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5-10
Recap

"…the life of kings."

-30- - After five seasons and enough plaudits to fill a thesaurus, The Wire exits the stage after its final act, with its crown firmly in place.

03.08.2008 A

Mr. Sobell

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

5-9
Recap

"Deserve Got Nuthin' To Do With It"

Late Editions - Because if it did, Michael, Bug, and Dukie would be able to live happily ever after. But that's not going to happen -- ever. Meanwhile, McNulty looks like he's about to get what he deserves for this serial killer business.

03.01.2008
03.07.2008
A

Mr. Sobell

5-8
Recap

"A Lie Ain't A Side Of A Story. It's Just A Lie."

Clarifications - It's a race to see what happens first -- McNulty and Freamon getting the goods on Marlo, or McNulty's web of lies unraveling. The clock seems to be moving closer to midnight for Templeton as well. And for Omar? Time's up.

02.23.2008
03.01.2008
A

Mr. Sobell

5-7
Recap

"They Don't Teach It In Law School"

Took - Clay Davis takes Bond and Pearlman to school, while McNulty learns a lesson about unintended consequences. Too bad he's not a very quick study.

02.16.2008
02.23.2008
B-

Mr. Sobell

5-6
Recap

"If you have a problem with this, I understand completely."

The Dickensian Aspect - Kidnapping a homeless guy and driving him 150 miles away, so that you can use him to perpetuate your serial-killer hoax -- who could possibly have a problem with that? I mean, other than every moderately ethical human being. Which pretty much explains why McNulty does exactly that, I guess.

02.09.2008
02.16.2008
B+

Mr. Sobell

5-7
Extra

"Read Between The Lines: I Will Take Your Head Off Your Shoulders"

The Chris Ashworth Interview - ...with kindness! Chris Ashworth may play a Russian heavy on The Wire, but in real life, he's the picture of manners. Here, he talks about hanging out with Method Man, fending off attackers, and his second favorite TV show.

02.13.2008
02.14.2008
N/A

Kate Dailey

5-5
Recap

"Just 'Cause They're In The Street Doesn't Mean That They Lack Opinions."

React Quotes - But what if their opinions aren't very interesting? Well, if you're Templeton, you make up opinions for them. And then you invent a phone conversation between you and the serial killer. And, if you're McNulty, you play along.

02.02.2008
02.09.2008
B

Mr. Sobell

5-4
Recap

"Buyer's Market Out There"

Transitions - Scott Templeton learns that the Washington Post isn't in the market for writers whose ambition exceeds their accomplishments. Burrell learns that Baltimore isn't in the market for police commissioners who fudge stats. But Proposition Joe learns the ultimate lesson -- never trust Marlo. At all.

01.26.2008
02.01.2008
B+

Mr. Sobell

5-3
Recap

"They're Dead Where It Doesn't Count"

Not For Attribution - Lester's in on McNulty's serial killer; there's a shake-up at The Sun as well as in the command structure of the police department; Clay Davis's Grand Jury investigation continues; Michael and Dukie have a day at Six Flags; and Chris and Snoop kill Butchie while Marlo cleans his cash. Omar is notified. That's right: Omar.

01.19.2008
01.24.2008
A

Mr. Stupidhead

5-2
Recap

"This Ain't Aruba, Bitch."

Unconfirmed Reports - Walon urges Bubs to open up, Michael learns a harsh lesson about the streets, Marlo meets the Russian, and McNulty fakes a crime scene.

01.12.2008
01.19.2008
B+

Mr. Stupidhead

5-1
Recap

"The Bigger The Lie, The More They Believe."

More With Less - And the biggest lie of all, apparently, was that it was the dawn of a new day in Baltimore. Because Season Five begins with everything pretty much worse than ever.

01.05.2008
01.12.2008
B

Mr. Sobell

4-13
Recap

"If Animal Trapped Call 410-844-6286"

Final Grades - People, on the other hand, were on their own until Lester started looking for nails where screws should be. But as bodies continue coming out of the vacants, other citizens of Baltimore also find themselves variously trapped.

12.09.2006
01.10.2008
A+

Wing Chun

4-12
Recap

"That's All There Is To It?"

That's Got His Own - Bubbs learns how easy it is to kill someone.

12.02.2006
01.08.2008
A+

Wing Chun

4-11
Recap

"You Play In Dirt, You Get Dirty"

A New Day - You'll also probably get pretty dirty dealing with all the errands on Carcetti's Pain-In-The-Ass Tour '06, but at least you can be comforted with the knowledge that he ends up having an even worse day than you.

11.25.2006
01.07.2008
A+

Wing Chun

4-10
Recap

"World Goin' One Way, People Another"

Misgivings - In the schools and in the police department: bureaucracy going one way, real people's best interests another.

11.18.2006
01.03.2008
A

Wing Chun

4-9
Recap

"Might As Well Dump 'Em, Get Another"

Know Your Place - A good politician always knows the right time to change course.

11.11.2006
12.30.2007
A

Wing Chun

4-8
Recap

"We Got Our Thing, But It's Just Part Of The Big Thing"

Corner Boys - Carcetti gets a look at one big thing in Baltimore, and decides it needs Daniels in charge of it.

11.04.2006
12.26.2007
B+

Wing Chun

4-7
Recap

"Aw Yeah. That Golden Rule."

Unto Others - Crutchfield does unto Bunk as he thinks Bunk did unto him. The upshot is that Lex's murder is no closer to getting solved.

10.28.2006
12.20.2007
B

Wing Chun

4-6
Recap

"Don't Try This Shit At Home"

Margin Of Error - Norman just makes it look easy.

10.14.2006
12.18.2007
B

Wing Chun

4-5
Recap

"If You With Us, You With Us"

Alliances - Strategic partnerships break out all over Baltimore.

10.07.2006
12.14.2007
B+

Wing Chun

4-4
Recap

"No One Wins. One Side Just Loses More Slowly."

Refugees - Except when the one side loses fast.

09.30.2006
12.12.2007
A

Wing Chun

4-3
Recap

"I Love The First Day, Man. Everybody All Friendly An' Shit."

Home Rooms - Day 2? All bets are off.

09.23.2006
12.11.2007
A+

Wing Chun

4-2
Recap

"I Still Wake Up White In A City That Ain't"

Soft Eyes - Should Carcetti then move to Howard County instead? Depends who you ask.

09.16.2006
12.07.2007
B-

Wing Chun

4-1
Recap

"Lambs To The Slaughter Here"

Boys Of Summer - And Prez is about to spend a season slathered in mint jelly.

09.09.2006
12.06.2007
A

Wing Chun

3-2
Recap

"There's Never Been A Paper Bag"

All Due Respect - But there will be, now that Bunny Colvin's been motivated to solve the drug problem in Baltimore.

09.25.2004
11.28.2007
B

Mr. Sobell

3-1
Recap

"Don't Matter How Many Times You Get Burnt, You Just Keep Doin' The Same"

Time After Time - That applies to the Barksdale gang, who are back slinging; the Major Case unit, which is back trying to stop them; and pretty much everyone on the City of Baltimore's payroll.

09.18.2004
11.27.2007
B+

Mr. Sobell

2-12
Recap

"Business. Always Business."

Port In A Storm - Certainly, this episode offers very little pleasure for anyone.

08.23.2003
11.26.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-11
Recap

"I Need To Get Clean"

Bad Dreams - Will Frank get what he needs? Outlook not so good.

08.16.2003
11.20.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-10
Recap

"It Pays To Go With The Union Card Every Time"

Storm Warnings - Too bad the FBI is similarly mindful of the role unions play.

08.09.2003
11.14.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-9
Recap

"The World Is A Smaller Place Now"

Stray Rounds - This globe-spanning episode bears that out nicely.

08.02.2003
11.08.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-8
Recap

"How Come They Don't Fly Away?"

Duck And Cover - Ziggy may seem interested in birds, but he doesn't pay much heed to the question of what they should be given to drink.

07.26.2003
10.18.2007
B+

Wing Chun

2-7
Recap

"Don't Worry, Kid. You're Still On The Clock."

Backwash - But people do all kinds of awful things in the service of their jobs.

07.12.2003
10.10.2007
B+

Wing Chun

2-6
Recap

"It Don't Matter That Some Fool Say He Different..."

All Prologue - D'Angelo tries to remake himself in a new image, but learns that it's just as hard for him as it was for Jay Gatsby.

07.05.2003
10.02.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-5
Recap

"They Used To Make Steel There, No?"

Undertow - They used to do a lot of things in Baltimore. Remember? The wooden shovels at the grain pier? Folksy!

06.28.2003
09.26.2007
B-

Wing Chun

2-4
Recap

"If I Hear The Music, I'm Gonna Dance"

Hard Cases - Daniels plays Kima's song, and her days as a housecat come to an end.

06.21.2003
09.21.2007
B-

Wing Chun

2-3
Recap

"What They Need Is A Union"

Hot Shots - Even if prostitutes did form a benevolent sisterhood, though, it's hard to get a rep to come visit you in the shipping container taking you across the ocean, possibly against your will. Bunk, Lester, and Beadie learn more about the Jane Does -- none of it good, obviously.

06.14.2003
09.18.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-2
Recap

"They Can Chew You Up, But They Gotta Spit You Out"

Collateral Damage - Making the good cops of the BPD so much Juicy Fruit to the likes of Bill Rawls.

06.07.2003
09.14.2007
A

Wing Chun

2-1
Recap

"Ain't Never Gonna Be What It Was"

Ebb Tide - What is it going to be? An examination of Polish-American dockworkers, and some of their unfortunate cargo.

05.31.2003
09.04.2007
B+

Wing Chun

1-13
Recap

"All In The Game..."

Sentencing - Many a tear has to fall.

09.07.2002
07.11.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-12
Recap

"This Is Me, Yo, Right Here"

Cleaning Up - Wallace returns to the Pit, and Poot immediately regrets having sent him the $18 to do so.

08.31.2002
07.05.2007
B

Wing Chun

1-11
Recap

"Dope On The Damn Table"

The Hunt - Dope's on the table, Kima's in the hospital, Orlando's on the slab, and Stringer's on the shit list. Tough day all around.

08.17.2002
06.30.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-10
Recap

"And Then He Dropped The Bracelets..."

The Cost - There was a time Kima knew that being a cop was the right career for her. By the end of the episode, she might not be so sure.

08.10.2002
06.25.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-9
Recap

"Maybe We Won"

Game Day - Sure -- when your full-time job is trying to fight the inner-city drug trade, it's natural to be optimistic.

08.03.2002
06.19.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-8
Recap

"Come At The King, You Best Not Miss"

Lessons - Especially if you already took out his queen, as it were, and now the king is really pissed.

07.27.2002
05.28.2007
A+

Wing Chun

1-6
Recap

"...And All The Pieces Matter"

The Wire - Even seemingly insignificant ones, like Wallace.

07.06.2002
05.17.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-7
Recap

"A Man Must Have A Code"

One Arrest - Not the kind Prez can crack; the other kind.

07.20.2002
05.17.2007
B+

Wing Chun

1-5
Recap

"...A Little Slow, A Little Late"

The Pager - But nevertheless, Prez shows that he might be good for something other than half-blinding Terrace kids.

06.29.2002
05.14.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-4
Recap

"It's A Thin Line 'Tween Heaven And Here"

Old Cases - And Bodie crosses that line, escaping juvie. Wait -- between juvie and the Pit, we're not sure which is less heavenly. At least the Pit has a couch.

06.22.2002
05.09.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-3
Recap

"The King Stays The King"

The Buys - And the cheese stands alone.

06.15.2002
04.25.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-2
Recap

"You Cannot Lose If You Do Not Play"

The Detail - Sometimes not playing isn't an option, Marla. Geez.

06.08.2002
04.09.2007
A

Wing Chun

1-1
Recap

"...When It's Not Your Turn"

The Target - Meet McNulty! He likes to start shit.

06.01.2002
04.05.2007
A+

Wing Chun

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