The Wire (2002–2008)
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One Arrest 

Burrell reluctantly sides with Daniels in the disagreement with Rawls, giving the detail more time to make a case against Avon, despite his fears the operation is beginning to sprawl. ... See full summary »

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

David Simon (created by), Rafael Álvarez (teleplay by) (as Rafael Alvarez) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman ... Maj. William A. Rawls
Idris Elba ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
Frankie Faison ... Dep. Comm. for Operations Ervin H. Burrell (as Frankie R. Faison)
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Wood Harris ... Avon Barksdale
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Lt. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Peter Gerety ... Judge Daniel Phelan
Seth Gilliam ... Det. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
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Storyline

Burrell reluctantly sides with Daniels in the disagreement with Rawls, giving the detail more time to make a case against Avon, despite his fears the operation is beginning to sprawl. McNulty and Pearlman present the detail's findings to Phelan, who signs an affidavit for a further thirty days of electronic surveillance. Using information from the wire on the pit pay-phones, the detail catch a runner on his way to the pit with a re-up. However, they elect not to arrest the driver, Anton 'Stinkum' Artis (Brandon Price), so as to avoid giving up their evidence in the charging documents. Stinkum's apparent free pass from the police convinces Avon and Stringer that their operation has been compromised, and Stringer introduces a new set of operating procedures. Rawls gives Det. Michael Santangelo (Michael Salconi) a choice; acquire information that he can use against McNulty or solve some of the department's open homicides, whilst the owner of Avon's strip club, Wendell 'Orlando' Blocker (... Written by Bertaut

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

While Omar was in the car with Greggs and McNulty, he says "Never get high on your own supply", even saying it the same way The Notorious B.I.G. did on his hit track "Ten Crack Commandments". See more »

Goofs

When Bubbles receives his 24 hour sobriety key chain it is obvious that it is black, in the far shot, which represents 2 or more years of sobriety. Narcotics Anonymous distributes white "chips" for 24 hours; however, in the closeup shot the key chain is now the correct white color. See more »

Quotes

Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: You know why I respect you so much, Bunk?
Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland: Mm-mmm.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: It's not 'cause you're good police, 'cause, y'know, fuck that, right?
Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland: Mm. Fuck that, yeah.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: It's not 'cause when I came to homicide, you taught me all kinds of cool shit about . . . well, whatever.
Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland: Mm. Whatever.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: It's 'cause when it came time for you to fuck me . . . you were very gentle.
Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland: You damn right.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: See, 'cause you could have hauled me out of the garage and just bent me over the hood of a radio car, and . . . no, you were, you were very ...
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Connections

References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Way Down in the Hole
(uncredited)
Performed by The Blind Boys Of Alabama
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Time for some progress
14 February 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

With basically half the season over, it's reasonable to expect at least some degree of progress in the investigation that constitutes the heart and soul of The Wire's narrative. However, this being a more reality-based series than your average police show, it's also fairly logical to expect a downside as well.

The progress is that thanks to Prez's knowledge of drug-related slang, the team is able to decipher all the essential conversations heard with the wiretap. Additionally, a strategically planned bust goes exactly as Daniels had hoped, and McNulty has no big problems convincing Phelan to extend their warrant for another 30 days. Unfortunately, a sour surprise is waiting around the corner since, after successfully arresting Bird with Omar's help, McNulty finds out Rawls is determined to throw him out of the police department. Furthermore, Stringer tells D'Angelo and the others to destroy the pay-phones in the Pit and change their communication habits as a precaution, which effectively stops a large part of the detail's operation.

One Arrest is a pretty important episode, primarily because it shows how committed to the job these people are. McNulty, in particular, gets to expose his softer side in a scene that would come off as contrived under any other circumstances. That it works is due to the no-nonsense writing and Dominic West's down-to-earth acting. The last section of the show is also a perfect piece of evidence in regards to how accurately The Wire depicts the more controversial aspects of law enforcement: how many TV programs can have a scene where police officers beat up a suspect just for the heck of it and still make us root for the officers? Sure, the fact that the suspect refers to Kima Greggs as a "c*nt-eater" isn't gonna earn him any sympathy points...


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