitions in the police department. Cedric Daniels remains concerned that Ervin Burrell will expose his history of unexplained income and destroy his chances of becoming commissioner. Daniels appeals to Burrell but receives the silent treatment. Burrell gives the file on Daniels' past to Campbell. Campbell convinces Burrell to leave the department quietly with the promise of a well-paid replacement position. New Day Co-Op Marlo Stanfield convinces The Greeks to consider him as an insurance policy for handling their supply of narcotics into Baltimore. Stanfield's rival "Proposition Joe" Stewart fears reprisal from Omar Little following the death of Butchie and decides to leave town. Stanfield asks Proposition Joe to teach him more about money laundering and is introduced to attorney Maurice Levy. Omar returns to Baltimore and quickly ascertains that Stanfield was behind Butchie's death. Stanfield observes Hungry Man and Cheese arguing over territory at a New Day Co-Op meeting. Stanfield continues to court Cheese's loyalty and has Chris Partlow capture Hungry Man and deliver him for Cheese to murder. Cheese reciprocates by revealing Proposition Joe's location. Stanfield and Partlow surprise Proposition Joe as he prepares to leave town. Stanfield watches while Partlow kills Proposition Joe. Omar Omar returns to Baltimore to avenge Butchie's murder and Donnie offers to help. Initially suspecting Proposition Joe, Omar confronts Slim Charles in an apartment complex but Slim is able to persuade Omar that Prop Joe had no involvement in Butchie's death. Slim Charles suggests Marlo was behind the murder. Later, Omar and Donnie visit Marlo's court in hiding and decide to go after Monk Metcalf. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 3 - Not for Attribution

McNulty Detective Jimmy McNulty continues his efforts to create the illusion of a serial killer and draw attention and funding for the police department. He falsifies a connection between two old cases involving homeless victims and the decedent he strangled. The plan fails when both the media and his superiors are uninterested. Bunk Moreland remains outraged at McNulty’s plan and after several attempts to talk him out of it enlists the help of Lester Freamon. This strategy backfires when Freamon makes suggestions to improve McNulty’s plan by sensationalizing the killer. Politics Deputy Commissioner of Administration Stanislaus Valchek leaks department statistics to Mayor Tommy Carcetti that indicate a rising crime rate. When Commissioner Ervin Burrell delivers manipulated statistics to Carcetti, the Mayor finally has the political ammunition he needs to fire Burrell. He plans to replace Burrell with Cedric Daniels but is worried that he will not be accepted by Burrell’s supporters. Carcetti has ex-reporter Norman Wilson leak news of the plan to Sun editor Gus Haynes to test the waters. Grand jury depositions are held in preparation for the Clay Davis trial while Davis tries desperately to convince his former allies to protect him. Baltimore Sun Alma Gutierrez is disappointed when her story on the Junebug triple homicide doesn’t make the front page. The Baltimore Sun faces major budgetary cuts from its owners and copes by closing foreign bureaus and offering reporters "buy-outs" to leave their jobs. One reporter forced to accept a buy-out is crime beat veteran Roger Twigg. Twigg puts his institutional knowledge into play for a final time to deliver the commissioner story. Scott Templeton is disappointed when Twigg is given the story and responds by producing a strongly worded react quote which implicates Daniels in deposing Burrell. Daniels is mortified by the quote and confides in his ex-wife Marla Daniels about his fears that Burrell will use information about corruption in his past to end his career. Michael Michael Lee is withdrawn following his involvement in the killings and Duquan "Dukie" Weems convinces him that the two of them should take Bug on a day trip to Six Flags America in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Michael hires a hack cab to transport them to and from Six Flags. The three boys enjoy the rides and games at the park, winning stuffed animal prizes at one of the carnival-style booths. The two older boys also meet and flirt with similarly-aged girls from Fairfax County, Virginia, an affluent Washington suburb. Upon their return, Michael is reprimanded by Monk for leaving his drug dealing corner untended. Stanfield Organization Marlo Stanfield approaches Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos with a monetary gift which is rejected because the bundled bills are "dirty". Stanfield seeks help from Proposition Joe both in acquiring clean bills and laundering his money. Stanfield also offers a bounty on anyone connected to Omar Little. Joe accommodates Stanfield's financial requests but avoids helping him find Omar. Stanfield visits the Antilles to check on his laundered money and gives a second, clean gift to The Greeks. Joe tells his nephew, Cheese, that he fears provoking Omar into returning to Baltimore. Cheese ignores his wishes and gives Chris Partlow information on Omar's associate Butchie in secret. Partlow and Snoop torture and kill Butchie, leaving a witness alive to ensure that word of their actions reaches Omar. Omar The message sent by Chris and Snoop finds Omar in idyllic retirement with Renaldo and shatters his peace. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap The Wire: Season 5, Episode 2 - Unconfirmed Reports

Bubbles Bubbles attends a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. He follows a speaker named Dee-Dee who discusses her struggle with her inner addict and her inability to maintain a personal code because of her addiction. Bubbles is engaging and humorous but unable to discuss an emotional memory. Walon tries to convince Bubbles that he has to share the tragedy of Sherrod's death in order to move on. Walon convinces Bubbles to at least occupy his time and he volunteers at a local soup kitchen. Baltimore Sun Scott Templeton plans a color piece about the Baltimore Orioles opening game. He fails to find a suitable subject and returns with an unverifiable story about an orphaned wheelchair user truanting to attend. Gus Haynes questions the piece's credibility, but is forced to print it after James Whiting gives his approval. Stanfield Organization Marlo Stanfield meets with Chris Partlow and Snoop about the withdrawal of the year-long police investigation. Stanfield decides to reassert his authority and orders several murders and luring Omar Little out of retirement. Snoop, Partlow and Michael Lee watch the house of one of Stanfield's targets named June Bug. Michael questions the necessity of the murder and is admonished by Snoop. Snoop and Partlow disable the street's security cameras, stage a home invasion and kill the three adults inside. Two children escape - one hides in a closet and another flees via the back door. Michael is guarding the rear but does not shoot the child, defying Chris's orders. Previously, Snoop had carried out the murder of a rival drug dealer. Stanfield visits MCI Jessup to see Sergei Malatov, but finds Avon Barksdale waiting in his place. Barksdale tells Stanfield that in order for him to talk to Malatov, Stanfield has to give his sister $100,000. Stanfield agrees and later talks to a defiant Malatov. Stanfield convinces Malatov, with encouragement from Avon, to give him a line to Vondas. Politics Commissioner Burrell struggles to deliver clean statistics and accommodate budget cutbacks. Burrell alienates Clay Davis by refusing to interfere in his corruption case. Mayor Carcetti plans a run for governor despite the city's fiscal difficulties; Odell Watkins expresses disappointment at his attitude. Major Crimes Unit Detectives Freamon and Sydnor are still preparing the Davis case for court. Freamon believes this type of sprawling and interconnected case is career defining but also spends his own time surveilling known Stanfield meeting places. Jimmy McNulty desperately wants to return to the Stanfield case and is increasingly frustrated in the homicide unit. Freamon and McNulty meet with FBI agent Terrence Fitzhugh seeking support for their investigation but have no success. They bitterly drown their sorrows with Bunk afterwards. Homicide McNulty is assigned a natural death and learns at the morgue that postmortem pressure on the neck is indistinguishable from deliberate strangulation. Later, Detective Greggs is assigned to June Bug's homicide and finds a child hiding in the closet, showing a rare moment of unveiled compassion by embracing the child and evacuating him from the building, creating the evocative image used in the title sequence. McNulty and Bunk Moreland are assigned a probable overdose. McNulty goes to his car and drinks some whiskey he had in the trunk. He goes back to the crime scene and chokes the deceased and stages the scene to suggest a strangulation. McNulty tells Bunk that he plans to create the illusion of a serial killer causing Bunk to leave the scene in disgust. Source: Wikipedia If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now