The Wire Ebb Tide Recap Season 2 Episode 1 – At the start of Season Two of “The Wire,” Detective Jim McNulty has no way to go but up. That’s if he can get off the water. He’s been demoted to the Baltimore Police Harbor Patrol. He’s cold, unhappy, and comes in for a lot of ribbing from former partner William ‘Bunk’ Moreland. “A lot of ladies have told me about the ‘little man in the boat” and now I see who they’re talking about,” Moreland jests. Things get trippy when McNulty fishes a woman’s body out of the harbor. His boat’s pilot guess she might be a “jumper from the bridge” but you know that’s not going to be true.
The Wire Ebb Tide Recap Season 2 Episode 1
Adult Language and Situations
“The Wire” is not for the faint of heart or people who abhor raunchy language. But then again, if you’ve watched Season One, you already know that and are willing to choose life as it is and not the FCC sanitized version. Among its various activities, Baltimore is a port city and boatloads of cargo come in on container ships to be unloaded by men and machines. The longshoremen drink and swear a lot when they’re not grousing about the shrinking job opportunities. We see how it is on the loading-unloading docks where nepotism rules and the foreman’s son Ziggy loses an entire ‘hot’ shipping container.
Keeping It Zipped
The focus on gritty repartee and private parts is part of the attraction though guys like Ziggy don’t know when to keep things zipped up. That ‘zipped up’ is in the literal sense, by the way. There’s a bar scene where the grizzled old guard is crushing the younger stevedores who are fighting back with vigorous taunts. The old guys exaggerate their experiences of the ‘good old days’ when things were tough and real men wearing only tee-shirts in zero degree weather, unlike the pussies of the modern world, could lift whole shipping containers with one hand while fighting off pirates with the other. Not really, but that’s the jist of it, and as a show topper, Ziggy climbs up on the bar, unzips his pants and hangs it out.
Everybody Loses Sometime
Shipping containers aren’t the only thing getting lost on “The Wire.” Moreland and McNulty have a trial coming up and it’s time to get things ready. That means a trip to the evidence room where the evidence in a big drug case gets lost. Lieutenant Cedric Daniels isn’t thrilled about spending the night sifting through shelf after shelf of boxes to find what they need for the big gang trial coming up.
Drug mule ‘Bodie” Broadus isn’t thrilled either. He loses things too, and that could be a huge problem when he delivers a car to a chop shop and it comes up empty. The mechanics take the car apart but the smuggled drugs are missing. “The shit is always up in the door,” says the mechanic, pointing to the dismantled car. Not good. Worse than not good. Stringer puts Bodie through a grilling worse than anything that could happen at the police precinct.
Nick Gets Out from the Union Hall
Meanwhile Nick Sobotka is lucky enough to get a job from the hiring hall in spite of the shrinking roster of stevedores needed to unload the ships. Something funny about that job though. The Atlantic Light is due in the afternoon. So it’s down to see “The Greek” where, because his car broke down, Nick is forced to bring Ziggy with him.
I’m Not Russian, You Idiot!
It’s a tough crew Spiros (The Greek) is running with. Ziggy’s running his mouth against Nick’s advice, mistaking one of Spiros’ crew for Russian (calling him Boris is insulting) when, in fact, he’s Ukrainian. You realize that’s sort of a cardinal sin if you know Russia’s got a sometimes deadly beef going on with Ukraine. It’s funny to an audience but not to Spiro’s mob. But Ziggy keeps digging himself a hole with his loose talk and that’s not a good look for Nick.
How Much Did You Steal Today?
Maryland Port Authority Officer “Beadie”Russell is keeping her eye on the dock workers though. “Hey, Frank. Just so I can finish my paperwork early, what are your people going to be stealing today?” Pilferage is a common problem with shippers but there are bigger problems in store for the police and the dock workers.
It seems “The Greek” is a smuggler. His ongoing scheme is to enlist the dock workers, most of whom are a bit twisted, into diverting special cargo so that it bypasses customs. Frank Sobotka is in on the scam; it’s been a regular part of life on the docks. You move the freight, you steal a little, the company sustaining the loss gets either insurance money or a tax write off. The dock workers get a little extra something in their paychecks.
The bad blood between Major Valchek and Frank Sobotka boils up when Valchek learns that the longshoremen’s union boss upstaged him at Father Lewandoski’s parish church. Father Jerome is pleased to accept the made-in-Germany stained glass window Sobotka offers as a way of getting close to the powerful politicos in Father Jerome’s church. Arch-enemy Valchek finds out about it all too soon. He’s had a beautiful stain glass window made for Father Jerome, too.
Only problem is that Sobotka’s gift occupies prime space in the main floor of the church. Valchek finds he’s been outmaneuvered and must put his offering upstairs in a part of the church where it won’t be prominently displayed. This will go back and forth in future episodes. The loss of face Valchek suffers compels him to dirty tricks. He orders his police officers to ticket and otherwise harass the dock workers. Thus begins a game of one-upmanship which escalates into full scale nastiness. Not to be outdone, a union guy breaks into one of Valchek’s police vehicles, hot wires it, and gets it pushed into an empty container to be loaded and headed off who-knows where. But Valchek, having unlimited resources of taxpayer money, pulls together a special task force to keep an eye on the docks for pilferage, petty theft, bad behavior, anything that can be used to bring down Sobotka and his union. Is the placement of stained glass the beginning of the end?
Everyone looks the other way except when a body floats up in the water and its winter and the half-dressed female body has signs of blunt force trauma to the head and defensive wounds on her hands. And things go from bad to horrific when Officer “Beadie” notices something stinking in one of the shipping containers. She breaks the seal and opens it. Inside the container are the dead bodies of several female victims of international sex trafficking.
Then suddenly everyone notices.
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The Wire Ebb Tide Recap Season 2 Episode 1 characters and cast include:
Jimmy McNulty – Dominic West (Chicago, The Affair, Money Monster, Burton and Taylor, The Hour, John Carter, 28 Days, 300)
Frank Sobotka – Chris Bauer (The Deuce, True Blood, American Crime Story, The Divide, Sully)
Spiros ‘Vondas’ Vondopoulos – Paul Ben-Victor (Don Jon, Vinyl, Matador, Mob City, John from Cincinnati, Any Day, Preacher)
Rawls – John Doman (Gotham, The Affair, Person of Interest, House of Cards, Damages, Borgia, Blue Valentine)
Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell – Idris Elba (Luther, Prometheus, Thor, Guerilla, The Take, Beasts of No Nation, The Office, This Christmas)
Avon Barksdale – Wood Harris (The Breaks, Creed, Justified, Southland, Dredd, Once Upon a Time in Venice, As Good As It Gets)
Bunk Moreland – Wendell Pierce (Parker, Ray, The Gift, Suits, Ray Donovan, Treme)
Cedric Daniels – Lance Reddick (Fringe, John Wick, Bosch, White House Down, Lost)
Beatrice ‘Beadie’ Russell – Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win, Birdman, Escape Plan, Bridge of Spies, The Office, Changeling, Dan in Real Life, Capote)
Kima Greggs – Sonja Sohn (Bringing Out the Dead, Shaft, Slam, Luke Cage, The Originals, Domain)
Herc – Domenick Lombardozzi (Frank and Ava, Rosewood, Bridge of Spies, Boardwalk Empire, God’s Pocket, Breakout Kings, Public Enemies, Phone Booth)
Roland ‘Prez’ Pryzbylewski – Jim True-Frost (The Hudsucker Proxy, Singles, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Treme, Hostages)
Chester ‘Ziggy’ Sobotka – James Ransone (Sinister, Inside Man, Tangerine, Bosch, Low Winter Sun, Generation Kill, Treme)
Nick Sobotka – Pablo Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate, 13 Hours, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, American Gods, Orange Is the New Black, A Gifted Man)
Valchek – Al Brown (Commander in Chief, Key and Peele, Maron)
Cheryl – Melanie Nicholls-King (St. Vincent, Rookie Blue, Show Me a Hero)
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus – J. D. Williams (The Second Line, Happy New Year, Saints & Sinners, The Night Of, The Good Wife, The Sopranos)
Sgt. Jay Landsman – Delaney Williams (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Punisher)
Sergei ‘Serge’ Malatov – Chris Ashworth (Deepwater Horizon, Underground, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Terminator Salvation)
Nat Coxson – Luray Cooper (Hit a Lick, Mercy Street, Adrenaline)
The Greek – Bill Raymond (The Crow, Michael Clayton, Lincoln, Rob the Mob, The Cobblestone Corrider)
Thomas ‘Horseface’ Pakusa – Charley Scalles (Nicky’s Game, The Sopranos, Liberty Heights)