The Wire Collateral Damage Recap Season 2 Episode 2 – In the previous episode, Detective Jimmy McNulty was banished to the marine unit where he continues to aggravate the boss of detectives. When a body is fished out of Baltimore Harbor, none of the authorities want jurisdiction over the case. McNulty charts the tides and correctly figures the body was found in the Baltimore Police Department jurisdiction. Could this body be related to the thirteen women found dead in a shipping container on the docks? That’s yet to be determined. Meanwhile, the friction between Valchek and Sobotka boils up when Sobotka upstages Valchek with the gift of a stained glass window for Father Jerome’s church. In the tit-for-tat escalation of a personal grudge, Valchek puts together a task force with the aim of bringing Sobotka down.
The Wire Collateral Damage Recap Season 2 Episode 2
In Episode 2 of “The Wire,” we’re back to the thirteen body bags of the female victims of human sex trafficking. Officer “Beadie” Russell is horrified at the attitude of the State Police officer and Customs cop sent to investigate the deaths. The police are only interested in their case clearance percentages. Adding thirteen fresh bodies to any precinct caseload will skew the statistics and make the unit look bad. The solution, therefore, is to dismiss what happened as a tragic accident. “No crime, no investigation. All you have is a lot of paperwork,” the state cop tells Beadie.
Beadie cannot believe this is happening. She teams with Jimmy McNulty to look further into the matter. Together they climb atop the shipping container the women were in and find the breathing pipe beaten flat. The women trapped inside would then suffocate. When Beadie and Jimmy are told the damage was done by shifting cargo, they take the air pipe to a crime lab for another opinion. The lab tech determines that the air vent was shut off purposely, likely with a hammer.
Sobotka is steaming mad when he goes to see Spiros about the dead women. The union boss is corrupt, engaging in pilferage and smuggling, but the dead women in the container are not what he bargained for. Spiros assures Sobotka it was an accident. Sobotka’s not buying it, adamant to know how such a thing could happen “on my dock!” Spiros tells him that the plan went wrong when one of the sailors failed to come off the ship and give the signal for the container bearing the women to be off-loaded. The big question is why the man did not signal, and that’s something ‘The Greek’ also needs to know.
Problems for Barksdale
Avon Barksdale has problems because he’s in jail. Brianna comes to visit him and tells him of even more problems. Roberto’s been arrested in New York by the DEA and now he’s even more suspicious of everyone. Brianna says he refuses to do further business with the Barksdales until he’s sure of Avon’s bona fides.
Where D’Angelo got a term of twenty years, Avon got only seven, which looks very suspicious. Or as Avon says: “Does he think I’m a snitch?” There are prison problems too when a corrections officer comes down very hard on Wee-Bey and won’t let go. Avon calls a meeting with Stringer to get him to fix things. They’re worried about D’Angelo and his twenty year term. Avon gives Stringer some advice about how to get things straightened out on the outside – without hitting D’Angelo— protected by Avon as “family.”
Dinner and Drinks
Bunk Moreland still needs McNulty to locate Omar as a witness who will make the case against Bird. They’re discussing this problem while contentedly scarfing down large volumes of blue crab meat pilfered from the dock. The docks have bigger problems than that, Sobotka is trying to find out how the seal on the container holding the bodies of the dead women got broken open. ‘Horseface’ Pakusa tells Frank the seal was broken by some drunken sailors aboard the ship. Pakusa also admits boosting several cases of vodka from a shipment.
One Window Too Many
Sobotka gets a visit from Major Valchek who tells him he’s been soliciting donations for a stained glass window on Father Jerome’s church. Sobotka has already gifted a window to the church. Now the two men are arguing about which stained glass window should go in the church and which one in the upstairs of the rectory. “If you don’t want my finger in your eye,” says Valchek, “You better do what’s right here.”
Being equally hard-boiled, Sobotka zings Valchek with a classic putdown: “My old man always said you were a half-assed punk as a kid. And my sister said you were a pain in the ass pest at all them CYO dances when none of the girls would even look at you.” And so it goes with the old friends (sarcastic). But the thrust of it is that Valchek is now determined to come down even harder against Sobotka’s operation.
Sobotka’s man Pakusa retaliates by stealing a police van, loading it in shipping container, and sending it to parts unknown. Valchek ups the ante by enlisting white-collar political entities to help him. Acting Police Commissioner Burrell gives him six guys to conduct 24/7 surveillance on Sobotka and his activities. “Sobotka is dirty,” Valchek says.
Not My Job
Baltimore Police Colonel Rawls is still arguing with the Port Authority Colonel over who has jurisdiction over the deaths of the thirteen women found in a shipping container. “I have fought and scratched an clawed for four months to get my case clearance rate up above fifty percent,” Rawls argues. He can’t afford to put thirteen murders on his caseload because it would make him look bad. Looking good is more important to this corrupt bureaucratic mess of authorities than the lives of fourteen women who are victims of international sex trafficking. Rawls is the hero of his detectives for dumping the cases but doesn’t know yet that McNulty has come up with evidence that will put thirteen murders back on the Baltimore PD.
While Detectives Freamon and Moreland are working with Beadie to track down the ship which has become a crime scene, Sergei tracks down and kidnaps the man who was supposed to assist in off-loading the women intended to work for the Greek’s prostitution ring. The Greek needed live prostitutes, not dead ones, and guess who has to pay. The final scene is bloody and almost unwatchable as the culprit is tortured into giving up the information the Greek wants. For his troubles, the man dies a horrible death.
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The Wire Collateral Damage Recap Season 2 Episode 2 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)
Burrell – Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Luke Cage, Banshee, The Thomas Crown Affair, Red Dragon, My Other House, The Good Fight)
D’Angelo Barksdale – Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (Would Your Rather, Gangs of New York, The Waterboy, The Machinist, The Deuce, The Walking Dead, Army Wives, Southland, The Double)
Rhonda Pearlman – Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, Bones, American Gothic, Beauty Mark)
Lester Freamon – Clarke Peters (Notting Hill, London Spy, John Wick, Chance, The Tunnel, Jessica Jones, Show Me a Hero, Midsomer Murders, Treme, People of Earth)
Sgt. Carver – Seth Gilliam (Starship Troopers, The Walking Dead, Still Alice, Nurse Jackie, Teen Wolf, Change in the Air)
Brianne Barksdale – Michael Hyatt (Snowfall, Ray Donovan, True Detective, Two Weeks, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Kill Point)
Wee-Bey – Hassan Johnson (Belly, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Devil’s Own, Grand Theft Auto, Blood Brother)
Marla Daniels – Maria Broom (Clara’s Heart, Secrets, Sally Pacholok, The Corner)
Dr. Randall Franzier – Erik Dellums (Doctor Doolittle, Fallout 3, Homicide: Life on the Street, Amnesia, American Zealot)