The Wire (2002–2008)
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An unexpected call puts Templeton back in the spotlight--and gets McNulty more attention than he expected. Bunk bucks at Landsman when ordered to help with the force's most recent red ball.


Dominic West


David Simon (created by), Richard Price (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
Reg E. Cathey ... Norman Wilson
John Doman ... Acting Commissioner William A. Rawls
Aidan Gillen ... Mayor Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Clark Johnson ... City Editor Augustus 'Gus' Haynes
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Tom McCarthy ... Scott Templeton
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Dep. Comm. for Operations Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Thomas 'Herc' Hauk (credit only)
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Omar Little


McNulty abducts and photographs a homeless man, then fakes a call from the serial killer to Templeton, forwarding him the pictures in order to acquire PC for picture intercepts, and sending both the entire police department and The Sun into meltdown. As such, Carcetti authorizes more resources for the investigation, with McNulty finally getting the funds he had initially hoped for. However, with the city in uproar, the situation soon sprawls far beyond anything he envisioned, as everyone in the homicide unit begins to turn to him for help in their own cases. Matters are made even worse when Freamon proves unable to crack the code Marlo is using in his picture messages. When reporter Mike Fletcher (Brandon Young) visits a soup kitchen to interview the homeless about the serial killer, he makes a connection with Bubbles, who is serving food. Meanwhile, Carcetti begins to gear up for his gubernatorial run, whilst Bunk continues to do leg work on the vacant murders, and Omar begins to ... Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

17 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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As Gus (played by Clark Johnson) enters the bar, he passes a man saying, "I used to own a bar". The man is played by Richard Belzer, who - as John Munch in Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) co-owned a bar with Meldrick Lewis - played by Clark Johnson. See more »


During the presentation on shipping, the presenter says that Rotterdam has greater cargo tonnage than Singapore. This is false. See more »


Reporter: What are you reading there, Senator?
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Promethus Bound. An ancient play, one of the oldest we have. About a simple man who was horrifically punished by the powers that be for the terrible crime of trying to bring light to the common people. In the words of
[checks author]
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Ascyllius, "No good deed goes unpunished." I cannot tell you how much consolation I find in these slim pages.
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References Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) See more »


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