Questions tagged [the-wire]

A critically-acclaimed, ensemble television drama that originally aired from 2002-2008 on HBO. Taking place in Baltimore, the show explores the inner-working and relationships among the police department, seaports, illegal drug trade, city government, public schools and print media.

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Why does Nick Sobotka have a pi tattoo?

Nick Sobotka is a major character in the second season of The Wire. In many scenes we can see that he has a very large letter pi (π) tattooed on the back of his neck. Why does he have this rather ...
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Are those apartments in The Wire abandoned?

In the tv show, The Wire, people live in apartments with barricaded doors and broken windows. One example is shown below: Are those apartments abandoned or simply out of maintenance due to any reason?...
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What is the significance of this photo?

In The Wire Season 2 Episode 7 "Backwash." in Frank's office there is a dart board with a black and white photo of someone. This implies the photo is someone that Frank hates/despises. Who is the ...
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D'Angelo tap, tap, tap murder reference

In The Wire, Season 1, Episode 13 (The Sentencing), there's a scene where D'Angelo (Dee) is in the interview room with his own lawyer (not Levy) about 19 mins into the episode: PEARLMAN: Your ...
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What happened to the children Wallace was looking after?

In The Wire Wallace takes care of quite a few children. When he returns to the house at the end of series 1, they're all gone. Where? Poot and Bodie didn't kill them (they weren't wild about killing ...
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Did Vince Gilligan or other major Breaking Bad participants acknowledge the Wire as an inspiration? Did any Wire people comment on Breaking Bad?

The two shows are often compared, and it's easy to see why. They have some common themes. They're both about the drug trade. They both deal with failing institutions: law enforcement on one BB side, ...
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Why didn't Bubbles face any consequences for his work as an informant?

In The Wire, Bubbles was a drug addict who was a grass for Detective Greggs and other Balitmore cops. He was instrumental in providing evidence to help convict members of the Barksdale gang. He ...
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Did Stringer Bell plan on having Avon killed?

I missed this part of the plot: the major incriminating thing the police got on String was talk about "two hitters", which the got on wiretap. I assume these hitters were put on Avon by Bell. However,...
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Why didn't they go through with taking the case to the feds?

When the high command is about to shut down the Season 1 case on Avon Barksdale, McNulty comes up with taking the case to the FBI and he goes to them along with Daniels and Freamon to tell them about ...
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The Wire: Payphone Code

In S01E05 of The Wire, why did they need to crack the code the way they did? Freamon said they got the pages and the numbers of incoming and outgoing calls of the payphones as well as the duration. ...
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The Wire: Pager Cloning

In S01E05 the police finally gets all the paperwork to clone Dee's pager. I'm wondering how exactly they cloned the pager, as they had him in earlier episodes but did lack the paperwork. Was it ...
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What exactly was the “dirt” on Daniels in The Wire?

Now that I am rewatching the whole series, I don't recall that I ever fully understood what Cedric Daniels in "The Wire" did while working in the Eastern District. What was in the file that Deputy ...
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The meaning of the intro to S01E01 of The Wire

In the intro of season 1, episode 1 of The Wire, detective McNulty and some random dude talk about the Snot Boogie being murdered because of a craps game. What's the meaning behind this intro scene ...
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What happened to “The Greek” in the Wire?

"The Greek" managed to board a plane with Vondas at the end of season 2 therefore avoiding being arrested. I remember a scene in season 5 where Marlo meets Vondas on a park bench which leads to a ...
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How did Bunk cross McNulty?

In Season 1, Episode 7, there is funny, heart-warming bar scene between McNulty and Bunk. They're both drunk and McNulty's laying on all kinds of compliments. Then he closes with "you know why I ...
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Detective Leander Sydnor - What was the point?

You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of 'The Wire' than me. The writing was superlative; amongst the very best ever. Having said that, I always struggled with Detective Leander Sydnor's ...