The Wire Episode Guides
Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connection, who shows him a new communications trick. McNulty's case gets increased attention from the newspaper, mostly due to Templeton. Dukie turns to Cutty and Michael to hone his self-defense skills. Meanwhile, Clay Davis finds a new ally; Bond raises his public profile; Levy and Herc prepare for litigation; Elena confronts McNulty about his behavior; Bubbles fears new opportunities; Greggs gets some overtime work and Omar shows patience as Marlo throws out his bait.
Not For Attribution
Det. "Bunk" Moreland finds Det. McNulty still drinking being up all night looking through unsolved murder cases. Bunk is worried that they are both going to be in trouble over Marlo. Bunk insists that McNulty keep his name out of the case file. McNulty creates a "red ribbon" serial killer by planting evidence, but Bunk wants nothing to do with it. Mayor Carcetti gets information abotu the latest crime statistics. Valcheck wants the mayor to fire the Police Commissioner. Gutierrez is disappointed when Haynes guts her story. The Commissioner sees different crime stats than what Valcheck reported--they show no drop in crime. Marlo and Snoop show up at Little Johnny's to complete a deal. Rhonda Pearlman presents her case against Senator Davis to the grand jury. Marlo and Chris visit Proposition Joe for help on money laundering. Michael, Dukie and Bug go to Six Flags. Twigg gets to report on the Daniels story. Vondas refuses to deal with Marlo unless he delivers his money clean, the way Proposition Joe does. Marlo wants to know where Omar is. When McNulty and Barlow present the information about the serial killer to Landsman, he is uninterested. Cheese brings Chris Partlow information about Butchie. Monk gives Michael a hard time for being gone all day. Marlo is uncomfortable with the money laundering. Marla warns Daniels to talk to Burrell before Burrell brings out his file on Daniels. Clay Davis asks Carcetti for help with the Grand Jury case. McNulty and Freamon talk about how to make the serial killer case more sensational and Bunk is frustrated that they are continuing with the farce. Omar learns of Butchie's murder and decides his vacation is over.
McNulty calls Templeton on a re-routed cell phone pretending to be the serial killer. Omar sends Marlo a message through Vincent, who has been tied up next to a murdered Manny. Bunk is upset that McNulty's bogus serial killer case is tying up so much money and manpower. Greggs prepares for a visit from her son. Freamon tries to crack a clock code and wants more manpower to work on it. Davis charms the courtroom.
More With Less
Sgt. Carver faces the discontent of officers who are not being paid for overtime. McNulty continues to stake out Marlo's crew. Mayor Carcetti must make some difficult choices between helping the schools and lowering the crime rate. Despite the cutbacks at the local newspaper, Haynes is about to break a front page story linking a politician to a drug dealer. Proposition Joe and Marlo meet with others about dividing up the drug boundaries in East Baltimore.
Freamon is wary of Marlo who is taking care of some unfinished business and makes a deal with Barksdale. Steintorf tries to find good news for Mayor Carcetti and blames the Royce administration for the Campbell revelation. Davis asks Burrell for help with his problem, but Burrell is unable to offer any assistance. McNulty is fed up with the number of unsolved murders and decides to take matters into his own hands.
The Dickensian Aspect
Mystified by Omar's disappearance, Marlo and Chris ramp up their efforts to locate their nemesis. After attending a sparsely attended waterfront ceremony, Carcetti fires away at a larger press event and recasts himself as a champion for the homeless. Bunk revisits some old leads in the rowhouse cases, but is frustrated in his attempts to get bloodwork from the crime lab. Templeton looks for a perfect follow-up to his latest, nationally covered story, which has replaced the city's educational crisis on the paper's priority list. After the detail gets more manpower, Freamon presses McNulty to get new surveillance equipment, but the resources aren't as deep as both hoped. Pearlman discovers new clues pointing to corruption in City Hall; Marlo makes new appointments at the latest co-op meeting; McNulty takes a peculiar interest in a homeless man.
Campbell tries to ease the conflict from transitions in the police department. The newspaper tries to beat the TV media in covering the Grand Jury events, but is not successful. Proposition Joe pays respects to his colleague and gets ready to go into hiding if he needs to. Meanwhile, Marlo tries to get in good with the Greeks. Freamon calls on a previous partner to help with his investigation.
Baltimore's renewed police commitment brings fresh recruits to Daniels and McNulty, starting with Carver. Facing a new political challenge, Carcetti is forced to make dangerous political deals. As the Pulitzer season winds down, Haynes approaches Templeton about his sources. Bunk returns a McNulty favor; little Kenard makes a big score; Dukie finds work; Fletcher continues his interview with Bubbles; Freamon presents his latest plan to a prosecutor; Sydnor uncovers the missing piece to a puzzle; McNulty comes clean to Beadie about inventing the serial killer case.
With Steintorf ordering Rawls to initiate "creative" remedies for the rising crime rate, Freamon's vigilance pays off with a promising lead, sending Sydnor and the department into overdrive. Although Daniels is originally delighted, a further probe with Pearlman reveals some troubling source information. McNulty, feeling betrayed, doesn't feel like sharing in Freamon's celebration; Michael is suspicious about his latest assignment; Haynes gets fresh eyes to help with fact-checking; Namond's debating skills make Colvin proud; Davis points a finger at Levy and the courts; and Bubbles recounts a recent temptation overcome.
Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choices: clean up the mess, or hide the dirt. With his leads predictably drying up, McNulty asks Landsman to pull police off the homeless case - until a fresh homicide ramps up the investigation. A frustrated Haynes finds his concerns about Templeton falling on increasingly deaf ears. Convinced he has the upper hand, but caught in a legal quandary, Levy plays a cat-and-mouse game with Pearlman. Bubbles debates whether to greenlight a newspaper story about his life; Dukie seeks out an old mentor for a loan; and Marlo oversees a new co-op order as he maps out his next move. As the officers stage an Irish wake for another dearly departed officer, the seeds of the future are sown throughout Baltimore.
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